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.

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 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?

 




14 Signs You Need New Hiking Shoes

signs you need new hiking shoes

Over 47 million people traveled along one of the 1,100 trails recognized by the American Trails organization in the United States in 2017. Hiking can be a rewarding and exciting extracurricular activity whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro. But it’s important to start every journey with the right equipment. A quality hiking shoe is a great place to start.   Continue reading

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

Favorite Outdoor Shoes for an Active Lifestyle

With spring knocking at our doors, it’s only natural to feel the longing for the great outdoors and dream of warm, sunny days. To get the best out of your outdoor experience, you need the right gear, including the proper footwear. We’ve put together our favorite outdoor shoes for the whole family to help you achieve and maintain an active lifestyle.

Women’s Outdoor Shoes

Brooks Women’s Dyad 9 $149.97

Are you looking to get outside and start running the roads? Have a marathon on your mind? The Dyad 9 from Brooks has a new streamlined silhouette and gives you more forefoot flexibility than previous models. With a 10mm midsole drop, this shoe is perfect for runners that need extra support when running. The shoe has an engineered mesh covering it, which gives the runner structure and stretch where they need it and enhances breathability. The Dyad 9 is available in two colors: Gray-Capri and Blue-Fuchsia. Continue reading

Favorite Fall Activity: Camping Essentials

Camping Essentials

Whenever you go camping, you never know what the weather will be like. This in-between time, after summer and before winter, means it may be hot and dry one day, and cold and rainy – even snowy – the next.

You need to prepare for whatever the weather and conditions are by ensuring you have the right clothing and footwear. Packing the right boots, jackets, and other gear will make all the difference in enjoying a cozy and comfortable camping adventure or being miserable because you did not bring the proper wardrobe.

Boots and Shoes

Probably one of the most important items you need to pack is proper footwear. You will need some sturdy shoes that are suitable for the woods and hiking. You will need a pair of quality boots that will keep your feet warm and dry should the weather turn bad.

One good choice is the Sorel Ankeny Elk Stout boot for men. This footwear offers not only great protection when the weather turns cold, but it also looks great, too. The textile mesh lining will keep your feet dry and warm, while the removable molded EVA insert gives you terrific heel and arch support.

A practical yet stylish woman’s boot for camping is the b.o.c Women’s Saturn, with faux leather uppers and a plaid collar around the top. There is a rubber outsole, and the heel is about 1½ inches.

Some women prefer a mid-height boot. If you are one of them, try the b.o.c. Women’s Cybele that has chic straps and buckles, with a side zipper, that make them very easy to put on and take off. They are lightweight, too, and have a padded insole.

Hats for Outdoor Activites

Hats

If you want to stay warm, you need a hat. According to the U.S. Army field manual, you lose 40-45% of your body’s heat through your head. This makes bringing a hat along critical when you go on a camping trip. Hats also protect you from getting sunburn on your face or head.

Hats are small and easy to pack, so there is no reason why you can’t bring several with you on your trip. A ball cap is great for keeping you from getting sunburn.

When it is overcast and cold, an easy and stylish way to keep your head warm is wearing a beanie. For example, for women, the North Face Denali Thermal Beanie is a great fashion addition for camping or any cold fall day. It is lightweight and comes in pink, gray, white, or black. Reasonably priced, you can pick up a couple so that, no matter what you wear, your beanie will match it.

Gloves

Make sure that you bring a couple of pairs of gloves with you when you go camping. If it is late fall or you know that an early snow is possible, ensure you have a pair of warm, lined mittens that will keep your whole hand warm. You might want to consider something that is also waterproof.

For less harsh camping climate extremes, pack a pair of insulated suede or leather gloves. Remember, you will be camping, and you will need something that offers good protection to your hands while at the same time keeps them warm.

Fall Jackets

Sweaters and Jackets

Sweaters are very practical items to pack for any camping trip. Even in the summer, the weather can turn chilly at night. In the fall, on a nice day, a sweater will keep you warm but not encumber you while walking the trails.

You will need at least two jackets: one lightweight and one substantially heavier. During the day, you can layer your clothing, maybe a sweater and jacket, or even a hunting vest and jacket.

You need the heavier jacket for the brisker night air or for that frosty morning.

Rain Gear

Rain is part of camping. Be prepared by storing a poncho and or slicker, along with the rest of your camping gear.

Bring along a rain jacket, too, and make sure it has features such as a stow-away hood, adjustable cuffs, and drawcords to keep it snug if the wind is blowing.

Many are light enough that they can be folded when not in use.

Final Thoughts

While you may not scrimp on food or hiking gear, don’t make the mistake of forgetting to pack the right clothing. You never know when an extra pair of boots, a rain parka, a sweater, or gloves will come in handy.

 

Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Saltwater Rain Boot–Do they run True to Size?

The Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Saltwater Boot–These boots seem to run small. We would recommend ordering half a size larger.

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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.