6 Style Tips for Flatform Sandals

Flatforms When the subject of warm weather footwear comes up, women’s sandals usually come to mind first and foremost. From simple constructions in earth tone leathers, to more elaborate and colorful designs in synthetic textiles, this popular shoe style has gone through many evolutions over the centuries. Loved by hippies and hikers alike, the sandal also has a foothold in the fashion industry. Sandals now come in heels, wedges, and platform styles. One of the most popular and fashionable sandal styles for the spring and summer is the flatform. A fusion of platforms and flats, the flatform sandal has a very thick sole to add uniform height, keeping feet level. This cute, feminine shoe pairs well with almost any warm weather ensemble. However, some may find it a challenge to style their outfits around them. If you’re intimidated by the thought of figuring out which shorts look best with flatform sandals, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few style tips to help you piece together the perfect outfit so you’ll be paparazzi ready:

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Colorful Clothing

1.) Add a Pop of Color

If you’re wearing an all white or all black outfit, consider wearing flatforms with bright colors to add visual interest. Try cheerful yellow or fire engine red flatforms with black capris, for example. Likewise, you can also reverse and wear a colorful outfit, and break it up with basic shoe colors in black, white, brown, or neutrals. This play on colors will make you stand out from the crowd and look über chic.

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2.) Keep It Above the Ankle

Whether you’re rocking shorts, skinny jeans, or a mini skirt, keeping your bottoms above the ankle not only makes it easier to show off your flatforms; it also makes your ensemble look more polished. Flatforms look just as good with cut-offs as they do with Bermuda shorts. If you wear a maxi dress, it’s essential that the hem is short enough for easy viewing of your fabulous shoes; plus it reduces the tripping hazard!

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Accessories

3.) Accessorize

Any fashionista knows that accessories can add that extra special touch to the perfect outfit. If your sandals don’t have any ankle straps that would get in the way, consider a bit of a boho touch with an ankle bracelet. Depending on the style of your ensemble, you can add a beachy vibe with puka shells, or a bit of bling for a fancier touch. A dainty toe ring also adds a fun little surprise and can be used with any style of flatform. Don’t forget a layered necklace and some shades!

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4.) Texture

Playing with different patterns and textures can also add another fun element. Some flatform sandals have textured soles with braided rope, cork, and even stripes of color. You can use the texture and color of your shoes as a guide to assemble your outfits. Think slacks with a black and white houndstooth pattern, a plain white blouse, and shoes with a rope sole. A suede mini skirt and cork sole sandals is another good combination. Or, how about some polka dot flatforms with a linen dress? The possibilities are endless!

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Layers of Clothing

5.) Layers Upon Layers

If there’s a slight breeze in the air, consider a layered outfit with your sandals. A kimono with cut-off shorts and a slightly loose-fitting top can further play up the look of flatforms in a carefree way. In sharp contrast, a slim black pantsuit and blazer adds a more business casual flair. In some cases, even wearing socks can be pulled off! Try that with a comfy t-shirt or tank tucked into loose-fitting shorts, and top it off with a light jacket or cardigan.

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6.) Don’t Forget Your Toenails!

Remember that pop of color we mentioned earlier? You can also accomplish the same effect with nail polish if you prefer. Neutral shoe colors make it easier to style your wardrobe, leaving plenty of room for brightly painted nails. Regardless, keeping your toes in tip-top shape is essential while wearing any sandal. Whether you do it yourself or go to a nail salon, be sure to keep a regular mani-pedi schedule so your feet look pretty and smooth for showing off.

These are but a few secrets to help you get started so you can boldly go forth into the season and conquer this fashion challenge. However, don’t be afraid to try something completely new. Your style is your own, so experimenting with something a few may consider “off the wall” is part of the adventure of being creative. Once you get the hang of pairing them together with the perfect outfits, the flatform sandal is sure to become one of your most favorite styles for the spring and summer.

Springing Forward with Dansko Shoes

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Since 1990, Dansko has been providing working professionals with its legendary comfortable clogs. From nurses to waitresses, the brand has gained a cult following in the footwear industry. Their shoes have ensured that the working class could stay on their feet during entire shifts without pain and fatigue.­ Over time, Dansko began expanding into a wide range of styles. The company even provides a variety of men’s shoes. With spring in full swing, most people are itching to freshen up their wardrobe with the latest trends catering to warmer weather. Not one to be left behind, Dansko has released its own collection of spring shoes to keep your feet stylin’ and profilin’ this season. Here’s a few of our brand new favorites in shoes for women:

 

Dansko Women's Selina

SELINA WEDGE

For a sassy, strappy wedge sandal for strolls on the boardwalk, look no further than the Selina. An adjustable ankle strap ensures a secure fit. The shock absorbing cork midsole and molded memory foam footbed ensured comfort, even with a 2 ¼” heel. These pair best with a billowy maxi dress and wide brim sun hat.

