Best Women’s Shoes to Look Stylish at Summer Music Festivals

Womens shoe for festival

For some people, summer’s all about family parties, location weddings, or picnics in the park. For others, the mere thought of summer instantly conjures up thoughts of killer playlists and unforgettable festival experiences. However, getting ready for the festival of the century is about so much more than just scoring tickets in time. It’s also about looking the part, and that means putting some serious thought into what you’re going to wear. Continue reading

Favorite Outdoor Shoes for an Active Lifestyle

With spring knocking at our doors, it’s only natural to feel the longing for the great outdoors and dream of warm, sunny days. To get the best out of your outdoor experience, you need the right gear, including the proper footwear. We’ve put together our favorite outdoor shoes for the whole family to help you achieve and maintain an active lifestyle.

Women’s Outdoor Shoes

Brooks Women’s Dyad 9 $149.97

Are you looking to get outside and start running the roads? Have a marathon on your mind? The Dyad 9 from Brooks has a new streamlined silhouette and gives you more forefoot flexibility than previous models. With a 10mm midsole drop, this shoe is perfect for runners that need extra support when running. The shoe has an engineered mesh covering it, which gives the runner structure and stretch where they need it and enhances breathability. The Dyad 9 is available in two colors: Gray-Capri and Blue-Fuchsia. Continue reading

Brands We Love:Converse


If you’ve got a sense of style and an eye for fashion trends, you probably own or have owned a pair of the most popular shoes of all time. Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Stars have been around since the 1900’s and have sold over 750 million pairs. This iconic shoe first established itself in the sport of basketball, but has become so much more over the years. Chuck Taylors are now a fashion statement shoe that allows people of all ages to express their unique sense of style and individuality.

Enduring History
Converse is a brand that generation upon generation have come to know and love. Converse Rubber Shoe Company was started by Marquis Mills Converse in 1908 and specialized in galoshes. Soon after the company began making the shoes that would make them famous worldwide. The first version of the oldest, most popular and best-selling basketball shoe of all time was introduced in 1917. It was originally known as the “All Star” until it was discovered by Charles H. Taylor, a basketball player for the Akron Firestones. Taylor liked what he saw in the All Star and recognized its potential for becoming the most important shoe in the sport of basketball. Taylor believed in the shoe so much that he decided to join the Converse sales team and spread the word about the infamous Converse All Star. Because Taylor was so successful in promoting the shoe, Converse changed its name and the “Chuck Taylor” All Star was born in 1932.

Expressing a sense of style is easy for some but in the ever-changing fashion world what’s considered in-style today may be history tomorrow. Chuck Taylors have remained virtually unchanged since the 1940’s but how to style them continues to change. Below are a few ways to keep your Chuck’s updated and looking fresh.



Utility Shoes That Get the Job Done

Brown work boot

Finding the right pair of utility shoes can definitely present quite the challenge. After all, they can’t just be something to put on your feet. They have to be tough enough to protect them under a wide range of conditions. They need to be durable enough to stand up to years of heavy wear and use. Of course, it would be nice if they were stylish and distinguished to some extent as well.

Although finding a shoe that meets all those standards may seem like a tall order, it’s anything but, thanks to today’s selection of utility shoes. The following are some of the styles that are currently rocking our world. Which ones will you be adding to your own wardrobe? Continue reading

5 Essential Gifts for Him

Styled Christmas Tree

If you’re like many people, buying for the special guy in your life can present quite the challenge. This is the case whether you’re talking about your father, your brother, your male best friend, or your life partner. Naturally, you want to get him something he’s sure to love. However, you need it to be practical and economical as well.

The following items are some of this season’s best picks when it comes to gifts for him. They’re value-conscious, useful, and absolutely essential. Best of all, each and every one is something any man will be sure to love. Continue reading

Trending Now: Block Heel Booties

Here in the 21st century, women are no longer willing to settle for one thing or the other. They don’t want a career or a family; they want both. They don’t want a relationship or a fulfilling social life filled with friends; they want both. The same line of reasoning applies to the modern woman’s approach to fashion.

Today’s woman expects her footwear to be comfortable, practical, and stylish. That’s exactly why block heel booties are having such a moment right now. They’re the perfect marriage of all the elements women are looking for in a fall shoe.

Why Go with Block Heels?

There are several reasons to forgo stilettos or other more traditional heels in favor of block heels. Let us count the ways!

Comfort

Every woman loves the graceful look and the height that comes along with high heels. What they’re not so nuts about are the pain and discomfort that come along with them. This is especially the case when it comes to long days spent working on one’s feet.

Today’s block heels are every bit as stylish and feminine as other high heels, but they’re also a lot more practical when it comes to everyday wear. You can do everything in them from painting the town red on a date, to working, to spending the day running errands or driving the kids around.

Versatility

Not every look is a great fit for stilettos or flats. However, you can pair anything from jeans, to dresses, to shorts with block heels and still look fabulous. They’re also available from a multitude of designers, come in just about every color under the sun, and can be found attached to just about every kind of footwear there is. Whatever the look you might have in mind, it’s sure to go perfectly with a block heel.

