Holiday Gift Ideas!

‘Tis the season for giving, and for great sales. I love online shopping; I avoid the crowds but I can still get great deals. I can sit around in my pajamas and order wonderful gifts for loved ones at 3 AM. Footwear etc. has some fabulous items that can make a lot of people on your holiday list very happy this season. Here’s a sampling of what I’m looking at this year:

Lots of products from UGG Australia. Last year I got my daughter the Bailey Button Triplet, and she’s been living in them ever since. They’re warm, soft, and durable. She loves the versatility of this boot, and wears it with both skirts as well as jeans or tights. It’s a great looking and feeling boot for the cold months.

This year I’d like a pair of the Classic Shorts for myself! Why should my kids get all the cozy comfort? I had a pair of knock-off UGGS a few years ago, and they really were not worth the money. The faux sheepskin on those boots got matted and scratchy over time, and I want authentic high quality sheepskin. You can’t beat that level of comfort. Hello, Santa?

A cute stocking stuffer is the UGG Classic Short Keychain! It’s available in Chestnut or Sand, and is absolutely adorable. It’s the perfect gift for your UGG boot aficionado.

My standard go-to gift for the UGG lovers in my life is the UGG Care Kit. It’s the ultimate way to protect those precious boots. I plan to keep my boots for many years, and the items in the care kit keep them looking their best. I protect boots from water and stains with the Sheepskin Protector, and clean any stains with the Sheepskin Cleaner. I love how the brush keeps the sheepskin looking like new, and the Sheepskin Freshener keeps the boots smelling great.

My family loves to travel, I’m interested in some terrific travel items. The Cadillac Travel Shine Kit is a compact little kit you can take with you to keep your shoes looking terrific. Containing polish, sponge applicators, a horsehair shine brush and a shine cloth, this kit is easy to pack and use regardless of where you are. Need to protect your shoes in or out of the suitcase? Consider the Four Seasons Shoe Bags. These nylon bags even have bamboo charcoal, which helps control moisture, odor, and provides antibacterial properties. This will be great for my husband’s dressiest shoes.

I’m lobbying for the Naot Dead Sea Travel Kit. These spa products smell great and are the perfect for pampering my hands, feet, and body! They are non-greasy, and feel great going on. The .5 oz. bottles are the perfect size for travel.

There are a lot of fabulous handbags that make great gifts. I particularly like the Hobo International Carson (small shoulder bag) and the Esme (clutch). Available in a variety of colors, both are beautiful, versatile, and perfect for the holiday season.

Lastly, you can never go wrong getting socks. I love the crazy designs of the Hot Sox brand. I already own several of the designs, but my favorite has been the Cupcakes pattern.  If you or your gift recipient isn’t into patterns, there are a variety of socks in solid colors. I’m probably also going to get some of the socks specifically designed for Diabetics for those in my family who have this illness. The flat seams really make a difference in comfort for them!

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg in what Footwear etc. offers this holiday season. Take a look through the site and see what calls out to you!


A Great New Little Handbag: The Alegria Amie Wristlet!

If you’re anything like me, you need  – and I do mean need – a variety of purses. I need a purse for everyday (actually multiple purses for different colors of my wardrobe). I need dressy purses. I need bags for when I travel that are easy to carry regardless of how much walking I do. I also need little wristlet handbags when I’m just dashing out and about or don’t want to carry my big voluminous everyday bag. I’m excited that Alegria, the great shoe company that puts those spectacular patterns on their shoes, has introduced little wristlet bags with lots of “personality!”

The Amie is a little handbag made of patent leather. It’s a great size: 3.5” x 7.25”. It’s durable, which is perfect for me since I tend to toss handbags around and therefore am hard on them. But what called me to these bags is the variety of colors and patterns available. These bags just scream “fun!”

This bag is available in the following patterns: Peace and Love Black Patent Leather, African Leopard Patent Leather, Western Romance Patent Leather, and Midnight Garden Patent Leather. They’ll go with all sorts of outfits, and are easy to just grab and go! I love the size; it’s perfect for my wallet, keys, cell phone, and small hairbrush.

Don’t you think this would make a terrific gift as well? It might be just the thing for the woman in your life who seemingly has everything else.

Handbags from the shoe company that encourages “happiness” for your feet are a great thing. Check out the Alegria Amie Wristlet for yourself, for your friends, for anyone who likes a little whimsy in their handbags.


UGG Bomber Jacket Series – Warmth and Historic Flight Jacket Style for Everyone!

Bomber jackets have been around since the early 20th century. They were originally created for pilots, and back then the cockpits weren’t enclosed! Imagine how cold those people got. The bomber jacket became really popular during World War II (my dad had one when he was stationed in England and he loved how warm it kept him). These jackets remain stylish and popular even today, and UGG has bomber jacket-styled boots that emulate the original rugged style and provide all the warm comfort you’d expect in an UGG boot.

The UGG Bomber Jacket styling comes in the Classic Tall in Prune, the Bailey Button Bomber Jacket in Grey or Chestnut Sheepskin, or the Bailey Button Triplet Bomber in Chocolate/Natural sheepskin. What makes these look a little different than the conventional Classic Tall, Bailey Button and Bailey Button Triplet is that the sheepskin on the outside is smoother and less suede-like. As a result, it looks more like those old leather bomber jackets that are in vogue. This different texture really gives the boot a richer appearance. I love the way it feels on the outside as well as the inside!

As always, UGG boots are made with the finest quality genuine twinface sheepskin, which wicks away moisture and helps keep your feet dry and comfortable. The EVA sole is flexible and light. You can really tell the difference between UGG boots and their cheap knock-offs. Don’t settle for any less than authentic UGGs!

For a vintage and classy look, consider the Bomber Jacket versions of the UGG Australia Classic Tall, Bailey Button, and Bailey Button Triplet. This timeless classic will make a great addition to your wardrobe.

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!