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Meet Dr. Michele

Meet Dr. Michele

Dr. Michele Summers is the Co-Founder and Chief Designer of 34 Minutes.

Dr. Michele was raised in Sacramento, CA.  She went on to study pre-med at University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physiology.  After working in both education and medical research in Sacramento, CA, for one year, she continued her education by going to medical school in Miami Shores, FL. She received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Master of Science degrees from Barry University.  She graduated from podiatry school with the Biomedical Science Award and an award from Pi Delta National Podiatric Honor Society.

During her two year surgical residency at Hawthorne Hospital and The Baja Project for Crippled Children in Southern California, Dr. Michele successfully performed hundreds of foot and ankle procedures on adult and pediatric patients including clubfoot reconstruction.  Shle served as chief surgical resident, which included managing a weekly podiatry clinic at the Red Cross in Baja California, for one year.  She is licensed to perform podiatric medicine and surgery in California and is an Adjunct Faculty Member of the newest podiatry school in the US, Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA.  She has lectured on foot and ankle pathologies and is dedicated to learning, teaching, and mentoring of podiatric residents and students.  Dr. Michele’s special interest in the field of podiatry is Holistic Podiatric Medicine and is one of the few podiatrists in the country that offers these services. Dr. Michele is a 200+ hour certified yoga instructor, trained in foot lasers, acupressure, reiki, reflexology, essential oils, nutritional counseling, and Ayurvedic medicine.

Two years ago, after practicing podiatry for over 15 years in the Greater Los Angeles area, Dr. Michele decided to solve a major problem that her female patients were experiencing—how to function and feel good in their dress shoes. After researching the problem and studying at Italian shoe design school Ars Sutoria, she launched a new line of fashion comfort heels for women called 34 Minutes. Shoe design is a new passion for Dr. Michele, and she is dedicated to helping women feel as good as they look. The shoe line is currently in production in a factory in the fashion district here in downtown LA, making 34 Minutes one of the few shoe lines that is 100% Made in the USA. The shoes are currently being sold in boutiques across the country as well as online shoe stores and from the 34 Minutes website.

Dr. Michele is a member of the Los Angeles County Podiatric Medical Society, the California Podiatric Medical Association, the American Podiatric Medical Association, the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, the American Association of Women Podiatrists, the American Diabetic Association, the American Professional Wound Care Association,  Fashion Footwear Association of New York, National Shoe Travelers, United Shoe Retailers Association, and Two Ten Women in the Footwear Industry.

She lives in West Covina, CA, and enjoys reading, writing, yoga, meditation, and spending time with her friends and family, especially fiancee Patrick and daughter Summer.

Meet Angela

Meet Angela

Angela Summers is the Co-Founder and Shoe Designer of 34 Minutes. Angela graduated from American River College in Sacramento with an Associate’s degree in art and then continued her education as a paralegal at Community College of San Francisco. She has worked in the fashion industry at Macy’s and various other department stores. She has also worked on designingContinue Reading

Why Shoes?

Why Shoes?

Why would a podiatrist make shoes for women? I’ve been a practicing podiatrist for over 17 years, and as a physician, my mission has always been to help people’s feet feel better. And now, as a shoe designer, my mission has not changed. I am on a very focused mission to help women’s feet feelContinue Reading

Why are the shoes called “34 Minutes”?

Why are the shoes called “34 Minutes”?

Why “34 Minutes”? As a foot and ankle specialist, I’ve been working with feet and shoes for over 15 years, and during that time I’ve been doing research on shoes and, more specifically, on how to make women’s shoes feel better. I’ve taken my medical expertise of the function of the foot and combined it with my shoe researchContinue Reading

Why “Made in the USA”?

Why “Made in the USA”?

Dr. Summers’ Turns to Fall: Redefining Sexy, Comfort Shoes with a Made in the USA Brand Los Angeles, CA.— As a shoe, foot, and ankle specialist for the last 16 years, the ambitious Dr. Michele Summers has taken on a new challenge: to aid women who want to look sharp, sophisticated, and polished in highContinue Reading

Meet Jen

Meet Jen

Jen Summers is the Creative Director for 34 Minutes Shoes. She also manages the Customer Service team at 34 Minutes Inc. Jen Summers is a fashion stylist, wardrobe stylist, costume designer, and fashion designer. She has been working independently in this field since 1997.  She has excelled at her work as a fashion stylist andContinue Reading

Our Design

Our Design

Our technology is a world’s first.  It incorporates cutting edge technology, including NASA created PORON, paired with luxurious materials and unique constructions to make beautiful shoes that feel wonderful all day long.  NASA created Poron is a revolutionary material that under a microscope looks like 1000 little air bubbles per square inch, and even after years ofContinue Reading