Designer Shoes: A Fashion Statement

Shoes, just like clothes, say quite a bit about what who we are. They are no longer (maybe have never been) just protection for our feet but a serious fashion statement. Of course priority is given to the health benefit of wearing shoes because without this there would be no dainty feet to make pretty but beyond that, there is a lot more that shoes do for the body of the aesthetic human being. There are regular shoes and then there are designer shoes. Designer made shoes are special. They have a little something that regular shoes do not have and that is uniqueness and style. They give the wearer a spring in his or her step and make the feet so comfortable it is hard to believe.

Now it may seem like the process of producing and wearing designer shoes is all a picnic at the park but this is actually not true. Fashion is a tough world to work and live in. shoe designers have to constantly think up fresh ideas for shoes. Apart from this, they also have to balance out glamour and abstractness and functionality and usability. Think about the models on the many runways all over the world and create a mental picture of the shoes they wear. Some of them look very uncomfortable but they still pull them off, designers have the herculean task of making functional versions of such shoes in order to stay relevant in the fast moving industry. With the kind of speeds at which fashion becomes fashion no more, designing shoes is a difficult task.

Designer shoes possess personality just like human beings do. They may be dainty and cute, mean looking, sharp and serious or fun and party like. It is very important to wear the right shoes for the right occasion because it says a lot about what kind of person you are. For instance, you do not want to wear party shoes to the office. You will hear from your seniors if you do. Shoes need to marry well with clothes and accessories. When buying a designer pair, have in mind what you would like to wear them with, if you are not certain you can ask for assistance from a better placed person.

You can purchase designer shoes online. Apart from the obvious convenience that accompanies online shopping, you will find that you get to sample a wider range of shoes when you shop at online stores. For most online companies, the shipping fee is free or very reasonable. They also have discounts and offers if you buy several pairs of shoes. So if you have been waiting for a chance to get a hot pair of heels or boots, just get online and key in designer made shoes. You will find a world of affordable goodies just waiting for you.

Packing Your Roll Aboard Suitcase for a Plane Trip and Week-Long Stay

I’ve traveled a lot and, during my travels, learned how to pack for plane trips. When I pack, I keep emergencies in mind. Before I start to put things in my suitcase, I make sure the dimensions meet airline specifications. I also make detailed packing list. It is divided into three groups, essentials, clothing and wear (the clothes I will wear on the plane).

To keep my clothes from wrinkling, I roll my underwear and t-shirts. Pantyhose is stuffed into my shoes to keep the topes from getting crushed.

Planes can be chilly so I wear a lightweight sweater en route. Though the fabric is thin, it provides a layer of protection when I need it. I also have an empty water bottle in my purse and fill it just before I board the aircraft. All of my clothes are washable and my travel kit contains safety pins, a tiny mending kit, a stretchy clothesline, a few clothespins, and some plastic zipper-type bags.

Years of travel have taught me three important lessons. One, never bring new shoes. Instead, bring shoes that are broken in and comfortable. Two, don’t pack your medications (if you take any) in your suitcase. Instead, bring your medications with you. Three, wear support hose on the plane. Right now I’m planning for two trips, one to Atlanta and one to Boston. To make things easier, I will pack the same clothes for both.

I have purchased a black oversized purse for the trip, one that will hold my Kindle, travel documents, and cell phone. Though I occasionally bring short-sleeved t-shirts, I usually bring long-sleeved ones. Long-sleeves keep me warm when the weather changes and also protect me from the sun. This packing list may help you get organized for a short trip. If you bring detergent with you, or buy it after you have arrived, this list will sustain you for weeks.


  • Travel-size toiletries in hang-up bag
  • Small hair dryer (Many hotels provide hair dryers, but I’m playing it safe.)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • 2 plastic hangers (or 2 wire ones)
  • Hearing aid batteries (if you use a hearing aid)
  • Band-aids or moleskin for sore feet
  • Cloth shopping bag (Mine is foldable.)
  • Copy of my eyeglasses prescription
  • Rubber gloves to keep support hose from tearing


  • 2 pairs of pantyhose
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of black slacks
  • 1 pair of brown slacks
  • Lightweight jacket or blazer that goes with everything
  • Black skirt
  • 3 long-sleeved t-shirts (1 white, 1 black, 1 patterned)
  • 1 multicolored blouse
  • 1 multi-colored scarf
  • 1 inexpensive necklace
  • 1 pair of waking shoes
  • 1 pair of black flats


  • Dark jeans
  • T-shirt
  • Support hose
  • Lightweight sweater
  • Raincoat
  • Sandals

This checklist has worked for me and I think it will work for you. I toured Europe for three weeks with nothing more than the items on this list packed in a roll aboard suitcase. My suitcase has a side pocket and I used it to store travel books and pamphlets. Packing light will make your trip easier and more enjoyable.

Copyright 2012 by Harriet Hodgson