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Making High Top Shoes Work With Your Style

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You are a woman-on-the-go. You pride yourself on your style sense as much as you pride yourself on your business sense. But, man, do your feet ache after being sentenced to a lifetime in high heeled prison. Those high top shoe wearing sporty gals sure have a step up on you. You are used to making a powerful statement when you walk into a room, but today is a new day. Perhaps it is time to make a statement in a new game. Plus, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to show your feet some kindness a couple of days a week. So out with the boring power suits and the killer heels, and in with a look that makes a statement about whom you really are.

When you get right down to the heart of shoe fashion, matching your current style with a fantastic and comfortable high top shoe is not as difficult as you might think. High top shoe fashion is currently on the radar of several popular fashion designers. These designers have taken casual shoe comfort and added it to the style of the high top sneaker to create a new genre of shoes. Today’s high top is no longer only reserved for the super sporty tomboy.

Pulling it Off!

So how can you pull off a look usually reserved for sports enthusiasts? The great thing about today’s high top shoe is that it comes in styles that are a modern reflection of their old school style. All you need is a little shopping savvy to find the perfect shoe to match your look and your personality. But the best thing about the new trend in high top shoes is that you don’t have to buy a new wardrobe to match your taste in footwear. Today’s high top sneakers have been created in several different styles and are ready to match the woman you already are.

Wildly Sophisticated

Don’t be fooled. Today’s high top shoes can be edgy and sophisticated. Gone are the days when high fashion was reserved for a more youthful figure. With some careful thought and an honest evaluation of your own style you can pull off some fashion choices that would have seemed wild and uncouth 20 years ago. Do not let your age limit your choices. Fun fashion can now be accessed by women of all ages without compromising their sophistication.

Go Bold or Go Home

If you are going to step out into the world of high top shoes to give your look a boost, you don’t necessarily have to leave your conservative self at home. There is a shoe style for every fashion personality. Explore your options and find the perfect fit. Perhaps picking a shoe in a bright color is all you need to add some pizzazz to your wardrobe. Or maybe a wedge heel high top shoe is what you need to change the way you see yourself. The truth of the matter is that the sky is the limit when it comes to how bold you want to go. High top shoe fashion allows you to set your own boundaries.

No Need to Sneak Around

The high top shoe has become the recent plaything of several fashion designers. This makes it even easier to find a high top sneaker that fits your style needs. High top shoe styles range from sporty chic to sassy oxford to sexy animal print. With a trendy shoe to fit the needs of any occasion there is no need to sneak around. High top shoes are a fantastic and stylish alternative for a woman on the go. They range in price from completely affordable to fashionably expensive.

Don’t let your fear of change hold you back. Fashion is accessible to everyone, so why not you. Start with your feet, and don’t let your old school ideas about high top shoes limit you. Be bold and adventurous in your style; what do you really have to lose. So kick off those killer high heels and prepare to liberate your feet and your style with comfort. The sense of confidence and comfort you gain as you move through life will be your reward.

This article was written by Arial Plocek, who believes that spicing up one’s outfit with high top shoes or low-tops wouldn’t hurt at all.

Women Have Big Feet Too! How To Find The Best Shoes

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One thing that frustrates me more than anything else is the lack of choice I have when it comes to buying shoes. Fashion stores on the high street seem to have a thing about stocking loads of smaller sizes yet forget that women can have bigger feet too. This is a problem that becomes even more apparent when the sales are on. I go into a shop, see a stunning pair of shoes I love and then leave empty handed because they are only available in a size three.

If you don’t have large feet you won’t really understand my plight. Shops on the high street may always have your size. But imagine how you would feel if you could only ever buy shoes because they fit you rather than because you like the style. Not having options or choice is depressing. I spent years wearing shoes that didn’t really match my outfits unless I was prepared to spend a fortune. Worse still I would have to wear men’s flip flops which never left me feeling particularly feminine.

It’s Not Only Me? Why Don’t Fashion Stores Think About Us?

