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!


Direct from New Zealand: Ziera Shoes!

You know good things have to happen when two podiatrists get together to make shoes…back in the ‘30s, a couple of podiatrists in New Zealand got together to create shoes that would work better for their patients, and this company was born. Now under the name, Ziera, this brand has evolved to make beautiful, comfortable shoes with all-day comfort as the goal.

I’m always a sucker for high quality, everyday shoes, and Ziera shoes fit the bill. I could even wear various models from work to a night out. There are professional styles as well as casual styles, and I love the various colors and luxurious leathers used.  Here are a few that intrigue me:

Ziera Women’s Zimmer: The perfect dress shoe. Suitable for work or dressy occasions, this beautiful Mary Jane style shoe boasts a 2 ¼” heel, yet is remarkably comfortable. I love the decorative stitching at the toe, and the metal disk on the strap. There is great shock absorption due to the air bubbles in the polyurethane outsole. This is definitely a shoe you could wear all day and beyond.

The Ziera Women’s Carr: a beautiful everyday shoe that looks great with dressy or casual slacks. It’s a Mary Jane style that’s a slip-on! Available in Old Gold Astrale Leather or Black Leather, you’ll love the versatility of this shoe. Definitely note the padded heel collar – it helps keep your foot from rubbing behind your ankle. I also really like the decorative cutout down the throat of the shoe.

For a great casual look, check out the Ziera Women’s Allsorts: Made from premium leather with stitching details, this lace-up shoe can accommodate different widths! You can even remove the footbed if you need to use custom orthotics! The outstanding cushioning of this shoe makes it perfect to wear all day. I like the rugged details of this shoe.

Check out the new shoes from New Zealand: Ziera Shoes. Experience the success of those two podiatrists getting together to make fantastic shoes!

Boots, and Buckles, and Zippers…Oh My!

I love seeing the newest embellishments on boots for this season. Buckles and Zippers are not strictly for utilitarian purposes anymore, they are actually THE fashion statement in a lot of styles! Sometimes you just need a little hardware in your life to spiff up your wardrobe. Here are a few styles that really caught my attention:

OluKai Women’s Elima. This edgy, mid-calf boot is casual and contemporary for the fashion-conscious. It’s also amazingly comfortable and supportive due to its anatomical footbed. I like the fact that you can really get a custom fit with this boot with its five straps as well as the side zipper.  You don’t have to be afraid of the rain given its all-weather rubber outsole. This is a fantastic all-around boot that you could wear with jeans, casual dresses, or other trendy attire.

A great ankle boot is the Clarks Women’s Chris Sydney. I love the “scrunchy” leather and the buckle accent strap. This boot is easy to wear given its side zipper and low heel.  This is a beautiful style that I would wear with jeans or even dressy slacks. The leather is luxurious, and the buckle accent adds a modern flair to the boot. The 1 ½” heel is comfortable whether you’re used to wearing heels or flats. What’s not to love?

Men have a new boot option in the Clarks Chilton. It’s a biker boot, perfect to wear with your casual attire but is adjustable and easy-to-wear with its side zip entry and buckle strap. It’s a rugged style yet versatile enough to wear with khakis or twills. You’ll appreciate the traction and durability of the rubber outsole this winter.

This is just a sampling of the many types of footwear with buckles and zippers available this season. Take a look and see what will work for you! From edgy to rugged, these choices for your wardrobe are fantastic!

In Honor of Breast Cancer Research: The Alegria Happy Pink Paloma!

Alegria has been a long time supporter of Breast Cancer Research, and has created a shoe that will specifically do so: the Happy Pink Paloma!

Beginning in October 2012 through October 2013, Alegria will donate a portion of the proceeds of sales of this shoe to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to aid their research and development efforts.  Not only will those R&D efforts be supported, proceeds will also go toward helping to provide early detection tools and services to those in need.

Using its Perfect Fit Footbed System, the Alegria Paloma in Happy Pink provides support where it’s most needed via memory foam, latex and cork. The footbed is removable if you’d prefer to use your own orthotic. I particularly love the wide toe box (I HATE having my toes squished), and the fact that the Velcro strap helps this shoe fit a variety of widths of feet. With fantastic arch support and a mild rocker outsole, the Paloma is a wonderful shoe to help alleviate pain from Plantar Fasciitis, or even to just help you get through a long day on your feet. But best of all: the print is happy! Who wouldn’t love a bright pink shoe with happy words all over it? They’re great for comfort, great for morale, and great to help those fighting breast cancer.

Need happy feet? Try out the Alegria Happy Pink Paloma. Wearing these shoes is an easy way to not just benefit yourself, but ALL women.