Orthotics Users! Have We Got a Brand for You…Padders!

Here at Footwear etc., we have a lot of customers who need to wear orthotics for a variety of reasons. But not all shoes can accommodate these inserts. If you’re sick of trying to make a shoe fit with your orthotic, check out the Padders brand.

This British company has been around for almost 100 years, and prides itself on its quality and customer service. But the shoes are really what set the brand apart. They are ideal for people who have wide feet and/or wear orthotics. A really interesting aspect is that these shoes come with not one, but TWO insoles. You can truly customize your fit.

Why two insoles? If you need an orthotic, pop out the removable insole and insert your orthotic. You should get a great fit with the extra support you need. Have a wide foot? Pop out the removable insole and just use the remaining insole.

Another feature that I really like is the design of the toe box. Even if you have wide feet, the way the toe box is designed prevents your feet from LOOKING wide. In fact, the design helps your feet look narrow. Add to that the soft leather upper and flexible sole, you’ve got a very comfortable shoe!

One model I really like is the Sandy. Available in Black or Bronze leather, it features an adjustable Velcro closure so that you can customize the fit. This is a great shoe for everyday wear or even dressier slacks.

Another model that caught my attention is the Sheila. This shoe is casual enough to wear every day, but dressy enough to wear with a dress or skirt. It features elastic criss-cross straps that allow you to easily get the shoe on and off, yet keeps it securely on your foot. It’s a beautiful shoe that you can use for a wide variety of occasions.

Padders is a fantastic brand for folks who need orthotics, have wide feet, or just enjoy comfortable shoes. See how well they work for you!

Some Fabulous New Shoes from Gravity Defyer!

If you’re looking for a shoe to help alleviate foot and back problems, check out the new models from Gravity Defyer!

The Super Walk is a model available for both men and women, and is a fantastic athletic-styled shoe. You will LOVE all the benefits of the Gravity Defyer technology, and the styling of this shoe is attractive. The best part of this shoe is that it’s 30% lighter than previous models from Gravity Defyer, and contains all new construction methods and materials. Your feet can breathe due to the lightweight mesh upper, and you’ll even gain 1 ¾” to your height!

Another great model is the Nexta II. Available for men, it’s even 40% lighter than previous models! It’s a rugged, athletic-styled shoe that is perfect for walking/running or generic casual wear.

Gravity Defyer shoes contain the brand new VS2 VersoShock™ Reverse Trampoline sole. What this sole does is absorb the shock that your feet experience as you strike your heel on the floor, and then the rebound from the inner springs helps propel you forward. You’ll find that every step you take will be soft, and this technology helps eliminate the negative effects of walking on hard surfaces.

If you have pain from Plantar Fasciitis, Over Pronation, Achilles Tendonitis, or other foot maladies, check out the shoes from Gravity Defyer. Alleviate pain as you put a spring in your step!

Our Most Popular Plantar Fasciitis Aid: The Features! Unisex Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve

Here at Footwear etc., we are very attuned to our customers who have pain in their feet. Plantar Fasciitis is a common ailment that is an inflammation of the plantar fascia tendon of the foot. This condition can be caused by overuse of the tendon, improper shoes, etc. and can be extremely painful. One of the best selling and popular products we carry is the Feetures! Unisex Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve.

How does this product help? It provides gentle compression to lift and stabilize the plantar fascia. Your foot will feel the support in the arch, and your circulation will be improved. The compression in the arch area also will help ease heel pain. The great part of this sleeve is that you can wear this at any time of day, even with shoes! You can even wear them while sleeping to help reduce that annoying heel pain that you get first thing in the morning when you get out of bed. How easy is that?

There are six zones of support, and those produce graduated compression to help improve circulation. Wearing them at night, under socks with shoes during the day, or even while running are all great ways for this product to help alleviate your pain from Plantar Fasciitis. It’s easy to get on and off, and is machine washable. It’s available in white with black, or black with white in several sizes. The Feetures! Unisex Plantar Fasciitis sleeve may change your life, so give it a try!

