The Times - Would you have surgery to wear heels?

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Written by Barbara McMahon

At her clinic on Park Avenue in New York, podiatrist Dr Suzanne Levine is explaining why increasing numbers of women are having their toes shortened or lengthened to make their feet look prettier. Let me guess. Is it because they are shallow and self-obsessed to the point of mania? Perfectionists whose narcissistic quest for beauty extends all the way down, down, down into the darkest corner of an innocent pop sock, where a deformed little morsel of flesh lurks, the sad runt of the toe litter, the final frontier in the war against imperfection? “Well, it is a brave new world out there in terms of feet,” says Levine. “If nature has given you something you don’t like, you can have it fixed.”

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