I LOVE those shoes and boots… but what will I wear it with?

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I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before, and have said it yourself a time or two: “I love those shoes…but what will I wear them with?” Oftentimes this occurs when non-neutral footwear catches your eye, whether it be a bright color or a fun pattern.

Regardless of what the shoe looks like, there are so many ways that you can wear that style that you love—and they don’t have to match perfectly either. For example, say you see a pair of super cute orange booties. However, your first thought is that you don’t own anything orange in your closet, thus causing you to form the opinion that they wouldn’t go with anything you own and therefore the shoes would not get much wear. Thankfully that just isn’t the case! Bright colors, be it orange, green, pink, purple, or blue, etc. make a statement, and can be worn with your more neutral shades of black, taupe, navy, or white, and add a fun pop of color to an outfit that you would normally consider being bland or uninteresting.

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Another trend that has become quite popular over the last few years is color blocking. To employ this technique, grab those fun-colored shoes, and pick out a few complimentary colors for your clothing choices. In this instance, we’ll say that you have a pair of yellow ballet flats that you absolutely love but have yet to find something that you feel matches them perfectly. Color-blocking throws that issue out the window! Grab a pair of jeans or a neutral-colored skirt, and then pick a shade that goes well with yellow for your top. Layering can be a great option for this as well, as it breaks up the colors and makes your whole outfit pop.

The same goes for patterns. Florals can be super fun, and even if they are a mix of several colors, this will give you the opportunity to pick one or two of the colors in the shoes and make those shades be the primary colors in the pieces of your outfit. One of the best parts about buying a shoe in a color/pattern that you would not normally choose is that it will bring out your creative side, helping you to put together fun outfits that you have never thought of before. You can apply this same concept to plaids, polka dots, or any other pattern as well. Just take a pair of jeans or bottoms that match a color in the shoe, then throw on a top that matches another color in the shoe, and voila! You have a perfect ensemble that will bring a fun, eye-catching twist to your day. Sometimes it’s even fun to mix pinstripes with floral as well; the world is your oyster!

 

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Pikolinos: Fun, Fabulous & Fashionable

Founded by Juan Peran in 1984, Pikolino’s is a family-owned and operated business. While their main office is in Spain, and originally the shoes were made for their local area, they have expanded over the years. Today, 80% of what they make is exported to the U.S., France, Germany, Italy and Russia.

These shoes are designed using natural, water-based dyes, and Pikolino’s own tanned leather (yes, you heard that right–they tan their own leather to maintain quality and uniqueness, as well as to give it a buttery-soft feel!). Additionally, they use a natural drying process, which involves hanging the leather to dry at room temperature so that the right tones are achieved in the time needed. These dyes produce beautiful, rich and distinctive colors, making each shoe a statement piece—one that is sure to go with any outfit!

Using the same process, Pikolino’s makes their own purses as well. Each piece has its own unique set of features, and pockets using the same naturally dyed and tanned leather. These handbags can either match the shoes – or in contrast – make a statement, depending on which color you choose! They have received many awards, several of which certify quality in their manufacturing and marketing processes. From small purses to large bags, and from boots to sandals to Mary-Janes, you can’t go wrong with Pikolino’s!

Not only does this brand create beautiful shoes and purses, they also give back to the community as well. They have an ecological line of shoes that aids in the furtherment of environmentally conscious products and mindsets. Furthermore, the Juan Peran Foundation and Solidarity foundation were created to give back, as Pikolino’s continues to advance their efforts in making an impact on the world. These foundations give support to social, cultural and sport development projects in other countries, as well as to provide jobs to those in need, especially those with special needs or who are at risk of social exclusion. They see the bigger picture, beyond just ‘the product’, and try their best to help these individuals achieve more in their lives as well.

From the natural dyes to the personally-tanned leather, Pikolino’s makes quality shoes for men and women around the world as they make an impact in the lives of others along the way.

Your Missing Sock,

@elmshoes #itfits

National Go Barefoot Day

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National Go Barefoot Day is more than just an excuse to not wear shoes for a day. Every year many people go without the basic necessities—like proper footwear–that many of us take for granted. 1 out of 10 live on less than $2 a day, and 400 million of these individuals are children. For many, walking is the most common–and sometimes only–form of transportation available. Without a good pair of shoes, these people are exposed to harmful diseases and unsanitary environments, and oftentimes unable to go to school because in many countries, shoes are a requirement to attend. When they are unable to take part in getting an education, they are left to continue the cycle of poverty in their lives, and their families’ lives as well.

