Wild about Wedges!

Earthies Manza

If you’re anything like me and like the look of heels but really can’t wear heels much, wedges can be the perfect solution. In my case, I love how elegant heels look, but my feet really hate having a lot of pressure on the balls of my feet. With a wedge, the pressure is better distributed along the entire foot, so I don’t get the ball of foot pain that I would with regular heels.

You can also get wedges in a wide variety of heights, and they can really augment your wardrobe! I’ve had wedges with low profiles that have been both dressy and casual, and you can definitely find both in higher profiles as well. Why not expand your wardrobe with some cute new wedges? Here are a few that can get you motivated to do so:

The Mephisto Barbara – I LOVE LOVE LOVE this wedge! It is so versatile, you could wear it with either jeans or a nice dress. As with all Mephisto shoes, the Barbara is incredibly comfortable and contains the highest quality materials and hand-made craftsmanship. And who wouldn’t love the memory foam and Soft Air midsole? The shock absorption and overall comfort is fantastic!

The Earthies Manza – a stunningly beautiful new peep-toe wedge with a n adjustable ankle strap. Available in Black or Taupe nubuck, this wedge contains a cradled toe area to keep pressure off your toes, while providing support the entire length of your foot.  Earthies shoes contain cupped heels and anatomic arch support as well, so your feet will feel great as well as look great.

The Taos Pyramid – This classy wedge contains a 2 ¼” heel and two adjustable straps for a customized fit. With beautiful embellishments like metal medallions, this full-grain leather shoe is beautiful as well as comfortable. I love how the cork and latex footbed conforms to my feet, and provides fabulous support. The full-grain leather upper is available in Bronze, Black Snake, or Grey Snake leather, and is a gorgeous enhancement to your wardrobe. This timeless style is already proving to be a hit!

The Naot Rome – Slides can be wedges too! Naot’s version has a casual look and feel, with a comfy leather upper that is fully padded for extra support and coziness.  The best part is the anatomic cork and latex footbed that is wrapped in suede and molds to your foot.  It’s available in Polar Sea or Black Matte Leather, which can go with almost anything in your wardrobe. One of the most easy-to-wear wedges out there, the Rome is expected to be a popular model this spring.

The Clarks Rosepoint Bell – Even ankle boots can be wedges! With its side zipper for easy on-off, the Rosepoint Bell has an elegant profile and sleek appearance to make this model a must have. The OrthoLite cushioned footbed makes walking in these boots a breeze, and the soft fabric lining provides breathability.  It is particularly easy to wear due to the 2 ½” wedge height – you get glamor with the heel, but cozy comfort due to the wedge.

Are you wild about wedges too? Check out the gorgeous models of wedges at footwearetc.com and go crazy!


Exciting New Dansko Models for Spring!

Dansko Priya

I love the changes of seasons for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that shoe companies come out with new styles for that season, and Dansko is no exception! Dansko is one of my favorite brands, because these models are just SO comfortable. I am always interested in the wide variety of styles Dansko produces – from sandals to clogs – and the bright, happy colors for the season. Dansko is far more than merely a company that produces clogs; it produces flats, slip-on shoes, sandals, and even flip flops! Yet regardless of the style, Dansko continues to excel at creating models that provide outstanding comfort and support. Here are a few new styles that have piqued my interest:

Women’s Dansko Priya – that’s right, Dansko makes flip flops! And this particular flip flop has beautiful laser etching on the upper. As with all Dansko shoes, you’ll find that comfort is key in this model. The Priya features a cork and memory foam footbed, which provides phenomenal support. The upper is soft, and the cork and EVA midsole help reduce fatigue. This could become your favorite summer flip flop!

Looking for an easy to wear flat? Try the Nastacia. This timeless style is available in Black Croc leather, Orchid/Fuchsia Nappa Leather, Black Nappa Leather, Cobalt/Jade Nappa Leather, Toffee Nappa Leather, or Navy Nappa Leather. It’s lightweight, and even contains a removable footbed in case you need to use your own orthotic. I love the arch support it supplies! This is a shoe for all seasons, and there’s a color for every part of your wardrobe!

Dressy sandals are covered with the Randa. It’s available in Black Full Grain Leather or Brandy Full Grain Leather, and provides an elegant silhouette that works with casual or dressy outfits. The three-inch heel is easy to wear because of the platform toe box, and the shoe even contains a rocker bottom to help propel you forward while keeping you stable. What a beautiful shoe!

How about a great walking shoe? Check out the Sabrina. It’s available in Brown/Orange suede, or Taupe/Orchid Suede. This shoe is part of a collection endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association, so you KNOW it’s got to be supportive. The mesh portion of the upper helps keep your feet cool and dry, while the Dri-Lex Eco lining and Cleansport NXT help control wicking and any odor. With shock absorption properties, arch support, slip resistance, and energy return, what’s not to love about this shoe? It has all you’d ever want in a walking shoe.

Check out the new models and colors of Dansko shoes for spring! You’ll love expanding your footwear wardrobe, and can kick up your heels with style!

