12 Days of Gifts: Day 6

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

Day six is devoted to socks.  There’s just something about Christmas that makes us want socks. Maybe it’s all the stockings hanging everywhere, maybe our feet just get cold easily.

 

Darn Tough Socks

Nothing beats a pair of Darn Tough socks.  Made in VT and guaranteed for life, Darn Tough Socks are the finest all weather performance socks.  These rigorously tested socks are made with either Darn Tough’s exclusive Coolmax® fiber blend or with naturally moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating Merino Wool.  Your favorite hiker will be thrilled to find these socks in their stocking this year.

 

 

Marcoliani Milano Socks

On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have Marcoliani Milano dress socks. Sleek socks in stylish patterns are perfect for the guy that likes a little pizzaz.

 

 

Johnston & Murphy Accessories

 

For something a little more classic, check out our Johnston & Murphy Accessories.  There are plenty of socks with classic patterns and some with a little twist. Plus, no-show loafer socks will keep make their loafers warmer (and less stinky) in the winter!

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Alden Army Care Package Giveaway

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Hey Alden Army! We know the holidays are tough, so we’d like to send you a little care package. Tag us (@TheShoeMart) in your images and tell us how you survive the holidays with #TSMTough and we’ll enter you in to win an Alden Army Care Package valued at over $100. After January 5th, we’ll draw a winner at random.

Entries are subject to a review process, so be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and check out the rules to make sure your entry counts! You can enter by:

  1. tagging #TSMTough and @theshoemart on Instragram
  2. Uploading your photo via the #TSMTough page on our blog
  3. Uploading your photo on the #TSMTough Giveaway tab on our Facebook Page
Be sure to tell us how you survive the holidays and use #TSMTough in the caption!

Alden Army Care Package includes:

Shine Mate
Shoe Trees (1 pair)
8″ Shoe Horn (Candy Apple Red)
Alden Paste Wax
Alden Boot Cream
Alden Leather Defender
Alden Boot Bags
TSM Pen with built-in stylus and flashlight.

 

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Giveaway Rules:

  1. Contestants must have a valid address in the United States and be at least 18 years of age to enter.
  2. One entry per image, with maximum 4 entries per person. To qualify, image must be your own content. Entries are subject to review.
  3. Entries will be streamed in a gallery on blog.theshoemart.com and on TheShoeMart Facebook page. If for any reason, you would not like your photo to be displayed in this gallery, please contact us.
  4. Winner will be selected at random from all qualifying entries. If the winner is unable to provide a valid US address or fails to respond within a week of contact, another winner will be drawn randomly.
  5. We will be reaching out during the giveaway for permission to use some photos in our marketing materials. Granting us permission to use your photos will not give you any advantage in the giveaway.
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12 Days of Gifts: Day 5

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

Day five is all about the athlete in your life: whether it’s your mom, your favorite gym partner, or your neighbor who jogs daily.  When it comes to cross-training or running, Inov-8 shoes are usually at the top of our list, so we’re happy to tell you about them. Here’s a breakdown of some of their new arrivals — and some of our old favorites.

 

FastLift 325

The FastLift 325 is the latest version of inov-8’s hybrid weightlifting shoe.  Perfect for functional fitness and plyometric training, the FastLift 325 is super lightweight without compromising stability.  The combination of inov-8’s famous sock-like fit and an adjustable strap lock in the foot without weighing you down. Available in bright color combinations or classic black and white.

 

F-Lite 250

The F-Lite 250 offers more versatility than any of its predecessors. The new 250 has a 3mm footbed that allows for more support without compromising speed, power, or flexibility.  The POWERHEEL is 40% denser than the forefoot of the shoe and a midfoot lockdown keeps your foot in place so you can lift heavy. Perfect for the cross-training athlete that likes a little more support.

F-Lite 195

The classic 195 is Inov-8’s signature lightweight fitness shoe.  It’s flexible and fast enough for any workout, and stable and comfortable enough to lift weights in.  Rope-Tec reinforcement and a sticky gripping sole make this shoe great for functional fitness workouts. Available with either a Standard or Precision fit. The Standard fit features a wider toe box and is perfect for forefoot strikers, athletes with wider feet, and for lifting heavy weights. The Precision Fit is ideal for athletes with a narrower forefoot that need a more snug fit.

 

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12 Days of Gifts: Day 4

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

Day four is about classic nautical style: the boat shoe.  Whether you want to send dreams of warmer days or something a bit more rugged for the winter season, we’ve got you covered at TheShoeMart. Come sail away with us…

Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes

Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes are perfect for life by the water. Stick to the classics or bring it up a notch with boat-style boots for the colder months.  Either way, you’ll be sure to get a nice thank-you card this year.

