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These Festival Tall Wellington Boots from Hunter are perfect for any fashionable festival goer who wants to get noticed. A chic upgrade to the original classic Hunter Wellington, featuring crocodile-stamped panels, buckle detail and silver tone rivets. These are borderline biker-esque, yet still retain the classic hunter gripped sole and wax-coated rubber outer, complete with Hunter logo on the front. Now only £87 (down from £145) and available from www.net-a-porter.com

Fitflop - the shoe that offers a work-out while you walk. The initial idea for this footwear phenomenon was brought to light by founder, Marcia Kilgore, who claims: ‘I wanted to create a great looking sandal that could double task as a lower body toner. Something that busy, on-the-go women could wear for a work-out, whilst going about their hectic schedules when there isn’t always time for a trip to the gym.’ Sounds perfect, right? Now for the science bit. Fitflop shoes feature Microwobbleboard technology, which increases the time that your muscles are engaged every time you take a step. This technology, created and developed by Dr Dave Cook and Darren James, has been proven to reduce back stress, increase the amount of time your bottom muscles are activated by up to 30%, reduce foot pressure concentration and knee joint stress. Microwobbleboard technology also absorbs up to 22% more shock when you walk, compared to wearing a normal shoe.

Presenting the ‘Wren’ boot in tan by Oliver Sweeney. This effortlessly stylish brogue boot boasts a full leather upper and sole with contrasting lime green leather lining. It also displays the Oliver Sweeney logo stitched on the back of the ankle. Priced at £245. Available at the Oliver Sweeney store located in Spinningfields, Manchester or online at www.oliversweeney.com

‘The Floatfeet Effect’ In a recent 20-person study conducted by Salford University, results showed that the pressureloading rate of a foot wearing a FitFlop sandal was reduced by an average of 25%. Pressure in the toes was reduced by an average of 30%, and pressure in the heel was reduced by an average of 15% when compared to a foot in a high street pump. Just by wearing FitFlop footwear you can potentially alleviate plantar foot pain and ease symptoms (like heel spur pain and plantar fasciitis) by reducing forces and distributing them over a larger area. Dr Dave Cook and Darren James, the brains behind the technology, claim they never imagined such simplicity would alleviate such a vast range of musculoskeletal complaints. For more information or to buy FitFlop online visit www.fitflop.com

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VIVA MANCHESTER & CHESHIRE SPRING 2011 (issue 4)  

Eliza Doolittle cover and interview

VIVA MANCHESTER & CHESHIRE SPRING 2011 (issue 4)  

Eliza Doolittle cover and interview

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