Dansko Women's Anna

ANNA HEELED SANDAL

Block heels are in! This stylish sandal stands out from the crowd with decorative buckles, and stain protected leather uppers. The footbed features dual density EVA memory foam cushioning for all-day comfort. Imagine sashaying on the dance floor in these at your friend’s wedding reception, and being the envy of the entire guest list!

 

Dansko Women's Lou Burnished Calf

LOU WEDGE SANDAL

What better way to make an entrance than in a flashy wedge? Burnished leather uppers contrast well with brushed metal buckles. The microfiber sockling features Aegis Microbe Shield odor control technology, and the memory foam footbed and shock-absorbing PU wedge reduce fatigue.

Dansko Women's Vera

VERA PEEP TOE SANDAL

A stylish choice for weekend brunch with the girls or while window shopping in a quaint, seaside town. The Vera offers a lower 1 ½” heel for additional comfort, along with a foam footbed and underfoot suede sockling. These are a great alternative to those who want the style of a wedge, but have difficulty walking in higher heels.

 

 Dansko Women's Xp 2.0XP 2.0 CLOG

The ever-popular Pro XP has gotten an upgrade! This version still features the slim silhouette, rocker bottom, and slip-resistant sole as the previous model. Improvements include a lighter EVA midsole to further reduce the weight of the clog. The removable memory foam footbed has been improved with Dansko Natural Arch technology, a TPU arch stabilizer for increased arch support. It’s a perfect choice for those colder, rainy spring days that require you to keep your toes warm and dry.

These are but a few of the varieties that are hot for Spring 2019. While coral and mango are the “in” colors this season, classic black is almost always available in most of these women’s styles as well. With so many Dansko’s to choose from, there’s a spring shoe for everyone!

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

Gift Guide for Mother’s Day

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Looks like it’s that time of year again! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s officially time to start thinking about how we’re going to make it special for our own irreplaceable moms. Naturally, the perfect gift should be unique, stylish, useful and economical enough to fit into even a tight budget. The following options are just a few possibilities to consider. Which ones have your attention? Continue reading

Timberland Tough: Beat the Cold with These Hard-Working Shoes

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There are shoes that are fashionable and shoes that are practical. Then there are shoes that strike a perfect balance between the two—shoes like Timberlands. Founded in 1973 by boot industry veteran Nathan Swartz, the Timberland name is synonymous with concepts like toughness, reliability, and unbeatable foot support. The world-famous label also manufactures rugged clothing, outdoor gear, and even jewelry designed with active individuals in mind.

In recent years, Timberland has also become quite the fashion brand, with the likes of Rihanna, Pharrell, Karlie Kloss, Jay-Z, Khloe Kardashian, and Kanye West stepping out in the iconic footwear. That said, Timberlands are so much more than ultra-tough boots for hiking, working, or spending time outdoors. They’re incredibly stylish ways to make it through the winter in one piece as well. Let us count the ways.

1.    Timberlands can hold their own against even the worst winter weather.

If you live somewhere that sees some seriously hard winters, then you already know you can’t trust just any footwear when the temperature drops. You need something truly weatherproof that won’t leave your feet feeling like blocks of ice within minutes of stepping outside. They need to be able to stand up to heavy rain, snow, slush, sleet, and mud as well.

Timberlands are made to withstand just about any conditions, so you never have to wonder if the weather on a given day is too much for your favorite pair of boots. Just lace up your Timberlands, and you’re all set to face your day with complete confidence. Features like tough waterproof leather uppers, premium thermal insulation, fully sealed seams, and ultra-tough rubber soles have you covered!

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2.      Timberlands are ideal for spending time outdoors.

Contrary to what many people believe, you don’t have to stop enjoying your favorite outdoor activities just because bitter winter weather comes calling. With the right footwear in your corner, you can keep right on hiking, climbing, and having outdoor adventures of all types.

Timberland boots aren’t just tough. They’re the very boots some of the world’s most famous adventurers used as they made their way around the globe. If a pair of Timberlands can help the likes of Steve Irwin brave the conditions present in the Amazon or the Australian outback, you can rest easy in the knowledge that they’re up to anything the very worst winter weather in your area can throw at them.

3.      You can undertake hard work in your Timberlands.

There’s a reason why you subconsciously associate classic Timberland boots with people like lumberjacks, factory workers, ranchers, and landscapers. Timberlands may be having a fashion moment right now, but that hardly means they’re no longer the tough, rugged, reliable work boots they’ve always been.

