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Indoor Gardening for Beginners: All you need to know to cultivate your green thumb

Some of us are born with it, but not all of us have harnessed the skill of being a plant parent. Babies and kids can scream or tell you when they need something, but I’m expected to just read my plant’s mind when it’s thirsty or isn’t getting enough sunlight? Please. Like with most things, practice makes perfect. In the case of cultivating a green thumb, it’s not something that I want to give up on because plants can make your life better. According to an article by Melissa Breyer on treehugger.com, “5 health benefits of indoor plants” (a source that might be a little biased), indoor plants transcend trends and should be considered a necessity. Treehugger.com goes on to say that in addition to helping us breathe, indoor plants:

  1. Help deter illnesses.

In the great outdoors, plant roots tap the groundwater table for water which then evaporates through its leaves in a process known as transpiration. Studies show that this accounts for about 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere! The same thing happens at home, which increases the humidity indoors. According to Bayer Advanced, studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. And other research reveals that higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.

  1. Clean the air

NASA has spent a lot of time researching air quality in sealed environments, which makes sense. “Both plant leaves and roots are utilized in removing trace levels of toxic vapors from inside tightly sealed buildings. Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone.” When talking about the relationship between plants and space travelers, NASA notes that plants, “provide nourishment for the body when eaten as food, and they improve the quality of indoor air. The NASA researchers recommend one potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space.

  1. Boost healing

Bringing flowers or a plant while visiting a hospital patient may be verging on cliché, but so effective are plants in helping surgery patients recover that one study recommends them as a “noninvasive, inexpensive, and effective complementary medicine for surgical patients.” The study, conducted at Kansas State University, found that viewing plants during recovery from surgery led to a significant improvement in physiologic responses as evidenced by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue as compared to patients without plants in their rooms.

Another technique to decrease recovery time, as noted by Texas A&M University, is horticulture therapy in which patients are tasked with taking care of plants. The patients who physically interact with plants experience a significantly reduced recovery time after medical procedures.

  1. Increase productivity

A number of studies with both students and workers reveals that studying or working in the presence of plants can have a pretty dramatic effect. As with simply being in nature, being around plants improves concentration, memory and productivity. Being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20 percent, according to a University of Michigan study.

Meanwhile, two Norwegian studies found that worker productivity is greatly enhanced by the presence of plants in the office. “Keeping ornamental plants in the home and in the workplace increases memory retention and concentration,” notes Texas A&M. “Work performed under the natural influence of ornamental plants is normally of higher quality and completed with a much higher accuracy rate than work done in environments devoid of nature.”

A few must-know tips if your gardening knowledge is extremely limited

Us humans have a great relationship with plants, but how can you master the art of being a great plant parent? It’s all about developing daily habits to check on your plant’s health.

Water is Life

Earthlings are so notorious for being reliant on water. Ugh, so annoying! Some plants need to be watered more regularly than others, and until you find the sweet spot, monitor your plants daily. Oh yeah, you can also overwater your plants, and that’s generally the problem that most people have as new plant parents. Make sure the pot for your plant has at least one drainage hole in the bottom.

Proven Winners, the #1 plant brand®, put together these quick tips for watering your plant:

  • Be sure your pot has drainage holes
  • Water only when the top of the soil is dry
  • Water until water comes out of the drainage holes
  • Don’t allow your pot to sit in standing water

Potting soil is the new dirt

Opt for potting soil for your plants rather than dirt. Believe it or not, but plants do not like dirt very much. Dirt is dense and compact, and your plants never root in well. According to The Family Magazine, “Potting soil provides the proper balance of water, air and pH to allow a plant’s roots to grow deep and healthy. Potting soil doesn’t actually even have dirt in it. It consists of peat, bark, fertilizer and other materials that help disperse moisture evenly throughout the media and around the plant’s roots.”

For that an added dose of health, add fertilizer to your plant’s regimen. It doesn’t have to be too complicated. You can purchase fertilizer that can just be added to water so you get two birds with one stone.

