Healthy Footnotes

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    Feb 2017

    The 3 Best Shoes to Pack for Vacation | Vionic Shoes

    Packing shoes for vacation is challenging. You want to bring enough pairs to go with all your outfits, but at the same time, you don’t want to pack too many (hello, heavy suitcase!). Depending on the type of vacation, you’ll be fitting in a variety of activities and logging a lot of steps. That’s why it’s so important to pack shoes that you can walk comfortably in that are still stylish (just because you’re a tourist doesn’t mean you have to look like one). Here are our recommendations for the three pairs of cute walking shoes you absolutely need to pack:

    A pair of casual walking shoes for long days of sightseeing. Make sure yours have sufficient arch support to help prevent your feet from getting fatigued while traipsing around your destination. Shock absorption in the heel and cushioning throughout absorb the impact of each step so you won’t miss a thing while sightseeing.

    Casual slip-on sneaker for everyday wear

    A pair of ballet flats for all-day wear and airport travel. Ballet flats are easy to slip on and off while going through airport security and are sophisticated enough for a culture tour through museums, galleries and city walks. Find a neutral color that will pair with anything in your travel wardrobe. Word of caution: not all ballet flats are created equal. Look for ones with a contoured arch and deep heel cup to support the curves of your feet and promote natural alignment.

    Ballet flats with arch support give you all-day support and style

    A pair of wedges for outings that call for a little more elegance. If your vacation includes fancy dinners or a more glamorous look, reach for a pair of wedges. They’ll instantly elevate your look while keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground – Cobblestones? Grass? No problem! Find a pair with a deep heel cup for stability and arch support to evenly distribute pressure across your entire foot.

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    Bonus Tip: Is your vacation taking you to the beach? Slip a pair of low-profile flip flops with arch support into your bag. They’re thin enough to easily fit in your suitcase yet have a contoured arch to support your feet in comfort. Check out more comfortable walking sandals in the styles you love.

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    Feb 2017

    Vionic Supports the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards February 7th!

    We all know that heart health is important. But did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women? That's why Vionic sponsored Woman’s Day Magazine’s Live Longer & Stronger Challenge, a healthy lifestyle initiative with the aim of mitigating the risk of heart disease in women.

    Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 11.11.28 AM This year's Live Longer & Stronger Challenge participants. From left to right: Melanie McShane, Jacqueline Gilmore-Jackson, MaryEllen Farmer, Vanitta Bumpers, Amber Duncan.

    Beginning in spring of 2016, Vionic supplied the five participants with supportive footwear throughout the year to help them achieve their diet and fitness goals, giving them the confidence to move freely every day.

    This February, Vionic will celebrate the culmination of this campaign alongside the participants and fellow sponsors, including the Mayo Clinic, Lands End and Quaker, among others. The Red Dress Awards will bring together health advocates, media and more in honoring those who have made contributions to the fight against heart disease. Hosted by Jane Lynch, the event will take place at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on February 7th.

    Learn more about the Red Dress Awards and the honorees!

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    Jan 2017

    SparkPeople and Vionic Present: Finding Inspiration with Juliet Kaska

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    At Vionic, we absolutely love empowered women! That's why we jumped at the chance to partner with SparkPeople on their Spark Your Life series. The series features stories from female leaders that will inspire you achieve your goals, whether they be health and fitness related, or simply achieving a better state of mind.

    This week's featured writer is our very own Juliet Kaska, a member of the Vionic Innovation Lab and a renowned celebrity fitness trainer. Though her success in the fitness arena has earned her a trusted reputation in Hollywood, her relationship with her own body wasn't always healthy. Read on to learn how she overcame these issues and found her calling as a source of encouragement to others!

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  • 3
    Jan 2017

    10 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year’s Fitness Goals | Vionic Shoes

    Vionic Elation Performance Walking Shoe If you’ve ever gone to a gym the first few weeks of January, you know the scene: jam-packed exercise classes and every piece of equipment in use with bright-eyed, highly motivated gym-goers wearing their brand-new workout clothes they got for Christmas. But come February, the gym returns to its pre-New Year’s state of the loyal faithful who have made working out a top priority in their life for the long-term; not just as a short-term resolution. Hey, we’ve all been there! And that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set resolutions. They’re a great way to recalibrate your brain and decide what you want to focus on for the upcoming year. So, go ahead and set those resolutions, but make sure to follow our 10 tips for actually sticking to your fitness goals for a full 365 days.

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    Nov 2016

    Healthy Feet for the Winter | Vionic Shoes

    Along with sweater weather, hot cocoa and building snowmen, winter also brings with it dry air, cold feet and the risk of slipping on ice. Here are five tips for protecting your feet during the long winter months.