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Well, I know I am not the only person in the world who finds it nigh on impossible to find large size ladies shoes. A couple of my friends have the same issue as I do so I cannot understand why the fashion industry seems to ignore us. They could gain plenty of customers if they were to recognize that not all women have size six feet or smaller.

Finding Gorgeous Shoe Heaven

Now since the rise of the Internet I have discovered the beauty of shopping online. I order my groceries to be delivered to my home, avoid Christmas queues by buying gifts online and I order clothes. I have now discovered that finding shoes is less of a problem too. A couple of years ago I would look online to find shoes but only find ugly styles that were never really appealing, but all that has changed recently.

I am happy to say that there are websites out there that have found a gap in the market. They have discovered that women need to have a much wider choice in fashionable footwear in all sizes.  It did take me a while to find the right website but now that I have shoes no longer cause me a problem.

Buying the Right Shoe that Suits the Occasion

Now there is the option to buy trendy shoes for all occasions women like me no longer have to wear the only style we can find on the high street that fits. The ranges allow us to find suitable shoes for work, such as a cute yet practical kitten heel, shoes for nights out and more casual shoes to wear in the warmer weather.  I have even enjoyed wearing my first ever pair of slippers that was not in a man’s design this past winter!

Not being able to buy the latest fashions as a teen was something that left me feeling down. Something as simple as a pair of shoes may not seem like a big deal to many women. However, those who have bigger feet like I do will completely understand where I’m coming from. If you are like me there is no need to make do any longer. You do have a choice and there are businesses out there that have recognized our desire to have fashionable footwear just like our peers.  Don’t let the high street get you down, use the Internet, buy from websites that have recognized the need for larger shoes for women and indulge your passion for shoes.

Jess Toogood is a home maker and freelance writer. Large size ladies shoes that look great can be found online, if you have big feet like Vera you now have more choice.

5 Truly Walkable and Comfy High Heels

Nothing is worse than wearing a really cute pair of pumps and feeling pain from the balls of your feet to, well, everywhere else. Sigh. Scientifically, women were just not designed to wear high heels. I know—I can already hear the gasps from women reading this whose favorite accessory is their Louboutin stilettos. But be warned, high heels are proven to cause long-term back, ankle and knee damage. What’s more is that women who wear high heels every day can have shortened calf muscles by up to 13 percent—which kind of diminishes the “mile-long leg” theory, if you ask me.

So, for those of you who cannot part with your high heels, here is a list of the five most walkable and comfortable high heels in stores today. But keep in mind, regardless of heel size or comfort, it’s best to wear them sparingly since there is long-term damage associated with repetitively wearing high heels.

The Ankle Strap

One of the most uncomfortable things about wearing a pair of pumps is having to dig in with your toes in order to keep the shoes on your feet. An ankle strap will ensure that the shoe stays exactly where it’s supposed to be—on your foot! This strap will also allow you to move more freely and enjoy the stability of a nice pair of high heels.

The Thick Heel

It’s a no-brainer that thin heels are much less stable than a chunky one. From substantially thick heels to near-wedges, these shoes will give you that height you desire without making you look like a weeble-wobble (you know, Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down). The thick heel will allow you to walk like a model all day long.

The Bootie

It goes without saying that a bootie uses your entire foot as an anchor, rather than relying solely on your toes and your ankles for support. However, with more stability comes stiffer leather, which can be a bit uncomfortable. Therefore, it’s important to find a bootie that gives your toes room to breathe. Trust me, your feet (and toes) will thank you later!

The Wedge

A solid wedge not only provides stability, but it also gives your arches a little bit of extra support too. And ladies, wedges are back in style. Unlike the traditional stiletto, wedges are comfortable and easy to walk in. Even four-inch tall wedges are no problem for long days on your feet—safer too.

The Hidden Platform

A hidden platform means that the pitch doesn’t have to be as steep. Plus, a little toe boost will give you a wee bit of support. Look for shoes that have a hidden platform already built in. This support, in the front of the shoe, will help you last longer throughout the workday or those late nights out with the girls.

