Footcare Direct is a great resource for all things feet. Learning about the evolution of foot problems has been a real eye-opener for me! So why do our feet hurt? Let's take it back - way back. When humans first stood, they basically shifted all that weight from their front "feet" to the back ones. The hands were freed up for other work. Shoes evolved from simple skins worn for protection to elaborate status symbols. Early high heels were worn by Greek and Oriental actors. The height of certain characters signified their importance. Tiny shoes were a symbol of wealth and breeding in ancient China so they bound their feet to fit into smaller shoes. Are your Manolos really any different? Footcare Direct states that 80% of all foot problems occur in women. Heard enough? Go put on your tennies!