Ladies, heels aren't all they're cracked up to be. They mess with your posture, put excessive pressure on your knees and the balls of your feet, and can even shorten your calf muscles with enough use.
So what's a girl to do if she needs to look just a bit taller or more put together? Do you have to give up heels entirely?
Not necessarily. Fortunately, wedges exist, and they do a bit more to help you mitigate the damage done by tiny, thin heels. They're not a total solution, but the negative effects are drastically reduced when wearing wedges. Especially a pair of comfortable, yet chic wedges from Ariat's new District Collection.
1. They're stable.
Allowing your foot to touch more surface area takes some of the strain off of the ball of your foot. Usually wedges have more cushion too, allowing your feet to at least be partially sheltered from the ground. Add in the often more slip resistant materials on the outside sole, like rubber or wood, and you have a heel you won't worry about falling in. Ariat's District Collection wedges feature Duratread rubber outsoles, which allow you take confident strides each step of your day.
2. They keep your arch supported.
Wedges usually command a wider footprint, meaning your poor arch doesn't have to support the entire foot while balanced on a platform the width of your pinky finger. This leads to less wear and tear over the years, producing happier feet. And you can probably walk further in them, too.
3. They're fashionable.
Fortunately, wedges aren't the shoes your grandma might wear to a bingo meeting. Gorgeous, chic, and stylish, you won't be judged if you love a good pair of wedges. The new Belle Bootie from Ariat is absolutely gorgeous and won't break the bank. You can wear them day or night-- with just about any outfit.
4. They aren't high heels.
Remember that time when you almost broke an ankle and possibly your face when your balance gave out on the way to a high school band concert, your instrument in tow? Or that time you felt sophisticated as hell on a first date, only to face plant in front of your budding romantic interest? If not, you probably repressed it. But fortunately, you can avoid making more of those memories in the future with a good pair of wedges.
5. They're not high heels.
Seriously, having wedges is like having real shoes for your feet, while still getting to keep everything sophisticated you love about heels. And again-- you won't fall over.
Miley Cyrus' new album Younger Now promises to bring Miley Cyrus back to country music. In preparation for the album Miley has softened her image and bought a palatial country home in Nashville signaling that she truly desires to return to the music heritage of her youth. The first single off the album is the title track is a love letter written to country fans defending her past and laying out a hope for her future.
Taylor Swift's Web site is blank. Her Twitter profile exists, but there's no profile picture-- same goes for Facebook. Don't get me started on her Instagram-- she deleted all of the photos.
Just days ago Swift won her sexual assault case against a Denver DJ who groped her before a 2013 concert. Before that, we saw Swift in February during her only scheduled concert of the year. There was a brief commotion over the possibility of her being carried out of her New York City apartment in a suitcase and she supposedly has a new boyfriend, but really-- Swift has been totally off-the-grid.
Swift hasn't tweeted since May and her few Instagram posts this year were about new music from friends.
But, now a total blackout of her online existence? It can only mean one thing-- she's about to shut it down, only to bring it back to life like never before.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Swift because this is going to be epic.
Kelsea Ballerini knows what's up. Not only has she become a massive country music star in the last couple of years, she's also becoming known for her down-to-earth advice and very approachable vibe. A couple of years ago, people started comparing her legs to Carrie Underwood's-- a compliment for the ages, sure. But, when asked her workout routine she just said she walks her dog and tries to go easy on the chicken tenders every now and then. (Results definitely not guaranteed.)
When it comes to beauty advice, Kelsea's not trying to talk about some product you can only buy in France under a bridge from someone who once walked past Gwyneth Paltrow-- she's throwing out real helpful advice.
Kelsea told the Grand Ole Opry that it's all about washing your face-- simple, yet effective.
But, really, she started slinging knowledge when she shared some advice from her mom, "My mom told me when I was younger... you either play up the eyes or the lip, but you can't do both because you'd look crazy."
This is the type of advice that should hang on the walls of middle schools everywhere-- kind of like the "hang in there" cat poster.
Everywhere you turn these days there is excitement for the solar eclipse. I can't blame people either. A total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-generation event so unique that people take vacations and travel oversees to catch them. But with all the buzz about the solar event, a lot of us still don't know exactly what it is. So who better to educate us that 8 year-old genius and Global Science Ambassador Romanieo Golphin, Jr?
Kip Moore's Video for "The Bull" Is a Wild Ride That Will Remind You Life is About the Ups AND the Downs
Kip Moore doesn't usually record songs he didn't write. But once you hear "The Bull," you'll immediately understand why he chose to perform this outside song.
Jimmy Kimmel recently spoke out against white supremacy during a late night monologue and upset a lot of people. Our publishing of said monologue created the same effect. Instead of going at his detractors with bared teeth, Kimmel simply read their thoughts out loud on air while blurring out their names, noting where they were right, and where they erred. If there's one thing that can begin to heal our differences it's a rational, calm, conversation.