Winter Shoes

WinterBoots

If you haven’t woken up to frost on your windshield yet, we are slightly envious.  If you have, you have likely realized that the cold of winter is getting ready to take over.

You’ve found your shovel or snow blower and you have your windshield scraper on hand.  You’ve got gloves and hats… but are your feet ready for the cold? Snow and ice are major challenges of the season, and your footwear plays a major role in keeping you safe and healthy in the winter.

At TheShoeMart.com, we have a large selection of Snow Boots for Men and for Women. Browse our online store to find the perfect style for you.

To make it a bit easier, we’re featuring two of our favorite styles for men and women. 

Kamik Men’s Bushman

We like the Kamik Bushman boot because it has serious antibacterial power.  An important part of taking care of your feet in the winter is keeping them from creating a hot, humid climate for bacteria to grow.  Kamik‘s Aegis Antibacterial treatment and waterproofing technologies will keep your feet dry and warm. 

Sorel Women’s Tofino Cate

The Tofino Cate boots from Sorel  make it to the top of our list with a sophisticated and fun quilted look. Waterproof construction, faux fur, and leather shell will keep your toes warm, dry, and cozy in a look that’s sleek enough for the streets. Sorel boots are very popular this year and have been flying off our shelves.

For the rest of the month, we’ll be bringing you tricks and tips to help keep your feet comfy, as well as ways to clean your winter footwear.

Are your toes ready?

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Weekend Wear

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Weekends are for staying comfortable–whether you’re on the couch or hitting the trails. With slippers, moccasins, loafers, boat shoes, hiking boots, and comfy athletic shoes–we’ve got your weekend covered. Today, we’d like to focus on the softer side of things: the slipper.

With many styles of slippers to chose from, you are sure to find the perfect balance of comfort and style. From classic to classy, here are a few of our favorites.

The Classic :

Suede, shearling, wool blends, sheepskin, and pile lining maximize the warmth and softness on all of these slippers. Slides offer easy entry and exit for quick snack trips on wood floors or grabbing the newspaper off the porch. Keep comfy out of the covers with the below styles from Sorel and L.B. Evans.

Side-goring makes it easy for shoes to encompass your feet without the struggle of shoving your foot into the shoe.  This easy fit will keep your heels snug and comfortable, too.

Pile-lining and Sheepskin are soft and comfortable ways to keep your toes toasty. Both of the following styles from Minnetonka have indoor/outdoor soles and will keep the chill out–even when you’re outside.

The Classy:

Be ready for house guests with sophisticated styles that include leathers, hardsoles, and super comfortable footbeds. There’s no reason that comfort can’t be stylish.  Simple and elegant leathers make the styles below from L.B. Evans and Spring Step a bit less casual.

Step up your game a little bit–and step into supple smooth splendor–with Deerskin or Moosehide moccasins from Minnetonka. Cushioned insoles and

The slippers below, with durable outsoles and sleek silhouettes, will have you tempted to take them out of the house.

At The ShoeMart, we realize that not everyone fits one mold. We carry slippers in XL sizes (14-16) and Wide widths for those that need a roomier fit.

 

We also carry many Women’s Slippers from Minnetonka, Sorel, Sofft, Vionic, Sperry Top-Sider, and Spring Step.

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9 Essential Shoes for Daytime Wear

We believe that men’s shoes are just as important in the daytime as they are at night. From the office to the grocery store, your feet should be wrapped in comfort and style. While we all have a reliable, favorite pair, it’s called a shoe rotation for a reason—wearing the same pair of shoes every day without break not only wears them down, but it makes you look dull and worn, as well.

1.  Black Lace-Up

A versatile black lace-up is a must for every shoe rotation.  A plain-toe shoe made of calfskin with a leather sole is formal enough for most occasions. We like the Rizzo from Bacco Bucci — it’s even denim-friendly.

2. Brownwing

A brown longwing is much more casual–and versatile.  A longwing is at home in a non-white collar environment with a sport coat or with jeans. There are tons of shades of brown to choose from:  The Dark Brown Smooth Calfskin All Weather Walker from Alden is a very versatile option, wearable even on those bad-weather days.

