Keeping Your Feet Soft and Smooth

Gilden Tree Crystals

It’s easy to ignore how your feet look during the cold-weather months when you hide your feet in your shoes. But during warm weather, sandals keep your feet visible. If you want to keep your feet looking their best, you don’t have to have weekly pedicures. There are some procedures you can do at home to keep your feet looking and feeling their best, while spending minimal amounts of money on products. With a little care, you can greatly improve the health of your skin!

First, keep your feet clean. Wash your feet daily with a gentle soap, and dry them carefully. This is especially important for diabetics, or anyone with sensitive feet. One product that is great for diabetics as well as anyone else is the PediFix Diabetic Defense Daily Therapy Foot Wash. This outstanding product can be used every day, is gentle on the skin, and helps protect the skin from skin infections. If you have Athlete’s Foot, a product that can be very helpful is PediFix’s Funga Soap. Using this soap can help relieve itching and discomfort from Athlete’s foot, and helps soothe the skin.

It is easy to build up skin cells on your heels, and areas of your feet that rub against your shoes. Soaking your feet in a product such as Gilden Tree’s Revitalizing Foot Soak Crystals can help soften and moisturize your feet. This product contains sea salt as well as epsom salts, which are known to be helpful ingredients for your feet. It even helps detoxify your body!

Once you soak your feet, exfoliate that old, dry skin. You can use a pumice stone, or the Silk Feet Foot Exfoliator from PediFix. Get rid of that rough skin that looks unsightly, and can even catch on socks!

Once you have your feet smooth and exfoliated (or even if you haven’t exfoliated them), you need to moisturize them. There are a variety of products that can help keep your skin soft and smooth as they moisturize, such as the PediFix Deep Healing Foot Cream. This non-greasy cream adds vital nutrients to the skin, and you can feel a difference after even just one application! It can even help soften hard skin, like that which forms on your heels. The bonus perk is that it is gentle enough even for diabetics.

If you like aromatherapy, you’ll love the Foot Petals Pedi Fume Cooling Gel. It’s also designed to moisturize your feet, as well as provide cooling properties. It smells like vanilla and lavender, two scents that can help you relax. It also contains tea tree oil and cardamom, which help disinfect your feet and reduce odor. This gel goes on cool and helps your feet feel refreshed.

Sometimes wearing a sock with a moisturizer at night can be very helpful for keeping your feet hydrated and soft. You could put lotion or cream on your feet and then wear a sock to bed, or you could use a product like the Ralyn Night Care Gel Heel Sock. This product applies mineral oil directly to your heels, which softens tough skin. Use this product up to 3 times a week; it can make a huge difference in how your heels feel!

These are just a few products available to help make your feet feel soft and smooth. Check them out at footwearetc.com!

 

Samuel Hubbard Footwear: Amazingly Comfortable, Casual Footwear for Men!

Samuel Hubbard Mudguard

There’s a great new brand on the market that contains outstanding casual shoes for men: Samuel Hubbard! While the company itself has only been around for about a year, it draws upon the tradition of Rockport Shoes. The Katz family started Rockport back in 1973 and has many years of experience in developing comfort shoes, and now they have begun a new company utilizing all that they have learned. Wearers are the true beneficiaries of this knowledge!

Sometimes you can’t tell just by looking at a shoe that it contains all sorts of properties that make it special. These designs for men are classic in style, but wait until you feel them on your feet. The technical features that go into these shoes make a huge difference between these shoes and other brands.  What kind of features? Check these out:

1)      An anatomical last. This means the shoe was molded on a last that reflects the natural shape of the foot. Wow, a shoe that really does conform to your feet? It sure does!

2)      Should you need a custom orthotic, these shoes can accommodate them.

3)      Your feet stay cool and comfortable due to the shoes’ leather linings, and a small air space along the edge of the insole and the shoe.

4)      It’s 30% lighter in weight than most other shoes, especially due to the Vibram outsole that was designed specifically for this brand.

