More from the “Happy Shoes” Company: Alegria

Colors, and patterns, and models…oh my! Alegria, maker of shoes specifically intended to boost your mood, has come out with a bunch of new styles that are perfect for your every whim!  Who could possibly be unhappy wearing such amazingly vibrant, feel-good shoes? Check out these new models and patterns:

The flagship Mary Jane, the Paloma, is now available in Pewter Charmer Leather, Western Romance Leather, and Black Etched Leather. The Pewter Charmer Leather is a dark silver-colored leather with a snakeskin texture. It’s a little shiny, and is versatile enough to wear with many colors in your wardrobe.  The Western Romance Leather is a gorgeous and subdued print of leaves and flowers in autumnal colors.  I really like the Black Etched Leather – the pattern is subtle, but definitely adds visual interest to an otherwise regular patent leather shoe. I could use this one as a dressy shoe!

Another cute Mary Jane is the Dayna. Available in Bronze Patent Leather, Chrome Patent Leather, Black Napa Leather, or my favorite – Friends White Leather. The latter is a happy pattern in blues, white and pink, depicting two women along with some flowers. How fun! This shoe is part of Alegria’s Nursing Shoe line.

The Classic, one of Alegria‘s original models, also has some new colors and patterns. If you like animal prints, check out the African Leopard Patent Leather. It’s a beautiful print, and while it’s interesting and easily recognizable as a leopard print, it’s not too “in your face.” The Classic also comes in Black Embossed Rose leather, which is subtle enough to go with everything in your wardrobe.

Like slip-ons? Try the Debra. I love how this shoe is easy to get on and off with its elastic gores, and still gives you all the fun and comfort of all Alegria shoes. This shoe is also part of Alegria’s Professional line for nurses, and is available in Copper Beauty Leather or traditional White.

The most unusual shoe in the 2011 models is the Abbi. Yes, it’s possible to have an Alegria shoe that is a lace-up oxford! This could be your next go-to shoe for everyday wear! Available in Black Nappa Leather,  Chrome Patent Leather, and Black Rose Leather (my favorite; I love anything with roses on it). You can really get a custom fit with these laces, and it’s a very versatile shoe! Can an oxford be girly? Yes!

Remember that all Alegria shoes have outstanding support properties, like: an anatomically-correct footbed that provides outstanding arch support, removable insoles made out of latex, memory foam and cork, and a mild rocker sole to alleviate joint pain and help you attain better posture. So check out the new, happy, colorful shoes from Alegria. Let your shoes boost your mood!

Berry-licious Shoes from Aetrex

Aetrex is known for producing really comfortable, supportive shoes, but now they’re also known for having FUN shoes. Love color? Check out the Aetrex Berries collection!

I can never get enough easy-to-wear shoes, and the Berries collection fits the bill. You can get clogs, mary janes, slip-on shoes, and even zip-up shoes in great colors. These shoes conform to your feet, giving you a truly custom, outstandingly comfortable fit. They’re casual, but light and stylish. Want something that fits like a glove? The Berries collection contains memory foam and 4-way stretch fabrics. Seems pretty glove-like to me!

If your feet really need a break, these shoes are particularly useful due to their Mozaic® insoles. These customizable pads let you have extra cushioning and pressure relief right where you need it. And if that’s not enough, there’s also the Aegis® anti-microbial lining in each of these shoes, which protects against fungi, bacteria and algae. The slip-on has elastic side gores to help you get the shoes on and off, and the mary jane has an adjustable hook and loop strap. Your feet won’t want to slip into anything else!

Ok, so they’re comfortable. What about style? I adore the colors in this collection. Who wouldn’t love colors called Cocoberry, Raspberry, or even Blueberry? Berries are sweet, and these are like eye candy for your feet!

The nice folks at Aetrex are really into the concept of Berries being “berry” beneficial to your well being. They’ve even provided us with some delicious and healthy berry recipes, just for fun! Enjoy them with your Berry-licious shoes from Aetrex .

Berry Best Muffins – yields 12 muffins


1 cup butter, 2 cup sugar, 4 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. salt, 4-5 ½ c. fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or cranberries


Preheat the oven to 425° F. Grease muffin tins beyond the rim cups as the batter expands. Berries should be well rinsed, drained and well dusted with flour. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time and blend thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to creamed mixture. Blend thoroughly and fold in the berries. Sprinkle generously with sugar over the batter tops.

Bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes of baking, turn oven temperature down to 375° F and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until muffins are done in center and the muffin tops are a rich golden color.

Triple Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie – yields 2 servings


8 oz. frozen mixed berries, 2 small frozen bananas – peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces, 6 ounces yogurt, 1 cup whole milk, 2 Tbsp. honey


Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour evenly into glasses.

Triple Berry Smoothie


½ cup strawberries, ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup raspberries, 1 banana, ½ cup yogurt (plain), 1 cup milk, ½ cup ice cubes


Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour evenly into glasses.

Thick Strawberry Smoothie


6 large strawberries, ½ cup plain yogurt, ½ cup vanilla or strawberry ice cream, ½ cup whole milk


In a blender, blend the strawberries with milk until strawberries are well incorporated. Add the ice cream and yogurt & whip a little longer so the smoothie remains thick. Pour evenly into glasses.

Crunchy Munchy Parfaits – yields 2 servings


1/3 cup reduced fat granola, 1 (8 ounce) carton reduced fat vanilla yogurt, ½ cup fresh raspberries, ½ cup fresh blackberries or blueberries


On the bottom of the parfait glasses, place 2 tablespoons of granola. Top each with 2 tablespoons of reduced fat vanilla yogurt. Combine the berries; divide a third of the mixture between the two glasses. Repeat yogurt and berry layers. Top with the remaining yogurt, berries and granola.