Industrial-grade features like steel toes, spill-proof uppers, and watertight seams make Timberland the boot of choice for hard-working folks all over the world. This makes them a great option if you’re in the market for a solid work boot. They’ll help you tackle that hard winter yardwork, revamp the deck, or just about anything else you might want to do this winter! Your feet will be thoroughly protected, no matter what.

4.  Timberland is about more than just work boots.

Timberland boots

When you hear the name “Timberland,” the iconic yellow work boot is probably what comes immediately to mind, but there’s a lot more to the Timberland catalog than that. You can enjoy the same strength, durability, and hardiness in a low-profile cross-trainer style. Timberland makes loafers, oxfords, cowboy boots, and more as well. In other words, there are Timberlands out there that you can confidently pair with a suit or a nice pair of slacks.

Plus, Timberland makes shoes for the entire family. Not only can the moms and dads in hard-working families have reliable footwear to get them through the winter, but the kids can enjoy the same protection from the elements. It doesn’t exactly hurt that Timberlands are definitely shoes that can withstand the challenges from even the most rambunctious children, either.

All things considered, there are all the reasons in the world to make your go-to winter boots of choice a pair of Timberlands this year. Stylish, tough, and versatile—Timberlands are the entire package!

Frye Riding Boots: A Snapshot of an Iconic Brand

Frye Riding Boots 

There are footwear brands that have been around awhile, and then there are brands like Frye. Founded over 150 years ago in 1863, Frye is considered to be an American Heritage brand. It’s also widely recognized as one of the best and most trusted manufacturers of premium leather goods in the entire world.

All things considered, it’s not hard to see why Frye is one of the first brands that comes to mind when you picture a classic riding boot. Let’s take a closer look at this legendary footwear name, as well as explore a couple of the benefits of adding a pair of Frye riding boots to your signature wardrobe.

A Look at the History of Frye

The doors to the very first Frye shop opened in Marlboro, Massachusetts way back in 1863, more than a century and a half ago. The soon-to-be iconic brand began manufacturing its very first boot a few years later in 1888. Today, a pair of those very boots is housed at the Marlboro Historical Society, and you can still see the trademark craftsmanship, precision stitching, and exceptional quality leather that makes Frye a leader in the industry.

As the art of the boot continued to evolve over the years, Frye continued to lead the way when it came to excellent footwear manufacturing. The 1940s would see the introduction of the iconic cowboy boots Frye is still popularly known for to this day. In 1943, Frye manufactured the exceptional boots for own brave American troops during World War II. Signature Frye jet boots, harness boots, campus boots, and engineer boots would also join the growing Frye catalog as the decades continued to roll by.

All things considered, it’s not hard to see why people instantly turn to Frye when they think of exceptional boots. Today, this legendary brand continues to be a world leader when it comes to innovation, quality, integrity, and style. We personally can’t wait to see what the footwear geniuses at Frye come up with in the future!

Dark brown boot

A Quality Hard-Working People Can Trust

As you can see, Frye isn’t just any fashion footwear brand. It’s quite literally the boot worn by numerous American heroes and icons when they made history and helped shape the legacy of our country. We’re talking soldier, engineers, cowboys, builders, pioneers, and innovators of all types—the respected, hard-working people who make this country great.

That said, it’s not hard to see why Frye is the first company people turn to when they need a boot that will go the distance. You can do absolutely anything in the right pair of Frye boots. You can work in them, ride in them, and so much more without having to wonder whether they’ll hold up to the activity at hand. Thanks to ultra-durable construction, premium leather, and exceptional designs, you can rest assured that they will get you through the adventure!

Frye Boots Logo

Style That Turns Heads

Don’t make the mistake of thinking Frye boots are strictly utilitarian. These days, the choice to wear a pair of Fryes is as fashionable as it is practical, thanks to the brand’s enduring American Heritage brand status. Frye riding boots are favorites among rock stars, models, and A-list celebrities everywhere. They’re seen on fashionable feet the world over and have made regular appearances in the likes of Elle, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, and GQ as well.

What’s more, boots of all types are nothing if not trendy right now with the return of knee-high boots, booties, cowboy boots, and riding boots to the fashion spotlight. Add a pair of Frye’s versatile brown leather booties to your closet if you’re looking for a staple that goes with everything from your favorite pair of jeans to miniskirts, to cut-offs. Step into a classic pair of riding boots like the Frye Melissa for a look that’s ideal for relaxed office settings or simply being fashionable on the weekends. The possibilities are endless.

At the end of the day, the footwear brands we love and trust our lives to are the icons for a reason, and Frye is definitely no exception. Explore the exceptional, ever-growing Frye catalog for yourself today and be part of a real American legend!

