Just in Time for the Holidays: Men’s Dress Shoes from Bostonian!

My dad wore dress shoes to work every day. My husband breaks out dress shoes just a few times a year. With the holidays coming up, more and more men are going to need comfortable dress shoes, and Footwear etc. now carries a brand steeped in tradition: Bostonian.

Bostonian has been around for a long time – over 110 years. This is the first brand that introduced flexible dress shoes, and over the years has come up with new technological and styling innovations to keep men happy.  Currently, Bostonian features models that combine athletic-shoe technology with dress and casual shoe styles, so this brand is a great choice for men seeking comfort as well as beautiful craftsmanship.

Men have a huge variety of styles to choose from.  Like slip-ons? Consider the Ballard Bit, or the Martin. I particularly like the Evanston since I love tassels. How about a lace-up shoe?  Check out the Pollino, or the Howes. For all you wing tip fans, there’s the Luglite Wing or the Andover. How about Penny Loafers? There’s the Pershing. These models are just the tip of the iceberg; Bostonian makes many more styles in a variety of colors. All of them are made with leather uppers, soft linings, and flexible outsoles that have great traction and stability. There’s a tremendous amount of versatility in this line; you can wear them with anything from khakis to a tuxedo!

Don’t assume that men’s dress shoes are uncomfortable. Bostonian has been making comfortable dress shoes for many years, and has perfected the art of creating comfort footwear.  Give them a try this holiday season, and beyond!

Dansko Professional Clogs: The Premier Choice of People On their Feet All Day!

One of the side effects of working for a shoe company is that I now notice what people wear on their feet. Every time I visit the Dr.’s office, I am struck by the sheer quantity of Dansko Professionals I see. It seems to be THE choice of medical professionals everywhere. I’ve also noticed a lot of teachers who wear them as well. Why do they choose Danskos? Let me count the reasons:

They are outstandingly supportive and comfortable. The toe box is wide, so your toes can move comfortably. The heel counter lets your heel move up and down as you walk. The heel cup cradles your heel and provides lateral stability. I feel arch support as well, which is particularly helpful on those days when my plantar fasciitis flares up. The rocker sole propels your foot forward as you walk, and the outsole provides excellent shock absorption.

They are durable. Dansko products are made from the highest quality leather available, and that always holds up better than the cheaper knock-offs. The polypropylene inner frame can take a lot of abuse, and the outsole is practically bomb proof. You’ll get a lot of mileage out of these shoes.

They are stylish.  The Professional model is available in a ton of colors and patterns to augment your wardrobe or your mood. You can wear a whimsical style one day, and a conservative-looking model the next. Your feet won’t feel a difference in the outstanding quality, but you have many options in appearance to choose from.

I started wearing the Professonals years ago when I was teaching, and they were the only shoes I owned that I could use to get through the whole day on my feet. I was gratified to see my podiatrist wearing the same model. This is a hugely popular model at my local surgery center; I’ve seen a variety of colors and patterns worn there.

Need to be on your feet all day? Try out the Dansko Professional. You can be stylish and comfortable while constantly on your feet!

 

More from the “Happy Shoes” Company: Alegria

Colors, and patterns, and models…oh my! Alegria, maker of shoes specifically intended to boost your mood, has come out with a bunch of new styles that are perfect for your every whim!  Who could possibly be unhappy wearing such amazingly vibrant, feel-good shoes? Check out these new models and patterns:

The flagship Mary Jane, the Paloma, is now available in Pewter Charmer Leather, Western Romance Leather, and Black Etched Leather. The Pewter Charmer Leather is a dark silver-colored leather with a snakeskin texture. It’s a little shiny, and is versatile enough to wear with many colors in your wardrobe.  The Western Romance Leather is a gorgeous and subdued print of leaves and flowers in autumnal colors.  I really like the Black Etched Leather – the pattern is subtle, but definitely adds visual interest to an otherwise regular patent leather shoe. I could use this one as a dressy shoe!

Another cute Mary Jane is the Dayna. Available in Bronze Patent Leather, Chrome Patent Leather, Black Napa Leather, or my favorite – Friends White Leather. The latter is a happy pattern in blues, white and pink, depicting two women along with some flowers. How fun! This shoe is part of Alegria’s Nursing Shoe line.

The Classic, one of Alegria‘s original models, also has some new colors and patterns. If you like animal prints, check out the African Leopard Patent Leather. It’s a beautiful print, and while it’s interesting and easily recognizable as a leopard print, it’s not too “in your face.” The Classic also comes in Black Embossed Rose leather, which is subtle enough to go with everything in your wardrobe.

Like slip-ons? Try the Debra. I love how this shoe is easy to get on and off with its elastic gores, and still gives you all the fun and comfort of all Alegria shoes. This shoe is also part of Alegria’s Professional line for nurses, and is available in Copper Beauty Leather or traditional White.

