Avoid Stinky Feet With Merrell Footwear!

I never knew what a big deal the Aegis® Antimicrobial Treated shoes were until a few friends of mine were complaining about their sandals. I was initially baffled, since all of the brands they wore were good, supportive, high-quality shoes. But they all had one complaint: hot, sweaty feet create really disgusting conditions in which bacteria and fungi can grow and cause all sorts of food odor. One of them specifically mentioned the need for antibacterial infusions into the footbed. After poking around a bit I found the solution to their problem: Merrell shoes!

Merrell shoes are meant to be rugged. The manufacturer assumes you’re going to go trekking through the great outdoors, getting them all mucky and requiring good traction on rough terrain. But as part of that, many of the shoes have footbeds treated with Aegis antimicrobial solution, which can greatly improve your chances of your shoes staying fresh and clean on the inside.

The active ingredient in the Aegis® Microbe Shield forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer that bonds with the treated surface. When a microorganism comes in contact with the treated surface, the cells are actually punctured and killed by the shield. The best part of the Aegis® Microbe Shield is that it lasts indefinitely, so you won’t have to reapply anything or worry about odor or fungus issues in the future.

Some of my favorite Merrell styles containing the Aegis® Microbe Shield are:

Merrell Women’s Lilyfern: This slide is so easy to wear and comfortable! There is great shock absorption due to its air cushion in the heel. I also love the molded nylon arch shank since I require good arch support even in sandals. It’s lightweight and durable, and just what I need for the summer months.

Merrell Women’s Jungle Moc: This is a fantastic rugged shoe for all year long. I wear this shoe with jeans for casual outings, and have even hiked in them. The anatomical footbed  gives me the support I need over all sorts of terrain. These are truly bombproof shoes.

My husband loves the Merrell Men’s Terrapin. It’s a great sandal that he wears all the time – even when he needs to dress up a little. These shoes contain outstanding shock absorption, but what makes them really special is that the Aegis antimicrobial solution really helps keep foot odor at bay. (We all appreciate that!)

Don’t put up with stinky feet! Check out the Aegis® Antimicrobial treated shoes from Merrell. Say goodbye to foot odor!

Great New Handbags from Baggallini!

I love updating my handbags with the seasons, or for special purposes. I need a new casual handbag for the summer, so I’m delighted to discover the great models from Baggallini. This brand was created by two flight attendants who value order and organization, so I’m thrilled that my handbag can finally be tidy! Here are some of my favorite styles:

The Sydney Bagg – this might be my next summer travel bag. I like the removable, adjustable crossbody strap, which makes it easy to keep from falling off and frees up my hands. It’s not too big to wear across the body, and I love all of the pockets, especially one that can hold my camera without being bulky.  As with all Baggalini bags, it’s made from lightweight, water-resistant nylon so it will be durable and useful in all sorts of weather. Now I just have to plan a trip to go with my handbag…

The Hobo Tote Bagg – I love the look and versatility of Hobo bags. Baggallini’s version is perfect when you need your bag to hold a LOT of stuff! With three exterior pockets and a nice, large back pocket, I can put in all my “essentials!” Not only does it also have a removable coin purse, the back pocket converts to slide over a suitcase handle. How fantastic is that? Ok, so maybe I need TWO travel bags for this summer!

For a nice, everyday bag, check out the Paris Bagg. It’s a great size, with many useful pockets. I really like the zippered cell phone and PDA pockets in particular. Available in bronze, black, or silver, it’s an amazingly versatile handbag. This could easily be your go-to bag for seasons to come!

Need organization? Check out the fabulous handbag styles from Baggallini. You’ll love how organized it will help you feel!

New Sandals from Alegria!

Sandal fans, Alegria has some beautiful new styles you’ll love! I’ve always loved Alegria’s colors and patterns, now you can find those in a variety of sandal styles! Need support in your sandals? Look no further. You’ll love the fun they add to your wardrobe! Here are a few favorites:

The Alegria Violet is an incredibly comfortable slide with an adjustable strap for a custom fit. Available in Navy Rose, Opal Pebble, and Multi Floral leather, the Violet is a fantastically easy to wear shoe for your casual outings. I love the removable interlocking footbed system that contains latex, memory foam and cork, and the arch support really makes my feet feel great.  I’m really partial to slides, and this one is versatile and beautiful.

