To sport trendy, vertiginous heels the likes of their
favorite celebs, some women are opting for dermal
filling in their feet — or even toe jobs, reportedly
dubbed ‘Loub’ jobs after shoe designer Christian
Louboutin — to make the shoes less painful, said media
According to the Daily Mail in the UK last week,
inquiries by women requesting dermal filler injections
into the toe pads, heels and balls of their feet have
grown 21% over the past year in the UK.
Described as being “virtually painless”, the
treatments involve injecting collagen into the feet to
create a pillowy effect, providing built-in cushion to
soften the strain of wearing high heels. The treatment,
administered by an experienced practitioner, costs from
£320 and results can last up to 6 months.
Why now? “The boom was revealed as it emerged sales
of six-inch heels quadrupled in the past 12 months,”
reported the UK’s Sun on Monday.
Other procedures that have been around for years but
are reportedly growing in popularity in the US and UK
include surgically shaving down the sides of the pinky
toe, or a toe tuck, to fit into narrow, pointy shoes.
Another procedure ‘Cinderella Procedure’, which is a
preventative correction that narrows the foot. Also
injectable fillers, traditionally used for the face,
have been used for purely aesthetic reasons: to smooth
out the tops of bony feet (and droopy knees) for summer