Fun New Socks for Men and Women!

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Sometimes men feel gypped because they don’t necessarily have the opportunity to wear FUN socks. What I mean by FUN socks is socks that have interesting colors or patterns. A brand that clearly fits the bill is Vannucci!

Vannucci socks are anything but dull. If you like puzzles, there’s a pattern for you! Stripes? There are several patterns to choose from. Like polka dots? No problem, there’s a style you can love! Even the ubiquitous argyle/diamond pattern is represented with some striking colors. Who needs to wear boring white crew socks (or black, or brown, for that matter) when you can wear models that are far more exciting?

With Vannucci socks, you won’t sacrifice quality and comfort for style. These socks are made with mercerized cotton, which means that the cotton was treated with sodium hydroxide. This treatment makes the fibers swell. As a result, the fibers have a more lustrous appearance, feel softer, and are stronger and accept dye better.

For truly unique socks, check out the men’s K.Bell 3D socks! Yes, that’s right, you can get a 3D effect with these socks. Each pair even comes with a pair of 3D glasses! Available for both men and women, the 3D socks are not only comfortable (with their 60% cotton, there is a lot of breathability), they are a fashion statement! Perfect for parties and novelty occasions, 3D socks by K.Bell are the novelty socks you’ll show off!

Women have loads of choices available for FUN socks. Some of my very favorite novelty socks come from Hot Sox, Davco, and K.Bell. If you love puppies, you can get socks with puppies on them. If you are a cat fanatic, there are socks just for you. Love wearing socks for particular holidays? You’ll find socks reflecting almost any holiday you can think of. There are even socks with animal prints! Some of my favorite socks contain wine glasses, Hanukkah dreidels, cupcakes, and even teacups. Another popular model has flip flops – perfect for the summer wear aficionado! These novelty socks typically come 1 pair/package, and are cotton/nylon/acrylic/polyester blends that allow for breathability, durability, and overall comfort. Look for models that wick moisture to help keep your feet dry and even MORE comfortable!

Smartwool also produces particularly comfortable, decorative socks. They come in different sizes (as opposed to one size fits most), and have all of the benefits of wool socks (warmth, breathability, durability). I particularly like the Azalea. It’s a gorgeous berry color with a floral motif, but it actually has an arch brace to keep the sock in place, and mesh zones to maximize ventilation. This particular model is available in Berry Wool or Charcoal Wool, so you have several options for your wardrobe. This is an outstanding product that is will last longer than your typical non-wool product and provides loads of soft comfort for everyday wear.

If you want to add a little FUN or pizzazz to your sock wardrobe, check out the many brands available from Footwear etc. Don’t let your socks be boring!

Enjoy International Style with Spring Step Shoes!

 

Spring Step DynamicEuropean styling has become increasingly popular over time, and a great new brand to showcase the style and technological innovations is Spring Footwear. This brand has been around for over 20 years, and is making a big splash in the U.S. Footwear etc. is thrilled to introduce this line to its customers, and I am excited to get my hands on some of these fabulous models myself!

The Spring Step line from Spring Footwear has models that are not only gorgeous, they are incredibly comfortable. The footbeds are leather lined, which are soft and allow for breathability. Cushioning makes walking in any of these shoes a delight! Some models have padded insoles that are even removable to accommodate a custom orthotic, and all of them provide outstanding traction. What’s not to love?

I am a sucker for Gladiator-styled sandals, and the Dynamic is a gorgeous example. Available in bronze or black leather, this stunning shoe can be dressed up with cocktail attire, or even dressed down with jeans. What a completely versatile style! Spring Step paid a lot of attention to details with this shoe, given the decorative stitching on each strap, the stacked heel, and the vertical straps that go up to the ankle. You can get this shoe on and off easily with the side zipper, and you’ll love the soft, lightweight materials. This could be your most versatile and exciting shoe this season! I can’t wait to show these off!

A really fun and yet classy-looking wedge slide is the Deandrea. It has a padded footbed and soft cushioning for outstanding comfort, whip stitching for decorative accents, painted flowers on the bands crossing the top of your foot, and a decorative strip in the wedge of the shoe. The rubber outsole provides very good traction, and this shoe just exudes high fashion! This sandal is suitable to wear with almost anything in your wardrobe, and you’ll want to wear it as often as possible!

