Mary Jane Is Here to Stay

This classic, patent leather, shoe secured by one or more straps over the instep and fastened with a buckle or button, first appeared in the early 19th century. Appropriate for school, ceremonies, weddings and more, the Mary Jane shoe style is a common favorite of many different cultures. Historical documents do show that this style has been worn by men but for the most part Mary Jane’s, for many people, are a symbol of girlhood.

In the beginning this style shoe was flat with a rounded toe and made of patent leather. As time has passed, Mary Jane’s have evolved into an abundance of different shapes, sizes and colors. The key feature of this shoe that differentiates it from any other type of shoe is the one or more straps across the instep. This shoe has become a timeless classic for children’s fashions.

Classic, stylish yet able to adapt to formal wear, Mary Jane’s have maintained their popularity for decades. Here at Houser Shoes our choices of the Mary Jane style shoe is plentiful. From the basic style of Cobb Hill, Orthoheel and Clarks of England, to a more formal style Alegria, Bernie Mev’s and Danskos, when it comes to Mary Jane, at Houser Shoes we know the way!

Shoes For Thanksgiving Holiday And Black Friday

SHOES FOR THANKSGIVING AND BLACK FRIDAY

November is a time for foliage falling to the ground from the tress above and giving thanks.  It is a time to enjoy Thanksgiving Day and to get ready to shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There is a chill in the air, the leaves have changed colors and are falling to the ground and a smell of food and spice comes from the kitchen, these are the signs of November. In November the coats and sweaters begin to make their appearance in one’s wardrobe and the time to show off your lovely shoe collection. Houser Shoes is a great place to begin as you will find many fall and winter styles to choose from online and in the stores.

Fall can be a time to change into wearing more boots with different outfits. It is a time to find that wonderful pair of shoes that will go with the outfit you will be wearing to Thanksgiving dinner and that will be the most comfortable on your shopping spree on Black Friday. When looking for a pair of shoes to wear you may want to know where you will be for Thanksgiving Day and what type of event occasion it will be.

For people who will be traveling during the Thanksgiving break, a nice pair of loafers will be a nice choice for getting through security checkpoints at airports and will also be good for driving: for this, you might try a brand such as Bass or Clarks of England. If you are going to parades a nice pair of UGG Australia or Bare Traps would be a comfortable and stylish choice. When going to a Thanksgiving Day dinner a lovely pair of Aerosoles or Easy Spirit will make any outfit shine. For the more adventurous whose family and friends have an outside game wear your favorite tennis shoes, brands like New Balance, Sketchers and Asics.  Make your feet happy and choose comfort this holiday season.

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!

FLATS! FLATS! AND MORE FLATS!

Flats are like the perfect shoe. Flats come in many different colors and in many styles. There are different kinds of flats such as ballet flats and very low heel flats. Flats are practical for everyday use. Flats can be in casual or dress styles. Anyone can wear flats. They are the perfect shoe to travel in, whether it is on an airplane or traveling by car or bus. Since flats can be worn with dress or casual wear, this makes them a great pair of shoes to have in any closet.

Flats can be the most stylish kind of shoe because they will never go out of style. Other styles of shoes we all have seen come and go throughout the years in fashion, but the most basic style of shoe, the flat, has stayed around consistently.  Even though throughout the years in fashion flats have come in a different style and color, flats have never actually been out of style in fashion. Somewhere and in some way flats have always been the perfect shoe in every way possible. For a lovely and splendid collection of flats go to Houser Shoes, they know style and quality. Everyone wants a shoe that will be practical with great quality and at Houser Shoes you can get it all.

Casual flats can be a great way to spice up any pair of jeans and t-shirt.  There are many styles to choose from. There are many colors to choose from. A comfortable look for a day outing is to pair a basic t-shirt, comfortable jeans, and pair with a colored casual flat. Casual flats can be in a loafer style or just a basic casual ballet flat. Some brands of casual flats that can flatter any outfit are Hush Puppies, Franco Sarto, and for kids try Chooze Kids. Casual flats can be a wonderful travel shoe. The basic and comfortably of a casual flat is a great choice for wearing when going through the airport to catch a flight or getting off the plane in a beautiful location. Casual flats are what comfort is in travel wear. You can go to any continent in style with casual flats.

