Well, this subject has been high on my list of don'ts for as long as I've ever had a list of don'ts. There is only one thing high heels are good for...hold one in each hand and use them for self-defense. In fact the word "stiletto" is italian meaning small knife or dagger with a long slender blade and needle-like point, intended primarily as a weapon.
I won't go into too many details of the injuries that wearing high heels will cause, but I will tell you wearing heels will cause irreparable damage to your toes and feet, not to mention shortening of the calf muscle and achilles tendon making it more susceptible to tearing and rupture. Take a look in the mirror and check out what happens to your posture when you put on a pair of heels. You create pressure on the lumbar vertebrae due to hyper-extension of the lower back.
So, where did this strange shoe shape originate? High heels were worn by butchers dating back to 3500 BC to help keep them elevated above the blood and meat scraps on the floor. Later they were used to keep men and women elevated above dirt, mud and other debri in the streets. High heels made it easier to keep feet in stirrups while riding horses. In the early 1700s, France's King Louis XIV (The Sun King) would often wear intricate heels up to 5 or 6 inches high to appear taller.
These days, high heels are worn purely for fashion...by women. They make legs appear longer and sexier. So, if that's your goal - then keep wearing 'em. But, if you want healthy feet and legs, throw 'em out. Don't forget, your feet are your very base of support. If you have a weak or injured base, your whole body suffers. There is no "if" you will injure your feet and lower leg - injury is guaranteed if you choose to wear high heels.
So, do you want to know how I 'really' feel about high heels? We women have been duped into wearing this painful fashion accessory. They make our chests and butts stick out and they make it almost impossible to run...