Comfortable Heels from Cole Haan — Narrow Widths Available!

Great-looking, comfortable heels are not always easy to find.  Cole Haan makes it easy by offering shoes in various widths.  Cole Haan ended its relationship with Nike in 2012, but shoes with the word “Air” in their name still contain Nike Air comfort technology.  Zoom air bags are inserted beneath the lining to offer athletic shoe-grade comfort in your heels.  

Cole Haan Women's Juliana Pump 45, Select Sizes Available in C Widths

Cole Haan Women’s Juliana Pump 45, Select Sizes Available in C Widths

The National Shoe Retailers Association reported that up to 33% of women have narrow feet. Wearing shoes that are too wide can cause your feet to shift back and forth in the shoe, making wearing heels very uncomfortable.  For this reason, we offer over 150 Womens styles in narrow widths.

Cole Haan Women's Air Tali Open-Toe Wedge 40, Available in Select Sizes in C Widths

Air Tali Open-Toe Wedge 40 with Nike Air Technology, Available in Select Sizes in C Widths

It can be very hard to find shoes in narrow widths, particularly in combination with larger length sizes.  Many department stores tend to cater to women with B widths and with wide feet, assuming that those with narrow feet will just buy inserts to make the shoes fit better. In addition to using inserts, women with narrow feet also have the option to choose styles with straps, higher vamps, and lower heels to avoid discomfort. Women with wide feet, however, cannot even get their feet into shoes that are too narrow, so retailers are more likely to accommodate them.  We offer shoes for Women in Wide and Extra Wide widths.

Cole Haan Women's Air Tali Open Toe Wedge 40 in Black, Size 11 2A, on sale for 50% Off

Cole Haan Women’s Air Tali Open Toe Wedge 40 in Black, Size 11 2A, on sale for 50% Off

Right now, select styles and sizes of Cole Haan shoes are on sale for 25-50% off.  This is a great deal on Cole Haan shoes, making some almost $200 styles available for less than $100! Many of our on sale styles are available in narrow widths (2A or AA) as well! Here are a few of our favorites: 

Sale Styles available in 2A :

 

Cole Haan Women’s Air Cynthia Det Sandal Beige Nubuck
(50% off – was $177.95)
SALE $88.97
Sizes:  7.5 2A

 

 

 

Cole Haan Women’s Micaela Pump Black
(50% off – was $274.95)
SALE $137.48
Sizes:  7.5 2A

 

 

Cole Haan Women’s Carma Open Toe Air Pump Black
(50% off – was $277.95)
SALE $138.98
Sizes:  7.5 2A, 9 2A

 

 

Cole Haan Women’s Stephanie Air Open Toe Sling Beige
(50% off – was $297.95)
SALE $148.98
Sizes:  7.5 2A (Black: 9 2A, 6.5 B)

 

 

 

Cole Haan Women’s Violet Air Pump 60 Black Patent
(50% off – was $247.95)
SALE $123.97
Sizes:  8.5 2A, 8.5 B, 9 B

 

 

Cole Haan Women’s Chelsea Low Pump Black Patent
(33% off – was $297.95)
SALE $199.95
Sizes:  10 2A

 

You can also find Narrow Styles for Women on sale from SoftSpots, Clarks, and New Balance.

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Inov-8: What do the numbers mean?

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Inov-8 is based in the North Pennines, “England’s last wilderness,” and they are passionate about creating the lightest weight, most flexible footwear in the market for functional fitness and running enthusiasts. They are famous for their durability, glove-like fit, and ability to meet the demands of various different terrains, from the box to the mud to the trail. The numbers they use to name their shoes represent the approximate weight of the shoe in grams. 

We have a ton of Inov-8 styles now on sale (all the shoes featured in this blog are currently 40% off!)… but what’s the difference between the F-Lite 192 and the F-Lite 195? Between the FastLift 315 and 335? We’re here to break it down for you.

 

Inov-8 F-Lite Series

The F-Lite 195 is Inov-8’s signature lightweight functional fitness shoe with a sticky gripping sole, glove-like fit, and Rope-Tec reinforcement. A “one arrow” shoe, the 195 has a 3 mm drop.  Flexible and fast enough for any workout, and stable and comfortable enough to lift in, the 195 is rated for indoor, outdoor, and rope climbing use.

The F-Lite 192 is the second lightest F-Lite available (coming in second to the Women’s 185) with a reinforced medial and lateral sections for rope climbing protection. It is a super fast and stable shoe for functional fitness and running purists. The difference between the 192 and 195? The 192 is a zero drop shoe, letting you get closer and closer to that natural run.

The F-Lite 239 (right) is designed especially for the female foot with a natural fit, whereas the F-Lite 240 (left) is designed with Inov-8’s precision fit, which features a narrower toe-box.  The other difference between these two models is that the 239 is a 3 mm drop shoe, while the 240 carries a 6 mm drop. Those new to minimal footwear may want to begin with the 240 for a gentler transition.

