Whether we’re aware of it or not our shoes communicate and speak volumes about who we are. What do your shoes say about you? What do your shoes say about your outfits? Does your shoe wardrobe suit all aspects of your clothing attire? Are you buying shoes to suit your particular feet?

Shoes And Important Foot Care…

As we spend a lot of time on our feet and in our shoes they’re probably the most important accessory we’ll put on. There’s nothing worse than wearing uncomfortable shoes all day, and particularly if you need to walk a lot. If our shoes are unsuitable for our feet we not only feel physically uncomfortable but it shows on our face by looking tired and strained. Some podiatrists refer to shoes that cause awful foot issues as ‘shoe-icide’! 

The size of our feet changes as we grow older so it’s a good idea to have them measured before we purchase new shoes where we can. The best time to do this is at the end of the day when our feet are at their largest. Always correctly fit your shoes to your largest foot if one is bigger than the other. Try not to go by the written size of the shoes but rather judge them by the fit, comfort, and suitability. Choosing a shoe that is shaped like your foot will ensure a good fit, and avoid buying shoes that are too tight thinking they will stretch over time – they need to feel right at the time of trying on.

Sensible Fitting Tips…

Make sure the shoe bends somewhat at the toe box but not too flexible.

  1. Check there is sufficient arch support for your particular feet.
  2. Choose a wider/chunky heel that covers more surface area, this will offer stability while distributing your weight evenly.
  3. Go for shoes that are less than 2 inches high (this will make many women cry, sorry ladies) 

“A woman can carry a bag, but it’s the shoes that carries the woman.” – Christian Louboutin

Let’s look at some of the different design elements of shoes and the personality styles they suit.

Relaxed Style – this style of shoe is practical and understated – the heels are often low, stacked, or flat. Square, wide and curved toe boxes are also common design elements. Non-shiny leather, suede or canvas is loved by the relaxed personality along with simple designs in neutrals or natural colours.

Dramatic Style – shoes are seen as a statement for the dramatic personality style. Comfort is not key but rather upscaled and attention-grabbing. Shiny stiletto styles with sharp pointy toes reflect the dramatic – anything animal print is a must have. High contrast patterns and prints, bold and bright colours ‘scream’ dramatic style. 

Creative Style – think unusual and ‘out of the box’ design details that you may not often come across. Funky, quirky, retro, and artistic reflects the creative style – not to mention their love of unusual colour combos and interesting heel designs.

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