What would you put in your (boot) pocket?

May 31, 2022 in General Blogs, News by TINU NAIJA

Since the 2019 runway debut of Prada’s iconic Monolith boot, fashion insiders, influencers and lovers of all things chunky have been kept in a chokehold. Three years and three price hikes later, they’re still one of the brands most coveted shoes! I myself have spent time salivating over them while grappling with the price, looking for ways to justify my urges until I ultimately gave in and indulged in my desires. They’re lightweight, comfortable and bounce when I walk, but the feature that stands out the most are the instantly recognizable side pouches!

I get asked two questions when I wear the boots, but by far the most common is, “What do you put in the pouches?” I’d always joke around and say, “chicken nuggets!” In fact, I’d never given it much thought as to how useful the pouches would be until I wore them out dancing and put my identification cards, a bit of cash, and a piece of gum for the ride home. I felt a little more free as there was no need to carry a wallet or bag. 

While the pouches are novelty embellishments, they’re quite useful. So tell me, what do you keep in your pouch?

Written by Tevin Evans @fatchuckbass

Fashion is Back in NYC!

May 11, 2022 in Events, General Blogs, News, Uncategorized by TINU NAIJA

After two year haitus of key fashion events, among many other things…NY fashion scene is roaring back with a vengeance. Not even corona could hold back the raw talents embedded within the tough fabric of the creative world. The Fashion Group International had a splendid award luncheon today in NYC, ushering in the next wave of emerging talents worthy of a much needed spotlight, including last year’s winner Eppersonn who won via virtual last year. Recipients of the awards ranged from new brands and designers, to well established legends in the industry who also got recognitions for paving the way. Legendary designer Byron Lars for instance, was presented with the President’s award for excellence. The competitive award categories included beauty, accessories, retail, men’s and women’s wear, etc. Many notables in the industry were in attendance…sans the mask! It felt good to be in a room full of fashion luminaries again and not via zoom, as it was the previous year due to the pandemic.

The FGI, as it is popularly known, provides members network with a forum for discussion and connection across all sectors through programming focused on the industry’s most current and crucial topics, recognition of emerging talent and trends at the zeitgeist of innovation. And offers a platform of resources for business development and career advancement at all levels.  

We’re hoping for a continuous safe, fun and friendly events across all sectors from here on out. It’s safe to say we’re all over the “Rona”. Let’s get on with the show!


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New Year New Edition with Patrizia Yanguela

January 10, 2018 in Events, General Blogs, News by Bernd Ruhl

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Happy New Year Shoeholics! It is always our endeavor to try and bring you stories of people that interest, inspire and entertain; those who’s talent, grit and determination has resulted in them becoming achievers in their respective fields.

In this edition we share with you people in glamour and fashion; their stories and their achievements and also offer you some useful tips and tricks:

Matt Sarafa is a Reality TV star and designer who started to make a name for himself really early in life. We caught up with the start of the TV show Project Runway Junior and found out about his unique, edgy fashion sense and his makeup tutorials on YouTube.

We also feature Allison King – someone who has worked alongside the likes of John Hamm and Jamie Foxx. We found out all about what inspires Allison, her fashion sense and of course her Shoeholism as well!

You will also meet Mellissa Carache. She is someone who inspires us with her talent and grit. In love with acting from age 5 she now has her own Facebook web series and several other claims to fame, as you will find out. The story of Alexis Hefley is another that inspires us all because of the beautiful shoes that her company makes as well as the worthy cause that she and her company contribute to: read all about Uwezo Brands – the shoes with style and the woman of substance!

We also caught up with our cover model Patrizia Yanguela– someone who embraced fashion and modeling relatively late in life. Find out all about how she wandered into exotic and fitness modeling; who now has a huge social media following as well.

You’ll get a chance to discover Janet Schoenborn, who is the creative force behind the adorable little baby shoes from the Robeez brand. Not only is Janet a success story that inspires, the shoes she helps create provides practical solutions for little feet and let your little one step out in style.

CLICK HERE to get your very own hard copy mailed to you worldwide!

New Year New You! Yogi in Heels & More!

January 9, 2017 in General Blogs, News by Bernd Ruhl


In this New Year edition we are delighted to be introducing some highly talented, eclectic and giving individuals to you… people who are not only successful doing what they do, but are committed Shoeholics as well!

Sandy Garzia is a traveler, mother and indefatigable shoe enthusiast. We were amazed and delighted with the African tribal themed shoes she creates and were fascinated by the story of the son that she was fortunate enough to be able to adopt from Ghana, Africa.