 

The F-Lite 252 (left) is the stripped back version of the F-Lite 262 (right), once again with the lower number carrying the lower drop of 3 mm (vs the 6 mm drop of the 262).

 

FastLift 335 (315)

The FastLift 315 is the Women’s version of the FastLift 335  released in February of 2013.  The shoe has since been updated with new colorways, and now both the Women’s and Men’s FastLift are named FastLift 335.  The original colors of the FastLift are now on sale for under $89.97, a great price for a Hybrid Lifting shoe.

 

We think it’s also important to note that while Inov-8 makes its women’s shoes specifically to fit women’s feet, many women may also find the men’s styles comfortable as well. Generally, a woman would size down by 1.5 for men’s sizes.  For example, a men’s size 4 would equate a women’s 5.5.  A men’s size 5.5 would be a women’s 7. 

 

Inov-8 Sale

 

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Reebok CrossFit Nano Pump Fusion Release

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The Reebok CrossFit Games have begun, and along with them the official release of the Reebok CrossFit Nano Pump Fusion.

The Games colorway features Reebok’s new Electric Peach colorway, but we currently have 3 different colorways of the Nano Pump Fusion in stock– Black & Far Out Blue (Mens), Black & Fierce Fuchsia (Womens), and Black & Excellent Red (Mens).

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The Reebok CrossFit Nano Pump Fusion has a sole with all the now-familiar features of the Nano 5.0:  MetaSplit tech, NanoShell midsole wrap, RopePro technology, and heavy duty lug pattern for durability.  However, the upper on the Pump is all new–and one single piece of Kevlar®-infused mesh with a fusion fit sleeve. The glove-like fit of this construction is made customizable thanks to the Pump Air Cage technology.

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So what do we think?

The Pump Fusion is a very comfortable shoe with a lot of thought put into its durability and comfort technologies.  It took us a few minutes to get the shoe on our foot, but once it was on and we pumped it up a bit, we found that it was really comfortable.  We also like the sleek, simple design of the shoe.

The Pump technology gives you a lot of control over fit, and you can make the shoes tighter for stability when you need it most, but also let some of the air out as needed without having to take the shoes off first.  The air pockets are primarily by the heel and tongue of the shoe and fill up there first to lock your foot in.

We’re glad to offer them as part of our selection of Reebok CrossFit shoes.

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Watch us test out the pump action on Instagram:

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Ecco Shoes

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Ecco Shoes have long been known for their comfort and style, particularly in their traditional and hybrid golf shoes. ECCO founder Karl Toosbuy joined together with leather technician Panos Mytaros to bring the best European leather making acumen into the modern age.  The minds behind ECCO shoes are consistently challenging themselves to create new and fascinating, fashion-forward and functional footwear.  They devote themselves to putting passion and upholding quality in every pair of shoes they create.

We are currently having a sale on select styles of our Ecco Shoes. You can find styles marked down from 20 to 60% off on our site.

Scroll on down for a few of our favorite sale styles for women and men.

Women’s Featured Sale Styles:

Ecco Women’s Sculptured 65 College Penny Loafer
Regular Price: $149.95
Sale Price: $59.98 Save 60%

Ecco Women’s Angel Bow
Regular Price: $129.95
Sale Price: $51.98 Save 60%

Ecco Women’s Keene Peep Toe
Regular Price: $129.95
Sale Price: $51.98 Save 60%

Ecco Women’s Mary Ballerina
Regular Price: $129.95
Sale Price: $77.97 Save 40%

Men’s Featured Sale Styles:

Ecco Men’s Boston Apron Toe Tie
Regular Price: $149.95
Sale Price: $89.97 Save 40%

Ecco Men’s Birmingham Chukka Boot
Regular Price: $219.95
Sale Price: $87.98 Save 60%

Ecco Men’s Biom Lite Sandal 1.1
Regular Price: $129.95
Sale Price: $51.98 Save 60%

Ecco Men’s Golf Street Camel Leather (Golf Hybrid Shoe)
Regular Price: $169.95
Sale Price: $101.97 Save 40%

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Mephisto

Mephisto shoes are designed specifically to keep your feet healthy and comfortable.  Both Mephisto shoes and sandals are built with Soft-Air technology to fight foot fatigue and keep you comfortable all day long. With so many popular designs and outstanding, long-lasting craftsmanship, you’ll never have to worry about tired feet again.

A flexible Soft-Air midsole reduces shock from walking to a minimum, offering foot protection, join relief, and proper care for your back, as well. The breathable nature of the midsole also enhances air circulation to provide a healthier environment for your feet.

