21 January 2019, Monday, 13:44
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State Duma member demands to ban flats and heels in Customs Union


Popular plimsoles, ballet flats and high-heeled footwear can be prohibited.

Oleg Mikheyev, a Fair Russia member of the lower house of the Russian parliament, sent a request to chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Viktor Khristenko proposing to include new medical orthopedic requirements for footwear into the technical regulations of the Customs Union, Izvestia writes.

Flats and high-heeled shoes became the first footwear to fall out of favour with the parliament member. Though being very popular, these types of shoes lead to orthopedic problems.

Mikheyev noted that according to statistics, about 40% of adults have flat feet. For this reason, flat-footed young men were drafted into the army in 2014, because, according to him, it was almost impossible to find a conscript without flat feet.

“Earlier most of those suffering from uncomfortable shoes were women, because a greater part of problems is caused by high heels that lead to transverse platypodia, bunions, neuromas, foot deformations and other problems. Now, the risk group also includes men. Popular flat plimsolls, loafers, topsiders are dangerous for health. These types of shoes do not support the transverse arch of the foot that causes flat feet, deformations of the lower leg muscles, varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency,” Mikheyev said.

The current technical regulations of the Customs Union set parameters for strength of stitching, water-resistance properties, chemical composition, but do not contain biomechanical and orthopedic requirements for footwear.

The press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission says it considers any proposal to change the technical regulations and amends them depending on the validity of proposals.

Doctors also think that absence of clear parameters and restrictions for footwear production and sale create health problems.

In February, the Customs Union imposed a ban on the production, import and sale of lace panties as they did not comply with the Customs Union's technical regulations.