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THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF SHOES

It’s hard to imagine what life was like when shoes weren’t discovered yet. Everything started because of a real and practical need to protect the feet from outside effects. This seemingly simple human need turned into a quickly growing industry in which design was just as important as functionality. Although the main qualities of footwear have remained unchanged, looking back at the long and interesting history of shoes, you can see that the colors, materials and designs did change. Before, shoes used to be made by craftsmen. But today, they are part of a factory industry earning huge amounts of money each year.

The history, changes and tendencies in footwear fashion can be divided into the main world history eras:
Prehistory (2,5 million BC – 1250 BC)
Antiquity (1250 BC – 476)
The Middle Ages (476 – 1453)
Early Modern Times (1453 – 1918)
Modern Times (1918 – these days).

During different eras there were different views of the world, different understandings of culture and art, different economic and political factors which played an important role in the materials, shapes, pronts, and style used in people’s wardrobe. The discovery and capture of new lands, new technologies and different understandings of the world changed the style and fashion of footwear.

Primitive footwear, popular during Prehistory, was changed by sandals which grew in popularity during Antiquity because of the formation of social classes. During the Middle Ages, which are characterized by humility and feudalism, the first footwear structures were formed and the heel was discovered and widely used. During the Early Modern Times were the eras of Renaissance and Baroque during which hints of modern footwear can be spotted. During this time, men’s and women’s shoes were very similar. The models of shoes varied depending on social classes. Also, during the Middle Ages when feudalism was present, society was divided into classes deciding not only different jobs and responsibilities but also different clothes and footwear. Peasants and non-noble townspeople wore heavy and dark leather boots with a heel. Meanwhile, the noble wore more fancy footwear which often had a wooden heel.  Prints, ornaments and other decorative elements were worn only by the noble. They would order these shoes from a shoemaker. Every shoe was different and decorated according to the mood and wishes of the customer, so every single pair of shoes was unique and different. The Modern Times changed the understanding of fashion and drastically altered the decades-long shoemaking traditions. This happened because of new opportunities in technology which made the whole shoemaking process much more easy and simple.

WHEN DID THE FIRST SHOES APPEAR?

1991 is an important date in the history of footwear because this is the year when, at the border of Austria and Italy, archeologists found a naturally mummified human named Oetzi from the Stone Age who died about 3300 years before our era. This Alpine traveler was wearing shoes made from deerskin with a sole made from bearskin and stuffed with hay. This is how it’s thought that the Stone Age footwear production technique was like: the fewer stitches, the dryer and warmer the legs, therefore, they wrinkled the leather. The stitches were small and they were not very reliable given the tools people had at that time.

Oetzi from the Stone Age footwear

There isn’t a certain pair of shoes marking the beginning of the history of footwear. This is because there were very different shoes for different climates and different materials used for shoes were available in different regions. In Northern regions, the footwear was made from thick leather and warmed up with fur and hay. Meanwhile, in the Southern regions, there were mostly sandals made from palm leaves or papyrus fiber. Despite the climate, people needed footwear to protect their feet from natural outside effects.

Many changes and perfected footwear models emerged during the Migration Period (4th- 6th centuries) and during the Crusades (11th- 13th centuries) when Europeans marched to the East. During that time, Europe was flooded with Egyptian sandals and pointed shoes. Soon, the heel was discovered and the western fashion of footwear began to develop, which in the spiritual and rigorous world of the Middle Ages was worn depending on the person’s social class. The most unique and popular trends flourished in Italy and Spain, the countries where the strongest seaports of Europe were located, the craftsmen’s shops and merchants were developing at rapid speed, and the first financial centers were established. So these countries were a true cradle of footwear and attire fashion.

Modern footwear designers often look back at history for new ideas, inspiration and creativity. Footwear production methods, sewing structures, leather washing, burning and painting almost hasn’t changed since the end of the 19th century.

Now, let’s check out footwear fashion and trends throughout different historical periods.

THE HISTORY OF FOOTWEAR DURING THE OLD TIMES AND ANTIQUITY  (1250 BC – 476 BC)

The first sandals emerged in ancient Egypt. They were made from palm leaves, papyrus fiber and raw leather. These sandals were stretched and tied at the end of the foot. At first, only clerics and the Pharaoh were able to wear them but later sandals were worn by all ancient Egyptians and the different colors symbolized a certain social class.

It’s also worth mentioning China. China’s trends are difficult to understand by many Western countries. For many decades, a canon of beauty in China was golden lotus feet which mostly grew in popularity during the 10th- 11th centuries. Golden lotus feet refers to breaking and bending the toes so that the feet would fit properly into special shoes. Small feet were considered true beauty in the Eastern world.

Classic Antiquity dates back to the Greek and Roman periods of culture when the early stage of footwear production began to thrive. Fragments of the development and evolution have remained in paintings and drawings. The first and one of the most popular Greek and Roman shoe models were sandals. Unlike with the Egyptians, these sandals were long, went halfway up the knees and had many laces. In both countries, footwear wasn’t divided into men’s and women’s. Everybody wore them in the same way but there were some regulations. In Greek, sandals could only be worn by free citizens who could easily be distinguished from slaves. In ancient Rome, clothes and shoes were a symbol of power and civilization, so the shoes were worn according to the person’s position in society and their social class. Here’s an example: Roman soldiers wore sandals. The more laces the sandals had and the thinner the sole, the higher rank the soldier is.

Ancient Greek and Roman sandals

Sandals were dominating shoes in Europe for a while. They were made according to cleric, military, elite and peasant styles.

In Celtic lands there were comfortable, slip-on weaved shoes, often made from wood. They quickly became footwear for peasants and the poor.

THE MIDDLE AGES (476 – 1453)

Although the Middle Ages are considered the dark ages, it was during this time that a lot of new footwear trends and fashion appeared. The heel was discovered and was only worn by men at first. Also, pointed shoes, the first footwear structures and a primitive Goodyear structure appeared.

At the beginning of the Middle Ages, espadrilles came to Central Europe from the Pyrenees and became very popular. These shoes were made from jute canvas, were light and comfortable but were to be worn in a warmer climate which is why they didn’t reach Northern Europe.

Northern and Central Europe produced leather boots that were turned inside out and sewn up with the shoe sole. It was a nearly seamless structure as the seams remained inside the shoe, thus protecting and strengthening the shoe, but this design could only be used with soft and flexible leather. A benefit of these shoes is that they could be worn during different times of the year by adding some hay or fur inside the shoe during the cold period.

During the Gothic period, unusual footwear with long and pointed tips, called poulaines thrived. Sometimes, the tips of these shoes were as long as half a meter. The length of the tip represented status. Some of these shoes were so long that they needed to be tied to the legs with special laces so that it would be possible to walk properly. This type of footwear was made from different materials, such as velvet, and it was decorated with fancy elements.

Middle Ages footwear and Vic Matie model

EARLY MODERN TIMES (1453– 1918)

Men’s and women’s fashion was different during this period and until the end of the 18th century, it was mostly dictated by men. Men were the first to wear shoes with heels. Up until the end of the 18th century, men’s legs were considered to be the standard of beauty. Although women also wore fancy shoes, they were hidden under long skirts. So men were the ones to dictate fashion, footwear fashion in particular.

