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Top 10 Shoe Searches (Part II)

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

christian louboutin black patent clichy photo

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So back to the Top Ten list…

6. Seven inch heels: Have you ever tried walking in 7 inch heels? It’s not easy! I have to admit I have tried some on just to see how difficult it is to balance and walk in them, but to put it mildly, it’s like walking on your tippy tippy toes. Not easy and not even pretty most of the time…because you can usually tell that the person in them is trying really hard to balance or that they are in pain. Not a good look. But, nonetheless, people are searching for these shoes.

7. Sky heels: Did you see my post on these Sky Heels? Wow! Not only are they 9 inches, but they are very odd looking. They’re about half heel and half platform, so the platform is really big and really high. Again, not a great look! I personally do not even think that a platform that high is sexy, although I do like a small platform on my heels for added cushioning. But this is taking the platform heel look too far! (Not to mention dangerous…I’m sure there have been some ankle sprains and maybe even fractures from these shoes.)

8. Soles4Souls: As an official drop-off location for Soles4Souls, I have blogged about this organization on more than one occasion and have highlighted them in my monthly newsletter as well. And I am proud to say that my office (patients included) has donated over 500 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls in 2011 so far! 🙂

9. UGGs: I hope you all read my post about making your UGGs more comfortable! Because although many people already think that UGGs are comfy, if you add an arch support like the sheepskin Lyncos orthotic from Aetrex, you will wonder why you never tried it before! It’s a great addition to boots (and other shoes as well) which will give you more support and comfort…try it and see! 🙂

10. Christian Louboutin 2011: I am not surprised that, out of all the shoes floating around in cyberspace, Christian Louboutins’ shoes made it to the Top Ten…but I am a little surprised that it didn’t make it to the Top 3! (especially with all of the recent press surrounding the red soled shoe lawsuits)

Dedicated to your foot health and your shoes,

 Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

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!”

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

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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 www.elmontefootdoctor.com )

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”
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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!”

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.

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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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