Get Off The Couch and Get Fit with ASICS Shoes!

A friend of mine refers to the extra poundage he starts to accumulate at this time of year as his “Winter Weight.” He’s great about getting exercise when the weather is nice, but during the sloppier winter months, it’s just more difficult to find the motivation. I can barely get myself off the couch when it’s cold and wet. But winter is no time to give up on your fitness plan, and a great way to help you stay motivated is with a little retail therapy. The items that will get me off the couch are some great models from a fantastic running shoe company: ASICS!

Couch potatoes like me can rejoice in the fact that ASICS makes a wide variety of fitness shoes to choose from. How do you know which shoe is best for you? Here are some guidelines:

If you’re going to do predominantly fitness walking, consider a bona fide walking shoe like the ASICS Gel-Tech Walker Neo® 2. Walking shoes tend to be a little stiffer than running shoes, and are designed for maximum heel protection since walkers tend to land on their heels as they stride. The ASICS Gel-Tech Walker Neo® 2 shoe does this and more. It also has the benefit of being a lightweight shoe while having two layers of memory foam. The design and materials of this shoe really provide outstanding stability and comfort while you walk. It’s available for both men and women too!

The Women’s Gel-Kayano 17 is a fabulous all-around running shoe. It excels in helping you move efficiently through your gait cycle. There is even a cushioned platform feel in the forefoot, which is specifically designed for women. It even has a 3 mm additional height to help relieve Achilles tension. This lightweight shoe helps your feet stay cool and dry, while providing exceptional support.

Overpronators, the shoe that’s just for you is the ASICS Gel-Cumulus 13. Available for both men and women, this running shoe has gender-specific forefoot cushioning and full-length Solyte® midsole material to provide extra stability. It’s the perfect shoe for mild to moderate pronators.

Are you a trail runner? Try the ASICS GT-2160 Trail. Both men and women will enjoy the extra traction and durability of this rugged shoe. It contains reversed lugs for uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain. I really like how that can help you stay safe as you run. And as with all ASICS shoes, your feet will stay cool, dry, and supported.

Note that all of these shoes have received the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association. That’s quite an endorsement!

So get up off the couch and try out the new shoes from ASICS. Even lousy weather this winter can’t outweigh the outstanding benefits of these shoes.

More Fall Boots, Some from Unexpected Sources…

I was astonished to find out that Olukai, one of my favorite manufacturers of flip flops, actually makes boots. So not only can you get outstanding quality in a boot, you can also get outstanding support!

What the different boot styles have in common is the outstanding anatomical footbed. High density EVA provides heel and midfoot support, as well as cushioning and flexibility. You can also rest assured that each model also contains high quality leather, for durability and breathability.

I particularly like the Olukai Women’s O Waho. It’s a sporty, rugged boot that has a water-resistant nubuck upper and full grain pigskin lining. I love the whipstitch detailing on the side of the boot! The sole also provides good traction in wet weather. Check it out in Fog or Black Nubuck!

Orthaheel, which also makes some of my favorite flip flops and sandals, has come out with the Emma Lace Up Boot. Available in Camel or Black synthetic, these boots will feel wonderful on your feet. The biomechanical orthotic footbed provides outstanding support and are designed to counteract the results of walking on hard and unnatural surfaces. They are easy to care for; you can wipe them off with a damp cloth and let them air dry. Not only do they provide great support, they also have excellent traction and keep your feet warm with all man-made materials. The Emma is recommended by well-known Wellness Specialist Dr. Andrew Weil and has also received the APMA Seal of Acceptance.

Merrell is known for providing outstanding quality in rugged shoes, and their boots are no exception. I really like the Vera Mid. Available in Black or Barnwood Leather, the Vera Mid has a zipper to help you get the boot on and off, full grain leather upper, and a an air cushion in the heel for stability and shock absorption. This is the perfect boot for outdoor fun.

I’m a sucker for beautiful leather boots. Naturally, Naot would come out with the Modesto, which screams out to me to try it on. I love the scrunched shaft, yet the boot is easy to get on and off due to its full-length zipper. As with all Naot shoes, the anatomical latex and cork footbed provides outstanding support. I also like the 2.5 inch heel; it’s not too big, yet still looks girly. (By the way, it also comes in a beautiful suede as well.) I’m definitely looking forward to trying this one!

Another gorgeous leather boot is the Hobart Buckle from Ecco. I particularly like the fact that the triple buckle closure gives you the option to adjust the width of the shaft. The Hobart Buckle has a very classic style, with shiny Riviera leather. This would definitely work with dressy as well as casual attire.

The wealth of styles of boots available this Fall is enormous, and some of them are from brands you wouldn’t expect to have them. Don’t make assumptions; look through the brands at and you might find some surprising and delightful choices you might not otherwise have considered.

We’ve Got Bling!

Sometimes we’ve just got to engage our inner divas. I for one love to see a little bling and sparkle in my life from time to time. The folks at UGG Australia are smart enough to recognize this burning need in some of us, and as a result have come out with two perfect boots for this purpose: the Bailey Bling, and the Classic Short Sparkles!

