Waldlaufer Footwear – Phenomenal Walking Shoes!

Waldlaufer Henni

When this new brand showed up at Footwear etc., I thought these might just be the ultimate in walking shoes. I believe I’m right; there are so many phenomenal attributes to Waldlaufer shoes that make walking an absolute delight. What makes them special? Let me count the ways:

1)      They are incredibly lightweight.

2)      They provide superb shock absorption.

3)      Extra volume in the toe box gives you room for your toes to move, yet the narrower heel and midfoot ensure a great fit.

4)      The removable insoles provide excellent arch and metatarsal support.

While these shoes are phenomenal walking shoes, they are also perfect for everyday wear since they are casual styles (not necessarily athletic styles). You can wear them to work, or out to run errands, etc.

A particular favorite of mine is the Henni Ultralite T-Strap. Available in Red or Black Nubuck, this classically-styled shoe is perfect for weekend or other casual wear, and the leather is waterproof. The cushioned removable footbed provides outstanding comfort!

For a slightly more formal look, check out the Women’s Hadya Bow Ballet flat. It’s available in Black or Grey nubuck, and has beautiful style in an easy-to-wear model. The fabulous European construction is evident in all Waldlaufer shoes, and you’ll love the way they look and feel.

Need a great walking shoe with casual style? Check out Waldlaufer footwear. Experience incredible fit and comfort with every step!


Did You Know that Naot Makes Outstanding Hand Cream?


I’ve been a fan of Naot shoes for years, but I’d never actually tried their hand cream. Why is this a big deal? The hand cream is one of their best-kept “secrets!” It’s not just a hand cream like you could get at any drug store; it’s more of a spa product. It’s mineral rich, non-oily, and feels absolutely AMAZING on your skin. It’s instantly absorbed, so you won’t get remnants of cream all over your clothes, etc. It feels completely luxurious and really makes a difference on dry skin. As we approach cooler fall/winter weather, this hand cream can really save your skin!

I’m not alone in my assessment of this stuff; customers have been raving about this product for years. Here are a few examples:

Charline from Texas states: “I LOVE the Dead Sea Treasures Hand Cream. PROS: Works better than any other I’ve tried. BEST USES: Dry hands. It is the BEST hand cream I have ever used!”

Lea from Indiana adds: “The Absolute Best. PROS: Moisturizes well, softens skin, absorbs quickly, long lasting, goes on smoothly, not greasy, smells great. BEST USES: Deep moisturization, after shower/bath, Winter dryness, dry/chapped skin. One of our clients visited Israel and brought back a tube as a Christmas present. This is absolutely the best hand cream I have ever tried. My hands get extremely dry and my thumbs especially become cracked and painful in the winter. This product keeps my hands moisturized and soft for hours. Finally, a cream that works!!”

Here’s one from Tigay from Michigan: “Dead Sea Treasures Best Lotions. PROS: Softens skin, not greasy, moisturizes well, fragrance-free, goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly. CONS: Container size too small. BEST USES: Winter dryness, deep moisturization, after shower/bath, dry/chapped skin, bedtime.  Do not be fooled by imitations. I have tried many products, including others supposedly from the Dead Sea. These are the best. I suffer from dry and cracked skin in the winter months in Michigan. These lotions provide quick and lasting relief.”

If you love (or need!) hand cream, or need an easy gift for a friend, check out the Naot Dead Sea Treasures Hand Cream. It feels great going on, and really WORKS!

Gorgeous Flats for Fall!


I can never get enough of flats – whether they are “ballerina” style, something a little wilder, or something really casual. You can wear them in so many ways, with so many outfits, for so many purposes. I believe that flats are THE most versatile style that any woman could own, and here are a few different options available to suit your needs.

For a really dressy flat, check out the Marchez Vous Women’s Maureen. This stunningly beautiful flat is designed for comfort, but is sleek and sophisticated enough to wear with formal attire. Just because you need formal footwear doesn’t mean it has to be painful; this is a perfect example of how beautiful a flat can be. With its suede upper and hand stitching, it exudes luxuriousness as you take every step. The Poron cushioning in the footbed ensures fabulous comfort. It’s a phenomenal shoe for those special occasions.

Earth has a beautiful new shoe called the Butternut. I absolutely love the metal stud accents in the upper! Available in deep red suede or black suede, this contemporary flat is stylish enough for both casual and slightly dressier wear. As with all Earth shoes, the comfort footbed cushions your foot and reinforce arch supports your feet for all-day comfort. Note that this shoe is also styled like the “Smoking Slippers” of yesteryear; think Hugh Hefner in a silk robe. It’s a classic design updated for today’s fashion-forward woman.

Classic designs are nothing new to Gabor. The Women’s 74.163.17 Ballerina is a traditional ballet flat with a cap toe and a nubuck upper. Available in maroon nubuck, black nubuck, or anthracite nubuck, this shoe is incredibly comfortable as well as stylish.