Earlier, fashion changed much slower and shoe trends and production started in countries in a good economic situation and with quickly developing art and aesthetics. For example, Spain and Italy played a great role in costume design in the 16th century. Shoes that were made in these countries later spread widely across Europe. They had the fanciest decorations and patterns and were made using the newest and most fashionable materials of that time.

During the Renaissance period, kings in Europe often wore shoes with very high heels in order to demonstrate their supremacy. Also, they could calmly walk straight through puddles as their heels were as high as 30 cm. These shoes were prototypes of modern platform shoes. King Louis XIV of France, also known as Sun King, played an important role in spreading the popularity of high heels. Even now, fashion historians refer to men’s high heels as French shoes.

During the Renaissance period, pointed shoes were swapped with footwear called duck-billed with wide, squared noses. Meanwhile, women began to wear platforms.

It was during the revival of culture and aesthetics that the noble knights thrived. They were the first to start wearing ankle boots because they were comfortable for horseback riding and fighting.

Women and men footwear during the Renaissance

Baroque is one of the most controversial cultural periods characterized by complexity, pretentiousness, drama and an inclination to greatness. So it’s not surprising that during this cultural period footwear was made from expensive materials, such as velvet, satin, silk and the shoes were decorated with artificial flowers, ribbons and gemstones. Men wore shoes with red heels in order to show their status.


Strategia model and Baroque times shoes

In the 17th century, men began to wear boots with fancy socks coming from them. Footwear became more important to women, so Baroque shoes that used to be modest now had various embroidery and decorative elements.

Baroque was replaced by Rococo (late Baroque). The main accent of Rococo is the buckle and the Louis heel for women’s footwear.

Only in the beginning of the 19th century did men’s and women’s shoes begin to differ in style, color, heel and shape of the front. During the Napoleonic era, fabric footwear became very popular elite shoes. Meanwhile, the classic height of the men’s footwear heel formed which was 2.5 cm. The era when men wore higher high heels than women came to an end.

However, the biggest breakthrough in footwear production was during the Industrial Revolution. Inventors and craftsmen in the United Kingdom and North America invented a modern footwear sewing machine and began mass fabric-made footwear production. Jan Ernst Matzeliger developed a shoemaking method which allowed about 700 pairs of shoes to be made each day. Footwear became accessible to everyone and finally, from the middle of the 19th century, shoes for the left and right foot became different!

In the 19th century, laced shoes began to grow in popularity after Americans began to harden the ends of shoelaces during the end of the 18th century. Laced shoes which were above the ankles became some of the most popular standard shoes for men.

The Adelaide model for women was woven, laced at the sides and had a low heel.

Until World War I nudity wasn’t acceptable, so only slippers (toilet shoes) were seductive, made from silk or satin and with added ribbons.

At this time, Oxford shoes became very popular and widely worn by women. This was when women stopped wearing fancy clothes and the image of mourning women doing all household work was very common.

MODERN TIMES (1918 – THESE DAYS)

There was a huge breakthrough in footwear in the second part of the 20th century with the establishment and prosperity of American pop culture which was associated with the desire to be different, unique and to be part of a certain subculture. Cheaper raw materials, new structures and a different lifestyle changed the image of gentlemen and ladies. Fancy and high-quality footwear was changed by trendy, constantly changing colorful footwear. Hollywood actors and singers greatly influenced the formation and popularity of this new footwear. The band Beatles popularized Chelsea shoes, actress Audrey Hepburn popularized kitten heels, and schoolgirls wore Mary Jane shoes in the 5th decade.

With the increasing number of working women, high-heel trends began changing. Platforms popular in the 7th and 8th decades lost their popularity and were changed by low heeled shoes in the 9th decade.

Audrey Hepburn and Vic Matie model

Sports shoes had the greatest impact on further footwear fashion. The first step towards the revolution was the invention of sports shoes for basketball players by “Converse” in 1917. These were the very first steps toward trendy sports shoes.

At the end of the 19th century, in 1892, the “U.S. Rubber Company” created a modern, comfortable, beautiful fabric-made sports shoe model with a rubber sole. This is how “Keds” were born. After about 25 years, once these shoes were perfected and patented, mass production began. From the middle of 1940, a visible revolution in sports shoes and clothes began and the era of ladies and gentlemen ended. Comfort, style, improvisation and creativity.

The name “Sneaker’’ came from the English word “sneak”. Paradoxically, from the very first steps, sports shoes did not go quietly, but proudly and loudly declared to the whole world: “We are here!”. The undefined “here” has not only won over sports arenas but also fashion podiums and all shelves at shoe stores. The popularity remains the same today!

Y-3Elena Iachi and Artselab models

The history of footwear is interesting and intriguing. It reveals the strict division of society into classes, the changing of fashion in different eras. Unlike these days, fashion changed every 10 or even 100 years, not every season. There were times when women couldn’t wear heeled shoes, slaves didn’t have any footwear in order to distinguish them from other people, and the noble competed with each other in terms of how fancy and sophisticated their shoes were. When we take a look at the remaining shoes, our mouths become wide open. How could men possibly have worn shoes with heels as high as 30 centimeters?

Today, in the free market and society with no laws restricting human rights, we can wear whatever our hearts desire. We can follow fashion trends and find different footwear for each situation and occasion according to our moods or dress code. The amazing 21st century and technological opportunities allow us to have the highest quality, durable and fashionable shoes. And not just one pair but a whole closet full of fashionable shoes!

 

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Choosing The Right Shoes For Back Pain

Choosing The Right Shoes For Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the United States and affects eight out of 10 people at some point throughout their life. Back pain might be a small sharp pain or a dull ache that persists all day. Many different factors can cause back pain from poor posture to lack of exercise. However, sometimes back pain is linked to sore feet and uncomfortable shoes.

If your feet are causing or contributing to back pain, a change in shoes might make a huge difference. The right pair of shoes can provide the support you need for your back while you’re at work, at the gym or running errands. The wrong pair can cause or exacerbate back pain symptoms.

How do you know which shoes are best for back pain relief? In this post, we will show you how to pick the best shoes for back pain and the factors you need to consider when shopping for new shoes. Once you have the right shoes for your feet, you may notice reduced back pain right away.
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Why Shoes Are Important For Back Pain

Your feet provide the base for the rest of your body. When you wear uncomfortable shoes, they create a chain reaction on your ankles, knees, hips and ultimately, your back. Your feet need adequate support to prevent pain while you stand, walk or run. Without proper support, you might adjust your gait or posture and set your spine out of alignment to compensate for the lack of support in your shoes. You also need shoes that absorb impact as your foot hits the ground so that other parts of your body do not have to bear the force of the impact.

Overall, a good pair of shoes improves and stabilizes the position of your feet, which, in turn, improves your gait and posture. Good posture helps prevent muscle strain and pain in the back because it keeps everything in correct alignment and allows muscles, bones and joints to work efficiently.

If your shoes are causing your back pain, it’s time to replace them. However, before you head to the shoe shop, you might want to visit your doctor if you’ve been experiencing back pain for more than a few days to rule out other possibilities.