Soles4Souls is making an effort to end this cycle. Since this organization began in 2006, they have distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 US states. By donating your new and used shoes to Soles4Souls, you can help make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Here at ELM Shoes, we have a Soles4Souls box in-store where you can drop off your new and used shoes, and help positively influence the lives of those in need.

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In the spirit of, “Give a person a fish, they eat for a day; teach a person to fish and they eat for a lifetime,” Soles4Souls takes these shoes and gives jobs to many people in under-developed countries by allowing them to buy them at a price they can afford, and then give them the opportunity to repurpose and sell these shoes to others who need them more—at a price that they too can afford. Additionally, Soles4Souls provides training and support to these individuals, helping them to help themselves out of poverty, and in doing so teaching them how to create a better life for themselves and their families. With the money they earn from buying and re-selling these shoes, many people are able to send their children to school, and pay for food and adequate shelter. This opportunity gives individuals and their families the opportunity to not only survive, but thrive as well.

National Go Barefoot Day is a movement to help get the word out about the millions of people who go without shoes every single day, and encourage many to donate to give and spread hope around the world! On June 1st, join us on National Go Barefoot Day and help raise awareness for those living in poverty around the world.

 

 

Your Missing Sock,

@elmshoes #itfits

Earth: Combining Comfort, Creativity and Community

Mar blog.pngThis season, put a spring into your step with a pair of Earth shoes! There’s so much to love – from their padded heels, multiple layers of cushioning and arch support, to their leather-lined insoles – you can’t beat the comfort of Earth!

An inspiration that began in 1957, the Earth brand has long-stood for comfort and support. The creator, Anne Kalso was moved to design shoes with a negative heel, being strongly influenced by her passion for yoga. After witnessing the way that Brazilians walk­ – carrying most of their weight in their heels, and very little in their toes– she recognized the similarities in the ‘Mountain’ pose, traditionally called Tadasana. Acknowledging the improvement in her posture, as well as the way her breathing passages opened, she was motivated to design shoes that captured the same placement and support that she felt in that position. Upon her return to Denmark, she sought out a Portuguese shoemaker to assist in the creation of her dream. This process took 10 years, but their hard work paid off. What began as a small store front in Copenhagen, has spread to over a hundred retail locations in the United States, as well as many locations in Japan, Canada, Italy and Australia. Since then, the Earth brand still makes shoes with a negative heel, but not as many as they used to. Instead, this design has been delegated to a specific line of their shoes, Kalso Earth, which has extended the opportunity for several other lines (without the negative heel characteristic) to win even more favor with their clientele, including Earthies, Earth Origins, and their main line – our personal favorite – Earth Shoes.

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Not only does this brand feel and look great, they also give back to those around them – from donating shoes to Soles4Souls, and participating in Cradles to Crayons, to planting a tree for every pair of shoes that is purchased. Their warehouse partner, Sole Technology, is determined to be carbon neutral, and continues to make great strides toward this venture, from limiting energy and water usage, to continuous recycling.

Additionally, they use water-based adhesives on their footwear, which is not as harmful to the environment and the individuals who are making the shoes. Their shoeboxes are glue and staple-free (with hinge style lids to reduce waste), and the shoes themselves are dyed using a vegetable tanning process. Though this tends to take a bit longer than other artificial dye procedures, it is less toxic all around, and another way that Earth is making an impact.

When you step into a pair of Earth shoes, you can rest knowing that not only are you going to be comfortable, happy, and well-supported, but that you’re also supporting a wonderful company as well!

Your Missing Sock,

@elmshoes #itfits

New Year, New Fashion

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This spring ushers in a variety of cute styles and trends for 2018– from millennial pink (the famous rose gold/dusty blush shade), to laser-cut loafers, you’re bound to find something to love this season!

As for women’s fashion, metallics and two-toned shoes are continuing to be up-and-coming on the footwear scene, especially when mixed with brighter pops of color. Shoes are maintaining the modern, 21st– century style, with throwbacks to previous years’ trends, and more casual styles becoming more popular. Platform heels are practically overthrowing stilettos this season (hooray for comfort!), and jute-wrapped soles as well as cork influences and snakeskin-prints are in abundance. A few newer trends show up on the scene, especially high-tongue sandals that have more of a “shoetie flair”, open-toed mules, and of course, you can’t go wrong with a pair of slip-on wedges! If you’re wanting to take a subtle step onto the wild side, floral prints, pastels and patterns are an excellent way to do so– and are making quite the statement this spring. Casual is the new “dressy,” so don’t be afraid to throw on a dress or skirt with a new pair of bold, chunky-strapped wedges or sandals!

