According to a survey done by Britain’s College of Podiatry, it takes the average woman surveyed about one hour, six minutes and 48 seconds of moving about in and even just standing in heels to start to have the pain of it all kick in.
Really, an hour though? I find myself half-limping and looking for a chair to sit down in after 30 minutes…
The survey utilized more than 2,000 men and women to be studied by 60 podiatrists to understand the regard we have for our feet and how often/long we’re okay with wearing uncomfortable shoes (this includes more than JUST heels by the way). While 12 percent of men said they purposely wear uncomfortable shoes to look snazzy, the survey found that almost half of all the women surveyed are willing to wear uncomfortable shoes like sky-high heels. And while the “average” woman surveyed could make it teetering over folks in heels for more than an hour, the survey also found that 20 percent of women say they start feeling the pain of wearing heels after just 10 minutes.
The study also found that 28 percent of women admitted to being that chick in the club who kicks off their heels because they can’t stand trying to get down in their heels once their feet start throbbing. Another 37 percent admitted that after faking the funk in public, they’ve walked home barefoot just for relief (these couldn’t have been sistas…). About half of women said they suffered some sort of foot problems after putting on uncomfortable shoes, and it seems that the younger you are, the higher your shoes: The survey found 20 percent of women from 18-24 were rocking six-inch heels compared to just 10 percent in the 25-42 range.
One of the people behind the survey, Lorraine Jones of The College of Podiatry says that we all need to take better care of our feet, seeing as they do the most work for us daily (allegedly we’ll walk more than 150,000 miles in a lifetime):
“As a result of general wear and tear, most of us will suffer with some sort of foot complaint at some point in our lives, but we are seeing a lot of cases which could have been prevented – particularly amongst women.
We all like to look good but it’s important to take a common sense approach to footwear. High heels and flip flops are fine to wear occasionally but not all the time. For day to day wear, she said, you should opt for a well-fitting round toed shoe with a heel height of around one inch.”
Do you find yourself with foot problems (aches and pains…and blisters) because of the type of shoes you’re rocking?