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Go Barefoot on Sundays in June with Soles4Souls!

Posted in Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Go Barefoot any Sunday in June!

Churches are invited to join us for National Barefoot Week and go barefoot on Barefoot Sunday, June 5th (or any other Sunday in June).

Do you think your church would do it? 

Donate and collect shoes to help Soles4Souls provide needed footwear to people in need around the globe. Imagine the dangers of navigating through trecherous terain or sewage strewn streets without a pair of shoes.

What is Barefoot Week?

Barefoot Week is a weeklong series of events encourages public participation in one of the hundreds of concurrent shoe drives, fun runs & walkathons, retail trade-in events, concerts, festivals and more.

What is Barefoot Sunday?

As a part of Barefoot Week, Barefoot Sunday is design to encourage religious organizations to get involved by leaving their shoes at the alter inconjunction with a church wide shoe collection. Barefoot Sunday helps encourage churches around the country to take off their shoes and go barefoot to raise awareness for the more than 1.5 billion people worldwide who do not own a single pair of shoes.  This Spring, more than 150,000 churches will be asked to join in and get involved by taking off their shoes for one Sunday.  As part of this powerful movement, congregants can bring their new or gently worn shoes to church or donate funds to Soles4Souls to help put shoes on the feet on the 300 million children around the world who are barefoot.

How do I get Involved?

It’s easy to participate. Just sign-up on the contact page and the Soles4Souls staff will send you collection boxes, brochures, a banner and donation cards for your event. Then head to the resources area and download all the materials you need for your event. We have everything you need for a successful event!

Soles4Souls has created everything your religious organization will need for this simple, but meaningful effort. By collecting shoes, your congregation can make a difference.
Thank you for your help.




Dedicated to your foot health and your shoes,

 Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

One Walk with Soles4Souls is Today!

Posted in Exercising, Health & Wellness, Physical Fitness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

What is the One Walk?

Today, May 14th, is the day that Soles4Soulsis getting people all across the country to walk (or run) for children in need of shoes around the world. Individuals as well as teams can walk and raise awareness and money for the One Walk mission. All of the net proceeds from the registration fees is dedicated to help deliver shoes to one of the 300 million children and untold adults around the world without shoes. Individuals and teams also have been raising additional funds to help send shoes to people in need. Top fundraisers will also win a spot on a distribution trip to Haiti!

Remember, one dollar equals one pair of shoes to someone in need. 

Why are shoes important?

Soles4Souls explains on their website: “Footwear is a first step in helping people in impoverished areas live healthy, productive lives. Footwear can help eliminate the spreading of diseases through the foot as well as help children obtain an education – as many schools have footwear requirements to attend.”

You can read more about One Walk walks around the country on Soles4Soul’s Facebook page.

Every dollar raised provides one pair of shoes!

Here are a few events from around the country:  NYC Nashville, TN Manitowoc, WI

And for those of you who did not have a One Walk event to attend in your area, you can still donate and contribute to this cause of helping Soles4Souls reach their goal of giving 11 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 2011 by visiting the donation page on their website.

Note: Our podiatry office has donated over 500 pairs of shoes to this cause since the tsunami in Japan in March…and our shoe drive is still going strong!

Dedicated to your foot health and your shoes,

 Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

Top 10 Shoe Searches (Part II)

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

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Image via Wikipedia

So back to the Top Ten list…

6. Seven inch heels: Have you ever tried walking in 7 inch heels? It’s not easy! I have to admit I have tried some on just to see how difficult it is to balance and walk in them, but to put it mildly, it’s like walking on your tippy tippy toes. Not easy and not even pretty most of the time…because you can usually tell that the person in them is trying really hard to balance or that they are in pain. Not a good look. But, nonetheless, people are searching for these shoes.

7. Sky heels: Did you see my post on these Sky Heels? Wow! Not only are they 9 inches, but they are very odd looking. They’re about half heel and half platform, so the platform is really big and really high. Again, not a great look! I personally do not even think that a platform that high is sexy, although I do like a small platform on my heels for added cushioning. But this is taking the platform heel look too far! (Not to mention dangerous…I’m sure there have been some ankle sprains and maybe even fractures from these shoes.)

8. Soles4Souls: As an official drop-off location for Soles4Souls, I have blogged about this organization on more than one occasion and have highlighted them in my monthly newsletter as well. And I am proud to say that my office (patients included) has donated over 500 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls in 2011 so far! 🙂

9. UGGs: I hope you all read my post about making your UGGs more comfortable! Because although many people already think that UGGs are comfy, if you add an arch support like the sheepskin Lyncos orthotic from Aetrex, you will wonder why you never tried it before! It’s a great addition to boots (and other shoes as well) which will give you more support and comfort…try it and see! 🙂

10. Christian Louboutin 2011: I am not surprised that, out of all the shoes floating around in cyberspace, Christian Louboutins’ shoes made it to the Top Ten…but I am a little surprised that it didn’t make it to the Top 3! (especially with all of the recent press surrounding the red soled shoe lawsuits)

Dedicated to your foot health and your shoes,

 Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

Your Shoes Matter! How YOU Can Help The Victims In Japan

Posted in Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Help us and Soles4Souls in aiding the victims in Japan by donating your shoes! 


