Shoe Trends for 2018: Essential Footwear for Conquering Your Fitness Goals This Year

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If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve made at least a couple of resolutions to work toward in 2018, and the chances are excellent that they’re fitness-related. Last year, a whopping 21.4% of people who made New Year’s resolutions said they wanted to eat healthier or lose weight, making that the most popular resolution by a landslide. An additional 5.5% said they wanted to work out more often. That adds up to just over a quarter of all resolution-makers hoping for a better, healthier body in the year to come. Continue reading

Stylish Shoes for New Year’s Eve

Stylish Shoes for New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year HatWhen it comes right down to it, there are holiday celebrations—and then there’s New Year’s Eve. For most people, it’s their last big hurrah before it’s officially time to turn over a new leaf in the year to come. That means throwing (or attending) one heck of a party and making sure it really counts for something. It also means the last round of selfies, group photos, and opportunities to see or be seen in a holiday party setting for quite some time to come.

All things considered, it makes sense to want your New Year’s Eve look to really knock ‘em dead. However, finding the right dress or pantsuit is only half the battle. You need the right footwear to finish your look to perfection, as well, and not just any shoe will do. The following are just a few of the trends we’re really loving for New Year’s Eve this year, each one more wearable than the last. Which ones have your attention?

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Say It with Color

On New Year’s Eve, everyone’s more or less got the same idea when it comes to dressing up. They want to see the year out with a bang and look like a million bucks doing it. They want to be sure they stand out in a crowd as well. In other words, you’ll want to pick footwear that will help you make some noise of your own even in the middle of a huge gathering of people.

When it comes to shoes, nothing turns heads and demands attention quite like a bright color that speaks volumes without saying a word. Although which color you choose is completely up to you, you’ll definitely want to give a second thought to vibrant primary tones like canary yellow or fire engine red. Two-tone shoes are also all the rage, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box a little. It’s New Year’s Eve! If ever there’s been a time to try a larger than life color combo on for size, it’s that night.

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Embrace Festive Patterns

Patterned shoes have been very much on trend for a couple of seasons running, now, and they’re still very much “in” for winter. In other words, if you’ve been waffling on whether or not to give a particular pattern a try, you have the perfect excuse to finally take the plunge this New Year’s Eve. The more festive, colorful, and cheerful you can go, the better!

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Want to give a pattern a try, but not sure what to consider? Try integrating a touch of the tropics into your look with an option like the Behave Yourself wedge from Poetic License. You’ll look beautifully festive, but in a way that’s all your own. Plus, a comfortable wedge heel will give you all the height you’re looking for without leaving you limping in pain by the end of the evening. You’ve got a couple of different color combinations to choose from as well.

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Strut Your Stuff in Sky-High Heels

For some of us, looking like the stuff of legends on New Year’s Eve is all about height, height, and more height. It’s not hard to understand why, either. High heels are perhaps the best footwear to slip into when you’re really serious about making an impact, especially if you’re not already naturally blessed in the tallness department. Heels help sculpt your legs, refine your posture, and ensure you look like grace personified whether you’re walking to the punch bowl or boogying on the dance floor.

The key to success, here, is to choose a heel you know you can actually walk in. If you have trouble with stilettos or they just plain cramp your style, you can easily achieve the same degree of impact with a nice, high platform shoe complete with a chunky retro heel. Don’t be afraid to really kill it in a bright color if that’s your thing! Bold colors and tones are positively stunning on a really high heel.

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Look Perfect in Animal Print

leopard print high heelThere’s more than one way to make a bold statement on New Year’s Eve, and going all-out colorful is only one of them. Some fashionistas prefer to make a subtler statement that doesn’t need to be loud in order to turn every head in the room. If that sounds like you, then you’ll definitely want to consider stepping out in an animal print footwear option this season.

Animal print dress shoes like this stunning cheetah pump from My Delicious quite simply wrote the book on being subtle, bold, and sexy all at once. They definitely add a lovely hint of pizzazz to a little-black-dress-based look or a more understated ensemble for an office party. 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.

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Keep It Practical in Embellished Flats

What do you wear if you don’t want to suffer in heels and bright colors or patterns really aren’t for you? You can’t wear flat, neutral-toned shoes to a dressy occasion like a New Year’s Eve party, can you? Actually, not only can you totally wear flats for New Year’s Eve, but some of this year’s most sought-after flat options are guaranteed to score you as many compliments on your look as any pair of bright red four-inch heels.

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 and unusual the embellishment, the better.

