A New Year, A New Chance to Be…


I hope you all are having a fantastic start to 2016. I’m sure many of you, like myself, have made a few New Year’s resolutions, and I’m sure that many of you, like myself, are not very optimistic when it comes to keeping them. Especially for the whole year. But here at Footwear etc., we want to make keeping resolutions easier and more exciting. So I’m going to share with you my little trick to keeping my resolutions.

First, how to pick your resolutions… this sounds easier than it really is as I’m sure most of you are aware. You are choosing things to commit to, lifestyle changes, new habits, different daily routines. Naturally, we are going to reject these at the start because going outside your norm and breaking your already established habits and routines is very, very hard! So when developing your resolutions, start broad and narrow it down. And most importantly, make it fun.


There are a lot of directions you can go with health-oriented resolutions. The trick is to make it enjoyable and fun. For example, if your resolution is to go walking 3 days a week, make it a social event by inviting friends to join your walking club. Not only will you have people to hold you accountable, you get to hang out with your friends while fulfilling your health resolution.

Another fun way of getting into your resolutions is to buy things! I’m all for motivation shopping, and it’s true that buying that new pair of sneakers or workout outfit definitely gets me feeling good and motivated. So here are some of my favorite new athletic shoes that should give you that extra motivation to get moving on your resolutions:

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Other health resolutions could include addressing specific health concerns. Whether it’s the tense muscles in your back, or your aching feet, find a solution and attack it! The good thing about these resolutions is you’re getting rid of a problem and often times the solution is enjoyable. Back problems? Chiropractic or massage therapy. Muscle problems? Regular epson salt baths. Feet problems? Footwear etc. of course! Here are some of my favorite foot solutions for various aches and pains, including those caused by Plantar Fasciitis:

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Don’t forget that sometimes the best resolution is finding ways to boost your self confidence and feel good about yourself. Part of this could be exercise, but there are several other ways of giving yourself a confidence booster: a new haircut, a few new outfits, new shoes (of course!), education (Skillshare is great for those with busy schedules), or even meditation!

As mentioned in the Be “Zen” this New Year: Vionic Active, Vionic has an amazing routine called the ZenFitness30 Method that is only 30 minutes long and good for all levels. I highly recommend you check it out! It’a a great body-mind exercise set.

Here are some of my favorite ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ shoes for 2016:













HAPPY NEW YEAR!! from all of us at Footwear etc., and good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions.

Samuel Hubbard Shoe for Men: Ultimate Mobile Device


Men are jumping onboard with Samuel Hubbard as more and more are trying these eye-catching shoes on. That’s all it takes to get hooked! Not only do these shoes look great and modern, they are EXTREMELY comfortable. So there you have it, looks and comfort: check! check!

We love their new advertising campaigns. From “The Un-Sneaker” to “The Ultimate Mobile Device”, they are doing a fantastic job expressing how incredibly comfortable Samuel Hubbard men’s shoes are. The company started in 1930 and have made every effort over the years to craft shoes with quality materials that focus on comfort. These shoes are fully leather lined, feature a triple density comfort insole, Moreflex Vibram ousoles, and are lightweight.

Footwear etc. is excited to announce that we just received 5 Limited Edition colors of the Samuel Hubbard Free shoe. These fun colors are for those standout-men, looking to make a fashion statement but aren’t willing to sacrifice comfort. Limited edition colors include Lime Green, Ocean Blue, Orange, Royal Blue and Sky Blue. Other popular colors include Almost Black/Steel, Rust, Tan Waxhide/White, Navy and Sand.



Also on the new arrivals list are some super sleek dress shoes. The Tipping Point is a lace up brogue wingtip style from Samuel Hubbard’s Go to Work Collection. The Samuel Hubbard Founder is also a lace up but resembles more of an oxford style. And if you prefer a slip-on style over laces, the Samuel Hubbard Frequent Traveler is the shoe for you. Very sleek and features elastic goring for easy on-off.

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So there you have it… stylish, comfortable, fun and serious. Once you try on a pair of Samuel Hubbard shoes, you won’t want to take them off! Come into one of our 13 California Footwear etc. locations or shop our fantastic selection online at www.footwearetc.com.


Be “Zen” this New Year: Vionic Active

Vionic Tourney Pink Rose

Vionic Tourney Pink Rose

We all know and love Vionic shoes and sandals for their incredible arch support and on-trend styles. But you’re about to know them in a different way… a zen way! Recently Vionic has added an athletic twist to the brand’s line and we love what they are doing. The most recent campaign is their ZenFitness30 Method paired with their active line of Vionic shoes, which promotes a comprehensive health approach from your feet up.

Vionic worked with integrative medicine practitioner Dr. Jim Nicolai and fitness expert Juliet Kaska to develop the ZenFitness30 Method, a 30 minute workout that energizes the mind, body and spirit. The workout is simple and quick, a great practice to pick up for New Year’s Resolutions! So not only do they make amazing shoes, they developed a workout to go with them. Get the ZenFitness30 Method free here: ZenFitness30 Method.

Now the shoes… Vionic has come out with some fantastic athletic styles and even a new tagline to go with them: “Walk. Move. Live.” And these shoes certainly let you do just that. They look amazing enough to wear with that cute new athletic outfit you got that you never intend to actually work out in, but they are also built to support you and your feet through mild to vigorous exercise routines. Here are some of my favorite new Vionic active styles:

Top of the list: Vionic Tourney. The patterns on these walking shoes are incredible and make this podiatrist designed shoe look like a designer athletic shoe. We carry this shoe in Grey Leopard, Blue, Tan Leopard, Blue Rose, Pink Rose, and Pink – naming the colors doesn’t do them justice, you have to take a look at these patterns – they are amazing! My personal favorite is the Pink Rose, featured up top. Aside from the gorgeous designs, they feature the famous podiatrist designed orthaheel technology that helps your body find its natural alignment. The footbeds are removable if you choose to use a custom orthotic.

