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October 30, 2016
Category: Shoes
Tags: shoes   boots   elephant   Teva  

Elephant bootsIf you visit Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC, you may notice one of zoo’s resident elephants, Shanthi, strolling around in stylish Teva boots.

While the footwear makes the 9,000-pound pachyderm stand out among her peers, its primary purpose is to provide the 41-year-old relief from the side effects of arthritis.

As the arthritis has progressed, Shanthi has started to shift her weight. This has led to painful lesions on and around her toenails, and the bandages keeping the topical medication in place often come off when the elephant is walking.

Using Smithsonian’s 3-D Digitization Program to measure Shanthi’s foot size, the designers created a stylish custom-made pair of size 20 boots with a 12E width --- about as big as a birdbath!

While it took some time to get used to, Shanthi now happily strolls around in her Velcro footwear, making it easier for zoo officials to keep the bandages on and debris out.

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September 28, 2016
Category: Shoes
Tags: Teva   Ugg   ugly   shoe  

Teva x UggPeople are NOT impressed with the half boot/half sandal created by footwear brands Teva and Ugg.

Why would you keep your ankle warm in so much fleece, while your toes are exposed to the elements?

Perhaps its greatest benefit is after a pedicure, when it's too cold outside to wear your flip-flops home but you don't want to ruin your nails.

(This newest edition to the Ugg family supports that claim that the term "ugg" originates from the word ugly.)

If you need help deciding which shoes are most appropriate for your feet, schedule an appointment at Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling (847) 675-3400 or online at


Post-script: Teva and Ugg are owned by Decker Brands.