 

Author Byline: Liz Granger is a freelance writer with a passion for designer shoes. As a fashionistas in the making, Liz enjoys writing about great looking and comfortable shoes. She believes nothing is more flattering on a woman than a nice pair of shoes.

 

High Heel Problems and How to Prevent Them

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High heels are common or even more common than ever, however that doesn’t mean they’ve gotten any more comfortable. Women have all sorts of problems with heels and podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons often complain about the wearing of them.

If you don’t carefully choose your heeled shoes you may end up with excessive pressure on the plantar surface – in layman’s terms – the soles of the feet. There’s no doubting that this causes problems for the feet and back and even leads to knee pain and an attractive condition known as hammer toes.

However, wearing high heels is a necessity, looks great and can do your confidence a hell of a lot of good. If you are careful to avoid the mistakes they can offer you all of the aforementioned positives and also few or none of the downsides.

Fit

If the shoes fits wear it; if the shoes don’t fit don’t wear it. Large shoes  will cause your foot to move around in the sole and lead to pain and discomfort. Also be aware of the width of the shoe as this also will make for pain in the longer term.

People often wear heels for years, even decades, however the shape of your foot changes and what once fitted you may not do so forever. These are natural changes due to hormones and soft tissue and you should be aware of these when putting on old shoes.

Height

High heels are often high – no surprise there. This height puts the ball of the foot under pressure and causes problems for the joints. If you must choose high heels, be sure that there is some sole under the front of the shoe. Chunkier heels also relieve some of the pressure. Also, heels positioned further forward in the shoe create more pressure than those positioned at the back and are harder to remain comfortable in.

Coverage and Strap

If the ankle strap is tiny, then you will bear more weight on the front of the foot. This means there is a lot of motion and the shoe will be unsteady when walking. Over a day or so this leads to tired feet and sore toes. Try and choose high heels that offer you a good fit and also offer adequate support. Heeled boots and shoes with thick straps over the arch and ankle are best.

Pointy Toes

A common fixture on the high heel is a pointy toe. It looks elegant, but it also cramps the space at the front of the shoe and makes it harder to remain stable. It can also cause a problem known as hammer foot. Choose wider, more rounded toes over pointed ones as this can prevent all of the above problems.

Wearing heels is a luxury women can afford, once the shoes are apt for their feet and the occasion at hand.

Author Byline: Cormac Reynolds writes for UK clothing site Lyst, which provides a range of heels to customers the world over.

 

Why Men Don’t Wear High Heels

As the years have gone by it seems that heels are getting higher and higher, strangling women’s feet into submission. High heels have become a modern form of foot binding, where women’s health and comfort is sacrificed at the alter of ‘looking good’. The worst part is that it isn’t just socially acceptable but actually encouraged. High heels are often on the uniform in workplaces, they’re ubiquitous in clubs and they’re even creeping into daytime wear. Stilettos are a plague, and they’re catching up to everyone.

There are completely reasonable reasons why women wear high heels: they do give extra height and serve to lengthen and slender the leg. But why do we opt for the most painful pair of heels possible when a slight wedge is often all that is needed to get a great effect. Just to illustrate what high heels are doing to us, here are a list of reasons why men DON’T wear high heels – and why there are alternatives to stilettos that are fashionable as well as comfy.

So why don’t men wear high heels?

Because they want to actually have fun at parties

We all know the girl who sits in the corner at a party, looking rather unhappy, because her feet hurt and she doesn’t want to dance. When I see that girl all I can think is ‘sure, you looked pretty when you walked in but now you just look miserable’. Happy girls are the prettiest girls, so I’m sure a girl attracts more attention having fun on the dance floor instead of spending 10 minutes in heels looking fabulous and then the rest of the night complaining. Men don’t know how painful heels are: they don’t know and most of the time they don’t care. 

Because they’ve stopped listening to the fashion world

Most women wear high heels because it’s the done thing. Nobody wants to standout and look less dressed-up. When heels on runways are so tall that even models fall over, then maybe it’s time to stop listening to Anna Wintour. High heels are fine in fashion magazines because those models only have to wear them for a photo-shoot. When you’re actually trying to live in a pair of heels, then the story is completely different.

