Everything You Need for a Rainy Day

Essential Gear for Rainy Days

The alarm rings, and you grumpily hit snooze. Time to start your day, but you’re not ready to leave the warm comfort of your bed just yet. Finally, as you push yourself up and look out the window, you discover gray clouds showering your day with rain.

Those mornings aren’t always the most pleasant, but making sure you’re dressed for the weather can help your day run a lot smoother. And we’re not just talking about throwing on a poncho before leaving the house. Including essential, yet fashionable, rain gear for your wardrobe will help make every day like a warm, sun-shiny day in Florida.

The Trench Coat

This rainy day staple provides a classic look for men and women. Not only will the length protect you and your outfit from the harsh elements, but it will also elongate the figure. While trench coats come in a variety of styles and materials, not all can withstand the rain. The classic trench coat is double breasted. People with smaller frames can opt for single-breasted coats so as not to appear swallowed by the fabric.

Most trench coats impermeable to water are made from either wool gabardine or treated cotton. Wool gabardine is a densely woven material that is lightweight (more or less) and provides insulation. The cotton trench coats are much lighter; however, they must be treated or woven with water resistant materials and fibers.

Any material besides these will result in your outfit getting soaked by the downpour. And, of course, the longer the coat, the more protected you will be. Color-wise, neutrals provide a classic and sophisticated style, while boldly colored wool coats have also become trendy.

Pants

No matter the occasion (unless it’s a wedding), pants are always recommended for a gray, rainy day. Without a proper jacket or pair of shoes, a good pair of pants will always save the day. No pant material can repel water unless you’re big on coated nylon trousers. However, depending on your day, pretty much any other pant material will do. Thicker materials like denim, corduroy, and khaki become very heavy once wet. A lighter material, like knit, will dry faster.

Rain Boots

The Rain Boot

Wearing the rain boot casually is a common trend in cities with lots of rainfall. These rubber boots have evolved from your playground yellow booties to designer shoes with comfy insoles.

Great for women and men, rain boots have become a stylish and versatile clothing item necessary for all your spring showers.

The unique style of the rain boots allows them to stand on their own with any outfit. Slip these on to get to work, and pack away your leather shoes for when you arrive at the office. The best part is that, since gaining mainstream popularity in recent years, the boots now come in a variety of colors and shapes. Anyone can find the right boots for their unique style. These shoes are also great for protection from mud and snow.

Duck Boots

Umbrellas vs. Hats

No matter the kind of hair and how many products it is treated with, ‘do’s will turn into humidity frizz monsters in the rain. Here’s where head protection becomes key. Umbrellas are a rainy day staple, yet choosing the right one is a feat many of us have yet to win.

Generally, there are two types: collapsible and non-collapsible. The non-collapsible have larger canopies and, in turn, provide a larger area of protection. Meanwhile, the collapsible are meant to be compact and, therefore, have smaller canopies that provide less protection.

The sweet spot in between depends on the user and his or her needs. If it only drizzles here and there, a compact collapsible umbrella would be the better way to go. The best alternative is this wind-powered air umbrella being developed with an adjustable canopy.  

Hats, also, offer a fair amount of protection from the rain with style. Hats can also hide any unwanted frizz caused by the humidity. A wider brim, made from a dense wool material, offers more protection all around and is water resistant.

The Bubble Jacket

Once the horror of middle school on a rainy day, the bubble jacket has made a comeback in recent years. Usually made from water resistant material, like vinyl, the bubble jacket offers insulated protection for your upper body.

This diverse garment is great for men and women, either glam or sporty. The jackets are made with turtlenecks for hoods and offer extra protection for the neck and head. The higher quality insulation, like down, is warmer and better for colder weather with lots of wind.

 

Game Day Looks – Are You Ready for College Football?

Looks for Game Day - Houser Shoes

Bring on the tailgating, junk talking, and touchdown scoring fall football season. You won’t find many people who won’t tune in for a little pigskin action. Whether you are a college student or reliving your old college days, you know how important college football season is.

If you plan to hit up some tailgating, football parties, or game day celebrations, you need to make sure your outfits complement the upbeat atmosphere of the festivities. Every football fan knows that dressing the part is just as important as for whom you are rooting. Make sure everyone knows you are the top football fan by dressing in your school colors. Remember to keep your look classy, and be smart about your footwear.

Tailgates and football games call for casual and versatile ensembles. Comfort is the priority  when deciding what to wear. Your outfit should look put together, but also allow you to participate in a few games of cornhole at the tailgate. Mix your personal style with some school spirit for the perfect college football spectator outfit.    

Incorporate Your School Colors

Show off your killer fashion by dressing the part in school colors. You don’t have to be a fashion expert to realize that wearing your old jersey and sporting your school colors is the ultimate in football fandom. Wear some great athletic shoes like Converses in your school colors, and you will be rocking that college student look.

Layer It On

Many of the season’s games will go into the colder months, which means wearing heavier gear to the games. Fall weather is fickle, and a cold front can move in quickly. If you find yourself needing a cold weather outfit, you can easily accomplish this with multiple layers. Layer an oversized sweater with a long-sleeved tee, and pair them with jeans and great athletic shoes. Accessorize the outfit with an infinity scarf and a knitted beanie in your team colors. This will help keep you warm during all the game day festivities, and the layers can be removed if the temperature rises.

