Pleats for Decorative Flair!

Who knew that pleats could be so attractive on footwear? I’ve seen it for years in clothing, but recently a bunch of shoe manufacturers have come out with really cute designs featuring pleats, and I really like them! See if you agree with me…

The Romika Women’s Citylight 07 bootie has pleats from just under the toe box all the way up the ankle! I think it really adds visual interest, and makes for a very interesting shoe! The side zipper makes the bootie easy to get on and off, and the contoured footbed provides good support. Cute, AND comfortable!

The Earth Women’s Zinnia bootie features cascading pleats that wrap the forefoot for interest, and I think it really looks beautiful.  Combine that with the latex cushioned footbed and reinforced arch, and you have a boot that everyone could love.

The Alegria Women’s Belle features pleating at the top of the foot. Why have a plain Mary Jane when you can have pleated accents? This beautiful, casual flat is perfect for everyday wear, and since the footbed contains latex, memory foam and cork, you can make it through the entire day in comfort. I particularly love the arch support and mild rocker sole of Alegria shoes, and this pleated version really works for me.

Another great everyday shoe is the Naot Korari. I love the two-toned color of the shoe, and the black pleated detail adds an air of elegance. As with all Naot shoes, the cork insole provides phenomenal comfort. But I really enjoy the contrast between the smooth brown leather and the black pleated fabric on the upper. This is definitely a shoe providing a lot of visual interest!

These are only a few of the many options in pleated footwear. Check out footwearetc.com for a lot more beautiful styles to choose from!

 

Fabulous Flats for All Year Round

I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible time wearing high heels. Even when I was younger, my feet just rebelled after a few hours. It’s not surprising; our feet simply weren’t designed to wear that type of footwear. Even Beyonce – as reported in Women’s Day magazine – decided to give up her signature heels for flats after the birth of her daughter. She found that she preferred wearing flats while walking around holding her daughter. So if you needed celebrity validation for ditching your heels, here it is!

But don’t assume that just because you’re wearing flats, you’re not wearing stylish shoes. On the contrary! There are tons and tons of flats that are gorgeous, provide great support, and let you feel comfortable and classy all day long.

One of my favorite dressy flats is the Earthies Vardo. Available in Black or Dark Taupe Suede, it also contains a gorgeous beaded design on the upper. I would have no qualms wearing this with my dressiest outfits, and I’d be assured of being comfortable for whatever event I’d attend. The cupped heel, anatomic arch and cradled toe area of this shoe makes for a wonderful wearing experience. Check it out!

Taos makes a beautiful flat in the Repleat. I love the scrunchy styled upper and the rich leather used in this shoe. It even contains the Aegis microbe shield, which protects against odor and deterioration of the footbed. This is a fantastic everyday shoe.

An elegant flat is the BeautiFeel Skyler. It’s a two-toned shoe with a patent-leather toe, with the rest of the shoe in suede. Available in Black or Champagne Luminous Suede, you could easily wear this for your dressy occasions or to the workplace. And with all BeautiFeel shoes, you can’t beat the handmade quality. Plus, who wouldn’t want to wear a shoe that not only has an anatomically contoured footbed, but also superior cushioning? You will LOVE the way these shoes feel.

One of the most versatile flats I’ve come across is the Clarks Un.Signal. Available in Black, Dark Brown, or Navy leather, this flat is suitable to wear with casual or dressy clothing. I particularly like the contrasting suede accents on the upper, and the arch support and soft leather linings are really comfortable. I could wear this shoe all day and then some!

Don’t kill your feet and your back with high heels. Check out all the choices in flats at footwearetc.com. If Beyonce can make the switch, so can you!

 

Holiday Gift Ideas 2012!

Tis the Season to start shopping for those holiday gifts, and you can always find a lot of great ideas at footwearetc.com. Here are a few items I’m putting on my gift list:

UGG boots. These never fail to please in my family, and UGG has some great new models and colors this season. Maybe I can drop enough hints that someone will get ME a pair of the UGG Bailey Button minis? I need some new sheepskin boots and love the way these little boots feel. They are the perfect way for me to keep my feet warm and look fantastic with jeans. They are available in a variety of colors; can I put this on MY holiday list?

Slippers. Everyone loves slippers during the cold weather, and I really love the new slippers that have just arrived from Acorn. I bet that my mother would love the Crosslander Moc, which has a wool upper, Sherpa fleece lining, and a rubber outsole so that she can go out and get the newspaper and still have her feet stay warm and dry. I love to see slippers that actually have arch support, and this one will make her feel great!

