High Heels An Excuse to Drive Drunk?

July 21, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News

Cops hear every story imaginable from drivers stopped for driving drunk. Anything from “I can handle my liquor” to “It’s a short drive home”, I wonder how many have heard that their shoes are why they drove?

In London on July 17, a Scottish businesswoman claimed in court that she decided to drink and drive as she was not able to walk quickly enough in her high heels.

Kyra Ritchie and her husband and friends were staying in town in a hotel to celebrate a friend’s birthday. She argued that she struggled to keep up with a group of friends because of the shoes she was wearing on a night out, she decided to turn back to change them and got behind the wheel of her car to catch up with them.

The court was told that Ritchie was wearing training shoes when she was stopped by the police and found to be well over twice the legal limit.

It being her first offense, she has been banned from driving for 18 months and fined 360 pounds (approximately $550 USD). Although she showed up for court wearing 5 inch heels, she changed out of them before leaving into a pair of sensible boots.


Are Toner Shoes All They Are Hyped Up To Be?

July 06, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News
We hope everyone had a happy and safe fourth of July! By now nearly everyone has heard the buzz about the new toner shoes that the athletic shoe companies are pushing and how they will tone your legs and buttox and cause you to lose weight. Well as with everything, there are two sides to this.

Have you ever wondered how these shoes can have such an affect? These shoes work by forcing you to be off-balance. Sounds a little odd to me personally. Supposively with the wearer being destabilized, other lesser-used muscle groups are challenged to burn more calories. Not only is your center of balance nonexistant due to your constant rocking with these types of shoes. Also these shoes have a bit of weight to them due to the thick soles they have. Companies such as Skechers, Reebok, and New Balance have these shoes priced anywhere from $85-$150.

Skechers Shape Ups
Reebok EasyTone So are they worth it? Medically, they shift the center of the wearer’s body weight to behind the ankle, which can eventually cause harm to one’s foot. They are not recommended for anyone who suffers from knee, hip, or back problems. Nor are they recommended to be worn for long periods of time. Financially, if you’re okay with dropping the money for a shoe that you’re going to be unstable walking in, or standing for that matter, then sure.
In my opinion they do the same thing as a basic pair of sneakers you can get at your neighborhood department store; if you get up, put them on, and walk a lap or two around the block, or get to the gym and do some exercise, you can get the same results. I also think that the “medical evidence” is over-hyped. Why? The companies that have supplied medical evidence of their shoes having results, funded their own research. People complain and say it is bad wearing high heel shoes; teetering around out of balance, but to each their own.