August 11, 2011

Women’s feet

I think one of the current health problems that the world has to solve involves women’s feet. :-) The problem is more ‘observable’ with the arrival of summer.

Chinese have abolished quite recently footbinding which was applied to young girls of the elite families, a ritual stemming from more than a thousand years ago, believing that their feet will look beautiful if they are still small when they grow up. For my understanding the high heels that women wear today seem to be remnants of this Chinese application. :-)

According to a recent study, 39% of women said that they wear high heels every day, and 75% of those women reported that they suffer from regular shoe-related foot pain and various illnesses.

It seems that women assume that they look better in high heels and are ready to pay the price.

A similar situation can also be observed in the businesses owners looking for a partner. They might be ready for example to change their organizations knowing the problems that they will face as a result or would move their business to a new location although they are very comfortable in the current one. However, the most important aspect of the business for the prospective partner is actually the business owner himself.

I don’t want to be misunderstood; I have nothing against high heels. :-) As someone who has stopped wearing a tie for more than 20 years, I do not believe women ought to pay any price due to wearing high heels, especially if this leads to a health hazard.

You can read more about foot binding here and about high heels here.

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