January 2015 Archive

Cosyfeet Competition

30 Jan 2015 12:21:16

Solve our 10 footwear anagrams and you could win a £50 Cosyfeet voucher!

Cosyfeet anagrams

We’ve mixed up the names of 10 of our footwear styles. To be in with a chance of winning a £50 Cosyfeet voucher, simply rearrange the letters to make the correct name and send your answers to competition@cosyfeet.com. Good luck!

  1. 1. Viialo
  2. 2. Ydemar
  3. 3. Nmayorh
  4. 4. Eanins
  5. 5. Sdpraeia
  6. 6. Htacirnee
  7. 7. Dfbdrroa
  8. 8. Vlreio
  9. 9. Ggyoerr
  10. 10. Tkpciar

Terms & Conditions
By submitting an entry to our competition you are consenting to us using your name on our website and in future newsletters. Competition entries must be received by 1st March 2015.

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Photo shoot for the spring catalogue

30 Jan 2015 12:18:16

We’ve just finished our photo shoot for the spring/summer catalogue. With temperatures hovering around minus 1, it felt anything but summery for our poor models!

Braving the cold for our spring/summer photo shoot

One of the exciting parts about developing a new footwear collection is doing the photo shoot for the new season campaign. However, shooting summer scenes in the winter isn’t always easy!

Making our models look warm and summery in freezing temperatures is no easy task! Jackie and Greg did an amazing job of controlling their chattering teeth, managing to give us beaming smiles despite wearing shorts and t-shirts on a windy beach in minus 1! Much of the shoot was spent with them wrapped in blankets and clutching hot water bottles to stop them from getting hyperthermia!

Jackie - Keeping her coat on
Jackie, our model, keeping her coat on until the last moment!

We were lucky enough to have the use of a beautiful house in West Sussex for our photo-shoot. It was lovely and light, as you can see from the pictures below, and managed to look bright and summery which is what you need on a rainy day in January!

Location of the photoshoot
The location house for the photo shoot

Our creative team did a great job of setting the scenes, arranging plants and flowers around the garden to make it look more summery. They even brushed the grass to take the dew off the top of it and gave it a bit of trim to make it look tidier!

Brushing the grass!
Brushing the grass to get rid of the dew!

Tidying up the grass with scissors
Tidying up the grass with a pair of scissors

Our new spring catalogue will be out in March. See if you can spot the crushed digestive biscuits that we used to make sand for one of our indoor studio shots!

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How can a bag be healthy?

30 Jan 2015 12:14:31

Carrying your possessions in a heavy bag can lead to disabling back pain. The ‘Healthy Back Bag’ is designed to distribute weight evenly across your back and minimise stress on your body.

A bag that protects your back

Carrying around your possessions in a heavy bag can lead to disabling back pain, especially if you’re carrying a shoulder bag on one shoulder. That’s because it significantly interferes with your normal gait and disrupts your body’s natural balance.

There is even a term - Poshitis - coined for the pain caused by the trend of carrying heavy handbags on a bent forearm as seen on fashionistas such as Victoria Beckham.

PoshitisEverett Collection / Shutterstock.com

Experts recommend carrying heavy possessions in a backpack as 2 straps will distribute the weight around your back more evenly. However, not everyone wants to wear a fitted backpack.

The Healthy Back Bag came about as an answer to a question that still plagues women all over the world - “where can I get a shoulder bag that isn’t going to kill my back?” Through the collaboration of a designer leather craftsman, a doctor and a chiropractor, they created a fashionable functional alternative to a backpack or single strap bag.

How is the ‘Healthy Back Bag’ different to other bags?

The more places a bag touches when you wear it the lighter it feels and that's the secret. The Healthy Back Bag moulds to the contours of your spine, distributing weight evenly across the back. So no pulling, no straining, no crooked necks or uneven shoulders.

Healthy Back Bag

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Providing foot care to the homeless over Christmas

29 Jan 2015 13:31:29

Podiatry student, Linda Scantlebury, responded to a Cosyfeet appeal for Crisis to help provide foot care to the homeless at Christmas. Find out how she got on...

