The Merrell Moab Difference

Merrell Moab Hiking Shoes at TheShoeMart.com

Which Merrell Moab is right for me? 

In our last blog, we talked about the technologies in the Merrell Moab series that make them a great hiking shoe. We have a few different styles of Moab’s, so we’ll break down the differences to make your decision easier!

Moab Mid Waterproof

Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof

This is our most popular Moab style. The Mid Cut height offers ankle support and protection from debris.  Waterproof Leather uppers and Merrell M Select™ DRY Waterproof, mositure-wicking technology keep you dry and comfy.

 

Moab Waterproof

Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof

The Waterproof Moab has the advantages mentioned above, but instead of the added ankle support, the low cut makes this style great for travel or quick day trips. It is lightweight and fits great in your suitcase!

Moab Ventilator

Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator

The Moab Ventilator is best for warm and dry climates, with tons of breathability but enough protection against dirt and debris.

 

Moab GTX

Merrell Men's Moab GTX

GORE-TEX® is a well-known waterproof membrane that protects against water while still allowing your feet to breathe.

 

 

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What Makes A True Hiker? – Merrel Moab Features

Merrell Moab Hiking Shoes at TheShoeMart

What makes a good hiking shoe?

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.

Men's Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof

What to Look for in a pair of hiking shoes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

Features of the Merrell Moab Hiking Shoe:

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1.  Great breathability thanks to uppers with just enough mesh to get air to your feet.

 

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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.

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3. An air cushion in the heel, CMEVA cushion footframe, and odor control technologies offer long-lasting comfort on your hike.

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4. A rugged, durable Vibram outsole has 5mm lugs and is ready to tackle tough terrain.

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10 Hiking Tips for 2016

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Our Tips For Hiking

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!).

  1. Protect Yourself from the Sun!

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    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.

  2. Be Prepared!

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    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.

  3. K.I.S.S.

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    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.

  4. Invest in a Headlamp

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    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!

  5. Pack an Essential First Aid Kit

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    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.

  6. Don’t Ditch The Map or Compass

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    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.

  7. Be Aware (and Beware!) of Wildlife

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    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.

  8. Mind Your Manners!

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    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.

  9. Save the Phone for Emergencies.

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    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.

  10. Have fun!

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    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.

Want more tips? Follow us on Twitter (@TheShoeMart) and check out #TSMTips.

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Start the 2016 Hiking Season with the Merrell Moab

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We’re celebrating the 2016 Hiking Season with the Merrell Moab, the number one hiking boot!

From now through May 7th, we’ll be focusing on the outdoors. Follow us on Twitter and stay tuned to #TSMTips for hiking tips and info, and stay tuned to the blog as well! Learn more about the Merrell Moab and why it’s one of our favorite shoes for hiking!

Things to Look Forward To

Thu. April 28th – Savings Begin. Check out Merrell’s #1 Selling Hiking Boot for yourself!

Fri. April 29th – Last day to enter our Merrell Moab Giveaway on Facebook. Hiking Tips!

Sat. April 30th – Learn about what makes the Merrell Moab great here and on Twitter!

Sun. May 1 – Discover which Moab is right for you on the blog. Find some great snacks for hiking on Twitter at #TSMTips.

Mon. May 2nd – Merrell Moab Giveaway Winner Announced on Facebook. Kid-Friendly Hiking at #TSMTips on Twitter.

Tue. May 3rd – Hiking Inspiration is everywhere.

Wed. May 4th – We’ll highlight our Favorite Hiking Spots (and yours too!) 

Sat. May 7th – Don’t get left behind. Be sure to pick up a pair of Moabs and get outside!

 

 

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Merrell Moab Giveaway

Merrell Moab Giveaway : Earth Day 2016

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Happy Earth Day!

Our favorite way to connect with the earth is to get outside and enjoy nature whenever possible. We love to head out to our favorite trail on a Saturday morning and explore.

The 2016 Hiking Season is almost underway, and we’re getting ready to celebrate with the Merrell Moab! At TheShoeMart, we do our best to get to know our customers, and we want to know all about your favorite place to hike.  We’d also like to get you out there in our favorite hiking shoe, so we’re giving away a pair of Merrell Moabs!

