Try Berkemann Footwear for Handcrafted European Design!

It’s exciting to see the new styles show up here at Footwear etc., and another new brand that’s piqued my interest is Berkemann. With a variety of styles and materials, these shoes provide outstanding comfort and European craftsmanship in some great choices for the Spring! Here are a few of my favorites:

The Berkemann Women’s Triest is a gorgeous slide with a multi-colored braided leather upper. Many of the steps in the manufacturing process were done by hand, so the level of quality is superb. This shoe is flexible and shock-absorbing, and I love the bright colors of the braids. If you like happy-looking shoes, you’ll LOVE this one.

Clog fans will love the Standard Toeffler. The leather upper is perforated and available in a variety of colors. The leather shaft and wood soles are connected by hand with nails! The wooden sole is made from European poplar wood, which grows quickly and is renewable. The footbeds are washable and replaceable as well.

I am really intrigued by the Fabienne. It’s the first leather shoe I have ever heard of that is washable! With each pair of these, you also get a sample bottle of special liquid detergent and a washing net in which you can machine wash your shoes. (Note that you can NOT machine dry them.) This is a very versatile casual sandal that you can wear with shorts, slacks, etc.

This is only a small sampling of Berkemann designs; check out the available models at – you’ll love the handcrafted comfort!

Romika Sandals for German-Inspired Comfort and Style

There’s a new kid on the block here at Footwear etc.: Romika sandals! Reflecting their German craftsmanship and timeless styles, Romika sandals are phenomenal choices for many occasions. With their signature lateral support wings for motion control and orthotic friendly footbeds, Romika sandals will become favorites right away!

There are some really helpful features in Romika shoes, such as:

  • the shoes are constructed using a direct-inject or direct-attach construction to ensure that the sole and upper will never separate
  • the outsoles contain soft and flexible yet durable polyurethane
  • removable footbeds are secured with Velcro

The Ibiza 36 is a beautiful slide with a soft yet durable leather upper. You can gain a custom fit by adjusting the hook and loop strap by the instep. The cushioned, microfiber footbed is perforated to circulate air and help keep your feet cool and dry. I really love the colors available: bronze, black and blue (the latter 2 are metallics).  It’s easy to wear every day or even with a dressier skirt.

The Ibiza 30 is a comfortable sandal with a decorative buckle around the ankle. Two hook-and-loop closures provide a custom fit, and the footbed is removable for custom orthotics. This is a fabulous everyday sandal that gives you stability, style, and overall comfort. What’s not to love?

More Romika sandals are on their way; keep an eye out for them at – you’ll be thrilled at the variety of styles!

Reconnect to the earth with Juil Sandals!

The folks at Juil sandals believe that wearing traditional shoes can be “harmful to your wellness and wellbeing.” Their premise is that conventional shoes block the natural flow of electrons from the earth into your body. These electrons may help in reducing free radicals that accumulate in our bodies, which are caused by stress, toxins, etc. How do you make this important connection to the earth? Using Juil sandals!

Each Juil sandal contains their exclusive Energy Flow Technology, which contains copper inserts to conduct the electrons naturally found in the earth.  What this means to you is that this increased connectivity should help you reduce the effects of inflammation, stress, and toxins in the environment. Beyond that, you’ll feel like you’re walking barefoot with these shoes.

Two models are currently available (although more will be arriving soon): the Brio and the Bali. The Brio is a luxurious thong with soft leather uppers, and the Bali is a slide with the same beautiful leather in the upper. These are the perfect shoes to help you regain your connection to the earth without your having to go barefoot!

Juil sandals tend to run a little large; we recommend ordering ½ size down.

Become reconnected to the earth’s energy with Juil sandals. You’ll love the difference they make in your life!


Beautiful New Sandals from Softwalk!

Sandals, we’ve got sandals! There are so many beautiful models to choose from, and you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Footwear etc. has a bunch of fabulous models from Softwalk that you’re sure to love!

I’m sold on the Softwalk concept: the eggcrate insole that keeps your feet cushioned and supported. I’ve enjoyed wearing the Rachel Mary Jane, and now I can choose some stylish sandals for the warm weather! Here are a few that I’m considering:

The Coloma is a beautiful slide with slashed details in the leather uppers, and metal rivets attaching the upper to the footbed. This slide is casual enough to wear with shorts, but dressy enough to wear with skirts. It’s available in black, brown, and natural leather. I love the versatility and the simple elegance of this shoe, and I’m always a sucker for peep toe models. Do you agree with me?

Wedge fans, take note of the St. Croix. The 3” polyurethane wedge heel is wrapped in raffia for a summery look, and the woven upper is light and airy. It’s also great if you get caught in an unexpected downpour; the rubber sole is slip resistant. Available in natural, cognac, pewter, white and black, this shoe gives you a lot of choices for your look!

Need a new flip flop? The Tally is stylish, comfortable, contains studded details, and comes in a bunch of beautiful colors. It’s easy to wear, and has an adjustable buckle with elastic goring for a customized fit. You’ll feel like you’re walking on air – because you are! It’s perfect for both dressy or casual situations.

This is just the tip of the iceberg; there are many beautiful styles available. Try Softwalk sandals for your summer footwear; you’ll be thrilled at how they look and feel.



From Kitten Heels to Wedges to Flats: Great Styles from Helle Comfort!

It’s always exciting when Footwear etc. carries a new brand, and especially so when the models are absolutely adorable! With an added bonus of adjustability for narrow to wide widths, you can’t miss with Helle Comfort shoes.

I particularly love the fact that these shoes can be used for casual or very dressy wear. I can easily see myself wearing these with slacks or dresses. It’s really gratifying to see that you can have a really comfortable shoe that is perfect for special occasions! (No more taking the shoes off at parties or weddings!)

With Italian leather uppers, microfiber-covered latex footbeds with arch and metatarsal support, and durable outsoles, Helle Comfort shoes are fantastically stylish and comfortable. Here are some of the new styles available at Footwear etc.:

The Bell is a gorgeous slide available in Honey Raindrops Leather or Black Raindrops Leather. The footbed actually provides even weight distribution so that you can minimize weight on the ball of your foot. You can’t beat that level of comfort with such a stylish shoe.

Wedge fans will love the Gemini. Available in Honey Crocket Leather or Black Crocket Leather, this shoe gives you a lot of fashion versatility.  It has a 2 ½” heel, but given it’s a wedge it doesn’t feel like a big heel. (It’s great for us shorter stature people!). The cushioning and arch support feel wonderful, and having the adjustable straps is really handy.

For a retro-looking flat, check out the Limbi. This nubuck flat actually has nail heads all over it for a unique fashion statement. As with all Helle Comfort shoes, the arch support in the suede-covered footbed provides great support, and the non-skid rubber outsole helps keep you from slipping. This is the perfect shoe for everyday wear!

Whether you have narrow, average, or wide feet, rest assured that the sandals have adjustable straps that can help you achieve a custom fit.

Check out the new styles by Helle Comfort. They’re a fantastic addition to your footwear collection!