In the beginning, footwear provided protection and comfort. This podiatric paradise did not last. First we began to decorate our footwear, and after that we became “well-heeled.” Down, down the slippery slope we’ve slid ever since, to the point where fashion produces bunions and hammertoes, and where absence of pain equals frumpiness.
Is it really true that stylishness and comfort are mutually exclusive? If by “fashionable” we mean 5-inch stiletto heels and some of the super-pointy toe boxes we’ve spotted lately, this may appear to be the case. But if we just reject the more extreme styles, we can see it’s a false choice. We can successfully challenge the idea that you can’t have it all, and we will do it by returning to “anatomically correct” footwear.