Tips and tricks for your shoes!

 Take care of leather sandals

Here’s the first tip. Many will be able to store leather sandals at the end of the summer simply by leaving them in a boot or throwing them in a box until next summer. Then when they are filmed they are quite hard, dry, not comfortable. Now, let’s leave out the fact that we should give them some care even before winter hibernation, let’s see what to do once you pick them up. The skin is a material that we can consider “alive” since it needs hydration to remain elastic and comfortable on the skin, especially naked. And for this purpose there are the various shoe creams.

But with sandals we go to support our epidermis directly on the surfaces treated with these creams that, as far as we can select the best chemical composition almost always of dyeing agents, waterproofing, enlargers or preservatives it is. And with the sweat of the skin it is possible that all this not only brings some reaction but enters right into our organism. It would be better to avoid.

So what?!

I the leather-leather shoes that I use barefoot, during the summer season I stretch them with delicate creams born for the care of the body. Usually organic creams, based on argan oil or almond oil and moisturizers. The shoe quickly comes back soft, very pleasant to use and often also fragrant. And much healthier in contact with the skin.

Obviously treatment to be repeated depending on the frequency of use of the shoe. The beauty is that as it is body creams you can distribute them directly with your hands. Precisely that they do not give any kind of protection from the water but in case of rain allow the shoe to pass the test more easily.

Use anatomical instles (example on flat shoes type All stars)

Summer, the realm of sneakers. If almost all of them wear them during the summer season, they are undoubtedly practical and often comfortable for carefree use.

This, however, pushes to use them very often, almost continuously and especially for the wearer at work this can bring discomfort to the legs, back and feet! Especially if you spend many hours without being able to sit down. For this reason I always recommend to apply inside in place of the original one, an anatomical instire.

This at first will give you a strange feeling in the foot, you may feel like the presence of something “extra” below but it will pass soon.

It is usually the support of the plantar arch, a presence to which we are not accustomed as almost no shoe has similar in-feet. As I told you it passes early, just the time that the plantar fits your foot and you will no longer notice that you have it BUT you will feel a substantial difference in comfort especially of the back and leg fatigue. You won’t do without it anymore.

The shoes on which this is most noticeable are precisely the sneakers because they have the sole in a “unique piece” let’s say.

So being without separate heels in the long run, the back suffers from it. Add that then the sole rarely provides a real foot support, due to a completely rubber structure or worse in pressed and rubber-coated fabric. If the foot resting area is completely flat and you plan to use that shoe throughout the day, inserting a similar insattack will make it very easy for you.

Choice open or light shoes with anatomical foot plant

I understand that sandals and flip-flops of various colors and colors are absolutely irresistible. They often cost very little and you can have fun for both men and women. However, going back to the chapter talk first if you are going to use them often and for a long time it is better if at least a couple were of that “German” style that not everyone likes.

Their structure is undeniably more solid and comfortable than any “plant” and supports and panders much better to movements. And, to be honest, in recent years they have also made great strides in terms of style, softening them up.

So, if you plan to walk often, go on holiday and do nice stretches on foot maybe to visit some cities or just work, consider buying a couple seriously. Your feet and your back will thank you again this time.

Well-being literally flows into us

One thing that hardly anyone knows is that in our feet flow in addition to an impressive series of muscles and nerve endings connected to all the organs of the body, also a series of extremely important veins not only because they spray the foot but also for their blood flow. One in particular, which as you can see from the diagram runs around the perimeter also has a great influence on the comfort of the fit of a shoe, especially for women.

Because? For the simple reason that for them there are many models that have different shapes of “neck” of the tomaia at the height of the attachment of the fingers. And each foot has a shape of its own, including the length of the fingers. So bearing in mind that the vein mentioned just above comes up to the base of the same and that the big toe is the most “cumbersome” finger goes without saying that if the neck of the shoe coincides with this and tightens will produce a pressure that will lead the blood to flow with more effort making accordingly inflate the feet and suffer you.

So watch out for the neck-attachment ratio fingers.

Attention to materials

Another essential topic for the summer period is the material with which the shoe is created.

Let’s start by saying that all the fabrics do not widen. Never. Especially when they are used to create the top of a shoe since they are always very dense texture to give more robustness. Often the inner lining is made of leather, on which the top is applied, but this only counts with regard to breathability and comfort. It is difficult to find a shoe that is unfurled because it must be very careful both the choice of materials and the construction: the foot comes directly into contact and the risk of rubbing is high.

