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7 Reasons Why Flight Attendants and Pilots Should Wear Leather Shoes

As children, we’re often told it’s what’s on the inside that counts. But while that maxim might hold true for people, it’s certainly not true for shoes! While many people believe that the more padding a shoe has the more comfortable it will be, a shoe’s comfort and durability is more dependent on the shoe’s overall construction, such as heel width, instep height and the materials used. While high-quality, natural materials such as leather cost more than shoes made with synthetic materials, selecting shoes with a leather upper and leather lining is about more than an investment in fashion and style – it’s an investment in your comfort and health. Here are seven reasons why you should forego synthetic materials and choose leather cabin crew shoes.

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  1. Breathability: Leather naturally allows air to pass through your shoes and circulate around your feet, which keeps the temperature of your feet more regulated and prevents your feet and shoes from getting sweaty and smelly.
  2. Durability: Genuine leather shoes can stand the rigors of a tough work environment and will outlast most synthetic fibers. This means that even though a pair of leather cabin crew shoes might be pricier on the front end, you’ll save money in the long run because they’ll last much longer than synthetic ones. And while synthetic shoes tend to break down over time, leather only gets softer and more supple the longer you wear them. Just like wine – leather shoes only get better with age!
  3. Better Fit: While synthetic materials force your feet to mold to them, leather shoes will mold to the shape of your foot. This means your leather SKYPRO shoes will feel like they’re custom-made for your feet and cause less pain, pressure, blisters and other injuries that can lead to serious life-long foot and back problems.
  4. Cleanliness: Compared to many synthetic materials, leather is water resistant and easy to clean with a damp cloth. This is especially handy for cabin crew, as our shoes are constantly subjected to spills. Nobody wants to walk around with sticky Coke on your shoes all flight!
  5. Eco-friendly: Unlike synthetic materials, leather is natural and requires no harmful dyes or chemicals to be used in the manufacturing process making it better for the environment.
  6. Safe for Sensitive Skin: As leather is a natural material, it’s generally safe for all skin types. SKYPRO’s leathers are tested at independent laboratories to ensure they are free from substances that can impact your health, such as chromium, formaldehyde, chlorophenols, and other heavy metals.
  7. Extra protection: Leather is naturally protective and the thick, durable material acts like a shield for your feet, protecting them from small falling objects and hot liquids – like the coffee that seems to always end up all over the floor.

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Have questions about the leather we use in our shoes or the award-winning way our shoes are constructed? Get in touch with us here!

Shannon Hill
Blogger @ Tramontanetravel
Flight Attendant, USA

NOTES: THIS POST IS AN OPINION ARTICLE WITHOUT MEDICAL ENDORSEMENT. THE OPINION OF THE AUTHOR AND IN NO WAY REFLECTS THE OPINION OF OR AN ENDORSEMENT BY HER EMPLOYER.

 

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Good shoes take you higher!

Airline professionals, mainly flight attendants, beneath an image of glamour and leisure through working travel, are actually strong candidates (and often struggle with) to several physical problems that come from the job, like varicose veins, feet bunions or severe backache. Some of these issues may also be exacerbated by uniforms’ requirements, particularly shoes.

There are numberless requisites to be aware of when planning and developing a uniform project, whether it includes shoes or not. Nowadays, a significant part of the companies allow their employees to choose the shoes to complement their uniforms, as long as they stay within certain guidelines.

But why is the shoes choice so important? Because working as Cabin Crew is very tough to the feet – these professionals are standing for long hours at a time, they are forced to walk miles every day and there is the added pressure of working at altitude.

This scenario makes finding shoes that are comfortable for their requirements and still look good an almost impossible task. So, what aspects should be considered to ensure the right choice of a pair of shoes? Because foot pain of any kind, nowadays, is certainly not normal and, above all, not necessary.

Heeled shoes place the foot at an unnatural angle, sometimes creating discomfort on the foot, knees and even back. When picking a heel shoe, it should not be too high and should be wide enough. Too narrow (and high) heels don’t’ have enough area to guarantee stability, especially for professionals who constantly have to balance, which can strain the muscles. Square heels with a wide platform are often better choices, as they will improve stability.

On the other hand, flat shoes are generally more comfortable, but may not be perfect for everyone, as we have a particularly high arch in our foot that may turn flat shoes uncomfortable too. Also, they are not considered as the most elegant ones, particularly to wear in the terminal.

Besides the heel, the shoe’s material is also of great importance. Most companies require leather shoes, so it is important to think about the softness of the leather, as well as ensure they are free from dangerous substances that affect human health.

Another issue that can become annoying (and hygienic counter-productive) is to always have to walk barefoot through security screenings at airports. Many shoes are currently alarm-free, in order to avoid this situation and make it possible to walk through the metal-detectors without having to remove the shoes.

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Besides all these considerations, there is an additional concern to be aware of: cabin crew shoes must be anti-skid. These professionals cannot afford to slip in any circumstance, for their own safety and everybody around them.

