New for Winter: More Rugged Shoes from Allrounder by Mephisto!

Sometimes you just need rugged shoes. Mephisto, a leader in quality footwear, has an entire division devoted just to these shoes: Allrounder by Mephisto. There are brand new styles ready and waiting for your outdoor activities, so take a look!

The Men’s Shogun is a fantastic shoe for those weekends in the Great Outdoors, or even as a casual yet rugged shoe for everyday wear. You’ll love the cushioned, anatomical footbed that makes walking so comfortable. (If you need to use an orthotic, you can always remove this footbed.) Shock absorption is outstanding in this model, as is the durability of the outsole. This is a great all-around rugged shoe for men.

In women’s styles, check out the Naroma. I love the Naroma because it’s waterproof! It’s a sporty-looking shoe with a black nylon and suede upper, and orange accents in the upper and in the outsole. The removable foam latex insole has a really helpful arch support, perfect for helping your feet stay comfortable during those long hikes. The shock absorber heel is also really handy for helping you avoid fatigue. The rugged outsole is just the thing you need for those uneven, slick surfaces.

 Allrounder by Mephisto even came out with a Mary Jane style, called the Niro. If there’s such a thing as a girly yet rugged shoe, this would be it. The Niro has a 1-inch heel, and a strap over the top of the foot, yet has all the properties of a rugged hiking shoe. The outsole has grip even on slick ground, the shock absorption is outstanding, and the soft latex foam padding provides additional comfort at the instep and ankle. Given it’s a Mary Jane style, it’s a breeze to get on and off too!

Before that next outing in the Great Outdoors, take a look at the rugged shoes of Allrounder by Mephisto. Your feet will appreciate the comfort over all sorts of terrain.

Get the Finest in Ventilation with Aetrex Copper Sole Socks

As I’ve been looking through to see what sort of holiday gift ideas I can come up with, I came across some socks that have really interesting properties. The Aetrex Copper Sole Socks are more than just everyday socks, they’re the ultimate socks for keeping your feet cool and dry.

Remember those Chilean miners that were trapped for 69 days? According to Aetrex, the miners were given Copper socks after 36 days to help them combat the warm, humid conditions in the mine. Amazingly, these socks actually improved the condition of the miners’ feet even while they were still in the mine! How is this possible?

These socks contain copper ion technology developed by Cupron. This technology has been clinically proven to help prevent the formation of bacteria, fungi and odor. It also helps improve skin texture and appearance. These copper ions are embedded in the yarn and are guaranteed to last for the life of the sock.

Aetrex Copper Socks also contain additional cushioning, flat seam construction to protect against any irritation, and Spandex to hug your foot. The socks are available in white (unisex) and men’s brown and black dress socks.

Aetrex considers these socks to be the healthiest socks on the market, and it’s hard to argue with success. The superior ventilation properties make these socks the benchmark in what you should look for in a comfortable sock. Give them a try and see what you think. If this technology worked for the Chilean miners, imagine how comfortable it can make you feel!

UGG Australia Sheepskin Care Kits for the Ultimate Protection of your Boots

Let’s face it, UGG boots are an investment. They’re an investment in style, quality, and warmth. They also aren’t cheap, so why not protect that investment? I want to make mine last as long as possible, so that’s why I’m so happy with the UGG Sheepskin Care Kit.

The last thing I want is for my nice boots to get stained and dirty. The Sheepskin Care Kit contains both a sheepskin brush with stain eraser, and a 4 oz. bottle of Sheepskin Cleaner. That cleaner is fantastic; it really removes tough stains, and brightens the entire boot. Now I don’t have to worry if I accidentally step in a puddle and get a little mud on my boots.

Sheepskin breathes well, but sometimes your feet can still get a little too warm. Eliminate any odors with the Sheepskin Freshener. There’s no need to have smelly boots this winter with this product around! It’s specifically designed for UGG products, so you know you can trust its quality.

My favorite part of the Care Kit is the Sheepskin Protector. I apply this spray all over my boots each season, and it really helps protect against water/snow and dirt. My priority is to keep my boots looking as new as possible, and the sheepskin protector is my best weapon against the elements.

The UGG Sheepskin Care Kit is only recommended for use on the twinface sheepskin boots and slippers in the Classic, Ultra and Ultimate collections.

Be prepared for the elements and protect your investment this winter. Check out the UGG Sheepskin Care Kit. You’ll be very happy you did!


New Balance 1123MC – For All of Us, Not Just for the Serious Runner

Given that I have assorted foot problems, I always look for athletic-styled shoes that provide exceptional support for whatever activity I might attempt. Most of the time for me, that’s just walking. I particularly needed a reliable shoe for all the walking I knew I’d do on my last vacation, and went back to my favorite brand of athletic shoes: New Balance. I have yet to go wrong with this brand, it has everything I need. I was intrigued by the 1123MC, even though it’s technically a running shoe, but it ended up being a great shoe for me! Here’s why:

This shoe is designed as a high-mileage trainer for runners who require maximum motion control and stability. While I am not a runner, I definitely need the stability. My right foot is prone to stress fractures, so having the extra stability and support is very helpful. This shoe contains Abzorb SBS, which is an engineered foam that provides outstanding shock absorption in the heel and forefoot. For enhanced stability, there is a rollbar that controls pronation and supination.

This shoe also contains the usual outstanding features found in all New Balance shoes, including a wide, high toe box to allow your toes room to move, exceptional durability, lightweight comfort and support, and mesh in the upper to help keep your feet cool. The 1123MC got me through Europe, and it gets me all through my neighborhood on my daily walks. I feel good about choosing a shoe that provides all the stability I need to avoid reinjuring my foot.

Runners tell me that this is a superb shoe for over and under pronators. Avoiding repetitive stress injuries is key to a successful athletic shoe, and the 1123MC provides as much stability and support as you can get in a running shoe.

Even Diabetics can feel good about wearing this shoe given its outstanding support properties and roomy toe box. It’s even rated under Medicare/HPCS code A5500 as a bona-fide Diabetic Shoe. Available for both men and women, it’s a great shoe for everyone!

Don’t be intimidated by a shoe that’s advertised as “a high mileage trainer” if you’re not a runner. The New Balance 1123MC is a fabulous shoe for all of us.

In Praise of the UGG Bailey Button!

Cooler weather has arrived, and I’ve been anxious to get a pair of boots. Unfortunately, sometimes boots don’t fit me around the ankle or the calf. Leave it to UGG Australia to have the perfect boot for those of us who have more of a challenging fit: the Bailey Button!

The Bailey Button has all of the amazing features found in all UGG boots. In particular, you can’t go wrong with the genuine twinface sheepskin. It’s of the highest quality, and naturally wicks away moisture to help keep your feet dry and cozy. The EVA sole is light, flexible, and durable. It’s a phenomenal boot for the cool weather. But what makes this boot perfect for me is the one-button closure design. It’s easy for me to slip on and off, and fits my calves and ankles beautifully.

I also love the versatility of this boot; you can wear the shaft up or cuff it down for two very different looks. It looks great with leggings or skinny jeans, and you have the option of tucking in slacks or wearing them over the top of the boot.

The UGG Bailey Button is available in Grey, Chocolate, Chestnut, Black,  Jester Red, Cobalt Blue, and Sand.  But that’s not all; if you love a little glitz in your life, check out the Bailey Bling. Yes, you can have your UGG boots with some glamour.  Available in Grey or Black, the Bailey Bling is just like the Bailey Button but with a beautiful Swarovski crystal instead of the wooden button.  This is a limited-production boot, so be sure to get yours before they’re sold out!