Clogs are also very popular in the Spring Step line, and a gorgeous, embellished model is the Burbank. Available in hand painted Red, Grey, Brown, or Black leather, this shoe could easily be an everyday favorite. I absolutely love the decorative stitching all around the shoe, and the leaf and flower motif on the top of the upper. I particularly value the fabulous shock absorption in the polyurethane and rubber outsole; I can wear this shoe for hours on end in complete comfort. As always with Spring Step shoes, the leather insole is lightweight, breathable, and padded for extra comfort.

Need a Mary Jane style? How about a fisherman-style sandal? If so, check out the Streetwise. It’s a sporty and casual shoe with an adjustable hook-and-loop strap. This model combines the fabulous styles of a Mary Jane with a fisherman sandal, and produces a sporty sandal for everyday wear. The leather upper and lining are very breathable (especially since there are perforations in the leather for aesthetic value as well as temperature control. The shoe is available in Bronze, Black, or White leather, and is sure to make your feet and aesthetic senses really happy. Why not give it a try?

Check out the phenomenal shoes from Spring Step. Experience high quality comfort with a European flair!

Popular Spring Colors to Incorporate Into Your Wardrobe

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This spring, the fashion experts have chosen to embrace fresh, contemporary colors. Often, mixing cooler undertones with bold, hotter hues produces an electrifying effect! So how do you incorporate the chicest spring colors into your footwear? Keep reading!

The Pantone company is often referred to as “the world-renowned authority on color,” and heavily influences the fashion scene. Each year, it highlights trending colors that are expected to make a splash, so we thought we’d give you examples of how to wear their picks of placid blue, violet tulip, hemlock, sand, paloma, cayenne, freesia, celosia orange, and dazzling blue.  Each of these hues is quite unique and presents many possibilities for the spring.

Placid Blue  

We’re all familiar with the color blue, one of the most popular hues of all-time, but it’s time to get to know this particular shade; this particular variation is tranquil, peaceful, calm, and reassuring. It is the perfect tint to tastefully complement a bold outfit, or add soft femininity to darker, powerful pigments. Combine it with dreamy whites and pastels for a springtime look to die for. While it works with many different kinds of footwear styles, consider incorporating it with a simple lace-up for a fresh, sporty look.  Another option is to use it to soothe your nerves after a long day of work, with placid blue slippers like these.

Sand           

This color is exactly what it sounds like: sand found at the beach. It also resembles a neutral skin tone. This color, which is often referred to as “nude,” is being celebrated as one of the top color choices for elegant heels. Pumps, sandals and heels reflect this look best as it is tastefully suggestive and subtly elongates the leg.

Hemlock 

This tint of green is a more subdued and reserved cousin to mint, thanks to its blue undertones. Hemlock is a gentle pastel that reminds us of sitting at a nice spring picnic as the wind tickles our skin; it is also brings to mind “Mother Nature.” It works wonders when paired with silver, so perhaps you can use Hemlock sandals with metallic embellishments.

Paloma

Paloma is, simply put, another shade of grey. The good news is that this particular pigment goes with every other color on the color wheel, making it the ideal hue for your favorite pair of shoes. It has a pacifying effect so, if you’re going to be wearing a show-stopping red dress, a Paloma-colored shoe will be both stylish and balanced.

Cayenne

Whether or not you’re a fan of the Netflix show, there’s no denying that orange IS the new black. This color is eye-catching and is considered to be the most outgoing of all the hues. The particular tint of Cayenne is fiery, bright, and lets the world know that you’re ready for the summer and whatever adventures life throws your way. When featured in shoes, this orange can liven up soft pastel outfits; it is the perfect color to accent your feet.

Radiant Orchid 

The final color we suggest happens to be the Pantone 2014 color of the year. This honor isn’t just handed out to any old tint of purple. Radiant orchid is unbelievably expressive and embracing; the hue exudes joy, love, and health. There is no wrong way to wear this color. To that point, radiant orchid is soft enough to blend with other shades, but has plenty of power to stand alone from head to toe. Hobo handbags makes a full range of wallets and purses that display many different colors including, of course, radiant orchid!

Check out the many gorgeous colors in footwear and accessories at footwearetc.com!

 

Arcopedico Shoes: Lightweight, Vegan, and Some are Machine Washable!

