Fun In The Sun With Keen Sandals!

Fun in the Sun with Keen Sandals!

I’m so looking forward to more warm-weather activities, and Spring/Summer shoes can be very cute, but I often need something a little more rugged. I’ve noticed more and more families wearing Keen sandals, so I had to check them out!

Keens were originally designed as an alternative to traditional boating shoes – better than “river” shoes since they protect the toes, and very water and slip-resistant. The styles have expanded to include boots, Mary-Janes, slip-ons, as well as their extremely popular sandals.

I can see why my sister-in-law’s entire family wears them all summer long. They’re quick to get on and off, they can get wet/sandy/muddy with no consequences, you can go hiking in them, and your feet will have lots of support. Plus they’re cute!

Keen Venice H2 Earth SandalsI’m particularly fond of the Venice, which is casual yet incredibly versatile for all sorts of activities. The trademark look of the Keens has the rubber sole coming up over the toes, which provides protection, and I like the way it looks. The metatomical footbed provides great arch support and cradles the foot so it’s really comfortable too. But the absolute best feature to me is the Aegis Microbe Shield – which helps fight odors and deterioration caused by bacteria. (Ever notice how some of your warm-weather shoes just end up smelling bad after a while? Keens fight against that!) Always a good thing when you have an active family!Keen PTC Mary Jane Shoes

You don’t have to limit your Keens to strictly rugged outdoor activities; they make boots, Mary-Janes,  slip ons, and even lace-up shoes that you can wear to even dressier venues! So if you love the feel Keens, don’t limit them to just the great outdoors, there’s a shoe for almost everywhere!

Challenge #20: The Fan Faves Giftcard Giveaway

Footwear etc. Facebook Challenge

Although we just had fun with a month-long fan photo contest, we still yearn to know more and more about you — our fantastic Facebook fans! And we’re asking for your help in this department, with one specific question… What are your favorite shoes in your closet?

Challenge #20: The Fan Faves Gift Card Giveaway starts 6/2/10 and runs through 6/11/10. To enter, simply tell us which shoes are your favorite in the closet (and why) on our Footwear etc. Facebook page. One compassionate contestant will be rewarded a brand new Footwear etc. virtual gift card with a value of $50.

If you’re new to the weekly Footwear etc. Challenge, you can read the (very simple) rules here. If not, you’re all set: Become a fan of Footwear etc. on Facebook to get started!

Challenge #19: Show Us Your Shoes Weekly Giveaways

Footwear etc. Facebook Challenge

Earth Day has come and gone, and we’ve learned a little more about our Facebook fans… You’re a very creative bunch! Your recycling ideas are remarkable! And you’ve left us craving more of your creativity!

Challenge #19: The Show Us Your Shoes Weekly Giveaways start 4/28/10 and run all through the month of May. To enter, simply upload photo(s) of yourself wearing our shoes to our shiny new Facebook page fan photos section. Every Friday, one fine photographer will be rewarded a brand new Footwear etc. virtual gift card with a value of $50.

If you’re new to the weekly Footwear etc. Challenge, you can read the (very simple) rules here. If not, you’re all set: Become a fan of Footwear etc. on Facebook to get started!

Challenge #18: The Earth Day Giveaway

Footwear etc. Facebook Challenge

Did you know that April 22nd will be the 40th anniversary of Earth Day? It’s true! And to get in the spirit, we’re kicking off this next contest to our Facebook fans, asking them to share their conscientious creativity.

Challenge #18: The Earth Day Giveaway starts 4/9/10 and runs through 4/22/10. To enter, simply tell us how you reuse / recycle your shoebox on our shiny new Facebook page. (Fan photos are worth two entries!) One recycling recipient will be rewarded a brand new Footwear etc. virtual gift card with a value of $50.

If you’re new to the weekly Footwear etc. Challenge, you can read the (very simple) rules here. If not, you’re all set: Become a fan of Footwear etc. on Facebook to get started!

Dr. Weil recommends: Orthaheel flip flops, slides, and sandals!

Now that winter is finally over, isn’t it fantastic to go out and enjoy the warm weather and give our feet a chance to breathe? No more confining winter shoes; it’s time to break out the flip flops and sandals! But do you have to wear flip flops or sandals with no support in order to be stylish? Absolutely not! Check out our new Orthaheel products!

 Orthaheel Seaside SlideDesigned by podiatrists and recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil on the Oprah show, Orthaheel flip flops, slides and sandals contain a built-in orthotic profile. The beauty of this is that they restore the natural alignment of your feet, which improves hip alignment and knee function. Orthaheels also reduce excess pronation – which can lead to flat feet. The deep heel cup provides Who wants to be in pain when you just want to dash out to the grocery store or go to the beach? I love the fact that they take literally 2 seconds to put on (the benefit of flip flops!) yet provide the comfort and style that I require! (And don’t we all require and deserve that?)

 Orthaheel Tide SandalWith their flexible soles yet outstanding support, they are not only great for your feet and joints, they look great too! From casual styles like the Tide (available in fun colors like green, pink, and denim) to more dressy styles like the Seaside (available in Brown or Black Croc Leather), there’s a flip flop or sandal for all kinds of occasions. I’m excited to see sandals that I can wear on weekends or after work, but I think I really love the Seaside in Black Croc Leather because it’s perfect for a night out on the town! And men shouldn’t feel left out of the equation; the Ryder and the Kinetic are great options for them.

 Orthaheels are endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), but you don’t sacrifice style for comfort. I have tried the flip flops, and they are light years more comfortable than any other flip flop I’ve ever owned. There are lots of new styles due out in April and are available for pre-order, so be sure to take a look! And don’t forget that there’s a 30-day money back guarantee, even if you have worn them outside! If Dr. Weil thinks they’re good enough for Oprah, aren’t they good enough for you?