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Ballet Pumps

56% of women favour ballet pumps over other shoes.

  • 56% of women favour ballet pumps over other shoes;

  • 20% of women believe they are better for their feet than high heels;

  • 42% will cope with foot discomfort including wet feet caused by their ballet pumps

They’re the antithesis of the high heel and favoured by 56 per cent of women, yet The College of Podiatry warns that ballet shoes are not the foot haven that many women think they are.

In a new study from The College of Podiatry, a fifth (20 per cent) of women say they think ballet pumps are a good choice of everyday foot wear and are a safer option for their feet than high heels.  However, podiatrists advise that ballet pumps are just as bad as high heeled shoes and provide feet with little or no support.
Despite this, the popularity of the flat shoe is on the increase, with more than a quarter (27 per cent) of women saying they are wearing them more than ever before.  The findings show that 1 in 10 acknowledge that their ballet shoes rub their feet and 13 per cent admit they are difficult to walk in.
Surprisingly, more than 42 per cent of women say they will put up with any difficulties that ballet pumps may cause because they are fashionable.  The findings also show that 1 in 3 women have put their feet at risk for fashion.  Being tricky to walk in is not the only problem associated with the shoe as 25 per cent of women have also suffered with wet feet from wearing them in the rain.  

The research indicated that women wrongly believe flat is best for their feet. One in six (15%) of women say they put up with their feet hurting if their shoes look nice.
Lorraine Jones, podiatrist from The College of Podiatry said: “For some reason, ballet pumps are viewed as being good for our feet but this just isn’t the case.

They provide little support for the foot and we often see the repercussions of ballet pumps rubbing or slipping off.  Wearing these flats daily is not advisable.  It’s important to swap your flats with a more supportive sandal / wedge or trainer to provide arch support. 

The ideal everyday shoe should have a heel height of approx. 1-3cm, be made from a breathable material such as leather, have a round rather than pointed or narrow toe box, and a strap or lace to hold the foot in place.”

 Top Tips for Shopping for Shoes
1. Buy shoes in the afternoon as this when feet are at their biggest.
2. Try on both shoes and walk around the shop to check if they fit.
3. Make sure there is 1cm between the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
4. Buy shoes to suit the shape of your foot.  There are three main types: tapered (big toe is the biggest), rounded (the second or third toe is the longer than the big toe) and square (all toes of equal length).
5. Don’t ignore pain – it’s a sign that your feet need help. Seek advice from the College of Podiatry’s website

More information on foot health, with free leaflets and tips can be found on The College of Podiatry’s website www.feetforlife.org.
* Research conducted on behalf of The College of Podiatry by OnePoll amongst 2,000 UK f aged 18 plus. The survey was carried out between 10th and 12th March 2015

Notes to Editors
The College of Podiatry is the academic authority for chiropody and podiatry in the UK, and an independent charity dedicated to feet health research, education and public awareness. It works closely with the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists – the professional body for the UK’s registered chiropodists and podiatrists. In short, they’re the UK’s experts for everything and anything to do with feet.  Podiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and other disorders of the feet.

For further information about The College of Podiatry and Feet for Life Month please contact:

Louise Everett
Ceres PR
0118 475956