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heel style (ヒールのスタイル)

source: http://droptokyo.com/street/gender/woman/

source: http://droptokyo.com/street/gender/woman/

Stability and how well a shoe is able to go along with movements are some of the important factors that the wearer should think about while wearing shoes around Japan. The simplest shoe can have good comfort elements if the wearer is willing to take the time to feel them out by trying on different pairs. When a foot is able to show how much it’s been loved after a long day’s walk, then what this means is that the shoe and wearer were in agreement. When the wearer slips them off, we will be able to have a good idea of whether or not the day with the shoe was successful, not to mention any obvious pain that the wearer might be in. What the wearer might consider best though is how well comfort and their feet go along with the heel’s style. The style of the heel is a necessary element of the shoe to consider since it can be designed and placed onto shoes in many creative variations. It is a connection between the comfort of the foot and design. A well worn heel is a sign that this connection was something that managed to work out, with the wearer feeling confident about her feet and feeling good while walking. People should take caution when dealing with heel styles, especially if they care about the display for their toe. The toe doesn’t suffer from the heel, but from how the heel and the rest of the shoe display them as a result. With a great heel style the toes are nicely displayed from the hallux to the smallest one, with the hallux (big toe) resting nicely in front and showing the nail polish neatly.

 

source: http://im5-a.mbokimg.dena.ne.jp/1/7/381/

source: http://im5-a.mbokimg.dena.ne.jp/1/7/381/

In some shoe models, the heel style is successful in taking advantage of how the shoe design manages the heel of the foot itself. An open heel design leads the way for revealing the lightness of our foot and gives our foot exposure to the feeling of support. If then heel of the foot is exposed because of design, then the heel and the design introduce us to whatever feeling of support may be available. A heel that is supported by design reveals its beauty along with the shoe, with the skin of the foot showing itself in different ways. For a more firm and active heel style, we could take a look at thick heel and party heel. The thick heel is a feature of the shoe that would guarantee that the wearer has a stance and an outfit that is in motion. It shows that the wearer understands how her movements are put together with her outfit and that the selection of shoe design is assured. The shoe becomes cute and adorable with solid color thick heels, being able to be worn with a variety of casual and small outing outfits or on a nice, regular routine day. The party heel has a different kind of confidence, and knowing how well you and your shoes will fit in is a must. Party heels require that the wearer have a sure idea of what she wants from them and nothing else. To be the life of the party is possible but what we really need from party heels are shoes that would lift us up as soon as we began movement within our environment. It’s not the freedom of a soaring eagle, but more like the freedom of a queen with a massive wingspan or maybe something more personal and closer to our own identity and how that identity might express itself within an environment suitable for party heels. In any heel style, we might run into a counter (the back part) that hugs the heel of our foot in a way that allows our feelings about how we look in an outfit or how we walk over time to come into play. The best heel styles are those that can love our foot from the counter to the insole.

Fur sandals (ファーサンダル)

source: wear.jp

source: wear.jp

Wouldn’t it seem different to wear fur sandals as a fashion statement? No, not in Japan and in fact, it’s actually pretty popular and common. The fur sandal handles a foot in a way that puts it in a regular shoe surrounding and then makes it stand guard with a huge fur shield that acts as the guardian of uniqueness. The use of fur may give you the idea that the shoe has some kind of comfort level, but it actually has nothing to do with comfort and everything to do with style. The fur of the shoe is used as a color container by the designer, and could come in colors ranging from black to dark red or blue even. The case for fur has always been as a shoe addition that would be able to show off cultural taste, but in a lot of cases people have worn the fur sandals to show off their feet and highlight the ankle area and the area where the shin and leg bones are located. Attractive in the most basic sense of the word, but deeper for those love to see the ladies move around in style, and to mistaken them for something like house slippers is to miss out on how wonderful the wearer might be. For designers, the fur represents a type of thing that is able to be manipulated and used for creation with many different styles of shoes, whether its a slipper, a sandal, a heel, or a platform that can cause the look to blend in with other parts of the wearer, like the socks or outfit. The fashionista has good leverage point when dealing with the fur shoe/fur sandal because the design allows it to be in fashion and trendy most of the time. How would it go away when young teenage girls and women are buying it all the time? Girls and teenagers usually work the fur sandal by wearing them as a group going out and spending time with each other while rocking them and matching with no issue. It’s an instant love fest. For a girl or young adult woman that is into pedicure, the fur sandal’s highlighting effect can be an endless source of fashion thoughts, since she will always end up looking attractive to both lookers and her close friends. Please be sure to avoid the rain if you decide to try out these wonderful pair of shoes, otherwise you may be moving as fast as a rabbit! And you might be disappointed in how your socks or nylon barely served as protection. The barefoot is number one for the fur sandal though, because with bare feet, it’s easier to choose what our favorite type of fur sandal might be. The choices are made easier and we can wear them with style and success.