Cover star Laura Kasperzak, the yoga instructor, social media darling and the woman we call The Phenomenal Yogi in Heels.

Susan Petersen, the woman who designs baby shoes that went on to become something of a celebrity fad.

Lexi Atkins is someone who is probably familiar to many of us; find out more about the singer, songwriter and Shoeholic and what she is doing next.

Young designer Rohitava Banerjee and his sister Rupal. At just 19 and 17 respectively, the brother sister duo has carved out a name for themselves in the fashion world while still in design school!

Also shoe collector Abigail Cole-Buchanan who has a special penchant for Irregular Choice shoes in particular.


Tracy Stern

Tracy Stern is the tea lover and blender; the businesswoman with her fingers in several designing pies…including shoes! She is the modern Renaissance woman who doesn’t follow trends but actually sets them!

You don’t want to miss this New Year edition of Shoeholics! CLICK HERE to get your very own hard copy mailed to you worldwide!

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50 Cent Covers Shoeholics Holiday Edition!

October 4, 2016 in Events, General Blogs, News by Bernd Ruhl


An exclusive tete-a-tete with the incredible 50 Cent! We got the superstar, business mogul & actor to open up about his life, personal style & plans for the holidays!

Also featured in this special holiday edition are:

Draya Michele! The TV personality and social media star has many claims to fame including building her fashion lines Fine Ass Girls and the swimwear line called Mint Swim. Find out more about this Pennsylvania mom’s style mantras, her growing business empire as well as her plans for the upcoming holidays!


Disney Star Kelli Berglund! Get up close and personal with Kelli Berglund, the next It girl in fashion & Disney star. Find out her take on fashion, Hollywood and of course fashion!


Social media darlings: Natalie Halcro & Olivia Pierson! Nat and Liv are cousins, dynamic duo social media sensations with enviable followings in the millions. Find out what sets them apart from the rest and their rise to the top!
Former Shoeholics cover star, queen of poker tournament Beth Shak‘s exclusive wedding gift unveiling!
Plus the story behind the back cover! You get to discover the story behind Shoe Bakery, an exclusive feature story inside that will make you forget about your diet! And so much more!
You don’t want to miss this celebrity packed holiday edition of Shoeholics! CLICK HERE to get your very own hard copy mailed to you worldwide!

Heels Hurting You? Try Foot Yoga!

August 11, 2016 in General Blogs, News by Bernd Ruhl

Foot Yoga For Happy Feet

By Denise Waller

How many of us bother about foot health, wellbeing and happiness? Alas very few of us. Feet are the poor things that bear our weight, carry us from place to place and help us do everything that needs doing, including providing us a platform to show off our beloved shoe collection, but there is little thought that any of us give to foot health.

The importance of foot care

Our feet are what connect us to the earth; they are the ones that give our body balance and grace. In a sense they are the foundation of our body and as such need to be strong and in good health. Disorders of the feet such as diabetic foot, injuries of the foot, foot ulcers can lead to other disorders, aches and pains as well. It could be that the root cause of knee pain, back pain or even neck pain could be poor foot health!

Before looking at the foot exercises and yoga for the feet, here are tips to help maintain good foot health:

  • Wear well fitting shoes that are the right size. Smaller sizes will pinch, cramp and put the feet in unnatural positions. Larger sizes will make the foot slide and chafe within the shoe causing shoe bite and other problems.
  • If you wear shoes and socks, change socks regularly.
  • Closed shoes mean trapped sweat so you need to take extra care of foot hygiene.
  • Give yourself or get yourself a foot massage.
  • Look after the skin of the feet by using good quality moisturizer to keep the skin supple, to prevent dry skin and cracked heels.

Estimates say that 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that are the wrong size and that 80% of all foot problems occur in women, a large proportion of the problems being attributable to unsuitable shoes!

Here are some specific yoga poses and exercises that, at the end of the day will feel wonderful to the feet and to you:

Virasana (Veer means hero and asana means seat or position) – This requires you to sit with your legs and feet tucked up and under you, the claves lying under the thighs and the toes pointing and extended outward from under the buttocks. This offers a wonderful stretch to the feet and the entire legs.

Baddha Konasana (or the cobbler pose) requires you to sit with your legs apart and then pulling the feet in towards the inner thighs in a way that the soles of the feet come together to face and touch each other.

Adho Mukha Svanasana – (or downward facing dog) requires you to get the body into an ‘A’ shape with the bottom in the air, the feet placed solidly on the ground and the palms also spread out and planted on the ground.