Visit Your Doctor First

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Your doctor or spine specialist will identify the source of your back pain, and they might even recommend shoes for your specific foot shape. Usually, a doctor will take X-rays of your back to look for a spine injury or other health issue, and they will ask you questions about your job and lifestyle. They will try to rule out all of the possible causes of your back pain such as a fracture or herniated disc. Once you and your doctor determine your shoes are the culprit, you’ll be in a good position to choose a new pair of shoes.

Tips For Choosing The Best Shoes For Back Pain

Can you recall a time when you wore shoes that did not fit right but looked great? You probably felt a wave of relief when you got home and took them off. You may also remember experiencing lower back pain after a day of walking around or standing in a pair of unsupportive shoes, especially if you spent a lot of time on a hard surface.

Good shoes aren’t about the latest trend or low prices. When you are ready to buy new shoes, make comfort and quality a priority, and keep the following tips in mind. You’ll be glad you did because nothing beats pain-free living.

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1. Consider Arch Support

The arch support of your shoe should be designed to work with the natural arch of your foot. Your foot arch may either be low, neutral or high. Individuals with flat feet or high foot arches may cause the foot and ankle to overpronate. Overpronation means the foot excessively rolls downward when the foot hits the ground. This disrupts the body’s alignment and increases the impact of walking or running, potentially causing injury or pain.

To determine your foot arch type, dip your foot in water and step onto a piece of cardboard. Your footprint will tell you what your arch type is. Read your footprint in the following ways:

  • Neutral arch: If the middle part of your arch in the footprint is about halfway filled in, then that means you have a normal arch, and your arch naturally supports your body weight and pronates normally. Choose shoes with firm midsoles and moderate stability in the rear of the shoe.
  • Low arch: A low or flat arch will look like a complete footprint. This means your foot likely overpronates and contributes to muscle stress. Choose a walking shoe with a straight sole and motion control.
  • High arch: A high arch will produce very little of your arch footprint. A high arch may not absorb shock well and can lead to excessive muscle strain. A curved sole and cushioning may help provide the shock absorption you need.

Good arch support may relieve or eliminate your back pain. However, it’s most important to choose a shoe that feels comfortable and fits properly despite your arch type.

2. Consider Cushioning

When choosing shoes, consider if they provide enough cushioning to reduce impact. Cushioning will help dissipate the shock of impact and reduce stress on your back.

The part of the shoe that protects your foot from impact is called the midsole. The midsole is located between the part of the shoe that touches the ground called the outsole, and the part that runs directly under the foot called the insole. The midsole is the external shock absorbing component and might be made of polyurethane foam, ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) or another material. EVA midsoles are generally more lightweight than polyurethane, but polyurethane is more durable.

Generally, if you have a high arch, it might be best to choose a softer midsole. Individuals with low arches should choose firmer midsoles to provide more motion control. To test the cushioning, push your thumbnail into the midsole and determine the firmness.

3. Avoid High Heels

In the United States, billions of dollars are spent annually on fashionable footwear like high heels. High heels look elegant and often pair well with a professional wardrobe. However, wearing heels causes your lower back to arch and your chest to move forward, throwing your spine out of its natural alignment. This can lead to muscle overuse, lower back pain and possibly other back issues. High heels are also hard on the arch and ball of the foot which might lead to back pain.

High heels are defined as shoes with heels higher than 2 inches. If you do not want to give up heels, try the following tips:

  • Choose heels that are no higher than 2 inches.
  • Avoid wearing heels for extended periods of time throughout the day.
  • Try a larger size and insert a heel cup.
  • Consider taking your designer heels to a pedorthist to have them custom fit.

4. Avoid Flip-Flops

Just as high heels can cause pain, so can shoes that are too flat, like flip-flops. Flip-flops do not provide any arch support and can lead to pain in the arch of the foot, heels, ankles, knees and back. They are okay for walking short distances but should not be worn for a long time.

5. Choose The Right Fit

It may be tempting to buy shoes that do not fit quite right but are on sale. Or maybe a friend is offering a pair of shoes that look great but are a tad too tight. Many people choose shoes that do not fit well for a variety of reasons, but it’s critical to wear shoes that fit correctly in length and width. If you do not select the right size, you might walk differently and hurt your back. Here are tips for choosing the perfect fit:

  • Shop later in the day: Wait until the afternoon to go shoe shopping instead of first thing in the morning. Your feet naturally expand throughout the day, so you’ll get a closer fit.
  • Wear your regular socks: Wear the same socks you regularly wear to make sure the shoes will not be too tight or too big.
  • Measure your feet: Ask a salesperson to measure both your feet every time you buy shoes. If one foot is larger than the other, buy the bigger size for both feet.
  • Try them out: Stand in your shoes and make sure you have at least a quarter- to a half-inch space between your longest toe and the top of the shoe. Walk around and see how they feel on both hard and soft surfaces. The heel should fit snugly, and there should be enough room at the ball of the foot.
  • Consider your comfort level: No matter how comfortable a company describes their shoe on the shoebox, consider how you feel in the shoes above all else.
  • Check the inside of the shoe: Look for tags, seams or anything else inside the shoe that might bother your feet.
  • Check the soles: Inspect the soles of the shoes and make sure they are sturdy enough to protect your feet from sharp objects as well as provide impact absorption.
  • Go with the ones that fit right: Most of us have said at one point in our lives that a new pair of shoes simply needs to be broken in. Resist telling yourself this when you’re shopping for shoes, no matter how much you love the way a shoe looks. Go with the pair of shoes that fit from the start.

Lastly, many shoes in the store are a medium width, so you may need to order shoes from the manufacturer if your feet are wide or narrow.
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Other Tips

To summarize what we’ve covered so far, the best shoes for back pain relief are those which fit comfortably, provide adequate arch support and can absorb impact. Here are a few more tips to remember regarding shoes and back pain.

 

1. Consider Orthotics

If you have flat feet or high arches, you might benefit from using an arch support insert called an orthotic which provides shock absorption and cushioning specifically for your foot shape. A podiatrist, chiropractor or another physician may be able to custom-make orthotics for you.

You might also purchase inserts in a store if custom orthotics are not an option for you. To choose shoe orthotics, follow these tips:

  • Choose rigid for a low arch: If you have flat feet or a low arch, choose rigid orthotics with good arch support which will control the motion of your feet. To make sure it is rigid, push down on the arch. If it moves under pressure, it is not rigid enough.
  • Choose soft for a high arch: If you have a high arch, choose soft, flexible orthotics. Make sure the inserts still have some stiffness so they can support your arch.
  • Stand on them: Before you remove the insoles of your shoes and insert the orthotics, test them out. Remove them from the packaging, place them on the floor and stand on them. Ask yourself if they provide enough arch support.
  • Trim them if necessary: You may have to trim the orthotics around the toe area so they can properly fit into your shoe. Trim them a little bit at a time until they fit, and follow the package instructions for trimming.
  • Get used to them: It may take a little time to get used to orthotics in your shoes. Place them in the shoes you plan to wear the most, and gradually increase the time you wear them. For example, wear them for two hours for the first day and remove them. Then, on the next day, wear them for four hours.

Shoe inserts can alter a pair of shoes and provide some relief for your feet and back. If you have a hard time finding comfortable shoes, you might try orthotics.