How to Clean and Protect Your UGG® Boots

UGG® boots can really take a beating, but you don’t want them to LOOK like they’ve taken a beating.  The UGG® Care Kit is designed specifically for this purpose. Here’s how you should take care of your boots:

To protect your UGGs against stains and water, apply the UGG® Water and Stain Repellent prior to wearing. (Just spray it on the boot evenly just to get it wet but not soaking. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area.) Use the suede brush to brush the nap in one direction after the boot is dry.

If you need to clean and condition your UGG® Australia Sheepskin boots, use the UGG® Sheepskin Cleaner and Conditioner. To do this, just moisten the boot by hand with clean, cold water. In a small bowl, dilute the Cleaner and Conditioner with an equal amount of water. Rub this solution lightly onto the boot with a clean rag or sponge, then rinse the sponge and rinse the boot lightly with clean water. Do NOT scrub the boot; you could damage the surface. Stuff the boot with clean paper and let dry naturally OUT OF DIRECT HEAT OR SUNLIGHT for at least 24 hours. Once dry, use the suede brush to lightly brush the nap in one direction.

That’s all you have to do for the twinfaced sheepskin boots (like the Classics, the Bailey Buttons, and Bailey Bows). For all other UGG® boots (like specialty suede, embroidered, metallics, and other leathers), wipe the boot very gently with a slightly damp rag (do not use any cleaning product or brushes).

Protect your investment and keep your UGG® boots clean and maintained with the UGG® Care Kit.

How to Spot Fake UGG® Boots

‘Tis the season for boots from UGG® Australia, and unfortunately there are a lot of knock-offs out there. Given the investment you put into boots, why risk getting boots that might not be the real deal? There are a variety of things to look for in a boot to ensure its authenticity; here are some tips to help you navigate this crazy season so that you can get exactly what you’re expecting.

1)      The easiest way to ensure you’re getting the real deal is to purchase UGG® boots from an authorized UGG® Australia dealer. The UGG® Australia web site, at www.uggaustralia.com, has a listing of its authorized dealers (of which Footwear etc. is one). If you’re thinking about purchasing a boot from a vendor not listed there, you might be getting a fake.

2)      If the price listed for your UGG® boot is considerably less at a certain vendor, it’s likely a fake. UGG® Australia dictates the prices at which their products can be sold. If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

3)      Check the sheepskin. If it feels scratchy, it could easily be a synthetic blend. If it separates from the rest of the boot or pulls apart, it may be a fake.

4)      Look at the label on the heel of the boots. It ought to look like this:


If it doesn’t, it’s fake.

5)      Check the workmanship. UGG® Australia prides itself on exceptional quality control. If you see any issues with the stitching or how the upper is attached to the sole, beware.

6)      The packing paper inside the box should be a checkerboard pattern with UGG® all over it. If it’s not, you might have a fake.

7)      If the color is inconsistent, you might have a fake. Again, UGG’s quality control is excellent and they usually don’t allow factory defects of this magnitude anywhere near the public. When in doubt, call your dealer. (Note that if your dealer doesn’t have a phone number where you can talk to a person, you’ve probably got a fake.)

8)      Beginning with products from Fall, 2012, UGG® has added a security label (located behind the sewn-in label of the left boot or shoe) and box sticker. There should also be a card on the inside of the box describing these features in detail. These holograms are difficult to reproduce, so if your box/boot has these items, you’re probably fine. Also check http://counterfeit.uggaustralia.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-UGG-COUNTERFEIT-Site/default/Counterfeit-Show?caid=security-features for further details.

9)      The shape of the toe boxes of the UGG® Classic and Bailey Button collections are gently sloped downward and rounded. If they slope sharply or look at all pointy, you might have a fake.

10)   If you see that these products were manufactured anywhere other than China (or perhaps the U.S.), these items are NOT real UGGs. Note, however, that the sheepskin is always the highest quality sheepskin from Australia.

Don’t let fake UGG® boots destroy your holiday season. Make sure you’re getting the real deal. Keep your feet and those of your loved ones warm and cozy in authentic boots from UGG® Australia.