Viparita Karani – (Viparita means opposite and this is the legs up the wall pose). During the day, walking, sitting for long periods and being sedentary will cause the fluids to pool in the lower part of the body. This can cause swelling and discomfort. To reduce the pain and swelling of tired feet, simply lie down on the ground or any place next to a wall with the arms spread out. Now put the feet and legs up along the wall to help relax the feet and drain the fluid from them. You can vary the pose by putting the soles of the feet flat against the wall and pushing the knees away from the wall to tilt and stretch the pelvis.

Another variation of this can be to have one leg in the air and then sling a towel over the sole of the foot to then gently pull the toes down in the direction of the leg.

Squats – The basic crouching position with the knees up and the heels planted on the floor is beneficial for the feet. Also kneeling with the toes tucked under stretches the foot effectively.

Ankle rotations and other foot stretches – These basic foot stretches can be done by any of us as we sit at our desks during the day. Make a full circle with the toes rotating the ankles. Do this clockwise five times and anticlockwise another five times.

Stretch the foot and point the toes so that the foot is in a straight line with the leg rather than at right at right angles and hold for several seconds before releasing; then repeat 4 more times.

For the third foot stretch you will need to take your shoes off. Curl the foot up so that the toes are pointing towards the ankle for another lovely foot stretch.

Lift the Arches of the feet – Pull the balls of the feet towards the heels creating an arch under the foot while keeping the feet on the ground. Doing this over a period, will help improve the arches of your feet, which we all love to admire in a perfect pair of high heels! Love your feet and they will love you back!


An exclusive by Denise Waller, first published in the Jul-Sep 2012 edition of Shoeholics magazine. All rights reserved

The Sneakerheads Culture

April 11, 2016 in General Blogs, News by Bernd Ruhl


The Sneakerhead Culture

High-end designer pumps to some of us are like special edition kicks to sneakerhead’s: an addiction for the love of shoes. Imagine storage closets, rooms or even basements filled with a massive collection of Nikes, Jordans, Adidas, Converse, and et.al. Sneakers with original boxes reign supreme. These are not your average, every day sneakers that you wear running around the block or to the gym with your sweats. These have to match a cutting-edge outfit from head to toe, color for color, and kept in pristine condition.

You’ve seen them at weddings worn by the bridal party and red carpet events worn by famous high profile sneakerheads like Spike Lee, Pharrell and Fat Joe. Or even in bridal Trash The Dress photo shoots, as shown here with my extremely rare 1988 Vintage Nike sneakers. Maybe you have seen women wear them to create a contrasting, fashion-forward look with their dress. Who could forget the episode of Entourage with Turtle and DJ AM fighting for the last pair of Fukijamas. This is the sneakerhead culture of today.

The game started with Adidas and Nike running the show. Spike Lee Mars Blackmon in an iconic moment of the Nike Swoosh, during his film She’s Gotta Have It in 1986. Bob Marley with his famous Adidas shot in the woods in 1976. The Run DMC group rapped their way to an endorsement deal with the song My Adidas in 1986 and eventually into their own footwear line too. Marty McFly rocked the Nike Air Mag during Back to the Future: Part II in 1989, which was finally created and released in 2011. Highest charity auction ended at $37,500; with all proceeds donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

In the more recent years, the sneakerhead scene went viral. Causing mass hysteria from the casual collector to the extreme collector with 500 pairs and counting. Just ten years ago, you could walk into a mom and pop shop or Niketown store, buy a few pairs and be home within hours. Now, serious fanatics camp out on the sidewalks and streets [literally with tents] for two to three days before a release, just to get one or two pairs, depending on the limit. Remember the Michael Jordan’s “Air Jordan” collection around the holidays? Mad frenzy getting online and in stores to score a pair!

Artist collaborations release every few months, some made up to only 100 to 1000 pairs. Shoes are embellished with vibrant colors, variety of material, artwork, and maybe an embroidered symbol on the outer rear side. Sneaker companies collaborated with designer companies: Nike Air for Cole Haan, John Varvatos for Converse, Adidas Y-3 x MOMO and Alexander McQueen for Puma. The Air Jordan brand released retroed versions of Michael Jordan’s original line and, like always, sold out within hours. This left thousands of his fans disappointed and turning to other sources to obtain a pair [or five]. Scouring eBay for the lowest prices, Facebook or NikeTalk friends for extra pairs, going to the nearest Flight Club… The hunt begins.