Don a Pair of Dansko Shoes This Year: The Best in Supportive Footwear

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These days, people simply expect more from their footwear. It’s not enough for it to look good and be in step with the latest trends. It has to be comfortable, as well—something that supports your lifestyle no matter what might be on your agenda for the day. Dansko is one iconic name that’s truly dedicated to making exactly that type of footwear accessible to everyone.

Since Dansko was first founded in 1990, the brand itself has become synonymous with time-honored concepts like comfort, reliability, integrity, sustainability and the kind of support that meets even exacting medical standards. That said, if you only add one new pair of shoes to your closet this year, make it a pair of Dansko for the following reasons.

1. Dansko shoes make amazing options for people who work on their feet all day.

If you work on your feet, you no doubt already know that not all comfort footwear options are created equally. This is especially the case for people who work in food service, medicine, or any other profession that frequently asks people to put in long hours or double shifts. Dansko clogs are incredibly popular among doctors, nurses, and chefs because they’re shock-absorbent, supportive, and comfortable enough to get them through even grueling work days in one piece.

The sheer range and versatility of the Dansko line mean there are suitable dress options available for professionals like retail salespeople, hospitality workers, and teachers as well. Styles like the Dansko Missy don’t just feel fantastic, thanks to Dansko’s superior comfort technology. They’re stylish enough to complement any professional look.

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2. Quality and high standards are huge priorities at Dansko.

When you’re counting on your shoes to take good care of your feet, it goes without saying that quality matters. Dansko shoes aren’t just great footwear. They’re made from only the best materials and reflective of the latest innovations in support technology.

  • Dansko uppers are made from real premium-grade leather instead of the cheap synthetics used in many other shoes. Not only does real leather breathe better than the alternatives, but it naturally molds itself to the shape of your foot for a perfect fit.
  • Industrial-level thermoplastic reinforcement is used to produce extra-strong toe boxes that not enhance durability, but help protect your toes as well.
  • Dansko heel counters are specially designed to make slipping into your shoes easy. They also allow for freer heel movement while walking, as well as greater stability overall.
  • Much thought goes into the footbeds of a pair of Dansko shoes. Not only do they offer superior arch support, but leather insoles improve breathability and cushioning as well.

3. Dansko shoes meet even strict medical standards.

Dansko shoes are more than just comfortable footwear that supports your busy lifestyle. They’re endorsed by numerous doctors and medical professionals. Dansko’s signature outsoles have earned the official seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Their innovative designs have also been proven to reduce the occurrence of common annoyances like blisters and calluses.

That said, Dansko is an ideal brand to try if you need more supportive footwear. Ask your doctor for more information on how the right Dansko shoes might be able to help you take better care of your feet, knees, back, and joints.

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4. Dansko shoes fit right into even the most style-conscious wardrobes.

The footwear experts at Dansko definitely understand that it’s not enough for a shoe to be comfortable. It’s also got to fit seamlessly into your life, so it’s got to be stylish as well. One look through the ever-expansive Dansko catalog is all it takes to see that this iconic brand definitely knows a thing or two about trends.

To begin with, Dansko takes the classic clog to an entirely new level with a wealth of fantastic colors and designs. There are also cross-trainers, flats, dress shoes, and even fashion booties to choose from. Plus, every last option is as comfortable, supportive, and easy to wear as their signature clogs. Take a closer look today and find your own perfect fit!

Holiday Wish List for College Co-Eds: Best Boots from Sperry to North Face

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It’s official! We’ve made it to the point in the year when it’s not just a little nippy out, but downright cold in many parts of the United States. If you haven’t yet seen your first major snowfall or big storm of the season, it’s definitely right around the corner. That said, it pays to be prepared, especially when you’re a college co-ed without the option to simply avoid the worst of the weather. Continue reading

Favorite Keen Hiking Boots to Help You Conquer the Trail

Keen hiking boot

When you’re really serious about hiking, it goes without saying that you can’t trust your experience or your safety to just any old hiking boot. You need something sturdy and supportive that’s capable of seeing your feet through even the lengthiest days on your favorite trails. However, the option you choose naturally needs to look fantastic as well. After all, you put a lot of work into your hiking look, and your ensembles deserve the perfect finishing touch! Continue reading

Comfortable Shoes for Holiday Parties: Stylish Mules and Flats

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If sky-high heels and uncomfortable dress shoes just aren’t for you when it’s time to dress up, you’re far from alone. Not everyone wants to deal with sore feet or worry about keeping their footing after a couple of cocktails once the party du jour really gets started, right? However, you naturally don’t want to be seen as unfashionable or out of touch with the latest trends, either. Continue reading