Victoria Beckham hates flats. Even chic, timeless ballet flats, of which she has said "Unless they're on a ballet dancer doing ballet, I just don't get it. I love heels."
As a result, Beckham wears heels -- that's sky-high designer heels, mind you -- everywhere. From picking up her son
at school, to catching a flight at LAX.
Her devotion to fashion's most simultaneously loved and hated accessory has helped make the super-skinny 5'4" star a bonafied fashionista. But could her stiletto overload finally be taking a toll?
Recently, Posh raised eyebrows when she was seen returning a pair of Christian Louboutin heels
at Barney's in Beverly Hills.
The possible reason? Reports have surfaced
that Beckham's doctor advised a bunionectomy, but that the star is trying everything in her power to avoid it -- from icing her feet to doing special exercises.
"A lot of women don't stretch and flex their feet properly," says Tina Aldatz, a certified Pedorthist and founder of Foot Petals
insoles. "The reason bunions happen is when heels put too much pressure on the balls of the foot, and the fat pads between the bones get irritated."
Aldatz recommends heel-a-holics like Posh spend 5 minutes a day doing a simple exercise: "Take a tennis ball and really roll it under the ball of each foot, left to right, stretch the toes and go back and forth."
Miss Beckham, are you listening? Back in June of 2007, Beckham told a reporter from the UK's Daily Mail
, "Part of the reason I wear such amazing shoes is to take the eye away from my horrid feet."
Time will tell if Beckham will have to slip into some flats once and for all.
In the mean time, check out other stiletto-lovin' stars who could be in danger of going down the same path as Posh:
Stars in Stilettos
Whether they're petite 5'3" stars or sky-high former supermodels, stars rely on stilettos to boost their red carpet appeal. Find out which styles your favorite celebs are wearing. By Karen Brooks
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From statuesque boots to strappy sandals to teetering pumps, stars slip into sexy stilettos in pursuit of mile-high style status. Find out which pairs your favorite celebs are wearing. By Karen Brooks
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Beyonce may not be a single lady, but she still knows how to dress to get attention. These 6" Cesare Paciotti Triple Platform heels make their mark on the red carpet. Not that Beyonce's famously curvy 5'7" frame needs much help getting noticed!
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Pretty Young Thing
Once again, Blake Lively gives us something to talk about. The glamorous "Gossip Girl" star looks heavenly at the 2009 Angel Ball in Christian Louboutin's Calypso heels, created in exotic ostrich and velvet with Swarovski crystals. The sleek stiletto adds 6" to her 5'10" height, keeping her heads above the paparazzi.
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With an upcoming album in the works, Ciara takes a break from her busy schedule to snack at The Ivy in West Hollywood. Not one for jeans and a t-shirt, the 5'8" singer steps out in a micro mini and tee and 5" Steve Madden lace-up platform heels.
5'5" Demi Moore breaks a White Party rule in some silvery 6" Jimmy Choo Frost platform sandals. The mirrored leather platform means she can bask in her reflection -- and when you look as good as she does, why wouldn't you?
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Get the Skinny
Most stars try to stay skinny; these days, so do their heels. Diane Kruger hits the Venice Film Festival in YSL's Divine stilettos, which boost her 5'7" heigh another 4 inches. We give Kruger credit for managing to stay upright on the super-skinny heels!
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Whether they hit the ankle, calf, knee or thigh, a great pair of boots gives stars a leg up on the competition. Jennifer Lopez exudes hotness in 5" knee high boots from Hervé Léger by Max Azria. Hopefully, the 5'6" star doesn't wear them while trying to balance the twins!
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Jessica Simpson wore these jeweled 4-1/2" Dereck shoes from her namesake collection to a recent event in New York City. The petite 5'3-1/2" star almost always wears heels to add height to her tiny frame.
"Melrose Place" star Katie Cassidy matched the logo at the Nylon magazine party in her Rock and Republic Nika studded pumps. The 4-1/2" heels add a sense of empowerment to her 5'7" frame, ensuring that she always gets her way -- much like her character.
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All Laced Up
5'3" Kim Kardashian was spotted at the LAX wearing these racy Sam Edelman Queenie booties with a 4" heel. Kim was so into her new shoes that she took a picture of them on her feet and posted it on her Twitter page!