 

How To Enter TheShoeMart’s Merrell Moab Giveaway:

  1. Find our entry post on Facebook. You can hunt it down yourself, or click here.
  2. Leave a comment on the post telling us about your favorite hiking spot.
  3. Each person who comments will receive one entry into a raffle for a pair of Merrell Moabs! (Easy, right?)
  4. Make sure you read the rules below!

Official Giveaway Rules:

  1. You must comment on the original Facebook post to enter. One entry per person. Winner will be randomly chosen from the entries.
  2. This contest is USA only.
  3. Winner can choose from the qualifying Merrell Moabs in stock when their prize is claimed. Qualifying styles:  J88623, J88623W, J87323, J88621, J86595, J86595W, J24441. (Excludes Moab Rover and Moab Polar styles)
  4. This giveaway is not sponsored, supported, organized, or connected in any way by Facebook.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to fully release Facebook from any liability.
  5. Entries will be accepted through 4/29/2016. A winner will be drawn on Monday, May 2nd.

TheShoeMart Merrell Moab Giveaway

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Dansko Clog Materials

The Dansko Professional clog is well known for its comfort and use in the workplace.  It comes in many different styles so that you can find the perfect pair to fit your everyday lifestyle.  There are so many different leathers that it can be confusing if you’re not familiar with them! We’ll break it down for you here.

Dansko Materials

 

Box Leather
Dansko Men's Professional Box

Box leather has a smooth, clean finish that can be easily cleaned. Great for hospitals and kitchens.
Best For: Work environments with wet, acidic, or greasy conditions.
Care: Use a damp soapy cloth or sponge to remove surface dirt. Do not saturate the leather. Ordinary scuff marks may be touched up with shoe polish.

 

Cabrio Leather
Dansko Men's Professional Cabrio

Cabrio leather features a black top coat that provides a high-gloss shine and dressy appeal.
Best For: Arguably the most stylish leather, made for play but suitable for work.
Care: To remove surface dirt, wipe gently with a soft, dry cloth. No other leather care products are needed.

 

Oiled Leather
Dansko Women's Professional Oiled

Oiled leather has a heavily oiled finish that creates a durable, moisture-resistance surface. This rugged leather creates a matte, textured appearence and has a quick break in.
Best For: Casual wear, okay for work. May stain more easily than Box or Cabrio leathers.
Care: To clean, rub light scuffs with finger tips. Remove stubborn dirt with damp cloth. Dansko offers an Oiled Leather Restorer made specifically to maintain oiled leather clogs. Dansko Beeswax Conditioner can be used for weatherproofing.

 

Full-Grain Leather *
Dansko Women's Jacinda - Black Full Grain Leather

Full grain leather is a smooth and water-resistant leather that does not break down in environments with wet, acidic or greasy conditions.
Best For: Everyday wear or work environments with wet, acidic, or greasy conditions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. To maintain, use matching Leather Cream.
*See finishes below for Oiled Full Grain or Milled Full Grain Leathers

 

 

Patent Leather
Dansko Women's Pro XP Patent

Patent leather is a dress leather with a polycoat finish. This finish gives the leather its high shine.
Best For: A dress clog, perfect for almost any occasion.
Care: Gently wipe surface dirt off the leather with a clean damp cloth.

 

Nappa Leather
Dansko Nappa Leather

Nappa Leather is extremely soft, supple and luxurious, great for a dressy look.
Best For: Special occasions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a soft cloth. A damp cloth may be used for a more thorough cleaning. To maintain, buff with Dansko Leather Cream and a soft clean cloth. To maintain, buff lightly with the Dansko Anytime Shoe Shine sponge.

 

Suede Leather
Dansko Women's Pamela Sandal - Taupe Jeweled Suede

Suede Leather features a soft, delicate nap.
Best For: Dress-up occasions or every day wear.
Care: Nubuck and Suede Bar and Brush to remove surface stains. For maximum water and stain protection, we recommend using Suede and Nubuck Spray immediately after purchase.

