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Infographic: Unusual Uses of Shoes That You Might Not Have Thought Of

Who knew shoes could be so versatile? Well, we did – here’s a quick and fun infographic to get you up to speed. Click for a large version.

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Infographic care of http://www.fswshoes.com.au.

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How to Tie Your Shoes In Fashionable Ways!

How do you tie your shoes laces?  When asked this question, you might just assume that there is one way.  However, there are many different ways to tie your shoelaces.  Each way has its own advantages, disadvantages, and unique look that stands out.  Lets take a look at a few of them now.

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Criss Cross Lacing

Criss cross lacing is what most people are familiar with.  It is a traditional look that combines comfort with ease of lacing.  The trouble is however that it is known to corrugate the shoes.  While this isn’t a problem for some, it is a big problem for others, who spend a great deal of money on their footwear.  The comfort comes from the fact that the criss cross lacing crosses in the gap between the sides of the shoe, instead of pressing against the tops of the foot.

The Criss cross lacing begins with a strait line that goes underneath both of the bottom eyelets.  From here, they go across and then under and over.  Repeat until you get to the top of the shoes.

Over Under Lacing

Over under lacing is different then criss cross lacing in an important way.  Over under lacing is considered the fastest and easies way to tie laces.  It creates less wear & tear and is a decorative look.

The over under lacing begins with a straight line that goes over and under both eyelets on either side.  Now, the lace stays under until it goes through the next eyelet up on the other side.  Now that both laces are up, you lace both over before putting them both under again.  Repeat until you reach the top.  It should be noted, that if you have an odd number of eyelet pairs, you should start with your straight line going under over, instead of over under.

Display Shoe Lacing

The display shoe lacing is how shoes are laced when they are on display.  It makes the laces look nicer.  However, it is more challenging for the laces to be tightened.  In addition, it is normally easier to loosen.  In addition, this kind of lacing is often called “Canadian Lacing” as some Ice Hockey players in Canada use it to make a tighter lacing for their skates.

This begins with a straight line going into and behind through the eyelets.  After that, every cross lace goes under and out through the top.

Finally, check out this nifty infographic of our own to help you learn visually these styles of footwear knotting! (Click to enlarge.)

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Top 10 Shoes Quotes of all Time

Since the dawn of time, women have had a fascination with shoes of all kinds – high heel, low heel, kitten heel, peep-toe, closed toe, stiletto, sandal – the list goes on and on! Many theories have been put forward as to the reason behind the female fascination with footwear – the confidence that is instilled when a pair of new shoes are slipped on, the boost to the self-esteem when we step out in a pair of pretty pumps, the way they make women feel.  

Shoe Love 

Personally, I love shoes because like most women, my weight fluctuates from time to time and my favourite comfy jeans suddenly aren’t so comfy anymore, but my shoes whether they are flat, wedge or heel…they always fit me no matter what – always with me, like a good and faithful friend. And, it would seem, I’m not alone – many celebrities, fashion designers and fashion icons have espoused their love of the shoe and in doing so, have uttered quotes which have become extremely popular, all over the world.  

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Shoe Quotes 

Having come across hundreds of quotations, in my opinion, these are the top 10 shoe quotes of all time –  

  1. “You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” — Christian Dior 
  1. “A woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman.” –  Christian Louboutin 
  1. “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe 
  1. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin 

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  1. “I wouldn’t take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, ‘Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.’ There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don’t have to walk in high heels.” — Christian Louboutin 
  1. “I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes” – Oprah Winfrey 
  1. “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.” – Coco Chanel 
  1. “How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” – Sonia Rykiel 
  1. “I did not have 3,000 pairs of shoes; I had one thousand and sixty.” - Imelda Marcos 
  1. “Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal!” – Vivienne Westwood 

Words of wisdom 

Some of these quotes are witty, some insightful, others are thought-provoking but the one common thread between them is that they all display their deep affection and love for the humble shoe. These shoe quotes have been used time and time again by people the world over as little gems of wisdom to be dropped into a conversation or used in an article or essay. 

Why not write down your favorite and tape it somewhere you will see it every day? Whatever you do, hopefully you have enjoyed reading them as much as we had compiling them. 

Niamh O’Hara is a part time blogger and full time shoe fanatic from Dublin, Ireland. She wrote this article on behalf of Fitzpatricks Shoes who are one of Ireland’s leading shoe stores.

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Are There Comfortable YET Fashionable Shoes? Yes!

The female relationship with shoes is the stuff of legends. And there is an increasing amount of men who care almost as much about their shoes too. It’s women’s shoes, however, that tend to be hyper-focused on fashion over practicality. While there are plenty of designer shoe brands for men and some men’s shoes even have small heels, it’s rare that a man buys a pair of shoes he can barely walk in. But women’s shoes often place good looks over comfort, resulting in sore feet and even high-heel related accidents. Is it possible to have both fashionable and comfortable shoes? Surely comfortable shoes don’t have to be ugly, and fashionable shoes don’t have to hurt your feet. It’s not easy finding stylish and comfortable shoes, but you can do it.

