It's been quite a few weeks for high heels.
First, there is the UK where almost 150,000 people petitioned the government calling for a ban on an employer's right to require women to wear heels in the workplace.
And then there is Japan where a popular national campaign encourages women to wear high heels as a way to boost their confidence in society.
I just love this time of year! The choices for footwear are endless. Strappy sandals. T-strap block heels. Colorful pumps. Espadrille wedges. Pretty much anything goes!
With all the fun footwear choices, sometimes we push the edge! We either stand too long, walk a bit too far or do a bit too much.
Even in our most comfy pair of shoes, our feet would be sore, tired and inflamed.
Ever been there?
If yes, then perhaps essential oils can help!
A study conducted by The College of Podiatry revealed that it takes an average of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 48 seconds for high heel wearers to start feeling foot pain.
And one in five women (20%) say they start feeling pain within just 10 minutes.
High heels are beautiful, inspiring, confidence-building, outfit-making, and a must-have for any fashionable woman.
But wearing them for 10 minutes or even 1 hour before the pain sets in is just awful.
So what are women to do?
I love NYC! But the city is indeed an obstacle course for high heel lovers. Subway grates. Uneven sidewalks. Oncoming traffic.
It's no wonder women commute to work in flats and change into heels once they arrive to the office.
And thank goodness for Vivian Lou Insolia weight-shifting insoles. I was able to walk to an event and stand for 4 hours in heels on a concrete floor without wincing in pain.