Everyone can help! Everyone has at least one pair of shoes that they don’t want, don’t wear anymore, or don’t fit anymore…so why not do your spring cleaning ealry and donate those shoes?! For those of you in Southern California, you can drop off your shoe donations in our office lobby in El Monte, CA. For everyone else, you can find your nearest Soles4Souls drop-off location in your community by clicking here. Another option is Sport Chalet as an official drop-off lcoation too!


If you don’t have shoes to donate, consider donating money for a good cause! One dollar = one pair of shoes. Click here for more information.

One last note: As a podiatrist and shoe expert, this cause is dear to my heart. Please consider donating shoes or money to help these victims. Can you imagine not having shoes in a time of need? And throughout the year, we will continue our shoe drive to help as many as we can. I am proud to say that since the earthquake in Japan earlier this month, our office has collected over 250 pairs of shoes which have been boxed and shipped to Soles4Souls by myself and my office staff. So a big


 to all of our friends and patients who have donated so far! 🙂

This was part of our monthly newsletter that went out in January 2011, announcing our partnership with Soles4Souls:

Press Release:

Our office is now an official drop-off location for Soles4Souls!

As we always do year-round, we are collecting shoes to donate to the needy, but this month we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Soles4Souls to help them accomplish their goal in 2011 to change 11 million lives. 

Please consider donating shoes for this cause! We will take any pair of new or gently used shoes. All you have to do is drop them off in our lobby, and we will do the rest. We will pack and ship them to be distributed by our team at Soles4Souls. 

Help us put smiles on the faces of 11 million needy people in 2011!

Click here to view the newsletter in its entirety.

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Got Any Shoe Years Resolutions?

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Exercising, Health & Wellness, Physical Fitness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

So now that we’re well into the first week of the new year, how many of us are keeping up with your New Years Resolutions? Hopefully, most of us!

Tell me something else, did you make any Shoe Years Resolutions? Yes, there is such a term. No, I did not make it up. People all around the web have made their shoe years resolutions, and here are some of the top ones I have come up  with as a shoe expert and a foot doctor. 🙂 

1. To buy more shoes!

(photo courtesy of ShoeDazzle)

2. To buy less shoes!

3. To buy better quality shoes instead of cheap ones that break or tear easily!

4. To buy at least one pair of designer shoes! 🙂

5. To buy shoes that fit properly and stop trying to squeeze my big feet into shoes that are one or two sizes too small! (Ouch!)

6. To stop wearing shoes that have my toes or heel hanging off the edge! (Not a good look!)

7. To rotate my shoes more and not get stuck in a rut wearing the same old shoes over and over again!

8. To clean my closet and get rid of the ones I know I’ll never wear again! (And donate them to Soles4Souls of course!)

9. To work out more and put those running shoes to good use!

10. To stop wearing flip-flops 24/7 just because I can! Instead, I vow to wear shoes that are appropriate for the occasion!

11. Runners: To stop running in shoes after they are worn out! I vow to keep track of the mileage on my shoes!

12. Parents: To check my children’s shoes and feet every month or two for a proper fit since their feet can grow quickly if they hit a growth spurt!  (Especially important for babies and toddlers who can’t tell you when it hurts!)

13. Parents again: To buy new shoes for my children every 3-6 months, not once every school year, even if they seem to fit well, because they wear out quickly! (Often times they wear out before they outgrow them!)

14. Parents again: To stop blaming my children for being tough on their shoes! Hey parents, it’s not your kids’ fault that their shoes wear out so quickly…it just happens. It’s a fact. Accept it. And then go buy them some new shoes! 

15. Husbands, boyfriends, significant others: To buy wonderful, beautiful, sexy shoes for the lovely lady in my life…because just about all women love shoes!!! (Hint, hint!) 😉

Do any of these sound familiar??? Think about it…maybe at least one of them is for you! 🙂

Once again, Happy Shoe Year, shoe lovers!!!

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

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Cinderella, TOMS Shoes, and Soles4Souls Are Related! Shoe Lovers Know What I Mean, But Do You?

Posted in Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

So, how are Cinderella, Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS Shoes), and Wayne Elsey (Founder of Soles4Souls) related? They all understand that “one shoe can change your life.” Cinderella may have said it first and, incidentally, may have inspired a whole wave of women to become shoe lovers…but Blake and Wayne have taken that concept to a whole new level…to the tune of millions of pairs of shoes! Imagine how many lives the two of them have changed! 

Do you know their stories?

[Here is a little recap of what they’ve done in just the past 4-6 years to change the lives of millions of people in need]

TOMS Shoes:

In 2006, Blake Mycoskie was traveling in Argentina when he found out that many of the children there had no shoes to protect their feet. He then created TOMS Shoes to help with this problem. TOMS Shoes is a company that matches every pair of shoes that is purchased with a pair of new shoes that is given to a child in need. “One for One” is their mission. Later that year Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff with 10,000 pairs of shoes donated by TOMS Shoes.

