Discover your fashion style

If you’ve been wondering where you can get that jacket that the actress wore, look no further because help is at hand. Check out StyleCrush, which has just been rolled out in Singapore.

StyleCrush is a style discovery platform that uses AI technology to let you find clothes and fashion items, including shoes and bags, that caught your attention.

All you need to do is to upload an image or paste a link of the item that you’re looking for and the AI system will connect you to the relevant shopping malls where you can purchase the products conveniently.

You can also create a wish list of the fashion products discovered through the search and place them in an album. It’s like a curation of your tastes where you can come back to and browse at a later date.

The platform is developed by Korea’s Odd Concepts, which is collaborating with Suggesty and Sta1 of Korea, and Qoo10 of Singapore to provide you with a wide variety of fashion styles.

Suggesty is an online mall selling AI-curated Korean designer brands internationally and will share its database and apparels with StyleCrush. Sta1 has more than one million products from over 6,000 brands.

Odd Concepts will work with more fashion and apparel e-commerce partners in Singapore and ASEAN countries to provide consumers with access to a greater variety of fashion styles.

Do check out StyleCrush the next time a fashion item catches your eye.

MBT GT 18: Great for flat-footers

The GT 18 (left) is a worthy successor to the GT 17.

One of the pains of having flat feet is feeling strain on the joints after walking. As a life-long sufferer, I have to put up with the pain after exercising and while travelling, making walking somewhat of a chore.

That was until I was introduced to rockers by a friend. My love affair with the boat-shaped sole shoes began with Skechers and has since evolved to my first pair of MBT shoes last year.

It’s the first pair of shoes that got me walking and walking — and loving the experience! This speaks volumes for a flat-footer where walking is a constant pain.

The MBT 17 is so comfortable and well padded that I do not feel the strain even after hours of walking. Its tri-density rocker sole is amazing, relieving any pressure from hitting the ground.

After a year of use, my trusty MBT has worn out. The heel portion is coming apart from constant use, including travelling to four continents with me.

And it’s been a very long time — since my teenage years — that I’ve worn out a pair of shoes. In recent past, I changed shoes because of age not over use.

MBT GT18 side

Needless to say, the choice for a replacement was obvious. I went for its successor, the MBT GT !8. My daughters bought it as an early birthday present for me.

From the first feel of walking in it this month, it’s a worthy successor.

What I like about the MBT GT 18:

  1. The colour — While the MBT GT 17 was good, it’s shades of blue makes it hard to pair with certain outfits. I loved the black model of the latest incarnation. With its white and grey sole, it’s a match for most of my everyday wear.
  2. The fit — I really like the way it wraps my feet snugly without being overly tight. Plus, I can slip it on and off without unlacing!MBT GT18 bottom.JPG
  3. The sole — It’s the main difference between this and other shoes. Though the Skechers Shape-ups were good, they tend to have a softer sole so you can still feel the ground when walking. On the other hand, the MBT GT 18 has a firm tri-density rocker sole, giving a more confident feel when hitting the ground.
  4. The cushioning — The MBT GT 18 provides great cushioning, protecting the sole from hard ground.
  5. The price –– At S$199, it’s cheaper than most other branded shoes and for me, definitely better value.

As you can tell, I’m totally sold on MBT shoes, especially for walking and running. I have a few pairs for formal and casual wear. The feel for those is different because the rocker is more pronounced and may take a little getting used to.

If you’re keen on getting the shoes in Singapore, check out MBT outlets at Paragon, #04-12 and Suntec City, North Wing, #01-471. The staff’s really good too — they are customer-oriented and know their stuff.


I like rockers

Skechers Shape Ups
Skechers Shape Ups

I like rockers. Not the living kind — though there are some rock stars that I admire — but shoes that have boat-shaped soles.

My first encounter with rockers was when a friend passed me a pair of MBT shoes to try. He knew that I had flat feet and thought it would help alleviate the pain of walking too much. The experience wasn’t that great because the sole was wobbly.

After a couple of days of trying, I returned the pair of shoes to him and totally forgot about it.

My first rockers
During a trip to the US, I was feeling the strain of walking while checking out the stores at Grove City Premium Outlets. I stepped into a Skechers shop and chanced upon its version of the rocker shoes, called Shape-Ups. As my ankles were aching then, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried on the shoes. Somehow, the well-padded shoes with the thickened middle sole eased the pressure on my feet.

I bought two pairs — it’s the usual buy one pair and get the second at 50 percent off deal.

Since then, I’ve sworn by rockers. They’re the best for flat-footers like me.

When my shoes wore out after a couple of years, I managed to get another pair from Amazon.

However, this year, I had difficulty searching for Shape-Ups — only odd sizes and designs were available either on Amazon or eBay. The official sites no longer listed those products.

Turned out that I was not well-informed as Skechers and a few others had to pull their products off the shelf because of a lawsuit for misinformation. They had claimed that the shoes offered health benefits, which unfortunately, was found to be untrue.

But, that did not deter me. It wasn’t those health benefits that I was seeking. I just found the shoes to be comfortable and they suited me fine.

So began a search for alternatives and the road led to MBT. I read numerous reviews and checked out forums and the overall views were generally good. It had better be because MBT shoes are costlier than Skechers’.

As the reviews all mentioned that it’s better to try the shoes to ensure the right fit before buying, I headed to one of the MBT outlets in Singapore.

After listening to my needs, the salesperson recommended a pair for me. Seems the shoes are designed for different uses — walking, casual running and serious running.

The MBT G17 comes in three models -- mine's for casual running.
The MBT G17 comes in three models — mine’s for casual running.

I was advised to take the one in between since I plan to use it for my travels. To match my wardrobe, which comprises mainly clothes in blue or black, I opted for a blue pair of the MBT GT 17 (I think the number indicate the year the model was launched).

The thicker mid-sole makes it more comfortable for flat-footers.
The thicker mid-sole makes it more comfortable for flat-footers.

Two months later and I can testify that the MBT shoes are really good and dare I say, even more comfortable than the Skechers, which I still own and wear. The sole is more solid and there’s a firmer feel all round.

If you have flat feet or just want good support for your ankles and feet, MBT shoes are a great choice. However, do note that it takes a little getting used to the rocking motion. But once you’re used to it, there’s no turning back.

You may get the same MBT shoes as mine at Amazon.