Fabulous New Arrivals from Alegria!

Alegria Roar

If you love mild rocker soles, great support, and Really Happy colors and patterns, look no further than Alegria. These shoes have been incredibly popular among health care professionals, people who spend a lot of time on their feet, and anyone who loves shoes that are anything but boring! Wearers have also reported that due to the mild rocker, outstanding support, and good arch support, Plantar Fasciitis symptoms have been alleviated.

Alegria footwear in general contains some fantastic features, like: a slip-resistant outsole; stain-proof coating on the leather; a removable footbed in case you want to use your own custom orthotics; a mild rocker outsole, which helps propel you forward as you walk; and a fantastic footbed made up of cork, memory foam, and latex that molds to the contours of your feet. No wonder nurses love them so much!

My favorite feature of Alegria shoes is the variety of colors and patterns within each model. You can’t help but be happy with these vivid colors and patterns!

Some new arrivals include:

The Women’s Alegria Debra Professional: this slip-on shoe is now available in Buttercup leather, which is a floral pattern on a black background. This shoe is very easy to wear since it’s easy to get on and off, and this model has proven to be very popular. I love flowers, so this pattern is right up my alley! Other new colors/patterns of the Debra Professional include Flight Leather, which is a blue feather print; the Paisley Party Leather, which has a multi-colored paisley print on a black background; and the Yolo Leather, which has writings in several languages on a black background.

If you like Mary Janes, check out the Alegria Dayna. It is now available in Squaresville Leather, which is a subtle purple-blue-green pattern of squares; and Shape Leather, which contains neon-colored squares, triangles, and circles on a black background. These shoes are feminine, youthful, and fun to wear!

Alegria also makes some fabulous boots. The Kris is a mid-calf leather boot with a side zipper and adjustable straps. Available in Black Butter Leather, Drifted Leather, or Tawny Leather, this beautiful boot has classic styling and outstanding versatility in its design. The buckle straps are subtle yet decorative, and the soft leather feels luxurious.

Ankle boots are also represented in the collection, like the Ever. This ankle boot has elastic goring and an inside zipper, which makes it easy to get on and off.  Available in great colors and patterns like Stone Wall leather, Black Napa leather, Metal Springs Leather (with a beautiful floral pattern), and Roar Leather (having an animal print pattern), this boot holds wide appeal for those with conservative or more eclectic tastes. The comfort level is unparalleled among ankle boots!

Another fantastic new model is the Taylor. It’s a slip-on shoe reminiscent of a penny loafer. It’s dressy enough to wear to the office, yet casual enough to wear out on the town. The comfort you get from this classic style is amazing, and I love that it is suitable for casual Fridays as well as meeting up with friends.

For great support, classic styles with interesting colors and patterns, and outstanding comfort, try one of the many models of footwear from Alegria. Let those fun styles and patterns make you happy!



When Plantar Fasciitis Flares Up: What Shoes do I Choose?

Naot Kirei

Since my very first bout with Plantar Fasciitis a few years ago, I’ve had flare ups every few months. I try to wear sensible shoes, and I do exercises that my podiatrist prescribed for me, but now and then I still have to deal with this pesky and painful condition. Certain shoes, however, make my feet feel better during these times. What you need to remember, especially during flare-ups, is that the key to getting through it and choosing the right footwear is picking shoes that have outstanding support. The shoes don’t have to be cushioned, just really supportive. Avoid high heels. A mild rocker sole is helpful; it propels you forward as you walk. A deep heel cup helps keep your foot in its anatomically correct position. But first and foremost: be sure to have adequate arch support. Here are my go-to shoes for when the flare-ups happen:

Dansko Professional Clog: I’ve been a huge Dansko fan for many years, and back when I had a job where I was on my feet a lot of the time, I found that these shoes made a huge difference in the quality of my day. Now when I feel those stabbing pains in my heel, I know that I need a really supportive shoe. Even though the footbed of the Professional is hard, the support that the shoe gives me makes all the difference in the world. The firmness of the footbed actually feels good!

I also really like my Naot Mary Janes. I happen to have the Toatoa, but the Kirei is also really popular and comfortable as well. The anatomically correct cork footbed molds to my feet, providing support exactly where I need it. With this extra support, it helps my balance, and gives my feet the break they need. They are casual enough to wear with jeans, yet are dressy enough to wear with a skirt.