A limited edition shoe value can range anywhere from $200 to $20,000. The main rule of thumb: Buy two or more, rock one and keep the rest brand new, dead stock. Maybe even save just one for a special occasion. Like art and real estate, the value increases throughout the years, so keeping your 1985 Michael Jordan I Originals, brand new in box, can buy you a new car in 2012. On the other hand, there are people willing to sell their own cars for a few pairs of Galaxy Foamposites. Stark collectors will give anything for their latest holy grail.

The sneakerhead culture has rapidly evolved over the decades, but one thing goes unchanged, collectors will remain dedicated to the game. So next time you buy a niche-like sneaker or find one deep in your closet, research before wearing it to the park. You may be able to trade them for a coveted Christian Louboutin in a few years.

Notably famous releases:

  • Nike Air Force II Low: Espo Signed Artist Series (2004). Retail value: $150 | Resell value: $950
  • Air Jordan XI & VI Retro: Defining Moments Pack (2006). Retail value: $590 | Resell value: $1,400
  • Nike Dunk High: Wu-Tang Clan (1999). Retail value: N/A | Resell value: $5,000
  • Nike Dunk Low Pro SB: Supreme/Black Cement (2002). Retail value: $150 | Resell value: $1,000
  • All dead stock in a sneakerhead’s home: NOT FOR SALE

An exclusive by Heather Lascano, first published in the July-Sept 2012 edition of Shoeholics magazine. All rights reserved

Strassing And All That Jazz

March 25, 2016 in General Blogs, News by Bernd Ruhl

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Strassing And All That Jazz

If you haven’t heard about Strassing yet, you haven’t explored a whole world of possibilities of shoe transformation, enhancement and adornment.

Strass and Strassing

Going to the dictionary definition, strass refers to flint glass with a high lead content that is used to imitate precious stones. It is also a synonym for ‘rhinestone’ taking the name from its inventor Georg Friedrich Strass. Now the concept of strass has evolved into ‘strassing’, which is the use of Swarovski crystals to beautify shoes.

Increasingly those who love their shoes and want to own a beautiful, one of a kind pair are using crystal embellishments to make a shoe statement like no other. It is about wearing a work of art, of upping the intrinsic worth of a shoe not just because of how stunningly they can be transformed but also because of having added to the shoes, crystals that are highly valuable by themselves.

The options and the permutations and combinations that can be achieved are literally limitless. The options in terms of the kind of shoes used, the sort of heels they have, their color and their material provide a sort of canvass on which the artist is to paint a masterpiece.

Then, using different gluing techniques and picking from a mind boggling variety of stunning stones: a wide selection in terms of color, size and brilliance, the crystals, which add sparkle, definition and texture; transform a mere shoe into a veritable work of art that spells luxury and class!

Beads, flat backs, rounded stones, sew on stones, buttons, crystal pearls, metal trimmings, crystal fabric, crystal transfers can all create stunning effects.

It is possible to add crystals to the entire shoe or to just a part of the shoe to create interesting shades and contrasts.

Strassing with crystals

Shoe collectors know all about the legend of Christian Louboutin and his resolve to make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can. Principally responsible for the return of the stiletto in the 1990’s and the 2000s, he has brought us the epitome of the dress shoe, replete with bows, feathers, bejeweled straps, and stunning patent leather finishes.

The luxury and glamour that are associated with Louboutin’s designs lend themselves naturally to strassing or the crystallizing process with fabulous results. This is not to say that only Louboutin’s designs will work for strassing; far from it.

It is good quality shoes – peep toes, pumps and any other suitable style – that is the requirement. Quality raw materials, sound construction and exquisite design all go into making that quality shoe. It doesn’t even have to be a brand new shoe; pre-owned, high-end shoes will work just as well for strassing.

The surface of the shoe matters for how successful the strassing will be. Leather and satin finishes work very well and these can also be painted to a base shade identical to or close to the crystal colors that one may want.

Who’s Strassing

An increasing number of professionals and DIY enthusiasts, that’s who! You just have to visit an online forum or two like purseblog.com to know how much of a rage strassing is! Forum commentators discuss the type of shoes that form the base of their project, the type of crystals they use and how many will be required given the size, the type of gluing process they use (some use Barge Cement some use Gem-tac glue), and the amount of time the entire project will take.

Strassers offer each other tips and pointers for their projects and also help by posting pictures of the work in progress and finally the finished project. Discussions also involve the process of using combinations of different sizes of crystals: using smaller sized crystals to fill in any of the gaps left over by the larger ones.

