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By Dr. Steven Miller
February 20, 2020
Category: Shoes

Picture of no heel heelsMany businesses in Japan require working women to wear high heels.  (Airlines in the United States have similar rules.)  Yumi Ishikawa, a Japanese actress and freelance writer, feels that’s unfair. 

Her efforts to change public policy have been bolstered by a clever hashtag: #KuToo which is a play on the Japanese words kutsu (shoes), kutsuu (pain), and a nod to the #MeToo movement.

High heels have long been seen as a female equivalent to the businessman’s necktie. Others, however, have compared such high-heel policies to foot binding, a practice in ancient China when smaller feet were seen as more desirable.

English actress Nicola Thorp made headlines after going public about being fired from a job as a receptionist for refusing to wear high heels.  Shortly thereafter, British Columbia and the Philippines passed laws banning companies from forcing women to wear high heels.

If you have pain from high heel shoes, call (847) 675-3400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Miller.

By Dr. Steven Miller
October 17, 2018
Category: Shoes

Hole in shoeWhen Prince Harry attended a friend's wedding on his wife’s birthday, he was photographed with a hole on the bottom of his left shoe. He was previously photographed wearing the same “holy shoe” at a memorial service in April.

Leather sole shoes, like Prince Harry’s, are poor shock absorbers, can be slippery, and are more easily damaged when wet. 

Currently most shoes have rubber soles. They need a minimal break-in period to feel comfortable and are quieter.

Holes in other parts of shoes are increasingly more common. Two frequent areas for holes in running shoes are by the great toe and in lining surrounding the heel.

American country music singer Merle Haggard encapsulated public persona in his song Skid Row:
"Got a great big hole in the bottom of my shoe...
Well people walk by and they stop and stare
They giggle and they stickle at the clothes I wear"

Prince Harry should contact a cobbler to have the leather sole of his shoes replaced. Or just buy a new pair of shoes.

If you have questions about your footwear (regardless of whether you live at Kensington Palace), please call our office at (847) 675-3400.

By Dr. Steven Miller
April 02, 2018
Category: Shoes

Dad shoesFor the last many years, stylish sneakers had a low-key, clean cut, almost plain profile. Now bigger, sturdier sneakers are making a strange resurgence in the fashion world. Pop culture calls them “dad shoes”.

When I was a teenager, I remember my father in white and navy Nike Air Monarchs. Some credit the recent comeback of chunky sneakers to Balenciaga Triple S (=Triple Sole).

Brands such as New Balance have been creating heavily cushioned and supportive sneakers for years. Steve Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, was an avid New Balance wearer.

Dad taught us to work hard and be courteous, honest, and straightforward. Now we can also credit him for shoes that are "good for your feet".

By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
November 24, 2017
Category: Shoes

Forced to wear high heels by your employer?

Flight attendants wearing high heel shoesA female temporary worker in England was sent home after she refused to wear high heels on the job. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces employment discrimination in the United States, states that “an employer may establish a dress code which applies to all employees or employees within certain job categories,” with exceptions made for a person’s ethnicity, religion or disability. Dress code restrictions can’t burden one gender more than the other.

This year the province of British Columbia passed a law (amendment to the Workers Compensation Act) banning mandatory high heels in the workplace. Besides discrimination, wearers of high heels are at higher risk of injury and the damage that comes from prolonged wear.

Surprisingly, many airlines prohibit female flight attendants from wearing flat shoes when walking through the airport. For example, American Airlines requires at least a half-inch heel on their commute to and from the plane. United Airlines requires at least an inch. Male flight crew, however, may wear flat shoes at all times.

If you are injured from high heels and need an evaluation or treatment, call (847) 675-3400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Miller as soon as possible.

By Dr. Steven Miller
August 30, 2017
Category: Shoes

Yao Ming shoesAverage shoe size in the NBA is 15. This is what Lebron James wears (he is 6'8" tall).

Largest shoe size currently in the NBA is size 20.

Largest shoe size ever in the NBA was size 22 for Shaquille O'Neal (he is 7’1” tall). Compare this to Yao Ming, who was 4 inches taller yet wore shoes 4 sizes smaller (size 18).

Perhaps the most famous mismatch belongs to Michael Jordan. He wore size 13 on the right and 13.5 on the left.