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Hunt for Cinderella! Mystery shoe left at Prince Christian's party sparks search

<p>A mystery shoe left at Prince Christian's <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/unseen-pics-of-prince-christian-mark-his-18th-birthday" target="_blank" rel="noopener">18th birthday party</a> inside Christianborg Palace has sparked a search for a real life Cinderella. </p> <p>In the hours after the ball, which saw royalty from around the world attend, the Danish royal household posted a photo of the gold stiletto that was left behind from one of the high profile party guests. </p> <p>The post read, "Is it Cinderella who forgot her shoe last night?"</p> <p>The caption continued, "When the guests at Her Majesty the Queen's gala dinner yesterday had gone home, this lonely stiletto shoe was left at Christiansborg Castle."</p> <p>"The owner is welcome to contact you to get it back."</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CydeENrNum2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS 🇩🇰 (@detdanskekongehus)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The ball was attended by Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik, along with Christian's younger siblings Princess Isabella, 16, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, both 12.</p> <p>His uncle Prince Joachim, who relocated to America in August, was also there with his wife Princess Marie and their three youngest children Count Felix, 21, Count Henrik, 14, and Countess Athena, 12.</p> <p>A number of future monarchs were also present including royals from Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium.</p> <p>Thankfully, the owner of the shoe was found, with Anne-Sofie Tørnsø Olesen, from Denmark's Egedal region, coming forward to claim the golden stiletto. </p> <p>And it turns out, she left it at the palace on purpose after being inspired by the story of Cinderella who marries her prince after long search.</p> <p>"I thought it was a bit funny myself, and I talked to my family and friends about it before, and they agreed that I should do it," Tørnsø Olesen, 18, told local Danish publication Se &amp; Hør.</p> <p>"It's such a chance you won't get again."</p> <p>She said she was keen to get the shoe back because it was "a memory from a great evening".</p> <p>The lost shoe, by Danish brand Deichmann's Catwalk collection, sparked an immediate flurry of comments on the royal family's Instagram page.</p> <p>The shoe brand said, "If the princess comes from a long way, we will gladly give her a new pair".</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Instagram </em></p>

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Ballet flats are back. Here’s what the research says about how they affect your feet

<p><a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/kristin-graham-1427672">Kristin Graham</a>, <em><a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-south-australia-1180">University of South Australia</a></em>; <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/helen-banwell-305575">Helen Banwell</a>, <em><a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-south-australia-1180">University of South Australia</a></em>, and <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/saravana-kumar-181105">Saravana Kumar</a>, <em><a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-south-australia-1180">University of South Australia</a></em></p> <p>Ballet flat shoes – those thin-heeled lightweight slip-on shoes – are making a fashion <a href="https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/ballet-flats">comeback</a>. And it’s not hard to see why: they’re versatile, easy to wear, soft, flexible and often worn by celebrities.</p> <p>We have often been warned of the dangers of high-heeled shoes, so you might think ballet flats are problem-free.</p> <p>When you look at the research, however, a complicated picture emerges. There’s no definitive evidence to show ballet flats are generally harmful to foot health in the long-term. But ill-fitting ballet flats can be a problem.</p> <h2>Make sure it fits, especially in the toe box</h2> <p>An estimated <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30065787/">70%</a> of the population are wearing ill-fitting shoes. This mismatch between foot and shoe shape can increase foot pain, <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17507530/">reduce stability</a>, and can mean more blisters, corns and calluses. And habitual wearing of tight shoes has been <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0958259207000533">associated</a> with bone changes in the toes and feet over time.</p> <p>Many flats feature a shallow and narrow toe box (the part of the shoe where the toes go). A too-small toe box often doesn’t align with the shape of a foot and ends up squishing the toes. It can also <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0958259206000770">increase</a> pressure on top of and under the foot, and <a href="https://jfootankleres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1757-1146-6-28">restrict</a> the movement of the forefoot during walking.</p> <p>But a too-big toe box is also a problem. Too much foot movement within the shoe can cause pressure and friction on the skin, which can also lead to calluses, corns, blisters, and wounds.</p> <p>A poorly fitting toe box can also cause micro trauma to toenails which, ultimately, can change <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anuva-Bansal/publication/347522694_Traumatic_Nail_Disorders/links/60d6135592851ca94487df7e/Traumatic-Nail-Disorders.pdf">their look and thickness</a>.</p> <p>So if you’re wearing flats, make sure you choose a shoe with the right sized toe box.</p> <h2>What about the heel?</h2> <p>Health professionals often recommend a small heel over a completely flat shoe. Very flat shoes can <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27498844/">place</a> <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0268003307002082">more</a> strain on the soft tissues that support the foot arch – specifically, the plantar fascia.</p> <p><a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27498844/">Research</a> has shown moving from a completely flat shoe to a small, raised heel reduces the tension force on the plantar fascia during standing activities.</p> <p>On the other hand, other <a href="https://journals.lww.com/jpojournal/Fulltext/2009/01000/Effects_of_Shoe_Heel_Height_on_the_Roll_Over.7.aspx#:%7E:text=The%20roll%2Dover%20shapes%20seem,without%20a%20change%20in%20alignment.&amp;text=Photographs%20of%20the%20prosthetic%20feet,shapes%20of%20these%20feet%20superimposed">research</a> has shown most people will adapt their ankle and knee motion to accommodate shoes of different heel heights.</p> <h2>What about support?</h2> <p>Ballet flats tend to have very flexible, thin soles and heel counters (the part, coloured red in this picture, that hugs the heel and the back part of the foot).</p> <p>These thin and flexible structures mean flats are often accused of lacking support. But debate rages among foot and shoe experts about how important support is in the first place.</p> <p><a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27729290/">Research</a> on barefoot-style shoes has shown walking in these types of shoes significantly reduces some loads on the knee compared to more stable supportive shoes.</p> <p>Minimalist shoes have also been found to <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30102872/">increase strength</a> in certain foot muscles used when we push off during walking, running or jumping.</p> <p>However, other research found stable supportive shoes can <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33428439/">improve knee pain</a> when walking more than flat flexible shoes.</p> <p>The thin soles in flats mean there is little cushioning under the foot. While more cushioning can improve comfort, and reduce stress and strain on your foot sole <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0021929011001758?casa_token=gecXFCMi0LcAAAAA:TazyTd8TRaAl_bG0jprifYIUIlWRDwEH6bVeymBYTWups2iDGMuUjLs2gaNqsiNGHVJhHC3J9AdB">skin</a>, there is no evidence it reduces loads across the lower leg.</p> <p>In fact, walking in cushioned shoes has been shown to <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20191571/">increase</a> the load on the knee compared to flat, flexible shoes.</p> <h2>So, what’s the verdict?</h2> <p>The verdict is mixed. Yes, there’s evidence poorly fitting shoes and a flat heel can be detrimental, with consequences seen in the <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0966636221000199">rearfoot</a> (around the ankle) and <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0966636218300687">knee</a>.</p> <p>But there’s also no hard evidence ballet flats cause long-term foot health problems.</p> <p>What matters is choosing a well-fitted shoe to suit your foot shape and needs.</p> <p>If you’re shopping for ballet flats, try to:</p> <ul> <li> <p>choose a pair with a toe box that does not cramp your toes and has a sole at least as wide as your foot</p> </li> <li> <p>choose flats that offer at least some structure and support</p> </li> <li> <p>choose a pair with a small heel rather being than completely flat.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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“Rip off”: Charity shop blasted over extortionate sale