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Turn Heads in Sexy Over-the-Knee Boots

Who says it has to be all about traditional dress shoes when it’s time to dress up? If there’s one occasion that calls for thinking outside the box and breaking the mold, it’s definitely New Year’s Eve, so anything goes. Consider slipping on a slinky pair of this season’s sleek and sexy over-the-knee boots for a show-stopping look guaranteed to have all eyes on you from the minute you arrive.

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We personally love the Zigi Soho Brock, and we’re confident you will, too. A long, lean design hugs your leg and shows off your every curve to perfection. A classically high 3 ½-inch heel combines with buttery faux suede uppers and thoughtful tie accents for a look that’s equal parts elegant and diva-like. The Zigi boot is even comfortable, thanks to a padded footbed and stretchy interiors that guarantee a perfect custom fit. Pair yours with a heart-stopping mini on New Year’s Eve, and then keep wearing them all winter long any time you want to add a little extra flair to your look.

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Look Lovely in Vintage

If you’re into party looks that are sure to get attention but are perfectly classic as well, you might want to consider going retro with your New Year’s Eve look this year. Slip into a pretty vintage dress, slick on some red lipstick, and arrange your hair in pretty pin-ups curls. Then finish your look to perfection with a pair of old-school Mary Janes, add some sparkly jewelry, and you’re all set!

Retro looks allow for plenty of room to get creative as well, so don’t feel you have to throw back to Old Hollywood starlets in order to look perfectly classy. Try matching a pair of spectators with a Katherine Hepburn-inspired pantsuit or channeling your inner flapper with plenty of fringe and dramatic makeup. Whichever direction you decide to go, honoring the glamour of yesteryear is always a smart party decision.

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Shine Diamond-Bright with Sparkle

bejeweled silver high heelA 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 exquisite Honey 2 from the footwear geniuses at Valenti Franco is a perfect example of what we mean. Elegant gemstone details cover this shoe from heel to toe, the better to make sure your every step sparkles. A 5-inch heel combines with a comfort-cushioned platform footbed to strike the perfect balance between form and function. Don’t miss your chance to add it to your most stunning holiday looks this season!

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Look Smart in Boho Booties

As beautiful as the right pair of heels or elegant dress shoes can be, there will always be those who are looking to think completely outside the box. If that sounds like you, then you might want to take a second look at some of this season’s gorgeous bohemian-inspired booties. (The women’s Lidia by L’Artiste is just one fantastic example.)

Decadent colors combine with unusual patterns, textures, and designs for booties that really work well with a lot of different party looks. Pair yours with a super-short mini or a go-go dress for a cute throwback look. Match them with a seriously slinky pair of fitted leather pants for a chic urban feel. Then, when the party’s over, keep your boho booties on heavy rotation all the way through mid-spring. They’re great ways to add color and funky style to all your favorite cool-weather looks.

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Take the Plunge with Mermaid Shoes

If you’ve noticed that an increasing number of trends seem to be ocean-inspired these days, we assure you it’s not your imagination. These days it’s all about mermaids, ocean life, and all things nautical, even now that it’s officially wintertime. The mermaid trend has made its way into some of this year’s hottest New Year’s Eve looks, as well, so it’s something you might want to consider if you’re not interested in basic black or shimmery metallics, but really want to look elegant nevertheless.

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Try adding a dash of ethereal appeal to your party look with a glittery pair of mermaid shoes like the Kitana 45 from Cape Robbin. Multi-toned sequins cover the shoe in a scale-like pattern from heel to toe. A pointed toe and sky-high 4 ¼-inch stiletto heel add a nice dose of classic appeal. Meanwhile, a comfort-cushioned footbed ensures that you’ll be able to dance the night away in absolute comfort. Perfect for pairing with an ocean-themed ensemble or for adding a sassy hit of visual appeal to an all-black look!

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Make Waves in 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.

It’s ultimately up to you how bold you want to go, but we personally like the idea of going all the way with a funky high-shine platform like the Sedona from My Delicious. Faux leather uppers in glossy rose gold catch the light and ensure all eyes are on you when it’s time to tear up the dance floor. An adjustable ankle strap and a cushioned platform footbed ensure that even sensitive feet are able to go the distance. 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!

Of course, these are just a few of the many possibilities you can consider when it comes to finishing off your ideal New Year’s Eve look. However, they’re our personal favorites, for sure. Which ones are you brave enough to rock when you ring in 2018 in style this year?

