A Podiatrist Laughs Every Time You Wear These 6 Shoe Trends


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They say that beauty is pain, and in the fashion world, we often swap out the word "beauty" for "style." Style is pain? That doesn't sound enticing. We're devout trend followers and appreciators of nice things (don't judge us), but even we can't get behind items that are bad for our overall well-being—even the prettiest pair of stilettos.

Since shoe trends operate on a swiftly moving trend rotation and can determine how comfortable we are throughout the day, we needed to touch base with our favorite podiatrist, Bobby Pourziaee, also known as the High Heel Doc of Rodeo Drive Podiatry, to get the 411 on which shoe trends we should skip this season. 

When we told him about the season's biggest shoe trends, he literally laughed at the overall harm the structures can have on your foot's health. Below, read along as this podiatrist breaks down which ones are laughable at best and which you should stock up on ASAP.

Don't worry—His recommendations include some of our favorite styles for the season. Apparently, comfort and style actually can go hand in hand. 


"Even though your toes (and that beautiful pedicure) are out for the world to see, extended use of flip-flops can lead to arch and heel pain. Flip-flops notoriously have no support. Keep them only for the beach or the pool." — Pourziaee



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"By definition, these have optimum arch support and soles meant for shock absorption. Companies like Nike make sneakers and running shoes fashionably, so you can run and take them to the gym, or you can wear them with a cute pair of jeans." — Pourziaee

Shop sneakers:


"Even though these remind you of your days in ballet class in first position, these shoes also have zero support. They give you a false sense of material because your foot is covered, but the material is thin, and therefore, it can easily be punctured while walking on the street to your barre class (or coffee date)." — Pourziaee


"The plastic-shoe trend will hopefully not last long. Not only does plastic cause major perspiration of the feet, but the friction caused by the plastic can create blisters and pain. Besides that, they make your feet smell really bad." — Pourziaee



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"Cowboy boots will always be a popular trend. Just make sure there's always room for your toes so they aren't squished. Cowboy boots also provide great ankle support." — Pourziaee

Shop cowboy boots:


"These give the illusion of ankle support because of the straps, but the flimsy straps provide minimal support of the ankle and therefore can cause an ankle twist or a bad runway fall." — Pourziaee



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"Even though your jaw may drop when you see a friend walk into a party with Birkenstocks on, they're actually good for your feet. They provide good shock absorption and arch support. PS, they sometimes make your feet smell if you wear them too long, so don't forget to soak your feet in Epsom salt to help with the odor and to be proactive on swelling." — Pourziaee


"Close-toed mules can squish your foot because they're narrow. More importantly, they have no ankle or rear-foot support. This can easily allow for a sprained ankle or long-term damage." — Pourziaee



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"Wear these instead of stilettos because they give you more support and balance with the wedge." — Pourziaee

Shop wedges:


"General rule: the higher the heel, the closer to god, but also increased chances of ankle sprains and long-term damage to the forefoot." — Pourziaee

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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"Copy (200 words): Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Where and has worked at the company for nearly seven years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Sydney Sweeney, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox. 

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