Mar 312019

They say that beauty is pain, and in the fashion world, we often swap out the word “beauty” for “style.” Style is pain? That doesn’t sound enticing. I’m a devout trend follower and appreciator of nice things (don’t judge me), but even I can’t get behind items that are bad for my overall well-being—even the prettiest pair of stilettos.

Since shoe trends operate on a swiftly moving trend rotation and can determine how comfortable we are throughout the day, we needed to touch base with our favorite podiatrist, Bobby Pourziaee, also known as the High Heel Doc of Rodeo Drive Podiatry, to get the 411 on which shoe trends we should skip this season. 

When I told him about the season’s hottest shoe trends, there were some he literally laughed at for the overall harm the structure can have on your foot’s health. Below, read along as this podiatrist breaks down which ones are laughable at best, and which you should stock up on ASAP.

Don’t worry, the ones he recommends are some of our favorite styles for this season meaning apparently, comfort and style actually can go hand in hand. 

DO WEAR: SNEAKERS AND RUNNING SHOES. “By definition, these have optimum arch support and soles meant for shock absorption. Companies like Nike make sneakers and running shoes fashionably, so you can run and take to the gym or you can wear with a cute pair of jeans.”
DO WEAR: COWBOY BOOTS. “Cowboy boots will always be a popular trend. Just make sure there’s always room for your toes so they aren’t squished. Cowboy boots also provide great ankle support.”
DO WEAR: BIRKENSTOCK-STYLE SANDALS. “Even though your jaw may drop when you see a friend walk into a party with Birkenstocks on, they’re actually good for your feet. They provide good shock absorption and arch support. PS, they sometimes make your feet smell if you wear them too long, so don’t forget to soak your feet in epsom salt to help with the odor and to be proactive on swelling.”
DO WEAR: WEDGE HEELS. “Wear these instead of stilettos because they give you more support and balance with the wedge.”

A Podiatrist Laughs Every Time You Wear These 6 Shoe Trends
Source: Who What Wear

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