Make No Mistake: Danskos Aren’t Just Clogs!

I love Dansko shoes. I even own 3 pairs of them. And each of them is wildly different from the other. Two of them are clogs (and each is radically from the other), but “one of these things is not like the others….” Yes, Dansko makes shoes that bear little resemblance to clogs! Yet with every Dansko product, your feet will have the same phenomenal benefits from these marvelously supportive shoes. What makes these shoes so special?

Rocker bottom sole – the back of the heel and the toe box are curved upward, so that as you walk, you rock forward. This takes pressure off your plantar fascia, and can alleviate foot pain. Yet this sole does provide outstanding stability, allowing you to stand for hours!

Superlative shock absorption – the wider heel provides lateral stability and more supportive heel strike. And the durable outsole actually provides shock absorption similar to that of athletic shoes!

Many models are certified slip resistant, and Danskos are endorsed by the American Podiatric Association. These stylish shoes are really good for your feet!

My first pair of Danskos is a Mary Jane style, similar to the Marcelle. I’ve been able to wear them with dressy clothes, with jeans, to work, out on the town, etc. I can stand for hours (and I have!) in these shoes. Their support is outstanding.

I recently got a pair of clogs that are different from any I’d seen before: the Kelsey. The outsole is more cushioned than any other clogs, and the insole actually has soft foam that conforms to my feet! These are phenomenally comfortable, and are the perfect casual shoe for everyday wear.

My all-time favorite, however, is Dansko’s flagship shoe: the Professional. I have it in Cordovan Cabrio Leather, which is a great color to wear with lots of different outfits. This is my go-to shoe for when my feet hurt. In fact, when I visited my podiatrist, these were the shoes she was wearing! I’ve also noticed these shoes on many medical professionals at our local clinic. The sole is fairly rigid, yet you can feel the support and they are incredibly comfortable even if you have to stand for long periods of time. I can truly understand why the American Podiatric Association endorses this shoe; my feet always feel better when I wear these. You can even choose colors and patterns to reflect your personality! (Green snakeskin, anyone?)

I am delighted to see that Dansko also offers boots, shoes that look like pumps, sandals and slides, and an assortment of shoes for men and kids as well! Dansko is always coming out with new styles, and I’m always excited to see what’s available. I feel like any style they come up with is going to pamper my feet, so I try to get styles to reflect my mood. Check out the wide variety of possibilities with Dansko!

My “Go-to” Brand for Elegance: BeautiFeel

There is just something about BeautiFeel shoes that makes me feel special. Maybe it’s the fact that they are hand made from the finest quality leather. Maybe it’s because they are incredibly cushioned, which my feet LOVE. Maybe it’s because the lining breathes well, which keeps my feet cool and comfortable. Or maybe it’s just because of the gorgeous styles available.

I really love the BeautiFeel Star, in clay/brown suede and patent leather. With a 2 ½” heel, it gives me a little height but provides stability so I won’t look like I’m teetering on my feet! The leather rose detail across the top of the shoe adds some femininity to an already classy-looking shoe. And the cushy insole also helps absorb shock, making the shoe even more comfortable to wear. Gorgeous shoe, superior comfort.

The Camille is a fantastic dress sandal. You can really feel the quality in the soft, Italian leather. This particular style is so versatile that you could wear it with a cocktail dress, or even work clothes. (I’ve done both!) Comfortable, breathable, cushioned and fashion-forward, this sandal has everything you’d want for dressy occasions.

Sometimes only a boot will do. I love to wear short boots under slacks; they really dress up the entire outfit. BeautiFeel’s Valeria fits the bill in spades! This lovely boot, which is available in two-toned leather or all black, is so comfortable yet so stylish! It almost takes me back to the Victorian age, when boots with buttons were all the rage. Yet this boot has a timeless style, appropriate for today’s woman looking for classic elegance. And of course the soft, supple leather makes you feel like a queen in these boots!

Need to feel pampered? Check out the fabulous styles by BeautiFeel. All of us deserve to have gorgeous, hand-made shoes that are actually comfortable. You’re worth it!

It’s Not Too Late for UGG Boots – Especially the Classic Mini!

I’ve been fascinated by the wide variety of boots offered by UGG Australia this year. It seems like there’s something for everyone. There are boots for snow, there are boots that are in a wide variety of colors, there are boots in different heights. The Bailey Button Triplet has been extremely popular this winter – and they look great with your pant legs tucked in. For those of us who aren’t wild about doing that, there’s the perfect boot for us: the Classic Mini Kimono.

