(Readers' No. 1 pick for Stupid Style of the Year): The bane of podiatrists and a blank check for orthopedic surgeons, these silly things aren't just ugly, they're dangerous. "From Frankenstein's closet. … Regardless of what they look like, they all appear to be utterly impossible to walk in," says Fran O. "I can't help but think of the historic Chinese foot binding and the shoes that severely limited a woman's ability to move and essentially crippled her and made her helpless." "Was this a ploy by sociologists and other students of Western culture to determine a new gullibility factor for women?" wonders Leslie H. "Hooker-heels with platforms and rounded club-foot toes…are only good for sitting down. I look at them and think: sprained ankle, falling down the stairs or tipping over," says Mary Ann J. I look at them and think: Imagine running for the bus in these cripplers. You've got to be kidding.
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