Volunteering with Crisis

Podiatry student, Linda Scantlebury, responded to a Cosyfeet appeal for Crisis to help provide foot care to the homeless at Christmas. This is how she got on:

“I chose to volunteer with ‘Crisis at Christmas’ for a week over the festive period. They provide a place to stay, meals, new clothing, bedding and access to healthcare as well as information regarding housing, job seeking and essential services. My shifts were divided into seven hour slots at one of the ten venues across London. On my first shift I was allocated to assist a team of three qualified podiatrists.

As I had expected, the “clinic” was set up in very basic facilities; a classroom with a kitchenette adjoining. When the patient arrived, they were given a basin of warm soapy water to soak their feet in, and a clean towel to dry their feet off afterwards. The patient was then treated by the podiatrist, and I gave them two pairs of socks, two emollient sachets and a foot file. Some were in need of orthotics, and following an assessment were provided with off the shelf devices.

I was eager to begin my shift and start helping. I anticipated that we would encounter a myriad of serious foot problems that had gone untreated for a lengthy period. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the majority of patients we saw were in fact aware of the various drop in centres located around London which operate year round and provide a free podiatry service to the homeless. This meant that the severity of most conditions, had been kept in abeyance. I was tasked with giving out the socks, emollient and emery boards which were all gratefully received and it was a pleasurable task.”

Podiatry Student Linda Scantlebury

Podiatry Student Linda Scantlebury

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Get 10% off a selection of our winter warmers

27 Jan 2015 16:04:45

Keep the coldest feet cosy this winter with 10% off a selection of our warm products.

Keep the coldest feet cosy this winter with 10% off a selection of our warm products. Choose from snuggly slippers, toasty socks, cosy hosiery, microwavable bootees and sheepskin insoles.

Ultra-comfy and insulating, our collection of Fleecy-lined Slippers are the warmest place for your feet this winter. And to keep feet toasty in bed, why not try our Super-soft Bed Socks in both standard and extra roomy.

If your feet and legs feel the cold, our Thermal Softhold Socks® in standard and extra roomy are the ones for you. Or if you're looking for warm hosiery, our Softhold® Warm Ribbed Tights will keep legs cosy, however cold it gets.

To take advantage of this great offer, simply enter code WDWP10 at the basket when prompted and 10% will be deducted from your order.

Please click here to view our winter warmers.

*Terms and Conditions

To redeem our '10% off a selection of winter warmers' offer, simply add the item/s you want to your basket and enter the code WDWP10 when prompted. This offer expires at 11.59pm on 3rd February 2015. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Offer only available on in-stock items. This offer applies to the following products: L739, L733, L734, P234, P237, E826, E822, E825, J723, J726, F432, F434, 1A, MF, TH, ET, TQ, TF, BS, EB, KU, UX, KT, KX, KN, NX, RK, RJ, WGMT, WGBT.

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A self-lacing shoe that’s powered by walking

20 Jan 2015 15:45:55

Researchers are working on a self-lacing shoe for the elderly powered by energy harvested from the act of walking.

A shoe that can lace itself?

Researchers in Germany are working on shoe-sized devises that aim to harvest the power generated by walking and will hopefully form the basis of a self-lacing shoe for the elderly.

They have built two separate devices: a "shock harvester" that generates power when the heel strikes the ground and a "swing harvester" that produces power when the foot is swinging.

It’s not nearly enough to charge devices such as a smartphone but it is enough to power small sensors and transmitters, opening up a range of new applications one of which is the development of a self-lacing shoe for the elderly.

Klevis Ylli, one of the researchers, says that the shoe would detect when a user stepped into it and lace itself up, as well as open up again when required. The harvesting device would generate energy for the closing mechanism.

The shock harvester sits snugly in the sole of a training shoe

The shock harvester sits snugly in the sole of a training shoe

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January is National Hobby Month

15 Jan 2015 11:32:00

Do you have a hobby that you’re passionate about? We asked some of customers what they enjoy doing in their spare time.

What do our customers do for fun?

The New Year is a good time to start new projects or learn a new craft so it makes sense that January is National Hobby Month.

Taking up new hobbies at this time of year can play an important role in keeping us stimulated and energetic and prevent feelings of lethargy and depression. Hobbies also help us to maintain a sense of identity. Research shows that people who enjoy hobbies live longer, have stronger marriages and adjust to changes in lifestyle, such as parenthood or retirement, more positively.

