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The Good, Bad And Ugly Of Shoes

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of Shoes

"You get what you pay for" is always true when it comes to shoes, but to look truly professional at work, amazingly stylish at home, or glam in the evenings, then shoes can make or break your professional and personal image.

Of course, that doesn't mean you shouldn't shop sales, but super cheap shoes should not be the footwear of choice for work. If style isn't enough to sell you on quality footwear, consider your comfort and the long-term effects of your feet. 

 How many columns in the real world would Carrie Bradshaw have to write to purchase her shoe collection?   Photo

How many columns in the real world would Carrie Bradshaw have to write to purchase her shoe collection?

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This doesn't mean we all have to be like Carrie Bradshaw and spend all of our rent on shoes, even though we would like to.  What we need to do is purchase quality over quantity.  Never blow your shoe budget on a pair of fashionable shoes that will only last the season, then you are selling them on eBay for less than 10% of what you paid for them!  

Purchase expensive, stylish shoes that will last you a lifetime, but then have a few fashion items for the season, but you haven't spent your rent.

 Save money by purchasing one pair of stylish shoes and wearing them with many different outfits like Kate demonstrates here.  Ideal for a time poor, busy career woman.     Photo

Save money by purchasing one pair of stylish shoes and wearing them with many different outfits like Kate demonstrates here.  Ideal for a time poor, busy career woman.  

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 Wedge shoes are a great choice if you struggle with heels, or if your job requires you to walk on grass and uneven surfaces.  Again you can see how Kate is brilliant with style.   She knows her own style and wears it often.   Photo

Wedge shoes are a great choice if you struggle with heels, or if your job requires you to walk on grass and uneven surfaces.  Again you can see how Kate is brilliant with style.   She knows her own style and wears it often.

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A couple of things shoes can cause on your feet:

1. Bunions

A bunion develops from swelling at the base of a toe commonly due to ill-fitting shoes that are too tight. Bunions typically evolve in the biggest or smallest toe and can cause the toe to turn inwards. 

The bad news is that women are nine times more likely to develop bunions than men, and they can lead to arthritis in the joint, 

To avoid bunions, purchase shoes with about a 1.5cm of space between the end of the shoe and your longest toe and always wear shoes of soft leather that will mould your feet perfectly.
 


2. Corns 

Corns develop from calluses that result from poorly fitting shoes. 

The easiest way to avoid the development of painful corns is wearing the correct size of shoe for your foot.  Shoes that are too big can cause corns just as much as shoes too small.

A regular pedicure or exfoliating calluses with a pumice stone at home are also excellent preventions of corns. 

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Here is how to select the perfect shoe for you.

When purchasing shoes, always try them on and walk around the shop a few times before you are certain they are right for you.
Walk fast, walk slow and stand awhile. If the shoe slips on your heel have any lumps or bumps, or pinches your toes, leave them for someone else to purchase. 

How many times have you tried on shoes and worn the store socket, only to go home and realise they are not comfortable with your socks?
The thickness or thinness or your socks make a big difference, particularly with athletic or sports shoes. 
Wear the socks or stockings you plan on wearing with the shoes.  Try the shoes on with the correct item, so you are 100% confident they are the proper fit.

Purchasing the best you can afford with shoes applies to your career.  If you are standing for long periods, or need to do a considerable amount of walking, select from the range of gorgeous low heel, comfortable range of shoes.

Keep your shoes in excellent condition by regularly giving them a clean or take them to the "Shoe Doctor" seasonally to replace heel bases and to maintain repairs.

Do not purchase extremely high heels because they are in vogue for the season, especially if you can't walk in them.  Select shoes that are stylish, fashionable and comfortable.  

By lowering the heel height can make a huge difference with comfort, especially over extended periods of time.  

If you love height, look for shoes that have straps to hug your feet, which will make walking easier and they won't slip off, like these stunning Jimmy Choo shoes in the photo.  I have had a pair of these in my wardrobe for years and danced many a party in them.

 

An extract from "Your Ultimate Style" eBook

Elongate your legs with the following 3 tips with shoes:

Wear pointed toes to make your legs appear longer.

Avoid large, chunky shoes with an elegant suit or dress.

When wearing pants, to extend the look of your legs wear shoes in the same colour.

Important lists to also consider when purchasing shoes, they need to be appropriate for your:

  • Location
  • Season
  • Career
  • Occasion
  • Works with your current wardrobe so keep up to date
  • Fits with your budget
  • Supports your career and goals
  • Reveals your intended image

If you want to know more about shoe styles, accessories and do's and don'ts for your body shape; then Your Ultimate Style is perfect for you.  The eBook will become your style bible as it is packed with ideas for you to design your ideal wardrobe.  

Your own Personal Style is extremely important as it shows everyone how confident, creative and amazing you are.  Everyone has style potential and if you are in need of a little or a lot of information, this eBook is a great place to commence your journey of style magic.

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“Life is too short not to look and feel fabulous, everyday”……..Carolyn Rowland

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