Shearling Boots: The Cutest Solution For Keeping Feet Warm This Winter

What I love about Aetrex’s shearling boots is that my feet can stay warm and cozy, and look cute at the same time! I love the way the genuine sheepskin linings feel inside the boot…like butter on my foot! My feet always stay warm and dry even on the coldest winter days thanks to the high quality water-resistant suede they use.

Unlike many other shearling boots I have tried, Aetrex’s boots feature a built-in Lynco Orthotic so my feet, ankles and knees are getting the support they need throughout the day. The memory foam cushioning really adds to the comfort of the boot, allowing me to stay on my feet all day and still feel comfy. I love that I can throw them on quickly on my way out the door and never have to worry about laces or closures – easy on and off is key for a busy Mom like myself.

I love the neutral color choices available (tan and black), in both short and tall versions, so I can pair them with a variety of outfits. You can learn more about Aetrex shearling boots or purchase them HERE.

Skyler: The Perfect Commuter Boot!

The Skyler lace up ankle boot, made with quality leathers, a soft fabric lining & plush memory foam, is the most functional heeled ankle boot you will wear this season. Featuring the Aetrex “Healthy 3″, this stylish ankle boot utilizes functional laces, a side zip & a heel tab for easy on/off wear. The round toe combined with the 2” chunky heel and rubber lug sole make for a stylish combination of fashion, function and comfort.

These boots are perfect for the busy commuter who doesn’t want to have to sacrifice comfort for style. You can pair these versatile boots with any outfit to keep your feet warm and comfy on the go.

Sklyer boots are available in a variety of colors including: Iron, Black fabric, Black leather, Barley, Pacific Blue and Merlot. You can learn more about these boots and where to buy them HERE.

 

Maxine: Great Boots For Extreme Winter Weather

WOW! Those of us here on the East Coast are in the midst of a really cold spell. With temperatures below freezing the past couple weeks, coupled with snow and high winds it is absolutely frigid outside! When temperatures are this low and the ground is messy with snow and slush, it’s extremely important to make sure you have footwear that is up to the task! Enter…Maxine!

Maxine if fully lined with ultra-soft faux fur & water-resistant neoprene making it the coziest and most stylish weather-proof boot out there. With slip-resistant outsoles & stretchy, flexible material, this boot will keep your feet warm and dry in cold, rain or snow. Aetrex’s anti-microbial technology also prevents bacteria growth and ensures that your boots remain odor free. The built in Lynco® orthotic support and slow recovery memory foam cushioning customize to your foot creating the ultimate in cold weather comfort.

From a style perspective, Maxine is a great, versatile and stylish boot perfect for extremely cold days. It can be paired with a cute pair of jeans, leggings or pants and offers a sleek alternative to most bulky cold weather boots on the market.

Maxine is currently available in two beautiful colors: Blackberry and Multi-Berry. You can find more information and purchase Maxine boots HERE.

 

Women’s Boots That Are Fashionable Yet Comfy

I always look forward to boot season! I just LOVE a cute sweater paired with jeans and an awesome pair of boots. However, I have struggled to find boots that are supportive, look good on my feet/wide calves and that I can spend a whole day in without foot pain. Enter Aetrex women’s boots! I love all the attention to detail, not just in how they look, but in how they fit and feel on your feet. I’m going to share some of my favorite styles with you this Autumn.

The Kara Ankle Riding Boot

The Kara is a top winter and fall ankle boot with a comfortable stretch sweater design and functional side buckles for adjustability. This boot helps to align your knees, hips and back with built in Lynco® orthotic support while customizing to your foot with slow recovery memory foam cushioning. It keeps your feet odor free and prevents bacteria growth with anti-microbial technology and has soft fabric linings for comfort. I also love the side zipper, heel tab and side buckles for adjustability and ease of putting on and taking off. Most importantly, there is a removable foot bed so you can use these shoes with your Aetrex orthotics as well!

Chelsea Tall Riding Boot

Riding boots are a must-have for cooler weather, and the Chelsea combines fashion and comfort in an effortless style. I love how the sweater design in the back of the boot accommodates wider calves and provides a comfortable, unique look! This boot helps to align your knees, hips and back with built in Lynco® orthotic support while customizing to your foot with slow recovery memory foam cushioning. These also have a removable foot bed so you can use these shoes with your Aetrex orthotics as well!

