January 2014 Archive

Caption competition

31 Jan 2014 13:25:40

Win the choice of a 12 months subscription to either Good Housekeeping or Gardener’s World Magazine in our caption competition.

Do you fancy winning a 12 month magazine subscription? Simply come up with a witty or clever caption to go with the image below for your chance to win.

Our favourite will win the choice of a years’ subscription to either Good Housekeeping or Gardener’s World Magazine. To enter, simply email competition@cosyfeet.com with your caption by 1st March 2014.

Send us a caption

Last Months Winner: Mrs Margaret Catherall from Conwy won our Exercise Bundle for submitting her favourite tip to keep healthy. Well done Margaret!

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January 2014 Newsletter Competition

31 Jan 2014 13:19:43

Mrs Margaret Catherall from Conwy has won our Exercise Bundle for submitting her favourite tip to keep healthy as part of our January newsletter competition.

Mrs Margaret Catherall from Conwy has won our Exercise Bundle for submitting her favourite tip to keep healthy as part of our January newsletter competition.

Well done Margaret!

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January 2014 Review Entry

31 Jan 2014 13:19:38

Mr John French from Essex has won a £50 Cosyfeet voucher for submitting a product review in January. Well done John!

Mr John French from Essex has won a £50 Cosyfeet voucher for submitting a product review in January.

Well done John!

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A look behind the scenes at our new workshop in Portugal

31 Jan 2014 09:26:17

Shoe-making is one of the oldest and most traditional industries in Portugal. Many mainstream brands such as Timberland, Clarks and Kickers are now making footwear in Portugal having been impressed by the high quality of products coming out of the country.

Shoe-making is one of the oldest and most traditional industries in Portugal. Many mainstream brands such as Timberland, Clarks and Kickers are now making footwear in Portugal having been impressed by the high quality of products coming out of the country.

Following in their footsteps (no pun intended!), we recently opened a new bright and airy workshop near Porto where we are now making some of our women’s footwear using traditional Portuguese shoe-making techniques.

Here are some photographs taken by Nick Brown, our shoe designer, on his recent visit to our workshop in Portugal:

Toe lasting our Alison shoe
Toe lasting our Alison shoe

Hand-finishing some of our women’s shoes
Hand-finishing some of our women’s shoes

Cutting leather for our footwear
Cutting leather for our footwear

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Footwear colour trends for spring / summer 2014

31 Jan 2014 09:20:47

It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks’ time spring will be here. Along with the rest of the footwear industry, we were already looking at the emerging colour trends for spring /summer 2014 around the middle of last year. We worked closely with our tanners to ensure that the leathers we chose for our footwear were on trend for this year.

It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks’ time spring will be here. Along with the rest of the footwear industry, we were already looking at the emerging colour trends for spring /summer 2014 around the middle of last year. We worked closely with our tanners to ensure that the leathers we chose for our footwear were on trend for this year.

At London Fashion Week, back in September 2013, the industry unveiled next season’s colours with a rainbow spectrum of shades from bold, brilliant blues to vivid reds and greens.

Pomegranate
London Fashion Week: Pomegranate was one of the colours tipped to be big for 2014

Our colour pallet for spring and summer has picked up on the trend for vivid brights alongside more muted tones. As a result, we’ve got some exciting NEW Cosyfeet styles on the way in an assortment of dazzling blue, vivid green, vibrant pomegranate and deep lichen.

2014 Swatches

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Can diabetes ever be cured?

30 Jan 2014 11:11:21

A British-led team of experts believe that they can wipe out the disease within the next 20 years.

Diabetes could be cured within the next 20 years

UK teams are leading the race against a disease which is estimated to hit 6.25 million Britons by 2035.

Dr Nick Oliver, diabetes consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, says he is confident that the insulin-deficiency disease will eventually be wiped out.

“There are lots of avenues that will lead to potential cures for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and if I could see it in my career that would be incredibly exciting.”

Can diabetes ever be cured?

Dr Alasdair Rankin, director of research for Diabetes UK, said: “We think it is possible we could have a vaccine for Type 1 within 20 years.”

Human trials have already started on the world’s first artificial pancreas, created by Dr Oliver’s team. It would offer sufferers of Type 1 diabetes the most effective treatment available.

The Bio-Inspired Artificial Pancreas – BiAP – is attached to the abdomen via a thin tube. It reads sugar levels and sends information to an insulin pump which releases the hormone around the clock. This eliminates painful daily blood tests and injections.

One researcher said: “We hope the technology will be the next best thing to a cure for the 400,000 people in the UK with Type 1 diabetes.”

In 2016 human trials are due to start on an artificial pancreas created at De Montfort University in Leicester which can be inserted into the body.

