CategoriesFashion Footwear

Dressed To Impress: What To Wear This Autumn

Dressed to impress: What to wear this autumn

A wardrobe essential for everyone should be a trusted pair of ankle boots as they are a great option when elevating your outfit, so why is it that they are so popular during the autumn and winter months?

Here’s the answer: Comfort! Ankle boots are a great fashion statement in the winter months because they can enhance almost any outfit and keep you feeling cosy and comfortable despite the changing weather.

Autumn and winter fashion: Nature inspired colour palettes

As the colder seasons approach you want to be wearing warmer, earthier colour tones. As nature evolves and leaves begin to brown, this will inspire what colours we wear so during autumn. An autumn-inspired look colour include a variety of colour shades, with the most prominent being shades of brown complemented with oranges or deep shades of red. Pair these colours with neutrals such as white, grey, cream and black for a dynamic autumn look.

As the season changes, the colours we see in fashion do too. For example, during winter you are likely to see a lot deeper, richer tones like emerald green, sapphire blue and burgundy. These colours are often paired with lighter tones like white or cream for a colour contrast or complemented with darker shades of grey and brown.

Outfit check! Incorporating Uufey into your Winter wardrobe

As briefly mentioned, ankle boots popularity soars during the winter months as people seek comfort and support, these are elements that are built into Uufey products as we want to help people look after themselves.

Pairing the Cill Cut-Out Bootie

The Cill shoe is an extremely versatile addition to your wardrobe as it can complement many outfits. Pair your Cill with a long white sleeve t-shirt, brown corduroy dress and black tights for a playful autumn look.

Keep cosy with Kene

Pair your Kene with Jeans and a Chunky Knit jumper or cardigan for a staple Autumn look. Pair with an additional colourful peacoat to keep you warm, whilst the Kene will look after your feet, with it’s cosy faux fur lining.

Style your Sarah-Zest

Our Sarah-Zest range comes in 3 different colours: Black, Burgundy and Navy. Black ankle boots are an extremely useful addition to your wardrobe as they can be paired with any look.

Pair your Burgundy ­Sarah-Zest with a dark grey or black pair of leggings, simple block coloured t-shirt and playful cardigan for an amazing Autumn inspired look.

Following the seasonal colour palette, for a cute Winter look, you could pair your Navy Sarah-Zest boots with a pair of jeans and cream chunky knit jumper.

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A Brief History Of Women’s Footwear

Did you know?

The oldest pair of shoes in existence come from 3500 BC Egypt! Made from leather and grass, these shoes have a close resemblance to today’s shoes such as moccasins. Looking through the history of footwear and recognising how it has evolved is extremely important as we can learn how to progress even further.

A brief look into women’s shoemaking

High heels are a style of shoe that is often associated with women, however originally high heeled shoes were made for Persian warriors who needed support when riding horses in battle. Believe it or not, men wore high heels up until the era of Queen Elizabeth 1st. Gradually over time designs evolved and heels appeared more feminine to become ‘women’s shoes.’ Whilst the popularity and use of high heels changed over time, the popularity of heels really increased in 1920s as designs become more ‘decorative’ to match the current fashion styles.

Despite the past popularity of heels, in present day according to researchers at Mintel* women are purchasing more sneakers than high heels.

*‘It seems that the popularity of heels is falling flat in general as 59% of female footwear buyers prefer to wear flat shoes, compared to just 12% who prefer to wear high-heeled shoes.’ (Mintel)

As preferences evolve, supportive footwear with comfort is becoming more of a priority over high heels. Comfortable shoes such as trainers and sneakers originally formed from plimsolls shoes that were worn on boat decks to limit dangers when slipping, gradually becoming inspiration for tennis shoes which become the first ‘athletic shoe’.

The search for comfort (1900-2020)

Below will briefly discuss the past century of women’s footwear, as you read on you will see that comfort was not the most important factor to influence the range of designs. As society developed the needs of ladies footwear also changed, in recent decades it is noticeable that many designers are taking form and function into account. They have recognised that the public wants footwear which will provide comfort as well as allowing them to keep up with current fashion trends.

