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Back to blogging about shoes!

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2013 by The Shoe Expert

To my readers, fans, and friends, I am writing this post to let you know that I am back to blogging and keeping you updated about 34 Minutes shoes. I have been busy behind the scenes working with factories, technicians, designers, web masters, photographers, advertising execs, writers, editors, consultants, PR representatives, stylists, and all of the other people who help to get a new brand up and running.

Now that we are up and running with our new styles coming to a store near you very shortly (and even some online stores too!), I will be posting updates of new styles, new collections, tradeshows, exhibits, sales, speaking engangements, trunk shows, etc.

The Venus

For example, here is a sneak peek of one of our new styles, The Venus

Dr. Michele, Co-Founder and Chief Designer

Kate Middleton Judging High Heel Design Contest

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by The Shoe Expert

“Her Highness on Heels”  is the story that ABC News reported earlier today about Kate Middleton who will be judging a high heel design competition at De Montfort University. The six lucky design students have submitted their sexy shoe designs, and we will find out next week who wins.  The six students are Tabita Duffield, Sam Sawkill, Kay Yeng Chang, Summer Spencer, Mei Chun Lei, and Becka Hunt from the university in Lester, England. The winning design will go in to production, and Kate will be presented with a pair to wear for all the world to see.

And just watch, the winning design will become one of the hottest trends in shoes in the next season…because whatever Kate Middleton wears and endorses gets noticed! She has become not only a ducess but also a serious fashionista!

Good luck to all of them!

Here is one of the contestants with her design:

Watch the whole story here:

‘The Bella’ Peep Toe Pump

Posted in Fashion, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2012 by The Shoe Expert

Fall Winter 2012 Collection coming soon!

Check out one of our models Ashley modeling The Bella peep toe pump in python embossed leather upper and a black patent leather platform and 4-inch heel.

(Photography: L’image Photography, Stylist: Jen Summers, Model: Ashley Harris)

The Shoe Expert Blog: a TOMS Shoes Books for Bloggers Winner!

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

Hi shoe lovers, fans, and readers of my shoe blog! Thank you to all of you for supporting this blog and helping me become one of the winners of the TOMS Shoes Free Books for Bloggers! As a winner of one of Blake Mycoskie’s new book “Start Something That Matters” I will be posting a review of the book and will be holding a contest on this blog for one of our readers to also win a free copy of his book…so stay tuned for details in the next week! 🙂

I just want to add that although I have not read the book yet, Blake continues to inspire me with his efforts in the shoe donations that he has given to children in need as Chief Shoe Giver at TOMS Shoes. Thanks for the inspiration, Blake!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Spring/Summer 2012 Shoes: Trends Show at GDS

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

Upcoming Shoe Trends for Spring/Summer 2012







Reebok & The 25 Million Dollar ‘Toning’ Shoes

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Exercising, Fashion, Physical Fitness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Reebok EASY TONE(2009)

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As you may or may not have heard, this week the Federal Trade Commission has ruled that Reebok has to reimburse its customers $25 million for deceptive advertising for EasyTone and RunTone shoes, according to I just have to add that I have been telling my patients, friends, and readers this for months: if you want a ‘toned’ butt or legs, you have to actually exercise. A pair of shoes cannot do the work for you! Countless patients have come into my office with these shoes (as well as Skechers Shape-Ups and other toning shoes), asking me what I think of them. Well, there you go. That’s what I think of them.

The Federal Trade Commission states that Reebok could not support specific claims made in ads that wearing EasyTone shoes resulted in “28 percent more strength and tone in the buttock muscles, 11 percent more strength and tone in the hamstring muscles, and 11 percent more strength and tone in the calf muscles than regular walking shoes.”

The settlement bars Reebok from making claims that its shoes are effective in toning or strengthening without supporting scientific evidence. Reebok has discontinued ads that contain the claims and has asked stores to remove offending signs and displays.

If you want a refund for EasyTone shoes, just fill out the application at You will get the refunds either directly from the Federal Trade Commission or through a court-approved, class action lawsuit. The amount of refunds will be determined by a federal judge.

