Saturday, January 23, 2010

Have bunions got the better of Victoria Beckham? Posh swaps high heels for ballet flats

She once said of ballerina flats: 'Unless they're on a ballet dancer doing ballet, I just don't get it.'

But it seems Victoria Beckham has finally given in, as the years spent wearing her trademark skyscraper heels take their painful toll.

Ignoring her own fashion rule, Beckham stepped out today in a pair of classy-yet-comfortable black ballet flats.

It comes after she was spotted wearing trainers last week, perhaps in a sign that her bunions have got the better of her.

Whether she's shopping, attending a school fete or about to board a plane, up until now there was no event that the mother-of three didn't deem worthy of a pair of towering heels.

She wore Louboutin heels when she visited Universal Studios theme park with her sons and a pair of heel-less, Antonio Berardi PVC boots at the designer's show in Paris.

But today was a stark contrast.

Beckham donned the ballerina flats for her flight into London's Heathrow airport today.

She teamed the practical shoes with an understated navy blue shift dress and one of her many Hermes Birkin bags.

Her bunions have become so bad that she is said to be facing surgery to remove them.

Friends said recently she was in such agony that she was having to put ice on her feet and do daily exercises in a desperate bid to avoid having the bunionectomy operations advised by her doctors.

Beckham is believed to wear corrective insoles in some shoes.
The pin-thin star, whose high-end fashion range counts supermodel Elle Macpherson among its fans, loves shoes by designers such as Christian Louboutin, which cost from £500.

She swore she would never wear ballet flats as she 'beyond hated them.'

To combat her agony Beckham, 35, has been doing exercises, such as standing on a step and lowering her weight onto one leg, and lying on her back to stretch her legs.

If she has the surgery, she could face at least two months out of high heels.