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Seriously? Women Are Having Surgery So Designer Heels Fit Better

  • April 29, 2014
  • 10:02 am
Seriously? Women Are Having Surgery So Designer Heels Fit Better

How far are women willing to go for fashion? According to the New York Times, pretty far. The newspaper walks a mile in the shoes of a handful of LA- and NYC-based podiatrists who perform procedures specifically designed to help women fit comfortably into designer heels. What types of surgery are women undergoing for the sake of their Manolo Blahniks? Aesthetic toe-shortening, fat-pad augmentation, and toe-lengthening procedures, by way of one Beverly Hills podiatrist, who brands his procedures with names like “the Cinderella” and “Perfect 10!”

A Park Avenue podiatrist, who recommends Prada and Michael Kors for women looking for a wider shoe, offers injectable fillers for cushioning and other injections to tame profuse sweating; another NYC practitioner corrects what he calls Hitchhiker’s Toe (a case of an outsize big toe) but drew the line at one patient’s request: amputation of a pinkie toe to allow for a better fit.

And it’s not a new trend: The Times checked in on it in 2003, focusing on the “perils on the procedures”—an elective bunion removal, for instance, that ended up saddling the patient with serious foot pain. Time points out that woman are doing other “gross things” for fashion’s sake, like Botoxing their calves to make them skinnier, and thereby better suited for skinnyjeans and slim boots. (And then there are these 7 people, who went under the knife in an attempt to look like a celeb.)

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3:01AM PDT on May 13, 2015

So disheartening. Brave women chained themselves to the railings of parliament so their sisters could be treated as equals and then these women voluntarily do this (and worse) to themselves. Sigh.

5:05PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

Many cultures bind feet in childhood to keep them small. But there is no way I would do that to anyone, including myself!

1:56PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Foot mutilation is unfortunately nothing new.

5:07PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

hard to believe people would do this

5:48PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

As a massage therapist high heels should be no taller then two inches. any higher then it tilts the hips to much.

5:17AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014


5:19AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Mad...Mad.. Mad....

3:27AM PDT on May 23, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

11:51AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Cannot believe this! How stupid!!!

10:54AM PDT on May 8, 2014

Nope, nope, nope, on every level. I would rather be the one in flat shoes that look pretty than in high heels that I needed surgery to fit better in.

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