AUTUMN FASHION OUTLOOK

by:  Tiffini Taylor

The cool breeze of Autumn is coming upon us.  With Autumn comes new wardrobes and of course the changing of shoe closets everywhere. This Fall season brings many style choices to choose from.  Whether it is flats, ankle boots, sneakers, and of course boots!  Many of us love the coolness of Autumn, gone are the long, hot, lazy days of summer. A new beginning to many new shoe collections. At Houser Shoes , the selections are large as are the quality of brands that we all love. With a new season, what is the most fashion forward of shoes at the moment? Let us begin by talking about flats.

Flats are a great way to show off  your personal style. Ahnu brand gives someone comfort and style. It is great for many weekend activities.  With this being Autumn and many  numerous Fall fairs coming ,  the Ahnu is a great choice to enjoy many events.  Bernie Mev takes the flat to a new level in style. Bernie Mev has created a wonderful wow factor having a small wedge style for comfortably as you are walking. This is another great shoe for many Fall activities. Birkenstocks never go out of style. Birkenstock offers more than just sandals, of course sandals are good until the weather turns colder and wet.  Clarks of England offers comfort for many whose work has them walking or running all over the place. Dansko offers a new exciting shoe to bring home to any closet. Need a new Ballet Flat? Many colors and many styles are offered this season.  For the man,  Apres by Lamo offers a comfortable moccasin to wear on weekends out. Bostonian offers a nice comfortable shoe for work and play.  Whatever flat you choose, remember many colors and styles are offered  this Autumn season.  Let’s talk about the ankle boots!

Ankle boots were the rage this summer and still going strong into this Fall. Enzo understands what makes a great style of ankle boot. Duck Head knows its way with design of an ankle boot. Ankle boots are a great addition to any closet. They , like flats, can be worn for anything. Different colors, designs, heel sizes and style can make the most wonderful statement with any outfit this Autumn. Ankle boots from Nine West, Dr. Martens, and Chinese Laundry will make any outfit better.  Experiment with different looks this Autumn. No matter what the occasion , you can  find casual and formal style of ankle boots. Let’s talk about sneakers!

Sneakers have and always will be a staple in any style. They are versatile and functional. Sneakers can be found in many colors and designs in this day and age. Adidas,  Asics, Fila, Brooks, Easy Spirit, Keds , New Balance, Rockport, Teva, Vans, Sketchers and many more brands can be attained to set the level of style and performance for many occasions. Sports, shopping, working and exercising all call for a great pair of sneakers. Find a great color and style that fit your personal needs. Remember, you can never go wrong with a great pair of sneakers. Let’s talk about boots!

Boots are this season’s hottest style. Cowboy boots, rain boots, work boots, formal boots, and casual boots. All styles and in a wide range of color are offered for this Autumn season. Comfortable boots from Bare Traps, Corral Boots, Georgia Boot, and Dr. Martens have made boots ‘ the must have’ of this Fall. The nice thing about stylish boots, it will carry over into winter too. Cowboy boots began making a comeback at the end of Winter and now for Fall you can find them everywhere. Boots are the most versatile in all of the fall wardrobe choices. You can find them in high heel or low heel styles to enhance your outfit for any occasion. Many boots come in many different colors this fall.  Go crazy and wear an all black outfit with pink or red boots, you will look smashing. Boots that are shades of brown and black will last season to season throughout the years. Remember for this season- Boots, Boots, Boots!

For this Autumn season will bring many colors and many style of shoes. Welcome Autumn with an open closet door for many shoes. Find what you like and enhance your wardrobe,  a person can never have too many shoes!!

BACK TO SCHOOL SHOES!

It is that time of year when summer is coming to an end and it is a new beginning for students going back to school. During this time, not only is it important for the student to have new school supplies, but also new outfits and shoes. The right shoe for any outfit can make for a terrific start to a new school year. A new school year brings to mind of seeing friends again and outside/inside sport activities. These activities, whether it be going to the shopping center with friends or to football games, shoes are important. Different styles for different events and having plenty to choose from. Let’s talk about shoes!

