Fashion With A Heart – Shoes By Shaherazad

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Fashion is often considered to be vacuous, to be all about appearance with very little substance behind it. But sometimes you come across a brand that is aiming to change lives too. Shoes by Shaherazad is doing just that, one step at a time. The ethos of the brand, the brainchild of Shaherazad Umbreen,  is all about empowering women through fashion, both by creating beautiful and elegant heels that can be worn for 18 hours as women work and frankly kick ass without having to sacrifice their femininity and style, but the brand also seeks to empower women and girls living in poverty through the ‘Solidarity by Shaherazad’ programme.

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The idea behind ‘The Eighteen Hour Heel’ is fantastic, a godsend to anyone who has to stand on their feet for long periods of time, and yet still loves the look and feel of wearing heels. Shaharazad has looked at the elegance and grace of flamingos, able to balance on one leg for long periods of time, and has created a shoe which distributes the body weight so that the shoes are comfortable and wearable for much longer periods of time than the average shoe. Another design feature that makes them wearable for 18 hours is that they can be transformed from an elegant, no-nonsense court shoe for day wear, to a beautifully embellished evening shoe through the addition of ‘slip on shoellery’. All this, and they are British made too.

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But I think the really exciting part of purchasing a pair of heels from Shoes by Shaherazad is the philanthropic element, knowing that your shoes are actually making a difference to the life of women and girls around the world.  The ‘Solidarity by Shaherazad’ programme, working in collaboration with Global Giving, directly funds projects that provide sustainable futures for girls, through work and education. Currently women have been empowered in countries such as Kenya, Peru, Pakistan and Palestine. As Shaherazad explains:- “These are heels which have the power to do good and make many women and girls happy.”

Beautiful shoes with a conscience. This can only be a brilliant idea.

The Coolest New Shoe Style For Kids of All Ages

For kids, being and staying cool is very important. It is a vital source of their self-confidence and self-esteem. With their confidence at the highest levels, getting friends and staying motivated in their education can turn out to be very easy. If you want to your kids to grow up into fine and confident citizens of our country, then helping them to be cool is definitely very important.

 

In order to become a cool kid that can stand out from the rest of their peers, fashion and styling must be top-notch. And one of the most visually effective methods is by having a pair of cool shoes. And surely, with a pair of the latest light up shoes for kids, your kids will definitely be able to stand out in the crowd and shout at the top of their lungs that they are COOL!

Light up shoes or LED (Light emitting diode) shoes have actually been available since the early 1990s. Back then, most sports and their biggest personalities have started gaining worldwide fame and interest. And with their fame, people also started paying attention to their gears and clothes especially their shoes. By then, shoe manufacturers started to take notice and immediately took advantage of the growing trend and started designing and selling different kinds of sneakers. And from then on, different gimmicks in the styling of the sneakers started to pop out from nowhere, from inflatable shoes, convertible shoes to waterproof sneakers until bright LED shoes were created and introduced in the market.

LED shoes are indeed very attractive, they don’t even lack in the styling department. LED shoes are basically similar in all aspects to regular sneakers except that their soles have bright led bulbs installed inside which lightens up every time the wearer steps and applies pressure to it. It was very popular back then to the point that each kid already owns at least 1 pair of led shoes until safety and power issues started to affect their reputation. People started to complain about always changing batteries as its capacity was low back then. Also, concerns about its’ safety started to make people afraid of it as there were cases when kids got hurt from the mercury inside the batteries. From then on, led shoes starting to drift until they were phased out.

Luckily, today, LED shoes have made their biggest comeback ever. With more dazzling, stylish and cool features to offer, they have definitely started to take over the trend charts. Furthermore, the safety issue which was the cause of their downfall was splendidly solved thanks to the help of USB rechargeable batteries that are totally mercury free. Additional features of the new LED shoes include:

 

  •    USB-rechargeable, Up to 10 hours
  •    Multi-Color LED lights with series lighting functions (red, yellow, green, blue, white, blue)
  •    Waterproof soles and led bulbs

 

With the help of today’s technology, LED shoes have made their greatest comeback and is surely going to be the COOLEST shoes for all kids.

Guide to buying men’s shoes

This infographic will walk you through which shoes you should buy next. The graphic goes through shoes such the dress boot, the boat shoe and the basic trainer. What I really love about this infographic is that it introduces some keys, these keys easily show you what each shoe is perfect for. For example, the dress boot is perfect for sunny days, for smart attire and also advises you to wear those certain shoes with socks.
Another example would be the basic trainer where the keys say to also wear with socks, comfy for sports, for the casual look and perfect for sunny days. You can wear clothes such as hype clothing, hoodies and bomber jackets with basic trainers as they all fall under the casual look category.