Tessa Short Sweater Boot

The Tessa is a snug ankle boot with flexible sweater material that accommodates your movements to maximize comfort. The side-zip provides easy on/off wear making it great for casual Fall days. Featuring the Aetrex “Healthy 3” – Lynco Arch Support, Memory Foam Cushioning and Anti-microbial technology to keep your feet healthy and comfortable. I love that these are lightweight because of the cork/EVA midsole, making them good for a long day on your feet. The soft tumbled leather uppers not only look luxurious, but feel so soft, and look great without squeezing your feet.

Aetrex has other women’s boot styles you may also enjoy. Be sure to check out their website for a full selection.

 

Improving Your Foot Health With Your Socks

Fall is here! That means sandal season is quite a way off. It’s important to remember that socks are important foot health accessories. Damp and dark conditions, such as those found in shoes, promote the growth of fungi, bacteria and odor – eew!

You can protect your feet by wearing socks made with copper fibers that have been clinically proven to help eliminate these common problems and improve your skin’s appearance and texture. Copper ions, embedded in the yarn and guaranteed to last for the life of the sock, provide superior protection and eliminate 99.9% of bacteria, fungi and odors commonly found in feet.

In addition to eliminating the bacteria, germs etc in your shoes, it’s important to choose socks that also offer the proper support and help to keep your feet dry and healthy. I don’t know about you, but my feet totally know the difference between cheap socks and good quality socks. I feel like my athletic performance improves when my feet feel their most comfortable. Below are a few key attributes to look for when choosing athletic socks.

  • Added heel to toe cushioning for superior shock absorption
  • Elasticized arch support for added performance
  • Reduces friction to help prevent blistering
  • Technologically advanced Moisture-Guard wicking system
  • Helps controls odor and rejuvenates your skin

If you have Diabetes, it’s very important to be sure that you select socks that will help protect your overall foot health and minimize potential injuries.  Below are a few key attributes to look for when choosing socks for those with Diabetes.

  • Non-binding yarn with Spandex hugs leg without restriction
  • Hand linked smooth toe seam for extra protection
  • Technologically advanced Moisture-Guard wicking system
  • Extra cushioning option for superior comfort & shock absorption
  • Doctor recommended for diabetes

If you suffer from varicose veins, swollen legs, post surgery, or moderate edema, you may benefit from compression socks. Below are a few key attributes to look for when choosing compression socks.

  • Graduated compression from ankle to knee (20-25mmHg)
  • Energizing action for all day comfort
  • Reduces swelling and leg fatigue

It’s just as important to select the proper socks as it is to select the proper footwear. When your feet feel great, you feel great!

Below are some link to where you can find great socks, all of which are embedded with copper ions to create the healthiest environment possible for your feet.

To purchase Men’s Copper socks, click here.

To purchase Women’s Copper socks, click here.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Pedicures are not just for good looking feet

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime! All this wear and tear on your feet can be harmful if they are not maintained properly.

Pedicures are generally defined as basic foot care or as cosmetic treatments for feet. But in actual fact they do not only have a cosmetic function, and are not modern treatments, as one might suppose. They date back over 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians, who practiced this procedure to pamper feet and toenails (“pamper” being the operative word, since they used solid gold tools!)

The word pedicure comes from the Latin, a combination of the words pes (foot), and cura (care).  Far back in history, these treatments were given to prevent disorders and diseases of the nails.  Since these ancient times, pedicures have traditionally  been used to clip the toenails, prevent infection, and soften the feet by removing dead skin.

These procedures also help the posture, since they smooth and relax the feet, and prevent problems with toenails, e.g. ingrown ones, which can cause pain and limping.

Today, pedicures are a way of life for both men and women. Some doctors recommend their patients have these treatments for their health. However, they can have health risks as well as benefits, which means that it is important to seek the advice of a podiatrist before considering having the procedure.

The American Podiatric Medical Association website gives a helpful and comprehensive list of Dos and Don’ts for your feet before you consider getting a pedicure, whether doing it yourself or visiting a salon.

