Great Shoes for Outdoor Adventures!

 Merrell Mix Master

With great weather comes great opportunities to get outside and have a good time. You need to have shoes that will fit your needs, so check out the “outdoor” shoes for men and women at Footwear etc.! They are casual, rugged, and appropriate for a variety of outdoor activities. Here are a few examples:

A phenomenal all-around hiking/outdoor activities shoe is the New Balance Multi-Sport Outdoor Shoe. This waterproof shoe is available in both men’s and women’s sizes, and is a fantastic, all-around shoe for the great outdoors. It’s lightweight and supportive, yet has a has a lugged outsole that’s rugged enough for a day on the trail.  The Gore-Tex lining makes the shoe waterproof and breathable so that your feet can stay comfortable all day long. This might just be the perfect shoe for the Great Outdoors!

Shoes using Barefoot technology include the Merrell Barefoot series, or the Vibram Fivefingers products. These shoes protect your feet against rocks and rough terrain, but still allow you to feel the ground beneath your feet – almost as you would if you were barefoot. The biggest difference between these brands is that the Vibram Fivefingers keeps your toes separated, whereas the Merrell does not. Both have Vibram outsoles and are very breathable so that your feet can stay cool and comfortable.

The ultimate in outdoor shoes has to be from Merrell. There are a bunch of models suitable for all sorts of outdoor activities; from hiking, to lounging. One of the most popular hiking boots is the Merrell Moab. Available for both men and women, this boot provides all the support and durability you could ever need on the trail. The anatomical footbed provides support, the air cushion in the heel absorbs shock, the Gore-Tex lining helps keep your feet dry, and the Vibram outsole contains outstanding durability and traction. You’ll love taking this out for your weekend hikes. I also really like the Merrell Mix Master Glide. It’s a great shoe featuring barefoot technology, and has the rugged Vibram outsole that will protect your feet from rocks, uneven pavement, etc.

Don’t stay shut indoors during the beautiful weather, get outside and try out some of the outstanding shoes Footwear etc. carries for those outdoor adventures. Your shoes don’t have to slow you down!

 

New BeautiFeel Flats and Sandals!

BeautiFeel Flats

I love it when Footwear etc. gets in new models from one of our most luxurious brands, BeautiFeel. These shoes contain the absolute highest quality, all-natural materials, and are elegantly styled so that you can wear them for dress casual or highly dressy occasions. Outstanding support and cushioning are hallmarks of this brand as well as the superlative workmanship, and a pair of these shoes is truly a treat for your feet and your wardrobe. Here are a few new additions to the collection:

The Women’s Elle – this flat is beautiful enough to wear for formal occasions, yet still works for dress casual situations. With the phenomenal arch support and padding, you could wear them for hours on end. I love the shimmery embossed suede with patent leather toe. This shoe is available in Black Glitter Suede or Taupe Snake Combi Leather, and could easily become your favorite shoe!

The Women’s Linda – a gorgeous slingback containing elastic stretch at the heel. This dressy sandal is perfect for any sort of formal or workplace attire. The footbed is soft and even has memory foam properties, while the outsole provides great shock absorption. The 1 ½” heel is just the right size so that you can be on your feet for hours, or dance the night away! It’s available in Champagne Luminous Suede or Black Luminous Suede, and is a fantastic choice for SO many applications.

The Women’s Rosi – a casual sandal that would be suitable with dressy slacks or even casual summer wear. The footbed is pillow soft, and cushioned so that you can wear the shoe all day long. Available in Black Snake Combi Leather and Taupe Snake Combi Leather, this sandal is very adjustable due to its dual instep straps metatarsal strap. The asymmetrical upper design adds visual interest, while the polyurethane outsole provides stability and outstanding traction. It’s a fantastic shoe for every day.

Check out these and many other new flats and sandals from BeautiFeel. Give your feet a bit of luxury!

 

 

Spring has Sprung! Update Your Wardrobe with Some Great New Bags from Hobo International!