A forum such as weddingbee.com also has threads dedicated to DIY strassing projects since many brides to be, want that very special shoe for that very special day. The best deals for buying the crystals and where to source them from are other topics of discussion on these forums.

And it isn’t just the girls either who are strassing and getting a kick out of their sparkly shoes. Guys are doing it too! Mark MacKillop, singer, actor, model and dancer is also a shoe lover. He was featured in the April-June 2012 edition in one of his perfectly self-strassed shoes. Not only does he enjoy high heeled shoes (and a growing tribe of men do this), he successfully strassed thousands of dollars worth of Swarovski crystals on to a pair of gray Oxfords from Kenneth Cole. Like any woman would, he enjoys making an entrance as well; with all eyes on him in those stunning footwear creations that are the result of his own toil!

Strassing can be time consuming and can require a lot of skills. So for those of you who fear soiling or spoiling expensive shoes with clumsy attempts and glue stains, there is always an option to submit the pair to professionals to let them do all the work. You have to be prepared to brave the exuberant cost in the thousands of dollars to cover time, labor and cost of materials. Needless to say, you can always settle for the retail store versions for just about the same price, also in the thousands of dollars. To self-strass is a matter of time consumption; DIY derives a custom-made color theme versus retail cost for an already made color theme dictated by the designer for the season.

If opting to brave the odds with the DIY route, professionals do point out that the shoe surfaces that work best for strassing are suede, satin, calfskin/nappa or laminato leather and that the laminato leather works best because the sheen of the shoe disguises the glue perfectly. Patent leather is unable to absorb glue and so is not advisable.

Several channels on YouTube offers glimpses of stunning strassing projects, using principally, shoes from Christian Louboutin, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianmarco Lorenzi and Giuseppe Zanotti pairs. Again it isn’t just the women who look to add sparkles to their collection, men also realize the amazing things that strassing can do to their shoes. Strassing is also a great way to give an old pair a “face lift” from the old worn out form it had been before. So consider this before you toss out an old favored pair.

Strassing is something that you can do or get done to your prized shoes in order that you can fall in love with them…. All over again!


Featured shoes in the article: A classic Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo suede pumps every inch of the surface embellished entirely, in various sizes, with genuine Swarovski crystals. Strassing and photo by Editor-in-Chief & Creative Director Tinu, which she completed in between work deadlines and daily work schedules. Total time of completion of a full pair, 68 hours! We really don’t know how she does it!

An exclusive by Denise Waller, first published in the July-Sept 2012 edition of Shoeholics magazine. All rights reserved

Kerrie Hess For Shoeholics New Year Issue!

January 11, 2016 in Events, General Blogs, News by Bernd Ruhl


January-March 2016 New Year Issue

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.

CLICK HERE to get your very own free copy mailed to you now worldwide!

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Shoeholics 2015 Holiday Issue Will Melt Your Heart!

October 14, 2015 in Events, General Blogs, News, Uncategorized by Bernd Ruhl


Oct-Dec 2015 Holiday Issue

Who needs Hermes bag when you can have a bundle of irresistible cuteness dressed in the latest fashion garbs at the end of a leash to show off! Sure the bag is smart, but the pooch is way smarter! And it smiles when the shoes are a winner, and frowns when they are not! Really! Adorable little companions are replacing the “It” bags and turning into the lucky shopping mascot to help with holiday shopping this year (especially the shoes!)

Also in this issue, is the heartwarming story about shoes doing their bit to bridge a seemingly irrevocable political schism in the Middle East. These are Jerusalem Sandals that are the symbol of the peace sought to be wrought between Israelis and Palestinians. Don’t miss reading this!

And who could forget the energetic Lauren Ezersky of the 12-year hit show Behind The Velvet Ropes! Check out her feature & watch her video interview on Shoeholics.TV.

Alas! Jeffrey, the exclusive boutiques in New York & Atlanta in the US that pride themselves on offering shoppers a personal and fun experience. Jeffrey is a brand that believes in giving back through fashion.

And then there is this completely fun element in foot fashion with Silvia Fado and SunSmiles sandals, something that will make you go “Now why hasn’t anyone thought of this before!” SunSmiles sandals are just so cool, the type you can literally wear a hundred different ways – to match your outfit, your mood or your personality!

If nothing else, we do hope to at least inspire your next shopping adventure! CLICK HERE to get your very own free copy mailed to you now worldwide! This is definitely an edition with covers worth framing on your wall!

Preview the video footage below for a glimpse.


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