5)      These shoes have phenomenal shock absorption due to a SACH heel (an insert in the heel of a more compressible density that helps diffuse shock right when you put your heel on the ground, an inherent bounciness from the materials, the flexible Vibram outsole, and three densities of materials in the insole.

6)      The utmost in comfort: memory foam for the entire length of the insole! What’s not to love about that?

7)      For folks who have issues with mobility in their ankles, these shoes are excellent options due to the SACH heel and toe spring (mild rocker in the front of the shoe). If you’ve had ankle fusion, these shoes could be great choices for you!

A gorgeous slip-on shoe that you could wear even to work as well as for casual outings is the Mudgard Slip-On. It’s available in black leather as well as brown/dark chocolate nubuck. It’s easy to get on and off due to the elastic goring, and is made from the highest quality materials available. This beautiful shoe is classy enough to wear almost anywhere, and given all of its comfort features, you’ll want to wear it everywhere!

Like Chukka Boots? Samuel Hubbard makes one in sand suede, espresso/dark chocolate leather, or tan/dark chocolate leather. The casual style is only augmented by the luxurious materials of the upper. This is a classic design that will never go out of style, and will provide comfort all day long.

How about a basic Oxford shoe? Samuel Hubbard has it in a Plain Toe (in tan waxhide/white leather or in almost black/steel grey leather) or in a Mudguard Oxford (with decorative stitching) in black/steel grey leather.

Check out the beautiful, stylish, comfortable models from Samuel Hubbard at Footwear etc. today!

 

Fabulous Comfort Flats for Autumn!

Earthies Vanya-floral

With the weather cooling off and occasional rain starting to occur, I am leaving my sandals and flip flops in the closet in favor of flats. How do I love flats? Let me count the ways…..

Flats can be casual or dressy. I can wear them to work, or out to the grocery store, or even for a night out. There is a style and a color for every situation, and I depend on their comfort properties. They are easy to get on and off; ballet flats just slip on, Mary Janes have one strap (often made of hook-and-loop fabric), and many other styles of flats just slip on easily as well. The styles of uppers are practically endless, materials range from synthetics to leathers to cottons, to even leopard pony hair! The types of materials are almost unlimited!

Embellishments can range from the simple bow or buckle to exotic laser cut-outs, mixed materials, or even metal studs. Can you see why the flat may be the most versatile style of shoe ever?

Here are a few of my favorites:

The SoftWalk Women’s Napa. This shoe is available in mixed materials of patent leather and smooth leather, in a variety of colors. It looks great with jeans, as well as dressier clothes. I even wore these to a wedding recently, and they worked great. (No need to take off any heels in favor of comfort flats; these ARE the comfort flats!) It’s a great comfort flat for work as well as play.

The Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Sydney. Need a comfort flat with great arch support? Here’s a fantastic example. It’s a driver moc with a bit of bling, since it comes in shiny gold snake, or black lizard leather, or in red leather or tan leopard calf hair. Comfort flats for women can be casual with a bit of flash, and the Sydney fits the bill beautifully.

The Flexx Bow Commotion. This gorgeous and incredibly comfortable peep-toe shoe has all sorts of girly embellishments in the upper. It’s a great comfort flat for work or a night out. The soft upper and footbed will make your feet feel fantastic, and the upper is available in fashionable colors like Gunmetal Grey, Red, or Black leather. This would be a phenomenal shoe to use to go out dancing!

The Dansko Olivia. I love Dansko shoes because they always make my plantar fasciitis feel better. This gorgeous smoking slipper is perfect for an elegant touch to your wardrobe. While it IS an elegant shoe, it can also be worn with casual attire. This shoe fits like a glove, and I love the options of various animal print uppers.

The Earthies Vanya. I love this shoe for its interesting twisted-leather upper. It’s available in Pester, Copper, Gold, Red, Black, Maroon, and even an Orange Multi Floral fabric! There’s a color for every wardrobe and every mood! Rippled pleats in the upper add elegance and fun to this shoe, and it can go with just about anything in your wardrobe. Comfort flats are at their best with this model, and you can wear this model all day long in comfort and style.

