Boating Season Launches Newest Styles in Water-Worthy Shoes and Sandals

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Technology has had a revolutionary impact on footwear, including boating shoes and sandals. Boaters and sailors can now find shoes that are anti-microbial, waterproof, anti-skid and have non-marking soles. In addition to comfort and function, most boaters also want style, and wearing sandals with style requires having attractive feet.

Though nautical fashions have changed dramatically over the centuries, the American love affair with boating has not. As the popularity of boating and sailing continues to increase, so has the demand for water-worthy shoes and sandals that are stylish, comfortable and functional. Manufacturers including Sperry, Keen, Reef Guys and others have stepped up to the challenge with designs that have become a virtual necessity for those who spend lots of time on the water.

Brandon Rhue, with Harbor Sole, a shoe store located on Lake Michigan, is an expert on outdoor and athletic footwear, including boating shoes. He says, "The main concern people have with boating shoes is comfort, and how to combat the smell that comes from footwear that's continually exposed to water. Though men are more interested in comfort, women want shoes that are both functional and look good, and they tend to prefer sandal styles."

As with everything else, technology has had a revolutionary impact on footwear, including boating shoes and sandals. Boaters and sailors can now find shoes that are anti-microbial, waterproof, anti-skid and have non-marking soles. Since sandals are comfortable but toes are vulnerable, some designs incorporate features specifically designed to protect them from injury.

In addition to comfort and function, most boaters also want style, and wearing sandals with style requires having attractive feet. Though boating sandals are extremely popular, they present a terrible dilemma for those who are embarrassed about having discolored toenails or dry, rough feet.

C. J. Buck is an expert on problems related to foot appearance. CEO of Princeton, New Jersey-based Xenna Corporation, which distributes foot care products, Buck says, "During summer, or on vacation, many people avoid wearing sandals because of yellow, discolored toenails or rough and cracked heels."

Xenna's patented NonyX® Nail Gel exfoliates the dark, yellow or thick granular material called keratin debris, which can build up under nails over time, making them unattractive. NonyX Gel softens, breaks down and then clears out unattractive keratin debris using natural ethanoic acid. Buck says, "Our products are recommended by podiatrists to improve the appearance of feet and toenails." Dr. Bret Ribotsky, of Boca Raton, Florida, says "Using NonyX is like brushing your teeth; it's a cleanser for toenails." Dr. Christopher Moore, a Carbondale, Illinois, podiatrist says, "All of my patients, particularly women, are concerned about how their feet look. In winter, I'm often asked 'What can you do to make my toes look better by summer?'"

A recent clinical study confirmed NonyX Nail Gel significantly improves toenail color and clarity by exfoliating yellowing keratin debris from under the nail. To view a recent TV news release on use of NonyX Gel featuring Dr. Ribotsky's comments, go to http://easylink.playstream.com/networknewssource/nonyx/nonyx.wvx

Rough, flaky skin and cracked heels can also be a problem for those who want to wear sandals or enjoy boating. Skin exposed to water, sun and sand is more prone to dryness, flaking or cracking. Heels can be a particularly embarrassing area for women boaters. For soft, supple heels and feet, podiatrists recommend the natural enzymes found in CalleX® Dry Heel Ointment.

Xenna's newly patented CalleX has been shown in consumer studies to significantly reduce thick, dry, flaking skin and cracking on soles and heels within 15 to 30 days. Diabetic-friendly, acid-free Callex moisturizes dry, rough or flaky skin, and exfoliates and thins thickened areas, while leaving normal skin unaffected.

According to Buck, the importance of foot appearance is often overlooked during the winter, but surfaces when summer comes along, and says, "In addition to comfort, most people are also concerned about whether or not their feet look attractive, whether in sandals or barefoot. Thousands of people who've used our products have regained their confidence and are simply ecstatic to be able to wear sandals again and wiggle their toes in public!"

NonyX Nail Gel can be purchased in the footcare section of Walgreens, Rite Aid, Longs, Drug Emporium, Brooks and most Medicine Shoppe drugstores. You'll also find it at HEB and Brookshire grocery stores, through podiatric physicians, independent pharmacies and online at http://www.drugstore.com and http://www.xenna.com. CalleX Dry Heel Ointment is now available in the footcare section at Longs Drugs, from podiatric physicians and online at http://www.drugstore.com and http://www.xenna.com. To order NonyX Nail Gel or CalleX Dry Heel Ointment online, find a store near you or to view clinical photos, click on http://www.xenna.com. A wide range of boating shoes and sandals can be found at http://www.harborsoles.com (800-864-2488.)

Xenna Corporation is a privately-held company which develops and distributes natural personal care products for skin, hair and nails.

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