Gillie shoe (ギリーヒールパンプス)

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source: https://cuta.jp/6773

Gilley shoes come with a thick heel, lace-up cord material that wrap up to the ankle
and a classic pointed toe that is standard for their design. The thick backside or heel is
a major stabilizing factor when walking and can add to the design for a classic look
that is easy to wear every season, along with a back zipper that is present is some
designs. A pink or dark red color shows the foot off nicely, making it great to wear with casual clothing, while an ivory or black will tend to give the shoe a strong looking tint that
would make the shoe look more powerful than it really is. What make Gilley shoes Japanese is that they are common with a lot of smaller, local brands, and the style of Gilley is easy to catch whenever you shop for them – either in sandal form, classical, or heel. The Japanese female foot is another factor, since the shoe itself will highlight the foot’s potential, with much of it is revealed through the laces and through the shoe’s appearance. In comparison to its close relative the basic lace-up shoe, Gilley can be featured with multiple cords and a thick heel or the thick heel can be placed with a double lace-up model. So, who would want to wear Gilley style lace-ups? Someone who was sure of their outfit and was wanting style with an easy walk, or someone who wanted a quick version of cute by wearing a nice pair with matching socks. Gilley shoe sock combo isn’t frequent, but will work if the outfit permits. The Gilley shoe style originated in Europe and was used for outdoor activities. Today it is a nice walk in the park for the wearer, with a simple lace-up pattern that is great with any outfit.

enamel (エナメル素材)

source: http://blog.baycrews.co.jp/la-totalite/?m=201302

source: http://blog.baycrews.co.jp/la-totalite/?m=201302

Enamel material of shoes have a really wonderful way about them when placed with a woman’s foot. If for any reason you ever doubted how sexy and attractive legs or the foot could be, then enamel material is something that can enhance. When worn with bare feet, enamel based shoes can tell you about how attractive the figure is right up to the leg, and leave the viewer guessing about your experience with the beauty of the foot. Many Japanese women have played on the use of creme and pastel colors for enamel material based shoes, matching it to the tone of the skin that’s on top of the foot and creating a blending effect. Any color that isn’t within the pink, white, or beige range will instantly become a enamel color that highlights the nakedness of the legs rather than blending in with the feet.

source: https://kinarino.jp/cat1

source: https://kinarino.jp/cat1

Another role that the enamel material does well is giving style to shoes that are masculine or lean towards it. The glossy surface of the enamel shoe works to solidify the masculine and ensure that the enamel is a style addition. With both masculine and feminine enamel shoes, the elements are set so that the shoe as a whole is for stability or for a guaranteed masculine style that can be used in outfits. The sleek design of these types of shoes wraps around
the foot and seals it at the ankles, ending it with a pointed toe. The “sealed” look of the shoe is extremely popular in Japan, and is created by manipulating the gloss and soft tones of the female leg. When socks are worn, the softer tones of the leg are diminished and become commonplace, but the foot can still retain it’s femininity by balancing the colors or gloss effect with the outfit or makeup even. If the outfit were to be toned down any further with pants for example, we might’ve been in something that was a workplace outfit, since the shoes are masculine.

Despite the heavy maintenance cost for owning a pair of enamel based shoes, they are a very popular item in many internet shops, and could take on the name SOLD OUT in Japan without an issue. The shoe’s addictive slip in quality might be behind it or the use of the more masculine models for casual outfits which is something that is quite frequent.

display (靴ポーズ)

source: wear.jp

source: wear.jp

Why would we want to ponder over and wonder about something like display? Did you know that something like display could bring us closer to brands that might catch our attention in some way? We could even fall in love with a new pair of shoes or take more time with them if the display helped the subject. This is due to how display allows us to break down parts of our favorite items or styles, and may even highlight new favorite parts. To be able to see something we like in a way that takes our tastes and bends it in a slightly different, more favorable fashion that’s appealing is the nature of display when applied with shoes. This requires symmetry, alignment, and opening the potential wearer’s imagination. Display can be seen with these wedge heels with a top cover that almost looks as if its a bandage that has been wrapped around. The shoe successfully holds the wearer’s foot and bends it in a way that shows the wonderful parts of it, leaving the toes with just enough room for display at any angle. With a nice display such as this one, it would not be a bad idea to consider how the wearer might take her shoe off. Display could cover for both poses and when the shoe comes off, with the highlighting elements going from the shoe to the coloration and shape of the foot thanks to a nice toenail color and good foot care.