That sweet sunshine

Make sure you understand your plant’s light requirements. This can easily be checked on the plant’s tag from the store. There are four different light requirements that can be listed on your plant’s tag. Guide to House Plants has this handy guide:

  • Sunny (direct) location:
    • Within two feet of a south or south-facing window
    • Window sills flooded with sunlight
    • A sun room
  • Bright (indirect sun) location
    • Within 4-5 feet of an east or west facing window
    • 3-5 feet from any window that faces south or southwest
    • Any place where the sun shines into a room for several hours
  • Partially shaded (low light) location
    • An east-facing window where the morning sun shines into the room for only a few hours. Morning sun is cooler than afternoon sun, so you don’t have to worry about overheating your plant
    • At least 3-5 feet away from a window that faces south or southwest
    • Directly in front of a north-facing window gives a plant low-to-medium light intensity
  • Shady location
    • More than 6 feet away from a south- or southwest-facing window
    • Hallways, staircases, and corners of rooms
    • Near windows that are shaded by trees

Okay, but how do you know definitively if your plant is getting too much or not enough light? Guide to House Plants says:succulents

How do you know when your houseplant is not getting enough light?

  • Growth is spindly, with long spaces between leaves
  • New leaves are smaller than existing ones
  • Lower leaves turn yellow and fall off
  • No growth or slow growth
  • Flowering plants fail to bloom or bloom poorly
  • Variegated leafy plants turn a solid green
  • New shoots reach out and grow toward the light

Here are some signs that your plant is getting too much light:

  • Brown scorched patches on leaves
  • Leaves look faded or washed out
  • Plant wilts at midday
  • Leaves become dry and fall off

Armed with the basic knowledge of plant parenting, head to the local greenhouse to find some healthy plants you can watch mature into adulthood. Maybe one day you’ll even be a plant grandparent.

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New Study Shows Hot Baths Equivalent to Exercise

In the age of the Internet, people will make any wild claim for a few clicks. We’ve had to learn the hard way that anything that sounds too good to be true, most likely is too good to be true. That’s why when we saw the headlines popping up that a hot bath could be equivalent to exercise, we weren’t too hopeful that there was any scientific backing to this “too good to be true” headline. Many of us rejoice to hear that your evening soak, a moment of relaxation, is actually burning calories. Before you cancel your gym membership, we dive into this newly released research and analyze the study to determine its validity.

The Study

Loughborough University conducted the study so elegantly titled, “The effect of passive heating on heat shock protein 70 and interleukin-6: A possible treatment for metabolic disease?”

Fourteen males volunteered to participate in the study and were split into two groups: lean and overweight. All participants were deemed healthy, non-smokers but were habitually inactive, defined as less than 1 ½ hours of structured physical activity per week. The volunteers were to visit the laboratory for three different sessions. A preliminary session consisted of initial measures including blood profile, body composition and oxygen uptake tests and visits two and three involving warm water immersion and 60 minutes of cycling at a fixed-rate of metabolic heat production. After the volunteer completed either the warm water immersion or the warm bath, the same measures were taken again immediately after and a third time, two hours after.

The Results

The results showed that taking an hour-long bath at a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit will burn approximately 140 calories, yielding approximately the same results as a half-hour walk. Cycling resulted in more calories being burned compared with a hot bath, but bathing resulted in about as many calories being burned as a half-hour walk (around 140 calories).

The researchers measured blood sugar for the study participants for the next 24 hours and found the two groups both had improved ability to control blood sugar, an important measure of metabolic health. In fact, the bathers’ peak blood sugar levels after eating were about 10% lower than the peak blood sugar for the cyclists, which shows promise for using “passive heating” as a means of helping control metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes. The bathers also experienced an anti-inflammatory response similar to the effect seen in people after they exercise, which is also promising, since people with chronic disease tend to have chronic inflammation.

The next time you’re soaking in a steaming hot bath with a glass of wine and some relaxing music, you can close your eyes and imagine the calories melt away.

“I love the magic of a hot bath, how time pauses and every grievance melts away.”

Have your cake and eat it too with this ultimate bath time experience

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According to the Integrative Longevity Institute of Virginia (ILIV), research supports the benefit of tea because of its many antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities.

According the ILIV website, “Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, a ‘tea bath’ allows the body to absorb the tea and its beneficial nutrients much quicker than you could obtain by drinking tea.”

Add about five or six packets of tea to your bath and you’ll be exercising and detoxifying as you relax. A true heaven on earth experience.

“The idea is to combine certain teas and/or herbs that can be simmered and steeped for about 15 minutes and then add these to your bath water. You can put your teas/herbs in a small bag, made from cheesecloth or you can put them directly in a pan with water but you will want to strain the tea leaves through cheesecloth before adding to the bathtub. Bring the tea to a boil and then cover and allow the tea to seep for about 15 minutes.”

 

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A Scientific Breakdown of Cinderella’s Glass Slippers

Let’s talk (not too seriously) for a minute about Cinderella Shoes.