The Carina is a stylish thong with a beautiful  leather upper. The mild rocker outsole definitely provides the support lacking in most flip flops, and is incredibly comfortable. I really like the embellishments by the toe post and the horizontal strap (which vary depending on what color you get). As with all Alegrias, the mild rocker outsole helps propel you forward yet provides a stable base. The shoe is hand sewn and leather lined for added comfort.

Need a sandal with a heel strap? Check out the Verona. With three – that’s right, THREE adjustable straps, you can’t get a more custom fit. It’s available in fun colors like lime, ocean, pink and several others. You’ll love how it makes your feet feel as well as look!

This is just a sampling of the new sandals available from Alegria. Let those bright colors and patterns give you some fun with your wardrobe!

Need Narrow or Wide Shoes? Check out the Trotters Line!

Here at Footwear etc., we receive a lot of calls from customers who are not medium widths. Unfortunately many brands do not address this all-too-common issue, which can make shopping for shoes a very frustrating experience. Trotters recognizes this phenomenon, and therefore makes its styles in narrow, medium AND wide widths. These are great shoes for everyday casual wear or even business attire. Need comfort but have a narrow or wide foot (or medium, for that matter)? Take a look at the Trotters brand! Here are a few styles I particularly like:

A really easy-to-wear shoe that’s dressy enough to wear with nice slacks but casual enough to wear with jeans is the Jenn. I love the beautiful, soft tumbled leather upper. The elastic goring on the sides make the shoe easy to get on and off, and the lightweight polyurethane sole absorbs shock as you walk. Available in brown or black leather, this shoe is the perfect addition to any wardrobe.

A versatile casual sandal is the Katie. Available in sand or offwhite nubuck,  the Katie is a great sandal with plenty of adjustable hook and loop straps so that you can have a custom fit. I love how soft the footbed feels, and the fact that the shoe is lightweight. It’s the perfect all-around summer sandal; give it a try and see what you think.

Need a dressy shoe for a night out on the town? Try the Charlie. The incredibly soft leather uppers are beautiful, and the 2 ¼” heel adds a little height while still providing support and shock absorption. There’s even a heel zipper to allow for ease in getting the shoe on and off. This beautiful shoe could be your go-to model when you want to dance the night away!

Whether you have a narrow, medium, or wide width foot, there’s a Trotters shoe out there that will be perfect for your needs.

Try Latitude 33 Shoes for Moccasin Style and Cool Comfort

Sometimes you just need an easy-to-wear slip-on shoe. That’s why I’m so excited that Footwear etc. now carries Latitude 33 shoes! These moccasin-style shoes come in a variety of colors and embellishments, but contain a soft diamond arch massage footbed. These shoes are designed to keep your feet cool and dry with the oval ventilation holes on the sides of the shoes.

I really like the Weavy Wonder. Available in Turquoise, Cognac, Silver, and Bronze Multi, there’s a color combination for every taste. The footbed lining is soft, brushed, and made from sueded fabric, and the same fabric on the collar and plug upper lining feels luxurious. You’ll love the shock absorption properties of the outsole too.

Another fun slip-on style is the Rae. The cotton and polyester blend woven canvas upper is casual, and comes in a variety of fun colors like Green, Sand, Black, Navy, and Bubblegum! The elastic goring on the sides helps you get the shoe on and off easily, and the heritage moccasin stitching adds to the style. Try a fun color to add a little zing to your wardrobe!

Like plaid? You can have them in your footwear wardrobe too! Take a look at the Preppers. Available in Green Madras, Blue Madras, Magenta, or Orange, you’ll love the feel and appearance of this polyester and spandex plaid blend upper.

Latitude 33 shoes could be the perfect shoes for those times when you want to be casual, but have some comfortable fun!