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SOREL Women’s Joan of Arctic

SOREL makes boots for women who make history. Canadian SOREL has been creating boots that are as fashionable as they are functional since 1962.  Using quality felt, leather and wool, SOREL boots are for the adventurer in you.

Keep warm and cozy in the snow with SOREL’s Joan of Arctic Boot, with NEW colors for Fall 2013!  From the Black with bright Sail Red laces and stitching to the Curry with arctic blue accents, these boots will fit any style!  Not only can you avoid wet toes with SOREL’s seam-sealed waterproof construction, but the rest of your foot will also stay dry thanks to the waterproof suede upper. Other features designed to keep out the cold  include a removable 6mm recycled felt InnerBoot and a 25mm bonded felt frost plug. The faux fur makes these boots feminine and fun—without sacrificing functionality.  SOREL rates these boots to withstand up to -25° F weather, so be fearless and start your new adventure with the Joan of Arctic Boot.

Spotlight Brand: Allen Edmonds

Allen Edmonds had been handcrafting men’s shoes in the US since 1922. Based on the Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan, AE is extremely proud of their American production. Each shoe is made using their traditional 212-step manufacturing process and is touched by over 100 different pairs of American hands.

AE offers a variety of dress and casual shoes, from oxfords to loafers to boots, available in over one hundred sizes, from 6 to 16, and from a narrow AAA to a wide EEE. They truly believe in the proper fit, with 13 Goodyear Welted lasts, and 5 Handsewn lasts to accommodate every shape and size foot. The versatility is endless, with numerous different shapes, sizes, designs and materials. AE also manufactures belts that correspond to each shoe in color and style, believing that it is important that their customers look effortlessly connected.

AE offers timeless designs inspired by the “All-American sensibility” of the countries great men, cities, and natural terrain. Those that wear Allen Edmonds shoes make a statement, however, it is a quiet statement that commands respect. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush all wore Allen Edmonds Park Avenue shoe for their inaugurations, one of the most important moments of their careers.

Allen Edmonds focuses on superior quality, using premium calfskin and cordovan leathers. They are famous for their hot cork footbeds, which provide the ultimate comfort. If it’s time to stop buying new throw-away shoes every year, AE is definitely a brand to consider. Not only do many of their customers report not having to replace the shoes for ten or more years, but AE also offers an excellent Recrafting service in which they rebuild your shoes from the bottom up to extend its usable life. The standard Recrafting consists of AE replacing the soles, heels, welting, cork layer under insoles, and lace, and also refinishing the upper of the shoe. To see how this process works, check out the video below.

Minnetonka 3 Layer Fringe

Minnetonka is one of our favorite brands here at TheShoeMart. They are celebrated by our customers and staff alike for both style and craftsmanship. Since 1946, Minnetonka has been recognized for their classic American style and dedication to comfort. These Calf Hi 3-Layer Fringe Boots are no exception, with soft, supple suede and padded cushion insoles.

As the weather gets colder, and toes start to freeze, boots become increasingly more appealing. These 3 Layer Fringers are great day-to-day wear as we transition into fall because they are so versatile. Their light weight allows you to extend their use from fall and winter into the springtime without overheating or looking ridiculous. On warmer days, they look great with a mini-skirt or the high-waisted shorts that have been everywhere this season. On cooler days, they look great paired with skinny jeans, or leggings and a cardigan. The 3 Layer Fringers care casual enough to be worn to the grocery store, but if you pair them with a light-colored dress and a denim jacket they can be worn to dinner and a movie.

Not only are these Minnetonka boots comfortable and cozy, but they also are very stylish! The movement of the fringe is very eye-catching and will spice up even the simplest of outfits. The vertical lines attract the eyes downward, making legs seem longer and slimmer. In the case of fuller or more muscular legs, wear bottoms in a color that is similar to that of your boots, like dark blue jeans with the Black Suede boots.

Perhaps the best part about these boots is the convenience they offer in every day wear. It is so easy to slip them on in a hurry when you realize that it’s a bit chillier outside than you expected. They are comfortable enough to wear all day, and clearly versatile enough to make the transition from day to night. Our new intern Liz loves these boots because she often finds herself running out the door with her busy schedule. She is also on the taller side, so finding a tall boot with a flat heel is always a bonus for her. Grab a pair and keep going in comfort and style.

To find out more about the process behind creating a Minnetonka moccasin, watch the video below.

End of the Summer Deals: 40% Off Select Brands and Styles

As the summer nears its close, we are clearing out our inventory to make room for the fall season. We are offering deep discounts on a wide variety of styles. Save 40% on Vibram Fivefingers, Ecco Golf Shoes, and Minnetonka Sandals. We are also offering 40% off closeout models from Keen, New Balance, Blackstone, and Merrell. Quantities are limited, once they’re gone, they’re gone. Act now to take advantage of these great savings!

New At TheShoeMart: Blackstone Shoes

Blackstone is a Dutch handcrafted footwear company founded in 1992. Their roots trace back to a long running family tradition of working in the leather industry. Blackstone proudly value traditions over trends. Their shoes are handcrafted and designed to appeal to both fashion forward and traditional tastes by adding contemporary twists to classic designs. Blackstone shoes first appeared in the US in 2010 and have continued to be warmly received for their unique blend of comfort and style. Browse our summer selection and see for yourself!