We do not really know the exact size and shape of the slippers that Cinderella wore, but we can assume they look something like the image to the left. cinderella-shoes

Let’s focus on comfort and failure, not about Cinderella’s failure to keep on her shoe, but about mechanical stress.

Keep in mind that every time we design something we perform multiple tests to ensure the product is strong enough and ready for production. Let’s apply these concepts to Cinderella’s heels, pretending they are made of glass (even though we know that they were probably not made of glass, but fur).

First test is about the compressive stress done by Cinderella’s weight. We can assume her weight is about 110 LBS. Will the shoes break under that pressure?

cinderella-shoes-forcesA rough estimate of her foot size and her foot area comes to be about A=0.015m2

And if we apply 110 lbs of weight uniformly on the area, the compressive stress developed in the material would be σ=F/A =mg/A ≈ 33KPa

Normal glass stress support is approximately 50MPa , which is way above what Cinderella weight will enforce on the shoes. In summar, this tells us that Cinderella’s shoes will not break under the stress of her weight. We can assume they are safe, but what about dancing and walking? That would put the shoes under different stress.

Let’s make some simplifying assumptions. Let’s assume her heels diameter is ϕ=2cm and a length of l=6.

We can model the heel as a simple cantilever beam of circular cross section.

For her to be safe dancing and walking, we need to take at least a safety factor of 2, and also assume the bending stress can go up to 75MPa. In simpler words her shoes must have a strength of at least 150MP.

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Safety glass has a yield strength around 200MPa, that means she is safe if her glass slippers are made of safety glass.

And when she runs?, we can expect the impact force to be 3-5 times the impact of regular walk, but we should assume that Cinderella’s dress won’t let the take long strides, her running won’t be too fast and the impact force won’t be too high.

We can conclude that Cinderella’s shoes could be made of safety glass without breaking and causing major damage to her feet.

Comfort, on the other hand, is a different story. Girl was crazy for wearing stiff, glass shoes.:)

 

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How many pairs of shoes do you have?

I was reading a post on Glamour.com about how many shoes a women own here.
The original study has been conducted by gocompare.com who surveyed 3,000 women. The article has been reported also on Quora.

Let take a look at the summary… are you thrilled?

The average woman in her entire lifetime will buy 469 pairs of shoes and spend about $25,000 overall!!

In this statistic, not surprisingly, the average woman owns 19 pairs of shoes at any given time.

Let’s see the numbers:

  • three pairs with heels
  • six pairs of wedges, flip-flops, sandals or ballet pumps
  • three pairs of boots
  • four pairs of ‘foxy-style’ shoes for the nights.
  • two pairs of office shoes
  • one pair of other shoes

Concerning me, I have more heels and flats and less boots.

They survey says that girls buy their first pair of shoes at 14, I do not really remember but I’m sure I was in high school. After that every woman buys an average of 7 pairs of shoes a year for the rest of their life.

I think there is someone who buys 0, because I buy about 15 shoes a year!

Given those numbers, what do you think? do you have 19 shoes at this time?

I cannot advocate enough on quality vs quantity… shoes don’t have to be super expensive but please include in your wardrobe some good leather shoes!

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The Fountain of Youth: crazy beauty treatments of past and present

There is a universal obsession to achieve cosmetic perfection and eternal youthfulness, which means that people are willing to try anything. While there are many cosmetic treatments that are widely accepted and embraced, such as braces, there are others that one might consider more “fringe.”

It might seem like beauty treatments are hitting an all-time level of weird, but if it’s any consolation, there have been weird beauty treatments since the beginning of time. These treatments can range from bizarre to downright barbaric.

On the extremely weird side:

  1. In ancient times, the Romans and Greeks who would bathe in freshly harvested crocodile feces.
  2. English women in the Victorian times would ingest tapeworms to take residence inside the body, which they believed would help shed weight.
  3. Married women in Japan would dye their teeth with black enamel. While similar to the sealants that are common today, dying one’s teeth black was thought to prevent tooth decay. This custom has been traced back to prehistoric times when

On the disturbing side:

  1. The creation of the “made-to-order” dimple. Yes, dimples were so highly desired that women would wear a spring-loaded knob on their face that pressed into their cheeks.
  2. One ancient Chinese custom referred to as “foot binding” required girls ages 4–7 to break all of their toes to prevent the feet from growing to normal size, which would improve her chances of getting married, for some reason.

Where there’s a weird beauty trend, you can usually find a celebrity who is at the forefront of it. Don’t get us wrong, we’re thankful that they’re willing to take these risks and report their findings to the public.

