Tips to Consider When Buying Shoes for Elderly People.

When buying shoes for elderly people, support and comfort should be at the top of your list before style.

This blog post offers you 9 tips to tick off on your check list before paying for those shoes. Let’s get to them!

  • Purchase Shoes with a High Back

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A high back shoe helps to stabilize the ankle. Shoes with a hard insert in the heel gives the shoe a firm structure and helps protect them from falling.

Note, if the high back of the shoe doesn’t have adequate padding, it can irritate or scratch the Achilles’s tendon.

  • Purchase Shoes with Adequate Padding

 

Shoes worn by the elderly have to be properly cushioned. Cushioning reduces the effect of their feet impact on the ground on their hips and back by absorbing and dispersing the shock created.

More padding should also be added to the upper of the shoe to protect the toe.

  • Purchase Shoes with Lace Free Closures

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The elderly should not wear shoe types that do not anchor to their feet properly as these could slide off and cause them to trip. Purchase shoes that won’t have them bending a lot or knotting laces.

  • Purchase shoes with Non-slip soles

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A non-slip sole offers stability and prevents falls from happening. Elderly folks who suffer from Parkinson’s may need to consider smooth soles as these accommodate their shuffling gait.

  • Purchase shoes with a wide mouth

 

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Due to old age, the feet of the elderly tend to swell. It is important to purchase shoes that can make it easier to get their foot in and out of the shoe.

If they wear compression socks, ensure the shoes have enough space to fit them.

  • Purchase shoes with the right material

There are 2 types of shoes that are suitable for the elderly;

Shoes with upper made of sturdy materials offer more support and insulation. While shoes made of softer upper made of mesh are more lightweight and provide more breathing space.

For the best effect on the feet, you can order custom made shoes from The Footwear Academy with breathable mesh upper combined with a supportive overlay this allows the shoe to bend with the foot in it without losing control.

  • Purchase shoes with removable insoles

Any insole of your choice can be used in the shoes to be purchased;

Custom orthotics insoles for shoes or

Over the counter insoles.

  • Purchase shoes with low heels

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Do not purchase shoes that have heels higher than about an inch and a half. A high heel places undue straight on the toes and the balls of the feet.

Also, do not purchase a shoe that is totally flat as this can be uncomfortable too. Purchase shoes that are wide and have slightly raised heels and can help take the strain off their feet and legs when worn.

  • Purchase shoes with adequate traction

Shoes for the elderly need to have a good grip as this is critical for their balance.

Purchase shoes that have groove patterns on the base of the shoe and extends to right to the edge.

These grooves allow water to escape from the shoes and help keep them steady in wet conditions.

 

So, you have the tips. Call/ Whatsapp 07055458828 or 08182336533 to place your orders to make your favourite elderly person a very comfortable shoe.

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7 Tips to Keep your Feet from Infection

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The feet does a lot for the body. It is a major source of locomotion for man, they bear the weight of the body as well as stand on them for long periods of time.

This blog post aims to teach you how to protect your feet from infection this season.

  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes. Cramming your feet into tight shoes do more harm than good. If you have outgrown your shoes or they aren’t comfortable any longer, change them for a new pair of TFA shoes.

  • Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day. Rotation of shoes is good for the feet. As germs and dirt may be present in a huge concentration. Shoes worn during the day should be aired and/or sun dried.  

  • Carry out daily examination of your feet for cuts, sores, swellings and infected toe nails. If these are discovered on time, they should be treated immediately. Failure to do so can lead to the loss of a toe.

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  • Your shoes are meant to provide your feet with enough arch support. Flip-flops and flats do not give this provision. Hence, do not wear them often.

  • Moisturize your feet everyday with lotion or any other body moisturizer. Note, moisturizer is not to be applied to the skin in between the toes. The skin there has to be dry to prevent infection.

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  • If you have calluses or corns, you need to wear thick socks before putting on your shoes.  These will help protect your foot.

  • Always trim your toenails straight across with nail clippers. The edges of the toenails should be smoothed with an emory board or a nail file. This prevents the nails from growing into the skin.

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10 Shoe Rules for the Lady

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Last week we brought you some important rules men should follow so as to  own and maintain their shoes.

