'Foot fillers or flats?'
Wednesday's ELLE question of the day was arguably a little weirder than usual. Inspired by our discovery of the next crazy beauty treatment, it was a throw-it-to-the-group situation.
The treatment in question? The snazzily named 'Louboutin Lift' aka the Loub Job.
Promising to ease the discomfort of wearing heels, the treatment uses dermal filler injected into the balls of your feet to create a cushioning effect that can last up to six to twelve weeks.
The fillers contain Hyaluronic Acid (aka our skincare's secret weapon) which holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water. More water equals plumper skin and in turn creates a cushioning effect.
So, in the the case of your feet vs the Dior slingbacks, you come out the winner. In theory.
The unanimous opinion from the ELLE desk? 'No thanks mate, I'll stick to the Stan Smiths'.
Because yes, we all love working a pair of pink velvet mules when we're in the mood to trot around and feel fancy, but taking needles to our feet to facilitate it? It just seems a little drastic.
Of course, we're totally on board with women wearing whatever shoes they goddamn please. But when there's so many amazing flats out there, is wearing heels until they hurt and resorting to injectables really the best answer?
We put it to the journo jury:
The Argument For - Lisa Haynes, Fashion And Beauty Editor And High Heel Fanatic
'Let's not talk about how many pairs of heels I own. Okay fine, it's in the triple figure mark. I laugh in the face of a kitten heel and think nothing of doing a 12-hour stint in stilettos (sorry, chiropodists out there).
So when I heard about the 'Loub Job', it potentially sounds like the answer to my sole burn issues. I've been known to pop an ibuprofen before a night out in my more 'challenging' heels so - if it really works - this procedure just sounds like a more permanent solution.'
The Argument Against - Hannah Rochell AKA En Brogue And The Queen Of Flat Shoes
'To be quite honest, this is one of the most ludicrous procedures I have ever heard of! It doesn't take a genius to work out that if your shoes hurt, either wear them less, or get new shoes. Don't get surgery!
While some women find heels relatively comfortable and easy to wear, many find them painful and prolonged use can cause all sorts of physical problems, whether or not you've had silly fillers injected into your foot.
Instead, I would advise trying out some of the myriad flat styles out there - flats are so on trend that there's never been a better or easier time to find a pair that suits you. And your feet will thank you for it!'