The Ultimate in Luxurious Walking Shoes: Finn Comfort!

All too frequently I hear people say that they don’t WANT a walking shoe that looks like an athletic shoe, they want a walking shoe that they could wear to work, or out on the town, or anywhere! They want shoes that look nice, but would be perfect for travel and sightseeing. Such shoes do exist, and they are made by Finn Comfort.

Finn Comfort shoes provide outstanding orthopedic support, and are made from the finest materials available. Handcrafted in Bavaria, these shoes are specifically designed as luxury walking shoes for the sophisticated consumer. They are also specifically suited for orthotics. The comfort and support that these shoes offer is unparalleled. I’m anxious to take these on vacation! Some of my favorite designs are:

The Phuket, in Chili Selena leather. Gorgeous thong-style with an orthopedic firm footbed produces an incredible shoe for the summer. The hook and loop strap ensures a secure fit, the leather lining is soft and comfortable, and the PU outsole absorbs shock and reduces joint and muscle fatigue. All this in a handcrafted shoe…what a way to pamper your feet!

The Stanford, in Black Napa leather, is a beautiful slide with Mary Jane details. There is a hook and loop strap over the top of the foot to ensure a custom fit, and the footbed cradles your heel, provides arch support, and is hand washable! The polyurethane outsole provides great shock absorption and lets you feel like you can walk forever! Stylish, comfortable, and easy to wear!

The most comfortable shoe I have ever tried on, hands down, is the Tofino. I particularly like the Cigar Sprite leather version. It has phenomenal support, softness, shock absorption, and it fit my foot beautifully. I can wear this with dressy slacks or casual clothes, and can walk for miles in these shoes with comfort. I like the soft leather upper, and love the fact that the footbed is hand washable (as it is in all Finn Comfort shoes). This is truly a classic shoe that you can get a lot of wear out of, for many situations.

Finn Comfort excels in making your feet feel like they’re in the lap of luxury as you walk. Try out some classic elegance today!

For a Spa Experience at Home, try Gilden Tree Products!

Sometimes we all need to be pampered. But why go out to a spa to treat yourself nicely when you can do it for less at home, with high-quality ingredients (many of which are organic)? Gilden Tree products make it easy to spoil yourself and make your skin feel so much better! Here are just a few:

Gilden Tree’s Footscrubberis actually made from terra cotta and acts like a pumice stone that doesn’t wear out! It’s two-sided; one side is for exfoliating dry skin, and the other side is for polishing and smoothing the skin. It’s best used with a few drops of liquid soap.  This fantastic product is made by a group of women in Pakistan, and it’s been so successful and popular that Gilden Tree has actually given back to that community by putting the children (and later the women themselves) through school. What a wonderful way to support the makers of the Footscrubber!

Need a really good moisturizer for your feet? Try Gilden Tree’s Healing Foot Cream. Gluten free, safe for Diabetics and those with Celiac disease, this cream does a phenomenal job of helping dry, cracked skin to heal. It’s made with aloe vera, jojoba oil, and shea butter for a rich, luxurious product that soaks into the skin. You’ll love how it can help repair and soften your skin.

Sometimes at the end of a hard day, it’s nice to just soak your feet. Gilden Tree makes Revitalizing Foot Soak Crystals that helps draw out toxins and soothes dry skin. Using 1 Tbsp. Revitalizing Foot Soak Crystals to a basin of warm water can make a huge difference to your skin!  Soak your feet in this solution for 10-15 minutes to maximize the properties of the crystals’ Epsom salts, sea salt, and shea butter. Moisturize as you soak!

Gilden Tree products have been recommended in O, the Oprah Magazine for their high quality, and the excellent results they produce. So check out Gilden Tree products for the ultimate home spa experience. Your skin and your wallet will thank you!

Do Your Shoes Reflect Your Sense of Humor?

I don’t know about you, but I like my shoes to reflect my mood. I also like them to show that I’m not stuffy and like to have fun. Yes, this IS possible, you just have to choose the right shoe! Here are a few brands Footwear etc. carries that add some whimsy, lightheartedness and comfort to your wardrobe:

Think! shoes are particularly appealing if you want a unique style. They’re made with vegetable-tanned leathers and are hypoallergenic, toxin-free, and absorb moisture well. Think! shoes are very fashion forward, yet don’t skimp on style and fun. I particularly like the Think! 82337-9 in Black Kombi Leather. Not only is it colorful and happy-looking, its leather-lined cork footbed provides excellent shock absorption and helps reduce foot fatigue. It’s also a terrific shoe in terms of arch and heel support, and the durable outsole provides very good traction. What a fun, summery shoe!

