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I think this was the most complicated article I had to write so far. Not because of the products themselves: vegan shoes, so of course with my ideals I was immediately seduced and charmed . But because I wanted to test in the long term and by dint of informing me, I realized how achy and essential feet can get , everything related to the back, to the heart, and this made me understand that there was more to say, inform and do than talk about a simple but elegant pair of ethical footwear.
So for two years, according to my life events, I have tested that theory. Noting the changes, the evolutions, the sensations ans more specifically the results obtained depending on the situations .
Whether walking with unusual walks that my company Paris Par Rues Méconnues organizes, trample or do the on-site, stand long on the hard floor of Coachella or more flat surfaces of the conference rooms at my travels to the Grammys I checked, in person and in my flesh- the daily effects and repercussions on health as much as the aesthetic side.
Heels & painful feet : not the best way to start on a new foot
From head to toes and toes to head, shoes are mos certainly the most bought accessoiries in the world. Object of compulsive and sometimes excessive purchase, object of desire, practical and protective object, to look at the shoes of others says a lot about one’s personality.
Freud ( faithful to his reputation as a psychoanalyst who himself needed to be psychoanalyzed) identified the shoe as a sexual symbol and the foot as a phallic symbol. We slip our foot into the shoe. Should it be inferred that the shoe is a symbol of the female sex … Hum hum!
In short, you understand, the shoes reveal a lot of the personality of their owner. They are the allegory of how we walk in life. Let’s talk for example of the one who is at the origin of men’s fashion in France: yes yes I named Louis XIV said Louis the Great. At Versailles the etiquette is queen, and the rules established by the sun king will last until the end of the reign of Louis XVI.
Une One concerns shoes, as shown in this painting by Hyacinthe Rigaud of 1701 in which the king poses with the coat of coronation and red heels. Legend has it that Louis XIV imposed them on the nobility who were the only ones authorized to wear them, by royal decree, because the red represented the blood which nobles had to give to defend the kingdom of France (the tax of the blood shed by the nobility of dress and that of sword). The idea came to him when his brother Philip returned from war to court, his heels stained with blood. But here is the era of overconsumption where everyone dreams of his fifteen minutes of glory requires, in the era of competition at all costs and our weakened egos, the aesthetics of the shoe is instrument of seduction and tool of assertiveness.
And to many women, it goes through slender and shapely legs. Result achieved thanks to the heels.
Stiletto , high heels, square heels or wedges, each with its aesthetic. What is certain is that they refine the leg and offer a good posture. Perfect for strengthening our seduction capital. But in the meantime, for our feet and our back: how is it going?
Heels a major asset for seduction
Of course we can not deny that their port lengthens, curves and highlights a silhouette to which they give a nice support, even accentuating the camber of the back. Here’s why some sports, like ballroom dancing, require wearing high heels.
Almost seven in ten women (68%), according to a 2010 BVA / Ginkor survey, believe that having pretty legs is a major asset of seduction. That’s why 42% of them prefer high heels to any other device to enhance them.
For the others, they only represent real modern torture devices: between the lack of stability giving the impression of walking on eggs, swollen feet , onions, bulbs, the impression of having the feet crushed by a steamroller, difficult end of days with feet feeling like they’re chopped. An exercise of style that can be dangerous for the health, except in case of specific pathologies.
From head to toes: heels have inconvienents.
Heels propel the body forward, causing it to crease in the back and lumbar spine with repercussions on the cervico-dorso-lumbar spine.
The arch of the back, raised with the heels, can create pain: low back pain. If you have problems with your spine or sciatica, avoid high heels as they will only aggravate your pain.
More over, walking with high heels is not at all natural for the body, it leads to a modified muscular coordination which, in addition to the impact on certain parts of the body – knees, hips, ankles, neck and trunk – causes a more severe muscle fatigue, increases heart rate and oxygen consumption.
The advantage of heels
Walking constantly flat has no detrimental effect on the body unless you have flat feet. Heels can provide an answer to some problems. In these particular cases, the heels must have a precise height adapted to each pathology to provide relief. c
- To walk with heels makes our knee flex by engaging the patella in its gutter, which is beneficial in case of instability of said patella.