Nubuck Leather
Dansko Women's Tamara Nubuck Leather

The softest Dansko leather with a lush and silky feel.
Best For: Leisure shoes and sandals, particularly with bright, vivid colors.
Care: Wipe with a damp cloth to remove surface dirt. Use a Nubuck and Suede Bar and Brush to remove surface stains. For maximum water and stain protection, we recommend using a Suede and Nubuck Spray immediately after purchase.

 

Felt
Dansko Women's Felt Pro

Felt is a material constructed with non-woven, compressed, synthetic fibers. This material provides a warm, cozy look and feel.
Best For: Casual Wear
Care: Spot clean with a damp cloth.

 

Hair Calf
Dansko Hair Calf Leather

A soft, supple leather with calf hair.
Best For: A unique, dressy look.
Care: Spot clean with a clean damp cloth.

 

Other Finishes:

 

Antiqued
Dansko Women's Ingrid Antique Brown Oiled

Antiqued leathers usually have more color depth for an aged or polished look.
Care: Follow instructions for specific leather.

 

Burnished
Dansko Women's Tamara

Burnished full grain leather is a smooth and water-resistant leather. Burnishing is a finishing technique that creates depth with darker shades of dye/polish.
Care: Follow instructions for specific leather.

 

Crackle
Dansko Women's Olena Black Crackle

Embossed printing on full-grain leather creates the appearance of pattern or texture.
Care: Gently wipe with soft dry cloth.

 

Tooled Leather
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Tooled leather is pattern-embossed. We carry both patent and full-grain tooled leather Dansko clogs.
Best For: Fun, casual styles and floral patterns.
Care: For full-grain tooled leathers, clean with a soft dry cloth. Patent tooled leathers can be gently wiped with a clean damp cloth to remove surface dirt.

 

Milled Full Grain Leather
Dansko Women's Abigail - Milled Full Grain Leather

Milled full grain is a leather that has been tumbled and has a smooth and water-resistant leather that does not break down easily.
Best For: Environments with wet, acidic or greasy conditions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. Maintain with Leather Cream.

 

Oiled Full Grain Leather
Dansko Women's Professional Oiled - Ebony Oiled Full Grain Leather

Oiled full grain leather has a heavily oiled finish that creates a durable, water resistant finish. This smooth yet rugged leather does not break down easily.
Best For: Environments with wet, acidic or greasy conditions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a soft, damp cloth. To maintain, use Dansko Oiled Leather Restorer for darker colors or Dansko Leather Cream for all colors.

 

You can learn more about Dansko Material care on the brand’s website.

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Reebok CrossFit Speed TR

Shop Reebok SPEED TR

Introducing the new Speed TR, a choice Reebok CrossFit shoe for a WOD requiring your top speed and agility.  Check out the image below to see why you need both the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 and the Speed TR in your gym bag.

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We currently have the Reebok CrossFit Speed TR in Electric Peach and Celestial Orchid for Women.  Keep checking our Reebok Crossfit shoes page for the latest Reebok CrossFit shoes!  Learn more about the Speed TR in the video below.

 

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JC Cole Shoes

JC Cole Shoes

 

 

 

 

 

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Join us in welcoming J.C. Cole shoes to TheShoeMart! We have been selling fine quality J.C. Cole belts and beautiful, durable J.C. Cole shoehorns at TheShoeMart for years.  We expect no less from J.C. Cole shoes. Read on to learn more about their excellent quality below.

 

Construction

Genuine GoodYear Welt Construction

J.C. Cole shoes are Goodyear Welted.  The sturdiest available 360º leather storm welts are stitched to both the upper pattern and insole rib of the shoe. This is the strongest construction method known for shoes that provides all day comfort, support, and wear.

J.C. Cole Michail Last

Years in the making, the Michail Last is an exclusive lastmaker design created for our J.C. Cole shoes.  After many wear testings and tweakings, we believe that this last has acquired the most comprehensive fitting qualities required for the active foot. Shoes on this last run True To Size, so we recommend that you order your typical dress shoe size.

Patterns

Each upper pattern has undergone the highest scrutiny for quality and balance. J.C. Cole shoes are hand rubbed and burnished, and each pair has been matched for consistency in appearance and wear.  The distinctive handsewn Northern Cross bar tacking adds strength at points of stress.