Add a Touch of Class

Multiple layers are only part of what you need to ensure that you stay warm and cozy during football season. For colder days, you can bundle up in your favorite pair of jeans, basic long  sleeve tee, and a nice quilted vest or jacket for that preppy look. To incorporate your school spirit, you can add a knit hat or scarf.

fall footwear for football season

Bring on the Cowgirls

It is not always cold, depending on the time of year and location of the game. As soon as fall semester starts, college football games kick off soon after.

One of the most popular looks for women on game day includes the cutesy, short dress paired with a good looking set of cowboy boots. Pick out your favorite sundress – extra points if the dress is in your school colors – and slip on your boots for the perfect game day look. This is the ideal style for tailgating before the game, rooting for your team, and celebrating your win afterward, all while you remain fashionable in your chic look. 

Football Tailgating

Combine Your Leggings and Heels

If you want a more casual look that remains well put-together, you can always stick to leggings and a tunic or pair leggings with a school jersey. Leggings are the ultimate staple for any college student closet. This outfit works great with a pair of booties and oversized sunglasses to offset the basic look.

Stick to the Flannel

If you plan on being the chef during the tailgate, you don’t want to don your best outfit. Instead, slip on a basic tee with a flannel shirt over it. Throw on your favorite pair of jeans, and you are ready to become a grill master. You can even wear a comedic looking apron to protect your clothing and to add to the spirit of the tailgate. This outfit can be worn with flip flops or sneakers, depending on your preference. When the game is about to start, throw on your sunglasses and a team ball cap to join in the fun.

Final Thoughts

The key to dressing for college football is to show off your school spirit while remaining comfortable. Game festivities can last all day, so wear something appropriate for the weather conditions and that you feel good in while displaying your support for your team. Remember to keep it casual and comfortable.

Wear clothes you can sit in for the duration of the game, wear shoes you can do a lot of walking in, and don’t forget to layer your outfit when the temperature drops.

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!

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!

AEROSOLES: A COMFORTABLE SHOE

Aerosoles are a great comfortable brand of shoes. The quality of the shoes is wonderful. It is a great shoe to wear all day at work and at play. There is many styles to choose from when it comes to Aerosole shoes. The Aerosole company has been around for a little over twenty years and each pair of shoes that are made have the best quality and comfort that one can find in a shoe. Aerosole is an innovative shoe company that offers a combination of style and a quality of comfort that your feet will love.

When looking for a nice looking pair of shoes, look for a pair of Aerosole at Houser Shoes. Houser Shoes has a wonderful and stylish selection of  Aerosole brand shoes. You can choose from heels, sandals, flats, and loafers in many colors and styles. Try a hot trend like an ankle boot by Aerosole and you will find the quality and comfort that will feel wonderful on your feet. Aerosole is a brand that has used the latest in shoe technology to make a great comfort shoe. Every time that you wear a pair of Aerosoles your feet will feel like new with each step you take.

Aerosole is a brand that many depend on for a great work shoe. A lovely black skirt or dress pant with matching suit jacket along with a flowered print blouse paired with Aerosoles women’s red hot pump will be a beautiful working suit for many business occasions.  Ankle boots are all the rage this Autumn and make a wonderful shoe to wear to all the wonderful Fall festivities. Try an Aerosole Cingle File Bootie  in tan with a pair of skinny jeans with a  plaid blouse for a lovely outfit to wear to find that perfect pumpkin for Fall.  For a nice outfit to admire the Fall foliage in , try a pair of  Aerosoles women’s Mr Softee in tiger tan with a pair of jeans and a cardigan set. This is the best loafer shoe to compliment a lovely and simple Fall outfit. When looking for that special pair of shoes for a special occasion, try Aerosoles women’s cincture black PU. It will be that simple bit of  elegance that will make you a smash at any special occasion event. A Fall vacation sounds wonderful and you can find a great pair of Aerosole sandals to wear.When seasons change, Aerosoles has a great selection of boots and sandals. With a large selection of Aerosoles , you can find that perfect pair at Houser Shoes.

When looking for a quality pair of shoes and wanting to find a pair that will fit in well with your entire wardrobe, it is easy to do with Houser Shoes. There are plenty to choose from in basic and not so basic colors.  Many shoes will come and go in your closet within your lifetime. When choosing a pair each season, remember the quality and the comfort of the brand called Aerosoles.

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.

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!!

Enjoy Your Spring Fling With Spring Fashion

Spring is here again and you may find yourself having some trouble getting that extra skip in your step, especially after putting in those 9 to 5 hours. Before you go out for the evening, there are a few things you can do to help put that spring back into your step besides purchasing some new Spring Fashion Shoes.

Always avoid sitting for long periods of time. That’s a big one. With reasonable frequency, get up from the desk chair and walk to somewhere, maybe the water cooler (water helps the circulation in your legs) or just make a brief lap through the office. In those times where you are sitting, extend your legs out in front of you as you sit and bend your feet up and down at the ankle. The ankle flexes, or ankle pumps, promote the circulation in your legs and keep water, more correctly “lymph fluid,” from building up in the joints and tissue which can cause swelling.

Now when the sun goes down and you’re ready to enjoy a warm evening out with friends, take care of your feet a little more with lightweight and cushioned sandals. You might find Aerosoles suits your tastes with one of their cute thong sandals. Or if you’re really into a comfortable sandal, you might try one from Sanuk brand. The Californian brand puts special emphasis on a comfortable footbed which can clearly be seen with styles like the “Spree” which has yoga mat material to cradle the foot.

Don’t let Life slow you down this Spring. And from Houser Shoes and the Shoeru, we want you to enjoy every day to it’s fullest!

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