Another News Article on High Heeled Shoes

My friend, Bill Katovsky, from the Natural Running Center, just forwarded me a link to this New York Times article about women undergoing surgery to make it easier to wear high heels and the doctors who do the surgeries. The article, like many news articles on women’s high-heeled shoes, makes me kind of want to vomit and I’m hoping that Bill doesn’t expect me to formally review it.

I don’t blame the New York Times. In the past they’ve done some wonderful articles on my research showing the detrimental effects of different types of women’s shoes, from high-heeled stilettos to so-called “sensible” low-heeled shoes and traditional running shoes. As have a number of other media sources. So, rather than (1) expound on the data supporting that no matter what kind of foot surgery one has, high-heels will have the same, if not more, detrimental effects on the entire body, not just the foot, or (2) vomit, I went to find one of my favorite syndicated articles on high heels, written by one of my all-time favorite, now retired, journalists, Ellen Goodman.

Interesting that when I tried to google up the article, I stumbled upon a blog post written by Maria Shriver that began with…

“Feminism seems to be having a comeback lately – though my good friend Gloria Steinem would argue it’s never gone anywhere.”

Anyways, I couldn’t find the article online but did find it readily, under a glass frame, hanging up on the “trophy” wall of my office. (To read it, just click on the image.)


Minor update…with OESH, I no longer have a problem finding flat shoes – for myself or for my, now, three daughters. And neither does Ellen Goodman, who, as you might imagine, was one our very first OESHers.

Maria, I’m with you…Feminism IS making a comeback.

Viva La Vida.

2 replies on “Another News Article on High Heeled Shoes

  • Joan Weeks

    I recently joined the OESH family. I was one of those who walked on stilts for many years, I am now paying dearly for the “thought to be glamorous”. I have arthritis in both knees; left knee is bone-on-bone and I am holding out not to have knee replacement surgery. I LOVE the OESH shoes and have told anyone who will listen about how WONDERFUL they feel. The day I received my OESH shoes I put them on and DID NOT want to take them off–there are no words to describe these shoes. I have a pair in purple/hot pink and wore them to church today; I’ve had them about three weeks and my knees definitely feel better. I hope to be able to buy another pair soon. I am a WALKING testament for OESH shoes. I have been health conscious for many years about what I eat, reading labels at the grocery store, but did not include the health of my feet, knees, etc. Many thanks for this wonderful “invention” shoes that feel like “baby” shoes. I am the young age of 79, looking forward to walking pain-free soon and for as many years as God will allow me to remain on this earth. God’s blessings to all who will be doing something GOOD for their body and for sharing the Good News about OESH shoes.


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