When someone decides on an outfit for a game or for gym, their mind immediately thinks of sneakers. There are all different styles and brands of sneakers to talk about. Let’s begin with brands, at Houser Shoes. A student can choose from Adidas, Asics, Brooks, Converse, Easy Spirit, Fila, Grasshoppers, Keds, New Balance, Reebok, Saucony, Sketchers, Stride Rite, Timberland, Vans and these are just a few brands. The style is up to the student, depending on what the need is. For running, I would recommend brooks brand. Brooks shoes are made for running. They are specifically designed and made for the needs of runners. Converse and Vans will definitely help bring out the skater in you. Walking across campus can be made more comfortable with a great walking shoe, like Easy Spirit brand. You can always rely on Reebok, Asics,  Fila, New Balance , Saucony and Sketchers to make a great shoe the student can participate in many activities in. Also, there are hiking shoes. By this I mean, there are many shoes that these brands have made for the curious and adventurous student who ventures out into nature after school and on weekends for hiking. These students may want to look into the Vibram Five Fingers and be pleasantly surprised at the likeness to the human foot it provides, along with comfortable durability.  Sneakers can provide you with a long list of possibilities and performance for the new school year.

Let’s discuss sandals now. Sandals are wonderful to begin the new school year with. They come in all different styles and brands. With their popularity, sandals are a great choice for all style stars on the important first day of school. So many sandals to choose from, choosing the right sandal for you can be made easy with these simple tips. First remember to choose a sandal that fits your personality. Do this and you will get more use out of them. Second, choose one that is comfortable and is the correct size. Choosing the wrong size in a sandal can make it uncomfortable and can cause injury to a foot. I can remember choosing a sandal and always having blisters, then I realized I chose the wrong size, I learned my lesson the hard way so don’t make my mistake. Three, keep in mind that you can always get two or three pair of sandals in different colors to make your wardrobe shine right now for the beginning of the new school year, plus wear them all next summer. There are three tips to great sandals for the new school year. You can choose from brands like Birkenstock, Ahnu, Alegria and Reef among others.

Back to school will be easier with comfortable, durable shoes and can make your outfit standout. Whether you choose sandals or sneakers   heels or flats, ankle boots or boots, it is important to go with your personal style when choosing. Happy shoe hunting!

A TOP 10 OF BACK TO SCHOOL SHOES

by:  Tiffini Taylor

Back to school means the end of summer and soon brings the beginning of Autumn. With the changing of seasons coming upon us, it will be a changing of wardrobe selections, including shoes. Keeping the idea of summer closer than that chill of Autumn coming, I came up with a top 10 of this year’s back to school shoe choices.

  1. Sneakers-   The first is sneakers.  Sneakers are what sets you apart from others in gym class, walking the hallways, and going across campus, whether it be on a skateboard or walking. Many brands and styles to choose from including:  adidas, Asics, converse, easy spirit, fila, new balance, grasshoppers, reebok, and vans to name a few. Whatever brand or style you choose; sneakers will help bring your personality out.
  2. Flip Flops-  With the end of summer being the beginning of the new school year, flip flops can carry over for a few more weeks. Many to choose from including styles from brands like:  reef, alegria, birkenstock, and rainbow sandals.
  3. Sandals-   Sandals are a staple of summer that will never go out of style. Although similar to flip flops , sandals are completely different on all levels. Quite a few sandals come  with a buckle, a wedge heel, and multiple straps. Good sandals that will stay in style come from brands like:  birkenstock, alegria, yellow box and rainbow sandals are just a few.
  4. Ballet Flat- Flats are great with jeans or dresses! The ballet flat is a great choice for the new school year. Many ballet style flats come in a variety of color choices and styles. You can find them with bows, without bows, open-toed, close- toed, pointed toe, rounded toe, or just about in anyway and in many colors. Check out brands like enzo and soda.
  5. Boat Shoes-  Remember the boat shoes from the 1980′s?  Well, these are, in a way, not them. The same style but much better and in quite a few colors. Yes, the boat shoe is back and better than ever!  A great brand for boat shoes- BASS!
  6. Crocs-  From the garden to the work place and now to schools-crocs can cover all these activities. No longer just for the garden or nurses.  Crocs are a comfortable choice for the early morning classes across campus. Try them in different colors for a bit of fun in your style.  Just look for the brand crocs.
  7. Clogs-  Clogs are back this new school year. Clogs are great with or without socks, There the best versatile stylish shoe. Some brands to look for are:  crocs, Clarks of England, and birkenstock.
  8. Heels & Kitten Heels- That is right, kitten heels are making a big come back this back to school season. Walking to class in super high heels can at times be painful, but if you choose a kitten heel you can wear them all day long and feel great while looking great. High heels are still raging in fashion and for back to school. Kitten heels just provide an alternative heel size to choose.  The new school year brings an opportunity to go to dances and different activities to wear your best heels. Some brands to look for:  Jessica Simpson and Chinese Laundry.
  9. Ankle Boots-  Ankle boots will lead up to the high boots this Autumn and Winter. Ankle boots have been going strong all summer and now they are a great choice for a back to school look that will sure to flatter and get noticed.  A brand to look for is Kenneth Cole.
  10. Specialty Sport Shoes-  You may be wondering what I mean by this- what I am referring to is sport specific shoes. Back to school can mean back to sports, with this brings new shoes for whatever sport you are into. Plenty of brands and styles to choose from including:  Brooks, Adidas, Asics, new balance, easy spirit, fila, reebok and so on. A good pair of shoes can help you improve in any sport. Good luck to all sports!

