4 Tips to Ensure a Good Shoe Fit

Rows of mens leather shoesWhen it comes to buying new shoes, finding options that make you look and feel like a million dollars is only part of the equation. It’s just as important to find shoes that really fit you well. You want footwear you can effortlessly live your life in—shoes that will keep you pain freeall  day.

However, finding shoes that fit well can be a little tricky. Keep the following tips in mind the next time you go shopping for footwear. You’ll be sure to wind up with new shoes you’ll love to wear day in and day out. Continue reading

How to Waterproof Shoes for Fickle Spring Weather

Spring is here, and we’re all looking forward to stepping out in lighter footwear like sneakers and sandals, but these fresher days also bring showers, mud, and puddles that can damage our footwear.

A little time spent waterproofing our footwear will protect our new purchases and beloved old favorites from the capricious spring weather.

Shoes made from synthetic materials generally don’t need waterproofing, and, once you keep them clean, they should last you years without much effort. However, natural materials such as leather, suede, and canvas need some loving care to keep your feet dry and your shoes in good condition. Continue reading

FedEx Freight Nascar #11car will be showcased at GB Shoes in Hendersonville and HouserShoes in Kingsport, TN

HouserShoes in  Hendersonville and Kingsport will be hosting the FedEx #11 car on Tuesday Aug. 16th  from 3pm to 7pm in Hendersonville, 5418 Asheville Hwy,  and Wednesday from 3pm to 7p  at their Kingsport location at  1525 East Stone Drive.

Catch it…if you can and race in to see the #11 FedEx car. You’ll meet racing experts, get to ask question and take home fun souvenirs. There will be photo opportunities with the car as well.

GB Shoes in Hendersonville and HouserShoes in Kingsport will also be offering a 25% discount during the event off your entire purchase at the store. There will also be a free shoe drawing for anyone taking a selfie with the car and posting it on the Housershoe.com facebook page at :

www.facebook.com/HouserShoes    A random drawing will determine the winnier.

Don’t miss your chance to view the FedEx car #11 and meet racing experts, win gear and receive souvenirs and shoe discounts! This event is free and open to the public.

Why Women Love Bernie Mev Shoes

When Bernie Mev teamed up with Itamar Carmi in the Bronx they soon produced unique shoes in accordance with their shared high standards of excellence.  Now,  Bernie Mev shoes are the perfect blend of style and comfort. Their Euro comfort technology with hand-woven elastic fabric and memory foam footbeds create a shoe so lightweight you may forget you have them on.  These days, Bernie Mev footwear is taking the shoe industry by storm with its unique designs and extremely comfortable shoes. Itamar and his wife personally choose all of the fabrics and design all of the patterns. The rest of the recipe includes a hands-on management style, a great office staff, and a crackerjack team of sales associates. Bernie Mev shoes come in innovative color combinations and a wide array of styles from platform wedges to ballerina flats Every woman needs a pair of Mevs in her closet!

How Many Songs Are There About Shoes?

 

There must be thousands of songs about shoes and boots. Here are 18 of our favorite ones. Which songs about shoes do you like?

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0msuI7SJDFcRiMUQjTYxgaPIvX0gN_hK

GB Shoe Warehouse Closed for Thanksgiving

 

 

Houser and GB Shoe Warehouse, a family owed business founded in 1973, believe that some things are sacred, including spending time with family and loved ones on Thanksgiving and other holidays.

The madness of the holiday shopping season has come to this: It’s no longer notable when a retailer says it will stay open on Thanksgiving Day. Instead, it’s news when one says it’s going to close.

“We profitably run our business during the remaining 358 days of the year, so we don’t have to sacrifice tradition for the sake of sales,” said Gary Houser, president of Houser Shoes.  “Our family-oriented focus has been the cornerstone of our culture since the day we opened, and that is never going to change.”

Houser and GB Shoes confirmation that it will close again this holiday stands in contrast to the recent trend of more retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving, starting the Black Friday shopping ritual before the turkey is even off the dining table.

