High Heel Shoes for Young Girls: Bad Health Effects



Question of the day: Don’t you think its too early for Suri Cruise to be wearing high heeled shoes? Considering the established link between high heels and bad health, she should be wearing shoes that are easy on her growing feet.

Someone should make her parents read these bad effects of high heels on the body (image from the Washington Post, click to enlarge).

Hey Tom, just because you have to wear high heeled elevator shoes doesn’t men you have to make your daughter wear high heels too.

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What do people who know what they are talking about say on the matter of dressing young girls in high heels, here’s what we gathered across the internets:

Dr. Rock Positano, a foot disorder specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York: “We’re dealing with a foot that’s in development, which means the muscles, the tendons and the ligaments are certainly not as strong at that age as they are at age 18.”




Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents magazine (via CBS News): “They idolize Cinderella. Their mommies wear heels. So it’s no surprise little girls want to wear heels. The key is it’s like for dress-up at this age — and really for many years.”

“At the age of 5 and on up until 10, 12, the bones are still forming. The print is forming,” she said. “You can get some shortening of the tendons in the heels. So you really don’t want to let them spend more than a little time every week in some kind of heel.”

For health reasons, Points said girls should avoid heels until age 12 or 13.

“I know that seems like a long time if you have a 6-year-old who is desperate for wear heels but this too shall pass,” she said.

Amanda Kingloff, the lifestyle director of Parents magazine (via ABC News): “I think it is growing up too fast. Childhood is for running and playing, it’s not for having to walk daintily. We have plenty of years for that. We as adults wear heels and they’re sexy and they make you feel good and we wear them when we dress up, when we go to work or when we go out on a date. And I think to see a child trying to embody that is just a little premature.”