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The Shoe Expert in USA Today!

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

Once again I have to say a big THANK YOU to all of my fans, friends, and readers who have consistently logged in to see what I have to say about shoes, especially women’s shoes! So thank you, thank you , thank you! Because of all of this activity, my blog was picked up by USA Today who interviewed me a few weeks ago to discuss shoes of course. The online version of the article was published yesterday, but the printed version will be available next week.

Some of the shoe types that we discuss in the article are Flip Flops, UGGs (or boots like the classic UGGs),Foldable Ballet Flats, Platform Pumps, Stilettos, Minimalist Shoes (such as the Vibram Five Fingers and the yoga toe shoes), and the dreaded Rocker Bottom Athletic Shoes (yes, we all know about these fashion-don’ts, don’t we, ladies?).

I’m sure if you’ve been one of my readers during this past year, you know that I’ve discussed each one of these shoes at least once. Sometimes on this blog we talk fashion, function, or both, but one thing that we always do is talk shoes!

So thanks again!

One last thank you for helping this blog reach its goal of 60,000 views in one year, which by the way was last week! 🙂

For more foot info, you can always view my website or my podiatry blog. But for shoe info, don’t go anywhere! More is to be revealed…

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 :)

Image via Wikipedia

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 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’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!”

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!”

Shoe Lovers Want To Know About Flatforms & More!

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

As you know by now, I am a shoe expert as well as a shoe lover…so I started this shoe blog a few months ago to share with you some of the new shoes coming out soon, shoe trends, shoe tips, and other general shoe knowledge of mine. 🙂

So now I  am going to ask you, the reader, what other shoe info are you looking for?

Here is a list of some of the most commonly searched for terms in my blog’s history: flatformsChristian Louboutin, wedges, summer shoes 2011, Uggs, platform shoes, cankles, hot shoes spring 2011, sexy feet, 7  inch heels, Steve Madden boots with red zipper, Coach rainboots, sheepskin orthotics, 8 inch heels, Derek Lam, sparkly shoes, Prada shoes, wedge flip flops, sandals, mohawk shoes, Jimmy Choo shoes, toning shoes, Soles4Souls, Paris Hilton‘s bunion, wingtip pumps, high heels, fashion shoes 2011, stiletto boots, cheetah boots, pregnant Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson sandals, Lanvin shoes, high heel boots, red carpet shoes, furry boots, ballet flats, Chanel eskimo boots, Louis Vuitton shoes, Rick Bella shoes, kitten heel boots, Kim Kardashian‘s high heels.

I hope you have enjoyed reading these posts! And I hope you find what you’re searching for! 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

LA Transit Shoe Show: Trends in Sandals in 2011

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Inspiring is an understatement! At the LA Transit Shoe Show this week, I had the wonderful opportunity to see the shoes coming out this summer, so I am writing a series of blog posts on the shoe trends that I personally experienced at the show. I was even allowed to photograph the shoes! It was like shoe heaven! 🙂

(Of course, there were a few exceptions to the photographing of the shoes…nobody was allowed to take photos of a few styles by a few designers, but that’s ok because they will be public very soon and I will definitely let you see them at that time!)

My last post focused on flats, and today’s post is all about sandals. In the next few days I will focus on pumps, wedges, boots, and more! So here are the Summer 2011 trends in sandals:

These sandals by Dollhouse with the ruffle details looked exactly like the ruffled heels that have been so popular this year! They were super cute and come in all sorts of colors and a few prints too. I have to admit I loved them!

These jewel embellished flip flop sandals by Yellowbox are hot, super comfortable, and trending this summer! As you will see in some of the other photos, the jewels and metallic straps will be all over the place this summer.

Again, here we see jewel embellishments and metallic detailing on the straps on these Jessica Simpson sandals.

And again on these Jessica Simpson sandals.

These sandals by Onex are also showing metallic toned straps (as well as some colorful straps) along with crystal and jewel embelllishments.

And again on these sandals by Onex. 🙂

Believe it or not, these cuffed ankle flat sandals by Wanted, which have been all the craze this past year and will continue to be hot this summer, pictured above are kids’ shoes! Of course, they were shown in women’s sizes too, but I thought that they were so cute in these tiny sizes!

These are also kids’ sandals by Wanted, as you can see how small they are next to the slinky, but again the ankle cuffs on flat sandals (and on other flat shoes as well) are trending this year.

This was just a small sampling of the summer sandals that are coming to stores soon. I hope you enjoyed the photos, and I will be showing you some great heels tomorrow! 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Designer Shoes Do Not Have To Be High Heels!

