As Mother Nature continues to stretch, unfurling her vibrant greenery and fully coming into bloom, many outdoor enthusiasts are lacing up their boots and heading outside to shake off their cabin fever from the long winter. Nothing beats a satisfying hike through the forest, admiring the flora and fauna, and encountering a breathtaking mountain view at the end of the trail. In order to fully enjoy a trek off the beaten path, one needs the right pair of shoes. Blisters, scrunched toes, and sore feet are the last thing anyone wants to suffer through when journeying for miles in the wilderness.
During the hunt for the perfect hiking boots, some may be surprised to find that there's a much wider variety of outdoor footwear than they anticipated. Leather or synthetic, midsole material, and cuts? How does one even know where to begin? If you're stumped on which features are best suited for your trailblazing needs, don't fret! Allow us to help clear up any confusion so that you can find the best hiking boots that will be your "sole mate."
HIKING FOOTWEAR TYPES
The first step in deciding on hiking footwear is determining what purpose your shoes will serve, and what terrain you'll encounter on your journeys. A plethora of hiking boots for women and men are available. Trail running shoes are specifically for lighter walks or runs on maintained trails. Hiking shoes are a hybrid between trail running shoes and hiking boots, and are often used for lighter hikes, are more flexible, and have a low cut. Day hiking boots have higher cuts, and are ideal for lighter backpacking ventures and day trips. Backpacking boots offer more support and durability than day hiking boots, and are intended for heavy loads on backpacking trips. Last but not least, mountaineering boots are the only choice for the toughest, roughest, rockiest of terrain. If you plan on walking across ice, be sure to also check for their crampon compatibility.
The cut of the boot is catered to the type of adventures you'll be having. Low cuts should only be used on smooth, maintained trails, and is ideal for light hikes or runs. Mid cuts offer more ankle support and improved balance. Twisted ankles are one of the number one things you'll want to avoid on rougher trails, so in those instances a high cut boot is a must.
How many times have you worn boots that rub and cut into your ankles? It's not a pleasant experience. For hiking, it's essential to have a boot with a padded collar. The padding prevents your ankles from being rubbed raw by the shaft of your shoes. Comfort isn't the only advantage: they also help with ankle support, as well as abrasion protection from obstacles low to the ground that may bump or scrape against you during your adventures.
If you plan on trekking through streams or will encounter rain or snow on the trail, a water resistant upper is a must. Full-grain and nubuck leathers, and some synthetics offer excellent protection against wet elements. Look for any shoe labeled with a waterproof membrane such as Gore-Tex, as featured in The North Face Men's Hedgehog Fastpack. If you require more breathability and won't encounter any moisture, split-grain leather, mesh, nylon, and more man-made materials are the way to go. There are also vegan options for the most eco-friendly adventurer.
Comfortable, but sturdy, cushioning can mean the difference between misery and bliss. Few things are worse than being stuck on a week-long hiking trek with aching feet. The stiffer the midsole, the greater the stability when it comes to walking over rocks and other hard, uneven surfaces. EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), comes in varying densities for different levels of support. It's more affordable and offers more cushioning. Our favorite is the Merrell Women's Agility Synthesis Flex. In contrast, Polyurethane midsoles are more firm, durable, and ideal for backpacking and mountaineering.
If the uppers are the meat of a hiking boot, the outsoles are the potatoes. It's essential to have good traction while journeying through the wilderness, so the right lug pattern depending on your terrain is required. Wide spacing between lugs keep mud from sticking to your soles, as well as offer great traction. Thick, deep lugs improve grip, and are used mostly with mountaineering and backpacking. Rubber is a staple in outsole construction when it comes to hiking boots, but can vary in stiffness when other elements such as carbon are added in order to improve durability.
Don't forget to protect your little piggies! Moderate toe protection is suitable for lighter, smoother terrain. It offers more flexibility and less weight, and is ideal for trail runners. For rougher landscapes where you're more apt to stub your toe on tree roots, a bigger toe cap is ideal. Another advantage is that more toe protection also can help your hiking boots last much longer through wear and tear.
Additionally, you may need to buy orthotic insoles for better arch support and comfort. Be sure to bring them along when trying on new boots to ensure that the shoes fit properly, as well as the hiking socks that you'll be wearing with them. Since your feet tend to swell, the best time to try on shoes to make sure they're not too tight is at the end of the day. This will make sure your feet stay comfortable, and that your shoes won't restrict your circulation during hikes. Mens hiking boots especially have several width options to help better achieve a correct fit. As with any new shoe, your new hiking boots will require some breaking in, so be sure to only stick to a few shorter hikes, or wear them around the house and while running errands at first. Once you've found your hiking boot Holy Grail and become accustomed to wearing them, you'll be ready to conquer any trail that comes your way!
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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 uber 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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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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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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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.
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:
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 1/4 " heel. These pair best with a billowy maxi dress and wide brim sun hat.
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!
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.
A stylish choice for weekend brunch with the girls or while window shopping in a quaint, seaside town. The Vera offers a lower 1 1/2 " 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.
