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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.

By Dr. Steven Miller
August 08, 2016
Category: Shoes
Tags: shoe   guitar   all-wah   music  

Converse all way shoeSneakers with a built-in guitar pedal!

Stepping on a wah-wah pedal alters the tone of a guitar signal to produce a distinctive sound often heard in rock and funk music. Made famous by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, this iconic sound is reminiscent of a human voice singing "wah."

Converse just announced the launch of the Chuck Taylor All Wah sneaker, a fusion of style and cutting-edge technology. The shoe works similarly like a wah-wah pedal, where flexing up and down produces the effect.

Just plug in the shoe and start kickin’ out the jams instantly.

Converse has not yet announced a release date for the All Wahs, or how much they will cost.

By Dr. Steven Miller
September 07, 2015
Category: Shoes
Tags: Nike   shoe   Chuck   Converse  

Chuck Taylor All StarIn 1917, Converse Rubber Shoe Company designed a high-top canvas shoe called the ALL STAR. A few years later, a basketball player and shoe salesman by the name of Charles "Chuck" Taylor made improvements to the design. Eventually Taylor's signature was put into the logo, which is how the shoe became known as the "Chuck Taylor All Star”.

By the 1960s, it was being worn by ninety percent of professional and college basketball players. Tree Rollins, current assistant coach with the WNBA's Chicago Sky, was the last player to wear Converse All Stars in the NBA.

Chuck Taylor All Star is now made in a variety of colors, styles, prints and fabrics, including a low-cut version. After Converse filed for bankruptcy, the company was bought by Nike.

A major issue with this shoe has been its lack of arch support. Finally the all-new Chuck Taylor All Star II debuted this summer, incorporating Nike's cushioning technology while maintaining Chuck’s icnoic design. Chuck I and the Chuck II are being sold side by side, though the Chuck II is slightly more expensive.


July 30, 2015
Category: Pain
Tags: feet   shoe   pronation   knee  

Foot Type Diagram"Foot pain is common in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA)" is the conclusion of a new study published in Arthritis Care and Research.


Caveat emptor (Latin term that means "buyer beware").


Some of the authors of this study are from the University of Melbourne in Australia and receive royalties from the sales of the “Gel-Melbourne OA” shoe manufactured for sale in Australia by Asics.


The manufacturer states that “while most sports and walking shoes are made to resist the inward roll or over-pronation of the foot, this shoe is the opposite and encourages pronation of the feet.”


The theory is that pronation can reduce stress and discomfort on the inner (medial) side of the knee. However, this may create other problems such as exacerbating flat feet.


If you need specific guidance on the most appropriate shoes for your foot structure, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or by clicking


December 02, 2014
Category: Pregnancy
Tags: pain   shoe   pregnant   swelling  

Many women report that their shoe size grew as a result of pregnancy. This increase in foot size and arch drop has been confirmed in medical studies and is most noticeable during the mother’s first pregnancy. It has also been shown to persist even after childbirth. Theories for this phenomenon revolve around the extra weight of pregnancy and a hormone (relaxin) which may loosen ligaments in the feet.

If you (or your loved one) are pregnant and suffering with sore feet or ankles, consult Dr. Miller to regain comfort and minimize long-term complications. This may include specialized insoles to redistribute pressure and stockings to control swelling.