Any of my Vionic with Orthaheel Technology shoes. The absolute best slipper I have ever owned is the Gemma Luxe. This clog-styled slipper provides phenomenal arch support and stability. I always feel like my entire body is realigned back to its proper position when I wear these. My favorite winter dress boot is the Point – it’s the perfect bootie to wear to work and go out afterwards. With other brands, I’d have to bring a pair of flats along with me to save my aching feet, but I don’t have to do that with the point. The heel is just chunky enough to give me adequate stability, the arch support is the usual superb amount that all Vionic products provide, and I love how it’s dressy and easy to get on and off, yet is comfortable enough for this non-heels person to actually wear a heel now and then.

Lastly, there are the MBT shoes. While there have been no actual medical studies done to prove that the rocker sole technology helps Plantar Fasciitis symptoms, many customers report that the rolling motion helps alleviate their pain. I find that the rocker sole helps my feet feel better as well.

What are your go-to shoes when you experience pain from Plantar Fasciitis? We’d love to hear what helps you!



Top Selling Products this Season!

UGG Azalea

Here at Footwear etc., we have a wide variety of types of footwear, from over 120 brands. This holiday season, there are a few brands and items that are incredibly popular and are flying off the shelves! Here’s a sampling of what’s in demand this season:

UGG products. In particular, the Women’s Azalea, the Alena slipper, and the Men’s Ascot slipper are proving to be the hottest items this season. Made from genuine high quality twinface sheepskin, all of these UGG boots and slippers are known for their softness and comfort, and each of these styles is especially sought after during these cold-weather months. The Azalea is similar to the very popular Bailey Button with its cuffable shaft and button closure, but the button is metal and there are suede tassels and decorative metal charm accents for extra visual interest. It’s a very versatile boot and can be worn with a wide variety of outfits. The Alena just happens to be one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2014, and sports a high collared back to help keep your feet extra warm and cozy. If you like little booties for slippers, this is the ultimate in luxury! The UGG Ascot is a luxurious leather and sheepskin slipper for men. This model has been around for many years, and is continually popular. Men can have soft, cozy comfort this season too!

Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Gemma Luxe Slipper. This outstanding clog-style slipper provides the utmost in luxurious, supportive comfort. I personally have never owned such a supportive slipper in any brand. When my Plantar Fasciitis kicks in, I make sure to wear this slipper around the house. It’s soft and cozy with its faux fur, and I love the phenomenal arch support. It’s also a great slipper to wear when you want to dash outside to get the paper; the sole is durable enough to wear outdoors. This popular clog is available in a variety of colors and patterns, and is sure to be a hit at your house too.

Handbags are also incredibly popular. The Liebeskind Vanessa is a very sought-after bag that is versatile enough to use with dressy or casual attire. Its soft, 100% cow leather is luxurious, and the bag can actually be used as a tote or as a crossbody bag. This is the perfect bag for everyday use and beyond. You can carry everything you could possibly need during the course of your busy day in here.

One of my all-time favorite Naot shoes, the Kirei. This Mary Jane-styled shoe is so easy to wear that you’ll want to wear them all the time. The cork insoles mold to your feet, providing outstanding support and comfort. The combination of leather and suede in the upper adds visual interest, and you can get a custom fit with the hook and loop strap. This model is available in a variety of colors, and looks great with slacks or skirts. The best part of this shoe is that you can wear this all day long and your feet will still feel great.

MBT shoes. With the resurgence of MBT footwear under its new ownership, this brand is coming back stronger than ever. Two athletic models that are extremely popular right now are the Jengo Sport for men, and the Jahi Sport for women. Each is a sporty lace-up shoe that is perfect for walking or running. The synthetic mesh upper helps keep air flowing so that your feet remain cool and dry. With both of these models, you can remove the insoles and replace them with your own orthotic insoles if necessary. They also contain a moderately aggressive sole – the Dynamic sole – which provides a medium level of rock and an average level of instability.

These are just a few of the top sellers this season at Footwear etc. Which one is on YOUR must-have list?


As Seen in “The Hunger Games:” the Naot Dafna Scout Boot!