There you have it a top 10 list of back to school styles. Go back to school in style, have fun and let your personality shine!

Shoes with Common Sense

Like most choices, choosing shoes that are appropriate for the occasion that you would wear them, takes common sense. In other words, common sense shoes. Before you choose which shoes for which occasion would be fitting and make common sense, I think it would be beneficial to establish what I perceive common sense to be.

Before I get to the literal definition of common sense, I want to define the words common and sense. One of the definitions of common according to Dictionary.com is: (n.)Pertaining to or belonging to an entire community, nation or culture. The definition of sense, again according to Dictionary.com, is: (n.) any of the five faculties: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch in which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body. (v.) to perceive by the senses, become aware of, grasp the meaning, understand. Make sense of: be reasonable or comprehensible. When these words are put together, the literal definition of common sense as a noun is: Good sense and sound judgment in practical matters independent of education or knowledge. Now that I have established what the literal meaning of common sense is, I would like to talk about how common sense is used, or not used, in everyday situations.

A misconception is that the smarter a person is, the more that person lacks common sense. Everyone at some time shows a lapse in judgment. The more knowledge that someone creates in one specific area creates lapses of knowledge in other areas. Because knowledge is learned, reasoning becomes more scientific and therefore the person relies more on provable theory and less on intuition or perception. Common sense is related to seeing the obvious, but, the obvious is not always correct. Someone educated will look more to fact than perception, so this person will appear to have less common sense.

Common sense is largely based on our experience or what we have been told is true. Because experience in individuals is limited in many areas, sound judgment is not possible. This lack of experience results in trusting common sense which appears as poor judgment or poor decisions. If we are to circumvent this problem, the solution would be to have a more open mind allowing us to draw more accurate conclusions.

In order to illustrate common sense as something we have either experienced or have been told, think about a moving car. Although we may not have the experience of being hit by a car, we are told from the time we are very young that if we run out in front of a car that we will be hurt or worse. Common sense tells us as adults that we aren’t to run out into traffic. This is an extreme example of common sense. Other examples not so extreme are things like, if a stove is red, don’t touch. Or, if you order hot coffee, be careful because the coffee is hot and will burn. Even though we are for the most part equipped with common sense, we don’t always use it to our advantage. Take the coffee example. A woman sued McDonald’s because she ordered a cup of hot coffee which she spilled on herself and it burned her. People also smoke, drink, gamble, and buy things they can’t afford. Common sense through our own experience or experience of others tells us that these things are bad, but people continue to do these things. There are situations in which common sense eludes them. I am sure most men at one time or another has been involved with a woman who asks them, “Do these jeans make my butt look fat?” Well, common sense should tell her, “Honey, it ain’t the jeans”! Or, common sense should tell you not to lick a steak knife. An old joke that illustrates common sense and education involves a father and son. A father and son went camping. After their campsite and tent were set up, they got into the tent and went to sleep. A few hours later, the father wakes the son and tells him to look at the sky and tell him what he sees. The son says, “Astronomically, there are millions of galaxies and planets”. The father then slaps the son on the back of the head and says, “No you idiot, someone stole our tent”!

Just like other situations, common sense can be very handy when choosing which shoes to buy. It would be obvious to most people that if you are shopping for a pair of shoes to wear to an amusement park, you wouldn’t choose a pair of stilettos. If you were performing in a track meet, you wouldn’t buy a pair of hiking boots. A pair of running shoes may not be appropriate for a court appearance. Shopping at a specialty shoe store will not give you as many varieties and styles of shoes to find what you need for your occasion as a warehouse type shoe store or a shoe company with a large web presence. Shopping at a brick and mortar location of Houser Shoes or GB Shoe Warehouse or shopping online at HouserShoes.com, you will be certain to find the appropriate shoe for your need. HouserShoes.com is sure to have your pair of common sense shoes for any occasion in brand name shoes at prices that can’t be beat! So, my common sense tells me that when I need shoes, I go to HouserShoes.com!