Timberland Style: New Utility

How to Wear the New Utility trend with Timberland Boots

Timberland Whomen's Wheelwright Waterproof Hiking Boot

Trendstop first identified New Utility as a fashion trend in 2014, and has announced it as it’s Fashion Trend of the Year for 2016 .  We’re thrilled with this practical trend, which reimagines classic, rugged utility style into modern silhouettes without compromising on functionality.

New Utility is something that Timberland boots have always done well.  Their iconic yellow boot is now omnipresent, spotted on the feet of construction workers and fashion gurus alike.  Today, Timberland has taken that iconic functionality and style to the next level with heritage styles like the Women’s Wheelwright Hiker and the Men’s Willoughby boot.

Timberland Women's Wheelwright Waterproof Hiker

The Timberland Women’s Wheelwright Waterproof Hiker is one of our favorite takes on this year’s trend. Created with the same rugged construction as the original Timberland boot, the Wheelwright is luxed up for the #ModernTrail.

Timberland Whomen's Wheelwright Waterproof Hiking Boot

Feminine enough to wear with a dress and rugged enough to hit the trails, this boot is ready for anything.  Reversed suede adds a distressed aesthetic that works from countryside to city street. Waterproof construction makes this boot down for whatever.  Pair it with your favorite tench coat or military jacket.

Need some outfit inspiration? Head on over to Polyvore to see how you can wear this boot with jeans, dresses, and skirts.

Guide to Shoe Trees

Why Do You Need Shoe Trees?

They help protect your shoes, but what are shoe trees?

At TheShoeMart, we’ve been fitting feet and taking care of our customers’ shoes for over 60 years, but to those that have never owned a pair, shoe trees can seem quite alien.  We’ll do our best to demystify these essential shoe accessories for you.

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Do I really need shoe trees?

Yes, shoe trees help to preserve your quality shoes.   You may not need shoe trees for your tennis shoes, but if you’ve invested in quality dress shoes, it makes sense to invest in a pair of quality shoe trees, as well. The better quality the shoe, the more important it is to preserve it with shoe trees.

What are the benefits of shoe trees?

When you wear your shoes all day long, your feet will likely perspire and leather breaks down much faster when it is wet. Shoes that are left damp can break down from the inside, create odor, and lose their shape. Cedar shoe trees help your shoes to retain their shape as they dry out and drying your shoes properly can help prevent cracked leather. We also recommend having a shoe rotation for these same reasons.

How do I use shoe trees?

Simply slip trees into your shoes after each wear. It is recommended to air out your shoes for up to an hour before inserting trees. Leave the shoes in for at least 24 hours to help shoes dry completely.

If shoes are soaked from rain or otherwise wet, you will want to dry out  any excess moisture first. You can do this by stuffing your shoes with absorbent paper, changing out the paper periodically until the shoes are dry. Always let shoes dry naturally to avoid breaking down the leather.

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What should my shoe trees be made out of?

Everyone has their preferences, but we recommend unvarnished cedar shoe trees for their aromatic and absorbent properties.  Plastic shoe trees won’t absorb moisture, but are lightweight and substantial enough to help keep shoes from being squashed in your suitcase, making them suitable for travel.

What are lasted shoe trees? Do I need them?

Lasted shoe trees are essentially a replication of the last that the shoe is originally made of.  These are usually used with Bespoke shoes. Alden shoe trees are not lasted, but are spring-loaded with a split toe and can be used interchangeably with all of the different Alden lasts.

Will shoe trees stretch my shoes?

Shoe trees are intended for keeping a shoe’s shape, and not for stretching. However, if a shoe tree is too large, it can create pressure and alter the fit of your shoes.  It is best to use a shoe tree that fits the shoes without difficulty.   Our Alden shoe trees have a helpful size chart right right on the product page. If you want to stretch your quality shoes, it is best to have it done professionally.

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Transitional Shoes – Summer to Fall

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If you live in New England like we do, you might find the transition between seasons and finding the appropriate attire frustrating.  Below are our remedies for your Summer to Fall footwear woes.

 

Learn to love Chukka Boots.
Sperry Top-Sider Men's Gold Norfolk Chukka ASV

Our favorite solution to between season weather, chukka boots are rugged enough to pass off as fall footwear, but have just the right amount of height and elegance to keep you looking cool during these last hot summer days.  Last week, we mentioned our love for Alden’s unlined suede chukkas for warm weather, but this week we’d like to point out some other options.

If you enjoy a little extra comfort, try the new Gold Norfolk Chukka with Anti-Shock and Vibration Technology from Sperry Top-Sider.  Prefer a more minimalist take? Try the Vivobarefoot Gobi for a barefoot-inspired option that’s still warm enough for the season ahead.

Bring out the Guns.

The Gunboats, we mean.  Heavier leather wing-tip bluchers with their double soles and 360-degree welting are a great way to move into cooler weather without breaking a sweat. The longwings from your summer wardrobe works with your fall flannels as well. We think Alden does this look best with their Long Wing Blucher. The Long Wing All Weather Walker has the added benefit of a plantation crepe outsole and 360-degree storm welt.

Cool Down with Slip-ons

G.H. Bass Men's LarsonDansko Men's Viktor
We love the effortless ease that comes along with a pair of summer slip-on shoes.  It’s getting cooler, but don’t abandon your favorite pair of loafers or boat shoes yet. Bring them into cooler weather with a darker color palette. Try Navy, Gray, or Earthy Greens and Browns. Keep it classic with the G.H. Bass Men’s Larson, or wear something a bit more casual with the comfortable Dansko Viktor in Navy Milled Nubuck.

 

Alden Chukka Boots

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Alden Chukka Boots are great for transitioning from summer to autumn. They’re light, sleek, and go with just about everything.

Alden Men's Chukka Boot Natural Chromexcel

We offer Alden Chukka boots in a variety of leathers, from Shell Cordovan to Natural Chromexcel to Unlined Suede.

Alden Men's Unlined Chukka Boot Flex Welt Snuff Suede

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.

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Alden Hunting Green Suede Chukka Boot

 

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!

Alden Summer Shoes: Part I

Alden Shoes - Flex Unlined Penny Loafer

Our favorite thing about summer in New England? The effortless styles of Alden shoes that come along with it!

 

 

Alden Unlined Penny Loafer in Snuff Suede
Alden Flex Welt UPL in Snuff Suede

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.

Alden Unlined Penny Loafer - Tan SuedeAlden Unlined Penny Loafer - Snuff SuedeAlden Unlined Penny Loafer - Dark Brown Suede

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?