Have Back Pain? Try BackJoy !


Most people have lousy posture, particularly when they’re sitting. I know I’m guilty of this myself; it’s so easy to slouch in your seat, or torque your torso, or sit too far back. Now there are products that can really help make you feel better while you’re sitting: BackJoy seats!

These seats aren’t mere cushions. They actually improve your posture as you sit and engage your core muscles. It’s amazing how different you can feel just by having your back aligned properly!

BackJoy products are easy to use. All you do is sit down on the seat, and pull it forward so that the curved back hits the top of your hips.  You can use them anywhere, on hard or on soft seats. They are very portable; take them to the movies, or the office, or use in your car, or even on a bench.

Why does this make such a difference? The design of the BackJoy seat forces you to automatically align your body into proper posture position. When you sit on the seat, your body weight activates the seat’s patented Applied Postural Science™. That automatically tilts, cups, and floats your pelvis so that it’s in the optimum position for proper posture. It also engages your core muscles, which support your lumbar area and therefore reduce strain on your back. The seat even dynamically reacts to your body movement, so that you can remain aligned in your seat even if you move around.

There are two different models: the Relief, and the Posture +. The shape of each seat is the same, the main difference is that the Relief has some cushioning over the frame, whereas the Posture + has a rubbery material over the frame. The Relief is only available in black; the Posture + is available in Sea Blue, Red, Yellow, Fuchsia, and Orange. Both models work the same way and provide the same benefits.

Give your aching back a break – try out the seats from BackJoy!

Red Hot Shoes for Spring!

Red Shoes

Red is a really trendy color right now, and Footwear etc. has a ton of gorgeous shoes that you can wear for all sorts of occasions. I love bright, happy colors, and obviously lots of other folks do as well. Why not expand your footwear collection with some gorgeous red shoes? Take a look at some of these beauties…

Weil by Orthaheel Serenity – a wedge style sandal that has orthotic support! It’s a beautiful shoe with leather uppers and one adjustable buckle around the ankle.  I love the decorative knot in the upper – it really adds visual interest. But the real claim to fame of this wedge is the outstanding comfort. It’s even great for women who have plantar fasciitis! The added bonus is that this shoe – and all Orthaheel products – are recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association. You’ve got style and comfort in a really healthy shoe!

Arcopedico Shawna – this adorable Mary Jane is made from the finest leathers available! It has an anatomical footbed, and is incredibly lightweight and flexible. The accent stitching on the upper really embellishes the shoe, and the elastic  instep strap keeps the shoe on your foot securely. This is a great shoe for everyday wear.

Clarks Dunbar Racer – this is the ultimate driving shoe and easy-to-wear slip on.  This casual moccasin-style is made from soft leather and has a bow embellishment on the top of the shoe. You’ll love the cushioning of the footbed as well as the great traction of the outsole. Don’t scuff the back of your heels in your car ever again, use this shoe instead!

Finn Comfort Gomera – this may be the single most comfortable red shoe you ever own. Handmade in Germany, this shoe has a smooth leather lining and soft, suede-covered insole. The shoe contains an anatomical, removable footbed, and the outsole provides outstanding durability and shock absorption. With detailed stitching and a metal button accent, this fantastic shoe is elegant enough to wear every day or for a night on the town.

Ziera Dizzy – with a wood-grained wedge and phenomenal cushioning, this shoe is perfect to wear with any attire. The beautiful flower on the upper is a great design feature, and hook-and-loop strap ensures that your foot will stay where it’s supposed to! This is an open-toe Mary Jane style that will find the perfect place in your wardrobe.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of those red hot shoes in stock at Footwear etc. Add some zing to your wardrobe this Spring!

Great Shoes for Outdoor Adventures!

 Merrell Mix Master

With great weather comes great opportunities to get outside and have a good time. You need to have shoes that will fit your needs, so check out the “outdoor” shoes for men and women at Footwear etc.! They are casual, rugged, and appropriate for a variety of outdoor activities. Here are a few examples:

A phenomenal all-around hiking/outdoor activities shoe is the New Balance Multi-Sport Outdoor Shoe. This waterproof shoe is available in both men’s and women’s sizes, and is a fantastic, all-around shoe for the great outdoors. It’s lightweight and supportive, yet has a has a lugged outsole that’s rugged enough for a day on the trail.  The Gore-Tex lining makes the shoe waterproof and breathable so that your feet can stay comfortable all day long. This might just be the perfect shoe for the Great Outdoors!

Shoes using Barefoot technology include the Merrell Barefoot series, or the Vibram Fivefingers products. These shoes protect your feet against rocks and rough terrain, but still allow you to feel the ground beneath your feet – almost as you would if you were barefoot. The biggest difference between these brands is that the Vibram Fivefingers keeps your toes separated, whereas the Merrell does not. Both have Vibram outsoles and are very breathable so that your feet can stay cool and comfortable.

The ultimate in outdoor shoes has to be from Merrell. There are a bunch of models suitable for all sorts of outdoor activities; from hiking, to lounging. One of the most popular hiking boots is the Merrell Moab. Available for both men and women, this boot provides all the support and durability you could ever need on the trail. The anatomical footbed provides support, the air cushion in the heel absorbs shock, the Gore-Tex lining helps keep your feet dry, and the Vibram outsole contains outstanding durability and traction. You’ll love taking this out for your weekend hikes. I also really like the Merrell Mix Master Glide. It’s a great shoe featuring barefoot technology, and has the rugged Vibram outsole that will protect your feet from rocks, uneven pavement, etc.

Don’t stay shut indoors during the beautiful weather, get outside and try out some of the outstanding shoes Footwear etc. carries for those outdoor adventures. Your shoes don’t have to slow you down!


New BeautiFeel Flats and Sandals!

BeautiFeel Flats

I love it when Footwear etc. gets in new models from one of our most luxurious brands, BeautiFeel. These shoes contain the absolute highest quality, all-natural materials, and are elegantly styled so that you can wear them for dress casual or highly dressy occasions. Outstanding support and cushioning are hallmarks of this brand as well as the superlative workmanship, and a pair of these shoes is truly a treat for your feet and your wardrobe. Here are a few new additions to the collection:

The Women’s Elle – this flat is beautiful enough to wear for formal occasions, yet still works for dress casual situations. With the phenomenal arch support and padding, you could wear them for hours on end. I love the shimmery embossed suede with patent leather toe. This shoe is available in Black Glitter Suede or Taupe Snake Combi Leather, and could easily become your favorite shoe!

The Women’s Linda – a gorgeous slingback containing elastic stretch at the heel. This dressy sandal is perfect for any sort of formal or workplace attire. The footbed is soft and even has memory foam properties, while the outsole provides great shock absorption. The 1 ½” heel is just the right size so that you can be on your feet for hours, or dance the night away! It’s available in Champagne Luminous Suede or Black Luminous Suede, and is a fantastic choice for SO many applications.

The Women’s Rosi – a casual sandal that would be suitable with dressy slacks or even casual summer wear. The footbed is pillow soft, and cushioned so that you can wear the shoe all day long. Available in Black Snake Combi Leather and Taupe Snake Combi Leather, this sandal is very adjustable due to its dual instep straps metatarsal strap. The asymmetrical upper design adds visual interest, while the polyurethane outsole provides stability and outstanding traction. It’s a fantastic shoe for every day.

Check out these and many other new flats and sandals from BeautiFeel. Give your feet a bit of luxury!



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!