3. Burgundy Loafer

Another versatile shoe to have in your rotation is a burgundy loafer for comfort and quick on and off.  Burgundy is a great color because it goes with anything a black shoe does and more.  Bit and Tassel loafers are fine, but a classic penny loafer can be dressed up a bit for more formal occasions.  Try the Pinch Penny from Cole Haan.

4. Driver

Another variation of the loafer is the Driving Moccasin.  A great option for when you are traveling long distances, the driving moc will get you from here to there and keep your tired feet comfortable on the way back from a long day.  Relax in reliable style with the Double Bottom Cowhide Driving Moc from Minnetonka in Dark Brown Lariat or Chestnut.

5. Desert Boot

A classic look that is also comfortable thanks to their crepe soles, the Desert Boot is a pleasant part of your rotation, especially on days that involve a lot of walking.  You can’t go wrong with Clarks in Oakwood Suede or Beeswax Leather.

6. Canvas Pop

Add some color with a reliable canvas shoe. Navy works for any season, so we suggest the Hookset Camp Canvas Oxford from Timberland.  Less daring? It’s also available in black. Very daring? Try the Cherry Red Canvas 8-Eye Boot from Dr Martens.

7.  Boat Shoe

A casual shoe with function and iconic nautical style, a boat shoe is great for a leisurely afternoon on the water. Go sockless and be ready for anything in the Authentic Original from Sperry Top-Sider.

 8. Double Monk

A Monk is interesting and captures attention, drawing comment from others. A double monk makes a statement all on its own. Our pick? The Conard Double Monk Strap from Johnston & Murphy.

9. Reliable Boot

Sometimes life gets rough. On days when you need to be up for anything, it helps to have a well-constructed, dependable leather boot. Made in America with Horween Chromexcel leather, the 1,000 Mile Boot from Wolverine is a great choice to keep you going when the going is tough.

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Shoe Horns: We’ve got your back.

If your feet are constantly getting into a wrestling match with your shoes and boots, it may be time to invest in a shoe horn.

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Shoe horns are curved instruments that allow you to more easily get your foot into your shoe. They get their name from the original material used to craft them: animal horn. Today, shoe horns are made from various materials, but the most common materials are metal, plastic, and wood. At The Shoe Mart, we offer steel shoehorns. Many of our steel shoehorns are wrapped in premium, full grained leather. This creates a functional product that not only feels rich when in use, but looks great, too.

A shoe horn’s purpose is to help you guide your feet into shoes that are tight-fitting. All you have to do is put the shoe horn against the counter, or back of your shoe, an

d then slide your heel along the horn until the foot is comfortably inside the shoe. This will allow you to put the shoe on without damaging the counter. We recommend using a shoe horn when you first order shoes from TheShoeMart.com so that if the shoes do not fit, they will be undamaged and in returnable condition. You can find our selection of quality shoe horns here.

Shoe horns are also useful for people who are not flexible or people who have back injuries. A shoe horn allows you to put on a shoe without bending forward to get your fo

ot inside. Long shoe horns even allow you to put on shoes while standing up.

Available with inscriptions or fun accents, shoe horns also make great gifts!

 

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Night Out Attire

It’s been a long week, and you’re ready to wash away all of your workweek stress. You’ve made plans with your friends or date, but there’s one last detail to cover… what do you wear? A night out means that everyone will be looking their best, and you want to belong without blending in.

Not surprisingly, your night out outfit’s appropriateness depends on where you are going.

 If you’re going to a Night Club there will always be a dress code and it will vary based on region and even the club itself. Do some research into what is appropriate.  Nightclubs mean lots of hot, sweaty bodies and spilling drinks.  Navy and grey are dark enough to flatter and they disguise sweat and spills in UV nightclub lighting, black and light colored fabrics do not.

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Keep in mind that your shoes will probably take a beating from the club scene. Resist the temptation to sport your most expensive pair.  A leather that you can clean and polish up like new the next day are ideal. Keep it classic with a black, plain toed shoe like the Eddy from Nunn Bush, with a slip-resistant rubber sole and padded collar to prevent blisters. If you need to keep it casual, take it down a few notches in the part leather, part canvas Vartan Sport Oxford from Cole Haan. Take it a step further and stand out with a pair of chukkas with a pop of color like the Lunargrand Chukka.

