We may not know it, but our everyday decisions involving our #OOTD and wardrobe often depend on the weather. After all, our clothes primarily serve to protect us against the external elements, including the weather. Our footwear is often dependent on how rainy or cold it is outdoors. But did you know that the right footwear is also key to better foot health? According to a story published in the Harvard Women’s Health Watch newsletter, wearing uncomfortable footwear can lead to problems in walking.
Wearing the Right Footwear for Better Health
According to a 2012 study, those who wear heels very often have “shorter strides, permanently flexed toes, and stunted calf muscles that leave them more prone to injury.” We at The Teelie Blog love our heels, but advise against wearing them for extended periods of time. Uncomfortable shoes often lead to the development of bunions, hammertoes, corns, ingrown nails, and other foot problems. This is why doctors and health professionals recommend wearing more sensible footwear, especially when going for long walks or hikes.
Sneakers have become the choice footwear of many, especially now that the dress code in the workplace has evolved to become more casual. In fact, the term “athleisure” now refers to footwear and clothing that is not quite just for sports but also for everyday wear. Because we’re super excited for Spring to roll around, we’ve curated a set of stylish and functional Spring sneakers that we can’t wait to put on as we gear up for our next adventure. Check out our picks below!
1. Superga 2750 Velgardenw Women’s Shoes in Mustard
Imagine a warm Spring day and stepping out in these shoes and onto your seafoam colored bike and heading down to the beach to get some fresh air. The Superga 2750 Velgardenw is a charming pair that’s feminine but resilient. It features a durable velvet upper with a cotton lining material and a cushioned footbed that provides sustained comfort for all-day wear. It has a natural rubber, crepe-textured outsole offers traction and durability and a metal eyelet lace-up closure for a perfect fit. Shop at 6pm.com.
2. Converse Women’s Chuck Taylor All Star Floral Print Low Top Sneaker
Still a skater girl at heart? These Chuck Taylor sneakers feature a grungy yet feminine city floral aesthetic with its famed original design. The low top sneaker is cool and laid back, but also bursting with life. It has a durable outsole and an Ortholite insole for optimal cushioning. Shop at Amazon.
3. Keds x Rifle Paper Co. Triple Decker Forest
When one thinks of florals, only one brand comes to mind: Rifle Paper Co.! The brand has perfected its gorgeous Spring floral aesthetic through their stationery products. That same delightful aesthetic is now in our favorite sneaker brand. This Triple Decker Forest from Keds features signature floral print in the form of an intricate gold foil that looks as if it’s been painted by hand. The ornate gold print goes perfectly well with the soft blush suede upper that is truly romantic and perfect for Valentine’s Day. The slip on style sneaker is easy to wear with any pair of jeans or leggings for a truly chic Spring look. Shop at Zappos.
4. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 GPX RS
Those who are looking for a more versatile athleisure shoe will love this Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35, which features a seamless Flymesh upper that’s breathable and lightweight, perfect for Springtime runs! Its mesh upper features a floral print that’s perfect for the season of blooms. It also has a lightly padded tongue and collar, as well as a fabric lining for a great in-shoe feel. The best part is its responsive energy-returning bounce that you’ll feel with every step, literally giving you a spring in your step! Shop at Zappos.
5. Adidas by Stella McCartney Sneakers
Stella McCartney’s signature chic style is present in this pair of Adidas sneakers that features a funky techno fabric and floral design. It also features a velcro closure for easy wear. Shop at Yoox.com.
6. Vans Women’s Ward Low Top Sneaker
Featuring the brand’s signature side stripe look, this chic sneaker is great for both work and play. It features a canvas upper in a low top skate sneaker style with a round toe. It features a feminine lace up closure and a padded collar for extra comfort. You’ll love to wear this all day, from work to hip hop dance class in the afternoons. Take this to your next brunch or playdate and pair it with a chic little denim dress. Shop at Famous Footwear.
7. Vans SK8-Hi Checker Floral Womens Shoes
Get ready for some punk badassery this Springtime with this ultra chic sneaker from Vans. It has the iconic Sk8-Hi silhouette, this time re-imagined with a unique checker and floral printed design embellished across the sidewalls. It features a feminine overall turtle dove and white colorway and a classic silhouette that’s wearable and timeless. It has a suede upper with canvas sidewalls, with a lightly padded tongue and leather-lined collar, as well as a lace up closer with recessed eyelets. Each pair has a vulcanized outsole for flexibility and optimal board feel. Also features the signature Vans waffle tread for grip. Shop at Tilly’s.
8. Pierre Hardy Floral Embroidered Slider Sneakers
Step into Spring with style armed with this black leather floral embroidered slider sneakers from Pierre Hardy. It features a classic white rubber sole and round toe, as well as intricate embroidered details that’s truly stylish and elegant. It also features a brand embossed insole and a pull tab at the rear for easy wear. Shop at Farfetch.
9. Christian Louboutin Caballo Floral Sneakers
Indulge your inner country girl with this pair of designer floral sneakers from Christian Louboutin. It’s made of whiskey embossed leather and features a tough yet sweet tonal leather floral cutouts at the sides. It has a rubber sole and lace tie closure for a chic look. Best paired with some denim cutoffs and a white top. Shop at The RealReal.
10. DSQUARED2 Sneakers
Level up your Spring fashion game with this pair from DSQUARED2. This luxury brand offers style and comfort in this pair of sneakers that features a suede effect and round toeline. It has a flat leather lining and a pebbled sole for optimal skid proof. Shop at Yoox.com.
Springtime will bring loads of new adventures and will keep us on our toes. To maintain optimal foot health, make sure to consider some of these moves from Real Simple.
- Stretching. At the end of a long day on your feet, make sure to stretch those ligaments! All you need to do is sit on the floor, preferably facing a wall. Place your feet flat against the wall and bend forward to stretch your calf muscles, which are most likely strained from walking in heels.
- Reverse step. Place your weight on one foot and put the other foot behind you, with the tops of your toes touching the floor and facing the opposite way. This will help stretch the muscles on your feet.
- Toe stretch. While seated, weave your fingers through your toes and stretch them out as far as you can. Don’t pull them up or down, though.
To lessen the stress you put on your feet from walking all day, make sure to wear comfortable footwear like the Spring sneakers listed above. For more great fashion ideas and wellness tips, make sure to bookmark this page and check out the links below.
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