High Heels on Children?

I was recently reading a Blog article on high Heel shoes for children. Normally I stay out of child care issues, that is more my sister’s expertise.

The only reason I commented is I personally think we are slowly returning to a society that makes women into objects. Combine this with our recent trend to make children into adults and the whole thing is somewhat perverse.

The following is my position on high heels for children (after a bit of quick research and a brief talk with a Chiropractor.) A high heel shoe puts your foot in a unnatural plantarflexed position, causing you to adjust the rest of your body to maintain your balance. Your lower body leans forward and your upper part body leans back to keep you balanced putting you at risk for losing your balance and spraining your ankles. They also cause poor back alignment and back pain. If you abuse the use of heels your hip flexor muscles are chronically overused, the muscles can shorten and a contracture can occur. If a contracture occurs, this could lead to flattening of the lumbar (low-back) spine. The earlier you begin to use them the more chance of damage there is. That is to say if you are letting your three year old wear them you are encouraging damage to their spine. There is no difference between letting your child drink Caffeine drinks too early and letting them wear heels. An occasional sip of coffee won’t hurt them but habitual use is bad for them (sleep disruption concentration issues etc…) If a little girl wants to dress up in shoes like mommy every once in a while there is little harm done but on a regular basis it is bad for them.

Before all the Barbie dolls respond by saying I am wrong you may want to talk to an accredited podiatrist, before you expound on the virtues of heels. The only reason for these female torture devices is they improve the look of your leg. It makes your legs look attractive. I must say that I enjoy the look, and a woman should have the choice to wear or not wear them, but marketing them for Children is both dangerous for their development and to some degree perverse. There is no good reason to make your child look attractive in this way. There is however a danger in doing so. Child abuse may not be as high as the media makes it out to be, but it is not insignificant. Encouraging the sexualization of children is just as bad if not worse than encouraging obesity, and it has been debated as to whether encouraging obesity in children is child abuse. Arguably this might be over doing it but the danger is not much different. The popularity of sexualised clothing for children is not insignificant or companies would not be marketing one inch heels for children as mentioned in the blog article referenced above. Also keep in mind if a heel is one inch on a woman it is not high, proportionally however on a child, the child might as well be wearing three inch stilettos.

15 thoughts on “High Heels on Children?

  1. For me high heel shoes for kids isn’t advisable at all. Kids should enjoy their time being a child, I mean there are a lot of designs that are really suitable for them.

  2. Although your name links to your clothing site and normally I don’t allow commercial links, this is acceptable because youir comment is relevant and you don’t sell high heels.

  3. i agree completely. i am doing a project for school and my chosen topic is about the way that shop sell adult stuff for children. i am against it and this site has really helped me!! 😀

  4. I definitely agree with you. High heels do really have its pros and cons and by all means children should not be encourage in wearing them at early age. They may look cute with those heels but we should not sacrifice their health for this. I think let us just leave those high heels to women on the right age and who has the capability of taking care of themselves already. Let our children feel the joy of being a child and don’t rush them to dress like teenagers or like moms!
    Nice post you have here and i wish many would read this and make them realize these things for the benefit of the children.

  5. people, people. while I agree that a too high heel can harm feet I have consulted a few friends about this and they all agree to a simple thing. the human feet’s natural posture is not completely flat so a bit of heel is far best than being completely flat.
    also sexualized childs? don’t make me laugh. they aren’t being sexualized. they want to look like mom and wearing a bit of heel won’t harm them.
    Like suri my daughter likes to walk with a bit of heel to look like mom. and like suri we tried to prevent it but she walked on tip toes even when wearing flats. that’s when I asked a friend about it and he explained what I had post here. since then she wears little heels everytime she can and she is more happy.
    I also spoke with a friend of mine that’s has wore high stilettos almost 24/7 since she was 23 and at 56 she doesn’t feel any pain or all other those stupid things people tend to say about high heels. but my own mother wore flats almost her entire life and has a lot of trouble with her feet, legs and back. my conclusion: the problem is not (only) related to the heels but to other factors.
    of course to wear heels you need to know how to wear them. most women I see don’t know how to do it and harm their feet because of that. but it’s not the heel that’s bad for them it’s how they wear them. (it’s as if you said knifes are bad because you can cut yourself if you don’t use them properly. the problem is not the knife but how you use it)
    wearing flats is a lot easier but if they are completely flat they become troublesome too.

    • Raito Lanes much of what you said was anecdotal and not based on the structure of human anatomy as mentioned in the article above please reread it if you want to know the science behind it. as for the someone you mentioned that has worn heels for years she likely has adapted well to them not all people do. In a Gallup Poll, 37 percent of the women surveyed said they would continue to wear high heels, even though they did not think them comfortable. Harvard researcher D. Casey Kerrigan, MD, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation suggests women “throw them out” The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests they are “biomechanically and orthopedically unsound.”