Keeping Your Shoes Stink Free!

2Toms spray

Some people have the misfortune to just have sweaty feet. Others find that their feet sweat when they exercise. Sweating is actually a necessary activity, because it helps cool down your body. But when sweaty feet turn stinky, that can be hugely embarrassing. It’s especially a problem with shoes, because odors linger. What to do?

First, choose footwear that breathes. Materials like leather and mesh are perfect for this. Avoid shoes that are closed and synthetic (without mesh); those typically can turn your feet into complete sweatboxes.

Footwear etc. carries products specifically designed to deodorize shoes, bags, etc. (Where were these when I needed them on my daughter’s dance bag and in her dance shoes?!) Using these products can make an enormous difference in the smell of your footwear, and the surrounding area! Here are a few products to try:

2Toms Stink Free Spray – this spray is specifically designed to deodorize your shoes. It also is effective on bags, so if your gym bag is getting a little ripe, this is the spray for you! Use this spray 2-3 times per week, allowing for the shoes to dry between applications. (If you have really aggressive foot odor, you might need to use this more often.) It’s safe to use on all sorts of footwear and accessories, like athletic shoes, dress shoes, gym bags, even hockey and football pads!

Four Seasons Odor Away Spray – this spray blocks the natural odor produced by foot perspiration. Use it in any shoes that have developed odor. The 4 oz. size is perfect to put in a purse, or tuck in a gym bag. You can even keep it in your glove compartment!

Kiwi Fresh Force – this spray actually guarantees 24 hour freshness! All you do is insert the applicator into your shoe and press down. It’s great for shoes, boots, sneakers, etc., and is safe for all materials. This spray is an easy way to freshen up your shoes regardless of how much wear you’ve given them! Keep it in a locker, gym bag, glove compartment, purse, etc. to always have it handy.

Foot Petals Pedi Fume Cooling Gel – this product is the aromatherapy answer to removing foot odor! It’s a gel that features Lavender and Vanilla, which have been proven to help you relax. This product is not used on your footwear, it’s intended for your feet! Tea Tree oil and Cardamom help disinfect your feet, and eliminate bacteria that cause odor. It’s quick drying and helps your feet feel and smell great.

Eliminate those stinky shoes (and bags) with deodorizing products from Footwear etc. Your family, friends, co-workers, and even acquaintances will thank you profusely!

Fantastic New Models from Gravity Defyer!

Gravity Defyer Genevy

If you’re a fan of Gravity Defyer shoes, you’re not alone! The fabulous VersoShock Trampoline Technology makes a huge difference in how comfortable your day is. Gravity Defyer shoes have made a real impact on many people who just want to have a little “spring” in their steps! In fact, there’s even a new partnership between Gravity Defyer and Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center. Ms. King is a well-known minister and daughter of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., and started out her relationship with Gravity Defyer as a satisfied customer.

The reason why Ms. King is collaborating with Gravity Defyer is because she wants to bring attention to wellness issues and feels strongly that Gravity Defyer products really help promote good health.  The many styles of products for both men and women make choosing a comfortable shoe for any occasion easy!

Why are Gravity Defyer shoes so amazing? It’s all about the VersoShock Trampoline Technology. In a nutshell, it absorbs shock, propels you forward, and helps keep you energized. There’s a master shock absorber in the heel with two smaller twin stabilizers that literally provide the “spring” in your steps. The removable insole provides outstanding arch support and helps keep your tired feet feel energized. All of these technical features work together to provide an energetic experience that you can enjoy in a wide variety of styles.

Men have some phenomenal options for both athletic purposes as well as dress wear. The Super Walk is a classic athletic-styled shoe. Available in White/Blue Mesh, Grey/Orange Mesh, or Black/Red Mesh, this shoe is lightweight, breathable, and incredibly supportive. Need a dress shoe? Try the Windsor. This classic wing tip oxford shoe is beautiful enough to wear to the office or to a dressy event. It’s available in Black Leather, or Two Tone Brown Leather, and you’d never realize that it contains such advanced technology by merely looking at it. You’d have to try it to believe how fantastic it feels on your feet.

The Super Walk is also available for women. It’s available in White/Pink mesh or Black/Purple mesh, and it’s a stylish shoe for those times you want to do exercise walking or even just go out to the store. Customers have reported that leg, foot, and back problems have been alleviated due to the superior shock absorption of these shoes, so you’ll love the results you’ll see with these.

My favorite dressy shoe for women is the Genevy. It’s a beautiful slip-on shoe that you can wear with casual or somewhat dressy clothing. The quilted patent leather upper and smooth toe is very fashion-forward, and you’ll love how it looks on your foot! Available in Brown Patent Leather, this shoe contains all the comfort features you’d expect in any Gravity Defyer shoe, and you get the versatility of a dressy looking shoe! You won’t have to change your shoes if you go out after a long day on your feet, these shoes fit the bill.

Don’t just take the word of other happy customers (and Bernice King), check out the fantastic new models from Gravity Defyer today!