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Dr. Oz Describes the Three Worst Shoes for Your Feet

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Dr. Oz says “UGGs Are Bad For Your Feet”

On his television show on Jan. 5, 2011, Dr. Oz said that shearling boots like UGGs have two main problems.  First, they give virtually no  support to your feet, so your feet flop around around inside.  He suggested a solution for this problem:  to place orthotics in the boots to add extra arch support. Sound familiar? I blogged about that very thing recently in my “If You Love UGGs, You’re Going to Love Them Even More Now!” blog post, adding that using a shearling foot insert with a shearling boot feels super warm and comfy.  Dr. Oz also suggests that the second problem with UGGs is that they can make your feet hot and sweaty. And if peopole wear them without socks, it can lead to foot fungus.  A simple remedy to fix this problem is to wear 100% cotton socks, wicking socks, and / or use a topical  antiperspirant foot medication.

Dr. Oz says “Thigh High Boots Are Bad For Your Feet” 

Dr. Oz said that thigh high leather boots can compress a nerve that is located near the upper outside of your calf, just below the knee joint, especially if the boots are very tight. This comression can potentially paralyze your nerve, which can make it impossible for you to flex your foot upwards.  He suggests that you consider over the knee leather boots with a zipper or a tie which allows  you to loosen them, at least when you are seated for long periods of time.  

Dr. Oz says “Flats Are Bad For Your Feet”

Dr. Oz said that, believe it or not, flats are bad for your feet.  Some of the new flat shoes available to women, including flat gladiator sandals and ballet flats, separate your foot from the pavement by only about 1/8 of an inch.  Plus, you often have to struggle and strain your foot muscles to keep your foot balanced on the shoe because there is little to no support.  If you can bend the shoe in half, then it is not a shoe that you want to walk long distances in or stand in for long periods of time.  Some of the medical problems that result from wearing flat shoes include shin splints and plantar fasciitis.  Instead, Dr. Oz said we should wear shoes with at least 1″ heels.

As a podiatrist, I have to agree with Dr. Oz. Here is my summary of his shoe analysis:

1. UGGs are too flat, need an arch support, and should be worn with socks.

2. Thigh high boots or anything that compresses the peroneal nerve should be avoided.

3. Super flat flats and shoes that bend in half have don’t have enough support for your feet.

Good job, Dr. Oz!

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

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Keep Warm This Winter With Furry Boots!

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

2011 Fall/Winter UGGs Boots

We’re only a few days into winter, but it seems as if everyone is freezing, snowed in, or somehow affected by this cold weather. (Even in Southern California, it’s been cold and rainy! And, well, we’re just not used to that! Haha!) So how do we keep warm, keep our feet healthy, and still look good at the same time? Well…let me show you! I’ve been on the lookout for the warmest, coziest, furriest boots currently for sale, and here are some great finds!

Asos ‘White Wooly’ shearling black leather boots on sale for $117.23 at Asos.com

2011 Christian Louboutin High Heel Furry Boots

2011 Christian Louboutin High Heel Furry Boots

The Jimmy Choo studded UGG Boots! ($795 at Bergdorf Goodman)

Guess Obelize faux fur boots $157.50 at Macy’s

Seychelles Cryptic Ankle Boots $150.95 at Zappos

MICHAEL by Michael Kors ‘Parker Bootie’ in black suede $198 at Zappos

BCBGMAXAZRIA Boots $159.30 at Bluefly

Daniblack Ian OTK boots on sale for $234 at Zappos

The Cool People Varghese $179 at Zappos

Gucci white wool knit and leather ‘Lockhart’ wedge boots $716 at Bluefly

Dolce & Gabbana brown leopard white patent trim tall rain boots $420 at Bluefly

Burberry Mid House Check Weather Boots $395 at Zappos

Jambu Cruise boots $173 at Zappos

I know that some of these may be a little over the top for some of us, but there is definitely something for everyone here…and in every price range too!

And remember in this harsh winter weather to keep your feet warm and dry to prevent foot problems such as Athlete’s foot, bad foot odor, and other bacterial and fungal infections. Just because your feet are hidden away from the world for a few months does not mean that they should be neglected. Show your feet some winter love and put them in some cozy, comfy boots! 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

🙂

After Christmas Shoe Sales (Part 2)

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

So now that Christmas is over, the After Christmas Shoe Sales are being advertised all over the web, but to put you a step ahead of the other shoppers, here is a little list of the Top 10 Shoe Sales going on now (plus last minute updates just posted today)!

Updates today: After Christmas Sales listed today from Saks Fifth Avenue, Aldo Shoes, Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, American Apparel, Selfridges, Sears, The Childrens Place, Juicy Couture, PUMA, Neiman Marcus, Shoes.com, Express, and many more shoe sales listed on Shopping and Info.com’s blog (featuring Prada shoes, Jimmy Choo boots, Alexander Wang boots, Ann Demeulemeester boots, and Christian Louboutin platform sandals).