Gilden Tree products. When your feet need a little pampering, Gilden tree lotions and creams can make them feel like they’re totally spoiled! I particularly like the Healing Foot Cream; it’s an aloe-based cream with shea butter. I love how it soaks into your skin and doesn’t feel greasy. This is a great product for those who love to pamper their feet, and those who OUGHT to pamper their feet!

Socks. Now don’t assume that a sock gift is the equivalent of giving a lump of coal in the stocking; there are a wide variety of socks available for a variety of purposes! I like to stock up on athletic socks, since they take a beating and are critical for when you’re active and require socks with good breathability and comfort. Thorlo makes some excellent socks for this purpose. I also love the fun, patterned socks from K.Bell and Hot Sox. These socks can help reflect your mood or interests! And you can never have too many dress socks, like those from Monarch. I love the softness and variety of colors of those socks.

Wallets. I love giving a wallet as a gift because a lot of people never quite remember to replace their wallets before they wear out! Hobo International makes some gorgeous leather wallets. I particularly like the Iris, which contains 12 credit card slots, an ID window, and two bill pockets. It’s a classic, elegant style that anyone is sure to love.

For the person who is going on vacation to a warm climate, don’t forget a good pair of flip flops. My favorite is the Orthaheel Tide. Available in a bunch of beautiful colors, this may well be the most comfortable flip flop anyone could possibly own. I lived in my pair this past summer and would LOVE to go to a warm place so that I could wear them soon. Your friends and family will love that you’ve thought about their foot comfort for their travels!

This is only a small assortment of what’s available for the holidays from Footwear etc. Make up that shopping list and place an order soon!

 

Boiled Wool and Wool Felt Slippers by Haflinger!

If you’re a stickler for natural materials in your shoes, you’ll love the slippers by Haflinger. They only work with natural materials like boiled wool, wool felt, and cork – and it makes a difference in how the shoes feel.

Ever feel a cork footbed? It molds to your feet! That’s why Haflinger products are so incredibly comfortable. They’re not only soft and cozy from the wool, you get an anatomical footbed from the cork. With these natural materials, you can even wash the shoes to keep them looking their best for years to come!

Depending on the model you get, you could get either a double felt outsole, which adds cushioning and traction on surfaces, or a rubber traction sole for a more reliable grip on surfaces.

One adorable model is the Women’s Doggy. It has a really cute motif of a dog on the upper, and the slipper keeps your feet warm and cozy while massaging your feet!

Men also have a wonderful model in the Classic Grizzly. The warm wool-covered footbed feels great and massages your foot with each step you take. This model has a lightweight rubber traction sole, so you can walk outside and not worry about the shoe deteriorating in any way. This slipper will hold up beautifully over time, you’ll love the durability and comfort.

Keep your feet warm and cozy this winter with slippers by Haflinger. They’re just what your feet need to be comfortable all winter long.

 

Cozy Slippers for the Cold Weather!

I absolutely adore wearing cozy clothing as the weather cools down. Sweats, fleece, flannel – if it’s soft and fuzzy, I love to wear it. I’m especially excited to see the great new styles in slippers from Acorn! Cozy comfort is definitely part of this equation!

Acorn slippers are made from Italian wool-blend knit, soft Sherpa fleece, Thermolite synthetic down, and water-repellent suede. But even better, they actually support your feet, with a removable EVA insole with an anatomic arch support. How fantastic is that? You get warmth AND support in a slipper. What’s not to love?

My favorite is the Acorn Women’s Crosslander Moc. It’s available in Café Wool (shades of brown) and is an easy-to-wear slip on that keeps your entire foot comfortable. It’s the perfect slipper that can go from indoors to outside – for those times when you want to go grab the newspaper. The rubber outsole has terrific traction and should hold up well over time.

An option for men is the Acorn Men’s Fave Gore. The wool-blend tweed upper is in a beautiful grey color, and the microfleece lining wicks moisture so that your feet stay warm and dry. This is a great slipper to wear indoors as well as outdoors since it contains a suede sidewall as well as non-slip weatherproof sole.

Keep your feet warm and cozy as the weather cools down! Acorn slippers are perfect for wearing around the house or even walking outside to get the paper. You’ll love how they make your feet feel!