<p dir="ltr">A local charity shop has come under fire for selling a pair of designer shoes for a hefty sum. </p> <p dir="ltr">The op-shop at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast is selling a pair of gold embellished Christian LouBoutin loafers for $500 after being discounted from $1,483. </p> <p dir="ltr">The eye-watering price tag was posted to Facebook and caused outrage among locals, as the shoes were propped up on a red velvet pillow. </p> <p dir="ltr">A woman by the name of Jo Sherwood posted the image to the Palm Beach community Facebook page, writing, “You know when Palmy has gone really upmarket (sic) … designer shoes at Vinnies.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite her claims, a spokesperson for the St Vincent de Paul Society has clarified the designer loafers were not from a Vinnies but another independent op shop in the area.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many were quick to slam the hefty price tag, calling the sale a “rip-off”. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s bloody disgusting the prices they charge on anything. I saw a Kmart dress in there last week, they were selling it for more than Kmart sold it for,” another wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Others were quick to call out many op shops who seem to have forgotten who they are there for. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Think they need to remember they are selling donated goods, not operating a boutique store,” someone replied.</p> <p dir="ltr">Another said that “all op shops have forgotten that they are meant to be there for the poor people, not just the hipsters.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Facebook</em></p>

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The unusual wedding style trend causing a stir

<p dir="ltr">Every year, a new wave of wedding trends rolls in for brides and grooms to either embrace or reject as they plan their big day. </p> <p dir="ltr">The latest trend, focused around the bride’s attire, has caused a stir online, sparking a heated debate over whether it's stylish or tacky.</p> <p dir="ltr">Instead of opting for the traditional white (or some variation of) heels for their big day, brides are reaching for bedazzled crocs to wear for their nuptials. </p> <p dir="ltr">In some cases, the entire bridal party has stormed the reception wearing the divisive shoes stamped with jewels and words like “wifey”, “bride” and “I do”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Traditionalists have blasted the fad, calling it “classless” and “gross”, while others see the value in the comfortable shoe, saying it makes perfect sense.  </p> <p dir="ltr">“That's the problem. People have no class anymore. No one dresses up, it's all about comfort,” one horrified critic said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I hate few things in life but crocs are at the top of my list, and when coordinated with an outfit. Lord help me I physically shudder,” another wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the criticism, one bride defended her decision to wear bedazzled crocs on her wedding day, saying she was comfortable all day and all night while insisting she “regrets nothing”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The $70 shoes have long been praised by fans of the shoes for their comfort, breathability and lightweight material, making them a perfect all day wedding shoe. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I am not a heel person at all - Converse for the ceremony and crocs for the reception,” one bride said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The appearance is not unpleasant and let's face it, dancing in heels is painful and challenging. One must be comfortable to enjoy such a wonderful and momentous day,” another said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the mixed reaction of the wedding trend, online businesses who specialise in personalising and bedazzling crocs for brides are booming, with the shoes regularly retailing for between $200 and $300 a pair. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Twitter</em></p>

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Wearing shoes in the house is just plain gross, says the verdict from scientists who study indoor contaminants