 

JC Cole Dundee

JC Cole DundeeThe J.C. Cole Dundee is J.C. Cole’s version of a bench-made dress blucher. It’s plain-toe design makes it extremely versatile. The Dundee was inspired by the timeless English-Scottish brogues of both the Northampton, England and Galway, Scotland regions.

 

 

 

JC Cole Galway

JC Cole Galway

 

The J.C. Cole Galway is a longwing dress blucher. Like the Dundee, the Galway is inspired by classic English-Scottish brogues.  Special dies create both the meticulous pinking (saw toothed edges) and the crisp, clean diameters of the perfing (graduated pattern holes).

 

 

Components

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Uppers

Premium select Italian calfskin leather. Hand-finished.

Linings

Smooth American cow leather lines the full shoe.

Insoles

Flexible, full-grain, veg-tanned, American leather insoles. These offer the highest consistency for “moulding” – when natural heat and moisture from the wearer’s foot imprints an individual foundation within the insoles.

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Precision milled leather midsoles are attached to the outsole to ensure a consistent, solid base.

Steel Shank

A hardened steel shank is placed with the footbed, encased in a layer of natural cork.  This helps to provide consistent foot support, temperature regularion, and underfoot cushion.

Outsoles

Double oak bend leather outsoles are repairable and offer exceptional durability and stability. Great for city wear.

Heels

A repairable three-piece dovetail heel, commonly referred to as a McAfee heel, consists of stacked leather and a rubber insert for longer wear.

 

 

J.C. Cole shoes are sold exclusively in the USA at TheShoeMart and TheShoeMart.com.

 

 

You can learn more about J.C. Cole at www.JCColeShoes.com.
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Nano Nation: Not All Shoes Are Created Equal

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Join the #NanoNation with the newest Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 Colors for Men and for Women!

It’s all about the patriotic details with these colorways.  Asymmetrical stars and stripes resemble the American flag and stream along the soles as you squat, jump, and run in these Kevlar-tough Reebok Crossfit Nano 5.0’s.  “Home Of The Brave” is printed over the stripes in Navy and over the stars in Red.  Printed on the toe box, “MDCCLXXVI” is the roman numeral 1776, the year America was born.

Navy / Red / White / Pewter

Men's Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 at TheShoeMart.com

Navy with red and navy laces.

Men’s Style #AR2578   |   Women’s Style #AR2580

Polar Blue / Red / Navy / Pewter

Women's Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 at TheShoeMart.com

White with red and navy Laces.

Men’s Style #AR2579   |   Women’s Style #AR2582

Reebok CrossFit shoes at TheShoeMart.com

Reebok CrossFit shoes at TheShoeMart.com

#NanoNation – Not All Shoes Are Created Equal

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Minnetonka Double Deerskin Moccasins

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Minnetonka Moccasin has been creating super-comfortable slip-ons since they were founded in 1946.  What began as a small, regional moccasin company has evolved into a brand synonymous with comfort and classic American style. The Men’s Minnetonka Moccasin Double Deerskin Softsole Moc is no exception. Read on to learn a little more about this style.

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This best-selling men’s moccasin is handmade with natural deerskin and wraps your foot in buttery softness.  Natural deerskin is known for its rugged durability and it’s ultra-soft feel.  It is also highly breathable, making it great for warm weather wear. Deerskin footwear is very forgiving, as it readily conforms to the shape of your feet.

Double deerskin means double the comfort and quality for a better-than-barefoot feeling. A padded insole just adds to the comfort of these soft moccasins.

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How To Care for Deerskin Moccasins:

Clean and Protect with a delicate leather cream. Minnetonka recommends their Suede & Leather Cleaner.  Always test leather care products on an inconspicuous part of your shoes to be sure it gives the results you desire. Some leather products will darken leather.

Remove Stains by gently spot treating with water and a gentle cleaner, such as baby shampoo.  Rub very gently in a circular motion with a damp cloth.  If the stain is greasy, skip the water and try using a little baby powder to draw the grease out instead. Avoid rubbing the baby powder into the leather, instead use a soft brush to remove the excess.

Always Air Dry your shoes.  Stick white tissue paper inside to help maintain the form of your moccasins as they dry.  Putting shoes in direct sunlight or next to a heating source may fade or crack the leather, reducing the life of your shoes.

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