New for Fall from UGG Australia: the Delaine

It’s never too early to start thinking about comfy UGG boots for cooler weather. I just realized this when we were on vacation on July 1st and ended up having to light a fire in the fireplace! You never know when a cold snap will hit. Or even if you live in the hot and steamy belt, planning your fall wardrobe can still be fun. Thank goodness UGG Australia has already begun to introduce new models for the fall, like the Delaine!

My daughter, the UGGS connoisseur of the family, has been anxiously watching and waiting for new models to be available. When I told her about the Delaine, and how it is different from the other genuine UGGS she’d seen in the past, she was excited and intrigued!

The Delaine, a brand-new introduction from UGG Australia, has all of the great styling and comfort that you expect from UGGS, with a twist. Think sneaker meets cozy boot. The sole is entirely different than UGGS you may have seen in the past. The gum rubber outsole looks like what you’ve seen on sneakers. In fact, the rubber comes up over the toes! Yet the boot is still cozy and warm, with its sheepskin and leather lining, and soft suede uppers.

You can also get two different looks from the same boots: wear them with the boot shaft all the way up, or roll it down for a fuzzy cuff. I love the versatility of this boot!

While many sneakers have little to no arch support, the Delaine boot is also unique in that it contains over 5 mm of molded arch support. You can feel the difference! UGGS has a boot for everyone now, even for people who need more support.

The Delaine is currently available in three colors: chocolate, chestnut, and black. Watch for more colors, and more fabulous new authentic UGGS coming out for the fall!

On Sale! Limited Availability! Get ‘Em While They Last!

Footwear etc. has a bunch of brands on sale that have limited quantities available. Check out these brands for some fabulous deals!

Acorn: these slippers are perfect for insulating your feet against cold tile, or even to just slip on when you go out to get the paper! Comfy and durable, these slippers contain Poliyou® open cell PU foam that is breathable, wicks moisture, and fights odor and bacteria with natural active carbon and Aegis® anti-microbials. The Wooly Scuff in particular is a wonderful all-around choice for a slipper.

Asgi: among the styles still available, check out the Carina bootie. The Soleplex technology provides comfort and a very unique look. This is definitely a great dress shoe! For Mary Jane fans, there are several choices available. I particularly like the Splendor Mary Jane; the strap comes across the top of your foot diagonally, which adds visual interest as well as comfort.

Dunham: men don’t have to be left out of a great sale. Dunham shoes excel in their waterproof and slip-resistant properties as well as support. For a slip-on, look at the Holyoke – it’s available in brown and black. For a lace-up shoe, check out the Oakdale Sport.

Teva: these shoes are well-known for being superb for the Great Outdoors. You won’t bat an eye if you get them wet while on the trail, or on the boat! The Women’s Cerellais a really cute “ballet flat.” Who’d have thought these could be so stylish?

Xsensible: the perfect shoes if you need a little “give” to the uppers, Xsensible’s claim to fame is that these shoes stretch if you need them to! If you get swollen feet during the day, these shoes can help alleviate the discomfort you might feel by the evening. Available in both casual and dressy styles, I really like the Esmerelda in Brown Stretch Leather – perfect for a weekend outing! Also check out the Style in Pampas Grass Leather/Suede – it has beautiful detailing and can give your wardrobe a new look!

Don’t miss out on these incredible prices! Check out these amazing deals while they last!

MBT Shoes Save the Day!

Every day we receive emails and phone calls from happy (real) customers who LOVE their MBT Shoes!  Hearing these stories make us happy.  We wanted to share the happiness and some of our favorite recent stories with all of our customers.  If you have a story you want to share, please email or call us!

Cindy from Illinois wrote… I just bought my 7th pair of MBTs.  I can not tell you how much it has improved my circulation, balance, back, hip and leg pain.  And my butt is my best feature after a year of wearing MBT Shoes!  It’s just plain gone!!  I wore them the first day with no problems and can’t do without a pair of them everyday since.  I shop, play, walk and work in them and I love them!!  The only problem is it spoils you for any other shoe.  I recommend MBT shoes to everyone – any age.  I get asked if they are those new “other brand” and I say, proudly, “No, these are the original MBTs.  The others can not compare and are note made with the technology that MBT has patented.”  No other is more comfortable or a great exercise than MBTs.  I love my new sandals!  Footwear etc. people are outstanding.  Thanks MBT!!

Irwin from New Jersey wrote… MBT Shoes reduced my leg and back pain significantly, particularly while walking.  I had been suffering for years despite orthotics, swedish clogs and various other shoe concoctions.  I tried a pair from Footwear etc. and am now ordering my second.

Kathy from California wrote… My husband loves his MBT Shoes.  The shoes are supportive as he recently had knee replacement surgery and can comfortably walk as the shoes absorb impact.

George from Missouri wrote… I have been so satisfied with my 15 pairs of MBT Shoes.  I had a spinal fusion 8 years ago.  MBT Shoes improved my posture, improved the weakness in my lower back, legs and core.

Kimberly from Florida wrote… I am a huge fan of MBT Sandals to walk the 3 Day.  I got these sandals on sale and very quickly.  I will be buying another pair later this summer for sure and will start my shopping here.

Thanks again to these happy customers for sharing their success stories with us.  Keep them coming!