<p>You probably clean your shoes if you step in something muddy or disgusting (please pick up after your dog!). But when you get home, do you always de-shoe at the door?</p> <p>Plenty of Australians don’t. For many, what you <a href="https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jam.13250">drag in on the bottom of your shoes</a> is the last thing on the mind as one gets home.</p> <p>We are environmental chemists who have spent a decade examining the indoor environment and the contaminants people are exposed to in their own homes. Although our examination of the indoor environment, via our <a href="https://www.360dustanalysis.com/">DustSafe program</a>, is far from complete, on the question of whether to shoe or de-shoe in the home, the science leans toward the latter. </p> <p>It is best to leave your filth outside the door.</p> <h2>What contaminants are in your home, and how did they get there?</h2> <p>People spend up to 90% of their time indoors, so the question of whether or not to wear shoes in the house is not a trivial one.</p> <p>The policy focus is typically on the outdoor environment for soil, air quality and environmental public health risks. However, there is growing regulatory interest in the question of <a href="https://ncc.abcb.gov.au/sites/default/files/resources/2021/Handbook-Indoor-Air-Quality.pdf">indoor</a> <a href="https://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/sections/press-releases/2021/new-who-global-air-quality-guidelines-aim-to-save-millions-of-lives-from-air-pollution">air quality</a>. </p> <p>The matter <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09603123.2018.1457141?journalCode=cije2">building up</a> inside your home includes not just dust and dirt from people and pets shedding hair and skin.</p> <p>About a third of it is <a href="https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/es9003735">from outside</a>, either blown in or <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/how-the-dust-in-your-home-may-affect-your-health/2019/07/19/9f716068-a351-11e9-bd56-eac6bb02d01d_story.html">tramped</a> in on those offensive shoe bottoms.</p> <p>Some of the microorganisms present on shoes and floors are <a href="https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/epidemiology-and-infection/article/mechanisms-for-floor-surfaces-or-environmental-ground-contamination-to-cause-human-infection-a-systematic-review/37BF6318BD1473C4918A23C843B25D05">drug-resistant pathogens</a>, including hospital-associated infectious agents (germs) that are very difficult to treat.</p> <p>Add in cancer-causing toxins from <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408444.2018.1528208">asphalt road residue</a> and endocrine-disrupting <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23273747.2016.1148803">lawn chemicals</a>, and you might view the filth on your shoes in a new light.</p> <h2>A roll-call of indoor nasties</h2> <p>Our work has involved the measurement and assessment of exposure to a range of harmful substances found inside homes including:</p> <ul> <li> <p><a href="https://www.newscientist.com/article/2231210-antibiotic-resistance-genes-can-be-passed-around-by-bacteria-in-dust/">antibiotic-resistant genes</a> (genes that make bacteria resistant to antibiotics)</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00587">disinfectant chemicals in the home environment</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117064">microplastics</a></p> </li> <li> <p>the <a href="https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/5/e044833.citation-tools">perfluorinated chemicals</a> (also known as PFAS or “forever chemicals” because of their tendency to remain in the body and not break down) used ubiquitously in a multitude of industrial, domestic and food packaging products</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1276977">radioactive elements</a>.</p> </li> </ul> <p>A strong focus of our work has involved assessing levels of <a href="https://theconversation.com/house-dust-from-35-countries-reveals-our-global-toxic-contaminant-exposure-and-health-risk-172499">potentially toxic metals (such as arsenic, cadmium and lead)</a> inside homes across <a href="https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c04494">35 nations (including Australia)</a>.</p> <p>These contaminants – and most importantly the dangerous neurotoxin lead – are odourless and colourless. So there is no way of knowing whether the dangers of lead exposure are only in your <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2021.106582">soils</a> or your <a href="https://www.abcb.gov.au/sites/default/files/resources/2020/Lead_in_Plumbing_Products_and_Materials.pdf">water pipes</a>, or if they are also on your <a href="https://theconversation.com/house-dust-from-35-countries-reveals-our-global-toxic-contaminant-exposure-and-health-risk-172499">living room floor</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="https://theconversation.com/house-dust-from-35-countries-reveals-our-global-toxic-contaminant-exposure-and-health-risk-172499">science</a> suggests a very strong connection between the lead inside your <a href="https://www.mapmyenvironment.com/">home and that in your yard soil</a>.</p> <p>The most likely reason for this connection is dirt blown in from your yard or trodden in on your shoes, and on the furry paws of your adorable pets. </p> <p>This connection speaks to the priority of making sure matter from your outdoor environment stays exactly there (we have tips <a href="https://www.360dustanalysis.com/pages/interpreting-your-results">here</a>).</p> <p>A recent Wall Street Journal <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/heres-why-ill-be-keeping-my-shoes-on-in-your-shoeless-home-11644503227">article</a> argued shoes in the home aren’t so bad. The author made the point that E. coli – dangerous bacteria that develop in the intestines of many mammals, including humans – is so widely distributed that it’s pretty much everywhere. So it should be no surprise it can be swabbed on shoe bottoms (96% of shoe bottoms, as the article pointed out). </p> <p>But let’s be clear. Although it’s nice to be scientific and stick with the term E. coli, this stuff is, put more simply, the bacteria associated with poo. </p> <p>Whether it is ours or Fido’s, it has the potential to make us very sick if we are exposed at high levels. And let’s face it – it is just plain gross.</p> <p>Why walk it around inside your house if you have a very simple alternative – to take your shoes off at the door?</p> <h2>On balance, shoeless wins</h2> <p>So are there disadvantages to having a shoe-free household? </p> <p>Beyond the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/feet-toes-broken-pain-covid/2021/01/11/470d2efa-4a05-11eb-a9f4-0e668b9772ba_story.html">occasional stubbed toe</a>, from an environmental health standpoint there aren’t many downsides to having a shoe-free house. Leaving your shoes at the entry mat also leaves potentially harmful pathogens there as well.</p> <p>We all know prevention is far better than treatment and taking shoes off at the door is a basic and easy prevention activity for many of us. </p> <p>Need shoes for foot support? Easy – just have some “indoor shoes” that never get worn outside.</p> <p>There remains the issue of the “sterile house syndrome,” which refers to increased rates of allergies among children. Some argue it’s related to overly sterile households.</p> <p>Indeed, some dirt is probably beneficial as <a href="https://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(10)00907-3/fulltext">studies</a> have indicated it helps develop your immune system and reduce allergy risk.</p> <p>But there are better and less gross ways to do that than walking around inside with your filthy shoes on. Get outside, go for a bushwalk, enjoy the great outdoors. </p> <p>Just don’t bring the muckier parts of it inside to build up and contaminate our homes.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared in <a href="https://theconversation.com/wearing-shoes-in-the-house-is-just-plain-gross-the-verdict-from-scientists-who-study-indoor-contaminants-177542" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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“When in doubt, wear red”: Julie Bishop’s courageous callback