The most unusual shoe in the 2011 models is the Abbi. Yes, it’s possible to have an Alegria shoe that is a lace-up oxford! This could be your next go-to shoe for everyday wear! Available in Black Nappa Leather,  Chrome Patent Leather, and Black Rose Leather (my favorite; I love anything with roses on it). You can really get a custom fit with these laces, and it’s a very versatile shoe! Can an oxford be girly? Yes!

Remember that all Alegria shoes have outstanding support properties, like: an anatomically-correct footbed that provides outstanding arch support, removable insoles made out of latex, memory foam and cork, and a mild rocker sole to alleviate joint pain and help you attain better posture. So check out the new, happy, colorful shoes from Alegria. Let your shoes boost your mood!

Berry-licious Shoes from Aetrex

Aetrex is known for producing really comfortable, supportive shoes, but now they’re also known for having FUN shoes. Love color? Check out the Aetrex Berries collection!

I can never get enough easy-to-wear shoes, and the Berries collection fits the bill. You can get clogs, mary janes, slip-on shoes, and even zip-up shoes in great colors. These shoes conform to your feet, giving you a truly custom, outstandingly comfortable fit. They’re casual, but light and stylish. Want something that fits like a glove? The Berries collection contains memory foam and 4-way stretch fabrics. Seems pretty glove-like to me!

If your feet really need a break, these shoes are particularly useful due to their Mozaic® insoles. These customizable pads let you have extra cushioning and pressure relief right where you need it. And if that’s not enough, there’s also the Aegis® anti-microbial lining in each of these shoes, which protects against fungi, bacteria and algae. The slip-on has elastic side gores to help you get the shoes on and off, and the mary jane has an adjustable hook and loop strap. Your feet won’t want to slip into anything else!

Ok, so they’re comfortable. What about style? I adore the colors in this collection. Who wouldn’t love colors called Cocoberry, Raspberry, or even Blueberry? Berries are sweet, and these are like eye candy for your feet!

The nice folks at Aetrex are really into the concept of Berries being “berry” beneficial to your well being. They’ve even provided us with some delicious and healthy berry recipes, just for fun! Enjoy them with your Berry-licious shoes from Aetrex .

Berry Best Muffins – yields 12 muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, 2 cup sugar, 4 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. salt, 4-5 ½ c. fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or cranberries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425° F. Grease muffin tins beyond the rim cups as the batter expands. Berries should be well rinsed, drained and well dusted with flour. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time and blend thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to creamed mixture. Blend thoroughly and fold in the berries. Sprinkle generously with sugar over the batter tops.

Bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes of baking, turn oven temperature down to 375° F and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until muffins are done in center and the muffin tops are a rich golden color.

Triple Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie – yields 2 servings

Ingredients:

8 oz. frozen mixed berries, 2 small frozen bananas – peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces, 6 ounces yogurt, 1 cup whole milk, 2 Tbsp. honey

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour evenly into glasses.

Triple Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

½ cup strawberries, ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup raspberries, 1 banana, ½ cup yogurt (plain), 1 cup milk, ½ cup ice cubes

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour evenly into glasses.

Thick Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

6 large strawberries, ½ cup plain yogurt, ½ cup vanilla or strawberry ice cream, ½ cup whole milk

Directions:

In a blender, blend the strawberries with milk until strawberries are well incorporated. Add the ice cream and yogurt & whip a little longer so the smoothie remains thick. Pour evenly into glasses.

Crunchy Munchy Parfaits – yields 2 servings

Ingredients:

1/3 cup reduced fat granola, 1 (8 ounce) carton reduced fat vanilla yogurt, ½ cup fresh raspberries, ½ cup fresh blackberries or blueberries

Directions:

On the bottom of the parfait glasses, place 2 tablespoons of granola. Top each with 2 tablespoons of reduced fat vanilla yogurt. Combine the berries; divide a third of the mixture between the two glasses. Repeat yogurt and berry layers. Top with the remaining yogurt, berries and granola.

When You Really Want to Make a Statement: Try the UGG Over the Knee Bailey Button Sparkles

Sometimes boots just have to be front and center in your look. I’ve discovered the perfect boot for a night on the town: UGG Australia’s Over the Knee Bailey Button Sparkles. This dramatic boot is a phenomenal choice for staying warm while looking amazingly stylish.

Need a striking look for a holiday party? Consider wearing this boot with leggings and a warm, dressy top. Want to glam up some skinny jeans? Try these boots on top of them!  How about with a dressy dress? The possibilities are endless!

I love the fact that with this boot you can have all the fabulous benefits of authentic UGG boots: high quality sheepskin that stays soft and allows your feet to breathe, an ultra-soft insole, and a convertible shearling cuff. The flexible outsole makes this boot extra comfy. You also get the bling factor with hundreds of sparkly sequins, which will make anything you wear look a little glitzier. What’s not to love?

Also note that the over-the-knee look is entirely optional; you can cuff the top down for an entirely different look altogether. How fancy do you want to be? Let your mood dictate your look!

Glam meets comfort with the UGG Over the Knee Bailey Button Sparkles. Who has to suffer for high fashion? You don’t!