When designer heels attack! Aretha Franklin is the latest celebrity to be the victim of killer stilettos. Her spiked Jimmy Choo heels became a weapon of mass destruction when she tripped over them in her hotel room and ended up with a fracture in her left index toe.

Of her fashion fall, Aretha said:

“How am I supposed to match my new Marc Jacobs gown with this wooden blue hospital shoe?”

Only Aretha! Her humorous reaction calls to mind a saying among women that we’ve heard since we were little girls wincing as Mom styled our hair: “beauty is pain.” Enduring discomfort and even danger for the sake of fashion is par for the course.

Earlier this year, I was shocked to learn that I had damaged my ankle by wearing heels to work everyday. Despite slight yet re-occuring pain in my toes, the balls of my feet and my ankle, I had pranced around in designer heels at 5 inches or higher everyday for years—not to mention dancing at clubs in them during weekends.

Since my ankle injury, I’ve wizened up a bit. I’ve discovered comfortable flats and miraculous Dr. Scholl’s inserts to help curb discomfort in high-heeled shoes.

But the question remains: why subject yourself to pain in the first place? Women like me, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian have all documented injuries, bruises, cuts and bleeding due to dangerous high-heeled shoes. And yet the majority of women still wear them, you know, to match with their “Marc Jacobs gowns.”

Have you ever experienced pain or even an injury in high heels? Do you endure it anyway in the name of Fashion? Discuss.


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  • Chantay

    OMG, YES, I have endured pain in the worst manner. Walking, standing, working, catching buses and cabs, dancing all night etc in no less than a 3 inch heel. Sometimes I have twisted an ankle by accident, or just plain sore in the soles of my feet, or strapping too tight around the ankle. All manner of foolishness simply because I am in love with high heels, and let me look good or die trying! These days I am far more sensible. I have learned to keep a flat with me, and to only wear those soaring heels when I am going out. High heels aren’t meant to be worn everyday. I have learned to modulate with wedges and cute flats. I have to compromise because I have injured my calves with stress and damaged my knees. Wearing really high heels also tilts the pelvis and can cause real issues. All things in moderation, and learning to mix cute and comfortable is the rule of the day for me now.

  • I love wearing heels (it’s the best to go with office wear and will help spice up a corporate dress even!) but the thing is it really hurts at times. Some tips I learnt along the way:

    1. Gel padding
    If the heels are a bit big somewhere, it’s best to use gel padding, it’s comfortable and helps to “tighten things up a little”. It costs about $2 for a pair which is pretty reasonable. You can transfer them between heels but I have 1 pair each on my favourite pairs of heels.

    2. Band-aids (Plasters)
    I always carry a handful of these in my wallet just in case I’m having bad heels day.

    3. Switch to flats
    If the workplace permits, wear pretty heels while commuting to work and during lunch time. Other than that, when we’re not meeting clients or having meetings, I’ll opt for the comfortable option anytime.

    Hope this helps :)