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Birkenstock Arizona: Summer Fashion Trend of 2013

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Birkenstock Arizona’s are in the news everywhere lately.  They are the Hot Summer Fashion for 2013.  They were listed in Vogue’s June 2013 issue on the article called: The ugly-Pretty Sandal: “Ten Takes on Summer’s Must-Have Shoe.”  Rated as #5 Birkenstock Milano in Hunter black.  Also Birkenstock has been highlighted in Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon Guys, Glamour,  GQ, Vogue UK and many more. These comfy shoes have been embraced by fashion designers, editors, and even Hollywood celebs, such as Heidi Klum, Selma Blair, Mary- Kate Olsen and Ashton Kutcher have all been spotted sporting their Birkenstocks of various styles, such as Gizeh, Arizona and Milano.  Get in the trend and get yourself some Birkenstock sandals this summer you wont regret it.  They are designed for comfort and they make your feet Happy!!!

Interesting Birkenstock Fact: 1973: The Arizona, the style that has become synonymous with the Birkenstock brand, is introduced. Birkenstock’s popularity explodes during the 1970s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Day Celebration 2013

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Celebration starts April 18, 2013 and ends on April 28, 2013.  Come in to a local store to take advantage of this great offer and “Walk the Earth with Happy Feet!”

Also don’t forget our stores are also still running the Select 2 of any style, any size any brand and get $20 off until April 21, 2013.  So hurry up and get inside for your 2 pair deal!

Interesting Birkenstock Fact: 1996: Birkenstock USA celebrates its 30th anniversary. Birkenstock offers almost 300 style/color combinations, and the footwear is distributed to millions of people throughout the United States.

Why I Like Clogs

Happy Feet Plus - Why I Like Clogs

Yes, I’m a guy and I like clogs.

Prior to working at Happy Feet Plus I would not even thought about wearing a pair of clogs. No, I came from the corporate world complete with wingtips and button-down collars. Little did I realize how much my feet were crying out for help.

Being jammed into “fashionable” shoes were making all the little piggies packed much too tightly together. They wanted, and needed, room to stretch out and breathe. My first clogs were Tatami Oklahomas. (Now they have been moved to the Footprints brand as Antwerpens.) OK, so they looked a bit like duck feet with the wide toe box, but they were just what my feet needed.

With room to spread out and relax my feet good happier and the aches and pains went away. So I tried another style of clog – the Alton from Footprints. This clog has a great boot look to it. I wear them with jeans all of the time. The back is just high enough to help keep it in place but low enough to still have the clog open feel to it.

If you’re have feet pain and your closet is full of narrow-toed tie shoes you might want to try a nice pair of clogs. You never know you might just start a fashion trend in your office.

One clog that I personally have not owned, but we sure sell a lot of, is the Birkenstock Boston. This would be a great way for you to get into a top-quality clog at a great price. All leather and suede Birkenstock Boston Clogs are $30 off regular price.

 

Choosing the Correct Footwear for Bunions

How Can Proper Footwear Help My Bunions?

Many people still believe that bunions are only for senior citizens; however, nothing could be further from the truth. While women are more susceptible to bunions than men are, they can happen to anyone. Typically, ill-fitting shoes, particularly high-heeled, pointed toe shoes, cause them. Such footwear may be fashionable, but they are anathema to your feet. In shoes that are too constrictive, the foot is forced into the unnatural position of bending inward, toward the second toe. This causes the joint of the big toe to become misaligned and out of place. The joint will then enlarge, compensating for the odd realignment. That bony bump at the base of your big toe is a danger signal that should not be ignored.

Pressure on tendons will then cause the big toe to be pulled into an abnormal position. Eventually, an unsightly bunion occurs, becoming permanent and sometimes painful. Bunions can affect the way a person walks, inhibiting the normally wide base of stability in alignment. Ill-fitting shoes aggravate and perpetuate bunions. From childhood, wearing proper fitting shoes will help prevent this painful condition. However, many people opt for haute couture over being comfortable and correct when it comes to shoes. The result is many adults walking around with protruding and painful bunions. Choosing footwear with a proper fit and sufficient toe room can actually help prevent, or delay, the development of bunions later in life. Children should always wear correct, carefully fitted shoes.