Dress flats are nice alternate way to feel like a woman without having sore feet from high heels that are too high.  An adorable cardigan, a basic skirt and a colorful pair of ballet flats can go from a day of work to a night out on the town. Dress flats can even be an alternative to wearing a silver or gold high heel with formal dresses. Instead of wearing the formal dress, with too high of a heel, for that special occasion try a gold , silver or the perfect color match in a nice dress ballet flat.  Dress flat brands to try are Lucky, Clark’s of England and LifeStride. Have fun nights in dress flats. A great pair of flats can be a great addition to any closet! Wear flats and make your feet smile!

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!

Clark’s of England

By:  Tiffini Taylor

Houser Shoes has many quality shoe brands to choose from. To know what a good shoe is, it is to be knowledgeable of that particular brand of shoe. When looking for a good quality shoe, one must be realistic about what one is looking for in a shoe. One may look for comfort, quality, durability, or practicality when choosing a shoe. One may look for a certain style or even a certain look and color when choosing a shoe. Many brands offer a wide variety of styles of shoes, knowing about what shoe fits one’s need will help in choosing the best brand for one’s needs.

Clark’s of England has been in the shoe industry for a little over two-hundred years. Clark’s of England began in 1825 by two brothers in Somerset, England. The company came to the North American shores in 1977 with huge demands for the shoes.  Clark’s of England is a shoe brand known for its comfort, durability, and quality. Clark’s of England is a shoe brand that has proven over and over again that quality can last for years to come. The shoe industry is always changing with different styles each season. Clark’s of England is a shoe brand that has lasted through all season’s style changes. Clark’s of England is a shoe brand that has built its name on quality and durability. Houser Shoes recognizes the quality and durability in Clark’s of England brand of shoes.

Houser Shoes has Clark’s of England brand shoes from casual to dress styles to choose from. If you need an everyday shoe to run errands in or if you need a dress shoe to where to work every day, Clark’s of England brand will have a shoe to choose from for these needs.  So many styles to choose from the brand at Houser Shoes you are sure to find the perfect pair. The season is autumn and the leaves are changing colors, it is the weather to take long walks and enjoy all its beauty. A pair of Clark’s of England Women’s Desert oak suede, paired with your favorite jeans and a checkered blouse and go enjoy all that autumn has to offer.  For men, try Clark’s of England Men’s Armada Spanish tan, your favorite khakis and a nice striped button up shirt for a casual day out. Night time can be a time to spend with your loved one, have a nice romantic date. Pull out your little black dress and match with a pair of Clark’s of England Women’s Ingalis Thames ankle boots , you will be stylish and ready for a night out on the town.

Whichever style of Clark’s of England brand shoe you choose, you will find a quality shoe. Comfortable, durable and quality is what has made Clark’s of England a must have brand for any wardrobe throughout the year. Enjoy knowing that you will be in style and have a great, long-lasting, quality brand of shoe. Shop knowing that at Houser Shoes you can find wonderful styles and quality brands like Clark’s of England.

How To Take Care Of Suede

By:  Tiffini Taylor

Autumn is a lovely time of the year to wear your most comfortable pair of suede shoes, but how do you take care of them?   Suede shoes are a classic for Fall fashion ever since Elvis Presley sung “Blue Suede Shoes”.  Times and styles have changed quite a bit since then, but suede shoes are still an easy, beautifully elegant fashion for Fall. Suede is a durable and lovely material that needs special attention when owning a pair of suede shoes. HouserShoes.com has a wonderful selection of suede shoes, in both men’s and women’s styles, to choose from.

Suede shoes are usually made with a special coating to protect them from the environmental elements. There are many kinds of spray coatings you can get to help protect them, too. This is the first step in protecting suede and this should be applied first thing after purchase. When wearing suede try to avoid wearing in rain and snow, suede last longer when not getting wet all the time. This is an important piece of knowledge to know but with the best quality protective coatings being used on suede shoes, it has become a very rarely used idea.  Mother Nature doesn’t care if you are wearing suede shoes, so weather will never cooperate with suede shoes. The best idea is to wear your suede and look great. Then when you get home, you can prepare your suede for the next outing. Some suede shoes come with care instructions that help to know the best way to take care of your suede. Sometimes there is even a shoe label or it will come in the shoe box. This is important to locate and read.