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!
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.
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!
CORAL IS IN!
The official Pantone color of 2019 is Living Coral. Bright and attention grabbing, anything you wear in this shade will make every head turn when you walk into the room. Boldly go forth into the New Year, be on trend when the clock strikes midnight, and wear it proudly and with flair!
MAKE A STATEMENT WITH BOLD EARRINGS
Play up that little black dress with a colorful, fun pair of earrings. We especially love ones that dangle. Tassels, chandeliers, and pom-poms--the possibilities are endless!
Animal prints are coming back in a big way in 2019! Dress shoes like this chic leopard print bootie from Pierre Dumas give off a cool, rock star vibe. They definitely add pizzazz to an all or mostly black look, especially with skinny black slacks, a button-up shirt, and a long, colorful scarf draped around your neck like you're a band member of Aerosmith. 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. Bonus points for wearing leopard or zebra print in bright, colorful hues; also a hot trend this coming year.
If vintage vibes, 1920's-themed parties, or Victorian looks are more your thing, there are numerous shoe options! Comfortiva's Angelique and the Bewitch by L'Artiste are only but a couple of options if you love a look from yesteryear.
Elegant yet edgy, look like a boss in a jumpsuit this New Year's Eve. A pair of high heels compliments them perfectly!
The one shoulder trend is also in the forecast for 2019, so accessorize that bare arm with a dainty bracelet, or a gold wristwatch to countdown 'til midnight.
What do you wear if you don't want to suffer in heels? Flats! Metallics are always in for New Year's Eve, and you can't go wrong with gold! The Maloree by Comfortiva is a perfect option for your party ensemble. However, if you'd prefer something more subtle, neutrals can also be worn. 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 the embellishment, the better.
MAKE A STATEMENT WITH 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. 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!
A 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 Silver 4 by Valenti Franco is a sparkly slingback heel that will definitely make a statement with a slinky evening gown. Don't miss your chance to add it to your most stunning holiday looks this season!
These options are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rocking out New Year's Eve in style. What will you be wearing when you ring in 2019?
Most of us usually love shopping for 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. Many times we just give up and get the same boring, clunky, furry pair that have been around forever. Be different this winter, and purchase a pair of snow boots that have style and keep your feet warm and dry on those blustery winter days.
Houser Shoes has a great selection of functional and fashionable women's winter boots. However, it's Sorel's Joan of Arctic Boots that steal the spotlight this season. Cute and stylish, they protect your feet from the snow and cold, winter weather. They also are spectacular holiday gifts! The Joan of Arctic line comes in many different styles:
Joan of Arctic
The classic Joan of Arctic is ideal for snowy days. With suede uppers, a waterproof vulcanized rubber shell, and a faux fur cuff, this functional boot is guaranteed to keep your feet warm and cozy without sacrificing style, and comes in a variety of colors!
Take on the world in these 3 inch wedge booties! Made with waterproof full-grain leather and featuring a removable EVA footbed, these shoes transition well from the office to the street.
Wedge II Shearling
This ultra-cute bootie has the same features as the Wedge II, but with an added microfleece lining and genuine shearling trim. Imagine a pair of these nestled underneath your tree on Christmas morning to surprise your loved one with!
Wedge II Tall
Walk tall in these sleek knee high boots! Great traction, ash brown full-grain leather and oiled suede upper, and a 13 1/4 inch shaft height make you stand out from the crowd. These are perfect for when you want a bit of sass in your stride, and a more stable 3 inch heel in winter weather. The embossed Sorel logo on the back of the calf make these boots look even more sharp.
Wedge II Chelsea
If a bootie that's a little more tame is closer to your style, look no further than the classy Chelsea! Stretch goring ensures a secure fit. These are perfect to kick back and relax in at casual holiday gatherings.
This year don't settle for 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 the Houser Shoes selection of Sorel boots at /
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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 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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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?
If your ideal way to spend a typical fall day involves a morning jog, an afternoon spent at the gym, or a nice long hike on your favorite trail, then you're in excellent company. People these days see fitness as a fun lifestyle, an enjoyable part of any full life.
Even so, loving fitness is one thing. Finding fitness looks that are as wearable and attractive as they are functional is a completely different challenge. Here we'll take a closer look at what's hot in athletic looks this fall, the better to help you find the perfect ensemble for your fabulously fit fall.
The Benefits of Finding the Right Athletic Look
While it might be tempting to simply assume that it doesn't matter what you wear to the gym or to go running, there are quite a few benefits to giving some real thought to your go-to athletic look. Let us count the ways:
You already know what a major confidence booster the right outfit can be when it comes to any other area of your life. Wearing athletic attire that you look and feel awesome in boosts your confidence in the gym as well. People who like what they wear to work out tend to work out harder and longer, as well as enjoy their workouts more.
Athletic wear that represents the correct choice for what you're doing can help you get more out of your workouts. Take your morning run, for instance. A breathable shirt designed to wick moisture away from your body will be a lot more comfortable to run in than anything else. You'll be less likely to overheat or become uncomfortable and will perform better as a result. Your choice in footwear is even more important.
