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A complete footwear guide for men

To help those men who care about how they look, we at Taskolad have compiled a guide to men’s footwear, including combinations of colors, designs, and styles. It’s not that hard to look like a million dollars, and it’s very rewarding!

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men

A complete footwear guide for men
A complete footwear guide for men

Classic footwear is always trendy, of course, but there are actually no strict rules, and fashion is always changing. There are more and more men’s shoes that combine different styles or don’t even fit into the standard classification at all.

The only things that don’t ever change are taste, common sense, and confidence. If you have these qualities, why not give a twist to what you wear? Add a bold feature, combine the seemingly incompatible — in other words, experiment!

THE COBBLER’S STORY………. ABOUT SELF CARE

Once upon a time, there was a cobbler who was very busy.

He lived in a large village and was the only cobbler in town, so he was responsible for repairing the boots of everybody else.

However, he didn’t have time to repair his own boots.

This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to deteriorate and fall apart.

While he worked feverishly on the boots of everyone else, his feet got blisters and he started to limp.

His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything was OK.

However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet were so injured that he could no longer work and no-one’s boots got repaired.

As a consequence, soon the entire town started to limp in pain, all because the cobbler never took the time to repair his own boots.

I wrote this to illustrate a simple principle that is so often disregarded.

If you don’t look after yourself, after a while you’ll be no good to anyone else either.  Your best intentions will mean nothing and you’ll be unable to do what you’re meant to do.

This goes for pastors, leaders, social workers, teachers even parents.

If you don’t take the time to care for yourself, no-one else will.

I’m not talking about living a self-absorbed existence.

I’m talking about making sure that you have the energy and focus required to sustain your performance in the years ahead.

I’m talking about fixing your boots.

Are you looking after yourself?

If you keep going without making any changes, will you eventually burn-out?

Zhor-Tech creates smart shoes that showcase the future of footwear

Zhor-Tech, pioneer and world leader in smart shoe technology, has now developed applications for sports, climate, and workplace safety and healthcare. Creating the future of footwear by introducing electronics and software into shoes, Zhor-Tech innovates wearable technology with true user benefits.

Digitsole, powered by Zhor-Tech


Zhor-Tech easy-to-use Digitsole insoles fit into any running shoe and empower everyone from professional athletes to weekend warriors to have a deeper understanding of their activities and improve performance. For cycling this includes analyzing balance, pedaling techniques and angles to detect ergo posture to precisely adjust the saddle, shoe shims, handlebars, and avoid injury and risk. For running, Zhor-Tech analyzes stride in 3D, optimizes energy expenditure, and boosts performances by measuring pronation/supination, impact force, and propulsion level. The dedicated app also offers personalized exercises and provides complete details on distance and activity completed. 

Warm Series, powered by Zhor-Tech


Zhor-Tech smart heating warm series insoles connect through the dedicated app to a smart phone to maintain a desired temperature of comfort from 86 to 113°F thanks to the built-in thermostat that regulates the temperature in the shoes. Perfect for any outdoor adventure, the Zhor-Tech Warm Series insoles are equally suited for winter activities, like hiking, hunting and skiing, as well as for professional activities that require a time outdoors. 

Safety


With sensors directly in the shoe, Zhor-Tech analyses workplace activity and monitors distance, stairs, calories, motion/static ratio, and run/walk ratio to adapt and optimize movement, increase efficiency, and promote safety in the workplace. 3D foot patterns measure pronation and supination, identifying and correcting bad posture to protect employees from health-related risks. Zhor-Tech detects vibration intensity and exposure time related to lower back pain, sciatica, and micro trauma of the spine. The technology uses biochemical analysis of stride and activity to measure fatigue and cushioning measurement alerts workers when protective shoes are no longer efficient. Painful postures such as crouching and kneeling are also monitored and tracked. Analyzing foot stability detects risks of slipping and improves safety in the workplace. 

M-Cube, powered by Zhor-Tech


M-Cube, powered by Zhor-Tech, is a non-intrusive, efficient and economical solution that meticulously measures walking patterns, collecting information to identify disease and optimize patient care. M-Cube is a unique technology weighing only 7 grams that can be imbedded in any shoe or insole and able to capture the twelve parameters related to the walking profile, including cadence, speed, impact force, stance, pronation/supination…. Coupled with a dedicated mobile app, M-Cube empowers the patient with the opportunity to visualize personal data while providing doctors with the ability to analyze the results through a dedicated online dashboard. Evolution of disease, or effectiveness of treatment, can then be studied in real time, for patient care which is efficient, effective, and economical. 

About Digitsole


Digitsole is the world pioneer in connected footwear, creating the future by introducing electronics and software into shoes. Elected the best European start-up in sports, fitness and biotech at the CES 2017 Awards, Digitsole Powered by Zhor-Tech technology embody innovation and smart technology. Backed by health experts, Digitsole is driven by their desire to enhance both daily life and athletic performance through connected footwear created specifically for the sports, health, safety and luxury sectors.

Socks with sandals is the 2019 footwear trend taking the fashion world by storm

According to fashion website WhoWhatWear.com, “tourist sandals” were a noticeable presence in S/S 19 collections during Fashion Week in late 2018. Designers like Collina Strada, Dries Van Noten and more finished off their high fashion looks with the familiar chunky, strappy, sporty sandals… and yes, socks included.

As with many fashion trends, what takes off during Fashion Week eventually makes its way into the mainstream fashion world in some form, and socks and sandals has proved no different. The tourist sandal and sock combo can now be seen on the Instagram pages of many fashion “influencers” and luxury fashion brands like Chanel.

What do you think? Will you be breaking out the old socks and sandals look?

