FEET BY NUM­BERS

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3 The age at which the an­cient Chi­nese prac­tice of bind­ing girls’ feet would be­gin, when mothers folded four toes for­ward and un­der the arch and bound them to achieve the glo­ri­fied three-inch ‘golden lo­tus’.

10 The num­ber of min­utes it takes for 20 per cent of women to feel the pinch of their high heels, ac­cord­ing to a study by The Col­lege of Po­di­a­try, UK. 12 The per­cent­age of men who put up with stylish, un­com­fort­able shoes, com­pared to 43 per cent of women. 20 The num­ber in inches of the high­est heeled shoes com­mer­cially avail­able (that’s 50cm). Th­ese 20inch plat­form boots were cre­ated in 2004 by In­dian de­signer James Syiemiong. 29 mil­lion. The amount in UK ster­ling it costs the UK National Health Ser­vice each year to re­pair the dam­age done to women’s feet caused by ex­cess wear of high heels, ac­cord­ing to a 2008 study. 50 The price in US dollars of a high-heel-walk­ing class in New York. Dubbed the ‘Stiletto Whis­perer’ Vic­tor Chu helps women learn to nav­i­gate the city in heels, teach­ing cor­rect pos­ture and en­cour­ag­ing en­gaged abs, help­ing to limit both stiletto ac­ci­dents and long-term dam­age. 19 The aver­age num­ber of shoes owned by women in the UK, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study by Di­a­mond in­sur­ance com­pany. Though the women only wear seven of them.

16 The height in inches of high heels donned by Lady Gaga at the an­nual Hu­man Rights Cam­paign Gala in 2001, mak­ing her 2.44 me­tres tall when meet­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. 25 The per­cent­age of the body’s bones that are in the feet.

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