Marchez Vous Shoes by Yeardley Smith – Handcrafted, Stylish Shoes for Today’s Woman

Footwear etc. was very fortunate to have Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson of “The Simpsons,” visit our Palo Alto store as she promoted her shoe line, Marchez Vous. These shoes are really special for a variety of reasons, and I really love how they look and feel.

Yeardley is apparently a real shoe maven, and loves fashionable shoes. Yet she insists that they be comfortable as well as fashion forward. She started this line to satisfy her need for five standards of quality: comfort, sexy, witty, timeless, and unexpected. If a shoe doesn’t meet any of those standards, it doesn’t get made. The Marchez Vous line definitely adheres to these principles, and has great appeal for today’s professional women who want to have beautiful shoes that don’t hurt their feet!

I am particularly impressed at the fact that Marchez Vous shoes are handcrafted in small factories in Italy. Yeardley believes in giving back to local communities, so she selected small companies where she knew that she could have a positive impact on the local economy.

Another great feature of these shoes is that they are made from the highest quality materials. These shoes are not only great for dress wear, they are perfect for dancing since the sole is made from leather. Your feet will feel pampered due to the luxury kidskin lining and Poron® cushioning. What is Poron®? Think memory foam for your feet. This material was developed by NASA, and when used in shoes provides phenomenal cushioning and comfort.

Many of the shoes in this line come in phenomenally-rich colors. I absolutely love the purples, and the blues, and the taupes. The suedes feel lovely, but the full leathers really pamper your feet. Even the insides of the shoes are beautifully lined in leather – and in the case of the boots are very supple and soft. These shoes really pamper your feet!

I particularly love the Ines. It’s a classic pump, but it has a flared heel that adds stability. You won’t teeter around on this heel! This versatile pump comes in Black, Blue, Light Blue, Loden, and Taupe suede, and is suitable for work as well as a night out. Gorgeous styling!

The Martine is a comfy flat that you can wear with literally anything in your wardrobe. Available in Purple, Chocolate, Black, and Blue suede, it’s an easy-to-wear shoe that can become your go-to pair of slip-ons. The elegant styling is perfect for a classic look.

Like boots? Check out the Delphine. This bootie is available in Black Leather, Red Suede, and Ice Ostrich Suede, and feels amazing. With its zip-up front and 3 ¼” heel, this elegant boot is soft and luxurious inside and out. You’ll LOVE how this looks and feels.

Note that most of the Marchez Vous line runs about a half a size small (with the exception of the Martine, which runs a full size small). Be sure to order accordingly!

Yeardley Smith’s new shoe venture, Marchez Vous shoes, is a huge hit for career wear and dress wear. Pamper your feet in some gorgeous, handcrafted shoes!

Announcing the New Plantar Fasciitis Shop at Footwear etc.!

If you’ve got Plantar Fasciitis, you know how painful your feet can be. That’s why Footwear etc. is launching its online Plantar Fasciitis Shop – to help all those sufferers. There are so many different shoes and products out on the market that can alleviate pain, we’ve decided to put them in one place for easy one-stop shopping. What’s not to love about that? Here’s a sampling of some of the products that may make your life far less painful:

Feetures! Unisex Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve – this fantastic new product functions as a compression sock to help improve circulation and to stabilize the plantar fascia. You can wear it while sleeping, or even under  your regular socks. Feetures! even says that you can wear these while you run. Made from 76% iWick Nylon and 24% Lycra Spandex, this sock is easy to slip on and off, and will help keep your feet cool and dry. This simple sock can make a huge difference in your pain level.

The Strassburg Sock is a sleep aid that you can wear during the night to alleviate morning pain. It helps you keep tension on the Plantar Fascia so that your foot is flexed and the tendon is not able to contract. The stretching of the tendon helps strengthen the arch, and can help reduce the incidence of morning foot pain.

Insoles that have arch support and deep heel cups are very beneficial for alleviating Plantar Fasciitis pain. A great example is the Superfeet Unisex Green Insole. This particular insole is perfect when you want to swap out a removable insole from your shoe with a supportive insole. This particular insole provides phenomenal shock absorption and lots of support, so you’re pampering your feet as you use it. It’s suitable for not only walking, but also running, hiking, skiing and even snowboarding. See if it makes a difference in your footwear.

The Plantar Fasciitis Shop also contains several brands of footwear that can help reduce pain. One brand that has proven to be extremely helpful is Orthaheel. Intended to restore natural foot function and keep your feet aligned properly, these shoes contain outstanding support and really do help alleviate pain. They have received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance, and can make a huge difference in your life. I have been wearing my Orthaheel Tide flip flops all summer long and have found them to be more supportive and comfortable than even some of my athletic shoes. Orthaheel shoes come in a wide variety of styles, so men and women have many options to choose from.

Don’t just put up with pain from Plantar Fasciitis. Check out the new Plantar Fasciitis Shop online at footwearetc.com. Your feet will thank you!

 

New Dansko Shoes for Fall!

