What Are Oxford Dress Shoes

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Oxford shoes originated in Scotland and Ireland. Made from strong and durable leather, these shoes usually had enclosed lacing and sat just below the ankle. When Oxford shoes were first made they were very plain with little or no decoration.  Today you can find Oxford shoes made from a variety of materials such as leather, suede and synthetics and in a variety of styles – both in men’s and women’s shoes. While Oxford shoes are typically classified as dress shoes, they are available in less formal styles, and can be worn with jeans or casual slacks and skirts.

There are five types of Oxford shoes available for men; Kilties, Saddle, Wingtip, Open Laced and Closed Laced. Kiltie Oxfords are usually rather ornate in design. They slip on to the foot with ease and usually have a tassel attached to the tongue of the shoe. Kilties look great with nice shorts, dress pants.  Saddle Oxfords are easy to pick out; they have a piece of leather, in the shape of a saddle, sewn on to the front of the shoe. Often, this piece of leather is a different color than the rest of the shoe. One of the more popular types of Oxford shoes are the Wingtips. These are definitely a great choice for men who are looking for stylish business shoes. Wingtip Oxfords feature an extra piece of leather sewn onto the toe and front of the shoe in a shape that resembles wings.

Open Laced Oxfords appear as though they are made from three pieces of leather – one on each side and one down the middle, whereas Closed Laced Oxfords, sometimes referred to as Balmorals,  appear as though they are made from one piece of leather.

For many, many generations, Oxford shoes have remained a constant, fashionable and practical shoes.

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.

HEELS! HIGHER HEELS! HIGHEST HEELS!

High heels have always been in women’s closets. Any season, women have loved high heels. Fashionable, quality and more importantly comfort is what we women look for in a heel. The comfort part is the hardest to find at times though. The fashions are changing when it comes to heels. In the last few years it has been about the higher the better, the more abstract of a heel the better, and the platform heel is better, that is all behind us now. In the fashion industry now, anything, as far as the size of the heel is concerned, goes. Whether it is a 2 inch or a 4 inch heel both are considered in style when it comes to fashion.

One thing is true in fashion, a good heel goes a long way. Many think that a heel can be the only shoe a woman should wear, and I admit, I do have more confidence when I am wearing a pair of heels ( of course I am only 5’1 in height). I am the modern woman who has a nice variety of heels and flats in her closet. Heels can be terrible for your feet, but that is why everyone needs a balance of flats and heels. It is also why finding a good quality heel that is comfortable and fashionable. These heels are out there, Houser Shoes has them. Houser Shoes offers great quality and fashion when it comes to finding heels. Houser Shoes offers sole inserts too, so it will be even more comfort on your feet.

Heels, higher heels, and highest heels there is a difference. Some consider a regular pair of heels as pumps. Pumps are heels, not overly high heeled, maybe 1, 2, or 3 inch. Higher heels is more of a balance between height and not to low, think 3 to 4 inch. Sometimes a wedge or chunkier heel style. The highest heels would be the stilettos, the spike, and the overly high platform heels, think of a heel 5 to 8 inches. No matter which you prefer, everyone can choose whatever style they like this season and it will be in fashion. When picking the perfect pair of heels , there is a couple of ways to do so, either way is good. Some will fall in love with a pair of heels, I , myself am guilty of this more than once,  purchase them and then buy an outfit to match them. The second way is to purchase an outfit and then find the perfect heels for the outfit.

Many colors, styles, and fashionable heels can be found this season. It depends on what you want in a heel and choose what fits your personality the best. Brands that offer quality and comfort to look for at Houser Shoes is Chinese Laundry, Pierre Dumas, Bare Traps, Life Stride, and Easy Street.  These brands offer good support and can be a great addition to any closet. Have fun when looking for heels, remember to pick up sole inserts, and let your personality shine with shoes.

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!

Caring for Leather

By:  Tiffini Taylor

Leather is the most common material for shoes. Leather is a durable and sturdy material for shoes to be made from. Having a beautiful pair of leather pumps is a business woman’s must have; most all dress shoes for businessmen are made of leather. Leather boots are a must have for this Autumn. Leather shoes will last for a long, long time, if taken care of properly. How to take care of leather shoes properly is good knowledge, especially if you want to keep a good, comfortable pair for more than one season.  Leather is a great material for many items, leather shoes are a reliable footwear fashion for many different occasions.

