Last week I read this shocking article in The New York Times about how women are getting foot surgery so they can fit their feet into fancy high heeled shoes. I’m not talking about people with major deformities, but people who say it hurts to wear Louboutins, so they want to fix it under the knife. Ok, ok, maybe it is not that shocking given the lengths people will go these days to look “good”, but for some reason foot surgery makes me really nervous. Here are a few reasons why I’d never get it.
1. Your feet are important. Yes, I know that your face and boobs are also important, and people frequently get surgery there, but somehow the feet seem sacred. If they screw up, then you might have trouble walking for the rest of your life. That’s quite a major thing, as mobility is, well, important. I understand surgery to repair real problems or deformities, but just so that you can wear this season’s it-shoe? No.
2. Those high heeled shoes are supposed to hurt. I have a few pairs of four inchers I can wear all day without too much pain, but for the most part, super high heels, especially ones with stiletto heels, are not comfortable. You shouldn’t get surgery to change that, you should just wear more comfortable shoes. One person interviewed in the article explains “If you live in New York, your feet are your wheels.” That’s ridiculous, no one should be commuting around New York on their feet in towering heels. Get a taxi, or pack a pair of flats.
3. Surgery is scary. People are cutting into you. You need time to recover. Things can go wrong. Things can go very wrong. It should only be done when necessary. (As you can see, I’m not a huge fan of cosmetic surgery. I’ve had surgery twice, had great recoveries, but I knew right there and then that I would not be doing it again unless it was necessary. There are too many risks.)
4. It’s expensive. Why not just get an amazing shoe maker to make you a last and design your own shoes? Or, better yet, buy a brand that has a wide fit (one of the doctors in the article suggests Prada) and use the surgery money on a holiday instead.
5. It is vain, frivolous, and ridiculous. But then again, the fashion industry seems to be full of stuff that is vain, frivolous, and ridiculous. I wonder, when reading these types of articles, whether this type of thing is new, or if we just have better media access to these stories. Either way, it is slightly depressing.
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