Boat Shoes are BACK!!!

I love Boat Shoes. They are so easy to wear, look great with casual outfits, are perfect for slipping on to run outside for the paper, and are rugged and durable. Sebago has a full line of attractive styles, perfect for both men and women.

Sebago shoes are known for their outstanding slip-resistant properties. The non-marking rubber  soles really help ensure stability as you walk. You can also feel secure that the brass eyelets won’t corrode, and the rawhide laces will hold up over time. These are great shoes for wet, sloppy conditions, and are preferred by sailors everywhere. They are made from a single piece of form-fitting leather and are durable and comfortable.

Men and women have a variety of options to choose from.  I enjoy different colors in the upper, so I particularly like the Women’s Spinnaker in Navy/Lagoon Nubuck/Leather. The upper has both navy blue nubuck as well as a lighter grey-blue smooth leather by the laces.  It’s a very attractive boat shoe, and I can feel secure that the slip-resistant properties will help keep me on my feet during sloppy weather. I can easily see myself slipping into this shoe during those precious weekend days when I just want something easy and comfortable to wear.

The Men’s Schooner is a boat shoe with a stroke of elegance. The Brown Oiled Waxy Leather actually gives this shoe a formal look; perfect to wear with khakis or other casual slacks. This is a perfect shoe for those times when you want something slightly dressier than a sneaker, but want all the comfort you can get.

Not into boat shoes? No problem! Check out the Sebago Men’s Triton Shore or Triton Sport models. These sneaker-styled shoes even have a removable anatomical footbed, so you’ll not only  get some support, you can also use an orthotic if need be. These two styles have full grain leather and mesh uppers to help keep your feet cool. The Triton Shore has some attractive striping details as well. The rubber cup sole on these shoes provides outstanding traction so you don’t have to worry about slippage.

Sebago shoes are perfect for those casual days when you want a stylish shoe to just slip on and go. Discover the joys of marine-styled footwear!


SoftWalk Shoes: The Perfect Shoes for Any Width Feet!

One width does NOT fit all. That is a message we’ve been hearing from customers repeatedly. Can you imagine how frustrating it is to find shoes that fit if you’re not a standad Women’s B width? Many manufacturers don’t bother making anything other than medium width, preferring to appeal to the majority rather than the exceptions. Footwear etc. is very happy to announce the arrival of shoes from SoftWalk – which come in a large variety of widths!

SoftWalk shoes come in widths ranging from Slim (AAA) to XX-Wide (EE). These widths should cover just about everyone! Don’t assume that because there are many widths, these look like stereotypical orthopedic shoes. They don’t!

The other great feature of these shoes is the patented SoftWalk “Eggcrate” footbed. Have you ever slept on an egg crate pad on your bed? These shoes emulate that feeling…for your feet!  I loved how the cushy footbed felt as I walked in them. It feels like you’re walking on pillows – and you are! SoftWalk shoes are great for pampering your feet. Apparently these are very popular among flight attendants, who spend many hours on their feet each day. You could experience that level of comfort too!

There are several models in particular that caught my eye, including:

The Adora – an elegant slip-on shoe that can go with dressy and casual attire alike. I noticed that my physician has a pair of these, and she loves them! Available in Navy and in Black, the Adora is the perfect all-around shoe for any occasion.

The Murietta – a lovely clog that is available in a variety of colors. I really like the Cognac Croc Leather – that would work with most of my wardrobe. The padded collar provides additional comfort on the top of your foot, and the rich croc leather upper is stylish and fashion forward. The folks at SoftWalk are also smart enough to have color coordinated footbed linings, so that the upper and footbed look cohesive.

Like booties? Check out the Trieste. It’s available in black leather or brown suede, and has a convenient side zipper to help you get it on and off. I’m also a sucker for bows, and the mini tassel bow adds that dash of femininity I love to see.

Dressy shoes don’t need to be uncomfortable; SoftWalk has filled that bill with the Dani. Available in Wheat or Black Distressed Leather, this shoe is a beautiful leather oxford with a 2 ¼” heel. This is a great shoe to wear to work or out to dinner! The lug sole is slip resistant, and this shoe even has a removable footbed should you need to insert an orthotic or insole. I love the versatility of this shoe!

Even if you don’t have an unusual-width foot, you can still enjoy the cushy comfort of SoftWalk shoes. And if you do need a width other than “B,” rejoice! You’ve finally got a variety of options for all sorts of occasions.

Get Off The Couch and Get Fit with ASICS Shoes!

A friend of mine refers to the extra poundage he starts to accumulate at this time of year as his “Winter Weight.” He’s great about getting exercise when the weather is nice, but during the sloppier winter months, it’s just more difficult to find the motivation. I can barely get myself off the couch when it’s cold and wet. But winter is no time to give up on your fitness plan, and a great way to help you stay motivated is with a little retail therapy. The items that will get me off the couch are some great models from a fantastic running shoe company: ASICS!

Couch potatoes like me can rejoice in the fact that ASICS makes a wide variety of fitness shoes to choose from. How do you know which shoe is best for you? Here are some guidelines:

If you’re going to do predominantly fitness walking, consider a bona fide walking shoe like the ASICS Gel-Tech Walker Neo® 2. Walking shoes tend to be a little stiffer than running shoes, and are designed for maximum heel protection since walkers tend to land on their heels as they stride. The ASICS Gel-Tech Walker Neo® 2 shoe does this and more. It also has the benefit of being a lightweight shoe while having two layers of memory foam. The design and materials of this shoe really provide outstanding stability and comfort while you walk. It’s available for both men and women too!

