Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Warning Labels for Shoes?


The other day I saw a woman hobbling, literally limping, her way to work in her great looking and super high heels - clearly the source of her discomfort. I cringed as I watched her walk by, and thought about the damage each step was doing to her feet, her legs, her spine, her entire back, her health. "But they look so cool" which is what we all tell ourselves while enduring painful footwear. I'm just as guilty as any other woman.
Then I had an idea: If high heels are so bad for our bodies - what if each pair of heels was sold with a health warning label on the box? You know, like the warning labels on cigarette packages? "Warning: Smoking may give you cancer" - "Warning: These shoes will lead to intensive physio therapy in 25 years."

Peplum Blazer thrifted || GAP Jeans || Town Shoes || Wooden Bracelets from a gift shop at Provincial Park

I love high heels just as much as the next woman. But, if the Minister of Health, or the Surgeon General issued a statement saying that high heels are bad for you, and you shouldn't wear them - or if there were legal limitations to wearing heels - would you be relieved (even a little bit)? And maybe stop wearing them? I mean, people know smoking is bad for them, but they still do it. But the norm now is that most people don't smoke. So what if the norm became that women don't have to wear high heels for health reasons? 
I love high heels, but if we're being totally honest, I think a part of me would be ok, if there were legal limitations placed on wearing them.
Do you agree? Or are you getting your pitchforks ready to drive me out of town? You can't chase me if you're wearing high heels. :)

Thanks for stopping by guys.
~ Photos by the well-heeled Chris ~

63 comments:

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  3. wow! Amazing look, i love your shoes and neon jacket colour!

    Kisses!

    Pozdrawiam!

    eva-style.blogspot.com

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  4. I love those heels! Ooh good question. I don't wear heels on a daily basis anyway - maybe three times a week, so if limits did get put in place I'd probably just wear them as often as now :)!

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  5. What is this shoes?!?!?! So wonderful!!! Nice color and bright...

    Tks!

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  6. great look!! love the blazer <3
    what about to follow each other?
    xx
    Veronica
    http://in-the-jungle-of-fashion.blogspot.it/

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  7. gorgeous jacket!!

    Leonor
    thesparklinglemon.blogspot.com

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  8. great point about heels and warnings. I sadly can't wear them any more and how i miss the look. but health must come first! which is why i (would love to take a leaf out of your book) and PHOTOGRAPH myself in heels (or my feet, that will do) -0 they are objects of beauty, (sadly a lot of them aren't functional) so i think the best of both worlds...is to capture the Look! and then change into flats..and off and away we are.

    seriously though, i think there is a MAJOR market in shoes that are comfy, that you can walk GREAT distances in, and yet stylish.

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    1. I think you're right Sonia. I would be part of that market.

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  9. Shalom Natasha and thanks for this great article!

    Many years ago (okay, it was in 1973), I was a school teacher - standing all day long on a concrete floor. On warm days (and sometimes even with socks), I thought it would be good to wear Dr. Scholl's sandals - everyone said they were comfortable... EXCEPT the bottoms were wooden then. So - there I was, wearing the latest fad, touted for its benefit to feet and comfort, standing on wooden platforms on hard concrete floors 7-8 hours every day, 5 days a week...

    Right - well, it only took a couple of months to compress my spine and give me back problems for the rest of my life.

    It's our SHOES along with our posture that determine the health of our skeletal system. Wear what is GOOD for your feet and back, NOT just because something looks nice!

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    1. Thank you for sharing this story, I loved picturing you in the classroom with your bohemian sandals. :)

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  10. I like this outfits and photos, it`s very colorful and I like that way ot thinking!!

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  11. Oh God poor lady!

    I agree with you.

    As much as I love heels I'm totally okay with wearing them occasionally. Heels might look pretty but they are so painful afterwards, well most of them at least.

    xoxo,
    Sheyla
    www.freestyle-moda.com

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  12. I love the second photo of you, Natasha. The expression on your face is gorgeously intense.

    AND, by the way, I can always tell when Chris is the photographer. He has a style!

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    1. He definitely does. Chris's photographs and news stories always jump out - he's a talented guy. :)

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  13. Those shoes are so elegant! Nice choice!

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  14. I love high heels :) even though I have a back problems...I just can't help it to wear them ...
    Urszula

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  15. Nice outfit!!
    lOVE YOUR BLOG!!

    http://sweetcherryblogger.blogspot.com.es/

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  16. Lindos tacos, tu blusa me recuerda a Brito!!! Dulce tiempo.

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  17. Haha, totally understand where the warning label on heels could be handy. I vividly remember five years ago when one of my mother's best friend's said: "Hunny you are going to be like me someday if you keep wearing those" and to me, it is worth it. I love heels all too much, but I am only in my 20s and I already feel some knee pain from time to time. Oh well!

