Friday, November 27, 2015

The Best Insoles for Every Shoe Problem

Whether your favorite pair rubs, pinches, digs, slips, or just doesn’t offer any support—we’ve got a solution for you.

If your shoes rub your skin...
Try Foot Petals Pressure Pointz, $7. These small cushions come in black and nude, and can be placed anywhere in any shoe to help prevent blisters.
If your strappy sandals rub your skin...
Try Dr. Scholls Moleskin Plus, $7.  This self-adhesive roll of soft, slim padding is made to be cut to whatever size you need, and can be adhered directly to your skin or to the inside of your shoe (or the back of a pesky strap) to prevent blisters.

If your stilettos hurt the balls of your feet...

Try Zoomie’s Anti-Slip Gel Ball of Foot Cushions, $16.  High heels most commonly cause discomfort to the balls of your feet in two ways: Your weight is pushed forward to the front of your feet, creating more pressure, and the elevated heel causes your feet to slip forward with each step, causing irritation to your skin. These self-adhesive cushions pad the area to eliminate the feeling of pressure, and provide a non-slip surface that protects the delicate skin on your soles.

If your heels slip...
Try Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk Heel Liners, $6. The culprit here is likely narrow feet. The sad truth is that not all shoes come in narrow widths, but heel liners are an easy fix. This particular pair is made of a thicker-than-average gel construction that keeps heels snugly in place without feeling bulky.
If high-heels are generally uncomfortable...
Try Vivian Lou Insolia Insoles, $20. Designed by a podiatrist, these very low-profile, self-adhesive inserts shift your weight distribution from just the front of your foot to a more normal diffusion (about one-third of your weight is moved back to your heel), resulting in less pain, better posture and stability, and, longer wearability.

If your flats don’t provide enough support...
Try Superfeet Insoles, $40. They’re on the pricier side, but these full-foot inserts essentially create an ergonomic and supportive shape that stabilizes your foot, making even the flattest of flats as comfortable as a running shoe.

If you need a custom insole...

Try Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts, prices vary. For those who just need a little more help, whatever the problem, head to a Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping Kiosk. Pressure sensors generate a unique map of your foot, which the company then uses to create a custom fit insole to properly provide the unique support you need.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Transitional Weather Closet Tips

If you live in Kentucky or Indiana you are probably pulling out your cold weather clothing and footwear for our cooler days and nights.  They all get mixed in with our warm weather clothing and sandals.  An easy way to transition your closet is to use a portable clothes rack with wheels.  I have an adjustable one that is convenient to keep in our bedroom.  I normally use it for assembling clothing to pack for trips but it's also useful for other times. 

A portable clothes rack can hold the clothing that is more transitional without overcrowding your closet.  It's better to fold sweaters than to hang them up so try to find a rack with a shelf at the top for those.  Put your boots, etc. under the rack as you add jackets, coats, jeans and long sleeved tops.  A rack is also handy when you are reorganizing your closet to hold clothing that you plan to keep. 

A lot of people like to donate old clothing to charity or take it to Goodwill.  Please buy clear garbage bags for these items and for storing items you plan to keep.  I've heard too many stories about people throwing out good clothing because they had stored them in black garbage bags.  Get out your colorful ribbon and tie bows on the bags of clothing you plan to keep.  You can always delegate certain colors of ribbon to mark donate bags and out of season clothing bags.  I prefer plastic bins for storing out of season clothing but if bags are your only option then be sure to mark them in some way.  To keep bugs out of your storage bags use two bags in opposite directions for a good "seal."

Some experts believe that if you haven't worn something in over a year that you should get rid of it.  I disagree.  Get rid of pieces that are too large or too small for you or clothing that is hopelessly out of date.  If you watch a movie from the 1990's and you see similar clothing in YOUR closet then it's time to take those pieces to a consignment shop that sells vintage clothing. Vintage is usually defined as a garment that is 25 years old or older. 

Keep your accessories since they seldom go out of style.  If a purse is badly worn then donate it.  I just read about taking old handbags and stuffing them with hygiene supplies and snacks for homeless women.  Not a bad idea!