Rocker Sole Shoes from My Favorite Running Shoe Manufacturer: New Balance!

I’ve really been looking at various rocker-soled shoes on the market to help out my bouts of plantar fasciitis, and the recurring stress fractures in one foot. It seems logical that they would be the perfect solution to my medical woes: they’d take pressure off my joints, stretch the plantar fascia, and keep the top part of my foot from bending a lot where the stress fractures occur. I’ve had good luck in the past with New Balance running shoes, and was very excited to see that its foray into the rocker sole market looks great: the new Rock & Tone walking shoes!

 You’d actually have to look closely to see that they’re not your typical athletic shoe. The rocker sole is not very prominent looking, but it definitely is there and you can feel it when you walk. I also really like the fact that the sole is rigid, so that I don’t add pressure to the metatarsal area where I tend to get foot pain. But the absolute best feature of these shoes is that they are very lightweight! There is a huge difference in weight between these shoes and many other brands on the market.

 I’ve owned other New Balance athletic shoes and have always been impressed by the quality of workmanship and how well they fit my feet, and I’m delighted that I can add some muscle-toning shoes to my collection. New Balance claims that it can increase your calorie burn by as much as 8% just by normal wear, so I’m very anxious to see those results!

 Just be sure to use your Rock and Tones for walking only; New Balance doesn’t recommend them for other types of athletic activities due to the natural instability that the sole creates. If it makes my legs feel more toned by just walking, I’m happy to go for a stroll!

 The Rock and Tones currently are available in 3 styles, with more coming out soon! I particularly like the WW1442SB, which is grey with a mesh upper. I really enjoy wearing shoes that let my feet breathe when I’m getting some exercise! So be sure to check out these fabulous new rocker-soled shoes, and go for a stroll with style!

Need Some “Happy” Shoes? Try Alegria!

We’ve all classified our shoes. There are the stylish shoes. There are the serious shoes. There are the utilitarian shoes. There are the athletic shoes. There are the shoes that go with your favorite outfit. But now, you can get “happy” shoes! Check out the bright colors and patterns from Alegria!

Who knew you could get shoes that can reflect your sense of humor? And not only are they fun to look at, they’re fun and comfortable to wear! Alegria means “happiness,” and you’ll definitely feel happy when you wear them. Alegria shoes don’t come in boring colors; they come in bright, exuberant colors and patterns. Yes, they come in patterns! How about shoes with peace signs and hearts? Or shoes with flowers? Alegria shoes are definitely not for the Dull at Heart!

Another great feature about Alegria shoes is the fact that it has a mild, rocker sole. It adds spring to your step! Many customers have reported that these shoes help their sore feet feel better, and alleviate pain from plantar fasciitis. The rocker action is mostly close to the toe box, but you can definitely gain some benefits from the rocker sole. Alegria shoes are also slip-resistant, so you can feel more secure if you wear them in wet places.

I especially like the Paloma in Sangria Patent Leather. The red patent leather is festive and youthful-looking. The Mary Jane style is very comfortable, especially since the Velcro strap can be easily adjusted to fit your foot. The insole provides very good support, and is nicely cushioned so that you can stand in them for a long time. They made me feel like I was wearing Dorothy’s magic shoes!

Another great style is the Seville, in Wine and Flowers. Here’s a nice, comfy clog with a beautiful floral-patterned upper. It also has great support and cushioning like all Alegria shoes. If these don’t look like happy, upbeat shoes, I don’t know what would be!

Don’t let your shoes drag your mood down, check out the happy shoes from Alegria. Color therapy plus comfort equals a shoe you can have fun with!

Ladigo and Calafia from Authentic UGG Australia – New this Fall for Men!

My family members who live in cold climates constantly complain about how cold their feet get during the winter months. It’s especially bad when there’s ice on the ground. UGG Australia has come through for men with two brand new styles: the Ladigo and Calafia.

When I showed the photo of the Ladigo to my cousin, he immediately liked the rich leather upper and the fact that the elastic gores make the shoe easy to slip on and off. Yet though it’s a slip-on shoe, it’s versatile enough to wear with both casual and dressier clothing. Having slipped on ice way too many times, I was impressed by the cork-infused outsole since it provides great traction!

