Athletic Shoes for the New Year!

Isn’t everyone’s standard New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get fit? Seems like this is an annual event for many of us! If you actually plan to DO this, you need to have comfortable, supportive shoes for the activity you choose. Why not treat yourself to a new pair of athletic shoes? Footwear etc. has a wide variety of shoes that would be perfect for all of your exercise needs.

I need motion control in my athletic shoes because I tend to overpronate. I also need outstanding stability and support, since my feet are prone to stress fractures. New Balance has just come out with an update to their popular 1123 model, the 1540. Available for both men and women, this shoe excels in stability for runners and is also a great shoe for walkers. The big difference between this model and the 1123 is that the 1540 is lighter. I love the fact that these are so easy to wear, I might even get up off the couch to do so! As always with New Balance shoes, there’s a nice high, wide toe box and great ventilation so that your toes aren’t squished and your feet stay cool and dry. They’re even certified under Medicare as a Diabetic shoe, so you know that they’ll be good to your feet. And they’re made in the USA!

ASICS makes some fabulous running and walking shoes. For walkers, the Gel-Tech Walker Neo 2 is a very supportive shoe that will make exercise walking or strolling very enjoyable. These are lightweight yet highly supportive shoes, and even have the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association. They are designed to enhance your foot’s natural gait while providing maximum comfort. Definitely worth a try! ASICS also makes some outstanding running shoes, for your neighborhood or the trail. Check them out!

Need new hiking shoes? You can’t go wrong with Merrell products. They were designed for great support and rugged durability. I really like the Moab – my favorite version is waterproof and can take whatever trail has to dish out!  The anatomical footbed keeps your feet supported, while the breathable bellows tongue and mesh upper keep your feet cool and comfortable. The Moab is available in an oxford style as well as a mid-boot for both men and women, and are fantastic for those weekend outings.

Fans of Barefoot running shoes will be thrilled by the choices from Vibram Fivefingers. The KSO model for both men and women is a particularly nice all-around shoe, suitable for running, water sports, yoga, and other fitness activities. They’re flexible, are slip-resistant, and really let you feel the pavement under your feet. If you don’t know anything about barefoot technology, definitely check them out to see if they are right for you! Many runners swear by these shoes. If you don’t want a lot of support, these could be the answer to your prayers!

These are just a few models from some of our favorite brands to help entice you off the couch this year. Stay motivated, and treat your feet kindly with some new athletic shoes!


Not all Shoe Laces are Created Equal!

If you’re like me, you never think about shoe laces until one breaks on you. But when it does, keeping your shoe on properly becomes a big hassle. Footwear etc. carries several brands of laces, which can work on all sorts of shoes!

Need dress shoe laces? Check out the Mephisto replacement shoe laces in black. These 80 cm long cotton laces are specific for dress shoes and are a round, braided style. They’ll look great with all sorts of dress shoes!

For casual or walking shoes, Mephisto also makes replacement laces in tan, and black. These are 90 cm long and are flat and woven from 100% cotton. You can also get them in Birch or Espresso in 90, 115, 120, and 130 cm lengths.

Ecco also makes replacement shoe laces that are suitable for many types of casual walking shoes. Available in white and black in 32” lengths, these round braided laces are treated with wax for extra strength.

Cadillac has an interesting type of lace, called the Comfort Lace. These black rope-shaped laces are 30” long, but contain collapsible knots. These knots produce “tension zones” at each eyelet, which helps you maintain tension in particular areas. These laces eliminate the need to keep retying your shoes due to slippage. The Comfort Lace shoe laces are a great choice if you find you need to re-tie your shoes more than you’d like to.

Don’t be fooled by cheap knock-offs; the Mephisto, Ecco and Cadillac laces are very high quality and hold up well over time. Consider any of these when you need a new pair of laces!


Support for those Sheepskin Boots!

During these cold wintery months, loads of people love to get sheepskin boots for the holidays. I don’t blame them, I love the warmth and coziness of sheepskin. My feet, however, balk when there’s no arch support in my shoes. That’s why I love the insoles and orthotics from Superfeet and Lynco.  If you’ve got good quality sheepskin boots, you can swap out the insoles they came with and insert one of these products.

