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“I want to write a book about shoes that’s full of footnotes.” ~ Jarod Kintz, I Want
Written by Archana Kapoor
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Women and shoes! What a priceless combination one would say, isn’t it? It’s a rarity to find a woman who is a fashionista and isn’t obsessed with the ‘n’ number of pairs that she owns. I am no different and can proudly proclaim that most of the shoe cupboards in my house are bursting with my shoes. My collection includes different colours and styles to match the outfit, occasion and activities – like dancing, running, walking, exercising and yoga.

Like most women even I preferred the nice jazzy looking pink and purple sneakers for all my activities. It’s a pity that I learnt about the different types of sneakers one must use for various activities the hard way; thanks to a minor injury that I suffered during my first half marathon five years back. That’s when I realised that I was wearing wrong sneakers for running 21 kms. While I did manage to complete the race, I was lucky that the injury was minor. I read up about the right type of footwear for several activities I partake in and happened to stumble upon the Lakmé School of Style. I was ecstatic to note that the pioneers in the beauty industry had created a legacy of style and beauty for the fashion fanatics. Actually, not just for people drooling over fashion, but the myriad videos created by #fame and #LakmeSchoolOfStyle bring much required information to the Indian masses. Though the information comes from the who’s who of the fashion industry it is from the point of view of normal everyday people.

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I found an extremely informative video by Sanjana Banaik where she discusses some essential sneakers which are:

City sneakers – which are very comfortable but are not meant for workouts and running. They are comfort shoes with thin soles and narrow upper. For serious running you need a pair of running sneakers which have a thicker sole for shock absorption, forward movements and flexibility. While buying a running shoe one has to make sure to leave a distance of one index finger to the front of the shoe.

Training sneakers – which happen to be the most versatile of the lot, as they are heavier than the running shoes and wider from the front to provide support for lateral movement. Meant for activities like weight training and aerobics, they can also be worn for a warm up.

Jazz shoes – for dancers like me this is a must. They are designed for activities that require you to spin or go on the ball of your foot. Usually made of leather; these shoes are very flexible and durable. The lace-up version is recommended more than the slip-on one.

Studio wraps – again meant for Yoga and Pilates enthusiasts like me. Using these is better than going barefoot as they prevent you from slipping; are washable and highly comfortable.

Do have a look at Sanjana’s video for complete details.

Lakmé School of Style is a first of its kind show that will not only bring the newest trends and happenings from the fashion world but in the process will also create new age fashionistas and idols. A fashion brigade led by Editor-in-Chief, Karan Johar himself will bring the fashion news, views and events from all over the world to the internet screen.

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Archana Kapoor

Banker turned Blogger, INSEAD Alumnus; life manifested in its complete liveliness is Archana. Looking at every aspect of life with a twinkle in her eye, she then garnishes things around her with something special. Check out for yourself in her amazing writing.

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