Survey signals the end of bunion-inducing heels
IBM conducted research which suggests that the popularity of platforms and stilettos may soon decline.
Historically, shoe heel height has had an inverse relationship with the economy, according to IBM researchers. As the stocks went up, flats became fashionable, and vice versa.
However, a new study either suggests that this trend is reversing itself or that the economy is on the up and up. Using a tool that analyzes social media and blog posts, a team of researchers found that flat and low-heeled shoes are poised to come back in style.
"Usually, in an economic downturn, heels go up and stay up – as consumers turn to more flamboyant fashions as a means of fantasy and escape," said Dr. Trevor Davis, a consumer products expert with IBM Global Business Services. "This time, something different is happening."
While store shelves are still stocked with platforms and towering wedge heels, the analysis detected that the most followed fashion bloggers are favoring more sensible shoes.This could mean good things for fashionistas with bunions. In the meantime, they may want to consider using bunion splints or orthotics in order to help reduce the appearance of their bony deformities without bunion surgery.