Clogs that are Lightweight and Slip Resistant? Yes!

I’m a big fan of clogs. They’re always comfortable and I’ve had great luck with them helping my feet and back feel better. I love the support, and the different styles. Now there’s a new kid on the block with not only the great style and comfort I’m used to, but outstanding slip resistance: footwear by Klogs!

Actually, Klogs Footwear makes more than just clogs. They also make Mary Janes, and clogs with open or closed backs. There are even unisex models to choose from!

What sets this brand apart is the superb slip resistance of the sole. Klogs actually exceed the standard set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) under dry, wet, and oily surface conditions. Isn’t it great to have peace of mind while you work that your shoes can help you avoid slips and falls?

All Klogs have cushioned, removable footbeds with deep heel cups that provide great shock absorption and support. The outsoles are non-marking, and the shoes are washable and durable. Available in either polyurethane or leather, they provide outstanding softness and comfort. You can even pop out the footbed to use your own orthotics or inserts. The polyurethane Klogs are even made in the USA!

I love the variety of styles available for men and women.  For an open back style, the Unisex Dusty is a great choice. This polyurethane model wipes clean with soap and water, and is a great all-around clog for extended wear. It’s available in a variety of colors, including white, chestnut, forest, and even “splatter.”

Fans of closed back shoes will love the unisex Naples. Comfort is assured with side elastic gores and a padded collar around the ankle. It’s available in a variety of colors and patterns, like lavender print leather, or taupe suede tapestry. There’s something for everyone in this model!

If you like Mary Janes, check out the Women’s Ashford. It has an adjustable hook and loop strap with a faux button detail to help you have a custom fit. As with the other Klogs models, the Ashford has a fantastic footbed that provides great arch support with antimicrobial, odor resistant properties.

Note on sizing: for unisex sizing, women should order their normal sizes. If a woman is a half size, go one half size UP. Men should order a full size up and WIDE. If a man is a half size, order up 1.5 sizes up and WIDE.

Not all clogs are alike! Take a look at the fantastic comfort and slip-resistant properties of Klogs Footwear. You’ll love how they feel over the course of the day!

Athletic Shoes for the New Year!

Isn’t everyone’s standard New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get fit? Seems like this is an annual event for many of us! If you actually plan to DO this, you need to have comfortable, supportive shoes for the activity you choose. Why not treat yourself to a new pair of athletic shoes? Footwear etc. has a wide variety of shoes that would be perfect for all of your exercise needs.

I need motion control in my athletic shoes because I tend to overpronate. I also need outstanding stability and support, since my feet are prone to stress fractures. New Balance has just come out with an update to their popular 1123 model, the 1540. Available for both men and women, this shoe excels in stability for runners and is also a great shoe for walkers. The big difference between this model and the 1123 is that the 1540 is lighter. I love the fact that these are so easy to wear, I might even get up off the couch to do so! As always with New Balance shoes, there’s a nice high, wide toe box and great ventilation so that your toes aren’t squished and your feet stay cool and dry. They’re even certified under Medicare as a Diabetic shoe, so you know that they’ll be good to your feet. And they’re made in the USA!

ASICS makes some fabulous running and walking shoes. For walkers, the Gel-Tech Walker Neo 2 is a very supportive shoe that will make exercise walking or strolling very enjoyable. These are lightweight yet highly supportive shoes, and even have the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association. They are designed to enhance your foot’s natural gait while providing maximum comfort. Definitely worth a try! ASICS also makes some outstanding running shoes, for your neighborhood or the trail. Check them out!

Need new hiking shoes? You can’t go wrong with Merrell products. They were designed for great support and rugged durability. I really like the Moab – my favorite version is waterproof and can take whatever trail has to dish out!  The anatomical footbed keeps your feet supported, while the breathable bellows tongue and mesh upper keep your feet cool and comfortable. The Moab is available in an oxford style as well as a mid-boot for both men and women, and are fantastic for those weekend outings.

Fans of Barefoot running shoes will be thrilled by the choices from Vibram Fivefingers. The KSO model for both men and women is a particularly nice all-around shoe, suitable for running, water sports, yoga, and other fitness activities. They’re flexible, are slip-resistant, and really let you feel the pavement under your feet. If you don’t know anything about barefoot technology, definitely check them out to see if they are right for you! Many runners swear by these shoes. If you don’t want a lot of support, these could be the answer to your prayers!