I love Dansko shoes. I have three pairs. They are practically indestructible, and they are my go-to shoes when my feet hurt. They have gotten me through long days on my feet, as well as for random wear about town. I am so excited to see the new models, and several of them really grabbed my attention. Here’s a sampling:

Dansko Women’s Crepe Chukka – This great little bootie has a simple yet classic design with its lace closure. You can dress this boot up or down depending on your attire. I’m excited that I can get a style like this with all the usual features of Dansko shoes, like the firm arch support, rocker bottom, and outstanding shock absorption. It’s available in Bronze or Steel Vintage Suede. This one is high on my wish list!

Like Mary Janes? There’s a new one called…Maryjane. Seriously. But it’s not like other Mary Janes, this one has the Mary Jane full grain leather upper attached to the classic Dansko stapled clog base. It’s also great because it has a nice wide toe box so that you can move your toes easily. You’ll love the outstanding support of this shoe, and you can wear it for casual or dressy occasions.

If you’ve liked the Veda, you’ll love the new leather versions of this shoe. Available in brown or black pull up leather, this lace-up shoe is a great all-around shoe for every day. It has a heel height of 1 ¼” and is nice and lightweight while providing excellent support.  This shoe also carries the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association, so you can feel good about this choice in footwear!

An interesting new flat is the Carol. Available in black nappa leather, this looks unlike any other Dansko you’ve ever seen. The support is hidden, yet still very much in evidence! I love the fact that this shoe is not in any way clunky-looking, and it has a flex construction so that your foot will bend easily. As with all Dansko shoes, these provide the arch support I need and will go with virtually everything in my wardrobe. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair!

Dansko fans, rejoice – the new fall models are here. Come and get ‘em!

 

Kalso Earth Shoes: New Styles, Same Great Negative Heel Properties

The theory behind Kalso Earth shoes may have been developed years ago, but the benefits of this technology continue to advance and many fashion-forward styles have been introduced. These are not the clunky shoes of the ‘70s, they are stylish, functional, and the negative heel helps keep your Achilles tendon stretched and your foot exercised. Developed by yoga instructor, Anne Kalso, this brand is sure to please everyone who wants a healthy and stylish shoe.

New models include:

Kalso Earth Enrapture – this microfiber upper on this women’s sandal has decorative pleating. The slip-on design of this shoe provides a very secure and stable fit, and the negative heel helps reduce joint stress and improve posture. This shoe is also available in a variety of colors, including Pewter, Black, Cream and Bark.

Need an athletic shoe? Try the Kalso Earth Women’s Prosper. The suede/mesh upper helps keep your feet cool and dry, while the footbed provides excellent support. The heel is soft and collapses for ease in getting the shoe on and off.  Available in Grey/Purple Suede or Black Microfiber, you’ll love how they feel on your feet.

A cute thong-styled shoe is the Kalso Earth Women’s Rhyme. The premium leather upper is adorned with handcrafted jewels, giving this shoe a very feminine and ornate look. Yet the shoe still gives you the feeling of walking barefoot on sand. It improves your posture since the negative heel automatically positions your body properly. This shoe is healthy AND beautiful!

For a terrific everyday shoe, try the Kalso Earth Women’s Solar. This Mary Jane-styled shoe has a soft leather upper with a rugged man-made sole. I would even consider this shoe for dressier attire. The BioFoam cushioning and anatomic arch support really make this shoe comfortable, yet it is streamlined enough so that it’s not clunky looking. I am a sucker for elegant Mary Janes, and this one fits the bill.

Take a look at the new offerings from Kalso Earth. Experience what the negative heel can do for you!

 

 

OluKai’s New Collection: Shoes, and Sandals, and Boots Galore!

The new collection from Olukai is in at Footwear etc., and it looks fantastic! There are some phenomenal choices in a wide variety of styles to select from, and I can’t wait to try them out! If you love supportive flip flops/sandals, shoes and even boots, you MUST check out this line. Their styles are unlike anyone else’s, and are a wonderful addition to your collection. Here are a few I’m anxious to check out:

The Nohea is a casual slip-on shoe. Made with soft nubuck leather, this shoe also features an anatomical footbed that is removable and washable. It’s the perfect casual shoe for weekend wear, or just around town. It’s available in Dark Java/Tan Nubuck or Black/Tan Nubuck, so between the two of them they can go with almost anything you wear.

For a stylish wedge/flip flop, try the Melia. Available in Black or Java leather, this stylish shoe is dressier than the average flip flop. It even contains a hand-sewn coconut bead detail and decorative footbed microstitching. I like the fact that I can have my wedge and my flip flop combined into one shoe!

OluKai also has a new boot available, the Kaona II. It’s a casual bootie with a rustic appearance. Made from premium leather, this boot also has a side zipper so that it’s easy to get on and off. With its non-marking rubber lug sole, this boot is also weather resistant and perfect for the cooler weather. I love the casual styling with the highest quality materials. And with OluKai, you know that you’re getting a comfortable, quality boot with an anatomical insole.

There are many other styles now available, so don’t wait to check them out! OluKai shoes, sandals, and boots are terrific values and there’s a style for everyone.