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If the shoe fits… The Shoe Room

Putting your feet first means choosing shoes that combine function with fashion. The Shoe Room does just that. Recently opened in Upper Riccarton, The Shoe Room is a footwear store like no other. Metropol catches up with Podiatrist Charlotte Russell – who established the venture – to find out why.

“My patients at Feet First Podiatry were looking for footwear that was functional but also fun, funky and fashionable. I’ve personally selected each shoe in the store for the features offered; be it extra width, depth for hammer toes, or room to accommodate orthotics.”

“I train the team in footwear fitting. We pride ourselves on knowing our stock, so if you have a specific problem, we can offer suggestions to accommodate this. Individualised fittings are a key part of the approach as our team ensure your shoes fit properly, offer great comfort and look great, too.”

“No, not at all. Part of our mission is to educate our customers that proper footwear is an investment in wellbeing. A good shoe offers support, cushioning and all-day comfort. Different feet have different needs, depending on your occupation, foot shape and any other issues. We stock a sizeable range of brands and styles that can accommodate these different requirements. So even if you don’t have ‘problem’ feet now, let’s keep it that way! Visit The Shoe Room at 3/355 Riccarton Road for fashionable functional footwear and fabulous service.”


Laser focus on summer feet: Foot Print Podiatry

Cutting edge laser beam technology is cutting feet issues for Cantabrians – just in time for open-toe shoe season.

Footprints Podiatry’s Lunula Laser uses a double cold beam to ensure no pain – or even sensation – for patients, and Senior Podiatrist Howard Nicholas tells us more about the leading fungal nail treatment.

What is Lunula Laser? The Lunula Laser is the newest standard in treating fungal nail infections. It had been used extensively worldwide with impressive results – and that convinced me to invest in the technology. The great aspect for patients is that it uses two cold laser beams, which means no heat or pain. Once patients have their foot inside, they actually have no sensation that anything is happening at all.

When is the best time to get these treatments? The process of treatment starts with four sessions about a week to 10 days apart. Each foot is exposed to the laser beams for 12 minutes. There may be further sessions depending on the severity of the fungal infection. Winter is the perfect time to have this treatment in readiness for summer and your favourite pair of open-toed shoes.

What are the results? We introduced it last year, and I was over the moon with the results immediately. The level of improvement is amazing. We’re seeing better nail growth and appearance, as well as improvement in the tone and condition of the skin around the nail.

Call Footprint Podiatry on 03 332 9792 to book an appointment in Barrington, Ilam, or Shirley.


Natural Nails Nailed

Our feet are often taken for granted and are commonly one of the most neglected body parts. Out of sight, out of mind seems to be a common theme and many people will hide their feet inside shoes rather than expose them to the world.



Footprints Podiatry has the tools to help; with the only Lunula Laser treatment option in Christchurch, Footprints is restoring beautiful nails and restoring confidence to your summer season.

Agata Zanko has joined the Footprints team as a Foot Care Technician. Arriving from Poland, Agata loves to travel and brings a wealth of European footcare knowledge with her.

She is passionate about restoring nails and general footcare, as well as helping Footprints establish a new, truly remarkable service.

Keryflex is an exciting addition to the footcare range offered by Footprints Podiatry.

Keryflex is a safe, in-office application that restores the appearance of an individual’s natural nails.

The system allows a qualified provider to remodel an individual’s nails affected by fungus, defects and trauma.

The composite resin creates a flexible, non-porous nail that allows the remaining natural nail to grow.

The Keryflex nail is an immediate cosmetic improvement, providing a natural-looking nail.

It is durable and unaffected by acetone, nail polish or detergents. Following treatment using Lunula Laser, many current patients are choosing to use the Keryflex Nail Restoration system while their fungal nails continue to resolve.

Head into Footprints to see if Keryflex is right for you.


Fabulous Feet!: Feet First Podiatry

In the 24 years they’ve been operating from their premises in Upper Riccarton, Feet First Podiatry truly has been putting the feet of our community first.



Podiatrist and Owner/Director of Feet First, Charlotte Russell, says the well-established clinic takes pride in being a general, family friendly podiatry practice. “We see everybody – from children with foot issues to adults who, for instance, might be suffering from ‘high risk feet’, due to chronic conditions that affect the feet, such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as providing general foot care for the elderly.”

If you’re a keen walker or on your feet a lot and experiencing foot or heel pain that’s impeding the enjoyment of your outdoor pursuits, Charlotte says prescription orthotics can make things significantly better. “Walking problems impact on everything in life. We do an in-depth bio-mechanical assessment of the client’s feet and base our orthotic prescription on that.”

A wonderful point of difference with this podiatry clinic is The Shoe Room; the perfect opportunity to not only purchase fashionable and functional footwear, but to be fitted with the right shoes to meet your needs, thanks to the knowledge and expertise of the Feet First Podiatry team.

With four podiatrists at the clinic, and satellite clinics held at Redcliffs, Marshlands, Oxford and Darfield, it’s great to know Cantabrian feet are in the best of hands! Find Feet First Podiatry at 37 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton (onsite parking and wheelchair access), phone 03 348 7910, email and visit