For those who can't see/hear the video, basically I said that I've been wearing heels since I was 23 (17 years) but for most of those years of heel wearing, I was heavy/lazy and my "wearing" heels basically meant I walked from my house to car, or from my car to wherever and then sat while wearing heels. I wasn't really walking in them very much.
At the time, I did have some knee pain but worse - I had terrible bunion pain, especially in my left foot. It was a super sharp shooting pain all the time - whether I was walking, sitting, wearing heels or not. It was so bad it used to wake me up at night! I am guessing the bunions formed because of the shoes I wore (and it runs in my family) but I attribute the pain from the extra weight I was carrying - the extra weight that put extra pressure on my knees & feet when I was wearing heels.
Now I can't say that losing weight "cured" my bunions, because I would need corrective surgery for that, but the pain did go away. I haven't had bunion pain in years and that was one of the BEST parts of weight loss that I never expected. I'm so thankful to not have that pain anymore! (For the record, my knee pain went away also, after losing about 25 pounds. I haven't had knee pain in years and that's great too!)
Now I wear heels all day and they don't bother me at all. The only time I change into flats is if I have to get somewhere fast. (I know I can walk a mile or more in heels, but it will be a little slower than in flats.)
I guess my point is that if you are significantly overweight now, and heels hurt, don't rule them out forever. Maybe limit your wearing of them now for special events and after every 8 or 10 pound loss, try wearing them and seeing if they feel better. Another thing I would suggest is to make sure you are wearing the right size shoe. I happen to have wide feet (I used to think this was because I was overweight, but it was even the case at goal weight, it's just the way I'm built). When I found Payless & Zappos carry wide sizes and I realized how much better they fit/felt, I haven't gone back to attempting to squeeze my Flintstone feet into regular width shoes.
As a fellow high heel lover, I know that I would be LOST without my heels! So don't give up the faith, HRH Teri. I have confidence that one day you too, can wear heels on a regular basis! For now, go easy on yourself and make sure you are wearing the right size.