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My sons have barely had a week into their summer holidays and already my mind is on school uniforms and shoes. My mind is also on getting prepared for the stapede of mums, dads and children with feet ready for a new pair of school shoes. We have several ranges of shoes to offer parents here at Exclusive Footwear, but my favourite brand so far has to be Petasil. Petasil are made in Portugal and fit all types of feet like a dream. On top of that – they look really good!! Very important in my mind! If you haven’t tried Petasil school shoes before then give them ago – Oh and don’t leave it too long.. school shoes have a way of selling out really quickly!
I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of MBT.. They have literally worked wonders on my legs and bot.. Not to mention my posture..so I need no conversion. I wear an old style of MBT called the Chapa that MBT have been dying to get me out of (because I should really be wearing their latest designs) the thing is I LOVE my old chunky soled MBT’s they feel amazing and I can feel every muscle working as I walk. So how surprised (and pleased) was I to see that MBT agree with me. They are launching a “Super Shoe” at the end of this year – which looks amazing (having been designed by an award winning designer) but guess what – here is the old deep sole unit – back again in it’s full glory!!! I knew I was right!!! It’s not cheap though at over £250 – get saving – but do get some!! (If like me you want to wear them purely for toning and posture improvement)
Exclusive Footwear was born out of my husbands (and consequently my) love of Oliver Sweeney shoes. I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the brand and the Oliver Sweeney company, but Oliver has been very poorly of late and hasn’t had as much influence as he normally would have had in recent shoe designs… Until now…! The new stock that has arrived has been created using Oliver’s old shoe designs – see echos of Poitier and Bullet… Absolutely scrumptious Oliver Sweeney shoes and definitely worth adding to your collection! As ever the stock we have is made to order so is limited so grab them whilst you can.. Don’t forget to register with us for your 10% forever customer discount.
Having sore feet is not much fun as I found out recently following a little accident! I literally couldn’t put my feet down on the hard ground because of my sore heels – this is where my FitFlop Rokkit saved the day!! Soft and cushioned – I could not have done without them. If you have sore feet – take it from me and try FitFlops!
A lesson; in the damage caused by not treating your shoes right; but how they can be repaired if you don’t.
If you love your shoes, but can be a little bit careless when it comes to their maintenance, then here are three golden rules for shoe care; Only wear them every other day (at the most), to put shoe trees in them at the end of every use, and to polish them regularly. Not following the first one will make the shoes wear out far quicker than needed; ignoring the second will lead to shoes wrinkling and losing their shape; and not polishing will lead to the leather drying out as well as losing protection.
These shoes were wrinkled, scuffed and, most importantly, worn down severely on the heel and sole. The biggest danger with this wearing down is that both the full heel and the welt need to be replaced. Both are expensive; but the second point is this can only be done a few times on a pair of shoes – so by letting the damage get that far you are needlessly shortening their life.
The welts on the shoes were replaced as well as the heel, and a new full leather sole was added. Because of the excessive wear and lack of care, there were also a few places in which the leather had been worn down or lost its colouration. So it was cleaned, creamed and then antiqued to blend the new colour with the existing wear.
So… if you follow the few simple rules, your shoes will last longer and will prevent you from paying out unnecessary money.