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4 Types Of Shoes That Are SO Bad For Your Feet (No, Not Stilettos!)

Srishti Sabharwal

Senior Fashion Writer

Stilettos are infamous for causing all sorts of knee and joint ailments, but just because your shoe is flat doesn’t mean it’s good for you. In fact, some of the flattest shoes like ballet flats are really bad for your feet! Of course, the ideal shoe for you depends on the shape of your feet, but there are a few guidelines that apply to everyone. Read on to know more about shoes that are bad for your feet, even if you thought otherwise.




1. Flip-Flops


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Yes, your go-to summer footwear is actually really bad for your feet’s health. Most flip-flops lack arch support and rely on a very flimsy piece of rubber for support. Not just that, your toe curls up with every step you take. Constant pressure on the toes can lead to hammertoes, in such a situation. So avoid those generic flip-flops and choose footwear that provides more support to your feet.


Choose these strappy flats (Rs 909) instead of flip-flops for healthy feet!


2. Ballet Flats


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Ballet flats are especially bad for people with flat feet. These shoes offer no shock absorption or arch support for both, the walls and the heels of your feet. Which is exactly why people with flatter feet risk getting stress fractures and neuromas by wearing ballet flats. In case of the pointy ballet flats, the bones rub together. Why would you ever do that to your feet?   


3. Sneakers


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You must be wondering how sneakers can be ‘bad’, right? But here’s the thing, sneakers that aren’t particularly meant for athletic purposes but are marketed for the same, should never be bought with an intent to wear and workout in. Such sneakers are usually too comfortable to be true and provide very little support to your ankles. Long durations of walks and running in such sneakers can lead to sprains and serious foot injuries.


If you’re looking for running shoes, get these grey ones from HRX (Rs 1,499).


4. Mules




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We’re sure you’re as surprised about this one as we are. Mules are ‘apparently’ the most comfy shoes out there at the moment. But the lack of ankle support makes them just as bad as any of the shoes stated above. And when these shoes come with heels, it’s even worse for your feet. The fact that you have to curl your toes to put your foot down, makes your feet susceptible to hammertoes, sprains and bunions. Looks like that’s a good enough reason not to give in to this trend!  

Published on Oct 28, 2017
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