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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.

Japanese style (日本風)

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source: blog.livedoor.jp/flowersedei/archives/cat_50038371.html

So when we think of something like a Japanese style, what are some things that might come to mind? Probably all kinds of trendy, anime, jet set radio fashion attempts by innocent youngsters who are into the music scene. For the real people on the ground however, Japanese style probably refers to the expressions of many local brands or brands that are of Japanese origin. As we have noticed in a previous post, the pointed toe is a favorite of many Japanese brands, and a pointed toe on a shoe that has a side cut is textbook definition for a style from Japan. In terms of design, Japanese style hits the mark with clever uses for belt buckles on the shoe, a love for plain looking and simplistic perspectives, and being thoughtful about shoe functioning right down to the design. When taking a break from converse, there are a few choices for the wearer to make, and if you are okay with spending the money, then you can enjoy the comfort of a foreign brand or nicer styles that may be closer to home.

source: blog.livedoor.jp/flowersedei/archives/cat_50038371.html

A Japanese shoe loves being original and fits well with original fashion. By original I mean something that has it’s own mode, a way of wearing and moving. The foot that experiences something is in mode, and many Japanese fashions enjoy this very much, even something that is closer to street fashions enjoy this. Impression comes to mind whenever the shoe is able to express it’s mode, and that’s why we find so many Japanese brands successfully causing the wearer to give off a good impression. If the wearer is happy with the shoe, then they might think about their choices, like I chose to do such and such with this style or I wanted to change this and that. The shoe should be able to allow for this and Japanese style gives it out quite well. Street fashions have no problems with expressing original, individual or whatever you may label the creativity as, but it is a different story when we have to consider styles that have the same quality, but in a different way. How is the wearer able to figure out or reveal the originality of the shoe when it isn’t as obvious as a street style? We are able to do something like this over time and not so immediate. The words vintage feel might work out perfectly here, but it’s really more about how well we fit with the shoes.

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.

two color or single dot pedicure (2 色のペディキュア)

source: http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2136755985821349401

source: http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2136755985821349401

The two color pedicure style will put your foot into stand out mode by pushing the appeal factor up to the level of interesting. On an otherwise plain and boring looking foot, the two color pedicure takes your feet and makes them a wonderful point of consideration where cute and adorable can work out well. On a foot model it adds to the view of a soft, smooth looking foot that expresses itself as individual. The single toenail drop is a popular style with young adults and girls, and is typically done by dotting the fourth toe with a dash of glitter polish, while the other ones are solid or have a common design theme. Love and a sense of fun are one of the definite aim for someone who enjoys wearing this kind of style, since the foot will be able to attract and have awesome appeal value without issue. This style can also be done with two toes using opposite color or painting the fourth toe on both feet with different colors, making a foot that is full of flirt. What some may call a foot that expresses a sexy mood, the two color or single dot toe pedicure can do much more than that in terms of your foot style, since it is able to work well with toes that may have a full design theme set.

source: http://girlspower-up.info/?p=43527&page=4

source: http://girlspower-up.info/?p=43527&page=4

What would be the best colors for this type of style? Japanese styles enjoy their own range of favorite commonly used colors. Ink remover white out, solid monochrome red, and a dark polished navy blue among others are some of the colors that can be seen in use with this, not to mention the use of silver or gold glitter based colors. On many feet that use this style, the glitter or design element can look as though its an accessory piece to the rest of the foot, like something feeling similar to a toe ring or jewelry. In any case, it’s important to get a feel for the type of color that might look good for your pedicure when considering this style. It’s a great way to spark people’s imagination and attract positive attention.