    Love your jacket, it is gorgeous! P.S. Just received the earrings from the giveaway, they are beautiful!!!!!

    xoxo,
    Rachel
    www.rachelslookbook.com

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    1. So glad you got the earrings Rachel, took longer than I thought it would. Enjoy them my dear!

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  18. Love the look :)

    And I totally agree with you. I walk in my 15 cm high heels, but do I ever think about the future? Hell no!

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  19. Great jacket

    www.northernstyle.blog.com

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  20. I can chase you in the right heels! Seriously though, I think heels can be worn very comfortably as long as you buy with your feet in mind. For instance, it took me years to realize that I just can't wear anything higher than a 3 inch heel. Oh well! And that the toe box needs to actually fit correctly and not squeeze my toes. I think a lot of the trouble women have with high heels comes less from the fact that they're wearing heels and more from them not knowing how shoes should feel & fit on your feet! Heels just magnify fit issues because gravity is making them more pronounced.

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  21. I would be ok if they implemented a no heels at work policy. Weddings & birthdays could be an acceptable exception.

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  22. I think wearing high heels on special occasions are definitely great! After all pretty shoes are girls best friend. But on the daily, stepping away from heels is definitely better for your body. great insight!

    XOXOJOANNIE
    ANURBAN-EXPLORER.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  23. lol so funny! yes, some of my shoes could use warning labels LOL!

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  24. I also love heels but I hate wearing them A. Because they make me over 6 feet tall (:-0 ) and B. They hurt so badly! I would totally pay attention to the warning label if they came with them!

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  25. you look wonderful! the orange looks so good on you!

    <3

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  26. You look lovely and I love your jacket!

    Great article, for me it's gonna be bitter sweet if there is limitations placed on how high a heel an individual could wear becuase my relationship with my heels is love hat.

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  27. in cases where the effect is quite self-evident from the cause, like wearing high heels or smoking cigarettes, some edict from a governmental body seems like a waste of time. but, clearly, some people need to be told before they can make any decision and are not free thinkers. sigh.

    apologies, i know you were joking around and i went on a semi-serious rant... long day! thankfully, i am wearing flats today so i can stroll to my car in boring comfort.

    http://dallianceswithsuitsandskirts.blogspot.com/

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    1. No ranting, I enjoyed your thoughts on this. Thanks for sharing them. :)

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  28. Well, your shoes are lovely! Some heels should definitely come with a warning...but as someone who has inherited bunions, I already sort of have my very own health warning: wear heels or pointy shoes too much and risk searing pain!

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  29. I don't wear high heels often, but I do enjoy having the possibility, esspecially for parties. They make me feel elegant. :) However, if they were forbidden, flat shoes would probably create a new elegance norm. Which would probably be more comfortable.
    By the way, I awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog today. I was awarded with it by another Dutch blogger and one of the rules was that I had to award some other bloggers with it as well. However, definitely do not feel obligated to repost it yourself, I was really happy with the award, since I’m still fairly new in the bloggers community , but I can definetely imagine that you are passed these things by now ;)
    Anyway, I hope it gives you some new Dutch readers.
    - Sabine
    P.S. I’m really sorry for this long post. I actually wanted to e-mail you with this, but my pc wouldn’t let me open your e-mail address..

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  30. LOVE your top...and yes, heels can be dangerous lol

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  31. oh goodness, the age old love/hate relationship we have with high heels. I myself tend to avoid them for daily wear, although I wish I had the endurance to pull them off because I'm so short! When it's a special occasion though, flats just won't do.

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  32. Forget the long-term damage, I'm typically pretty klutzy so I reserve my real high heels for days where I don't do a whole lotta walking about. However, wedges have become my best friends - height and better stability? Yes, please!

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  33. Such a fabulous jacket!! Amazing colours :)

    -Sydney xo

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  34. great story!

    -COSMICaroline
    www.COSMICaroline.com

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  35. First off, I love your blazer! I have been on the hunt for vintage peplum for weeks now, but so far I've come up dry.
    On the heels issue, I love them and wear them all the time even though my feet hurt like hell, but I never hobble, or take them off until I get home. Some people will hate me for saying this, but there is no better way to ruin the look of a great pair of shoes then being uncomfortable in them. If they aren't comfortable, are too high, or you can't make it through the day in them, don't wear them (or bring a back up pair of flats like I do!)

    Raj

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  36. Oh gosh, I don't really think of the long term effects of the heels. If i can't walk in them, I don't buy them. Lately I've been trying to take it easy and only wearing them for a short time each day since I rolled an ankle a week ago. but i really hate wearing flats all the time.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  37. Adorei seu site, é intuitivo, bonito e muito agradável.