In short, block heels represent the very best of both worlds – the elegant, leg-flattering look of a heel without the pain, discomfort, or safety issues that tend to come along with them.

Block Heel Booties: Must-Have Fall Footwear for 2016

If you’re a huge fan of block heels and someone who looks forward to boot season each and every year, then you’ll go wild for this fall’s hottest trend – the block heel bootie! Chunky, stylish block heels ensure that they’re as easy to wear as they are good-looking. Low, near shoe-like heights make them wearable with a variety of different fall looks. Here’s a closer look at some of our favorites.

Jellypop Women’s Bobcat

This daring bootie is definitely one for the lady who loves making a statement. Faux distressed leather uppers combine with fun accents like chains, buckles, and studs for a low-key edgy look. A side zipper and reinforced 1 ¼ inch heel make this boot as easy to wear as can be. Pair it with everything from jeans, to sweater dresses, to long flowing skirts.

Franco Sarto Women’s Nashville

If you like your block heels a little on the higher side because of the elegance they bring to the table, then you’ll fall in love at first sight with the Nashville, for sure. Beautiful suede uppers in rich colors and distressed toe accents catch the eye and add appeal to any outfit. Reinforced foot bed padding and a lace-up closure ensure that these booties are as comfortable as they are beautiful.

Lifestride Women’s Lexy Shootie

If you’ve got your heart set on a simple, basic bootie that will go with absolutely anything this fall, then look no further than the Lexy Shootie from Lifestride. A combination of matte and shiny textures add visual appeal in a subtle way that won’t clash with the rest of your look. Traction soles, flex support, and a layer of plush memory foam in the foot bed make these extra comfortable, as well – perfect for the office!

Soda Women’s Belt Bootie

Looking for a bootie in a timeless style that stands out in all the right ways? The Soda belted bootie is for you! Double belt and gunmetal rivet accents play against a faux-leather upper. A quirky, stylish faux-stacked block heel completes the look to perfection. Pair with all of your favorite fall looks, and then some!

If you’re looking for a fall boot that hits all the right notes, almost literally goes with everything, but is completely in step with the latest trends, block heel booties are absolute must-haves. Check out our selection today!

Fall Fashion Spotlight: Sneak Peek at Boot Season

Ankle Boots for Fall

This fall, textures in shoes like leather, suede, and reptile patterns dominate the top designer collections all over the runways. By adding structural elements like buckles, laces, and sculptured heels, there is nothing boring about footwear this season.

Here is a look at the hottest trends this year for the boot season.

The Most Popular Boot Lengths

The Mid-Calf Boot

One of the absolute top trends this year is the mid-calf boot. It’s the right length if you’re looking for something higher than an ankle boot but not as high as a knee-length.

A popular style among designers, this is probably the most versatile boot size that you can adapt to a number of different occasions. You can wear them seamlessly with skinny jeans for a casual weekend look, or pair them with an above-the-knee dress for the office.

Ankle Boots

The Ankle Boot

This year, most of the collections showed their version of the ankle boot. Mixing textures and patterns, with stilettos or chunky heels, plain or decorated, ankle boots are quickly becoming the hit sensation of the season.

To stay up-to-date with the trends this year, match the neutral color of your ankle boots to what you’re wearing for a classic look, like the Soda Women’s Agenda Platform model. To push the limits a bit further, choose a model with dual textures and tones, too.

The Knee-Length Boot

In general, knee-length boots hit the runways in all their colorful, ruffled, sculptured glory this season. In real life, there is no need to be so theatrical. There are other ways to get the attention.

With the comfort of doubling as an extra layer in the colder months, the knee-length boot is a staple item. Usually, it’s said that this type of boot fits taller women best, but they can be used by women of all shapes and sizes. Simply learn how to dress for your body type and height.

The Off-the-Runway Looks and Styles

The Return of the Western Look

Western-style boots are not a thing of the past yet, and they’re making a comeback this season. Although they were seen all over the runways with some variations, the Ariat Women’s Heritage Brown model remains a classic comfortable option and just as stylish with the thick heels, the familiar stitching, and the pointy toe.

Trendy Masculine Looks

The Trendy Masculine Look

Although a mini-trend in shoes, this androgynous style is going to be a top trend in clothing this season. In footwear, this style really pops in laced-up boots, with rounded pointy toes, and a thicker sole, combining the masculine with the feminine.  It’s a style you can easily dress down from office attire to casual weekend.

Boots with Buckles

Large or small, buckles on footwear are a top trend for the Fall of 2016. The metallic element, in tones of gold or silver, was used by designers to add structure and detail to boots in all lengths.

Check this trend available in our store: the Earth Origins Women’s Paula Low Boot model adds balance with the modern touch of the trendy buckles.

The Laced-Up Models

Feminine and chic, laced-up boots are here to stay as an overall fall trend in 2016. These boots are all about feminine grace and versatility, especially if you choose an ankle length model. It transitions from office wear to night out seamlessly, without compromising on elegance.

