Foot Notes

Alice Bow - How to keep feet cool under the heat this Wimbledon

Alice Bow - How to keep feet cool under the heat this Wimbledon

Scorching summer days are best washed down with an ice-cold gin, a glass of ice-filled Pimm’s, or, for all teetotallers,  an ultra-frosty lemonade. 

And – thanks to all the racket surrounding Wimbledon which is ramping the mercury to break point – it’s open season, with no “excuses” required, so let’s go play!

Whether you’re lucky enough to be hot-footing it to watch a game at centre court, or on the big screen at a boisterous sports pub or an outdoor screening, make sure to give some attention to your two besties who’ll be teaming up with you -- your FEET. After all, they’ve always supported you, so play nice!

So, with that said we have put together a few more footnotes for you below.

Let us know how it goes! x

Cool tips for happy feet in the heat:

  • Rotate your shoes every day to give them a chance to dry out.
  • Use a foot *scrub regularly (remembering to scrub between your toes) and antibacterial soap daily. (*Don’t use if you have broken skin or open sores.)
  • Have a black tea footbath. The tannic acid kills bacteria, closes pores and helps feet sweat less. Boil three to four tea bags in two cups of water for 15 minutes. Remove the bags and dilute the tea with eight cups of water. Soak feet for 20-30 minutes. Repeat twice a day until symptoms improve.
  • Add a cup of vinegar to a bowl of warm water. Soak for 15-20 minutes a day. You can also add a few drops of thyme oil which contains a strong antiseptic.
  • Apply a spray-on antiperspirant to the soles of your feet. Although antiperspirant is designed for your underarms (you’re only telling me now?!), it works just as well under feet to stop sweating and odour.
  • Put anti-fungal foot powder in your shoes. The cheaper and equally effective option is to use the miracle odour-absorbing powder, bicarbonate of soda. Liberally sprinkle in trainers, pumps or boots and leave on overnight, then shake out the excess powder. (Take care when using with leather shoes as frequent applications can dry them out.)
  • Place dry shoes into a Ziploc or other plastic bag between the crab sticks and ice cream and leave in the freezer over night to annihilate germs. Yes, you read right. It works brilliantly!
  • For tired, puffy and achy feet, pour 1/2 cup of Epsom salts into a bowl of warm water and soak for 15-20 minutes. Dry thoroughly. (Do this just before going to sleep.)

Consult your doctor before any type of foot bath if you have diabetes or a circulatory disorder – as it’s always good to get a heads up on such things.

Oh and whilst the competition is high – we thought we’d put together a fun game for you too! Share your Wimbledon pics and comments with us and stand the chance to win a set of the Alice Bow SS18 Colours by tagging us on Instagram and Facebook. Three winners will be chosen 16 July 2018!

Here’s what to do:

    • Send one or more pics of your feet with Alice Bows visible in your shoes.
    • Include one or two lines describing a) where you were, b) who you were with, c) your mood at the time and c) how your ABs helped get you through the day.
    • Tag us on Instagram or Facebook

Game, set and match to Alice Bow – Here's to winning feet with your Alice Bows!

Pilates for Feet? Yep, it's called footfulness

Pilates for Feet? Yep, it's called footfulness

Whilst shoes come and go, our feet are with us for life. 

Like many women, I used to only exercise from the ankles to the neck. For some reason I was never taught to properly exercise my feet or face.  A few toe scrunches and a roll of the ankle was the extend of things.  We'll happily spend a small fortune on pedicures and facials, but never see an actual podiatrist or dermatologist. 

Above is a great video with some simple pilates exercises by the lovely Dmitri from Epoch to get things moving.  Foot exercises, though often simple, are immensely satisfying. The feeling of being light footed and fancy free just makes everything in life seem better.  

Your feet will also love you more if you don't wear the same pair of shoes every day. There's no need to have thousands of pairs - just a few will do. 

And, whilst we love our heels at Alice Bow, we stick to flats shoes for dashing around London.  Not all flat shoes are as comfortable as we'd like and that's where a pair of our Insoles for Flat Shoes are a mini miracle.  They keep a lovely bounce in your step, making it a delight to wear your favourite leather flats.  

Podiatrists are starting to ask us about them too as the special wedge of padding under the heel is exactly what they recommend for some foot conditions (especially plantar fasciitis).