Ladies; Different Shoe Designs and Where to Rock Them.

Shoes are a woman’s best friend. Interestingly, they come in different design, size, brand, style, texture and colour.

We’ve highlighted 10 different shoe design for women and where to rock them. Trust me, you don’t want to show up at an event overdressed or under dressed.

 

  • Lace Ups

 

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Lace up shoes have laces used for design and for the fastening of the shoe. Lace up shoes can be ballerina design, brogue, loafers, heels, etc. The low heel lace up shoes are generally great for 9- 5 work activities while high heel lace ups are suitable for dinners and cocktail events.

  1. Ballerinas

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Ballerinas can be worn to casual events like movies to give you a relaxed/casual look. We love them because they are very portable, flat and fit into bags easily. Note, it is quite important to switch up your looks from heels to ballerinas so your feet and ankle can get some rest from the pressure of heels.  

  1. Brogues

Brogues are absolutely gorgeous and chic. They give you a polish trendy look. Brogues are a definitely a must have. You can wear them to work and to casual events.

  1. Heels

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Heels come in different styles. The very low heels which are; kitten heels, peep toe heels, spool heels, ballroom dance shoes and french heels, all offer comfort to the heels and arches of the feet. Heels can be used for evening events or as dress shoes..The moderate heels are used to achieve a corporate look. Other types of mid heels are; cone, slingback, mule, oxford and comma heels.                                                                                    Photo: whowhatwear.com

Stilettos and pumps come in varying heights and can be as high as 8 inches. Stilettos give you an extra inch or inches (wink) and elegance. Stilettos are great for dinners, cocktails and evening events. High heels should not be worn for long to avoid stretching the thigh muscles. Pumps, ankle strap heels, platform heels, high heel sandals and cork high heels are types of high heels.

  1. Gladiator Shoes

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These can be worn at corporate events or parties or fashion events.                                                                                         Photo: amazon.com

They give you a trendy casual look with a touch of elegance which works great for casual events.

  1. Loafers

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Loafers work great for both casual and business events. They are comfortable and give you a  tomboy bounce.

  1. Flip flop

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These are the perfect beach or swim footwear. They come in different style, colour and size. For your next visit to the beach, don’t forget flip flops!

  1. Sneakers

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Sneakers are very casual and comfortable. Thankfully they come in diverse design, colour and size, so you’re allowed to own more than a pair. Infact, if the shoe fits, buy them in all colours…lol.

  1. Wedge

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Wedge shoes give you a polish, elegant look and yet comfortable look without having you put so much stress on the heel and arch of your feet. Wedges come in two styles; the wedge sandal and the wedge heel. These can be worn for corporate events or for casual events like a date or hangout with friends.

Wedges are stable, fashionable and much more comfortable to be in than heels. They are also gorgeous and chic.

  1. Women’s Boots

Boots are great casual wears. They are of two types; ankle boots and thigh high boots. These could either have flat heels or pointed heels. These are a must have for the ladies who are constantly in motion.

No matter your shoe preference, never trade comfort for elegance. At TFA, our heels are super comfortable, trendy and elegant. Order a pair for just NGN 8500 and enjoy nationwide free delivery. To Order call/whatsapp 08182336533.

We would love to hear about your favorite shoes in the comment session.

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Ladies; Shoe Ideas for the Rainy Season.

Ladies, the rainy season is here again! Remember that favorite nursery rhyme of ours;”Rain, rain, go away. Come and rain another day, #TFA Ladies want to play. I’m certain you remember these lines.

The rainy season most times require that we dress down a bit. We let go of certain colours and dress styles. Giving way to warmer and thicker clothing.

The same can also be said for our shoes. We let go of shoes that have oh-so-soft leather and those made of suede. Those shoes we love so much and take on shoes that most times have no beauty as they serve just one purpose for us- protect our feet from the rains. But it doesn’t always have to be this way. So sad!

Imagine a scenario where you can look classy and still walk in the rain? That’s a pretty picture right? So, let go of your worries because in this post, I’m going to show you 5 shoe ideas for the rainy season. Let’s get down to it, shall we?

1.Chelsea Boots:

Chelsea boots gives you a sophisticated and youthful look. The material used to make this boot can be suede or leather. No matter  the material, be sure it is properly treated so that the shoe can be water resistant. The sole is made of durable rubber.

   2.Flat Shoes

These are handy and could be easily thrown into our handbags. For all lovers of heels, try to purchase a flat shoe just in case the rains starts on your way to work or that important meeting. Flat shoes got you covered always.

