Popular Spring Colors to Incorporate Into Your Wardrobe

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This spring, the fashion experts have chosen to embrace fresh, contemporary colors. Often, mixing cooler undertones with bold, hotter hues produces an electrifying effect! So how do you incorporate the chicest spring colors into your footwear? Keep reading!

The Pantone company is often referred to as “the world-renowned authority on color,” and heavily influences the fashion scene. Each year, it highlights trending colors that are expected to make a splash, so we thought we’d give you examples of how to wear their picks of placid blue, violet tulip, hemlock, sand, paloma, cayenne, freesia, celosia orange, and dazzling blue.  Each of these hues is quite unique and presents many possibilities for the spring.

Placid Blue  

We’re all familiar with the color blue, one of the most popular hues of all-time, but it’s time to get to know this particular shade; this particular variation is tranquil, peaceful, calm, and reassuring. It is the perfect tint to tastefully complement a bold outfit, or add soft femininity to darker, powerful pigments. Combine it with dreamy whites and pastels for a springtime look to die for. While it works with many different kinds of footwear styles, consider incorporating it with a simple lace-up for a fresh, sporty look.  Another option is to use it to soothe your nerves after a long day of work, with placid blue slippers like these.

Sand           

This color is exactly what it sounds like: sand found at the beach. It also resembles a neutral skin tone. This color, which is often referred to as “nude,” is being celebrated as one of the top color choices for elegant heels. Pumps, sandals and heels reflect this look best as it is tastefully suggestive and subtly elongates the leg.

Hemlock 

This tint of green is a more subdued and reserved cousin to mint, thanks to its blue undertones. Hemlock is a gentle pastel that reminds us of sitting at a nice spring picnic as the wind tickles our skin; it is also brings to mind “Mother Nature.” It works wonders when paired with silver, so perhaps you can use Hemlock sandals with metallic embellishments.

Paloma

Paloma is, simply put, another shade of grey. The good news is that this particular pigment goes with every other color on the color wheel, making it the ideal hue for your favorite pair of shoes. It has a pacifying effect so, if you’re going to be wearing a show-stopping red dress, a Paloma-colored shoe will be both stylish and balanced.

Cayenne

Whether or not you’re a fan of the Netflix show, there’s no denying that orange IS the new black. This color is eye-catching and is considered to be the most outgoing of all the hues. The particular tint of Cayenne is fiery, bright, and lets the world know that you’re ready for the summer and whatever adventures life throws your way. When featured in shoes, this orange can liven up soft pastel outfits; it is the perfect color to accent your feet.

Radiant Orchid 

The final color we suggest happens to be the Pantone 2014 color of the year. This honor isn’t just handed out to any old tint of purple. Radiant orchid is unbelievably expressive and embracing; the hue exudes joy, love, and health. There is no wrong way to wear this color. To that point, radiant orchid is soft enough to blend with other shades, but has plenty of power to stand alone from head to toe. Hobo handbags makes a full range of wallets and purses that display many different colors including, of course, radiant orchid!

Check out the many gorgeous colors in footwear and accessories at footwearetc.com!

 

Arcopedico Shoes: Lightweight, Vegan, and Some are Machine Washable!

 

 

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One of the most easy-to-wear brands around has some new models available! Arcopedico shoes are incredibly comfortable and come in a wide variety of styles. Many of them are machine washable (check each model specifically to make sure that it is), and provides some beautiful, casual styles for everyday wear. What’s new and interesting? Check these out….

The Arcopedico L15D – this is a fabulous shoe for everyday wear. It has a Lytech upper, which is a blend of Lycra and polyurethane. Why does this matter? It means that the upper is water resistant and breathable. The fabric upper also stretches over your foot, which is phenomenal for a whole variety of reasons: 1) you get a customized fit. 2) The fabric moves along with your feet, and stays comfortable and secure. 3) If you have foot problems like bunions, the fabric stretches over your foot so that you won’t have anything stiff rubbing against your bunion. You get arch support, but if you need orthotic support you can remove the insole and add your own orthotic. It’s a lightweight shoe, which makes it ideal for traveling, and vegans can rest assured that these shoes contain no animal products. A particularly nice feature is that you can pop out the insole and machine wash the shoe. (Just let them air dry.) How easy is that? Even the outsole is helpful in providing shock absorption and grip. This shoe is available in Red, Orange, or Black Lytech, so you have color options for your wardrobe.