4 Reasons We Love Birkenstocks: The Perfect Shoes to Transition from Summer Festivals to Fall Adventures

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As much as we love summer, it’s hard not to be excited that fall’s just around the corner as well. After all, who doesn’t love pumpkin spice lattes, Saturdays spent apple picking, and long leisurely walks under the beautiful fall foliage? However, loving this transitional time of year is one thing. Successfully dressing for it is another. Choosing the right shoes can be especially tricky. Continue reading

Brand Spotlight: The Comfort and Style of Vionic

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Vionic’s signature tagline is “Walk, move, live.” It’s a phrase that perfectly describes the philosophy behind this brand. Those who swear by Vionic footwear love it for the way it effortlessly combines fashion with solid innovation, making it the very best of both worlds.

Here, we’ll take a closer look at the backstory of Vionic and highlight why their designs are worth your serious consideration. Continue reading

Make Time for Walking: The Benefits of a Summer Stroll

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Now that summer’s officially in full swing, it only makes sense that you’d want to spend as much time outside as possible. Relaxed backyard barbecues with family, lazy picnics with friends, and long days spent by the pool are the order of the day right now. However, there’s also a lot to be said for getting up, getting out, and doing something active.

Being active can certainly mean taking up jogging, but enjoying a little activity this summer can also be as simple as lacing up your walking shoes and taking a stroll. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of implementing a walking regime as a regular part of your summer repertoire.

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Walking helps you keep your weight in check.

Although the winter season probably has the worst time for being a time to overindulge, summer definitely comes along with its own share of challenges to your otherwise svelte figure. Think family barbecues, deep-fried carnival food, and those irresistible ballpark hot dogs! Add walking to your daily routine, and you’ll keep extra pounds at bay.

Not only is walking one of the best exercises for losing and maintaining weight, but it’s accessible to everyone. It’s easy on the joints, not to mention absolutely free to implement—no expensive gym membership or fancy equipment required! Start by adding a 20-minute stroll to your routine every day and work your way up to 30 minutes or more. At some point, you may also want to buy a pedometer and work on achieving the recommended goal of 10,000 steps per day.

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Walks can help undo the damage caused by prolonged sitting.

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably go straight from logging long hours at work to parking yourself on the couch for the better part of your evening. The average person spends a minimum of eight hours every day sitting, which can lead to a wealth of health issues, including but not limited to organ damage, bad posture, heart problems, and muscle loss.

The good news is walking can reverse a lot of the damage caused by a sedentary lifestyle, and you don’t have to do much to reap the benefits. For instance, just 3-5 minutes a day can reverse the leg artery damage caused by three hours of sitting. Even when you don’t have time for a bona fide stroll, taking the occasional quick break to walk around your workplace can work wonders.

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Walking is a great way to boost your creativity.

If you’re a creative individual, then you don’t need to be told how frustrating mind blocks can be, especially since they sneak up at the busiest times. It doesn’t help that simply buckling down and willing yourself to come up with the next great idea only seems to make things worse!

Next time you find yourself dealing with a major creative block, try stepping away from your desk and going for a short stroll around the block instead of fruitlessly staring into your computer screen waiting for inspiration to strike. Researchers have identified a link between walking and creativity. When you’re walking, your brain produces up to twice as many creative responses as it does when you are sedentary, and it continues to do so for a short time afterward. Take advantage of the warm summer weather while it’s here, and then switch to walking on a treadmill or an indoor track once it gets chilly again.

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Walking outdoors helps manage stress.

Have you ever stopped to wonder why an outdoor walk on your favorite hiking trail or through a local park is so soothing? It’s not all in your head. According to research conducted at Heriot-Watt University, a leisurely walk through a lush, green space triggers a meditative response in the human brain. The effect is particularly profound in people who are stressed out because of an emotionally traumatic event.

Plus, the very act of walking or engaging in any other type of exercise helps release feel-good endorphins into your system. The more walking you do, the greater the effects. Walking can help improve your ability to digest a meal as well, so a stroll in the park makes for the perfect lunch hour activity.

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Walking can make your commute a lot more pleasant.

Most people face a daily car commute, and it could be doing you more harm than good from a mental health standpoint. Connections have been found between a person’s psychological well-being and the amount of time they spend commuting by car—the longer the commute, the less contented people feel, overall.

Active commuting, on the other hand, has been shown to have the opposite effect. If you live close to where you work, consider walking to the office a couple of days a week. Even if you can’t walk the entire way, adding as few as 10 minutes of walking to the mix has been linked to mental and emotional benefits equivalent to an income raise or the start of a new relationship.