This week, we bring you 10 rules that would guide ladies in the use and maintenance of their shoes. Let’s check them out!

  • Balance Over Style

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It’s okay not to buy heels you’re not comfortable walking in. Asides from walking funny, you do not want to strain your  ankle. Always buy shoes that you can comfortably walk in.

  • Comfort Over Style

Tight shoes have a negative effect on the feet both in the long and short run. Comfort of the feet is the golden rule to abide by in the purchase of shoes. Always choose comfortable shoes.

  • Buy Bold Colors

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The dominant colour in every girl’s shoe closet is black. This is because black goes with every outfit but it can also limit your clothing and shoe creativity.

Adding a pair of colourful shoes to your shoe collection can help you make bold fashion statements. So, once in a while, skip the regular and do BOLD.

  • Buy Shoes Appropriate for your line of Work

 

Always buy shoes appropriate for your line of work. This way, you’ll be able to wear different type of shoes without neglecting some. Prolonged and improper storage of shoes might lead to damage.

  • Ditch Stilettos for Flats when Going Outdoors

Why make your feet go through so much pain? Stilettos practically sink to the ground every time you take a step in non concrete floors. Flats are comfortable and easy to walk in. Need the extra height? Opt for wedges. They are sturdy and classy.

  • Always wear the Right Shoe at the right time of the Day

During the day, do not opt for flashy or snazzy shoe tones. However, if you need to make a statement with your shoes, you can opt for a closed-toe pump or a peep-toe pump. While at night, if you need to be the light of the party, you can wear attention grabbing shoes.

  • Always go shoe shopping at the end of the day

At the end of the day, your feet are swollen. This way, when you try on a shoe when shopping, you’ll be able to know how it fits.

  • Buy Quality Shoes

Ladies, you need to invest in your shoes. You don’t have to buy designer shoes. All you have to do is buy shoes of great quality that compliments your outfit. Bad shoes ultimately ruin your feet.

  • Get Regular Pedicure

Never wear open toed shoes with toes that are not well groomed. It leaves a bad impression on the mind of the viewer. You don’t have to paint your nails, just ensure they are neat and pleasing to the eye.

  • Try On Three Sizes of Shoes Before Purchase

You are a size 40? Try sizes 39, 40 and 41 of the same style just to be sure you picked the right size. This is because your feet may have reduced or increased in size since you last purchased shoes. What have you got to lose when you buy the wrong size of shoes? Money and time. What do you get when you buy the right size? Money and time.

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10 Shoe Rules to Guide the Gentleman

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Confidence starts from within, yes. But to exude complete confidence, it all starts and ends with a great appearance. This is deeply punctuated by a pair of great shoes.

There are several shoe rules that exist. However, we have summarized the most important and compressed them into 10.

These should be your holy grail to help you nail that elegant gentleman look you always aim for;

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  • No matter the budget you set apart for your shoes, never compromise your feet comfort for style. Your feet should and must never suffer no matter the style you want. If you are in dire need of that particular style, you can always custom order from The Footwear Academy.

  • Your choice of sock colour should always compliment your shoes. Socks serve a pivotal role in fashion as they help to bridge your shoes and your trousers. Do not wear a contrasting shade of socks. Remember the rule; blend in not stand out!

  • No one likes dull faces right?  Your dress shoes should always be polished and looking great. So, never go out without shining your dull pair of shoes.

 

  • Brown oxfords are a must have in your shoe closet. As they go with almost anything. Don’t have one? Go get one!

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  • Socks and sandals never have and never will mix. Never opt for this dress style.

  • This rule borders on the colour of your shoes and suits.  You should wear shoes that are darker than your trousers. The darker your suit appears to be, the darker your shoes should be. This rule helps whatever look you intend to nail to be appropriate.

  • To nail that young at heart look and live of the party attitude, you need to own a pair of comfortable boots. They always come in handy when it is time to hang out with friends.

  • If you do not know how to polish your shoes, you need to learn. Tutorial videos and guides abound to help you. You can also hire the services of a professional shoe shiner to help you with this. When you meet people for the first time, they unconsciously look at your shoes; you should stand out right from your shoes.

  • Never wear flip-flops to work except you work on a beach. It doesn’t give off a good vibe to any who sees you.

