New Sorel Styles!

Sorel Boots -- Joan of Arctic Wedge Mid Grill-Black

We have some great new arrivals for fall!

Sorel has been creating modern, stylish boots that are as functional as they are fashionable since 1962.  Sorel boots are quality footwear that leave a lasting impression, which makes them a favorite here at TheShoeMart. The Canadian company uses ethical, sustainable manufacturing practices to create statement-invoking style.  Premium leather, felt, wool, and flawless construction come together in each Sorel boot so that you can walk with confidence, no matter where you are or what the weather may be.   You can find some of our favorite Sorel Boots below.


Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge Mid Boot


The Joan of Arctic Wedge Sorel Joan of Arctic BootMid boot is our favorite boot from Sorel this season. It combines awesome height (3 1/4 inch heel) with a stable platform, rugged lugged outsole, and waterproof construction for a practical boot that is stylish enough to take out on the town.  Shown here in Sorel’s  subtle green shade, “Nori”.Sorel Major Low in Black / FossilSorel Boots - Joan of Arctic Knit II






The Joan of Arctic is the classic winter Sorel Boot.  Shown here in classic black, it is also available in Nori, Shale gray, and brown. The iconic silhouette with a street-smart, waterproof upper is complimented by the perfect amount of faux fur to keep water and cold weather out.




The Major Low boot is more of a fashion boot than the other Sorel styles we mentioned above.  It’s ankle-height silhouette is perfect for easing into fall from summer, and the pop of print makes it super chic. If you aren’t a fan of leopard, there is a slightly less daring option.




We love the pop of print on the Sorel Joan of Arctic Knit II.  The contrasting pink is our favorite, but the other two colorways are a bit more subdued.  Perfect for puddle jumping or getting from the office to the nearest cafe through a few inches of snow.  The warm, knit cuff is a great alternative to the original Joan’s fur and will keep you nice and warm.





We’d love to see your #SorelStyle. Tag us on Instagram (@TheShoeMart) in photos with your Sorel boots!

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New 2015 Pendlay WeightLifting Shoes

The Pendlay Weightlifting Shoe company was founded by Olympic weightlifter Glenn Pendlay when he joined up with MuscleDriver USA founder Brad Hess. Pendlay creates products exclusively for the sport of weightlifting, and the experience of real, professional weightlifters is put into every aspect of the Pendlay Do-Win shoes.

The Pendlay Do-Win WL shoe has a 3/4 inch heel height, which is the standard recommended height for Olympic Weightlifting shoes.  The iconic Do-Win fit is wider to allow for toe splay while lifting.  They are a great option for both beginners and for those with a wider foot. Pendlay also makes women’s traditional weightlifting shoes, while many other brands do not.

Let’s take a look at how their look has evolved over the years:


2010 Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes


2011 Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes


2013 Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes


2014 Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes



And now, the new 2015 Pendlay Weightlifting shoes :








Keep an eye on, as the 2015 Pendlay Weightlifting shoes will be available soon! What do you think of the new colorways? Would you pick up a pair?

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Reebok CrossFit Shoes – New Nano 5.0 Colors!

Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 Games Colorway

Just in — new colors of Reebok CrossFit Shoes!  The Nano 5.0 has arrived with new colorways for men and women, and we have restocked the Women’s Cool Breeze / Black / Far Out Blue colorway as well. We also have the official 2015 CrossFit Games Nano 5.0 Colorway. Take a look below at what’s new at!

New For Men:

Reebok Men's CrossFit Nano 5.0 Chalk-Steel-BlackReebok Men's CrossFit Nano 5.0 Semi Solar Yellow-Black-Flat Grey

Reebok Men's CrossFit Nano 5.0 Black-GravelReebok Men's CrossFit Nano 5.0 Electric Peach-Black-Ultima Orange

New For Women:

Reebok Women's CrossFit Nano 5.0 Semi Solar Yellow-Black-Flat GreyReebok Women's CrossFit Nano 5.0 Black-Gravel

Reebok Women's CrossFit Nano 5.0 Cool Breeze-Black-Far Out BlueReebok Women's CrossFit Nano 5.0 Electric Peach-Chalk-Royal Orchid


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Connecticut Tax Free Week


The 2015 Connecticut Tax Free Week comes just in time for the back to school (and back to work!) shopping season.  This year Tax Free Week is August 16-22 in CT.  You can take advantage of combining back to school savings with the tax savings for the best deals! At, we are offering 10% off your purchase (no minimum purchase required) and, as always, free shipping! Be sure to stop by The ShoeMart brick & mortar store in Norwalk, CT for even more deals!

