Flip Flops in any Color, for any Occasion!

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Footwear etc. carries over 300 models/colors of flip flops. You could have a flip flop in your closet for each day of the week! You could have a flip flop for each color in your wardrobe. You could practically get a new flip flop each time your mood changes! There’s no shortage of comfortable flip flops in our catalog; here are a few that “called out” to me:

Want rocker sole technology in your flip flops? Check out the models by FitFlop. The Microwobbleboard technology activates muscles in your legs and helps you tone. FitFlops are also superior in shock absorption and help realign your body as you walk. The Walkstar 3 comes in neutral as well as fashion-forward colors and is a great addition to your wardrobe.

For a luxurious, cushioned feel, try the Clarks Latin Samba. It’s a flexible shoe that has extra cushioning and intake vents to help channel out warm, moist air to keep your feet cool. I also like it because it has a flower on the top – definitely a girly flip flop!

Think makes a beautiful flip flop suitable for dressy occasions. The Soso has really cute metallic accents, and a stylish 1 ½” heel. The cork/latex footbed is anatomically contoured for your comfort. You can feel the support and cushioning while you wear a fun-looking sandal.

Men have many choices in flip flops, including those from Olukai. The Ohana is a terrific casual flip flop with a comfortable nylon webbing toe post. The anatomical EVA insole provides support and feels great on your feet.

I also really like the Chaco Flip X Ecotread. This is a waterproof sandal that has a great arch support, and the outsole contains 25% recycled material. I feel so politically correct wearing these shoes! And they’re really cute!

The choices in flip flops are almost limitless, so check out what’s online at Footwear etc. and have fun!

Protect Your Shoe Investment with Collonil Products

If I’m going to make an investment in some good quality shoes, I want them to last as long as possible. Proper care and treatment can help you accomplish that goal, and Collonil has a variety of products designed just for this purpose.

Need to protect your shoes against water damage? Try the Collonil Waterstop Spray. It’s effective on all sorts of materials: leather, nubuck, Gore Tex, etc. The spray foam, which goes on clear, is very quick and easy to apply. Another great feature is that protects against fading as well! Also consider it for handbags and other leather/nubuck/textile products!

Collonil’s Clean and Care Foam is a spray foam that’s great for cleaning and nourishing leather, nubuck and textiles. Just remember to spray the foam onto a cloth, brush or sponge first, not directly on the item. Once you rub it all over the item, use a damp cloth to remove the foam. (Just be sure to try it on a non-noticeable area to be sure that the item is color fast.) My purse, which I throw around all over the place, could definitely use some TLC from this product!

I found a way to make my nubuck shoes look like new again: using the Collonil Nubuck Box Shoe Cleaner. This is a sponge with a soft foam rubber side to roughen the fibers of the nubuck, and a crepe side to clean the suede/nubuck. This product is especially effective if you use it after using a liquid cleaner, letting the item dry, and then brush the nubuck/suede in one direction.

Don’t let water, dirt and assorted wear make your shoes deteriorate! Check out the Collonil products to protect that investment!

Happy Colors to Brighten Your Mood!

When I think of summertime, I think of great weather and bright colors. What better way to have fun in the sun than with some fun-colored shoes?

I love wedge sandals during the warm-weather months. Indigo by Clarks has an adorable shoe called the Long Pond, in burnt orange leather. The padded footbed provides long-lasting comfort, the cork-wrapped wedge is very fashion-forward, and the outsole gives you great traction and durability. This is a fantastic shoe for a night out on the town!

Aravon has really cute slide with a leaf pattern on the upper, called the Petra. Available in green patent leather, it’s a comfy, stylish summer shoe. This versatile slide is casual enough to wear to the beach, but dressy enough to wear to work. The cushioning in the forefoot makes for a shoe that you can wear all day long.

Orthaheel makes a lot of flip flops in a rainbow of colors. I particularly like the Orthaheel Tide in Plumberry Polyurethane. It’s an amazingly supportive and stable flip flop, and the beautiful purple color is bound to boost your mood! The podiatrist-designed footbed is so comfortable you’ll want to wear them for any occasion!

