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Kim Kardashian has widely documented her daughter North's penchant for all things glamorous – especially makeup. 

Kim faced huge backlash over Christmas after she shared her gorgeous festive family portraits. 

Rather than enjoy the stunning snaps, the bright red lipstick that Kim's daughter, five-year-old North was wearing, garnered massive public attention. 

Kim was criticised heavily for allowing her daughter to wear makeup at such a young age. However, Kim explained on Twitter that North loves makeup, and that Kim decided to allow her daughter to wear the lipstick to the annual Kardashian Christmas party as it was a special occasion.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'She picked it though! It’s a special occasion,' she tweeted to fans following the festive period. 

Kim previously told Refinery29 that North loves playing with makeup and getting creative with the art form as a style of expressionism. 

'I already know North is into makeup for sure,' she said.

'She had friends over this weekend and some of her girlfriends came and they were just all in her room, giving themselves makeovers.'

With a mum like Kim and an auntie like Kylie, both of whom have massive Cosmetics empires, it's no wonder North is getting to grips with the industry early. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While the Kardashian-Jenners are renowned for their love of makeup, they are also hailed as fashion icons, rarely seen out of fully glam outfits.

North clearly shares this love of style with her mum, as she often chooses her own outfits – complete with her mum's high heels. 

Kim took to Twitter last night to showcase the adorable moment that North tried to leave the house wearing Kim's heels – and the very relatable moment of upset when she was told she wasn't allowed to wear them outside of playing dress up: 

'Sooooo Miss North dressed herself and thought she was ready for the day until I explained she couldn’t wear my boots,' Kim tweeted, alongside a laughing face emoji.

Recently, at North's cousin True's first birthday party, Kim uploaded a video of North posing for pictures in her mother's high heeled pumps – so clearly shoes are a great passion of little North.

'Northie, put on the other shoes we brought, please,' Kim urged her daughter in the Instagram video. 

We can't wait to see the shoe collections this little creative diva is sure to be designing as soon as she is old enough to have the business savvy. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Underneath Kim's post, some criticised the mum for allowing her child to wear the boots at all – as well as calling her out for allowing North to wear makeup and straightening her naturally curly hair.

However, others praised Kim for allowing her daughter to freely express herself through fashion, while responsibly not allowing North to wear heels and makeup outside of the home, while playing dress up or for special occasions. 

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Wearing high heels to work should never be a prerequisite. We'll keep our work uniform of boots and a breton top, thank you very much. 

However for some women, the inclusion of high heels in their work dress code is a reality. 

Obviously, this makes daily blisters, aching arches and strained calves a regular part of working life. 

 

Calls were made to the UK government back in April to ban the requirement from women's work contracts, but these were rejected. 

One woman who was sent home from work for wearing flat shoes started a petition to have the requirement disbanded, sparking global media attention. 

In 2011, Theresa May even said: 'I have not found that traditional gender-based workplace dress codes have held me back.'

'I indeed believe that they encourage a sense of professionalism in the workplace.'

The University of Aberdeen has conducted further research into the area, and found that there is a risk of injury attached to the persistent wearing of heels. 

The review found that wearing high heels led to an increased risk of bunions, pain and injury.

It failed to find a link between high heel wear and osteoarthritis.

'From our review it is clear that despite the huge amount of evidence showing heels are bad for individuals’ health, there are complex social and cultural reasons that make high heel wearing attractive,' said lead researcher Dr Max Barnish, according to Breaking News.

“We feel the UK Government should follow the lead of other authorities who have introduced specific laws to tackle this practice rather than simply relying on existing legislation which has left the situation in this country uncertain and open to misinterpretation.'

We'll be keeping our runners firmly on our feet, thanks. 

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We're both bemused and bewildered by this bar that offers women discounts based on their heel height.

Because… seriously?

We're all partial to Ladies' Night, which is hosted in many pubs, bars and clubs around the world, but Hilton Osaka’s My Place bar in Tokyo has really taken the creepy, sexist biscuit.

