High heels, a staple in many women’s wardrobes, have been the subject of numerous studies and surveys over the years. Despite their reputation for causing discomfort and potential health issues, these shoes continue to be worn by a significant number of women. However, the exact percentage of women who wear high heels daily is a topic of debate, with various surveys providing different figures.
According to a survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association in 2009, 72% of women reported wearing high-heeled shoes, with 39% of them wearing heels daily. This survey also revealed that 59% of women experienced toe pain as a result of wearing uncomfortable shoes, while 54% reported pain in the ball of the foot.
However, more recent data suggests a decline in daily high heel usage, it is estimated that only about 20% of women wear high heels, and of these, probably only 10% wear heels daily. The reasons behind women’s preference for high heels are multifaceted. According to the same 2009 survey, 82% of women wore high heels for fashion or style, 73% to complete their professional attire, 54% to look sexier and more attractive, 48% to enhance their legs, and 39% to appear taller.
Despite the allure of high heels, it’s important to note the potential health risks associated with regular use. Wearing high heels can lead to shortening of the calf muscles, a thicker Achilles tendon, ankle instability, and increased pressure at the ball of the foot. It can also alter body mechanics, leading to stress on knees, hips, and lower back, potentially resulting in chronic pain and arthritis.