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Crocs Banned in Some Hospitals

Posted in Shoes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

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The rubber clogs are the “shoe of choice” for many hospital staff because they are comfortable and easy to clean.

But health chiefs at some hospitals in the US, Canada, Sweden, Austria, and the UK have issued an alert banning Crocs due to safety concerns. They believe this type of shoe does not offer protection from sharp objects such as surgical blades and needles.

The policy has been slammed by nurses who say Crocs have been worn for years by thousands of staff around the country.

A nurse working in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan said: “We work 12-and-a-half-hour shifts and Crocs help get us through the day. They are very comfortable to wear as we’re on our feet all day. Crocs can be cleaned if a blood spillage occurred. Do they expect us to wear blood-stained trainers. It would be interesting to see what the public think of this as it’s their NHS. We should be more concerned with care delivery. I’m sure no-one really cares what’s on our feet as we don’t look at patients and their families and judge them on what they’re wearing.”

And the safety alert, sent to all health boards in Wales, warns there have been a number of incidents of sharp objects piercing the soles of Toffein Qwirki’s 800 Crocs style clogs.

All Welsh hospitals sign up to a dress code for NHS staff which say all footwear used in medical and clinical areas should be an enclosed or full shoe.

Peter Meredith-Smith, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said: “Shoes are part of the uniform.

“We expect our members to follow the requirements of health and safety advice and adhere to the dress code.

“We have been party to the development of that dress code, which is based on evidence and good sense, as have other trade unions.”

Ruth Walker, executive director of nursing at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “The comfort and working environment of staff is important but safety is a paramount concern.

“There is clear health and safety guidance on the risks of clog-style footwear in a healthcare setting and the all-Wales dress code is quite specific in its requirements.

“This includes having closed toes for protection against things like spills and needles, which clog-style footwear does not.”

What do you think? Are Crocs banned in your workplace (yet)?

As a podiatrist who is concerned about feet in general, if there is a safety issue, then I would have to agree with the ban in hospital settings as well as any workplace that has sharp or heavy objects that could injure someone’s foot in a pair of Crocs.

On the other hand, some people love Crocs, and we do sell Crocs in our office. I am not against them, only when and where it is a safety issue.

Dr. Michele Colon, DPM, MS
3503 Lexington Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731
(626) 442-1223

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, “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!”

Heels: How high is too high?

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

In general, podiatrists agree that high heels are not good for the feet. Our professional organization, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), recommends heel heights of two inches or less for women’s shoes to avoid future foot pain and problems. I completely agree with that for everyday shoes for women. I have said time and time again…that for the office, for an eight hour work day, for prolonged periods of time spent on your feet…wear a low heeled shoe for comfort, stability, and overall foot health. But I have also said that for an occasional night on the town, business meeting, formal occasion, wedding, hot date night, etc., it is okay to wear your favorite heels. I wear mine on these occasions, and I wear my running shoes or my Crocs to work with my scrubs.  

Here is an excerpt on this very issue from another (podiatry) blog that I write, written back in May 2010, and here is the link: 

“Don’t wear high-heeled shoes that are too high.” … It’s definitely okay for a special occasion, a party, an event, or a night on the town, but not for an everyday ritual. If you have to dress up for work, wear a low-heeled shoe. Your feet will thank you for years to come. Just ask your moms and grandmas…they love to share how they wore high heels for years and how their feet suffer in their golden years for it.

So ladies, let’s be smart, let’s be good to our feet, and let’s let loose a little too! We can still have fun and look good at the same time. What I propose is that we can have comfortable yet sexy shoes. As Salvatore Ferragamo said, “Elegance and comfort are not incompatible, and whoever maintains the contrary simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” Well said, Mr. Ferragamo! In celebration of this thought, let’s look at some of his wonderful shoes: 

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina flats $424.00 at

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina flats $424.00 at

Salvatore Ferragamo Flo wedge pumps $490.00 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Salvatore Ferragamo Flo wedge pumps $490.00 at Saks Fifth Avenue


Salvatore Ferragamo Frannie maryjane pumps $564.00 at Zappos

Salvatore Ferragamo Frannie maryjane pumps $564.00 at Zappos

Salvatore Ferragamo Carla leather pumps $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Salvatore Ferragamo Carla leather pumps $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Salvatore Ferragamo Giara platform pumps $564.00 at Zappos

Salvatore Ferragamo Giara platform pumps $564.00 at Zappos

“Pamper Your Tootsies” Tuesdays

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

Tuesday has one good thing going on…at least it’s not Monday! Let’s really pamper our tootsies today! Why today? Why Tuesday? Well, for starters, think of all the abuse we put our feet through this past weekend! From the weekend warriors who really crank up their workouts on the weekends to the partiers who wore their high-to-the-sky heels on Friday and Saturday nights to the rest of us who wore flip flops or sandals or slippers or any other non-supportive shoe this weekend…we really put our feet through a lot on the weekends.

And then there’s Monday, or Manic Monday as I call it…on Monday morning we are generally running around like crazy to get stuff ready for the week. We have to think about our work week, our kids’ schedules, our kids’ clothes, our menus for the week, our errands that we have to get done, etc…so on Mondays we usually do not take time out of our busy schedule to pamper ourselves or rest (not even a little), not to mention pampering our feet.