  • 1900-10s: The Practical Lady Of Leisure

Around the years of WW1, it was practical for women to wear low-heeled shoes to get them around their daily activities, it was towards the end of this period that high heels began to increase in popularity once again and boots with heels become all the rage.

  • 1920-30s: Rising Hemlines

Early on in this period ladies began to wear shorter dresses, and as a result led to the production of more decorative high heels. A design often noted with the 20’s and 30’s is the T-Strap heel which provided ankle support whilst dancing.

  • 1940-50s: War Restrictions

In the 40’s materials were limited due to the ongoing war and shoe design was put to the side. However, the 50’s introduced the world to…stiletto heels! One, if not the most well-known heel design, however due to its construction also happens to be for many one of the most uncomfortable forms of high heel.

  • 1960-70s: Post War Fashion Freedom

The early 60’s was a time of experimentation and as fashion was a high focus point within society. In terms of heeled shoes, Cuban heels took the forefront and were worn as a compromise between comfort and fashion. However, younger generations began to recognise that for daily wear heels were not necessarily the best choice which led to the increase in demand for tennis shoes.

Dance was a major activity within the 70’s as music and pop culture expanded, which led to designers trying to increase comfort and manoeuvrability for those who enjoyed going to the disco. This is when chunky heels first became popular, it allowed for the user to feel supported whilst also making a fashion statement.

  • 1980-90s: Form vs Function

By this time, people began to recognise, that despite the popularity of heels other shoe options were available and caused a lot less pain. The 80’s was the decade of ‘the boot’ with subcultures like punks becoming more mainstream, people would take inspiration from bands / artists they listened to. This also allowed the wearer to express themselves and many often would decorate their boots or use different laces to add to the unique look of their outfit.

The 90’s was a decade of the platforms. Inspired by many celebrities such as the Spice Girls, platform shoes became mainstream. Despite popularity these shoes were often a safety risk and resulted in many people hurting their ankles.

  • 2000-10s: Trying To Compromise

As in previous decades many audiences looked to celebrities for fashion inspiration. Heels lost a lot of popularity, and many people began to wear comfort shoes. From flip-flops, to sandals, to low heeled boots celebrities inspired a range of footwear, no more so than sneakers.

Heels were not forgotten about, as many celebrity icons were seen sporting various styles however Ugg boots and sneakers became a staple in many people’s wardrobes. There was even a moment in time were people were seen sporting wedged trainers, fusing together the popularity of a high heel but in the style of a sneaker.

  • 2020’s: Finding A Solution: Support and Style

Which leads on to today, were the search for comfort and style is being answered. People are recognising the importance of looking after their feet and are now seeking brands who offer both comfort and a fashion statement. Here enters Uufey Shoes, who creates products specifically to provide comfort and support throughout your busy lifestyle.

So, what is the solution?

Interest in comfort shoes is increasing, and Uufey have designed a range of footwear that provides comfort and support for general day wear. Our footwear also help to ease existing and tries to prevent customers from suffering from various foot health problems.

Uufey shoes were made to move, incorporating our three-zone comfort technologies the wearer is assured that their feet are protected and looking fashionable all day long.

Our three-zone technology focuses on increasing stability, provides arch support and cushioning for the toes.

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The Impact Of Fast Fashion On The Environment

According to the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, the fashion industry generates around 20% of the world’s water waste, resulting in being responsible for 8-10% of global carbon emissions.

What is “Fast Fashion?”                   

Fast Fashion refers to how brands are creating cheap catwalk inspired clothing products, these are often part of a trend and once it has passed the clothes are quickly discarded as consumers are moving onto the next popular style.

The idea of discarding clothing on a frequent basis leads to overproduction and overconsumption and increases the impact the fashion industry is having on the environment. Not only is this textile waste a huge problem, but according to Fashion Checker 93% of brands are paying garment workers below the living wage. Research in recent years also has shone a light on how many workers are forced to working longer hours in dangerous conditions.

It is not only the fast fashion brands who should take accountability but also the consumers who buy into it, we all need to be working together towards a brighter more sustainable future. For example, ending ‘throwaway’ culture is something that could have a great effect, it is becoming increasingly popular for people to buy ‘pre-loved’ or ‘vintage’ items, rather than throwing away garments after a handful of uses, trading, donating, or recycling the materials will help to decrease the production rate for new products.

