Back Again for Fall 2011 – Ariat Shoes!

If you like cowboy-styled boots, chunky clogs, or equestrian-inspired designs, this is the brand for you. Ariat shoes are specifically designed for equestrians, so you can wear them both at home and on the range!

I particularly like the Ariat Shada boot. The laser cut design and stitching details make this boot highly decorative and stylish. My equestrian friends think it’s perfect to wear when they ride, and although I’m a city slicker I still enjoy the western styling to wear with jeans or a denim skirt. The Duratread™ sole is made from composite materials and is durable and flexible. It’s even resistant to oils and slippage! But the full-grain leather is what really sells me on this boot. It has fantastic quality and fantastic style for your inner or outer cowgirl.

I love clogs with backs, and the Ariat Bella fits the bill perfectly. The full-grain leather upper has a padded collar and elastic gore for comfort, yet also has hand-stitched embroidery. What’s not to love? Another great feature is the arch and heel support by the ATS® shank. This shank also cushions the foot, promotes good posture, and enhances stability. And it’s cute!

For a sleek, ankle boot, check out the Ariat Spat 3. You could easily wear this when you ride, or when you play. It’s a very classy design that also contains the ATS® footbed, with the leather upper’s spat detailing and embossed basket weave panel. There’s even a foldover flap with a three-snap closure and hidden elastic gore for extra flexibility. This gorgeous boot would be suitable not just for riding “English style,” it would be lovely for a night out on the town.

Like equestrian-styled designs? You’ll love the new styles available from Ariat. They’re not just for the horsey crowd, there’s a place for them in every wardrobe.

New for Fall: the 2011 Collection from UGG Australia!

I love the fall. I love how the weather becomes cool and crisp, and the leaves on trees change color. That cool weather makes my feet cold, so I’m delighted to see the new arrivals from UGG Australia! Here are just a few of the new collection:

The Broome II is a fantastic rugged-looking boot with a molded rubber outsole. It’s durable, and provides great traction. The soft leather gives you a luxurious look and feel, and the zipper makes it easy to get on and off. Best of all, there’s a removable and replaceable sock liner that keeps your feet wicks away moisture and keeps your feet comfortable and dry. You can get serious mileage out of this boot!

Like booties? Check out the UGG Classic Mini. Available in chocolate, chestnut or black sheepskin, it has all of the features of the Classic series in a boot that’s shaft is about 5” high. It has the same grade A sheepskin, the cushioned foam covered with a sheepskin sock liner that wicks away moisture, and the light and flexible EVA outsole found in all of the Classic boots.

Even the Classic Short is available in two new fun colors: Nopal Dark Green, and Lapis Blue. These beautiful jewel tones give you more options to play with in your wardrobe. But as always, the fabulous cozy sheepskin makes your feet feel totally pampered. (And I for one live to be pampered.)

More styles will be arriving soon! So check out the new arrivals from UGG Australia. There’s an UGG boot for everyone!


Freshgear Toe Socks Give High Performance Wear to Sport Socks!

I remember toe socks from my wild youth, when they were typically knee-highs, and all sorts of exotic colors and patterns. Today, they are making a comeback, and in a subdued yet high performance model from Freshgear.

Available in white, the Freshgear Unisex AFX Performance Sport Toe Sock is the perfect sock for both casual and athletic wear. It’s great that the sock doesn’t show, yet provides outstanding comfort. You can wear them by themselves for an extra-sleek look, or under conventional socks. Wearing them under other socks actually can help reduce your chance of getting blisters!

These socks are specifically designed for people who are prone to blisters, foot odor, and “athlete’s foot.” They’ve actually been treated with an antimicrobial finish that can eliminate up to 99% of bacteria and fungi that cause foot odor or mildew. What a huge win; there is NOTHING worse than mildewed socks. Trust me.

What’s also great about the antimicrobial protection is that it’s renewable! All you have to do to get maximum coverage is wash them in a white laundry load with detergent and bleach. That process reactivates the protection! If only that could occur for the rest of the laundry…

Freshgear toe socks also promote increased air flow and moisture-wicking properties to keep your feet cool and dry. Give them a try and see how much more comfortable your feet can be.

Customers Agree: MBT Shoes Can Really Help Certain Medical Conditions

We love getting feedback! It’s the best way we can keep improving our service, and carrying the most relevant products to our customers. We love to hear what works, what doesn’t, and how our shoes can really make a difference in your life. Lately, we’ve been hearing some amazing feedback about MBT shoes for folks who have an assortment of medical issues.

