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In The Hot Seat with Michelle Diedrick for Foot Kindness

We recently chatted with Michelle Diedrick, a Foot Health Practitioner for Foot Kindness, who advocates being kinder to your feet because the average human will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the globe. We caught up with her on her personal style and why Yogis are the perfect shoes to take care of your feet.

Yogi Footwear: Describe your personal style

l have two extremes when it comes to my dress sense. l really like to dress up whenever l get the chance to do so. But l also like to wear my leggings and my skinny jeans when l need a more casual look. I like to feel comfortable. I would describe my dress wear as relaxed when I’m feeling chilled and ‘over the top‘ when I want to dress up to go to a fancy restaurant or a ball.

Yogi Footwear: What was the first item of clothing you ever bought for yourself?

My faux fur coat! I loved wearing it. I love to feel warm and snug. l caught my sister wearing it one day. I wasn’t impressed!


Yogi Footwear: Any faux-pas you'd rather forget...?

l remember when I was 16, l was on work experience with an Architectural Compony based in Birmingham. I had a pair of stilettos on. On my way home l noticed that my bus had pulled up at the bus stop. l didn’t want to miss it, so l decided to run for the bus in my new heels. I thought it was a good idea at the time... l remember falling to the ground and doing the splits on the floor. I was so embarrassed. I still got up to run for the bus, my skirt was ripped open, so l held it tightly in my hands and ran like hell. But when l got to the bus stop the driver wouldn’t let me on the bus. So I stood in the queue in shame everyone laughing at me at the bus stop.


Yogi Footwear: Tell us about the oldest item in your wardrobe:

My red H&M coat. I know it’s old but l can’t seem to part with it. It’s so warm!


Yogi Footwear: What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought, clothing-wise?

My Spanish designed - Pronovias Wedding Dress.


Yogi Footwear: How do you style your Yogi shoes?

With a lovely long summer dress or a fitted pair of trousers.


Yogi Footwear: What do your Yogi shoes say about you?

They scream comfort. As a Foot Health Practitioner l don’t believe in wearing foot wear if it’s going to cause me pain. I like to wear my heels, but l mostly like to wear flat shoes, especially when I’m in my ‘chill out zone’ l like to feel comfortable. That’s what l like about my Yogi shoes, l feel like I’m wearing a pair of socks when I’ve got them on. I think they’re so comfortable for men and women’s feet. Great value for money and they look great!


Yogi Footwear: Yogi was born in the 90s, what were you doing, what were you wearing and what were you listening to back in the day?

I was still at school rocking my Dr Martins! l listened to R&B music most of the time!


Yogi Footwear: This season you'll be wearing...?

My Yogi White Rufus shoes with a lovely summer dress.


Yogi Footwear: Who are your style heroes? 

l really like; JLo, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger & Ciara.

Yogi Footwear: What fragrance do you wear?

Lacoste Pink.

Yogi Footwear: Which is the best dressed nation?

In my opinion - l really like the way the Italians dress. I also think the Chinese dress well too... l can’t really decide between these two nations!

Yogi Footwear: Which Yogi shoes will you be adding to your Spring/Summer wardrobe?

I really want a pair of the Winstone Crepe Boots in White! I think they look great.

Yogi Footwear: What does #GoFeetFirst mean to you?

It means wearing appropriate footwear, footwear that will #Be kind to your feet. Did you know for example that the human foot consists of;  

* Up of 26 bones, more than 150 ligaments, an intricate network of muscles, nerves and blood supply.

* The average person will take 10,000 steps per day.  Therefore, in a typical lifetime you will walk more than 4 times round the planet (115,000 miles).

* Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci called the feet "A masterpiece of engineering, and a work of art".

* 75% of all British people will suffer from a foot problem in their lifetime.

* Neil Armstrong stepped on to the moon with his left foot.

Yogi Footwear: How do you #GoFeetFirst day-to-day?

Choosing the correct footwear for every occasion is of the utmost importance. If we want to walk comfortably and in style, we need to invest in this, and of course, who doesn’t want to look stylish whilst wearing comfortable footwear. Another reason why l love and recommend Yogi Footwear!!

 Sadly, foot health is often compromised and can also be sacrificed over the desire to be stylish.  Fantastic brands like Yogi Footwear combine these two important aspects; great looking stylish shoes that are also kind to your feet!

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If the Rufus Women's in White aren't for you, we also have a wide variety of other styles, finishes and colours in our women's collection. See them here.



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