Category Archives: Work Shoes

Timberland Style: New Utility

How to Wear the New Utility trend with Timberland Boots

Timberland Whomen's Wheelwright Waterproof Hiking Boot

Trendstop first identified New Utility as a fashion trend in 2014, and has announced it as it’s Fashion Trend of the Year for 2016 .  We’re thrilled with this practical trend, which reimagines classic, rugged utility style into modern silhouettes without compromising on functionality.

New Utility is something that Timberland boots have always done well.  Their iconic yellow boot is now omnipresent, spotted on the feet of construction workers and fashion gurus alike.  Today, Timberland has taken that iconic functionality and style to the next level with heritage styles like the Women’s Wheelwright Hiker and the Men’s Willoughby boot.

Timberland Women's Wheelwright Waterproof Hiker

The Timberland Women’s Wheelwright Waterproof Hiker is one of our favorite takes on this year’s trend. Created with the same rugged construction as the original Timberland boot, the Wheelwright is luxed up for the #ModernTrail.

Timberland Whomen's Wheelwright Waterproof Hiking Boot

Feminine enough to wear with a dress and rugged enough to hit the trails, this boot is ready for anything.  Reversed suede adds a distressed aesthetic that works from countryside to city street. Waterproof construction makes this boot down for whatever.  Pair it with your favorite tench coat or military jacket.

Need some outfit inspiration? Head on over to Polyvore to see how you can wear this boot with jeans, dresses, and skirts.

Dansko Clog Materials

The Dansko Professional clog is well known for its comfort and use in the workplace.  It comes in many different styles so that you can find the perfect pair to fit your everyday lifestyle.  There are so many different leathers that it can be confusing if you’re not familiar with them! We’ll break it down for you here.

Dansko Materials

 

Box Leather
Dansko Black Box Leather

Box leather has a smooth, clean finish that can be easily cleaned. Great for hospitals and kitchens.
Best For: Work environments with wet, acidic, or greasy conditions.
Care: Use a damp soapy cloth or sponge to remove surface dirt. Do not saturate the leather. Ordinary scuff marks may be touched up with shoe polish.

 

Cabrio Leather
Dansko Black Cabrio Leather

Cabrio leather features a black top coat that provides a high-gloss shine and dressy appeal.
Best For: Arguably the most stylish leather, made for play but suitable for work.
Care: To remove surface dirt, wipe gently with a soft, dry cloth. No other leather care products are needed.

 

Oiled Leather
Dansko Oiled Leather

Oiled leather has a heavily oiled finish that creates a durable, moisture-resistance surface. This rugged leather creates a matte, textured appearence and has a quick break in.
Best For: Casual wear, okay for work. May stain more easily than Box or Cabrio leathers.
Care: To clean, rub light scuffs with finger tips. Remove stubborn dirt with damp cloth. Dansko offers an Oiled Leather Restorer made specifically to maintain oiled leather clogs. Dansko Beeswax Conditioner can be used for weatherproofing.

 

Full-Grain Leather *
Dansko Black Full Grain Leather

Full grain leather is a smooth and water-resistant leather that does not break down in environments with wet, acidic or greasy conditions.
Best For: Everyday wear or work environments with wet, acidic, or greasy conditions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. To maintain, use matching Leather Cream.
*See finishes below for Oiled Full Grain or Milled Full Grain Leathers

 

 

Patent Leather
Dansko Patent Leather

Patent leather is a dress leather with a polycoat finish. This finish gives the leather its high shine.
Best For: A dress clog, perfect for almost any occasion.
Care: Gently wipe surface dirt off the leather with a clean damp cloth.

 

Nappa Leather
Dansko Black Nappa Leather

Nappa Leather is extremely soft, supple and luxurious, great for a dressy look.
Best For: Special occasions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a soft cloth. A damp cloth may be used for a more thorough cleaning. To maintain, buff with Dansko Leather Cream and a soft clean cloth. To maintain, buff lightly with the Dansko Anytime Shoe Shine sponge.

 

Suede Leather
Dansko Suede Leather

Suede Leather features a soft, delicate nap.
Best For: Dress-up occasions or every day wear.
Care: Nubuck and Suede Bar and Brush to remove surface stains. For maximum water and stain protection, we recommend using Suede and Nubuck Spray immediately after purchase.

Nubuck Leather
Dansko Nubuck Leather

The softest Dansko leather with a lush and silky feel.
Best For: Leisure shoes and sandals, particularly with bright, vivid colors.
Care: Wipe with a damp cloth to remove surface dirt. Use a Nubuck and Suede Bar and Brush to remove surface stains. For maximum water and stain protection, we recommend using a Suede and Nubuck Spray immediately after purchase.

 

Felt
Dansko Felt Clogs

Felt is a material constructed with non-woven, compressed, synthetic fibers. This material provides a warm, cozy look and feel.
Best For: Casual Wear
Care: Spot clean with a damp cloth.

 

Hair Calf
Dansko Women's Hair Calf

A soft, supple leather with calf hair.
Best For: A unique, dressy look.
Care: Spot clean with a clean damp cloth.

 

Other Finishes:

 

Antiqued
Dansko Antiqued Leather Finish

Antiqued leathers usually have more color depth for an aged or polished look.
Care: Follow instructions for specific leather.

 

Burnished
Dansko Burnished Leather Finish

Burnished full grain leather is a smooth and water-resistant leather. Burnishing is a finishing technique that creates depth with darker shades of dye/polish.
Care: Follow instructions for specific leather.

 

Crackle
Dansko Crackled Finish

Embossed printing on full-grain leather creates the appearance of pattern or texture.
Care: Gently wipe with soft dry cloth.

