Archive for March, 2011

Your Shoes Matter! How YOU Can Help The Victims In Japan

Posted in Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Help us and Soles4Souls in aiding the victims in Japan by donating your shoes! 


Everyone can help! Everyone has at least one pair of shoes that they don’t want, don’t wear anymore, or don’t fit anymore…so why not do your spring cleaning ealry and donate those shoes?! For those of you in Southern California, you can drop off your shoe donations in our office lobby in El Monte, CA. For everyone else, you can find your nearest Soles4Souls drop-off location in your community by clicking here. Another option is Sport Chalet as an official drop-off lcoation too!


If you don’t have shoes to donate, consider donating money for a good cause! One dollar = one pair of shoes. Click here for more information.

One last note: As a podiatrist and shoe expert, this cause is dear to my heart. Please consider donating shoes or money to help these victims. Can you imagine not having shoes in a time of need? And throughout the year, we will continue our shoe drive to help as many as we can. I am proud to say that since the earthquake in Japan earlier this month, our office has collected over 250 pairs of shoes which have been boxed and shipped to Soles4Souls by myself and my office staff. So a big


 to all of our friends and patients who have donated so far! 🙂

This was part of our monthly newsletter that went out in January 2011, announcing our partnership with Soles4Souls:

Press Release:

Our office is now an official drop-off location for Soles4Souls!

As we always do year-round, we are collecting shoes to donate to the needy, but this month we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Soles4Souls to help them accomplish their goal in 2011 to change 11 million lives. 

Please consider donating shoes for this cause! We will take any pair of new or gently used shoes. All you have to do is drop them off in our lobby, and we will do the rest. We will pack and ship them to be distributed by our team at Soles4Souls. 

Help us put smiles on the faces of 11 million needy people in 2011!

Click here to view the newsletter in its entirety.

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

March 2011 L.A. Transit Shoe Show

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , on March 15, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

OK fans, I am headed to the show today in L.A. and want to know what types of shoes you want to see! I’ll try to get some good pics of the latest shoe trends for this fall! 🙂

Dr. Michele

Dr. Oz Suggests “How to Find the Best Shoe for You”

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Footprint with Flat feet

Image via Wikipedia

Have any of you seen Dr. Oz’s segment titled “How to Find the Best Shoe for You” ? He does a great job of explaining differences in foot types: high arch, normal foot, flat foot. He also goes on to explain how each of these foot types require different features in shoes, how these differing foot types can cause foot problems later in life, and when these foot types with their associated problems may require a podiatrist (like me) to evaluate and treat one of these problems, possibly with orthotics. He does a pretty good job of explaining the basics regarding what orthotics are and why some of these foot types would require orthotics. He then goes on to evaluate some running shoes to see if they are right for your foot type.

Dr. Oz and a member of the audience give a little demonstration on walking barefoot with wet feet to evaluate their footprints to see what type of arch they have. He also gives a demonstration of running in the Vibram Five Fingers and explaining why the barefoot runners run the way they do.

For such a short little video segment, he did a great job of explaining the basics and getting people thinking of their feet and their shoes. Two thumbs up, Dr. Oz! 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”


A Podiatrist’s “Athletic Shoe Guidelines”

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Exercising, Health & Wellness, Physical Fitness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

My Favorite Running Shoes: Asics

Athletic footwear should be fitted to hold the foot in the position that’s most natural to the movement involved. Athletic shoes protect your feet from stresses encountered in a given sport and to give the player more traction. The differences in design and variations in material, weight, lacing characteristics, and other factors among athletic shoes are meant to protect the areas of the feet that encounter the most stress.

Well-fitted athletic shoes need to be comfortable, yet well-constructed and appropriate for a given activity. A good fit will mitigate blisters and other skin irritations.

Sports-specific athletic shoes are a good investment for serious athletes, though perhaps a less critical consideration for non-athletes. Don’t wear any sport or other shoes beyond their useful life.