Meanwhile, for Date Night, you should avoid expecting the mess and dress to impress instead. What is appropriate always depends on the venue, so call or stop by before the date to see what kind of outfit will fit in.  If you are short on time, you can always look the restaurant up online on sites like CitySearch and Google for photos and suggestions.  Go-tos include sharply tailored silhouettes and darker or subtle neutral shades.

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Most importantly, be sure to tell your date what you’re wearing so that you don’t out-dress her. Then, pay attention to your shoes–because she will, too. A well-kept black slip-on like the Novara II from Mezlan appears classic and effortless. At a more casual venue or during a day date, the soft deerskin Wimbley from Alan Payne will keep you looking cool and at ease. For a more rugged look, put on a pair of lace-up boots like the Alden Indy boot.

Whatever you choose, remember that your best accessory for a night out is confidence. Keep a good attitude and you’re sure to have a good time, regardless.

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Four Shoes to Take You From Day To Night

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Shoes are a huge investment for your wardrobe–but they can make or break a look. Today we’re showing you four extremely versatile shoes that you can take from day to night without a problem.

Santoni Men’s Patrick

A pair of elegant penny loafers like the Patrick from Santoni will work as long as you do, and play along afterward.  It’s slim silhouette is an upgrade to the traditional penny loafer.

Johnston & Murphy Men’s Atchison Cap Toe

The Atchinson Cap Toe from Johnston and Murphy is an awesome go-to for business casual or for an after-work dinner.  Comfortable, flexible, and durable, you can wear this style all day.

Alden Men’s Cap Toe Boot Shell Cordovan

Ankle Boots give your look a more masculine presence.  Shell Cordovan is elegant, but wearing a boot instead of a shoe will make you look less out of place later on.  One of our top-sellers, the Alden Men’s Cap Toe Boot on the Alden Grant Last also comes in Color 8, which can be worn in just about any situation that you would wear the Black Shell in. The Shell Cordovan styles of the Alden Indy Boot are also a great option–crafted on the wider TruBalance Last instead of the Grant.

Cole Haan Women’s Air Juliana Pump 75

A shoe for women that works great for Day to Night wear is the Air Juliana Pump 75 from Cole Haan. The stacked heel is just the right height for an evening out, but the Nike Air technology will keep your feet in plush comfort all day long.

Keep in mind that the appropriateness of a shoe depends on your location. For example, loafers are perfectly acceptable in some office settings but may seem too casual in others.

We played it pretty safe with our selections, but we like to see you mix it up. What’s your go-to shoe, day or night?

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New Nano 4.0’s!

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New colors of Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0‘s are now at TheShoeMart.com! We have just received all of the shoes above, including the USA colorway pictured in the banner!

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The new Sticker Print Nano 4.0 is available for both men and women. The Men’s version is mostly black with gGravel accents so that the print really pops. The Women’s version is mainly a complimentary berry color, with yellow laces and steel and white accents.

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Also in time for Veteran’s Day are colorways inspired by the uniforms of those that served their country.

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Also included in our New Arrivals is the new Men’s Mid-Cut Nano 3.0 in Black. Get the versatility of a Nano with the stability of a high-top shoe.

Learn more about the Nano 4’s here and see how they weigh in compared to the rest of the Nano series.

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Athletic Shoes

It’s October: It’s colder, the kids are back in school, and people are starting to spend less time outside. However, continuing to remain physically active is one of the best ways to keep away the upcoming winter blues!

As we mentioned last week, at TheShoeMart we enjoy helping you find shoes that suit your purpose. This week, we’re taking an extra-close look at athletic shoes so that you have the right tools to stay fit this season.

First up is the New Balance 990. The 990 first debuted in 1982, and has been loved since as a classic American stability shoe. This shoe is great for the mild-to-moderate overpronator since it is designed to reduce inward rolling of the foot while running.  Most runners with normal or medium arches will fall into this category.

  

Also from New Balance, we have the 890v4. A lightweight neutral cushioning shoe, it is a great choice for underpornators (supinators) and midfoot or forefoot strikers.

Moderate to Severe overpronators with low or flat arches should look at motion control shoes like the  1080, 1260, and 3040.