Check out the fabulous selection of flats for the fall from Footwear etc. You’ll LOVE how they will feel all day long!

 

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Need Special Widths? Try Cobb Hill Shoes!

Cobb Hill Adele

Here at Footwear etc., we get a lot of phone calls from customers who need narrow or wide-width shoes. The problem is, there isn’t a whole lot out there to choose from! But there’s a new brand available that can help solve this problem: Cobb Hill!

Cobb Hill is part of the Drydock Footwear Group, which also includes Aravon and Dunham. The great part of these brands is that they collaborate with New Balance footwear, so you can have all the fantastic features of a New Balance shoe (including multiple widths) in a stylish casual, sandal, or even dressy shoe.

Imagine shoes that come in narrow, medium, or wide widths that are made from high-quality leather uppers, are incredibly stylish, and contains comfort features like a cushioned footbed, stability shank, and a lightweight EVA outsole. These features are all common in New Balance footwear, and they are now part of all Cobb Hill Shoes. Here are a few fabulous models to try:

The Alexandra – a gorgeous ankle bootie made with rich leather uppers, decorative rushing, and an ornamental leather strap. Its 1 ½” heel height adds elegance, and you can feel comfortable wearing this bootie to the office, or out on the town. The TR outsole even provides some traction control, and the zipper closure makes getting it on and off a breeze.

The Tori – a casual, oxford-styled shoe that is available in Black Suede, Navy Suede, Taupe Suede, and Wine Suede. This is a great shoe in which to relax, or go shopping, or just play! The adjustable lace closure gives you a custom fit, the shoe contains stability as well as flexibility, and the Dri-Lex lining helps keep your feet cool and dry even in wet conditions.

The Adele – an amazingly versatile slip-on pump that is dressy enough to wear to the office, yet casual enough to wear with slacks or jeans. I love the elastic goring, which is not only decorative, it helps you get the shoe on and off easily. The 1 ½” heel is elegant yet very wearable for everyday activities.

The Aubrey – a strappy sandal with an adjustable ankle strap. This elegant shoe may have a low heel, but it’s beautiful and easy to wear. The shoe is definitely suitable to wear with dresses as well as skirts or slacks. Your feet will stay cool due to the pigskin and textile footbed color, and the stability shank in the midsole provides outstanding arch support. You’ll still feel great even after a long day in these shoes!

Check out the wide variety of styles of footwear from Cobb Hill. From dressy shoes to casual shoes, Cob Hill makes a width that will work for you.

How to Measure Your Feet for Great-Fitting Shoes

brannock device

(image courtesy of brannock.com)

Figuring out your correct size of shoe isn’t a trivial matter. Ill-fitting shoes can cause all sorts of problems, from blisters, to overall foot pain. It’s very important that you are fitted for the correct size of shoes – and not just in terms of length, but also in terms of width.

Shoe sizes consist of a numerical size for length and a letter for width. For men, a standard width is a D width, for women a standard width is a B width. If you do not see a width letter on a shoe, it is most likely a standard width.

We’ve all seen those devices in shoe stores that measure your feet for the proper length and width.They are actually called Brannock Devices, and have been around since 1927! When you go into any good shoe store, you can get measured by a person who knows how to help you decide on the correct size of shoe. It’s a great machine, but what if you don’t have access to one?

You can measure your feet at home. With your foot firmly on the ground, trace an outline of your foot onto a piece of paper. Then use a ruler and measure the length from the tip of the longest toe to the heel, and then the width across the ball of the foot (the widest part of your foot). These numbers will equate to standard lengths and widths on manufacturer size charts. For an example of a size chart from one manufacturer, Mephisto, click here.

Do note that lengths/widths can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Also sizes are different from country to country; you may wear a women’s size 7.5 in the U.S., but that could equate to a size 38 in European sizes. It’s always best to try shoes on to see what works well for you. Use size charts and measurements as guidelines.