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Three Steps to Choosing the Perfect Pair of Sandals

October 10, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Spring is here, summer is coming and you can’t wait to set your feet free from wearing boots and feel exhilarated in your new pair of sandals. Sandals are the perfect wear for going to the beach, having a stroll in the park or hanging out with family and friends in the backyard. They are excellent for work as well. However, buying a pair just because they look cute or modern is a huge mistake. If they are not comfortable, they can cause foot problems which can lead to chronic problems such as corns, callouses and even problems with the lower back. So, in order to choose the perfectly comfortable sandals, here are the three steps to make (pun intended).

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Firstly, always buy the right size of sandals. It is always a good idea to try on the shoes before you buy them because this is the only way you can be sure they fit and feel perfect. A simple rule of the thumb is to leave a little space at the end of the footbed. However, too big sandals can make the foot slosh around putting extra pressure on the tiny bones and joints in the feet. Additionally, if they are too tight (even if it is the correct size), don’t consider buying them as they might never loosen.

If you prefer online shopping, then you should follow some simple rules about how to buy a perfectly fitting pair of sandals. First, you need to measure your feet by standing on a level floor with the back of your heels against a straight edge or wall. Then, you should measure your foot length by placing a ruler flat on the floor along the inside of the foot. Take the measurement in millimetres from the heel to your largest toe – that is your foot length measurement. If you are halfway between sizes, always select the larger size. You can also check the size chart guide to convert the measurement in the right size.

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Secondly, pay attention to the arch support. Even though sandals are lighter in weight, they shouldn’t lack in arch support which is critical to maintaining good foot health. So, comfortable sandals are those that are anatomically designed to support the arch muscles and provide relief while walking.

Finally, the model. In order for your sandals to be comfortable and at the same time look cute and modern, you should go for a little heel or wedge that could take some of the pressure off your feet. Flat sandals might put excessive strain on your heels, ankles and back. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, it is recommended that the heel or the wedge should be no higher than 3” for women.

Luckily, when it comes to the model of the sandals, there is an abundance of designs to choose from. For example, the slide and slip-on sandals are backless and have an open toe with a band across the foot. They are suitable for casual and sporty styles. Then, there are the sling-back sandals which have a strap that wraps behind the heel and they are a great choice for dressier events. A different look is achieved by the gladiator sandals which have multiple straps. They look great combined with jeans or longer skirts. The platform sandals have thick soles that add height whereas the wedge sandals have soles that are higher beneath the heel and narrows toward the front.

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3 Steps to Picking Out Great Skate Style Shoes

September 10, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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When you’re just getting into skateboarding, you usually don’t worry about other pieces of gear other than your skateboard. However, with time you’ll discover that your skating style depends on a lot more factors besides the board. Like for instance, the shoes. As a newbie, you might wonder “Do I really need special skateboarding shoes?” Truth is, you can ride in thongs if you like, but skate style shoes are specifically designed to help you skate better. They give you grip, flexibility, protection and comfort – everything you need to master those cool tricks. So, without further ado, here’s how to choose great skate style shoes.

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The Material Matters!

First of all, turn your attention to the material the shoes are made of and whether it fits your riding style. Usually, skate style shoes are made of either leather, suede, canvas, or hemp. Canvas and hemp are a great choice if you want something lighter and breathable, and suitable for warm weather. Unless you plan to ride your board aggressively, that is. In that case, you’ll need more protection which leather and suede can provide or something synthetic that’s just as strong. Technical street skaters usually go for these materials as they are very resistant to wear and tear.

Padding Offers Protection

Skating can be very rough on your feet and legs. And even though you haven’t noticed its impact the first couple of times, with time your ankles and joints will start to ache. To reduce the stress your lower body is exposed to while skating and prevent injuries, skate style shoes come with various forms of padding. When the insoles, tongues, heel areas and side walls are padded, there’s less risk of injuries when performing harder tricks like jumping over gaps or stairs.

Breathable Designs Keep You Comfy and Fresh

Every skateboarder has experienced them, nobody loves them – sweaty feet. When you spent a lot of time in shoes, your feet will get sweaty, that’s a fact. However, skateboarding shoes are specifically designed to prevent this problem and keep your feet fresh and comfortable for as long as possible. You can easily notice whether a pair of shoes is breathable or not, as it will come with perforations (breathing holes) in the front or be made from breathable upper materials that allow air to circulate and prevent moisture. Additionally, some skating shoe brands place perforated side panels and vent holes into the sides of the shoes and use tongues made of breathable mesh material.

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Comfort at the Workplace: The Steps to Ensure You Have It

September 4, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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A great deal of our life is spent on working. Some of us love our jobs, some of us hate them, regardless of which group you find yourself in, comfort always makes things better. You’re probably wondering now why is comfort at the workplace so essential?

First things first, it lessens stress, and as a result it improves the well-being, reducing the risks of health issues. Then again, it also makes the workplace a happier one.

This can be achieved in several steps: comfortable shoes, proper posture, reduction of noise and eye-strain. Starting with the workwear shoes, it’s advisable to look for specialised retailers that can offer versatility of brands combined with convenient prices.

Depending on the job itself, you may or may not be in need of extra safety in the form of composite cap footwear, but what no worker can do without are breathable shoes that keep feet dry, safe from perspiration which mean there’s no chance for athlete’s foot, and lightweight to reduce fatigue so no matter how much time you spend on foot, you don’t get tired easily.

