Mangled, Mashed and Mutilated: The Fate of Models' Feet on the Runway

Fashion month is a mad whirlwind of collections where we see Anna Wintour literally leap from her seat to continue onto the next show. The jam-packed schedules are cause for a lot of stress for all involved: organizers, editors, buyers, the designers--but especially the models. For models, physical signifiers of work and stress are easily covered on the face with plenty of time in the makeup chair backstage, but there's one (actually two) key appendages that are sadly over-looked. No, not those. The model's feet, of course. With a month of running around four cities, endless nights of fittings, countless show rehearsals and finally--the actual shows--a model's foot takes one heck of a beating. We've already covered the wonderful shoe highlights from this season, but now we will take a look inside the shoe. Warning: If you have foot issues (ie they are too creepy for you to even handle), this slideshow is not for you.
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Fashion month is a mad whirlwind of collections where we see Anna Wintour literally leap from her seat to continue onto the next show. The jam-packed schedules are cause for a lot of stress for all involved: organizers, editors, buyers, the designers--but especially the models. For models, physical signifiers of work and stress are easily covered on the face with plenty of time in the makeup chair backstage, but there's one (actually two) key appendages that are sadly over-looked. No, not those. The model's feet, of course. With a month of running around four cities, endless nights of fittings, countless show rehearsals and finally--the actual shows--a model's foot takes one heck of a beating. We've already covered the wonderful shoe highlights from this season, but now we will take a look inside the shoe. Warning: If you have foot issues (ie they are too creepy for you to even handle), this slideshow is not for you.
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Fashion month is a mad whirlwind of collections where we see Anna Wintour literally leap from her seat to continue onto the next show. The jam-packed schedules are cause for a lot of

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The Great Escape It's tough to keep the pinky toe in check.

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The Ill-Fit This is probably the most common runway problem. Either too tight, or too large, models often have to contend with ill-fitting shoes that may fly off at any second, or will cut circulation off completely. Opened-toed sandals seem to be the best bet since the toes at least have somewhere to go.

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The Wardrobe Malfunction Not as common as the others, but the broken heel has been known to happen. These

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The Protective Measures For any woman who wears heels on a regular basis, you can be pretty sure there will be a few bandaids kicking around her purse. The aesthetics of the bandage are probably the reason why more aren't seen on the runways, though we wonder whether it's always the right choice. Scabs are pretty tough to look at, too. Speaking of...

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The Wear and Tear The slow decline of a model's foot is obvious when looking at the collections from city to city. The pristine skin and tone from the beginning of NYFW takes a sharp turn by the time the model makes it to Paris, none evidenced so clearly than at Louis Vuitton, one of the very last Paris shows. Bruises, cuts, discoloration... it's a bit scary, to be honest. We hope all the models are now enjoying a good rest. And hopefully a foot rub.