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Should You Go for That Extra Half Inch or Not?

Should You Go for That Extra Half Inch or Not?

All images from Noë website
We confess. “That Extra Half Inch” does pay homage to a book by Victoria Beckham that talks all things grooming — fashion, hair, beauty, etc. However, it is such a cheeky title that perfectly describes a common conundrum women face each morning when we open our closets and ask, “Should I wear the high or low heel?” Of course, there are many details one could consider when answering this question but only three things that matter: thickness, height and toe box. (Shoes are from Belgium brand, Noë.)

1) Is the heel thick?

Heels are a balancing act between the balls of the foot and the heel. Usually, to provide more stability and support, a thicker heel is used. This provides a sturdier foundation for the heel and foot as compared to a thin heel which provides less support and can feel wobbly when walking. So, if you are going for a solid footing, keep the thickness of the heel at the forefront.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

2) How many inches are we talking about?

The next major factor to consider is heel height. A low heel between 1-2.75 inches provides a good balance for distributing weight put upon the foot. A heel between 3-4 inches pushes the foot forward and adds more weight to the ball of the foot. And anything above 4 inches will put an extreme amount of weight on the ball of the foot and add stress on the ankle. So, if you are looking to have an easier gait, pay attention to how high the heel is. Now, there’s another detail to think about, the toe box.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

4) Do you want a work shoe or a shoe to elongate your legs?

Before you race out the door, there is one last thing we must mention, purpose. When choosing a shoe, don’t you think about where you will wear it just as much as how you will wear it? We do. If you are looking for a work shoe, think lower to medium heels, more on that here. Do you want to elongate your legs? (Who doesn’t?) Then go for a higher, slimmer heel. Remember these simple tips and you will be able to answer that extra half inch or not question within seconds. Whatever you decide, always feel confident in the shoes you’re in.

Acquaint Yourself with This Stylish Footwear Designer Based in Israel

Acquaint Yourself with This Stylish Footwear Designer Based in Israel

Image: Noon website
Shoes are one way to express yourself through style. And with Noon’s distinguishing collection, you will have an easy time doing just that.

About the Brand

Step into NOON world of handcrafted leather shoes made in Tel Aviv, Israel. The brand centers itself around constructing shoes for women who are too busy to be bound by trends and want shoes that can go from day to evening, effortlessly. And it does not stop there; the brand also offers a small selection of bodysuits and accessories for women.

The Collection

NOON appeals to those who want shoes that are out of the ordinary. With snaps that lace up the front to squared-toe pumps that crisscross and tie in the back, designs are ultra-feminine and add distinction to any outfit. Be anything but boring in a pair of NOON heels.

Where to Buy

Visit the NOON website to see the shoe collection and more. *Note, prices may need to be converted from Israeli shekel.

The Secrets of A Good Work Flat: (the Unknown, the Ignored and the Mistake)

The Secrets of A Good Work Flat: (the Unknown, the Ignored and the Mistake)

All Images: Naturalizer (Nordstrom.com)
What makes a good work flat? There are plenty of flat shoe styles to choose from — oxfords, loafers, ballet — but what details make for a “comfortable, stable enough to run around in all day” flat? Since we have already tackled finding the perfect work heel, we are ready to help you uncover the secrets of a perfect work flat. Let’s delve in.
1) The Most Overlooked Feature:  Arch Support
1) The Most Overlooked Feature
Arch support is the foundation to an all-powerful flat. Without it, your flats are just…flat. Arch support helps align and provides care to your foot, back, and other parts of the body. That is why a feature like a built-in insole or cushion is the core of a good work flat. Buying an insert (removeable insole) is an option. However, it can be more of a hassle than its worth. Inserts can slide around, produce fit issues or make the toe box tight. Take time to identify a flat with built in support; your feet and back will thank you later.
2) The Most Unknown Detail: Toe Box Shape
2) The Most Unknown Detail
From pointy to square to almond to round, there are many shapes from which to choose. But not all shapes are equal when it comes to comfort. Toe box shape directly effects the comfort of the shoe; hence the reason why this detail matters, a lot. Some shapes can be painful causing friction in the toe area, leading to blisters. To steer clear of this pitfall, opt for a round toe. Why? The round toe mimics the natural shape of the foot, making it a more comfortable choice. And it is the most universal silhouette, regardless if your feet are narrow or wide.
3) The Most Common Mistake: Achilles Heels
3) The Most Common Mistake
One the opposite end, flats can rub your Achilles heel causing bleeding and sores. Heel discomfort is destructive to your feet. And mistakenly, people sacrifice comfort for fashion. If a shoe irritates your heel (or any part of your foot), then RETURN IT. Looking for a flat shoe with sufficient padding around the heel collar will prevent against rubbing or irritation of the Achilles tendon. Additionally, finding a shoe that comes up higher or lower than your ankle will help avoid the sensitive area altogether. Live by this principal and you will not be a repeat offender: if the shoe does not fit properly, walk away. The market has too many good options waiting for you.
4) The Most Disregarded Thing: Wearability
4) The Most Disregarded Thing
Now think, how wearable is this flat? Will it slip off when I walk? There are super cute slip-on styles that unintendedly slip off when walking. How secure is it? This probably goes without saying but good work flats need to be secure, especially in the back. Does the flat provide some protection? Offices can be a jungle. Open-toe designs are liberating but a sturdy, closed toe structure may be best for protecting against falling items or the office environment in general.

