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!

Mistreated Feet

According to the Center for Disease control, as of 2010 an estimated 51.9 million in the U.S. are affected by arthritis. So what does this have to do with shoes? Because, good joint health starts from the ground up. Even if you don’t have arthritis, typical onset is between the ages of 35 and 55 so there are some preventative measures you can take to fend off arthritis and the unpleasant effects it can cause. In a great number of cases, especially of rheumatoid arthritis, the ankles, knees and hips are highly sensitive areas to impact and jarring. In these instances it’s important to wear a shoe with great shock absorption qualities. In an athletic shoe, a good EVA mid sole to absorb shock and maybe even an added liner are great ideas. Be careful not to put too much padding in the shoe because this can strain the leg muscles with “mushy walking.” And to keep the knees and hips in alignment, a shoe like certain Brooks or Asics with medial posting is great because it keeps the gait pattern from rolling too far in or out. For casual or dress shoes, some good brands include Clarks Unstructured and Alegria due to their blend of polyurethane and TPU. These materials, in high quality form, absorb shock and maintain a good walking structure.

So next time you’re buying shoes, don’t mistreat your feet with cheap, poorly made shoes. Instead put just an extra minute looking at the materials and construction to make sure it’s the right shoe for you!

*statistics cited above obtained from the CDC

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