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  • If you ever consider sandals as a choice of footwear, tend to your feet. If you can’t, ditch the sandals for something that would cover your feet up properly. No one likes to see gross feet in sandals.

 

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DIY Repair Hacks for Shoes

This week our blog post will save you a trip to the cobbler with Do It Yourself hacks you can try at home.

  • Nail Polish On Small Nicks

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This hack is ideal for leather, patent leather and vinyl shoes. A dab of similarly coloured shoe polish goes a long way to cover up the nick on the shoe.

Another way to achieve this is to colour over the nick with a permanent marker and then seal with a coat of clear polish.

It doesn’t hurt to own nail polishes that are of the same colour as your shoes!

  • Frozen Ice Packs for Stretching of Shoes

Do you have undersized or tight fitted shoes? Then try this hack. You’ll need;

-Zip lock bags 

-water and

-Freezer (refrigerator)

Fill the zip lock bags with water that fits the tight shoes. Freeze the shoes with the bags in them. As a precaution, you should double the zip lock bags to avoid water seeping into the shoes.

After the shoes have been frozen, now try them on. They fit you perfectly right?

  • Fix Scratches and Scuffs

Leather shoes when they are new must be treated with a protective spray. This prevents scratches and scuffs.

To avoid these too, endeavour to waterproof your shoes regularly to protect them from stains, rain and spills. Sprays are best for leather, suede as well as other textile shoes while beeswax is suitable for sneakers.

  • Stop Sinking with Heel Guards

Why stumble and wobble when you walk on grass, gravel or other uneven surfaces?  You can use a heel cap to cover exposed spikes. You can also use a heel guard for more stability and poise at the next garden party.

Dumped any heels lately? Now’s the time to repair them!

  • Fasten Fallen Studs with Shoe Glue

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Shoes no longer look good when studs come off. To fix this, you need a shoe adhesive. This is better than regular gum as it offers flexibility when dry.

P.S For the best effect, always let the glue stay for 24 hours before wearing.

 

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Hacks to Remedy Dry and Chapped Feet

 

The rainy season is here. The season for us to ditch our shoes and sneakers (except they are made of rubber or highly waterproof) and opt for sandals or slippers.

 

However, there are some people who can’t make this change due to the state of their dry and cracked heels.

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Cracked heels is a condition that arises due to the occurrence of fissures in abnormally hard, dry skin over the heels of the feet. Dry and cracked heels is usually a source of worry but these blog post will provide you with useful hacks that will remedy this condition.

  • Avoid Prolonged Standing

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Prolonged standing puts undue pressure on the heels of the feet. The feet suffer more when you stand for long in inappropriate or undersized shoes. If your job requires you to stand for long, try to alternate between standing and sitting.

  • Avoid Thin-Soled Shoes

Thin soled shoes do not provide enough padding to the heel fat pad. If you own shoes like this, it is advisable you either ditch them or spruce them up with more padded soles.

People who are overweight have a greater tendency to have dry or cracked heels as the increased body weight increases the pressure on the normal fat cushion under the heel of the foot.

Replace thin soles of shoes with well padded shoes.

  • Treat all Skin Dryness Completely

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Eczema is an itchy skin condition that increases the dryness of the skin and makes the heels vulnerable to cracks. To combat this, you can moisturize daily with oil based moisturizers as they help the body retain moisture while removing unwanted moisture such as urea.

  • Avoid All Inappropriate Footwear

Walking or working in the wrong kind of footwear is not ergonomic to the feet whether you suffer from cracked heels or not. Always opt for shoes that have very cushioned and proper back. This means that the constant wearing of sandals and its similarities increase the chances of cracked heels. Another layer of soles could be added to these sandals while comfortable insoles could be used for shoes.

  • Use Pumice Stone to Exfoliate

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Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells. This could be done with various things but we recommend pumice stones. The exfoliation could be done during pedicure or while having one’s bath. Be gentle on the heels of the feet and remember to moisturize the feet after exfoliation.

 

So, do let us know which of these tips worked for you. To learn how to make very comfortable shoes, sign up for our training commencing in August, 2019.