Look for Certain Features

There are some features you can look for in a shoe that you know will be kinder to your feet. You don’t have to give up heels completely if you look for shoes with the right type of heel. Choose a shoe with a wedge, platform or lower, chunkier heel and your weight will  spread more evenly in your shoes. These types of heel will help to cushion your feet more and take the pressure off your heels and toes. Some high-end shoe brands have begun making more comfortable shoes with comfortable features. But they prefer not to make it the main feature of their shoes. It’s still all about fashion, even if the shoes are also comfortable.

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Ditch the Heels – Sometimes

Nothing says that you have to wear heels constantly, and flats have become just as fashionable in many situations. You should vary the height of your shoes, so you’re neither wearing very flat flats all the time or very high heels. But if you want to stop wearing heels altogether, there are either very flat shoes or shoes with just enough heel to support your feet that look fantastic. Taller women often prefer to wear flatter shoes, as they don’t need or want the extra height. Flat shoes can be super cute and just as beautiful as a pair of towering heels. Check out this range of Birkenstock shoes for fashionable sandals. The brand has become iconic for their comfortable but fashionable shoes.

Look for Certain Brands

As well as Birkenstocks, there are other brands renowned for creating comfortable, fashionable shoes. These brands recognize the desire to cater to older women, who are often looking for practical, comfortable shoes that aren’t frumpy. And because they design their shoes with style in mind, they’re perfectly suitable for any women, whatever their age. Try looking at Clarks, Ecco and Mephisto for comfy, good-looking shoes.

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You don’t have to wear shoes that look like your podiatrist prescribed them to have comfortable feet. However, if you’re very focused on certain designers or the latest trend, you may have to learn to compromise when it comes to shoes. Otherwise, you will have to put up with sore feet and forget the dream of shoes that are both comfortable and stylish.

 

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Footwear Finds for Fall 2014

Looking at the trends and what is new in men’s footwear for this Fall, I noticed shoes having duel fashion purpose. Nothing is better than having a little versatility in your closet. The first one I came across at www.macys.com, while I was looking for some youth-approved footwear for a teenage relative.

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With a sea of black shoes and sneakers out there, the Ralph Lauren Black Leather Tedd High Top Sneakers still managed to catch my eye. They have the look of a black leather work boot, but the weight and agility of a high-top sneaker. At $87.99, the quality is fantastic and they are the perfect cross-over shoe from Fall to Winter, being also a great choice for work or school.

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Next, is an unusual mix of fabric for a man’s shoe. They are the Nike Men’s LeBron Denim High-Tops. They have the styling of a basketball sneaker, but lean also toward a casual shoe with the indigo denim that is surrounded by a black leather anterior foot and heel. It is a great choice for those guys who just hate to wear anything but sneakers and need something that is a little less athletic looking.

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Another choice for an on-trend casual footwear for men this year are the Creative Recreation Men’s Camo High-Tops. Camouflage is still a hot pattern in both clothing and footwear for Fall/Winter 2014. This particular one contains the traditional camo colors of tan, green, and brown, which is trimmed in dark brown leather around the laces and along the toe/heel area. For about $100, it is also a casual shoe that can transition seamlessly from Summer, to Fall and Winter too.

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Lastly, is a unique combination of the distinct details of the Wing-Tip Oxford and a lace-up leather boot. These creations by Ben Sherman have the ability to cross the line from casual to a semi-formal style of dressing. Tucked under a pair of dress pants, it would be hard to tell that they are a pair of boots. However, I could still see them working with a pair of cargo shorts, some bulkier knit socks, and a button-down plaid dress shirt.

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7 Pairs of Shoes Every Girl Needs

Necessary and shoes are not usually two words that come together in a woman’s vocabulary. Although we may think that having a closet just for shoes is totally worth it, you may not actually need as many pairs of shoes as you thought. There are seven essentials when it comes to a fashionable woman on the go; pumps, wedges, flats, sneakers, sandals, boots, and boat shoes.

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If you choose the right pair of each, there is no stopping how many combinations you can create to make every outfit work in any weather condition while still staying current in the ever changing fashion world. Buying shoes can be expensive, not to mention they take up a lot of space, so follow these tips to a thriftier you and more spacious closet.

Black Pumps with a Red Sole

There are two types of material that are recommended for black pumps, either leather or suede. Both are easy to clean; the dark color will hide most scuffs and won’t clash with any other material you are wearing.

If you are in for the long run, buying the well-known red sole heels, aka Louboutin’s, are going to be not only luxurious but durable. If your budget is a little slimmer, splurge out on an excellent pair from Steve Madden’s collection that will still last at a discount.

Nude Wedges to Match Everything

Some days full on pumps just aren’t an option, so dress it down a little and give your feet a break with a pair of nude wedges. Great for going out to the club, summer wedding, or even a first date matched up with a pair of denim jeans.

Wedges make seem durable but with their wide angled platform and usually flimsy strap material they are susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. This means finding a good leather face or thickly woven rope strap style of wedge is necessary for support and longevity. Try to stay away from cork and string backed platforms as they are most likely to break after a few nights out.

