Fashionably Comfortable Sandals: Top Picks

If you’re looking for comfort in your sandals it can be a struggle. More times than not you will find a sandal style you love but the flat, hard footbed is unsupportive, leaving your feet aching at the end of the day, and leaving you wondering, ‘Why can’t they just make these more comfortable?!’

But you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get the look you’re after. Lucky for you the comfort footwear industry is trending toward fashionable comfort. Say goodbye to grandma velcro and say hello to beautiful, modern comfort.

To prove my point, that comfortable sandals that are fashionable are real, here is a list of some of my favorite sandals for spring/summer 2016.

1. Birkenstock Women’s Dorothy – if you’re not a fan of the traditional Arizona from Birkenstock and you prefer something more slimming on the foot, this is the perfect alternative. Not only do you get all the support and custom foot contouring Birkenstock is known for, you get all of that in a sleek cork wedge and thinner straps. Current price: $119.95

Women's Birkenstock Dorothy

Women’s Birkenstock Dorothy

2. Earth Women’s Seaside – not only is this the rare white sandal you’ve been looking for, it’s probably more than you were hoping for! It’s incredibly supportive with excellent arch support and a soft footbed. The best thing about these sandals is you would never know all that comfort is packed into such a beautiful sandal. The beadwork down the front is gorgeous and the strap in the back is adjustable for the perfect fit. Current price: $89.95

Women's Earth Seaside

Women’s Earth Seaside

 

3. Pikolinos Women’s Alcudia 816-7585 – this gladiator style sandal is crafted so beautifully, with laced straps all the way up the front for the best adjustable fit, and a zipper in the back that is both functional and stunning. The Olive leather is a rich color, and the croco pattern on the heel adds extra interests and makes these look like high end designer shoes. The Alcudia 816-7585 features a small heel and a gel foam padded mid-sole. Current price: $159.95

Alcudia 816-7585

Women’s Pikolinos Alcudia 816-7585

 

4. El Naturalista Tulip NF32 – Talk about modern and minimalistic. Fun fact about these… the rubber sole is biodegradable! Fashionable.. check! Comfortable…check! Environmentally friendly…check! Current price: $119.95

Tulip NF32

Women’s El Naturalista Tulip NF32

 

5. Mephisto Women’s Italia – With this sandal wedge not only do you get the resort wear look, you get the resort feel. If you have never worn Mephisto shoes before you are missing out! The suede covered cork footbed contours to your foot the more you wear it. I love the gold buckle and the back black strap and the metallic straps across the front are so chic. Current price: $214.95

Italia

Women’s Mephisto Italia

 

6. OluKai Women’s Ho’Opio Leather – If you’re looking for a traditional flip flop style but want a slightly elevated version of a casual sandals, this is it. OluKai has mastered taking popular styles, adding a ton of comfort and a perfect amount of island inspiration. If you’ve ever looked I’m sure you know it is hard to find a flip flop sandal with arch support. These are incredible. The Ho’Opio is also a slightly more slender style than some of the other OluKai sandals if you’re into that sort of thing. Try them, you’ll love them! Current price: $74.95

Ho'Opio Leather

Women’s OluKai Ho’Opio Leather

 

There are so many more incredible sandals to choose from that could easily go on this list – you’ll have to see for yourself. Browse our Men’s Sandals, Women’s Sandals and Kids Sandals and enjoy free 3 day shipping on orders over $60!

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We are celebrating Memorial Day for an entire week, starting today!

Enjoy and EXTRA 15% off all Clearance items AND 15% off all MBT! The sale ends Tuesday, May 31st – get your size before it’s gone. Plus, check out the incredible new styles arriving daily at www.footwearetc.com.

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Complete Health: Smoothie Bowls

Unfortunately a great pair of shoes won’t fix ALL your health issues, but here are some delicious trending recipes to help keep you healthy in addition to the fabulous shoes you’ll be wearing while you enjoy these!

Smoothie bowls have been trending lately – a great way to combine your veggies, fruit, seeds and other healthy and delicious foods. And they are stunningly beautiful! Here are some that I thought were particularly interesting and mouth-watering.

One of the wonderful things about smoothie bowls is that they are fully customizable, so leave out what you don’t like or add what you love! That’s the beauty of smoothie bowls!

