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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Best Shoes for Any Time and Place

1. Comfy and Sporty: Rubber Shoes

Rubber shoes are the best type of shoes to keep your feet safe, warm and clean anytime and anywhere.

  • Physical Education classes require students to wear rubber shoes because the composition of these shoes is softer and more flexible, which will prevent possible injuries from any physical activity, or unexpected situations.
  • For manual car drivers (especially for women), I recommend using rubber shoes while driving because it lessens, or prevents, pain and cramps in the muscle feet. Flat and doll shoes usually have thinner soles compared to rubber shoes which make it painful for the feet if overused.
  • More challenging physical activities and sports that demand a lot of running, walking, jumping or climbing require the use of rubber shoes. The dirt, damage and hurt which might be caused by travelling on rocky, rough and muddy roads is also prevented using these.

Make sure that you pair up rubber shoes with clothes that won’t make you look too rugged but not too sporty (if you don’t need a sporty look).

2. Skate Shoes

Skate shoes somehow look like the usual rubber shoes, but their bodies and soles may differ. They usually have plain bodies with minimal designs; running shoes have more texture, designs and color and are foamy. Skate shoes soles are usually flat; running shoes soles are more rubbery with hump designs or spikes, making them ideal for some sports.

  • Wearing these is a safe decision for any event which is not formal and not just for skateboarding.
  • They can be paired with dresses, pants, shorts and skirts.

Some skate shoes have thick soles which make them helpful if you want to add height.

3. Elegant and Girly: Ballet Flats or Closed Doll Shoes

These can be matched with skirt, pants, shorts or dresses. Their comfort differs depending on the material used and composition.

Some ballet flats are made of soft material. It’s actually a safe partner for any kind of attire but not much for boyish looks. However, if you’re wearing these kind of flat shoes, and it rains hard you’ll have cold and wet feet, which is very uncomfortable.

Some are made of harder and tougher material, which may have metal designs on top. You can wear this kind if you do not want to look too formal but at the same time not too informal.

They look more elegant and they can be an alternative for high heels (if wearing high heels aren’t compulsory at all).

Traditional Japanese Sandals

The variety of sandal types today attests to man’s mastery over sandal making and the use he has found in the item. In the following sections of this article, we will discuss some of the most popular sandal types in the world. Most of the types mentioned here will only be discussed in brief since we will try to focus on the types of sandals traditional to Japanese culture alone.

espadrille – is a type of sandal characterized by the rope sole or rubber sole with a cloth covering for its upper section.

flip-flop – is Japanese in origin and is characterized by being backless. This sandal is held on the foot by means of a thong between the second toe and the big toe.

Gladiator- named after the sandals worn by gladiators of the Roman arenas, straps that are fastened to the flat sole to hold the foot in place characterizes this sandal.

huarache or huaraches – is a Mexican sandal with flat heels and woven leather thongs for straps.

scuffer – is usually worn as playshoes among children and as sportshoe among adults. Scuffers are frequently made out of lightweight materials and are characterized for their sturdy sole.

shoe – is a footwear that is patterned to fit the foot. Usually, the upper is made of leather, plastic or rubber and the sole is made out of much heavier and sturdier material.

talaria – is frequently mentioned in most Roman myths. This is a winged sandal worn by Hermes, a Roman god.

Zori or pusher – originally a Japanese, this is a sandal made of rubber sole and two straps that are held on either side which meets at the upper part between the big toe and the second finger.

Among these general types of sandals, the most popular types are the zori, the huarache and the gladiator.

Japanese sandals

The three of the basic Japanese sandals are the geta, tatami and the zori. Geta sandals are more commonly known among Americans due to the popularity of Geisha women images. There are varieties of geta sandals but two of the best-known are the vinyl and the wooden. The latter is worn during ordinary days while the vinyl geta is worn on occasion. Geta is named as such because of the sound (click clack) they produce when being walked.

The tatami sandals on the other hand are included in the casual category. These are typically worn for normal days and daily wear. The term tatami was derived from the Japanese word for straw. The tatami sandals are crafted from tatami, the same material used in making the mat flooring for traditional Japanese houses. Traditionally, the thong either comes in black or red velvet.

Get the Classic Jennifer Lopez Style

The style of your clothes should compliment your lifestyle and the market you serve. For example, dress conservatively if you work with clients in conservative businesses such as banking. In the advertising industry, less conservative dress is the norm. Additionally, many hi-tech firms have adopted “business casual” dress codes.

The color of your clothing has the ability to indicate authority, power and personality. Color can work to enhance or detract from your natural coloring.

Select fabrics that provide value and comfort while being attractive. You might also choose fabrics with transitional qualities so that items purchased can be worn many times during the year. Natural fibers such as wool and silk or blends that look like natural fibers are best-they look good and resist snags and soil better than other fabrics.

Buy and wear clothes that fit or invest in alterations. Clothing that doesn’t fit is unattractive, no matter how high the purchase price. And, remember, clothing that is too tight adds pounds.

One-inch to three-inch heels on shoes are the best choice for women in business. All-leather shoes are more comfortable, longer lasting and better looking. Black, navy, brown, taupe and cream pumps will meet almost every shoe requirement.

Hosiery should always be worn to complete a look and should never be snagged or have runners. (Keep extra pairs in your glove box and in your desk at the office.) Neutral or skin tones are the most universal colors for hosiery, but sheer navy, black or cream can work well. Trouser socks may be worn instead of hose with slacks and trousers. Regardless, hosiery should complement the outfit.

Style With Leather

If you are a professional person you want to look professional. A nice leather briefcase or laptop case can tell who a person really is. If you have a nice leather bag or case it will definitely show what kind of class you have.

You definitely want to match you accessories with color. If you have a nice black leather bag, you want to have a nice leather wallet to match. Leather can be dressy or casual. That’s the nice thing about leather. If you are go to a business meeting and your are very dressed up you can go with a classy leather clutch handbag. If you are just going out with friends to the mall you can have a nice casual shoulder bag. You can have a matching coin purse, key chain or cell phone cover as well. That’s the great thing about leather. It can all be coordinated. Leather is also a happy medium product. You don’t have to change handbags every time you go out. Leather is very versitale. If you want to stay basic you can purchase a black bag and a brown bag. Either color will go with everything.

Back several decades ago leather goods became popular. A lot of the leather goods were made by hand. A lot of the leather goods had a western theme to them. In the sixty’s and seventy’s you got into the hippy era. A lot of these leather goods were decorated with designs. Now days they use machines to do the leather but are still considered handmade.