If you’d like to take your running off-road…

Consider Inov-8’s RocLite 295, a durable choice with deep cleats perfect for your next trail run or unpredictable adventure.

If you’re really not into running, you might consider weight lifting as a way to stay active.

Pendlay DoWin 2013 Weightlifting Shoes are a traditional weightlifting shoe created solely for Olympic weightlifting. You can read more about why you need specific shoes for weightlifting here.

The Inov-8 Fastlift, Reebok Lifter 2.0 and Reebok Lifter Plus 2.0 are all hybrid weightlifting shoes that are popular with CrossFit athletes and those that want a lifting shoe capable of handling a variety of other movements–in addition to the snatch and the clean and jerk.

The Reebok CrossFit Power Lite TR‘s gripping full rubber outsole, hi-top stability and cushioning make it great for powerlifting moves like the squat, deadlift, and bench press.

Now that we’ve provided you an athletic shoe arsenal, what are you waiting for?

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Time to Weigh In: Reebok CrossFit Nano Series

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Many of our customers were curious about the weights of the different generations of the Reebok CrossFit Nano. In an attempt to satisfy that curiosity, we lined them up and put them on the scale. How did they weigh in?

All weights are taken from a Men’s size 8.5.

Nano U-Form:

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The world’s first shoe developed by and for CrossFitters, the Reebok CrossFit Nano U-Form has an athletic mesh upper, side wall lug wraps, Duragrip toe cap, and an IMEVA midsole. The first generation, shown here in Nacho / Club Blue / Flat Grey / White /Gravel, weighs in at 0.55 lbs, or 8.8 oz.

Nano 2.0:

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The Nano 2.0 was next, with its DuraGrip toe technology, high abrasion rubber outsole and slightly more cushioning than the U-Form. The 2.0 also weighs in at 0.55 lbs (8.8 oz).

Nano 3.0:

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The third-generation Nano introduced the DuraCage, making the shoe more durable, flexible, and giving it a new aesthetic. The sole was also made more durable for rope climbs and stability for Oly lifts was added in the heel. Shown here in Violet Volt / Green Smash , one of many superhero-inspired colorways released specially for the Nano 3.0’s, it weighs in at 0.6 lbs, or 9.6 oz.

Nano 4.0:

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And this year’s model, the Nano 4.0 came with more updates to the DuraCage and RopePro protection wrap. The upper received additional updates in the form of better mesh lining to make the shoe more breathable. Perhaps the most significant update for the 4.0 was the improved heel cup, making it even more stable for lifting. Like it’s predecessor, the 4.0 weighs in at 0.6 lbs (9.6 oz).

So while many reported feeling lighter when running in the Nano 3 and 4, they are actually slightly heavier than the previous versions of the shoe. This is likely due to the additions of more durable materials. Many customers agree that the durability of the shoe is worth the slight addition in weight. What do you think?

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Street Style: New Balance 574

Here at TheShoeMart, we take our athletic shoes seriously. From the comfort of Clarks Wallabees to the waterproof Timberland yellow boot, we love to help you find the perfect shoes to suit your purpose. So you may be surprised to see that today we’re featuring a running shoe that people don’t often run in.

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The New Balance 574.

It may seem counter-intuitive for a running shoe to be seen as street-wear, but the classic silhouette of the New Balance 574 is photographed regularly by street style bloggers that love to share its retro style.

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The New Balance 574 is instantly recognizable as iconic American footwear. Further extending that image, New Balance has committed to making and assembling their shoes in The USA whenever possible and the 574 is part of their Made in USA collection, alongside the 990 and 993.

The shoe is also loved for its comfort and durability– with uppers made of a combination of breathable mesh and long-lasting suede and its anti-fatigue technologies, the 574 is one of New Balance‘s most sought-after styles.  It is also a shoe that has received many make-overs, but we like to keep it classic.

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Wondering what’s behind that comfort? The ENCAP midsole enhances stability and ABZORB technology reduces shock to your foot for all day comfort.  The non-marking rubber sole provides great traction even on wet surfaces. Regarding fit, the 574 is designed with a narrow heel and a wide instep, and it’s anti-fatigue insole is removable to accommodate custom orthotics.

The New Balance 574 has become an athletic shoe for a new type of running: the every-day hustle.

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