What To Expect From Women’s Shoes This Summer

Even with the approach of summer, it’s still not time to shun the high leather boots and shoes. It’s always important to have a pair of boots that can handle the unpredictability of the weather, and it seems we’re getting more used to this. Shoe designers understand this too, and have been launching some exciting styles right now. Here are a few things to look out for with the coming season’s ladies footwear.

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When is a shoe not a shoe?

The world of ladies shoes and boots has always had playful designs, and in 2012 this has been taken up a notch. Expect to find some fun mimicry in shoe designs. Prada has already unveiled shoes that are reminiscent of the chrome and curves of American cars of the 1950s and 60s. Alexander McQueen is a label that understands the trends perfectly, and has created shoes that look like sexy biker jackets for the feet. If that’s hard to imagine, just think of cute, leather lapels on your shoes.

Retro is dead. Long live Vintage

The day glow of the 80s is starting to leave everyone a little dead eyed. It reached its absolute pinnacle during last year’s party season when office parties were awash with shocking pink suits and blinding green dresses (thanks Versace at H&M!). Now thoughts are stepping away from these sharp angles and neon colors, turning their interests to simpler times. The 50s and early 60s are starting to feel the love, with shoes to match. Elegant lines and vintage patterns are the order of the day. With boots, expect to find fabric insets and motifs with a post war feel to them.

It’s all in the heel

Heels rule. It’s as true now as it always has been, certainly for high fashion. The reality, however, is that while many of us enjoy a high heel it’s usually for special occasions and making that big impression. We shouldn’t feel guilty if we need to spend any time in our shoes while feeling comfortable. There are brands that have found a happy medium, such as Lola Cruz and Terra Plana shoes. These brands are able to create fashion forward looks without a maddeningly high heel, bringing plenty of lift and effective support. If, however, you are looking for a fun high heeled shoe, the clear acrylic high heels and stacked soles are a proper eye opener!

These are some of the looks to watch out for among the new season of women’s shoes. There’s plenty coming your way, so keep an eye out for some exciting boots and shoes for ladies over the summer months!

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6 Top Footcare Tips

Our feet have to handle abuse on a daily basis. There’s very little respite until the end of the day when we can, with relief, kick our shoes off.

It’s important to look after our feet. As a piece of advice that might seem obvious, but it’s easy to ignore, which we do all the time! Our body has a way of telling us if there’s something wrong, and you can usually tell when your feet require some much needed TLC. Here are a few tips that might help with the care of your feet.

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1. Wash your feet every day. Scrubbing in the shower doesn’t count here, as your feet don’t get the sufficient soaking that they need. Wash your feet in warm, salt water for 10 minutes or more, and it serves to ease away stress while cleansing and deodorising. Be wary not to soak your feet daily, as this can dry out the foot’s natural oils.

2. Dry skin. Many people will experience dry skin on their feet most of their lives. At best, it can be a mild irritation, but at worst it can lead to physical pain, especially if the hardened skin cracks. Use a pumice stone to remove the hardened skin before it becomes too severe, while giving your feet a good soak.

3. Trimming toenails. There is a correct way to cut your toenails that will help to avert such ailments as in-growing nails. Cut straight across the nail, as cutting down into the corners will lead to in-grown toenails.

4. The right shoes. Buying the right shoes for your feet is essential for their wellbeing. Choose your footwear based on how they would fit after being worn for long periods. Of course, there are shoes that don’t take comfort as a priority, and worn occasionally there should be few problems. A great tip is to buy shoes later in the afternoon after your feet have swollen a little, which is normal – don’t panic!

5. Sun block. When enjoying the day out in sunny weather, particularly on the beach or spending a lot of time in flip flops, your feet are at risk from sun damage. Your feet need as much protection as the rest of your body, so be sure to apply sunscreen and keep it topped up throughout the day.

6. Professional help. If you find that you are struggling with any foot complaint, such as infections or pain, do consult your doctor or chiropodist. Even the odd twinge can be an early indicator of infection.

With these tips you should be able to keep your feet in good working order, but always seek professional advice when needed.

 

Rainbow’s End has a great choice of footwear from brands such as Marco Tozzi, FitFlop and Heavenly Feet shoes.

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