<p>In celebration of International Women's Day, Julie Bishop has shared one of her iconic fashion moments. </p> <p>Bishop posted a photo to Instagram of her red satin heels that are studded with diamontes, which she famously wore on the day she resigned as foreign minister from the Australian parliament.</p> <p>"'No nation can reach its full potential unless and until it embraces the skills, talent, energy and ideas of its entire population and that must include the 50% that is female.'," she captioned the post, along with a red shoe emoji.</p> <p>The quote is a call back to a speech she made in 2018 at the Global Summit of Women, where she highlighted the importance of striving for gender equality. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ca1FIgsBs_V/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ca1FIgsBs_V/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by The Hon Julie Bishop (@honjuliebishop)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The iconic red shoes hail back to a particularly dreary press conference in 2018, which occurred the same week that Malcolm Turnbull lost the leadership of the Liberal government.</p> <p>Bishop stood by during the address, her "power shoes" doing all the talking for her. </p> <p>The former foreign minister was praised for the feminist statement, also matching her nails to the shoes to stand out in a sea of black suits in Parliament House. </p> <p>In a later interview with <a title="The Sydney Morning Herald" href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-comfortable-work-boot-julie-bishop-on-her-resignation-red-shoes-20181127-p50iks.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Sydney Morning Herald</a>, Bishop explained her thoughts behind the outfit.</p> <p>"When in doubt wear red," she said.</p> <p>"Red is one of my favourite colours. It evokes power, passion and fashion. In power, I always noted that many nations have red in their flags and that's because it symbolises courage and freedom. Passion, well, you know, red hearts, red roses. And fashion - that's why they call it a red carpet - and red lipstick, red nail polish, red shoes."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Instagram @honjuliebishop</em></p>

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Amazing audio of Cleo's rescue, plus Premier owes her a new pair of shoes

<p dir="ltr">WA Police have released audio of the moment 4-year-old Cleo Smith was rescued. One officer can be heard reassuring Cleo as they pick her up, saying “I’ve got you bubby”, while another asks Cleo, “What’s your name, sweetheart?” To this, she responds, “My name is Cleo”, to which the officer responds, “Your name is Cleo”, while another says “Hello Cleo”.</p> <p dir="ltr">It’s a heartwarming moment, as is the moment Cleo is carried outside the house she was found in, which police released video footage of on Wednesday soon after announcing she had been safely located and returned to her family.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"My name is Cleo." <a href="https://t.co/xiy59x4kjP">pic.twitter.com/xiy59x4kjP</a></p> — WA Police Force (@WA_Police) <a href="https://twitter.com/WA_Police/status/1456102974502047744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The moment Cleo was rescued 👏 <a href="https://t.co/arusYi9kCa">pic.twitter.com/arusYi9kCa</a></p> — WA Police Force (@WA_Police) <a href="https://twitter.com/WA_Police/status/1455784205548359682?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">In a press conference earlier today, Detective Senior Sergeant Blaine said that Cleo was found awake in a room with the lights on, playing with toys. The home was in Carnarvon, the Western Australian town where the Smith family lives. She had been missing for 18 days when she was finally found around midnight on Wednesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Blaine said that Cleo appeared to be in good spirits, "From our point of view, I'm amazed she seems to be so well-adjusted and happy, it was really, heart-warming to see.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She is playing in the backyard, exactly how you would expect, like how my daughter did when she was four-years-old."</p> <p dir="ltr">Premier Mark McGowan had the opportunity to meet her on Thursday, bringing with him two teddies – one for Cleo, and one for her younger sister Isla. They named the teddies Cameron and Rod, after the detective who rescued her and the lead investigator on the case, but he wasn’t sure if those names would stick, joking to reporters that “Cleo didn’t seem too enamoured with those names.”</p> <p dir="ltr">McGowan also revealed an embarrassing moment that transpired during the meeting. “I unfortunately trod on her new Barbie shoes and broke one of them, so I owe her a pair of shoes,” he said. Despite that unfortunate incident, the Premier said she was a “very bright, upbeat, sweet little girl” and described the Smith family as “very humble” and “very well adjusted” considering their ordeal.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was a lovely experience to meet her. She was, I thought, very well adjusted considering and the family were very appreciative of everything that has been done for them. They’re ... fundamentally decent, honest human beings ... they’re really lovely people and it’s great to meet them and acknowledge what they’ve been through.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Obviously, there’ll be a way to go from here but they’re certainly on the right pathway.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: WA Police</em></p>

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Natalie Barr’s first day in Sam Armytage’s shoes

<p>Natalie Barr has permanently replaced Sam Armytage on Channel Seven breakfast show Sunrise alongside co-host David "Kochie" Koch.</p> <p>She was welcomed with open arms by the panel at 5.30 am on Monday.</p> <p>The veteran newsreader thanked viewers for their well-wishes, but her happiness quickly turned into sheer shock after Kochie made a comment.</p> <p>Natalie, who will be celebrating 20 years with Sunrise in 2023, used to regularly fill in for Sam during her tenure, and former co-host Melissa Doyle before that.</p> <p>But despite her experience, Kochie joked that she still wasn't fit for the job.</p> <p>He said with a cheeky smirk: "After 18 years as part of the family... and we were never convinced she could do this after 18 years."</p> <p>Natalie looked shocked and instinctively hit her co-host, then said: "Excuse me! Okay, the first five minutes [and] I'm already punching you. This is going to be fun."</p> <p>Kochie cleared the air and stated that he was only joking, saying that his colleague's experience has made her more than qualified.</p> <p>"It's fabulous news," he said. "Handy tip: nothing has changed since Friday, or most of last year, so you should be okay."</p> <p>Natalie was confirmed as Sam's permanent replacement over the weekend.</p> <p>The veteran broadcaster said in a statement on Sunday she was looking forward to stepping into Sam's shoes.</p> <p>"Sunrise has been my work family for 18 years and while I've absolutely loved my role as newsreader, I've now been given the chance to move half a metre along the desk closer to Kochie and give something new a try," she said.</p> <p>"I like to think of it as same same, but different. I can't wait!"</p> <p>Kochie also praised Natalie for her dedication to Sunrise, saying: "Nat has been there every step of the way as we've evolved Sunrise over the past 18 years.</p> <p>"Our viewers know Nat is way more than just a newsreader. For years she has always stepped up as a co-host, filling in for Sam and I, and spent much of last year leading our coverage of the Covid pandemic.</p> <p>"We all love her wicked sense of humour and no-nonsense approach to life. Nat and I have always had a very close relationship. I've seen her sons grow into fine young men, walked The Kokoda Track with her husband, Drew, and her mum Julie is so gorgeous."</p> <p>He added: "Nat is a wonderful person, with a wonderful family, and I can't wait to sit alongside her as we continue to evolve Sunrise."</p>

