You Can Never Have Too Many Socks!

I don’t know about you, but I always need new socks. Sometimes it’s because they disappear around the house (or from the dryer). Other times, they’ve fallen apart. Until now, I’ve usually purchased cheap socks from the local big box store. The socks I’ve purchased from Footwear etc. (all Hot Sox), however, have held up very nicely; but I really could use some nice, solid-colored socks for myself and for gifts. Enter Socksmith and Monarch Socks to the rescue! No more lousy quality socks for me, now I’m getting some great quality at reasonable prices.

Socksmith’s basic roll-top solid socks come in both knee high length as well as trouser length. They come in a variety of colors, and fit women’s shoe sizes 5 ½ – 10 ½. With 66% cotton, 32% nylon and 2% spandex, these socks are breathable and comfortable so that you can feel great throughout your day. These are certainly going on my holiday gift list!

Monarch socks are exclusive to Footwear etc. and are the ultimate in comfortable dress socks for men. Available in black, brown, taupe, navy and charcoal, these socks are sure to please even the most discriminating of wearers. They are lightly cushioned to provide comfort and softness. Made from 70% cotton, 25% nylon and 5% spandex, they are also breathable and durable. Monarch Socks fit men’s sizes 8-13 and are a fabulous choice.

Need socks? Consider the choices from Socksmith and Monarch Socks. I’m stocking up on these!

Holiday Party Shoes!

‘Tis the season for those holiday parties. I love having an excuse to dress up, and I love having the excuse to break out the fancy shoes. As you navigate this holiday season, consider updating your dressy wardrobe with some new, gorgeous shoes from Footwear etc. Here are a few of my current favorites to go with my fancy attire:

The BeautiFeel Women’s Payton is a strappy sandal with a cute little rosette on the top of the shoe. This handmade shoe is made from the highest quality patent leather, and has a cushioned insole for superior comfort. The 2 ¾” heel looks great with my dressy dresses, but isn’t too high to be comfortable. This timeless classic is perfect for any fancy gathering, whether it’s during the holiday season or during the rest of the year.

Earthies has some adorable dress shoes out now. I really love the Cristiana. It’s a suede shoe with a peep toe and peek-a-boo cutouts.  You wouldn’t expect a shoe this pretty to have an anatomic arch and a cupped heel to set the foot into the proper supported position, but it has all of these features. The 3” heel adds elegance to this design, and the zip up the back allows for easy on-off.  It’s also a great excuse for getting a pedicure!

Need a dressy flat? How about the Indigo by Clarks Tori Anne. You could wear this flat with your fanciest outfit or with a pair of jeans! That’s phenomenal versatility! The pleading detail at the heel adds visual interest, while the printed leather makes it look really elegant. Available in Burgundy, Chestnut, or Black, it’s a wonderful little all-around flat.

A really interesting shoe is the Pikolinos Women’s Romana Slip-on. I love the tapestry look to the upper, which is also augmented with an embroidered leather detail. There are hidden elastic gores to make this shoe easy to get on and off. Even the topline of the shoe is scalloped for more visual interest. I could see wearing this with a dress, skirt, or even dressy pantsuit. This is a really unique-looking shoe, and the hand-sewn details really pop. The 1 ¾” heel is also very comfortable.

Holiday parties are a great excuse for some retail therapy. Check out the beautiful dress shoes at Footwear etc. Your feet deserve to celebrate too!


Harvey’s Seatbelt Bags – Unique Style, made in the U.S.A.!

Sometimes it’s hard these days to find products that are made in the U.S. Manufacturing typically occurs overseas because it’s cheaper for the company. I’m so happy to have found Harvey’s Seatbelt Bags; they come in a wide variety of styles and colors, are really cute and practical, AND they are made right here in the U.S.!

These bags are made from automobile seatbelts! I’m not kidding. As a result, they are incredibly durable. Each bag is sewn by hand as well. You won’t find these just anywhere!

Many of the bags even have metal feet for protection. They are also fully lined. You can get these fashionable bags in a variety of different sizes and styles.  For example, the Stella Hobo Handbag has a magnetic top closure, one internal zip pocket and three internal slip pockets. The Convertible Tote Handbag has an adjustable strap, a zip-top closure, four internal slip pockets and one internal zip pocket. There are many styles and colors for you to choose from!

Harvey’s Seatbelt Bags aren’t purely for the novelty value; they are great utilitarian bags that are really cute. These would make fantastic gifts, or for a splurge for yourself! And you can feel great about your purchase because you’re supporting jobs that have stayed in the U.S.!

