Archive for November, 2010

The Sky Heel (Seriously? 9 inches?)

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

The Sky Heel (Seriously? 9 inches?)

OK people, the contest for who can make the highest heel is getting a little out of hand! Correction: A lot out of hand! 

Remember earlier this year when everyone was talking about the super high heels worn by Lady Gaga similar to these 7 inch heels:

 

Well, I’ve also found some 7 inch heels like these:

And even some 8 inch heels like these:

And now the Sky Heel, a whopping 9 inches, is going to be available for the masses next year in Gold/Black and Red/Black…for only about $100.

Wow! What a deal! Spend a hundred bucks, put them on, fall down, break an ankle, and spend who-knows-how-much on ER bills and ankle reconstructive surgery bills. Granted, you may not fall down and break an ankle…but you may. It’s not a risk that’s worth a hundred bucks! Let’s leave the walking on stilts to the professional circus performers.

Read more about the Sky Heel here. Read some of the comments about this shoe:

“lived through the fashion for ridiculous platforms in the 70s. There were many accidents with sprained and broken ankles and if you had the misfortune to step on a tiny stone you would stumble. I don’t want to be wearing platforms again. There are so many pairs of ugly shoes around at the moment that I am convinced the designers do not really like women.”

“If I wore these heels I’d be almost 6’10, I’ve no need for that! I really don’t understand stupidly high heels. A slight heel, yes, I think it looks feminine – but 6-9 inches? Just dangerous, surely.”

“Why not just bring back foot binding Chinese style and be done with it!!!!. Women in heels like this cannot walk properly, look ridiculous and are restricted by their misplaced vanity. Not to mention the damage they do to their feet. Is it really sexy to be tottering around on extreme heels, developing bunions, forcing the pelvis into unnatural angles and twisting ankles???? Lower the heels to 2 inches max and walk with freedom and grace, girls!”

 

Dedicated to your foot health and your shoes,

 Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

 

Shoe Trend: Shearling Boots

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

With this cold winter weather, everyone is trying to keep warm. And as a podiatrist, I must add that warm is good! Warm is especially good for people with cold feetdiabetes, circulatory problems, connective tissue disorders, gout, peripheral vascular disease, anemia, and various causes of foot pain. When someone has one of these conditions and their feet get cold, their feet will hurt even more. Of course, there are obvious reasons for keeping our feet warm, like preventing frostbite…So let’s all keep our tootsies warm this winter whether we have any of these conditions or not.

And so with the cold, the shearling boots are trending in stores and in online sales. I’ve been keeping my eye on some of these boots that look warm, comfy, and cute! Tell me what you think. I’m just going to add that I would wear any of these. 🙂

Cole Haan Air Michelle Tall Shearling Boot $278.60 at 6pm

Rockport Gerti Welt Shearling Boots $225 at Macy’s

Maison Martin Margiela Tall Shearling Boots $1,000 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Cabela’s Winterchase Tall Shearling Boots $79.99 at Cabela’s

And just to make this list complete, I’m including two of my furry boots from my own closet:

my furry boots

my furry Skechers boots

They are both warm, comfy, and cute…and both have their special time and place for me to wear them. We can only wear our heels for the right occasion, even if they are boots! As a foot doctor & shoe expert, I know when and where to wear mine. I’ve been known to wear 5″ heels out on the town, but for everyday at the office or for walking out in the cold rainy weather, I wear what works best: comfortable shoes that keep me warm and pain-free. Just a reminder for my shoe lovers! 😉 Keep your feet feeling great!

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All shoes, all the time!”

How To Buy Women’s Shoes That Fit

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

Have you ever purchased shoes that you thought fit right in the store, but then when you got home, they felt too tight or hurt your feet?

It’s happened to most of us at one time or another…and the reason is that we didn’t know how to purchase women’s shoes that fit properly. We were never taught what to look for in a shoe. We probably found cute shoes that we liked, tried them on one foot quickly, and decided that they fit OK enough. But that doesn’t work too well when it comes to shoes! 

We need to put them on both feet. We need to walk around in them. We need to look at some other factors too to ensure a proper fit.

We know that shoes that are too high will hurt if we wear them long enough. While heel height and the amount of time spent in high heels are important when thinking of buying shoes, there is another factor to consider: ill-fitting shoes.

If shoes are too small, or in other words, too tight or not long enough, they will hurt. And this can cause several foot problems such as ingrown toenails, blisters, corns and calluses, hammertoes, bunions, neuromas, bursitis, and of course foot pain. But remember that shoes that are too big are also a problem. They can cause blisters due to slipping and sliding back and forth, causing friction.

Let’s take a look at some ill-fitting shoes:

 

These shoes are too short. Notice the big toe and little toe hanging over the edge.

These shoes are even worse! Notice how four toes are hanging off the edge and are even touching the ground!

These shoes are obviously too tight. The foot is swelling up and bulging out of the shoe.

