Clarks Women’s Ashland and Women’s May Poppy: Everyday Shoes for Work AND Play!

Clarks May Poppy

I like to get a lot of mileage out of my shoes. In particular, I like to be able to wear the same shoe from one activity to another. That’s why two shoes have really caught my attention: the Clarks Women’s Ashland, and the Clarks May Poppy. What is it about these two models that grabbed my attention? Lots of things!

The Ashland is a classically-designed shoe available in Brown, Mid-Brown, Black, and Navy Leather. They’re all neutral so they can go with lots of different wardrobe pieces. It’s easy to wear, since it’s easy to slip on and off and the leather upper is luxuriously soft. The OrthoLite® footbed provides lots of cushioning, and the style is such that you can wear it with jeans or with nicer slacks. I could easily wear this from work to play! The beautiful embellished stitching and decorative buttons provide some casual elegance, and I can’t wait to take this shoe out on the town!

The Clarks May Poppy is going to be my #1 work shoe. I would have absolutely no qualms about wearing it out to dinner or elsewhere afterwards. Again, Clarks has come up with some beautiful, classic styling that is perfect when you need to look professional OR casual. The 2” heel makes it easy to be on your feet for hours, and the OrthoLite® footbed provides outstanding cushioning. The flexible outsole provides great traction as well. It’s available in black, brown, navy, and brown crock leather, and definitely meets my criteria for a great everyday shoe.

Need shoes to go from work to play? Check out the Ashland and May Poppy from Clarks, Experience the versatility and comfort you can have all day long!

Waldlaufer Footwear – Phenomenal Walking Shoes!

Waldlaufer Henni

When this new brand showed up at Footwear etc., I thought these might just be the ultimate in walking shoes. I believe I’m right; there are so many phenomenal attributes to Waldlaufer shoes that make walking an absolute delight. What makes them special? Let me count the ways:

1)      They are incredibly lightweight.

2)      They provide superb shock absorption.

3)      Extra volume in the toe box gives you room for your toes to move, yet the narrower heel and midfoot ensure a great fit.

4)      The removable insoles provide excellent arch and metatarsal support.

While these shoes are phenomenal walking shoes, they are also perfect for everyday wear since they are casual styles (not necessarily athletic styles). You can wear them to work, or out to run errands, etc.

A particular favorite of mine is the Henni Ultralite T-Strap. Available in Red or Black Nubuck, this classically-styled shoe is perfect for weekend or other casual wear, and the leather is waterproof. The cushioned removable footbed provides outstanding comfort!

For a slightly more formal look, check out the Women’s Hadya Bow Ballet flat. It’s available in Black or Grey nubuck, and has beautiful style in an easy-to-wear model. The fabulous European construction is evident in all Waldlaufer shoes, and you’ll love the way they look and feel.

Need a great walking shoe with casual style? Check out Waldlaufer footwear. Experience incredible fit and comfort with every step!


Did You Know that Naot Makes Outstanding Hand Cream?


I’ve been a fan of Naot shoes for years, but I’d never actually tried their hand cream. Why is this a big deal? The hand cream is one of their best-kept “secrets!” It’s not just a hand cream like you could get at any drug store; it’s more of a spa product. It’s mineral rich, non-oily, and feels absolutely AMAZING on your skin. It’s instantly absorbed, so you won’t get remnants of cream all over your clothes, etc. It feels completely luxurious and really makes a difference on dry skin. As we approach cooler fall/winter weather, this hand cream can really save your skin!

I’m not alone in my assessment of this stuff; customers have been raving about this product for years. Here are a few examples:

Charline from Texas states: “I LOVE the Dead Sea Treasures Hand Cream. PROS: Works better than any other I’ve tried. BEST USES: Dry hands. It is the BEST hand cream I have ever used!”

Lea from Indiana adds: “The Absolute Best. PROS: Moisturizes well, softens skin, absorbs quickly, long lasting, goes on smoothly, not greasy, smells great. BEST USES: Deep moisturization, after shower/bath, Winter dryness, dry/chapped skin. One of our clients visited Israel and brought back a tube as a Christmas present. This is absolutely the best hand cream I have ever tried. My hands get extremely dry and my thumbs especially become cracked and painful in the winter. This product keeps my hands moisturized and soft for hours. Finally, a cream that works!!”

Here’s one from Tigay from Michigan: “Dead Sea Treasures Best Lotions. PROS: Softens skin, not greasy, moisturizes well, fragrance-free, goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly. CONS: Container size too small. BEST USES: Winter dryness, deep moisturization, after shower/bath, dry/chapped skin, bedtime.  Do not be fooled by imitations. I have tried many products, including others supposedly from the Dead Sea. These are the best. I suffer from dry and cracked skin in the winter months in Michigan. These lotions provide quick and lasting relief.”

