Spring has Sprung! Update Your Wardrobe with Some Great New Bags from Hobo International!

I love any excuse to have retail therapy, and given the great weather in the spring, I especially love getting new colors and patterns in my wardrobe. An easy way to do that is to update your wallet, purse, clutch, etc. Hobo International has some gorgeous new styles and colors in bags to bring you out of the gloom of Winter into the glory of Spring!

Hobo Bags

You can never have too many wallets. I particularly like the Hobo International Lauren. It’s a double frame clutch wallet with brushed nickel hardware and made from Italian top-grain leather. It’s available in Sunflower, Jade, Magenta, and Stingray (a pebble finish) Leather, and is absolutely luxurious. It’s perfect for use by itself, or toss it into your handbag.

Cross-body bags are another favorite style of mine. It’s so convenient to be able to carry a bag securely across your body, thus freeing up both hands to do whatever you need them to do. These are perfect for when I travel, or go to the farmer’s market, or just want to be unencumbered yet still have my bag with me. A beautiful new design is the Mara. Available in Bordeaux Vintage, Mocha Vintage, Black Vintage and Stingray Leather, this bag is actually dressy! The zipper pockets hold a lot of items, so you don’t have to be out and about without items you need.

Need a wristlet? Check out the Joann! This gem of a bag is especially stylish due to the two colors of leather on each bag. The color blocked version is available in Caramel/Black or Jade/Caramel leather. If you prefer a solid color, this bag is also available in black. While it has no outside pockets, there is a slip pocket, a zippered pocket, and slots for your credit cards. It’s also embellished with shiny nickel hardware! You’ll be thrilled at how versatile this bag will be in your life.

These are just a few of the new bags available from Hobo International. Treat yourself to a great new wallet or bag this season!


Another Fun Brand of Shoes: New Face!

Need a casual shoe? Check out our brand spanking new shoes from New Face. They’re crafted in Brazil, and have some really unique design features that you’ll love! With man-made or leather uppers, soft padded footbeds, synthetic outsoles, these models have casual, contemporary styling and great comfort! Here are a few examples:

New Face CantoThe New Face Women’s Canto: this casual, athletic-styled shoe is incredibly lightweight. I absolutely love the polka dots on the upper! This sporty sneaker is perfect for casual occasions, and the decorative stitching across the toe and heel really add flair. The Canto is available in Black Preto, Teal Musgo, or Sand Areia Synthetic. Give yourself a real treat with this casual shoe!

New Face KukaMen have a stylish option in the New Face Men’s Kuka. It’s a slide with a premium leather upper and is suitable for any casual or weekend wear. Need a great shoe to take to the beach? Here you go! The comfy footbed also makes this shoe perfect when you just need a quick “slide on your foot and go” shoe.

New Face CassiaLike Flowers? Like lots of color? Check out the women’s Cassia. It’s a flip flop with a happy, bright-colored floral accent on the upper. With the variety of colors in this shoe, you could wear it with any of your casual clothing! It’s a great all-purpose flip flop, and you can even wear it with dressier slacks and capris!

Check out the fun models from New Face. You’ll love the comfort and casual style!


Introducing the “Mercedes Benz” of Socks: Falke!

If you’re buying expensive shoes to treat your feet well, why not get top quality socks as well? Footwear etc. is pleased to announce that it is now carrying a brand that’s been around since 1895, Falke.

These are not just ordinary socks. These are luxury socks – made from the finest yarn materials in the world. If you’re getting shoes that are good for your feet, why not get some phenomenal socks to go with them?

Falke socksYou will LOVE the way Falke socks feel. Most of them are made from Egyptian Karnac cotton. This is one of the most luxurious yarns on the market. Some models are made from Fil d’Ecosse cotton, which is a Mercerized cotton treatment that gives the yarns better dye affinity, luster, strength and resistance to mildew. Not only that, each sock is anatomically shaped for optimum fit. The pressure-free, hand-linked toes are actually Diabetic friendly (although not specifically RATED for Diabetics). They even help regulate temperature and provide breathability. The reinforced heel and toe are great for both comfort as well as durability.

Currently these socks are available in black, but other colors will be added online soon. See what true luxury feels like on your feet, and check out the Falke socks!


Welcome Back, Gabor Shoes!

We carried this brand a few years ago, and now it’s back with some gorgeous and comfy new styles. Gabor has been around over 60 years, and makes traditional and fashion-forward styles out of extremely high quality materials. There’s lots of good stuff in this brand: shock absorption, softness, replaceable or integrated footbeds, and support. They won’t even lose their shape over time! Check out some of these models:

Gabor 64.169The Gabor Women’s 64.169. This perforated flat is available in Lavato Fumo Grey Nutuck, Lavato Fragola Red Nubuck, and Lavato Schwarz Black Nubuck.  The beautiful cut-out detailing really dresses up this shoe, and along with the leather lining helps keep your feet well ventilated. I love that this shoe can go with almost anything in my wardrobe. You could use it for casual OR dressy wear. What’s not to love?

Gabor 65.852The Gabor Women’s 65.852. This ankle band sandal is a beautiful shoe for dressy wear, although you could certainly make it work with more casual attire as well. It’s an elegant model with a Velcro strap around the ankle for complete adjustability. The low heel makes this shoe incredibly comfortable, yet adds a stylish flair. I can’t wait to wear this out dancing!

Gabor 62.741The Gabor Women’s 62.741. This is a t-strap slide with a patent-leather upper that’s perfect for summertime! You can get a custom fit with the adjustable buckle strap, and the leather-covered footbed is cushioned for extra comfort. I like the fact that this shoe is suitable to wear with dresses or jeans, depending on your mood! It’s a great shoe for the warm weather.

Take a look at the new models by Gabor. Their comfy styles are timeless.

New Brand in the House…Rieker!

I have a friend who LOVES this brand and has worn them for years, so I’m excited to announce that Footwear etc. now carries Rieker shoes. This brand has been around since 1874, and has evolved into a manufacturer of fantastically stylish and comfortable shoes. What I like best about them is that they are really lightweight. Also, anything that’s DESIGNED to take stress out of my life is a great thing, and the Antistress sole provides phenomenal shock absorption. These casual shoes are easy to wear and can be appropriate for casual outings or even work. Here are a few favorites:

Rieker DorisThe Rieker Women’s Doris: I love this Mary Jane-styled shoe. It’s a great everyday shoe with beautiful cut-out details. The flexibility is outstanding; there’s no pinching anywhere! The soles absorb shock so well that I feel like I can walk for hours in this shoe. It’s available in Stone Beige or Sportweiss White Leather, and is a must-have shoe for the spring!

Rieker MirjamThe Rieker Women’s Mirjam: Here’s a dressier shoe that you can even wear to work! It’s a sling-back Mary Jane with a 1.5” heel. Available in White Dust/Silver Leather, it’s neutral enough to go with almost anything in your wardrobe. I love the metal button and cut-out detailing on this shoe.

Rieker RobertaThe Rieker Women’s Roberta: This dressy wedge sandal is definitely on my list to purchase this spring. I love the feminine detailing of the floral zipper accent on the top of the shoe, and the contrasting colors in the wedge sole. Even though this is a fancier shoe than some of the other Riekers, it’s still amazingly comfortable and lightweight. I’m looking forward to taking this shoe out on the weekends to some favorite clubs. I know I’ll be able to dance for hours in them!

Check out the new kid on the block, Rieker. These fun shoes are perfect for all of your casual occasions!