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.

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.