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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!”

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

Image via Wikipedia

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.

Image via Wikipedia

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!”

How to Shop for Children’s Shoes

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Since our slogan is “All shoes, all the time!” today we are talking about children’s shoes. (We will be adding some men’s shoes and running shoes posts soon too!)

When shopping for children’s shoes, it can be tricky, especially for toddlers or other small children who can’t verbalize to parents how good or how bad the shoes feel on their pudgy little feet. Another factor to consider is the shape of your child’s foot. Consider asking yourself these questions when shopping for shoes for your little ones: “Does my child have flat feet?” “Does my child walk in-toed (commonly referred to as pigeon-toed)?” “Does my child over pronate?” “Does my child wear his or her shoes out unevenly?” “Does my child seem to go through shoes quicker than average, as compared to my other children?” “Does my child wear orthotics (which will usually require a half size or full size larger shoe)?” “Does my child complain of painful heels or painful feet while walking or running?” If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you have special considerations to make when buying shoes for your child. After reading these tips, if you still have questions, feel free to ask me below in the comments section or ask your podiatrist. 🙂

Here is an excerpt from my podiatry blog on this subject:

“Shoe Shopping Tips:
*Shoes that don’t fit properly can aggravate the feet. Always measure a child’s feet before buying shoes, and watch for signs of irritation.
*Never hand down footwear. Just because a shoe size fits one child comfortably doesn’t mean it will fit another the same way. Also, sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete’s foot and nail fungus.
*Examine the heels. Children may wear through the heels of shoes quicker than outgrowing shoes themselves. Uneven heel wear can indicate a foot problem that should be checked by a podiatrist.
*Take your child shoe shopping. Every shoe fits differently. Letting a child have a say in the shoe buying process promotes healthy foot habits down the road.
*Always buy for the larger foot. Feet are seldom precisely the same size.
*Buy shoes that do not need a “break-in” period. Shoes should be comfortable immediately.
*Make sure to have your child try on shoes with socks or tights, if that’s how they’ll be worn.”

I hope that helps the parents with questions on the subject! Happy shopping, moms and dads (and grandparents)! 🙂

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

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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