“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”-Edith Sitwell. What better way to complement home, than to walk around in it with the first pair of house shoes ever made for royalty directly from London, loafers! This popular and ever so versatile slip-on has evolved over time and adapted to many different era’s.
This style shoe is great for many different occasions. From work to leisure and school to business, whatever the choice, loafers will keep the comfort in your step. In the 1930’s, G.H. Bass started making loafers under the name Weejuns (seeing as how this style originated in Norway). He made his style loafer with a distinctive addition, a strip of leather across the saddle with a diamond cut-out. In the mid 1950’s other influences brought a more elegant image to the light, such as lower cuts. In America and some European countries, the loafer takes a more general use as a casual and informal shoe. But for more formal situations, lace-ups are very much preferred.
Worn by women, men and even children, loafers have been and will be around with style and comfort for a very long time. This style shoe is owned by many different name brands. G.H. Bass is a more sophisticated and formal style. If you are looking for a more leisure or homebound style, UGG, LAMO’s or even Life Stride would all be wonderful choices. At Houser Shoes, comfort is a key aspect we look at when bringing in new shoes. When it comes to loafers, this style ranks one of the highest in comfort. Come on in to Houser Shoes and we will make sure to surpass accommodating your loafing needs.
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 Historical documents do show that this style has been worn by men but for the most part Mary Jane’s, for many people, are a symbol of girlhood.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!
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!