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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.

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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?

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.

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.

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!

 

 

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.