Returning to the lining, be careful that it is real skin, as well as the inseploy. If you have any legitimate doubts, a small sticker that by law must be applied on at least one of the two shoes and represents a short legend of the materials used may come to your aid. You see them below.

Obviously any part that comes into contact with the foot should be as natural as possible. So for the lining is preferable skin or fabric and for the skin underfoot. The fabric in the in the underfoot brings rubbing and possible irritation as well as any kind of synthetic material. In this case, allergies due to the reaction between the sweat acid and the various chemicals present are also possible.

Risk almost zero if the inattack is in real skin, indeed it will absorb even a part of the sweat and then release it once removed. So if you see in a shoe that lining and in the inattack are in “other materials” better to stay away from them. Unless it is footwear for some professional use but here we enter another area.

You can see a small extra that unfortunately is not taken into account by almost any label: the regenerated leather. What is it?! Let’s start by saying that the CEN (European Nomation Committee) considered that to give it a name the appropriate terminology was “REGENERATION OF FIBRE OF CUOIO” and the definition of what technically it is, was this: “Material consisting of concise skins disified mechanically and/or chemically in fibrous particles, small pieces or dusts and, subsequently, with or without the combination of chemical binder, transformed into sheets.” And below you can see how the wording on the sole is and the appearance that it takes on once it started to
wear out. Now, as much as it’s absolutely right the intent to reuse leather and leather scraps, as long as it’s about using them for some parts is fine. For example for buttresses is fine and everything also benefits the environment but I assure you that a sole made with this material has a short life, hardly the rubber clings well, if it gets wet it is a disaster. So if you see the above wording in a shoe, know that it is only worth it if it costs very little and you have to use it “carefree”. It’s still a little better than the low-league rubber, as
far as sweating and breathability is concerned.

Shoe wash

As for washing shoes the talk is quite simple.

Sneakers: Washing in the washing machine with cold water (the hot one can melt the glues and then open them like two mussels) and non-aggressive centrifuge. Remove the laces and the inseploy. Leave to dry outdoors but not in direct sun.

Miscellaneous sandals: by hand, with a neutral hand soap and cold water, for the most difficult points an old toothbrush is fine. Do not dip but moisten them with a sponge and then in the same way rinse them. Outdoor drying not in direct sun. If fabric is delicate.

In any case during drying fill them with something that makes them keep the shape. Not newspaper because you risk ink stains and if you use an absorbent material, sometimes you need to change it because otherwise it retains moisture. Perfect plastic shapes in this case. If in leather, once dry a pastry of cream and a few hours of rest.

Type of shoe for those who are very standing

If you spend many hours standing for work or leisure, it would be better to pay attention to the type of footwear you choose. I understand that resorting to sneakers of various kinds can seem as the best and most suitable choice because light, soft, practical to put on and parade. All this in the long run, however, can turn into a physical discomfort as shoes with too soft structure do not provide support to the foot and body.  It is important that the upper can adequately hold the foot without letting it dance left and right and that the sole is not completely rubber and equipped with a heel separated from the area of the plant, so that there is a substantial difference between the 2 zones.

Avoid the use of ballet flats, too razor-sharp. If you just can’t do without it, look for a model with a slightly more pronounced heel and high enough of upper to allow the insertion of an internal heel, possibly.

If the activity allows: the leather sole allows greater dispersion of heat and breathability but not to slip important the rubber overus and possibly insert rubber non-slip in the area of the plant. The leather top is able to ensure both breathability and waterproofness when properly treated and on tops it adapts to the shape of your foot, taking the line. Again recommended a good anatomical inseploy.

For harder activities it would be good if the shoe had cushioning inserts in the heel area and support at least in the plantar arch – ankle area. Preferable the presence of waterproofing fabrics that also allow perspiration, possibly with areas of the tomaia specially designed for these. Lacing that comes at least to the ankle but without blocking it.

Anything that can give support to the foot will be reflected on the comfort experienced by the whole body, back in the first place.

Some of these tips as you can well imagine apply not only during the summer period and indeed it is easier to put them into practice in other seasons. Summer with its temperatures leaves little room but we try to contain the “damage”.

Good steps and soon.

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