All those fabulous designer shoes Sarah Jessica Parker wore in Sex and the City have ruined her feet! Maybe I’m not so jealous of Carrie Bradshaw after all.
The 47-year-old actress told Net-A-Porter that logging in all those hours wearing cute shoes on the streets of New York have taken their toll.
“For ten or so years, I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some better made than others, and never complained,” she said.
Sarah had to be treated for a twisted ankle on the set of I Don’t Know How She Does It, and she attributed the injury to wearing less expensive shoes in order to portray a working mom “I went to a foot doctor and he said, ‘Your foot does things it shouldn’t be able to do. That bone there…. You’ve created that bone. It doesn’t belong there.’ The moral of the story is, the chickens are coming home to roost. It’s sad, because my feet took me all over the world, but eventually they were like, ‘You know what, we are really tired, can you just stop — and don’t put cheap shoes on us?'”
Sarah isn’t giving up high heels for good, but she doesn’t have to run around in them for 18-hour days much anymore, and she’s vowing to stay away from the cheap shoes.
Even though Sarah’s high heel mileage may be more than the average women, studies have shown that wearing high heels even three times a week for just a few years can cause negative effects on a the body.
According to a study reported in The New York Times permanent damage done to knees, hips, back and tendons can occur in women young as 25 years old:
The scientists found that heel wearers moved with shorter, more forceful strides than the control group, their feet perpetually in a flexed, toes-pointed position. This movement pattern continued even when the women kicked off their heels and walked barefoot. As a result, the fibers in their calf muscles had shortened and they put much greater mechanical strain on their calf muscles than the control group did.