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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!”

Don’t Waste Money on Shoes that Don’t Fit Properly! Shoe Fitting Tips for You!

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

My Coach shoes fit perfect and I love them!

My Coach shoes fit perfect and I love them!

As most of you know by now, I’m a podiatrist which makes me both a shoe expert and a foot expert, and in this blog I like to mix the fun, fashionable side of shoes with the medical, educational side of shoes…so today let’s talk about getting that proper fit. Who wants to pay good money for shoes  (especially the designer ones!) that don’t fit right. I mean, come on! How many of us have purchased shoes that were just a little tight in the store, expecting them to stretch out or break in later? Yeah, I know…it usually doesn’t work! Then we’re left with shoes that hurt! And sometimes we love those shoes so much (or spent so much on them!) that we still wear them, knowing that they are going to hurt our feet. Ouch! Or we wear them out, only to take them off later and come home barefoot because they hurt so much! Gross.

Please take the “shoe fitting tips” below to heart and don’t walk around in pain or looking like this:

Or like this (it’s not a good look!):

Look at how Ashley Olson squeezes her toes into this pointy, narrow shoe (ouchy!):

And then there’s Paris Hilton’s size 11 feet and her bunions squeezed into too narrow shoes:

Or Victoria Beckham’s bunions hanging over the edge of her sandals:

We can’t leave out the barefoot walkers after a night out in painful shoes:

Or the ones (like Britney Spears) who take their painful shoes off and can’t even walk barefoot due to pain:

Ok, I think you get the point! 🙂 Here is an excerpt from my website talking about Getting a Proper Fit:

“Everything from serious foot disorders to more common foot and ankle conditions can be exacerbated by inappropriate, poor quality, and/or ill-fitting shoes. Any podiatrist will tell you that a quality, properly fitted shoes pay big dividends for your feet—now and in the future.

The most important quality to look for in shoes is durable construction that will protect your feet and keep them comfortable. Shoes that do not fit properly can cause bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes and other disabling foot disorders.

The Fitting

Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of foot problems when shopping for shoes:

  • Don’t force your feet into a pair of shoes in order to conform to the shape of the shoe. The shoe needs to conform to the shape of your foot.
  • Fit new shoes to your largest foot. Most people have one foot larger than the other.
  • Have both feet measured every time you purchase shoes. Foot size may increase as you get older.
  • If the shoes feel too tight, don’t buy them. There is no such thing as a “break-in period.”
  • Many high-heeled shoes have a pointed or narrow toe box that crowds the toes and forces them into an unnatural triangular shape. As heel height increases, the pressure under the ball of the foot may double, placing greater pressure on the forefoot as it is forced into the pointed toe box.
  • Shoes should be fitted carefully to your heel as well as your toes.
  • Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Judge a shoe by how it fits on your foot, not by the marked size.
  • There should be a half-inch of space from the end of your longest toe to the end of the shoe.
  • Try on new shoes at the end of the day. Your feet normally swell and become larger after standing or sitting during the day, which makes for a better fit.
  • Be sure to try on both shoes. Walk around the shoe store in the shoes to make sure they fit well and feel comfortable.
  • When the shoe is on your foot, you should be able to freely wiggle your toes.”

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

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!” 

Attention Shoe Lovers: Got Your Sparkly Shoes For NYE Yet?

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

New Years Eve is quickly approaching, plans are being made, dresses are being picked out, and sparkly shoes are in! Do you have YOUR sparkly, glittery, head-turning shoes yet? You still have some time if you hurry!!! And  I have found some of the hottest, gorgeous, sparkly shoes for you!!!

Check these out, ladies, and tell me if you love them or if YOU LOVE THEM!