platform (厚底サンダル)

source: http://curet.jp/article/3531

source: http://curet.jp/article/3531

The platform component for shoes adds a sense of stability and a collected mood while moving around a massive, metropolitan environment like Tokyo. Distance and number of people can add to how well you feel, and sometimes even knowing your destination isn’t enough when it’s you versus the rest of the city. Platform components on shoes are meant for fun styling and the choices are endless and great for creating a topic of conversation. Cute is not an issue for the platform either, since it’s able to give the most smallest of feet a happy audience. In Japan, it is a style component that is sought after in all available brands both foreign and local. For someone with a small frame, it could make them feel connected to the rest of the activity going on around them, and for models it can make a statement that’s both healthy for self and full of awesome. The platform is also a kind of pride and joy for many Japanese brands, who aren’t afraid of overusing the component in many of their designs or embracing the wonderful plain quality that it gives off. The platform is beyond here to stay – it’s already there one hundred times over with many Japanese fashion brands. Students and models alike buy and wear them as if they were candy or a snack, but never get tired of them. You might find the most fashion conscious person wearing them so that their toes are able to show off their color and style in cozy comfort. The bigger the platform, the more confident and strict the stance is, with the wearer seeming as if she always has an easy way moving forward or posing. The size of the platform never goes overboard, and is in proportion with the wearer’s body, never improper. With someone who has such a small frame, the platform is security in style as well as an added touch of attractiveness. Definitely someone you could have a thing for. The socks serve to accommodate trends whenever the platform components becomes in fashion, since it’s so commonplace that it has periods of popularity. Otherwise we would usually see the platform shoe being worn barefoot, working with whatever outfit that the wearer sees fit. The message that the platform component sends to viewers isn’t always a trendy one, and in fact most of the time it is more about how local or at home i’m with my surroundings. When seen in East Asia, you know that the wearer isn’t going anywhere and that they might be more about their local street than about international fashion.

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.

sock life

source: girly.today

source: girly.today

Socks should be socks at the end of the day, and stay that way. From the time someone wakes up to the end of one day, people shouldn’t have to worry about the alignment or how frustrating a sock could be. This applies to active people especially, and there’s even a shoe shop that agrees with me. A wonderful remedy back at the house is to make it so that the sock and shoe are one, or the socks are styled in ways that are similar to the shoe. It’s an interesting idea, because by making socks connect with something beautiful (like a shoe or a toe), we might be able to ignore the irritation factors to a great extent. Talk about a fashionholic/fashionista! Joking aside though, this worked well with toe socks. Of course, if you’re the busiest of worker bees, then you probably have went too fast while putting them on to even take notice of what i’m talking about, or maybe you ran into adjusting your socks a little too much once or twice when you got ready for work and thought about how irritating it could be.

source: girly.today

source: girly.today

The other way of dealing with this is to embrace holes or to simply get rid of the socks. Hole fashion for socks has never really been popular with anyone except the girlfriend/boyfriend, but to embrace (ignore) the holes outside of that is to have a wonderfully mean work ethic. Socks that are attached so closely to the shoe and forgotten about must be a reference to the most active of people, a great group to deal with in terms of movements and work. Sock-to-shoe combo could translate to I didn’t have the time because i’m too busy or a personal meaning, but back at the house it’s a fashion statement. One thing that people may miss though is the feeling of taking off your socks after a long day. For many people, especially females, taking off your socks may seem like a built in alert feature on the existence of sensitivity on your own foot, but this is probably lost with the button up design – something that expresses an ethic that never allows you to slip your socks off, but to be strapped in, only to be able to take them off (unbutton) them when your actions are fully complete.

Style is another thing that socks don’t really have, but gained over a long period of time. The coolness of the sock came up with its age and how old school it was perceived to be. School is one place where sock wearing is popular and standard. However, the realm of socks became innovated with the designs shown above, hoping to elevate them above the feet of students and young idol contestants. To wear a sock means to know where your place is and to be comfort with that, it’s something that physical education plays on often because in the morning, students wear socks as a part of their outfits and it identifies that they are a part of the physical education class. Design effort on socks should consider why socks are thought about with standardized outfits, and should be aware that the sock goes with everyday life and memories.

Let’s see if designer socks can keep up with the cozy, buddy, snug room presence of a regular ones.