How to prevent pumps from smelling

Pumps are a great alternative to heels, especially now that Spring is around the corner but how do you prevent the smelly odour that often develops over time?

An article in Fortune cited in DESTINY, reported that more and more women are ditching their heels in favour of flats. “In fact, to some women in their 20s and 30s, wearing high heels is something the bosses do, but they aren’t following in those footsteps,” says the report.

Some women find pumps as a great alternative to wearing heels but often struggle with the odour and sweating feet.

Asanda Sizani, Fashion and Beauty Director for ELLE explains that what makes pumps get that funky foot smell is due to the lack of air because pumps are closed. “Pumps often smell because the foot has direct contact with the leather and they aren’t aired for hours, she says.

According to Soft Star Shoes when feet aren’t ventilated, the contained sweat and warmth become a breeding ground for smelly bacteria—very smelly bacteria. This bacteria lives on your feet, in your socks and all over your favorite shoes.

Sizani gives these tips to help with the unpleassant smell that often come with rocking a pair of pumps:

•Try not to wear them everyday. “Due to the fact that pumps are flat and comfortable, they tend to become a staple and everyday shoe. If you’re earing your pumps for long periods of time, they will become smelly,” she says. Asanda adds that you should avoid wearing pumps when it’s too hot because the feet are naturally sweaty on days like those. “Weather conditions can make the unpleasant worse,” she says.

•Own multiple pairs – A great way to prevent pumps from smelling and ensuring longevity is to own more than one pair and alternate these, says Sizani. Also, when you let the shoes breathe, they will air out the bacteria that has caused the smell.

•Use baking soda – Sodium bicarbonate is reported to effectively remove the odour from smelly shoes as it acts as a natural deoderizer and kills germs. “Sprinkling a couple teaspoons of baking soda into your shoes overnight will help reduce the smell,”reports Soft Star Shoes.

•Use a foot spray – Smelly Feet Cures reports that the crux of curing smelly feet is the use of a quality Antiperspiramt Foot Spray; try Dis Chem or your local pharmacy.

•Keep feet clean – Getting rid of smelly shoes starts with washing the feet thoroughly. Asanda says it’s vital that you wash feet daily with an antibacterial soap and use a foot scrub weekly to rid your feet of bacteria and their odor.

Source: DestinyConnect.com | Not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

Finding the Right Flip-Flop

Wearing flip-flops too often can lead to minor problems such as chafing, blisters, calluses, soreness and to more serious issues such as Plantar Fasciitis (inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot), hammer toes and stress fractures. Not to worry though, there is an excellent solution from Aetrex that addresses your foot health while providing the ease and flexibility of flip-flops.

Aetrex has pioneered and outperforms all others with their technically advanced Lynco Flip sandals. The design employs soft, UltraSKY™ injected EVA foam that provides extreme comfort and durability. Plus, the dual density outsole provides extra cushioning to the heel and ball-of-foot, among other features. Aetrex Flips eliminate the potential problems and guess what? They look and feel amazing!
Lynco Flips give you all the benefits of arch support and cushiony comfort plus the convenience you love about slipping into a pair of flip-flops (not sure ours actually make that “flip-flop” sound though, which may be a good thing!) Once you take a few steps you will notice the difference and know you are taking care of your feet which is vital to your mobility and well-being.

7 Benefits of Aetrex Flips for a people who train
• Flips support the arch and keep our body aligned.
• Use Flips as a recovery after sport activities.
• Flips help hold the subtalar joint from rolling in.
• Flips medial posting will help reduce over pronation.
• Metatarsal Pad helps to reduce stress from the ball of foot.
• Flips help recover from Plantar Fasciitis.
• Flips help people avoid setbacks.

7 Benefits of Aetrex Lynco Flips for those seeking overall healthy comfort
• Flips support the arch and keep your body biomechanically aligned.
• Flips help us with better balance and stability.
• Flips help to meet the ground with ease thus reducing force
• Metatarsal Pad helps to reduce stress from the ball of foot.
• Flips help with shock absorption.
• Soft metatarsal cushion reduces stress at forefoot.
• Extra soft toe post for a comfortable wear.