HAPPY HEALTHY FEET

Our feet haul us through thousands of steps per day. Yet we cram them into pointy pumps, pound them on the pavement, and often tend to them last when it comes to self-care.

A 2014 survey shows that 8 out of 10 Americans have experienced a foot problem — defined as everything from an ingrown toenail to chronic foot pain. And depending on how long that foot problem lasts, it could potentially impact one’s overall quality of life and health. If you’ve got foot pain or even a minor skin irritation, you’re more likely to shirk exercise, for example.

Essentially, if your feet fall behind, so do you.

“They keep us ambulatory,” says podiatrist Michael J. Trepal, the vice president for academic affairs and dean at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. “People unable to move about suffer numerous physical, psychological, and social afflictions as a direct or indirect result of foot dysfunction.”

Even if you’re known among your friends as having dainty Cinderella feet, or the tall gal who jokingly refers to her feet as skis, foot health is critical. “It is not simply how they look but how they work that matters most,” Trepal says.

Learn more about the proper soles, hygiene, and other lifestyle choices to give your feet the support they’ve been giving you.

8 tips for buying shoes that are good to your feet

Buying the right shoes is an investment in foot health. But how do you find ones that fit properly and provide adequate support?

Start with your own feet, and look at what’s already in your closet. Stand barefoot on a piece of paper or cardboard, and trace the shape of each foot. Now take your shoes, one by one, and place them on top of the drawing. If you’re like most people, your “comfortable” shoes will closely match the outline of your own feet.

Identify the shoes that cause pain. If you’re a woman, most of these will be shoes with narrow toes or high heels. Check to see if the toe of the shoe is narrower or shorter than your own toes.

When you’re ready to replace some of that uncomfortable footwear, these tips can help:

  1. Wait until the afternoon to shop for shoes — your feet naturally expand with use during the day and may swell in hot weather.
  2. Wear the same type of socks that you intend to wear with the shoes.
  3. Have the salesperson measure both of your feet — and get measured every time you buy new shoes. If one foot is larger or wider than the other, buy a size that fits the larger foot.
  4. Stand in the shoes. Make sure you have at least a quarter- to a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  5. Walk around in the shoes to determine how they feel. Is there enough room at the balls of the feet? Do the heels fit snugly, or do they pinch or slip off? Don’t rationalize that the shoes just need to be “broken in” or that they’ll stretch with time. Find shoes that fit from the start.
  6. Trust your own comfort level rather than a shoe’s size or description. Sizes vary from one manufacturer to another. And no matter how comfortable an advertisement claims those shoes are, you’re the real judge.
  7. Feel the inside of the shoes to see if they have any tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your feet or cause blisters.
  8. Turn the shoes over and examine the soles. Are they sturdy enough to provide protection from sharp objects? Do they provide any cushioning? Also, take the sole test as you walk around the shoe store: do the soles cushion against impact? Try to walk on hard surfaces as well as carpet to see how the shoes feel.

Source: Harvard Health Publishing

How Fashionable is Wearing Socks on Sandals?

My first thought is to say, no, no…oh please don’t make us see that. To me, it is a really bad look, something I used to refer as wardrobe malfunction. I realized later that the style is actually subjective.

I could remember a lady customer once made a sandal from our store, and I was utterly surprised when she sent her pictures to me with the sandal and socks. She looked awesome, and that also changed my perception about a style some called a faux pas.

But then, I think back to the people I have known in my life who had made the choice to wear what some see as archaic, and I actually adore these people. David Beckham is one of these figures, and for those who are familiar with his personality, you can never say he got such fashion wrong.

If we also look at some pregnant women as well as heart failure patients whose shoes no longer fit, sometimes these people just need a way to walk in comfort.

So who am I to judge what another person needs to do to make it in this sometimes, painful world?

A friend once told me that “You need socks even more when wearing sandals. Little pebbles and dirt get in much more easily with sandals. With socks, you combine the convenience of sandals with some form of protection. Fashion without function is not sustainable”. And I do agree with him to some extents.

While another female friend said “I don’t usually go with trend. I go with what suites me. If one day, I put on socks with sandals and I found comfort in it, then it becomes a part of it”. Personally, I am also looking forward to join the gang of this fashion one day.

At the end of the day, the only person’s opinion that matters is yours. If you want to wear socks with sandals, there’s nothing stopping you. And if anyone complains about that, tell them to put a sock in it.

How Do You Call Someone’s Attention to a Smelly Feet?


Could this be a smelly feet? How would you have reacted around such person?

I was in a midst of friends one day when a lady walked in, took off her shoes, switched on a small fan she has bought to cool her feet and all around her, then suddenly people wilt.

No one was brave enough to tell her that her feet stink. My humble-self had to found a way out of the messy place. Maybe I would have talked to her about it or find a way to discuss the situation at the moment, but unfortunately, I rarely know the young lady.

I understand that conversations of a personal nature are generally avoided so that it won’t look embarrassing to the other person, or possibly ruining a relationship, or simply because they have no idea how or where to begin.

There are two (2) ways issues like this can be addressed:

The first is usually when the can of foot spray or deodorant is left prominently on the offender’s desk, with a little anonymous note attached, explaining how and why they should address the problem.

The second is bringing up a conversation with another person at that scene, whereby the offender overhears such conversation like; “Gee, what’s that smell? Did someone die in here?” This is sometimes followed by someone emptying half a can of air freshener near the offender’s desk.

Sometimes later, we shall look at the causes of smelly feet and what can be done by the person in such situations.

Meanwhile, if you need some slips that will always give your feet some peaceful moments, a click on this link is all you need at the moment: https://taskolad.com/product/light-and-dark-brown-toe-slips-for-men/