These are just a few models from some of our favorite brands to help entice you off the couch this year. Stay motivated, and treat your feet kindly with some new athletic shoes!

 

Not all Shoe Laces are Created Equal!

If you’re like me, you never think about shoe laces until one breaks on you. But when it does, keeping your shoe on properly becomes a big hassle. Footwear etc. carries several brands of laces, which can work on all sorts of shoes!

Need dress shoe laces? Check out the Mephisto replacement shoe laces in black. These 80 cm long cotton laces are specific for dress shoes and are a round, braided style. They’ll look great with all sorts of dress shoes!

For casual or walking shoes, Mephisto also makes replacement laces in tan, and black. These are 90 cm long and are flat and woven from 100% cotton. You can also get them in Birch or Espresso in 90, 115, 120, and 130 cm lengths.

Ecco also makes replacement shoe laces that are suitable for many types of casual walking shoes. Available in white and black in 32” lengths, these round braided laces are treated with wax for extra strength.

Cadillac has an interesting type of lace, called the Comfort Lace. These black rope-shaped laces are 30” long, but contain collapsible knots. These knots produce “tension zones” at each eyelet, which helps you maintain tension in particular areas. These laces eliminate the need to keep retying your shoes due to slippage. The Comfort Lace shoe laces are a great choice if you find you need to re-tie your shoes more than you’d like to.

Don’t be fooled by cheap knock-offs; the Mephisto, Ecco and Cadillac laces are very high quality and hold up well over time. Consider any of these when you need a new pair of laces!

 

Support for those Sheepskin Boots!

During these cold wintery months, loads of people love to get sheepskin boots for the holidays. I don’t blame them, I love the warmth and coziness of sheepskin. My feet, however, balk when there’s no arch support in my shoes. That’s why I love the insoles and orthotics from Superfeet and Lynco.  If you’ve got good quality sheepskin boots, you can swap out the insoles they came with and insert one of these products.

Superfeet makes the Unisex Wooly White Insole. They are a fantastic addition to any sheepskin boot, slipper, rain boot, or even regular shoes that have removable insoles. These insoles can help align the body and decrease foot pain. The firm footbed really provides terrific support, and the merino wool top cover helps keep your feet comfortable and dry.

Lynco makes the L900 Sheepskin orthotic. They contain a shearling fiber top cover that provides wonderful shock absorption and cushioning. Available for both men and women, this orthotic helps stabilize your feet and are specifically designed for medium and high arches.

You don’t have to suffer from poor arch support with sheepskin boots. Try the Superfeet Wooly White or Lynco L900 Sheepskin Orthotic. Have some cozy support in your boots this season!

 

You Can Never Have Too Many Socks!

I don’t know about you, but I always need new socks. Sometimes it’s because they disappear around the house (or from the dryer). Other times, they’ve fallen apart. Until now, I’ve usually purchased cheap socks from the local big box store. The socks I’ve purchased from Footwear etc. (all Hot Sox), however, have held up very nicely; but I really could use some nice, solid-colored socks for myself and for gifts. Enter Socksmith and Monarch Socks to the rescue! No more lousy quality socks for me, now I’m getting some great quality at reasonable prices.

Socksmith’s basic roll-top solid socks come in both knee high length as well as trouser length. They come in a variety of colors, and fit women’s shoe sizes 5 ½ – 10 ½. With 66% cotton, 32% nylon and 2% spandex, these socks are breathable and comfortable so that you can feel great throughout your day. These are certainly going on my holiday gift list!

Monarch socks are exclusive to Footwear etc. and are the ultimate in comfortable dress socks for men. Available in black, brown, taupe, navy and charcoal, these socks are sure to please even the most discriminating of wearers. They are lightly cushioned to provide comfort and softness. Made from 70% cotton, 25% nylon and 5% spandex, they are also breathable and durable. Monarch Socks fit men’s sizes 8-13 and are a fabulous choice.

Need socks? Consider the choices from Socksmith and Monarch Socks. I’m stocking up on these!