When You Really Want to Make a Statement: Try the UGG Over the Knee Bailey Button Sparkles

Sometimes boots just have to be front and center in your look. I’ve discovered the perfect boot for a night on the town: UGG Australia’s Over the Knee Bailey Button Sparkles. This dramatic boot is a phenomenal choice for staying warm while looking amazingly stylish.

Need a striking look for a holiday party? Consider wearing this boot with leggings and a warm, dressy top. Want to glam up some skinny jeans? Try these boots on top of them!  How about with a dressy dress? The possibilities are endless!

I love the fact that with this boot you can have all the fabulous benefits of authentic UGG boots: high quality sheepskin that stays soft and allows your feet to breathe, an ultra-soft insole, and a convertible shearling cuff. The flexible outsole makes this boot extra comfy. You also get the bling factor with hundreds of sparkly sequins, which will make anything you wear look a little glitzier. What’s not to love?

Also note that the over-the-knee look is entirely optional; you can cuff the top down for an entirely different look altogether. How fancy do you want to be? Let your mood dictate your look!

Glam meets comfort with the UGG Over the Knee Bailey Button Sparkles. Who has to suffer for high fashion? You don’t!

Boat Shoes are BACK!!!

I love Boat Shoes. They are so easy to wear, look great with casual outfits, are perfect for slipping on to run outside for the paper, and are rugged and durable. Sebago has a full line of attractive styles, perfect for both men and women.

Sebago shoes are known for their outstanding slip-resistant properties. The non-marking rubber  soles really help ensure stability as you walk. You can also feel secure that the brass eyelets won’t corrode, and the rawhide laces will hold up over time. These are great shoes for wet, sloppy conditions, and are preferred by sailors everywhere. They are made from a single piece of form-fitting leather and are durable and comfortable.

Men and women have a variety of options to choose from.  I enjoy different colors in the upper, so I particularly like the Women’s Spinnaker in Navy/Lagoon Nubuck/Leather. The upper has both navy blue nubuck as well as a lighter grey-blue smooth leather by the laces.  It’s a very attractive boat shoe, and I can feel secure that the slip-resistant properties will help keep me on my feet during sloppy weather. I can easily see myself slipping into this shoe during those precious weekend days when I just want something easy and comfortable to wear.

The Men’s Schooner is a boat shoe with a stroke of elegance. The Brown Oiled Waxy Leather actually gives this shoe a formal look; perfect to wear with khakis or other casual slacks. This is a perfect shoe for those times when you want something slightly dressier than a sneaker, but want all the comfort you can get.

Not into boat shoes? No problem! Check out the Sebago Men’s Triton Shore or Triton Sport models. These sneaker-styled shoes even have a removable anatomical footbed, so you’ll not only  get some support, you can also use an orthotic if need be. These two styles have full grain leather and mesh uppers to help keep your feet cool. The Triton Shore has some attractive striping details as well. The rubber cup sole on these shoes provides outstanding traction so you don’t have to worry about slippage.

Sebago shoes are perfect for those casual days when you want a stylish shoe to just slip on and go. Discover the joys of marine-styled footwear!


SoftWalk Shoes: The Perfect Shoes for Any Width Feet!

One width does NOT fit all. That is a message we’ve been hearing from customers repeatedly. Can you imagine how frustrating it is to find shoes that fit if you’re not a standad Women’s B width? Many manufacturers don’t bother making anything other than medium width, preferring to appeal to the majority rather than the exceptions. Footwear etc. is very happy to announce the arrival of shoes from SoftWalk – which come in a large variety of widths!

SoftWalk shoes come in widths ranging from Slim (AAA) to XX-Wide (EE). These widths should cover just about everyone! Don’t assume that because there are many widths, these look like stereotypical orthopedic shoes. They don’t!

The other great feature of these shoes is the patented SoftWalk “Eggcrate” footbed. Have you ever slept on an egg crate pad on your bed? These shoes emulate that feeling…for your feet!  I loved how the cushy footbed felt as I walked in them. It feels like you’re walking on pillows – and you are! SoftWalk shoes are great for pampering your feet. Apparently these are very popular among flight attendants, who spend many hours on their feet each day. You could experience that level of comfort too!

There are several models in particular that caught my eye, including:

The Adora – an elegant slip-on shoe that can go with dressy and casual attire alike. I noticed that my physician has a pair of these, and she loves them! Available in Navy and in Black, the Adora is the perfect all-around shoe for any occasion.

The Murietta – a lovely clog that is available in a variety of colors. I really like the Cognac Croc Leather – that would work with most of my wardrobe. The padded collar provides additional comfort on the top of your foot, and the rich croc leather upper is stylish and fashion forward. The folks at SoftWalk are also smart enough to have color coordinated footbed linings, so that the upper and footbed look cohesive.

Like booties? Check out the Trieste. It’s available in black leather or brown suede, and has a convenient side zipper to help you get it on and off. I’m also a sucker for bows, and the mini tassel bow adds that dash of femininity I love to see.

Dressy shoes don’t need to be uncomfortable; SoftWalk has filled that bill with the Dani. Available in Wheat or Black Distressed Leather, this shoe is a beautiful leather oxford with a 2 ¼” heel. This is a great shoe to wear to work or out to dinner! The lug sole is slip resistant, and this shoe even has a removable footbed should you need to insert an orthotic or insole. I love the versatility of this shoe!

Even if you don’t have an unusual-width foot, you can still enjoy the cushy comfort of SoftWalk shoes. And if you do need a width other than “B,” rejoice! You’ve finally got a variety of options for all sorts of occasions.