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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! ūüôā

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

‚ÄúAll Shoes, All the Time!‚ÄĚ

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¬ģ 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 ‚Äď 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

‚ÄúAll Shoes, All the Time!‚ÄĚ

Congratulations to the 2010 FNAA Winners!

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , on December 1, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

Congratulations to all of the 2010 FNAA Winners!

On the eve of the FFaNY show in NYC on Dec. 1-3, Footwear News held its award show tonight, the 24th Annual Achievement Awards and honored the following individuals and companies for their outstanding work in footwear this year:

Person of the Year: Christian Louboutin 

Company of the Year: The Jones Group 

Designer of the Year: Brian Atwood 

Retailer of the Year: Selfridges 

Independent Retailer of the Year: The Tannery 

Marketer of the Year: Reebok 

Brand of the Year: TOMS Shoes & Vibram 

Launch of the Year: Ivanka Trump 

Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent: Charlotte Olympia Dellal 

Philanthropy Award: Soles4Souls 

Hall of Fame: Dawn Mello, Jack Minuk, Burt Tansky


Whether you love them or hate them, you have to respect the work they have done this year in the footwear business.¬†2010 has¬†been an incredible year for footwear! And we wish you all continued success and growth in 2011! ūüôā

Dedicated to your foot health and your shoes,

 Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

‚ÄúAll shoes, all the time!‚ÄĚ


Best Shoe Deals this weekend!

Posted in Fashion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

To my shoe lovers, did you get all of your shopping done for this holiday weekend?

(Scroll to bottom for Shoe Shopping Tips)

Did you brave the stores for Black Friday sales? Or are you waiting for the online specials on Cyber Monday? Well, if you’re like me, you do a little of both and you look for the best deals. And I’ve been doing some looking for the best online shoe deals this weekend, so here are a few deals from some of my facebook & twitter friends:

1. Save up to 70% off on Steve Madden Shoes at yournextshoes

Steve Madden ‘Caryssa’ pumps 40% off today!

2. Save 20% on wedges at gblshoes

Alley Gladiator Strappy Cut Out Buckle Bootie Wedge 20% off

3. Save $5.00 off your purchase of TOMS Shoes at buyfantasticshoes

TOMS Shoes $5.00 off until Dec. 31st!

4. Designer shoe sale at jildorshoes

Kate Spade ‘Cammie Roccia’ Gold Python heels 50% off!

5. Designer shoe sale at lorisshoes

Sam Edelman ‘Zachary’ black platform bootie 50% off!

6. $50.00 off of $180.00 purchase at valid through Sunday 11/28/10

L.A.M.B. Fen Heel 50% off!

7. Save 30% on athletic shoes, slippers, and boots at

Giuseppe Zanotti women’s knee-high boot 34% off!

8. And last, but not least, has designer shoes on sale this weekend too!

Emilio Pucci heels 20% off! 

Just a few shoe shopping tips:

  • when shopping for shoes in the stores, go toward the end of the day when your feet will be at their most swollen so that you can get a proper fit
  • know your foot shape and type and buy shoes accordingly (not all shoes fit all foot types)
  • click here for “what to look for in a shoe”

Dr. Michele,¬† The Shoe Expert¬† “All Shoes, All the Time!”

Thankful for…shoes?

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

What are you thankful for this year?

With the Thanksgiving Day holiday,¬†it seems that everyone is talking¬†about what they are¬†thankful for. Most of the blog posts, status updates,¬†and tweets I’ve read this weekend mention family, spending time with loved ones, having supportive friends, and having God in their lives. I have to admit that I’m thankful for those same things everyday too.¬†¬†ūüôā

But there are so many¬†other things that I am thankful for that many people take for granted…until it’s too late. I’m thankful for my health, for the ability to walk, for having two feet, for¬†having warm clothes and shoes. As a foot¬†specialist, I deal with these things everyday when treating my patients. I¬†see many patients who are not healthy, who cannot walk and are bound to a wheelchair or a hospital bed, who have lost one or both feet¬†due to diabetic complications, and who cannot afford socks¬†and shoes.¬†

Just the other day, a diabetic patient was in my office wearing prescription diabetic shoes ¬†(thankful for that) but no socks. She explained that she could not afford socks and that she does not like to burden her family for things like socks when they already do so much for her. Of course, I explained the importance of proper shoes AND socks to her. Her ankles were swollen, and she¬†knew that she needed special socks to deal with the swelling and the diabetic condition of her feet. Since our office has been collecting shoes and socks for the needy and homeless in our community (as well as a¬†“Got Spare Change?” Collection Can at our front desk), I was able to give her a free pair of these socks.¬†

So I am also thankful for¬†generous donations from friends and family in the community that¬†allow our office¬†to give these things to those patients who truly need¬†them.¬†So a big ‘THANK YOU!” to those of you who have donated to our cause and who continue to donate!

Wikipedia says: “Until recent years, shoes were not worn by most of the world’s population‚ÄĒlargely because they could not afford them. Only with the advent of mass production, making shoes available very cheaply, has shoe-wearing become predominant.”

Just look at what Blake Mycoskie, the founder of  TOMS Shoes, has done in four short years! They have given out over a million pairs of shoes to needy children all over the world. For every pair of shoes they sell, they donate one pair of shoes. That is something we can all be grateful for.

So in appreciation of TOMS Shoes, let’s take a look at a few of their styles:

TOMS Shoes for men, Classic Canvas in white $44.00 at Tobi

TOMS Shoes for men, Black Botas $79.00 at WS Surf Inc.

TOMS Shoes for women, Canvas Wedge in cranberry $69.00 at shoebizst

So yes, I am thankful for shoes! Who wouldn’t be, if you think about it?

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert 

“All shoes, all the time!”

One last thing I’m thankful for: my new Cole Haan Air Avalon Tall Boots that I got for my birthday a few weeks ago! Thanks, babe! ūüôā

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