Sustainability… in style!

Here at Uufey Shoes we are care a lot about how fashion is impacting the environment, our products are lovingly hand-crafted in Europe, and we try to infuse sustainability measures into every stage of our production process.

Our materials are ethically sourced, and we encourage, when possible, to recycle any of our bio-degradable packaging that is no longer of use. Whilst designing Uufey shoes we wanted to ensure that they are sustainable and built to last, with only 15% of clothing and footwear being sent to recycling we want to ensure that Uufey products are durable and will keep you comfortable throughout your days.

As time goes on Uufey will continue working towards become an eco-friendlier company, so join us for the journey!

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Selecting The Right Size When Shopping For Espadrilles

Why size matters when it comes to Espadrilles

Unlike other shoe types, espadrilles are set specifically for the foot as the fabric sets and moulds to your unique foot shape.

 So, what does that mean in terms of size?

Our original and authentic espadrilles are handcrafted by artisans using mixed leather and jute. As espadrilles are handmade there is always some variation, but on the whole espadrilles that are a mix run a full size small. The canvas material will stretch a little over a few wears.

Taking this into consideration, we always suggest to size down when purchasing a pair of espadrilles for a better fit. If you’re still unsure of sizing, consult our measuring chart and how to properly measure your feet. Our size guide is also available to help you find the right size you need to feel the most comfortable.

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How To Relieve Sore Feet

Do you often experience sore feet? We’ve been there and know how painful it can be, so what can you do to help combat this pain and what are common causes for sore feet?

These are just some of the frequently asked questions about foot pain and we’re here to help. Read on to learn more on the causes and how to relieve sore feet…

Causes of Sore Feet

There is a lot of foot problems or injuries that cause sore feet such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, achilles tendonitis, broken feet, bunions and many other foot problems. We have covered some of the mentioned foot problems in previous posts but we will go into small detail about each just to remind you:

  • Plantar Fasciitis – Inflammation of the ligament that connects the heel to the bone called the plantar fascia.
  • Arthritis – Swelling and tenderness of one or more joints (can occur other places besides your feet).
  • Achilles Tendonitis – When the tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone called the Achilles tendon is damages due to injuries.
  • Bunions – A bony projection on the joint at the base of the big toe. It grows gradually and your toe turn inwards over time.

How To Relieve Sore Feet

So now we have learnt more about how foot pain can be caused, let’s look at solutions. We will first go over general tips and then cover solutions that work best for the mentioned foot problems above for those who might need specific treatments.

General Tips for Foot Pain

Now let’s get into solutions aimed at previously mentioned foot problems:

  • Plantar Fasciitis – Physical therapy to strengthen lower leg muscles, taking anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen and in severe cases where you experience too much pain surgery may be an option too.
  • Arthritis – Ibuprofen and general painkillers to ease pain and inflammation, Changes of diet to be more balanced and healthier, physical therapy and in severe cases there are many surgeries to help combat this.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – Ibuprofen, stretching exercises, changes of diet to include less sugary foods and more foods like fruit and nuts, general rest and avoiding too much physical activity.
  • Bunions – Ibuprofen, using bunion pads along with comfortable shoes and apply ice to affected area to help with inflammation.

Ways to avoid foot pain

We all know the old adage: “prevention is better than a cure”, so what are some measures you can take to make sure foot pain is a thing of the past?
Here are a few tips:

  • Do stretches before exercises
  • Wear the right shoe size
  • Treat all underlying health conditions
  • Good sleep hygiene (7-9 hours a night)
  • Nutrient dense diet
  • Avoid high heels if you have experienced foot problems

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How To Measure The Width Of Your Feet

Why You Should Measure Your Feet

Picture the scenario: you normally wear a size 5 shoe but decided to purchase a pretty pair of shoes in the lower size because it was the last pair available. At first, you may notice a slight discomfort. Yet over time, you experience more prominent aches, pains and conditions that could have otherwise been avoided if it weren’t for the wrong size shoe. This problem is more common than you think – except instead of shoe length, it is attributed to shoe width.

