Timberland: Tough and Trendy

Tough as Nails Soles

When someone thinks of Timberland, most people envision the iconic yellow nubucks on the feet of blue collar workers. The footwear was the brainchild of Sidney Swartz, who felt that the working people of America were in dire need of a hardy boot that could brave the cold, wet New England winters. The salt of the earth brand has been keeping feet dry since their release in 1973, and were an instant hit. For 45 years, “The Original Yellow Boot” has braved the toughest weather conditions, factories, farms, construction sites, oil fields, and even coal mines. Since then, Timberland has gained a reputation for manufacturing the best work boots. However, in recent years the footwear has been the kicks of choice for urban dwellers as well, surging in popularity with hip-hop artists in The Big Apple, and far from the rural heartland of the brand’s birth. Just what is so appealing about Timberland boots that make them so versatile and popular? These are but a few contributing factors:

1.) Weatherproof Design and State of the Art Durability

There is a reason “Timberland Tough” has become the brand’s moniker, and their Timberland Pro continues to be a best seller as a result. Full-grain nubuck leather with sealed seams work hand-in-hand with four-row stitching and injection-molded soles that are permanently bonded to the uppers. This creates a waterproof masterpiece. Work boots also don’t always equal discomfort; an anti-fatigue footbed and geometric cone support ensures shock absorption and all day comfort whether on the job or trekking across unforgiving pavement.

2.) A Plethora of Styles

Timberland has evolved far beyond work shoes since its humble beginnings specializing in just boots for men. With styles ranging from sneakers and snow boots, to hiking shoes and heels, “Timbs” are certainly now for anyone and everyone. Regardless of heel height, each style keeps the look and feel of a boot. Aside from now having shoes for women, there are also shoes for kids ranging in sizes from infants, toddlers, and even juniors. Colors can also vary, and no longer are limited to traditional wheat, brown, or black. Timberlands now come in red, white, blue, and pink! It is this fashion versatility that has led the brand to migrate from the hustlers and rappers in the 90’s, to today’s artists and Hollywood elite. Stars such as Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, J Lo, and the Kardashian family regularly step out in the iconic footwear, and it has become a staple in celebrity style.

Timberland Now Has Many Styles

3.) Customization

Speaking of style, who wouldn’t want a custom pair of shoes? One of Timberland’s newest endeavors is the freedom to customize your own pair of footwear. Consumers have the ability to choose from a variety of men’s, women’s, and children’s styles for their custom kicks. They can choose from a variety of colors for the uppers, soles, laces, hardware, stitching, foot bed, and can also add monogramming. Even the pickiest buyers can now effortlessly create a boot that reflects their personal style. This newfound level of personalization has allowed the company to expand their market even further and increase their customer base.

4.) An International Hit

Timberland also became a popular sensation in Europe. The brand’s first international sale came about when an Italian gentleman went to Sidney Swartz himself, and requested 600 pairs. To Mr. Swartz’s surprise, the gentleman returned two months later requesting more, having already sold every single one! No longer just for North America, the brand has branched out from ASTM-grade footwear to also include CSA Grade 1 for Canada, as well as EN ISO and NOM requirements for various other countries. From the Middle East and Asia, and South America to North Africa, Timberland continues to leave its footprint across the globe.

So the next time you’re in the market for a shoe that can do it all, and transitions effortlessly from the most grueling workplace to the street, look no further. Stylish, tough, and versatile—Timberland is the whole shebang!

Timberland - Tough and Trendy

Never Fear! Your 2019 New Year’s Eve Style Guide Is Here!

Whether your year was good or bad, most people always look forward to watching the ball drop, and the birth of a new year. New Year’s Eve is always buzzing with excitement, merriment, and a plethora of parties. With Christmas over and the New Year right around the corner, now is the time to start planning that last minute outfit for the evening’s festivities. But don’t panic; we’ve got you covered! The following are just a few of the trends we really love for New Year’s Eve this year.

CORAL IS IN! 

The official Pantone color of 2019 is Living Coral. Bright and attention grabbing, anything you wear in this shade will make every head turn when you walk into the room. Boldly go forth into the New Year, be on trend when the clock strikes midnight, and wear it proudly and with flair!

