Princess Caroline of Monaco recently attended a fundraiser for Monaco’s new national museum.
And she wore toe-shoes. No, nothing Vibram-like. Worse.
Here she is with her brother Prince Albert II.
Those are a pair of Céline “pedicure shoes”. (No, I will not provide a link to them.)
Are they as bad as they look? Yes they are. Here’s a picture of her feet while sitting in a chair. (They are called “pedicure shoes” because of their permanent “pedicure”.)
Not only are they guaranteed to help inflict hallux valgus (where, instead of pointing straight ahead like your toes are supposed to do, your big toe gets squashed to the outside, also called a bunion), they seem to celebrate it.
Or is that just a trick of perspective?
No, no it’s not. Here’s a close-up from the first picture.
Heck, hallux valgus is actually built in to the shoe. I guess they know their customers, since such high-heeled pointy shoes are a major cause of it.
Here’s one of the stories about it, Kooky kicks: Monaco’s Princess Caroline steps out in ‘pedicure’ shoes. The last paragraph of the story gets it right:
But the real question is, why pay for a pair of leather feet when you have a perfectly good pair of your own?
You know, if they were going to make shoes with such obvious toes, trying to make the shoe look like feet, why not spread out the toes so that they were actually foot-shaped?
I know! I know!
Because then they wouldn’t fit the actual deformed feet of their usual customers! How can deformed feet ever be considered stylish?
But that’s not the worst. Even if they had a broad front to fit the toes in properly, there’s still this.
Those are monster heels. There is horrendous pressure being exerted on the ball of the foot, where the phalanges and metatarsals meet.
It’s no wonder women have so many foot problems.
[H/T: Willa Grant]