“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” ~Marilyn Monroe

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Pay attention to the words, “the right shoes”, not ill-fitting shoes. That would be a fashion faux pas, right? 75% of people wear the wrong shoes, according to David G Armstrong, professor of Surgery at the William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago.

What’s best you ask? Barefoot! Research has concluded that people were healthier before the invention of shoes! A South African study in the podiatry journal The Foot, in 2007, studied 180 modern humans from three different population groups (Sotho, Zulu, and European) and compared them to 2,000-year-old skeletons. The Zulu, who often go barefoot, had the healthiest feet of the modern humans.

Ok, so you don’t have to really go barefoot, but ditch the heels from time to time and replace them with shoes that have little to no flexion (ie: when shopping for shoes, if you can fold it, it’s not a good shoe. Put it down and try again). Your body will thank you later!