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When it comes to men’s spring and summer fashion, warm tones and neutral shades are fun and overflowing, and sure to pair well with any outfit. The “sneaker influence” has become highly predominant, with light-colored soles, and more casual trends becoming popular this season. While neutral shades are common, if you want to stand out, some pops of color (as well as patent styles) are trend-forward, and a trend that we will continue to see as the year progresses. Suede tassel loafers, wing-tips, and dress casual lace-ups are great go-to’s for almost any event, and even every-day wear as footwear leans toward the versatile, “wear everywhere” movement. The “two-in-one” theme, such as Olukai’s loafer/mule, and lace-up/mule styles will be big this season, and are great for almost any occasion. From fishing or boating, to that outdoor dinner party, you’re sure to be both comfortable and fashionable!

Neutrals can be fun and go with everything, but you can’t go wrong with unique, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new this season! You’ll be surprised at how many things in your closet will go with that fun, new pair of shoes you’ve been dying to try!

Your Missing Sock,

@elmshoes #itfits

Finding Versatility For Your Footwear

Versatility for Your Footwear

Fashion is dictated by the runway; style is what we do with it. And with thousands upon thousands of shoes out there, there are just as many ways we can interpret fashion and create our own style.

With the simple tie of shoelaces, you can turn a cocktail outfit into street-smart fashion. Exchanging heels for high-tops, you can transform an outfit, but just as easily as you can transform an outfit, your shoes have the ability to be transformed. One day one pair can serve as boat shoes, the next walking shoes.

Dress shoes with a three-piece versus dress shoes with a sports blazer have a significantly differently impact, sending a different message. And the possibilities go on.

Today we’re going to find versatility for your footwear. This not only adds longevity for your shoes but gives you an opportunity to think outside the shoe box.

HIGH HEELS

There’s a Parisian opinion that states if the skirt is above the knee you wear flats, anything below you pull out the heels.

And while a pair of heels can transform a skirt or dress into a date night staple (something Cinderella’s godmother taught us early on), pairing those same shoes with jeans can give you an edgy, enviable look.

Now that we’ve taken heels off the runway, let’s see where else we can and cannot (or should not) wear them.

Finding versatility for your feet

Harem Pants: yes. They can take a casual yet exotic look and elevate the outfit.

Sweatpants: no. There’s a reason they’re called sweatpants.

Dress Pants: yes. Nearly anything that has the word dress in it or has to do with dressing up can be paired with heels.

Board Shorts: no. Actually with many beach or summer lounging outfits, heels are not terrain friendly.

Leggings & Exercise Gear: no. The word exercise generally implies the need for sneakers. Have you tried running in heels?

BALLET FLATS

Trekking through the woods? Going mountain climbing? Traction, support and coverage are key words. Flats are made for flat surfaces and also for…

Shorts: yes. Shorts embody a carefree look, as do flats.

Snowsuits: no. If you’re encountering inclement weather or have to wear multiple layers of socks – flats should stay in your closet for several more weeks.

Skirts & Dresses: yes. They are called ballet flats for a reason. Inspired by a dancing empire, they are perfect for a romantic twirl or a soft, sweet look.

SNEAKERS

The most beloved, go-to shoe in the USA, we use them for running, jogging, lounging, walking and countless other activities. Here’s a few ways to know if your sneakers can pull off this fundamental piece.

Spandex: yes. If you own anything with spandex (polyester, acrylic, etc.,) then there’s a high percentage of you being able to wear sneakers with this material because chances are it’s the main fabric of your gym clothes.

Dress Pants: no. Just as we said wearing heels with anything dressy is good, wearing sneakers with dressy clothes will often create an unnecessary fashion faux pas. A dress shoe can work with casual attire to give it some pep to its step, however, it doesn’t work in reverse. Sneakers, flip flops, crocs, sandals with socks, the list goes on. This shoe crime, as we like to call it, happens far too often but can be easily remedied. You can still dress up but find a dressed down type of footwear through loafers or boat shoes.

Now that we’ve got the conversation going we’d love to see how you turn your solemate into versatile styles. Maybe you have the ability to rock sweatpants and heels? We’d love to see how you pair your ELM Shoes, so send us a Shoefie!