2. Replace Worn Shoes

Sometimes, it’s tough to part with a pair of your favorite shoes. However, worn shoes will not provide the support you need. For example, a running shoe loses up to half of its shock absorption after about 250 miles of use. Therefore, it might be time to replace your shoes if they show any of the following signs:

  • The midsole is cracked or appears wrinkled.
  • The heels are scuffed.
  • The outsole has flat spots.
  • The straps are stretched or broken and cannot be replaced.
  • The shoes tilt to the side while resting on a flat surface

A shoe’s lifespan depends on its quality and how often you wear the shoes. For many shoes, they’ve lived full lives after a year or so of regular use.

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Contact Spine Institute Of North America Today

 

Wearing comfortable shoes with good support and low heels can help improve posture and reduce back pain. However, back pain can happen for many reasons, and you may need more than a new pair of shoes depending on your condition.

The spine specialists at Spine Institute of North America are here to help. Our team of spine experts is prepared to get to the root of your back pain. We will find the exact cause for your back pain and use the least invasive method to relieve your pain fast and effectively with the goal to maintain long-term relief.

We understand that back pain can be debilitating, and we are committed to getting our patients back to enjoying life pain-free. To make an appointment, contact us today.

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ECZEMA ON THE FEET

ECZEMA ON THE FEET

 

Between the toes, on the soles of the feet or on the tops of the feet…

Eczema is skin inflammation characterized mainly by its red, itchy patches. However, several different types of eczema can affect the feet: atopic eczema, contact eczema or dyshidrosis, a particular aspect observed in this area of the body.

 

Allergic contact eczema on the feet

Your eczema may be caused by an allergic reaction to a product to which your feet were exposed. Your shoes or socks may be the trigger (dyes, leather tanning products, adhesives, foams).

 

If the triggering agent is unclear, you will need to identify it with the help of a doctor so that you can avoid it in the future. Your doctor will ask a series of detailed questions in addition to carrying out allergy tests to identify the allergy.

 

Have you always followed the same routine? It is possible to develop a sudden allergy to a product you have used previously without any problems—until now.

Atopic eczema on the feet

Atopic eczema is a hereditary condition with alternating periods of eczema flare-ups and remission. It is linked to skin which is hypersensitive to its environment. Although genetic, the disease can be triggered or aggravated by various environmental factors.

 

This type of eczema rarely affects the feet (more common on the ankles and the tops of the feet than on the soles). The treatment is the same for all types of atopic eczema: soothe itching with a topical corticosteroid and repair the skin with emollients.

Dyshidrotic eczema

Dyshidrosis is unique in that it is limited to the hands and feet and is often very painful. As with all types of eczema, symptoms include redness and itching, as well as small blisters that dry out and form little scabs.

 

Causes of dyshidrosis

What causes this type of eczema? Little is known about the causes, but there are various triggering or aggravating factors: stress, sweat, contact allergies (nickel, cobalt) or even a foot mycosis.

 

Often linked to atopic skin, it tends to flare up more in the spring during allergy and hay fever season. Some people struggle with it more in the summer due to the heat, especially when associated with excessive sweating.

 

How to get soothing relief

This type of eczema is often chronic (coming back several times over the course of your life). As a topical treatment, cortisone cream can help soothe flare-ups. Another thing to watch out for is a mycosis between the toes, for which the treatment may heal dyshidrosis. A preventive treatment to keep skin hydrated is often recommended. Other treatments are also available if symptoms persist.

 

Good habits

 

Whatever the cause, dyshidrosis is aggravated by sweat, which is why we recommend wearing cotton socks. Smoking can also be an aggravating factor, as well as very foamy cleansing products.

Best Pregnancy Shoes of 2021

Best Pregnancy Shoes of 2021

You know you need to buy new maternity clothes to accommodate your growing body during pregnancy — but did you know you may need new shoes as well?

You probably expect your feet to swell when you’re expecting, but you also need good footwear to provide stability and support as your weight increases and your center of balance shifts.

To make sure you stay comfortable and prevent injury, you need to choose the right shoes. But functional shoes don’t have to be ugly!

Do I Need Different Shoes for Pregnancy?

Yes!

First, your feet will grow — up to half a size during pregnancy — and this change may be permanent . Your old shoes may be too tight and uncomfortable as your pregnancy progresses.

Your feet will swell, too. Water retention is common during pregnancy, and especially after a great deal of use your feet and ankles may swell. Restrictive footwear might quickly become difficult to put on if this happens to you.

How to Choose the Best Shoes for Pregnancy

When choosing shoes to wear while pregnant, try to keep the following things in mind.

  • Slip-on:Slip-on shoes are a pregnant woman’s best friend. Not only do they allow swollen feet to get in and out easily, but you don’t have to figure out how to bend over and tie them.
  • Rubber soles:Rubber is a fantastic shock absorber and can help alleviate some of the joint discomfort associated with pregnancy. They also provide great grip which can help you avoid slips and falls.
  • Low heel:A low heel offers more stability than a high heel, and more support and protection than ballet flats.
  • Arch support:To prevent foot pain, choose a pair of shoes with good support in the arch, which is in the center of the bottom of your foot.

The Best Shoes for Pregnancy in 2021

Here are our all-time favorite shoes for pregnancy.

1. Skechers Sport Empire Sneaker

Best Athletic Shoes for Pregnancy

Best Pregnancy Shoes

These sneakers are super fashionable, and you don’t even have to lace them up. They’re designed as slip-ons and even have air-cooled memory foam inside to help you stay comfortable.

The midsole has built-in shock absorption, and the uppers are flexible enough to accommodate feet that may or may not be swelling. And the non-skid sole will help to prevent slips, keeping you safe and upright whether you’re working out at the gym or just hanging around your house.

Pros

    • They have shock absorption.
  • Convenient slip-ons so they won’t take forever to put on.
  • They have a super comfortable memory foam sole.
  • The uppers are flexible.

2. Vionic Women’s Fitness Shoes

Best Slip On Pregnancy Shoes

Best Pregnancy Shoes

These shoes have an orthotic insert included helping keep your feet happy, healthy, and comfortable. The upper is made from breathable mesh, which will allow the shoe to “give” a little if you need the room while still offering adequate support.

The sole is made from rubber to help keep you from slipping, and it also provides shock absorption to alleviate the stress on your joints.

And finally, the slip-on design means you won’t have to figure out how to bend over and tie your laces.

Pros

  • It has a rubber sole.
  • It is a slip-on.
  • It has an orthotic insert.

Cons

  • They run large.
  • They can only be hand washed.

3. Tom’s Women’s Classic Flats

Best Pregnancy Shoes for Swollen Feet

Best Pregnancy Shoes

 

These shoes are great for your swollen feet during pregnancy because they don’t have a restrictive ankle, allowing ample room for them to expand if need be.

These tend to run a bit large anyway, and the canvas material has a lot of give, keeping your feet comfortable as your swelling goes up and down, depending on the day.

They have a non-skid, synthetic sole to help prevent slipping. And even though they’re called “flats,” they do have a supportive insole with arch support to help prevent the bottom of your feet from becoming fatigued.

Pros

  • They are slip-ons.
  • Your purchase helps a charitable organization.
  • There are many color options available, in a chic, minimalist style.

Cons

  • They’re not available in wide sizes.
  • The canvas may stretch and lose its shape over time.
  • Some women find they wear down pretty quickly.