source: http://wear.jp/sonokokino/7960663/

source: http://wear.jp/sonokokino/7960663/

Shoes that have elements that contain metallic or types of metal have a certain display quality that forces the shoe to give up whatever kind of style it may be hiding. Most of the time, a metallic part does it’s job best by providing the shoes with both display value and acting as a main component. However, it’s probably a good idea to be careful about what you wear with these type of components, since some people may feel uncomfortable wearing these types of shoes with clothing like denim. If you are having thoughts that are comparing the your level of comfort versus your level of desire for including a metallic display, then think about how you would feel for the rest of the day displaying such elements. Display is great because even with elements that might make us feel uncomfortable it allows us to think and consider how a thing might be, especially in relation to ourselves. When a shoe is worn without regard to self, meaning it’s worn without fashion and is instead thought about for work, then the design and display element is gone and the view is commonplace. Flip flops are what the design became rather than a fashion piece. A preference for tight, close quarter design and style is another reference to Japanese, but it’s probably because many Japanese brands like to keep fashion and work together.

women’s clogs (女性下駄)

Source: www.kimono-saganoya.com/getals/

Source: www.kimono-saganoya.com/getals/

When wearing something like a clog shoe, our paces and order of walking are defined by the design of the clog and how much our feet are willing to spread across the area of the clog’s surface. The illustration of the foot is something that the clog does best, and it’s coloration will show a organic glow that can’t hide it’s beauty even on the roughest of land. Even better if someone can pull off a cute looking polish to put it all together. Coloring the toenails with a single, solid color by using the strap as a palette that gives all the colors available is a common theme with clog wearers, but you could also continue design themes that cover the strap motif in a different way. For example, if a strap has a design of flowers with red backdrop, then we would try to give our toes a theme that deals with whatever the strap illustrates. It doesn’t have to be an exact copy, but maybe something like a jewel & sparkle fade effect that a lot of shops like to show will do.

Source: http://ja.aliexpress.com

Source: http://ja.aliexpress.com

On some pairs of clogs, the strap of it serves to style the foot like clothing, so that the wearer is truly wearing the shoe. A strap that hides the nakedness of a foot with design, style, or motif
expresses that the foot’s styling is just as important as considering the foot itself, since the look of a foot is a good portion of how the clog looks as a whole. In other words, you begin to appreciate the foot. Appreciation is something that is important when dealing with a foot that has been defined by clog interaction and when thinking about the continued manufacturing of clogs. This is because for generations Japan has dealt with how the female foot was to be handled by dealing with clog design over time. Beauty is there, but what could we do in terms of the design, patterns, and daily routines to continue what we like in a clog that is worn by a female? It’s questions like these that will make the wearer happy and comfortable in the end. If you are into fashion, don’t hesitate or be afraid to handle the body part at least once a day in a way that educates you on design. When you know what a foot goes through, then you can help people better though your creations.

Ballet slipper flats (バレエシューズ)

source: kaumo.jp/image/696240

source: kaumo.jp/image/696240

When the foot wants to feel comfort alone, the feminine ballet slipper flats just might do the trick. For starters, the soft part of the foot underneath fits nicely because of a memory foam cushioning or sheepskin, followed by enough space to accommodate the sides of the foot and the spread of the surface area just below the toes also underneath the foot. Once the foot is comfortable in a shoe like this, then consideration of style begins and we then have to deal with whether or not the default point toe design fits our idea. Japanese taste tend to enjoy ballerina flat shoes that have pointy or fit tops and a nice inner shoe lining that is able to make the foot feel good. Lightness of foot is also a good quality for the ballet flat to have since in many of these types of shoe designs, light and soft are qualities that are in combination. It’s all very easy to wear. If there is a case where the shoe cannot provide me with comfort because of basic factory cushioning, then the ballerina flats are perfect for handling the nylon sock that might be worn since they couldn’t be worn barefoot. In some of the shoes, we find that the toe area of the shoe conceals the lines of the toe creases completely, only showing the top of the foot, which comes in all sorts of dark, browns, cremes, and pale shades in Japan.