Your Missing Sock,

@elmshoes #itfits

Reducing Arthritic Pain Through Shoes

The Right Pair Of Shoes

Feeling achy? Hear your joints snap, crackle and pop like a sad bowl of Rice Krispies®? Arthritis can hit at nearly any age, any joint and cause irreversible damage. The most alarming is hindering you from achieving your goals from Point A to Point B. Losing mobility is losing out on a lifetime of opportunities. But the right pair of shoes can give back some of that privilege and protect your joints and preserve your joy.

With dozens of arthritis conditions stemming from multitudes of diseases, it’s important to work alongside your doctor to understand what kind you have and where you are most affected, so you’re picking out shoes that support you without increasing your symptoms.

The three most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis. While they are different in their onset and patterns of symptoms, origins and demographic correlations, there is a common denominator with all. Stiffness. Pain. Swelling. Inflammation. And as mentioned before, decreased mobility and ability to perform everyday activities like open a jar of pickles or pour a bowl of cereal.

One of the main sources for diminishing some of that pain and slowing down the rate of joint deformation can be found in your wardrobe. So long as it complies with the following criteria, of course:

1)    No heels: Women have said if they aren’t hurting, they aren’t helping. In other words, if you don’t feel a little pain while wearing them, they aren’t highlighting your body’s best assets. But women also say, looking back, that if they knew then what they know now, they wouldn’t have worn heels every day or so frequently. Heels conform our feet in an abnormal position, against the natural formation intended.

2)    No compact flats: While compression is good, lack of arch support and narrow toes causes suppression that bends your feet incorrectly. Our feet are pliable and susceptible once slipped into shoes, which is why it’s important to pay attention to the entire silhouette of a shoe: heel, toe, sole, straps, laces.

3)    More advanced flip flops: Cheap flips flops to feet is like wearing a ribbon around your neck and calling it a scarf during a blizzard. Thankfully companies have worked hard to advance the form and technology of a more stable and form-fitting shoe made with durable materials that cushions the foot, conforming to its arch and providing better quality. It’s imperative to avoid kinds that fail to provide an anatomically correct footbed thin, plastic types that do more flipping and flopping have a tendency to wear out in the heel.

The right pair of shoes

4)    More suspension: Yes, suspension. Have you ever ridden in a vehicle that doesn’t have suspension? The simplest thing like driving over a speed bump can eradicate all feelings of safety and comfort. When it comes to recognizing suspension in a pair of shoes, you will often find it in a pair of sneakers, but many companies are recognizing the need for this feature, incorporating patented formulas in a wide variety of shoe categories.

5)    More orthopedic insoles: Whether they are sold separately or are an organic part of the shoe’s silhouette, quality insoles are the difference between walking on coals of fire or on clouds. Why so dramatic? Because an arthritic body is constantly wearing on the cartilage, every step wears away at it and without the proper insoles (and suspension) your feet aren’t properly encased in a comfortable, safe element.

6)    More security & arch support: This is more than just the right fit. A secure fit is a stable fit. Often arthritis can cause weakened joints which requires additional attention. While you want a pair that is sturdy with exceptional traction you also need to look for a pair that will mold to your feet and yours alone. Just like a house’s foundation holds up a roof, arch support in your shoes ultimately affects your knees, hips and back.

While it sounds like you’ll end up with a shoe that resembles a boot for a broken leg or foot, at ELM Shoes we have a multitude of options that cover these six criteria beautifully. We can find you a fit that helps eliminate or reduce swelling, aching and most importantly slow the progression through pain management. Pain inhibits healing, but the proper footwear keeps you on your feet in comfort from 9 to 5. And here you don’t have to compromise fashion for quality of life.

Let’s get started,

Your Missing Sock

Sweaty Shoes Intervention: Summer Edition

How To Prevent Sweaty ShoesJust like an empty plate is the sign of a healthy appetite, sweating is often associated with a good, healthy workout. But when you slip on a pair of shoes and they’re already wet, or it only takes leaving the house and walking around the block to start sweating, well – that sweat isn’t as rewarding.

We may not be as renown or illustrious as WebMD, but that excessive sweating could potentially be one of two things:

The incorrect shoe/sock combination: considerably simple solution that ELM Shoes can help resolve

*Hyperhidrosis: that’s going to need more than a doctor with an online degree for a hopeful prognosis

But often that elephant in the room known as sweaty, smelly shoes which inevitably leads to sweaty, smelly feet is because you are essentially wearing ill-fitting shoes. Sure they may fit physically, but they don’t fit your lifestyle.