  3.Sneakers

Not all sneakers can withstand the heavy torrent of the rain. Not withstanding, you can still nail that perfect business look even with a pair of sneakers on. Remember the properties to check out for; Water resistivity and Durable Soles.

   4.Flip flops

These are great for both the rainy season and the dry season. Your flip flops can be perpetually in the bags or can be made available to be in the office or in our cars so that at the moment of our needs, we can always lay our hands on them.

   5 .Sandals

Sandals are an awesome choice for the rains. Sandals chosen have to be sturdy to adequately balance you and should not have a smooth sole. This prevents you from slipping and ultimately hurting yourself.

Kindly ensure that whatever sandal you get is durable and quick to dry as your feet need to get dry fast without you feeling cold on your feet. The Sandals need to cushion your feet adequately.

Do you have footwear ideas for the rainy season, kindly share on the comment session. Are you a #TFA lady, this rainy season there is nothing standing between you and slaying as the boss lady that you are.

Order your shoes now, available in different sizes. Call/WhatsApp 08182336533 or 07055458828.

Remember at #TFA, we are changing Africa one shoe at a time.

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Pregnant yet Comfortable; 5 Shoe Types for Expecting Mothers

There is a special bond that exist between mother and child most especially and unborn baby. This kind of love can be strong that it is believed that the mother can sense her child even if its far away from her. Be rest assured this is not some sci-fi book.

Irrespective of this bond and joy, there are also some perks of being pregnant too;

  • Your beautiful clothes no longer fit you.
  • You add weight and your hips increase in size.
  • Your choice of footwear is highly limited.

The last reason is the major purpose for this blog post. Here are 5 classic shoe types you can wear as a pregnant mother. This way you can still slay and be pregnant. Sounds great right? Lets dive in!

 

Heels

I’m not recommending stilettos or pumps that are sky scraper high. No, those are not going to be comfortable for you and its not safe for pregnant mothers to wear them. Wedges and wooden block heels are recommended as these add the right amount of inches to your height giving you that thrill of height we get when we wear heels and also you get to enjoy being comfortable. Comfort is key when pregnant, these offer you these.

Boots

These should have flat soles and you can be ensured of comfort. These can be worn when you need to achieve that casual yet chic look. You can either be brave and go for thigh high flat boots or Chelsea boots (ankle boots). You are not missing all the fun while putting these on.

Athletic Shoes

Fitness is an important activity for pregnant mother as it ensures the fitness of the mother and this in turn translates to the unborn child. To slay while working out, you can go for sneakers or you might want to go for Crocs if you are into taking long walks rather than exercising. Its all your choice of fitness. So, lets give these a try!

Flats

These are a must have for all. They give you that corporate feel and still enjoy being comfortable. They come in different sizes and styles too. Ballerina shoes are also recommended. So, take a pick and get to business.

Sandals

These are great for relaxing. A walk down the beach, a trip to the cinema and so much more. You get to feel the breeze against your feet. This way your feet get to breathe after a week being enclosed. These also come in different shapes, designs colors. You would have a great time making the right choice, trust me. The bottom line is always aim for comfort in any footwear you decide to pick.

 

Pregnancy should be the best 9 months of your life. Changes are bound to occur not just weight wise but also feet wise. Have your feet thank you during this beautiful moment.  If you have any questions about shoe choice or you have other shoe that you can recommend for these mothers, please drop your comments in the comment section below and follow us on our social media platforms for more updates.

 

We have new stock available! Need to gift any friend one? Kindly visit our website to view our latest collection. For more information call or Whatsapp 07055458828.

 

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5 Must Haves for a Classic Shoe Look

                                           5 Must Haves for a Classic Shoe Look

What joy we feel and what happiness we experience at the purchase of a good shoe. Yeah! The smell of leather, the unwrapping of the foil and all other ceremonies that herald the arrival of a new shoe into our lives. Let’s not forget the twirling and the striking of various poses before our ever-dependable mirror.Our mirrors have seen the different shades of us and it will still in the ensuing years.

But, we do remember how we feel at the damage of a shoe we love. That bond- that oh so tiny bond- we feel when our lovely heels get broken, our brogues smile at us from beneath our feet and when fake soles melt before our eyes under the heat of the sun.

