Introducing….Anuschka Handbags!

If you love hand painted materials, you’ll love Anuschka bags. These bags feature bright, cheery patterns on high-quality leather materials, and are handcrafted in a small family-owned and run workshop in India.

Made from fine grain cowhide, each bag is hand cut. Next, artisans sketch each piece with a specific design, and then they paint the entire bag by hand. The bags are also signed by a family member after inspection to reflect the highest standard of quality.

The great thing about these bags is that not only are they practical and functional, they are actually pieces of art that you can wear. Since they’re hand painted, each bag is one of a kind. As a result, your bag may vary slightly from the image on the website.

I really love the variety of patterns and styles of the Anuschka handbags. Here are a couple of my favorites:

The Medium Zippered Hobo – this beautiful bag features  gorgeous autumnal colors and a floral pattern. I really like all of the pockets that this bag contains: 2 zippered pockets in front, 1 inside zippered pocket, 5 multipurpose pockets, 4 credit card pockets, rear zip pockets, and a slip-in cell phone pocket. There is even a removable optical case. There’s a pocket for just about everything you need. All that storage in such a luxurious and beautiful design is definitely a win.

The Safari Double Entry Shopper – If you love designs with Peacock feathers, you’ll love this bag. The beautiful jewel tones make this handbag a must-have for your wardrobe! There’s no shortage of pockets in this bag either; there’s a zippered pocket in the back wall, pockets for a cell phone and other purposes in the front wall, and a rear zip pocket. This bag is very spacious at 14.25” x 9.25”, so you can hold a lot of items in it!

Take a look at the new hand painted bags from Anuschka. They are truly one of a kind!

More Sightings of Celebrities Wearing Dansko Clogs!

The latest celebrity sighting of Dansko Clogs was pictured in More magazine: Sarah Jessica Parker! She was wearing a pair of Dansko’s Ingrid. It’s a beautiful antique brown oiled leather clog, that can be worn as an open back or a sling back. This versatile clog that can go with almost anything in your wardrobe; Sarah Jessica Parker was wearing it with jeans.

Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t the only celebrity seen with Dansko clogs. There have been sightings of Julia Roberts, Heidi Klum, Tina Fey, Julia Styles, Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Antonio Banderas, and Tom Colicchio as well! But these shoes aren’t just for celebrities; they’re for you and me as well. And I can attest to the fact that they are easy to wear, stylish, and amazingly comfortable. In fact, Dansko clogs are my go-to shoes when my feet hurt or I need to be on my feet for a long time during the day.

Why are these shoes so popular among celebrities? For the same reasons they’re popular among the rest of us: they are comfortable, supportive, fashion-forward, and affordable! Dansko shoes are incredibly durable; I’ve had one of my pairs for years and it is just as comfortable now as when I first purchased it. I feel like I’ve gotten a great return on my investment and wouldn’t hesitate to get additional styles. They don’t become dated, and they hold up very well.

Dansko products use the highest quality materials, and contain a rocker bottom that provides superb stability and support. They are recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association, so you can rest assured that your feet are well taken care of when you wear these shoes.

Dansko shoes aren’t just for celebrities, they’re for you and me too! But you can look like a celebrity when you wear them!

Earthies® Cited as Best Office Shoes for Women by BusinessWeek Magazine!

Classic, stylish shoes are a requirement for the professional woman. Sometimes they’re not so easy to find! Enter Earthies® to the rescue!

The folks at BusinessWeek magazine definitely understand professional attire. That’s why they highlighted the Earthies® Talera. This particular shoe is a classic pump that can go with suits, dresses, whatever your professional attire may be. Actually, many styles in the Earthies line are fantastic for professional attire, and have some phenomenal features in fit and comfort.

All Earthies® shoes contain a unique Wellness Footbed. This footbed contains a cupped heel that provides extra support, an anatomic arch so that despite having a heel, the shoe distributes your weight along the entire footbed, and a cradle toe area to distribute your weight away from your toes, making for a much more comfortable fit. There is also superb cushioning in all Earthies shoes.

While BusinessWeek may have highlighted the Talera for its suitability as a “professional attire” shoe, Earthies® also has several other styles that are also appropriate:

The Raynia is a beautiful new pump that is available in Black, Bitter Wine, and Taupe Khaki Leather. It has classic pump styling with a literal twist – the upper by the toes has pleated detail for visual interest. This would look fantastic with a suit or dressy wear. The 3 ½” heel is just high enough to provide elegance, yet isn’t so high to make you unsteady or unable to walk around the office at will. I particularly love the taupe version; it can go with so many colors!

The Carenna is another fabulous shoe for the office. It’s a slip-on with tassles for interest. I like how the shape of the top of the shoe is different than your typical pump, yet is dressy enough for formal or professional attire. Available in Black or Bark Leather, this shoe would have a place in anyone’s professional wardrobe.

Another classic pump with extra visual interest is the Tarnow. The 3 ¼” heel adds elegance, and the platform under the toes makes this pump unusual and even more comfortable. I particularly love the scalloped upper; it’s very feminine without being fussy. Available in Black Suede, Black Embossed Patent Leather, or Silver Pebble Suede, this may be my favorite new pump!

