The tradition of foot binding in China started sometime during the Song Dynasty (10th-13th century) and was outlawed in 1912! Centuries before, it had been banned, but the women of China continued the practice until it was actually outlawed! The deforming of the foot, in order to make it look like a lotus blossom, was so desired by men, that many women continued to protest the ban on the painful process. Are we not doing something akin to this by wearing high heels? The deformities and pain caused by the use of high heels is pervasive throughout the world, and millions of operations are done every year for these painful and deforming conditions. The costs of surgery for bunions, hammertoes and neuromas are astronomical, and most could probably be diminished if women wore healthier shoes. Ain’t gonna happen. Men like their women in high heels. So we wear them. It seems ridiculous when you think about it. In a time when we clamor for more equality with men, we disable and deform ourselves to please them. And trust me, painful bunions, hammertoes and neuromas can be disabling. And they certainly don’t look sexy. Here’s a very good article about what happens to our feet when we stop wearing high heels. Foot health is what happens. And of course, I had something to say about it! Stay and read the article which follows this one. It’s about why we wear them. It’s actually a little more than just for the guys.