Fortunately, over the last years, advances in technologies and materials have allowed to develop good looking, foot-healthy, supportive and comfortable shoes, that are accessible to everyone.

Skypro shoes are an example of it: anti-skid, anti-static, alarm-free, made with innocuous leathers and using ambicork, will warranty absolute comfort with the most ultimate style.

We understand that looking and feeling good is not only necessary for the professionals’ well-being, but it is also crucial to the service they deliver. And this is what drives us daily: we want to contribute with excellent products for the best top-notch service all flying clients deserve!

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A Very SKYPRO Christmas

Whether you’re headed home for the holidays, jetsetting around the world, or just sitting airport standby, packing for the holidays can be stressful. It’s a perfect packing storm combining multiple destinations and occasions – everything from cocktail parties to cozy Christmas mornings inside – with weather that’s often frightful.

To help, we’ve written the ultimate guide to packing light during the holidays. Check it twice while you’re throwing things in your suitcase and you’ll be sure to stay chic, comfortable, and have space left in your suitcase for all the presents you’re going to give and get!

 

SKYPRO HEELS

A pair of SKYPRO heels are a suitcase staple! Not only are they my go-to cabin crew concourse shoes, but they’re my go-to travel shoes, period. They’re comfortable enough for dashing through even the busiest and biggest of airports, but polished enough for First Class. Wearing them on the plane also saves precious space in your suitcase.

 

SKYPRO BOOTIES

If you’re headed somewhere really cold, a pair of these booties are essential! Put a pair of wool shoe inserts in for extra warmth and pair them with black tights and a sweater dress for parties or with black pants and a sweater for some holiday caroling.

 

SWEATER DRESS

Dresses are always a good idea! A good sweater dress, especially in a festive color like red or a classic like black, can take you from holiday shopping to holiday parties with a quick change of accessories. They also don’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase and can easily be layered over leggings and booties for extra warmth.

 

BLACK PANTS

Rock your best Audrey Hepburn look in a pair of slim fitting black pants. Whether I’m jumpseating or flying just for fun, my favorite airport outfit is a pair of SKYPRO heels, black knit pants, and a chunky sweater or cardigan. You’ll be the most stylish person on the plane and it makes going from baggage claim to the bar a snap.

 

CHUNKY WOOL SWEATER OR CARDIGAN

A really cozy sweater in a natural material such as wool will keep you warm in even the coldest climates. This is usually the bulkiest item you’ll need to have with you, so wear it on the plane to save space in your suitcase.

 

UNDERSHIRT AND TURTLENECK

Dressing for the cold is all about the layers. Pack a thin tank top and turtleneck in your bag so you can throw it on under your sweater when you need something other than gluhwein to warm you up.

 

BLACK TIGHTS

Another layering essential, black tights look chic under a sweater dress or add warmth when worn under pants.

 

WORKOUT WEAR

This might be a bit aspirational, but pack it just in case you want to get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolutions (or just burn off all the eggnog and Christmas cookies).

 

LEATHER GLOVES

SKYPRO’s black leather gloves are an elegant way to stay warm.

 

HAT AND SCARF

A big red scarf brightens up gray winter days and keeps you cozy. As a bonus, you can also use your scarf as a blanket on the plane!

 

COAT

No winter outfit is complete without a great coat! Just remember your jetiquette and don’t let your coat take up an entire overhead bin on the plane. Fold it nice and neat and put it on top of your carry-on luggage.

 

A BATHING SUIT

Just in case! You never know when you’ll need it for an apres-ski hot tub dip or a Carribean reroute!

 

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Fashionability and Functionality in Uniform Design
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Fashionability and Functionality in Uniform Design

Designing uniforms and garments for professionals is a very complex assignment as it implies a number of factors to be considered, much of them highly scientific and technological – they must be absolutely integrated with its functions of use, operational and aesthetical.

For this reason, product designers should apply all their creativity into finding ergonomic solutions which can be morphed with fashion demands. Aesthetic-formal patterns and styles of appearance, performance, stability, safety and other related primarily to the choice and specification of materials (such as durability, impermeability, flexibility, breathable fabrics, amongst other) or processes and methods of production are only a few of the many specifics to be considered when developing professional garments.

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When considering airline uniforms we should also have in mind that they should be meaningful, reflecting globalism through tradition and commitment, in a natural fashion.

Flight Attendant uniforms must be designed to enable these professionals to fulfil their responsibilities in all their tasks, including emergency situations, meaning that  uniforms must be produced out of suitable fabrics, be durable and comfortable over time, climates, job duties and operating conditions. Moreover, uniforms should easily distinguish flight attendants as crewmembers and safety professionals.

Higher quality garments are less likely to be made of inferior fabrics with chemical content issues. Natural fibres, without chemical additives, make for the best fabrics and it should be an important requisite to ensure wellbeing, safety and performance of the uniforms and for those wearing them.

