The Sydney Morning Herald says:
Aside from the discomfort of wearing ultra high heels for any length of time, there are myriad health problems associated with long-term stiletto love. Many of these, such as bunions, joint pain and hammer toes, are familiar to most women but it appears that heels affect more than one’s feet. Some health experts go so far as to attribute fertility problems, thinning hair and even mental health disorders to prolonged wearing of high heels.
One commenter said:
High heels give you chronic foot/leg/back problems, too flat shoes are equally bad, bags worn over one shoulder give you neck/shoulder/back problems, underwire and pushup bras give you back and neck problems (not to mention being darn uncomfortable no matter how well made they are)…it’s a wonder we poor long suffering females aren’t all hunchbacked invalids by the age of 25!
And yet how many of would prefer to see all women braless, in orthopoedic shoes wearing backpacks? How many of us would still be taken seriously in the office if we did? Of course wearing ridiculously high heels on a daily basis is silly and pointless, but let’s not lose sight of reality entirely. Most women feel sexy and powerful in a nice pair of heels, and that doesn’t make us masochistic, schizophrenic nutters.
Given that men also have a certain height of heel to make all-day wear more comfortable] and of all my shoes, the brogues are the most comfortable], the ladies feel better with at least some heel.
How much though? Personally, I find the sort of flat shoes that are currently worn by many ladies the prettiest of all [plus natural hair and makeup] but admittedly, if they wore them out with an evening dress, it would look strange and evening dresses are very, very nice. I love wearing a dinner jacket/tux but the occasions for this are few and far between these days.