4. Crocs Women’s Swiftwater Sandals

Best Sandals for Pregnancy

Best Pregnancy Sandals

Crocs have quite the reputation — for incredible comfort paired with incredible ugliness. Thankfully they’ve expanded their line and now have these new sandals which happily combine both comfy and cute.

The design will accommodate a swollen or expanding foot, and the rubber sole will keep you safe from slips. Added traction will also help keep you upright, and a foam cushion will keep your feet comfy.

The contoured foot offers adequate arch support, and the low heel holds your foot in a proper anatomical position.

Pros

  • Waterproof so that you could take them to the beach.
  • They have great traction.
  • Slip on easily.
  • They have cushioning.

Cons

  • Not available in half sizes.
  • The uppers are made of a plastic/synthetic material, which might aggravate the skin.

5. Aerosole’s Women’s Ballet Flats

Best Dress Shoes for Pregnancy

Best Pregnancy Dress Shoes

These have memory foam in the footbed to keep your feet from aching after a long day. They have a wide, low heel that provides some shock absorption and keeps your foot in its proper position, helping to prevent joint pain.

Made from textiles and synthetic materials, they may not be as flashy as the shoes you used to wear, but there are still several different cute designs to choose from.

You can jump back into those heels after the baby comes — but for now, you might want to stick with conservative footwear to preserve your comfort.

Pros

  • Memory foam in the footbed.
  • It absorbs the shock of impact when walking.
  • Very low, comfortable heel.

Cons

  • Some reviewers found that they rubbed.
  • They run a little small.

 

6. Propet Travelfit Slide Walking Shoe

Best Arch Support Shoes for Pregnancy

Best Arch Support Pregnancy Shoes This shoe combines the comfort of an athletic shoe with the ease of a sandal. The slip-on design allows you to put them on hands-free, but the adjustable laces will help to ensure a snug, custom fit regardless of whether your feet have swelled up or not.

The upper is full-coverage and offers your foot support and protection. They’re also breathable to keep your foot from overheating when you wear them. Finally, they’re lightweight but still offer good arch support to help prevent joint pain or injury.

Pros

  • Breathable so that you can wear them in hotter weather.
  • They’re lightweight and will pack easily.
  • They have great arch support.
  • Slip-on style so you won’t need to bend over to put them on.

Cons

  • They don’t offer ankle support since they’re completely open at the heel.
  • A long, narrow shoe, which might not work for some foot shapes.

7. Orthofeet Orthotic Sneakers

Best Pregnancy Shoes for Back Pain

These shoes were specifically designed with foot-related pain and medical conditions in mind. The orthotic insole includes a gel pad at the heel along with fantastic arch support to minimize stress and back pain.

They also have air pockets under the feet to help with shock absorption, and theBest Pregnancy Shoes for Back Pain uppers were designed to minimize pressure points.

While they do come with traditional laces, you can always swap them out for the elastic no-tie versions they sell for kids, so you don’t have to bend over and tie them as your belly grows.

Pros

  • Designed primarily for foot health.
  • They offer ankle support.
  • Great arch support.
  • They absorb shock while walking, which makes a big difference to joint pain.

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What Causes sore feet?

Pain in your toes, heels, ankles, and arches can really put a damper on your quality of life, especially when it’s chronic. Getting to the root of the issue is the first step in fixing the problem. So, what causes sore feet?

There are many potential culprits behind tenderness, throbbing, and inflammation. Find a rundown of the various causes of sore feet below along with available Vionic orthotics to alleviate these symptoms.

 

21 SORE FEET CAUSES

Here at Vionic, we believe comfortable, pain-free feet are the key to happiness. Think about it: If you can’t walk without feeling discomfort or opt out of activities for fear it’ll make things worse, you might miss out on life’s greatest joys.

Some of the most common sore feet causes include:

  • Bunions
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Bone spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar warts
  • Heel spur
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Extensor tendonitis
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoe
  • Claw toe
  • Turf toe
  • Stress fractures
  • Improper footwear

Here’s what you should know about these potential causes and what your options are for addressing further foot problems.

 

Bunions

Bunions are bony bumps at the base of the big toe.¹ What causes bunions? They typically form when bones in the front of the foot shift out of place, pulling the big toe toward the other toes and forcing the joints to stick outward.

You’ll usually be able to see the protrusion and might notice redness around the area. Tight-fitting shoes are not only a potential cause of bunions, but they can also make existing ones worse. Foot deformities and certain medical conditions can result in bunions as well. If you’re wondering can bunions be reversed, check out our blog for more information as well as some of the best sandals for bunions available on our site.

 

Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail happens when the side or upper corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin.² While it occurs most often with the big toe, you can get ingrown toenails on any toe. At best, they can cause redness and discomfort, and at worst, they can be incredibly painful and lead to infection.

 

Bone Spurs

A bone spur occurs when excess bone forms at the end or edge of a bone in the foot, creating a hard, smooth bump.³ Also called osteophytes, these bony projections are sometimes associated with osteoarthritis and can go unnoticed for years before a person starts experiencing foot pain or discomfort.

 

Plantar Fasciitis

Among the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia (the band of tissue connecting the toes to the heel) becomes inflamed. It can result in soreness, ongoing discomfort, and often a sharp pain. Runners, overweight individuals, and those who wear shoes that lack support have the highest risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

 

Plantar Warts

A plantar wart is a small growth on the foot, usually under weight-bearing areas like the heel and ball of the foot.⁴ This condition is caused by HPV (​​human papillomavirus). When the virus enters the body through a cut or scrape on the bottom of the foot, the weighted pressure creates warts.

 

Heel Spurs

Occurring in half of people with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs are calcium deposits that create a bone-like protrusion underneath the heel bone.⁵ The condition can be painless, though the inflammation can also lead to chronic foot pain, soreness, and discomfort.

 

Morton’s Neuroma

Often causing a sharp or stinging pain in the ball of the foot, Morton’s neuroma is a thickened nerve tissue between the toes.⁵ It can feel like you have a small rock in your shoe or like your sock is on wrong. Morton’s neuroma usually requires medical attention in addition to switching out your shoes for better footwear.

 

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can cause tingling, numbness, weakness, a burning sensation, or sharp pain in the feet.⁶ It can also affect the hands and other parts of the body.

 

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Your tarsal tunnel is the narrow space inside your ankle next to your bones. Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) happens when nerves get pinched or compressed while passing through this tunnel.⁷ The condition can cause soreness, numbness, and severe pain.

 

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendinitis occurs when the tissue connecting to the calf muscle to the lower leg is injured or inflamed as a result of overuse.⁸ It’s relatively common among athletes and recreational exercisers and is associate with leg pain and chronically sore feet.

 

Extensor Tendonitis

Your extensor tendons are found in the muscles used to flex your feet and raise your toes. Extensor tendonitis happens when these ligaments become inflamed, which leads to swelling and pain.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect every part of the body, including the feet. If you have the condition, you might feel stiff, tender, or achy, especially after walking, running, or standing for long periods.

 

Flat Feet

Flat feet (or fallen arches) mean the soles of your feet are flat and touch the floor entirely in a standing position.¹¹ Some people experience fallen arches after an injury or with age, while others never develop arches during childhood.