You can really feel good about using El Naturalista products. The outsoles are made from recycled rubber, the footbeds are made from recycled polyurethane, and the leather is tanned in an all-natural process with vegetable extracts, tree bark and river stones. The Iggdrasil is an especially fun model. I love the whimsical stitching detail on the toe box! El Naturalista says that it makes shoes for people who embrace life as they walk, and you can really show off your personal style with this shoe. This shoe is available in black, Tibet (reddish color), and brown leather. It’s another happy shoe to wear on those happy days!

Show your sense of humor with some fun shoes, like those from Think! and El Naturalista. Wearing these is a great way to be comfortable, but not too serious!

Got Plantar Fasciitis?

One of the ailments we hear about the most is Plantar Fasciitis. It can hit you completely out of the blue; one morning you can just wake up with tremendous heel pain. Pain can occur at any time of the day, but it tends to be most prevalent when you first wake up – even before your feet hit the floor! Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by inadequate arch support, obesity, stress on the feet due to walking and standing, and even running. Inflammation of the Plantar Fascia sheath (which runs from the heel to to the toes) can be debilitating! This is a very common problem, and Footwear etc. carries a lot of products that address this issue.

Toning shoes like MBTs, Skechers, and Sano by Mephisto are extremely helpful in terms of keeping the plantar fascia stretched as you walk. This can alleviate the pain in your heel and arch, and can dramatically improve your quality of life. Other types of shoes that are helpful include rocker sole shoes, including Dansko, Aravon, Alegria, and FitFlop. Shoes with outstanding support (thus protecting the arch and having deep heel cups for comfort) include Orthaheel/Dr. Andrew Weil, Mephisto, and Naot. You’ve got lots of choices of styles to choose from.

 A specific product that many doctors recommend is the Strassburg Sock. This sock keeps the foot flexed, so that the plantar fascia can remain in a stretched position. The ideal time to wear this product is at night, so that pain can be alleviated first thing in the morning. Some users even report that the Strassburg Sock helps them heal faster!

The Strassburg Sock is essentially a tube sock with adjustable straps that keep your foot in a neutral (or slightly flexed) position. It’s easy to use, and over time can actually help strengthen the arch of your foot. An especially nice feature is that the Strassburg Sock does not lock your ankle in any one position so that you can move the joint around as your comfort level requires you to.

Another product that many find helpful in alleviating symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis is the Pedag Holiday ¾ Insole. Pedag products are endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association, so you can feel confident that they’re good for your feet. This particular insole is thin enough to fit into most shoes, yet has a firm longitudinal arch. The soft heel cushion relieves pressure on the heel, soft pads support the metatarsal area, and the overall design helps relieve pronation and flattening of the foot. This product is highly recommended for those with Plantar Fascia since it provides excellent support and helps keep your feet in alignment. Definitely worth a try to see if it helps you!

You don’t have to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. Consider these products to help you get back on your feet again – without pain!

A Bag for Every Season…Or Every Month…Or Every Week….

My mother always subscribes to the belief of changing your handbag seasonally. I always change my handbag based on what I need it for! Some friends of mine like having handbags in every color of the rainbow, and practically every size in existence. Fortunately, Footwear etc. carries many handbags that fit the bill!

AmeriBag has a fabulous line of bags called Healthy Back Bags. These are ergonomically designed to contour to the natural shape of your body. They reduce stress on the back , neck, and shoulders by distributing the weight throughout the length of your back instead of just in those places. They’re not only kind to your back, they are also stylish and feature lots of pockets in which you can stash your essentials. Available in a rainbow of colors, sizes, and shapes, you can’t go wrong with an AmeriBag! My “wish list” contains the AmeriBag Healthy Back Bag in espresso leather. Hm, who can I entice to get one for me?

Hobo makes a fantastic array of bags in soft leathers or microfiber. The assortment of sizes and colors give you all sorts of fashion choices! Some days I need a big bag to hold *everything*, so I particularly love the Hobo Lola in Stone Leather. The top zip closure makes it nice and secure, and the specialized pockets for cell phones and eyewear, as well as having a secure pocket for bills and such are added bonuses! Really versatile bag, great for holding everything you’d need during the day!

Need a bag for when you’re out walking, or doing sports? Amphipod makes a variety of small bags that you can attach to your clothing, or strap around your waist. I love the Amphipod Micropack Land Sport bags. They clip to the inside of your waistband, and can hold keys, your ID, and even an IPOD or small phone. This is the perfect little pouch for when you need your hands free and want something lightweight to hold just a few items. It’s also available in a variety of colors; what goes with your wardrobe?

So expand your accessories collection with AmeriBag, Hobo and Amphipod products. You can find a bag for every mood, every day, every occasion!