Taking Care of Your High Heels

So, you finally get your dream high heels and then… you’ve damaged them already?  I bet you wish you’d taken more care…?

Here are some tips to maintain the quality of your sexy shoes:

1. Use Heel Stoppers

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Heel stoppers are soft tubes that protect the heels from scratches and wet surfaces. Aside from that, they stabilise your balance when walking on uneven surfaces.

 

2. Never Drive in Heels

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Driving in heels can be dangerous. According to Gareth Kloet, wearing heels can cause the driver to lose control of the car: the pressure of stepping on the pedals could also break your heels.

Don’t risk your safety for fashion! Wear flats or trainers when driving.

 

3. Keep them Moisture Free

Moisture can dry out and crack leather; the growth of bacteria on your heels will increase if they are damp.

Put newspaper inside your shoes when you are not wearing them to help absorb any moisture.

 

4. Don’t wear the same Shoes all the time

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Give your shoes some time to rest and breathe; wearing the same pair everyday will wear them out.

 

5. Eliminate Odour

Normally, odour develops when you are not wearing socks or if you have a fungal infection.

Eliminate the odour in your shoes using any of these household products: corn flour, baking soda or essential oils (do not apply oil on any fabric).

 

6. Remove Stains Properly

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Remove watermarks and other stains by using white chalk powder. Apply the chalk over the stained area then set aside for about 5 to 10 minutes; allow the shoe to absorb the chalk powder.

Some stains are a lot harder to remove. The use of fine sandpaper may be necessary – but remember that if you wipe the stain too vigorously, the colour of your shoes could fade. You may also consider asking the manufacturer for guidance.

 

General wear and tear is inevitable but if you look after your sexy shoes, your sexy shoes will look after you!!

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Walking tall in your High Heels

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Heels are a girl’s best friend! They can elongate your legs, making you appear taller and slimmer – they can make you feel more confident. Walk tall in your sexy shoes!

 

1. Improve your posture

A good, solid posture is one of the keys to walking in high heels.

Relax your body; your arms should be loose and at your sides to help you balance as you walk. Stand up straight – chin up, shoulders back. Let your hips swing in small, sideways, figure eight-motions for an attractive momentum. Go get ‘um girl!

2. Consider your shoe size

No matter how beautiful or sexy your shoes look on your feet, if they don’t fit, they just won’t work.

Well fitted shoes allow you to walk more naturally and confidently. Let me see you strut!

3. Walk from heel to toe

If you are wearing heels you should place your heel down first, followed by your toes. This technique will make your walk look more natural. Work it baby, work it!

4. Take small steps

Do you feel like you take more steps when you wear heels? This is because your strides become shorter!

Small, dainty steps will help you to balance, allowing you to walk more comfortably.

5. Don’t rush

Never walk quickly because it can make you look awkward. Always walk with style and grace… time waits for everyone in sexy shoes!

6. Arch your foot slightly

If you feel like you are slipping or going off balance, try to arch your foot slightly to place more pressure inside your shoes. This will give you more control over those killer heels!! Let ‘um know who’s in charge!

7. Pace yourself

If you have never tried to wear 3-inch heels before, 5-inch heels will be a ‘big ask’.

Start small and work up to skyscraper heels. Remember, practice makes perfect.

8. Take a rest

I don’t care how practiced you are, every girl wearing sexy high heel shoes will benefit from a sit down. Give your feet a break whenever possible and allow your feet to rest.

WARNING: Never remove your shoes! This will cause your feet to swell, making it harder for you to walk again… we’ve all done it!

9. Use over the counter help

Make your favourite high heels more comfortable. Over-the-counter solutions are available!

Cushions and insoles come in various shapes and materials to prevent the development of bunions and blisters.

Always remember darlings, looks are most definitely everything!

A girl’s shoe guide to Parties

A girl's shoe guide to parties

Life is a one big party – enjoy it while it lasts! Invest wisely in your clothing, especially your shoes. As Coco Chanel said, “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.”

Don’t ruin the evening with the wrong pair of shoes; here are some tips to choosing the right shoes for the event:

  1. Formal Events

    At formal events like black tie parties, female guests are expected to wear long evening gowns or formal cocktail dresses. Whether your feet can be seen or not, you should still consider the shoes you are wearing.

    Tip: Your shoes should complement your outfit. Match an elaborated, detailed outfit with an understated pair of shoes or vice versa. You can’t go far wrong with black or silver evening shoes.

 

  1. Semiformal Events

    Female guests can wear short afternoon dresses or cocktail dresses at these events.

