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Let's all do the Ugg shuffle

You might think that you're giving your feet a break, ditching your vertiginous stillettos and throwing on a lovely comfortable paid of flat furry boots. But you'd be wrong. According to the Daily Mail (home of the 'crisps give you cancer' approach to health), you are in fact condemning yourself to a life of pain and dodgy posture if you slouch around in imitation Uggs.

The paper claims: 'with each step the wearer's feet slide around. This can cause the feet to splay which flattens the foot arch and leads to wear and tear on the joints in the feet, knees, hips and back. As a result leading podiatrist and chiropodists have seen a stark rise in the number of women suffering toe deformities, backache and pain in their feet.'

No lesser figure than the head of the British College of Osteopathic Medicine said: 'Because these boots are warm and soft, young girls think they are giving their feet a break. In fact, they are literally breaking their feet.'

Experts have called the pidgeon-toed walk that the wearer adopts, the 'Ugg shuffle'. We now await the hit single of the same name, inevitably sung by Jedward (if Chico's not available)...

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