The Taos Women’s Gift: Not Your Typical Flip Flop!

After a while, flip flops all start to look pretty similar. They’re fun, sometimes you can dress them up, but let’s face it – they’re still what you’d expect. Not so with the Taos Women’s Gift. It’s one of the more unusual flip flop styles I’ve ever seen, and it’s really fun!

Reflecting the styling of the American Southwest, the Taos Women’s Gift features a soft kid skin leather upper with a hand-stitched pleated vamp for visual interest. I really like the asymmetrical upper, which covers more of the top of your foot than the typical flip flop does.

This shoe also offers outstanding comfort. The microfiber-wrapped contour footbed contains metatarsal support, which will make your feet feel great for hours on end. You don’t have to worry about odor or staining due to the Aegis microbe shield® on the footbed. There’s even a durable rubber outsole that’s flexible and soft, but will wear beautifully.

Don’t settle for flip flops that look like everyone else’s! Check out the Taos Women’s Gift. Available in Bronze, Light Gold, or Black, there’s definitely one for everyone.

Sandals for Men – Women Don’t Get to Have All the Fun!

Some of our favorite brands have come out with some great new sandals just for men! If you’ve been looking for that particular sandal for this season, take a look at some of our favorites:

Orthaheel is known for outstanding support, and this year there’s a model that isn’t just a flip flop! The Boyes is a versatile sandal with adjustable straps around the back of the ankle, the top of the ankle, and near the toes. The Vibram outsole provides outstanding traction, and the biomechanically-contoured motion control footbed provides superior stability. This shoe has received the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association, and is fantastic for after-sport recovery as well as everyday wear.

The Naot  Julius is a beautiful new fisherman-style sandal. The suede covered cork and latex footbed gives you amazing support, and the leather upper is luxurious and durable. The polyurethane outsole is designed to take a beating, and you’ll love how you can wear this shoe with both casual and slightly dressier outfits.

Juil has a new slide for men that is designed to help renew your body’s natural energy. The Kilimanjaro  is a beautiful slide with a woven upper and an anatomically shaped leather footbed for a very comfortable feel. With Juil’s exclusive Energy Flow Technology, the copper inserts provide a mechanism for you to feel connected with the Earth’s rejuvenating energies. If you are interested inwell being, you’ll find these shoes especially interesting.

Merrell is known for its rugged shoes, and the Terrapin is no exception. This is a great sandal that is perfect for outdoor adventures! Its lightweight construction, superior materials, and molded nylon arch shank make for an exceptionally comfortable shoe. There is even an air cushion in the heel for extra shock absorption. You can be comfortable out in the wild!

These are just a few of the new models of sandals for men available at Footwear etc. Come and find the perfect summer shoe for you!

Try Berkemann Footwear for Handcrafted European Design!

It’s exciting to see the new styles show up here at Footwear etc., and another new brand that’s piqued my interest is Berkemann. With a variety of styles and materials, these shoes provide outstanding comfort and European craftsmanship in some great choices for the Spring! Here are a few of my favorites:

The Berkemann Women’s Triest is a gorgeous slide with a multi-colored braided leather upper. Many of the steps in the manufacturing process were done by hand, so the level of quality is superb. This shoe is flexible and shock-absorbing, and I love the bright colors of the braids. If you like happy-looking shoes, you’ll LOVE this one.

Clog fans will love the Standard Toeffler. The leather upper is perforated and available in a variety of colors. The leather shaft and wood soles are connected by hand with nails! The wooden sole is made from European poplar wood, which grows quickly and is renewable. The footbeds are washable and replaceable as well.

I am really intrigued by the Fabienne. It’s the first leather shoe I have ever heard of that is washable! With each pair of these, you also get a sample bottle of special liquid detergent and a washing net in which you can machine wash your shoes. (Note that you can NOT machine dry them.) This is a very versatile casual sandal that you can wear with shorts, slacks, etc.

This is only a small sampling of Berkemann designs; check out the available models at – you’ll love the handcrafted comfort!

Romika Sandals for German-Inspired Comfort and Style

There’s a new kid on the block here at Footwear etc.: Romika sandals! Reflecting their German craftsmanship and timeless styles, Romika sandals are phenomenal choices for many occasions. With their signature lateral support wings for motion control and orthotic friendly footbeds, Romika sandals will become favorites right away!

There are some really helpful features in Romika shoes, such as:

  • the shoes are constructed using a direct-inject or direct-attach construction to ensure that the sole and upper will never separate
  • the outsoles contain soft and flexible yet durable polyurethane
  • removable footbeds are secured with Velcro

The Ibiza 36 is a beautiful slide with a soft yet durable leather upper. You can gain a custom fit by adjusting the hook and loop strap by the instep. The cushioned, microfiber footbed is perforated to circulate air and help keep your feet cool and dry. I really love the colors available: bronze, black and blue (the latter 2 are metallics).  It’s easy to wear every day or even with a dressier skirt.

The Ibiza 30 is a comfortable sandal with a decorative buckle around the ankle. Two hook-and-loop closures provide a custom fit, and the footbed is removable for custom orthotics. This is a fabulous everyday sandal that gives you stability, style, and overall comfort. What’s not to love?

More Romika sandals are on their way; keep an eye out for them at – you’ll be thrilled at the variety of styles!

Reconnect to the earth with Juil Sandals!

The folks at Juil sandals believe that wearing traditional shoes can be “harmful to your wellness and wellbeing.” Their premise is that conventional shoes block the natural flow of electrons from the earth into your body. These electrons may help in reducing free radicals that accumulate in our bodies, which are caused by stress, toxins, etc. How do you make this important connection to the earth? Using Juil sandals!

Each Juil sandal contains their exclusive Energy Flow Technology, which contains copper inserts to conduct the electrons naturally found in the earth.  What this means to you is that this increased connectivity should help you reduce the effects of inflammation, stress, and toxins in the environment. Beyond that, you’ll feel like you’re walking barefoot with these shoes.

Two models are currently available (although more will be arriving soon): the Brio and the Bali. The Brio is a luxurious thong with soft leather uppers, and the Bali is a slide with the same beautiful leather in the upper. These are the perfect shoes to help you regain your connection to the earth without your having to go barefoot!

Juil sandals tend to run a little large; we recommend ordering ½ size down.

Become reconnected to the earth’s energy with Juil sandals. You’ll love the difference they make in your life!