New MBT Styles Available for Spring!

Here at Footwear etc., we’re always chomping at the bit to see the next season’s new styles. Many of our customers have been anxiously awaiting the new line of MBT shoes, and they’re now available! Check out these great new styles, all of which have those fantastic rocker sole benefits that we’ve all come to love. If you’re battling Plantar Fasciitis, need to improve your posture, have joint pain, or even just love the way MBTs make your body feel, don’t miss them!

Like sandals? Women have a couple of options in the Kiburi and the Sadiki. Both are perfect for your warm-weather activities, and very attractive uppers to go with your attire. The Kiburi is available in black, chocolate, and white leather, and the Sadiki (the dressier of the two models) is available in black patent leather, incense patent leather, white patent leather and crimson patent leather.

Need a “ballet flat” type shoes? Enter the Kianga. It’s better than your typical ballet flat not only because it has that patented rocker sole bottom, it has the added styling detail of the peep toe! Available in crimson red, incense or black patent leather, this shoe is sure to be a hit this summer.

 The Zalika is a great new athletic-styled shoe for women. This is the perfect shoe for walking, especially due to the synthetic leather and mesh upper that will help keep your feet cool and dry. There’s great traction provided by the durable rubber outsole, and you’ll love how toned you’ll feel doing power walks with this shoe. Available in black or birch synthetic leather/mesh, you’ll love this shoe for casual wear.

Love the Habari? Check out the Habari 2. The upper has the same elegant styling as the Habari, but the sole has a more casual, 2-toned appearance. It’s still a phenomenal shoe for warm weather activities, and provides the same rocker sole benefits as every MBT shoe. It’s a great choice for Habari lovers who want something slightly more casual.

Men also have a brand new athletic shoe option: the Barafu. It’s lightweight and breathable, and provides good traction for those long hikes or a full day out on the town. Available in olive or black synthetic leather/mesh, you can color coordinate your footwear to your attire.

Other new additions to MBT’s spring line are updates for the Nafasi, Chakula, Mahuta, and the Jambo. These tried-and-true models have been such hits that MBT is offering them in new, exciting colors. Take a look!


As Seen in Runner’s World Magazine: The New Balance 860SB2 Running Shoe

The folks at Runner’s World magazine know what they’re talking about when they rate shoes. After all, they are the ones who pound the pavement, and they understand exactly how important exceptional quality footwear is. The New Balance 860SB2 not only fits the bill, it’s actually an Editor’s Choice selection. What sets this shoe apart from the gazillion other running shoes out there?

It’s all about the support and cushioning. Having foam padding under the foot, a wide toebox for expansion, and outstanding support creates a stable and soft landing. This is especially useful for high-mileage runners, but every runner can benefit from these features.

One of New Balance’s most technologically advanced models, the 860SB2 contains New Balance’s most advanced shock absorption and cushioning materials in the midsole. The midsole is also 24% lighter than standard form. The dual-density medial post helps keep you from overpronating. The outsole is extremely durable, and the cushioning in the midfoot also adds to the shock absorption properties. Your feet will stay cool and dry yet supported with the synthetic/mesh upper. All of these phenomenal features put together makes the 860SB2 an outstanding shoe, which is nothing unusual for New Balance!

Available for both men and women, the New Balance 860SB2 gets superior reviews for a reason. Do your feet a favor and treat them to an outstanding running shoe. You’ll feel the difference around the house, or at mile 26!


Expand Your Dansko Collection with Great New Sandals!

I love Dansko shoes. I have 3 different pairs. They are my go-to shoes whenever my feet hurt. I love the support they provide, and the mild rocker sole action that occurs with every step. I’m really excited to see that Dansko has added several new sandals to its line, and I can’t wait to try them!

I can easily see myself wearing the Dansko Rowena with jeans or skirts. The Rowena is a causal style that is definitely feminine but not too girly. Available in Brown Crazy Horse Leather and Black Full Grain Leather, the Rowena makes a statement that the wearer is fashion forward and carefree. Even though the heel height is 3 inches, it’s incredibly comfortable. You can also count on Dansko to have a contoured fotobed and outstanding arch support in all of its shoes, and the Rowena is no exception.

For an easy-to-wear slide, check out the Sophie. It has a pillow-soft footbed for luxurious comfort, and two adjustable straps for a custom fit. This shoe migrates from your daily activities to your evenings out with ease, and you can be assured for comfort all day long due to its lightweight construction. Casual enough to wear with shorts, or dressy enough to wear with slacks or a skirt, the Sophie can easily become an integral part of your wardrobe.