    Go for high heels with low soles. You can also wear open-toe shoes but make sure that you are pedicured. Choose a shoe colour that matches your attire. If you are wearing a plain outfit, try wearing funky shoes to add interest to the overall look.

 

  1. Celebrations

    Ordinarily celebrations follow a certain theme.

    Dazzling high heeled pumps or open sandals can be used for these events. You can also pair your outfit with wedges. You might also want to consider the theme of the party. If it is a retro themed event, check out the quirky shoes from Lola Ramona. Flat shoes are also recommended!

 

  1. Corporate Parties

    Women who attend business events usually wear the typical business attire.

    Combine your outfit with elegant pumps, boots or wedges. Match the colour of your shoes with your outfit. Make sure your shoes don’t compete with your outfit.

 

  1. Casual Events

    For casual events, women can wear their most laid-back outfits.

    Elevate your go-to-pair of pants with a pair of ankle boots. You can also wear your kitten heels, wedges or stiletto heels to add spice to your outfit.

Lola Ramona’s Fashion Colours; the Spring 2016 Collection

Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate than with a full complement of colours and styles to enjoy the hotter and brighter days ahead; the sun has definitely got his hat on hip, hip, hip, hooray!

So, put your sunglasses on and brace yourselves for the Lola Ramona Spring 2016 collection:

1. Buttercup

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ANGIE P 412226-71

£65.03

Buttercup is a colour that celebrates life and vitality.  Lola Ramona’s Angie shoes are available in buttercup, finished with a fiesta (another Spring colour!) polka dot design. I can feel the sun on my face already!

 

2. Fiesta

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£108.39

Fiesta 2

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£86.71

Pantone 17-1564 fiesta is a strong blazing shade which perfectly contrasts with this season’s soft and calming palette.  Knock ‘em dead!

Lola Ramona shoes in fiesta are available in a variety of designs – chunky heels and ballet flats.

3. Iced Coffee

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£97.55

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£119.23

Pantone 15-1040 iced coffee injects the sophistication into our kitten and chunky heels. Both styles are finished with black accents giving them edgy appeal.

4. Snorkel Blue

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£54.19

A slight twist on the regular navy, snorkel blue is a softer shade of this popular colour. Although it is striking, it still implies relaxation and calm.

Lola Ramona’s cone heels in snorkel blue are finished perfectly with an ankle strap – wider at the sole of the foot and narrower at the base, the heel is shaped like a cone. The shoe is complemented with white polka dots and a snorkel blue ribbon.

5. Rose Quartz

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£119.23

For all you girly girls, Pantone 13-1520 rose will add a big dollop of femininity to any outfit.

Complemented with a yellow-gold lining, the front of the shoe is predominantly white, while the sole has a combination of rose quartz polka dots and a white base with a yellow-gold lining.  The cherry on the cake, a strategically placed bow adorns the ankle strap.

6. Lilac Grey

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£75.87

Another neutral yet edgy colour is Pantone 16-3905 lilac grey. This Lola Ramona shoe has a red accent at the back of the heel and sole; these shoes were definitely made for walking!

7. Fiesta, Peach Echo, Buttercup, Snorkel Blue

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£130.07

Fiesta, Peach Echo, Buttercap, Snorkel Blue,

YVONNE 411503-90

£130.07

Fiesta, Peach Echo, Buttercap, Snorkel Blue 4

ELSIE 411606-90

£108.39

Fiesta, Peach Echo, Buttercap, Snorkel Blue 3

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£97.55

Every day is a sunny day with Lola Ramona. Bringing together the Spring 2016 colours and innovating their shoes with a splendid variety of designs fiesta, buttercup, snorkel blue and peach echo have been combined to create these ‘top of the bill’ showstoppers… they’ll definitely see you coming in a pair of these!

Lola Ramona sexy shoes have  been designed with fun girls everywhere in mind. You are never fully dressed without Lola Ramona!

Shoe 101: The Chic Shoe Rules

Selecting your shoes is a serious matter and you should take your time over it. Here are some guidelines to help you choose the right shoes for you:

1.   What Kind of Shoes are you looking for?

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There is no specific style that is perfect for all occasions. Choose your footwear based on the events you will attend.

Neutral colours like black, silver and gold are great for formal events. High heels with low soles or open toes can be worn to semiformal events. For festive events you can wear high-heeled pumps or open sandals, depending on the theme of the party. Pumps, boots or wedges are recommended for casual business attire, while a pair of ankle boots, kitten heels or wedges can be worn for low key events.

When in doubt or if you are in a hurry, choose a classic black pump from the Lola Ramona Spring Collection.

