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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.

To Wedge Or Not To Wedge, That Is The Question

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Forget what Shakespeare said, the most important thing on my mind right now is whether or not to invest in a brand new pair of wedged heels. Of course, I already own several pairs of these beauties but a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes and as styles regularly come in and out of fashion, it’s essential to keep on top of the latest footwear trends.

With that in mind I’ve decide to draw up a list of pros and cons when it comes to wedge heels. Hopefully this will help me make up my mind …

Pros

  • They’re super stylish – wedges are a timeless classic.
  • Wedged heels are really versatile – team them with skinny jeans, a knee length dress or even a sharp skirt for a smart look to the office.
  • They’re easy to walk in – especially if you usually struggle to walk in heels.
  • They’re really comfortable – so much so, that you can dance the night away in a pair and your feet won’t hurt a bit.
  • They make you taller – which is great for me as I’m a short one.
  • They elongate your legs and make them appear slimmer – find me a girl who doesn’t want that?
  • Wedged heels are chunkier which helps to slim larger ankles.

Cons

  • They can make your feet look a bit clumsy – especially when teamed with tight fitting clothes.
  • Wooden or cork wedges are low maintenance – but really don’t work with that little black dress.
  • Wedges are not as dressy as other heels – so teaming them with party outfits may be difficult.
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If I’m being totally honest, it was really difficult to think of any cons, and it’s clear from the two lists that wedge heels come out on top with obvious success, so it’s definitely thumbs up to wedge heels.

Okay, so now I’ve managed to convince myself, and hopefully you too, that wedge heels are a worthwhile investment, it’s time to consider potential outfits to pair them with.

Cork wedges look fantastic on a summer’s day, teamed with a casual floaty sundress and a big pair of sunglasses. They’re also great for garden parties as you won’t find yourself sinking in to the muddy grass because the weight of your foot is more evenly distributed.

However, wedges also look great with both skinny and flared jeans. Choose flared jeans for a 70s vibe and balance out your proportions by pairing your wedge heels with a pair of your skinniest jeans. Brighten up a pair of dark washed jeans with some red wedges for a more glamorous evening look.

When the weather starts to get warmer, team your wedges with a pair of shorts or an A-line skirt for a cool and casual daytime look that errs just on the right side of dressed up without looking too much.

If you haven’t already got a pair of wedge heels, what are you waiting for? Ensure you look right on trend this season with a pair of stylish wedge heels.

 

Guest blog contributed by Lauren Jones, a shoe-a-holic with an obsession for soyoushoes ladies shoes.

Great Ways of Enhancing Your Style on Valentine’s Day

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You may be dating, having a long-term relation or have been married for a few years, irrespective of what the circumstance is, you certainly want to be treated as the most loved individual on Valentine’s Day. You certainly want your man to pamper you on this special day. As it is a day dedicated to love, you will always want your man to treat you like a princess and both of you will be looking forward to sharing some of the best moments of your life. It is known to all of us that a man has to take care of many things in order to impress a girl on a date. But the same goes for women too. A woman should make sure of certain things for impressing her man on a romantic date. You have to ensure that you turn on his fantasy once you are out on a date on Valentine’s Day. This article provides you with some useful fashion tips that will help you to enhance your style quotient.

Valentine’s Day Fashion Tips

  • Avoid Wearing Pants- When it comes to dressing up for a romantic date, it is always advisable to go for a skirt or dress instead of pants. A dress or a skirt always makes a woman feel more coquettish and feminine irrespective of the type of her body. Skirts will always do a lot of good to your Valentine’s Day look, no matter whether you are curvy and short, or slim and tall. Even if some fashion gurus advise you differently, it is better not to listen to them. One thing you must keep in mind is that you will always look taller in a skirt that is on the shorter side. But in case you are not comfortable in showing your legs, then it is better to go for a skirt that ends just above the knees.
  • Choose the Prints and Colors Wisely- When we think of a color for love, it is red that comes to our mind, but that does not mean it has to be the color of your dress. Not many women on this planet can carry off red in style. Even if they do, there are only some specific shades of red that look good. If you have a short and curvy body, it is wise to go for solid and dark colors. Patterns will always make you appear boxier. In case of prints, it is good to go for the smaller ones because bigger prints will make you look shorter. It is never fashionable to combine prints with solid colors.
  • Shoes are Very Important- You must avoid wearing ballerina flats on a Valentine’s Day date. Only if you are looking to hide the fact that your man is shorter than you, ballerina flats can be your choice. In such a situation, you can opt for sandals or ballerinas with feminine patterns, straps or enhance the look with bling. Ankle straps will always help you to get a sexy look. Modern fashion offers you numerous footwear options and you can choose the one that you think will suit you the best.
  • Wear Playful Accessories- Keeping in mind that Valentine’s Day is all about love, the fun element should also not be forgotten. Playful accessories will always make you look great. You can carry a clutch handbag having a little mirror inside it. You can also flaunt a tattoo dedicated to your beloved.

