A new form of fitness trend is explored in the recent healthy living yahoo! article titled, "Would You Exercise in High Heels?" After reading the title, I said to myself, well of course! I do this already! As a certified pole dance instructor, it isn't uncommon to have an occasional session in a pair of your favorite 6 3/4 inch heels. However, after reading more into this article, I discovered this trend is not about the classic dance heels traditionally worn in a pole class- the author is referring to your typical work day heels.
In my earlier pole days, I have slipped on a pair of my dressy black heels. Now I can look back and realize that act alone was very much a rookie mistake. No one can successfully transition the desired movement in a pair of every day heels. That is why there are heels designed specifically for pole dancing. If you're unfamiliar with the differences, I encourage you to try on your favorite pair of pumps at the same time as you try on a dance heel. Just to clarify, when I say "dance heel", I'm referring to the heels commonly worn by pole dancers or also known as stilettos. My favorite brand of dance heels is Pleasers. Although there are many different brands out there for dance heels, two of the most common heels are by Pleasers and Ellie. For more information on what exactly are "dance heels" read my blog post Pole Shoes 101.
So back to the article, in my opinion, women engaging in physical activity while wearing heels not designed to add extra support to the ankle, arch, and delicate structure of the foot is completely insane. This article not only points out the potential for injury to your feet but also mentions the risks associated to other areas such as your knees and your back. So when you're eying up that pair of killer heels and thinking it might be a savvy idea to take them for a spin around the pole, make sure to ask yourself whether or not those shoes are intended for more than walking and looking cute. Your future feet, knees, and back will thank you.