2.   Choose Comfort

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“Good shoes will take you to good places.” Wear shoes that are comfortable; if you are in love with a pair of killer heels but you can’t walk comfortably in them, don’ buy them. Limping around is not a good look. Don’t jeopardise your enjoyment at any event for the sake of uncomfortable footwear.

3.   Wear Bright

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£108.39

Pick shoes that will make you stand out. Go for bright shoes if you are wearing a neutral top paired with jeans. Try coloured shoes with white, khaki and pastel colours; just make sure your shoes complement your outfit.

4.   Choose the Attention Grabber

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£119.23

Simple high-heeled shoes are good for over-the-top dresses but if your look is low-key, a stand out shoe adds drama.

Lola Ramona’s sexy shoes, Angie and Betty are recommended for neutral outfits; the gold colour coupled with the ribbon feature will ensure that you are dressed to impress.

5.   Be Careful Where you wear those Stilettos

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If you want to wear high heels for outdoor events, wedges are the ideal option. Avoid wearing stilettos as you might find it particularly difficult to strut your stuff if you are fighting the turf!

6.   Wear Flats with Tailored Outfits

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Ballet flats are best paired with properly hemmed clothes. Trousers should fall at or just above the ankle, while skirts or dresses should sit above the knee.

Whoever said that looks aren’t everything was lying… express your inner goddess with Lola Ramona!

What do your shoes say about you?

A woman is a treasure full of mystery; you should pay attention to the small details in order to unfold every page of her life. Moreover, the way a woman dresses telegraphs many messages about her according to relationship expert, April Masini.

Move over diamonds because shoes are a girl’s real best friend; if eyes reflect her heart, shoes echo her personality. Psychologists from the University of Kansan discovered that the style, value, colour and condition of footwear demonstrate the owner’s emotional, political and personality traits.

Here are some of the things your shoes imply about your persona:

1. Oxford Shoe

Identified by shoelace eyelet tabs that are attached under the vamp, this style was originally created for men but borrowed by women in the early nineteenth century.

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WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are an artistic person. You are confident to show your true self. You are unconventional and do things the way you want to.

 

 

2. Rubber Shoes

Primarily designed for sports and other physical activities.

 

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WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU: According to psychiatrist Carole Lieberman, a woman wearing trainers is on the go and ready for action. You value health over fashion and being fit is your lifestyle. You are the type of person who will break the rules but your friends love you because you are always up for anything.

 

 

3. Ballet Flats

Originating from a woman’s soft ballet shoe, they have a very thin heel or none at all.

 

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WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are a woman who puts comfort before style. You are down to earth but not afraid to display your femininity. You are a friendly and outgoing person. Like rubber shoes, you are very active and always on the go.

 

 

4. Kitten Heels

Shoes of approximately 1 to 2 inches in height, they have a slight curve setting the heel in from the back edge of the shoe.

 

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WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are playful, fun and have a creative personality. You are an old soul who follows the conventional way of living.

 

 

5. Boots

Generally covering the foot and the ankle, boots are worn to protect the feet and legs from water, extreme cold, mud or hazards.

 

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WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU: If there’s one way to describe you, it’s laid-back. You go with the flow and see where life takes you. You are ready to take on whatever life throws at you.

 

 

6. Stiletto Heel

Christian Dior brought back this French shoe design after World War II. Shoe designer, Roger Vivier, who worked for Dior took credit for inventing the long, thin, high-heeled shoe adding his own je ne sais quoi to create a perfectly slender heel of incredible strength. Different fashions have seen men and women wearing this style but nowadays they are predominantly worn by women.

 

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WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are bold, confident, dressy and sophisticated. By accentuating the length of your legs, this makes you look taller and gives you greater confidence. These sexy shoes imply that you are a girl who likes a little glamour in her life.

 

 

7.Wedge Shoes

The wedge serves as both the sole and the heel of the shoe.

 

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WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU: This style shows that you are very chic and stylish. You are confident but down to earth. You are passionate about the things you love and no one can stop you from fulfilling your dreams.

 

 

Now you know how your footwear mirrors your personality you will have a better understanding of how the world sees you. Be yourself and let your shoes do the talking.

 

10 Bizarre Facts about Shoes That Will Blow Your Mind

As an enthusiast of funky shoes, have you ever wondered about the story behind each style? We have gathered together ten shoe facts that will surely blow your mind… they might even make you want to go shopping for more!

 

1.   Heels are for Men

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 In the 10th century, men who rode horses were the first to utilise heels on their boots and shoes. The heels helped the horseback-riding men to stay in their stirrups. During that period, horses were a sign of wealth, thus men in heels were considered as aristocrats.

