Footwear design is so much more than just craftsmanship – it’s a philosophy, a science. Seo Min Hyun said that ‘For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you to good places.’ With all due respect to Seo – there is a bit of a difference nowadays. We all want to be in a good place, but sometimes being good is just not good enough – it’s about being the best.
Therefore, just like designers have a mix of passion and technical ability in what they offer with footwear design services, it is just as important for the buyer to make the best choice with their purchase.
The best time for shoe shopping is late afternoon or evening, due to the fact that feet swell during the day. So if you don’t want to end up with a pair of shoes that are too tight, don’t try to squeeze time in your morning tea break to find the perfect pair.
It is always wise to go wider, as experts in footwear design and technology are aware that not everyone has the same width in their feet. Another reason for this is that feet expand when standing up.
It is important that the upper part of a shoe adapts to the shape of the foot, not only giving a little room for movement but also to provide the necessary support – leather is usually the best option as it is not only natural but also lasts much longer than synthetic materials.
When buying stiletto heels, be aware that more than 80 percent of the body weight is distributed to the front part of the foot – which can have a rather serious impact on balance, can cause muscle strains and cause bunions and corns.
High heels are about keeping the standards and the higher, the better. But to keep the balance between health and aesthetic value, why not get the best of both worlds? Fold-up pumps are a great alternative for driving or working at the office. A well-designed little pouch that turns into a cover bag for the much coveted heels and the fold-up pumps bring the much needed comfort for those times between meetings, where heels are a must.
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