A great shoe is about more than gorgeous looks - it's about the sole, too
Tips for Finding a Comfortable Pump
Hold the shoe at the heel and the toe area. The sole should be flexible and bend at the front of the arch but have a stiff bottom through the arch.
Choose a pump with a high heel that is directly underneath the center of your heel. If it is too far forward or at the back of the shoe, you'll have balance problems.
Look for false fronts. "A pointy-toe shoe with an area that is much longer than your toes has a false front. It keeps your toes from being squished," says Suzanne Levine, a podiatric surgeon in New York City.
Make sure the toe area is wide enough through the ball of your foot.
Note that a wedge shoe distributes your weight more evenly and offers support all the way through the foot. Be aware, however, that the limited sole flexibility of a wedge increases the risk of rolling your ankle over the side.
Test a shoe for cushioning by pressing a finger into the ball area. It should have a little give or a slightly padded feel.
Avoid synthetics. Wear shoes with leather, suede, or fabric uppers. These materials breathe, which lessens the chance of blistering.
Tips for Finding a Comfortable Flat
Look for sturdy construction. "Try to push in the area around the heel," says Meghan Cleary, author of The Perfect Fit: What Your Shoes Say About You (Chronicle Books, $13, amazon.com). "If the heel collapses enough to touch the insole, the shoe is not supportive."
Hold each end of a shoe and try to twist it. If the shoe bends too much, it won't be supportive.
Look for flats with a little bit of a heel if you have high arches. Heels provide relief from foot pain.
Buy shoes with leather or rubber soles for optimum shock absorption.
Wear only shoes that have leather or suede insoles. Breathable and pliable, they help prevent chafing and blistering, and they mold to the feet.
Search for round-toe flats. They follow the shape of the foot and allow the toes to move.
Avoid slippage and cuts on your heel by finding a shoe with a back that fits snugly and holds your foot securely.
Tips for Finding a Blister-Proof Sandal
Avoid wobbly shoes. Examine a shoe's quality by looking at how it sits on a table. A well-built one will be balanced and look stable when standing on its own.
Find stack heels that have a broad heel tap (base), which allows for better shock absorption. You will also be steadier on your feet.
Stay away from backless shoes, such as thongs and slides, because they cause pain in the balls of the feet, says Suzanne Levine. Instead, look for a sandal with straps that hit just below the ankle (not encircling it). These will help stabilize the foot and hold it securely.
Wear only sandals that have leather or suede-lined straps to prevent chafing.
Make sure the toe-box area is wide enough for the broadest part of your foot.
Look for platform shoes that give the illusion of a higher heel without the feel of it.
Examine the insides of straps for seams and other construction details that might dig into feet.
Grill Maintenance: How To Keep Your Grill Looking New And Your Food Tasting Great
The most important part of keeping your Grill going strong for years is to properly maintain it. Sound tough? No way! Our dedicated team of grill experts have compiled a few easy steps to keep in mind when caring for your grill. A few key tips to keeping your grill going strong:
Invest in a sturdy grill cover. A cover is the #1 way to keep your grill dry, rustless and free of outside elements such as leaves and dirt that can make their way into the burners and cause problems. Weber, Davya, and Vermont Castings, make quality, affordable Grill Covers.
Use a Grill Pan and Clean the grates after cooking. Always use aluminum foil or a grill pan when grilling. When you're all done and your grill cools down to slightly warm, take a stiff wire brush to the grates to keep them clean and shiny. Use brass wire brushes on stainless steel grates and stainless steel brushes on cast iron grills. A helpful tip is to cover the grates with a clean peice of aluminum foil and heat the grill on high for 10-15 min. This will turn all the caked on grease and food into a fine white powder which can easily be brushed off with a Cleaning Brush. When the grill is cool enough to touch, wipe down with a moist towel.Some manufacturers suggest using spray oven cleaner on greasy surfaces to loosen build up if desired, however this is not recommended on all grills.
Inspect your burners often.To keep your burners in tip top shape and to make sure heat is being distributed evenly, inspect your burners for corrosion and damage on a regular basis. What to check? Check the burner assembly for corrosion damage paying particular attention to the seams along the edges near the burner ports. The seams, or those areas where the metal is folded over in manufacturing, often trap grease and this is where corrosion generally begins. How do you clean the burners? A good wire brush is always your best bet. For cast iron grills, use a stainless steel brush. For clogged gas holes, use a pipe cleaner or something of the like. Be careful not to use anything too small that could possibly get stuck!
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