Topo Athletic

Topo Athletic strongly believes that an athletic shoe or any other equipment won’t make you better.  You are the only one that can make you better, and their role is to help you constantly improve through bio-mechanically optimal innovation. Founded in 2012 by former Vibram CEO Tony Post, Topo Athletic based its products on the Japanese tabi split-toe design, which is meant to improve balance and stability by creating a unique anchor point between the first and second toes. If the look of Vibram’s FiveFingers (see our Vibram Blog here) is too “out-there” for you, but you are interested in the advantages of an anatomically crafted minimal shoe, Topo may be the way to go.

The shoes are crafted with the human body in mind. One of these features is an anatomic toe box that allows your toes to splay as they would while running without traditional shoes. Another is the split-toe design, which is highlighted by some of the colorways, and made more subtle by others. The split-toe allows for the shoes to stay secure, despite the roomy fit. The shoes are made of light, quick-drying and breathable materials. Topo does not use either latex or animal products when creating their shoes.  All Topo’s shoes are perforated and aegis lined to allow your feet to breathe and resist odor.

These are zero drop shoes, made for the midfoot or forefoot landing of natural running. If you are not used to a natural, barefoot, or minimalist running style, we encourage that you ease into Topo shoes and research these running styles first. To get started, you can check out our Pinterest Board on the subject.

Topo currently offers three styles, the RR, RT, and RX:


The RT is Topo’s every-day  running trainer. It offers a bit more cushion than most barefoot shoes, but still gives a natural running feel.


The RR is Topo’s racing shoe. Compared to the RT, it is lighter and offers a more natural, less cushioned feel. It is still a bit more of a shoe than FiveFingers, offering your feet just enough protection from rocks and debris.

The coolest part about the RR is hands-down the BOA Technology closure system.  This micro-adjustable cable closure system allows you to put your shoes on with one hand.  It is weather resistant and guaranteed for the life of the shoe by Boa’s Dialed In For Life Guarantee.  To see an exclusive video of us trying out the BOA system, follow us on Instagram, @TheShoeMart and stay tuned.


The RX is Topo’s CrossFit shoe, designed for training and weight lifting. It features a hook and loop forefront closure system and a strap over the top of the foot, which both help to ensure that your foot moves within the shoe as little as possible, giving you more stability.

Heat-welded uppers with few seams and breathable mesh material mean that you can wear the shoes barefoot, but Topo Athletic has partnered with Injinji to create socks with a split-toe. Socks are recommended to control odor and moisture buildup and to prevent chafing.

It is also possible to wear Topo shoes with Injinji or Smart Wool 5-toe socks.

Our intern Liz tried out both the RT and RR when she was looking at minimalist shoes, and found both extremely comfortable. She found that the RR’s closure system was very effective, and the shoes felt snug and secure on her feet.  The closure system does make a bit of noise when putting the shoes on, but once secured, the shoes don’t make a peep.

Topo believes that “Better, Stronger, Faster is a choice.”  Are you ready to make yours?

Dansko Professional Series


Dansko is dedicated to comfort. Each handcrafted shoe is a result of Dansko’s test team of real people who, from the prototype stage to the fit and wear test, evaluate Dansko’s shoes for comfort and fit. This could be why their Professional line is so popular–it is designed to offer professionals optimal comfort when standing all day.

The Professional Series clog offers shock absorption comparable to that of athletic shoes. This, combined with firm support for your foot and arch and an anti-fatigue rocker bottom helps you stay on your feet all day long.  The roomy toe box allows your toes to splay comfortably, while the protective TPU heel counter allows your foot to move up and down freely in the shoe.  Many find this movement alarming at first, but the shoes are made this way on purpose to provide comfort and offer enough lateral stability that you will not fall out of your shoe or roll your ankle, so don’t worry! (You also won’t have to worry about blisters!) The clog also features a PU foam footbed to control temperatures inside the shoe.

