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Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

“Spring” Ahead — way ahead.

springPerhaps a tad premature, Shoeflyer’s got an inside scoop on next spring’s fashion trends. While some may say it’s too early to be thinking about fashion that far off, I think it’s our duty here at Shoeflyer to keep you informed and current on the latest developments in the world of shoes. Even though next spring is several months (and seasons) away, it’s never too early to begin preparing, especially in order to keep your eyes open for great deals during the off seasons. So, what exactly do we know?

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Flip-Flops: Deadly Footwear? Seriously?

Red skin with flip-flopsTime to start writing the Shoeflyer post for today… I’ll just take a look around the web for shoe news… ho-hum, blah-de-blah—WHAT?  FLIP-FLOPS ARE DEADLY?  That’s right.  Take a turn around Google News for yourself, and you’ll find no less than nine articles on the insidious danger of thongs for your feet, one titled “Warning: Flip Flops Can Kill You.”  Local news stations across the country are dedicating hard-hitting journalists to this  silent pedi-threat.  Why are flip-flops so dangerous, you ask?  Well…

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Poolside Sandals

feet at poolAh, August.  The month of hot dog cookouts, backyard barbecues, and poolside antics.  Speaking of poolside antics, have you had enough this year?  If you’ve been spending too much time in the office, perhaps it’s time to schedule a staycation and slip into a frisky set of sandals.  Here are a few tips to help you find a pair of sandals that will catch the smoky eyes of that lifeguard you’ve been dreaming about.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Perfect Picnic Shoes

Happy National Picnic Month!  Picnics are more than just an opportunity to breathe fresh air and enjoy good times with friends and/or coworkers.  With Americans weighing more than ever, I propose that picnics are a naturally enjoyable way to slim down.  First, the fact that you’ll pack your lunch beforehand improves the chances that you’ll get a well-balanced meal.  (Also:  it’s hard to find a drive-through on the trail.)  Second, you’ll have to walk or hike  somewhere before you eat– meaning you’ll burn off at least a few calories.  Finally, if you’re like me, you’ll be more motivated to get in shape if your picnic companions notice a wheezing sound emanating from your cherry red face as you stumble up the trail.  Still, even if your body isn’t exactly your ideal shape, there’s no reason you can’t look good on the picnic path.  To encourage all Shoefly readers to get out there and dine al fresco, I’m featuring shoes that are great choices for any picnic, along with a few footgear tips to make your next picnic the best ever.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Fit or Fab — You Choose

Have you heard of these new shoes yet? The ones that supposedly tone your calves and backside as you walk? The shoes are flip-flops called “Fit Flops” and are, apparently, a growing craze this summer. And with a marketing promise to firm your buns on the run, why wouldn’t they be? Though, I came across a telling news report today that uncovers the shoes might not be worth every penny you’re paying for them.

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Friday, June 12th, 2009

No, flip-flops do not go with everything.

Go Ape by SugarWith the sun staying longer and temperatures on the rise, it’s inevitable to witness the growing appearance of toes. During the summer, many shed their shoes and socks and tell their feet to head straight for a pair of flip-flops. Personally, I celebrate the flip-flop, but before you commit to wearing a pair everyday for the next three months, there are a few things you should consider first. Even though the weather’s nice and your toes crave the sun doesn’t mean that flip-flop sandals are a go anytime, anywhere.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

How to Protect Your Feet at the Beach

It’s been quite a while since humans had feet tough enough to withstand the natural environment. Our ancestors’ feet were huge, hairy, and hard.  Ancient humans could withstand the pressure of walking barefoot on hard surfaces thanks to a tough layer of built-up callouses.  Now, because they are almost always protected by shoes, our feet are soft, narrow, and offer very little protection against the natural environment.  As beach season approaches, it’s important to know how to protect your feet when you do decide to go sans footwear. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind at the beach, via the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: (more…)

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Making Gladiator Sandals Work for You

As summer looms on the horizon, every woman is pining for that perfect, trendy summer shoe — the gladiator sandal. The only problem: no one seems to know just exactly how to make these aggressive sandals compliment her legs. Fortunately, Karla Martinez, with the help of her co-workers and some trial and error, wrote an extremely helpful article about making gladiator sandals work. 

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

How to Make Aggressive Shoes Comfortable

The Aggressive Shoe trend is sweeping the globe, as we’ve been covering for the past couple of days here at Shoeflyer.  Thanks to our last two posts, you know what an Agro-Shoe looks like and how to select appropriate Aggressive Shoes for work.  Only one question remains:  How can you make those punk-chick shoes comfortable?  According to Miley Cyrus’ stylist Tara Swennen, “Everything is gravitating toward an architectural design. They’re harder on the feet, but the designs are amazing with extravagant details and interesting materials.”  Here are a couple of ways to make your Aggressive Shoes as kind to your feet as they are to your eyes: (more…)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Agro-Shoes: Sandals with an Attitude

It seems nearly every paper in America chose to run a recent AP story on the new aggressive style of shoe. I present article Exhibit A, from The News Tribune out of Tacoma.  This story is in online editions from Taiwan to Canada.  I congratulate AP writer Samantha Critchell for her global reach.    Ms. Critchell writes, “The ‘it’ bag has been replaced by the ‘it’ shoe, says Nicole Fischelis, the group vice president of ready-to-wear fashion for Macy’s. ‘The aggressive shoe is not a new phenomenon. It’s been on the runway for a few seasons, but it’s more apparent because of the rocker-chick kind of mood that’s coming back into fashion.’” Just what does an Aggressive Shoe look like, you ask?

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