If you currently suffer from bunions, it is even more important that you choose the proper footwear to correct your condition, or at least mitigate it. Short of actually having surgery to correct the condition, supportive footwear is the next best solution. Fortunately, corrective and supportive footwear not only provides crucial metatarsal and medial arch support, but also comes in fashionable designs and great looking footwear in a wide range of styles. The good news is, many of the best shoe manufacturers in the business have heard your cry for help and feel your pain. People in the know choose wisely, when it comes to buying footwear and always trust the venerable experts with proven results and happy customers.

Birkenstock, and the Birkenstock family including Tatami, Alpro, Papillio and Footprints & Finn Comfort are just a few of the great shoe manufacturers that offer stylish, attractive options that can get your feet back on the right track. The musculoskeletal structure of your feet should be taken seriously and treated cautiously. Painful bunions can have a detrimental effect on your posture, the way you stand, and the way you walk. When your feet hurt, it is impossible to feel good. Making the right footwear choices will not only solve your immediate problems of pain and discomfort, they will also prevent long-term health issues such as knee, leg, and back problems.

There is a good reason athletes, hikers, walkers, health aficionados, doctors and people who are serious about taking good care of every aspect of their physical being, choose quality footwear produced by the best designers in the business. Podiatrist approved and fashion savvy, these great footwear choices eliminate the ultimatum between looking stylish and feeling great. Now you can do both. Two feet are all you are assigned in this life, take good care of them.

Why Do People Buy Birkenstock Sandals Shoes and Clogs?

What Makes Birkenstock Special?

For more than 230 years, the original German-born Birkenstock shoe company has remained true to its vision of natural comfort and simplicity. If your current experience with Birkenstock shoes consists of blowing past the kiosk in the mall or spotting them on passersby then you too have got some serious catching up to do.

Birkenstock sandals and shoes hold true to their genuine heritage while representing a modern flair, making only minor adjustments over the years to ensure continued optimal style and ergonomic support. They start with their time-honored traditional basics: some spongy cork, smooth leather, and soft suede. Then they add in some strategically placed contours and buckles to create a breathable customized fit that is naturally beautiful, like you.

Birkenstock USA has upheld this timeless tradition of making feet happy for 45 years and is still running just as strong as ever. The Birkenstock line is home to several distinctive collections, namely Alpro, Birkenstock, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami. Different collections feature varying colors, designs, fabrics, and patterns. With six growing collections each offering their own unique colors, fit, styles, and support levels, Birkenstock sandals and shoes have a little something for everyone.

Effortless organic style and fluid comfort are not the only things you gain from a pair of Birkenstocks. Their ability to mold to your foot’s unique shape and the support they provide has tremendous health benefits, much like using orthopedic insoles. The carefully designed basic structure of every shoe style featured in the Birkenstock family results in an improvement in balance, leg and spinal alignment, overall posture, and weight distribution for comfortable, healthy feet whether walking or standing.

Over 200 years of experience have culminated to form the design principles used in every shoe. First and foremost, every design features an essential shock-absorbing deep heel cup. This contributes to ideal weight distribution and promotes proper foot alignment across the length and width of the shoe. The spacious toe area provides ample room for your toes to move naturally and freely. The pliable materials of the foot bed encourage the shoe as a whole to mold to the shape of your foot. All designs are durably flexible and ultra lightweight.

Of course, every individual has their own unique set of support needs and comfort preferences. For this reason, the best-selling styles come in three different foot bed foundation options: classic, soft, and high arch. The longstanding classic design offers an ever-appreciated prominent arch support. The soft option provides temperate support for those whose feet have a less pronounced arch. The high arch design provides maximum support for those with an exceptionally pronounced arch. They are also long-lasting and easily repaired, so you get your money’s worth of wear.

Aside from their extensive sandal collection, Birkenstock also has an array of ergonomically-conscious clogs and non-sandal shoes that offer all the same benefits as the ever-popular sandals. They even have separate insoles available for purchase so that you can get the patented Birkenstock benefits from all of your footwear.

