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It’s the high heel you never knew you never knew about. Now, you probably do.
Getting ready to put your summer sandals at the back of the closet and break out your high-heeled pumps? Consider the latest study examining the physical costs of adding height to your step. Compared with wearing flats, wearing heels regularly can lead to shortened calf-muscle fibers and thicker, stiffer Achilles’ tendons, according to physiology professor Marco Narici and his colleagues at Britain’s Manchester Metropolitan University and at the University of Vienna. This may be why some women feel tightness in their calves when they kick off their heels. The findings are published in the July issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology.
They called to me. They twinkled at me from among sensible square-toed pumps and frivolous flip-flops trimmed with plastic daisies. They glittered. They sparkled. They shone. I didn’t even intend to look at shoes as I scanned the racks at my favorite thrift store, but a shaft of sunlight lit up the golden shoes. If angel choirs approve of 4-inch stiletto heels made by Fredrick’s of Hollywood, than those angels were singing hallelujah, as I reached for the shoes.
A pair of sparkly, peekaboo shoes with heels 2 inches high have been favorites of 6-year-old Helena Bell ever since she got them for a wedding. “She’s worn them to the point where the jewels have fallen off,” says Helena’s mother, Dana Bell of Woodland Hills, Calif. “It’s not my preference, but I’ve stopped fighting it.”