Victoria Beckham 'Can't Do' Heels Anymore (Let's Pay Tribute to Her Most Insane Footwear While We Mourn)

02/24/2016 at 07:28 PM ET

Victoria Beckham has taught us every major fashion life lesson worth knowing. Always have multiple little Gucci dresses, only smile on the inside and never, ever leave the house without wearing your highest pumps. And she took that last thought dead seriously … until today, when she announced she “can’t do” heels anymore. (We’ll give you a minute to collect yourself.)

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Her pumps-to-flats transition all started during her Fall 2016 fashion show when she took a bow wearing bright, white lace-up sneakers. At first, we gave her a pass. We could reason that every once in a while, you have to give your feet a break (there was the day in 2011 when she was spotted in flats while nursing a back injury) and since she was running around backstage, perhaps it was just a matter of convenience. But according to a new interview with the U.K.’s Telegraph, her signature show-stopping stilettos are about to become a “sometimes” look, rather than a “even in my backyard” look.

Victoria Beckham ‘Can’t Do’ Heels Anymore (Let’s Pay Tribute to Her Most Insane Footwear While We Mourn)

“I just can’t do heels any more. At least not when I’m working,” she says. “I travel a lot. Clothes have to be simple and comfortable.”

If you just did a cartoon-like double-take, we did too. This is coming from the woman who wore towering stilettos in the N.Y.C. subway, balanced a newborn baby in her arms while traveling through the airport in platform shoes and worked at her walking treadmill desk in 5-in. high booties! If anyone could live their life by the mantra “fashion over function,” it would be Beckham.

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So to better prepare ourselves for the transition to cozy sweaters and comfortable sneakers for her airport attire (could Beckham even be considering — gasp — athleisure?!) we’re commemorating this milestone in fashion history by looking back on the most daring, most towering and most, shall we say, impractical shoes the star has ever worn en route to a jetbridge.

RELATED PHOTOS: 10 of Victoria Beckham’s Craziest Heels Ever

Victoria BeckhamAKM-GSI; David Dyson/Camera Press/Retna; INF (2)

A quick look back appeared to show that she has not been photographed wearing anything but heels at the airport since 2007, and among the dozens worn, these four dangerously-high looks will never be forgotten: her 2014 rounded heel, the sky-high pink pump of 2010, her captain-inspired “groutfit” in 2009 and her teetering peep-toe ankle booties in 2010.

How are you feeling after hearing the news? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

— Colleen Kratofil

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goodie on

After I had my babies heels became so uncomfortable!
I think my arches fell and now it’s flats!

JenC on

I cant wear them anymore either and it makes me sad. Heels finally did a number on my back so its mainly converse all-stars now for me. I have so many awesome pairs of heels too :( but it isn’t worth the pain they cause me.

Thinking on

She looks like she’s in pain in that picture- not at all her usual posture. I think there’s more going on than she’s letting on. I feel sorry for her. It has to be difficult to create, maintain & sell such a singular image for yourself, only to discover that you cannot continue the charade.

Angela Cruz on

Love her in flats! Heels cause long term damage to joints and throw the spine out of alignment. Can we all celebrate cute flats now?

Mrs. B on

I haven’t worn heels in 20 years. It’s flats for me. I’ve found some really cute flat dress shoes.

Cacci on

I think she looks great dressed down! She looks comfortable and happy, Unlike the way she looks in the heels and short dresses! ‘

trish on

I learned while living in Dublin (due to cobblestone streets and very uneven sidwalks) to wear flats out and change into high heels when I get where I’m going.
Extended my lifetime of wearing high heels, which I so love!!!

Barbara on

Honestly, I’m THRILLED that more women are giving up heels even though I myself wouldn’t wear anything without a heel for most of my life. I loved my heels, but simply can’t function in them anymore. It’s almost a safety hazard to wear them when you are sooooo uncomfortable. Love VB, she always looks awesome.

guest on

Not sure why someone would care what type of footwear another person wears. This article is so over dramatic.

Jenn on

Heels are SO bad for your feet, legs, back, etc! I wear them maybe twice a year….and that’s two times too many!

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