Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Narrow Women's Shoes That Are Gentle On Your Feet

It's been said that Americans work longer hours than people living in other countries. For some Americans, a lot of this time is spent standing. However, even if American's work jobs that allow them to sit at a desk for long periods or if they work alternate schedules (i.e. telecommuting, part-time), they probably spend a good portion of their workday in a pair of shoes. A poor quality shoe could do more than bring discomfort to a worker, a bad pair of shoes could also damage a worker's feet, ankles, calves and back. That's a high price to pay for wearing the wrong pair of shoes, even a pair of stylish narrow women's shoes.

The Mayo Clinic reports in its "Walking Shoes, Features and Fit That Keep You Moving" article that, "How a shoe is built makes a difference in its fit and function." Features to look for in quality narrow women's shoes include:

  • Arch (a shoe that provides an arch that's not too flat or too tall could give you the comfort and support you need)
  • Width (make sure narrow women's shoes aren't so narrow that they pinch your feet as this could cause your feet to blister)
  • Length (similar to a shoe's width, narrow women's shoes that are too long or too short could not only cause you to feel uncomfortable as soon as you put them on, they could also cause your feet to blister)
Shoes that don't fit your feet right when it comes to length and width, could also aggravate existing hammertoes or bunions that you have. To avoid these and other problems, when looking for a pair of narrow women's shoes, look for a shoe that fits the normal shape and size of your foot. As noted in the Mayo Clinic article, "Your shoes should conform to the shape of your feet. Your feet should never be forced to conform to the shape of a pair of shoes."

It's these types of shoes, that come in patent leather, suede, woven leather and knit and in a wide range of colors and hues, including reds, blues, greens, blacks and purples, that could offer you the stylish, professional look you may want while you're at work and walking while away from the job. These types of shoes could also help you avoid foot blisters, not to mention hours of pain and discomfort.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics June 22, 2012 "American Time Use Survey Summary," employed Americans worked an average 7.6 hours a day. However, the average number of hours Americans worked on weekdays was 8, while the average number of time Americans worked on weekends was 5.7 hours. That's a lot of time to stay in a bad pair of shoes. Wear a quality, stylish pair of narrow women's shoes and you might not feel as if you have shoes on. You also might provide adequate support for your back, calves, ankles and feet throughout the day, benefits that could help improve your overall health over time.

This article was written by guest blogger Rhonda Campbell.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Style Inspiration – Animal Print

From our regular contributor Claire...
Styles come and go, but some stick around for quite a while. Keeping up with trends can be a tricky task with so many to choose from, but with some style inspiration and picking out a few key pieces, you can look fashionable all year round.

The animal print look is one that has been on trend for quite some time now. Whether it is a leopard print handbag or a furry coat, the animalistic appearance is one that many women have tried out. Adding a touch of animal print is a great way of updating a simple look. A plain black dress teamed with a leopard print belt, crocodile effect clutch or a pair of zebra printed heels is an easy way of adding style to an outfit.

If you are after some style inspiration, check out some of these superb animal print designer shoes and accessories that are available. 

These low wedge ballet pumps are perfect for every day style. Wear with a pair of denim skinny jeans, white t shirt and a black blazer for a smart / casual look.

For a more subtle touch of the animal trend, add this stunning crocodile effect patent leather clutch to an evening outfit.

If you want to look glam then why not try these stiletto pumps in Leo print. Perfect if you have a big night out planned and want a high heel to add to your ensemble. 

This leopard print handbag is ideal for storing and carrying all your daily essentials. With added patent handles, you will look right on trend carrying this fashionable item.

So why not add some animal trend to your outfits and update your looks this season.

Claire Hunter, enjoys writing about everything and anything. Her favourite topic, and one she writes about the most, is fashion but she also likes to write about home wares, gadgets, technology, gift ideas, food and culinary. She hopes you enjoy reading her blog post.