If you love (or need!) hand cream, or need an easy gift for a friend, check out the Naot Dead Sea Treasures Hand Cream. It feels great going on, and really WORKS!

Gorgeous Flats for Fall!


I can never get enough of flats – whether they are “ballerina” style, something a little wilder, or something really casual. You can wear them in so many ways, with so many outfits, for so many purposes. I believe that flats are THE most versatile style that any woman could own, and here are a few different options available to suit your needs.

For a really dressy flat, check out the Marchez Vous Women’s Maureen. This stunningly beautiful flat is designed for comfort, but is sleek and sophisticated enough to wear with formal attire. Just because you need formal footwear doesn’t mean it has to be painful; this is a perfect example of how beautiful a flat can be. With its suede upper and hand stitching, it exudes luxuriousness as you take every step. The Poron cushioning in the footbed ensures fabulous comfort. It’s a phenomenal shoe for those special occasions.

Earth has a beautiful new shoe called the Butternut. I absolutely love the metal stud accents in the upper! Available in deep red suede or black suede, this contemporary flat is stylish enough for both casual and slightly dressier wear. As with all Earth shoes, the comfort footbed cushions your foot and reinforce arch supports your feet for all-day comfort. Note that this shoe is also styled like the “Smoking Slippers” of yesteryear; think Hugh Hefner in a silk robe. It’s a classic design updated for today’s fashion-forward woman.

Classic designs are nothing new to Gabor. The Women’s 74.163.17 Ballerina is a traditional ballet flat with a cap toe and a nubuck upper. Available in maroon nubuck, black nubuck, or anthracite nubuck, this shoe is incredibly comfortable as well as stylish.

The Clarks Valley Lounge – another shoe reminiscent of “Smoking Slippers” – is a fabulous new leopard-print flat. Clarks is known for outstanding comfort and fit, and these shoes are no exception. The shoe is created with an easy on-off design, and the footbed provides massage properties with each step. The durable outsole is flexible and long-lasting.

These are just a few of the many outstanding flats available from Footwear etc. There’s a pair (or more!) for everyone, check them out!


Icon Shoes and Handbags for the Art Lover in You!


Lots of brands carry comfortable shoes. There are tremendous numbers of attractive and practical handbags out there too. But if you’re an art lover and would love to see designs on your handbags and footwear, look no further than Icon products!

Love Picasso? Klimt? Utamaro? Many artists have had their designs featured on Icon products. In 1999 Icon created its first art-printed leather shoes: the Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Sneaker. Since then, Icon has created many models of shoes with even more artwork reproduced onto its high quality leather products. The company takes pride in reproducing the artwork so that it complements the style of shoe or handbag it is on, and is incredibly attentive to detail. Each artist (or his estate) is compensated for the use of the artwork. It is an honor to be featured on an Icon product!

A few examples of these gorgeous products are:

The Icon Women’s Lisa-3 Night Leather – this handbag features the artwork of Joan Miro I Ferra, a Catalan Spanish artist. You can use it as a clutch or as a cross-body bag. The subtle design makes it an elegant choice for dressy attire. I particularly love the luxurious feel of the leather.

For a casual, easy-to-wear golf/walking shoe, try the Icon Jolie-43 Golf Shoe. I love the version featuring the artwork of Klimt. The subtle blues and golds make this shoe very versatile so that you can wear it with a wide variety of outfits. And even though the upper depicts a famous piece of artwork, the shoe itself is incredibly comfortable. If you need to wear an orthotic, note that the insole is removable.

Like wedges? Check out the Icon Women’s Paolo-1 Wedge Slide. Featuring a portion of the masterpiece, “Girl With a Mirror” by Pablo Picasso, this gorgeous slide is bold in color yet its soft and supple leather pampers your feet. This unique design is sure to turn heads wherever you go – in a good way! I may not be able to have a Picasso gracing my walls, but it’s a blast having one grace my feet!

Renoir fans will love the Icon Women’s Essy-2 Umbrellas Leather. The original artwork, “The Umbrellas” is an oil-on-canvas painting, created by Renoir in the 1880s. If you love impressionism, this is the shoe for you. The shoe is a casual oxford-style shoe that is comfortable and gorgeous at the same time.

Art lovers – check out the phenomenal styles and unforgettable artwork on Icon shoes and handbags. You can be an art connoisseur with every step you take!