However much they might have loved her, the media schadenfreude was ecstatic. The queen of the most extreme vertiginous heels ever seen, who once famously proclaimed “I beyond hate ballet flats” had ended up with bunions. Barely able to conceal it’s glee the tabloids talked of little else for weeks. “Bunions Beckham!” screamed the Mail, “Beastly Bunion!” the Mirror followed, fuelling the irritation of female bunion sufferers across the country.


Religiously practising what she preached it is near impossible to find a photograph of Victoria Beckham in heels less than approx 6 inches high (other than those flip flop shots liberally posted by the delighted media post the story breaking).


Her devotion was off the foot torture scale and fortunately for the NHS few can match her when it comes to punishing our feet. Even for those of us with a potentially dangerous shoe obsession, doing the daily school run in toweringly high sky scraper heels with the potential to double as fatal weapons would be a step too far, as it were. Instinctive self-preservation is likely to have stopped us if considerations of verticality in a public place had not.


Victoria Beckham did much to raise bunion awareness, but contrary to public opinion high heels are by no means the only cause or even the main cause of the affliction. Bunions are though known to be much less common (around 3% of the population as opposed to around 30%) in non-Western countries where Western footwear is not worn. And the combination of tight fitting shoes and very high heels, both classic Victoria trademarks, is particularly damaging for those who are susceptible. 


Whilst the straining arches and unnaturally misshapen angles of Victoria Beckham’s feet are an extreme example, we can probably all relate to some degree to the notion of suffering for style.


Who of us hasn't at some point squeezed into a pair of shoes just a little on the snug side?  Or ventured out with a heel that relies heavily on either being seated for most of the evening or a proximate handrail?


Fortunately bunions are more a result of cumulative punishment than a one off occasion and other factors such as genetics play their part. But it is important to be aware of the further damage we can do by continuing to wear inadvisable shoes when bunions develop. As anyone who has suffered from bunions knows, mainstream retail shoes are just not made to accommodate the requirements of afflicted feet. And whilst Victoria Beckham might have struggled on in crippling agony for as long as possible in her trademark spikes, a more comfortable approach without sacrificing style can be achieved wearing shoes specifically crafted for women with bunions. Stylish bunion shoes for women do exist! 


Bunion shoes for women can really help avoid aggravating bunion deformity and unnecessary pain and now there is that added advantage that you don’t have to keep your eyes closed when you look at them in the mirror. Designed to flatter your outfit rather than annihilate it,  our shoes mean that you can reclaim your femininity and nurture your bunions at the same time.