I love any excuse to have retail therapy, and given the great weather in the spring, I especially love getting new colors and patterns in my wardrobe. An easy way to do that is to update your wallet, purse, clutch, etc. Hobo International has some gorgeous new styles and colors in bags to bring you out of the gloom of Winter into the glory of Spring!

Hobo Bags

You can never have too many wallets. I particularly like the Hobo International Lauren. It’s a double frame clutch wallet with brushed nickel hardware and made from Italian top-grain leather. It’s available in Sunflower, Jade, Magenta, and Stingray (a pebble finish) Leather, and is absolutely luxurious. It’s perfect for use by itself, or toss it into your handbag.

Cross-body bags are another favorite style of mine. It’s so convenient to be able to carry a bag securely across your body, thus freeing up both hands to do whatever you need them to do. These are perfect for when I travel, or go to the farmer’s market, or just want to be unencumbered yet still have my bag with me. A beautiful new design is the Mara. Available in Bordeaux Vintage, Mocha Vintage, Black Vintage and Stingray Leather, this bag is actually dressy! The zipper pockets hold a lot of items, so you don’t have to be out and about without items you need.

Need a wristlet? Check out the Joann! This gem of a bag is especially stylish due to the two colors of leather on each bag. The color blocked version is available in Caramel/Black or Jade/Caramel leather. If you prefer a solid color, this bag is also available in black. While it has no outside pockets, there is a slip pocket, a zippered pocket, and slots for your credit cards. It’s also embellished with shiny nickel hardware! You’ll be thrilled at how versatile this bag will be in your life.

These are just a few of the new bags available from Hobo International. Treat yourself to a great new wallet or bag this season!

 

Another Fun Brand of Shoes: New Face!

Need a casual shoe? Check out our brand spanking new shoes from New Face. They’re crafted in Brazil, and have some really unique design features that you’ll love! With man-made or leather uppers, soft padded footbeds, synthetic outsoles, these models have casual, contemporary styling and great comfort! Here are a few examples:

New Face CantoThe New Face Women’s Canto: this casual, athletic-styled shoe is incredibly lightweight. I absolutely love the polka dots on the upper! This sporty sneaker is perfect for casual occasions, and the decorative stitching across the toe and heel really add flair. The Canto is available in Black Preto, Teal Musgo, or Sand Areia Synthetic. Give yourself a real treat with this casual shoe!

New Face KukaMen have a stylish option in the New Face Men’s Kuka. It’s a slide with a premium leather upper and is suitable for any casual or weekend wear. Need a great shoe to take to the beach? Here you go! The comfy footbed also makes this shoe perfect when you just need a quick “slide on your foot and go” shoe.

New Face CassiaLike Flowers? Like lots of color? Check out the women’s Cassia. It’s a flip flop with a happy, bright-colored floral accent on the upper. With the variety of colors in this shoe, you could wear it with any of your casual clothing! It’s a great all-purpose flip flop, and you can even wear it with dressier slacks and capris!

Check out the fun models from New Face. You’ll love the comfort and casual style!

 

Introducing the “Mercedes Benz” of Socks: Falke!

If you’re buying expensive shoes to treat your feet well, why not get top quality socks as well? Footwear etc. is pleased to announce that it is now carrying a brand that’s been around since 1895, Falke.

These are not just ordinary socks. These are luxury socks – made from the finest yarn materials in the world. If you’re getting shoes that are good for your feet, why not get some phenomenal socks to go with them?

Falke socksYou will LOVE the way Falke socks feel. Most of them are made from Egyptian Karnac cotton. This is one of the most luxurious yarns on the market. Some models are made from Fil d’Ecosse cotton, which is a Mercerized cotton treatment that gives the yarns better dye affinity, luster, strength and resistance to mildew. Not only that, each sock is anatomically shaped for optimum fit. The pressure-free, hand-linked toes are actually Diabetic friendly (although not specifically RATED for Diabetics). They even help regulate temperature and provide breathability. The reinforced heel and toe are great for both comfort as well as durability.

Currently these socks are available in black, but other colors will be added online soon. See what true luxury feels like on your feet, and check out the Falke socks!