Superfood Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

Superfood Breakfast Smoothie Bowl - vegan, gluten free, low fat and super nourishing. Made with spirulina, banana, pineapple and your favorite crunchy toppings, just spoon and crunch your way to breakfast heaven. From The Glowing Fridge.  Superfood Breakfast Smoothie Bowl - vegan, gluten free, low fat and super nourishing. Made with spirulina, banana, pineapple and your favorite crunchy toppings, just spoon and crunch your way to breakfast heaven. From The Glowing Fridge.  Superfood Breakfast Smoothie Bowl - vegan, gluten free, low fat and super nourishing. Made with spirulina, banana, pineapple and your favorite crunchy toppings, just spoon and crunch your way to breakfast heaven. From The Glowing Fridge.

This superfood smoothie bowl is loaded with all the good things. The beautiful mint green color in this smoothie bowl comes from spirulina (18 amino acids!) and is great for immune support, healthy brain function, healthy heart function and weight management. It also gives you a lot of energy and helps curb cravings. The smoothie is a blend of frozen bananas, frozen pineapple and your choice of plant milk (like almond milk).

Recipe: Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any dairy-free milk)
  • 1/2 tsp spirulina

TOPPINGS

  • fresh fruit
  • granola
  • coconut shreds or chips
  • chia seeds
  • gogi berries
  • hemp hearts

INSTRUCTIONS

Remove frozen bananas from freezer and let sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes to defrost a bit. Add all ingredients (except the toppings) to a high speed blender and slowly blend or pulse until thick and creamy. Do not add more liquid unless you want it to be thinner and soupy. Transfer to a bowl and add your favorite toppings!

source: http://www.theglowingfridge.com/superfood-breakfast-smoothie-bowl/

Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowls are a fun way to get some fresh produce into your mornings! Start off with the same base and customise your bowls into one of my 3 recipes! Top them will all sorts of great ingredients and enjoy your colourful smoothie bowl in the morning!  Smoothie Bowls are a fun way to get some fresh produce into your mornings! Start off with the same base and customise your bowls into one of my 3 recipes! Top them will all sorts of great ingredients and enjoy your colourful smoothie bowl in the morning!  Smoothie Bowls are a fun way to get some fresh produce into your mornings! Start off with the same base and customise your bowls into one of my 3 recipes! Top them will all sorts of great ingredients and enjoy your colourful smoothie bowl in the morning!

This version is a little more simple and again, fully customizable. It’s just important to keep the solid to liquid ratio the same to ensure the thickness is appropriate for a smoothie bowl.

Recipe: Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or any dairy-free milk)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

SUGGESTED TOPPINGS

  • fresh raspberries
  • chia seeds
  • fresh blueberries
  • shredded coconut
  • banana
  • mint leaves
  • dark chocolate
  • mixed nuts and seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients (except the toppings) in blender and blend or pulse on high for about 30 seconds or until fully blended and smooth. Transfer to a bowl and add your favorite toppings!

source: http://laurencariscooks.com/smoothie-bowls/

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl  Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl  Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate + Peanut Butter = healthy?! Yup! If you do it right, you can make healthy delicious. This recipe uses dates as a alternative sweetener – if you’re not a fan of dates you can use your favorite sweetener options instead.

Recipe: Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup rice milk (or almond)
  • 4 bananas (2 of them frozen)
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 8 Tablespoons carob powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 dates (or other sweetener of your choice)

SUGGESTED TOPPINGS

  • strawberries
  • bannan
  • shredded coconut
  • shaved chocolate
  • peanuts
  • seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients (except the toppings) in blender and blend or pulse on high for about 30 seconds or until fully blended and smooth. Transfer to a bowl and add your favorite toppings!

source: http://simpleveganblog.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-smoothie-bowl/


Have fun finding out what blend is the perfect blend for you! Get creative, have fun, make a delicious smoothie bowl and enjoy it while you browse for some fabulous new shoes for spring at www.footwearetc.com!

How to lace your shoes to alleviate foot pain

Every foot is different, so even though you might have the most incredible shoes you still may experience foot pain. So I recommend looking to where you can get the most customization: the laces!