Because they’ve figure out how to have height increasing shoes that don’t hurt

Men are just as self-conscious about their height as women, if not more so. The difference is that their methods of adding height to themselves don’t involve strapping pointy death-traps to their feet. Throughout time men have used much sneakier methods to add height, almost all of which are completely painless. By wearing cowboy boots, dress shoes with a Cuban heel and even ‘Beatles’ boots that were popular in the Sixties, men have wore height increasing shoes that don’t make you want to amputate your feet.

All in all, I agree that heels look good – but I just think that smiling looks better. I’m not advocating burning all your heels, but just consider the next time you’re getting ready for a night out whether you’ll have more fun with a smaller, more comfortable heel or even flats. If that answer is yes then put those small heels on and consider that for once, maybe men have gotten this one right.

This is a guest post by Lisa Peteres, an occasional guest-blogger and a full-time fashion enthusiastic. Currently she works for Altitude Shoes, a shoe store selling high heels and shoes that make you taller. When not blogging, Lisa likes to travel and read a lot, especially about psychology. 

 

10 Reasons to Trash Your Favorite Pair of High Heels

A beautiful pair of high heels can be a woman’s best accessory. But that accessory shouldn’t hurt. If your favorite stilettos are uncomfortable, they could be permanently damaging your feet. Before you get back into your next pair of sky-high pumps, read on. It might be time to swap them for a better pair.

Here are the Top 10 reason to trash your favorite pair of high heels:

1.You spend too much time in them. You may love your favorite pair of high heels because they make your legs look super long, but they’re not for everyday wear. Log too many hours in high heels and you can develop chronic foot pain.

2. They’re making your feet ugly. No matter how close you are with your favorite heels, you’ll have to take them off eventually. And when you do you might find bunions, callouses and corns underneath, not to mention a puffy foot. Shoes that aren’t specifically designed for comfort do unsightly damage to feet that makes walking around in your bare feet embarrassing.

3. They hurt. Beauty does not have to equal pain. That stabbing pain in the balls of your feet may seem like a fair trade-off for your favorite pumps, but it could be a sign of permanent, damaging changes taking place in your feet. Plus, there’s no reason to suffer. Quality shoes offer the structure and support as well as beauty to save you from daily pain.

4. Foot problems can be reversed if you catch them early. The longer you suffer with achy, pinched feet, the more you’re changing the structure of your piggies. Switch to a more comfortable pair now and you won’t develop problems that may plague you for the rest of your life.

5. You’re permanently changing the way you walk. When you have a bunion, uncomfortably high heels actually move the bone on your big toe’s base joint. This change in the shape of your foot actually changes the way your foot moves to push you forward. Those changes can make switching to flats uncomfortable later in life.

6. You don’t want to have foot surgery. Teeter tottering on heels all day causes bunions. This irreversible bone damage requires surgery to straighten out. If you manage to avoid bunions you’re still not out of the woods. Hammertoes are another bone deformity caused by high heels. You’ll need surgery to fix them too.

7. You’ll never get those defined calves you’ve been working on. When you walk in flats or sensible heels, you use your calves to push you forward. But high heels push all of your weight forward on your tippy toes. When you’re tipping around up there your calf muscles don’t do any work. You can save hours in the gym by making a little change in your footwear.

8. You’re making permanent changes to your posture. When your heels push your feet forward the rest of your body has to compensate. The lower half of it sits forward to help you keep your balance. Then the top half of you leans back to even you out. Over the years, this pushing forward and leaning back changes the shape of your muscles and puts stress on areas that weren’t meant to be stressed out.

9. You’re getting older. Stilettos are child’s play. Literally. As you age, your feet lose the fatty deposits that make heels tolerable. And the fat that remains gets pushed forward towards the balls of your feet. You’re not just imagining that your favorite pair gets less comfortable year after year.