 

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a type of foot deformity resulting from imbalanced muscles and ligaments that are supposed to hold the toe straight.¹² It can happen following an injury or develop from wearing improper shoes.

 

Claw Toe

Claw toe happens when the outermost joints in a toe bend inward like a claw and are unable to straighten back out.¹³ The painful, potentially debilitating condition can be hereditary or a result of a muscle imbalance—but ill-fitting footwear can also be a culprit.

 

Turf Toe

Turf toe occurs when the big toe bends too far, ultimately tearing ligaments in the joint.¹⁴ As the name suggests, this painful foot ailment is common among football players and track athletes who push off from their toes before a sprint.

 

Stress Fracture

A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone, typically resulting in overuse.¹⁵ This type of foot injury often shows up in the weight-bearing bones in the feet and ankles. Stress fractures can be immensely painful and are generally accompanied by swelling and ongoing tenderness.

Wearing the Wrong Shoe Size

Wearing the Wrong Shoe Size

Wearing the right shoe size doesn’t just keep you comfortable—it can also prevent various foot-related ailments and painful conditions. If you haven’t measured your feet in years (or ever), we highly recommend doing so. You might be surprised how much better your puppies feel when you rock the proper size and width.

 

Unsupportive Footwear

Beyond getting the proper size, wearing supportive footwear is crucial in preventing aching feet and soreness. Look for a pair with sufficient arch support and heel stability, like the stylish shoes we carry at Vionic—extra points if they have the APMA Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association.

 

 

Best Adidas Shoes for female Nurses 2021

Adidas is a top brand when it comes to high quality, reliable and durable shoes. Nurses spend most of their time on their feet, which is why many gravitate to Adidas shoes.

If you are a nurse in the market for a new pair of Adidas shoes, you have come to the righ t place.

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1. Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 20 Running Shoe

Adidas Ultraboost has been dubbed the most responsive shoes. These shoes have 20% more Boost, therefore, increasing the energy given back with every step.

Apart from excellent responsiveness, these shoes are also super lightweight to provide the comfort needed by nurses throughout their shifts.

Adidas Ultraboost is designed with a Primeknit upper body that stretches and mold to the feet like a sock.

The material is breathable to keep the feet fresh hence preventing odors from sweat and bacteria.

The shoes’ design also features tailored fiber placement that reinforces every part of the shoe for a secure fit and stability with every step.

The motion weave technology also holds your fit in place while still offering flexibility for comfortable walking and running.

These shoes are designed with a snug fit to prevent chaffing from friction hence protecting nurses from abrasions, blisters, and even rashes.

The midsole features responsive Boost cushioning for comfort and the stabilizing torsion spring for stability.

The outsole is designed with the Stretchweb Continental rubber that flexes and stretches as you walk to offer traction with all floors.

Pros

  • These shoes come in a variety of neutral colors suitable for nurses.
  • Super responsive sole.
  • Slip-resistant outsole.

Cons

  • Narrow toe box.
  • Size runs slim.

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2. Adidas Women’s Senseboost Go Running Shoes

Adidas Women’s Senseboost Go is very simple and elegant, making them suitable for nurses going for a minimalistic design.

These shoes have a sleek silhouette and come in neutral colors. These shoes boast of an innovative boost, highly responsive midsole that gives energy back with every step.

The cushioning is sufficient for nurses that work long hours on their feet.

The cushioning also makes these shoes very comfortable to walk in throughout the day.

These shoes also feature a wide footbed platform, which makes them suitable for nurses with wide feet.

The outsole is made of their flexible Stretchweb rubber, which flexes and creates traction as you walk. The rubber is slip-resistant, and the flexing makes walking more comfortable.

Pros

  • Suitable for nurses with wide feet.
  • Comes in neutral colors for strict workplaces dress codes.
  • Cushioned for comfort and stability.

Cons

  • Size runs larger.

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3. Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe

Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoes are an ideal shoe for nurses who are all about simplicity.

These simple but stylish shoes provide unmatched comfort and stability throughout the day.

These shoes will have you feeling like you are walking on clouds throughout your shift.

The shoes are made in size and fitting specific to women. The shoe offers excellent arch support for nurses with problematic arches and feet problems.

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They are made using a soft, knit material that conforms to the foot offering a snug fit.

Thanks to this perfect fit, these shoes will not cause any chaffing that can leads to blisters on the ankles and neck of the shoes.

The midsole of these shoes features the Cloudfoam cushioning, which offers excellent comfort and support for the feet. These shoes are just so effortless.

They go well with your work attire and whatever you need to change to after work.

They come in multiple color combinations, for example, white on black, black on white, black on black, and carbon on hazel coral.

These colors would suit any professional setting.

Pros

  • Rubber outsole for traction.
  • Provides excellent comfort and support.
  • Very simple and elegant.

Cons

  • Size runs small.
  • Unsuitable for people with wide feet.

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4. Adidas Women’s Kaptir X Running Shoes

Adidas Women’s Kaptir X Running Shoes also offer a very simple design for nurses that have dress codes to adhere to.

These shoes come in a simple knit upper with polished details. The knit upper is designed to conform to the shoe and offer a snug fit to protect the wearer from chaffing.

The soft material of the knit upper also provides a soft feel to the skin.

The midsole is designed using Cloufoam to offer maximum comfort and support. The midsole is also very responsive, giving back energy with every step.

These shoes are very breathable to prevent the growth of bacteria, which causes odors.

The rubber outsole gives the traction the need to walk and run on different floors without tripping.

Pros

  • Come in neutral color range.
  • A modern, sleek look.
  • Come in women-specific fit.
  • Easy slip-on design.

Cons

  • Narrow toe box.

5. Adidas Original Women’s Stan Smith Sneaker

You can never go wrong with the Adidas Originals Stan Smith Sneaker. These shoes offer excellent service, making them a great choice for nurses.

Another feature you will love is the ease to clean.

These shoes feature a leather synthetic upper body meaning you can simply wipe them clean with a damp cloth and some soapy water whenever they get dirty.

These shoes are not the most comfortable, but they are highly sought after because of the chic design. Stan Smiths come in 20 different colors.

A nurse can go with the plain white for strict workplaces and add a touch of color if you want stylish shoes for your outfit after work.

Pros

  • Stan Smith highly sought-after shoes.
  • Available in a wide variety of colors.
  • Simple and comfortable design.
  • Non-slip outsole.

Cons

  • Stiff and may need breaking in.

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5 Men’s Shoe Hacks That Make You Look Taller Instantly

 

Who doesn’t want to look a little taller? If you are not blessed with a perfect height of 6 feet tall, you will always crave for a few little extra inches. Well, till a certain age your body grows, but beyond that, technically it doesn’t anymore. Complan can’t help you here. So what can? Some shoe hacks that make you look taller! Yes, there are some hacks that can easily make you look taller without compromising on your comfort.

5 Shoe Hacks That Make You Look Taller!

Here, we have curated 5 shoe hacks which can immediately make you look taller than you usually are. You can use any of them, or all of them to increase your social height for a few inches. But, this is not the end. After the shoe hacks, we have some bonus points for you. Hang on till the end.