Different lacing techniques can help alleviate different types of foot pain and discomfort. Here are some techniques to try if you experience the following: slipping heel, big toe rubbing, wide feet, narrow feet, or high arches.Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 2.21.55 PM


 

SLIPPING HEEL – a slipping heel can cause blisters or raw spots that are incredibly painful. When your heel is slipping that also means your foot is working to keep your shoe from slipping off, so you can become unstable.

Fix It: begin your laces like usual and crisscross the first set under. Then continue crisscrossing on the top until you get to the last two eyelets. On the last two send the laces through without crossing them, then starting from underneath, loop down through the last eyelet and cross it over the shoe and tuck it through the loop you made on the other side.

 

BIG TOE RUBBING – If your big toe is pushing up against the front of your shoe you could be causing a lot of damaging, not to mention discomfort. First, make sure the size you have is correct. There should be about a thumb-width between the top of your longest toe and the front of your shoe.

Fix It: start lacing your shoes as usual. On your left shoe, pull your lace out more on the left for extra slack. Then take the lace from the right side and pull it all the way to the top on the opposite side and loop it through the top left eyelet. Then take the other end of the lace and loop it underneath the opposite side and then straight across. Mirror this for the right shoe.


 

WIDE FEET – If you have wide feet but love your narrow-fitting shoes, adjusting your laces can be beneficial.

Fix It: begin lacing as usual, then start alternate going up (underneath) and over until you reach the top.


NARROW FEET – If you have narrow feet and need a snugger fit follow the fix it instructions. Not all lace up shoes come in narrow sizes so this is a good alternative to try.

Fix It: start lacing as usual and tuck the first set underneath. On the second set criss cross the laces first, then cross them again and put them through eyelets on opposite sides, creating a ‘hug’ over the narrow part of your foot.


HIGH ARCHES – If you have high arches, that could mean that you have a higher instep on the top of your foot, causing your foot to rub against the top.

Fix It: start lacing as usual and cross the first set like an ‘x’. On the second set do not cross the laces – just bring them up from underneath and back down on the next eyelet on the same side. Now the laces should be underneath. Depending on your foot, you can either repeat this step to give the top of your foot more room, or you can cross them like normal until you get to the top.

 

reference: https://www.skinnymom.com/custom-lace-your-running-shoes-for-pain-relief/

Unique Shoe Storage Ideas

Spring cleaning is upon us and I love finding ways to get the most out of my space. And the biggest key to organizing your home is doing it in a way that is sustainable long term (just like dieting!). The first thing I do is identify the issue at hand and start researching (when I say researching I really mean spending an hour on Pinterest). My problem right now is shoes. I have lots of them. Lots. And lots.

Identify the Problem: a lot of shoes, no proper storage.

Current situation: I store some of my shoes next to my front door on a shoe shelf, and the rest go under my bed in a shoe storage unit or next to my bed for my tall boots. My shoes often end up doubled up and squished under the bed and it’s a pain to get them out… or even remember what I have.

Solutions!!!

Here are some really cool ideas I came across online. I hope this helps you find something that works for your situation.

1. SHOE LADDER – you can find a great bargain ladder to store your heels. Give it a coat of paint to your taste. It’s a great way to display your shoes and it looks nice!

9 Space Saving Shoe Storage Ideas

2. MAGAZINE/PAPER HOLDERS – have a lot of sandals and flats? This is a great way to store them in a compact space. You can find really cute, stylish holders or super simple and bargain from places like Ikea.11 Space-Saving Ways to Organize Your Shoes

3. SHELVING/CRATES – another really fun, creative way to store your shoes is with some type of shelving. Make it super sleek with glass shelves, or make it more cottage style using painted wooden crates.

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4. SHOWCASE CABINET – want to glam up your space and show off your treasured shoes? Take an old or new cabinet with glass doors, add some more shelves if needed, and show off your footwear!

Hope these ideas are just as inspirational for you as they were for me. This is the fun part! The hard part… actually starting the spring cleaning process. Good luck!

Looking for some fun new shoes to add to your collection? We are getting new styles in every day and they are all so tempting! Come checkout all the new Women’s, Men’s and Kids shoes at www.footwearetc.com.