Product Spotlight: Birkenstock Arizona!

Birkenstock Arizona

Birkenstock sandals have been around for many years, and one of the quintessential models is the Arizona. It’s available for both men and women, and has been consistently popular for a very long time. This year is no exception; this model is selling very well and customers continue to rave about its comfort. What makes this particular shoe such a big deal?

It’s all about the footbed. It’s made from cork and natural latex, and is anatomically shaped. This footbed provides outstanding arch support, a deep heel cup, and a wide toe box so that your toes won’t feel confined. There is even a toe bar that lets your toes grip and flex, which in turn helps stimulate circulation, and helps you to maintain balance. All of these features work together to distribute your body weight along the entire shoe, and help keep your spine and legs in proper alignment.

The greatest thing about this footbed is that it ends up molding to your feet over time. What a great way to achieve a truly custom fit! Many customers report that the shoes actually become more comfortable over time! Your feet will love the superb shock absorption and breathable footbed. And if you ever need to replace the footbed, you can do so without having to get an entirely new pair of shoes!

Other great features about the Soft Footbed include the high sides, which help provide stability and motion control, and the extra layer of cushioning foam between the top layer suede footbed liner and the layers of cork and jute. If you want to pamper your feet, this is the way to do it!

The upper for the Arizona is available in leather, patent leather, suede, or Birko-Flor, which is a unique material made of acrylic and polyamide felt fibers that feels like a smooth leather. The styling isn’t girly or especially masculine, which makes it a great shoe for anyone. The Arizona is available in a variety of colors, so there’s a version perfect for everyone. The two large buckle closures let you customize the fit, and thus satisfies my criterion for making this shoe comfortable and versatile.

Take a look at the Birkenstock Arizona. It’s a classic for comfort and style, and your feet will love all the wellness properties built into it!

 

Ankle Supports – For When You Need a Little More Stability

ASO Ankle Stabilizer

In my house, we’re veterans of ankle support usage. For years, it seemed like someone always had a sprained ankle, or some sort of strain in the area. Ace bandages would sometimes work, but were a pain to adjust. Some ankle supports were difficult to get on and off. Some of them would make our feet and lower legs sweat, making us even more uncomfortable than when we first put them on! But now there are a variety of products that make ankle support much more comfortable. Check out the following items available here at footwearetc.com:

Med Spec ASO Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis – this is a popular ankle brace that provides enough support that even athletes can find it helpful. Recommended by medical professionals as well as athletic trainers and coaches, this brace can fit into almost any shoe! It’s easy to get on and off with the Speed Lace Closure, it’s machine washable, and will fit in any type of shoe.

Aircast Unisex Airport Ankle Brace – this durable brace actually contains foam-filled aircell cushions. You can get both compression and stabilization with this brace, and the shell around your ankle is semi-rigid. This particular brace is excellent if you are recovering from a substantial ankle sprain.

The Orthosleeve Unisex Foot Sleeve FS6 – this sleeve functions like a compression sock around your foot and ankle. It can help for mild sprains, but is superb for foot conditions like Plantar Fasciitis. You can feel the compression right under the arch of your foot, which really helps alleviate Plantar Fasciitis symptoms, and the mild compression in the upper portion of the sock adds slight support. It’s a viable alternative to an ace bandage for mild sprains, and the compression can also help conditions like Achilles Tendinitis and circulation issues.  It also fits perfectly into all of your shoes, since they are much like a compression sock. since I have personally found these to be helpful when Plantar Fasciitis rears its ugly head in my life.

Need foot and ankle support? Check out these products at footwearetc.com and you’ll wonder why you haven’t used them before now! They can really make a difference in your everyday movements.

 

 

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala, as Reflected in Shoes!

Trotters Lonnie

Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color, and designates a “color of the year” each year. This chosen color tends to show up in all sorts of manufactured products: from shoes, to furniture, to clothing, you name it. Manufacturers wait for Pantone to come up with the color of the year and often will create lines centering on that color. Customers expect to see new color trends based on Pantone’s choice, and shoe manufacturers definitely comply. This year’s color is “Marsala.” While not all manufacturers will use the term “marsala” in their color descriptions, they will definitely use other wine-based terms. Look for examples in burgundy, Bordeaux, cranberry, and cherry, just for starters.

Here at Footwear etc., we carry a lot of shoes in the “wine” color classification. These wine-like colors can go great with a variety of types of clothing and color combinations.  Here are some examples:

The Arcopedico R6 is a slip-on wedge shoe that comes in Bordeaux Mali. It’s casual, lightweight, and supportive. These shoes are handmade in Portugal and stretch as your feet need them to. The vegan-friendly synthetic upper has dual-side goring for a secure fit, and a tremendous amount of padding in the footbed for cushioned softness.

A fabulous new sandal from Dansko is the Pasha. It’s a t-strap sandal with two adjustable hook and loop straps that is available in Wine Veg Leather. With beautiful etching on the t-strap and metal embellishments, this sandal is casual and versatile to wear with a wide variety of outfits. The cork and memory foam footbed provides outstanding support and molds to your foot for a truly custom fit. What’s not to love?

Trotters makes an elegant peep-toe wedge called Lonnie in Merlot Glazed Kid Leather.  This is the perfect comfy shoe for the office! The 1 ¼” stacked heel is just high enough to make it dressy, but low enough that you can walk in it all day long. I love the fabulous cushioning too. It’s easy to wear, and a great value!

Even men have gorgeous choices in this color class. One example is the Men’s Orthofeet Lincoln Center in Cordovan Leather.  This is an easy-to-wear slip-on with an adjustable hook and loop strap. It has elegant lines with its decorative perforations and topstitching, as well as an anatomical arch support and deep heel seat. This shoe is a great choice for anyone who suffers from foot conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Diabetes, pronation, and the like.

Pantone’s color choice of Marsala (or any wine-related color) is a fabulous wardrobe choice. This color is really versatile and your shoe choice can be fashionable and trendy as well as comfortable. Check out a pair of shoes in this color range from Footwear etc. today!

 

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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!