Caring for leather is a process that can begin at the manufacturing of the leather item or at the shoe cobbler facility. The shoe cobbler can put a protective coating to help in weatherproofing the leather shoe. This will help in the longevity and durability of the shoes.  A weatherproof coating can also be applied after purchasing the leather shoes.  Many shoes weatherproof coatings come in a spray can for easy application. Other weatherproof coatings can come in an easy to use polish style to rub on to the leather shoes. Always let your leather shoes dry before coating them with any kind of cleaning product or weatherproofing product. Always read the instructions on the containers and follow them. They were put there to help maintain the beauty of the shoes for an extended amount of time. It is best to apply the weatherproofing product as soon as the leather shoe is taken out of the shoe box. This will help in a longer wear for the shoes also.

After weatherproofing them and wearing them for the first time, when taking them off hang them on a shoe tree. This will help the leather shoe maintain their shape and form, so the leather shoe will last a longtime. When choosing a good shoe tree, look for a cedar shoe tree- it is the kind that most shoe cobblers will recommend. Caring for leather shoes is important for your feet. Leather shoes can be terrible for your feet if you do not take care of them properly. Soles of leather shoes need to be properly taken care of to help in wearing of the shoes for extended periods of time and for more than one season. When taking care of the soles of your shoes this in turn will help in the protection of your feet. Eventually soles of shoes may need to be replaced, there are many shoe repair options to choose from.

When caring for leather shoes, there are leather shoe kits available. These kits come with more instructions to take care of your leather shoes properly. Follow these instructions and your leather shoes will last for as long as you want them to. To help maintain the beauty and shine of your leather shoes , shoe shine polish is available and there are still shoe shine stands around different areas to visit. At HouserShoes.com and Houser Shoes there is a quality to each shoe sold and whatever Houser Shoes can help with , Houser Shoes will.  Remember that a pair of shoes covers your feet and your feet do many activities and need protected. Leather shoes offer great protection and will last a long amount of time when properly taken care of.

Dance and Homecoming Shoes

 

Autumn means back to school and that means school dances and homecoming!  You found the perfect dress , now find the perfect shoe at HouserShoes.com. Don’t worry, men’s shoes are here to go with that tux.  It can be hard finding just the right and perfect dress for a dance ladies, so with many shoes to choose from this part is made easy.  For formal dances ladies have a choice between flats and high or low heels.  The kitten heel has made a major come back to fashion this Fall , ballet flats are always a great comfortable choice, and high heels makes all us ladies a little taller. Whatever your dress or personal style, finding the perfect formal shoe is all about you.

The flats this season are many colors and many styles. Flats are a comfortable and classy choice for any style.  To find a pair of formal flats it is important to look for elegance and a comfortable pair. This is so your feet will be good to dance all night. Metallic flats are always a great choice in formal footwear, basic black is always a good choice, choose an orange or pink ballet flat to go with your little black dress. Silver or gold flats can make any dress sparkle throughout the night. Some brands to look for to dance the night away are: Jessica Simpson, Cobb Hill, Clarks of England, Sketchers, Life Stride, Rachel Shoes, and Dansko. Flats make any feet feel better throughout the night.

Kitten heels or a low heel is a smart choice if you just want a little lift.  Kitten heels are all over for the Fall fashion. A formal dress shoe with a low heel is the best choice that someone who wants to have a little flare to their dress without being wobbly in a pair of extremely to high heels can make. Formal low heels can make your feet comfortable and make you feel like you have on a high heel. Formal low heels are elegant and can come in a multiple array of colors. There are many styles of formal low heeled dress shoes to choose from. Some are round toed, some are pointed toed and some are opened toed. Some brands to look for a formal low heel or kitten heel are:  Life Stride, Bernie Mev, Easy Street, Easy Spirit, John Fashion, and Cole Hann. The formal low heel makes for a nice elegant choice to dance anywhere at any time.

