How to Choose the Right Socks for Your Lifestyle

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Selecting the correct shoe for your daily activities is important: if you frequently hike, climb, run or even work out at the gym, you know the importance of specialty footwear. Shoes are an essential investment towards comfort and performance during recreational activities. However, just as important to your health is the process of selecting the socks that are best for your particular feet and lifestyle. These days, there are many more options than the simple cotton we are all familiar with, each designed to promote good foot health. Before you make your purchase, there are considerations you should take into account.

Your Activities Count

If you are a runner, you know that your socks should provide not just comfort, but also adequate cushioning to protect your feet from the jarring that comes when you run. If you are a hiker, you know that your socks must become a buffer between your boots and your feet. Before you buy socks, you must first know what features they need to provide for you; the socks you would purchase to complement your dress shoes are much different than those required on a long day outdoors with the family. No matter the activity, the socks will need to keep your feet cool and dry to prevent rubbing, bacteria and irritation – the right sock can wick moisture away from your feet, keeping you comfortable for miles.

Temperature Matters

As mentioned above, understand that your sock should be selected in response to planned activities, environment, and weather. Thermal insulation to keep out the cold is a key consideration when shopping for socks. If your plans include traipsing through the underbrush in search of a trophy buck or cheering on your football team at a wintery outdoor stadium, you’ll wish you had socks to warm up your feet.

BYOS (Bring Your Own Shoes)

It does you no good to buy a sock that won’t work perfectly with the hiking boots, or running shoes you’ll be wearing. The retailer you buy your sport shoes from understands this, and will allow you to try them on ahead of purchase. At Footwear etc., we offer easy, no-hassle returns and exchanges to ensure that you receive the perfect online purchase.

The sock must fit snugly, but shouldn’t be too tight. You don’t need a sock that will slip or wad up under your toes, as that is an open invitation for blisters and burns. Also, remember that if you are tall, you may need a longer sock so that your boot tops don’t abrade your skin. It’s impossible to enjoy activities thoroughly when you’ve developed an irritating blister or chafe due to ill-fitting footwear.

Fantastic Fabrics

Once upon a time, all socks were cotton. Sadly, cotton absorbs moisture like a sponge and dries at a snail’s pace. Today’s fabrics are critically important– and because you pay a pretty penny for good athletic footwear, you want them to earn their worth. If your sock’s job is to wick moisture away from your foot while you jog, you may want a sock made from merino wool – like those from Smartwool Socks. Perfect for both hot and cold days, socks made from this fabric are not itchy like you’d expect wool to be. There are also socks made from spandex and other synthetic materials that utilize technology designed to inhibit sweat from your hard-working feet.

Health Benefits

For certain health conditions, the right footwear can be the answer to numbing aches. For example, compression socks can help limit edema, thrombosis and varicose veins. Additionally, diabetics can benefit from specialized socks that limit friction and the growth of bacteria on their particularly vulnerable feet.

When you’re searching for the best socks to pack in your athletic bag, be sure to fulfill your purchase with a physical or online store like Footwear etc. that understands your unique needs for differing sports and activities. Check out our full assortment of high quality socks to find the right pair for you.

 

Floral Shoes for Spring and Summer!

Earthies Vanya-floral

I am a sucker for floral motifs. I love them in home décor, clothing, and even shoes! Flowers always brighten the area up, and I enjoy seeing beautiful colors and patterns of flowers on everything I come in contact with! Why not on a pair of shoes? We’ve got a bunch of models that are beautiful and can be worn with many types of attire, so check out the floral patterns available at footwearetc.com! Here are a few happy-looking examples:

Earthies makes a casual ballet flat called the Vanya. One of its versions contains orange multi floral fabric, which just makes the world a brighter place. With beautiful hues of blue, green, red, white, and green, this shoe can go with almost anything in your wardrobe. Earthies is known for very comfortable shoes, and the Vanya is one of its most popular models. You’ll love how the anatomic arch support and cradled toe area make your feet feel, while the beautiful floral pattern brightens your day!

Alegria is known for its colors and patterns; now there’s a model with a beautiful floral pattern. Check out the Kaitlyn in Dark Floral Leather. It’s muted and subtle colors only augment the gorgeous floral pattern. It’s not just a pretty shoe; it’s a practical shoe since it has a stain resistant upper, a slip-resistant sole, and a footbed containing memory foam, cork, and latex that molds to your feet. You don’t have to choose between pretty and comfortable, the Kaitlyn does it all.

I’m a huge fan of Dansko clogs. They are my go-to shoes when my feet hurt. The mild rocker sole, firm footbed, and overall support mean phenomenal all-day comfort for me. And now there’s an upper that reflects my big penchant for flowers: the Professional Mosaic Floral Patent Leather. The Professional is an amazing shoe to start with; it is endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association, so you know it contains fabulous support. The shock absorption is also really helpful. But what really sold me on the Mosaic Floral Patent Leather are the stunning jewel tones. With shades of green, purple, red, and yellow, this shoe is elegant and versatile. I can wear it with anything!