 

MAKE A STATEMENT WITH BOLD EARRINGS

Play up that little black dress with a colorful, fun pair of earrings. We especially love ones that dangle. Tassels, chandeliers, and pom-poms—the possibilities are endless!

BE ON THE PROWL IN ANIMAL PRINT

Animal prints are coming back in a big way in 2019! Dress shoes like this chic leopard print bootie from Pierre Dumas give off a cool, rock star vibe. They definitely add pizzazz to an all or mostly black look, especially with skinny black slacks, a button-up shirt, and a long, colorful scarf draped around your neck like you’re a band member of Aerosmith. Best of all, you’ll be able to keep on wearing them long after the last round of party streamers is history—perfect for the office, a power lunch with the girls, or anytime you want to feel like a force to be reckoned with! You can even pair these with jeans for an instant style upgrade anytime. Bonus points for wearing leopard or zebra print in bright, colorful hues; also a hot trend this coming year.

ALL THAT JAZZ 

If vintage vibes, 1920’s-themed parties, or Victorian looks are more your thing, there are numerous shoe options! Comfortiva’s Angelique and the Bewitch by L’Artiste are only but a couple of options if you love a look from yesteryear.

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ATTENTION IN A DARING JUMPSUIT

Elegant yet edgy, look like a boss in a jumpsuit this New Year’s Eve. A pair of high heels compliments them perfectly!

The one shoulder trend is also in the forecast for 2019, so accessorize that bare arm with a dainty bracelet, or a gold wristwatch to countdown ‘til midnight.

CLASSY AND COMFORTABLE IN FLATS 

What do you wear if you don’t want to suffer in heels? Flats! Metallics are always in for New Year’s Eve, and you can’t go wrong with gold! The Maloree by Comfortiva is a perfect option for your party ensemble. However, if you’d prefer something more subtle, neutrals can also be worn. The key to making flat shoes in basic neutral tones work for New Year’s is to make sure they’re not completely plain. Go for pretty ballet flats with clever embellishments that add style, visual appeal, and interest to your party look. Think faux gemstones, fringe, decorative folds, regal medallions, or graceful beaded clusters! The more unique the embellishment, the better.

MAKE A STATEMENT WITH METALLICS

When you think of truly iconic New Year’s Eve looks, your mind instantly thinks of glamorous ensembles that sparkle and shine. There’s no time like the New Year to literally look positively golden, so, if you’ve been wanting to embrace the ever-popular metallic trend, now would be the ideal time to get on board. Add a flashy dose of glimmer to a more subtle ensemble, or polish off an all-metallic look to perfection. It’s up to you!

GIVE ‘EM THE OLD RAZZLE DAZZLE

A winter party presents the perfect opportunity to channel your inner snow queen, and New Year’s Eve is definitely no exception. Some of this season’s hottest looks in dress shoes take concepts like sparkle, shimmer, and glitter to exciting new heights, with features like gemstone detailing and glamorous beads that catch the light in all the right ways. The Silver 4 by Valenti Franco is a sparkly slingback heel that will definitely make a statement with a slinky evening gown. Don’t miss your chance to add it to your most stunning holiday looks this season!

These options are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rocking out New Year’s Eve in style. What will you be wearing when you ring in 2019?

Conquer the Holidays in Joan of Arctic Boots!

Most of us usually love shopping for winter boots, but shopping for a pair of boots for inclement weather isn’t quite as fun. There are a lot of functional – not fashionable – options for snow boots on the shoe market today, but finding a pair with function and fashion can be discouraging. Many times we just give up and get the same boring, clunky, furry pair that have been around forever. Be different this winter, and purchase a pair of snow boots that have style and keep your feet warm and dry on those blustery winter days.

Houser Shoes has a great selection of functional and fashionable women’s winter boots. However, it’s Sorel’s Joan of Arctic Boots that steal the spotlight this season. Cute and stylish, they protect your feet from the snow and cold, winter weather. They also are spectacular holiday gifts! The Joan of Arctic line comes in many different styles:

 

Joan of Arctic

The classic Joan of Arctic is ideal for snowy days. With suede uppers, a waterproof vulcanized rubber shell, and a faux fur cuff, this functional boot is guaranteed to keep your feet warm and cozy without sacrificing style, and comes in a variety of colors!