With a 5” shaft, the Classic Mini Kimono is really an “ankle boot”. It fits just over your foot and your ankle, and provides all the cozy comfort of all of UGG’s styles. The soft foam insole is covered with sheepskin for a very cushy and warm feeling and wicks away moisture to keep your feet warm and dry. The EVA outsole helps provide traction in slick weather. But that’s not all; the top of the boot is etched with a pretty Kimono Flower design! I’m delighted that I can wear this boot with any of my slacks and have them look great. No worries about having to tuck anything in; these boots will work very well under anything but slacks that are very tight around the ankle. (Then you could tuck THOSE in!)

The UGG Classic Mini Kimono is available in Chestnut or Grey sheepskin. Don’t miss out on another really cute boot from UGG Australia. The Classic Mini Kimono provides great comfort, warmth and style!

New MBT Models for Spring!

MBT fans can rejoice at the gorgeous new styles from MBT this spring. Long gone are the days of few choices; there are literally loads of shoes you can wear for all different occasions. Men and women both have many styles to choose from, so there’s a great feeling shoe for every occasion, and every person! And all of these shoes have MBT’s patented rocker sole, which takes pressure off your joints, creates natural instability to make you walk and stand straighter, help you tone muscles, and can alleviate many types of back, hip, and foot pain.

Women’s styles include:

Katika – a great little sandal for warm weather. You can get a truly custom fit from the hook and loop closures on top of the foot and around the ankle. It’s a sporty and versatile sandal available in black, brown, and birch.

Kesho Mary Jane – a classy-looking Mary Jane in soft nubuck leather you can use for sporty or dressy applications. This shoe is available in black, tan, and military to give you lots of fashion choices.

Mahuta – sporty athletic-styled shoe that’s perfect for those power walks, or even power shopping at the mall. Available in aqua and white mesh to keep your feet cool and comfortable.

Meli – rocker sole technology meets “boat shoe” style! Available in navy or tan, this shoe lets you have some fun with this very different style for MBTs!

Nafasi – a great little oxford that you’ll want to wear all the time. Pamper your feet in this stylish shoe that’s available in white or black with full and split-grain leather.

Pia – a dressy, streamlined sandal perfect for work or a night out on the town. Available in black and beige, the Pia offers a customized fit with hook and loop closures at the top of your foot and around the ankle.

Tabia – now MBT makes sporty slides! So easy to wear, so versatile for your wardrobe. Available in caviar black and tan, this comfy slide will be a summer favorite!

Men also have some fantastic new styles available:

Asante- if you love loafers, you’ll really love the Asante. It has the classic loafer style we all love, combined with MBT’s phenomenal rocker sole technology. This shoe looks great with a suit, or even with jeans. You’ll love this comfortable, versatile shoe that’s available in black full-grain leather.

Jawabu – a light and airy sandal that will keep your feet comfortable all summer long. Available in black and chocolate.
Mahuta – a great all-around athletic-styled shoe that you’ll love wearing anytime. Available in blue mesh or white mesh, this stylish shoe will have you looking forward to those fitness walks!

Meli – now you can have a “boat shoe” style for casual wear. Try them out in navy or sand for complete wardrobe versatility.

Nafasi – this casual oxford is available in several colors that you’ll love: black, white, charcoal, and syrup! You’ll have a hard time deciding which one you like best. Check out this fantastic new style for comfort anytime.

All of the Spring 2011 models are available for pre-order right now, and will be in stock and ready for delivery by mid-February. Get ready for warm weather with these great new styles! Your feet will love the TLC that these shoes provide. MBT is the gold standard for rocker-sole shoes; make the investment for yourself!

Fit Flops: Not Just “Thong-style” Shoes anymore!

FitFlops are great toning shoes. And until just recently, the styles were pretty much limited to “thong-style.” Wonderful for warm weather, a little more challenging to use during cool, damp months. Fortunately, FitFlops are now available in a variety of styles that you can enjoy year-round!

The Supertone is FitFlop’s foray into the sneaker market. And you don’t have to advertise that they are “toning” shoes; FitFlop has specifically designed this shoe to utilize its patented Microwobbleboard technology yet not look like a toning shoe. The upper is available in Pewter, White or Black leather, and looks great with all sorts of casual attire. It’s perfect if you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a toning shoe!

Boots are also a welcome addition to FitFlop’s catalog of models. The Mukluk, as indicated by its name, combines the Microwobbleboard technology with a comfortable, warm, sheepskin upper. Here’s your go-to boot for cold weather! Available in Black or Smoke, the Mukluk will keep your feet toned and toasty all winter long.  And for sufferers of Plantar Fasciitis, finally here’s a warm boot that won’t hurt your feet!

Another great looking boot is the Superboot Short. These leather, pull-on boots are very stylish and work well with skirts or jeans. The soft, flexible fit will keep your feet and ankles comfortable while you walk, and the midsole will keep you toned! Choose Chocolate or Black leather for all your wardrobe needs!

So keep FitFlops in mind when you choose shoes during the winter. Be stylish and warm as you tone!