Happily, taking care of your feet does not mean resigning yourself to a life of chunky plastic and sensible molded footbeds. “The thing about feet is that unless you have a foot fetish, they’re not that sexy or interesting unless they’re in a really beautiful shoe. I wear whatever shoes I want to wear whenever I want to wear them,” says the newly 60-year-old Zake, all lean, taut figure and perfect posture. “It’s not the shoes that are bad for you—it’s how you’re walking in the shoes that is bad for you.” According to Zake, the more you build up the outer part of your foot, the more your arch will lift, the stronger your foot will be, and the longer you can stay out dancing. And after you’ve slipped out of your stilettos at the end of the night, a series of rolling exercises (with one of her products, available at both Pure Yoga East and West in New York City, as well as on her website, or a tennis ball) for five minutes before bed will cure what ails you. “It’s about creating balance with your foot and leg, so it doesn’t get stuck. Shoes cut off your circulation, your feet are locked up, the muscles never stretch, the bones start to calcify,” Zake says. “Don’t tie off your feet from the rest of your musculature: Work everything out together.”
You heard her: Fumble no more. Here, ten pairs to work out for—and up to!—this holiday party season.