It’s a bit taboo to discuss in person because, unless you are emotionally close to the culprit we can’t call them out, but boy do we wish they’d put their shoes back on. Although that won’t necessarily stop the odor that has already permeated the air.

Whether it’s for you or someone else, it’s time for a sweat prevention intervention.

Tip 1: Keep your feet clean and don’t slip your shoes on with wet feet.

Tip 2: Don’t wear the same shoes every day. Would you wear the same socks every day? Shirt? Give those babies a chance to air out and conform back to their intended shape.

How To Prevent Shoe Sweating

Tip 3: Wear the right socks. You may think wool socks are meant for cold winter nights but socks made with this fiber supersedes many others on the market which tend to be a cause to feet sweating.

Tip 4: Self-evaluation. If you have athlete’s foot (not just restricted to the athletic) using talcum powder or fungal spray/cream goes a long way for prevention. (Yes, eww.) These powders, sprays and creams are great for many fungi.

So now you’re probably thinking, only four tips or tricks to prevent and “hide” the problem? No sweat! Not so fast.

If your shoes already have absorbed a lot of moisture and retained the odor, you can take out the removable insoles (if your shoe features these), wash them and air dry. Again, a proactive approach to reducing moisture is alternating your shoes and most importantly investing in a pair that is less prone to absorb moisture to prevent the vicious cycle from starting again.

And that’s another area where we can offer our expertise. We’ll find your fit, your fashion favorites and the shoes and socks that best align with your sweat prevention intervention.

Until then,

-Your Missing Sock

*Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, is not only an embarrassing symptom for some but depending what kind it is can stem from more serious matters. Whether the treatment is medicine, surgery or adjusting your daily habits, the prognosis is hopeful so long as you pay attention to the warning signs.

Foot Health Awareness: Taking Care of YOUR Feet

2017 Foot Health Awareness Month

Join ELM Shoes this April and all the days after as we recognize Foot Health Awareness and play our part in healing our feet one step at a time by discovering several frequently seen symptoms and how to overcome them.

Foot Health Awareness is about more than just diabetes. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are. Whether male or female. Wherever you live, you hope to live for the long run. And a long life begins with healthy, mindful choices. From head to toe, there are choices you make to ensure your body runs in its optimum condition. Just like internal afflictions can manifest externally, wounds and other abnormalities seen externally have a great impact throughout our entire physique, thus the potential to affect our physical appearance and general well-being.

When it comes to our feet, many common areas of concerns have visible symptoms. However, anytime you feel pain, discomfort or see something out of the norm, it is worth consultation. It is said that the average person can walk up to 75,000 miles by the time they reach age 50, so whether it takes finding the right fit or having a doctor’s intervention, you owe it to yourself to take care of the issue sooner than later to reach that milestone.

SWEATY FEET: The root of sweaty feet cannot always be traced back to shoes. While some textiles allow your feet to breathe more freely, such as leather and wool versus acrylic fibers, excessive sweating in your feet is just like someone who has extreme sweating in their palm or anywhere else on their person. Known as Hyperhidrosis, it is not only an embarrassing symptom for some but depending what kind it is can stem from more serious matters. Whether the treatment is medicine, surgery or adjusting your daily habits, the prognosis is hopeful so long as you pay attention to the warning signs.

HAGLAND’S DEFORMITY: The word deformity seems like it would be a clear self-diagnosis but often this enlargement of the bone on the back of the heel is overlooked. For many, it’s called the Pump Bump due to its occurrence from wearing heels and pumps too much. When not properly addressed, Hoagland’s Deformity can lead to bursitis – a painful inflammation of the bursa. Treatment requires visiting a doctor or restructuring your footwear as this is a primary cause.

2017 Foot Health Awareness Month

NEUROMAS: When you think of a pinched nerve, you often think of it located in your back or hip. However, your feet are equally susceptible to pinched nerves. Neuroma, typically found in female patients, causes pain in the front of your feet between the toes and ball of your feet, causing swelling, tingling, burning and numbness. Frequently caused by compression, wearing shoes with plenty of room for movement is pivotal to the relief and succession of pain. In addition to changing your footwear, visiting a podiatrist is essential as the condition can worsen if left untreated.

