Archive for February, 2011

Crocs: Love Them or Hate Them

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

When most people hear the word “Crocs” they either rave about how much they love them or can’t stop saying how much they hate them…it’s a subject that comes up in my office almost daily since we do stock and sell them in our office.

According to Footwear News on WWD.com, “Now that Crocs Inc. has returned to full-year profitability, the firm is looking forward to hit $1 billion in annual sales by 2012.” And when I hear the words “one billion dollars” to me that means people love them! Crocs will be adding new styles and more stores in 2011 to help reach this goal.

Back to the shoes…Have you checked out some of the new Crocs shoes coming out this spring? I had the opportunity to see some of them at recent shoe shows I attended, so here are a few to spark your interest: 

Women’s with fuzzy liner

Women’s with sock liner

Men’s with sock liner

Sandals and flip flop styles

Athletic styles (seriously light weight!!!)

Kids’ Crocs

So…are you a (Crocs) lover or hater??? I would love to hear your comments to add to the ongoing discussions…

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

What? More Wedges? Yep, Look For Them This Spring!

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Wedges, wedges, wedges were all the rage at the shoe shows I attended this past month! And they come in all types…open toe, closed toe, sandal, boot, ankle bootie, platform, etc. Check these out and let me know if you LOVE them, LIKE them, or HATE them!

Zodiac

L.A.M.B.

L.A.M.B.

Wanted Shoes

Jessica Simson

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson

Bernie Mev

Love them or hate them, wedges are here to stay!!!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Saturday’s Shoe of the Day: Jessica Simpson ‘Cheetah’ Pumps

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Jessica Simpson 'Cheetah' pump side view

I can tell you from personal experience in Nordstrom today that this shoe is not only beautiful but also comfortable for a 4″ heel. I usually don’t wear closed toe pumps because my toes feel crowded in the narrow toe box that typically are seen in pumps, but this shoe has a nice rounded roomy toe box which did not crowd my toes at all! Also, the cushioned insole along with the elasticized strap across the midfoot add extra comfort, which we can all appreciate in a pump. I mean, if we’re going to wear a high heel, any extra comfort is much appreciated!

I am giving this pump two thumbs up, one for comfort and one for style! 🙂

And I’m giving the salespeople at Nordstrom two thumbs up too, one for being so attentive and one for having such a great attitude! 🙂

By the way, if you want this shoe, you can find it at Nordstrom for under $100.00!

Here are just a few more views of the ‘Cheetah’ pump:

Jessica Simpson 'Cheetah' pump front view

Jessica Simpson 'Cheetah' pump back view

Jessica Simpson 'Cheetah' pump in various colors at the LA Transit Shoe Show

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

FN Platform: Fall 2011 Sweater Boots

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

I know it’s not even spring or summer yet, but the shoe shows are always at least one season ahead of us so that the buyers for the retail stores can see what’s coming out, place orders, and have the shoes in the stores in time for all of us shoppers to buy them!

So what are some of the trends for this fall? Boots of course! You name it…ankle booties, wedge boots, stiletto heel boots, open toe boots, sweater boots…

Here are just a few of the popular sweater boots:

Lisa for Donald J Pliner

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

“If You’re Serious About Shoes…”

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

 “If You’re Serious About Shoes” visit FN PLATFORM, The Shoe Show at MAGIC!          

FN PLATFORM

 

This is just a little summary of what FN PLATFORM was all about:

FN PLATFORM, presented by the MAGIC Marketplace and in collaboration with Footwear News, presents the most comprehensive assortment of footwear brands at any tradeshow in North America. Featuring over 500 new and emerging brands in efficiently merchandised lifestyle environments, FN PLATFORM delivers comprehensive one stop shopping by showcasing the full range of branded footwear for Men, Women, Juniors and Children.

 FN PLATFORM = More Brands, More Resources + More Connections

Optimizes brand exposure and connects retailers to the right brands through specialized retail relations networking opportunities that match buyers with exhibitors.

I just arrived at the show!

And these are some of the shoe exhibitors that I personally met, talked to, and/or had the opportunity to view their Fall 2011 Collections:

A-Line, Amiana, All Black, Angeles, Avia Kids, B Brian Atwood, Bass, Beautifeel, Bernie Mev, Betsey Johnson, Beverly Hills Polo Club, Born Kids, Caressa, Carlos by Carlos Santana, Charles David, Comfy Feet, Crocs, DKNY, Dollhouse, Donald J Pliner, Dr. Martens, Dr. Scholl’s, Earth, Earthies, Easy Spirit, Fergie, Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole, Geox, House of Harlow 1960, Irregular Choice, Isola, Ivanka Trump, Happy Feet, Jessica Simpson, Jil Sander, L.A.M.B., Naturalizer, Naughty Monkey, Madden Girl, Nautica Kids, Nine West, Oh! Shoes, Nautica Kids, Paris Hilton,  Penny Loves Kenny, Pazzo, Perlina Luxury Comfort, Polo Ralph Lauren Kids, Pour la Victoire, Primigi, Report, Report Signature, Saucony Kids, Steve Madden, Taryn Rose, Vince Camuto, and Zodiac USA.

Photos coming soon!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Vegas, Baby, Vegas!

Posted in Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

I’m on my way to Las Vegas for the WWD Magic / FN Platform Show Shoe…and I cannot be more excited to see the new shoes coming out this fall! I know, I know, it’s not even spring or summer yet, right? I hope you’re excited too!

What I want to know is…what do you want to see more of? Heels? Boots? Ankle booties? Stilettos? Trends? New colors? New designers? Let me know ASAP so I can get some great photos and post them! Most of the shoe vendors like to see them posted for more free publicity.

So for this trip, what happens in Vegas will NOT stay in Vegas! What happens in Vegas will be blogged about! 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,
Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

Would You Rather Look Good or Feel Good?

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

A pair of high-heeled shoes.

Image via Wikipedia

Women were asked these questions about their shoes:

What do you love most about your high heels?

When speaking with women of many different ages, occupations, races, and sizes, these are some of the most common answers:

  • I love being taller.
  • I love the way they make my legs look.
  • I love feeling powerful in my high heels.
  • I feel sexy when I’m wearing heels.

When asked if they would rather look good or feel good, what do you think the most common answer was? (Let’s just assume that these are the only two choices…either look good or feel good…both is not an option.) Here are some of the comments:

  • I’d rather look good.
  • I don’t mind sacrificing a little in order to look good.
  • I’d rather look sexy.
  • I’ll put up with the pain of my high heels if I look good.
  • I don’t mind being in pain for a little while if I look good.

This is baffling to most men and even to some women…but nevertheless many women feel this way and will not give up on their precious heels.

What would you say? What is your answer? Would you rather look good or feel comfortable? Please comment below! If you like this sort of discussion, I will post the results of some other polls I have taken on women and their shoes. 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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