10. There are better heels out there. It’s not the 1990s anymore. Chunky heels are in. Look for a quality pair of shoes with padding on the insoles. Thick heels will keep you supported without putting too much strain on your feet and posture. If you already suffer from bunions or callouses opt for open-toed shoes. They’ll let your feet relax while you stay stylish.

Your heels may be fabulous but they could be ruining your feet. And no fashion is worth hobbling around in your old age. Especially when there is plenty of fashion out there that supports and nurtures your feet. Buy your favorite styles from a shoe source that you trust. Make the right footwear decisions and you won’t have to trade in fashionable footwear for functioning feet.

Author Byline: Deena Walters is a writer for Uncomfortablefoot.com. If she’s not analyzing retail trends in comfortable heels, she can likely be found driving her 3 teenage boys around to their school activities or practicing yoga with her friends.

 

10 Freaky Facts About Feet

How often do we stop to consider the humble foot? We don’t, do we? And yet our feet take us wherever we want to go without complaining (unless we treat them badly), they bear our weight, adapt to changing ground conditions, enable us to swim and we even paint bits of them to make them look more attractive. Feet are special; without them we’d be going nowhere, so here are ten fabulously fun and freaky facts about feet to keep you on your toes…

1. Phoo-eee! Each of your feet contains more than 100,000 sweat glands, and each day your feet naturally produce around 300 millilitres (that’s about half a pint) of sweat. If you exercise, they’ll produce up to a pint of perspiration.

2. Bigfoot. Thirty year old Frenchman Brahim Takioullah is officially recognised as having the world’s largest feet. Each of Brahim’s feet is around 15 inches in length which means that his shoes have to be custom-made, since no shoe shop stocks the European size 58 that he would need to ask for (the largest European shoe size generally available is a size 51).

3. Popcorn Paws. It’s not just us humans that suffer from sweaty feet. Both squirrels and dogs have sweat glands in their paws. According to the results of informal experimentation, dogs’ paws most commonly smell of popcorn or corn tortillas as a result of the micro-organisms that proliferate in sweaty paws.

4. Time for a recount. Literally translated, the word ‘centipede’ means ‘one hundred feet’. However, a species of centipede that actually has 100 feet (i.e. fifty pairs of legs) has never been discovered.

5. How far?! In the course of an average lifetime it’s estimated that each of us will walk around 115,000 miles – that’s about half the distance from the earth to the moon!

6. Thick-skinned. As a result of the demands placed upon them, the skin on the soles of our feet is approximately twenty times thicker than the skin anywhere else on our body.

7. Does my bum look big in these? The change in posture brought about by wearing high stiletto heels can result in a lady’s bottom protruding anything up to an estimated 25% more than normal.

8. Feet that smell. Literally. Butterflies need well-developed senses in order to survive in the wild. However, in the absence of a nose, a butterfly’s feet contain sensory organs that not only allow them to smell plants and flowers in order to seek out nectar but also to taste it!

9. Bearing babies means bigger feet. Towards the end of pregnancy the female body’s ligaments begin to loosen in preparation for childbirth. Combined with the additional weight of the baby, this relaxation of ligaments can cause feet to flatten and widen enlarging them by up to one full shoe size.

10. Don’t believe the rumors. And finally… a medical study conducted by St Mary’s Hospital and the University College Hospital in London concluded that there is no correlation between the size of a man’s feet and the size of –ahem- any other part of a man’s anatomy.

My Amazing Shoes sells a great range of alternative footwear and Crocs, including Crocs Professional.

 

Is Driving Barefoot Funky and Illegal?

The answer is “No” to the illegal part of the question, but the funky factor will vary from person to person and vehicle to vehicle.

It’s hot outside and your feet need to breathe after a long day at work in a pair of boots or stuffed inside a pair of 6 inch heels, so most times I take off my heels and let my lil’ fat feet free.

Read more on the Barefoot Driving Law here.

Enjoy the rest of these artistic shots of my feet in my car after a long day at work. I know you guys with a foot fetish are going nuts. Don’t ever say I didn’t give you anything. Enjoy! You’re Welcome!

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