For more than 230 years, the original German-born Birkenstock shoe company has remained true to its vision of natural comfort and simplicity. If your current experience with Birkenstock shoes consists of blowing past the kiosk in the mall or spotting them on passersby then you too have got some serious catching up to do.
Birkenstock sandals and shoes hold true to their genuine heritage while representing a modern flair, making only minor adjustments over the years to ensure continued optimal style and ergonomic support. They start with their time-honored traditional basics: some spongy cork, smooth leather, and soft suede. Then they add in some strategically placed contours and buckles to create a breathable customized fit that is naturally beautiful, like you.
Birkenstock USA has upheld this timeless tradition of making feet happy for 45 years and is still running just as strong as ever. The Birkenstock line is home to several distinctive collections, namely Alpro, Birkenstock, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami. Different collections feature varying colors, designs, fabrics, and patterns. With six growing collections each offering their own unique colors, fit, styles, and support levels, Birkenstock sandals and shoes have a little something for everyone.
Effortless organic style and fluid comfort are not the only things you gain from a pair of Birkenstocks. Their ability to mold to your foot’s unique shape and the support they provide has tremendous health benefits, much like using orthopedic insoles. The carefully designed basic structure of every shoe style featured in the Birkenstock family results in an improvement in balance, leg and spinal alignment, overall posture, and weight distribution for comfortable, healthy feet whether walking or standing.
Over 200 years of experience have culminated to form the design principles used in every shoe. First and foremost, every design features an essential shock-absorbing deep heel cup. This contributes to ideal weight distribution and promotes proper foot alignment across the length and width of the shoe. The spacious toe area provides ample room for your toes to move naturally and freely. The pliable materials of the foot bed encourage the shoe as a whole to mold to the shape of your foot. All designs are durably flexible and ultra lightweight.
Of course, every individual has their own unique set of support needs and comfort preferences. For this reason, the best-selling styles come in three different foot bed foundation options: classic, soft, and high arch. The longstanding classic design offers an ever-appreciated prominent arch support. The soft option provides temperate support for those whose feet have a less pronounced arch. The high arch design provides maximum support for those with an exceptionally pronounced arch. They are also long-lasting and easily repaired, so you get your money’s worth of wear.
Aside from their extensive sandal collection, Birkenstock also has an array of ergonomically-conscious clogs and nonsandal shoes that offer all the same benefits as the ever-popular sandals. They even have separate insoles available for purchase so that you can get the patented Birkenstock benefits from all of your footwear.

Read The Label

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We occasionally get calls from customers who don’t understand the Birkenstock box and footbed labeling. Here’s a short tutorial that should clear up most of your questions.

All Birkenstock brands (Birkenstock, Alpro, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami) use similar labeling.

The important elements on the BOX LABELS include:

  • Width Footprint (A)
  • Sizes in Euro, Metric, and U.S. (B)
  • Item Number – including width reference (C)
  • Other Info – product image; product name; upper material and color; footbed liner material, footbed material, upper material, sole material

Likewise, all Birkenstock brand FOOTBEDS carry very similar markings:

  • Width Footprint (A)
  • Sizes in Euro, Metric, and U.S. (B)
  • Manufacturing Run Sequence (D)

OK, let’s take them one at a time.

The Width Footprint may display one of three images:

  • Regular (A1)
  • Medium (A2)
  • Narrow (A3)

All item numbers (on the box labels) end in either a 1, 2, or 3. Items ending in “1″ are regular width. Items that end in “2″ are medium width, and those that end in “3″ are narrow width.

The sizing information (B) provides length references. The top number represents the Euro size. Euro sizing does not differentiate between men’s and women’s – a size 42 is a size 42 whether it is a men’s style, a women’s style, or a unisex style.

The middle number is the metric measure. It is an absolute measurement in millimeters. Typically this measure is from the back edge of the heel cup to the front edge of the footbed “lip”.

The bottom number(s) is the U.S. sizing. Normally it will list the ladies size equivalent (L) and the men’s size equivalent (M). In the smallest and largest sizes only a ladies or men’s size may be shown.

Finally, many but not all footbeds will have a manufacturing run sequence number (D). This has nothing to do with size. It is a sequential number used during manufacturing to keep left and right shoes matched up. This number ensures that the carefully selected matched leather for left and right shoes is kept together.

Hopefully this will help you get the right fit whether you’re buying for the first time or the hundredth time.

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Regards,

Dave

Cool Weather Squeeze

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Do your feet seem to hurt more in the cold weather months? It could be that with the transition from summer sandals to winter shoes and boots that you are squeezing your feet into constrictive, and painful, footwear. If you are, there is a greater chance of aggravating your bunions, or other foot pains and ailments.

All summer long your feet were happy spending a lot of time in sandals, especially if they were supportive sandals like Birkenstock or Finn Comfort. With the cooler temperatures, you’ve got to switch to closed footwear. If your feet are hurting more nowadays, take a look at the toe box width and the arch support in your everyday shoes.