 

1. Opt For Formal Shoes With Heels

We understand that most of us love to wear sports shoes, loafers, or flip-flops for daily use. Well, for the daily rough usage they seem fine. But when you have a meeting or any event where you want to look a little taller than you usually are, formal shoes will do the wonders. Also, make sure you choose formal shoes that are pointy, not round in shape.

The sharp pointy edge on a point will bring the needful edgy look to your height. A formal shoe with a 1.5 inch to 2 inches heel can immediately make your height 5’10” to 6’.

 

Wear Elevator Shoes

2. Wear Elevator Shoes

Recently, elevator shoes have taken the men’s fashion by storm, especially short men. So what are elevator shoes? As the name says, these shoes are specially designed to elevate your height by 2.5 to 5 inches extra. And only the short people can understand how those few inches can bring wonders to them.

These shoes have a special kind of sole which further has a special kind of padding, which helps you to look a little taller. In addition, there’s a very subtle heel that won’t look awkward at all when you are socializing. This kind of shoe is perfect when you want to boost up your self-confidence about your height without prepping too much for it.

This elevator shoes also looks very stylish, so you do not need to compromise on your style at all. Another major benefit of wearing elevator shoes is they help you to maintain a good posture of your body. Having a good and straight posture of your body will anyway make you look taller. As most of the men shrink a little down. This is one of the best shoe hacks that make you look taller.

3. Lifters Or Insoles

There are loads of people who are insecure about their heights, who aren’t comfortable to socialize at their normal height. It is a possibility that you are surrounded by tall friends and you feel extremely low of yourself. Well, not anymore. With this hack, it will ease most of your pain immediately.

There are lifters or Insoles which helps you to increase a few inches in your height. Suppose, you increase a good 4 inches using an insole. 4 inches will definitely make a significant difference in your height.

Here, you do not need to buy a new pair of shoes or the so-called elevator shoes! This insole will make your current shoe inclined from within. There’s thick padding in the sole which will make any of your shoes, an elevator shoe. How cool is that? One of the best shoe hacks that make you look taller.

Yes, one thing to remember. You should always get shoes that have a little extra space at the ankle area, so that when you use the insole and wear the shoes, it doesn’t look like your ankles are at discomfort, of hanging outside. That’s it.

4. Wear Thick Cushioned Shoes

It is not possible to wear formals everywhere. You will also need to chill at some events or days of life and you will prefer normal shoes(mostly casuals) that are mot yelling ‘I am here for a meeting!’. However, that would have not helped you with increasing your height before, now there are shoes that are very heavily cushioned from inside.

The thick layer of the cushion provides a lot of major benefits, and that is why you should get one asap! Firstly, it helps you to increase your height by 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches. Secondly, it provides a cream level of comfort to your legs. Such a level of comfort is any day appreciated with the biggest value of increased height. Thirdly, the cushion helps your back to stand straight with the right posture.

With the right posture, one person can anyway look taller than the average men of India, as they are always a little crumpled at their spine. So the thickly cushioned shoes are the ultimate benefits package. Also, as a bonus point, they are very fashionable. If you are even a little fashion-freak, high chances that you will fall head over heels for the shoes.

5. Use Shoes With Short Neck

Amidst so many shoe hacks that make you look taller, this one is the most subtle one yet very important. People usually go for shoes which are high-neck. It’s okay for the tall people but however, when you being a short person wear a high neck shoe, it hides more space of your leg, which makes the visual of you being short.

 

How to Identify Genuine Leather

 

Objects made of leather are a class apart from any synthetic fiber due to their natural, rich and elegant finish. Today, many similar looking synthetic materials are available in the market sold at a much cheaper price. There are also products that are made only in part with pure leather but are branded as ‘genuine leather’ or ‘made with genuine leather’. These are ambiguous terms used by marketers to mislead consumers. If you are planning to buy a top quality leather product, which is quite expensive, you must be able to tell genuine leather from synthetic on your own.

real leather

Be wary of any product that doesn’t specifically claim to be real leather.

If it is labeled as ‘manmade material,’ it is definitely synthetic leather. But if it doesn’t say anything at all, chances are good the manufacturer wants to conceal the fact that it isn’t real leather.[1] Of course, used goods may have lost their tags. But most manufacturers are proud of the fact that they use real leather, and will note it as following:

  • Real leather
  • Genuine leather
  • Top/Full grain leather
  • Made with animal products

check the surface of leather

Check the surface grain, the little “pebbles” and pores, for imperfections and uniqueness that signal genuine leather.

 

Imperfections, in leather, are actually a good thing. Remember, real leather is made from animal skin, and thus each piece is as random and unique as the animal it came from. Very regular, even, and similar grains often indicate a machine-made piece.[2]

  • Real leather might have scratches, creases, and wrinkles — this is a good thing!
  • Note that, as manufacturers get more skilled, their designs are better mimicking real leather. This makes buying online, where you only have a picture, very difficult to do.

 

press the leather

Press into the leather, looking for creases and wrinkles.

Real leather will wrinkle under the tough, just like real skin. Synthetic materials usually just depress down under your finger, retaining rigidity and shape.

smell the leather

 Smell the leather, searching for a natural, musty smell instead of plastic-like or chemical-y.

If you’re completely unsure of the smell you’re looking for, head into a store that you know sells genuine leather and test out a few bags and shoes. Ask if they have any synthetic pieces and smell those as well. Once you know what you’re looking for, the smell differences will be unmistakable.

  • Remember, leather is just worked animal skin. Faux leather is made of plastic. It seems obvious, but real leather will smell like skin and fake will smell like plastic.

 

fire test for identify real leather

Use the fire test, recognizing that it will likely ruin part of the good.

While there are few circumstances where burning a good is preferable to leaving it alone, this experiment works if you have a small, hard-to-see area that you can test, like the underside of a couch. Hold a flame up to the area for 5-10 seconds to test it out:

  • Real leather will only char slightly, and smell a bit like burnt hair.
  • Faux leather will actually catch flame, and smells like burning plastic

 

identify real leather

Note the edges, as real leather has rough edges where faux has even, perfect edges.

 

Machine made leather looks machine cut. Real leather is made of many strands, which naturally fray around the edges. Faux leather made from plastic has no such strands, meaning the edges are cleanly cut

 

identify the real leather

Bend the leather, looking for it to change color slightly in real leather.

 

Similar to the “wrinkle test,” real leather has a unique elasticity when bent, changing color and wrinkling up naturally. Faux leather is much more rigid and regular, and will usually be difficult to bend by comparison.

identify real leather

Drop a small amount of water on the good, as real leather absorbs moisture.

If the good is fake, the water will simply puddle up on top. But real leather will absorb a small drop of water in only a few seconds , telling you quickly if it is genuine

identify real leather

Know that real leather goods are rarely ever cheap.

 

A product completely made of real leather will be quite expensive. They usually sell at fixed prices. Shop around and get a feel for the price of real leather, semi leather, and synthetic leather products to understand the differences between them. Among leathers, cow leather price is the highest due to its durability and easy tanning property. Split leather, which is an under layer split from the surface layer, is less expensive than top grain or belting leather.

  • If a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is. Real leather is expensive.
  • While all real leather goods are much more expensive than fake, there are actually different types of real leather as well, all with widely different pricing

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When Can Babies Start Wearing Shoes?

