Stilettos get a bad rap for throwing your body out of alignment, but don’t think that just because your shoe is flat that it’s better for you. One of the most walkable, flattest shoes around is just as bad as super-high heels: ballet flats. Unlike heels, which put all the pressure on the balls of your feet, flats add extra pressure to your heel, without any arch support, according to podiatrist Hillary Brenner, DPM.
|Dr. Hillary Brenner
Flats might feel like the comfiest shoes you’ve got, but “[you] can be wearing comfy shoes, and they can be just as bad as heels,” Dr. Brenner says. Without arch support or any sort of shock absorption for both the balls of your feet and the heels, people with flatter feet risk getting stress fractures and developing neuromas.
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