Why Shoes? Because many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk for soil-transmitted diseases, injuries, infections, and the ability to go to school.

Do you want to help? Find out how you can be involved in the “One for One Movement” here, read more about TOMS Shoes on their blog, and shop for TOMS Shoes here. For more information, you can also visit the Friends of TOMS website.


In 2004, after the tsumani hit Southeast Asia, Wayne Elsey, the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls® Inc., felt compelled to do something. He was at home one night, watching TV when he saw a picture of a single shoe washing up on the beach. That inspired him to call some executives in the footwear industry, and he ended up with a donation of 250,000 shoes to victims in the devastated countries. In 2005, after hurricane Katrina hit, Wayne made calls to the same group of friends, and he got 1,000,000 pairs of shoes donated to send to the affected gulf coast communities. He then decided to start a non-profit and to continue this effort. The next year, Soles4Souls was formally created.

Soles4Souls has a simple mission: to change the world one pair at a time. (Sounding a lot like Cinderella to me, and making that wish a reality.)

“Soles4Souls receives large donations from footwear companies, retailers, churches, nonprofit ministries, civic groups, schools, and individuals and saw that this could become a full time organization. That’s why Soles4Souls was created – to facilitate the donations from these groups to the people who desperately need footwear.” (from their website)

How can you help?

 Like Cinderella said, “One shoe can change your life,” so why not change a life and donate a pair of shoes you don’t wear anyway? We all have some of those shoes in our closets, right? Maybe we bought the wrong size…or maybe it fit in the store but didn’t fit right once we got it home…or maybe we have some shoes that just look out of style to us…or maybe the color is just all wrong for our clothes and we know we’ll never wear those shoes…or… We can all find some shoes that are in good condition in our homes that we can donate. I go through my closet about twice a year (in the summer and in the winter) and get rid of those shoes to donate. And for those of us with kids, well we know that half of the time they outgrow the shoes before the shoes are worn out! Those can be donated too! I do this with my daughter’s shoes all the time! And finally, in my office we collect “Shoes for the Homeless” and “Shoes for the Needy” year-round. We donate them to local organizations in our community that need them. If you can do any of these, please click this link to find Soles4Souls drop-off locations in your area. (If you are in Southern California, you can donate new or gently used shoes directly in my office.) You can also donate funds directly to Soles4Souls.

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Shoe-of-the-Month Clubs for Shoe Lovers

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

Yes, it’s true. As if we didn’t have enough shoes already, there are several Shoe-of-the-Month Clubs available online to help us find more! They vary in price from very reasonable to very pricey, but remember that you get what you pay for. Let’s look at a few of them that have been in the headlines lately, from less to more expensive:

1.  Just Fabulous charges $39.95 a month for a new pair of shoe to be  hand-picked for you based on your personal style, which you will help them determine when you sign up by answering questions and giving them some of your style info.  You will then get a personal shopper and VIP access to some of the most popular shoes. They also offer free shipping which is always a plus. They claim to “keep stylish gals heeled one pair at a time.”  Cheif style experts Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr are the co-founders of the online fashion magazine, where they serve as creative director and editorial director.

2.  ShoeDazzle is very similar. Every month, for $39.95, you receive a personalized selection and one pair of shoes. The styles are selected for you by their fashion experts, including Kim Kardashian. There is no obligation to purchase once you register, and you are charged only after you place your first order. In any month, you may skip your selection between the 1st and the 5th of the month and you will not be charged. But these shoes are all made of synthetic material, faux leather and faux suede.

Just a little bit more information on ShoeDazzle and its philanthropic efforts that is definitely worth mentioning: Last month announced its partnership with Soles4Souls. ShoeDazzle will be donating more than 500 pairs of ladies shoes to Soles4Souls for women in need around the world.  To date, Soles4Souls has donated more than 12 million pairs of shoes worldwide, and most recently has donated more than 1 million pairs to the victims of the Haitian earthquake. 

3.  J. Crew has a Shoe Of The Month Club that charges $1800.00 a year, which of course is $150.00 per pair. Although it was a little hard to find online, one blogger named Chassity at LookLingerLove found it for us! Although this club is over 3x the price of the previous two, the difference is the quality of the shoes. J. Crew’s shoes are made with genuine leather and suede as opposed to synthetic materials. So if quality is worth it to you, this club could be the one for you!

4.  NET-A-PORTER.COM has the ultimate gift package for shoe-loving fashionistas this Christmas: a $10,000.00 a year shoe subscription (that’s over $800.00 per pair!) that provides a new pair of designer shoes of your choice every month. Included in the package is one-on-one expert fashion advice (including an initial consultation and a direct line), sneak previews of upcoming designs, the ability to pre-reserve your favorite styles, and express shipping for speedy delivery. It’s the ultimate “shoe of the month club,” the perfect way to give her exactly what she wants without worrying about picking out the wrong thing, and a guaranteed hit under the Christmas tree…if you can afford it!

So, would YOU join a Shoe-of-the-Month Club for convenience, for the love of shoes, for the latest styles that come directly to you? And how much would you be willing to pay for it? $39.95 a month to $10,000 a year or somewhere in the middle? (Please comment!)

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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