Most times, the fault might lie in the hands of the maker, but often times, you can agree with me that the fault comes from us. Yes, we are the reasons why our shoes don’t last. We handle them carelessly, we toss them around anyhow and we use them to discipline that stubborn child (lol).

But that’s ok now, because, I’m here to tell you some equipment every shoe owner should have to help promote the longevity of their shoes. Are you ready?

 

  1.       Shoe Polish

Shoe polish is a waxy paste, cream or liquid used to polish, shine and restore, maintain and improve the appearance of waterproof leather shoes and boots. There are various brands of shoe polishes that are available and these can be used to make the shoes last longer. Shoe polishes also come in sprays and they are used to shine suede shoes.

 

We all know how shoes look so faded when they aren’t shiny and most people we meet for the first time instinctively look at our feet. So, try to stand out and be remembered if not for anything, but for how glossy and shiny your shoes are.

 

  1.       Shoe Horn

This is a great shoe protector to have as it enables you to easily wear your shoe as well as remove them. A shoe horn is a curved blunt instrument that eases the user to wear the shoes properly. There are  various varieties available in the market and they are of different sizes too.

We have shoe horns made of synthetic material, plastic, metal or wood. We also have long shoe horns and short shoe horns. Whichever shoe horn you intend to use is your personal decision to make. Just ensure that you do not reduce the longevity of your shoes by removing them in an improper way. Use shoe horn ensures that your shoes last longer and little or no damage is done to them. The shoe horn is mostly used in men’s shoes that have shoe laces.

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  1.       Shoe Rack

This is an important piece of furniture that helps keep shoes organized and easy to access. There are various designs and styles in which shoe racks have been fashioned. There exists wooden, metal and synthetically made shoe racks. These shoe racks too can be placed in strategic parts of the home all in the bid to add aesthetics to the home.

Shoe racks were designed to replace shoe boxes. Most times, people store shoes on racks which are easily accessible and place the shoe boxes high above on the closet for once in awhile access.

 

Shoe racks prevent the accumulation of dust on the shoes, reduce clutter of shoes as they occupy less space and enable one to store one’s shoes at a dedicated place, especially if they are worn on a daily.

 

  1.       Shoe Brushes

There are various types of brushes and they are all dependent on the type of shoes you want to use them on as well as the type of shoe polish you wish to use them with. This is very essential in the maintenance of shoes.

 

A toothbrush is a good option when you need to remove debris or buff product into tight places. when it comes to shoe shining, it’s time to get a white cloth out of the closet.
A soft cloth is important when it comes to more sensitive materials like leather. Its gentle touch will leave a lasting shine without damage.

 

  1. Shoe Tree

A shoe tree is a device that is used to preserve the shape of a shoe by maintaining the actual outline and preventing crease. This is an alternative to using old newspapers or pieces of clothing inside the shoes.

 

The Shoe Tree is usually made of unfinished wood. Shoe trees are made from beech, lime, alderwood and cedar. It helps to also control odour and absorb moisture. There are  various categories of shoe trees, they are spring, advanced, lasted and plastic shoe trees. The plastic shoe tree has the advantages of being cheaper, lighter and being better suited for travelling.

 

Now, the basics and the essentials have been revealed. Try to ensure that your shoes last longer under your care. If you have any questions about shoe maintenance, drop your comments in the comment section below and follow us on our social media platforms for more updates. Finally,we have new stock available!! Who’s excited as we are? So visit our website to view our latest collection and . For more information call or Whatsapp 07055458828.

 

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DIY METHOD ON HOW TO MEASURE YOUR FEET

 

Shoe-lovers, shoemakers and shoe buyers are faced with the simple but reoccurring problem of determining accurate shoe measurement and sizing for shoe. It also doesn’t help that shoe sizes vary per country or region.

Determining your shoe size is very important because your foot size can change over time, though, and even with the time of day. Wearing the wrong shoe size can cause blisters, abrasions, pain, long-term injury, and even back issues. So, don’t wear the wrong shoe size!

We have highlighted a few DIY steps in knowing your shoe size. Ready?

First off, before you begin this process, you are going to need some tools. They are;

 

  1. A ruler or tape rule
  2. A chair
  3. A pair of socks (optional)
  4. Pen, pencil or marker
  5. 2 pieces of plain paper that are larger than your feet.
  6. Tape

Let’s get down to business!

