the healing power of fashion

Ahh… the beautiful ballet flat…

We have seen them all -- elegantly designed with different fabrics, prints and colors, perfect for pairing with almost every outfit. They also come in various shapes and sizes, from pretty round toe styles to pointed ones.

Many women have already tossed the sexy stiletto for the comfy ballet flat and they have good reason to do so. With so much information on how high heels can literally kill one’s feet, it’s really no wonder why many of us have shifted to kinder, flatter shoes.

Ballet flats are a classic shoe so women don’t have to sacrifice their sense of style. But what’s this we hear about the so-called dangers of ballet flats? Here’s what the experts say about ballet flats and flat sandals in general:

• They look comfortable but they actually lack or give no support! They make your feet muscles work to much which results to heel pain, strain on the Achilles tendon, and many more painful feet and leg injuries.

• They have no cushioning. This is especially bad for those who walk a lot in hard concrete city streets. There is only a thin piece of leather or canvas between your feet and the pavement!

But before you react ladies… this doesn’t mean that we have to suffer just to wear pretty flats. For those of you who have healthier arches, experts say that the pain and the harmful effects of flat shoes are not actually bad. For those who are not as lucky, you can still wear them but you just have to make sure that you alternate them with shoes which have more support.

The secret actually to choosing feet friendly ballet flats is looking for proper cushioning. If it’s too thin… don’t buy it. If you know you are going to be on your feet all day or you are going to have to do a lot of walking, just make sure you wear comfortable flat shoes with enough cushioning.

There are a lot of stylish ballet flats out there that also give support and are kinder to your feet.

Remember, it’s all about choosing the right flats that are kind to your feet. With the right pair, you can definitely strut your stuff with happy feet!

Posted by CastMedicDesigns on 08/13/13 at 02:14 PM