The Professionals, a part of the Stapled Clog collection, are popular among both healthcare and food service professionals because they are slip-resistant (APMA Accepted) and can be worn all day long without discomfort.

The best part of this shoe, however, is really how it looks. For a roomy clog, with a two inch heel, the silhouette is pretty sleek.  Somehow, it looks great on both Men and Women. Dansko makes clogs that are durable enough for work, and dressy enough for formal events. There is nothing better than a shoe that you can get a lot of use out of–and because of the comfort they offer, Dansko Professionals will become a staple.  Dansko knows that they won’t be the only shoe in your closet, they just want to be your favorite.


150 Years of Quality: Learn to Keep Up


The Frye Company is the oldest operating shoe company in America, first opened in 1863 in Marlboro, MA. They are currently celebrating their 150th Anniversary with antiqued and limited-edition products, and have just released a coffee-table book focusing on the brand’s history, from the craftsmanship process to celebrity fans rocking their boots. We’ve already done a blog on some of the new products from Frye (if you missed it, click here), but in honor of Frye’s longevity, we want you to help you keep your boots in top condition. *

Here’s what you’ll need:

1.) 77668-DBN74312-BLK75558-DBN

Quality Leather Boots, such as the Frye Women’s Carson Heel Tab or Dorado Riding (both in Dark Brown), or Erin Work (in black)

2.)  DP500-NEU

Frye Unisex Cream – Weatherproof Dressing

– OR –


Frye Unisex Leather Weatherproof Spray

3.) AL6011

Wood Shoe Trees – Pictured Here are Alden Cedar Shoe Trees

4.) A Soft Cloth – Microfiber will work.


A Dauber Brush (Collonil Signature Horsehair Application Brush). A Tooth Brush will also work, but you may want to invest in a higher quality brush to keep your boots in top condition.

Before you begin:

Please note that both the Weatherproof Dressing and Spray from Frye are not for use on Suede, Nubuck, Brushed, or Distressed Leathers. They are both oil-based, so they WILL darken the color of your boots. Because of this, most customers prefer not to use these products on light colored leathers. We recommend doing a test with a very small amount of the product on an inconspicuous area such as the back of the heel, upper part, or tongue of the boot to see if you are okay with the minor change in color. Make sure that you protect other surfaces in your work area, as oil-based products will stain many materials.

 Clean Your Boots

If your boots have laces, it will probably be best to remove them before waterproofing. Unless your boots are muddy, a quick pass with a boot brush will remove the dirt. A dauber brush can be used to get dirt out of smaller crevices. You can see all of our Shoe Care products here, and decide which method of cleaning your boots works best for you. Make sure that your boots are dry before proceeding to the next step.

Cream Application

The Weatherproof dressing will condition and weatherproof your leather. Begin by spreading a quarter-sized amount of the cream onto the cloth. Then, one small area at a time, rub the cream in a circular motion. You may also use your hands to rub the product in. Then reapply to each small section as it’s conditioned. Use the cream sparingly, and take your time. If you are patient, your boots will look a lot better, and they are worth it! Insert shoe-trees to maintain the shape of the boot, and leave overnight to dry.

Spray Application

You have two options: spray directly onto the boot, or spray onto the cloth and then apply to the boot as you would the cream. Because Frye’s Weatherproofing spray is a non aerosol product, beginners may find it difficult to create a steady stream and avoid dark spots. Regardless of which method you choose, you will want to spray the bottle onto the cloth or on some newspaper first to get a feel for the best way to spray evenly. After application, allow to dry for 3-5 minutes, then wipe down gently with the soft cloth. Allow to dry entirely before wearing.

Love Them!

Now that you’ve given your boots a little TLC to help protect them from the Fall and Winter weather, enjoy them to the fullest.

* This information is not meant to replace the manufacturer’s instructions, but act as a supplement. Application procedure may vary from product to product. If in doubt, always follow the instructions on the product label or consult the manufacturer.