To clean suede, one must make sure that the suede is dry. There is a cleaning brush that is specially made for suede that you can get to use on the suede. This brush will come in a special suede cleaning kit, and there will also be very helpful instructions in the kit too.  Follow the instructions of you have a suede shoe cleaning kit; be sure to check for any special instructions on the shoe label or in the shoe box. Suede is harder to clean because it is extremely sensitive to water this is also why it is important to clean the shoe once it is dry. The suede shoe cleaning kit will tell you to use gentle brush strokes and to go in the same direction. This is to take off any layer of dirt that builds up on the suede.

A common happening to suede shoes is scuff marks. Most scuff marks can be easily removed with a bit of fast brushing back and forth, this also calls for patience.   A scuff mark that seems to not want to come off easily, you may want to try an eraser to get the scuff mark off. Water stains can be cleaned by soaking the excess water off the shoe and letting it dry, only after this shall you use your suede brush for the stain. Always let your suede shoe dry before cleaning them. When you step in chewing gum, it is never a good day, you can place your shoes in the freezer for a while before you clean them and the gum will harden and you can clean them much easier. Ink pens can be another hazard for suede, but the best way to conquer is to clean the ink stain before it sets.  Blot the stain, you can use sandpaper after blotting to remove the stain easily. Use the sandpaper lightly though, this is not wood it is suede.  When stains give you too much trouble then you can a small amount of vinegar on a towel to blot it onto the stain, and then let it dry and continue to clean the stain off. Steel wool is another good stain remover of suede; just make sure it is a dry stain before using lightly. Suede can be cleaned with an emery board and steam. The steam can heat and help in lifting the stain off the suede. Remember to use the emery board lightly.  Now, go fourth and wear your beautiful suede this Autumn!

Boots! Boots! Boots

Houser Shoes - Women's Boots

2013 Boots in Fashion

Boots, boots and more boots! This Autumn’s hottest fashion is boots.  Boots are on everyone’s fashion list this season. Many styles, colors, and kinds to choose from, Houser Shoes is the place to find the perfect pair. When you are trying to figure out how to bring your Fall wardrobe into fashion, it is simple, a great pair of boots is the way to go.  Many of us want to buy that one major fashion trend each season, the boot is the greatest item to buy this Autumn season. Reason #1 to choose the boot:  it will carry over into the Winter season;  reason  #2 to choose the boot:  it will go with everything if chosen wisely;  and reason #3 to choose the boot:  you can use them next year and so on. There are many styles of boots this season including:  cowboy boots,  biker style boots, ankle boots, mid-calf boots, thigh-high boot, knee boots,  dress and casual boots.

The ankle boot is a fashion trend that is carried over from the Spring and Summer. The ankle boot is a great choice because of its versatility- it can be a casual or dress boot. The ankle boot has no limitations on colors or styles. There are red , black, blue, brown, white, pink, orange colors of ankle boots and the ankle boots can be round-toed, pointed-toe, or even open-toed this Autumn.  Brands to look for are:   French Kiss, Franco Sarto, Georgia Men’s, Clark’s of England, Timberland, Dr. Marten’s , and Wolverine.  Find an ankle boot that fits your lifestyle and personality.

The mid-calf, knee-high, thigh-high boot is a versatile choice that can fit into any lifestyle and into any wardrobe.  The mid-calf and knee-high boot is the best option in this category as far as a great functional stylish boot.  While the thigh-high boot is best with for a special occasion boot. Many styles with high or low heels, even wedge heels are  popular this Autumn season. Different colors will bring a coolness to any wardrobe, and can be an adventurous choice for many wardrobes.  Many brands are offered with many styles and colors to choose from. Some brands are:  Life Stride, Frye, Stride Rite, UGG  Australia, Muck, Clark’s of England, Chooze, Dr. Marten’s, Minnetonka, Born,  Arturo Chiang, Bare Traps, Pierre Dumas, and  Franco Sarto.  Pick suede or leather and let your personal style shine.

Cowboy boots is on every fashion shopping list this Autumn. The fashion popularity of the cowboy boot has been seen on many runways and even popular television shows. Cowboy boots are not just for the old west anymore!  There are many colors and styles to choose from this Fall from many top quality brands like,  Laredo, Justin , Old West Boots, Ariat, Dan Post, Corral Boot, and  Irish Setter.  So, saddle up with a pair of cowboy boots this Fall.

