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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.

 Athletic

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.

Sandals

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.

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).

Athletic

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!

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

Post WOD Recovery

Post-WOD

You work hard, and your feet work hard too. After intense exercice, you have to allow time for your body to recover. The sport of fitness involves repetitive impact and ground contact for your feet. Taking care of your feet and allowing them to recover after a WOD feels great–and can help to avoid injury. Here’s 3 ways to treat your feet:

1. Keep Them Clean and Dry – Your feet will certainly work up a sweat during your WOD, but warm, wet spaces are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria and fungus. Wash up as soon after your workout as possible, and slip your feet into a fresh, dry pair of socks. If your feet are very prone to sweating or overheating, you may find a foot deodorizer / antiperspirant helpful. Synthetic socks wick moisture away better than cotton, so select the right pair for both before and after exercising.

2. Stretch Them – Keep your feet strong and flexible by stretching them post-WOD. We have pinned some exercises for stronger feet on our Pinterest board, For The Minimalist. You should also be sure to put your feet up every once in a while to improve circulation.

Pamper Them – A pedicurist or proper at-home pedicure can keep the feet healthy. Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails or painful impact. Soaking feet in epsom salt or ice water may help to reduce swelling and soothe aching muscles.

Most importantly, if you feel like you have a foot injury coming on, be sure to take care of it as soon as possible. Untreated injuries can lead to debilitation of the foot, hindering or halting your fitness progress. You can read more about common athletic injuries on last week’s blog.

Here are some of our favorite fitness shoes for working out and keeping in shape!

Reebok CrossFit Games 2015 – The Open

 CrossFit (1)

Tonight, February 26th at 5pm PT, the first Open Workout will be announced in Canton, MA and pit four-time champion Rich Froning Jr. against 2014 silver medalist, Mat Fraser.

Beginning in 2007 as a new and exhaustive way to find the Fittest on Earth™ , the Reebok CrossFit Games test athletes’ ability to face the unknown and unknowable.  The Open is the first of three stages in the competition. Athletes from around the world compete by submitting their scores for each other the 5 workouts. They have from the Thursday announcement until the following Monday at 5pm PT to complete the workout and submit their scores.

Here is the standards video for 14.1, last year’s first Open Workout:


We at The Shoe Mart want to wish participating athletes the best of luck.  We’ve been involved with the Sport of Fitness and its community since 2008 and carry many products from Reebok CrossFit, the official Sponsor of The Games.  Give it everything you have, we’ll definitely be watching!

Remember, 5pm PT tonight!

3, 2, 1, Go!