1. From ArticleSnatch.com: “Everyone loves a good bargain and the day after Christmas sales promise to offer the best bargains on various products for you or for your friends and family. This is also the best time to start your Christmas shopping for 2011 as you will be able to find some of the best Christmas gifts for 2011 at great prices. This article discusses finding bargains during the day after Christmas sales shopping for 2010.” (featuring Target, Neiman Marcus, MyTheresa.com sales) Here is a great deal from Neiman Marcus Last Call Store: 7 For All Mankind boot originally priced at $330.oo, now on sale for $165.00, plus an extra 30% off now!

7 For All Mankind 'Gemma' slit suede on sale for $115.50 at Neiman Marcus Last Call

2. Donald J. Pliner: Huge sale going on now! Some shoes over 50% off! Here is just one example of an exquisite platform sandal that was originally priced at $400.00 which is on sale for $160.00:

Donald J. Pliner Chelsi cut out platform sandal with embroidery and ankle strap

  3. Macy’s: After Christmas Sale going on until Dec. 29th only! Save up to 25% off with free shipping on orders over $99! Here is a great shoe deal for you: 

Coach 'Randy' haircalf flat on sale for $126 (original price $168)

4. JCPenney is having “Our Biggest Ever After Christmas Sale” with shoes up to 60% off! For example:

Bisou Bisou 'Trista' boots on sale for $34.99 (original price $110)

5. Zappos always has great deals on shoes! Check out some of their sales going on now!

Roberto Cavalli fringe ankle bootie on sale for $910 (originally $1,300)

6. Juicy Couture’s shoe sale features all styles of boots for 20% off as well as clogs for over 40% off!

Gigi OTK Boot on sale for $279 (original price $350)

7. Nordstrom is also having its All Women’s Winter Sale and its Half-Yearly Sale for Men now, with shoes and boots on sale for 20-50% off!

8. Nine West is having a shoe sale with up to 70% off!!!

'Stone' Tall Boots on sale for over 70% off of original price of $209

9. Shoebuy.com is having a one day only sale (today only!) in which an additional 20%  is taken off of the sale price, plus free shipping!  

BCBGeneration 'Asterix' red suede strappy platform sandals on sale for 24% off

10. Endless.com is having its Year End Deals where you can save an additional 25% off on thousands of sale items such as Guess, Pour la Victoire, and Badgley Mischka shoes and boots!

Badgley Mischka 'Raven' sandal on sale for $110 (original price $200)

Of course there are many, many more sales out there, but I hope this helps you get a little bit of a head start!

Happy shoe shopping! 🙂

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

It’s my birthday…so I had to post my Shoe Wish List

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

To all of  my girls out there, fashionistas and shoe lovers, I know you have one too…a Shoe Wish List, right? I want to know what you ladies want!

To all of our men out there, please take notes and read our wish lists! We love when you get us what we REALLY want! Don’t we, gurls? 😉 Well, here’s my Top Ten shoe desires…a girl can dream, can’t she? 😉

1. I can not say it enough…I am in love with these Stuart Weitzman over the knee black leather boots!

Stuart Weitzman OTK black leather flat boots $665 at Neiman Marcus

2. In a very close second place are the black flat leather boots that I tried on at the Paseo Colorado Cole Haan store in Pasadena. They were the most comfortable boots EVER!

Cole Haan Air Avalon Tall Boots $348.00 at Cole Haan

3. Since it keeps raining here in Southern California (yes, I know…stop complaining about the rain because we have it pretty good here with our weather…), I am definitely in need of some rain boots. I found two that I like:

Burberry Ankle Rain Shoes $150 at Zappos.com

and

Coach Isabella puffy short boot $198 at Coach

4. This next pair match perfectly with this new little sexy dress, so I have to have them! haha!

Carlos by Carlos Santana Entice Ruby Red strappy sandals $88.95 at YourNextShoes.com

5. Maybe this pair should be higher on the list because who doesn’t want a pair of Jimmy Choos shoes?

Jimmy Choo Aston leather sandals $1295.00 at net-a-porter.com

6.  Same with this one: who doesn’t want a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps? I don’t have any in nude or camel YET! 🙂

Christian Louboutin Bibi suede platform pumps $795.00 at Saks Fifth Avenue

7. For an open toe pump, these Lanvin shoes are awesome! I think I could definitely handle these! 😉

Lanvin Jacquard bow pump $850.00 at Bergdorf Goodman

8. Well, what can I say? Stuart Weitzman made it to my top 10 wish list twice!

Stuart Weitzman's Femina stamped lizard peep toe pumps $219.00

9. I’ve seen a few lace pumps this season that were great, including these Alexander McQueens!

Alexander McQueen Lace Pumps $935

10. Well, I couldn’t really do a top 10 list without mentioning Manolo Blahnik…and if I’m gonna wear cheetah, it may as well be these boots! Roar! haha

Manolo Blahnik cheetah print boots $1695.00

Well, I could go on and on…and I probably will later…LOL. For now, that’s all folks! –Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert (and birthday girl)

Why Do Women Have So Many Shoes?