In 2015, purchase of clothing or footwear costing less than $100 per item are not subject to CT sales and use taxes during the exclusion week. Here are some quick and easy guidelines for shopping during the tax free holiday:

Q: What is exempt?

A: Clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Q:  Is anything excluded?

A: Yes. Items $100 and over, specialty athletic or protective items, and “Jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, and similar items carried on or about the human body but not worn on the body in the manner characteristic of clothing” are excluded.

Q: Is the $100 limit per transaction or per item?

A:  “The exclusion applies to each item of clothing or footwear sold, regardless of how many items are sold to a customer on the same invoice. However, for any item that costs $100 or more, sales tax applies to the entire price of that item.”

For example, you can buy two pairs of shoes that are each priced at $99.95 in one order and both items are exempt. If you buy two pairs of shoes that are each priced at $99.95 and one that is priced at $105.95, you will pay tax only on the $105.95 purchase.

Q: If I pay extra for shipping on a $99 shoe, is it still considered exempt?

Shipping Costs are not included as part of the purchase price (<$100), and the item will still be exempt — although all of our items ship free!

Q: What about shoes that are regularly priced at or above $100 that are on sale/I have a coupon for?

Tax is calculated on the final sale price after all reductions have been taken. If an item is already reduced below $100 it will count as exempt. If a coupon brings the item down to a price below $100, the item will count as exempt.

Example: An item priced for $105.95 combined with a 10% off coupon code will have a final sale price of $95.36 and will be considered tax exempt.


* We have created this article with as much accuracy as possible, however, you should always get the final word from your Local Tax Office.  We used the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services‘ announcement about the 2015 Tax Week as a source, which can be found here.


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Timberland Summer Style

Timberland is famous for their yellow boots–but did you know that they also make summer sandal styles?  The premium leather sandals in their Earthkeepers collection are even environmentally-friendly, using at least 50% leather tanned in a facility rated Silver or higher in a third-party environmental audit that measures energy use, waste production, and water treatment.  Here’s a little bit more about some of our favorite styles…



The Women’s Earthkeepers Harborview Thong adds an extra strap to a classic silhouette for a bit more sophistication. The cushioned midsole and durable outsole will put your other flip-flops to shame.





The Women’s Earthkeepers Haborview Thong Ankle Strap adds even more elegant style to your sandal. We love that this one comes in Beet Red.





The Women’s Earthkeepers Tilden Double Strap sandal comes in a range of colors that can appeal to everyone, from basic black to versatile navy to this bright, unique Apricot Buff Gluvy color. The hexagonal hardwear adds a fun touch of Timberland workboot style, while the 3.5 inch heel keeps it feminine. Anti-fatigue technology makes these an easy-to-wear choice.





The Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers Altamont 2.0 Open-Toe Fisherman is a rugged summer look perfect for summer days spent by the boardwalk or on the boat.







Whether you are  packing for a weekend getaway or just heading for some downtime at the local park, the Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers Altamont 2.0 Slide sandal is a definite go-to choice.






The Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers Altamont 2.0 Flip‘s footbed has a layer of memory foam to help make this one of the most comfortable thong style sandals you will ever wear. The environmentally-friendly lug outsole offers durability and traction, wherever your travels take you.


We are happy to offer Timberland shoes at TheShoeMart.  Timberland started with the classic 6 Inch Yellow Boot, but their successful expansion into other durable, comfortable footwear and sustainable technologies offers plenty of options!

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Best Shoes for College – Men

Entering college often signifies a new stage in your life–and the perfect time to update your wardrobe.  As you grow and learn, your style should also reflect that growth.  Plus, moving from class to class and around campus means you’re spending a lot of time on your feet.  We’ve made a list of some of our favorite shoes for college and university life below.

Chukka / Desert Boots

Add a little class to your casual look. Chukka and Desert boots are laid back and comfortable, but look much nicer than your tennis shoes.  A traditional chukka boot has a crepe sole and two eyelets, but plenty of variations exist. Try a pair from Clarks, Timberland, or Johnston & Murphy.