Sometimes you just need to really pamper your feet, and the Dansko Tasha does that with ease. The upper is made with Veg Leather, which is a buttery-soft leather that has a rich luster. The upper is lightweight and molds to the shape of your foot. I particularly love the unusual styling of this shoe; the curved lines, cut-out in the heel, and 2 ¾” heel are elegant and beautiful. I also really love the soft, padded insole that provides great support.

The shoe I’m expecting to really take off this spring is the Dani. This is a really versatile, all-around sandal that can be dressed up or down, depending on your mood for your attire of the day. The 1 ½” heel provides outstanding shock absorption, and the sock lining wicks away moisture to keep your feet cool and comfortable. Available in brown or black leather, this shoe is something you could wear every day with almost anything. And as always, the Dansko quality and comfort makes this shoe so comfortable you’ll want to wear it all the time.

If you love Dansko shoes as much as I do, you’ll definitely want to check out these new sandals. If you’ve never experienced the outstanding ccomfort and style of a Dansko product, what are you waiting for?


The Alegria Women’s Cha Cha and Baliwood: Unlike Any Alegrias You’ve Ever Seen!

Alegria customers are very loyal. They love the beautiful colors and patterns of the brand. They love the comfort that the footbed provides, and all the benefits from the rocker sole technology. But some customers want something equally “happy” yet in a lighter style. Alegria has come out with some adorable flip flops, and I can’t wait to try them!

I absolutely LOVE the Alegria Women’s Cha Cha. I am a sucker for anything girly, and the rosette design on the top of the foot is really cute! This hand sewn, patent leather upper is versatile enough to wear with both casual or dressy clothes. I know that since it’s an Alegria product, the footbed will be comfortable and long lasting as well. What’s not to love about a footbed made from latex, memory foam and cork? This is the perfect girly shoe for warm weather, and it’s lightweight and airy-looking.

The Alegria Women’s Baliwood is another great choice when you need a nice flip flop. The leather upper is woven, the footbed is comfortable due to its interlocking latex, memory foam and cork layers, and you can see the quality of the shoe in the hand stitching. This is not just your ordinary flip flop, it’s definitely a cut above!

You won’t be disappointed with the Alegria Cha Cha and Baliwood. These adorable flip flops are beautiful, comfortable, and versatile enough to wear with a variety of outfits.

Mephisto’s New Spring 2012 Collection is Here!

It may be February, but this is the time of year when all our favorite manufacturers come out with their new Spring lines. Mephisto is no exception, and has a bunch of cute sandals and slip-ons to help you gear up for the warmer weather. Men and women both have a variety of options; here are a few of my favorites:

The Mephisto Women’s Niza: the ultimate easy-to-wear shoe. It’s a great casual slip-on with a nubuck leather upper. Mephisto’s Soft Air technology provides great cushioning as the shoe provides the outstanding support you’d expect from every Mephisto shoe. The leather lining allows your feet to stay cool and comfortable. This would be a fantastic shoe to wear with jeans, or even casual slacks. Available in Black Pearl, Dark Brown Pearl, or Dark Grey Pearl nubuck, this classic design is sure to be a hit.

Looking for a casual sandal? Check out the Mephisto Women’s Altina. You can walk for hours in this shoe! The sole and footbed are specifically designed to absorb shock. The cork footbed also provides outstanding stability. This could be that perfect shoe you want to take on a vacation where you know you’ll be doing a lot of walking, yet it looks like anything BUT a utilitarian shoe. Enjoy the stylish comfort of this beautiful sandal.

Men, if you need a dress shoe, consider the Gaetan. It’s a gorgeous shoe that you could wear with a suit, or even casual slacks. The classic design is made with smooth leather uppers, leather linings, and a cushioned footbed for added comfort. I really enjoy the bicycle-toe styled stitching on this shoe, it makes the shoe look very classy. This may be your new go-to shoe for work and beyond!

For a great new warm-weather slide, men will enjoy the Mephisto Men’s Zach. It has a mild rocker sole that really helps diminish leg strain as well as provide outstanding shock absorption.  You’ll definitely feel the support in the cork and latex footbed, and the soft leather upper feels great on your feet.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for the new Mephisto styles. Check out the web site and see what else might call your name!