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  38. I don't know about the warning labels. I don't want warning labels on top of all the mothers, men and sneaker-wearing female friends that roll their eyes at us anyway when we wear high heels.
    Most of the time I try to find a good compromise and wear shoes that are pretty but that I can also walk in, like ballet flats, wedges, heels with a strap across the foot so I don't slip out of them, anything with a heel that's broad enough not to get stuck in the pavement.

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  39. I've known women who could spend the whole night dancing on high heels and had nothing. i am not one of them, unfortunately and theregore i wear flats or smaller heels. I think it is also a matter of one person's characteristics her posture, etc.

    Nora

    http://notenora.blogspot.com

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  40. Amazing top!!! Lovely!!!:-)

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  41. I love this post! I'm a flats girl all the way! And while I've seen some very cute heels, most of them look achingly painful on the women's feet and the effects on your feet, knees, and back can be long term! Well said! I love the peplum blazer! I just knew it had to be vintage :)

    Chioma
    CsEvolutionofStyle.com

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  42. I actually find flats terribly uncomfortable! They don't give my feet enough support and I always wind up with blisters from them. I'm all about wedges - they're a good mix between arch support, heel height and comfort.

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  43. New follower here! I really like this post because I'm one of those girls that refuses to wear shoes/heels that I don't feel comfortable in (no matter how good/beautiful the shoe looks). I always think long term effects and putting the health of my feet (never mind my spine and posture later down the road) on the line isn't worth it in my opinion. A bit of a heel is ok because it gives a bit of a support (so I always buy flats that aren't completely "flat" but rather a bit of height throughout the length of the shoe if you get what I mean).

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  44. I Do like this top!! Gorgeous!!!



    With Love From Hollywood, Kier

    Fashion Addict
    Fashion Addict

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  45. HOWEVER.... Maybe I'm too American, but If the government ever tried to Restrict my high heal wearing freedom, I'd flip the F out. The government should stop telling us what's good for us, and let us be personally responsible again. If I want to mess up my back in the name of a perkier butt, Then that's my choice- it affects nobody else and shouldn't be anyone else's business!!!



    With Love From Hollywood, Kier

    Fashion Addict
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  46. On the outfit, I love this peplum blazer. It's so quirky, and I love the print. This just shows that thrifting is the way forward. That aside, I'd also like to add that I've done a project on high heels, and there are some social benefits that come with it (i.e. the idea of giving a woman confidence, sprucing up a look, etc). At the end of the day, it really depends on the individual to decide if they are willing to trade in health issues in the name of fashion. Everything in moderation, hey?

    Love, Miffalicious. [miffalicious.wordpress.com]

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  47. What a super rad, peplum top! You look great, hun.

    xx Love & Aloha
    http://elisharon.blogspot.com

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  48. What a great post.... Very well written! I have cringed through many a walks in "sit-down" shoes... all in the name of looking good! but a shortie like me can use a little help even at the risk of physio in 25 years! Like Southern girls say: "The higher the heel, the closer to God!" ... and who doesn't want to be a bit closer to Heel Heaven!?!?! (haha)

    http://danaslookbook.blogspot.com/

    Dana

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  49. Please link your post back to the blog.

    Thank you.

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  50. This Blazer is so cool!
    Love how it breaks into colors at the bottom.
    GReat choice.

    Love,
    ila

    http://thefleamarketqueen.blogspot.in

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  51. I love heels - too bad I can't wear them all that often as I choose comfort over wanting to sprain my ankle. haha! Love your blazer - so bright and fun!

    www.whatjocraves.wordpress.com

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  52. We all love heels despite the pain! But I wear my flats more cos of the discomfort! Though heels just make your outfit look so nice, na?

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  53. Oh wow! The peplum blazer is an absolute beauty :) Love it!


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  54. so true,,, shoes are the most important part,,, they affect your back ans spinal chord directly ,,, sooo true ,, but still we drool over every beautiful heel we see and want to make it ours ,,, however i have started wearing flat chic sandals for every day wear or even wedges and i keep the oh soo gorgeous heels for those times when i dont have to walk much or i feel i can wear them ,,, its all about balance ,,,, love your blazer ,,, th entire look ,,, and the shoes too ,,,, droooool ,,, ;p following you ,,, do visit my blog and follow me if you like

    xoxo
    Bhakti

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  55. Shopping for shoes online is time well spent if footwear is your fantasy. By envisioning ourselves wearing the perfect shoe, we rally when life plays tricks on us. Shoe shopping, every woman knows, feeds that part of us that seeks pleasure in our appearance.I find this website for Shoes for Heel Pain you can visit this site.

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