Soft and Cozy Slippers for that Cool Weather!

As the weather cools down, I love having my feet stay warm. I may still be able to wear sandals during the day, but the nights get chilly. I’m so happy to have found some new cozy slippers: Ciabatta’s!

Made from high quality sheepskin, these slippers are a luxury for your feet! The insole is cushy and soft, the sheepskin is breathable so that your feet can stay comfortable and dry, and the outsole is made from skid resistant rubber. Perfect for running outside to get the newspaper in the morning!

There are a variety of styles and colors to choose from for both men and women. Here’s a sampling:

The Joyce Slip-On is a mule-styled slipper that’s easy to get on and off, and versatile as it keeps your feet warm and cozy. It’s available in chocolate, tan, and navy. Somehow I can easily see my daughter rolling out of bed and wearing these to school! I wouldn’t put it past her; but at least I know her feet will be cozy as she races off…

Another really cute slip-on shoe is the Glide Scuff Slip-On. Similar to the Joyce Slip-On, the Glide comes in some adorable colors! I’m especially fond of girly colors like lavender and pink, but it’s also available in sand and tan. My mother really likes pink; that might make a really good holiday gift….

I absolutely love the Ciabatta Hi Top Bootie. This style is available for both men and for women, and in my humble opinion is the ultimate cozy slipper. Why have your heel be cold when the rest of your foot is nice and toasty? The sheepskin completely envelops your foot and provides phenomenal softness and comfort. The Hi Top is available in sand for men, and tan for women, and is sure to be a hit for those of us who really want our entire foot to stay warm and cozy.

Men have a couple of other options to choose from: the Moccasin, which is available in chocolate, and the Step-In Velcro, available in tan. You get all the comfort from the wonderful sheepskin insole and slip-resistant rubber outsole, but in a moccasin style or an adjustable Velcro slide model. The latter is particularly great if you are prone to swollen feet, or have sensitive feet and need to be able to adjust the width.

Don’t go through cool weather with cold feet! Try the new Ciabatta slippers. They’ll make perfect holiday gifts too!

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!