Ok, so UGG Australia created a great shoe for casual and dress wear for men. But the BEST feature of the Ladigo is that it comes with TWO insoles! One insole is leather, so you can actually wear this shoe year-round in comfort. When it’s really cold outside, you can switch the leather insole with the sheepskin insole to keep you warm and toasty all winter long.

Men aren’t limited to just the Ladigo. For a different look, try the Calafia. It has the same waxy leather upper as the Ladigo, but it’s in the form of a slide. And it also contains those two fantastic, interchangeable insoles.

Both the Ladigo and Calafia come in Stout and Black leather. My cousin now has the versatility and comfort he’s wanted in some very classy-looking shoes.

Now there will be no more whining about cold feet! UGG’s  Ladigo and Calafia solve that problem!

Drew Shoes: for when your feet need some TLC

Seems like everyone I talk to lately has some sort of issue with their feet. Plantar fasciitis, arthritis, diabetes, neuropathy; you name it, sore feet are everywhere. But I just discovered a brand of shoes that cater to “special needs feet”: Drew Shoes.

Recommended by many podiatrists, Drew Shoes are built with some special features specifically intended for those with different types of foot pain.

One of the most important attributes of Drew Shoes is the added depth in the toe box. This is especially nice for people with sensitive toes, such as those with diabetes or arthritis. The added depth also provides extra room for orthotics, if necessary.

Ever notice how when you have foot pain, you are less stable on your feet? Drew shoes can help add stability with their extended medial heel stabilizer, and steel shank under the arch. These help provide support, and allow for less slippage in the heel area. The wide shank and lightweight outsole give additional metatarsal stability.

The padded tongue and cushioned collar also make your feet feel pampered; these put less pressure around your Achilles tendon, and the top of your feet than in conventional shoes.

Just because these shoes are kind to your feet doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style.  In fact, there’s a wide variety of styles that both men and women can wear for very different occasions. Need casual shoes? Take a look at the Delite Mary Jane for women (I particularly like the gray version), or Atlas, for men. Need something dressier? Women can feel very formal with the Isabel Mary Jane, and the men’s Arlington can even go with business attire.

Just because your feet may need some extra care doesn’t mean they have to LOOK like they do. Drew shoes provide stylish comfort in easy-to-wear models!

New Italia “Air on Feet” Shoes Can Stimulate Your Reflexology Points!

Everybody loves a good food massage. Some people swear by acupressure on various points of their feet, citing all sorts of holistic properties and stimulation points that correlate to all sorts of areas of the body. But now there’s a shoe that contains technology that relates to the concepts of reflexology: the New Italia “Air on Feet” collection.

I have to admit I’m always a little skeptical of eastern-medicine philosophies. But I can safely say that whether you buy into the concept of reflexology or not, the New Italia shoes FEEL great.

Perfect for both casual and more formal wear, the “Air on Feet” collection is handmade from the finest Italian leather, and the soft leather footbed is incredibly comfortable. My favorites are the Kosumi Toe in white/beige – it can go with any outfit for a casual outing, and the Twister in black leather. If you’re looking for a really comfortable dressy, low-heeled shoe, this is the one!

The arch support in the collection provides support while relaxing the foot and stimulating reflexology points. Reflexologists believe that this stimulation can improve energy circulation and be of great benefit to vital organs. It’s the same principle as acupressure; if you press on certain points in your foot, other parts of your body may benefit besides your foot! I don’t know how to evaluate if this is really working anywhere else in my body, but it definitely feels good on my feet.

Another great design aspect of the Kosumi Toe: it contains an adjustable buckle toe strap. This way you can customize exactly how tightly or loosely you want that part of the shoe to fit. I’ve never seen this done on any other flip flop-type shoe, and I think it’s a fantastic idea.

The “Air on Feet” collection is currently composed of the Kosumi Toe, Kosumi Scuff, Twister, and Capretto. Watch for more designs to follow! Discover how principles of reflexology can make your feet feel GREAT with these shoes.