    Tips for Healthy Feet During the Winter

    1. Pamper Your Feet

    Constantly running the heat in your home, car, and office can cause dry air that zaps the moisture from your skin. Even if your feet will be covered in boots and closed-toe shoes for most of winter, treat them as though you’ll be showing them off in sandals. To keep your feet silky smooth:

    - Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! A great way to hydrate your skin is from the inside out by drinking a lot of water.

    - Even though you (probably) won’t be wearing sandals very often in the winter, keep your nails neatly trimmed to help prevent infections, ingrown nails, and other issues.

    - Use a foot scrub on a weekly basis to remove dead skin cells to keep your feet smooth.

    - Moisturize your feet after your shower or bath, making sure to massage the lotion into the driest areas of your feet, such as your heels.

    2. Slip on Slippers

    If you’re one of the many Americans who experience heel pain or plantar fasciitis – especially upon your first step out of bed in the morning – your home’s hard flat floors could be to blame. Our feet were biomechanically designed to walk on soft, natural surfaces like soil and sand. Protect your feet from your home’s hard floors with a pair of orthotic slippers with arch support. Bonus tip: Can’t make it outside or to the gym for your workout? Try these exercises you can do in your slippers!

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    3. Choose the Right Boots

    Snow, ice, sleeting rain – your feet will be exposed to all the elements this winter. That’s why having the right pairs of boots in your closet is important.

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    Traction: Prevent slipping on wet, icy surfaces. Look for a boot with a grooved rubber outsole to provide some traction.

    Ankle Stability: If you’re prone to rolling an ankle, boots are a great way to provide some extra support while staying chic.

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    Water-Resistance: We’ve all been there: you excitedly wear a new pair of boots out for a night on the town. And then the rain or snow comes. You return home to find water spots on your brand new boots! Look for water-resistant boots that have already been treated with a protective coating to help against inclement weather.


    4. Support Your Feet on the Slopes

    If you’ll be hitting the slopes this winter, make sure to use orthotics, or shoe inserts, in your snow and ski boots. With a deep heel cup and contoured footbed, they provide natural alignment from the ground up and support your feet from inside your boots. Bonus tip: For extra warmth, try the Vionic Cold-Weather Relief Orthotic lined with luxurious shearling.

    Keep Your Feet Warm and Supported With Our Shearling Shoe Insert Cold-Weather Relief Orthotic - On Sale Now!


    5. Air 'Em Out

    During the winter months, we tend to keep our feet wrapped up in snuggly socks and closed-in shoes and boots which can cause your feet to sweat more than usual, making them more prone to fungal and bacterial infections. Make sure to wash and dry your feet at the end of the day and let them air out. Bonus tip: Consider applying foot powder in the morning before slipping on your socks to keep sweating at bay.

    Now that you know how to care for your feet this winter, make sure you care for your mental and physical self with 6 Tips for a Zen Holiday from celebrity fitness trainer and Vionic Innovation Lab member Juliet Kaska.

    Keep Your Zen This Holiday Season

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  • 27
    Oct 2016

    6 Tips for a Zen Holiday from Celebrity Trainer Juliet Kaska | Vionic Shoes

    The holiday season is nearly upon us. For many people, it can be a time of elevated stress from the near-constant parade of parties, holiday shopping, family get-togethers, and travel. We’re also more likely to dump our healthy good intentions when it comes to food choices and exercising (who can resist that extra slice of pumpkin pie!). That’s why it’s so important to put extra focus on both your physical and mental health now instead of waiting to start your New Year’s resolutions on January 1st. Luckily, fitness expert, celebrity trainer and Vionic Innovation Lab member Juliet Kaska is here to offer a few helpful tips to get you through the holidays feeling your best.

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    1. Take YOU Time

    Tis the season of giving, but it is important to be giving to yourself as well. Every day, take a few minutes for YOU. Here's how:

    • Take a power walk (without your phone). Just get out there and clear your head, breathe deep and relax. It's cold, so walk briskly to stay warm and burn off some of the angst that creeps in this time of year. Breath-walking is a great technique for active meditation while getting a walk in. Learn more about breath-walking from Dr. Jim Nicolai.
    • Draw a restorative bath with Epsom salts and cue up a relaxing playlist. Again, leave the phone in the other room, or put it on airplane mode so you won’t be disturbed.
    • Take 5-12 minutes for meditation. Sit with your eyes closed and count your breath, starting with 5 counts in and 5 counts out, evenly increasing the counts as you progress. Once again, turn your phone on airplane mode and set your timer with a pleasant chime to come out of your meditation, or download the free app "Insight Timer" which sounds a Basu bell at the end of your "You Time."

    2. Lettuce Before Guilt

    It is almost inevitable that you will be indulging over the holidays. And subsequently the guilt will follow. Get ahead of that guilt and fill up on the good stuff before beginning any heavy meal. Before any entree, order a salad. Make sure this salad is full of lettuce, not cheese, croutons and other fillers. Use lemon juice or balsamic vinegar as your dressing and leave the creamy stuff off.