The Fyn is another new Vionic active shoe that just arrived. It has the same wonderful technology as the Tourney, but has a stretch textile upper that allows incredible flexibility and breathability. The colors go from bright (Cobalt and Grey/Yellow) to subdued (Black and Light Grey), a little something for everyone.

The Vionic Walker for men and women is action packed with technology. Like with most Vionic shoes, the Walker features a removable orthotic, but it also has a .5 inch elevation on the midsole to smooth the heel-to-toe movement, midfoot stabilizer, and a firm, thermoplastic heel counter for increased stability and support.

So whether your New Year’s Resolution is to look good, feel good, or be active, Vionic shoes has you covered! To see the Vionic shoes mentioned here, or to see the other wonderful styles we carry, go to www.footwearetc.com/vionic. Don’t forget you get free shipping on orders over $60!

Ankle Boots for the Fall!


Vionic NadelleI LOVE LOVE LOVE ankle boots. You can get them in casual styles, or really dressy models. They can be waterproof, they can be high fashion. They can be flat, they can have high heels. You can get them in leather or nubuck, with wedges, with decorative fringe, you name it. The sky’s the limit within this genre of boots. Footwear etc. has just received shipments of a LOT of different styles from a variety of manufacturers, and there is literally something for everyone. Need to whet your appetite? Let’s look at a few of these gorgeous models available!

The Women’s Earth Odyssey – this gorgeous mid-calf boot (ok, it’s slightly higher than an ankle boot) has casual elements, but is a dressy enough style to wear with skirts. It contains a luxurious leather upper with a gorgeous leather strap with lots of intricate detailing to add visual interest.  This boot is available in black leather, or Bordeaux leather (with a contrasting brown strap). As with all Earth shoes, the support is fantastic.

Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Women’s Nadelle – Featured in Oprah Magazine, this classic ankle boot has a leather upper with elastic goring and a side zipper for easy on-off.  The patented Vionic footbed, with its superior arch support and deep heel cup, makes this boot one of the most supportive and comfortable out there, and you’ll be able to walk for hours in this boot. This boot is available in Cinnamon, Java, or Black leather. I love the timeless style on this one!

Pikolinos is known for its stunningly beautiful boots, and this season there are a bunch to choose from. A great new style is the Andorra 913-9810. I love the two different textures of the leather in the upper – smooth in the front, and snakeskin-like in the back. The stacked heel also adds visual interest, and the side zipper makes it easy to get on and off. This boot is available in Lead or Cuero leather.

Bussola is also known for its gorgeous boots, and the Colorado is no exception. Available in Cobblestone, Cabernet, or Black leather, this dual side-zip boot is easy to wear, and incredibly comfortable. It also has a decorative yoke stitching in the upper, and a durable rubber outsole. The casual styling can go with a wide variety of outfits, and you’ll love the versatility of this boot.

Check out the many new ankle boots available at Footwear etc. today! There’s a style for everyone and every situation you may encounter.


Fabulous New Models from Gabor!

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Gabor footwear has a lot going for it! They always have very fashion-forward styles, and tremendous comfort features in each shoe. They’ve come out with their fall line, and I’m excited about a bunch of the styles they’re showing! Here are a few that have caught my attention:

The Gabor 35.421.17 – If you are looking for a dressy shoe, you’ve got to try this one. It’s an elegant black nubuck pump with elastic straps. I absolutely love this shoe – it works well with dresses, skirts, even dressy slacks. It’s completely versatile, and with its 1 ¾” heel, incredibly comfortable. There aren’t a lot of dress shoes out there that you could wear all day long, but you could certainly do so with this one. Night on the town after work? No problem! The synthetic sole is really durable, and you’ll love the shock absorbency of the footbed. And it’s gorgeous!

The Gabor 35.649.27 Ceylon is a stunning leather boot. It’s suitable for dressy or casual attire, and has elastic goring and a side zipper for easy on and off.  The leather is soft and luxurious, and is lined with microfiber to aid in breathability. It is flexible and lightweight, and is amazingly comfortable for all-day wear.

The Gabor 35.644.27 National – a leather lace-up ankle boot with distinctive style! The side zipper allows for easy on and off, and the lacing adds almost a Victorian air! Don’t be fooled by its beauty, it’s incredibly comfortable due to its shock absorption, breathability, and flexibility. I can’t wait to wear this one with dresses!

The Gabor 34.160.27 – a casual ballerina flat with accent stitching and elastic goring. This could well be your go-to everyday shoe, it’s so incredibly comfortable and versatile.  The air cushioned soles feel great as you take each step, and the soft leather lining also feels like you’re wearing a glove on your feet. Ballet flats are among the most popular styles of shoes, and for good reason! This particular model excels in all things beautiful and exceptionally comfortable.

The Gabor 35.414.57 – This fabulous shoe can go from the office to the nightclub without missing a beat. It’s a casual slip-on shoe that is dressy enough to wear with more formal attire.  It’s easy to get on and off with the zippers on the sides of the upper, and the softness and comfort are unparalleled. The flexibility makes this shoe really easy to walk in, and you’ll love the luxurious Tropic Oil Nubuck upper.

This is just a smattering of what’s available from Gabor this season. What’s your favorite?