The tips mentioned above will help you a lot in dressing up stylishly on your Valentine’s Day date. Follow the tips and be sure of impressing your valentine.

Author’s bio - Mary James is a professional writer for Wedding Jewelry and Clip Fascinators. She has a vast experience in writing articles on fashion and beauty and related topics. In this article she writes about the new fashion trends for men and women.

 

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.

 

Top Story: How To Wear Uggs

The Do’s and Dont’s of Ugg Boots

Ugg boots have been in stores for quite a few years, and the fashion boot has stayed trendy for the past few years. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is even sponsored by Ugg. These boots can be beneficial to wear on the right occasion, but they can really ruin your look on the wrong occasion. Here’s the most important dos and don’ts of wearing Ugg boots.

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Do Wear Ugg Boots to Run Errands

When running errands, it doesn’t matter what you are wearing. You are just out to get things done including: grocery shopping, paying bills, or any random chore for that matter. Uggs are easy to slip on and take on these tasks.

Don’t Wear Uggs to Work

Ugg boots are for casual wear. Do not wear them to work. It leaves a bad impression on your professionalism, and if you work with clients they won’t be impressed either. If you want to wear your Uggs on the way to work, instead of heals, this is definitely an option. Although wearing Uggs with a professional dress suit may look silly.

Do Wear Socks With Uggs

Please wear socks with your Uggs. There’s nothing worse than incredibly smelly Ugg boots that stink up an entire room. The fur absorbs any moisture in your shoes. Yes, the fur in the boots feels nice on your bare feet, but the smell will not go away. To keep your Uggs smelling fresh all the time, consider putting fabric softener sheets in them.

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Don’t Wear Uggs In the Rain or Snow

Uggs are not waterproof. Even if you buy the water-resistant spray for the Uggs, they still absorb the water. If you are in desperate need of keeping your feet dry, buy rain boots. Uggs are meant to keep your feet warm.

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Do Wear Uggs With Leggings

Uggs have thick material and leggings are very clingy. This combination leaves a slimming effect on your legs. As long as it’s a casual outfit you are wearing with your leggings and Uggs, you can really pull off the look.

Don’t Wear Uggs With Shorts

Uggs are meant for cooler weather. These boots are made of fur, so you don’t want to wear these with shorts, especially in the summer. It looks very tacky, and it will make people wonder if you are confused about the weather. The best time to wear Uggs are for cooler and dry weather.

Author Byline: Ashley Dean is a freelance writer who loves shoes, especially boots. She has a few particular brands that she prefers including Ugg and Chippewa boots.

Alternative Shoes For Alternative Women

If you’re a woman who really isn’t into high fashion, or the ‘same old, same old’ of the high street, the right shoes can be tough to find. Even a pair of killer heels are tough to track down, as it’s hard not to imagine them hanging off some dumb celeb’s foot trying to escape a taxi cab.

Shudder.

Don’t worry, help is at hand! As we head into Autumn 2012, there are brands that have provided an oasis of originality in a desert of tedium. Here are a some of alternative women’s shoe brands that have brought out some great designs for the new season. Whether you’re a goth, punk, rocker or psychobilly, these brands should have something for you.

Iron Fist Shoes

Iron Fist have been one of the foremost alternative clothing brands in the UK. Winning fans with their punk attitude, if there’s one thing that Iron Fist has, it’s impact. Their alternative women’s shoes have been hugely successful, simply because they know their customers well. Iron Fist shoes are feminine, but hardly girly.

Iron Fist brings together sexiness and humor, with wild designs that don’t pull punches, if you pardon the weak pun. One of the brand’s best sellers has been their vivid zombie and skull designs, which are bursting with tongue-in-cheek gruesomeness.

Macbeth Footwear

Founded in San Diego, California in 2002, Macbeth Footwear was founded by Blink 182 members Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus. With this input, it’s easy to imagine the influences that drives the brand; skateboarding, American punk and street art. This has helped to create a new take on the classic skate shoe, which tough designs for men and women.

The great thing about Macbeth footwear is they’re the perfect ‘go to’ shoes. I love a great pair of trainers to shleb around in, but still look good when I’m out. Macbeths are perfect for that.

