Class up your casual style and keep it comfortable with a pair of our unlined Alden Chukkas on the Flex Welt. These boots are made on the Leydon Last. Super soft suede feels perfect in the last warm months of summer, and also looks right at home with your fall wardrobe. Try classic Snuff Suede or get daring with Hunting Green Suede.
Need help with sizing on the Leydon last? Give our customer service team a ring at 800.850.7463 or send an e-mail to Shoemart@TheShoeMart.com.
What will you be wearing to transition into fall? Let us know in the comments section!
Our favorite thing about summer in New England? The effortless styles of Alden shoes that come along with it!
One of our favorite summer shoes is the Alden Flex Welt Unlined Penny Loafer. Effortless, flexible, and breathable, the Alden UPL Flex Welt is perfect for warm summer months relaxing. It has the sturdy construction Alden shoes are known for along with the easy comfort of genuine flex welt construction.
The suede is super soft, so soft that we would actually recommend wearing these shoes without socks! And since they’re super easy to slip on and off, you’ll have more time to enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends.
Are you going sockless in your Alden shoes this summer?
The Minnetonka MoccasinNewport Moc has arrived at TheShoeMart! In fun spring colors like Mint and Melon, as well as in great neutral shades, the Newport Moc is a sporty twist on the classic Minnetonka Kilty moc.
So how should you wear this comfy classic moc with a new athletic inspired sole? We have a few suggestions below!
This Minnetonka style uses this season’s popular taupe color paired with a spring favorite, Mint, for a pop of color that is decidedly spring. Keep windy weather at bay with a chic, light trench in a neutral color, highlighting your awesome mocs.
It’s the start of the 2016 hiking season, and we’re celebrating with our favorite hiking shoe–the Merrell Moab. So what’s in a good hiking shoe? We’ll tell you all about it and how the Moab measures up below.
What to Look for in a pair of hiking shoes:
Breathability: You want a pair of shoes that you can spend a lot time in without overheating or creating a swampy, sweaty and uncomfortable environment for your feet–especially in the summer.
Water Protection: Depending on where you’re hiking, you can encounter wetlands, mud, or various bodies of water. Water-resistant or waterproof hiking shoes are great for tackling wet terrain and won’t hold you back if it rains.
Long-lasting comfort – Make sure that your hiking shoes are comfortable not just when you put them on, but also at the end of your hike.
Rugged outsole – you want an outsole that is going to hold grip in uneven terrain. Skip the road running shoes and look for something with a lugged outsole.
1. Great breathability thanks to uppers with just enough mesh to get air to your feet.
2. Depending on the style, the Merrell Moab series can have a combination of water-resistant or waterproof technologies, including: waterproof leather or synthetic material on the uppers, a GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane, or Merrell M Select™ DRY technology.
3. An air cushion in the heel, CMEVA cushion footframe, and odor control technologies offer long-lasting comfort on your hike.
4. A rugged, durable Vibram outsole has 5mm lugs and is ready to tackle tough terrain.
We’re celebrating the 2016 Hiking Season with the Merrell Moab, the number one hiking boot!
We want to get you outside and into nature, so today we’re sharing some of our favorite tips and tricks for those getting out for the first time (and even some for the seasoned hiker!).
Protect Yourself from the Sun!
This especially goes out to those of us that aren’t used to spending long hours outdoors. Save your skin with 30+ SPF sunscreen and don’t forget your sunglasses! Protect your eyes from the sun and take it all the sights with a pair that blocks 100% of UV Rays.
There’s a reason for the scout motto. You want to be prepared for the worst case scenario so that you don’t end up in serious danger.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the hyped up tech and gear out there, but it’s really best to keep it simple. If it’s your first hike, you probably won’t need a high-altitude expedition tent or $600 waterproof binoculars. You’ll have a lot more fun and a lighter pack if you take only what you need.
Invest in a Headlamp
This is a classic piece of gear that you’ll truly appreciate if your hiking adventure involves dark places or later hours. Headlamps are hands-free and often have long-lasting batteries. Plus, a headlamp strapped to a gallon jug of water makes an instant tent lantern!
Pack an Essential First Aid Kit
A large clunky first aid kit isn’t helpful if you can’t take it with you. Make a small kit with just the essentials for your hike. You can buy a pre-made kit or pack your own. Don’t forget personal medications, pain, itch, or allergy relief, and santizing agents.
Don’t Ditch The Map or Compass
Just because you bought a fancy GPS or have GPS in your smartphone does not mean that you can toss the Map and Compass. Remember your last road trip when your GPS thought you were in the middle of the ocean? Plus, GPS takes up a lot of battery and you don’t want to wind up stranded.
Be Aware (and Beware!) of Wildlife
If you’re going hiking in a less-populated area, be sure to speak with a local wilderness expert or an authority about the wildlife in the area–or do a quick Google search(and be sure to fact-check!). You want to know how to avoid dangerous animals and what to do if you encounter one. It also helps to know your poisonous plants.
Mind Your Manners!
You are likely to run into other humans on your hikes. Be pleasant and considerate, alert others of your presence with a friendly greeting–and know when to yield the trail. Need to brush up on your manners? We like this Hiking Trail Etiquette guide from HikingDude.
Save the Phone for Emergencies.
Turn it off, and put it in your pack. Not only will you be more alert to potential dangers, but you’ll also be able to spend a lot more time enjoying nature. Plus, it’s rude to be talking loudly on the phone or not paying attention when there are other hikers trying to enjoy the outdoors.
It’s nice to get out of dodge and get some fresh air. If you forget something, don’t let it ruin your hike. Part of the fun of hiking is the challenge.