In a recent questionnaire, we asked some of our customers what they like doing in their spare time. This is a list of the hobbies they say they enjoy the most:

  • Reading
  • Sewing/Cross Stitch
  • Gardening
  • Puzzles/Crosswords
  • Walking
  • Jigsaws
  • Baking

Embroidery

Do you have a pastime you’re really passionate about? Or do you have an unusual hobby? We’d love to hear about it.

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Get £5 off selected men's and women's slippers

14 Jan 2015 09:31:30

Keep the winter chills at bay with £5 off any order of our Tufty or Ray slippers.

Keep the winter chills at bay with £5 off any order of our Tufty or Ray slippers. Based on our bestselling Helen style, Tufty offers you a new twist on an old favourite. This stylish, tactile slipper comes in a choice of warm, winter colours and will keep feet comfy and cosy all season.

Ray is an ultra-soft, fleecy lined slipper that's designed to keep the coldest feet snug and warm. It's seam-free at the front so it's perfect for swollen or sensitive toes. The soft, breathable uppers feel velvety to the touch while stiffeners in the heel give it a stable and secure fit.

To take advantage of this great offer, simply add Tufty or Ray to your basket and proceed through the checkout. The discount will have already been applied to the item/s.

Please click here to view Ray and Tufty.

Terms and Conditions

To redeem this '£5 off Tufty or Ray' offer, simply add Tufty and/or Ray to your basket and proceed through the checkout process. No offer code required. This offer expires at 11.59pm on 20th January 2015. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Offer only available on in-stock items. This offer applies to the following products: XF438, XF437, XF435, F432, F434

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Make a memory box for 2015

9 Jan 2015 14:05:44

A memory box is a bit like a treasure box. It’s a place you can put things you want to keep because they remind you of special times. It’s simple to make and a fun activity to do with your children or grandchildren.

Make a memory box for 2015

A memory box is a bit like a treasure box. It’s a place you can put things you want to keep because they remind you of special times. It’s simple to make and a fun activity to do with your children or grandchildren.

To make a memory box you will need:

  • A shoe box (or similar) – a Cosyfeet box is perfect!
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or sticky tape
  • Decorations such as stickers, glitter, sequins, ribbon or buttons

Simply cover your box with paper and decorate it. You may want to write or paint the year on the lid. Now you can start to fill it! These are some of the things you may want to keep in it:

  • Cards from special occasions
  • Photographs
  • Certificates or medals
  • Letters and postcards
  • Tickets stubs from the cinema, theatre or concerts
  • Pebbles and shells collected from the beach
  • Pictures you’ve drawn
  • Entry tickets to attractions
  • Leaves or flowers collected on walks
  • Newspaper cuttings

Decoration ideas for your memory box
Decoration ideas for your memory box

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Keep your pets fit & healthy in 2015

7 Jan 2015 09:33:52

With many of us making resolutions to improve our diet and health, now is the perfect time to look at whether our pets need to shape up as well.

A New Year’s regime for your pet?

Obesity rates in Britain are soaring despite warnings that we are turning into a nation of couch potatoes and unfortunately our pets are heading the same way, with approximately 1 in 3 of our pets being overweight and unfit.

A recent report by the PDSA, Cosyfeet’s charity of the year, shows that pet obesity levels are continuing to increase. 80% of vets and vet nurses now predict there will be more overweight pets than healthy pets in five years’ time, and with 5.5 million pets being fed fatty treats the pet obesity epidemic is set to balloon.

Another staggering finding is that 2.4 million dogs in the UK are not given the opportunity to exercise off the lead outside of the home or garden on a daily basis – with over 800,000 of these dogs never going for walks off the lead, and 250,000 never going for walks at all. This can lead to destructive behaviour and anxiety, as well as aggression and is also contributing to the rise in pet obesity.

Research by the PDSA shows that there are two main reasons why our pets are getting fatter: poor diet and a lack of exercise. With this in mind, the charity have devised a series of leaflets containing diet and exercise advice. To download these leaflets for free, go to www.petfitclub.org.uk/diet-tips-and-advice.

Happy New Year

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