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Cold Feet? Circulation Tips for your Feet

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Do you suffer from cold feet?  Have you considered that the problem might be from poor circulation to your toes?  Watch this very enlightening video entitled Circulation Tips with Natural Sports Podiatrist, Dr. Ray McClanahan.  The video is less than 4 minutes long, and it is packed with helpful information.

One of the primary reasons we have poor circulation to our feet is that our shoes squeeze our toes unnaturally, so by wearing shoes like this we compromise our circulatory inflow and outflow to our foot.  Dr. Ray claims that this could be responsible for cold toes and/or numb feet.

Dr. Ray’s three main recommendations in this video are:

1. Pay attention to footwear that respects your natural anatomy and allows your toes to branch out.  Avoid footwear that squeezes the branch point in your toes that makes blood circulation difficult.  It’s interesting to note that Dr. Ray illustrates the proper footwear as Lems Primal Origins in Earth Brown.

2. Try Correct Toes to help your toes branch out and place each toe in the correct anatomical position.

3. To enhance blood flow, you may want to try a hot cream or sports cream.  A typical chemical that helps to increase blood flow is menthol or camphor.  Dr. Ray’s favorite is a brand called Sombra, made with Capsaicin.

I have not tried Correct Toes or Sombra, but we absolutely love the Lems Primal Origins!  I have been wearing the same pair every day for over a year.  My feet couldn’t be happier!  Lems Shoes were formerly called Stem Footwear and Lemings, but the new name stands for Live Easy and Minimal.  I will be watching Dr. Ray McClanahan’s blogs and website for additional tips on happy, healthy feet.

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Lems Shoes can be purchased online at ActiveLifestyleGear.com or CoolFitWear.com.

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Stem Footwear Primal Origins

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I had a conversation with Stem Footwear a few days ago, and they have announced a recent re-branding project with their minimalist line of shoes. Many of us see these shoes as the perfect go-to casual shoe for walking, hanging out at the office, on the road, etc. I even read a report somewhere online that they are the perfect shoe for skateboarding. I don’t know about that, but I know that I love my Primal Origins.

When Stem Footwear first started producing shoes in August 2011, they had 3 styles: Survival Origins, Natural Origins and Primal Origins. The only difference between the 3 styles was the color. Effective March 1st, the name will be changed to Primal Origins for all of this style minimalist casual shoe. In addition, they will be available in Black so that they will be more appropriate to wear in the office for business casual wear. Effective March 1st, 2012, Primal Origins will be available in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Earth Brown
  • Slate Gray
  • Frost Gray (Women’s only)
  • Moss Green

The Survivor Origins in Earth Brown were a huge hit when they were released in August 2011, and they sold out quickly in all retail shops and were backordered from the manufacturer. I think the Primal Origins in Black will also sell out quickly. Don’t wait too long to order these once they become available!

Primal Origins can be purchased online at:  http://coolfitwear.com/products.php?cat=43.

Stem Footwear Minimalist Shoes Named to Blue Ridge Outdoors Top 40 List

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Stem Footwear Minimalist Shoes Named to Blue Ridge Outdoors Top 40 List

The new minimalist shoes from Stem Footwear were named to Blue Ridge Outdoors; Top 40 List.  Blue Ridge Outdoors named the Stem Primal Origins and Survival Origins as their Top 40 running shoes:

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top 40 Running Shoes

Stem Primal Origins

Stem Primal Origins -- Ultra Flexible

I loved the reviewer’s statement that the shoes are “as flexible as a contortionest”. We  LOVE the new minimalist shoes from Stem Footwear.  We selected them for our collection at CoolFitWear.com, where we specialize in technologically advanced athletic wear.  My first pair of shoes from Stem are the Stem Primal Origins.  My feet appreciate their newfound freedom!  

Stem Footwear Minimalist Shoes are currently available in several styles, including Stem Primal Origins, Stem Survival Origins and Stem Natural Origins.  Stem Footwear Minimalist Shoes can be purchased online at:  Stem Footwear Minimalist Shoes