“Had the high heel never bulldozed its way back into popularity in the nineteen-fifties,” complains Mary Karr, “I wouldn’t be visiting a pricey podiatrist.”  Surprisingly, no one in In the “health-and-booty-obsessed age” in which she came of age ever warned Karr about bunions or the crippling effects of stilettos. Like many women her age, Karr says, she was a slave to the desire to appear desirable: everyone knows what a pair of heels can do for your ass….

But while your ass merely sags with age, your feet grow painfully gnarly.

Read more at The New Yorker

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