Shoeology: The embellished pump is symbolic of modern-day glamour. It invites us to live in a different world, one that is magical, sparkly and a little bit mysterious. During the 16th century, European royalty wore high­-heeled shoes to make them appear larger than life. The term “well-­heeled” implied that the wearer was wealthy and held a place of authority. The higher the stilts, the more luxurious your life was. They...

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SHOEOLOGY: If you are looking to stay energized, on track, and dedicated, a pair of running shoes is just what the doctor ordered. We humans got sick of running around in bare feet sometime around 1895 when the British company J.W. Foster and Sons designed and produced the first shoes specifically for running. The shoes had spikes to allow for greater traction and speed. Shortly thereafter, an American company called...

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SHOEOLOGY: If you want to safely walk in the world while maintaining an open heart, the peep toe is the shoe for you! The peep toe shoe made its debut in the 1930s when glamorous stars like Greta Garbo wore them to show off just a hint of toe. Since then, the peep toe has become a flirty and classic staple in most women’s closets. The peep toe arose at...

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SHOEOLOGY: Move over sourpuss attitude, the slingback has arrived. Get ready to take on the playfulness of the sweetest shoe in town. The scrumptious slingback has an open back with a strap around the heel. The straps are usually adjustable through a buckle or elastic that allows the wearer to slip her foot into the shoe without making adjustments. A slingback strap is distinguishable from an ankle-strap in that the latter...

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SHOEOLOGY: The ancients knew how to dance, or at least their shoes did! Leather soles were how it all started. The world's oldest known shoes (discovered in Armenia in 2008 and believed to date back to 3,500 B.C.) were made from a single piece of cowhide laced with a leather cord along seams at the front and back. Early Native Americans wore a similar type of footwear called a Moccasin. As...

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SHOEOLOGY When in doubt, let your cowboy boots do the talking. Their straightforward ways are bound to keep you on the right side of the law and in the good graces of your mate. A cowboy’s code is based on telling the truth and never going back on one's word. It’s an attitude of integrity, a way of living and doing things in an honest, courageous, and fair way. A...

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SHOEOLOGY This dramatic, leather­strapped shoe seems to surface as the “it” sandal every few years. Known for adding an edge to any summer look, the original design was literally a look to die for—as many ancient gladiator fighters could attest. The sandal was created for the daring fighters of the Roman Empire. There is speculation about when the first gladiator match took place, but is believed to have occurred around...

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SHOEOLOGY There is no such thing as a bad experience of peace, right? Peace is a quality that often eludes us, an experience that will happen someday in some far away land… I say forget the someday—let’s bring some peace to our soles right now! The moccasin is the oldest American shoe design. Native American tribes used varying versions of the moccasin to fit different environments. Moccasins are durable, comfortable,...

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SHOEOLOGY If you are looking for a shoe that says, “That girl is on fire!” look no further. A red closed-­toe pump is a powerful shoe and a sure way to garner a red-­hot first impression. During the 16th century, European royalty wore high­-heeled shoes to make them appear larger than life. The term “well-­heeled” implied that the wearer was wealthy and held a place of authority. High heels change...

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SHOEOLOGY Steady there, sister! A ballet flat (along with a good sense of humor) can help you remain balanced on the tightrope of life—no matter how wobbly it may feel at times. Ballet flats have been popular since the 16th century. Inspired by the ballerina slipper, the ballet flat is intentionally comfortable and stable. Ballet dancers are known for their balance and grace, qualities the shoe embodies. Ballet flats were...

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SHOEOLOGY Don’t take the penny loafer the wrong way; it isn’t a completely shallow shoe. Sure it screams, ‘show me da money!’ (not in an in­-your­-face thug way, more like in an excited investment banker way), but it also represents all aspects of abundance, which is more of a state of being. The penny loafer is practical and enduring—just like we want our financial security to be. Since it first...

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