Need a thong-style sandal? Take a look at the Aetrex Kendra. It has n adjustable hook and loop strap, so you can have a customized fit. The memory foam cushioning feels luxurious, and you can customize your support with the patented Mozaic Customization Technology. But the floral pattern…with shades of pink, green, and yellow and containing some detailed stitching and decorative studs, this shoe is just SO pretty that you’ll want to wear it all the time! With comfort and a beautiful floral pattern, this shoe is perfect for the beach, or to wear around town.

Flowers don’t have to be in bright colors, you can enjoy them in subtle patterns. An elegant and subtle floral shoe is the Pikolinos Puerto Vallarta 655-9638. This shoe is available in Nude Leather or Sandia Leather, and has a series of floral cut-prints and cutouts in the upper. I love the soft leather lining, and the gel and foam padded midsole – it makes a really comfortable wearing experience! The sole is slip resistant, and the hand sewn construction adds visual interest. There are a LOT of outstanding features to this shoe, not the least of which is the cute floral pattern!

Satisfy your need for floral motifs in your footwear with some of these or many other choices at footwearetc.com. Let your shoes improve your mood and make every step happy!

‘Tis the Season for Wedding Shoes!

Marchez Vous Mara

Seems like every June, invariably there’s a wedding I need to attend. (While I didn’t get married in June, apparently some folks think that this month is THE month to do so.) This year is no exception; latest wedding in my life occurs in mid-June. During the Decade of Dusty Rose (a.k.a. the 1980s), picking out shoes appropriate to wear was fairly simple: anything pink for women, anything black for men – especially if you happened to be IN the wedding. Fortunately, my days of being IN weddings are mostly over, but attending weddings is still an option. Therefore, finding appropriate shoes is paramount. They’ve got to be beautiful, but comfortable too. I personally find it abhorrent to have to ditch my beautiful shoes during an event to opt for some random flats because my feet hurt! Take a look at some shoes that might work for you for the entire event!

BeautiFeel is a flagship brand for dress shoes. They are handmade, and contain the highest quality leathers, latex, and other materials. The footbed is softly padded, and anatomically contoured to help provide support. The leather uppers are soft and luxurious, and since they are leather lined, they help keep your feet cool and dry. Best part of the shoe, however, is that it is GORGEOUS. I love the floral accent and the peep toe. The Blanche is available in Nude Sparkle Suede, perfect for the summer. It is elegant and timeless, the perfect shoe for that special occasion!

If you like wedges, definitely check out the Earthies Seria. It is another elegant shoe appropriate for your dressiest occasions, and comfortable enough to wear all through your event.  The gorgeous upper is created from soft, premium leather. The adjustable ankle strap ensures that the shoe stays properly on your foot. The rubber outsole provides extra cushioning as you walk, but the piece de resistance is really the Earthies wellness footbed. The cupped heel, anatomic arch support and cradled toe area provide outstanding support and help keep your feet in their natural alignment. Pressure is taken off your toes by that cradled toe area, so you’ll be able to enjoy your shoes for many hours on end. Available in Mauve Full Grain Leather or Black Full Grain Leather, the Earthies Seria is suitable for weddings or even less dressy occasions.

Slingback shoes never go out of style, and Marchez Vous has a stunning model in the Mara. Available in White, Black, or Red Leather, this shoe provides that extra special zip to any dressy outfit. This timeless design is a favorite of young and old alike; it looks good with all sorts of dressy attire. And the Poron cushioning in the footbed ensures that you can wear this shoe for many hours. The Italian styling is evident in this shoe, and its design is simple and incredibly elegant. This shoe could last for many years and be perfect for all sorts of formal occasions.

Men also have some great dress shoe options. Bostonian makes a classic slip-on shoe called the Corben. This shoe is available in Black or Tan Leather, and is classy and elegant. This loafer looks great with a suit or even a tuxedo, and provides exceptional comfort and style. The lightly cushioned EVA footbed provides soft comfort, and the dual vamp goring allows you to get the shoe on and off easily.

The Ecco Edinburgh comes in two different styles: the Bike Toe Tie, and the Buckle Slip-On. Each of them has classic elegance, clean styling, full grain leather uppers, and are remarkably comfortable. With options for a lace-up (which ensures a custom fit) or the ease of use of a buckle slip-on style, there’s a version of this shoe suitable for every man. Try it for special occasions, office wear, and beyond!

These models are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s available in dressy shoes appropriate for this wedding season. Find a model that’s just right for you, and have a great – and comfortable – time!

