This festive New Year season, we’re exploring Shoeholism of a different variety. Although we adore our high heels, ballet flats can be comfy, classy and a whole lot. These are like the poor cousins of their glamorous counterparts and we tend to give them short shift for the most part, but let’s remember that there can be such a thing as being a fashion victim!
In this edition you get to meet a Tanya Heath, the inventor of ‘Transformer’ shoes. These are the shoes that turn into flats when you want, low heels and then into high heels in a trice. Get ready to be amazed!
We’re also proud to feature Brian Boye, Executive Fashion Director for Men’s Health magazine, style icon and of course a Shoeholic! He offers some valuable men’s shoe & style tips and shares some of his exciting lifestyle with us.
The cover story: the Australian fashion illustrator & artist Kerrie Hess and her capsule collection of timeless classics of ballet flats.
We also thought to address the rather serious issue of possible problems that high heels can and sometimes do cause. Our comparative piece about the pros and cons of high heels versus flats should be insightful, we hope.
On giving back, we recently chanced upon a truly inspiring shoe story; that of the When In Need foundation (WIN) and their various charitable endeavors including putting shoes on the feet of underprivileged African kids. Chetachi Nwoga-Ecton and her team at the WIN foundation recognize the fact that lack of shoes could impede a child’s progress and access to education; which is why the foundations outreach program provides shoes among other essential supplies to most needy.
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