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Really simple ways to care for your shoes

Not all shoes are made in the same way with same material. Sneakers are different from leather brogue. Have you ever been in a situation where your newly bought darlings have become useless after a wash? If you have, come take a closer look. This article is for you. If shoes are taken care of properly based on their individual characteristics, any shoes and soles are going to endure what your feet are about to inflict on them. Here are some of really simple ways to take care of your beloved shoes.

 

  1. Leather shoes, don’t know how to care for them? Expert advices people to polish them often. As soon as you buy new pair of leathers, heeled or not, if they are made of leather polish them with good oil. Shoe polisher with shea butter has the ability to do wonders.
  2. Big fan of suede shoes? Not sure if you can handle the caring? I had those doubts, too. Don’t brace yourself from buying the perfect suede shoes that would go along with almost everything in your closet. Just learn the trick. After buying new pair of suede shoes, or after dry cleaning them protect them by brushing and spraying with water, oil, dust resistant protective sprays. Just be careful with the spray. Make sure your spray is translucent. You can even test the spray on other things.
  3. Are you having trouble with sore soles? Or do soles of your shoes keep getting damaged? Cannot seem to wear the shoes long enough? Protect the soles by adding a rubber layer, thin layer, on them. You can have a cobbler to place the layer.
  4. Do you wear canvas sneakers? Do you throw them into the washing machine? Stop and reconsider washing them by hand. By washing them by hand, the soles don’t get worn out. You get to wear your favourite sneakers longer.
  5. After wearing your shoes resist the urge to take them off and throw them into the closet. You can protect your shoes and decrease the number of washing by wiping off the dirt in the evening before putting them away.
  6. Rain? Has gotten your leather shoes wet in the rain? Don’t worry. Clean them, wipe them. Dry them. Soft brushes will get the dust and dirt off. After drying the shoes, apply cream and dry them overnight. It can restore the damage done by rain.
  7. The last but not the least is proper storage of your shoes. Cleaning shoes and dusting them will prevent any worn outs. Shaping the boots by putting heavy magazine in them. This will prevent the boots from losing their shape. Don’t put shoes soles on top of other shoes. It causes unwanted scratches and worn outs. Prevent those form happening by putting shoes in different plastic bags and store them.

 

With all these really simple ideas you could enjoy wearing any type of shoes without any hesitations.

Ancient and modern shoes

Shoes have always served practical, social and fashion purpose in our daily lives as long as we remember. Today, shoes vary dramatically in design, size, material and even in types. Such as: sneakers, boots, sandals and high-heals. We have abundant choice of shoes to choose from depending on the occasion. But how did they look in the older times? Were they made of leather, wood maybe silk? When did we start using shoes?

 

The earliest time, the archeologists and paleoarcheologist suggest that shoes were invented around the Middle Paleolithic period which is approximately 40.000 years ago based on the drawings of people with shoe like wrappings in caves. However, at the time shoes were not used daily by the population. Starting from the Upper Paleolithic period, shoes became consistent usage of the citizens. The earliest shoes that archeologists found is made of soft leather and looked like sandals or moccasins.  Interestingly enough, we still wear sandals and loafers which resembles the moccasins. Thus, every footwear that we use today could be traced down back to the history.

 

Sandals are a simple form of shoes that are used daily but its origins can be traced down in history. As they are suited well to hot, dry climates, and rocky regions, sandals protect the foot from poisonous insects, stones, and burning hot sand as well as keeping the foot aired and cool. They were used by the Anasazi of the American Southwest 10000 years ago for protections. In Asia, Japanese created the geta, a wood soled sandal worn with socks called tabi. For over 2,000 years, the geta has been a platform style sandal, like a flip-flop that kept the foot elevated from dampness and mud. In Egypt sandals’ purpose was focused more the on social status of the owner. Sandals depicted on the tomb of Ancient Egyptian reliefs look elegant in a way.  Beautiful sandals were a symbol of high social status. They were worn by the elite outdoors. One such example of this could be seen when Howard Carter discovered and opened the tomb of King Tut (1341 – 1323 BCE) he found 93 separate items or fragments of footwear including elaborately decorated flip-flops with marquetry veneer. The Creeks used sandals, especially the gladiators, whose sandals are still popular today.

As for moccasins, they are made out of a single piece of leather that is stitched together with laces. The basic moccasins were used for thousands of years worldwide.

Shoes were just protective method for years until the Middle ages. During Middle ages, evolution in shoes design and purpose was made. The shoes started to be made for right and left foot. As technologies developed, new kind of creativity entered into the production of shoes. Shoes were made according to the fashion and design. Thus, this change resulted in conveying of social status on the wearer. The first real fashion trend was seen in the 1100s. In this period long-pointed toes were popular. Only the rich and elite class had access to long pointed shoes during this period. As people’s desire to gain the famous shoes increased, regulations on what to wear were passed. These regulations restricted the types of clothing a person could wear depending on their station to prevent the people who are starting to get rich from mimicking the elite class. Restrictions were placed on the length of a shoe’s toe, limiting the length according to the wearer’s income and position in society. These long-pointed shoes were thing back in the 1990s, too. Later in the 15th century, high-heels came into trend. During this time wearing high-heels signified the status and wealth of the wearer. In the 17th century, it was a period for buckled shoes.

As for today, shoes have become a symbol of expressing oneself instead of social status. Shoes designs and trends evolve from season to season. However, their roots can always be found in the history.

Are high heels beneficial to health?

