Why are pointy toe heels so popular this spring? They were uncomfortable in the sixties, no better in the seventies, and are still uncomfortable to wear. The natural foot does not come to a point, making the toes jam together to fit into the shoe and making many women purchase shoes a size larger than usual. Any woman who has ever danced ballet knows the misery of forcing her toes into a tight point. This may not be troubling while dancers are young and active, but can result in hammer toes, corns and bunions later in life, reminding her of the countless hours spent on pointe. If you walk into any shoe store, you’ll find pointy toe shoes and round toe shoes, but none that conform to the natural, somewhat wider slant of the toes.
Pointy toe shoes cycle through the fashion scene, periodically hitting a high and being widely sought after. Women cram their toes into an uncomfortably tight space, allowing no breathing or wiggle room, to show their style. Once at home, the shoes are usually kicked off, allowing women to walk about barefoot and giving their toes a chance to recover from the tortures of pointy toes. Oh, yes, pointy toes are popular this spring and are showing up in caged, strappy, floral and laser cut styles. To add to their grief, many pointy toe shoes also have very high heels, bringing them to the very height of fashion and the very bottom of comfort.
A young woman in our family was recently married in a gorgeous wedding gown and white pointy toe shoes with five inch heels. Picture perfect in every way, she wore them only long enough to walk down the aisle and complete the ceremony, immediately exchanging them for lower heel, more comfortable shoes with rounded toes before the reception. Keeping the high, pointy toe wedding shoes on to meet and greet and dance was more than she could bear.
Round toe shoes are a bit better, giving the toes a little more room to spread and breathe. Equally popular, many women choose round toe flats or mid-heel pumps for career and corporate wear. Generally, these shoes can be worn throughout the day with relative comfort and ease, making them a good choice for most women. With summer approaching, round toe shoes have been adapted to strappy high wedges and colorful high espadrilles. Great for adding height to your look, they pose a very real risk, accounting for countless ballet fractures each year. These are caused by essentially slipping off the shoe, something that’s all too easy to do with high summer styles.
Look at your foot. See how wide the span of your toes is? See how they angle down from the big toe to the little toe? Have you ever seen a shoe actually shaped like a real foot? Most people have not and, if they have, it was considered an unattractive orthopedic shoe. Will we continue to stuff out toes into pointy toe shoes, choose round toes for the office and slip off our espadrilles and end up on crutches? Yes, knowing woman and fashion trends, we probably will. If anyone sees an attractive, trendy shoe shaped like a foot, please let us know. We’d love to see a photo!
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending