The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

It’s OK…Even Victoria Beckham Wears Ugly Shoes!

Posted by on Friday, April 24th, 2015


Few celebrities are as well-known for strapping on a swanky pair of high heels as former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. Back in 2008, she reportedly told GMTV, “I just can’t concentrate in flats. I could go to the gym if I wore flats, I’d love to go to the gym, but I just can’t get my head around the footwear.” Yet, after having foot surgery to correct bunions, it seems Victoria has let loose a little. Recently, she snapped a photo of herself in comfy yellow slippers aboard her private jet and captioned it, “Travelling in style.” She also admits to wearing flip-flops around the house with her family and has been photographed talking a walk in flats. Indeed, there is a time and a place for every type of footwear, and that’s really the message we try to drive home with patients who come to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine with problems related to foot pain.

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Even Victoria Beckham has had to vary her shoe type after foot surgery. Image Source:

American Podiatric Medical Association Recommended Footwear

For people with serious pain issues due to bunions, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, diabetes or arthritis, APMA-recommended footwear may be just what the doctor ordered. Brands like Dr. Comfort, FitFlop, Chaco, Orthaheel, The Walking Company, Ecco, Keds, Merrell, and Clarks all offer shoes with advanced support for the aching foot.

Of course, your best bet is to stop in to see a podiatrist before selecting your next pair. We can measure your feet to help you determine the correct shoe size and examine your feet for structural anomalies that may affect the type of shoe you should buy. We can even fit you with custom insoles that slip inside any pair of shoes and will greatly enhance your comfort. Most people who wear orthotics say they can’t imagine day-to-day life without them!

What Kind Of Shoes Are Bad For My Feet?

High heels get a bad rap for contributing to foot, knee, leg, and back problems. So it came as welcome news when the Daily Mail announced that flat shoes were back in style. Ballerina flats, brogues, and woven T-bar shoes have recently been donned by celebrities and even spotted on catwalks at Milan Fashion Week. However, flip-flops, slippers and flats can be just as detrimental as heels. Most flats offer little to no arch support, causing the foot muscles to tire out as the toes inadvertently clutch onto the soles. So what are you supposed to wear?

The podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can advise you on the best types of footwear for your lifestyle. There is nothing wrong with wearing a pair of small heels for a nice dinner or donning flip-flops at the beach. The problem feet we see tend to be in patients who have one pair of shoes they wear to death for all occasions — be it Uggs, stilettos, flip-flops, or a trusty pair of runners. We can assess your current footwear to let you know if it’s time to replace them or not as well.

NY Podiatrists Can Help With Shoe Shopping

NY podiatrists are a shockingly underutilized resource when it comes to shoe shopping. Self-diagnosing can lead to many problems. Are you committing one of the following sins of shoe shopping:

  • Buying insoles from a shoe store sales rep or pharmacy (we see so many of these insoles; they are often totally wrong for a patient’s foot type!)
  • Wearing running shoes to aerobics class or cross-trainers for long distance running.
  • Purchasing shoes based on manufacturer claims of “cushioning” and “support”
  • Buying shoes designed for overpronation or  oversupination before being evaluated by a professional.

We’ve all been there before and bought a pair of shoes that hurt our feet. If celebrities like Victoria Beckham can humble themselves and keep an open mind to other styles, then you can too! A trip to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC is a fun ordeal. We can show you our state-of-the-art gait analysis center, talk to you about the latest technology and therapies used to treat foot pain, and leave you with a wealth of insight into your unique feet! Contact us or stop by in person.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.