Type 2 diabetes is largely driven by lifestyle and linked to obesity. Tests are under way to discover whether a low-calorie liquid diet could be used to put Type 2 diabetes into remission.

Click here to view our range of diabetic friendly products that are suitable for the most sensitive and vulnerable feet. For more information about diabetes visit Diabetes UK at www.diabetes.org.uk.

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Free delivery from our Foot Comfort collection

29 Jan 2014 09:53:57

Relieve pain and enjoy comfort with our collection of high-quality Foot Comfort products and receive free delivery when spending over £20.

Relieve pain and enjoy comfort with our collection of high-quality Foot Comfort products. Combat common foot problems such as sore toes, painful bunions and cracked heels or enhance your underfoot comfort with our range of specialist insoles.

To take advantage of this great offer, simply add any items from our Foot Comfort collection to your shopping basket and enter the offer code WDFCFP when prompted. If the order value is over £20, you'll receive FREE delivery worth £4.75.

View our Foot Comfort collection.

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To redeem this free delivery (UK standard) offer on Foot Comfort products, simply add any items from our Foot Comfort collection to your basket and enter the offer code WDFCFP when prompted. Minimum spend: £20. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Only available to UK customers. This offer expires at 11.59pm on 4th February 2014. Offer only applies to products in the Foot Comfort category on Cosyfeet.com. Offer only applies to in-stock items.

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Why is the need for roomy footwear on the increase?

27 Jan 2014 09:57:30

The UK population is ageing and it’s predicted that a growing percentage of us will be affected by mobility issues in our latter years...

The UK population is ageing and it’s predicted that a growing percentage of us will be affected by mobility issues in our latter years.  Lack of mobility can result in poor circulation which in turn can cause feet to swell. As a consequence, many more people than currently will need to wear wide fitting footwear.

Obesity is also on the rise. The National Obesity Forum believes that half of all UK adults will be obese by 2050. Excess weight can cause feet and ankles to swell as it tends to compress the veins that are supposed to take fluid out of your legs. Obesity is also associated with getting less exercise which is important for helping the veins to do their job. Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, says, ‘It is inevitable that as the nation becomes more overweight, their feet will become wider. It is another consequence of the obesity problem in Britain.”

The increase in diabetes in the UK will also fuel the need for extra roomy footwear designed to protect feet made vulnerable by the disease. Health experts agree that the UK is facing a huge increase in the number of people with diabetes. The charity Diabetes UK reports that since 1996 the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased from 1.4 million to 2.9 million. By 2025 it is estimated that five million people in the UK will have diabetes. Most of these cases will be Type 2 diabetes, because of our ageing population and rapidly rising numbers of overweight and obese people.

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What sort of footwear is suitable for women with swollen feet?

24 Jan 2014 09:23:05

There are a number of wide shoes for women available from various suppliers in the UK but they will not necessarily fit swollen...

There are a number of wide shoes for women available from various suppliers in the UK but they will not necessarily fit swollen feet. Shoes that are specially designed for swollen feet generally have a wide heel seat and also increased depth to accommodate swelling.

To ensure swollen feet are comfy, shoes should ideally have smooth, seam-free linings and adjustable fastenings so they can be altered to accommodate swelling. The position of the fastening should be placed so that it does not cut into the instep or ankle. It is also important that the shoe opens out so that it is easy to get on and off a swollen foot.

Laced fastenings give the most secure fit with plenty of support and adjustment. Touch-fastening styles are ideal for those who are unable to tie laces easily whilst offering scope for adjustment. Strap extension pieces are often available for touch-fastening styles to accommodate exceptionally swollen feet.

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Business is booming for ‘olderpreneurs’

23 Jan 2014 11:34:11

Hundreds of thousands of over-50s in the UK are setting up their own businesses for the first time.

More ‘olderpreneurs’ in the UK than ever before

According to a recent report, hundreds of thousands of over-50s in the UK are setting up their own businesses for the first time.

The number of "olderpreneurs", as they have been dubbed by the media, is growing. In 2009 there were just over 1.5 million people aged 50-plus registered as self-employed. Now that figure stands at 1,766,000 – an increase of more than a quarter of a million.

Reasons for this upsurge in ‘olderpreneurs’ include:

  • earlier retirement or enforced redundancy
  • low interest rates
  • the abandonment of the statutory retirement age
  • the demise of final-salary pensions
  • the urge to reinvent yourself and try something different

One of the most famous ‘olderpreneurs’ is Colonel Sanders who launched his business at the age of 65, using his first Social Security cheque as start-up funds. Prior to his death Colonel Sanders’ restaurant chain had 6,000 locations and sales of more than $2 billion.

Colonel Sanders
Colonel Sanders, created the famous KFC fast food chain when he was 65

If you’re an ‘olderpreneur’ please get in touch with the community page and tell us your story. We'd love to hear from you.

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