As with all UGG boots, these two models contain the highest quality of sheepskin available. It remains soft after repeated wearings, and allows your feet to breathe and to stay dry while they stay cozy and warm. The EVA sole is flexible and light, so you won’t feel like you’re tromping around in clodhoppers. And of course these boots are warm and durable; perfect for Fall and Winter days. But they’ve got the added benefit of a little glitz as well.

The Bailey Bling, is very similar to the Bailey Button, but rather than a wooden button embellishing the side of the boot, UGG Australia has added a Swarovski crystal! How fantastic is that – you get all the great features of the Bailey Button with a little extra glamour to it. This boot comes in Grey and Black sheepskin, and is available exclusively from Footwear etc.

The Classic Short Sparkles really DOES sparkle. Take the Classic Short Boot, add hundreds of sequins all over it, and stand back! What a glitzy boot! Again, the Classic Short Sparkles has UGG’s usual genuine sheepskin, that makes your feet feel warm and cozy but not sweaty. This fabulous sheepskin won’t become scratchy over time like its synthetic counterparts. But what really makes this boot special are all of those sequins. I absolutely love the fact that you can create two different looks to this boot merely by rubbing the sequins in one direction versus the other. Give it a try; it’s fun, and gives you a little versatility with this style! Check it out in both in Black and in Champagne.

Need Bling? Love UGGs? Be sure to try out the Bailey Bling and Classic Short Sparkles. They are both limited edition boots, available only from Footwear etc. Get your minimum daily requirement of glitz before they become sold out!

Looking for Unique Design and Quality? Check Out Pikolinos Shoes!

Men and women can rejoice! There’s a new kid on the block with beautiful, unique designs. Pikolinos shoes and boots are handcrafted in Spain, and utilize the latest technologies to produce amazing models. Pikolinos prides itself on being a leading brand for comfort, yet with a unique identity.

Men have several designs to choose from, including the beautiful Oviedo Slip-On. Available in Black or Brown leather, this shoe is a wonderful shoe for casual or dressy occasions. It has elastic gores that make the shoe easy to get on and off, a removable insole, and a foam gel padded flange. It’s also hand sewn!

Women not only have several shoe choices, but there are a couple of pairs of fabulous boots that I love! For a full-length boot, check out the Brujas. This is a fantastic boot that you could wear every day. The removable insole is cushioned for outstanding comfort, the zip fastener gives you easy on/off access, the 1” heel makes the boot comfortable to wear all day long, and the beautiful leather is treated with Scotchgard for protection against inclement weather. The best feature, in my opinion, is the elastic gore in the top of the boot that stretches a little if you need just a little more room in the calf. Outstanding!

The Verona is a classy-looking short boot. I love the detail of the two straps with buckles. You could wear this boot with all sorts of attire. I particularly think that it would look fabulous with jeans; the 2” stacked heel adds some femininity. Of course the comfort aspect is not lost on me either; the foam gel padded flange and the cushioned insole make this boot a fantastic choice.

Pikolinos prides itself on being a company committed to the environment and to efficiency, with its compliance to several management ISO certifications. I like the idea of this, but what really appeals is their high-quality, attractive shoes. Take a look at Pikolinos shoes and see how you like them!



Don’t Choose Between Style and Comfort, Try Taos Footwear Instead!

I’m always looking for a good pair of everyday shoes. No enormous heels for me; I’ll only torture my feet if I’m going out somewhere fancy and need to wear super dressy shoes. (And even then I’m reluctant to do so.) I have reached the stage in my life where having comfortable shoes is really important, but I don’t want my shoes to look like they belong to an Old Lady. Enter Taos footwear – stylish, yet very comfortable!

All of the Taos models have some unique features that make them particularly comfortable. The leather is soft, and the collars and tongues are padded. The footbed contains an Aegis microbe shield® that helps protect against odor and deterioration. And there are “pods” that act like shock absorbers on the bottom of your shoe, making it a pleasure to keep these on your feet all day. You don’t have to worry about durability of the sole either; that rubber outsole can take on all sorts of terrain.

Mary Janes are one of my favorite styles, and the Taos Women’s Instep is a gorgeous yet classic shoe. Available in black or brown leather, this shoe has beautiful lines to it. I love the buckle detail, yet the shoe contains a hook and loop closure so that you can get the shoe on and off easily. It’s a beautiful, classic, comfortable design.

An attractive shoe with an embellished hook and loop closure is the Taos Women’s Double Down. Who knew that a strap could be so pretty? With a two-toned look due to the use of different-colored leathers in the upper, this slip-on shoe is sure to be a big hit. It’s so easy to wear, and can go with a wide variety of styles in your wardrobe.

Another really fun style is the Taos Women’s Speed Lacer. This reminds me of a lot of shoes that I saw when I was in Europe this summer; the glove-like kid leather upper and interesting lacing system practically scream elegance in this oxford. The laces really mold this shoe to your foot, and I love how you can use this shoe with dressy slacks or even jeans.

Taos Footwear is inspired by the beauty and culture of the American Southwest. See how the beautiful and comfortable designs can be inspiring for you! Remember: Style and comfort are not mutually exclusive!