Gary Houser  explains his decision to close, as a thank-you to his employees and respect for the customers and their families  “Vacations are precious, our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families,” states Gary Houser, “nothing more complicated than that. If you treat consumers with respect and treat employees with respect, good things will happen for you.”

Currently, there are approximately 150 people employed with Houser Shoes. Houser Shoes, GB Shoe Warehouse, and GB Shoes form a ten-store operation that is one of the Southeast’s largest independent retailers. The company is still owned and operated by Gary Houser. Houser Shoes and GB Shoe Warehouse  is a small company that believes in making  people feel special. Gary Houser realizes that his staff is the backbone of the company’s  existence, and that the customers have faces and names, and not just numbers. Gary Houser has always kept the same philosophy in mind – that customers are the most important people in any business.

Cross Training Shoes-What Are They?

Cross training shoes are shoes that are a hybrid of several different types of athletic footwear. The phrase “cross training” implies engaging in activities that draw from a variety of different sports. Originally, to cross train meant an athlete would train in a sport or activity that was very different from the one he or she primarily specialized in. A good example would be running. Almost every sport and every athlete runs as part of his or her training. If your sport is tennis, then become technically proficient at running would be a from of cross training.

Nowadays, cross trainers or cross training sneakers are a type of footwear that bear the characteristics of many different types of shoes. They may have the heel cushioning of a running shoe, the the lateral stability of a tennis shoe or basketball sneaker, and the forefoot cushioning of a volleyball shoe. They may be made of all leather type materials, or may have flexible materials like a running shoe around the toe or sides.

Cross trainers are also a popular style now, in a certain sense replacing the tennis shoe as the most popular style or generic casual-athletic shoe on the market. The category has gotten so big that cross trainers are even divided up into smaller sub-categories.

Aerobics and similar forms of dance related exercise are good examples of activities or sports that utilizes the design and benefits of a classic cross training shoe. They are designed to have the side to side support of tennis footwear, and the flexibility and heel cushioning of a running sneaker. Added support under the ball of the foot, where the tarsals meet the metatarsals, makes for a complete shoe for most types of aerobic workouts. This activity finds the athlete on the balls of his or her feet a lot, and these types of cross trainers are great for that.

Some mens cross trainers or womens cross trainers are more appropriate for folks who do a lot of different sports but do not specialize in one. Maybe an all around shoe is needed for the weekend game of pickup basketball or the flag football game that somehow seems to always spontaneously break out at the parties and picnics. A shoe that will serve if you are spending the day at the park playing baseball and Frisbee with your kids, or serve just as well playing a game of tennis with buddies on a Sunday afternoon. A quality cross training shoe will serve the hobbyist well in all these sports, until he or she decides to get more serious about on or another particular sport.

Fitting a cross training shoe is pretty much like fitting any other athletic shoe. When you try the cross trainers on, put on both pair and walk around the store a little bit. Bend down and flex the toe to see how soft they are, and whether or not they rub around the sides of your feet or ankles. Try them on with a pair of socks that are similar to the ones you do your athletic activities in, as many sportsmen will have special hosiery that they wear for one particular sport or another. Move side to side, jump a little bit and run a short distance. Try to get the feel of them on a hard surface so you can see how they grip the floor, and do any special motions that are particular to the activities you partake in.

The training shoes should fit snug without pinching across the widest part of your foot or the heel. If a shoe pinches your toes, the result can be anything from blisters to bunions to stress fractures. The foot depends on a certain range of motion to operate properly during a step, and the footwear you choose should enhance and support that range of motion, not inhibit it.

Whatever your sport, you can find a good selection of cross training shoes at Housershoes.com!