Christian Louboutin Lady Glitter Slingback $895 at Bergdorf Goodman


Steve Madden Caryssa glitter pumps $129.95 at Zappos


Chinese Laundry black glitter heels on sale for $71.10 at


Enzo Angiolini Sully $88.95 at Nordstrom


Christian Louboutin glitter peep toe pumps $795 at Saks Fifth Avenue


Jimmy Choo ‘Private’ cuff glitter sandal $950 at Nordstrom


Diane Von Furstenberg ‘Irina’ slingback $197 at Neiman Marcus


Rene Caovilla Suede Strass Sandal $800 at Neiman Marcus


Nina Venita strappy heels $54.98 at 6pm


Steve Madden Haylow Sandals $89 at Piperlime

Like them or love them, one thing is for sure…they will be out and about on New Years Eve!


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,, Express, and many more shoe sales listed on Shopping and’s blog (featuring Prada shoes, Jimmy Choo boots, Alexander Wang boots, Ann Demeulemeester boots, and Christian Louboutin platform sandals).

1. From “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, 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. 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. 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!”

Shoe Lovers: Are You Wearing Your Red Christmas Shoes Today?

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

Coming Soon: John Galliano Spring 2011 Collection

In honor of Christmas, I am sporting my brand new Shane and Shawn KK red python peep toe pumps from! 🙂

Here are some examples of really red shoes to show some Christmas spirit today!

So whether you’re just going to mom and dad’s house for dinner or going to a glitzy holiday party, you can still arrive in style! This is one of those occasions where you can wear your super high to the sky stilettos if you want to because you won’t be standing in long lines or walking for blocks! Most likely, you’ll walk from your front door to your car, then your car into someone’s home, then do a lot of sitting while eating, drinking, and socializing…unless you’re the one cooking the big meal…in that case, wear your flats while cooking and save your heels until the cooking is done and you’re ready to sit and mingle with your family and other guests!

Happy Holidays, shoe lovers!!!

Via Spiga 'Elyria' platform sandals in patent leather $250.00 at (plus 15% off now)

Dolce & Gabbana red patent quilted leather wedge sandals on sale for $334 at

Cesare Paciotti red suede pumps $275 at Designer Shoes USA

Stuart Weitzman 'Damsel' red suede peep toe slides $171 at

Jimmy Choo 'Kindlepa' red patent leather mary jane pumps $492 at

Brian Atwood 'Lana' patent leather peep toe pumps $525 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Nina pumps $59.99 at eBid

Ed Hardy 'Singapore' Zipper Detail peep toe pumps $54.67 at ShopNBC

Stuart Weitzman 'Gleamfla' suede flats $192 at

Last but not least, what red shoe discussion would be complete without a pair of red shoes with red soles: Christian Louboutin pumps!

Christian Louboutin 'Rolando' hidden platform red leather pump $695 at Neiman Marcus


Are you wearing red shoes today? If you are, I would love to see them! Please feel free to comment and post your own photos of your red shoes!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Another New Shoe For You: The Flatform!

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

Flatforms vs Platforms

Yes, you heard it right! It’s the flatform, not the platform!

The flatform is really just a flat sandal elevated on a platform sole. This geisha-inspired look is basically one of those styles that you either love or you don’t. And it’s another shoe that is trying to compensate for the painful high heels that have been so prevalent in past seasons. (Remember yesterday’s post on the Mid-Heel?) Women are asking for change. Women are wanting the height that the high heel gives but without the foot pain associated with them, so the shoe makers and designers are trying to come up with different ways to solve this problem and give women what they want…but in a stylish shoe. So take a look at these examples and tell me if they accomplished that goal!

Flatforms by Derek Lam

Flatforms by Derek Lam

Flatforms by Phillip Lim


Flatforms by Marc Jacobs

Flatform 'Arco' Espadrille by Robert Clergerie

One more example I want to show you is a look from the 70’s that was part of the inspiration for this new trend: the wooden wedges. Remember these? 🙂

Platform Wooden Sandal by Buffalo

So tell me what you think…do you like this look? Or is it too fashion-forward?

