Men and Women Everywhere are Loafing Around - Defining the Loafer Shoe
Some people would sacrifice comfort for style no matter what the cost. Women wear around four inch heels that cause their feet to hurt and their toes to curl, and not in a good way. Other people however would rather be comfortable than anything else. Show manufacturers have taken notice of the emerging comfort trend and are creating more updated options to traditionally comfortable shoes. The loafer is one style that we are seeing come back in a huge way. Although the loafer has never really gone out of style, it has not been seen as a trendy option for the last ten years at least. Today things are changing and the loafer is re-emerging as a stylish shoe option. Take a look at these four reasons people everywhere are sporting the newest versions of the loafer shoe.
Comfort When you talk to most loafer owners, they will tell you one thing for sure; their loafers are the most comfortable shoes they own. Loafers are shoes that allow your feet to breathe. They are not constricting and are great for your arches. They tend to be very cushioned in the sole, which helps with overall comfort. Although most loafers do have a small-wedged heel, it is nothing that causes any type of stress on your feet, ankles, or legs. The loafer is something that you don't rush to take off as soon as you get home. You can wear them around the house and still be completely comfortable. Don't think that just because they are so comfortable that they are only meant for those who are constantly on their feet. Anyone can wear a loafer shoe and experience the comfort they long for.
Ease Some people who tend to be drawn toward loafer shoes are those that appreciate the ease a loafer offers. Loafers are shoes that can be slid on without needing to be tied. They are perfect for people who have bad back problems or those who cannot bend easily. You can be sitting and slip your feet into a loafer shoe without needing to bend at all. The ease is something that many wearers may overlook, but those who need an easy shoe, certainly appreciate. If you are someone that has a medical problem that prevents you from being able to bend easily, try a loafer shoe! Even pregnant woman appreciate the ease of a loafer.
Versatility Loafers are great because they are perfect for any occasion. They are ideal for a weekend at home, a trip to the grocery, to church, or even to the office. They can be used to dress down or to dress up. You can pair them with many different clothing pieces to get different looks. When worn with jeans you can create a classic yet casual look for any event. When worn with dress slacks, loafers can be a comfortable way to get a little more formal. Wearing them to the office is a great idea if you do a lot of walking. Your feet will appreciate the comfort and you will still look great. Loafers are very versatile which is one thing that is bringing them back in such a huge way. Not only can you stay comfortable but you can also save money only needing a few pairs of loafers to get you through any event.
Stylish Options More companies are beginning to offer more style options when it comes to the loafer shoe. Traditionally you could only purchase the loafer in brown or black leather. Today however, while the brown and black leather are still available, you can get loafers made of many different materials. You can find canvas loafers, suede loafers, and leather loafers. They are coming in many different colors as well. The canvas and suede varieties are particularly colorful. They tend to have more of a sporty feel to them as well. You would not likely wear the canvas or suede loafers to the office, unless you have a causal dress code. These extended style options are drawing a bigger crowd toward the loafer shoe however. Where older generations used to be the only people wearing loafers of the past, today younger people are wearing them continuously. Even children love to wear their loafers everywhere they go.
Gemstones have been sought after and treasured throughout history. They have been found in ruins dating several thousand years. They are valued as gifts symbolizing love.
Generally, the price of any gemstone is determined by: size, cut, quality (color/clarity/treatments), and type. Here are some questions to ask about quality:
Has it been treated? (See treatments listed below)
Is the stone natural or synthetic?
Are there any noticeable scratches, chips or inclusions?
Is the color even throughout the stone?
How good is the color? (Is it vivid?)
If you are buying the stones for earrings or cufflinks, are the stones well matched?
There are many ways that dealers treat gemstones. The savvy buyer asks lots of questions and hopefully tests the results. Here are some treatments to look for:
Irradiation: It is common to irradiate Aquamarine, London Blue Topaz, Emerald, and Diamond as well as other stones. This treatment brings out color and removes imperfections. Many dealers know if the stones they are selling have been irradiated. Honest ones will tell you if they are aware of the treatment.
Heat Treatment: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Ruby, Tanzanite and Topaz are often heated at high temperatures to enhance color.
Dye: This is the most common treatment used. On clear stones, dye may be visible in cracks that are darker than the rest of the stone. Sometimes dye appears as a residue that rubs off or white patches. Lapis and Rose Quartz are commonly dyed. Amethyst and Citrine are often dyed. Black Onyx is permanently dyed in normal processing.
Coatings: Jasper is often dipped in petroleum products to bring out color and to seal it. Emerald is oiled; turquoise is waxed.
Fake stones: Some dealers will try passing off fake stones instead of natural ones. There are fake stones for most gemstones on the market. Always ask what stone something is if you are not certain. Honest dealers will tell you. If a stone looks too perfect it may be fake, irradiated or dyed. I avoid Laboratory made products are known as synthetics.
Tips on buying beads:
Good sized holes (so can use a stronger thread)
Evenly shaped beads (as appropriate)
If the beads are being sold in a 16" strand -- I make sure it is 16" -- not 14" or 15" if possible.
Look for the best quality stone (if buying real stones)
Make sure beads are not cracked or chipped by the holes as this tears the thread
Good color (so can create harmonious necklaces and matching earrings)
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