SoftWalk “Grey’s Anatomy” Brand: the Meredith!

Softwalk Meredith

If you’re a fan of the medical drama, “Grey’s Anatomy,” you can understand why medical professionals require easy to wear, comfortable shoes. The typical hospital setting does not give you any time at all to deal with discomfort of your own! You might need to be on your feet for extended hours at a time, and your feet will have to deal with whatever support your shoes contain. Clogs are often the choice for medical professionals as well as teachers, restaurant workers, and others who need to be on their feet all day long; but not all clogs are created equally. Hence, SoftWalk – which is known for its outstandingly comfortable shoes, sandals, and clogs – has come up with a special model of shoes honoring the TV show, “Grey’s Anatomy.”

SoftWalk has produced the model called Meredith. It’s a clog for women that is perfect for wearing all day long, and being on your feet all day long. Nurses in particular will love this shoe because it provides every benefit a nurse would need, and help alleviate any existing foot pain as well. Specifically, this shoe is lightweight and flexible, with slip-resistant rubber inserts in the sole – great for a busy ER, doctor’s office, or even a commercial kitchen. The upper has a nice, wide toe box so that your toes have room to move, yet your foot can stay secure in the shoe.

With its padded color and side v-elastic goring, the Meredith provides comfort properties that really make a difference as the hours spent in the shoe add up. The dual density footbed is ideal in supplying cushioning to pamper your feet all day long. That footbed is lined with a soft, antimicrobial microfiber lining with heel and arch inserts for great support. The lightweight, flexible outsole actually returns energy with each step you take. There’s even a nylon shank in the sole to help ensure that you stay stable in the shoe.

As with all SoftWalk shoes, the patented eggcrate footbed cushions your feet and makes you feel like you’re walking on air. It’s almost like you’re taking your feet to a spa, even if you’re just going to work!

And they’re cute! The Meredith comes in a variety of colors: Dark Grey Brush Off Leather, White Box Leather, Navy Leather, Black Patent Leather, Black Box Leather, Black Leather, and my personal favorite: White Floral Patent Leather. It’s the perfect shoe for nurses (especially if you enjoy wearing patterned scrubs). Any of the black leather clogs would be perfect to use in a restaurant setting. If you need a dressier shoe, try the black patent leather version!

SoftWalk products are perfect for everyday wear, and the Meredith in particular is great if you need slip resistance as well as outstanding cushioning and support. You don’t have to be a “Grey’s Anatomy” fan to appreciate the beautiful style and comfort that these shoes provide, but if you ARE a fan, you can doubly appreciate what medical professionals have to go through on a daily basis. Let SoftWalk’s Meredith help you get through YOUR days with comfort, control, and style!

Propet Rejuve Shoes: When Your Feet Need a Little Extra TLC

Propet Helen

Propet has long been a manufacturer that has offered quality footwear for a wide variety of sizes, or feet needing special care. Now, Propet has new technology that helps you restore your gait to its optimum position for wellness: Rejuve Motion Technology!

Designed by Podiatrist Dr. Harold Schoenhaus, the Rejuve Motion Technology is designed to cup your heel and give your foot correct alignment. This helps you control the position of your heel with each step you take. Without the features of the Rejuve Motion Technology system, your feet may not only start out being misaligned, your feet may pronate (roll inward) as you proceed through the gait cycle. This improper alignment as you walk can cause pain in your feet, knees, and even back. That is why the Rejuve Motion Technology system is so vital: to keep your feet in the optimal alignment so that you can reduce improper stress on your joints. Those of you with Plantar Fasciitis should take note: these shoes may help alleviate your symptoms!

The Rejuve Motion Technology system is built into a multi-layered footbed. The top sole is contoured, and contains an asymmetrical shape to add cushioning and stability. The cut-out deep heel seat contains a U-shaped design that provides lateral and medial support and a deep cup so that your foot remains aligned properly. The EVA Midsole is a layer of cushioning that provides excellent shock absorption. Lastly the rubber outsole supplies traction and excellent durability.

A great model that reflects this outstanding technology is the Women’s Helen. It is available in Gunsmoke/Pink Nubuck, or Denim Blue/Silver Nubuck. It’s a casual sandal that is perfect for everyday or weekend outings. The three hook-and-loop straps help ensure as customized a fit as you can get, and the microfiber sock lining helps keep your feet cool and comfortable. The upper contains comfort padding, so that you can not only feel that the shoe stays on and fits properly; it’s also soft on the top of your foot. The EVA midsole is cushioned for comfort all day long. Durability is ensured by the high performance rubber outsole, which also gives you some great traction!

If you’re looking for some phenomenal shoes that help keep your feet from pronating, as well as having a wide selection of sizes for feet needing extra TLC, check out the Women’s Propet Helen Rejuve. This may be the shoe that really sets you free from pain!