Like Mary Janes? You’ll love the Leina. While the L15D is more of a ballet flat, the Leina adds a little style and even more secure fit due to the strap across the top of the foot. It’s so easy to wear that you can slip it on and off with little effort, yet it will hug your feet without being constricting. This is a fabulous shoe for casual wear for work, weekends, running to the store, or any other casual purposes. The upper is stretchy and provides good air circulation, while molding to your foot for great fit. It’s machine washable, as long as you pop out the insole (and let the shoe air dry; do NOT put it into the dryer!). The footbed contains an anatomically-designed arch, so that you can feel support as well as lightweight comfort. The durable polyurethane outsole lasts for years, and can help you keep your footing on a variety of surfaces. Arcopedico shoes are especially helpful for users with foot problems such as bunions and other shape issues, since they will mold to the shape of your feet and not irritate the usual pressure points. This shoe is available in Beige Lytech, Black Multi Lytech, or Navy Lytech. Mary Jane styles are incredibly versatile and this particular shoe would make a fine addition to any wardrobe.

If you crave easy-to-wear shoes that you can wear in comfort all day long, check out the fabulous new styles from Arcopedico. Its lightweight comfort and ageless designs are perfect for the spring and beyond!

Newer Models of MBT Shoes have Waterproof Sensor!

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Customers have expressed concern for years about the durability and water resistance of the MBT Masai sensor for many years. This is significant because unless you purchased a GTX model, the sensor was NOT waterproof. In fact, it could easily be damaged by water. Traditionally, we recommended that you try to avoid wearing them in wet weather, or if you did get them wet, that you take time to dry them off with a towel as best you could. Did you know that the new models of MBT shoes have an upgraded sensor? This is a brand new feature with shoes introduced in Spring 2014 and forward. Why does this matter? Let me elaborate…..

If you look closely, you can see that MBT has added what appears to be a plastic coating on the triangular wedge piece in the sole. In some models, this is brightly colored; in others it is dark or light to complement the colors of the shoe. You can’t tell by the color of the sensor whether it is waterproof or not, you can tell by the fact that it is slick and looks like a plastic covering, typically with some rectangular patterns on it. The photo above shows the difference between how these sensors look.

Note that this feature is only included in models created for Spring 2014 and later. For those models, you no longer have to worry about wearing your MBT shoes in the rain, or accidentally stepping into a puddle. You’ll be protected against the elements, and you won’t have to worry about the sensor breaking down (and eventually crumbling) like they did in older models.

Note that if you see a model with GTX in the name, it’s a Gore-Tex shoe in which the Masai Sensor has a waterproof coating. Those shoes are the only older models that are water resistant. Also note that for the shoes with waterproof sensors, that does not make the entire shoe waterproof. It just means that the sensor will not deteriorate in the rain. Your foot will still get wet, particularly in models with mesh uppers.

The models created with this new sensor are: the Amri, the Afiya (slip-on or lace-up), the Simba, the Nafasi S, and the Zuberi.

If you have any doubts whether a model has the waterproof sensor or not, call Footwear etc. at 1-800-720-0572. The representatives will be happy to help you identify what is what. But this news is HUGE for MBT fans. Now the rain can’t rain on your parade; your MBT shoes should hold up just fine in the wet weather.

Athletic-styled Shoes from Dansko? Yes!

Dansko Shayla

Dansko has been producing shoes for over 20 years and has an incredibly loyal following. I love the mild rocker sole and outstanding support that their shoes and clogs provide. Dansko is known for a wide variety of types of footwear, all of which have outstanding quality and workmanship (probably due to the fact that the company is 100% employee owned!), and now they even have athletic-styled shoes!

If you’re looking for a true athletic shoe, look no further than the Shayla. It’s a great shoe for running or walking, and the support and quality is everything you would expect from a Dansko product. Not only is the support exemplary, but the shock absorption is also outstanding – just what you’d need in a walking/running shoe. Its footbed is ergonomically contoured to provide the support you’d count on, and the multi-density footbed provides great comfort. Particularly notable is the slip-resistant outsole; so if you are walking in the rain, you can feel more secure than you would in shoes from other brands. The leather and mesh upper is breathable, which keeps your feet cool and dry. I love the sporty accents! The shoe is available in Grey Nubuck (with sporty orange accents!), Black Nubuck (with pink and blue accents) or White Leather (with yellow and grey accents). It’s a fabulous shoe for exercise or just your usual running around town. This shoe is even endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association. Who knew that Dansko could come up with a fabulous athletic shoe?

