Heights of Fashion: Too Small Shoes? Use a Blow Dryer.

This Monday morning, fashion and beauty go-to Refinery29 posted the below photo on their Twitter, the premise of which, encourages women to squeeze their feet into too small Louboutins in the name of fashion. Beauty=pain, no?


Beauty editor Megan McIntyre captioned her original photo: “Thank you @oliviawilde – shoes I borrowed for tonight were too small, so @louboutinworld let me in on a little secret that she recently did. Put shoes on, then blast with a hair dryer. Bcuz they are PVC, they will then reshape to fit your feet. Brilliant!”

If by brilliant, she meant bunion, then we’re on the same podiatric page. The human foot is one the most intricate structures in the body: it contains one-third of the bones in the body (26), has 35 joints, and more than 100 ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

So suggesting that we ugly step-sister it, is terrible beauty advice, especially coming from a woman who has a serious bunion growing on her right foot (no sweat Megs, we’ve got them too). If she keeps this up (blow dryer or not) the left is sure to follow.

This is not surprising, considering a study by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society found that 88 percent of women in the U.S. wear shoes that are too small, and 55 percent have bunions. Making bunions nine times more common in women than men.

Stuffing feet into shoes that are too small, all for the sake of the shoe? We’re putting our foot down.

Also, PVC Louboutins retail for almost a grand. Just in case you’re in the market for some really expensive plastic.

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