 

2.   Sneaking Around with Sneakers

Sneaking Around with Sneakers

During the late 1800s, people in America called sneakers, “sneakers” because of the rubber soles that allowed people to walk or “sneak” around without making any noise.

 

3.   The Most Expensive Shoes

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The ruby red slippers worn by Dorothy on “The Wizard of Oz” were sold at auction in 2002 for $660,000. Today, they are still considered to be the most expensive shoes in the world.

 

4.   The First Pair of Left and Right Shoes

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In the 18th century, shoes started to take on their own distinctions. The first pair of shoes with a left and right foot was made in Philadelphia.

 

5.   Shoe Addiction

Funky Shoes Addiction

Your addiction to buying shoes can be justified by science, so don’t worry if you think you are spending a lot of money on shoes.

 

6.   Fit for a Queen

Fit for a Queen

The first pair of lady’s boots was especially made for Her Royal Highness, Queen Victoria, in 1840.

 

7.   All Because of Bathing Suits

All Because of Bathing Suit

The first pair of open toe shoes was introduced in parallel with the birth of bathing suits in the 1930s.

 

8.   Take Your Shoes Off
Take Your Shoes Off

In Japan, if you are invited by someone to enter their house, no matter how fancy or expensive your shoes, you are expected to leave them outside. Guests can only wear slippers called uwabaki, which are borrowed from the house owners.

 

9.   Good Experiment

Good Experiment

In 1940, Italy experienced a trade closure in the steel manufacturing industry. As steel was no longer available shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo experimented with new materials, particularly cork and he created the first wedge shoe.

 

10.The World’s Largest Shoes
World's Largest Shoes

The Philippines is the home of the world’s largest shoes, which are 17 feet long and 8 feet wide. Each shoe can fit 30 people inside.

 

 

These fascinating facts are enough to make us love shoes even more. Indeed, shoes never fail to amaze every one of us and it’s true, you can never have too many shoes!

Top 5 Most Quirky Shoe Styles of All Time

Who doesn’t love shoes?  As time has gone by, different shoe styles have caught our attention – regardless of our age, sexual preference and taste. Some of these cool shoes have been admired by a lot of people and have gone done in shoe history.

 

Here are 5 of the most quirky and prominent shoe styles that have stolen our hearts:

 

Cinderella’s Glass Shoes / Slippers

Cinderella Glass Shoes

In 1697, the most popular version of Cinderella was written and introduced to the public by Charles Perrault. His version of the fairy-tale was the first to include the pumpkin, the fairy-godmother and of course, the glass slippers.

Since then, it has been every girl’s dream to walk in Cinderella’s shoes!

Platform Shoes

Platform Shoes

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Platform shoes first took centre stage in the 1960’s and they made a massive comeback in the nineties. The Spice Girls, a popular nineties girl group, wore them when they were performing. The ordinary platform shoe was made extraordinary by the footwear label, Buffalo. This statement style is never far from every fashionista’s wish list.

 

Ballet Flats

Ballet Flats

In the 16th Century ballet flats were created for ballet dancers. In Medieval times both men and women, even those who were not ballet dancers, fell in love with this comfortable and soft shoe style. In the same era high-heels were introduced, cutting the ballet flats fashion out of the mainstream.

They made a comeback in 1957 when Audrey Hepburn wore them in one of the scenes of the film, Funny Face, pairing them with cropped, slim-fitting trousers. To this day, they are part of every woman’s closet and even models like Kate Moss and Olivia Palermo love to wear them.

 

Pretty Woman Boots

Pretty Woman Boots

Boots may not be the most elegant footwear but they have unique characteristics which make them a firm fashion favourite. They officially entered the fashion stage when Julia Roberts wore a pair of thigh-high vinyl boots in the movie, Pretty Woman.

Years after the movie, designers and fashion gurus continue to copy the trend and frequently include boots in their designs.

 

Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator Sandals

Roman gladiators first wore gladiator shoes as a means of protection. The gladiator sandal was reawakened by various designers for catwalk purposes. They went global after Kate Moss was spotted wearing a pair in the summer of 2004.

 

Claw-like Armadillo Shoes by Alexander McQueen

Armadillo Shoes

Originally designed by Alexander McQueen, these strange yet stunning 12 inch heels took a claw-like form. They were first worn by Alexander’s good friend, the heiress Daphne Guinness. Wearing them at the 15th Anniversary of Nars (Make-up label), although she found the whole experience to be a bit scary, Daphne Guinness said, “the shoes were actually light and comfortable to wear…”

 

 

So, any idea what the next shoe trend will be?