10 Shoe Styles to Kick to the Curb

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  1. Super-Flat Ballet Flats: Nothing is cuter than a pair of black ballet flats paired with skinny jeans and a striped tee (can you say, Audrey Hepburn chic?). But too many days spent in super-flat ballets can do just as much damage to your body as sky-high heels. Super-flat shoes that offer no arch support leave you at risk for fallen arches, bunions and a host of other podiatry nightmares. Instead of stocking up on cheapo ballet flats, find a pair that offers a sturdy sole and sufficient arch support. Your feet (and your hips and back) will thank you for years to come.
  1. Leather "Hippie" Sandals: While we support giving peace a chance, we can't get on board with these style-less stalwarts. Much like those plastic clunkers that we so vigorously oppose, leather strapped sandals-the kind with the "cork" bottom-look like something best reserved for a day of gardening or a trip to the beach (preferably when no one is looking). With all of the stylish, fashionable vegan and eco-friendly footwear available, there's no reason to turn to these tired old soles.
  1. Get-in-Shape Shoes: These peculiar looking shoes promise to help you get a firm butt, toned calves and solid abs without going anywhere near a gym - and there's nothing wrong with that. But may we humbly suggest that you relegate these shoes to fitness time only. Resist the urge to wear them when running errands or (eeek!) out on a date. Not only does the chunky heel make them less than sleek, they're also pretty tipsy when worn for anything other than walking in a straight line. And while many women swear allegiance to these shoes, keep realistic goals in mind when using your "miracle" shoes!