    Dr. Weil's new cookbook Fast Food, Good Food makes it easy to cook nutritious meals

    Here are some winter-ready recipes for the holidays with all the flavor and none of the guilt from Vionic Innovation Lab member Dr. Andrew Weil’s latest cookbook, Fast Food, Good Food.

    3. Resolve Early

    You know it's coming: The New Year’s Resolution! So find that resolve early. Decide to wake up on January 1st, 2017 healthy and wearing the same size clothing you are today. Then spend every day between now and the first of the year envisioning yourself happy and healthy.

    4. Sparkle Your Spirits

    Along with all the holiday parties and festive dinners comes the excess consumption of spirits. I am not going to tell you to not have a little merriment, but be smart about it. Either commit to only having one drink and then switching to sparkling water, or switch your holiday beverage of choice to a wine spritzer: half a glass of wine and half a glass of sparkling water – halve the sugar and calories either way you sip it!

    5. Core Aware

    Every day, try and stay aware of your core muscles. Keep your abs drawn in as you walk, sit and drive. Keep your back extended long and tall to activate the backside of your core. Just the act of being aware of these muscles will help to keep them toned as you buzz from activity to activity. A toned core will make you stand tall, giving you good posture. And good posture gives an illusion of a smaller waistline – even if a little holiday cheer has caught up with you!

    6. The Garland Workout

    We usually set aside a block of time for our workout. Maybe it's 20 minutes a day, maybe it's 90 minutes a day. This can become challenging during the holidays while we're trying to squeeze in additional social commitments. A solution to this is to separate your workout into pieces. If you usually work out for 30 minutes, make it three 10-minute workouts throughout the day instead. This might include a 10-minute morning walk while doing bicep curls and lateral shoulder raises every other minute. Then at your lunch time, do 10 minutes of leg exercises: walking lunges, squats and plies. Before bed, do a third 10-minute segment of abs and stretches. This may not be as intense as your 45-minute Zumba class but is a heck of a lot better than doing nothing at all.

    Now try Juliet’s #ZenFitness30 Method – a 30-minute workout consisting of active stretches to lengthen you like a dancer, develop your core like a Pilates Pro, get your heart pumping like an athlete, and calm you like a Yogi. Plus, learn how to actively meditate using Dr. Jim Nicolai’s breath-walking technique. Download our free guide along with video instruction.

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    Oct 2016

    Best Slippers with Arch Support | Vionic Shoes

    If you’re one of the many people who feels heel pain with your first step out of bed in the morning, your home’s hard floors could be to blame. Biomechanically, our feet were designed to walk on soft, natural elements such as soil and sand, not the hard, flat manmade surfaces that make up so much of our modern world. Read on to learn what happens when your feet are not properly supported, along with recommendations for the best slippers with arch support.

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    Without support, your feet can rotate inward and fall flat, causing heel pain and more. Walking barefoot on hard floors is one of the main culprits of heel pain, and more specifically, plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the plantar fascia ligament that runs from your heel bone to the base of your five toes becomes inflamed. At night, your foot falls back into its neutral position, giving the ligament a chance to relax. But when you get out of bed in the morning and put pressure on your feet, you may feel the stabbing pain in your heel.

    That’s where our supportive slippers come in: they offer a contoured arch for greater support underfoot, a stabilizing heel cup to hold your heel in place, and a firm yet flexible midsole for amazing relief. Here are our top picks for supportive slippers:

     

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    Our Relax Slipper is our highest customer-rated slipper and one of Oprah's Favorite Things for 2016! It has also earned the APMA Seal of Acceptance, which certifies that it is beneficial in promoting foot health. The footbed is covered in 100% polyester terrycloth for spa-like cushioning, while the hook-and-loop closure across the top of the foot allows for adjustability for a more customized fit.

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    If it’s cozy support you’re looking for, try our Juniper faux shearling-lined slipper. The rubber sole transitions from indoor to outdoor, while the closed-in back provides extra coverage. This slipper has also earned the APMA Seal of Acceptance.

    Vionic Ida Slipper with Arch Support

    Our newest year-round slipper – the Ida Slipper – comes in five luxe suede or fuzzy textile uppers with a textile-covered EVA footbed and our tried-and-tested Orthaheel arch support technology.

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    If you prefer a backless slip-on style, try our Gemma Mule Slipper. It comes in a medium/wide width, offering a more generous fit, along with a hook-and-loop adjustable closure so you can find just the right fit.

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    For extra coverage, our Vanah Boot Slippers fit the bill. The microfiber upper is met with plush, faux-fur lining for cozy warmth and a hook-and-loop closure for the best fit.