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Queen allegedly throws shoes and a racket at Prince Philip

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Despite the stoic front that is put on by members of the Royal Family, it appears that the Queen herself has a bit of a temper.</p> <p>In a newly released biography called <em>Prince Philip Revealed</em>, author Ingrid Seward shares an argument between the Queen and husband Prince Philip while they were touring Australia in 1954.</p> <p>According to the book, a camera operator was horrified to see Philip charging out of the couple’s chalet, “followed by a flying pair of tennis shoes and a racket and a very angry Queen shouting for him to come back. Then the indignant Queen grabbed hold of her husband and dragged him back inside.”</p> <p>The pair were awarded a weekend off, but were still being followed by a camera crew who were filming a documentary about their tour. </p> <p>The book continues, saying there was a "stunned silence" before the royal press secretary said that the crew was to shut off their cameras or they would be arrested.</p> <p> The offending film was reportedly handed over and given to the monarch.</p> <p>The Queen reportedly came out to meet the crew and thanked them for the film.</p> <p>“I am sorry for that little interlude,” she said, according to the book. “But as you know it happens in every marriage. Now, what would you like me to do?”.</p> <p>The incident was also shown in an episode of the Netflix series <em>The Crown</em>.</p> <p>Author Seward writes that the couple has had their squabbles over the years despite being married for a shocking 73 years.</p> <p>Philip could be “very tough” on the Queen and frequently called her a “bloody fool and accused her of talking rubbish,” Seward claims.</p> <p>The Queen, perhaps used to being diplomatic, “seldom answered back but would change the subject and started talking in riddles that would divert him as he tried to figure out what she was talking about,” the book says.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Teens from prestigious school guilty of bashing stranger for his bag and shoes

<p><span>Five teenage boys have admitted to bashing a man at Perth’s Stirling train station so badly doctors were forced to put him in a coma, after pleading guilty to downgraded charges.</span></p> <p><span>The five, who cannot be named, were students of Churchlands Senior High School and beat 20-year-old Matthew Henson (pictured) on February 13 just before they stole his shoes and bag.</span></p> <p><span>Mr Henson suffered severe head injuries and was initially placed in an induced coma at Royal Perth Hospital.</span></p> <p><span>After spending weeks in intensive care and another specialised ward, he was transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital to start rehabilitation.</span></p> <p><span>The five boys, aged between 15 and 16, were charged with aggravated robbery and causing grievous bodily harm. </span></p> <p><span>But those charges were quickly dropped by the Perth Children’s Court on Thursday, including for one boy who had already pleaded guilty.</span></p> <p><span>All of them pleaded guilty to a new, lesser charge of intent to harm, doing an act as a result of which Mr Henson’s life, health or safety was, or was likely, to be endangered.</span></p> <p><span>They also pleaded guilty to stealing his shoes and one of the boys pleaded guilty to stealing his bag.</span></p> <p><span>All charges were dismissed against a sixth boy and not replaced with any new charges, resulting in him walking free from court.</span></p> <p><span>Psychological and juvenile justice reports will be prepared for most of the boys before their sentencing on August 18.</span></p>

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Fashion conspiracy: Does Prince Harry only own one pair of shoes?

<p>The Duke of Sussex has had a busy few months in the spotlight since the birth of his first son, Archie.</p> <p>However, it seems not even a swarm of cameras could pick up this odd fashion choice by Prince Harry that has seemed to be a constant for the royal for the last few months.</p> <p>Royal fans noticed something strange about the Duke of Sussex when a beautiful photograph of him and his family at the christening of first son Archie’s baptism was shared.</p> <p>It wasn’t just the adorable photo of Archie that kept fans on their toes, or the beautiful smile that graced Harry's wife Duchess Meghan that got people talking – it was a pair of suede brown brogues that was spotted on the Duke’s feet.</p> <p>On Twitter, fans pointed out Prince Harry had been wearing the same particular pair of shoes for the past few months.</p> <p>“Prince Harry’s offhand manner of dressing for his son and heir’s first official outing. Is this the exact same suit and suede shoes he wore when he showed the world his son?” one eagle-eyed fan wrote.</p> <p>Another tweet read: “Prince Harry is wearing exactly the same suit, brown desert boots, white shirt as he wore to present Archie.”</p> <p>“On an unrelated note, could the Duchess of Sussex do something about how sloppy her husband Prince Harry looks?” a snarky comment read.</p> <p>“Start with burning those ugly a** worn out brown shoes.”</p> <p>It appears Prince Harry has been wearing the same brown pair of shoes for a while now – dating back to October 2018 when he visited Sussex with his wife.</p> <p>The Duke was also spotted in the shoes when he and Duchess Meghan touched down in Casablanca airport in February.</p> <p>A few days later, the royal member was sporting the brogues again while the couple visited Rabat in Morocco.</p> <p>The royal has proven a pair of shoes can take you a long way.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the number of times Prince Harry has been spotted sporting his favourite brown pair of shoes.</p>

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Flying off the shelves: The $10 Kmart item you need for your winter wardrobe

