Those Gladiator Sandals You Love So Much Could Be F*cking Up Your Legs

Ladies, here's another installment of news you can't ignore, but you wish you could.

Apparently, gladiator sandals and espadrilles put a lot of pressure on the veins in your feet, ankles and calves, slowing blood flow to the heart and swelling leg tissue.

According to Luis Navarro, MD, surgeon and medical director of the Vein Treatment Center in New York City, almost any strappy shoes will cause blisters and leave impressions because our feet naturally swell throughout the day.

These impressions are harmless and go away after you take your shoes off, however, constricting shoes have the potential to leave permanent marks or even spider veins (Gasp!).

These, too, are harmless, but no one really wants that.

In fact, this is more likely to happen to you if you have a family history of spider veins, take hormonal birth control, are on your feet for long periods of time, smoke or are obese.

Even if you don't fall into one of those categories, you may want to consider giving your feet a break from tight and strappy shoes.

Citations: Gladiator Sandals Could Be Permanently Damaging Your Legs (Cosmopolitan)