Shoes and Boots for the Holidays


Fall and winter are finally here and it’s time to shop for the perfect seasonal shoes for all of your holiday events. As the cold weather approaches, warm and comfy shoes start making their appearance in our wardrobes and the flip flops and open toe shoes are making their way into our closets.  Fall is the best time to start transitioning into our favorite chilly weather shoes like boots or those oh so comfy fur lined slippers.  If your looking for the perfect boot to add to your wardrobe this year, Houser Shoes is a great place to start your search.  Houser Shoes has a huge selection of women’s boots this season.

Maybe your looking for cowboy boots, equestrian style boots or some comfy boots to keep your feet warm; whatever style boot your shopping for can be found at Houser Shoes.  If your interested in western style boots, Corral has many different styles and colors to choose from. The L5070 by Corral is a fun and versatile brown boot that can go with almost any outfit.  If your looking for a stylish black cowboy boot, try Corral’s A1192.  This western style boot has beautiful intricate stitching and crystals that make the shoe a great choice for a dressier look, but it can also be worn as a casual boot that looks good with jeans or leggings.  If your in the market for some comfy and warm boots or a new pair of slippers, check out UGG brand shoes.  UGG’s Classic boot is always a good choice for a cute, casual, comfy and warm boot. The Classic tall UGG in navy is an ideal boot to wear with denim or colorful skinny jeans. UGG also offers a variety of fur lined slippers which are another good choice for Fall and Winter shoes. UGG’s Ansley slipper is a versatile slipper that can be worn with jeans or around the house with your favorite pair of pj’s.

Check out Houser Shoes today to find whatever style of shoe your looking for this holiday season!


GB Shoe Warehouse Closed for Thanksgiving



Houser and GB Shoe Warehouse, a family owed business founded in 1973, believe that some things are sacred, including spending time with family and loved ones on Thanksgiving and other holidays.

The madness of the holiday shopping season has come to this: It’s no longer notable when a retailer says it will stay open on Thanksgiving Day. Instead, it’s news when one says it’s going to close.

“We profitably run our business during the remaining 358 days of the year, so we don’t have to sacrifice tradition for the sake of sales,” said Gary Houser, president of Houser Shoes.  “Our family-oriented focus has been the cornerstone of our culture since the day we opened, and that is never going to change.”

Houser and GB Shoes confirmation that it will close again this holiday stands in contrast to the recent trend of more retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving, starting the Black Friday shopping ritual before the turkey is even off the dining table.

Gary Houser  explains his decision to close, as a thank-you to his employees and respect for the customers and their families  “Vacations are precious, our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families,” states Gary Houser, “nothing more complicated than that. If you treat consumers with respect and treat employees with respect, good things will happen for you.”

Currently, there are approximately 150 people employed with Houser Shoes. Houser Shoes, GB Shoe Warehouse, and GB Shoes form a ten-store operation that is one of the Southeast’s largest independent retailers. The company is still owned and operated by Gary Houser. Houser Shoes and GB Shoe Warehouse  is a small company that believes in making  people feel special. Gary Houser realizes that his staff is the backbone of the company’s  existence, and that the customers have faces and names, and not just numbers. Gary Houser has always kept the same philosophy in mind – that customers are the most important people in any business.

Find Your Perfect Hiking Boot

For those of you who enjoy hiking, finding the right pair of boots for your journeys can be very challenging.  Eventually every sole of every boot will wear thin, the stitching will come undone and even the best of leathers on the most reliable boots will crack and need to be replaced.  Hiking boots are all replaceable, however your feet are with you for life, so take care of them while you can by wearing the right boot for your hiking experiences. When shopping for hiking boots some important things to consider are boot material, the exterior sole, shank and the cuff of the shoe.  The best materials for hiking boots are breathable water resistant/waterproof fabrics or leather.  Fabrics that tear easily or that are not water resistant/waterproof should be avoided.  Leather boots are great because of their durability and they protect your feet for longer periods of time.  The exterior sole of a boot should bend slightly and flex naturally.  The men’s and women’s Keen Koven WP are hiking boots with a mulit- directional exterior sole that is the perfect boot for rugged rocky trails and rugged terrain. This boot is comfortable, durable and will protect your feet on any hiking trip.  Also, the tread on the Keen Koven WP gives you good traction but won’t retain mud and rocks which cause buildup and add weight to the shoe.  The shanks of a boot are thick inserts sandwiched between a boots midsole and outsole and add load-bearing stiffness to the midsole.  Most shanks are made of lightweight nylon or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Shanks vary in size; some cover the entire length of the boot.  The best way to test the shank of the shoe is by bending your foot in half.  If the shoe doesn’t bend much or it only bends at a certain spot, that is how long the shank is.  The cuffs of hiking boots are the sections of fabric that fit around the ankle.  The most important thing to look for in a cuff is that it doesn’t rub your ankle.  If the cuff is too tight or too lose, it can rub up and down causing friction and ultimately cause your ankles and feet pain.

Some good brands to consider when shopping for hiking boots are Keen Boots, Merrell hiking boots and Anuh. Each of these brands offer many different styles and colors of hiking boots for both men and women. Merrell’s Moab Ventilator is a great hiking boot available for both men and women and is perfect for various types of hiking trails. Check out Keen’s Koven hiking boots and the Targhee II boots.  Both style of boots are also available for men and women and are versatile, comfortable and durable hiking boots.

When shopping for hiking boots all of these factors should be taken into consideration in order to to help best choose the right boot for your feet.  Also keep in mind what type of hiking you will be doing and get a boot that meets your hiking trail needs.  Check out Houser Shoes great selection of men’s and women’s hiking boots and find the perfect pair of boots for you today.



Snow Boots: For Function, Fashion and Fun!


Most of us usually love shopping for Fall and 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 and many times we just give up and get the same boring clunky, furry pair that have been around forever and so many people have.  Be different this winter and purchase a pair of snow boots that have style and keep your feet warm and dry on those blistery winter days.

Houser Shoes has a great selection of functional and fashionable women’s winter boots. The North Face Women’s Micro Baffle Shiny Black boot or the Frye Boots and the Micro Baffle Moonlight are super cute boots that are cozy, comfortable and fashionable.  Dansko’s Cynthia black and brown boots, or the women’s Orellen Chestnut boot by UGG  and Sorel’s Joan of Arctic Boots are also cute stylish boots that protect your feet from the snow and cold weather that comes every winter.  This year don’t settle on 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 Houser Shoes selection of men’s and women’s snow boots today. DanskoThe North Face, Sorel and UGG brands available at