  • Tape the plain piece of paper to the floor, then sit down comfortably on the chair.
  • Place your foot firmly on the piece of paper. Ensure that your leg is bent slightly forward so that your shin is just in front of your ankle. If you are going to wear a socks when you purchase the shoe, put it on. If not make use of your bare feet.
  • Trace the outline of your foot on the paper. Make sure the pen or pencil or marker is held straight and not at an angle. If it is held at an angle, what you are drawing would be the outline of the sole of your foot and that’s not what you need.
  • Repeat the same procedure for the other foot. This outline is to be gotten on the other sheet of paper.
  • Mark the widest (width) and longest (length) parts of your feet. Use the largest of the shoe measurements gotten determine your shoe size.
  • Subtract, 3/16 of an inch from each of the length and width of your shoe. This stands for the small space between your foot and the line made by the pencil.

The final results are the actual sizes of your feet. You can make use of the shoe charts for more clarification.

 

How easy did you find these steps? Do let us know in the comment section below. So, the next time you want to get that #TFA shoe you love so much, let these steps guide you on the right path.

 

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5 Tips to Gifting Your Loved One With The Perfect Shoe

Ever tasted real chocolate? If you have, I’m so certain you can remember the exact tinglings your taste buds had, as well as the sensations that were coursing through your veins. The same could be said for the feel of a new shoe on your feet.

How do you feel when you get a new shoe? What are the exact emotions your brain registers? Is it the smell of real leather or the feel of suede or the moment when you realize that the surprise gift is your exact size ?

We’ve received numerous request from spouses confused about how to gift their partner a  shoe gift this special love season and we’ve developed 5 tips to consider when getting your special someone a shoe gift this Valentine.

  1. Be Certain of your Partner’s Shoe SizeThe ultimate feeling anyone has when they are surprised with shoes is the realization that the shoe fits, you can ask Cinderella, she became a princess for this singular reason! So, if you want to get shoes for your spouse or partner, make an effort to know their shoe size.  Some people can tell shoe size just by looking at people’s feet. But there is a rule that posits that the distance from the fore arm to the wrist is the size of our shoes. This rule is called the pi rule. So, if you are not certain of their shoe size, you can either peek under the sole of their shoes, ask a friend or take their foot measurements while they sleep (winks). The Chart below will accurately help you make sense of their foot measurement.
  2. Have an Idea of your Partner’s Favourite Colours: Guessing this might be quite tricky. But a simple “Baby what are your favourite colours?” Can suffice. Remember that the idea of gifts is actually the thought behind them and not just the item or colour. If he/she sees that you made an effort to get him/her favourite colours of shoes, they’ll value it. So, if you are stuck about getting your partner’s favourite colours, try stalking their social media accounts! These have become official cheat sites when getting to know people better or on an in depth level. So, run along now and investigate!

 

 

 

  1. Know their Shoe Preference:

This can be quite tricky for women. For one, there are about a zillion shoe designs for women. Men shoes are much easier to pick out. The trick is finding out what’s missing in your partner’s shoe collection and buying a design you’re pretty sure they will be very happy and comfortable with.

 

  1. Buy  TFA : TFA shoes are exquisite hand made shoe. They are made from the high quality leather and italian soles.  To order the perfect shoe for your partner, visit  www.thefootwearacademy.com or WhatsApp/Call 07055458828, 08182336533.

 

5. Wrap up the gift & Deliver in style!

There are various beautiful gift wraps that can be gotten from gift shops. Some shops also offer gift wrapping services to customers. You can also include a handwritten note in beautiful and stylized handwriting. Remember, old school is the new cool !

A same day logistics company can help deliver your shoe gift or preferably, you can hand deliver the gift yourself just to see the priceless emotions coursing through your partner’s face. This feeling is actually one that would be with you for a very long time.

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Shoe- Making Is The New Cool

Wow, this is officially our first post.

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a shoe lover or you have decided to start this shoe making journey with us.

The Footwear Academy is a footwear production (yes ! we make the coolest shoes) and training school for individuals interested in footwear making and sales.

 

Over the weekend, Saturday 05, 2017, we kick started our footwear training and mentorship programme  with 4 exceptional students.

The training will run for a period of 4 weekends after which the students would be able to produce exceptional bespoke shoes. Unbelievable – I know *winks*

Our vision at The Footwear Academy is to revolutionize the Footwear Making Industry by training and mentoring the next generation of brands that can compete in the international market.

We’ve started the journey already – join us. The future started yesterday and you’re almost late to the party.

See Highlights of the Saturday class below.

We look forward to hearing what you think (kindly leave a comment).

Cheers.

 

 

 

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