wedges bad for feet

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Danger ranking: 3. "Wedges add height, and I personally feel more stable in wedges than in heels or platforms," Brenner says. "The back of the shoe shouldn't be much higher than the front."

Best for: Getting around the office on summer Mondays through Thursdays; standing during a speech or a toast

Avoid: Rushing to catch a flight; trying to get anywhere in a hurry, really

Doctor's note: "Cork and raffia soles offer better shock absorption," says Brenner. "Wood is very rigid, which can cause your foot to overcompensate. This can lead to instability and extra pressure on the knees and hips. With wooden sandals, look for a rubberized sole that helps with shock absorption."