- To walk with heels relaxes the back of the foot, and helps relieve heel tendonitis among other things …
- Osteoarthritis stiffens the ankle, shoes with heels are recommended because they allow to maintain without relying on the painful area.
- If your feet are flat, wearing heels less than 3 to 4 cm is beneficial because it allows to dig the foot
the perfect height: 3 to 4 cm
Heels too high promotes instability of the foot. And stilettos of popular brands such as Louboutin or Manolo Blanik, increase this problem of instability because of their finesse which requires the body to adopt a particular posture. Fragile, poorly held, the foot and ankle become subject to a higher risk of sprain especially when it comes to overcome urban obstacles (steps, sidewalks, holes in the road).
Because of this, orthopedic surgeons recommend a heel height of 3 to 4 cm and a width greater than 2 cm. You can opt for wedge heels, which are very stable however, the arch of the shoe must be adapted to that of the foot.
the perfect height according to doctors- shot during New York Fashion Week SS 2018
To sum it up . To each type of shoes its repercussions.
- High heel is less stable
- Open-heeled shoes are also less stables
- Platform shoes more rigid prevent the foot from moving properly .
- Pointed and tight shoes raise the risks of hallux valgus (onion).
- Shoes with a heel height of more than 5 cm increases the risk of injury. Risk that multiples with the heels height
Sport & walk benefits
Sports and back pains
The most common back pain is acute low back pain: pain in the lower back. The famous good old lumbago. Painful and uncomfortable fortunatly not serious: then to fix it; only one solution: you have to move! Staying still will only make things worse.
Any physiotherapist or osteopath will recommend you a mild sport activity and the most complete and less body traumatic one is walking.
What are the most used muscles while walking ?
- the quadriceps,the tigh muscle
- the sural triceps : poplité et jumeaux interne et externe, muscles de la jambe
- the hamstring muscles
- the toes flexors and extensors
- not to mention the abdominal and back muscles
The shoulder muscles responsible for rocking and balance are also involved.
This is how walking can mobilize a large muscle mass that represents almost half of the overall muscle mass. So in cases of low back pain that can become chronic and turn into sciatica, it is highly recommended to walk.
In regards of all these benefits, walking is ideal for anyone who wants to keep his physical health but also psychological one. It is thus easy to practice this physical exercise, which moreover is without trauma for the body in order to grow old in good health.
Which shoes use ?
To cure your back pain, it is mandatory to have the adequate shoes and even more if you want to keep on wearing high heels, it is important to choose a quality shoe and wear it only occasionally. Choose high-heeled, low heels (less than 5cm), flexible and ideally closed to maintain your ankles.
Nowadays, fashion is changing at a fast pace and manufacturers are becoming more aware and concerned about sustainable development, doing good for their customers while making them feel beautiful and elegant.
Let’s not forget that according to a recent British study women would generally have 11 pairs of shoes in their lives purchased not out of necessity but just to cheer them up.
Whether sneakers or boots, foolproof walking shoes or elegant high heels, everyone can find happiness in the multitude of choices offered by KENKA ECOLOGICAL SHOES. The manufacturer is also offering more bags and belts, as well as specially designed cleaning products for synthetic materials, which are becoming increasingly popular.
Vegan shoes? You will tell me that the association of these two words sounds strange to the ears and smells of marketing .
With the deteriorating state of the planet, the plastic that pollutes us, and the multitudes of documentaries about fashion companies making Third World people and especially children work for $ 20 a month, consciences have begun to wake up and manufacturers are determined to change their manufacturing methods as well as the raw materials of their products.
Thus was born the concept of vegan shoes that uses only ethical materials. Quality, visual and tactile aspects are favored and everything is put in place to limit negative impacts on the environment.
Natural material, leather is a by-product of the food industry. The leathers used come from cows raised in Europe and are tanned in European tanneries. The latter are subject to drastic regulations concerning the respect of the environment since the 80s.
The leather shoes, thus coming from cows whose skin is tanned, has long been used for its qualities of resistance and comfort. Nowadays, modern processes have allowed the use of a vegetable tanned leather, composed only of plants.
