Why High Heels? Do You ALWAYS Wear Them? Even When Pregnant or Injured? (some celebs do!)


“Why do you love high heel shoes so much?”

“What is it about high heels that gets you excited to wear them (and buy them)?”

“Of all the shoes out there to choose from, why high heels?”

“Have you ever worn heels when you knew you shouldn’t have?” (see below for clarification)

From the women I’ve polled, some of the answers went like this:

“I love, love, love my high heels. I feel sexy in my heels, and I never wear anything else!”

“I’m under 5’4″ so I need to wear my heels to feel powerful in the workplace.”

“I never go anywhere without my heels.”

Christian Louboutin classic pump

It’s no secret that there are many women who love their high heels and frankly don’t want to wear anything else. I’ve always said that there’s a time and place for everything, especially shoes…high heels have their time and place, and running shoes have theirs. As a physician and foot specialist, I can say without a doubt that there are some times that heels can be dangerous. For example, if you have an injury in one of your lower extremities, heels are not the shoe for you. Wait until you’re feeling 100% to put on that stiletto! Another example is during pregnancy. Almost all Ob/Gyn’s will tell their pregnant patients to lay off of the heels during pregnancy. The last thing you want to do while pregnant is put your baby at risk for an injury (or worse) if you fall. While pregnant, your center of gravity shifts (duh!) and you may not realize how different you walk in heels with an extra 20-40 pounds on your frame! And then there’s the foot/ankle swelling you get while pregnant…not a good look in heels (sorry to say it, but it’s true…I can say it because it happened to me too). 

But I also know some women that won’t wear a shoe that has a heel less than 3 inches!  Here are even a few quotes from some celebrities on this subject:

“I can’t wear flat shoes. My feet repel them.” —Mariah Carey

Singer Mariah Carey wore high heels to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game in Japan in May 2008

A pregnant Mariah Carey falls on stage wearing high heels in Singapore (watch the video here)


To me, shoes are like pizza. There is no bad shoe!” —Kelly Ripa

Apparently, she’s not kidding! Just yesterday, did you see her hobble on to the stage of “Live with Regis and Kelly” wearing four inch heels and using crutches for a hip stress fracture. Orthopedists and other physicians were surprised with this strange choice, stating how she could easily slip and fall and that she is putting extra stress on the already stressed bones in her hip joint. In either case, the fracture could easily worsen! Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, I love a good heel in the right circumstance, but this is not it! Sorry, but I agree with the other doctors. Bad choice. 

Just a few other photos of celebs having high heel mishaps or just making poor shoe choices for their particular situations:

Nicole Richie six months pregnant in high heel wedges

Kim Kardashian twists ankle wearing Versace pumps

Gwen Stefani wearing six inch YSL pumps, carrying 9-month-old son Kingston

Miley Cyrus wearing seven inch (yes, I said 7 inch!) Christian Louboutin heels needed to hold on to something or someone while walking to avoid falling

Ok, I think I made my point! Everything in moderation…especially heels!

(Please comment!)

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

3 Responses to “Why High Heels? Do You ALWAYS Wear Them? Even When Pregnant or Injured? (some celebs do!)”

  1. I am empowered in my high heels! I’ve even worn them when I was on crutches!

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