Introducing MBT’s Most Technologically-Advanced Shoe: The Ari!

There’s a new kid on the block, so to speak. If you’re a fan of MBT shoes, you’ll find the newest addition to the family fascinating. It’s the Ari, and it’s truly in a class by itself.

Available for men and women, the Ari is radically different from other rocker-sole shoes (even other MBTs). It contains a dramatically superior ventilation system. It has a high performance outsole that’s designed to greatly improve traction. And it has biomechanical pillars in the midsole. The Ari has been recognized as a 2011 Red Dot Award  Winner for its innovative technological advancements in shoe design.

Sounds impressive, but what does this really mean?

The new ventilation system contains a highly-breathable mesh upper, lightweight sock liner, and inlay sole. The biomechanically-engineered pillars in the sole increase air flow as you step. (If you look at the shoe from a side view, you can see the pillars in action!). One layer of the midsole, the lasting board, actually contains ventilation portals that allow your feet to stay significantly cooler and drier than in other shoes. If your feet tend to get hot, these are the shoes for you!

Ok, so it will keep your feet cool and dry, but how does it feel? Fantastic! I wore them around the office, and they are phenomenally lightweight. I also noticed that the rocker motion is a little more pronounced than in other MBT shoes; the sole is a little thicker than some of the other relatively new models. As with other MBTs, the natural instability helps you improve your posture and therefore alleviates joint pain, and the rolling motion allows you to strengthen and tone your muscles. The other thing I noticed is that the shoe seems to be cut a little narrow (even for MBTs), so if you have a wider foot, you might consider going up ½ a size.

Yes, these shoes are more expensive than other MBT shoes. But you can feel the difference in comfort. Your feet are worth it! But don’t wait too long, there are only 1,000 pairs of this limited edition shoe available in the country! Give the Ari a try and discover what the best technology in rocker-sole shoes can do for you.

Orthaheel Melissa – a Girly Slide with Outstanding Support!

I am a sucker for any shoes that have girly patterns on them. Flowers, hearts, stars…all of them are wonderful. But to find that in a really supportive shoe is tough to do. Enter Orthaheel with one of the cutest slides I’ve ever seen: the Melissa. This could become my new favorite!

Available in black or brown, the Melissa contains Orthaheel’s patented Tri-planar Motion Control footbed, making this an incredibly stable shoe. The deep heel cups and arch supports make my feet feel rejuvenated! The toe box is wide, so my toes don’t feel confined.

It’s always important to me to try out shoes that are podiatrist-designed, and endorsed by wellness professionals I trust. Orthaheel shoes are recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil, who is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. Orthaheel shoes have also received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s seal of approval. I love that I can feel good about cute shoes that are good for my feet!

For a great new slide, check out the Orthaheel Melissa. You’ll love how it looks and feels!

Sandals by UGG Australia – All the Comfort of Sheepskin, but for Warmer Weather

Did you know that one of our favorite boot companies, UGG Australia, makes sandals? They do! You can get sandals with all the outstanding qualities that you find in their boots, right down to a little bit of sheepskin for comfort and softness.

I happen to like gladiator-inspired sandals, and UGG Australia’s Sechura fits the bill! I love how the two straps around the ankle exhibit the gladiator style, and provide adjustable comfort. The soft leather upper feels great as it practically shouts out, “I’m stylish!”  You can even wash the suede insole. There’s great traction from the rubber outsole, so getting caught in the rain shouldn’t be a big deal!

If you love flip flops, check out the UGG Australia Deitra. Not only does it have a cork-wrapped ergonomic footbed with outstanding arch support, the straps are adorned with either gold or silver studs (depending on whether you have the brown or the black shoe). The sheepskin in the heel is incredibly cozy. What’s not to love?

Wedges are also really popular this year. The UGG Australia Lourdes has a beautiful, 3-inch wedge that’s sculpted and studded! The footbed feels luxurious due to the lambskin and sheepskin used, and the comfy leather upper is beautiful and interesting to look at. The Lourdes is easy to wear, easy on the eyes, and easy on your feet!