A wonderful alternative to the traditional athletic shoe is the Elise. It’s a sporty shoe that provides all the support and comfort of an athletic shoe, yet has the versatility of an oxford style. The slip resistance is so good that many hospital and restaurant workers swear by this model – and it’s even certified slip-resistant by Precision Labs using the Mark II machine. Not only that, this shoe has received the Seal of Acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association. This shoe can be the perfect sporty walking shoe for everyday wear! Available in Grey Suede, Black/Purple Suede, Red Suede, White/Blue Leather, White/White Leather, and Black Leather, the Elise is easy to clean and stain resistant, flexible, and lightweight. If you wear orthotics, not to worry; you can remove the footbed so that you can accommodate any special needs your feet have.

How many ways do I love Dansko products? Let me count them: they are outstandingly supportive, they are durable, long lasting, certified slip resistant, lightweight, versatile, a great value, and cute! With so many colors to choose from, it’s hard to make a decision. You can greatly expand your wardrobe and your options with these athletically-styled shoes, yet have all the comforts your feet require. Wear them on a rainy day, or to work, or for casual outings…the possibilities are endless. Dansko works hard to make sure that its shoes provide the perfect comfort experience, give them a try and see if you agree!

 

Basic Tips to Preventing Blisters

Just like a splinter or scab, blisters are an experience we’ve all had at some point or another in our lives. While it isn’t uncommon to have them pop up on our hands, our feet is where the majority of blisters occur. They’re visually off-putting, physically irritating (sometimes downright painful) and, most importantly, they’re entirely avoidable. Keep reading to learn practical tips to circumventing this all-too-common problem.

First, the basics: blisters are those unsightly, uncomfortable bubbles that appear when skin is damaged through either friction or heat. In order to heal, small pockets of liquid develop in order to protect the area and allow the zone to mend itself without further aggravation. The liquid that fills the blisters is called serum, which is blood plasma that is a clear fluid. To that point, some blisters may be a dark color; in such cases the liquid is blood, hence the name “blood blister.”

So, now that you know the specifics of what a blister is, what steps can you take to avoid that all-too-familiar rubbing of the shoe against your toes or heel?

1)     Wear proper shoes that fit well and are suited to your foot type. When walking around in your new footwear for the first time, be mindful of any areas of the foot where the pain shifts slightly instead of moving uniformly with your body. Though seemingly unimportant at first, hours of rubbing can easily lead to blisters. If you’re prone to blisters, consider purchasing footwear that can be laced up to ensure a secure fit.

2)     Wear socks that have moisture control capabilities (i.e. sport socks), and for comfort buy socks with extra padding like Thorlo Socks. This will help to reduce the friction between your shoe and your foot.

3)     Old fashioned products like Vaseline and deodorant can be applied to your skin to have your shoe glide over your body rather than coarsely buff the top layers. This is especially helpful if you anticipate an elevated amount of movement, like those times you go hiking or jogging.

How to treat blisters

1)     First of all, do not burst the blister because, as previously mentioned, the liquid is there to protect the damaged area as it heals; the liquid prevents the under layers of skin from being touched. Prematurely popping them can lead to infection.

2)     Temporarily change up your footwear. If your favorite pair of sneakers continuously hits the same exact spot on the back of your heel day after day, the problem will get worse, not better. Therefore, give your body some time to recuperate by switching up your shoes if you can. If the blister is on your toe, consider wearing options with a wide toe box, like many of the shoes made by Dansko.

3)     To further defend the blister, wrap the region with pads, gauze or moleskin. Make sure to keep the area clean with gentle washing. To help the blister do its job of healing the raw skin underneath, keep it moist with aloe vera gel or one of our many foot and body lotions.

There’s no denying blisters can be quite a nuisance. While they are undoubtedly a fact of life, being mindful of the above tips will help to minimize their occurrences so you can continue to benefit from healthy feet.