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The named 'High Heels Ladies' Night Discount' is, believe it or not, a weekly event which offers women discounts based on the height of their.. you guessed it, heels.

Shoes have to be at least five centimetres in height to qualify for 10 per cent off your drink order.

According to Sora News 24, with every additional two centimetres, you get a further discount.

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And if you have a heel height of 15 centimetres (do you want to break your back?), you will get a "top discount" of up to 40 per cent.

We're so over this kind of sh*t…

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Party season has officially landed, and what better way to add a fun element to any outfit than with some Disney magic?

These Minnie Mouse high heels have been breaking the Internet lately, with thousands of Pinterest pins and Instagram likes.

Unfortunately, they are notoriously hard to get your hands on, especially in Ireland. Until now, that is.

 

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The shoes are perfect for those of us who grew up in the Disney renaissance, with the very best of Minnie, Mickey and all of the original Disney princesses.

The shoes have just landed in coveted Dublin boutique Cari's Closet, so we can finally get our mitts of them. 

 

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The genius behind the shoes is Oscar Tiye, a world renowned shoe designer. 

The whimsical shoes were designed as "the perfect shoes for a Disneyland wedding" but the cute design is too good to be reserved for bridal.

The cute Minnie ears are making us all nostalgic for Disney duvet days.

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Breaking in the perfect pair of high heels for the party season is no mean feat, and even if you take precautions those new heels can be torture.

No one wants to be that girl at the end of the night with her shoes in her hand ( and possibly a takeaway in the other), and some women are going to drastic measures to achieve pain-free feet. 

With all of those Christmas parties on the horizon, some women are opting for foot botox to stay in their heels all night long.

"The use of Botox in the feet to ease swelling and pain caused by high heels is not a new technique," Dr Jeremy Hunt from the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery told the Daily Mail.

According to Dr Hunt, foot botox is not a new procedure, but it is increasingly in demand during the festive season. 

"The procedure involves a number of small injections in and around the sole area of the feet that aids with pain relief and reduces the swelling that can sometimes occur with wearing high heels for long periods of time," he said.

So sitting down to rest your long suffering feet could be a thing of the past.  

The procedures costs about €350, so it might not be that realistic if you have presents to buy and a Christmas feast to cater to.

The doctor warned that it is also not recommended as a long term solution to wearing high heels.

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As women with more car-to-bar shoes than any other in our wardrobes, we thought we had heard every high heel hack under the sun.

Apply Vaseline to the edges to soften them up, wear them in with a pair of fluffy socks and never leave the house without at least 30 plasters and an air of gritty determination, but turns out we were wrong.

While we have our ankles sorted and our heels padded, we still struggle with that godforsaken pain in the ball of our foot when we’re attempting to get our strut on.

However, it looks like we can officially kiss goodbye to this all-too-familiar agony with the help of some medical tape or rubber bands.

No, hear us out.

According to those in the know, there’s a nerve situated between our third and fourth toes which causes the discomfort many of us simply accept, but by taping those toes together you immediately alleviate the pressure.

The method helps to keep your muscles aligned, the ball of your foot steady, and the rest of your night pain-free.

Pass the damn tape – we’re going in.

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1. It’s okay not to get on with your ex
This may seem like an obvious one, but allow me to explain and rewind a little. What I mean by this is that self-respect is everything. Like many girls, I was a ‘fixer’. I was obsessed with ‘helping’ one guy in particular, and it did me no favours – to be truthful, it broke my heart multiple times.

It’s okay to decide that someone is not for you to help, that they will never change, and to move on. It’s a level of maturity and self-worth that, in hindsight, took me far too long to reach – but no regrets.

2. It’s never too late to make new friends…
When I was younger, I believed that a person made all of his or her friends at school or college, and that was that. Wrong! Every year of my twenties so far – and not just the college years – has brought new friendships with some of the nicest and funniest people I’ve ever met.

