Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Get a Head Start on Fall Footwear

Unfortunately, the summer is almost over. As always, with the slow approach of fall comes shorter days, a million pumpkin spice flavored things, and colder weather. If this isn’t your cup of pumpkin spice tea, perhaps a little shoe shopping will change your outlook! Now is your chance to stock up on new boots, sneakers, and slippers – just in time for the falling leaves and chilly air.
  • Perhaps the most popular type of footwear every fall is the boot. Boots can be dressed up to business casual affairs or dressed down with jeans for outdoor work. For men, our Men’s 6-Inch Premium Waterproof boots from Timberland are perfect for cold weather work. For women, take a look at our stylish Women’s Dahlen from Ugg Australia.
  • Even though the weather is slowly going to get colder, you will still want to stay active. It’s a good idea to find some sneakers that provide not only good support but also warmth. Take a look at our huge selection of ASICS and New Balance running sneakers.
  • Avoid chilly floors! Slippers are one of the coziest parts of any hanging-around-the-house outfits. Get yourself a new pair of slippers from brands like Minnetonka, Sorel, Ugg Australia, and Sanuk.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On Trend: Womens Espadrilles

This summer, the popularity of womens espadrilles has skyrocketed. These simple shoes – canvas, rope, and laces – have been seen in magazines, on TV, and on the streets. It’s not hard to see why – this lightweight footwear is a stylish way to keep your feet cool during the hot summer. Despite their popularity, the story behind espadrilles isn’t well-known. Like any other type of shoe, there is a rich history behind the shoe, reaching as far back as the 1300s!

Espadrilles were first created in the Pyrenees. While the exact date of creation is unknown, they have at least been around since the 14th century. In fact, you can find shops in Spain that have been making espadrilles for over a century! The original version of the espadrilles featured canvas uppers stitched to the rope soles at the sides. Some were made with laces that would be wrapped around the ankles and tied to keep the shoes on securely.

They first gained worldwide popularity in the 1940s. They grew so popular that Lauren Bacall wore them in the film Key Largo. Today, espadrilles can be found everywhere. Often worn as an alternative to sneakers or other types of warm-weather footwear, espadrilles are viewed as comfortable and cool shoes.