Four Seasons Salt Stain Remover – Perfect for the Sloppy Weather!

Salt Stain Remover

The winter months can be a tough time for your footwear. Snow, salt, and rain can all take their respective tolls on your shoes. Given all the snow and ice the U.S. has been experiencing this season, it’s only a matter of time before your shoes take a real beating. There’s a great product out there that can help extend the life of your leather footwear: the Four Seasons Salt Stain Remover.

This liquid can make your leather goods look like new! Those ugly salt stains can be a thing of the past. All you have to do is remove any surface dust and dirt from your footwear, apply the Salt Stain remover liberally all over the stain, and wipe off the excess with a soft, clean cloth. Depending on the severity of the stain, you might need to repeat the process.

If you have nubuck or suede shoes, you can use this product with a suede brush.

Why throw out shoes that have been damaged by salt? You can bring them back to life with the Four Seasons Salt Stain Remover. Don’t slip on the ice out there!

Deer Tracks Shoes – Made in the U.S.A!

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Here at Footwear etc. we have a lot of customers who would really prefer to support U.S.-based companies. If you’re one of those folks, here’s a brand you can love: Deer Tracks!

This company may have its origins in Eastern Europe, but it is now based and manufactures its shoes in Baltimore, MD! It even has certified pedorthists and podiatrists oversee the product development. Deer Tracks shoes excel in high quality comfort; and all shoes are made with anatomical, removable footbeds. You can even get the shoes in 3 widths: Medium, Wide, and Double Wide.

But it’s the technology that really sets this brand apart. These shoes have a special Heel Cradle System that stabilizes the shoe and absorbs shock. There’s an extra shock absorbing foam insert in the ball of the foot area to relieve stress from the metatarsal area of the foot. The air circulation helps keep your feet cool and dry with its ventilation openings in the outsole. And the double rocker outsole helps distribute your weight all through the gait cycle.  These shoes may have the most shock absorption of any you’ve ever tried!

The Deer Tracks Collection contains models for both men and women.  Looking for a walker? Men have a great choice in the Deer Tracks Men’s Walker.  It’s got soft, leather upper with a large toe box, and adjustable hook-and-loop closure to ensure the perfect fit. Available in both brown and black leather, you’ve got your two basic colors for your wardrobe!

Women have a great choice in the Miracle. With dual hook-and-loop straps, this shoe allows for the fitting of orthotics or braces, and even has extra depth in the toe box. It’s available in black, and is a fantastic shoe for everyday wear.

A girlier model for women is the Deer Tracks Women’s Cloud. Available in black leather or bronze leather, this shoe is a fisherman style and has an adjustable buckle strap. It has the same comfort and orthotic properties of all the other models, yet is an attractive shoe to wear even to work or out for a casual evening.

Check out all the great styles from Deer Tracks. With all of their comfort features, being made in the U.S.A is merely an added bonus!

PediFix Forefoot Compression Sleeve – Extra Support for your Forefoot!

PediFix Compression Sleeve

If you’ve ever gotten a stress fracture in the metatarsal area of your foot, or suffered a sprain in that area, you know how much a little extra support can help enormously. I’m prone to stress fractures in that area of one of my feet, and I have tried a wide variety of aids just to help it feel a little more secure. Orthotics only help just so much, a little compression makes a big difference. That’s why I’m delighted to discover the Pedifix Forefoot Compression Sleeve. Finally, I can get some relief and support for that area, and nobody even has to know I’m wearing anything!

This fantastic compression sleeve fits into your shoes. Made from nylon and synthetic elastic, it’s hand washable so you can use it repeatedly. It easily fits into your shoes so you don’t have to advertise your injury!  I can’t believe the difference it makes feeling a little extra support on that part of my foot. If you’ve had surgery or suffered an injury in that area, the sleeve can help reduce swelling and speed healing. It feels a little like an ace bandage, but with far greater ease of use, easy on-off, and stabilizes the entire front of your foot. This is finally the product I need to add a little support and comfort to the metatarsal area of my foot.

If you need a little extra support for your forefoot, or if you’re recovering from surgery or have suffered a stress fracture, give the PediFix Forefoot Compression Sleeve a try. It could make a huge difference in your life!

 

Orthaheel becomes Vionic with Orthaheel Technology!

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One of my very favorite brands has just gone through a change of name, but not a change in identity. Orthaheel is now Vionic with Orthaheel Technology. What’s the point of that? Apparently the company decided that it didn’t want to just be associated with orthopedic shoes; they are stylish too! So that’s why they changed the name. But having the “with Orthaheel Technology” lets you know that the shoes still have all the fabulous orthopedic features that you’d expect from any Orthaheel shoe. Vionic with Orthaheel Technology makes an already great product sound even fancier!

Is there any difference between the old brand’s footwear and the new? Virtually none, with one minor exception: Shoes that had been branded as Weil by Orthaheel (those designs attributed to wellness expert, Dr. Andrew Weil), are now part of the Vionic with Orthaheel Technology collection. All of the shoes contain the same outstanding Tri-Planar Motion Control footbed, which helps restore the foot’s neutral alignment and provides orthotic support and stability. Vionic with Orthaheel Technology continues to receive the endorsement of Dr. Andrew Weil and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

The flagship model is the Tide – and newly introduced is the Tide II. What’s the difference between the two models? The Tide II contains leather in its upper, whereas the original Tide was completely synthetic. The footbeds are the same, and I absolutely love how they make my feet feel. These shoes are perfect for warm weather, and are the most affordable means I have found to have orthotic properties in a flip flop. And the best part: they look like stylish flip flops. Even my  persnickety children, who refuse to have anything to do orthotic anything, think that these look absolutely great and would happily wear them. (Which makes me happy since these shoes give them much needed support!)

Check out all the great models by Vionic with Orthaheel Technology. They have the perfect blend of orthotic support and great style!

Taos Footwear – the Perfect Shoes for Everyday Wear and Beyond!

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I have completely fallen in love with the Taos brand. Their styles are classic yet not ordinary; the shoes are stylish but still comfortable; and there’s a style for virtually any use I might have. My toughest problem is deciding which one to wear! Here are my current favorites:

The Jive – an oxford-style lace-up shoe. With its 1.5” heel, this shoe is feminine, yet incredibly comfortable. It’s appropriate to wear to work, or even with casual attire. The decorative stitching on the upper makes this shoe extremely stylish. It’s available in black or brown rub off leather for versatility.

The Salto – this beautiful pump has an adjustable hook and loop strap to ensure that the shoe stays secure on the foot.  The shoe is available in black, chocolate, or cognac, and is made in Portugal. The elegant lines and 2” heel makes this shoe perfect for everyday wear – to the office and beyond.

The Verge – a gorgeous new bootie with decorative metal studs. This boot’s 2” wedge heel makes it very easy to wear, yet stylish enough for any occasion. The inside zipper makes the boot particularly easy to get on and off.

The Rhumba – another oxford-style, yet you don’t have to fuss with laces. The hook-and-loop strap makes this shoe really easy to get on and off, and remarkably comfortable. I could wear this with jeans or with dress slacks. I might even wear it with a casual skirt. It’s available in Grey or Black leather.

What makes these shoes so special? I absolutely love how these shoes feel. They are comfortable enough to wear all day long, and still look great. The uppers are made from luxurious full-grain leather. The removable footbed is cushioned and contoured. The outsoles are flexible and provide good traction in wet weather. What’s not to love?

Give the new models from Taos a try. You’ll be as big a fan as I am!