High heels are a girl’s best shoe for formal occasions. High heels can come in many styles and colors. Find a comfortable pair of high heels is the best advice I can give. Although, if you are not sure about the high heels there is always take a pair of nice, elegant, comfortable flats along to change into after a few hours. Actually, when wearing a high heel it is very good for your feet to have a pair of back-up flats to change into after a few hours.  A couple of brands to look for are:  Chinese Laundry and Pierre Dumas. Be comfortable!

Formal shoes are the best in something comfortable.  Guys can choose from brands like Clark’s of England and Bass. The important thing to think about when choosing a formal shoe , other than the color of the dress, is to find one that fits your personal style and that is comfortable. Remember, shoe inserts. Go have fun, be safe, and dance all night!

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!

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!

A TOP 10 OF BACK TO SCHOOL SHOES

by:  Tiffini Taylor

Back to school means the end of summer and soon brings the beginning of Autumn. With the changing of seasons coming upon us, it will be a changing of wardrobe selections, including shoes. Keeping the idea of summer closer than that chill of Autumn coming, I came up with a top 10 of this year’s back to school shoe choices.

  1. Sneakers-   The first is sneakers.  Sneakers are what sets you apart from others in gym class, walking the hallways, and going across campus, whether it be on a skateboard or walking. Many brands and styles to choose from including:  adidas, Asics, converse, easy spirit, fila, new balance, grasshoppers, reebok, and vans to name a few. Whatever brand or style you choose; sneakers will help bring your personality out.
  2. Flip Flops-  With the end of summer being the beginning of the new school year, flip flops can carry over for a few more weeks. Many to choose from including styles from brands like:  reef, alegria, birkenstock, and rainbow sandals.
  3. Sandals-   Sandals are a staple of summer that will never go out of style. Although similar to flip flops , sandals are completely different on all levels. Quite a few sandals come  with a buckle, a wedge heel, and multiple straps. Good sandals that will stay in style come from brands like:  birkenstock, alegria, yellow box and rainbow sandals are just a few.
  4. Ballet Flat- Flats are great with jeans or dresses! The ballet flat is a great choice for the new school year. Many ballet style flats come in a variety of color choices and styles. You can find them with bows, without bows, open-toed, close- toed, pointed toe, rounded toe, or just about in anyway and in many colors. Check out brands like enzo and soda.
  5. Boat Shoes-  Remember the boat shoes from the 1980′s?  Well, these are, in a way, not them. The same style but much better and in quite a few colors. Yes, the boat shoe is back and better than ever!  A great brand for boat shoes- BASS!
  6. Crocs-  From the garden to the work place and now to schools-crocs can cover all these activities. No longer just for the garden or nurses.  Crocs are a comfortable choice for the early morning classes across campus. Try them in different colors for a bit of fun in your style.  Just look for the brand crocs.
  7. Clogs-  Clogs are back this new school year. Clogs are great with or without socks, There the best versatile stylish shoe. Some brands to look for are:  crocs, Clarks of England, and birkenstock.
  8. Heels & Kitten Heels- That is right, kitten heels are making a big come back this back to school season. Walking to class in super high heels can at times be painful, but if you choose a kitten heel you can wear them all day long and feel great while looking great. High heels are still raging in fashion and for back to school. Kitten heels just provide an alternative heel size to choose.  The new school year brings an opportunity to go to dances and different activities to wear your best heels. Some brands to look for:  Jessica Simpson and Chinese Laundry.
  9. Ankle Boots-  Ankle boots will lead up to the high boots this Autumn and Winter. Ankle boots have been going strong all summer and now they are a great choice for a back to school look that will sure to flatter and get noticed.  A brand to look for is Kenneth Cole.
  10. Specialty Sport Shoes-  You may be wondering what I mean by this- what I am referring to is sport specific shoes. Back to school can mean back to sports, with this brings new shoes for whatever sport you are into. Plenty of brands and styles to choose from including:  Brooks, Adidas, Asics, new balance, easy spirit, fila, reebok and so on. A good pair of shoes can help you improve in any sport. Good luck to all sports!

There you have it a top 10 list of back to school styles. Go back to school in style, have fun and let your personality shine!