Your feet can love your shoes too, shoe tips coming soon...
Whilst shoes come and go, our feet are with us for life.
Like many women, I used to only exercise from the ankles to the neck. For some reason I was never taught to properly exercise my feet or face. A few toe scrunches and a roll of the ankle was the extend of things. We'll happily spend a small fortune on pedicures and facials, but never see an actual podiatrist or dermatologist.
Above is a great video with some simple pilates exercises by the lovely Dmitri from Epoch to start to get things moving. Foot exercises, though often simple, are immensely satisfying. The feeling of being light footed and fancy free just makes everything in life seem better.
Your feet will also love you more if you don't wear the same pair of shoes every day. There's no need to go all Imelda Marcos and have thousands of pairs - just a few will do.
And, whilst we love our heels at Alice Bow, we stick to flats shoes for dashing around London. Not all flat shoes are as comfortable as we'd like and that's where a pair of our Insoles for Flat Shoes are a mini miracle. They keep a lovely bounce in your step, making it a delight to wear your favourite leather flats.
Podiatrists are starting to ask us about them too as the special wedge of padding under the heel is exactly what they recommend for some foot conditions (especially plantar fasciitis).
For some of us lucky ones, a much-welcomed balmy beach break lies ahead this spring. And with that, a ‘packing saga monster story’ awaits with mischievous glee!
With fun, sun and Instagram, summer also hails fashion addicts and shopaholics hindmost torment – shortlisting holiday footwear.
Yup, SS18 has extensively contradicting shoe trends stepping forth for you – and we must say, they’re almost all the cat’s cream, plus STRAWBERRIES!
From Jacquemus Bachata ornamental heel sandals, to Calvin Klein’s cowboy boot rebirth debut, the picks are sinfully sweeter than sweet. It’s all so tempting to pull a Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) by casually putting it all on.
But in these moments of weakness remember this: just because you’re on holiday, it doesn’t mean you’ve been granted a ticket to don every shoe fantasy that ever was. And even if you are suddenly transported to an obnoxiously awesome celeb party or kidnapped by an exotic prince against your will, it’s likely you won’t be needing all of them! So, take a deep breath and read on...
To minimalise the head fog and footslog, we’ve put together a short-and-sweet shoe list to help you keep your packing in (calm) perspective!
What’s our summer oracle budget buy? Well, the Dare Two Part Low Sandals from Topshop to pair with Cool Mint Alice Bow Insoles of course -- adding nothing but power to that tan! This basic beauty duo is elegantly boding, no matter your mode of approach. Perfectly paired with a Worme silk kimono ensemble. Worn for a dreamy day out, where you’re having so much fun that time no longer has an address and all of a sudden, it’s evening -- but you still look like a Vogue screen grab. Also, great with any sort of shorts and just the right height for scenic travels – whether at a lazy lunch or hotfooting it through a local market.
A dishy yellow solute by none other than the Derek Lam Yellow Cone Heel Sandal. Add a brush of Lavender Dream Alice Bow Insoles for faultless contrast between holi-pedi and canary shoes – ‘you’ll be singing for your supper in the best possible ,manor’. Top them with a long millennial pink De La Vali slip dress and enjoy your sundowners somewhere otherworldly and pow-wham-sparkle, a magic outfit moment has been born.
…….What about those summer strolls, followed by an impromptu hike/inevitable candid scooter ride? And all while maintaining that easy camera-ready vibe. Yes, I hear you, we can’t all do Balenciaga’s new chunky white trainers (although, we’d secretly want to). So, kicking impractical fancies aside, I think it’s safe to say that most of us should go for something like a pair of BUSCEMI panelled sneakers.
They are a great thing of practicality, as well as function. Also, add Ballet Pink with metallic detail Alice Bow Insoles with silver logo for extra comfort and a total shoe flattering finish. A perfect footnote for off the beaten track/Laura Craft type adventures and all whilst looking great in a pair of shorts, skirt, jodhpurs, jeans and trusty white-T. Come evening, perfect with a L.B.D or Long.B.D (See Sartorial Monk and Ba&sh for some great options).