Slip resistance is another property of quality workwear shoes as it translates to traction in varied terrains, accompanied by midsoles contoured to the foot’s natural shape. Okay, now that you know the importance of great shoes, and how to choose them, it’s time to pay attention to your posture.

Often we experience aches and pains that might appear to have nothing to do with posture, but chronic improper posture can lead to serious health problems, from disc generation, to back, neck, and shoulder aches, including persistent headaches, digestive trouble, and stress.

If your work required sitting hours on end, make sure you have an ergonomic chair, and try alternating between sitting and standing from time to time. It’s recommended to mind the posture no matter the job you have, remembering to keep the shoulders back, and avoid slouching. Something so simple can change your work experience for the better.

Often, we don’t realise the damage we’re doing until it’s done. This applies to the hearing and eyesight too, not realising consistent exposure to loud noise or eye-strain is doing a lot of harm. Sometimes noise can disrupt our work without realising it affects our productivity.

You have to have adequate ear protection, like headphones or tampons and suitable eyewear depending on the job, whereas office workers need to make use of natural light during the day and task lighting when working at night.

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3 Steps to Buying an Elegant Evening Dress for the Mother of the Bride

August 17, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Time flies so fast – one day you are holding your baby girl in your arms, next thing you know she is already old enough to be a bride and have her own family. Just like all mothers, you too have been anticipating this special day. Your baby girl will be the star of the night without a doubt, but you as her mum also need to shine next to her. What this means, of course, is a gorgeous dress, subtle makeup, and a nice hairdo. With the extensive range of mother of the bride dresses you can find in the stores, there’s no way you cannot find a good one – just make sure to keep the following tips in mind.

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3 Steps to Choosing the Right Dance Attire

May 17, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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Whether you are practicing in the studio or performing in front of an audience, having an appropriate dance wear is a must, especially since this type of clothing is made to accentuate each of your moves. In the light of that fact, your dance wear clothes play a great role in how you will perform and nowadays there is a dance wear for every type of dance. You can choose from an array of different types of dance shorts, top crops, fabulous leotards, tutus, gymnastics leotards, lyrical dresses, dance accessories and so much more. All of these things can be found in every specialized online store, just make sure it is reliable and offers quality yet affordable dance wear clothes.

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Steps to Putting Together the Perfect Urban Look for Her

March 20, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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One of the most common concerns a woman faces on a daily basis is how to create the perfect outfit. Especially when it comes to something you’d wear out on the streets. Because a good urban look should be equal amounts of laid-back and stylish, most of us simply have trouble successfully matching the two. You may see other women on Instagram looking cool in a street-savvy outfit and wonder if you can pull off the same yourself. What you might not realize is that putting together a chic urban outfit is as simple as 1-2-3. Here are the three easy steps to help you do it.

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Steps to Building a Solid Streetwear Wardrobe

December 13, 2017 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Streetwear. It’s the one style allows Kanye West to walk the red carpet in baggy jeans, a white t-shirt and boots and then top every best dressed list. Although it might seem like it’s a lazy look, the truth is that coming up with a stylish streetwear outfit still calls for smart fashion judgement and a collection of some fine streetwear staples. So before you head out on an expedition across the large number of Australian streetwear clothing stores, here are some pieces with which you can start growing your street savvy wardrobe.

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Steps to Looking Sharp in Simple Work Clothing

November 7, 2017 — by Richard Dawson

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Long gone are the days when a full suit and a tie used to be the only acceptable work attire in most industries. And if you ask me, it’s probably for the best. Businesses have slowly, but surely started to accept the “casual business” look, and with the exception of a few industries, it became the new in. The best thing about this new trend is the fact that you can find work clothes virtually everywhere.

However, not every piece of clothing is made the same. And if you want to promote style and class in a business environment, you can’t just purchase t shirts for work that are of low quality, baggy, and of any colour. Even more casual working environments, like coffee shops, have certain rules when it comes to work clothes.

Looking sharp is possible even with a pair of blue jeans and t shirts for work that fit well. In fact, ensuring your clothes fit is the most overlooked way of looking professional. So when you’re buying work clothes, it’s of utmost importance that it fits your size and shape. Even if you’re on the bigger side, you don’t want loose, saggy and billow clothes. A lot of people think that loose clothes “hide” their size and make them look better or provide more comfort, which cannot be farther than the truth.

To ensure the right fit, you can start off by getting the right length and tightness. You can start with smaller sizes that fit you tightly, and then move your way up until you can comfortably move in the clothing without it being too baggy. Wearing clothes that are comfortable is one of the most important things while at work that can increase productivity.

Moreover, the fabric and texture of the t shirt can also be a good starting point to picking a great working outfit. Avoid clothing that has above 15% of artificial fiber like rayon or polyester. While a little bit of man-made fiber can strengthen the garment and help with stain and wrinkle resistance, larger amounts can point towards cutting corners for cost-saving.

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Cotton is one of the more versatile materials, and depending on the amount of cotton used and its thickness, it can either be thin and flimsy or heavy. During the warmer months of the year, you want thinner and more breathable clothes, and during the colder months you want thicker clothes to keep you warm. However, you should also take into account the temperatures at your work place.

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What are Poppers & What Safety Steps Should Users Take

September 1, 2017 — by Richard Dawson

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With the increased number of countries that are starting to slowly legalize recreational drugs, it’s only a matter of time before Australia does the same. Until then, people that enjoy doing recreational drugs will keep on doing recreational drugs, except they’ll have to keep on risking getting them from unreliable sources. I guess it’s safe to say that drugs won the war on drugs.