The most feedback we’ve gotten is for the alleviation of plantar fasciitis symptoms. The rocker sole of MBT shoes helps keep the plantar fascia stretched, yet the rigid sole does so gently. Dozens of customers have called to tell us how MBTs are the only shoes that they can wear, particularly for those people who have to walk or stand a lot during their days.

Arthritis sufferers also extol MBT’s virtues. The natural instability that the rocker sole creates actually takes pressure off your joints and helps you realign your body. We’ve had numerous reports of hip, knee, and back pain being dramatically reduced just by the use of these shoes.

People with ankle fusion have had significant issues with conventional shoes, since walking without your ankle bending is tremendously difficult in those. The rigidity of the sole of MBT shoes makes movement much easier, without putting too much pressure on the ankle. Some customers have reported phenomenal results in this way.

Even people with hip replacements have reported outstanding results with MBT shoes. Here’s an example from one of our customers, Martha:

I discovered Footwear etc. only about a month ago. I have ordered 6 pairs of shoes during their MBT sale and am so very happy with the purchases. I wear a size 12 women’s shoe — a size that is virtually impossible to find in most shoe stores and especially in MBT styles. MBT is the ONLY shoe I can wear since hip replacement surgery left me with a leg length discrepancy and lower back pain. But I cannot find them in my size. Also, I can’t really affort to buy them at the regular price and Footwear etc.’s sales are a Godsend for me. That is why I have bought 6 pairs while they are on sale. MBT’s last a long time and I am hoping that by stocking up, it will keep me shoed until the next sale. Also, whenever I call Footwear etc. for help, I get a REAL PERSON on the phone who never fails to be truly helpful and polite — a rarity in today’s busy world with too many customer service people whose first priority is to convince you that your problem is not theirs!

We love hearing that we can make a difference in our customers lives, both with our outstanding service as well as our top-notch products like MBT shoes. Let us know how we can make a difference for you!


Feel Good About Your Choices with Vegan Shoes!

Animal products do not always have to be part of your shoes. For some folks, having vegan shoes is important to them. But what’s a “vegan” shoe? It’s a shoe made with all man-made materials; no animal products of any kind are used in the manufacturing of the shoe at all. The comfort properties of leather shoes (softness, breathability) are indisputable, but is it possible to have these properties in a vegan shoe? Absolutely!

Do vegan shoes look like they’re made for hippies? Absolutely not! In fact, Footwear etc. carries over 100 styles of vegan shoes in assorted brands, both for athletic wear and casual wear. Your choices aren’t limited in this genre of shoes at all! They’re available for both men and women, depending on the model. Here are a few examples of stylish and comfortable vegan shoes:

Dansko, known for its superior comfort and support, makes several models of vegan shoes. In its flagship Professional line, there are five different patterns you can choose from while obtaining that fabulous feeling of support. I love my Professionals; they are my shoe of choice if I know I need to be standing a lot during the day, or if my feet hurt in general. Somehow they always make my feet feel better. And the vegan models have happy-looking fabrics; I particularly like Vegan Blue Tapestry. I could wear that one with about 85% of my wardrobe! Other cute choices outside the Professional line are the Volley Vegan and the Veda Vegan – both of which have canvas uppers and are perfect for casual wear.

Interested in Barefoot Technology? These shoes emulate the feeling of walking without shoes, yet protect your feet from rough, hot asphalt, etc. Both the Vibram Fivefingers and the Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove models are made with all man-made materials and are washable, durable, and breathable for your comfort. These are fabulous shoes for running “barefoot.”

Birkis makes some terrific clogs that are perfect for wet, sloppy conditions. What I love best about them, however, is that they contain a cork and latex insole that molds to the shape of your foot. This is a great shock-absorbing shoe that you could wear all day long. And if the cork insole were to wear out after prolonged use, you can always pop it out and replace it, thus saving the price of an entirely new shoe. They’re economical AND eco-friendly!

Looking for a cute flip flop you can feel good about? Try the Olukai Amo. The water-resistant, synthetic leather straps are lined with jersey knit that dries quickly. The EVA footbed and midsole are anatomically-designed for superior comfort. The gum rubber outsole provides great traction as well. This is a great vegan shoe for anytime you want to wear a flip flop.

Don’t want to wear animal products? No problem – try out some of the many vegan shoes offered by Footwear etc. You can feel great about your choices without sacrificing style and comfort.