Tennis shoes and sneakers 101

Tennis shoes and sneakers are longer just for the gym.  As we witnessed last year, more and more celebs such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, and  Taylor Swift have all been spotted rockin fashionably chic sneakers. This trend has not rested for 2017, matter of fact it has exploded into one of the most comfortable stylish trends around. You can now wear your sneakers and tennis shoes with any type of style and make your own unique fashion statement doing it. From jeans, to shirts and dresses, you can flaunt this trend by stepping out to work, play, or a night on the town. It is time to give up the tight uncomfortable heals that can cause ankle sprains, fractures, pinched nerves, and tendon problems and trade them in keeping your feet happy all day and all night long. Why would anyone want to wear uncomfortable shoes that you can’t walk in.

I mean tell me if this is not you, you wear high heals to work and look fabulous doing it, but an hour into your work day you are grabbing your feet and wincing from the pain that these heels are causing.

“Researcher found that the types of shoes women wear, specifically high-heels, pumps and sandals, may cause future hind-foot (heel and ankle) pain” according to lead author Alyssa B. Dufour

It is commonly known that women who wear high-heels or pumps suffer from foot pain, but new studies suggest that women may be suffering from long term foot problems due to wearing these types of shoes regularly.  Dufour and associates found that women who report hind-foot pain is significantly associated with wearing high heels, sandals, and pumps and that women report more foot problems compared to men due to wearing poor footwear. In another study by Moore et al (2015) confirms that High-heel shoes may potentially cause wearers to experience broken or ankle sprains, ligament tears as well as a cavalcade of other injuries and women may also experience other symptoms such as bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, broken toes and potentially causing long-term or permanent damage to your feet and legs. The bigger the heels that women wear and the longer duration that high-heels, pumps, and sandals are worn, the greater the risk for injury and foot problems. Additionally; the damage that has been done by wearing these types of shoes, may require surgery or the longer it may take to reverse some types of damage because you have accrued many years of deformities and issues related to your feet.



Many people think comfort means giving up style but this can’t be farther from the truth. The battle over comfort and fashion has ended and you’ll be happy to know that you most likely have everything in your own closet right now to pull off this fashion forward statement and end years of foot discomfort and pain.  Many women wear tennis shoes when working out, shopping, gardening, walking, and playing in the yard because they provide comfort and support. Today designers are creating tons of styles that define and compliment every style of clothing with a wide variety of sneaker and tennis shoe choices.  These shoes that were originally design to protect our feet have become the new rage in fashion which talks to the unique personality and style of every women. Now is the time to open up your closet and gather your classic converse, track-worthy trainers, low-top and high-top sneakers, slip-on, flats, canvas, or your 90’s throwbacks and start pairing your outfits and make a fashion statement that perfectly fits your style. Don’t fall prey to wearing uncomfortable shoes that give you blisters that take a week to heal or cause permanent foot and leg damage for the sake of fashion, be inspired to create your own style by incorporating your sneakers and tennis shoes into an everyday grand slam fashionable look and statement.

Journal Reference

Alyssa B. Dufour, Kerry E. Broe, Anne H. Walker, Erin Kivell, Uyen-Sa D.T. Nguyen, Marian T. Hannan, David R. Gagnon, Howard J. Hillstrom. Foot Pain: Is Current or Past Shoewear a Factor? Arthritis Care & Research, 2009; DOI: 10.1002/art.24733

Justin X. Moore, Brice Lambert, Gabriella P. Jenkins, Gerald McGwinm Jr. Epidemiology of High-Heel Shoe Injuries in U.S. Women: 2002 to 2012. Journal of foot and ankle surgery, 2015. DOI:



  1. I love tennis shoes & sneakers – For me, first & foremost in a practical sense, I always like to seek out a footwear that is comfortable.
    But of course, you also want to look like a human being with your new shiny shoes & not exactly like a savage, haha..

    Just recently, I grabbed 3 new sets of tennis shoes from a store, all differently colored – They looked so nice & stylish that I just had to have them.
    ..and now, reading your article that many celebs are into wearing this kind of stuff & it goes with the current trends in fashion makes it so much better for me!

    I’m also very happy & excited towards female counterparts – Less pain & suffering. Not only is it more healthy physically but mentally too! You tend to smile A LOT more often when you feel yourself comfortable. It’s a win win situation for everybody don’t you think?

    • Hi Henry,
      It is a win win situation. Comfort is the key but mentally feeling and looking good is also important and I do believe a person who is pain free and “rockin” their own personal style does tend to smile a lot more. I think everyone at one time or another has owned a pair of tennis shoes or sneakers and most have had them for practical reasons, but now they have become not only practical but also fashionable. I love all the new styles and colors and wear them everyday with all my outfits. Most of my foot problems have gone away and I can do more things as a results. Men’s styles just like women’s are amazing, have hit the red carpet and are must haves. This type of footwear is legendary and I do not think they will ever go out of style. They can be paired with simply everything no matter the season from jeans and sweatshirts to tailored separates. Do you wear tennis shoes and sneakers for your more social go out looks?

  2. I had no idea that tennis shoes and sneakers were making such a comeback into the fashion world.

    I will admit while I have never tried high heels since I’m a guy 🙂 — I do believe women’s feet will appreciate the support and comfort sneakers have over high heels.

    Do you yourself wear many sneakers or tennis shoes? If so what is your favorite brand to wear when your going out on the town?

    • Hi Michael,

      thank you for your response and viewing my website. When I go out on the town, I personally like to wear cuffed jeans or pants with a colorful pair of converse. This allows for more comfort, especially on the dance floor and still looks great. Even though you are a guy and have not tried heels, men’s dress shoe can be just as ill fitting and cause problems. Tennis shoes and sneakers are just as popular right now for a guys style so you should check some out.

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