The Clarks Valley Lounge – another shoe reminiscent of “Smoking Slippers” – is a fabulous new leopard-print flat. Clarks is known for outstanding comfort and fit, and these shoes are no exception. The shoe is created with an easy on-off design, and the footbed provides massage properties with each step. The durable outsole is flexible and long-lasting.

These are just a few of the many outstanding flats available from Footwear etc. There’s a pair (or more!) for everyone, check them out!


Icon Shoes and Handbags for the Art Lover in You!


Lots of brands carry comfortable shoes. There are tremendous numbers of attractive and practical handbags out there too. But if you’re an art lover and would love to see designs on your handbags and footwear, look no further than Icon products!

Love Picasso? Klimt? Utamaro? Many artists have had their designs featured on Icon products. In 1999 Icon created its first art-printed leather shoes: the Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Sneaker. Since then, Icon has created many models of shoes with even more artwork reproduced onto its high quality leather products. The company takes pride in reproducing the artwork so that it complements the style of shoe or handbag it is on, and is incredibly attentive to detail. Each artist (or his estate) is compensated for the use of the artwork. It is an honor to be featured on an Icon product!

A few examples of these gorgeous products are:

The Icon Women’s Lisa-3 Night Leather – this handbag features the artwork of Joan Miro I Ferra, a Catalan Spanish artist. You can use it as a clutch or as a cross-body bag. The subtle design makes it an elegant choice for dressy attire. I particularly love the luxurious feel of the leather.

For a casual, easy-to-wear golf/walking shoe, try the Icon Jolie-43 Golf Shoe. I love the version featuring the artwork of Klimt. The subtle blues and golds make this shoe very versatile so that you can wear it with a wide variety of outfits. And even though the upper depicts a famous piece of artwork, the shoe itself is incredibly comfortable. If you need to wear an orthotic, note that the insole is removable.

Like wedges? Check out the Icon Women’s Paolo-1 Wedge Slide. Featuring a portion of the masterpiece, “Girl With a Mirror” by Pablo Picasso, this gorgeous slide is bold in color yet its soft and supple leather pampers your feet. This unique design is sure to turn heads wherever you go – in a good way! I may not be able to have a Picasso gracing my walls, but it’s a blast having one grace my feet!

Renoir fans will love the Icon Women’s Essy-2 Umbrellas Leather. The original artwork, “The Umbrellas” is an oil-on-canvas painting, created by Renoir in the 1880s. If you love impressionism, this is the shoe for you. The shoe is a casual oxford-style shoe that is comfortable and gorgeous at the same time.

Art lovers – check out the phenomenal styles and unforgettable artwork on Icon shoes and handbags. You can be an art connoisseur with every step you take!

Need a Narrow or Wide Width Shoe? No problem!


Here at Footwear etc., we deal with all sorts of feet. Wide feet, narrow feet, feet with “special needs,” you name it. And because no two feet are the same, we carry a lot of different widths for men and women. Need a special width? Check out these brands:

New Balance – specializes in athletic shoes and hiking shoes. Some model widths run as varied as 2A to 4E. New Balance shoes are known for their spacious toe boxes, and are typically lightweight and breathable. With outstanding support and durability, there’s a shoe in this line for anyone needing an athletic shoe. Some models are even approved for Diabetics!

SAS – excelling in softness, cushioning, and support, SAS shoes for men and women come in a wide variety of styles and widths. These shoes are mostly for casual, everyday attire, and are recommended by many Podiatrists. Available widths range from Slim to Wide/Wide.

Clarks – with a focus on casual and dressy shoes and sandals, Clarks has a model for almost any occasion.  Ranging in widths from Narrow to XX-wide, Clarks has many different collections that feature innovative technologies for keeping your feet comfortable.

David Tate – these dressy shoes, sandals and boots are available in widths ranging from Narrow to XX-Wide.

Trotters – specializing in women’s dressy shoes and flats. With widths from Slim to Wide, these models are perfect to wear to the office or for a night on the town.

Softwalk – with widths from Slim to X-Wide, Softwalk shoes, clogs, sandals and boots specialize in an “eggcrate” footbed. Functioning much like the “eggcrate” that you can put on your mattress, the footbed helps relieve the stresses you put on your feet and cradle your feet with cushioned comfort.

Aetrex – Aetrex shoes come in Medium, Wide, and X-Wide widths. You can find products ranging from dress shoes, to casual flats and sandals.

Apex – with casual and athletic styles in Medium to XX-Wide widths, Apex products can fulfill a wide variety of needs.

Bostonian – the ultimate in dressy men’s shoes. These high quality, luxurious shoes are available in Medium and Wide widths and are the perfect shoes to wear to the office or for dressy occasions.

Don’t despair if you’re looking for narrow or wide widths, Footwear etc. carries a variety of brands that can fulfill your every need!