On Sale Styles:

Mephisto Men’s Harald Dark Brown Brooklyn
(30% off – was $539.95)
SALE $377.95
Sizes: 9.5, 12

Mephisto Men’s Alyon Dark Taupe Nubuck-Dark Brown
(30% off – was $298.95)
SALE $208.95
Sizes: 8.5, 9, 11.5, 12

Mephisto Women’s Gabriela Green
(30% off – was $239.95)
SALE $167.95
Sizes: 7.5

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I Can See It In Your Eyes – Blucher vs. Bal

If you browse the men’s shoes on our site, you’ll see terms like “Blucher”, “Oxford”, “Derby”, and “Balmoral”.  What do these terms mean? Blucher Balmoral (Bal)  Referred to as a “Derby” in the UK  Open lacing system, in which eyelets … Continue reading

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This is not a Nano…

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While some have called this shoe the “Froning Nano,” beware… it is not a Nano.  The Reebok CrossFit Compete 6:14 is a minimal competition shoe designed by Rich Froning together with Reebok.  The lightweight shoe will be most popular with fans of the Merrell Glove, Inov-8 Bare-XF, Vibram FiveFingers, and the New Balance Minimus series–and with fans of Froning, as well.

In the video below, Rich talks about Reebok approaching him with an idea “We kind of want to make a shoe that you would compete in, not necessarily coach in or anything like that, but a performance shoe.”  So keep that in mind: this is a performance shoe for competition.

You will find that the shoe does not have the same cushioning or insole as your Nanos. Those not used to minimal running may have a tough time running long distances in the Compete 6:14’s.  You may, however, find it easier to squat deeper and to maintain a proper stance when lifting. Your feet will likely breathe better during your most intense workouts, and the lightweight, glove-like fit of the shoe may make you forget that you even have shoes on…

…but you’ll never know unless you try them out.

The Compete’s were released on February 26th, 2015 and have been hard to find since, but we happen to have a few in stock right now. You can find them on our Reebok CrossFit Page.

The 6:14 in the name comes from Rich Froning’s Galatians 6:14 torso tattoo. The verse goes something like this:  “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

Scroll down for plenty of detail shots and our favorite features.

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Out Favorite Features include:

  • MetaSplit technology for a natural, multidirectional flex in the forefoot.
  • “Next-to-skin” feel and glove-like fit
  • Minimal platform for lifting with 3mm drop
  • Kevlar CombatCage
  • Outsole with amazing grip
  • Thin, durable upper that is still breathable

 

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Pikolinos

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Pikolinos shoes are known for their personality: their Mediterrnean flair that is a combination of plenty of color and laid-back style.  They are designed with the classic values of comfort and high quality in mind, and Pikolinos holds these values higher than the trend of the day.  So what is the secret to Pikolinos quality and comfort?

 

 

…It’s the leather. Pikolinos uses only natural treatments on their leather to keep it as soft as possible. Their leathers are tanned at their own tannery, Pies Cuadrados Leather. They are treated with a Scotchgard water and stain-resistant coating, which ensures that the leather is breathable while still keeping water out for approximately 30 minutes.

We currently have our Pikolinos shoes and boots on sale for 40% off.  That makes this a great time to try out Pikolinos quality footwear for youself!

Want to learn more? Watch the video below to see how Pikolinos shoes are created:

Fun Fact! The Pikolinos logo is a duck in flight.

Here’s why: “Ducks are comfortable in any environment: air, land or sea. This is the spirit of our shoes and our objective for their creation, they will accompany you every day, everywhere you go.”

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Red, White and Shoes!

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We’re looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July weekend! We’ve spent a lot of time looking up recipes, decorations, and ways to show off our pride this weekend.  We put together a Pinterest board with cute nail designs, and we also offer plenty of fashionable and functional sandals to help.  We are officially ready to kick back and put our feet up!

Both our Norwalk, CT store and our Customer Service office will be closed on Saturday, July 4th — but you can still take advantage of huge savings! You can still browse our website and place an order online on Saturday.

We’re offering 10% off regular priced items online all month long with no minimum purchase.  This coupon excludes sale items and select brands. Click here for more details.

 

We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and are able to kick back, too.  We’ll be back on Monday to bring you more shoes and savings!

 

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Nano 5.0 Weigh-In

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We’re very excited about the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0!  It seems to us like Reebok really listened to athletes about what they need in a cross trainer for the sport of fitness.  With an all-new DuPont™ Kevlar® upper, the DuraCage is gone and the toe-box looks much more like that of the popular second generation of the shoe.  And despite all the technology that’s gone into this shoe for improved support and durability, it looks much sleeker than previous generations.

Last year we compared the weights of all of the prior generations of Nanos in this blog.  A size 8.5 of the Nano & Nano 2.0 weighed in around 8.8 oz, and the 3.0 and 4.0 were a bit heavier at 9.6 oz.

How did the 5.0 compare?

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We weighed a Men’s size 8.5 Nano 5.0 in at 0.6 lbs, or 9.6 ounces. This means that the Nano 5.0 weighs the same as the third and fourth generations of the shoe, which both relied on DuraCage technology for their durability.  Some advantages the Kevlar® infused mesh upper has over the DuraCage are better breathability, and improved flexibility.  These features all might make the Nano 5.0 feel lighter in comparison to the 3.0 or 4.0.

We doubt that you’ll notice the weight difference between the old Nano 2.0’s and the 5.0’s–and even if you do, we think the comfort and support of the re-engineered midsole in the Nano 5 more than makes up for it.

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