Footwear News also took a poll of women of all ages and asked them if they thought that this look was a Hit or a Miss? Their results: 1 in 4 women said that this look was a Hit. I know you can do the math, but I still want to say it: that leaves 3 out of 4 women saying that this look is a Miss!

I have to agree with the majority for these reasons: 1. Women who love their high heels do just that…they love their high heels and getting them to switch to a flat, even if it is a flatform, is not easy! It’s going to be a hard job to convert high heel lovers to liking this look. 2. Women who love their flats don’t really care too much about adding extra height to themselves. They are more concerned with comfort. 3. The small percentage of women who will try this look (maybe 25%, or less, in my opinion) may like it or not like it once they try out the shoes.  So I say that Footwear News and their poll were right on with this one!

On another note, would I try them out myself? Sure! I love trying new shoes! 🙂

But do YOU like these shoes? Do YOU like this trend? Or do YOU still prefer your high heels (or flat flats)?

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

This Shoe Could Be The Answer For You!

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

This shoe could be the answer for you…if you love heels, hate flats, or experience foot pain when you wear your high heels! Really!!!
Spring 2011 Gucci ‘Nolita’ High Heel (left) and Mid-Heel (right) Sandals

So you like your high heels but they’re uncomfortable…and you don’t really want to wear flats, but you do it anyway to try to avoid the foot pain that you always get in your high heels…but the flats are uncomfortable too! Ugh!

What’s a girl to do???

Not to mention, you want to look sexy or at least cute, right? Ladies, the shoe makers have been listening to your complaints, and they are presenting you with the answer to your prayers…taaaa daaaaaaaa…


Spring 2011 Marni mid-heel sandals with chunky heels

These are not your classic kitten heels either. Mid heels are exactly that: mid-way between a flat and a high heel, assuming most high heels are about 4″ or more. Mid heels are usually in the 2-3″ range. And the heels of mid heels can be stiletto-style (as in a kitten heel) or they can be squared and chunky as seen above in the Marni examples. Mid heels can also be any style of women’s dress shoe too, such as pumps, peep toe pumps, sandals, oxfords, ankle booties, and even boots. Of course, the idea is to lower the heel to lessen foot pain that many women feel in the ball area of their foot due to the foot sliding forward in the shoe, thus placing more of the body weight on the ball of the foot as opposed to the heel area as it should be. The other main idea is to keep the look of a high heel. And I would also like to point out that some women are not comfortable in flat shoes with no arch suupport. A slightly elevated heel places the foot in a more balanced position than a completely flat shoe does. (This may be a little too technical, but in a flat shoe with no arch support, the foot tends to over-pronate which leads to heel pain.)

Let’s look at a few more examples in different styles and colors.

Gucci ‘New Hollwood’ mid-heel open-toe platform pump with horsebit detail

This shoe has a 3.15″ heel and can be found on for $525.00

Gucci 'Hollywood' mid-heel open-toe sandals

These Gucci sandals actually have a 3.3″ heel and are on sale for $329.00 (originally priced at $475.00) on

Gucci 'Sofia" mid-heel open-toe wedge pumps

A very similar mid-heel open-toe wedge pump with a 2.2″ heel is listed on the website for $195

Lanvin T-bar mid-heel court shoe in satin


Filippa Scott 2011 Spring Bridal Collection mid-heel shoes

The Filippa Scott 2010 Collection can be found on their website with a price range of $287.50 – $303.05

Miu Miu perforated mid-heel peep-toe pump

These pumps have a 2 7/8″ heel and are on sale for $403.20 (retail value $560.00) at

Miu Miu mid-heel zip-back oxford bootie


United Nude mid-heel sandals

These sandals can be found on sale for $117.23 (original price $241.36) at Asos

So tell me what you think…do you have your faves?

(I’m always taking polls to see what the women want in shoes!)

Do you like them? Do you like this trend? Or do you still prefer your high heels (or flat flats)?

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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