Exhibit A: Vampire Facial

Kim K. made this famous with her memorable Instagram selfie in 2013 featuring blood on her face. The procedure requires the patient to have blood drawn from their arm. Plasma is separated from the blood, combined with Restylane or Juvederm, and then injected into the face using multiple acupuncture-sized needles. The process is allegedly supposed to stimulate collagen and remove fine lines and acne scars. Doctors say that Kim’s procedure that was filmed for the Kardashian reality show was in no way the “reality” of the procedure. For one, since they just use plasma mixture for the procedure, Kim’s face should be yellow and not red.

Exhibit B: A Geisha Facial

Also known as the bird poop facial. The facial treatment originated in Japan, and it is making its way westward to high-end salons because of its alleged ability to brighten and heal skin. Most of us would consider our day ruined if we were pooped on by a bird, yet this procedure requires you to smear bird poop on your face, nightingale poop to be exact. The poop is collected from birdcages, sanitized and ground into a fine powder. Why nightingale poop, you ask? This specific feces has a high concentration of nitrogen-rich urea and guanine, an amino acid. These two ingredients are believed to retain moisture so that your skin is hydrated and healthy.

Exhibit C: Apitherapy

Apitherapy uses bee venom to help with myriad skin ailments. Although there is little science to say if the procedure dubbed “natural botox” works, celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton have claimed to use the therapy to achieve flawless skin.

“It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful.”–Gwyneth Paltrow on apitherapy

How does apitherapy work? Application of the bee’s venom causes your body to think it was stung, so the body directs blood toward the sting location, which stimulates collagen. Obviously do not go out and try to get bee stings, this could result in anaphylactic shock or stroke.

While we like to think of ourselves as an evolved society, we still do some pretty ridiculous things to achieve eternal youth and beauty. Until the fountain of eternal youth is discovered, we can expect to witness more of these bizarre beauty trends throughout our lifetime. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an appointment at my spa for a lion’s urine hair mask. Ta-ta!

 

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Why buy high-end shoes?

Carrie Bradshaw, you’ve finally met your match. Known for her affinity for shoes, the fictional Sex and the City actress was always strutting in designer heels fresh off the runway. But would a three-million dollar price tag make her do a double take? The House of Harry Winston’s created the Ruby Shoes for the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and are the most expensive shoes in the universe to date boasting a mere $3,000,000 price tag. Just pocket change really.

While the majority of us don’t have the money to throw away on shoes that are worth more than a mortgage, it may help save money in the long-term to splurge a bit on an investment piece. When shopping for investment pieces, you should keep in mind what is trendy and what is timeless because the goal of the investment piece is to last for years without going out of style.

“You are either in your bed or your shoes, so it pays to invest in both.”
–John Wildsmith

So what are the benefits to paying a little more for shoes from a small shop rather than opting for $30 pair from some fast-fashion chain retailer?

  1. Ethics are stylish

Hello, green is so the new black. As conscientious consumers, we must consider the ethical impact of our purchasing decisions. Buying cheap fashion is supporting slave-like conditions for workers globally. The environmental impact of fast fashion is also cause for major concern. The environmental impacts of fast fashion range from chemicals used to produce textiles, which can pollute rivers and oceans, to high levels of both pesticide and energy use. Since most cheap clothing is made of polyester, this material can take up to 200 years to biodegrade. Lesser quality clothing items means more clothing in the landfills, Source: The Eco Guide

2. Quality that lasts

Shoesinitaly only sells the highest quality in Italian footwear made from materials such as suede, leather, eco-leather and thunit soles (see below for definitions). This higher quality guarantees that you will be able to slay in your elegant handcrafted shoes for years to come. Our shoe cobblers meticulously tend to every stitch and embellishment on your heels that will stand the test of time.

3. Timeless silhouettes

An investment piece means that you can spend more money on it because it is a quintessential item that never goes out of style. The combination of quality materials and timeless silhouettes ensures that you have an item you can relish in that never looks out of date. This brings us to our next point.

4. Polish your image

It’s surprising the difference a high-quality shoe makes in your overall appearance. A well-placed heel will pull together your look without calling too much attention to it. It’s a small detail that makes all the difference. Related story: I was wearing a pointed-toe kitten heel made from authentic snake skin and a car mechanic told me I had “cool shoes.” Now I call that a success!

