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No More Shoe Removals for Kids at Airports!

Posted in Children's Shoes, Health & Wellness, Shoes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Well what do you know? The TSA has gained some common sense this month and has decided that children 12 and younger are less of a terrorism risk — at least as far as airports are concerned.

As a podiatrist, I really hate to see people, especially children, walking barefoot through the airport. There are so many germs, from fungus to bacteria to viruses, including plantar’s warts, that can be transferred from person to person in a public place like an airport floor. I think it’s great that our children don’t have to go through this anymore, aren’t you?

The agency, charged with anti-terrorism security at the nation’s airports, will no longer require children to remove their shoes before they go through airport scanners, beginning this month.

“We do want to move, and are moving, to a more risk-based approach to screening passengers,” Napolitano told Congress. TSA wants to streamline procedures for low-risk passengers. This will enhance the agency’s ability to focus on passengers who either we don’t know or who are high-risk.

Napolitano spoke during a hearing at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The new policy is expected to be implemented soon.

TSA, part of the Homeland Security Department, already has used a modified pat-down for children 12 and younger as part of a pilot program to speed up security searches. Still, the agency is not abandoning all such searches or the requirement to remove shoes at times.

“There is a need to keep security precautions unpredictable,” Napolitano said. “There will always be some unpredictability built into the system, and there will always be random checks even for groups that we are looking at differently, such as children,” she said.

Dr. Michele Colon, DPM, MS
3503 Lexington Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731
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Not All Skechers Are Created Equal

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Hey shoe lovers! I took a little break from blogging last month to work on some new, big things coming your way soon! Of course, it’s all about shoes…

So now back to the blogging…

I took my daughter to Skechers today to get her some boots for school (which starts later this month–by the way, if  you have kids, have you read my blog post about back-to-school shoe shopping?)…and I noticed a fairly new addition to the Skechers line of toning shoes. Most people know about their famous Shape-Ups, but they have several types of toning shoes now. The ones that caught my eye looked the most “normal” of all of them: the Tone-Ups Fitness.

Now don’t get them confused with the Tone-Ups.

Although they look very similar, that is where the similarities ended for me. The two styles feel very different when you walk in them. As a test, I put one of each on my feet and walked up and down the aisles to get a good feel for them. The Tone-Ups felt very stiff and uncomfortable in both the upper of the shoe and in the footbed lining. But the most uncomfortable part about them was during heel strike. As I took each step and my heel hit the floor, the sole of the shoe felt like I was walking on a hard bump. Not a good feeling. On the other hand, when I walked in the Tone-Ups Fitness, I have to admit that the shoes felt good. The sole felt a little spongier and cushy than my running shoes and other athletic shoes, but it was not uncomfortable. It kinda felt good. Weird that such similar shoes felt so different. I even asked the salesperson before I did my little ‘experiment’ and he said that the main difference between them was that the new shoes (the Tone-Ups Fitness) were more lightweight than the older versions. Sorry, Skechers salesperson, you were super nice and helpful climbing up the ladder to get me my size 🙂 but that is not the main difference between them.

Moral of the story: Don’t count on the sales associate to give you the low down on the shoes you are going to put your feet in! Try them out for yourself and save yourself some discomfort when you get them home!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Today is National Flip Flop Day!

Posted in Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

you can never have too many sandals :)

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On this National Flip Flop Day, the main point of this blog post is to stay safe while wearing your flip-flops! It is mostly common sense, but there may be a few things that may sound new to you too so check it out.

Flip-FlopDo’s & Don’ts (from an old blog post of mine):

DO’S:
• Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
• Do look for flip-flops that hold APMA’s Seal of Acceptance; these products are shown to allow for the most normal foot function and promote quality health.
• Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
• Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete’s foot.
• Do ensure that your foot doesn’t hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.

DON’TS:
• Don’t re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
• Don’t ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.
• Don’t wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.
• Don’t do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.
• Don’t play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Comfy Flats from Johnston & Murphy!

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Comfy is the name of the game today!!! Actually, super comfy!

As a lover and expert of shoes, I always stress that there is a time and place for every type of shoe. Flip flops for the beach, hiking boots for camping, sparkly heels for NYE celebrations, and flats for long work days or running errands, right?

Well when it comes to flats, the Claire Studded Penny Drivers from Johnston & Murphy are one of the most comfortable ones I’ve tried on, tested, and worn for an 8-hour work day!

