So Spring is here. You’re excited. It’s time to frock up and heel up for the first time in months. But after a winter hibernation what’s a girl to wear? First things first – heels are a must for Spring Racing and of course that means Insolia All Day Heels.
After all, you don’t want to be walking home with your heels in your hands do you? Comfortable high heels are your best friend for a long day at the track but you don’t want to sacrifice your style so make sure you nab some Insolia All Day Heels then rest easy and plan the rest of your wardrobe!
So what should you wear for Spring Racing? Let’s look at a few of the trends
New in Store – Brazilian Style is all the rage right now and THE must have accessory of 2014 is the Hipanema Brazilian Bracelet – seen on the likes of Rita Ora and Alessandra Ambrosio.
They’re a sort of cross between friendships bands of your childhood, hippy beads, rock-chick leather cuffs and glam bling.
Sounds like a mess right? But trust us, they work! They manage to look effortlessly chic, cool, stylish and fun all at the same time. Plus they have the most snazzy magnetic clasp that not only makes them easy to wear but also looks fab and ties the look together.
These gorgeous ‘Haute Hippy’ Brazilian Bracelets have taken Europe and the US by storm. And they come in a huge array of styles so there really is one for everyone’s taste.
Made from an eclectic mix of materials, textures and shades, with threads, beads, metallic accents, coins and leather these unique bracelets are perfect to pair with a boho chic look or have them really lift a neutral palette to another level. You can also layer them to really make and impression – if you dare.
If you see one you like make sure you snap it up as they are all seriously limited edition!
Think lounging in the sun on a deckchair in Rio de Janeiro with a dirty Mohito and you get the vibe.
If you haven’t checked out this website you should do it – NOW. Loads of things for those of you in need of retail therapy. Plus there’s a article on Yaya & Sky featuring Insolia All Day Heels, Spinnacles and shoohoos.
If you haven’t heard the news yet, there’s some fresh research coming out by a podiatrist about the dangers of high heels. In a nutshell, a Melbourne based podiatrist has been researching high heel injuries (like when you take a tumble after a few drinks in your not-so-fabulous-now-heels-that-were supposed to make you look great but have instead made you look like a goose) and found they are alarmingly high. (more…)
You may have recently seen an ad on TV that is promoting a product called Comfi Heels (or Comfy Heels). A question we’ve been asked is are Comfi Heels the same as Insolia.
In short, no. Comfi Heels are not like Insolia. But let’s elaborate as looking at the products that work differently to Insolia is also a great way to understand why Insolia really are so unique.
Firstly, Insolia is patented worldwide – there really is nothing like them on the market. Insolia were developed by both a podiatrist and a rocket scientist (yes!) so that not only do they take into account the physiology but also the bio-mechanics of the body. Ie How the body moves. (more…)
The clever folks at a company called Curvebeam have developed an imaging scanner that can analyse your foot behaviour and functionality. So what does it show? Well, pretty much what we already know! Of course in high heels, where the weight is taken predominantly by the forefoot, or ball of foot, as opposed to the heel, this is particularly significant.The pressure is concentrated at the ball at the foot in anything higher than an inch which puts pressure on all the tiny joints and bones at the pointy end of your foot.
OK, this one is a little kooky but apparently it’s quite scientifically valid (and I’m getting to the Insolia part – bear with me). Wearing High Heels can actually help you not overspend. Not buying it? (pun intended) Have a read of this article. Its from the ABC – and you know they wouldn’t lie to us.
If you’re not so inclined to read through the whole article, here’s the lowdown ladies.
When you walk in flats you are balanced. Your innate balance comes naturally so you are not really conscious of it – it just ‘is’.However in high heels your balance is interrupted and you have to consciously make an effort to stay balanced. That in turn links with your ‘mental’ balance. Give new meaning to the phrase ‘sensible heels’, doesn’t it?
Just in case you missed it, shoohoos are here! What, you say?
- Shoohoos are our latest product and I promise you are going to LOVE them!
- Shoohoos are elastic laces that convert any lace up shoes into a slip-on.
- Shoohoos are made of stretchy silicone so you’ll never have to tie your shoelaces again. Yep, never.
But they’re not just functional. They come in an array of colours from brights to black and white and you can even mix and match for a fun multi-coloured look. Let’s put it this way, you don’t have to change your shoelaces ever – but you’ll probably want to. (more…)
OK, so we know that we walk a fine line with Insolia. On the one hand we know high heels are not good for you. We really do. So why do we then make a product that encourage you to wear high heels? Isn’t that a bit hypocritical? Well the thing is if we said don’t wear high heels would you? You already know they’re not good but you still wear them. And so do I. So we instead say to wear them responsibly. Kind of like the drink in moderation message but for you feet! That’s really how Insolia came to be invented. Dr Dananberg knew that no matter how many times he told his patients not to wear heels they were still going to. So if he couldn’t eliminate them he might as well make them better.
But where do we draw the line? Well, there are a few lines but hits one is pretty easy.High Heels for kids. Yep, children’s high heels! Pioneered by the likes of Suri Cruise, kids high heels are apparently taking off Stateside and the trend is growing.
Now it seems Beyonce has gotten in on the act, modelling her daughter Ivy Blue’s tom Ford High Heels.
I’m just going to say this once. High heels for kids is not OK. Even with Insolia. Children’s feet are developing, as is their spine, their knees, their hips – everything! While I’m not aware of any studies (they would be unethical anyway!) that have looked at the impact of high heels on a growing body it doesn’t take a genius to figure out it’s not good. Given what high heels can do to a fully developed body you can only imagine what the impact would be on one that is still trying to develop. Aside from the risk of injury the long temr impact of frequent wear could very well be permanent. This ‘trend’ kind of reminds me of Tan Mom, the crazy woman who felt it totally appropriate to take her six year old to a solarium for a bit of ‘fashionable bronzing’.
Or to take it step further, the old foot binding practice in China to keep feet tiny and ‘beautiful’.
While kids high heels may not be quite as offensive (maybe) and may even have a place in the dress up box, high heels in a child’s everyday life – including ‘special occasions’ – are not OK. Period. OK I said it twice.
Here’s a little history about how I stumbled upon Insolia and how they changed the course of my life – literally.
You see I wasn’t always in the shoe game or even the retail game. I was actually in marketing and advertising for the better part of a decade before Insolia entered my life. You see while I love the IDEA of fashion I am a comfort girl through and through and always trying to cheat to make myself more comfortable. Pants that look great but feel like trackies? Sign me up! Floaty tees that look elegant but feel like PJs? Yep, that’s for me. (more…)