As parents, you may be too eager to adorn your little one’s feet with a smart and trendy pair of shoes. But you’re also going to be super curious about what age your baby can start wearing shoes and what kind of shoes you must buy. Well, look no further – your questions are answered in this post. Here, we have tried to answer most questions parents have about shoes for babies, including the right time to buy the first pair. Read on for more information.

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When to Buy Baby’s First Pair of Shoes

So, when do babies need shoes or when can you put shoes on a baby? If this question has been popping in your head, we suggest that you wait at least until the time your baby is ready to walk outdoors. When your baby is learning to walk, you must let him go barefoot. This is because going barefoot can help your baby gather coordination and balance his steps better.

Should Pre-Walkers Wear Shoes?

Many parents wonder it babies should wear shoes while they are learning how to walk. Well, it is not highly recommended for young babies. You may, however, use shoes to protect your baby’s feet from cold or injury, but it may be better to let your baby roam about barefoot. If you are keen on getting shoes for your little one who is still learning to walk, you may get a pair with a soft sole, is comfortable, breathable and flexible.

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Can Wearing Shoes Develop Strong Ankles in Babies?

There is no proof that wearing shoes may help your baby develop stronger ankles; in fact, their ankles are quite strong and sturdy and don’t really need support. However, shoes are great for providing protection to your baby’s feet from any kind of injury or from cold floors in the winter months. This doesn’t mean you strap on his shoes as soon as he starts walking around the house though; you wouldn’t make him wear mittens while he crawls around the house all the time, now would you! A young baby needs to feel the surface beneath him when he begins walking.

Now, we have already mentioned the shoes you choose for your baby should have a soft sole and should be comfortable. But, with a plethora of options available in the market today, it might be quite confusing for you to buy the right pair. Below, we provide some ideas that are stylish and safe for babies.

Popular Shoe Styles for Baby Girls and Baby Boys

There are separate varieties of baby shoes available for girls and boys. Following are some of the styles that you may choose from:

Shoe Styles for Baby Boys

Here are some shoe styles for your little boy:

  • Moccasins
  • Boots (ideal for cold weathers)
  • Walking sneakers (available with Velcro, laces or snaps options)
  • Slip-on shoes (for pre-walkers)

Shoe Styles for Baby Girls

Here are some shoe styles that you may choose from for your little princess:

  • Slip-on shoes (for pre-walkers)
  • Booties or boots
  • Mary Janes
  • Moccasins
  • Walking sneakers (available with Velcro, laces or snaps options)
  • Sandals with ankle straps

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Baby Shoe Sizes By Age

Every child grows differently, and, thus, may have a different shoe size. Here, we have some generic US shoe sizes for babies categorised on the age groups:

  • Your 0 to 3 months old baby may need size 1 shoe (3.5 inches approximately).
  • Your 3 to 6 months old baby may require size 2 shoe (3.75 inches approximately).
  • At 6 to 9 months of age, your baby may need size 2.5 or 3 (4 to 4.20 inches).
  • Your 9 to 12 months old toddler may require size 3.5 or 4 (4.20 to 4.5 inches).
  • Your 12 to an 18 months old kid may need size 4.5 or 5 (4.5 to 4.75 inches).
  • At 18 to 24 months of age, your kid may require size 5.5 or 6 shoes (4.75 to 5.25 inches approximately).

These sizes should help you understand your child’s requirement, but you need to bear a few more things in your mind before you buy shoes for your little one.

 

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The summer footwear guide

Men who live in truly hot climates, whose summers are long and guaranteed sunny, rather than just surprisingly so for the odd week, understand the importance of shoes built for warm weather. To us, it can seem unimportant; if you’ve swapped the jeans for shorts, you feet can survive in the trainers you wore all winter. But that ignores both the pleasure of ventilated feet, and the practicalities of how much they swell and sweat as they start to cook.

“Seasonality is a huge part of dressing well,” says Thread stylist Luke McDonald. This applies equally to what you put on your body and what shoes you slip into. “Footwear can make or break an outfit and that doesn’t change in the summer. With the right shoes, you can quickly ruin or perfect a look.”

The style that’s right depends on your outfit, but whatever you choose, they need to be breathable. “You want something light,” says Luke. “Lighter fabrics, lighter colours. Something that is relaxed, easy to slip on, less formal and more fun.”

One big footwear mistake is thinking that one pair of summer shoes will work anywhere, any time the sun’s out. But your sandals are not suitable at work, weddings, or a host of places in between. Like in winter, you need to suit style to occasion. “Suede is the dream for anything more dressed up, it’s lighter and more relaxed than leather but looks great in warm weather,” says Luke. Here’s five styles to add to your warm-weather inventory.

Read more: How to find comfortable shoes?

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Sandals

Why they work in summer: “The closest you can get to going barefoot while actually wearing shoes,” says Luke. “They’re cool, practical and a smart leather style can be really elegant.”

Key features: An open toe with straps that go over the foot, attaching the sole to the top. They can be leather, canvas, bright colours or neutrals.

How to wear them: “The easiest way is with shorts and a t-shirt or a short-sleeve shirt. For a twist on smart-casual, a slim suit with leather sandals and a t-shirt looks great.” Just please, not with socks.

Ankle boots

Why they work in summer: Desert boots were designed to be worn by soldiers in the desert, so were literally made for hot weather. Ideal when you want something smart, but still lightweight and breathable.

Key features: Either in leather or suede, the desert boot is ankle height and lightweight, with a slight heel and thick, sturdy sole.

How to wear them: “They look great with chinos or dark denim. The military history gives then a real heritage feel, so they’re perfect with something like a chambray or check shirt. They’re a perfect smart-casual summer shoe.”

summer shoes

Light trainers

Why they work in summer: Trainers work year round, but summer’s inspired a glut of specific designs, from skate shoes to tennis sneakers.

Key features: The key summer update is the fabric – you want something breathable, like mesh, suede or canvas. Then, tweak the colour. When the weather’s nice, white won’t stain. But it’s also a perfect time for bright shades like yellow or even lavender.

How to wear them: “The ultimate in casual, they’ll work with anything from shorts and a t-shirt to chinos and a bright camp collar shirt. If you fancy the no-sock look, opt for an invisible sock instead.”

Summer shoes: Boat shoes

Why they work in summer: “A nautical classic worn by sailors since the 1930s, they’re no longer reserved for anyone braving the high seas. Smart and preppy but not too formal.”

Key features: Typically canvas or leather with stitching around the shoe. They have a non-slip sole and are designed to get wet and dry out quickly – ideal for the deck of a boat, or a spot of paddling.

How to wear them: “They work best in preppy looks; think a pale sweatshirt with a solid coloured polo and tan chinos. Look to JFK for inspiration.”


Espadrilles

Why they work in summer: They’re the lightest shoe you can have without resorting to a sandal, good enough for Salvador Dali and Miami Vice’s Sonny Crockett. Perfect if you want something cooling, but like to keep your toes covered.

Key features: A rope or jute sole and canvas top. Colours and patterns will vary but if it’s not canvas, and it doesn’t have a woven sole, it’s not an espadrille.

How to wear them: “Always without socks. If you really can’t forgo the sock, make it invisible. It’s a relaxed shoe so looks great with wider fitting chinos or linen trousers.”

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