The Women’s Gel-Kayano 17 is a fabulous all-around running shoe. It excels in helping you move efficiently through your gait cycle. There is even a cushioned platform feel in the forefoot, which is specifically designed for women. It even has a 3 mm additional height to help relieve Achilles tension. This lightweight shoe helps your feet stay cool and dry, while providing exceptional support.

Overpronators, the shoe that’s just for you is the ASICS Gel-Cumulus 13. Available for both men and women, this running shoe has gender-specific forefoot cushioning and full-length Solyte® midsole material to provide extra stability. It’s the perfect shoe for mild to moderate pronators.

Are you a trail runner? Try the ASICS GT-2160 Trail. Both men and women will enjoy the extra traction and durability of this rugged shoe. It contains reversed lugs for uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain. I really like how that can help you stay safe as you run. And as with all ASICS shoes, your feet will stay cool, dry, and supported.

Note that all of these shoes have received the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association. That’s quite an endorsement!

So get up off the couch and try out the new shoes from ASICS. Even lousy weather this winter can’t outweigh the outstanding benefits of these shoes.

More Fall Boots, Some from Unexpected Sources…

I was astonished to find out that Olukai, one of my favorite manufacturers of flip flops, actually makes boots. So not only can you get outstanding quality in a boot, you can also get outstanding support!

What the different boot styles have in common is the outstanding anatomical footbed. High density EVA provides heel and midfoot support, as well as cushioning and flexibility. You can also rest assured that each model also contains high quality leather, for durability and breathability.

I particularly like the Olukai Women’s O Waho. It’s a sporty, rugged boot that has a water-resistant nubuck upper and full grain pigskin lining. I love the whipstitch detailing on the side of the boot! The sole also provides good traction in wet weather. Check it out in Fog or Black Nubuck!

Orthaheel, which also makes some of my favorite flip flops and sandals, has come out with the Emma Lace Up Boot. Available in Camel or Black synthetic, these boots will feel wonderful on your feet. The biomechanical orthotic footbed provides outstanding support and are designed to counteract the results of walking on hard and unnatural surfaces. They are easy to care for; you can wipe them off with a damp cloth and let them air dry. Not only do they provide great support, they also have excellent traction and keep your feet warm with all man-made materials. The Emma is recommended by well-known Wellness Specialist Dr. Andrew Weil and has also received the APMA Seal of Acceptance.

Merrell is known for providing outstanding quality in rugged shoes, and their boots are no exception. I really like the Vera Mid. Available in Black or Barnwood Leather, the Vera Mid has a zipper to help you get the boot on and off, full grain leather upper, and a an air cushion in the heel for stability and shock absorption. This is the perfect boot for outdoor fun.

I’m a sucker for beautiful leather boots. Naturally, Naot would come out with the Modesto, which screams out to me to try it on. I love the scrunched shaft, yet the boot is easy to get on and off due to its full-length zipper. As with all Naot shoes, the anatomical latex and cork footbed provides outstanding support. I also like the 2.5 inch heel; it’s not too big, yet still looks girly. (By the way, it also comes in a beautiful suede as well.) I’m definitely looking forward to trying this one!

Another gorgeous leather boot is the Hobart Buckle from Ecco. I particularly like the fact that the triple buckle closure gives you the option to adjust the width of the shaft. The Hobart Buckle has a very classic style, with shiny Riviera leather. This would definitely work with dressy as well as casual attire.

The wealth of styles of boots available this Fall is enormous, and some of them are from brands you wouldn’t expect to have them. Don’t make assumptions; look through the brands at and you might find some surprising and delightful choices you might not otherwise have considered.

We’ve Got Bling!

Sometimes we’ve just got to engage our inner divas. I for one love to see a little bling and sparkle in my life from time to time. The folks at UGG Australia are smart enough to recognize this burning need in some of us, and as a result have come out with two perfect boots for this purpose: the Bailey Bling, and the Classic Short Sparkles!

As with all UGG boots, these two models contain the highest quality of sheepskin available. It remains soft after repeated wearings, and allows your feet to breathe and to stay dry while they stay cozy and warm. The EVA sole is flexible and light, so you won’t feel like you’re tromping around in clodhoppers. And of course these boots are warm and durable; perfect for Fall and Winter days. But they’ve got the added benefit of a little glitz as well.

The Bailey Bling, is very similar to the Bailey Button, but rather than a wooden button embellishing the side of the boot, UGG Australia has added a Swarovski crystal! How fantastic is that – you get all the great features of the Bailey Button with a little extra glamour to it. This boot comes in Grey and Black sheepskin, and is available exclusively from Footwear etc.

The Classic Short Sparkles really DOES sparkle. Take the Classic Short Boot, add hundreds of sequins all over it, and stand back! What a glitzy boot! Again, the Classic Short Sparkles has UGG’s usual genuine sheepskin, that makes your feet feel warm and cozy but not sweaty. This fabulous sheepskin won’t become scratchy over time like its synthetic counterparts. But what really makes this boot special are all of those sequins. I absolutely love the fact that you can create two different looks to this boot merely by rubbing the sequins in one direction versus the other. Give it a try; it’s fun, and gives you a little versatility with this style! Check it out in both in Black and in Champagne.

Need Bling? Love UGGs? Be sure to try out the Bailey Bling and Classic Short Sparkles. They are both limited edition boots, available only from Footwear etc. Get your minimum daily requirement of glitz before they become sold out!