Another favorite store of mine (both for the diversity of the shoes and the usually delicious prices).
Here are the current offerings:
Lovely low heel, rounded toe bootie. This is wonderful with tights. In fact, this is perfect with tights! This bootie has a few positives that make it a winner: the lower (but still stylish) heel that makes it wearable day to evening; and the rounded toe that allows for maximum toe movement during walking.
Simple and Fabulous.
As I've said here, here, and here, a wedge heel is a chiropractor's dream. Well, *my* dream, anyway. I know I am never going to get myself or my patients into dumpy orthopaedic shoes, so finding comfortable fabulous shoes are the law of the land.
Wedges gives you the height of a heel, but it more supportive than a heel because it allows the entire foot to maintain contact with the ground, through the wedge. In contrast, a heel only allows the heel and the forefoot/toes to come in contact with the floor through the shoe.
This wedge is a manageable height, and is superb for everyday. Nice rounded toe. I dont know if I am on a leggings kick...but *perfect* with leggings.
Despite the high heel, these shoes are marvelously comfortable, provided you go up a half size. In fact, these remind me of one of my prized Barbara Bui shoes. Even with the riduclously high heel - the shoe is beyond comfortable, and perfect for an even where you will be standing for long periods of time. I can't explain it. I can only love it.
The hidden platform help reduce the relative foot elevation, and the square-ish design for the peep toe is toe-friendly and does not irritate the skin around the nail bed. Standard heel. I strongly recommend up'ing it a half size.
Very similar in shape and mechanics as the Bonfire above. The main difference in terms of shoe ergonomics here is the heel is much chunkier, and thus provides a larger base of support, and feeling of stability. This helps with pronating (as we pronate more in less stabile heels to create a larger portion of the foot making contact with the shoe), and protects our knees.
Ankle straps can be either a blessing or a curse with shoes. I recommend not pulling the strap too tight, and in fact, keeping it slightly less taut. If the strap is too tight, it will inhibit dorsiflexion ("flexing the toe", or the ability of the toes to come up towards the body). This has the unfortunate effect of changing the way you place your foot on the ground, and you will likely pronate.
Really, any flat is perfectly fine for me to recommend. As long as it fits properly, and has adequate flexibility through the sole. Flats are ideal to snuggle in a custom shoe insert to give you proper correction all day long.
This one stood out to me becasue it lookes like pretty origami on the heel of the shoe, but realy any flat is ok in my books. Gorgeous with flats and skinny jeans. :)
I have been going on a bit about pronation, and I wanted to take a minute to explain why this is important.
When your foot pronates (meaning that your ankles roll in, and the arches in your feet collape) there are severe, long term consequences to the way your body adapts to this.
First of all - when you ankle rolls in, everything else in your skeletal frame must adjust to this. This means the knees will also roll in ("knock-knees"), and you will also experience more pressure where the femur and hip bones meet.
Who cares, right? Well over time, not only do these forces warp the way you walk, but this will start to creep into the spine as well. Muscles will get tight, joints will start to become stressed out, and bones will start getting stuck.
That's why it is important. While I am overjoyed to try and help people who are in pain, I want you to have the tools and the know-how to PREVENT this from happening. In an ideal world, you want to be seeing your chiropractor to increase the vitality of your health and your life, not desperately trying to correct something that has gone awry.