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Shoe Purchase Tips

There are plethora of shoes that are shipped out on a daily basis to different shoe stores. The major problem is to purchase a shoe type that is of great quality and comfort.

This blog post is poised to enlighten you on the various tips to enable you purchase comfortable shoes.

  • Choose Quality

Nothing is more upsetting than purchasing shoes that do not yield value. Purchase shoes that can withstand very harsh weather conditions. To purchase shoes like this, you can set up a shoe budget and save a certain sum from your salary. This way you get to buy shoes that are long lasting and offer you value for your money too.

  • Buy Your Size-Always

 

If you wish to order shoes and you are uncertain about your shoe size, you can check out our blog post on how to measure your feet. It’s advisable to shop for shoes in the afternoon as your feet naturally expand during the day and may swell during hot weather. If you do not take this into consideration, you might purchase very tight shoes.

  • Always Measure Your Feet

When you walk into any shoe store, have the salesperson measure your feet every time you want to purchase a new shoe. Your feet may have expanded a bit since you last purchased shoes. If one foot is larger or wider than the other, it’s best you purchase a shoe that fits the larger foot.

  • Go for Comfort

Don’t just assume the shoe fits while sitting. Stand in the shoes. Are they tight? Do they fit? Can you walk in them? Are the heels balanced?

For maximum shoe comfort, ensure that you have at least a quarter- to a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

  • Examine the Soles of the Shoes

After ensuring that the shoes you intend to purchase are comfortable, the next thing to look out for is the sole. You need to turn the shoe over and examine the soles.

Are the soles sturdy enough? Can they provide protection from sharp objects? Are the soles too smooth? Try to get answers to these questions before purchasing the shoes.

You can get answers by walking on hard surfaces as well as on the carpet to see how the shoes feel on your feet.

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How to Get Rid of Bad Smell On Leather

Leather can be described as a natural, durable and flexible material created by tanning animal raw hide and skin.

Leather can absorb strong smells such as sweat, smoke and tanning chemicals. Getting these smells out is another issue as most methods you may be familiar with are usually trial by error.

Here are some hacks you can employ to remove bad odour from leather products.

  • Dry The Leather

This is the first step in cleaning leather as moisture damages leather and causes it to smell.

To dry leather, place the leather in indirect sunlight or employ the use of a blow-dryer on low heat setting. In the absence of the latter, a clean dry cloth can be used to wipe the leather dry.

To avoid damage, do not use alcohol based products or odour masking products like perfume.

  • Pad the Leather Item with Newspaper

Dry newspaper sheets can be used to absorb the smell on a completely dry leather item. There are other odour absorbents that could be used. However, newspaper is preferred for leather as it is more absorbent and softer.

The newspaper sheets are crumpled and placed in a box. The leather item is then placed in the crumpled newspaper heap. The box is then closed and sealed for some days. If the smell hasn’t been drawn out, it can be left for another day.

  • Clean the leather with Vinegar solution

Vinegar contains acid. This acid helps in the removal of bad odour from the leather item. Note, before making use of vinegar, carry out a spot test to ensure that the vinegar doesn’t  discolour the leather.

To achieve a lasting solution, an equal amount of white distilled vinegar is mixed with water used to clean the smelly areas of the leather item. If the odour is very pungent, the leather item can be soaked in the vinegar mix for 5-10 mins. Remember to dry the leather adequately to prevent the growth of mould.

  • Purchase a Leather Cleaner

This can be procured from stores around you or footwear outlets within your area. Ensure you use the leather cleaner made specifically for the leather item.

Leather cleaner serves the function of; removing the bad odour, preserving the colour and sheen of the leather as well as prevent the leather from cracking.

  • Condition the Smelly Leather Item

Conditioning is as important as drying. It’s a must-do after cleaning leather items. Conditioning helps to remove any bad odour that remains as well as maintain the colour and sheer of the leather.

Conditioning can be done using high quality linseed oil, shoe polisher or a professional leather conditioner.

  • Enclose the Leather Item in Baking Soda

Baking soda is very safe on leather and it’s a great absorbent of pungent odours. To use this hack, you must have;

-baking soda

-zip-lock bag or a pillow case.