 

Wedge II

Take on the world in these 3 inch wedge booties! Made with waterproof full-grain leather and featuring a removable EVA footbed, these shoes transition well from the office to the street.

 

 

 

Wedge II Shearling

This ultra-cute bootie has the same features as the Wedge II, but with an added microfleece lining and genuine shearling trim. Imagine a pair of these nestled underneath your tree on Christmas morning to surprise your loved one with! 

 

Wedge II Tall

Walk tall in these sleek knee high boots! Great traction, ash brown full-grain leather and oiled suede upper, and a 13 ¼ inch shaft height make you stand out from the crowd. These are perfect for when you want a bit of sass in your stride, and a more stable 3 inch heel in winter weather. The embossed Sorel logo on the back of the calf make these boots look even more sharp.

 

Wedge II Chelsea

If a bootie that’s a little more tame is closer to your style, look no further than the classy Chelsea! Stretch goring ensures a secure fit. These are perfect to kick back and relax in at casual holiday gatherings.

 

 

This year don’t settle for the typical boring snow boot. Instead, buy a pair of winter weather boots that are not only functional, but are fashionable, fun and comfortable as well. Check out the Houser Shoes selection of Sorel boots at http://www.housershoes.com/

Just in Time for the Holidays: The Return of Boot Season

Everyone gets excited about fall for a different set of reasons. Some people can’t wait to revisit their addiction to pumpkin spice lattes. Others start planning their Halloween (or even their Thanksgiving) the minute the first leaves start to fall from the trees. We look forward to cooler temperatures, cozy sweaters, and electric blankets, above all else.

However, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t get excited about the return of boot season, and with good reason. Here we’ll take a closer look at boots as must-have fall wardrobe staples, explore some of the most exciting boot trends of 2016, and discuss how you can choose the right boot for yourself.

3 Great Reasons to Wear Boots

Not all footwear is created equally. Boots really do bring quite a few unique benefits to the table that other shoes can’t quite match. Let us count the ways!

  1. Boots look good on everyone

The right boot can take anyone’s fall look from “meh” to “wow” in a heartbeat! They look equally fantastic on men and women; and they’re adorable on children. They add polish and panache to absolutely any outfit. Plus, the sheer variety of styles out there today means there’s a boot just right for every lifestyle, personality, and setting.

  1. Boots are versatile

Tennis shoes, pumps, and loafers tend to have a time and place when it comes to appropriateness. Boots, on the other hand, can be worn anytime and anywhere! The right pair of boots can be professional enough for the office, stylish enough for a night out on the town, and comfortable enough for weekend wear. They can also be worn with jeans and slacks, just as easily as they can be worn with dresses and skirts.

  1. Boots are as practical as they are stylish

With a solid collection of boots in your corner, you never have to choose between style and comfort because they bring both to the table! When the temperature drops in the fall and throughout the winter, you can count on a solid pair of boots to keep your feet warm, cozy, dry, and protected from the elements. However, they’re also classy enough to upgrade any outfit up a notch or two when it comes to actual style.

Adding even a couple of pairs of boots to your fall wardrobe will really open up your options when it comes to the looks you can create. Short or tall, casual and comfortable, or sleek and fashionable, boots are the perfect footwear solution to so many fashion problems.

What’s Trendy in Men’s Boots

It’s a common misconception that a man’s boot options start and stop at work boots or motorcycle boots. Today’s men are as interested in style and self-expression as women are, and that state of affairs is reflected in the sheer number of footwear options out there today. The following are just a taste of what’s in when it comes to men’s boots this fall:

Duck Boots

When it comes to boots that are truly changing the name of the game, duck boots are right at the top of the list. To begin with, duck boots are specially designed to protect your feet from the elements. They’re waterproof and sturdy, so they’re perfect for people who live in regions that see a lot of rain, snow, or slush throughout the fall and winter. They also look awesome, so no worries about having to choose between function and form.

Suede Boots

Every style-conscious man looking to add a practical and attractive go-to casual shoe to their closet this fall should really take a second look at suede. It’s attractive enough for going out on the town, or to add a little extra flair to your favorite business casual look. However, suede boots are comfortable and durable enough that you’ll want to wear them on the weekends with jeans as well. Check out these suede boots for a versatile fall look you’re guaranteed to love!