      • if you want to go into the science behind heels (and shoes) do it in full.
        Like with bra sizes most people don’t wear their proper size and find them uncomfortable (and it may harm a lot of them) but that doesn’t means women should not wear a bra or that bras are a wrong thing just because people don’t know how to find their proper size.
        with shoes (not only heeled ones) it’s even harder than with bras. and heeled ones are even more tricky and there’s another important factor to take into account: most people see bras as a good thing and high heels as something wrong.
        what causes this last thing is… when a bra is not 100% comfortable women tend to think “it would be worse without it” but when heels aren’t 100% they think “heels are a bad thing… they harm my feet”
        there’s also a final point into making high heels “uncomfortable” or “harmful”: you need to know how to walk on them. among other things this means you must have enough balance to do it. and believe me some women seem to be hard pressed even wearing flats.
        while I haven’t made, nor I will ever claim to, a complete survey or advanced studies about it I have seen all kinds of women (women that don’t wear heels, women that wear heels, women that have their feet and ankles in perfect condition and women that have their feet in so poorly state they feel pain just by standing) and from this personal experience I see no relationship between high heels and damaged feet/ankles. I have seen all four combinations. of course you will surely get different results than mine depending on where (and how) do you search for the women.

        but I want to add just one more thing. athletes usually have their feet more damaged than people that spend most of their day sitting on a chair behind a desk. let’s all go against athletics since it damages our feet. (what a joke)

  6. Thanks William you made a good point however the science I refer to is not based on anecdotal evidence, that for the most part is not science. A hypochondriac goes through life in a constant state of pain or so he believes. A million women can say that it gives them pain or it does not. The desire for beauty out weighs the discomfort. The mechanics of human anatomy is the real determining factor as to the harm it may do as I mentioned A high heel shoe puts your foot in a unnatural plantarflexed position, causing you to adjust the rest of your body to maintain your balance. Your lower body leans forward and your upper part body leans back to keep you balanced putting you at risk for losing your balance and spraining your ankles. They also cause poor back alignment and subsequently back pain. like bras high heels do things for women’s self esteem but floppy boobs and unshapely legs may be healthier than assuaged vanity on a mechanical level whether we like it or not.Also I am talking here about HIGH heels not heels in general.As for your last point that is a straw man because all things have positive and negative outcomes the balance of one against the other is the determining factor of over all harm. no one would argue that athletics did not produce more benefit than harm (what a joke)

    • now that you mention high heel forcing your feet into an unnatural position… say it all and admit that flat shoes do the same. the natural position for human feet isn’t flat.
      I’m sure we both agree that the best shoe is neither flat nor 6 inches high stylettos. how high is too high depends on the shape and size of the feet.

      I’m also sure we both agree that if you are a 25 years old girl that hasn’t worn heels higher than an inch and a half and you try to walk on four inches stilettos for a couple hours it will be painful (and dangerous). but if that same person began using relatively high heels since she was five or six she will be used to them and they won’t be as painful.since her feet will get used to walk that way. granted that then it will be harder for her to walk on completely flat shoes. nobody can have the best of both worlds. either you are comfortable wearing high heels or wearing flat shoes but you can’t be comfortable with both extremes.

  7. On what science are you basing the statement that the natural position for human feet isn’t flat? Most doctors will tell you that light flexible and Flat shoes are better for you..http://news.discovery.com/human/high-heels-legs-health.html

    As Desmond Morris (Sociobiologist) pointed out we are basically a Naked Ape. Have you ever seen apes wearing shoe by choice except for humans?

    We once thought that smoking posed no harm then science showed us the insides of our lungs and connected the damage to smoking.

    The point is acceptable level of harm. Pierced ears harm the ear but do no collective or cumulative harm. I have had one for over 15 years with no harm. Women that wear high heels do have collective harm see the above link,

    Note that the advice is a mix of both flats and high heels. High Heels being relegated to special events Medicine does propose a mix of extremes as you say.

    As Morris pointed out we are apes we are designed to best fit in a changing world. If we force ourselves into unnatural repetitive behavior we do harm to our selves. Soft flexible flat shoes allow us to feel the changing terrain beneath our feet in the way we were meant to and protect us from sharp cold or hot objects.