If you need a flat shoe for the office or elsewhere, look no further than the Vanya. This shoe is available in Jazzy Red Leather , Maroon Leather, or Black Leather, and is easy to wear and classy-looking. I love the detailing of the pleats on the top of the shoe. Women who need comfortable flats will love the versatility of this shoe, and how wonderful it feels on their feet.

BusinessWeek Magazine knows what makes a great professional shoe. Earthies® fits the bill. These are great shoes for professional attire or for dressy occasions.

Marchez Vous Shoes by Yeardley Smith – Handcrafted, Stylish Shoes for Today’s Woman

Footwear etc. was very fortunate to have Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson of “The Simpsons,” visit our Palo Alto store as she promoted her shoe line, Marchez Vous. These shoes are really special for a variety of reasons, and I really love how they look and feel.

Yeardley is apparently a real shoe maven, and loves fashionable shoes. Yet she insists that they be comfortable as well as fashion forward. She started this line to satisfy her need for five standards of quality: comfort, sexy, witty, timeless, and unexpected. If a shoe doesn’t meet any of those standards, it doesn’t get made. The Marchez Vous line definitely adheres to these principles, and has great appeal for today’s professional women who want to have beautiful shoes that don’t hurt their feet!

I am particularly impressed at the fact that Marchez Vous shoes are handcrafted in small factories in Italy. Yeardley believes in giving back to local communities, so she selected small companies where she knew that she could have a positive impact on the local economy.

Another great feature of these shoes is that they are made from the highest quality materials. These shoes are not only great for dress wear, they are perfect for dancing since the sole is made from leather. Your feet will feel pampered due to the luxury kidskin lining and Poron® cushioning. What is Poron®? Think memory foam for your feet. This material was developed by NASA, and when used in shoes provides phenomenal cushioning and comfort.

Many of the shoes in this line come in phenomenally-rich colors. I absolutely love the purples, and the blues, and the taupes. The suedes feel lovely, but the full leathers really pamper your feet. Even the insides of the shoes are beautifully lined in leather – and in the case of the boots are very supple and soft. These shoes really pamper your feet!

I particularly love the Ines. It’s a classic pump, but it has a flared heel that adds stability. You won’t teeter around on this heel! This versatile pump comes in Black, Blue, Light Blue, Loden, and Taupe suede, and is suitable for work as well as a night out. Gorgeous styling!

The Martine is a comfy flat that you can wear with literally anything in your wardrobe. Available in Purple, Chocolate, Black, and Blue suede, it’s an easy-to-wear shoe that can become your go-to pair of slip-ons. The elegant styling is perfect for a classic look.

Like boots? Check out the Delphine. This bootie is available in Black Leather, Red Suede, and Ice Ostrich Suede, and feels amazing. With its zip-up front and 3 ¼” heel, this elegant boot is soft and luxurious inside and out. You’ll LOVE how this looks and feels.

Note that most of the Marchez Vous line runs about a half a size small (with the exception of the Martine, which runs a full size small). Be sure to order accordingly!

Yeardley Smith’s new shoe venture, Marchez Vous shoes, is a huge hit for career wear and dress wear. Pamper your feet in some gorgeous, handcrafted shoes!

Announcing the New Plantar Fasciitis Shop at Footwear etc.!

If you’ve got Plantar Fasciitis, you know how painful your feet can be. That’s why Footwear etc. is launching its online Plantar Fasciitis Shop – to help all those sufferers. There are so many different shoes and products out on the market that can alleviate pain, we’ve decided to put them in one place for easy one-stop shopping. What’s not to love about that? Here’s a sampling of some of the products that may make your life far less painful:

Feetures! Unisex Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve – this fantastic new product functions as a compression sock to help improve circulation and to stabilize the plantar fascia. You can wear it while sleeping, or even under  your regular socks. Feetures! even says that you can wear these while you run. Made from 76% iWick Nylon and 24% Lycra Spandex, this sock is easy to slip on and off, and will help keep your feet cool and dry. This simple sock can make a huge difference in your pain level.

The Strassburg Sock is a sleep aid that you can wear during the night to alleviate morning pain. It helps you keep tension on the Plantar Fascia so that your foot is flexed and the tendon is not able to contract. The stretching of the tendon helps strengthen the arch, and can help reduce the incidence of morning foot pain.

Insoles that have arch support and deep heel cups are very beneficial for alleviating Plantar Fasciitis pain. A great example is the Superfeet Unisex Green Insole. This particular insole is perfect when you want to swap out a removable insole from your shoe with a supportive insole. This particular insole provides phenomenal shock absorption and lots of support, so you’re pampering your feet as you use it. It’s suitable for not only walking, but also running, hiking, skiing and even snowboarding. See if it makes a difference in your footwear.

The Plantar Fasciitis Shop also contains several brands of footwear that can help reduce pain. One brand that has proven to be extremely helpful is Orthaheel. Intended to restore natural foot function and keep your feet aligned properly, these shoes contain outstanding support and really do help alleviate pain. They have received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance, and can make a huge difference in your life. I have been wearing my Orthaheel Tide flip flops all summer long and have found them to be more supportive and comfortable than even some of my athletic shoes. Orthaheel shoes come in a wide variety of styles, so men and women have many options to choose from.

Don’t just put up with pain from Plantar Fasciitis. Check out the new Plantar Fasciitis Shop online at footwearetc.com. Your feet will thank you!