A running shoe is built to take impact, while a tennis shoe is made to give relatively more support, and permit sudden stops and turns. Cross training shoes are fine for a general athletic shoe, such as for physical education classes or health club exercising, such as on stair machines and weight-lifting because they provide more lateral support and less flexibility than running shoes. They also tend to be heavier than running shoes, but most people don’t need light, flexible shoes for cross-training. If a child is involved more heavily in any single sport, he or she should wear shoes specifically designed for that sport.

Our practice recommends sturdy, properly fitted athletic shoes of proper width with leather or canvas uppers, soles that are flexible (but only at the ball of the foot), cushioning, arch supports, and room for your toes. Try a well-cushioned sock for reinforcement, preferably one with acrylic fiber content so that some perspiration moisture is “wicked” away.

Athletic shoes need to be replaced after one year, whether or not they are worn, and after a certain amount of repetitive load is placed on them and wears them down. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine advises replacing running or walking shoes after 300 to 500 miles of wear, and replacing aerobic, basketball, and tennis shoes after 45 to 60 hours of wear. Athletic shoes should also be replaced if they show signs of unevenness when placed on a flat surface, display noticeable creasing, and/or when the heel counter breaks down.

(The above is an excerpt from my website )

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”
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Can Wedges Be Sexy Too?

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

A friend was at my house the other day, and we were discussing shoes (of course! LOL!) when she asked me about wedges…

Her: “I just don’t get wedges.”

Me: “Why? What don’t you get?”

Her: “I think they’re ugly. Why do so many people wear them?”

Me: “They’re not all ugly! Besides, they’re pretty comfortable.”

Her: “Really?”

Me: “Uh-huh. Wait here. I want you to try mine.”

Me: I run down the hall and fetch a pair of mine from my closet.

Her: She tries them on. “Wow! They ARE comfortable! Hmmf. I never knew!”

Me: Big smile. 🙂

So that little conversation got me thinking…can wedges really be pretty and feminine and sexy? And can they be as sexy as other high heeled shoes like stilettos or peep toe pumps???

When women are asked why they love their heels, most women reply with something referring to sexiness:

“I feel sexy when I wear them.” or “I love the way they make my legs look.” (i.e. long and sexy)

So…back to the wedges…are they as sexy as other heels??? Here  are a few examples of wedges to get you thinking…

Jimmy Choo











Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

The Oscars: What (Shoes) Were They Wearing?

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Well, everyone wants to know “who” the stars are wearing at the awards shows, and this week’s Academy Awards was no different! But here we’re only talking about shoes, so let’s see which shoes they were wearing!

Anne Hathaway in custom made Brian Atwood platform pumps

Gwyneth Paltrow in Brian Atwood ankle strap peep toe pumps

Michelle Williams in Jimmy Choo platform pumps

Helen Mirren in Sergio Rossi platform sandals

Heidi Klum in Christian Louboutin platform pumps

Emma Stone in Salvatore Ferragamo platform pumps

Hayden Panettiere in Jimmy Choo peep toe platform slingbacks

Mandy Moore in Jimmy Choo platform sandals

Vanessa Hudgens in Sergio Rossi T-strap platform sandals

Taylor Swift in Jimmy Choo peep toe platform pumps

Nicole Richie in Christian Louboutin peep toe platform slingbacks

Elizabeth Banks in Jimmy Choo platform sandals

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Other notable mentions:

Hailee Steinfeld in Salvatore Ferragamo gold peep toe shoes

Natalie Portman in Jimmy Choo sandals

Scarlett Johansson in Christian Louboutins

Halle Berry in Christian Louboutins

Nicole Kidman in Pierre Hardy shoes

Amy Adams in Salvatore Ferragamo shoes

Melissa Leo on the red carpet pre-awards show in gold python platform sandals…

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Melissa Leo post-awards show in gold flats, but after winning an Oscar…

(photo from Fashionistimus)

My favorite from this group…the Brian Atwood custom made pumps that Anne Hathaway wore on stage…oh yeah, those shoes were definitely the hit of that number she sang! Well, with 8,000 crystals hand-placed on those shoes, they totally deserved it! 🙂

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Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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