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”óan 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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Christine Jones
Christine J2 years ago

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.

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

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

Charmaine C.
Charmaine C3 years ago

Foot mutilation is unfortunately nothing new.

Karen K.
Karen K3 years ago

hard to believe people would do this

Heidi Wood
Heidi W3 years ago

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

Catrin Kroehler
Catrin Schuetz3 years ago


Jane Howard
Jane Howard3 years ago

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

Danuta Watola
Danuta W3 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Melania Padilla
Melania P3 years ago

Cannot believe this! How stupid!!!

Nicole Bergeron
Nicole Bergeron3 years ago

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.