The latter must be big enough to fit your leather item. Place the leather item in the pillowcase or zip-lock bag. A thin layer of baking soda is sprinkled over the surface of the leather.

Tie the end of the pillowcase or seal the zip-lock bag and allow to sit for 24 hours or overnight. A small vacuum or clean cloth can be used to remove the baking soda.

Be gentle to avoid scratching the leather. If the odour remains, repeat the process.

 

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Oversize Shoes? DIY Shoe Fillers

Oversize shoes can be a nightmare. In this post, you learn different things to do to an  oversize shoe.

Use an Insole

Insoles are a must have shoe accessory. It offers both comfort and take up extra space making the shoes the right fit. Insoles are perfect for every shoe type.

Use an Elastic Band

How well can you sew? For this hack, you’ll need elastic bands (for each shoe), a needle and thread. Be sure to use a very strong elastic band.

The elastic band is sewn inside the back of the shoe. This enables you to constrict the shoes giving you a tighter fit. This method can be used in combination with the water method below.

Use Water to Shrink the Shoes

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The process is simple. Get the shoes wet. Let the shoes dry in the sun or use a hair dryer. Repeat until the desired fit is gotten. This process however has some clause;

  • For leather or suede shoes, use a spray bottle to get them wet. For casual/athletic shoes, soak in water (not for long!)
  • Do not hold the hair dryer very close to the shoes. Some shoes can melt or burn.
  • Condition the shoes( leather and suede) after you have gotten the right fit.

Use Thick Socks

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This hack is applicable to shoes that actually require socks such as athletic shoes and boots.

In the absence of thick socks, you can wear multiple socks. This is not suitable for warm or very hot weather as it can make you very uncomfortable.

Use Wadded-up Materials

This is the basic go-to hack that almost everyone uses. Wadded-up materials are materials such as cotton balls, toilet paper or even thin rags. Remember, you are to use just one type of material not all (lol!😂)

These are stuffed to fill inside the space at the tip of the shoes. It’s best for flats, boots or closed-toed heels especially if you feel your feet sliding when walking.

Note; this hack is not suitable for athletic conditions or very long walks as the material used to stuff the shoes can get gross and uncomfortable.

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Shoe Ideas for Different Events

 

There are 3 key things to consider when planning your fashion itinerary for an event.

  1. The color of your shoe
  2. The kind/theme of event
  3. The weather and season of the year.

Here are different shoe types you can wear to any event of your choice.

  • Interviews

Prior to the interview date, you should have done an in depth research into the dress code for the company. If you are opting for a business formal look or a business casual or a professional creative look.

The shoe types that can go with these looks are brown or black brogues- for men; or black or brown leather shoes for ladies. Grey, navy or red are applicable in their context. A close-toe, low-heeled pumps are great for interviews as they give off a professional look

  • Outdoor Events

Events such as garden parties or book reading clubs are semi formal hence the professional colours may not cut it here. Sneakers, flats or ankle high boots are good to go.

Remember at events like this, you are bound to move about. Hence, endeavour to put on comfortable shoes that will not hamper your movement.

Low heels can also be worn to outdoor events too.

  • Seminars and Conferences

These are corporate meetings organized with the aim of providing attendees with relevant information that will be delivered by speakers.

Low heels or closed pump will be great to wear to these events. Men should opt for very comfortable leather shoes or booty as you don’t want to deal with blisters or sore feet from ill-fitting shoes as you will do a lot of networking on your feet.

  • Theme Parties

These are events that decorate to a special topic such as Valentine’s Day or Halloween. For parties such as this, some are already color selective example Valentine’s Day that has it’s universal color as red.

Men can wear suede, loafers or derby shoes or go casual with sneakers. Ladies can opt for peep toes, platform shoes, kitten heels or any other shoe of your choices.

  • Weddings

As the bride, you have to opt for chic and elegant shoes. The location of your wedding determines your shoe choices. For beach weddings, sandals or slides can suffice. Flatforms are great to for beach weddings  too.

For black tie affairs, you ditch the flats for heels. The height of course is up to you. The groom can opt for oxford or brogues in black patent leather or black leather.

So, whatever the event, remember to apply the rules stated earlier; the color of the shoe, the type of shoe as well as the weather conditions. Go out there and rock!

 

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