Dress Shoes

Bruno Magli Shoes

Whatever your price range, it’s important to have a well-maintained pair of dress shoes.  These will come in handy for presentations, interviews, scholarship banquets, and other formal events. A go-to staple is a plain-toe, black balmoral (click here to learn about the difference between a blucher and a balmoral/oxford), which will work at almost every formal event.  A straight tip (cap toe) shoe is a slightly less formal option that is still commonly accepted, but brogues and wing designs are seen as informal. If you already have a staple formal pair, you can feel free to experiment with bluchers, brogues, toe styles and leathers. Try a pair from Johnston & Murphy, Florsheim, Cole Haan, or Bruno Magli.


New Balance Shoes

From division teams to sports clubs to recreation centers to hiking trips, there are plenty of ways to stay active in college. Whether you’re running, training, lifting, or  we have you covered with athletic shoes from New Balance, Reebok CrossFit, Inov-8, Merrell,Vibram FiveFingers, Ecco and more!

Waterproof / Hiking

Merrell Moab Hiking Shoes

Being out on your own in a new place may be a little scary, but it also comes with plenty of opportunities for new experiences. Always be ready for whatever adventure comes your way–or just for inclement weather with hiking shoes and waterproof boots from MerrellTimberland, and Kamik.


Timberland SandalsNaot Sandals

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have shoes for warm weather.  Depending on where you attend college (and if your dorm room has a/c), the first and last few months of your first year can get really hot. Remember that if you’re walking between classes, you’ll need more support. Save your flimsy flip flops for the shower–sandals from Vionic, Olukai, Timberland, Naot, Chaco, and Sperry Topsider are comfortable enough for all-day wear.

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Best College Shoes – Women

Entering college often signifies a new stage in your life–a perfect time to update your wardrobe.  As you grow and learn, your style should reflect that growth.  We’ve made a list of some of our favorite shoes for college and university life below.

Comfy Flats

Cole Haan Shoes - Ballet FlatsSoftSpots FlatsTimberland Shoes - FlatsCole Haan Shoes - Ballet Flats

Comfortable flats from Cole Haan, Timberland, and Softspots are perfect for when sneakers or other casual shoes just won’t do. Wear them to class with skirts and dresses (easy to throw on!) or slip them on with your business casual wear for all-day events.

Practical Heels

Rockport Shoes - HeelsCole Haan Shoes - Heels

Cole Haan Shoes - HeelsSoftSpots Shoes - Heels

Times are changing, and now you are more likely to receive an interview for a job or internship while still in college.  While flats are acceptable in interviews, closed-toe dress heels are more traditional.  Comfortable heels not only feel great, but also make you look more practical.  Try a pair from Rockport, SoftSpots, or Cole Haan (45 or 65 series for lower heel height).

 Supportive Sandals

Naot SandalsOlukai Sandals

Vionic SandalsSoftSpots Sandals

Your summer wear doesn’t have to be restricted to flip-flops.  Rock a more mature look that also helps keep your feet comfortable as you run from class to class with cork-bed or leather sandals from Naot, Olukai, Vionic, or Softspots.

Slip-on Casual

Sperry Topsider Classics - Sperry CVOsCole Haan LTE Shoes

Lace-Ups are comfy, but slip-ons like moccs, loafers, and boat shoes are easy to slide on and off–perfect for those mornings when you don’t really want to get out of bed. Make getting to class on time easy by leaving a pair near your door. Our favorites? Minnetonka Kilty, Sperry Top-Sider classics, and Cole Haan LTE styles.

 Weather & WP Boots

Timberland Tall BootsKamik Boots

Cole Haan BootsSperry Topsider Waterproof Boots

Wet, cold, and crazy weather happens–and it doesn’t always result in canceled classes. Be prepared for whatever with Waterproof Boots from Kamik, Timberland, Sperry, Cole Haan, and Sorel (Coming Soon).


New Balance SneakersReebok CrossFit Shoes

inov-8 shoes FastLift Hybrid Lifting ShoeNew Balance Hiking Shoes

From division teams to sports clubs to recreation centers to hiking trips, there are plenty of ways to stay active in college. Whether you’re running, training, lifting, or hiking we have you covered with athletic shoes from New Balance, Reebok CrossFit, Inov-8, Merrell, Vibram FiveFingers, Ecco and more!

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Comfortable Heels from Cole Haan — Narrow Widths Available!

Cole Haan Shoes

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?

Inov-8 Shoes

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

Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 195Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 195

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.

Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 192

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.

Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 240Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 239

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.

Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 252Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 262


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)

Inov-8 Shoes FastLift 335 - On Sale Now!Inov-8 Shoes - FastLift 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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