Superfeet makes the Unisex Wooly White Insole. They are a fantastic addition to any sheepskin boot, slipper, rain boot, or even regular shoes that have removable insoles. These insoles can help align the body and decrease foot pain. The firm footbed really provides terrific support, and the merino wool top cover helps keep your feet comfortable and dry.

Lynco makes the L900 Sheepskin orthotic. They contain a shearling fiber top cover that provides wonderful shock absorption and cushioning. Available for both men and women, this orthotic helps stabilize your feet and are specifically designed for medium and high arches.

You don’t have to suffer from poor arch support with sheepskin boots. Try the Superfeet Wooly White or Lynco L900 Sheepskin Orthotic. Have some cozy support in your boots this season!


You Can Never Have Too Many Socks!

I don’t know about you, but I always need new socks. Sometimes it’s because they disappear around the house (or from the dryer). Other times, they’ve fallen apart. Until now, I’ve usually purchased cheap socks from the local big box store. The socks I’ve purchased from Footwear etc. (all Hot Sox), however, have held up very nicely; but I really could use some nice, solid-colored socks for myself and for gifts. Enter Socksmith and Monarch Socks to the rescue! No more lousy quality socks for me, now I’m getting some great quality at reasonable prices.

Socksmith’s basic roll-top solid socks come in both knee high length as well as trouser length. They come in a variety of colors, and fit women’s shoe sizes 5 ½ – 10 ½. With 66% cotton, 32% nylon and 2% spandex, these socks are breathable and comfortable so that you can feel great throughout your day. These are certainly going on my holiday gift list!

Monarch socks are exclusive to Footwear etc. and are the ultimate in comfortable dress socks for men. Available in black, brown, taupe, navy and charcoal, these socks are sure to please even the most discriminating of wearers. They are lightly cushioned to provide comfort and softness. Made from 70% cotton, 25% nylon and 5% spandex, they are also breathable and durable. Monarch Socks fit men’s sizes 8-13 and are a fabulous choice.

Need socks? Consider the choices from Socksmith and Monarch Socks. I’m stocking up on these!

Holiday Party Shoes!

‘Tis the season for those holiday parties. I love having an excuse to dress up, and I love having the excuse to break out the fancy shoes. As you navigate this holiday season, consider updating your dressy wardrobe with some new, gorgeous shoes from Footwear etc. Here are a few of my current favorites to go with my fancy attire:

The BeautiFeel Women’s Payton is a strappy sandal with a cute little rosette on the top of the shoe. This handmade shoe is made from the highest quality patent leather, and has a cushioned insole for superior comfort. The 2 ¾” heel looks great with my dressy dresses, but isn’t too high to be comfortable. This timeless classic is perfect for any fancy gathering, whether it’s during the holiday season or during the rest of the year.

Earthies has some adorable dress shoes out now. I really love the Cristiana. It’s a suede shoe with a peep toe and peek-a-boo cutouts.  You wouldn’t expect a shoe this pretty to have an anatomic arch and a cupped heel to set the foot into the proper supported position, but it has all of these features. The 3” heel adds elegance to this design, and the zip up the back allows for easy on-off.  It’s also a great excuse for getting a pedicure!

Need a dressy flat? How about the Indigo by Clarks Tori Anne. You could wear this flat with your fanciest outfit or with a pair of jeans! That’s phenomenal versatility! The pleading detail at the heel adds visual interest, while the printed leather makes it look really elegant. Available in Burgundy, Chestnut, or Black, it’s a wonderful little all-around flat.

A really interesting shoe is the Pikolinos Women’s Romana Slip-on. I love the tapestry look to the upper, which is also augmented with an embroidered leather detail. There are hidden elastic gores to make this shoe easy to get on and off. Even the topline of the shoe is scalloped for more visual interest. I could see wearing this with a dress, skirt, or even dressy pantsuit. This is a really unique-looking shoe, and the hand-sewn details really pop. The 1 ¾” heel is also very comfortable.

Holiday parties are a great excuse for some retail therapy. Check out the beautiful dress shoes at Footwear etc. Your feet deserve to celebrate too!