For example, some wallets, belts or wallets are created no longer from snake leather, but from fish leather which makes it possible to recycle food waste, reduce the price, reduce the impact on nature, while remaining fashionable and trendy with the scales aspect so dear to the hearts of some consumers.
KENKA Ecological Shoes.
Located in the 11th arrondissement, in a cosy and luminous space there is Kenka. the name means «shoes » in Finnish and «fight » in Japanese.
Kenka first of all a story of encounters between Patrick, cobbler of his state and Christian Costa-Marini, united by the same desire: that of creating ecological and trendy quality shoes.
Patrick’s experience as a shoemaker has sharpened his eye and a special care is given to the soles for comfort of maintenance as optimal walking and with an undeniable aestheticism.
A trend away from disposable fashion, the products offered in the shop are timeless style models, durable in their quality as well as their style, designed to last a long time if we know how to take care of them.
their motto : consume less but consule better !
The shop offers a wide range of ethical shoes respectful of animals: boots, boots, ballerinas, casuals, pumps, babies, the stars of our vacation the famous jellyfish shoes ideal for the beach.
You don’t believe me? Go there and see for yourself.
All tastes are in nature and you will necessarily find the pair you like because the shop mixes comfort, ecology and fashion. In addition to selling beautiful shoes, of all styles and for all tastes, Kenka ensures that the constitution of these is fully compliant with the ecological standards.
Each of these brands (El Naturalista/ Brako/ Bosabo/French Teo/ Made In Romans etc…) sold in the shop minimize their environmental impact, create well-paying jobs and find sustainable alternatives, while making vegan shoes affordable, fashionable and comfortable for all occasions. So you can be at the forefront of fashion without being cruel or promote inhuman working conditions.
The importance of having good shoes.
My fashionable shoes. The importance of having good shoes to advance on the right foot and beat the pavement in Paris. Like the modern Cinderella that we are, we don’t settle anymore to only find the fitting shoe and even less to forget it in the street hastily going back home at midnight. Out of the question considering the price they can cost on the one hand, and secondly, because we are not such heavy drunkers that we forget in the gutter shoe and dignity. Not nowadays, the brands allow us to be beautiful and to feel good in our sneakers while respecting the planet as well as preferring less polluting, more equitable production methods.
While I saw seing KENKA Paris, I totally fell under the spell of this brand BRAKO.
Shoes and finitions 100% Vegan – Products selected with care, with the greatest respect for our planet and all those who live upon it. The design and patterns are inspired by travel and open on a world of dreams. Pairs between vintage and modernity, or a retro 20’s vibe that earned me many compliments during the 2019 pre-grammy parties
My grammys shoes
Spanish-style, high-quality shoes that respect the environment, the animals and the health of the men who create and manufacture them.
Brako is a return to the vintage and glorious era of the hippies (clothing level they had a certain style!) Revived each year during Coachella with the return of the hippie chic, boho glam. My shoes have been perfect for the occasion, beautiful, stable without tiring my leg thanks to removable elastomer soles.
Total comfort despite hours spent standing, or the race for interviews
In addition, Brako brand recycles plastic to make bags and packaging. The firm also uses chrome-free leather in the manufacture of its shoes.
So total love for this brand that believes in the sustainable manufacturing of its shoes while respecting the ecosystem. Their amazing shoes are beautifully made with an attachment to details that make the difference; with explosive and surprising colors (sand, espresso brown fuschia or cognac brown).
To me these shoes “handmade with love” are the allegory of modernity. A perfect mix of aesthetics, ethics, health, business and fashion. What more can one asks for?
Contacts & Infos
Adress : 13 rue Oberkampf – 75011 PARIS
Opening from Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 am -19.30 pm
Métro : ligne n°8 Filles du Calvaire / ligne n° 5 et n° 9 Oberkampf / Bus 96
NEW : BOUTIQUE KENKA À GRANVILLE !
Adress : 87 rue Couraye
Téléphone : +332 33 61 11 57
Opening Hours: from Tuesday to Saturday 9:45am to 1:00pm & 2:30 pm to 7:15pm
Dr Stéphane Genevay et Elisabeth Gordon, Editions Médecine et Hygiène, 2014
Yan Doiron est physiothérapeute depuis plus de 10 ans