 

Fall Shoes For Women

    Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter. For the U.S. and Canada this takes place in September when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier and we are associated with the transition from warm to cold weather. This is the time where skies turn grey, and many people turn inward, both physically and mentally. Weather is not the only aspect of autumn that tends to go through a transition; we as people do the same. This is also the time of year that summer clothes and footwear, such as spaghetti strap t-shirts, bathing suits and flip-flops, get boxed back up in the closet for wintertime storage, and another type of box is unraveled!

Got cold feet? You lose most of your body’s heat through your extremities (hands, feet, head etc.) What would be a good solution? No need for hand or feet warmers. As long as you have on the right pair of kicks, these items are irrelevant.  Fall is a time for fun, different, yet calming styles that you don’t get throughout the rest of the year. “A woman’s imagination is very rapid. It jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment” – Jane Austen. Needless to say her decision on which pair of shoes she will be wearing for the occasion, could dynamically change before she gets out the door.

Wedges, boots of all sorts, flats, heels and of course tennis shoes are just some of the many choices to choose from in the fall. As a woman we need to have a lot of different choices, because most likely your mind will change before you arrive at your destination. Whatever your preference, any of these choices would make a wonderful addition to the shoe collection in your closet. When I think of a “fall shoe” the first thing that comes into my mind is calm and subtle. There may be nights you’re going out and have to spice things up a little bit, that’s when it’s time to bring out the classy and spectacular’s, such as wedges, stilettos or pumps. The choice of your shoe of course is matched with your attire and occasion. Let your shoe define who you are as a person.

Shoes can be a very fun item to shop for and Autumn is one of the best times to do so.  Make the experience an enjoyable one for yourself and your loved ones and come on in to Houser Shoes and let us guide you on the journey to finding the right shoe for your sole!

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOE

By:  Tiffini Taylor

How to choose the right shoe for you?  This is a question everyone has asked themselves at some point. Choosing the right shoe can be an exciting experience. To choose a shoe correctly, one should know what one is looking for. If you want a shoe that shows your personality or if you want a shoe that is a basic, practical shoe for everyday wear.  Knowing what you want before trying to find the right shoe will make finding it a little easier. If you are looking for style over everything else, then look through the most recent fashion magazines. If you are looking for a practical shoe, then you will need to know what your needs in shoe wear are. Whether you are looking for boots, heels, flats, or sneakers, Houser Shoes has a great selection of all styles and in many colors to choose from.

Flats are a great way to have comfort for any day or night. Choosing the right pair of flats is not as easy as one would think though. Decisions that need made when choosing the right flat can be from what color is best to what kind of detail should I have on them. Details such as a ballet flat with a bow, sequins, or flower. Deciding on what color or pattern to go with is another decision to be made when choosing the right flat for you. Try a brand like B.O.C. by Born or a brand like Easy Street Women’s Rutland Moc.  These are some of the things to think about when choosing flats. When choosing a pair of heels, knowing what size of heel to get is an important detail. If it is for day wear for work, you may want to stick with a lower heel size such as Life Stride Women’s Jater. If it is height for a night out then a high heel like Pierre Dumas Women’s Favorite Red Patent. Choosing the right heel can be wonderfully fun with many colors to choose from.

Boots are the hottest fashion this Autumn. Choosing the right boot can be an adventurous an exciting time. This is the season of the boot, which means even more to choose from. You will need to know what kind of boot you are looking for. What are your needs when it comes to boots? Do you want an ankle boot, a knee boot, or a cowboy boot? Answering these questions can make choosing the right boot. Brands such as UGG Australia, Rieker, Steve Madden, Bare Traps, and Ariat have wonderful style for your needs. Boots can be fun and in many different colors.  Choosing the right sneakers is an important part of anyone’s life. Knowing what and why you are needing a pair will make finding a pair much easier. Brands such as Sketchers, Easy Spirit and Nunn Bush are some to look for. The quality of these brands of sneakers will sure to please. Houser Shoes has many brands, styles , and colors to choose from when it comes to choosing the right shoe with great quality. Think about what you want and need, then come shopping!