Measuring the width of your feet is often overlooked, and yet is essential to help prevent potentially painful foot conditions from developing. Knowing the exact dimensions of your feet will help to mitigate wearing the wrong size shoes. However with fast fashion available 24/7, it’s all too easy to impulse purchase cheap, non-supportive shoes that cause health problems over longer periods of time and lack the adequate support for your feet.

Uufey shoes are equipped with all the necessary tools to make your feet feel as comfortable as possible. This includes arch support, removable insoles, orthotic footbeds and wide fit sizing. Wide fit sizing is especially important to allow the feet to breathe with an ergonomic shoe shape for full freedom of movement.

An amalgamation of both style and comfort, Uufey shoes are great for anyone suffering from plantar fasciitis, sensitive feet and flat feet. These benefits allow for someone to lead a more proactive and comfortable lifestyle.

How Do I Measure My Foot Width?

If you are suffering from foot problems we always advise that you seek professional shoe fitting and advice to ensure correct fitting footwear. However we appreciate that this is not always possible so here is a way to measure your feet at home to help you get the right size.

We use the ‘DB Shoe’ measurement system to help us gauge the correct size and width for you. Click here to view the guide.

Note: If you have narrow feet, we would always advise downsizing when purchasing a pair of Uufey Shoes. This is due to arch pain being more common in those with narrow feet, and wearing a wider fit may only serve to cause more discomfort.

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CategoriesComfortable footwear Footwear Health

Q&A With Nurse Debbie

Last month we had a chat with Debbie, Mental Health Nurse also known as BeHealthyWithDebs about all things feet! Talking Feet was live on Instagram TV but the replay is available to watch on our YouTube channel.

The Q&A started off by talking about Uufey and Debbie’s experience with foot pain during both college and in her job as a nurse. This led her to research about solutions such as types of physical therapy to help flat feet and meeting our founder Ify to help find shoes that may ease her pain.

We then discussed in further detail about the different types of foot pain some people can commonly experience, covering a number of foot conditions including bunions, flat feet and plantar fasciitis. In conversation we learnt about flat feet and the causes, before delving into Plantar Fasciitis, a condition where the plantar fascia in the foot becomes inflamed. It is commonly caused by wearing the wrong shoes that are ill-fitting or too narrow, with weight and exercise injuries being other major contributors to the condition. Other solutions for foot pain besides getting the right shoes were also covered, including the importance of fitness and exercise.

Exercise is key for short-term foot pain relief however it is advised to use specific tools that will help provide more sufficient support over time. We demonstrated the benefits of exercising with a spiky ball, and wearing a support sleeve over your heel to help relieve pain while wearing your shoes.

The Q&A video goes into more detail about the subjects mentioned in this blog, visit our YouTube channel or IGTV for the full conversation. 

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How To Find Arch Support Shoes For Flat Feet

How To Find Arch Support Shoes For Flat Feet

When looking for comfortable shoes, arch support is a must as it helps reduce the likelihood of injuries or foot health concerns which may result from sports or work-related activities. Particularly if you suffer from flat feet, it’s important to find out what type of shoes you need to help prevent and manage your foot condition.

What are Flat Feet and How Do They Affect Us?

Flat Feet is a condition in which your arches touch the floor when you stand up straight. It is thought to be genetic, but the condition can also develop later in life. Not everyone experiences trouble with flat feet, however the majority of foot conditions can be exacerbated simply by wearing poorly fitting shoes – which is why it is so important to wear supportive footwear with arch support.

How Do I Fix Flat Feet?

Consulting your podiatrist, wearing the right shoes and certain exercises can help to strengthen and reduce pain for flat feet. Here are 5 top exercises recommended by health experts to improve foot health:

Exercises for flat feet

What Particular Shoes Should I Look For?

This really depends on the activity you do, as different types of shoes cater to different circumstances. Orthopaedic Shoes are recommended by podiatrists and more likely to help reduce injuries, as these types of shoes aim to be the most comfortable and adaptable.

What Shoes With Arch Support Do We Offer?