    Feliz Año Nuevo

    • no. I haven’t seen any ape wearing shoes. I must say that I haven’t seen any ape wearing clothes by choice either.
      but you asked on what science do I base myself to say that the natural position of a feet isn’t flat.
      on personal observation plain and simple.
      when all the muscles of the feet and leg are relaxed the feet isn’t completely flat on most (if not all) people.
      also even male shoes have a bit of heel (just google “male shoes” for a nice and long list of pictures with low heeled male shoes)

      by the way… “heavy” ear rings do cause cumulative harm since the weight pulls the ear and with time enlarges the hole but as you say… it’s acceptable harm

  8. Like you I have never seen an Ape in clothing it developed in later hominids likely from the nests built by apes to provide shelter. I will have to check with my anthropologist friend Jessica on this one Your note that you based your statement on flat shoes “on personal observation plain and simple.” means you did not base it on science. Science is knowledge attained through applied study or practice,and usually uses the scientific method. The scientific method involves principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses. Personal observation is one element and if not done in a standard method is rarely accurate you need to prove your observation by testing your hypothesis. I generally refer to peer reviewed science as I am not a subject matter expert and would not trust my own observations. As for your note that “when all the muscles of the feet and leg are relaxed the feet isn’t completely flat on most (if not all) people.” you are wrong 20–30% of the general population are by definition Flat footed meaning the entire sole of the foot comes into complete or near-complete contact with the ground. Also research is required but Googling pictures of male shoes is not research or science.If that were the case then googling for pictures of vampires would be proof they exist but they don’t As for the average human foot not being flat that is true except for the 20-30% mentioned above but a flat shoe refers to one that has no heel not one that forces your foot into a flat position.while most so called flat shoes have arch supports built in the necessity of them is questionable. If wearing flat shoes caused harm so would wearing no shoes as the average flat shoes places no stress on the foot (unlike high heels) apes do not all become flat footed over time and they do not wear shoes.As for heavy Earrings causing Cumulative harm that depends on your definition of harm. are tattoos harm? disfiguration yes but harm?

    • nice definition of scientific methods. let me give you a simplified summary: you observe something, test it as much as you can and make a theory about what you have seen on your tests.
      that’s just what I did. for several years (a couple decades more or less) in as many cases and conditions as I could,

      note that as you yourself said 20-30% of people are by definition flat footed (I’m sure you got that definition using the scientific method yourself) so in conclusion 70-80% aren’t flat footed. I do believe over 70% means an ample majority. I dare to say you didn’t account for people that are flat footed because genetic “disease” (for a lack of better term) or those that become flat footed over time just because they are forced to wear too flat shoes and their own weight forces the feet tendons and muscles into that position. (more or less the reversal as training the feet to wear ballet boots) both cases are included in your 20-30% right?

      another example would be left handed people who were forced at school to learn to write with their right hand (me among them) causing them to be “fake right handed” over time.

      agreed that googling alone isn’t scientific proof but it gives supportive info that other studies have reached similar conclusions since shoemakers make their shoes with a bit of heel instead of making them flat. there must be a cause for it that supports the theory about short heels being better than flat shoes even if it doesn’t give information about why.

      again you base human anatomy on the one of the apes. while we may have a common ancestor a simple visual test is enough to verify that there are serious differences even in the posture they have when walking.

      it was you yourself the one who said that pierced ears are acceptable harm. I just pointed out that they have a cumulative effect because of their weight. if you want to consider piercing as harmful then they do have cumulative effect. if we consider piercing as not harmful then your previous example was a poorly chosen one or a plain lie.

  9. Sorry WIlliam this debate is getting tiresome so I am going to cease being polite. First you did not say a majority you said “most (if not all) people’ The term you were looking for is not “genetic “disease” ” it is genetic disorder.You presented no evidence that people “become flat footed over time just because they are forced to wear too flat shoes and their own weight forces the feet tendons and muscles into that position.” The cause of flat footedness is generally from a nongenetic disease or poor biomechanics (bad walking or repetitive things that are bad for you LIKE WEARING HIGH HEELS) Your example that “left handed people who were forced at school to learn to write with their right hand (me among them) causing them to be “fake right handed” over time.” is irrelevant because in the natural state people would not wear shoes so no one is being force to do anything contrary to their natural behavior. .That said I understand your point given that my sister had the same issue but it still does not apply here. Yes you are right I should have said Cumulative harm as the original harm I was referring to was the initial piercing not the size or elongation over time.Finally you are wrong in your definition of the scientific method without testing your hypotheses you are not proving anything and thus not using the scientific method.It is fine to “make a theory about what you have seen on your tests.” but where is your proof that your theory is anything but a guess. I don’t know who you are but you obviously have not had scientific training and you claim to have done what you claim is nonsense. I am going to close this debate here because you are making this stuff up off the top of your head without so much as going to an encyclopedia to understand the basics. Come back once you are through grade 5. Oh and I am going to add one more definition to this article In Internet slang, a troll (pron.: /ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response. You are good at it keep up the good work.

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