Material Definitions

Thunit or tunit: While leather is always a classy choice, it can be a material that’s difficult to maintain. Thunit is a less high-maintenance replacement for leather while still maintaining its elegant appeal. Thunit is a synthetic material that is similar to leather in its appearance. Compared to leather and rubber, it is more resistant to abrasion and more durable.

Eco-leather: Eco-leather is made with natural fibers such as flax or cotton mixed with palm, corn, soybean and other plant oils that are laminated together in layers to create something that looks and feels as if it came from an animal. And unlike real leather, which requires tanning — a process that releases potentially toxic materials into the environment — the materials in eco-leather are sustainable and produce a low carbon footprint.

 

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The Evolution of Italian High Heels

A quick overview of the history of italian high heels

Arch2O-Nick-Adelman-Fashion-001-625x400How awesome it feels when you try a Gucci’s Stiletto.The hardness on the outside and the softness on the inside is what makes all the difference. You get a sheer sense of pleasure and awesomeness. There are only a few experiences which can compete with the experience you get when you wear those Italian high heels.

But what is story behind the Italian high heels shoes? Shoes are probably the most oldest invention made by our ancestors. It was first made with a piece of grass which would protect the foot from pointed ends of rocks. Most people say that fashion trends follow a cycle, meaning that they very popular for a decade or more and then they become a history until and unless they get re-introduced again.

The saying that ‘History repeats itself’ is actually true. But why do women wear heels? It is simply because they make them look more beautiful and awesome.

 

Crackow - Italian high heels shoes historyDuring the medieval period in Europe, the Crackow was invented, which was actually a shoe with pointed toe of 5-inch. But, unfortunately it was prohibited from the country because it was nearly impossible to walk with those shoes. Almost every person in this world believes that heels are only for women. Actually during the 1500′s it was men, men of the nobility of Europe, who wore those heels, so that it would be easy for them to ride horses. In 1533, the wedding of Catherine de Medici in France changed the life of women. Catherine wanted to have heels shoes made for her before the wedding. This 14 year old bride eventually set a new range of fashion for women.

Many people say the Leonardo Da Vinci actually invented the high heels, but this fact is not yet proven.

 

chopine-Italian high heels shoes historyDuring the 1500′s the Chopines, which are very tall shoes, were designed and became very popular mainly in Venice. The heels became a status statement for women. The higher the status, the more high and expensive heels they wore. But it was very difficult to walk with those heels, so women had to take servants with them. High heels were in fashion until the 18th century. During the French Revolution, High Heels was considered bad. Finally, Heels again began to emerge in the 19th century when the factories again began to manufacture heels in Italy.

 

 

 

roger-vivier--Italian high heels shoes history In 1954, Roger Vivier created the first stiletto heel. “Stiletto” is actually an Italian word which means ‘small metal knife.’

Stiletto heels became extremely popular. It became very fashionable and popular in Italy and in the world. All the shoes were made with a diameter of 5mm for almost all of their lengths. But yet again, the heels were out of fashion. But it was not too long.

With the beginning of a completely new century, all the things that led the heels to go out of fashion were forgotten and the heels were again back and could be seen on ramps and on the feet of women.

Italy has become extremely popular for heels. Italy is known as the home of luxury shoe brands. They are famous for their quality, stunning looks, excellent craftsmanship and comfort. It is very natural to buy shoes from brands like Ferragamo, Giuseppe Zanotti, Dolce and Gabbana and Prada because of their outstanding quality. For all the fashion lovers who are looking for the best quality shoes which will compliment their looks and dress, Italy is the best and probably the last destination.

But from which brand you should buy the shoes? Well, it is completely your choice cause all the companies are excellent in their field of work and it is very hard to spot differences or defects. Be assured that once you buy it, you will never forget it. It will become an experience for you. Just make sure they are really Made in Italy.

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Italian Heels

12644938_953531824682352_5666857157530648394_nWhat makes the best heels is a combination of fashion instincts, old superior tradition, and impeccable craftsmanship. The unending attention that these heels get is out of the classic design with a modern orientation.

That is what you get from Italian heels. Italian heels are a combination of sophistication and fashion prowess in a simple yet functional way. Italian shoes are thus an embodiment of premium quality that exceeds the user expectation. Most people ask what makes the Italian shoes above all other brands.

There is no argument on the elegance that the shoes hold above all the other shoes. The focus is on the attributes and specifics that make the Italian heels unique.