TUK Shoes

Hep cats and lounge lizards could do worse that getting a pair of shoes from TUK. From baby doll heel styles to alternative knee high boots, the brand has manage to capture something of American diners and the neon flicker of dimly lit bars in their collections. TUK has the benefit of a mixed heritage, being a Californian brand that started life in the UK.

The result is that all-important sense of humor mixed with an almost faded glamour of long-gone matinee idols. For me, TUK shoes work brilliantly with a figure-hugging dress and short leather jacket or small cardigan. Slip on wide rimmed shades and you’re good to go.

Article Provided By: The Alternative Store are retailers of alternative fashions such as Iron Fist shoes.

Ankle Boots For Autumn

Although I am decidedly a summer person, there are upsides to the time of year when the days start getting shorter and the temperatures lower. My favorite of them is the chance to shop for gorgeous new autumn fashions.

Perennial favorites include thigh-length dresses and opaque tights with boots, casual suits, and big cozy jumpers with maxi skirts or slacks. This year, luscious fake fur is very much in, along with animal prints and sheepskin (either real or fake).

As far as ladies footwear is concerned, autumn will always mean boots to me: knee length, thigh length and particularly ankle length, plus ‘shoe boots’ that are a hybrid between the two kinds of footwear.

Continuing the animal theme found in clothing, fake reptile skin is ‘in’ for ankle boots this year, and in general the watchword is ‘flamboyant’. Don’t be afraid to rock it with bright colors, interesting shapes and – if your arches can bear it – sky high heels. Or bling it up with jewels, interesting buckles and other embellishments.

The catwalks have felt a number of all-metallic styles at this year’s shows, but it remains to be seen to what extent this will translate to the high street.

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Even if you prefer something plainer, consider a two-tone design. As well as being bang on trend, ankle boots in more than one color will go with a wider variety of different outfits and so potentially save you money (or that’s my excuse, anyway!)

One style I was surprised to love is UGG’s new ankle boots. I always imagine the big chunky womens UGG boots, which are great for staying warm and toasty on a cold winter’s day, but less good for showing off my legs in my favorite autumnal outfits. This year, however, they have branched out by offering a range of elegant heeled ankle boots that look gorgeous with a short skirt and opaque tights.

Another favorite autumn 2014 trend of mine is military styling. The coats and jackets have been around for several seasons now, and footwear is starting to join them. Look out for two-colored styles in traditional red and black or other more exotic combinations, with frogging, piping and bright brass buttons.

Plainer Victorian style boots are harder to find than they were last year, and low to mid heels are also in shorter supply. On the other hand, all these styles are pretty timeless, so if you prefer to go for something like this, you don’t need to worry too much about looking unfashionable.

Essentially, though, Autumn 2014 will be a great season for those who like their footwear, and particularly ankle boots, to take pride of place as the most striking item in their ensemble.

 

This post was written by a guest blogger for DangerousLee.Biz.

7 Simple Ways to Look Taller

With so many studies pointing to height as the key to success and happiness, it’s no wonder so many people are striving to look just that bit taller. How short you are is relative, – for example a 5ft 7in man would be tall in Cambodia but short in The Netherlands – but it is still an issue some men and women worry about everyday and severely effects their self-esteem.

Yet many people don’t realize that if you’re feeling a tad self-conscious about your height, then there many ways you can get around it by ‘appearing’ to look taller. Sound difficult? Well here are 7 simple tips to help you out.

1. Vertical stripes

 It may be trite, but the truth is that wearing vertical stripes really does make you seem that bit taller. Lines encourage the eyes to follow them up the body, giving the impression of extra length. The trick however, is in the subtlety. Narrow vertical lines have the same effect as bold stripes, but are much less likely to draw attention to the fact you’re wearing stripes to purposely enhance your height. The last thing you want is an outfit that screams

2.  Avoid baggy clothing

 This tip works especially well if you’re both short and thin, as baggy clothing can completely swap your frame – making you look smaller than you really are. Close, sharp fits will not only look much more stylish but also will suit your short frame much better.

3.  Choose your formal wear with care

When it comes to choosing a suit, short men have extra considerations to make. Instead of going (like most men) for a suit that errs on the larger side, you should go for a much closer fit that does not end up sagging. Suspenders are also a great option as they look cool while also ensuring the trousers rest at your waist not your hips, lengthening your legs.