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    With the holidays coming up, it’s a great time to start thinking about gifts! Shop our full selection of arch support slippers for women, plus check out our selection of men’s slippers with arch support.

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  • 4
    Oct 2016

    Vionic Supports the Marin Humane Society

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    In honor of National Walk Your Dog Week October 1st-7th, Vionic Supports volunteered to help out at the Marin Humane Society in our own backyard in Novato, CA!

    Ten of our employees spent time cleaning MHS' amazing campus, which is home to rescued dogs and cats from across the county. Each year, the organization holds its locally famous "Woofstock" festival, a fundraiser that involves music as well as food and vendors. The Vionic team helped break down the weekend's event and return the campus to its original splendor.

    Vionic also donated 100 pairs of orthotic inserts to MHS' full-time staff, and 25 leashes for some lucky pups. You can enter to win your own limited-edition Vionic dog leash here! Contest ends October 7th, 2016.

    Check out some photos from the Humane Society below.

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  • 29
    Sep 2016

    National Walk Your Dog Week is Here!

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    Did you know that the first week of October is National Walking Your Dog Week? It turns out that our four-legged friends are not only cute and cuddly, but their companionship can actually provide benefits to your physical and mental health.

    Dr. Andrew Weil, noted integrative medicine expert and Vionic Innovation Lab member, asserts that "pet owners have less illness, recover faster from serious health conditions, and tend to be more content than people who do not own pets." Here are some of his key findings:

    • Fewer feelings of loneliness: A survey by the American Veterinary Association found that nearly 50 percent of respondents considered their pets to be companions, while only two percent thought of them as property. And a Purdue researcher found that 97 percent of respondents talk to their pets.
    • Lower blood pressure: A University of Buffalo, NY study assessed 48 stockbrokers, all of whom were taking the blood-pressure-lowering medication lisinopril. Twenty-four of the brokers had a household dog or cat added to their treatment regimen, and enjoyed more stable cardiovascular health measures during stressful situations than did the 24 pet-free brokers. "When we told the group that didn’t have pets about the findings, many went out and got them," said one of the researchers.
    • Fewer allergies: This one may seem counterintuitive – pets trigger allergies, so how could they alleviate them? The answer appears to be early exposure. A study by University of Wisconsin – Madison researchers determined that when an infant and a dog share a household, the infant enjoys reduced allergic sensitization and fewer allergy-related skin rashes. The researchers noted that other studies had found a similar effect when cats and infants share households.

    You can read more about Dr. Weil's reasoning behind these health benefits here.

    We'd also like to add that having a dog helps to keep you moving! Taking your pet out for walks every day gets your blood flowing, burns calories and can help you maintain a healthy fitness routine. When you're accountable to your pup as well as yourself, you're much more likely to get out and explore.

    Keep your feet comfy and supported throughout all of your adventures with some of our women's sneakers with support:

     

     

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  • 2
    Sep 2016

    Most Comfortable Dress Shoes for Men | Vionic Shoes

    Men, listen up! Feet were designed to walk on soft, natural elements like soil and sand, not the hard, flat man-made surfaces that make up so much of our modern world – especially in the workplace. If you over-pronate – meaning your ankles roll in – when you stand or walk, you are at greater risk for developing major foot complications, most notably heel pain, or plantar fasciitis. This misalignment can travel up your body to your knees, hips and even your lower back. The biggest cause of over-pronation is not wearing shoes with arch support. That’s why it’s so important, not just to wear men’s comfortable dress shoes, but to wear orthopedic shoes, especially in places where you’re standing or walking for long periods of time, such as at work.

    Most comfortable dress shoes for men

    Here’s what to look for in comfortable men’s dress shoes with arch support:

    1. Firm yet flexible midsole – Allows your foot to move naturally while still providing reliable balance.
    2. Deep heel cup – Your heel is held in place with a contoured heel cup for stability as you walk.
    3. Biomechanical footbed – Our podiatrist-engineered footbed hugs the curves of your foot for all-day arch support.

    Here are our top picks for APMA approved shoes for men:

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    Roth Wingtip Blucher

    Our take on the classic wingtip with contrasting textile fabric and premium leathers. The removable shoe inserts absorb shock, reducing stress on feet, ankles and knees.

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    Joseph Plain Toe Blucher

    Thoughtfully constructed with a padded top line for all-day comfort, our four-eyelet plain toe blucher made of high-quality leather is versatile enough to go from the office to an evening out.

    Vionic men's double monk strap with arch support

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    Burnished leather uppers add a touch of sophistication to this timeless style, while a flexible dual-density footbed assists mobility and gait efficiency, making it a comfortable go-to shoe for any occasion.

     

    Shop our full line of comfortable dress shoes for men, then download our free standing guide full of exercises and stretches you can do to combat the effects of standing all day.

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