 

 

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One of the most easy-to-wear brands around has some new models available! Arcopedico shoes are incredibly comfortable and come in a wide variety of styles. Many of them are machine washable (check each model specifically to make sure that it is), and provides some beautiful, casual styles for everyday wear. What’s new and interesting? Check these out….

The Arcopedico L15D – this is a fabulous shoe for everyday wear. It has a Lytech upper, which is a blend of Lycra and polyurethane. Why does this matter? It means that the upper is water resistant and breathable. The fabric upper also stretches over your foot, which is phenomenal for a whole variety of reasons: 1) you get a customized fit. 2) The fabric moves along with your feet, and stays comfortable and secure. 3) If you have foot problems like bunions, the fabric stretches over your foot so that you won’t have anything stiff rubbing against your bunion. You get arch support, but if you need orthotic support you can remove the insole and add your own orthotic. It’s a lightweight shoe, which makes it ideal for traveling, and vegans can rest assured that these shoes contain no animal products. A particularly nice feature is that you can pop out the insole and machine wash the shoe. (Just let them air dry.) How easy is that? Even the outsole is helpful in providing shock absorption and grip. This shoe is available in Red, Orange, or Black Lytech, so you have color options for your wardrobe.

Like Mary Janes? You’ll love the Leina. While the L15D is more of a ballet flat, the Leina adds a little style and even more secure fit due to the strap across the top of the foot. It’s so easy to wear that you can slip it on and off with little effort, yet it will hug your feet without being constricting. This is a fabulous shoe for casual wear for work, weekends, running to the store, or any other casual purposes. The upper is stretchy and provides good air circulation, while molding to your foot for great fit. It’s machine washable, as long as you pop out the insole (and let the shoe air dry; do NOT put it into the dryer!). The footbed contains an anatomically-designed arch, so that you can feel support as well as lightweight comfort. The durable polyurethane outsole lasts for years, and can help you keep your footing on a variety of surfaces. Arcopedico shoes are especially helpful for users with foot problems such as bunions and other shape issues, since they will mold to the shape of your feet and not irritate the usual pressure points. This shoe is available in Beige Lytech, Black Multi Lytech, or Navy Lytech. Mary Jane styles are incredibly versatile and this particular shoe would make a fine addition to any wardrobe.

If you crave easy-to-wear shoes that you can wear in comfort all day long, check out the fabulous new styles from Arcopedico. Its lightweight comfort and ageless designs are perfect for the spring and beyond!

Newer Models of MBT Shoes have Waterproof Sensor!

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Customers have expressed concern for years about the durability and water resistance of the MBT Masai sensor for many years. This is significant because unless you purchased a GTX model, the sensor was NOT waterproof. In fact, it could easily be damaged by water. Traditionally, we recommended that you try to avoid wearing them in wet weather, or if you did get them wet, that you take time to dry them off with a towel as best you could. Did you know that the new models of MBT shoes have an upgraded sensor? This is a brand new feature with shoes introduced in Spring 2014 and forward. Why does this matter? Let me elaborate…..

If you look closely, you can see that MBT has added what appears to be a plastic coating on the triangular wedge piece in the sole. In some models, this is brightly colored; in others it is dark or light to complement the colors of the shoe. You can’t tell by the color of the sensor whether it is waterproof or not, you can tell by the fact that it is slick and looks like a plastic covering, typically with some rectangular patterns on it. The photo above shows the difference between how these sensors look.

Note that this feature is only included in models created for Spring 2014 and later. For those models, you no longer have to worry about wearing your MBT shoes in the rain, or accidentally stepping into a puddle. You’ll be protected against the elements, and you won’t have to worry about the sensor breaking down (and eventually crumbling) like they did in older models.

Note that if you see a model with GTX in the name, it’s a Gore-Tex shoe in which the Masai Sensor has a waterproof coating. Those shoes are the only older models that are water resistant. Also note that for the shoes with waterproof sensors, that does not make the entire shoe waterproof. It just means that the sensor will not deteriorate in the rain. Your foot will still get wet, particularly in models with mesh uppers.

The models created with this new sensor are: the Amri, the Afiya (slip-on or lace-up), the Simba, the Nafasi S, and the Zuberi.

If you have any doubts whether a model has the waterproof sensor or not, call Footwear etc. at 1-800-720-0572. The representatives will be happy to help you identify what is what. But this news is HUGE for MBT fans. Now the rain can’t rain on your parade; your MBT shoes should hold up just fine in the wet weather.