 4.  Dress in one (preferably dark) color

 Wearing contrasting colors divides your body up into blocks, emphasizing the smallness of each part. To avoid this, you should try to wear varying shades of the same color. That way, your entire form is taken in by the eye instead of individual parts. Dark clothing is a help here too: black clothes may emphasize your narrowness but they will also lengthen you out by again presenting your body in a single block.

 5.  Consider lifts or height-adding shoes

 The decision whether to buy lifts for your existing shoes or buy height-adding shoes can be tricky. While lifts might be over-kill for a person who is only slightly short, they may also look too obvious on someone who is undeniably small. As a rule of thumb, purpose-built height shoes are better than lifts; shoe inserts can be uncomfortable and embarrassing if noticed.

Height-adding shoes can be a great addition to your wardrobe as they are often subtle, while actually adding inches. The best key is to go with quality. The image that springs to mind of ugly, heeled shoes is actually far from the stylish height shoes now available from specialist stores online and in many retailers. By picking a pair of solid, stylish height shoes you will be able to add a few inches without looking like you are trying too hard.

 6.  Devise a strategy based on your height

 There are certain tricks that play better depending on how short you are. If you are very short, a combination of height-adding shoes and quality fitted clothes will work quite nicely. If you’re only a few inches short of the average, then it is perhaps better to avoid lifts and focus on subtler tips like stripes and dark clothing.

 7.  It’s all in the attitude

There is nothing that draws attention to your height more than a Napoleon complex. By not constantly pointing out and stressing about your height, you will draw less attention to your short stature. Being comfortable in your own skin is often more important to looking good and exuding confidence than panicked attempts to look taller. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to attempt to appear taller, you should also be comfortable with yourself – just as you are.

This is a contributed article from guest author Charlie Oszvald. Charlie is a fashion enthusiast, and now writes for Altitude Shoe a cutting edge of height increasing footwear, fashion and shoe technology.

The Dangers of High Heels

High heels, like the classic Oxford lace-up for men, have been a constant and perpetual fashion staple for the fairer sex. Embraced for formal and informal events alike and worn by all age ranges, even down to toddlers, the shoes show no waning in their popularity. Unlike Oxford style footwear, however, heels can be incredibly dangerous and can cause incredible damages to the wearer’s foot extending much beyond bunions and blisters.

Although the aesthetic value of heels cannot be debated, and the shoes also make the wearer taller, their legs appear longer and their posture to improve, there are an incredible amount of problems that wearing this design can cause to the feet. Long term wearing of heels can affect the bones in the feet as the distribution of weight is not spread out across the entire foot but rather concentrated on the heel and balls. This weight distribution problem can be made even worse with the new design of shoes favored buy the likes of Lucy Liu which feature a high heel shoe design but with the heel removed; the entirety of the body’s weight is not placed exclusively on the balls of the feet.

One of the most common afflictions of the over use of wearing high heels is called metatarsalgia. This affects the metatarsal region of the feet (the technical term for the balls) – the area which gained a degree of fame due to David Beckham’s injury there. It has also been found that the high angles of the shoe can also increase the risk of arthritis later on in a regular wearer’s life. Some of the most obvious health risks associated with high heels, however, comes from their wearers having accidents in them – reports suggest that up to 40% of heel wearers have suffered in some unfortunate accident due to their choice of shoe.

Heels are particularly troublesome for pregnant women. Whereas ballet pumps, sandals and flats do not provide the support a pregnant woman’s feet and knees need, heels provide their own sets of concern. The optimum footwear to sport during pregnancy would include straps to support the foot’s ligaments, particularly fragile at this point, and soft and wide fitting shoes which can accommodate swollen feet and ankles rather than putting more pressure on them.

Although heels have looked immovable as the fashion item of choice in recent years, a new surge in popularity for wedges has offered a viable alternative in the health stakes. Wedges boast the same benefits as heels, in they make the wearer appear taller, with longer legs and better posture, but also provide better support for the feet and arches.

Heels are undoubtedly stylish and look great on their wearer’s feet; they are versatile and can be worn with a range of styles. They do, however, boast a health risk if worn too often. The key is, as those who bring spare shoes with them wherever they go will testify, to make sure that they aren’t worn at all times. Like all good things in life, moderation is the key.

About the Author: Kieron Casey is a fashion blogger for  who writes Barratts about the latest footwear trends. He recommends that, whilst high heels are a fantastically versatile footwear they should be worn in moderation. You can view Barratts latest high heels here: barratts.co.uk/en/womens/heels/

 

The Benefits of High-Heeled Shoes

High heels, platform shoes and high heeled footwear are generally the preserve of women, though some men have been known to use them for a few extra inches – ask former French president Nicholas Sarkozy.

