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9 Tips for healthy and beautiful feet

Posted on November 02, 2014 by Ina Schumann

Our feet are more important to us than we think. They are in charge of our balance, our mobility; and they have even more sensory cells than our face. In a way, our wellbeing relies on our feet, however most of us don’t pay as much attention to them as they deserve.

Often, it is not enough to wear professional, high-quality shoes in order to keep your feet fit after a long working day. To keep them beautiful and healthy, a certain care is necessary. Here we have put together a few tips and tricks about how you can keep your feet fit and healthy without much effort:

Relaxation:

  1. A short footbath (of 37-40 degrees) activates not just your feet but also your nerves and will make your whole body feel better.
  2. Massage them with circular, gentle moves across the main joints of the foot. It would be even better if you got them massaged professionally.
  3. Freeze a bottle of water and – especially after a long, exhausting working day or after the gym – roll it under your feet to cool down.

Stretching, particularly after exhausting days:

  1. Roll a massage ball with your feet.
  2. Grab small items with your toes.
  3. Pick up a cloth with your toes from the floor.
  4. Tear a piece of paper with your toes.
  5. Stand on your toes and rotate your heels at the same time.
  6. Spread your toes apart and move them in together again.

Also, a great way of training your feet is by walking barefoot regularly.

Posted in Feet, Footcare, Health

12 tips on how to ensure the perfect fit: a Suecos® sizing guide

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Ina Schumann

Did you know that 9 in 10 women wear shoes that are too small?

Proper selection of size and fitting are essential. This is why we have put together 12 tips to help you choose your Suecos® size correctly.

 

  1. Use our conversion chart to select the right shoe size according to your region. Start off with the size that you would normally wear. 
  2. If you pick a model that comes with an insole, choose one size bigger. Remember that insoles affect the way a shoe fits: for example our Nordic model comes with an insole and therefore has a smaller fitting than other models. Always get one size bigger if you will need an insole!
  3. If you are in between sizes, we recommend taking the bigger size rather than the smaller size. (For example if yours is EUR 37.5, get EUR 38)
  4. When trying new shoes, make sure to wear the same type of socks that you will usually wear in these shoes.
  5. Consider that your shoes should always be one thumb’s width longer than your longest toe while standing.
  6. When standing, wiggle your toes to check if there is enough space in the shoes.
  7. Avoid buying shoes that are too small. Don’t think that they will change: they won’t expand over time!
  8. Bear in mind that your feet continue growing as you get older, so your size might change.
  9. Normally your feet are at their largest in the evening, so we always recommend trying new shoes towards the end of the day.
  10. All our models have been designed following the standards for professional use in working environments. Therefore the first premise is to provide safety and stability for your feet. To achieve this, the security strap gives great support when worn at the heel. The strap will stretch over time.
  11. If you suffer any foot condition, please let your sales person know and they will indicate the best Suecos® option for you.
  12. Best tip to ensure a perfect fit: TRY THEM ON! Walk for a bit in both shoes. Do you feel the extraordinary comfort?

Read more on how to choose your Suecos® here.

 

Posted in Feet, Health, Shoes, Tips, Tricks

Be safe

Posted on October 01, 2014 by Suecos EN

Imagine a professional runner wearing ballerinas when training – that doesn’t seem right?

As you know, professionals need appropriate footwear, suited for their individual needs and working environment. It is essential for their health and safety at work; and of course staff efficiency. Just as the athlete needs professional running shoes in order to meet his target, staff needs adequate footwear to work effectively.

Socrates once said: "when your feet hurt, you hurt all over" which can impede work. Health problems can be avoided if employers and professionals are consciously aware of the risks and proactively choose safe and comfortable footwear. In the long run it will avoid health issues and therefore reduce sick leave.

Additionally following 7 actions should be taken to reduce feet and back problems and improve your staff’s health and productivity:

  1. Avoid fixed positions and increase the number of body motions. This can be done through job rotation.
  2. The floor can be crucial to reduce accidents and foot pain.
  3. Teach correct postures for dealing with heavy loads.
  4. Advise on adequate shoe maintenance.
  5. Add health signs in the workplace, for example to raise awareness of steps or slippery grounds.
  6. Ensure sufficient natural light.
  7. Flexibility and non-slip properties (both floor and appropriate footwear) reduce accidents at work.

Suecos®’ mission is to bring you the best of both: design and comfort. Our shoes protect staff´s feet from risks they are continuously exposed at daily level. We are aware of your needs such as toe protection and non-slip properties, just to name a few. We want you to feel energized, healthy and safe at work. 

Posted in Feet, Footcare, Health, Products

Socks or barefoot?

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Suecos EN

Wearing socks with sandals has been seen as a major footwear faux pas and suddenly got trendy again this year – that means if you are wearing it right. Many of us still think that even ankle-length socks with sneakers or shorts are a no-go area and especially women renounce socks for aesthetic reasons. But is that really healthy and hygienic?

You should only be barefoot in closed shoes as a last resort. Socks keep our feet dry and support personal hygiene since they can be changed quickly when feet get smelly. It’s totally normal that feet are sweating. We have about 250.000 sweat glands at the soles of the feet, which can produce up to a quarter of a litre of perspiration per day on average! Footwear, genetic disposition, emotional stress, activities and temperature have influence on how strong personal foot perspiration might be.