The biker style boot has come around and has lasted as a very popular fashion style over this past few years. It proves that the biker style boot is not just for outlaws anymore. A great way to wear a biker boot is your favorite pair of jeans, a nice, simple t-shirt and a light, little leather jacket. Some brands to look for in the biker style boot are: Life Stride, Born, Cobb Hill, Muck, and Frye. Biker boots can be a great fashion statement with a long skirt and cardigan set too!

When looking for the perfect boot for your Autumn wardrobe , look for your personal style in the boot itself. Everyone’s style  is different and that is what is so wonderful about this planet. Choose the boots that fit your style and your needs.  Have fun and enjoy Autumn!

SUMMER STYLE RECAP 2013

Summer is ending and it is time to look back on the most popular styles of  summer shoes. What will carry over into Autumn and what is best to wear next summer. To begin with, many styles come and go throughout the different seasons, some are good and some will never be worn again. It is important in any season to shop for quality as well as style. This is where Houser Shoes can help. Whatever your personal style is , choosing the shoes to match your own personal style is always the best option. This summer there has been many designs of shoes to choose from. There is the always stylish sandals, ballet flats, sneakers and high heels.  There has been the return of the ankle boot for summer and nice wedge heels, too.

Sandals will be around for more summers to come. Sandals, including flip flops, have always been a staple in summer style. Coming in many different colors and styles, sandals offer a nice , comfortable, easy style that has always been perfect for the hot, lazy days of summertime. Sandals are easy to carry over into next summer, the summer after next summer , and so on and so forth. Basically, sandals will always be the best way for your feet to spend their summer days and nights in. Brands like Sanuk, Soda, Teva, B.O.C. by Born, Stacy Adams, Alegria, Dansko, Nunn Bush, Keen , Rainbow Sandals, Mephisto, Lifestride, Taos, Chaco, Chooze, Reef,  and Birkenstock will always make summer memories.

Summer is ending and a great style to carry into Autumn is ballet flats. Comfortable and cute, ballet flats are the go to shoe for many on the go. Ballet flats are great to wear on that special summer date night with a long, flowing dress.  In Fall , pair ballet flats with jeans and a simple t-shirt and great purse and you are sure to turn heads.  Ballet flats come in a multitude of colors, designs,  and styles now, so you can always find your favorites.  Nice brands like Union Bay, Easy Street, Franco Sarto, and Pierre Dumas are great for Summer fairs and Fall festivals.

Sneakers let you play, they let you do all the activities you want to participate in year round. Sneakers, tennis shoes, or whatever you choose to call them are the one shoe everyone wants and has a need for throughout the year.. Some good brands to look for are Easy Spirit, Skechers, Fila, Adidas, New Balance and Brooks. Having a good pair of sneakers can make your wardrobe complete.

High heels can go into each season, even the colored high heels and stilettos. In many styles, summer will always be a great season for these shoes. Simple summer dresses and high heels are great for any summer occasion, whether it is a night out with friends or a romantic date with a loved one. Brands of high heels to look for include  Pierre Dumas, Easy Spirit , and Chinese Laundry. A good, comfortable pair of high heels is a great addition to any closet.

Wedges have been becoming more and more popular as each summer passes. Every woman should have a nice , funky pair of wedges for summer, they make a great party shoe. Wedges look good with a pair of  Bermuda shorts or a nice, simple summer dress. In Autumn, a nice closed toe wedge heel can offer comfortable alternative to stiletto heels. A brand to try is Bare Traps. Wedge sandals come in as many colors and heel heights that you can think of. This is why the wedge will carry on for summers to come.

Ankle Boots have come to summertime. Ankle boots, instead of putting them into the closet until Fall , fashion grabbed them and put them as the  must have fashion of summertime. This will makes it easy going into Autumn because ankle boots are already in our closets.  Ankle boots have been worn with jean skirts, maxi dresses, capri’s and shorts this summer. Ankle boots are here to stay all throughout this year. Great ankle boots come in brands such as Clarks of England,  Cole Hann, and Soda. Ankle boots in Autumn will look good with jeans or dresses.

Summer means beaches, pools, Bar B-Que’s,  and vacations , wearing shoes for all occasions and not getting sun burnt. Summer blues of mine will be missing open toed sandals, but ballet flats, high heels, sneakers, and ankle boots will help me throughout the Autumn. I have enjoyed summer.  I don’t like to see summer go , but knowing some of my summer shoes can be carried over into Autumn make it a little easier. Happy Summertime!

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!!