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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!”

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What? More Wedges? Yep, Look For Them This Spring!

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Wedges, wedges, wedges were all the rage at the shoe shows I attended this past month! And they come in all types…open toe, closed toe, sandal, boot, ankle bootie, platform, etc. Check these out and let me know if you LOVE them, LIKE them, or HATE them!

Zodiac

L.A.M.B.

L.A.M.B.

Wanted Shoes

Jessica Simson

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson

Bernie Mev

Love them or hate them, wedges are here to stay!!!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

2011 Spring-Summer Shoes Coming Soon To A Store Near You!

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Patent Leather Pumps by Chinese Laundry

This is my last post on the shoes from the LA Transit Shoe Show two weeks ago on the eve of the Fall/Winter FFANY Shoe Show, so I put together this collage of my last photos from the show…enjoy!

Platform Wedges by Zodiac

Suede Platforms by L.A.M.B.

Platform Sandals by L.A.M.B.

Suede Platform Sandals by L.A.M.B.

Satin Platform Sandals with Lace-up Ankle Straps by L.A.M.B.

Black Lace Peep Toe Platform Ankle Booties

Suede Platform Lace-up Open Toe Ankle Booties by Jessica Simpson

Platform Wedges and Sandals by Wanted

Purple Platform Sandals with Jewel Accents

Black Sandals with Jeweled Cross Detailing by Yellow Box

Platform Peep Toe Ankle Booties with Metal Stud Detailing

Platform Wedges by Jessica Simpson

Black Platform Wedges by Jessica Simpson

Ivory Leather Sandals by Lisa for Donald J. Pliner

Well, that’s just it! All of my photos from the LA Transit Shoe Show! I wish I could say I was going to the FFANY show tomorrow, but I will be here in SoCal working…however, I am attending at least two other shoe shows in the month of February, so I will definitely show you some new fall/winter shoes soon! 🙂

Feel free to comment on any of these shoes!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

LA Transit Shoe Show: Ruffles and Bows and Flowers, Oh My!

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Another trend at the 2011 Spring-Summer L.A. Transit Shoe Show was the detailing on the shoes such as ruffles, knots, bows, flowers, and rosettes.  

This row of vertical ruffles on these platform ankle booties were popular in 2010 too, but in 2011 we’re going to see more of them on heels, booties, and flats, and they will be found in every color, material, and even print! 

These satin open toe pumps with the horizontal ruffles by Carlos Santana were divine in almost every color of the rainbow! I personally like the more neutral shades as pictured above, but there were very bright ones as well which can tend to look like bridesmaid shoes (and that could be a good thing if you’re looking for pretty bridesmaid shoes!).

The knotted detail on these platform sandals pictured here felt so soft in a very light cloth material. I suspect these shoes are pretty comfortable as well with the soft material, cushioned platform, and big chunky heel.

Here is another satin open toe platform pump but this time with bows and pleated satin details. I love both colors pictured here. 

These Rick Bella platform wedge slingbacks are also in satin and feature a sparkly flower. The neutral shades make these wedges more of an evening shoe, and the cork wedge makes this shoe comfortable! 🙂

I know, I know, what are these flats doing in the mix with all of these heels…but with the flower (and leaf) details on these shoes by Caressa, I had to include them! 

The pink platform wedge sandals (center) by Lisa for Donald J. Pliner feature two flowers on the straps, and I think these must be one of the most comfortable shoes in this post with the cork wedge and the rubber traction sole.

Rosettes on ankle booties were popular in 2010 also, but I included these suede cuffed platform ankle boots as well because I like the way the cuff and the rosette are combined in one boot. 🙂 

 Well, I hope you liked the ruffles, bows, and flowers…usually people love them or hate them…so which side are you on? Feel free to comment on any of these shoes!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

 

LA Transit Shoe Show: Sparkle and Glitter in 2011

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

I have a couple of more posts coming soon regarding the LA Transit Shoe Show I attended last week, more on trends for shoes in 2011, more on the upcoming Spring-Summer 2011 shoes, and more of my favorite photos! I hope you are enjoying the pics of the new shoes as much as I am! 🙂

To kick off the weekend, tonight I’m showcasing some of sparkly, glittery, and flashy heels that will be available soon for the spring and summer. Enjoy!

I like the multiple ankle straps and the detailing…what do you think? Yay or nay? I wish I could have tried them on though. I would like to see how comfortable they are in the ball of the foot. There is not much padding or cushioning…

These sparkly strappy sandals by Carlos Santana were very pretty, but I questioned the sales rep on their comfort because the straps are round, like a rope, not flat against your skin like most straps on sandals. I felt the straps with my fingers to see for myself, and I still question the comfort while walking. It seems to me like the straps may rub the skin and irritate, possibly causing a blister or abrasion. Of course, I wanted to try them on for myself to be sure, but darn! of course they only have size 6 or 7 on display at the shoe shows…so I will have to wait until I see them in the store to try them on! Once I do, I will definitely report back on this blog about how the straps feel. (If any of you know first hand, please feel free to comment on this!)

OMG, as I reported in a recent post, Naughty Monkey had two of my favorite shows in the entire show but they are too new to be photographed…so again, I will have to get back to you on those! But these platform wedge sandals with the sparkles on the wedges themselves also stood out from the rest. The sparkles here are beaded detailing, so I gave them a thumbs up for originality, and they do look comfortable with the cusioning and the platform wedge. 🙂

These platform sandals by Chinese Laundry were also stand-outs in the sea of shoes at the show! Although they are very high, they do seem comfortable with the cushioning, the platform, and the cork heel. Hmm…gold or black? Decisions, decisions…  🙂

These peep toe pumps by Paris Hilton with the sparkly bows were very pretty and looked comfortable with the padding in the insole. Notice the pink padding in the ball area of the foot in each of their shoes.

Yes, you have seen this photo before (in the Animal Print post), but now I want to showcase the glitter platform pumps by Rick Bella Shoes/Wah Lei Footwear. They are already taking orders and selling out of these as fast as they can get them! Each of the silver, gold, and pewter glitter pumps are beautiful…and once again, I wish I could have tried them on!!! Soon enough I will!  

And last but not least, gold and black glitter platform pumps by Carlos Santana. The combination of black and gold (kinda reminds me of the Steelers song, Black & Yellow, Black & Yellow…) works in this shoe! 🙂

Well, I hope you got a little taste for what is going to be hot this year in the spring & summer. Enjoy!

Please comment on your faves or your least faves!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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