The ballet slipper flats are good for everyday activity and they’re great things to use when on a easy daily work routine that allows you to relax or be in a place where you have to walk frequently, like an office. The shape and design of a ballet flat shoe expresses that it isn’t about inactivity, but that it’s not exactly active either. Any active elements to a ballet shoe flat should be things that make us comfortable so that we don’t feel like we are working. They fit seasonal trends better than most pairs of shoes, and can cover most days of the year if worn with socks.

party shoes (パーティのかかと)

source: wear.jp

source: wear.jp

Partying is cool. Many of us would like to stand out or be there with the crowds or groups, and our outfit just might be able to do that, but what about our shoes? The shoe is with our outfit, and it might even be cool enough to have a style of its own. Shoes that have highlighting aspects are great for conquering our personal party atmosphere. Here we find ourselves attempting to use this idea by applying a belt to heel sandals, and with the wood layer style of the heel, we are successful in standing out. The belt of a heel sandal or pump is a great highlighting aspect that can almost always win the day when wanting to handle the party your own way style wise. Wide belt makes good use of the buckle, so using it as a highlighting aspect is not a problem at all. For a simple win, the Bijou style sandals can fit you in perfectly, and you won’t need to worry about your shoe’s highlighting element. The bijou style has a good hold on many Japanese fashion brands, with many kinds of simplified interpretations of it. Another highlighting aspect of a shoe can also be found in solid color pointed toe heels which is much easier than pinpointing it on heel sandals or pumps. The color of it is simply the highlighting aspect, allowing you to fit your shoes and outfit towards a party. Solid color pumps are an awesome display of highlight aspect, and it works even better if you can find solid colors that have design additions to the shoe.

Source: fashionwalker.com

Source: fashionwalker.com

If we wanted something a little different for a party, then we can take a look at more flamboyant designs that have been purchased before in Japan, like the use of fur on shoes, pumps, and heels, and art heel designs. These type of designs are more popular with a younger crowd obviously or for specific events. What’s important though is that the design of the shoe illustrates a style that can be successfully used in parties. Specific heel toe designs that work well with the rest of the shoe will also win in many cases because of how easy it is to illustrate the highlight element. We should think about if our heels have an exciting point, or a sleek point that would cause others to think about our fashion at a party. Making a good impression from your fashion is awesome, so it’s a good thing to take the time to feel out which brands have shoes that are considerate towards party scenes.

lace-up shoes (レースアップパンプス)

source: http://ameblo.jp/knsuk/entry-12195388551.html

source: http://ameblo.jp/knsuk/entry-12195388551.html

Lace-up shoes or pumps are rarely seen out in public, but in Japan this type of shoe is actually very common because of how trendy they are and for their availability during different seasons. The lace-up shoe are an awesome trend item that has very little to do with comfort sometimes, but a lot to do with stability and with the flex of your feminine muscles. They are a good addition to your shoe collection, especially if they are going to be your only pair of shoes that use string/laces. The lace-up shoe is truly feminine item – design wise the lace-up shoe is considerate about delicate feet but doesn’t care about the time required to finish the lacing or tying of it. It can take some time to deal with and choosing a color for your pair is also no easy matter, although most people usually choose beige, dark colors, or black. The lace-up shoe can come in things other than a solid color though, like a motif, design theme, or even full leather material with a zipper or back laces for a sleek styling on the back of the shoe. Combined with denim or dress/skirt, the lace-up shoe is capable of sending a message about your style and is impression perfect. In terms of the anatomy of the foot, the lace-up pump can reveal the thickness and color of the foot and use of the line formations of toes will make the feet look cute overall. The shape of the foot within a lace-up shoe is a focus point when purchasing or looking over lace-up pumps because of the use of a pointed tip that’s common with a lot of lace-up type styles. Be careful though, the lace-up pump could also make your feet look like roasted pork and become the cause of swollen feet. Roasted pork is a cute look on the foot, but in reality it takes about as much time to get over as it does lacing up a great pair of lace-up shoes.

ベルトサンダル (belt sandals)

source: wear.jp

source: wear.jp

Belt sandals are things that mark the territory with complete comfort – your comfort. For the feet, they send the message that you either have to love them or leave them. In Japan, the belt sandals are always a statement of love with comfort, although there have been some who have bought the cork sole platform heels to turn the comfort into a nice walk. What’s unique and appealing to the western eye is the use of color and belt materials on the shoe, which might remind someone of a seat belt or straps from a ride if it isn’t synthetic or cowhide leather. However obvious belt sandals may look out in the public, they are an item that can be worn multiple times in combination with other fashions. It’s great to use when you’re not interested in thinking about the bottom or are into showing off bigger feet, as the belt sandals will give worked feet a beautiful display. We’ve seen them used with both jean skirts, shirt blouses, simple black and wide pants. Some may find these type of shoes unattractive, but the simplicity when used with the other parts of the outfit allows the attention to be taken off of one thing and onto other aspects of the outfit, plus it reveals the belt material as a culture element that sometimes has socks and fur included. Belt sandals are a look into East Asian comfort levels, and when it comes to complete outfits, the straps are the final destination for the wearer 100% of the time. Belt and sole sandals should make the wearer cozy right down to the bottom of their feet, because by wearing them it shows that busy is the last place you want to go – this time, your toes aren’t meant for a busy street but for marine, park sides, and closeted halls or rooms.