Give yourself the benefit of quality foot wear!
For more information, go to aetrex.com for full details.

 

Preventing Sandal Blisters

OK, so here is the thing. If your shoes are good quality, and they fit properly they should NOT cause any blisters on your feet. That being said, I know a lot of us find that super cute pair of sandals or heels that we just “have” to squeeze our feet into even though we know it may end badly. When that happens, there are a few tricks of the trade you can use the help prevent blisters.

  • Wear socks with your sandals around the house for a few days. This helps to stretch out your sandals without the friction and irritation on bare feet.
  • Apply clear deodorant to the places your foot may become irritated. It can help to form a protective barrier on your foot.
  • Squeaky Cheeks: Prevents blisters, rashes, and chafing in a dry, clean-feeling powder. I like that it uses natural ingredients like bentonite clay and corn starch rather than talcum powder which has been shown to have some negative affects on health. Helps to absorb sweat and odor without staining shoes.
  • Strappy Strips: Thin, performance-material strips that easily adhere to straps and pinching sling-backs to prevent blisters and increase comfort. They stop shoes from slipping and prevent angry red marks across your feet.
  • Blister Balm: Apply before putting on your shoes to create a protective barrier. Helps moisturize skin and prevent irritation and inflammation. Keeps pores clog-free so sweat can escape and the skin can “breathe.”
  • Blister Elixir: Prevents blisters and irritation, even from new shoes. Creates a barrier to protect your skin from chafing. Lasts up to 8 hours.

The best way to avoid blisters is to buy sandals that FIT properly. To shop women’s sandals that are designed with BOTH fashion and comfort in mind, check out Aetrex women’s sandals and Aetrex men’s sandals. I also highly recommend getting an iStep scan to be sure you are wearing the proper size and type of footwear for YOUR specific footwear needs.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Do tight shoes and high heels cause bunions?

What are bunions?

A bunion is a bony bump or deformity in the joint at the base of the big toe. The bone in the foot below the joint points outward and the bone in the toe points inward, toward the other toes.

Usually, bunions don’t hurt. “There are many patients who have pretty severe deformities but claim no pain and there are some who don’t have a substantial deformity but yet have a lot of pain,” Dr. Michael Saraydarian told me. He’s a podiatrist at Central Maine Orthopaedics in Auburn, Maine,

Do tight shoes cause bunions?

Dr. Saraydarian says tight shoes alone don’t usually create bunions. “They can inspire more symptoms, but they don’t usually cause them,” he said. “I can show you young children who have bunion deformities. It’s not just a bump, it’s an angular deformity of two bones.”

Bunions tend to run in families and are more common in women, although men can develop them, too. Low arches, flat feet or loose joints and tendons may increase your risk. Wearing high heels probably won’t do you any favors because they push your weight forward, which forces your toes into the front of the shoes. Occupations that require a lot of walking or standing may make you more susceptible. So can pregnancy, because hormonal changes loosen your ligaments and flatten your feet. Finally, people with arthritis are prone to developing bunions because it damages the cartilage in the joint.

How are bunions treated?

There really is no conservative cure, said Dr. Saraydarian, but there are conservative treatments. “Basically, conservative treatment is one of accommodation,” he explained, “living with it.”

He offered these suggestions:

Wear shoes with a wider toe box
Wear softer shoes or special pads/inserts
Wear a spacer between your big and second toe
Tape your toe
Apply ice
Try cortisone injections.

What about bunion surgery?

As with any surgery, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. The biggest reason people decide to have bunion surgery (bunionectomy) is that they’re in pain and it’s limiting their everyday activities. In other cases, the deformity is so severe, it’s difficult to wear shoes. Another reason to consider surgery is that over time, bunions can lead to other foot problems, including hammertoes, bursitis, and pain in the ball of your foot.

For the most part, bunion surgery involves shaving the excess bone on the outside of the foot and realigning the joint. In most cases, you get a walking boot in three to four days. “But some are very complex and require no weight on them for six to eight weeks,” said Dr. Saraydarian. “It really depends on how big the deformity is and where the correction needs to be achieved.”

Source: Bangor Daily News | Not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide