Be Sweet to Your Feet

Living in New York is a dream come true for me. Oh, to be in a fashion mecca everyday, surrounded by the fashion-forward masses.  I used Sex and the City as my guide, studying the four chic femmes in all their stylish splendor, prancing through the streets in Jimmy Choos. I prepared myself to navigate the city streets on a perpetual runway!

The first week I arrived, I did just that…. hitting the streets in lovely assembles with my prettiest 4 inch heels. Carrie Bradshaw’s got nothin’ on me!

The following week, with feet too swollen and sore to wear anything other than tennis shoes, I painfully limped through the day and thought to myself, What went wrong?? How in the world am I seeing all these fabulous-looking people strutting their stuff in designer shoes?? I took myself to a nail salon to treat my feet to some  damage control, and made a startling discovery: women were removing their fabulous shoes to reveal a multitude of bunions, corns, twisted toes, blisters and broken nails. Yikes!  Is this the real price of fabulous? 

I came across this diagram from Truth Beckons, an informative multi-faceted media page on Facebook:

The pictures on the right absolutely mirrored my pedicure neighbors,  so I had to find out – how does this happen? The following points are common contributing factors:

  • Aging – As we get older, our feet continue to grow and spread, while our arches fall and the natural padding wears away over years of usage. This leaves us vulnerable to an assortment of conditions.
  • Certain Fashions – Some shoes are simply made for looks, not usability. Wearing shoes that are too narrow, tight fitting, or pointy-toed can crowd toes and cause various abrasions, such as corns, calluses and blisters. Bunions are suspected to also be a result.
  • Heel Height – Continual wear of heels 3 inches and above over time can cause shortening of the achilles tendon, making the wear of flat footwear very painful. This also affects unnatural weight distribution to the balls of the feet, resulting in a condition known as metatarsalgia.

How can we still don our heels while saving our feet?

There are a few ways to still “work the runway” on the streets while minimizing any undue tootsie damage –

  • Travel comfy – Keep a pair of flats on standby for navigating your way to and from work. Make a choice – Catwalk to work or at work? Making this choice cuts down on some of the hours of wear – obviously helpful for your feet.
  • Change it up – Experiment with other fashion statements that don’t require nosebleed height. Kitten heels can be killer with a sleek pencil skirt. Try some patent-leather flats with those cigarette pants you’ve been looking at.
  • Invest in inserts – There are a vast array of inserts that are made for all types of shoes, including stilettos, that provide extra cushioning. My favorite is Foot Petals – Super low-key, yet very affective.

http://www.footpetals.com

  • Try Comfort Wear – *Gasp! Did she say to visit the Comfort Dept??* Yes I did! You’d be surprised at the wide array of choices brands like Cole Haan, Aerosoles, Naturalizer, Born, and Sofft have to offer. These shoes are constructed for comfort, but are making a serious effort to keep up with the latest styles.

These are from Naturalizer -Not bad, huh?

Last but not least, treat yourself to a good foot massage every now and again. Our feet put in a lot of hours carrying us around, especially in those beautiful, painful heels. Reward them and yourself with a good therapeutic rubdown.

Be sweet to your feet!

Transitioning into Fall

             

August – Hot, balmy days; humidity on high on the east coast, triple digits on the west coast. Summer has seemingly drained you of your fashion-wit, being too hot to wear anything beyond the shortest shorts, (within reason for some of us) skimpiest tank-top, and sandals of all heights, tall to small.  Yes, August bakes one to the core, but the good thing is, it’s the last hurrah-month before September slides right in, featuring back-to-school, milder days, and cooler, layer-worthy nights.

So how does one transition from hot, balmy to cool, breezy? Three simple elements will do the trick:

  1. The Blazer: This accessory will take you through three out of four seasons! You can dress up just about any casual look with a well-fitting blazer. (Emphasis on well-fitting) There are lots of fun colors to choose from to add a little “pop” to your look, and can take you from day to night, or vice-versa. Do it!
  2. Hosiery: Get your tights-game up, Ladies! Opaque, sheer, fishnet… whatever you come up with, adorn those legs! You can be playful or fierce with all the textures and colors to choose from… Just a suggestion: The shorter the skirt or dress, opaque’s the best.
  3. Scarves: They are your friend! They’re light-weight, with whimsical designs (my fav scarf is yellow with birds all over) that fold up itty-bitty into a cute clutch, or tie it onto your hand-bag’s strap in a careless sort of way. Come nightfall, and it’s a little breezier than expected, BAM! Out comes the jazzy scarf to drape casually around your neck – keeps you toasty with instant cool.

So there you have it… three easy acquisitions that will carry you easily from summer to fall.

Happy shopping, all!

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