INGROWN TOENAILS: Painful, problematic and the most prevalent of all, ingrown toenails are nails (usually on the big toe) that persistently poke and grow into the tender tissue of your nail grooves, subsequently leading to swelling, redness, irritation and, at times, infection. Persistent ingrown nails require a doctor’s attention for lifting the nail and removing the irritated areas.

DIABETIC WOUND CARE: As a diabetic patient, foot care is elemental to managing your symptoms as many complications can arise from improper care. With neuropathy, high blood pressure and other issues to factor into, your blood circulation and sensations can be irregular thus the need to visually and physically inspect your feet from top to bottom. 15% of diabetic patients will encounter a would or foot ulcer – typically on the sole – so it’s important to proactively seek out any possible areas you may have hurt yourself or where your open sores are a vulnerability.

While our feet are resilient, able to withstand our long days and treks across varied landscapes, this exposes them to daily stresses and environmental conditions. Since pain inhibits healing, it’s important to alleviate a primary source of the symptoms. At ELM Shoes our knowledgeable and passionate staff can assist you in finding the perfect fit.

It’s time to raise awareness and put your best foot forward again.

-Your Missing Sock

Fashion For Your Feet: 2017 Trends

2017 Trends

At the beginning of each year, projections are released from industry experts on what will be trending. Meanwhile the runway has set the standard for what your wardrobe needs.

These extravagant styles may help you fit in during fashion week, but at ELM Shoes we find shoes that fit you. Physically and stylistically.

Why fit in with the trends when you can stand out in comfort and quality?

Sophisticating Socks: We at ELM Shoes have addressed the fashion faux pas of socks and sandals. This year socks are making a comeback. Wearing them with a sophisticated pair of heels or wearing nylons with open-toed heels. Since neither of these are everyday looks and may be unexpected in your locality, a way you can compromise is thick stockings with heels and definitely waiting until spring to wear open toed shoes – sans nylons.

Flatform Sandals (the exaggerated platform shoe): Remember when Doc Martens were all the rage – some boasting a substantial sole? 2017 is embracing that extensive outsole with inspiration from Asian styles. The Flatform depicts a stable shoe of durability and eclectic tastes.

Since the height may be uncomfortable for you, wearing wedges can give you a similar outcome. Although the outsole may not be solid, you can gain a more secure heel than a stiletto’s spike.

Thigh-High Boots: For those accustomed with fishing in a body of water, thigh-high boots cannot be substituted with hip waders. If you don’t like tight clothes, being constricted, encounter swelling in your legs or feet, introducing your closet to a riding boot will produce a similar look. These boots general come up to your knees, sometimes almost hugging the knee cap. With endless options, you can achieve a stylish look without having to suit up. Moreover, you will be warm.

Slider Shoes: An elevated “shower shoe,” these can be great for slipping on quickly. However, they do not offer the most support. An alternative option is an open-back shoe. You get the same airy feeling, your toes are just not exposed.

Pointed Toes: If you have two different sized feet (it’s not a rarity; it’s quite common) or feel like your toes get pinched easily, the obvious answer is wearing a square or round toe. Also, consider wearing orthotic inserts so your foot can withstand the long hours your feet are encased in shoes.

Ankle Straps: These shoes are not created equally. Some may have adjustable straps or ribbons, but if you have wider ankles, this can be a very uncomfortable fit. If you are pregnant or have to wear compression socks, these can be substituted with Mary Janes. They offer a mid-sole strap which decreases the propensity for a tight, uncomfortable fit. Another style you can incorporate is laced oxford shoes that have a heel.

Sequined Shoes: For those who want to add flair to their wardrobe sequined shoes will accommodate your desire. However, once a sequin falls off it can be quite noticeable. For more durable yet wow factor shoes try multi-colored, patterned or snakeskin shoes. These options add dimension to what could otherwise be a plain black loafer.

2017 Footwear Fashion Trends

2017 is anticipating many more statements made through shoes. Mesh fabric, sculptured heels, David Bowie and Spice Girls inspired six-inch platform boots, marabou trimming or vibrantly solid white pleather.

With all these options it’s hard to figure out what fashion statement or choice you should make. Before you begin defining that 2017 statement, it’s important to know what your feet actually need.

At ELM Shoes we provide an analysis of your pressure points and your shoe size so you can enjoy your shoes for more than just a date night.

To begin discovering your perfect fit, call, stop by or browse our website for expert advice.

-Your Missing Sock