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Footwear consists of garments worn on the feet. It is worn for a variety of reasons, including protection against the environment, hygiene and adornment. Often times, socks and other hosiery are worn under footwear.
Footwear is sometimes associated with fetishism, particularly in some recent fashions in shoes and boots. Some people are very passionate about fashion footwear.
Last Updated - 14th October 2005
Women's Footwear Tips
- Footwear with Heels will Make Your Legs Appear Thinner -The heels don't have to be terribly high, but there's no doubt that if you want to appear slimmer, a bit of a heel will help dramatically.
- Pointy Toe Footwear will Help Make Legs Appear Longer - If your legs look longer, they will also appear thinner - and shoes with pointy toes will help make your legs seem longer. So, even if you think your legs are long enough, if it's a thinner appearance you're after, try a shoes with pointed toes.
- Match Your Footwear to Your Hose or Tights - Matching your shoes to your hose or tights, when wearing a skirt or a dress will help your legs look thinner.
- Opened-Toed Footwear - Shoes with an open toe or high heeled sandals will give your thighs and calves a slimmer appearance than a closed-toe shoe will.
- Avoid Footwear with Ankle Straps - Shoes with ankle straps will give the appearance of shorter legs and, as discussed above, longer seems thinner whether it is or not - so skip the ankle straps if you want your legs to look slimmer.
- Wear Slingback or Backless Footwear - If you wear backless or slingback shoes instead of pumps, your legs will look thinner and longer.
Some tips to prevent foot problems
- Shop for footwear at the end of the day when your feet have swelled from hours of standing and walking. Buy athletic shoes within an hour of exercising.
- Don't buy Footwear that aren't comfortable right out of the box. Odds are they won't get better.
- Make sure there is a half-inch space from the tip of your longest toe to the end of the shoe.
- Your feet aren't identical, so the mate of a shoe that feels fine on one foot may not fit the other. Try on both shoes.
- Recognize when workout shoes are worn out. Put your shoes on a counter top and look at them from behind. If they're rolling inward or outward, or the tread is worn down, they're no longer giving you adequate support or shock absorption. Replace them.
- If you've had pain in the ball of your foot, avoid women's dress shoes with a heel of more than two inches in height. Stick with one-inch heels or lower.
Men's Footwear Tips
- Try to pick a shoe that matches, or is darker than your pants.
- Although it is a safe bet, socks do not need to match your shoes. Instead, think of your socks as you would a tie - an item that can bring bring the whole outfit together.
- If wearing a belt, try to match your shoes to it, unless of course, your belt is some multi-colored striped thing.
Men's Footwear for Jeans
- With jeans - You can wear almost any color or style of shoe with jeans, but avoid very shiny shoes that were obviously intended for more dressy outfits.
- Boots, lug soles, sneakers, loafers and sandals all work great with jeans.
- When choosing shoes for jeans, let the style of your shirt help to guide you. For example - a sporty, polo shirt might work with a loafer; T-shirts go well with sneakers or retro-style shoes; long, artsy button-downs work well with sandals or moc toe oxford styles.
Men's Shoes for Casual Pants
- Whether you call them Dockers, chinos, or khakis, there are a variety of loafers, oxford and other men's shoes that work well with casual pants.
- Let the ornamentation and style of the shoe guide you towards the look you're trying to achieve.
- For example, a tassle or a buckle is a little more on the dressy side, while a woven pattern or heavy stitching is a little more on the casual side.
Men's Shoes for Dress Pants
- With dress pants, shoot for the same type of shoe that you might wear with a suit. Shinier materials usually indicate a dressier shoe, as do less bulky heels and soles.
- Choose a shoe that is the same color or darker than your pants, and if wearing a belt, match your shoes to it.
Color Matching for Men's Shoes
- Black shoes work well with navy, grey or black pants.
- Brown shoes are best suited to tan, brown, beige, greens, other darker earth tones.
- Burgundy shoes work well with khaki, lighter browns, blue and grey.
- Tan shoes look great with lighter earth tones, blue, beige, lighter tan or white.
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