 

Sebago Boat Shoes

     

Select a pair of boat shoes from Sebago for the man on your list that is the perfect example of “relaxed and refined”.  Select styles are made with Horween leather for a premium look and feel.

 

Minnetonka Boat Shoes

   

Minnetonka Moccasins with boat soles offer a cute twist on a classic pattern.  Moccasin construction on a grippy outsole makes a fashionable, comfortable, and practical shoe that she’ll love.

 

Timberland Boat Shoes

     

Boat shoes from Timberland are classic patterns crafted with premium full-grain leather. Choose from a sleek, classic boat sole or the lug sole Timberland boots are famous for.

 

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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12 Days of Gifts: Day 2

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

For day two, we’re showing you how to stuff the stocking of a serious shoe lover. I bet you’re wondering what all this stuff does, so let’s get down to the nitty gritty, shall we?

Shoe Trees

Cedar shoe trees are an essential part of caring for leather shoes. They extend the life and durability of shoes by naturally deodorizing and absorbing moisture while helping shoes retain their shape.

 

Shoe Polish

Alden Color 8 Shoe Paste Wax

Nothing makes an entrance like a superior shine.  Help make their shoes glisten with shoe care products from Alden, Meltonian, Saphir, and more.  Want to make shining even easier? Add in a Shine Mate so that shoe polish stays put!

 

Leather Defender

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Alden Leather Defender is designed to prevent the spotting and discoloration that can occur when shoes are exposed to the elements.  Great for protecting quality footwear.  Not for use on suede or nubuck leathers.

 

Shoe Horns

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Long or short, metal or covered in leather–we have a shoe horn for everyone.  Long shoe horns are great for those that have trouble bending down to put on their shoes, while shorter ones are easier to pack.  Using this device to ease your foot into your shoe keeps you from destroying the counters, which are the “heel cups” of the shoe.  Our shoe horns make great gifts!

 

Boot Bags

Alden Boot Bags

Shoe bags and boot bags help to protect your shoes during storage or travel. These are particularly useful for keeping dust and nicks off of your formal shoes, as well as for separating your shoes from your clothes in a suitcase.

Leather Accessories

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We also carry Genuine Shell Cordovan leather Alden accessories from pen cases to business card holders to luggage tags.

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12 Days of Gifts: Day 1

Warm slippers from UGG, Minnetonka, Tempur-Pedic, Glerups, Sorel, and Vionic

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

On our first day, we’re bringing out one of our favorites. Super warm and comfy slippers make great gifts, especially while the weather outside is frightful. At TheShoeMart, we have a wide selection of both men’s slippers and women’s slippers.  Here’s a break down brand by brand:

 

UGG Slippers

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Our UGG slippers for men are comfortable enough for the house and stylish enough for the streets. Featuring genuine sheepskin sock linings that help keep feet both dry and warm, these slippers are perfect for the man on the go.

 

Sorel Slippers

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Sorel slippers are super sleek and durable with a warm, comfy lining. Natural rubber outsoles make them perfect for stepping outside to grab the morning paper or mail.

 

Minnetonka Moccasin Slippers

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Slippers from Minnetonka Moccasin come in a variety of styles, from the popular women’s Cally slipper to classic men’s moosehide slippers.  Rawhide laces, leather or suede kilties, beading and fringe add something interesting that even the most stylish on your list will appreciate. Men’s XL and wide sizes available.

 

Tempur-Pedic Slippers

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Take the superior comfort of Tempur-Pedic™ memory foam with you.  These slippers feature responsive memory foam cushioned footbeds and temperature-adaptive technology. Available in medium and wide sizes.

 

Vionic Slippers

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Our Vionic slippers feature plush faux fur and podiatrist-designed Orthaheel Technology. Great for the person on your list that needs a little more support.

 

Glerups Slippers

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Glerups slippers are made out of super soft, moisture-managing wool so that they can be worn barefoot all day long!  Stay cozy in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer thanks to a blend of Gotland and Merino wool that naturally regulate both moisture and temperature. They are available as shoes or booties with either indoor (shown above) or outdoor (rubber) soles. We think that these make the perfect holiday gift to yourself–shopping is hard work!

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Cold Feet? Here’s How to Stay Warm!

As the weather gets colder, icy cold feet can be a serious problem. We’ve got a few tricks and tips for you this season, so read on!

1. Stay Dry!

Waterproof Merrell Moab Boots with GORE-TEX

Merrell Moab Boots with GORE-TEX waterproof technology.