So in order to avoid this from happening to you, make sure you only buy shoes that fit properly. Knowing your foot type helps a lot. If you know you have wide feet, don’t try to squeeze into narrow, pointy toed shoes. It doesn’t work. Even if you like the style, it just doesn’t work. Knowing your size is also very important! Most shoe stores and podiatrists have a measuring device. If you are measuring your own foot with the device, make sure you are standing and putting all of your weight down onto the device to get the correct size. Do not try to squeeze into a 7 if you know you are an 8! It happens all the time. Many women try to squeeze into shoes that are not their size because they want to be a smaller size. It doesn’t work that way. It sounds like common sense, I know, but it happens a lot! Just embrace your shoe size and work with it. Your feet will be so much happier and love you for it! Take it from a foot expert! 🙂

You need to make sure that you can wiggle your toes in the shoes while standing in them. Make sure that none of your foot is hanging off of the shoe. Go shopping toward the end of the day when your feet are as swollen as they are going to get. If you wear orthotics, take your orthotics to the store with you and try the shoes on with them. Make sure that you wear the proper width socks when trying on shoes; wear the socks or stockings that you would normally wear with the shoes so that when you get home there is no problem. Remember that shoes should fit comfortably in the store; if the shoes feel too tight in the store, they will still be too tight when you get home. Don’t count on the shoes “stretching out.” Shoes should not have to stretch out in order for them to be comfortable.

Now let’s look at some shoes that fit properly:

 

Notice how the toes are not hanging over the edge and are not bent like a hammertoe.

Again, the toes are not hanging over the edge and are not hammered so the fit looks good.

Happy Shopping! 🙂

Please comment below if you have any further questions about shoe shopping and getting the right fit.

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

Best Shoe Deals this weekend!

Posted in Fashion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

To my shoe lovers, did you get all of your shopping done for this holiday weekend?

(Scroll to bottom for Shoe Shopping Tips)

Did you brave the stores for Black Friday sales? Or are you waiting for the online specials on Cyber Monday? Well, if you’re like me, you do a little of both and you look for the best deals. And I’ve been doing some looking for the best online shoe deals this weekend, so here are a few deals from some of my facebook & twitter friends:

1. Save up to 70% off on Steve Madden Shoes at yournextshoes

Steve Madden ‘Caryssa’ pumps 40% off today!

2. Save 20% on wedges at gblshoes

Alley Gladiator Strappy Cut Out Buckle Bootie Wedge 20% off

3. Save $5.00 off your purchase of TOMS Shoes at buyfantasticshoes

TOMS Shoes $5.00 off until Dec. 31st!

4. Designer shoe sale at jildorshoes

Kate Spade ‘Cammie Roccia’ Gold Python heels 50% off!

5. Designer shoe sale at lorisshoes

Sam Edelman ‘Zachary’ black platform bootie 50% off!

6. $50.00 off of $180.00 purchase at heels.com valid through Sunday 11/28/10

L.A.M.B. Fen Heel 50% off!

7. Save 30% on athletic shoes, slippers, and boots at endless.com

Giuseppe Zanotti women’s knee-high boot 34% off!

8. And last, but not least, Zappos.com has designer shoes on sale this weekend too!

Emilio Pucci heels 20% off! 

Just a few shoe shopping tips:

  • when shopping for shoes in the stores, go toward the end of the day when your feet will be at their most swollen so that you can get a proper fit
  • know your foot shape and type and buy shoes accordingly (not all shoes fit all foot types)
  • click here for “what to look for in a shoe”

Dr. MicheleThe Shoe Expert  “All Shoes, All the Time!”

Thankful for…shoes?

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

What are you thankful for this year?

With the Thanksgiving Day holiday, it seems that everyone is talking about what they are thankful for. Most of the blog posts, status updates, and tweets I’ve read this weekend mention family, spending time with loved ones, having supportive friends, and having God in their lives. I have to admit that I’m thankful for those same things everyday too.  🙂

But there are so many other things that I am thankful for that many people take for granted…until it’s too late. I’m thankful for my health, for the ability to walk, for having two feet, for having warm clothes and shoes. As a foot specialist, I deal with these things everyday when treating my patients. I see many patients who are not healthy, who cannot walk and are bound to a wheelchair or a hospital bed, who have lost one or both feet due to diabetic complications, and who cannot afford socks and shoes. 

Just the other day, a diabetic patient was in my office wearing prescription diabetic shoes  (thankful for that) but no socks. She explained that she could not afford socks and that she does not like to burden her family for things like socks when they already do so much for her. Of course, I explained the importance of proper shoes AND socks to her. Her ankles were swollen, and she knew that she needed special socks to deal with the swelling and the diabetic condition of her feet. Since our office has been collecting shoes and socks for the needy and homeless in our community (as well as a “Got Spare Change?” Collection Can at our front desk), I was able to give her a free pair of these socks. 

So I am also thankful for generous donations from friends and family in the community that allow our office to give these things to those patients who truly need them. So a big ‘THANK YOU!” to those of you who have donated to our cause and who continue to donate!

Wikipedia says: “Until recent years, shoes were not worn by most of the world’s population—largely because they could not afford them. Only with the advent of mass production, making shoes available very cheaply, has shoe-wearing become predominant.”

Just look at what Blake Mycoskie, the founder of  TOMS Shoes, has done in four short years! They have given out over a million pairs of shoes to needy children all over the world. For every pair of shoes they sell, they donate one pair of shoes. That is something we can all be grateful for.

So in appreciation of TOMS Shoes, let’s take a look at a few of their styles:

TOMS Shoes for men, Classic Canvas in white $44.00 at Tobi

TOMS Shoes for men, Black Botas $79.00 at WS Surf Inc.

TOMS Shoes for women, Canvas Wedge in cranberry $69.00 at shoebizst

So yes, I am thankful for shoes! Who wouldn’t be, if you think about it?

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

One last thing I’m thankful for: my new Cole Haan Air Avalon Tall Boots that I got for my birthday a few weeks ago! Thanks, babe! 🙂

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