We offer a range of shoes with arch support for flat feet. Here are a few examples:

If you’re physically active and love hitting the gym, Chemin Trainers will be your new BFF. Featuring a removable insole and mesh lining for breathable comfort, Chemin cushions the feet with optimum ball support, heel support, and excellent shock absorption. These shoes are designed to make walking and running feel smooth while keeping your feet comfy every step of the way.

Working hard in the office? Sarah Zest might be the one for you. Featuring the added benefit of Uufey’s built in orthotic footbed to support and realign your feet, these ankle boots are fully adjustable and provide optimum comfort for flat feet. Don’t forget to engage in frequent desk exercises to improve circulation and avoid potential aches and pains.

Sarah Zest

Hopefully this can help you to make an informed decision about finding the right orthopaedic shoes with arch support for flat feet. Whether you have experienced foot pain in the past or currently have a foot condition, we highly advise to check out our range of supportive shoes and see if you can find a pair to suit your needs. Your feet will thank you later!

Please note that Uufey shoes is not a treatment plan or a substitute for professional medical advice. We offer supportive shoes to complement other treatments or surgeries. Depending on the severity of your condition, Uufey shoes can help you prevent foot conditions or aid in your treatment.

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Anatomy of an Orthopaedic Shoe

An orthopaedic shoe is a suitable choice if you’re looking for comfortable footwear that provides solid support for your feet. Wearing the right shoe will help to keep your feet in optimum health and reduce your chances of developing painful foot conditions.

Anatomy of an Orthopaedic Shoe

Contoured Foot Bed

A deeper heel on orthopaedic shoes helps to stabilise the heel. This helps to distribute your body weight evenly over your feet, instead of having all the pressure and force of your weight being supported by your toes and the ball of your foot.

This also helps you to walk more naturally, further decreasing your risk of developing foot pain.

Sole

The cushioning in the soles helps with shock absorption, making for a comfortable step without heel pain.

Flexibility allows your shoe to mould to the contours of your feet, for maximum comfort and to ease the pressure on your feet. Flexible soles also allow your feet to flex freely as you’re walking, so too much stress isn’t placed on your arch and heels.

Orthopaedic Shoe

Arch Support

One of the best things about orthopaedic shoes is that they provide excellent arch and heel support, which is great for people who have flat feet or high arches.

You can get shoes with enough curve at the instep which removes any unnecessary gaps between the sole and the arch, providing full support for high arches.

Lots Of Space For Toes

Pointed shoes can cause a lot of grief for your toes and your forefoot. Orthopaedic shoes have a lot of space at the front of the shoe so your toes don’t get squished together, preventing bunions, hammertoe and other foot problems.

Anatomy of Uufey Shoes

What To Pay Attention To When Choosing Your Orthopaedic Shoes

Material

The range of materials available to make orthopaedic shoes and orthotics is diverse enough that newcomers to the orthotics industry feel overwhelmed when they start designing orthotics. The design of the orthopaedic shoe will greatly influence what types of materials that will be used.

For example, a lightweight athlete will have different requirements to a bulky construction worker when it comes to looking for suitable materials that will provide sufficient rigidity and support for these two different people.

Rigid materials help to control foot function while softer materials are used to help absorb shock and relieve any sensitive parts of your feet from excessive pressure.

Good Arch Support And Toe Box

The proper amount of arch support and space for your toes to all fit comfortably in your shoes is an absolute requirement for orthopaedic shoes.

After all, a very common contributing factor to a huge number of foot problems stems from shoes which are too narrow or do not have sufficient arch support.

The purpose of orthopaedic shoes is to assist with proper foot care. Taking care of your arches and your toes helps to reduce your risk of developing various painful foot conditions

Measure Your Foot At The End Of The Day

When measuring your foot, take the measurement at the end of the day. This is because your feet are slightly more swollen at the end of the day after being up and about using your feet all day.

Taking the swollen measurements ensures that even when you are using your shoes in the afternoon or evening, you won’t feel an uncomfortable pinching sensation due to your shoes being just a tad small in the evening.

Conclusion

Maintaining healthy feet is a lot easier when you are wearing shoes that promote foot health. Uufey Shoes are a shining example that not all orthopaedic shoes are dull and unfashionable.