<p>Kmart has gone and done it again, by introducing the perfect shoe for the winter season: <span>A leopard-print sneaker.</span></p> <p>The eye-catching item not only looks stylish and trendy, but is also comfortable to walk in. The pair of shoes is being praised for being an affordable version of an otherwise pricey item with brands such as Superga, Adidas, Skechers and Vans all having their own versions but for a hefty price.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Byw2KNVHUAs/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Byw2KNVHUAs/" target="_blank">• I have an addiction sir 🐾🐆 Kicks $10 @kmartaus •</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/luxeandlemonade/" target="_blank"> Dani • Affordable Style 🍋</a> (@luxeandlemonade) on Jun 16, 2019 at 1:02am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>These $10 lace-up sneakers feature a 3-4cm platform, so for those who are more on the petite side, you’re bound to receive a slight boost to your height while keeping your toes warm.</p> <p>But don’t just save them for the colder months, as these shoes will perfectly transition into spring and summertime making them a year-round essential.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bye0RKBl2XL/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bye0RKBl2XL/" target="_blank">Leopard Lovers check out what has landed at @kmartaus and for only $10. For those that aren't too fond of leopard SWIPE 👈 to see some of my other favs 😍 I live in my white pair and they are super comfy. Are you a shoe addict? I've definitely gotta join SA (Shoes Anonymous) 😂 At least we can all have fabulous shoes when we meet 😉 . . . . . . #kmart #kmartaus #kmartaddict #kmartstyling #addictedtobargains #shoppingaddict #new #shoes #flats #leopard #shoeoftheday #shoeaddict #fashion #inspo #fashionblogger</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/addicted_to_bargains/" target="_blank"> Addicted to Bargains</a> (@addicted_to_bargains) on Jun 9, 2019 at 12:59am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The budget fashion staple gained traction after fashion influencers took to social media to rave about them. But if you want to get your hands on the coveted pair then you’ll need to head in store as they’re completely sold out online.</p>

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Obsessed much? Celine Dion stores 10,000 pairs of shoes in Las Vegas warehouse

<p>Most people usually have a few pairs of shoes. Some for going out and some for everyday wear. But if you’re Celine Dion then you’re most likely going to need an entire warehouse to store all of your footwear.</p> <p>The singer, who has a residency at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace, let James Corden in on her obsession with shoes during a <em>Carpool Karaoke</em> segment last week.</p> <p>When originally asked the question, Celine admitted to owning 3000-5000 pairs of shoes, but after a bit more heckling, she finally gave away the correct number.</p> <p>Corden went on to say that he had heard a rumour of the performer owning up to 10,000 pairs of shoes, to which Celine said was possible.</p> <p>“Maybe. I didn’t want to say it,” she admitted.</p> <p>But the question on everyone’s minds was: Where does someone with that many pairs of shoes possibly keep them?</p> <p>“I have a place in Las Vegas … let’s call it a warehouse,” revealed the 51-year-old.</p> <p>And while having a separate property just for shoes seems extravagant, Dion went on to explain that her former home in Florida had an entirely computerised system to help categorise her shoes.</p> <p>“I had a system, it was computerised, and I would press, and the door would open,” she revealed.</p> <p>“I would press another button and they would turn.”</p> <p>She said that the shoes were colour coordinated to make it easier for her to pick and choose between them.</p> <p>The chosen pair of shoes would then be presented on a thick glass counter, filled with crushed diamonds – but while it seems over-the-top, it isn’t as lavish as you may think.</p> <p>“Not real diamonds, just to make sure that you don’t think that I’m loco,” Dion said.</p> <p>In 2017, the <em>My Heart Will Go On </em>singer spoke to<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://wwd.com/" target="_blank">WWD</a> </em>about her hoarding habits, saying she finds it difficult to throw things away as they hold sentimental value.</p> <p>“They’re part of every step that I take, and I have an attachment to it,” she told the publication.</p> <p>But during the hilarious <em>Carpool Karaoke</em> segment, Dion didn’t seem to have a choice as she was forced to part ways with her favourite pairs of shoes by giving them away to strangers along the Las Vegas strip.</p> <p>Despite being reluctant, Dion managed to give a few pairs away to lucky walkers-by. But while it seemed to be in good fun, it doesn’t look like the performer will be downsizing her collection anytime soon.  </p>

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Warning: Wearing this popular shoe could get you in trouble in these two countries

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When heading to certain Mediterranean destinations, Aussies need to be careful about what footwear they pack.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some spots have local rules that tourists don’t tend to know about, and wearing the wrong footwear is one of these niche rules.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Spain’s Gran Canaria and Italy’s Capri, there are very strict regulations when it comes to wearing thongs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to travel technology company Kiwi.com, the reason that thongs are banned in Capri is because they’re too noisy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is illegal to wear noisy footwear, including flip-flops in the popular holiday destination Capri, Italy,” said Alison Couper from Kiwi.com to </span><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1108935/holidays-gran-canaria-flip-flops-italy-capri-illegal"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Express UK</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The locals value their peace and quiet and the law has seen tourists prosecuted for disrespecting this rule.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, over in Gran Canaria, the rules are a bit different. Thongs aren’t illegal over there, but they’re also forbidden to wear whilst you’re driving.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's important for any holidaymaker who is planning to drive overseas to familiarise themselves with the rules of the road of the country they are visiting,” Alison explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of the rules are logical and pretty similar to what we're used to, but some are more surprising: for example, it is illegal to drive wearing flip flops on Gran Canaria, and doing so can result in a big fine.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you been caught out by these rules? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Why the royals never change their shoes

