If you're a mom or dad who's not heard about Reddit – an entertainment, social networking and news website where registered members submit content – just ask your kids.
Recently, the site gave us older folks some insight into young minds by asking: “teens of Reddit, what’s cool nowadays?” Within hours, more than 14,000 people replied.
The list of what's hip has made news since then, and it covers a range of topics. In case you're wondering what teens think is trendy, the list includes the Disney movie “Frozen,” “hating on Facebook,” E-cigarettes (the controversial alternative to traditional smokes;) photo-and-video-sharing sites Vine and Instagram and“being smart.”
As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we were happy to see that certain footwear also made the list of what's cool. No. 12 on the survey was Ray-ban sunglasses, Doc Martens boots and Converse sneakers.
While plenty of parents likely laced up a pair of Docs in high school or college (and may still have a pair of Chucks in their closet today,) these shoes meet some of the guidelines that Dr. Diana Emini and I advise patients to follow when they visit our Lemont office.
We recommend flat shoes with a heel height of one inch or less – they are the healthiest for your feet.
We also favor laced versus slip-on shoes because they provide a more secure fit and can better accommodate insoles, orthotic devices and braces.
In addition, we tell patients to look for shoes with soles that are shock-absorbing and skid resistant, such as rubber, rather than smooth leather, as well as shoes made of soft material that has some give.
After all, the Reddit list says being smart is cool, and no matter what your age, those who take care of their feet by looking for sturdy, safe footwear will hopefully avoid pain, injuries or damage.
Call our office if you need advice on picking the right shoes. Even if it didn't make the Reddit list, being healthy and making smart choices about your shoes is definitely cool, too.
By Michelle Kim