 

Tooled Leather
Dansko Tooled Leather Finish

Tooled leather is pattern-embossed. We carry both patent and full-grain tooled leather Dansko clogs.
Best For: Fun, casual styles and floral patterns.
Care: For full-grain tooled leathers, clean with a soft dry cloth. Patent tooled leathers can be gently wiped with a clean damp cloth to remove surface dirt.

 

Milled Full Grain Leather
Dansko Milled Full Grain Leather Finish (OOS)

Milled full grain is a leather that has been tumbled and has a smooth and water-resistant leather that does not break down easily.
Best For: Environments with wet, acidic or greasy conditions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. Maintain with Leather Cream.

 

Oiled Full Grain Leather
Dansko Oiled Full Grain Leather

Oiled full grain leather has a heavily oiled finish that creates a durable, water resistant finish. This smooth yet rugged leather does not break down easily.
Best For: Environments with wet, acidic or greasy conditions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a soft, damp cloth. To maintain, use Dansko Oiled Leather Restorer for darker colors or Dansko Leather Cream for all colors.

 

You can learn more about Dansko Material care on the brand’s website.

12 Days of Gifts: Day 3

Mens Dress Shoes

We know not everyone is easy to shop for, so this holiday season, we’re giving you 12 days worth of gift ideas!

Day three is all about the men’s dress shoes. At TheShoeMart, we have something for every price range–and we have a large variety of sizes as well. Grab something for your favorite guy, he’ll get much more use out of a pair of nice dress shoes than an ugly Christmas sweater.

Bruno Magli Shoes

Black Nappa

The classic brilliance of Bruno Magli shoes began in 1936 in  a small basement in Bologna, Italy.  Today, Bruno Magli shoes are known for their elegant, refined silhouettes and artisan heritage.  Shoes that bridge the gap between traditional Italian footwear and modern Italian sensisbilites, these are perfect for the man on your list that loves both luxury and practicality.

 

Johnston & Murphy Shoes

Johnston and Murphy Shoes has designed quality footwear for over 155 years.  Their legacy is one of quality and effortless style. From chukkas to cap-toe oxfords, J&M creates shoes for every taste. Find the perfect pair for the man that always wants to put his best foot forward.

 

Alden Shoes

We may be a bit biased here, but we think every man should own a pair of Alden shoes.  From classic dress shoe models like the 990 and 681 to the iconic Alden Indy Boot, we have something for everyone.  If the guy on your list is looking for something unique, we also have our special Alden Bootmaker Editions.  If you’re new to Alden, sizing can be confusing, so be sure to contact us with any questions.

Arch Support

ArchSupport

What is Arch Support?

When people talk about supporting the arch of your foot, they are talking about the medial longitudinal arch that spans between the ball of your foot and your heel bone. The support in these two areas must also support weight in the open space between them.

If your arches are not properly supported, you may experience pain down the length of the foot and too much stress or weight on your feet may lead to injury.

Do You Need It?

ArSi

Some people have low arches but do not have any problems.  Others have problems that are often related to overpronation.  If you have mild symptoms, purchasing arch supports may be an easier and cheaper solution, but those with moderate to severe symptoms should consult a professional.

In most mild cases, proper footwear can help.

What To Look For:

There are many forms of arch support, including insoles and custom orthodics.

Many athletic shoes are designed to reduce overpronation, the excessive inward rolling of the foot that is often caused by flat feet. Look for stability technologies for mild to moderate pronation, and motion-control technologies for severe over-pronation.

Some suggest that the best way to support your arch is to build up foot muscles slowly and wear shoes that allow your feet to sit naturally.  Zero-drop shoes with wide toe-boxes are often recommended for this purpose.

There are a lot of factors that go into relieving foot pain. You should discuss these options with a podiatrist or other medical professional to see which is the best option for you.

Another common cause of foot pain is wearing the wrong shoe size. Stay tuned next week for more on choosing the right shoe size!

Get Happy… Feet!

HappyFeet

You rely on them every day, and they take you everywhere you need to go. Your feet do a lot for you… so what can you do for them in return?

1.  Learn More About Them!

Foot ailments don’t just occur in athletes.  According to the APMA’s 2010 survey, most Americans have experienced pain or problems with their feet. Foot pain can interfere with many of your favorite activities.  Get to know your feet and get advice on how to care for them from the APMA’s website and by tuning in to some of our tips and tricks!

2.  Put them up!

The phrase “Put your feet up” exists as an idiom for a reason! Give your feet some much needed R & R.  Reduce feet and ankle swelling by elevating your legs above your heart while sitting or lying down.

3. Rub them down!

Foot massages feel great and release all that unwanted tension. Your feet will appreciate a good rub-down, and so will the rest of your body! Benefits of massage include better circulation! If you want to learn to massage your own feet, you can start by watching this video. Use lotion, especially during cold, dry months to moisturize!

4.  Work Them Out!

Your feet need exercise, too! Pick up marbles or other small items with your toes, walk as if you were on a tight rope, and rotate your ankles slowly.  Avoid toe cramps by raising, pointing, and curling toes. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.  Search Pinterest for more foot exercises!

5.  Get a Proper Fit!

Many foot problems are caused or made worse by ill-fitting shoes. A properly fit shoe can make all the difference when it comes to conditions like hammer toe, gout, bunions, or swollen feet. A properly-fit shoe will not only help reduce pain but can also prevent many foot conditions from happening. Get fitted at your local store or come see us in Norwalk, CT and we will be happy to assist you!

Check back next week for more about good foot hygiene!