Chunky Heels

The Heels

This season’s trend in heels has them coming in three versions: chunky, wooden, and square. They are surprisingly feminine and, really, a tribute to women who are not as much into vertiginous high heels. It seems that this season’s motto is more about being inclusive of all preferences, showing plenty of stylish options for all, rather than plain trend-setting.

Although these three types of heels on all kinds of shoes might not appeal to every woman, they work very well in boots.

The Must-Have Textures and Patterns

Classic Leather
When it comes to textures and patterns, leather is the top shoe trend of the 2016 Fall. Designers love it, and so do we. Coming in all shapes, colors, and sizes, leather boots remain a season classic and a must-have.

Feminine Suede
Suede boots are a favorite this season, mostly in the laced-up models. The colors of choice have been, usually, classic and timeless beige and camel. This texture adds a soft and feminine touch, especially if you use them with a masculine look.

Reptile Print
Since this season prints and textures seem to be in the spotlight, reptile prints don’t seem like a style choice bolder than usual.

Snake and lizard are the reptile skins of choice, with a close-to-natural look or just some added color with dark and rich tones.

 

Heavenly Heels for Fall Dresses

heavenly heels for fall

Fall is here, and it is time to break out the cool weather wardrobe. But that doesn’t mean you have to store away all of your cute shoes. Fall dresses can pair wonderfully with some, but probably not all, of the heels you already have in your closet.

Here are some heels you will want to have in your collection this fall.

Short Dress with Leggings or Tights

Tights and leggings are not to be worn as pants, but they sure look great under a short or mid-length dress! This is a great way to transition a favorite summer piece into fall: just add leggings and a sweater or wrap. The variety of colors and patterns available is absolutely astounding, so you’ll be able to match any outfit.

A dress paired with leggings is just as versatile when it comes to shoe choices. Tall boots or short boots, known as “booties,” are the go-to, fashionable look, and there are beautiful high heel options for both styles. If you’re especially daring, try a pair of over-the-knee boots, like this pair by Zigi Soho. Avoid wearing pumps, as they can leave your outfit looking a little unfinished. A boot or heel with an ankle strap anchors the look and helps tights stay put.

Model wearing heels

Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

Who doesn’t love this classic look, made iconic by Diane Von Furstenberg? The universally flattering style should be a staple in every woman’s closet. Throw it on with your favorite pair of pumps, and you’re out the door. These dresses also look wonderful with a pair of wedges. The casual feel of a wedge can dress down an otherwise formal style, so you have more opportunity to wear your favorite wrap. These wedges by Jessica Simpson would look perfect with a solid color or pattern dress and will be comfortable all day.

You can also dress up the look of a solid color dress by pairing it with a stylish, patterned pump. Find a pattern with your dress color as an accent to add interest, or choose a pattern with brighter, complementary colors to really give your outfit a punch! A higher heel will add more drama, but look for a lower heel style if you plan to be on your feet for any extended length of time.

Sweater Dress

The sweater dress is the coziest way to look completely fashion forward. These dresses come in lots of styles, so there is a look out there for everyone. They are also easy to accessorize with belts, tights, scarves, and jewelry. You can easily change the look and wear it all the time. If you’re stuck in a style rut, there is plenty of inspiration out there to find a fresh new way of wearing the same piece.

Sweater dresses look their best when paired with tall boots or booties. Wearing a pump or wedge can seem incongruous since the dress is a heavier, warmer look. Textured styles pair especially well with sweater dresses. Boots with rouched suede, contrast panels, or a stylish buckle look great on everyone. Styles with stacked heels, such as these by Franco Sarto, are just as comfortable and casual as a wedge.

boots for fall

Start with the Shoe

Have a new pair of shoes and want to show them off? It’s easy to choose the perfect outfit to flaunt your new heels. Here are some examples of fresh styles with the best dresses to pair them:

  • Cowboy-style boot or bootie: This style can be tricky to pull off with a dress. Don’t get paranoid about creating a Western-themed outfit – go with it! Choose a natural waist, knee-length dress with a full skirt and throw a denim jacket over it. With such a strong clothing statement, keep jewelry to a minimum.
  • Tall, stretch calf boot with stiletto heel: This sleek style is perfect for creating a classy-yet-sexy evening outfit. Pair these boots with a sleek, body-con sweater dress for maximum wow factor.
  • Lace-up suede bootie: It’s impossible to pair such a casual style with a dress, right? Of course not! Put on those booties with a casual, belted shirtdress or chunky knit sweater dress for comfort and style.
  • Black leather pump: You can pair nearly any dress with such a classic choice. Wear them with your formal dresses or put them on with a work dress to add a little polish. Try not to wear them with thick tights to avoid uncomfortable sliding and bunching.

Conclusion

Fall may be a cooler season, but there is no reason to stick only to flats with your dresses. Remember your safety, though. You don’t want to put on your heels and get a sprained ankle. If there are slick or icy conditions, it is a good idea to wear a shoe with a little more traction, and then change to your heels once you’re secure inside. Have fun pairing the new season of dresses to the new season of shoes.