Need a really dressy shoe with a fun pattern? Check out the Beautifeel Alba in Leopard Suede/patent leather. Leave it to Beautifeel to find a way to combine exceptional quality and comfort with a fun yet elegant print. This is the perfect dressy shoe that can transition from work to an evening out.

My absolute favorite colorful shoe is the Think! Women’s 82337-9 Black Combi flip flop. The variety of primary colors always puts a smile on my face. The anatomical footbed provides superior support and comfort, with exceptional stability. This is a fantastic summer shoe, and who could be grumpy looking at this fun model?

Check out the bright colors and happy patterns available at Footwear etc. You can have your fun in the sun with exciting shoes!

Put a Spring in your Step with Gravity Defyer Shoes!

Those of us with foot pain are always looking for new products to help us get through each day. Any type of shoe that can alleviate joint pain, or absorb shock, or reduce fatigue has to be good! Footwear etc. is excited to announce the arrival of Gravity Defyer Shoes, which help in all those areas.

The unique design of Gravity Defyer shoes provides a wealth of benefits for your feet. The VersoShock Trampoline Heel membrane provides outstanding shock absorption. The Smart Memory Master Spring works with the trampoline membrane to provide a smooth transition between movement, and comfort while standing still on hard surfaces. These shoes actually help propel you forward! Twin Stabilizers help keep your feet from pronating. The EVA midsole provides a gentle rocker motion while protecting your metatarsal bones.

Other benefits of the Gravity Defyer shoes include: a removable insole so that you can wear orthotics in them, and the AVS3 ventilation system to help keep your feet cool and comfortable.

Gravity Defyer shoes are available in athletic styles as well as dressy styles. There are even fisherman-style sandals!

Check out the new Gravity Defyer shoes at Footwear etc.  You’ll literally have a spring in your step as you alleviate foot pain.

Vacations – Always a Great Excuse for New Shoes!

It’s always so exciting to plan for a vacation – what to see, what to do, what to wear! Are my existing shoes up for the task at hand? How much walking will I be doing? Are there any formal occasions I need to plan for? What sort of attire will I need, and how can my shoes complement this? So many decisions…

Footwear etc. offers a myriad of types of shoes for many occasions. On my grand adventure, I’ll be doing lots of walking. Given that I have some foot issues anyway, I wanted to find a really stable, supportive shoe that I could count on. My choice? The New Balance WR1123MC. I’ve been a big fan of New Balance shoes for years, particularly since they come in different widths, always have a nice wide toe box, and are of excellent quality. Given my recurring stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis, I wanted to have a really stable shoe with good arch support and a roll bar to help keep me from overpronating. This shoe fits the bill in all of those areas. I’ve been wearing them to walk around my neighborhood in preparation for our trip, and I think my feet should hold up just fine. I love the support and comfort, and they are lightweight too. Fabulous shoe.

But I can’t live with just walking shoes alone! I like wearing sandals in the warm weather, and I love some of the new styles out right now. Again, I need supportive, stable shoes, so I decided on the Naot Trovador. The cork footbed provides phenomenal support and feels absolutely terrific. I’m finding that they actually help alleviate some of my chronic foot pain. These are also the first sandals I’ve owned that my daughter has wanted to borrow! This gladiator-style shoe is very fashion-forward and looks great with both casual and dressier outfits.

We’ve got formal nights to contend with too. What should I wear with the ubiquitous Little Black Dress? I’m opting for the Beautifeel Women’s Star. These are truly special-occasion shoes. This elegant pump is adorned with little roses for a touch of extra femininity! These handmade shoes feature superior shock absorption and flexibility in a durable, stylish shoe. Ever have a shoe practically call out to you from your computer? This one did it for me. I adore the gorgeous styling of this shoe.

Don’t forget about helpful handbags! I’m trying out the AmeriBag extra small Healthy Back Bag. This should make it easy for me to carry around what I need every day, without being bulky or obtrusive. For a small bag, it really holds a lot. Perfect for the wallet, sunglasses, cell phone, passport, etc. I also love the fact that it’s practically maintenance-free. I’m using a microfiber version, and it’s easy to clean with a damp cloth. You can use it on one shoulder, or crossing your torso for added security.

Don’t forget to plan your footwear for your next vacation! There’s a shoe for every occasion, and your feet will thank you!