Trendy sneakers are a welcome respite for women with foot pain


While there's nothing quite like a nice tall pair of heels to add grace and stature, it's not exactly practical to be hobbling around in stilettos day-in and day-out, as any woman with a bunion will tell you. Luckily, today's sneakers are colorful, stylish and sleek – nothing like the plain white tennis shoes that may have been forced upon you as a child.

Go Chanel or go home

Athletic shoes today aren't just a practical option, as some models are downright fashion-forward. For example, Karl Lagerfeld sent models donning pastel wigs and flatform sneakers – they're also known as "creepers," and have a relatively high, flat platform – around the gardens of Versailles at a recent Chanel show.

According to a report in UK news source the Mirror, creepers became a trend in London brothels during the 1940s, and were a staple among British Teddy Boys in the 1950s, who were part of a subculture that preferred Edwardian dress to the more popular apparel of the era. In the 1970s, high-end designer Vivienne Westwood made them a staple for the punk generation.

Preventing foot pain never looked so good

For those who prefer a look that's more street chic than high-fashion, the new Kenzo x Vans sneakers have a more subtle flatform paired with a classic upper and made stylish with a graphic, colorful print. Grazia magazine recently ran a feature on the shoes, reporting that retailers are already selling out of the line.

"The range features the graphic net print the duo [of designers] has already made a signature in super-clashing red, green, blue, yellow and cream," according to Grazia.

Not just for marathoners

Sporty girls might be excited to know that the Nike Free sneaker – one of many minimalist models currently on the market – is now considered a full-on trend, as reported by Bloomberg News. In fact, sales of the shoes have risen 14 percent in the past year, and, according to the news source, those numbers are expected to continue to rise. Bloomberg spoke to research analyst Marshal Cohen about the trend.

"We've seen the running-shoe business become a fashion business, as well as a comfort and innovation business," said Cohen, quoted by the news source. "When you put that together, that's a positive perfect storm."

With any luck, women who have dealt with poor arch support and squished toes for years will finally find relief from foot pain by slipping into a hot new pair of sneakers.