UGG Australia isn’t just about boots. Check out their beautiful and comfortable sandals. You really can wear UGGs year-round!

 

Waterproof Shoes – Fun for Work, Play, Sport!

Mother Nature never said that work, play or sports activities were always nice and neat and dry. If I want to go power walking in the rain, how do I keep my feet dry? What if I want to plant my veggie garden (which is always easier after it rains)? How about going white water rafting during my vacation – what shoes can I wear that can dry easily and still be comfortable as I’m getting doused by the river? What about if it snows?

There are a lot of waterproof shoes out there for many purposes. Where do you start? Think of what your “wet” activity is. Do you need them strictly for outdoor use, or for a wet indoor work environment? How rugged do you need your shoes to be? Think about how you’ll use your shoes so you can make the best determination for what you’ll need.

For exercise walking, I particularly like the MBT GTX shoes, like the MBT Fora GTX (for women) or the MBT Kimondo GTX (for men). These shoes have wonderful toning properties, help alleviate joint pain and assorted foot problems, and make walking a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I love the fact that I can get caught in a downpour and not have to worry about a little water ruining the Masai sensor. These shoes are specially treated to resist water, which I believe will help them last a lot longer.

For rugged shoes, you can’t beat Merrells. The Women’s Siren Sport GTX is a terrific shoe suitable for hiking. Encounter some sloppy terrain? No problem; these shoes are durable as well as water resistant. The anatomical footbed and air cushion in the heel provide comfort and cushioning as you walk. Perfect for the Great Outdoors!

Gardening, anyone? Check out the Birki Unisex Active Birki. I love wearing these shoes in my garden; they provide great support due to the cork and latex footbed, yet are lightweight and great for walking in mucky areas. They’re easy to keep clean too!

Another rugged, water-resistant shoe is the Keen Newport H2 series. Available for both men and women, these are the perfect shoes for rugged, sloppy terrain, or even for boating or rafting. They provide fantastic traction, and have Keen’s patented toe protection so you can feel confident that you won’t injure your toes as you play. They withstand the abuse that saltwater and dirt can bring to your shoes.

What’s a little snow? Your feet can stay warm and dry with the UGG Adirondack or Butte. These are fantastic boots for the snow, and have UGG’s usual high quality sheepskin interior to keep your feet comfortable. They also have excellent traction, and can make trudging through the snow a far more pleasurable experience.

What kind of waterproof shoe do YOU need? Take a peek at the many options Footwear etc. carries. Sloppy weather can’t stop you!

FitFlops: The Choice of Travelers Worldwide!

Just got back from my first-ever trip to Europe, and among all the amazing sights, I noticed what people were wearing. Much to my surprise, the overwhelming favorite in footwear that I noticed, was… FitFlops! I saw them in the UK, in Norway, in Copenhagen, and even Estonia! I really shouldn’t have been surprised, FitFlops contain the perfect features for weary, traveler’s feet.

The patented Microwobbleboard technology allows you to work muscles you don’t usually use in conventional shoes, but still give some stability. You get the benefits of rocker sole technology, but the back part of the shoe does provide a stable platform. As a result, as you walk, you’ll be working out those leg and gluteal muscles! And being flip flops, they are the perfect summer sandals. Need to do some serious sightseeing? FitFlops will keep your feet comfortable while giving you a workout as you walk. Need to just kick back this summer? FitFlops are casual, cool, and oh-so comfy!

I really like the Oasis, which is available in Black, Stone, and Chocolate suede. Very stylish, and they can go with any casual outfit! This style was one of the most popular ones I saw on my trip!

The Electra is also a terrific model, which you can wear with dressier clothes! Available in Black, Bronze, and Pewter, these shoes provide excellent versatility as well as all the wonderful features that FitFlops provide.

Road tested all over the world, FitFlops are fantastic shoes for your active vacation, or for just kicking back at home.