Tradition

Italians have been known to pay attention to detail when creating stuff. Their tradition is more focused on fashion and creation of elegant wears. This tradition is epitome by the delivery of style, quality, and unique design that stand out to present the best of a person. This tradition is traced back to the days when Milan was the center of fashion and beauty. Borrowing from the valuable skills from the rich Italian heritage, the shoes are deliberately crafted to echo the superiority of the Italian design and bring out a development in the pre-existing designs.

You get to enjoy the true feeling of walking on years of development in a tradition that has established the Italian society as the masters of fashion and beauty. Buying Italian heels makes you outstanding and unique. It comes with a historic guarantee of elegance and beauty. It is the true mark that departures one’s fashion sense from the crowd.

History

The string of artistic superiority and unmatched genius in deriving beauty is deeply embedded in the Italian history. The masterpieces from Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Botticelli set the history of Italians to be hinged on art with its full magnificence.

These geniuses have propelled Italian products from this historic background.

The unrelenting attachment to beauty and elegance has defined the Italian history and refused to fade to the present. This is the source of beautiful Italian heels that are the subject of continuous and competitive development in fashion artistry. With this heels comes more than just a contemporary feel to join the trend but it borrows from the deep genius that has stood in the Italian culture for years.

Manufacturing Process

The manufacturing process of every Italian shoes is delicate and accurate. The seam has to be right and the tuck has to be tight. The look has to match the other components of the shoe as it beats the rest in the market. That is the motivation behind the manufacturing process of every shoe. Every pair has to pass through a rigours validation process that ensures that it flawlessly meets the required standard of elegance. For the Italian shoes, the artist sees himself in the shoes and expresses the perfectionist intention that is deliberately infused in the artist. These processes give no chance to error and guarantees that the beauty matches the function of the shoe.

Style

535330_1499984726977189_7671016698577149111_nStyle gives you an outstanding look and feel within a crowd. This is achieved by more than just the brand but the beauty in the brand. Everyone knows that the Italians have perfected this skill and they always set the stage for better and higher standards. You get the chance to be the standard setter by wearing Italian original shoes that come fostered by a true Italian style.

With a variety of shoes, you get a unique chance to bringing out your desired style in the best way possible. Moreover, the unique shoes will always make your style the one that is admired within any crowd.

12670431_964838896940624_1357078323790387339_nYou do not need to break a bank or sink into debt to get this awesomeness; authentic Italian heels that are unique and elegant are available at competitive price.

We manage this by sourcing directly from Italy through the advice of our great stylist to ensure the best shoes get to your feet.

We have a variety of unique pairs of great shoes for different styles. With a wide range to choose from in a competitive price environment, you get to give your feet a treat and your look the best confident feel to kick start any day.

27th January 1956:  Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo (1898 - 1960) , who designs footwear for royalty and film stars, with lasts of all the shoes he has made in his shop in Florence.  (Photo by Enzo Graffeo/BIPs/Getty Images)

Italian Wedges – Women’s Shoes

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Do you know that the italian name for Wedges is “Zeppa” ?

A wedge shoe is made of triangular, wedge shaped, heel that runs through the entire length of the sole.
Wedges can be found with a different range of platform heights, to further raising or lowering the footbed.

Wedges has many benefits, they are usually sturdier and definitely more comfortable compared to typical stiletto (high heel shoes).

Like high heels they provide the illusion of longer legs and thinner ankles giving a great support, thus the heel can reach extreme heights while comfort is minimally compromised.

Given the nature of the wedges, the style possibilities are endless.. there is a bigger canvas for the artist.

In 1936 italian stylist and designer Salvatore Ferragamo invented the wedge heel.

Thank you Mr. Ferragamo for this wonderful invention!Ferragamo moved to Hollywood in the United States when he was just 16 years old and by specialising in custom made designs he soon became the italian shoe maker for the stars. it was a huge success!

He put no limits to his experimentations, using any object and material to help him achieving his vision.

He was known as the master of improvisation, to use hummingbirds feathers and other natural materials. He was one of the first to put attention to the orthopedic aspects of shoes, and he later invented the “orthopedic wedge shoe”, by crafting 2 pieces of wood into an “F’ shape.

9-chopine shoeBack to the middle ages, the earliest form of wedges we can think of are the “chopin” commonly worn in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.It is said that venetians (from Venice, Italy) husbands used to introduce heavy wooden chopines to their wives, maybe to keep them afloat during high tides in Venice…

Today’s wedges are one of the most beautiful shoes you can find on the market, and if you want to look taller without the “suffering” of wearing stilettos, wedges are the way to go. Italian Wedges flourish in spring summer season.

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