The shoes that fashion designers force models to wear in runway shows have caused several disturbing injuries.
I've watched many a fashion show worrying about two things on the runways: boniness and shoes. If the latter fail and a model takes a tumble, they've got a long way down being so tall; and then of course they don't have the fleshy padding most of us do to protect our bones in those situations. In fact, runway shoes may be the industry's top source of psychological turmoil, tears, and bloodshed. Here are eight pieces of evidence that suggests as much:
Model Meghan Collison said her heels from the Chanel resort show were so damaging to her feet, she couldn't wear MOCCASINS for a week.
"They destroyed the back of my feet," Collison (pictured above) said of the shoes (pictured below). "I was bleeding afterward. Hard plastic with no socks on? Not fun! Especially because we had rehearsal three times. I walked around for the next week with the backs of my moccasins folded down to let them heal! At least the shoes looked amazing." Yeah, screw health — plastic shoes looking good is what truly matters here.
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Top models refused to walk Alexander McQueen's spring 2010 show because the "Armadillo shoes" were too scary-looking.
No one fell in the show, but Frockwriter reported that Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sasha Pivovarova, and Natasha Poly all refused to do it because these 12-inch "shoes" (I like to call them "hoofs") were so scary-looking.
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