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The Stiletto Stigma: When fashion hurts

One shoe style that seems to be taking the shoe fashion industry by storm are stilettos. Source: WLBT One shoe style that seems to be taking the shoe fashion industry by storm are stilettos. Source: WLBT
"So now I'm down to about 200, but I recently just bought some shoes so now it's probably a little over that," Lekeisha Boyd, a fashionista from Fondren, told us. Source: WLBT "So now I'm down to about 200, but I recently just bought some shoes so now it's probably a little over that," Lekeisha Boyd, a fashionista from Fondren, told us. Source: WLBT
Miss Mississippi, Jasmine Murray, started rocking her heels as a teenager-trying to fill bigger shoes- later to become fit for a queen. Source: WLBT Miss Mississippi, Jasmine Murray, started rocking her heels as a teenager-trying to fill bigger shoes- later to become fit for a queen. Source: WLBT
Dr. Rose Sotolongo says the max height should be three inches for heels, and she understands how taller is more appealing, but wear them wisely. Source: WLBT Dr. Rose Sotolongo says the max height should be three inches for heels, and she understands how taller is more appealing, but wear them wisely. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It may be a man's world, but when it comes to shoes, women will walk all over you.

Open toe, peep toe, sling backs, ballet flats -- just to name a few.

One style that seems to be taking the shoe fashion industry by storm are stilettos.

"I just love they way they feel, they're sexy, they go with anything."

Lekeisha Boyd, a fashionista from Fondren, has an intense passion for all things shoes. She gave us a look inside her closet, and she says this is only a small
sampling of her collection. 

"So now I'm down to about 200, but I recently just bought some shoes so now it's probably a little over that," she told us.

Another popular style shoe that bares all toes -- the timeless flip flop. 

But it's one "comfy kick" that Boyd says she's not a fan of.

"These are my flip flops. I wear these in the house. Look at these...they're ugly."

Someone else's closet you won't find any flip flops in is Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray. 

"I really don't have any flip flops. I have one pair of shower shoes." 

After all, the pageant stage is pretty much a "no flats zone."

Murray said,, "I definitely wear heels on regular basis for just multiple purposes. Obviously competing in pageants, I have the opportunity to wear them with my dresses and my swimsuit."

And this crowned beauty started rocking her heels as a teenager-trying to fill bigger shoes-
later to become fit for a queen.

"I've got three older sisters so I grew up watching them wear heels, and of course I wanted to wear them," Murray told us. "I wanted to be just like them and of course they taught me how to walk, they taught me how to carry myself in a pair of heels, but I felt like when I put them on it was so natural, it was just so fitting."

Even though Murray nor Boyd are quick to slip into a feel good flat, they both admit after a long day of prancing around in a sassy stilt, their feet are happy for a break. 

According to the doctor's orders, at some point, we all need to step away from the stiletto.  

Dr. Rose Sotolongo, from The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland, said "There are two little bones down here called sesmoine bones and chronically wearing that high heel will go ahead and start to cause little stress fractures in the bone if you're in them all day long, you've got to have a transition period."

While most achy feet want instant relief, Dr. Sotolongo says don't immediately grab the flats. 

"You've gotta take this off and wear something that's still a bit higher heel but not as high because it's those abrupt changes that cause your muscles you know being they're not being pulled as much to all of sudden a lot of pulling in the muscle."

So what's the lowdown on flip flops? We brought some along with us for our interview so she could tell us.

Dr. Sotolongo said, "They're not all bad. There are some bad flip flops and there are some good flip flops, so I can't wait to see what you have."

While ours passed the test, one of her patient's thong sandals, are not made for walking. 

"We're seeing a lot of young ladies in these shoes and later on their foot is completely collapsed like this and they're having a lot of bony pain here," she said. "You want the heel to be a little bit higher than the front of the foot and it's got a lot of shock absorption the other thing you want is when you're walking your foot's gonna bend you want the bend to be right at the ball of the foot."

Sotolongo says the max height should be three inches for heels, and she understands how taller is more appealing, but wear them wisely.

"It's a beautiful shoe. The problem is it does cause problems."

It's a risk Boyd's willing to take -- because high heels really do give her a high.

Boyd said, "Shoes, shoes, shoes. That's my love, that's my thing, that's my therapy. I don't care if my feet are hurting. You just have to suck it up, smile, put on your shoes, and keep on going."

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