Taking care of your feet will not only help to reduce foot pain, but it can also help with other aches and pains you may experience in your body. What are you waiting for? Go find the best orthopaedic shoes now – your feet will thank you for it.

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Fun facts about feet
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20 Facts About Feet You Probably Didn’t Know

Here at Uufey we believe the feet are the unsung heroes of our body. Being one of the most overworked but under-appreciated parts of the body, our feet are often taken granted. Here are some fun — and unusual — facts about feet.

1. Nearly 1/4 of all bones in our bodies are in our feet.

And what’s more – when these bones are out of alignment, the rest of the body is. Your foot posture determines how effectively your weight is distributed, and if unheeded can open the door to pain and discomfort in later life – which is why it’s so important to foster good posture and wear the right size shoes.

2. When standing and walking, the sole of your foot is the only part of your body in touch with the ground.

3. Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems.

Ill-fitting shoes and lack of proper foot care are normally the cause of most common foot problems.

4. The average person walks approximately 10,000 miles in a lifetime and 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. 

5. We have a whopping 8000 nerve endings in our feet.

All those nerve endings mean our soles are prime targets for tickling. Having ticklish feet is a sign of good health, as reduced sensitivity may indicate peripheral neuropathy (numbness in the feet caused by nerve damage).

6. Elvis foot’ or ‘Elvis legs’ is climbing jargon for when a climber’s foot trembles on the rock due to fatigue or panic.

7. During a typical day, your feet absorb the collective load of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

On average, your feet absorb a total force of 26,000 pounds. All the more reason to support your feet properly throughout the day! Click here to get our foot care kit.

8. The skin on the soles of our feet is much thicker than any skin in our body.

9. Did you know that when you’re walking, your toes are in touch with the ground around 75% of the time?

When the big toe makes contact with the ground, it signals to the body you are balanced and as you leave the floor, the big toe helps you spring off the floor. The big toes are the prime movers of your entire feet! The nerve endings in your toes help your feet to maintain balance and bear the weight of your body when you walk – without toes the entire mechanism of foot movement would fall apart.

10. When it comes to flirtation, our feet can reveal our true feelings.

According to research compiled on behalf of shoemakers Jeffery West, a woman who is feeling flirtatious will position their feet out and away from her body. If she’s not feeling the chemistry, she’ll cross her legs or tuck her feet beneath her. Interestingly, the same phenomenon wasn’t observed in men.

11. Did you know our feet can continue to grow as we age?

Even though your feet will generally settle at around age 20, their shape and size will continue to change over the rest of your life. Once you hit 40, your feet grow by as much as half a shoe size every 10 years! The reason for this is because feet flatten and elongate as we get older.

12. Over half of us wear the wrong shoe size.

For men in particular it could be as high as 80 percent! We’ve seen what damage the wrong shoe size can bring, so it’s really important to get your feet measured, and figure out what size works for you – including half sizes, which are often overlooked.

13. According to research from Washington University in St. Louis, humans started wearing shoes as early as 40,000 years ago.

Analysing foot bones from Neanderthals and early humans, Researcher Erik Trinkaus identified a point in human history where the size of toe bones began to shrink. Combining this data with knowledge of how shoes change the way people walk, it was reasoned that smaller toe bones meant people had started wearing shoes.

14. A person weighs more walking than standing.

Walking is dead weight plus push energy, which adds about 30 per cent to standing weight.

15. The Fear of Feet is Podophobia.

16. The first shoes date back to 3,500 BC.

Located in an Armenian cave, this old leather shoe somewhat resembles a modern shoe.

17. The bones of children are softer than those of adults and can be more easily harmed by ill-fitting shoes or socks.

Fast growing feet need to be professionally measured every three months.

18. On average, women experience about four times as many foot-related problems as men.

Heels are generally regarded as the culprit, because of the extreme strain they add to the arch and the unnatural pressure they place on the toe box. Swap the heels for a healthier alternative today.

19. Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments.

20. Did you know standing still is far more tiring than walking?

This is because you only use a few muscles when you’re still, whereas walking distributes the burden of movement over many more muscles and increases circulation.

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