Reaching the Height of Fashion in Comfort

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As the winter brings cold days and even colder nights, your feet are generally more out of sight and, possibly, out of mind. However, caring for your feet is just as important in the winter with regards to comfort and your general well being. Just because you’re no longer showing them off in summer sandals, it’s essential not to forget and neglect them.

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Josef Seibel strives to push the boundaries with its modern designs, ultimately bridging the gap between style and comfort by offering a wider range of designs and heel heights.

As the winter brings cold days and even colder nights, your feet are generally more out of sight and, possibly, out of mind. However, caring for your feet is just as important in the winter with regards to comfort and your general well being. Just because you’re no longer showing them off in summer sandals, it’s essential not to forget and neglect them.

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, winter weather can cause havoc with your feet. Conditions such as chilblains, corns and calluses are much more common with the onset of cold weather. Chilblains appear when the feet get too cold and then heat up too quickly. The best idea is to keep feet as warm as possible because once they’re cold they can take a while to warm up again. Claire Carr, Senior Podiatrist at Shurpody, UK largest independent chiropody provider, says, “Chilblains occur when the small blood vessels, which control the regulation of temperature, go into spasm. These cause sore itchy areas on the ends of toes which can be very painful and highly irritating. Wearing socks and enclosed footwear, such as boots from a quality footwear manufacturer like Josef Seibel, are a must when looking after your feet this winter.”

As the festive season approaches, shopping trips become focused on buying the perfect outfit, which includes that perfect shoe. However, sky-scraper heels and pointed toes may cause you more pain than enjoyment when you’re out and about.

Claire says, “High-heeled shoes need to be worn with caution and not for long periods of time. The surface area of a high-heeled shoe is considerably less than the surface area of the foot. This means that your feet can suffer from a number of ailments due to the forces exerted on the foot.”

Squeezing toes into pointed shoes compresses the toes into an unnaturally small area, encouraging rubbing and causing hard skin. Not only is this unsightly and tricky to get rid of, hard skin can lead to painful problems such as corns. Pains in the ball of your feet, arches and heels are other unwanted side effects from wearing high heels.

Claire comments, “High shoes can also contribute to back problems because of the change in angle of the foot. Bunions can also be made worse from these types of shoe, not to mention the increased likelihood of spraining your ankle.” This could be even more likely with over exuberant dancing at festive functions! All in all, there are much better choices for your feet this winter.

However, there is no need to worry that if you want pain-free feet you have to compromise on style. Comfortable footwear is appearing on many retailers’ shelves and style icons’ feet and with over 100 years of experience the comfort footwear brand, Josef Seibel, can’t be beaten for pushing the boundaries and developing sexy shoes and beautiful boots with the bonus of comfort. With amazing quality and colours ranging from neutral skin and leather tones to red winter berry, the brand offers clogs, ballet pumps, wedges, low heel and ‘no heel’ boots in this season’s ranges. A military style boot or a bejewelled and coloured pump can make as striking an accompaniment to your winter evening outfits as a stiletto heel.

Martin Ingram, UK and Ireland managing director of Josef Seibel, says: “When you’re spending around 10 hours plus on your feet daily, possibly more in the festive season, think ‘comfort’ when making your footwear purchases. The notion that ‘comfort’ means forgoing fashion is definitely not an issue anymore. Josef Seibel strives to push the boundaries with its modern designs, ultimately bridging the gap between style and comfort by offering a wider range of designs and heel heights. “

For more information on foot care and footwear this season, read our hints and recommendations to make your winter wardrobe complete and trendy but, more importantly, comfortable!

Hints for keeping your feet tip top this winter

As the festive season approaches, shopping trips become focused on buying the perfect outfit, which includes that perfect shoe. However, sky-scraper heels and pointed toes may cause you more pain than enjoyment when you’re out and about, so Josef Seibel's managing director, Martin Ingram, and Shuropody's senior podiatrist, Claire Carr, are offering their top tops for healthy, festive feet...

1. Opt for round toed or mid heeled party shoes this season to reduce foot pain during exuberant dancing at festive functions. High heels put excess pressure on the balls of the foot, not to mention the increased likelihood of bunions and spraining your ankle!

2. Thermal insoles, wool linings, thick socks and hard-wearing foot beds will fend off the cold weather and in turn will help against chilblains. These occur when the small blood vessels that regulate temperature go into spasm and can be itchy and painful.

3. Your feet need TLC! Out of sight should not mean out of mind. Just because our toes are not on show, it doesn't mean we should take less care. Exfoliate and moisturise regularly and visit your nearest Shuropody store for a free foot health check!

4. Alternate footwear! Just like the rest of your body, feet are prone to sweating and footwear needs to have the chance to dry out, so try alternating your shoes every couple of days.

5. Don't compromise style for comfort. Bejewelled boots or patent coloured pumps make just as much impact to a winter wardrobe as a stiletto heel, but without the 'Ouch' factor!

6. For the more stubborn hard skin, get your corns and calluses removed to prevent them becoming worse and rubbing painfully on shoes - available at Shuropody.

Press information:
Anna Mills – Office: 01603 717416/ Mobile: 07786086850/ anna(at)pinstripepr(dot)co(dot)uk
Harriet Thorpe – Office: 01603 717416/ Mobile: 07871663686/ harriet(at)pinstripepr(dot)co(dot)uk

Notes to Editors:

  •     For more information on the UK’s largest independent chiropodists, Shuropody visit http://www.shuropody.com.
  •     For more information on Josef Seibel, or to make a purchase online go to http://www.josefseibel.co.uk or email enquiries(at)josefseibel(dot)co(dot)uk

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