High heeled shoes are understood to offer a range of aesthetic advantages and women find them to benefit in a number of ways – why else would they wear them. So, why do the ladies wear platform shoes?

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Women have been wearing high heeled shoes for thousands of years and they are part and parcel of women’s fashion for a long time now. Of course, one of the main reasons women wears high heeled platforms and high heeled shoes is to gain an extra couple of inches. The fact it’s possible to wear such shoes to gain up to half a foot says a lot. As a lot of women have a certain issue about their size, these heels can make all the difference.

Stylish

Of all clothing shoes are said to be the greatest reflection of a person’s taste and high heels provide an elegant and smart look that can really aid overall appearance. From looking stylish to looking sexy, heels provide it all.

Posture

Heels cause women to stand upright and help bring out the best parts of a woman’s body. This attractive posture often works that little bit extra as it provides women with that extra confidence they require and allows them to carry themselves more attractively than usual. Women who rarely wear high heeled platforms or high heels, however often feel a little odd in heels and so they can have the opposite effect. When you buy new heels, especially if they are higher than you’re used to, practice walking in them at home and then you can avoid this annoyance when you go out.

Legs

High heeled shoes and platform shoes help to enhance the beauty of the legs and can really aid you when you’re wearing a skirt that’s above the knee. Stunning heels can make for stunning legs and really help in making legs shapelier and longer.

Complimentary

Heels also work exceptionally well with some clothes and can really make some clothes look out of this world. High heeled platforms for instance can provide a retro look that can really cause you to look quite cool. Other sorts of heels such as pencil heels look great with skirts and dresses and really create an elegant feel that really adds confidence and makes for an attractive look.

Heels look great on most women and can really allow them to make the most of their assets – why do you think women have worn them for centuries. Of course, you also have to be careful in them as they can cause for sprains and aches if you don’t take care of yourself in them or practice in them – ask the people in Accident and Emergency on a Saturday night for some clarification.

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For a great selection of high-heeled platform shoes take a visit to Peppermint’s wonderful online store.

Top Story: A Quick Style Guide For Wearing Wedges

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Wedge shoes are notoriously comfortable to wear and a lot easier to walk in than high heels or stilettos will ever be, which should make them the perfect choice of shoes if you are like me and still feel just a little bit uneasy and precariously balanced wearing sky-high heels.

Apart from the fact that they are easy to walk in, I still struggle occasionally with the logic of wearing shoes that make it difficult to perform a simple body motion like walking, wedges do an absolutely fantastic job of making your legs appear longer and more lithe.

What more reason do you need to show off some leg than footwear that can make your legs as sexy as high heels do without the discomfort?

Wedges are the perfect excuse to flash those legs in a dress or short skirt. In the Summer you can wear wedge sandals for a casual but sexy look accentuating those calves. Wedge boots and sandals are great for the Summer. I personally like the cut out style wedge boots, all the benefits of a sandal minimizing sweaty feet in the Summer but with no compromise on style or looks. For a really sexy look try wearing them in combination with a cute pair of shorts, if you have the figure go for a pair of cut off denim Daisy Dukes. Think Jessica Simpson but without the cowboy boots. Anyone old enough to remember the original Dukes of Hazard?

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Going Retro

Wedges are pretty versatile and can be mixed and matched a lot more than say a pair of high heels ever should be. The Retro look is a true fashion statement that never seems to go out of fashion so try combining wedge heeled shoes, boots or sandals with some flared retro style jeans for a cool and casual look. If you get it just right the jeans will be just long enough to cover up most of your gorgeous shoes( I know !) but will create a really good illusion that you are actually taller than you really are and that is combined with the small lift from the wedge heel too. Try not to cover the whole of the shoe though, ideally you want some or all of the heel showing to really create that visual trickery of increased height. If you are already tall would you like to be even taller?

Staying on the subject of denim and wedge shoes, if you wear a pair of wedges with skinny jeans they can really create that sculpted look for your legs I mentioned earlier. Important to get a pair of skinny jeans that fit well not just because if they are too tight you may lose all movement in your legs but because if they bunch at the bottom of your leg it does not look as clean as when they fall perfectly at your ankle. If you wear wedge boots with skinny jeans this bunching will be hard to prevent and can look a bit messy as they have a habit of not staying in your boots.

Wedge shoes can help give you height and help make your legs look longer so next time you are shoe shopping consider living on the wedge or getting a wedgucation.

Article Provided By: Barratts.co.uk stock a great range of womens wedge shoes.  A real versatile must have for any womens shoes collection.

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