Better quality uniforms, besides looking more professional also wear and fit better, wash better and are more comfortable. It may involve a higher investment upfront, but it will beyond doubt pay off as uniforms will not only wear better and be more suitable to the crews’ needs, but they will also last longer.

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Although the designer is the expert, it is always of great benefit to survey the professionals that will wear the garments, deeply understanding their needs and expectations as well as involving them in the process and relying on their proficiency for testing the product before it is considered finished. This is what we call a user-centred design approach and it is one way to reduce the gap between designers’ and users’ thinking differences. All inputs are valuable and a part of the process once they can result into crucial improvements for the design project.

The users’ involvement in the project development guarantees that it will be more adequate for its end use and situation environment, leading to the development of more effective, efficient and safer products.

On top of all the mentioned requirements, the designer must also be able to introduce modernity and fashion onto the products, ensuring they are attractive and interesting, while (somewhat!) timeless.

Only through a deep knowledge and understanding off all fabrics and materials, production methodologies and possibilities, along with style trends, the designer will be able to mix everything into a blend of solutions to build a unique result capable of accomplishing the users’ requests and wishes.

Users’ needs in addition to forms, materials and other details establish the base of uniform design. Combining these elements will allow the designer to ensure the performance, security and comfort of uniforms, while making them appealing and desirable for everyone in touch with it.

 

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Winter is Coming: What to Wear and Pack for Cold Weather
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Winter is Coming: What to Wear and Pack for Cold Weather

There’s a marvelous Nordic maxim that says, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Despite months of darkness, frigid temperatures, and incessant snow and sleet, people in the Nordic countries don’t hibernate inside until the return of the midnight sun. Children play outside for hours in the freezing rain; people go for runs during what would be called a snowpocalypse in the American South; couples ice-skate and peruse Christmas markets in below-freezing temperatures. The key to not being miserably cold and suffering through endless teeth chattering is, as the oft-repeated adage goes, to simply take the cold seriously and dress properly for it.

But if dressing for the cold is an art form, packing for the cold is even more so. Anyone who has ever tried to stuff a full-length down puffer jacket into their carry-on knows that packing for the cold takes a bit more strategy. However, it is still possible to dress warmly while packing light! Here are seven tips for staying warm and stylish on your layovers.

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Forget fancy jackets, the real key to staying warm is layering. Adding base layers to your suitcase instead of bulky sweaters or coats helps you stay snug and takes up less space in your bag. It also makes it easier to pack for airport standby or being on call in the winter, as your outfits can easily be adapted to a variety of temperatures simply by modifying what you layer underneath. During the winter, for example, it’s a good idea to pack a cami or tank top, long-sleeved shirt, turtleneck, and tights or leggings as base layers, as they could easily be layered under a pair of jeans and a sweater. A fleece vest is another great layering piece because it adds significant warmth without the bulk.

INVEST IN A GREAT COAT
If there’s one piece you splurge on, make it a great coat. A packable, waterproof coat with a hood is best because it will not only pack nicely in your suitcase and keep you warm, but the hood will keep you dry when it’s too windy for an umbrella. If you only have a wool coat, try layering it under a lightweight rain jacket with a hood so that you stay dry if it starts to drizzle.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FABRICS
It is impossible to stay warm if you’re wet! Avoid cotton anything – even socks – because the fabric soaks up moisture. Instead, choose natural fabrics such as wool or synthetics that are designed to be wicking and drying. This is especially important for both the layer closest to your skin and your outermost layer or coat, which should serve as protection from rain, snow, and wind.

DON’T FREEZE YOUR BOOTY OFF
Don’t forget about your lower half! Layering a pair of tights or leggings under your pants is an easy way to help your body retain heat and will go a long way toward keeping your whole body warm.

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
Avoid packing any boots with a heel or a slick sole and don’t pack anything that might get ruined if it got wet. Spray your boots with a waterproof spray for extra protection from the elements and bring wool or cashmere socks to keep your feet nice and warm. You can even add boiled wool or fleece insoles for extra insulation without bulk (they usually sell them at the European Christmas markets). While knee-high boots provide stylish warmth, they don’t pack well and take up too much space. Look for a Chelsea-style ankle boot instead.

ACCESORIZE
You lose most of your heat through your head so always pack a hat that covers your head and ears. Scarves are also a traveler’s best friend, especially in winter. Wear them Scandi style with it wrapped around your neck and the outside of your coat (in between the hood and your back) or Russian style with it wrapped around your neck and head. And don’t forget gloves! Tech-friendly ones make it easy to text, check a map, or get on Instagram without losing any fingers to frostbite.

IT’S ELECTRIC
When the weather gets frightful, it can be a good idea to keep some electric hand and foot warmers in your suitcase. They don’t take up much space in your bag but slipping them into your gloves, pockets, and shoes is sure to keep you toasty.

Shannon Hill
Blogger @ Tramontanetravel
Flight Attendant, USA

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