Sartorial folklore has long held that wearing flats is generally much better for your feet than wearing über-high heels. And while science has time and again supported this theory, with numerous reports revealing the damaging health results of wearing heels. This should come as no surprise, especially when your feet start to hurt after wearing sky-high heels for just a few hours. But believe it or not, flats aren’t completely out of the doghouse, either. Even a cursory Google search on the health risks of wearing flats reveals some pretty jaw-dropping facts. We delved deeper to find the most upsetting risks we ladies take every time we step into our trusty flats—and many of these will likely shock you as they did us.
Keep scrolling to learn the five most upsetting facts you never knew about the effects of wearing flats.