3. …but old ones are more special as time passes
As I get older and busier, the friends that I manage to keep in touch with are the ones that mean more and more to me. It can be really difficult (and I’m still working on it!) but the memories and understanding that I share with these people make it all the more worthwhile.

My oldest and wisest friend recently departed to work with a charity in India. Saying goodbye to her was an utter shock to the system. She’s always been around, my whole life, so waving her off and not knowing when she’ll return was no easy feat. Needless to say she wasn’t the first of my friends to emigrate (and she won’t be the last), but that didn’t make the goodbye any less bittersweet. I’m so proud of her that sometimes I see pictures on Facebook and just well up… it seems that another side-effect of getting older is that I cry more easily!

4. Nobody really knows what they’re doing
I’m just beginning to realise that this whole ‘growing up’ racket is a total myth in itself. One of the most difficult lessons I’ve had to learn is that age is by no means a measure of maturity – this is something I find myself saying to friends over and over again. Some of the most, er, memorable (and, in hindsight, hilarious) encounters and exchanges I’ve had with people have surprised me because I kept thinking ‘surely at his/her age, (s)he should know better?!’ Wrong again! Everybody you meet in life is kind of just bumbling along and winging it to some extent.

5. Super high heels aren’t worth it.
When you’re a bit more comfortable in yourself, you care far, far less about what other people think, and learn how to ‘do you’ with ease. For me, this means sticking to what I like to do, rather than what I think I should do.  I grew up believing quite subliminally that women wore heels for all smart occasions. Well, of course they don’t – they wear whatever they feel good in. Lesson learned: I hate heels, therefore I rarely (if ever) wear them.

Oh, and nobody cares, anyway. They’re all far too busy worrying about what others think of them!

Deirdre Foley is a history grad, sceptic, wearer of red lipstick and self-confessed 'beauty maniac'. She is also the co-founder of fabulous Irish beauty blog, Viva Adonis.

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If you are a fan of really high heels you would do well to do some exercises that will strengthen your legs so that you don’t end up falling on your ear.

You have no excuse, even if you’re not a fan of the gym, because you can do these at home!

Calf raise
This is great for giving you strong calves to help keep your balance when strutting your stuff. Simply stand flat on the ground and then gently raise the heel of your foot up until you are standing on the ball of your foot. Do 10 sets and repeat. The more times you do it the more reps you can do.

Ankle twists
Loosen up your ankle and avoid tearing your ligaments with the ankle twist. Simply sit on the floor, lean back on your hands, bring your knees up and raise one foot at a time. With your foot in the air, spell out your name with your foot 10 times and repeat on the other foot.

Foot roll
This is great for loosening up the bottom of the feet which can get tight from wearing heels too long. Simply grab a rolling pin and lay it on the floor. Stand with your two feet flat on the ground. Lift one foot and put it on the rolling pin. Roll the bottom of your foot along the pin to massage it.

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Most of us shudder at the thought of having to give up our favourite pair of heels.

The perfect pair of skyscrapers can make or break any outfit, but just how much of our health are we sacrificing for foot fashion?

Studies have shown that towering tootsies can take their toll on your spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet, while even altering your posture and gait.

Here’s how high heels affect different parts of your body and why it may be something you won’t stand for anymore.

Feet
The higher the heel, the bigger the impact. Normally, your feet act like weight-distributing shock absorbers, cushioning your skeleton from the intense, daily amount of pounding. However, one study found that four-inch stilettos can raise the amount of pressure on the front of the foot by 30 percent or more. Ouch!

Ankles and calves
Wearing heels forces your ankles to bend forward, a movement that could restrict circulation in your lower limbs. If you’re a regular heel wearer, this could eventually spell spider veins.

Back
In order to strut around in heels, your spine needs to sway unnaturally, a process that stresses your lumbar erector spinae muscle and in time this could result in a weak and painful lower back.

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