 

I have the red ones as shown above, but they come in other colors such as black, brown, tan, beige, and navy as well. The leather is so soft, and a thin orthotic will fit comfortably in this shoe if you wear one like I do.

For more information on this shoe, click here and use this promo code until June 30th at checkout for a discount especially for my blog readers and followers: CALSHOE

Thanks to the folks at Johnston & Murphy for allowing me to review your shoes! 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Lady Gaga in 24-inch Heels!!!

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Lady Gaga in 24 inch heels…Yes, that’s right! 24 inch heels!

Earlier this week Lady Gaga attended a fashion award show, the CFDA Awards, where she accepted the Fashion Icon Award wearing these shoes! Wow!  

Here is a close-up of the shoes

Well, love her or hate her, she does push the limits in music and in fashion!

(Tell me what you think of these shoes in the comments section below. Would you ever wear these under any circumstances? Did she pull it off? Do you think she’s a fashion icon or just plain crazy?)

You know what I think of these by now, especially if you’ve read my previous blog on the Sky Heels…Dr. Michele 🙂

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Go Barefoot on Sundays in June with Soles4Souls!

Posted in Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Go Barefoot any Sunday in June!

Churches are invited to join us for National Barefoot Week and go barefoot on Barefoot Sunday, June 5th (or any other Sunday in June).

Do you think your church would do it? 

Donate and collect shoes to help Soles4Souls provide needed footwear to people in need around the globe. Imagine the dangers of navigating through trecherous terain or sewage strewn streets without a pair of shoes.

What is Barefoot Week?

Barefoot Week is a weeklong series of events encourages public participation in one of the hundreds of concurrent shoe drives, fun runs & walkathons, retail trade-in events, concerts, festivals and more.

What is Barefoot Sunday?

As a part of Barefoot Week, Barefoot Sunday is design to encourage religious organizations to get involved by leaving their shoes at the alter inconjunction with a church wide shoe collection. Barefoot Sunday helps encourage churches around the country to take off their shoes and go barefoot to raise awareness for the more than 1.5 billion people worldwide who do not own a single pair of shoes.  This Spring, more than 150,000 churches will be asked to join in and get involved by taking off their shoes for one Sunday.  As part of this powerful movement, congregants can bring their new or gently worn shoes to church or donate funds to Soles4Souls to help put shoes on the feet on the 300 million children around the world who are barefoot.

How do I get Involved?

It’s easy to participate. Just sign-up on the contact page and the Soles4Souls staff will send you collection boxes, brochures, a banner and donation cards for your event. Then head to the resources area and download all the materials you need for your event. We have everything you need for a successful event!

Soles4Souls has created everything your religious organization will need for this simple, but meaningful effort. By collecting shoes, your congregation can make a difference.
Thank you for your help.

 

 

 

Dedicated to your foot health and your shoes,

 Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

One Walk with Soles4Souls is Today!

Posted in Exercising, Health & Wellness, Physical Fitness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

What is the One Walk?

Today, May 14th, is the day that Soles4Soulsis getting people all across the country to walk (or run) for children in need of shoes around the world. Individuals as well as teams can walk and raise awareness and money for the One Walk mission. All of the net proceeds from the registration fees is dedicated to help deliver shoes to one of the 300 million children and untold adults around the world without shoes. Individuals and teams also have been raising additional funds to help send shoes to people in need. Top fundraisers will also win a spot on a distribution trip to Haiti!

Remember, one dollar equals one pair of shoes to someone in need. 

Why are shoes important?

Soles4Souls explains on their website: “Footwear is a first step in helping people in impoverished areas live healthy, productive lives. Footwear can help eliminate the spreading of diseases through the foot as well as help children obtain an education – as many schools have footwear requirements to attend.”

You can read more about One Walk walks around the country on Soles4Soul’s Facebook page.

Every dollar raised provides one pair of shoes!

Here are a few events from around the country:  NYC Nashville, TN Manitowoc, WI

And for those of you who did not have a One Walk event to attend in your area, you can still donate and contribute to this cause of helping Soles4Souls reach their goal of giving 11 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 2011 by visiting the donation page on their website.

Note: Our podiatry office has donated over 500 pairs of shoes to this cause since the tsunami in Japan in March…and our shoe drive is still going strong!

Dedicated to your foot health and your shoes,

 Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

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