First, protect your feet from outside moisture. The best way to do this is to wear waterproof boots and shoes.  Look for something that is breathable, like GORE-TEX technology or boots with Waterproof treated leather uppers, like Sorel boots and Timberland boots.

Sorel Boots

Sorel Boots with waterproof suede/leather uppers and rubber bottoms to keep out moisture.

Breathability is important because feet that can’t breathe will sweat, producing moisture that will make your feet get cold! Your feet sweat even when they’re cold, so carry an extra pair of socks and swap them out.

Timberland Boots

Timberland 6 inch Premium boots with waterproof leather uppers and 400 grams of PrimaLoft ECO® insulation.

2. Know your materials.

When it comes to warmth, what makes up your sock or shoe lining is way more important than how thick it is.

A Cotton Johnston and Murphy Sock

A Cotton Johnston and Murphy Sock

Cotton = Cold ! Cotton easily gets wet, especially if your feet are sweating. And once cotton gets damp, it no longer keeps its warmth.  That means frozen toes! Cotton socks have their place, but being outside in cold, damp or wet conditions requires something else.

SmartWool Hiker Street Sock

SmartWool Unisex Hiker Street Sock is 69% Merino Wool, 30% Nylon, and 1% Elastane.

Wool = Warm !  Merino wool is our favorite material for cold-weather socks, because the wool fibers manage moisture and regulate temperature naturally. It’s also less itchy when compared to other wool materials. You’ll find Merino wool in our SmartWool and Darn Tough Socks.

Best-Selling Women's Darn Tough Pebbles Crew Light Cushion Sock

This best-selling women’s light cushion crew sock from Darn Tough is 46% Merino Wool, 51% Nylon, and 3% Lycra Spandex with seamless construction for the ultimate comfort.

3. Layer Up

Sometimes one sock isn’t enough to do the job. Instead of picking one heavy weight sock, it’s usually better to start with a lightweight, moisture-wicking sock (liner sock) and then add a wool sock on top.  If you’re heading out in seriously cold temperatures, your best bet is to use three layers–a lightweight moisture-wicking sock under a  lightweight wool sock, with a medium to heavy wool sock on top.

When layering, it’s important to make sure that your feet are still comfortable. If your shoes or socks are fitting too tightly, skip the extra layer.  Too much pressure on your foot will cut off circulation to your toes, which can be dangerous in some conditions and defeats the purpose of wearing multiple socks to keep your feet warm. You want enough space that you have a layer of warm air between your socks and your shoes–enough space to wiggle your toes easily in socks.

4.  Add some sole.

A wool or sheepskin insole will keep you warm in cool weather.  Most winter boots have a thick sole to prevent too much conduction on cold surfaces. The further away your feet are from the cold ground, the warmer they will be.  Look for antimicrobial technologies that keep your feet dry, comfortable, and odor-free!

Make sure to pull out liners and insoles when you take your boots off so that they dry properly!

5. Foot Warmers

You can always buy foot warmers to keep in your shoes, but there are a few other ways to warm up your feet at home.  You can make your own footwarmer out of fleece material filled with rice or flax seed.  Pop it into the microwave and then wrap it around your feet. You can also fill a water bottle with hot water and then roll it under your feet. Make sure you have socks on or that there is a layer over the water bottle to protect your feet. For more foot warming ideas, see our Pinterest Board: Cozy Toes.

Follow The Shoe Mart’s board Cozy Toes on Pinterest.

6. Slip into Warmth

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Nothing is better for hanging around the house than a warm pair of slippers, and we’ve got them all! Check out slippers from Minnetonka Moccasin, Tempur-pedic, Sorel, Vionic, L.B. Evans, and Ugg.

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Boot Basics: Essential Boot Styles for Women

It’s officially December, and if you haven’t put a pair of boots on yet, it’s time. Make sure you have these essentials in your closet to make it through the next few months!

Ankle Boots – Warm, practical, and go with just about anything! Pair ankle boots from Sorel, Olukai, and more with skirts and tights, jeans or khakis for a feminine look with a little edge.

 

 

Rain Boots – Perfect for year-round protection in wet weather, cute rain boots are an essential for every woman!

 

 

Heeled Boots & Booties – A great way to dress up while staying warm! You can find a heeled bootie appropriate for any occasion, from walking city streets to mingling at office holiday parties.

 

 

Lined and Cuffed Boots – Whether its with faux fur, real fur, or shearling, lined and cuffed boots will keep your toes warm and toasty this winter!

 

 

 

Snow Boots – Built for your toughest winters, these warm, waterproof snow boots will protect you in cold and snow.

 

 

Fringe Boots – Both fringe and suede have been HUGE this year. