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Fashion trends are simply guidelines to keep in mind, but personal style is always the priority when deciding what to get. – AP9 Shopping Essentials

Bill Cunningham of the New York Times, takes a closer look at the world of big, colorful handbags.

In this audio slideshow, he gives us a tour around New York, with inspiring takes on interesting and fabulous bags from labels like Balenciaga, Gucci and Prada being toted around by women in the big city.

Check it out.

Shoe trends this year include bright colors, patent finishes, sandals and flats with straps and sparkle, and heels designed to defy gravity. Open-toe and peep-toe shoes are also a common summer denominator. – AP9 Shopping Essentials

Flip Flops Are NOT Good for You!


People who favor flip-flops as their primary footwear option during warm summer months may experience lower leg pain and a change in their stride.

This shocking news comes from research presented last week at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis.

“Flip-flops are not designed for prolonged use or for walking long distances,” said Justin F. Shroyer, lead author on the study.

“They lack the support that a walking or running shoe provides. Flip-flops should only be worn casually and for shorter periods of time. They probably should also not be a primary footwear choice.”

  • Some flip-flops on the market may provide more support, but are usually more expensive. For someone with lower-leg or foot problems, Shroyer recommends they limit their usage, and choose a flip-flop with more support.
  • Flip-flops should be replaced often. However, many people claim flip-flops are the most comfortable when they are “broken in,” just like a pair of sneakers.  Flip-flops should be replaced every few months just as a runner would with running shoes.

Really.