While the press is applauding Melania Trump's switch to Converse sneakers to meet with Florida hurricane victims, she could have become a victim herself. One misconception among high heel wearers--going from heels to flat shoes is not a problem.
For women like Melania, with a daily diet of high heels, it can be a big problem. Frequent high heel wearers end up with shortened calf muscles which can put them at greater risk for plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis when switching to flat shoes.
To avoid the potential problem Melania would have had to do a lot of stretching to get her calves loose enough before her trip to Florida.
A much better choice would have been a running shoe.
Running shoes aren't flat. Not only do they have arch support, they also have a lift in the heel that could have prevented plantar fasciitis if she was prone to it. But my best guess is Melania chose the inexpensive Converse so she wouldn't catch any more flack.
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