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Spring/Summer 2012 Shoes: Upper Style Show at GDS

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

Upper Style Shoe Show, featuring Elite Model winner 2002 Ana Mihajlovic at GDS in Dusseldorf, Germany in Sept. 2011

Upcoming Trends 2012 Fashion Show at GDS


Ana Mihajlovic

More fahion show coverage from GDS coming soon and more upcoming trends for Spring/Summer 2012!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Crocs Banned in Some Hospitals

Posted in Shoes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Crocs with accessories

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The rubber clogs are the “shoe of choice” for many hospital staff because they are comfortable and easy to clean.

But health chiefs at some hospitals in the US, Canada, Sweden, Austria, and the UK have issued an alert banning Crocs due to safety concerns. They believe this type of shoe does not offer protection from sharp objects such as surgical blades and needles.

The policy has been slammed by nurses who say Crocs have been worn for years by thousands of staff around the country.

A nurse working in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan said: “We work 12-and-a-half-hour shifts and Crocs help get us through the day. They are very comfortable to wear as we’re on our feet all day. Crocs can be cleaned if a blood spillage occurred. Do they expect us to wear blood-stained trainers. It would be interesting to see what the public think of this as it’s their NHS. We should be more concerned with care delivery. I’m sure no-one really cares what’s on our feet as we don’t look at patients and their families and judge them on what they’re wearing.”

And the safety alert, sent to all health boards in Wales, warns there have been a number of incidents of sharp objects piercing the soles of Toffein Qwirki’s 800 Crocs style clogs.

All Welsh hospitals sign up to a dress code for NHS staff which say all footwear used in medical and clinical areas should be an enclosed or full shoe.

Peter Meredith-Smith, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said: “Shoes are part of the uniform.

“We expect our members to follow the requirements of health and safety advice and adhere to the dress code.

“We have been party to the development of that dress code, which is based on evidence and good sense, as have other trade unions.”

Ruth Walker, executive director of nursing at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “The comfort and working environment of staff is important but safety is a paramount concern.

“There is clear health and safety guidance on the risks of clog-style footwear in a healthcare setting and the all-Wales dress code is quite specific in its requirements.

“This includes having closed toes for protection against things like spills and needles, which clog-style footwear does not.”

What do you think? Are Crocs banned in your workplace (yet)?

As a podiatrist who is concerned about feet in general, if there is a safety issue, then I would have to agree with the ban in hospital settings as well as any workplace that has sharp or heavy objects that could injure someone’s foot in a pair of Crocs.

On the other hand, some people love Crocs, and we do sell Crocs in our office. I am not against them, only when and where it is a safety issue.

Dr. Michele Colon, DPM, MS
3503 Lexington Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731
(626) 442-1223

No More Shoe Removals for Kids at Airports!

Posted in Children's Shoes, Health & Wellness, Shoes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Well what do you know? The TSA has gained some common sense this month and has decided that children 12 and younger are less of a terrorism risk — at least as far as airports are concerned.

As a podiatrist, I really hate to see people, especially children, walking barefoot through the airport. There are so many germs, from fungus to bacteria to viruses, including plantar’s warts, that can be transferred from person to person in a public place like an airport floor. I think it’s great that our children don’t have to go through this anymore, aren’t you?

The agency, charged with anti-terrorism security at the nation’s airports, will no longer require children to remove their shoes before they go through airport scanners, beginning this month.

“We do want to move, and are moving, to a more risk-based approach to screening passengers,” Napolitano told Congress. TSA wants to streamline procedures for low-risk passengers. This will enhance the agency’s ability to focus on passengers who either we don’t know or who are high-risk.

Napolitano spoke during a hearing at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The new policy is expected to be implemented soon.

TSA, part of the Homeland Security Department, already has used a modified pat-down for children 12 and younger as part of a pilot program to speed up security searches. Still, the agency is not abandoning all such searches or the requirement to remove shoes at times.

“There is a need to keep security precautions unpredictable,” Napolitano said. “There will always be some unpredictability built into the system, and there will always be random checks even for groups that we are looking at differently, such as children,” she said.

Dr. Michele Colon, DPM, MS
3503 Lexington Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731
(626) 442-1223

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!”

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