Naot Davna Scout

If you love “The Hunger Games” movies, here’s something else to love: the Naot Dafna
Scout boot! It is the actual model of boots that were worn during the filming of “Mocking Jay, Parts 1 & 2. “ If it’s good enough for Katniss Everdeen, it’s good enough for you!

Military in style, this hiking boot is as versatile as it is famous! What makes this boot so special? It’s all about the comfort and durability. It’s rugged; you can wear it out in the woods, on uneven terrain, out on the trail, etc. The canvas upper is breathable and tough, and you can depend on the polyurethane sole to hold up over time. But it’s the part you don’t immediately see that makes this boot so comfortable: the cork footbed. Made from latex and cork with a memory foam front and covered in microfiber, the footbed actually molds to your foot, and provides incredible comfort as it supplies a custom fit. You can rely on superior shock absorption (perfect if you’re running away from tributes!) as well as arch support and a deep heel cup to protect the heel bone and provide stability.

These boots, like all Naot products, are made on a kibbutz in northern Israel. Naot supplied over 600 pairs of the Dafna Scout boot for use in the making of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.” That’s a lot of army boots!

The boot is available in both Grey Canvas and Black Canvas, for both men and women.  This is a fabulous hiking boot for anyone, and if you like military style, this is definitely for you!

Check out the Naot Dafna Scout Boot – it’s perfect for rugged wear in Panem and beyond!

Footwear etc.’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

UGG Alena

‘Tis the season to go shopping for your friends and family, and Footwear etc. is pleased to present some of its most popular items for the holiday season. There are so many options from which to choose, you’ll love the fantastic selection of footwear and accessories for men, women, and children! What are some particular favorites this holiday season? Here are some best sellers:

Sheepskin boots. Footwear etc. carries a bunch of phenomenal slippers for men, women, and children. Need a nice, cozy, sheepskin slipper? Check out the models from UGG Australia and EMU Australia. UGG Boots are incredibly popular as gifts, and provide lasting warmth and comfort. The wide variety of models available can appeal to almost anyone! Never go through a winter with cold feet when you can get a warm and cozy pair of UGG boots. EMU sheepskin boots are also fantastic. They are warm and cozy from their high–quality sheepskin, and have great style as well. You’ll LOVE the versions for kids with all the animal patterns! I also really enjoy the Charlotte Oak, which is part of the waterproof collection. Who knew you could get a sheepskin boot wet and still have dry feet and undamaged sheepskin?

Slippers are also hugely popular at this time of year. My favorite slipper is the Vionic Gemma Luxe slipper. It’s available in several colors and has a soft, furry outsole and footbed. I really appreciate the outstanding arch support and deep heel cup for support that you get with this slipper; that sort of thing is hard to find in any slipper! The Men’s Acorn Fave Gore Slippers is a great choice for men. It contains luxurious wool-blend tweed uppers that are lined in microfleece that wicks moisture. The footbed is lined with Sherpa fleece, so you’ll love how they feel.  One of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2014 is the UGG Australia Women’s Alena. This high-baked bootie slipper has decorative stitching, a bow, and a lug sole so that you can wear it outside. It’s even available in 3 colors!

Socks are also a great gift for the holidays. If you love fun prints, check out the selection from Socksmith and Davco. Some of the prints are seasonal; some of them have classic designs. There’s truly a sock pattern for everyone!

Planning to travel? How about an Icon Unisex Luggage Tag? I can personally attest that this helps keep your bag from getting lost. If you’ve got a bag that looks like many other bags, set it apart with an Icon Luggage Tag. (And doing so displays some great artwork!)

Many women love new handbags, and there are some gorgeous choices from Baggalini, Liebeskind, Hobo, and Anuschka (among others). From wallets to crossbody bags to satchels, the selection of handbags is outstanding. You can find them in luxurious leathers, or nylon, or even hand-painted leather!

If one of your loved ones is suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, a fantastic product is the Feetures! Plantar Fasciitis sleeve. It puts support just in the areas that need it, and can even be worn with shoes. These sleeves have been f lying off the shelves here at Footwear etc., so consider this for those you know who could benefit from it!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of possibilities. So check out these and many other gift ideas at Footwear etc. today!