After years and years of wearing heels, while you braved the blisters, what we’re about to say may seem like a bunch of hogwash. Or perhaps, hard to believe, especially after the pretty killer collaboration between Anand Ahuja’s sneaker store, VegNonVeg and Italian sporting company, Fila. Along with many other celebrities, Sonam Kapoor finally made the ugly sneakers fashionable. People were vying for them. Hence, it breaks our collective hearts to say that the seemingly comfortable ‘ugly’ chunky sneakers may be bad for your feet. Apparently, experts agree.
William Joyce, a podiatrist at London's City Chiropody and Podiatry, told the newspaper, "Thick-soled trainers are heavier. This can give rise to pain up the front of the lower leg, known as shin splints." He explained, "This is because the extra weight can increase the demand on the muscles on the front of the shin."
If you didn’t figure it out by yourself, ‘shin splits’ are the pain you feel in the shinbone or the tibia. Its symptoms are "tenderness, soreness or pain along the inner side of your shinbone and mild swelling in your lower leg." The pain can start to subside after stopping exercise but eventually become a constant. It could develop into "a stress reaction or stress fracture," the Mayo Clinic says. Scary!
This is commonly faced by many runners, dancers, and military recruits. However, blaming the chunky, ugly sneaker trend wouldn’t be fair. Because, such a problem arises with any faulty, no-support shoe design, such as the ‘sock trainers.’ Dr. Miguel Cunha of Gotham Footcare explained to Who What Wear, "While they may feel comfortable snugging the top of your foot, they’re not advisable shoes because they provide no support to the top and outside of your foot, which can easily lead to an ankle sprain."
That being said, high heels still remain the worst kind of torture to your feet. Tight, narrow toe areas lead to corn formation, increased pressure on toes and joints, toenail problems, while thin, hard, leather-soled shoes can cause problems with the ball of the foot — corns, damaged metatarsal joints, and general foot fatigue – nothing over your ugly sneakers.
So should you be quitting the sneaker trend altogether? As someone who are constantly choosing style over comfort, who are we to say? That’s a choice for you to make.