Holiday Gift Ideas!

‘Tis the season for giving, and for great sales. I love online shopping; I avoid the crowds but I can still get great deals. I can sit around in my pajamas and order wonderful gifts for loved ones at 3 AM. Footwear etc. has some fabulous items that can make a lot of people on your holiday list very happy this season. Here’s a sampling of what I’m looking at this year:

Lots of products from UGG Australia. Last year I got my daughter the Bailey Button Triplet, and she’s been living in them ever since. They’re warm, soft, and durable. She loves the versatility of this boot, and wears it with both skirts as well as jeans or tights. It’s a great looking and feeling boot for the cold months.

This year I’d like a pair of the Classic Shorts for myself! Why should my kids get all the cozy comfort? I had a pair of knock-off UGGS a few years ago, and they really were not worth the money. The faux sheepskin on those boots got matted and scratchy over time, and I want authentic high quality sheepskin. You can’t beat that level of comfort. Hello, Santa?

A cute stocking stuffer is the UGG Classic Short Keychain! It’s available in Chestnut or Sand, and is absolutely adorable. It’s the perfect gift for your UGG boot aficionado.

My standard go-to gift for the UGG lovers in my life is the UGG Care Kit. It’s the ultimate way to protect those precious boots. I plan to keep my boots for many years, and the items in the care kit keep them looking their best. I protect boots from water and stains with the Sheepskin Protector, and clean any stains with the Sheepskin Cleaner. I love how the brush keeps the sheepskin looking like new, and the Sheepskin Freshener keeps the boots smelling great.

My family loves to travel, I’m interested in some terrific travel items. The Cadillac Travel Shine Kit is a compact little kit you can take with you to keep your shoes looking terrific. Containing polish, sponge applicators, a horsehair shine brush and a shine cloth, this kit is easy to pack and use regardless of where you are. Need to protect your shoes in or out of the suitcase? Consider the Four Seasons Shoe Bags. These nylon bags even have bamboo charcoal, which helps control moisture, odor, and provides antibacterial properties. This will be great for my husband’s dressiest shoes.

I’m lobbying for the Naot Dead Sea Travel Kit. These spa products smell great and are the perfect for pampering my hands, feet, and body! They are non-greasy, and feel great going on. The .5 oz. bottles are the perfect size for travel.

There are a lot of fabulous handbags that make great gifts. I particularly like the Hobo International Carson (small shoulder bag) and the Esme (clutch). Available in a variety of colors, both are beautiful, versatile, and perfect for the holiday season.

Lastly, you can never go wrong getting socks. I love the crazy designs of the Hot Sox brand. I already own several of the designs, but my favorite has been the Cupcakes pattern.  If you or your gift recipient isn’t into patterns, there are a variety of socks in solid colors. I’m probably also going to get some of the socks specifically designed for Diabetics for those in my family who have this illness. The flat seams really make a difference in comfort for them!

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg in what Footwear etc. offers this holiday season. Take a look through the site and see what calls out to you!


A Great New Little Handbag: The Alegria Amie Wristlet!

If you’re anything like me, you need  – and I do mean need – a variety of purses. I need a purse for everyday (actually multiple purses for different colors of my wardrobe). I need dressy purses. I need bags for when I travel that are easy to carry regardless of how much walking I do. I also need little wristlet handbags when I’m just dashing out and about or don’t want to carry my big voluminous everyday bag. I’m excited that Alegria, the great shoe company that puts those spectacular patterns on their shoes, has introduced little wristlet bags with lots of “personality!”

The Amie is a little handbag made of patent leather. It’s a great size: 3.5” x 7.25”. It’s durable, which is perfect for me since I tend to toss handbags around and therefore am hard on them. But what called me to these bags is the variety of colors and patterns available. These bags just scream “fun!”

This bag is available in the following patterns: Peace and Love Black Patent Leather, African Leopard Patent Leather, Western Romance Patent Leather, and Midnight Garden Patent Leather. They’ll go with all sorts of outfits, and are easy to just grab and go! I love the size; it’s perfect for my wallet, keys, cell phone, and small hairbrush.

Don’t you think this would make a terrific gift as well? It might be just the thing for the woman in your life who seemingly has everything else.

Handbags from the shoe company that encourages “happiness” for your feet are a great thing. Check out the Alegria Amie Wristlet for yourself, for your friends, for anyone who likes a little whimsy in their handbags.