Look Elegant Without Forgoing Comfort with Spain’s Top Shoemaker

All Shoe Images from Magrit website

Look Elegant Without Forgoing Comfort with Spain’s Top Shoemaker

All Shoe Images from Magrit website
All Shoe Images from Magrit website
Magrit, known for its wide range of luxury shoes that are made to be worn all day, is dangerously hot. Unofficially the on-duty brand for Spanish royals, Magrit is a long-standing player in Spanish fashion.

About the Brand

The company is based out of Madrid and has been in the business of shoemaking for over 90 years. Each shoe is meticulously produced with high-quality materials which results in a beautiful pair of shoes made for walking.

High Style, High Comfort

Magrit makes its name off its reputation–an expertly crafted heel that doesn’t sacrifice design or comfort. Just look to Queen Letizia of Spain who regularly rocks the brand’s contemporary footwear while attending to her royal duties.

Where to Buy

The company’s main retail points are located in Spain. Additionally, it has a website which offers international shipping.
Images by: (1) Carlos R. Alvarez/Wire Image (2) Getty Images

Buying the Perfect Everyday Work Heel: 7 Essential Tips

Buying the Perfect Everyday Work Heel: 7 Essential Tips

Images from Magrit Shoes

There are a few simple things to know when choosing a staple work heel. One thing is that it doesn’t have to be a designer brand. There are plenty options on the market that won’t break the bank. Do a little research and read reviews first. The below tips will assist with your purchase and its care. (Note: All shoes in this article are by Spanish brand, Magrit.)

1) Neutral Color
Pick a neutral color like black, nude, navy or brown. The color should be universal so you can easily pair it with multiple outfits without having to worry about going out to buy another pair of shoes.

2) Mid Heel Height
If you are going for a heel, then the right heel height matters. Be kind to your feet and pick a suitable height. Mid heel is around 3 inches, not too high as you’ll be running around all day and not too low if you’d like elongate the leg. However, if 3 inches is too high, then there’s nothing wrong going with a lower or kitten heel

3) Quality Material 
Spend a little more money on something high quality. Usually a genuine leather or suede material will do the trick. Additionally, it is very important to make sure the lining of the shoe is also made of genuine leather. If so, the shoe will stretch over time and mold to your foot.

4) Shape and Cut
The most common toe shapes are pointy, circle, and almond. Each shape offers a different look and is completely up to the individual. Some shoes are cut narrow, others wide, and the rest medium (which is regular). What you need to know about the toe shape and cut is the comfort level can vary. Depending on the width of your foot, you may have to choose a wider shoe or different style for optimal comfort. 

5) Placement and Thickness
The heel is where you get the support of the shoe. Although, skinny needle point stiletto are hot, for your basic, everyday pump, pick something thicker. Also, a heel placed exactly under your foot provides more support than one placed farther away. If you are going for a flat shoe, then this is not an issue.

6) When Trying on Shoes
It’s a debate on whether the morning or evening is better for trying on shoes. Know this, it’s important to get the proper size for you foot. As you move throughout the day, your feet swell, especially in heat, which can prevent a true read on the size; so does foot pain produced from current sores. Our recommendation is to try shoes on earlier in the day. As mentioned, leather stretches and will shape to your foot. That is why it’s crucial to make sure the lining is made of leather.

7) Longevity of Your Shoes
Invest in taking care of your shoes. Find a good cobbler and after some wear get the bottoms resoled and the heel caps replaced. This way your shoe will last longer. If you decide on a pair of Louboutin’s, high-end cobblers nowadays offer a red sole to keep up with the look. It’s also a good investment and well worth the money to polish leather shoes and clean suede regularly to keep them looking brand new.