(Reuters) - The platform
shoes which have become de rigueur for trendy
young Japanese women claimed
a second victim this week when the driver
of a car was unable to hit the
brakes because she was wearing a
- Japanese media said a passenger died in a car crash on
after the 25-year-old female office worker driving it could not
because her 8-cm (three-inch) heels got in the way.
- Earlier this year, a
25-year-old nursery-school teacher
was found dead in her car after
reportedly suffering a skull fracture after
toppling over in her
five-inch platform sandals earlier in the day.
- The platform shoes -- often
worn by artificially tanned
teens sporting dyed silver-blonde hair,
skimpy skirts and glittery eye
shadow -- have been popular for a couple
- But with the soles of some shoes and boots reaching as
30 cm (12 inches), health experts have been warning against the
possibility of painful injuries to ankles, feet and backs.