Archive for April, 2011

Top 10 Shoe Searches (part I)

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

This is a list of the Top 10 most searched for shoes and shoe-related terms that have led readers to this blog over the past few months:

  1. Flatforms: These shoes and sandals were hot, hot, hot on the runway this year but according to many of my readers and other women polled by other fashion magazines, they are not that popular. Hmm…seems like a little bit of a disconnect to me. If women are searching for these shoes, it seems to me that they must like them. Well, one thing that I know for sure is that the more popular they become, the more they are being produced. Originally, there were only a few runway photos of them out there, but now I see them in more and more magazines and stores…so ladies, I think the flatforms are here to stay for a while. 
  2. Hot shoes for spring 2011: Hello!…This is pretty much what most women who wear fashion shoes wants to know! What is hot right now? What is trending right now? What can I get hot off the press before anyone else, like my girlfriends and co-workers? 🙂 Yes, we want the hottest shoes every season, don’t we? I have definitely included many blog posts on this topic in the past couple of months. (See below for related articles)
  3. Wedges: Not only are they hot, in season, and available just about everywhere right now, but they are also pretty comfortable (in comparison to other types of high heels, of course!). And according to top stylists in LA, the hottest color for the wedge this spring season is a natural wood look, not a dark brown and not a nude. Here is an example:
  4. Steve Madden boots with the red zipper: What can I say? I have these boots. My sister has these boots. I posted them on my facebook fan page as the “Shoe of the Day” once and nobody else seemed to like them…but this boot continually is one of the most searched for shoes EVERY month on my blog! I even mentioned it to the sales team at Steve Madden when I saw them at the Transit Shoe Show in LA in March because I didn’t see the boot in their display. They told me it wasn’t being produced currently, but the black one with the red zipper was…ok…um…people want the tan ones with the red zipper!!! Make them again, Steve  Madden, please! For our readers… 🙂 
  5. Cankles: Well, let’s just hope that readers are searching for this term to try to find out how to avoid getting cankles! Basically, do not wear shoes that are too tight over the top of the foot or at the ankle. Shoes like that will cut off the part of your circulation that circulates blood and fluid back up to the heart (i.e. venous circulation), causing fluid to stay down in the feet and ankles, causing the bulging look of cankles. It’s not a good look. 😦 And it’s not good for your feet or for your circulation. 😦

Stay tuned for Part II with #6-#10. It’s just too long to put in one post!!!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

What Your Shoes Are Trying To Tell You

Posted in Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Photo courtesty of Soles4Soles from a recent trip to Peru

This is an excerpt from an article in my information library on my podiatry website, titled “Wear Patterns”

“Examining old shoes before buying new ones can help you evaluate your wear patterns and buy new shoes with a better fit and style that compensates for the stresses you place on shoes.

What are your shoes trying to tell you? Here is a translation of basic wear patterns:

  • A bulge and wear to the side of the big toe means too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.
  • Outer sole wear means you turn your foot out. Orthotics may help.
  • Toe-shaped ridges on the upper means your shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.
  • Wear on the ball of the foot means your heel tendons may be too tight.
  • Wear on the inner sole means you pronate or turn your foot inward. Inner liners or orthotics may help.
  • Wear on the upper, above the toes means the front of your shoe is too low.”

You can also take a look at your footprint to see some of this. Click here for more information about your footprint.

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Shoes…From a Kid’s Perspective

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Shoes with tags , , , , on April 18, 2011 by The Shoe Expert


by a Guest Blogger, my daughter Summer

I took a poll at school today, and the girls in my class (fourth grade) said that the shoes they would like to see in a shoe store are mostly knee high Converse, Vans, and Uggs.

Knee High Converse Chuck Taylor

(Available at Nordstrom)

Vans Original Style “Shot2Heart”

 (Available online)


UGG Kids Boots

(Available at Zappos)

Not bad for a first time 9 year old blogger! 🙂
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Which Christian Louboutins Are Your Favorites?

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


Image by laverrue via Flickr

Some of our readers’ favorite Christian Louboutins!

From the 2011 Christian Louboutin Fall Collection

From the 2011 collection as well…what do you think of the color? 🙂

Voted “Sexiest Shoe” in 2011

These glitter peep toe pumps were a favorite among our readers on NYE!


Spiked heels were all the rage this year!

Another spiked version of Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps

Like these furry boots or not, they were all over the place on the celebrities!

Let me know what you think. Christian Louboutin shoes, with their famous red soles, are the most prized possessions of some of our dedicated readers and are wanted by shoe lovers all over the world! No wonder they make the headlines so often, lawsuit or no lawsuit!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Christian Louboutin Strikes Again!

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

It’s only been about a week since the news came out about Christian Louboutin suing YSL over red-soled shoes…and now another company, Carmen Steffens, is being sued by Christian Louboutin for the same thing!  

Here is a look at the shoes in question:

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 What do you think? Do the shoes look alike enough to warrant a lawsuit or two? Are the red colors close enough? Are there more lawsuits coming? We shall stay tuned to see…

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

The $1 Million Case of The Red-Soled Shoes

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

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I’m sure you have all heard of this lawsuit by now if you’re a shoe lover! But if not, here it is: Christian Louboutin is suing Yves Saint Laurent for trademark infringement over selling red-soled shoes.

Actually, Christian Louboutin contacted YSL in January in Paris and asked them to stop selling their red shoes with red soles, but YSL replied that they were going to continue to sell the shoes in quesion…so the lawsuit was eventually filed in the U.S. on Thursday.

Law experts said this could drag on for months, although it will probably  settle out of court before going to trial.

The shoes in question have a colored suede upper and colored soles of an identical shade. According to online research by Footwear News, the  YSL styles in the suit come not just in red with red soles, but also in green with green soles, and purple with purple soles.

Both companies sell their shoes in high-end fashion stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman

ChristianLouboutin was awarded a registered trademark for its red sole by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2008, and now seeks a court injunction against YSL’s sale of its shoes, as well as damages of at least $1 million.

According to FN, “Louboutin has successfully obtained injunctions in Manhattan courts against companies attempting to replicate its red-sole success, most recently in February against Kimera International, which was found to have ‘engaged in acts of trademark counterfeiting, trademark infringement, unfair competition/false designation of origin and trademark dilution.'”

So what do you think? Should YSL stop making and selling their red shoes with red soles? Or should Christian Louboutin drop this lawsuit? What do you think about a trademark over a color? It could make for some interesting discussions about the law and shoes…please feel free to comment and add to the debate!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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