April is National Foot Health Awareness month and to get off on the right foot (pun intended) Vionic debuted its Fall ’21 collection while shedding some light on timely foot health issues during a recent media event. Seasonal highlights include lug-soled waterproof boots and multifunctional loafers that focus on clean utility. Stylistically, “color is getting brighter as consumers want to start getting out of the house,” says Director of Design Scott Radabaugh, adding that the autumnal palette includes washed-blush neutrals, pastel influences and olive as a “new neutral.”
The New Normal theme of overall coziness remains strong, confirms Vice President of Product & Development Marisa Byrne. “Cozy luxe softness meets comfortable sporty flair,” she says to describe Vionic’s slip-on hybrid loafers, an expanded slipper package and mixed-material hikers.
Vionic’s take on “cozy luxe” slippers for next fall.
Before those shoes land on store shelves consumers are transitioning to sandal season, and wIth that in mind, Vionic, a division of Caleres, tapped foot health experts for their best tips.
Podiatrist Jacqueline Sutera’s Flip Flop Do’s and Don’ts:
DON’T wear very flat and thin types of flip flops. They are very bad for your feet because they offer no support and force your toes and foot muscles to over grip.
DO opt for thicker soles with arch support and a deep-seated heel cup.
DON’T wear flimsy shoes for walking or standing for extended period of time. This can cause injuries like shin splints, sprains, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis and even stress fractures in severe cases.
DO reserve thin soled shoes for limited use at the beach or pool side—their intended use. Use supportive shoe constructions for longer periods of walking and standing that feature arch support, thicker soles, and cushions—like Vionic’s Beach Noosa and Tide styles.
Celebrity Fitness Expert Juliet Kaska’s “Foot Yoga” Stretches:
Kneel down on the ground, preferably on a mat or carpet, with your legs, ankles and feet drawn together and the tops of your feet flat. Sit back bringing your hips down to your heels, and without allowing your ankles to roll out. You will feel a stretch all along the top of your feet. Hold for 30-60 seconds.
Like the previous stretch, start kneeling down on the ground with your legs, ankles and feet drawn together. Tuck your toes under so the balls of your feet are on the ground. Keep your legs and ankles together as you sit back on to your heels. Hold for 30-60 seconds. If you find it to be too intense you can modify by placing a yoga block or a rolled-up towel under your shins, so your knees are off the ground.
Wellness Expert and Nutrition Coach Ciara Lucas’ Healthy “Feet” Eating Tips:
Eat seasonally: Choose produce that’s in its ripest harvest—you’re more likely to get the most nutritional benefits. Plus, fresher and tastier food!
Warm temps? Water is key: Hydration should be prioritized, especially in warmer seasons. In addition to drinking water, incorporate foods that have high water content, like melon, cucumber, tomatoes and leafy greens.
Bring down swelling with anti-inflammatory foods: Reducing inflammation through food is a simple way to improve overall health. In-season options for spring/summer include berries, cherries, avocado, pineapple and red bell peppers
Summer heat got you feeling heavy? Eat light. Summer months can cause major shifts in digestive health. As heat rises, digestion can become slower. Consider meals that prevent feeling heavy and sluggish—make fresh fruit and veggies the main event!
Drink healthy: Parties, BBQ’s, summer vacations…the temptation for booze is high during summertime. Alcohol or not, go for healthier options to sip on that won’t blow your health goals.
Bah bah blue sheep…Vionic’s Frieda shearling loafers debuting next fall.
—Ann Loynd Burton