Love Mary Janes? Check out the Pikolinos Gandia!


pikolinos gandiaMary Janes are amazingly versatile shoes. You can wear them with slacks, dresses, even jeans. The dressiness is entirely dependent on how the shoe is styled, and that’s why I’m excited about the Pikolinos Gandia 849-8964F. It’s not your everyday Mary Jane!

For one thing, it’s got lots of embellishments. Note the decorative stitching all along the toe box and at the heel. The ornamental holes in the toe box not only add visual interest, it also helps keep your feet cool! (Such a bonus!) I really like how the heel is not just leather, it also has a stacked wood grain. Even the leather upper is two colors, yet it’s classy, not garish. I love the fact that I can wear this with a variety of outfits in my wardrobe. But its classy and interesting style isn’t just what makes this shoe great….

It’s comfortable! (Of course it’s comfortable, or wouldn’t carry it! The adjustable strap gives you a custom fit, and there is a gel and foam padded midsole so that you feel like you’re walking on great cushioning. There is even a second insole that helps your feet stay cool and dry. The 1 ½” heel is just high enough to look elegant, yet still makes this a great shoe if you’re on your feet a lot of the day.

The Gandia actually comes in a non-Mary Jane version, called the Gandia 849-9094. It’s basically a pump version of the same shoe, and comes in Tortue/Cuero Leather, or Sandia/Cuero Leather. These are also beautiful, easy to wear shoes with unusual styling that can make you feel unique!

Check out the Gandia shoes from Pikolinos. They exude style and comfort that will make them favorites in your collection!

Sebago Thayer Oxford: Casual Elegance for Men!

Sebago Thayer

I love shoes that can be both casual or somewhat dressy. There are so many shoes that can do that for women, but men sometimes have difficulty in finding that perfect go-to shoe. Here’s a great option: the Sebago Thayer Oxford. It’s suitable to wear with jeans, or khakis, or dressier slacks. This shoe would have been perfect for our wild weekend in which we attended a college graduation, followed by a birthday party. This classic design and incredibly comfortable shoe could easily be used as that all-around shoe that works for almost any occasion.

Sebago is famous for its boat shoes, but isn’t limited to just that kind of design. With the Thayer Oxford, you can have a great fit with this lace-up as well as a wonderful footbed that provides comfort and support. This model is lightweight and durable. With its energy return heel pad, you can have continued cushioning and shock absorption. The EVA Die Cut Outsole is durable and flexible, and the Latex Rubber Comfort Control Footbed is stable and supportive. I really love the classy look of the full-grain nubuck leather upper.

The Thayer Oxford is available in Milkshake Nubuck or Chocolate Brown Nubuck, and even comes with two different sets of laces for more color choices. Hm, there’s another birthday party coming up, I think my husband needs a pair of these….

Look for the Sebago Thayer Oxford for the ultimate in classic styling and casual elegance for men!


Marc Joseph Flats – Perfect for Driving and Everyday Wear!

Marc Joseph Cypress Hill

Sometimes you just need a shoe that’s easy to wear: easy to get on and off, comfortable, something you don’t even have to think about (except to coordinate with your wardrobe). That’s why I love Marc Joseph flats so much. They’re individually designed in New York, crafted in Brazil, stitched by hand, and have classic elegant designs. With the finest quality leathers and materials, these shoes are stylish, comfortable, and so easy to slip on that you’ll want to wear them all the time! Here are a few of my favorites:

The Cypress Hill – a driving moc that you’ll want to wear for far more than driving. It’s perfect for those times when you need to rest your heel on the floor as you drive since the leather on the heel is specifically designed for this purpose. But this shoe is so easy to wear and comfortable, you’ll want to slip into it all the time. I love the gel heel insert and padded footbed that make this shoe really comfortable. This shoe is available in a bunch of colors, so you can definitely find something appropriate for your attire.

A loafer-styled flat is the Grand St. It contains a ½ inch stacked wood heel and metal buckle accents to make this shoe look a little dressy. This would be a great shoe to wear to work. Available in Pewter, Black, Red, White, Tan, Brown and Orange leather, this shoe is a gorgeous example of classic styling and optimized comfort.

The Rockaway is a gorgeous ballet flat. I love the decorative metal buckle on the toe, and the snake-patterned leather upper. The flexible rubber sole and raised rubber heel add to all the other comfort features of this shoe, and makes this flat something you’d want to wear all day long. The elegance is outstanding! Available in Amber, Turquoise, Porcelain, Orange, and Black Snake Leather, this shoe is incredibly versatile as well as stylish.

Whether you’re driving or just going about your business, try out the beautiful flats from Marc Joseph.  I might need to keep one in the car, and one by the door, and one at the office…..

Ellington Handbags – Gorgeous Styles, Great Versatility

Ellington Mia

You can never have too many handbags. Lately I’ve become a big fan of crossbody bags in particular, and Ellington has some gorgeous choices.

I especially like the Mia Crossbody. It’s made from washed nylon twill for durability, and contains brushed gold hardware and full-grain leather trim. It’s got a nice main compartment with a secure zipper closure, and an exterior zip pocket and two slip pockets.  You can definitely put a lot of items in this bag, which is great for everyday use. The nice olive color makes it a nice, neutral bag that can go with anything in your wardrobe.

Hobo bags are also really handy, and a gorgeous edition is the Sadie. It’s made from luxurious Glazed Italian Lamb Leather, and has a huge main compartment.  The shoulder strap is smooth and easy to use, and there are three slip pockets, a zipper pocket and a key clip on the inside. You can stuff anything in this bag!

Need a backpack purse? Check out the Charlie. It’s available in Brown, Green, Mustard, and Grey leather, and is the perfect size for everyday wear. The main compartment has a magnetic closure and really holds a lot, and the exterior pockets are easy to get to. The Vintage Italian Leather has a gorgeous, broken-in look.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the available styles of Ellington Handbags. Try them out and treat yourself to something special today!

The Most Versatile Clogs Ever: the Merrell Encore Clogs!

I love the fact that clogs are so easy to wear. Just step into them and go! Clogs can be a part of so many types of casual attire, and one of my absolute favorite brands, Merrell, has an outstanding collection of clogs in the Encore series. What makes them special? Let me count the ways….

  • They are available for both men and women.
  • They are rugged, yet lightweight and flexible.
  • You can get them in Vegan-friendly models as well as models with leather uppers.
  • There is an air cushion in the heel for stability and shock absorption.
  • They are durable! You can go wear them out on the trail and not worry about them holding up.
  • Whether they are made from mesh or leather, they are breathable so that your feet can stay cool and dry.

The Encore series has a variety of models. Several of my favorites are:

The Women’s Encore Breeze 2 – this is a vegan shoe and is one of Merrell’s most popular models of any kind! The anatomical footbed is particularly wonderful; you can walk for hours in comfort with this shoe. The lightweight construction and breathability make this a phenomenal shoe.

The Men’s Encore Bypass – whether it’s to go grab the newspaper or to go for a short hike, this shoe is perfect for all sorts of applications. Its molded nylon arch shank and EVA foot frame provide superb stability and comfort. The lining has even been treated with the Aegis antimicrobial solution, so you don’t have to worry so much about foot odor! What’s not to love?

The Women’s Encore Disc – this is the shoe for those of us who LOVE color. It has all of the phenomenal properties of every Encore shoe, but comes in Rojo Synthetic/Mesh or Denim Blue Synthetic/Mesh. I love the circular patterns on each shoe that add visual interest. I might just need to get one in each color…

For the easiest-to-wear shoes ever, check out the Merrell Encore series. Take them outside to play, or enjoy them as you hang out at home.