Here are 7 clues on how to keep your feet fresh:

  1. Washing your feet and drying them thoroughly afterwards belongs to daily hygiene; a sage bath helps in case of strong perspiration.
  2. Wear breezy footwear in summer or walk barefoot as much as possible.
  3. Make sure that your shoes are big enough; tight shoes will make you sweat more.
  4. Use fresh cotton socks and avoid synthetic materials, which don’t absorb sweat very well.
  5. Change shoes often and leave at least one day rest in between so that they can air and dry well.
  6. Make sure to also remove insoles or orthopaedic inserts from the shoes and wash them every now and then so that foot odour will disappear. Let them dry for a few days before putting them back into the shoes.
  7. Powder can help in case of strong perspiration.

If you still don’t like to wear socks in shoes try barefoot insoles or shoe liners, which you can change easily just after a few days. Absorbent and washable insoles made of terry cloth material are best. 

Another alternative are feet liners. Girls know these little socks already but there are also special models for men that can hardly be spotted when worn in shoes. But sock liners are not always ideal for ladies’ shoes and can get tiring having to adjust them all the time… Be vary of tights, they tend to be mostly uncomfortable, are not absorbent and often contain – such as insoles do – nanoparticles against unpleasant odour: chemicals whose long-term effects are still unknown.

Posted in fashion, Feet, Footcare, Shoes

How to select the right professional shoes: Do your shoes really protect?

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Ina schumann

Tripping, slipping and falling are the most common causes of workplace accidents, especially on surfaces that have become slippery induced by water, soap or oil. Inappropriate shoes, walking too fast, fatigue or a distraction as well as climbing stairs without using banisters considerably increase accident risk.
But what distinguishes great professional shoes and what should you bear in mind when buying work shoes?
  1. A correct fit supporting your feet clearly reduces the risk of twisting an ankle. The shoe’s closure or safety strap should adjust to the foot and hold it securely.
  2. A non-slip rubber outer sole (SRC) with a large contact area for good grip is indispensable.
  3. The shoes should cover the front of the foot including your toes and be water-resistant in order to prevent the infiltration of liquids from above. The material should be hard-wearing and easy to clean.
  4. The heel area should be slightly shock-absorbing with a stable heel counter for more support. A reinforced toe cap is recommended.
  5. Look for a comfortable footbed with low heels and shoes that allow your feet to breathe.
  6. Make sure they fit well! The area around the ball of the foot is widest: a suitable width of the shoe is as important as its length.

Posted in Feet, Shoes

3 Tips & Tricks to keep your feet healthy during the cold winter

Posted on December 03, 2013 by Suecos EN

Oh Christmas, Lovely Christmas...

For a big amount of people, one of the loveliest times of the year is considered to be the Christmas holidays. But beside from all of the wonderful things Christmas brings, we also know that the expense of buying gifts, the stressful last minute shopping, the mammoth food shops and the bunch of other stuff that comes along with the preparation for the very Christmas day can result in something that appears as familiar to many as the Christmas holidays does itself. Yes, we are talking about the well-known Christmas-stress and the all of the walking and standing that comes along with it.
Many people have probably pulled out their boots and sneakers already, into which they are able shove back their feet in during the cold and wet weather that comes along with the Christmas holidays. The health and appearance of the feet are therefore often forgotten, even though podiatrists claim that it is in high degree of importance to stay vigilant about foot care during the winter time since the cold climate, combined with the running you feel required to do, easily contribute to massive foot-, and health problems overall.
Here at Suecos we already know how important it is to stay away from these health problems but also how very easy it actually is, and a big step on the way is to invest in a pair of comfortable indoor shoes in which you can give your feet a rest after the cold walk they were put through in your winter shoes.
Below we have listed three very simple tips & tricks for you to think of now just before the arrival of the Christmas.
As we all know, it is always good to be prepared before the actual Christmas stress itself takes over.

1. INVEST IN SOME GOOD SHOES!
It is of high importance to own proper footwear for the winter. Spring will come to us sooner than we think, but until then we have to think of to keep our feet in a warm, dry and comfortable place. Keeping your feet healthy during the cold winter times will later on help you to have these fresh and representative summer feet you wish to have when the time for sandals comes.




2. 
INVEST IN SOCKS AND INSOLES MADE FOR COLDER CLIMATE!
Thick and breathable socks and insoles that also wick away moisture are to recommend, because when
your feet continue to sweat in colder temperatures, socks and insoles must promote air circulation and remove perspiration.


3
. MAINTAIN THE FOOT CARE REGIME DURING THE WINTER AS WELL!
We know that your feet are very likely to spend a lot of time hidden in your shoes since they honestly don’t have much to do outside in the cold weather. This is the reason why you have to be very careful with maintaining the foot care regime during the winter as well. Keep a careful watch at your feet while washing them to make sure that you don’t suffer from any early signs of foot problems!

But maybe most important
– Take your time to sit down and breathe during the stress that might come to hit you.
Nothing will be as good as you expect it to be if you yourself dont feel good,
so always take care of yourself and your health before you try to take care of everything else that comes along with the Christmas.


We at Suecos® wish you a Merry Christmas!

With an extra thought of our winter feet during lovely December month, Suecos® will have a special Christmas-offer only for you and your feet! Once you buy a pair of Skoll shoes to help your feet to keep healthy, you will not only get the shoes themselves but on the purchase you will also get a pair of insoles included in the price as you normally would have paid only for the shoes! A small Christmas gift from us at Suecos, for you!

Visit Skoll Collection HERE!

Posted in Christmas, December, Feet, Footcare, Health, Inspiration, Products, Sales, Shoes, Tips, Tricks, Winter, Wintershoes