Simple Flats for an Interview

Since we have already advised on getting a good pair of black and nude shoes, a pop of color in your flats can be very stylish. Just remember to match your wardrobe appropriately and stay away from overly flashy prints or embellishments as these should be your go to shoe for business casual.

Again suede and leather are a preferred material especially as cheaper brands make a lot of plastic styles and can rub your feet the wrong way.

Sneakers to Hit the Gym

Not just for the gym, sneakers can be good for any high movement activity, volunteering, gardening, ect. Even if they do get dirty you can conveniently but carefully throw them right in the washer! During these time periods your body is at its most vulnerable, one little slip and your ankle could be in serious trouble.

That means choosing the right kind of sneaker for your activity should be a top priority. Nike is always good for runners but doesn’t rule out the other brands. Adidas, Puma, Lacoste and Reebok form a great variety of products to suit your needs and unique style.

Comfy Sandals with a Touch of Bling

Your feet give off much heat and during the summer keeping them cooped up in closed toe shoes may not be ideal. Sandals are very casual but if you keep it classy and choose a pair with just a touch of bling/metallic they can work for a walk in the park or a nice dinner party.

We recommend earthy tones but light pastels are a summer favorite and match most of the colors you’ll be wearing in the summer and spring.

Fur lined Boots for Chilly Winters

We’ve covered all the bases for warm weather but what about for the colder weather at night or when winter rolls in you may ask? Obviously a boot is necessary, but specifically a fur lined one. The fur will give you the look of big spending without sacrificing your warmth or comfort.

Uggs are very popular and for a reason! If you buy them on sale during the summer, they can be extremely affordable for the quality even though other brands such as Bearpaw will surely do the trick.

Boat Shoes for Long Walks  

If you are not a fan of the classic boat shoes such as Sperry’s, there are a multitude of closed toe options that you can choose from. Sneakers are great for high volume activity but for long periods of walking your feet need support without the workout spandex to match.

Keds and Toms are another alternative and come in over a hundred different materials and prints for every look.

Just remember, shoes take a lot of abuse from our feet, but the repairs are worth it when you invest in a good solid set of seven pairs. So go big or go home on these few and know that your budget and your closet will eventually thank you!

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Spotlight: Designer Menswear from Haxby

While men’s fashion has gone through numerous changes over the years, quality construction never goes out of style. This is the brand philosophy behind Haxby Collective, a new menswear line created by Michael Dow and Timothy White.

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Haxby is all about creating contemporary menswear that lives up to the quality of past purveyors of men’s fashions. Savile Row, those iconic tailors that dressed the men of London in years past, is just one inspiration shared by Dow and White.

The resulting line is comprised of things like jeans, sneakers, and many great accessories guaranteed to turn heads. Unlike other contemporary men’s brands, Haxby insists on handcrafting all of their pieces, taking these common items and turning them into something unforgettable.

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Emphasizing Quality Over Convenience

The creation of the Haxby line involved extensive research that took place all over the globe. The results of this two year mission, which involved compiling only the best in raw materials and crafters, can be seen in Haxby’s debut pieces, which include many great items perfect for work or play.

Gorgeous materials are made even more stunning by the level of craft that goes into each piece. Unlike the automated processes that feature greatly in most clothing lines, the minds behind Haxby insist that all items are handmade. This results in a level of detail that must be seen to be believed.

Classic Footwear Gets a Boost

While most men’s footwear puts the emphasis on function over form, Haxby sneakers eschew a utilitarian aesthetic in favor of all-out class. This is wholly evident in the sleek cordovan leather used in construction, in addition to the hand-buffing that each pair undergoes before they are ready for sale. Each pair is meticulously crafted in Montegranaro, Italy, and features a classic design that can easily go from casual wear to more formal attire.

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So Much More Than a Pair of Jeans

While jeans are a staple of many wardrobes, they don’t often possess that wow factor typically found in luxury clothing. Haxby has changed all that with their amazing line of hand-crafted jeans. Featuring a number of great styles, Haxby jeans are created from only the finest denim available utilizing the tried and true methods of quality garment creation. Even the accents are labored over, featuring hardware derived from precious metals and gems.

Accessories Complete the Look

Much like the rest of the line, Haxby really ups the ante when it comes to accessories. Belts are crafted in Switzerland and Italy, and utilize only the finest materials available. These include stainless steel, along with hand-cast gems. Haxby’s eyewear collection is also quite stunning, thanks to the keen attention to detail. All Haxby glasses come courtesy of Japan’s world-renowned Masunaga Optical factory, which entails a 200 step process to create just a single pair. The inlay is available in either a 24K yellow or white gold, serving as yet another example of Haxby’s devotion to detail.

Style, Beauty, and Quality in One Package

From head to toe, Haxby has what it takes to turn a lackluster wardrobe into a sight to behold. These introductory pieces are merely a sampling of what to expect from this up and coming menswear designer.

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