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Fab Flash: Flats are Bad For You!

Yesterday we reported that Gwyneth Paltrow was helping to boost sales of heels. Well, today heels received another boost as it was revealed that flats are just as harmful for you as heels. Sammy Margo, a spokeswoman for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, spoke to The Guardian and explained,

"Go straight from wearing trainers, which have incredible amounts of support for the arch and upper foot, or from high heels in the winter to flat pumps in the summer and you risk pain and strain. You need to ease yourself into a new shoe style, wearing them for half an hour at first, then building up."

It is recommended that you change your style of shoe regularly to prevent any damage from occurring. Another excuse to build up a wealth of footwear!

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KatyCat KatyCat 6 years
flats bad for you, i wear them all the time there like slippers like bare feet!!???
daddio49 daddio49 8 years You should all read this article....apparently, NO shoes are good for our feet :)
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
So it doesn't really say that flats as such are bad for you. Just jumping into them straight from heels (and I hope we're not going to kid ourselves into thinking that heels are better for our legs, back etc. than flats). I agree that most of the flats out there are really poorly made, but I have a pair of leather flats made by Rieker...they look girly and have a great shape and sole, that supports the foot.
OliveBlack OliveBlack 8 years
I've been saying this for ages! Walking or standing too much in ballet pumps ends up killing my heels and back. My ideal is a 2 inch heel, but I even find some platforms incredibly comfortable. I tend to alternate daily between heels and flats to avoid back pain.
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
I wish cute stylish shoes were made to be comfortable. I know certain brands try but ... maybe someday.
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