Don’t forget to wear proper walking shoes or cross trainers during your commute to ensure that your body has the proper support! Just put your work shoes in your bag and slip them away once you arrive.

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Walking is a great way to boost your energy levels.

Lots of people say they’d love to walk more and would definitely do it if only they weren’t so tired all the time. They assume that walking will only make them even more fatigued, but the opposite is true. Low-intensity exercise like walking can increase your energy levels by up to 20% and make you feel up to 65% less fatigued.

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That said, resist the urge to simply head for the break room for another energy drink the next time you feel a mid-afternoon slump coming on. Try taking a quick break and going for a stroll in the sunshine instead. You might be surprised at the difference it makes.

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Regular walking can help keep you from getting sick.

Nothing throws a wrench in the machine quite like a cold, so it only makes sense to do everything in your power to keep illness at bay. It just so happens that a brisk 30-45 minute walk each day delivers a powerful boost to your immune system.

Not only are regular walkers and exercisers less likely to get sick in the first place, but, when they do catch colds, they’re shorter and less severe. Plus, there’s no better time to cultivate a regular walking habit than summertime. Get started now, and your immune system will be in excellent shape by the time cold and flu season rolls around later in the year.

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Walking now can keep you young later in life.

All of us look forward to the possibility of living to a ripe old age. However, no one wants to grow older and have trouble with mobility or health problems. Add walking to your routine now, and you drastically improve your chances of staying sharp, mobile, and healthy well into old age.

Regular walking will keep your heart, lungs, joints, and muscles strong as you get older. It will make it a lot easier to maintain a healthy body weight as well. Walking even helps keep your mind active. Older adults who maintain a walking regime retain higher memory function and cognitive ability than less active peers.

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Walking as a family helps your children grow up to have good values.

The lessons you learn in childhood really do last a lifetime, so it’s important to make sure we’re teaching our little ones the right things. Walking is the perfect way to instill key values. To begin with, getting them into the habit of daily walking not only teaches them how important exercise is, but it also shows them how fun it can be. They’ll also have the opportunity to meet other people in their neighborhood. Making it a point to walk as a family helps strengthen familial bonds as well.

What’s more, going for regular walks in a natural area provides you with the perfect opportunity to teach your children about the environment and how important conservation is. Children can learn all about different plants, animals, birds, and flowers. If you’re a spiritual family, getting out in nature is a great way to open conversations about the deeper meaning of life. Outfit the littlest members of your family up with some new athletic shoes for kids and see where the journey takes you!

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Walking can make your love life better.

Lacing up those cross-trainers and hitting your favorite walking trail doesn’t just come with benefits for your cardiovascular system and body composition. There’s quite a bit of evidence to suggest it can work wonders for your intimate life as well.

Studies show that people with active lifestyles have more rewarding relationships. Regular exercise improves blood flow throughout the entire body, so it really does help your mind and body work more efficiently.

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Adding walking to your routine can even help you sleep better.

Are you one of the millions of people who has trouble getting enough good quality sleep every night? Before you hit the drug store and grab that box of sleeping pills, start walking on a regular basis and see what happens!

Walking doesn’t just help you feel more energized while you’re awake. It makes you significantly less likely to have trouble sleeping later as well. Again, it doesn’t take much to make a difference. As little as 10-15 minutes of any aerobic exercise can make insomnia a thing of the past. You also lowered your risk for developing sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

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Walking puts you in a great mood.

Lacing up your walking shoes, grabbing your water bottle, and heading out the door for a brisk stroll on a summer day is one of the easiest ways to feel fantastic. Not only does the act of walking energize the body, but the feeling of the sun on your skin really rejuvenates the soul. Walking also connects you with your surrounding community.

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It’s the perfect way to get out of your head for a little while as well, especially if you struggle with issues like depression and anxiety. People who consistently spend 200 minutes or more walking every week reported feeling significantly better emotionally, as well as feeling less confined by conditions like depression.

All things considered, walking really tops the list when it comes to fantastic activities to add to your routine this summer. Get started today and experience the difference for yourself!

Essential Gear for Spring Outdoor Activities

Essential Gear for Spring Outdoor Activitiescouple sitting on picnic blanket holding wine glassesIt’s that time of year again! Spring is officially here to stay, and summer is just around the corner. The weather is at its absolute best right now—consistently sunny and warm but not yet stiflingly hot like it will be later in the summer. What better way to make the most of conditions like that than by embracing all of your favorite outdoor activities once again?   Continue reading