<p>Due to their influence and mass following, the members of the royal family have become fashion icons.</p> <p>And although Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan have extensive designer wardrobes, there is one accessory they always seem to play down: their shoes.</p> <p>All the senior members of the royal family, both male and female, stick to the same style of footwear for every major engagement they attend.</p> <p>The Queen, who is said to own more than 200 Launer handbags, is leading the trend, wearing the same style of shoes for the past 50 years.</p> <p>Even fashionista Meghan is sticking to only a few key styles of shoes, rather than mixing it up to match her latest designer outfits.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex has made Italian brand Aquazzura her go-to shoe choice, wearing either her Deneuve bow heels or the Matilde Crisscross style in both black and nude.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 499.99999999999994px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7822383/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/be6437ad33764dcaa19c53ae6eec5f09" /></p> <p>Fashion expert commentator Karine Laudort told <em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/"><strong><u>Femail</u></strong></a>  </em>the purpose of the shoe trend is all about practicality and giving a subtle hint of thriftiness.</p> <p>“It is easier to stick to a style that is practical and neutral such as the nude court shoes which Kate always wears,” she said. </p> <p>“It is well known that the Royal Family observe strict fashion rules which no-one can bend especially when it comes to footwear.</p> <p>“Only closed-toe shoes are permitted, and open-toe shoes considered as unformal wear and inappropriate for wedding occasions.”</p> <p>In order to wear their shoes for all different types of occasions, it is important for the royal family to choose neutral colours, such as nude or black.</p> <p>“It is always easier to match outfits with very neutral footwear, especially when several outfits are required during public functions, and that applies to men and women in the Royal Family, even the Queen.”</p> <p>She said that it also allows the royals to avoid appearing too extravagant, rather than debuting a new pair of stylish shoes for every engagement they attend.</p> <p>“In order to maintain a more humble public image, irrespective of whether Royals wear designer outfits at times, neutral footwear will always be the way to go,” she said. </p> <p>For the past 50 years, the Queen has worn her Anello &amp; Davide of Kensington shoes, which are handmade for her from the finest calf leather.</p> <p>Reportedly, she has 10 pairs at any one time and has made her way through hundreds of identical pairs over the years.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge has also become an ambassador for her nude court shoe trademark look.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 242.71472392638037px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7822382/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5b10b0f765eb425ab15149a942228853" /></p> <p>It is believed she buys several Gianvito Rossi blush, light grey and nude courts for her engagements.</p> <p>Did you know about the royals' shoe rule? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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“Please restock!” The $15 Kmart shoes everyone is going crazy for

<p>Kmart is not only the king when it comes to homewares and hacks, with its latest hot ticket item a pair of summer shoes for the bargain price of just $15.</p> <p>The shoes are in such hot demand, fans on social media have been begging the discount department store to “Please restock!”</p> <p>Always on the forefront of providing its customers with budget-friendly knock-offs of the latest trends in fashion and homewares, the bargain $15 mules feature a woven, closed-in toe look, and come in white, beige and black.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp_BljHHPiY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp_BljHHPiY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Slip into spring with our $15 Almond Toe Mule Flats in white. With a beautiful woven texture they also come in beige and black. Thanks @rochelle.dare for the wardrobe inspo! #kmartaus #kmartaustralia #kmartfashion #kmartshoes #spring</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kmartaus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kmart Australia</a> (@kmartaus) on Nov 9, 2018 at 7:29pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Customers who have already been lucky enough to score themselves a pair of the in-demand shoes have praised them as being “comfy”.</p> <p>One Kmart devotee wrote online, in reference to the three colours available, “Just need one more pair to complete my collection.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo8Yj5hlcB5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo8Yj5hlcB5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">These new favourites have us daydreaming of sunny summer days! Don't miss out on our $15 Woven mules and $12 Cross body bag. #kmartaus #kmartaustralia #kmartstyling #kmartaccessories #kmartfootwear</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kmartaus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kmart Australia</a> (@kmartaus) on Oct 14, 2018 at 11:21pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, not everyone has been so lucky getting their hands on the trendy $15 fashion item.</p> <p>One unlucky customer shared, “They are out of stock everywhere I go in my size, including online. Please restock the beige in all sizes.”</p> <p>Will you be trying to score a pair of these trendy slide-on mules from your local Kmart? Tell us in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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Duchess Kate’s brilliant $27 shoe hack

<p>As well as raising three gorgeous children, the Duchess of Cambridge also balances a jam-packed schedule of royal engagements.</p> <p>When Duchess Kate is mingling with royal fans or conversing with various international dignitaries, we very rarely ever see her without her heels on.</p> <p>After wearing heels for a few hours, they can be very uncomfortable and pain-inducing, but Kate manages to wear them throughout long royal engagements with a smile fixed on her face all because of a little-known hack.</p> <p>It turns out the 36-year-old utilises Alice Bow insoles to comfort her feet while wearing high heels.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlBVerTHeCT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlBVerTHeCT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Jul 9, 2018 at 11:24am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>According to a <a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Vanity Fair</u></em></strong></a> article that has recently resurfaced, Kate slips the insoles into her heels, which are “designed to cushion the ball of your foot and heels, while being thin enough to fit unnoticed into any shoes”.</p> <p>The insoles are shaped in such a way that they can even be worn with open-toe shoes without being spotted.</p> <p>A royal insider told the publication: “Kate has ordered a couple of packets, she thinks they are great.</p> <p>“The insoles are all handmade in Britain from fine Italian leather and promise ‘long-lasting comfort and confidence’.”</p> <p>A spokesman for Alice Bow said: “There has been talk of the Duchess wearing the insoles, but we cannot comment either way.”</p> <p>“We have seen a massive surge in site visits, however.”</p> <p>There are a number of different insoles available on the Alice Bow website, including coloured and personalised options.</p> <p>The insoles start at $27, making the product a clever hack that even non-royals can enjoy.</p> <p>What are your tricks for making heels more comfortable? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Four-year-old fighting for her life after trying on new shoes