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Bunion Sufferers can Rejoice at the Arrival of Fidelio Sandals and Slides!

Got bunions? Now there are shoes designed especially for you – Fidelio sandals and slides!

Fidelio Hallux Sandals for BunionsBrand new to the United States and Footwear etc., Fidelio shoes are specifically designed to stretch so that if you’ve got bunions, you can prevent that squished feeling most shoes provide. Bunions are painful enough, who needs pain from your shoes? You don’t have to put up with pain from your shoes anymore!

Not only do the Fidelio shoes provide great style and comfort for bunion sufferers, they also provide exceptional support. The deep-cupped heel and natural cork insole give superb support, and the air-cushioned sole feels wonderfully soft at the forefoot and heel. Orthotics wearers can also celebrate: the insole is removable and the shoe can accommodate full orthotics.  These shoes are hand-crafted in Austraia with the finest letahers and materials.

I particularly like the fact that the stretch insert for bunions is hidden, so they don’t look like yourFidelio Hallux Sandals for Bunion Relief stereotypical orthopedic shoes. They maintain their stylish design with attractive jewelling, soft vegetable-tanned uppers, and even the top of the insole near the toes matches the upper of the shoe! What a clever design!

Fidelio shoes are currently only available in women’s styles, but you can have choices for the look you want to show off! Casual wear is perfect for the Fidelio Hallux Bunion Relief sandal in tan leather. For a night on the town, consider the Fidelio Hallux Bunion Relief slide in burgundy patent leather. Lots of comfort, and lots of style here!

Don’t suffer from bunion pain anymore, try out some Fidelio shoes! They can make wearing shoes fun again!

Insoles 101!

Chronic foot pain is among the most annoying pain there is. It can just stop you dead in your tracks. Forget about hiking, even normal daily activities can be painful. I learned this the hard way over time; dealing with recurring stress fractures in one foot, and of late plantar fasciitis have each taken a toll. It’s a Catch 22 situation: I want to exercise for the myriad of medical benefits it will give me, but how do you do that when your feet hurt? (Don’t suggest swimming, that’s not a viable option for me.)

 Enter the insole. How can a pad in your shoe make walking so much more tolerable? And what’s the difference between an insole, and an orthotic?

 An orthotic is an insert in your shoe that is made to fit your foot. You can get custom orthotics from podiatrists. There are also generic orthotics available in shoe stores that can fit approximately 90% of the population. They are designed to give arch support, depending on whether you have high arches, or low arches. Some orthotics can be heated to mold to your foot. Custom orthotics can be very expensive, generic orthotics less so but usually more expensive than insoles.

 An insole is an insert in your shoe that can address a variety of issues, and are used for a variety of purposes. Some insoles are great if you are going to be running, some are applicable for walking, some work for generic everyday use, etc. There are unisex insoles, insoles for wide feet, insoles for dress shoes, insoles with greater metatarsal support, insoles that help keep you from overpronating, etc., etc. With all these choices, how do you choose what’s right for YOUR foot?

 First, foremost, and always: TRY THEM ON. Don’t blindly accept what friends tell you, try out the insoles in your own shoes. No two pairs of feet are alike, there are always subtle differences in what seemingly similar feet need. Explain your foot issues to a podiatrist, and get recommendations from the doctor. You can also talk to the folks at Footwear etc.; they know a lot about the different properties of insoles and orthotics and can make knowledgeable suggestions of things to try out. Footwear etc. works with local doctors and uses their recommendations for products to carry.

Spenco Insoles and Orthotics If you’re looking to add cushioning to your shoes, consider Spenco products. Spenco orthotics and insoles are very economical, and a great choice if you think you need a little extra support. The orthotic arch supports are designed to help control the position of your feet as well as stabilize them and provide cushioning. If you have heel pain, the gel heel cushions and heel cups provide stability as well as superior cushioning. Women can benefit from the Q-Factor Insole, as it can help improve body alignment and balance specifically for them!Aetrex Lynco Insoles

Lynco Aetrex insoles are specially designed for casual, dress, and sports, and even specifically for golf shoes. These orthotics are great if you need additional adjustments in the metatarsal area, or a cupped heel for stability. They also have orthotics with posts to control abnormal positioning and movement of the foot, and to adjust your gait for overpronation. Lynco Aetrex even has sheepskin orthotics, for a really luxurious feeling! 

Superfeet InsolesSuperfeet insoles are excellent for shock absorption. There are styles appropriate for all types of footwear, even dress shoes. People with wide feet can be relieved to find that Superfeet carries several models specifically designed for wide widths. Several models are designed as unisex insoles, some are specifically made for the different needs of men’s feet vs. women’s. They are appropriate for all sorts of uses; there’s even a yellow model designed for track shoes, or hockey/ice skates, or even western boots! 

I was absolutely amazed to discover how much of a difference Superfeet insoles made for my feet. I tried on both the unisex green insoles (the most supportive/rigid) and the pink (for women, useful for walking and running), and I could feel a difference immediately. I never realized how much pressure the insoles could relieve by realigning how I stand and providing additional arch support. The deep heel cups also helped my sore heels feel better.

So don’t put up with unnecessary foot pain – try out some insoles and see what a difference it makes. It can change your life!