You wouldn't dream of wearing "just anything" to the office or to go out with your friends. It only makes sense to see what you wear to the gym in the same light, right?
What's Hot in Athletic Looks This Fall
This fall's hottest athletic looks aren't just functional. They're fabulous as well. The following are just a few of the trends you'll want to keep an eye on and add to your closet this season:
There's athletic wear, and then there's athletic wear that can take you from your activity of choice straight through the rest of your day. Baseball tees made from breathable, comfortable cotton are perfect for playing softball or baseball in. However, they're good looking enough to wear with jeans or as part of other casual looks. Just check out this adorable baseball tee from Lovely Souls.
While neutrals like black, white, or gray will always be top choices when it comes to athletic wear, this fall will see more people embracing bright primary colors with open arms. This is the case in regards to everything from tennis shoes like these women's Chuck Taylors in bright, cheerful red, and multicolored asics to hoodies like this juicy men's hoodie from North Face. Choose a few key pieces and mix with your black staples to create brilliant pops of color that will have you turning heads for sure.
Athletic Slip-On Shoes
Speaking of athletic wear that does great double duty as an everyday wear item, athletic slip-ons like this women's slip-on walker from Skechers are all the rage as well. Such alternatives to standard athletic shoes aren't just a great pick for fitness walks or aerobics class. They're just right for active dates, long days running errands, and even working on your feet.
Of course these are just a few of the many fun, vibrant athletic looks that you'll be seeing more and more of this season. Browse our extensive selection of fitness wear, shoes, and accessories for even more great ideas on how to jazz up your athletic wardrobe this fall.
When it comes to fall, there's definitely a lot to love. The oppressively hot temperatures of summer are officially over, but the bitter chill of winter is still a long way off. Mother Nature is at her best, brightest, and most beautiful. Cheerful, meaningful holiday get-togethers are right around the corner as well.
Getting excited about everything fall brings to the table couldn't be easier, but dressing appropriately for it can be challenging, especially when it comes to choosing the right fall apparel and footwear.
1. Stylish Booties
No footwear screams fall quite like a sleek and sexy pair of boots. However, more transitional weather can sometimes make a pair of knee-highs feel like a little bit too much early in the season. Booties, on the other hand, provide the perfect happy medium, no matter what's on your agenda for the day.
Try pairing a trendy, quirky option like the Shazzam from L'Artiste with a funky pair of flared retro jeans for a look that's perfect for anything, from a late-season music festival to an evening stroll downtown. Suede booties in any color, height, or style are great ways to get more mileage out of your favorite warm weather dresses as well.
2. Fashionable Loafers
The classic leather loafer is another fantastic transitional shoe that never goes out of style. It's versatile enough to keep you comfortable even if the weather's unseasonably warm on a given day. However, it's also a shoe that's unmistakably associated with this time of year, so you'll always be perfectly in step with the season.
Slip into a polished pair of flat penny loafers or a stylish mid-heel option for a winning look that's perfect for school or the office. Wear them with anything from a cuffed pair of dark denim jeans to your favorite wool miniskirt. Woven or embellished options from top brands like Cole Haan are incredibly popular this season as well.
3. Comfort Clogs
If you think clogs are just for gardeners and nurses, it's time to think again. Thanks to top brands like Dansko, Alegria, and BOC, clogs are so much more than a go-to option for people that spend a lot of time on their feet. They're stylish, fashion-forward options fit for even the chicest fashion plates.
Pair a patterned leather clog like the Peggy from BOC with jeans, a long skirt, or your favorite pair of slacks for a lovely all-weather look that's just as appropriate for a rainy day as it is a mild night in. Slip-proof outsoles provide reliable traction even if the weather turns unexpectedly damp. Pretty patterns and unusual colors ensure there's a comfort clog that's just right for any look you might want to try on for size this season.
4. Ballet Flats
It's not yet cold enough to wear boots every day. However, it's also officially way too cold to wear the sandals you lived in all summer. Ballet flats provide an ideal mid-season solution for a wide variety of occasions. They're open enough that your feet still feel free and comfortable to wear, even if the sun's out. However, they also provide the coverage you just can't live without this time of year.
Try slipping into a versatile pair of flats to your collection. Comfort footbeds and a flat design keep you comfortable even if you'll be spending a lot of time on your feet. Smooth, synthetic suede provides an elegant finish that's perfect for dressy and casual occasions alike.
5. Vintage Stacked Heels
As touched on above, sandals and open toes shoes are perfect for spring and summer months. However, an open-design vintage Mary Jane with a stacked heel is perfect for fall.
Look for styles in distressed leather that feature warm, fall neutral tones and thoughtful touches like punch-out patterns over the toe box. They're a great way to keep your feet cool and comfortable during the early fall months. Pair with anything, from your favorite pant suit for the office to a breezy fall floral dress for date night. You'll be stylishly on point all season long!