A narrow toe box, especially in a pointy-toe shoe, will aggravate an existing bunion or start you on the path towards a painful bunion. Shoes or boots without any (or enough) arch support may allow plantar fasciitis pain (in your heel) to develop. You may also feel pain in the ball of your foot. This could be as a result of wearing high heels and stressing the metatarsal area, or simply because your footwear has insufficient metatarsal support.

Relief can be found. Look for footwear with a wide toe box that will not squeeze your toes. Also look for footwear with great arch support, especially in the medial and metatarsal arch areas.

Several closed shoe options exist in the Footprints line as well as in Finn Comfort, and Taos. Clogs are a great choice if you need room for your toes to move and breathe. Birkenstock, Dansko, Finn Comfort, Footprints, Tatami, and Taos offer dressy and casual clogs.

Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.

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Regards,

Dave

Are You Pregnant and Do Your Feet Hurt 2?

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As you might guess, my perspective on footwear is biased. Happy Feet Plus sells footwear that emphasizes health and comfort. I look for information that reinforces our opinions on “proper footwear” when I write these blogs. In all of the research I did, as in-exhaustive as it might be, I never saw that anyone recommend that pregnant women should wear pointy-toed high heeled shoes or flip-flops. Instead, the consistent theme is flat or low-heeled shoes with a wide toe box and good support. Hey, that’s what we believe too!

So, what’s the connection to Edema? While wearing good footwear is important any time, it is especially important when you are pregnant. The added weight and altered center of gravity (see Are You Pregnant and Do Your Feet Hurt?) as well as the fluid retention create changes to a woman’s body that require a solid, stable base. Here’s where good footwear comes in.

As early as the second trimester you may find your shoes fitting a little bit tighter. They’re only going to get tighter so you might as well plan on getting new shoes. The swelling is usually caused by the increase in blood volume needed to transport oxygen and nutrients to your baby. Increasing levels of hormones also change blood vessels, joints, ligaments, and, well, your whole body. No wonder you feel swollen and bloated.

Gravity is largely responsible for fluid retention to be more pronounced in your feet, ankles, and calves. Your growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins that carry blood back from your lower body. Blood flow back from your feet is restricted and fluids stay in your feet and legs. Increases in foot size should be expected, but one foot should not swell more than another. If you do find this happening, see your doctor.

Until you give birth you’re going to have to live with Edema in your feet, but there are things you can do to minimize the impact:

  • Have your feet measured several times throughout your pregnancy and wear the correct shoe size for your foot.
  • Elevate your feet as often as possible. Use a small stool at work while seated at your desk.
  • Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation or wear surgical stockings — with advice from your doctor.
  • Keep active, but see your doctor before starting an exercise program. Walking is usually recommended. Try lying on your back and simulating riding a bike. This will exercise the muscles in the leg and reduce swelling.vDo not stand for long periods of time. Walking gets your calf muscles working, which helps pump some of the extra fluid out of your legs and feet.
  • Take a bath or go swimming; the water puts an outside force on the swelling and helps to decrease it.
  • If you are driving for a long period of time, take regular breaks to stretch your.
  • Sleep on your side, not your back. This relieves pressure on the vena cava, the largest vein leading to the heart. Otherwise, the pressure slows the blood returning from your lower body.
  • Consider reflexology to help decrease the swelling (or buy our exclusive Kenkoh Reflexology Sandal).
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid foods high in salt that can cause water retention.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated. This helps the body retain less fluid.

Here are some shoe-buying tips:

  • Choose shoes with a broad base, and a short heel.
  • Choose shoes with a toe box that is high enough and wide enough to comfortably fit, either rounded or square shaped, not pointed.
  • Choose shoes with extra shock absorption, a supportive arch, and firm heel.
  • Look for a walking or athletic shoe with good shock absorption.
  • Visit a local Pedorthist for a shoe-fitting recommendation. Pedorthists specialize in fitting shoes and orthotics to alleviate foot problems.
  • Periodic measuring is recommended because the feet may increase in size during the pregnancy.
  • Shop late in the day. Feet tend to swell as the day goes on.
  • Be sure that the shoes fit properly before you leave the store.
  • Buy boots with room in the calf area, because your calves may swell. Also choose a boot with a side zipper — they’re easier to get on and off than a pull-on style.
  • Replace worn heels often. Uneven heels can throw you off balance.
  • Wear comfortable, supportive footwear, ideally with a strap, laces, or Velcro.

Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.

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Regards,

Dave

Are You Pregant and Do Your Feet Hurt?

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OK, so I’m a guy and can’t fully appreciate the effects that pregnancy bestows on a woman’s body. Although if I knew then, when she was pregnant oh so many years ago, what I know now my wife would have been at least a bit more comfortable.

You may hate for saying this, but do your toes look like sausages stuffed into your shoes? It’s not your fault, you’ve just got the wrong shoes. Normally a woman will wear a half size or even a full size larger, even after delivery. Sorry, but that’s all part of the process. Don’t fight it, recognize it and wear what fits and is good for you. You’ll definitely feel better.

Let’s start at the beginning, well not the very beginning. We all know pretty much know how what happened there. But once you’re pregnant things start happening. The most obvious change is the belly-bump and the corresponding weight gain. Center of gravity changes and the added weight affects everything from the hips to the soles of the feet – and everything in between. You’ll also start retaining water and edema will make your toes feel like those little sausages. I’ll talk more about edema next week.

Often referred to as “flat feet”, over-pronation is a common result of being pregnant. To compensate for the added weight, a woman will adjust her walk by tilting her pelvis forward, curving the lower spine. This changes the pressure on the feet, resulting in the over-pronation. The arches flatten and the knees can tilt inward. The plantar fascia (the muscle/ligament that makes up the medial arch) is stretched and aggravated. But wait there’s more.

Among the hormones now surging through your body is relaxin. The hormone relaxin is 10 times more concentrated in the female during pregnancy. Relaxin enables the joints in the pelvis to relax and allows the baby to pass through the birth canal. Unfortunately relaxin affects all joints and ligaments, including those in your feet. The relaxing ligaments make the over-pronation condition worse.

You might wonder what Happy Feet Plus can do to help pregnant women. The quick answer is arch support. While there’s more to it than that, arch support is a great place to start. Any pair of footwear with good arch support (e.g., Birkenstock, Alpro, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, Tatami, Finn Comfort, Kenkoh) will help resolve your over-pronation issues which will help alleviate any knee or hip pain. Also affected by the presence of relaxin and impact of the weight gain are the other two main arches in the foot – the metatarsal and lateral arches. Footwear that is good for you will support all three arches and help keep your feet from aching.

An added benefit of wearing good footwear is that they most often have a wide toe box. You already know that you’re not going to fit into your pointy-toed high heels while you’re carrying your “little bundle of joy”. Now would be a great time to get a pair of shoes, sandals, or clogs with good support and some space in the toe box. By wearing these shoes now, as well as after you deliver, you’ll be avoiding bunions, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses. Who wants any of those?

Being a mom means many things. Your responsibilities increase and you need to feel good. Why not start with having feet that don’t hurt? At least one part of your body will be happy and happy feet are, well, happy feet.

Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.

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Regards,

Dave

Guys Like Birkenstocks Too

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I just read a comment from one of the blog readers and was surprised.

The author is a male who has an interest in distributing foot health information, but he was unaware that Birkenstock made footwear for guys. What a wonderful world this guy has been missing!

If there’s one person who doesn’t know that there are Birkenstocks for men, there are probably thousands (tens, or hundreds of thousands, or more?) of guys wondering around with sore feet. Well guys, here’s a revelation – there are Birkenstock sandals, shoes and clogs that will fit you just fine. They’ll support your arches and allow your toes to have wiggle room. The cork footbed will mold to unique foot shape and in general, just make you feel better. At least they did for me.

It’s been a few years (if ever) that the New York or Paris fashionistas have unvailed footwear styled like Birkenstocks. And that’s OK. Birkenstock has been very constant in making what they believe to be honest, functional, high quality, and comfortable footwear. They’ve added brands like Alpro, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami to provide footwear niche styling.

If you visit our retail site (www.happyfeet.com) and go to any of the Birkenstock brand pages mentioned above, you see links for men-sized sandals, shoes, or clogs (except for Papillio which is women-only.) Look around. There are options for work, casual or beach/pool use. You’ll find footwear made with leather, suede, nubuck, and synthetic materials. Lots of choices and they’re all good.

Try a pair, I’m sure you’ll like them.

Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.

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Regards,

Dave