<p>A four-year-old girl from Wales in the UK is suffering from a life-threatening condition after contracting deadly sepsis from trying on new shoes.</p> <p>A day after trying on different sized shoes on bare feet, Sienna Rasul fell seriously ill. She was later diagnosed with sepsis – a life-threatening disease that can develop due to an infection.</p> <p>As reported by <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7125547/girl-fighting-sepsis-infection-new-school-shoes-shop/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em>, doctors believe the infection was present on the shoes that she tried on, and that there is a possibility that Sienna had a cut or graze on her foot that allowed the bacteria to enter her body.</p> <p>As a result, Sienna spent five days in hospital with a drip attached to her at all times. Her mother, Jodie Thomas, was by her side during the ordeal.</p> <p>“I was really shocked when the doctors said it was from trying on new shoes,” she said.</p> <p>“I’ve been worried sick. They’ve had to drain all the poison from her leg.</p> <p>“Normally she would have socks on but it’s the summertime, so she was wearing sandals.</p> <p>“The shoes she liked had been tried on by other little girls and that’s how Sienna picked up the infection.”</p> <p>Jodie knew something was wrong with her daughter when Sienna was constantly crying in pain after the shopping trip.</p> <p>When doctors noticed the infection, they used a pen to outline exactly where it had spread.</p> <p>“By the next day it had spread up her leg and her temperature was raging,” said Jodie.</p> <p>“I drove her straight to the hospital. She was shaking and twitching – it was horrible to see my little girl like that.</p> <p>“They said it was sepsis and thought they would have to operate.</p> <p>“But the doctors have managed to drain all the pus from her leg and say the antibiotic drip will do the job.”</p> <p>Sienna has been released from the children’s ward at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, but is still being closely monitored.</p> <p>After going through the horrifying ordeal, Jodie is now reminding parents of the importance of children wearing socks when trying on shoes.</p> <p>“I knew you risk getting things like athlete’s foot from trying on shoes, but blood poisoning is far more serious,” she said.</p> <p>“You don’t know whose feet have been in the shoes before you.</p> <p>“Sienna has been really ill. The infection was moving up her leg and spreading to the rest of her body.</p> <p>“I’m so glad I got her to the hospital quickly."</p> <p>When shopping for new children's shoes, Jodie advised mums and dads "to take a spare pair of socks with them".</p> <p>Chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust Dr Ron Daniels said that: “This frightening case shows us that sepsis strikes indiscriminately and can affect anyone at any time.</p> <p>“Whenever there are signs of infection, it’s crucial that members of the public seek medical attention urgently and just ask: ‘Could it be sepsis?’” he added.</p> <p>“Better awareness could save thousands of lives every year.”</p>

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Is it disgusting to keep these two items in your bedroom?

<p class="first-para">I err on the germ-phobic side. I like to wash my hands. I shower twice a day. </p> <p>The thought of banning from my bedroom handbags, shoes, and clothes that have been made unclean by the outside world, was first put into my head by a colleague.</p> <p>I don’t remember who it was. Only that when I came home that night I went to lower my bag onto the end of the bed, and stopped mid-air, vaguely shivering.</p> <p>I walk down a main road each evening to get to the bus that takes me home. Looking at my bag dangling there, it was like all the miscreants from my journey, which I had put in my headphones to compartmentalise from, had followed me to bed. </p> <p>The coughing uni student, the loitering sweaty guy, the snotty child, the years of rubbish and vomit and urine and spilt drinks and god knows what else that builds on that party street like a lacquer.</p> <p>The dirt of the glorified cattle truck that is the bus (are they ever vacuumed?), the people who go to the bathroom and don’t wash their hands (someone told me they exist) and then go out into the world and get on the bus, my bus, and touch things. Ew.</p> <p>My neurotic misgivings weren’t totally unfounded. A <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4513311/" target="_blank">2015 study</a></strong></span> found that 145 out of 180 handbags swabbed positive for bacteria such as micrococcus, staphylococcus and bacillus.</p> <p>A friend told me she wipes the bottom of her handbag with a disinfectant every week. I treated myself to this activity yesterday and felt a strange wave of perverse calm washing over me.</p> <p>Our perceived precautions come down to layman assumptions about germs, cooties, nasties; otherwise known as bacteria or microbes.</p> <p>But apparently, the bugs have already won. We ourselves are covered in bacteria, said Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland. </p> <p>“The reality is, microbes are everywhere and on pretty much everything. Do you put your mobile phone on the bed? Do you have pets that jump or sleep on your bed? Hell, you sleep in your bed and you are covered in bacteria,” said Wiles.</p> <p>“Being frightened of the microbes on your shoes and handbag is completely misplaced. We will be the biggest source of microbes in our bedrooms – we are covered in them.”</p> <p>“And some of those will have the ability to make us sick. But that doesn’t mean they will. The riskiest behaviour people get up to in the bedroom in terms of picking up a bacterial disease is having sex without a condom.”</p> <p>I suppose she knows what she’s talking about (she was nominated for New Zealander of the Year after all). But still, gross.</p> <p>It’s a thought that none of us really like to have – the reality of the microorganisms which call our bodies home. According to <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-human-microbiome-project-defines-normal-bacterial-makeup-body" target="_blank">a study</a></strong></span> by the American National Institute of Health, the human body contains trillions of microorganisms, so many that they outnumber our actual human cells by ten to one.</p> <p>(An uncomfortable concept for those who, like me, never paid attention in Science. Or Maths.)</p> <p>Wiles said the bacteria present on our shoes, for example, will be a mixture of the bacteria found on our skin (from putting them on and off) and those found in the environment. </p> <p>“There will probably be the coliforms found in faecal matter, if walking on surfaces that have had dogs pooing on them,” Wiles said. “And definitely if you’ve managed to step in poo.”</p> <p>The probability of coliforms on your handbag is about the same as shoes, if they’ve been placed on the floor. Otherwise, any bacteria on your purse would likely come from your own body, meaning they’re harmless.</p> <p>“Coliforms can make you sick – they are the reason everyone should wash and dry their hands after going to the toilet,” said Wiles.</p> <p>(See you disgusting non-handwashers flouting the rules, I know you’re out there somewhere…)</p> <p>So the yes or no to bags and shoes is more personal preference than actual hygiene imperative. This could be considered fortunate.</p> <p>But a <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4364.0.55.004Chapter5002011-12" target="_blank">2013 study</a></strong></span> in Australia found that adults take an average of 7400 steps per day, which considering all the surfaces we cross on a daily basis, is an awful lot of opportunities to step in poo, if you ask me. Or to lean your bag in it.</p> <p>At least now science has given me something to meditate on. Wiles has affirmed I have no need to be frightened of putting my purse or shoes in the bedroom, or sitting on the bed in the same clothes I wore on the bus.</p> <p>“I’m a microbiologist and I keep my shoes and handbags in my bedroom,” she said. “I tend not to put shoes on the bed, but that’s more because they might have mud or dirt on them, not because of microbes.”</p> <p><em>Written by Anabela Rea. Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.domain.com.au" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Domain.com.au.</span></strong></a></em></p>

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