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Designer Flats (photo from

Do you remember my Dec. 15th post Which Designer Shoes Do You Want? (By the way, the Gucci heels were definitely leading with the most votes. And throughout the year we will be featuring different designer shoes for you to vote on! We may even feature some of the leading shoe stories that are winning the contest!) Well, anyway, this post was a preview to our Designer Shoe Giveaway Contest that we’re currently holding. Please feel free to enter as many times as you wish. 🙂

In this post, I want to be clear that the designer shoes do not have to be high heels. Apparently, there was at least one individual who equates designer shoes with high heels, but as most of us shoe lovers know, designer shoes can be sandals, flats, boots, kitten heels, etc. They can even be the new flatforms…if you’re in to those (but judging from the comments on that post, most women gave the flatforms a big thumbs down). So to be fair to all of the designer shoes out there, let’s look at some that are not high heels…

Burberry embellished ballet flats

Cole Haan Air Avalon Tall Boots

Valentino studded patent leather kitten heel

Ann Taylor kitten heel sandal

Proenza Schouler Flat Zip Sandals


Miu Miu metallic banana flats

Christian Louboutin spiked zipper ballerina flats

Gucci pink thong logo sandals

And let’s not leave the men out either! If a man wins the contest with the best shoe story, he could win a pair of designer shoes too! (Yes, this contest is open to everyone! We are just looking for good shoe stories to share!)

Louis Vuitton


Christian Louboutin spiked flats for men

 I hope you enjoyed the variety of shoes in this post! 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Got Any Shoe Years Resolutions?

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Exercising, Health & Wellness, Physical Fitness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

So now that we’re well into the first week of the new year, how many of us are keeping up with your New Years Resolutions? Hopefully, most of us!

Tell me something else, did you make any Shoe Years Resolutions? Yes, there is such a term. No, I did not make it up. People all around the web have made their shoe years resolutions, and here are some of the top ones I have come up  with as a shoe expert and a foot doctor. 🙂 

1. To buy more shoes!

(photo courtesy of ShoeDazzle)

2. To buy less shoes!

3. To buy better quality shoes instead of cheap ones that break or tear easily!

4. To buy at least one pair of designer shoes! 🙂

5. To buy shoes that fit properly and stop trying to squeeze my big feet into shoes that are one or two sizes too small! (Ouch!)

6. To stop wearing shoes that have my toes or heel hanging off the edge! (Not a good look!)

7. To rotate my shoes more and not get stuck in a rut wearing the same old shoes over and over again!

8. To clean my closet and get rid of the ones I know I’ll never wear again! (And donate them to Soles4Souls of course!)

9. To work out more and put those running shoes to good use!

10. To stop wearing flip-flops 24/7 just because I can! Instead, I vow to wear shoes that are appropriate for the occasion!

11. Runners: To stop running in shoes after they are worn out! I vow to keep track of the mileage on my shoes!

12. Parents: To check my children’s shoes and feet every month or two for a proper fit since their feet can grow quickly if they hit a growth spurt!  (Especially important for babies and toddlers who can’t tell you when it hurts!)

13. Parents again: To buy new shoes for my children every 3-6 months, not once every school year, even if they seem to fit well, because they wear out quickly! (Often times they wear out before they outgrow them!)

14. Parents again: To stop blaming my children for being tough on their shoes! Hey parents, it’s not your kids’ fault that their shoes wear out so quickly…it just happens. It’s a fact. Accept it. And then go buy them some new shoes! 

15. Husbands, boyfriends, significant others: To buy wonderful, beautiful, sexy shoes for the lovely lady in my life…because just about all women love shoes!!! (Hint, hint!) 😉

Do any of these sound familiar??? Think about it…maybe at least one of them is for you! 🙂

Once again, Happy Shoe Year, shoe lovers!!!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes in 2011,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Toning Shoes Part 1: Which ones would you wear?

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

There are scores of articles and blog posts about whether or not toning shoes actually live up to their claim, and most of them report that they don’t. Most of them state that toning shoes work just about as well as any other athletic style shoe, but there are some reports that they do work better. I am not going to debate the issue here. I think more studies need to be done clinically to prove it.

New Balance toning shoes

I have some patients that wear them, love them, and actually exercise more because they think they are working to tone up their legs and butts. Whether or not it’s true, in this case, does not matter to me. What matters to me is that they are out there walking and exercising more. They are motivated to get more fit and healthy, and that is just good for everybody. On the other hand, I have spoken to some of my colleagues, other podiatrists, who have stated that they have seen many injuries from their patients who wear them. Injuries such as ankle sprains and ankle fractures have been reported by them as a result of falling from the elevated rocker bottom sole on many of these shoes. I have not seen this happen yet in my practice.

Nike toning shoes

What is surprising to me is how many of these shoes are out on the market now, in all kinds of styles from flip flops to boots and everything in between. Let’s take a look at some of them, and then please answer the question at the bottom for me (I’d love to know your answer!):

Skechers Shape-ups



Trim Fit Toning Shoes $27.99 at Target

MBT shoes

Stepgym Shoes, toning shoes by Karen Rose

Reebok Easy Tone shoes

Reebok Easy Tone flip-flops

Fitflop toning clogs

Fitflop Mukluk toning boots

So…tell me, would you wear any of these??? Why or why not???

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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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