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

Jimmy Choo stilettos

Jimmy Choo stilettos

Why do you have so many pairs of shoes?

How many of us women have heard that question before? Most men just don’t get it! It’ simple! Let’s sum it up for them…And while we’re at it, let’s tell them why we love shoes too! We do! We love our shoes! Here are just a few quotes to show you what I mean: 

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”Marilyn Monroe

“The perfect high heel is not a marriage, but rather a threesome when fantasy, form and function meet.” — Qiana Markham

“Return the shoes?! I can’t talk to you when you’re being hysterical!” — Gabrielle, Desperate Housewives

“I see a pair of shoes I adore, and it doesn’t matter if they have them in my size. I buy them anyway.”–Kiera Knightley

“Funny that a pair of really nice shoes makes us feel good in our heads — at the extreme opposite end of our bodies.” — Levende Waters

You see…the truth is women are in love with shoes…and we need a lot of them! 

 Here are some of The Reasons Why Women Are In Love With Shoes And Why Women Need So Many Of Them:

Guess by Marciano Kira peep toe pump

Guess by Marciano Kira peep toe pump

1.  We have choices: What woman wants to get up day after day and wear the same old shoe? Unless women are wearing uniforms to work and have no choice about it, not many! We wear different clothes everyday, so we need to have just as many shoe choices as well! 🙂 

2. We need variety: So now that we’ve established we have choices, we need a variety of shoes to choose from when putting together the perfect outfit. Just think of how different your dress will look with boots vs stilettos. The shoes can make the outfit work…or fail! =]     

3.  It’s a great deal:  Let’s admit it, ladies. We have all purchased at least one pair of shoes just because they were on sale! Of course, they fit well and looked great too, but it’s hard to pass up a good deal on shoes…especially when we can justify that we can wear them later, and we will! 😉

4.  They make us feel good: It’s just like having a good hair day! When you put on that perfect pair of shoes, you feel like you “can conquer the world.” Well, us women do anyway…for men, maybe it’s the perfect power suit or driving that perfect car…for some of us women, it’s the perfect pair of shoes! 🙂

5.  They last a long time: Since we have so many shoes, and we don’t wear the same ones on a daily basis, they usually last for a long time! Provided we are buying quality brands, this is true. With shoes, like it or not, you get what you pay for!  :]

6. They’re an investment: When we splurge on those designer heels or boots, we know it is an investment. And we take great care of that investment so that they do last a long time. Like I previously mentioned, those high end shoes hold their value because they last so long! 🙂     

7.  They’re our BFFs: Someone once said a diamond is a girl’s best friend, right? Well, I am here to tell you that a shoe is a woman’s best friend! We love them, and they love us back (or at least that’s what we believe)! 😉 

Ladies, please feel free to add some more reasons why we love our shoes and why we need so many of them…let’s educate the men so that they understand and know what to get us for our next birthday/holiday, ok? (Hint, hint! My birthday is in 3 weeks…I’m just sayin’!)

Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee black leather flat boots

Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee black leather flat boots

–Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

Getting Ready for Rain!

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

Fall is here!!!

 (although in Southern California we are still in triple digit temperatures…) Yes, it was over 100 degrees today…but that’s not true for the rest of the country, and it’s not going to last for long! So before we start thinking about the holidays (you know they’re right around the corner!), let’s get ready for the fall season and the rain that comes with it.

I’ve been checking out all of this fall’s boots for months now, and there is no shortage of them! From peep toe ankle booties to stiletto over the knee boots, I have to admit that I love them all!!! As a shoe lover, boots are just a no-brainer! Even rain boots are getting more and more fashionable, high end, and even sexy. Yes, I said it! I’ve seen a few that are very hot! 🙂

Tell me what you think of these:

Burberry brown plaid rain boots $239.99 at Overstock.com

Burberry brown plaid rain boots $239.99 at Overstock.com

Coach's Pixy rain boots $108.00 at Coach

Coach's Pixy rain boots $108.00 at Coach

Hunter's Original Classic Glossy rain boots $115.00 at Bloomingdale's

Hunter's Original Classic Glossy rain boots $115.00 at Bloomingdale's

Pour la Victoire's Ted hunter green studded boots $171.00 at Bluefly.com

Pour la Victoire's Ted hunter green studded boots $171.00 at Bluefly.com

UGG's Wallingford rain boots $139.00 at CozyBoots

UGG's Wallingford rain boots $139.00 at CozyBoots

Do any of these rain boots do it for you? Picture them with the perfect pair of jeans and a fitted little trench coat, and you’ve got yourself a hot little outfit, even in the rain! ;’)

Photo by Lizzie Jeanne http://www.lizgoff.com/blog/tut-tut-looks-like-rain/

Cute, right?

–Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

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