Outdoor Boots

Shorts weather may be over, but it’s hardly time to hole up at home for the season! Fall is the perfect time for activities like hiking, apple picking, and festival going. However, you need footwear that’s up to the same challenges you are. This season’s outdoor boots for men are sturdy enough to survive just about any adventure, but good-looking enough to make you look and feel perfectly put together – which works for spontaneous weekend dates or outings with the family.

Cowboy Boots

Cowboy boots never really go out of style. However, this fall’s picks bring a little something new to the table. We’re loving gently distressed looks and hybrid styles that strike an appealing balance between classic cowboy boot, and practical work boot. If you’ve been fantasizing about a new pair of these types of cowboy boots for yourself, now’s the time to invest in an upgrade.

What’s Trendy in Women’s Boots

Women have a lot to look forward to when it comes to boots as well. The following are just a few of the new offerings that have us especially excited for fall:

Tall Wide Calf Boots

Modern women want it all when it comes to their fall footwear! Tall boots have been go-to choices for many years because of how versatile and stylish they are, but this season will see fashionable women everywhere going crazy for tall boots that also feature a wide calf. Wide calf styles are perfect fits for today’s athletic bodies, as well as just right for wearing over jeans, leggings, and more! Check out the elegantly chic BOC Chaldene for an option that’s every bit as comfortable and practical as it is fashionable.

Rieker Felicitas at housershoes.com

 Wild Patterns and Colors    

  Nothing cheers up a dreary day like rain boots or galoshes that feature bright pops of color, fun patterns, and cheerful designs! You’ll be seeing a lot of that this fall when it comes to women’s and children’s boots. Popular options include animal prints, jazzy chevron patterns, and bright combos like the Rieker Women’s Felicitas.

Pint-Sized Versions of Adult Styles

Not every boot trend this fall will be unique to kids. Many of the most popular offerings will be child-sized versions of the same stylish shoes mom and dad will be wearing! Children’s duck boots for little ones of all ages are a perfect example. The same goes for the cowboy boots, chukkas, and hiking boots adults will be snapping up just in time for fall. Perfect for children who really do want to dress just like their parents!

As you can see, this fall will bring plenty to the table for style-conscious children. However, all of the options available will be comfortable, sturdy, and practical enough to please their parents as well!

What to Consider When Choosing a Boot

With so many different options to choose from, it can be a challenge to put your finger on exactly which of the many styles out there would be right for you. Here are some must-know tips to ensure you’re loving your boots all season long:

Height

Whether you’re male or female, boots and shoes with a bit of a heel are going to be more flattering to your legs than options that go completely flat. It’s important to realize that there’s more to boots with heels than stilettos or platforms, though. Worried about practicality and comfort? Look for thicker heels that are easy to walk, work, play, and live in! The cowboy boots mentioned above are a perfect example of something that works well for men or women.

Lifestyle

Naturally, you’ll need to consider when and how you want to wear your boots. Fashion styles are fine for the office, for casual weekend looks, or for everyday wear. However, you’ll want to look at something tougher and more durable if you’re an active person, or if you know you’ll be facing a ton of rain or snow where you live. Look into work boots or options from manufacturers like Timberland for boots that are just as durable as they are good-looking!

Fit

Make sure you have an accurate understanding of the size you currently wear before you put your money down, especially if you’re looking to buy your boots online. This is important when it comes to any shoe, but especially so with boots. If you haven’t had your feet properly measured in a while, it’s a good idea to do so before you shop. Factors like weight loss/gain, injuries, pregnancy, and more can all change your shoe size, sometimes drastically. If you’re interested in taller boots, make sure you don’t forget to measure your calves and determine your leg dimensions as well.

Value

Boots should be more than just a convenient way to cover your feet throughout the fall and winter. You want options that are representative of a good value – affordable, to be sure, but also sturdy and indicative of solid craftsmanship. Always buy from trusted brand names that are well known for offering quality, durability, and solid design. Choose the merchant you buy from just as carefully. Always go with options that are well known for providing fantastic customer service, great value, and lots of selection when it comes to product. (Houser Shoes is a great example!)

As you can see, there’s a lot for boot lovers of all ages and from all walks of life to get excited about when it comes to footwear this fall! Which of the season’s fantastic new styles will be gracing your feet?

 




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