People prefer to wear different type of shoes. Some prefer sneakers while others prefer something a little higher, like high heels. For me, I am not a person of high heels, I prefer comfort. Moreover, I have no capability of walking on high heels.  Even with my limited experience with high heels, I have always wondered about the health impacts of wearing high heels on a daily basis. Speaking based on personal experience, high heels tend to cause foot pain and soreness in calves during the day and after taking them off. On top of that, after the day my soles would be crying in pain. I assume all these pains go away, once you get used to wearing the high heels.

 

Interestingly enough, talk about high heels never cease.  For example, there is a large amount of people who assume that wearing high heels on a daily basis tones the butt, calves and thighs. According to some, easy way to get Hollywood like butt with toned thighs is to wear high heels.  Yay for the high heel wearers, right?

 

Well, little bit deeper research into health benefits of high heels suggest a whole different view on that. Experts and researchers have found high heels to be the cause of foot pain, back pain, unnatural structure of backbone, nerve pain or even damage, knee damage, calluses, ankle sprains and even weakened calf muscles. Talk about the devil. It turns out they do no good in toning the muscles, rather they weaken them.

 

How do they cause all these negative health effects?

Wearing too high shoes for a long time with repetitive frequency causes musculoskeletal changes in human body.  For example,  British researchers found wearing high heels regularly over the course of a person’s life can actually shorten calf muscles by 13 percent. Can you believe that? This shortening of the calves causes discomfort even after the person takes off the high heels. Skeletal changes happen over long period of wearing. This include alterations of the spine and overuse of lumbar erector spinae muscle, which cause lower back pain. If people wear them long enough, high heels cause pelvic anteversion that could cause nerve damage. Remember nerves do not regenerate. Scary, right?

 

One could be reading this and thinking of never wearing high heels again. Well, do not worry. We, women still have the right to choose to wear high heels on a date, wedding or even a night-out. Ideally ditching high heels is for the best, but it is difficult. You can wear high heels, just be careful.

 

Follow the bellow mentioned precautions, and your risk for developing negative health effects will be reduced.

 

  • Don’t tempt to wear high heels every day, remember health comes first
  • If you choose to wear high heels, choose the right ones. Make sure they are comfortable, not too high and not narrow, tight-pointed.
  • If your work or the daily activity requires long periods of standing or walking, switch to sneakers.
  • Trim toenail before wearing high heels. This prevents ingrown toe nails. These could be a problem, as doctors tend to peel the nails to fix them.
  • After wearing high heels, relax your legs by soaking them in warm water and massaging your calves. These relaxes your contracted calf muscles and prevent them from shortening.
  • Never, ever wear high heels that are not your size.
  • When wearing high heels find time to sit down and stretch your calf muscles.
  • Remember, shorter the heel is the lesser the pressure will be on the knees.

 

Wearing high heels all the time might not be a wise choice for your health. Research suggests women aged from 20-30 wear high heels the most compared to other groups, the number of women who wear high heels often decreased compared to 1980s. However, we still like to wear high heels to special occasions. 77% of women who are attending a special occasion choose to wear high heels. I, too would definitely choose to wear high heels and bear the pain if I am attending a wedding. Wearing high heels sometimes would probably have no serious effects as long as we remember to choose the right height, right size and take some precautions. Have fun but healthy experience with heels.

 

Choose right shoes with these simple tips

Choosing and wearing the right shoes supports the daily activities and engages the wearer to be more active during the whole day.  Shoes are part of our fashion and part of expressing ourselves. Moreover, shoes were designed to protect and support the feet from unwanted encounters of the outside world. Have you ever bought shoes and regret the decision after wearing them through terrible discomfort? In fact, according to studies shoes can exacerbate and cause some toe pain issues. Choosing the right shoes has huge effects on the daily activities and the clothes.

 

The following tips will help you to choose the right shoes for you.

 

When to shop for shoes?

Our feet tend to swell and enlarge by 1-1.5cm after workout and walking. Also, on hot days of the summer the feet swell. Shopping after some activity can reduce the risk of buying smaller size for your feet. That’s why shopping for shoes in the afternoon is the best time. If you are shopping for shoes on cold days try to leave 1cm space in front of your shoes. Say bye to smaller size shoes problem.

 

Measure the size of your feet

In some shops, the shop assistant can measure your feet size. Whenever, this kind of service is available have them measure your shoes and take their recommendations into consideration.

 

Enough room is essential

For running sneakers, try to move your fingers inside the shoes. Are you able to move all the fingers? Remember when doing high intensity activity, you need room in your sneakers.

 

What to do when I love the shoes?

Like the shoes so much, but not as comfortable as you expected then to be? Experts recommend buying shoes that are comfortable. If the shoes are made of leather or other solid material, do not rely on breaking them in.

 

Comfort is the first priority

Try walking and running in your new shoes in the store. Do your soles grip the shoes? The back of your soles is not supposed to slide up and down. This will cause lesions.

 

What does arch do?

Consider buying shoes that offer arch support. The arch of our feet is essential anatomical structure that works as a shock absorber and a balancer.

 

Different occasions call for different shoes

Consider different factors for different shoes. If you are looking for shoes to wear during exercise try to pick-up athletic shoes. The shoes are supposed to feel comfortable and flexible during intense workouts.

 

If you are looking for sandals to wear on a daily basis. Remember that sandals are designed for short distance walking. If you are planning to wear sandals for a medium distance walking, avoid flip flops.

 

Boots are easy to wear during spring and cold seasons as they offer warmth. However, try to choose boots that have solid soles and fit perfectly to ease the pressure presented on the feet. If you are shopping for dress shoes pick the ones that do not influence or imbalance your back posture.