So let’s slow down a little on Tuesday, get ready to put it into high gear for hump day Wednesday, and pamper our tootsies a little. Here are some great shoes that are comfortable, supportive, and some are even stylish. 🙂

1. If we’re going to wear sneakers to work and if we can wear sneakers to work, we can do it in style with some little Coach sneakers like these. These little sneakers are stylish, comfy, light weight, and we can wear our orthotics in them. Winner for pampering our feet! 🙂 

2. Loafers like these Cole Haan (of course, they come in many colors and a few different styles from penny, tassled, or plain) are also comfortable, light weight, and some of them are conducive to the wearing of orthotics. And loafers are trying to make a comeback this fall, so we could say they’re stylish…Another winner! 🙂 

3. If we’re looking at open toe shoes, sling backs, or low heels, these would be a great choice! They’re made by Easy Spirit, so the comfort level is definitely there. The peep toe effect is in style, so it has that going for it…I say another winner! 🙂

4. These slip-ons by Rockport are another great choice if we’re looking for an athletic look. They’re light weight and made for walking. They could look stylish with the right casual outfit or jeans. Pampering of the feet with these slip-ons? Yep, for sure! 🙂

5. Is it raining outside yet? If so, let’s pamper our tootsies by keeping them warm and dry with some cute rain boots like these by Coach! We don’t have to dress down or lose our style when it rains, ladies! Let’s keep it going with the right trench and boot combo…Winner! 🙂

6. So it’s not raining yet, but it’s getting cold, right? Let’s keep our tootsies warm and comfy in some flat or low-heeled suede boots like these. Grey is in…so I love these! WINNER! 🙂

7. Well, I had to throw in a pair of Crocs just to be complete! They’re very light weight and comfortable…and some orthotics can be worn with them. Runners love them and wear them after races to pamper their feet, so why not after a long day of work? Granted, they are not the most stylish shoe in this list, but they are winners in the comfort, light weight, and pampering departments. 🙂

There it is! My “Pamper Your Tootsies” Tuesdays recommendations for this week!

–Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

Sunday’s Fun Days

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

Sundays are for resting, relaxing, going to brunch, spending time with friends and family, watching football, and basically having fun, right? Mellow, relaxed fun, but still fun! (Sundays are also for rejuvenating and getting ready for another busy week, but let’s not talk about that yet! Let’s save that for Monday’s blog!) Let’s take a look at some fun foot fashions for this week’s Sunday’s Fun Days:

Although school has started and the end of September is drawing near, it doesn’t feel too much like fall is approaching…it’s still hot and sunny here in Southern California, so this Sunday could be a beach day for sure! For the beach, here are some cute and comfortable fun sun shoes:

wedge beach sandals by Michael Kors $89.00 at

wedge beach sandals by Michael Kors $89.00 at


wedge beach sandals by Clarks $80.00 at

wedge beach sandals by Clarks $80.00 at


wedge beach sandals by Jack Rogers $73.57 at

wedge beach sandals by Jack Rogers $73.57 at


beach sandals by Crocs $19.99 at Crocs

beach sandals by Crocs $19.99 at Crocs


beach flip-flops by Orthaheel $59.99 at Footwear etc.

beach flip-flops by Orthaheel $59.99 at Footwear etc.

The Orthaheels are also available for sale in my online store for $54.95:

Sandalistas beach sandals by aetrex $129.97 at Healthy Feet

Sandalistas beach sandals by aetrex $129.97 at Healthy Feet

 The Sandalistas sandals by aetrex are also available for sale in my office for $80.00 plus shipping & handling. Click this link for contact information:

Just a note about the last two sandals: Both of these sandals are super comfy with the built-in orthotic, and that is why, as a podiatrist and shoe expert, I sell them in my office. Most patients can fit into them comfortably, and the orthotics that are built into the Sandalistas can be adjusted (if necessary), making them customizable for certain foot conditions. I have a pair of each of these sandals, so I can personally recommend them for you!  🙂

Next Sunday let’s look at some other fun shoes, and I will include some that I personally own and wear! 🙂

 –Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

I’m So Ready for Fall!

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

With triple digit heat here in Southern California all week, I’m ready for fall. Don’t get me wrong…I have always loved the summer and the heat, but triple digits is just a little too high even for me! And with the summer heat comes summer shoes. Some of my favorites this summer have been my wedge flip flops,

my way too high heels,

and my Crocs (that I wear with my scrubs in the office or the operating room). Yes, I said it. I wear Crocs. And I sell them to my patients too. For me, they’re great for work, they blend in with my navy blue scrubs, and my orthotics fit well in them to give me the support my feet need for an eight hour work day. But that’s about the extent of my wearing of the Crocs. =]

Now, back to the hoping that fall comes sooner rather than later. Not only do I love my fall outfits like my 3/4 length trench raincoat or my soft, warm sweaters or my skinny jeans that fit so well, but I cannot wait to wear my new knee length Cole Haan boots,

my Coach cuffed boots,

and my new Donald J Pliner open toe brown suede booties.

One pair that I do not have (yet) are these amazing Giambattista Valli suede booties with laser-cut leather detail that I just found on ‘s website. Wow. I want these booties.  🙂

You must have some shoes on your wish list for the fall or winter seasons. What is on your shoe wish list? Let’s just put it out there, ladies…maybe Santa will read this and surprise us! 😉

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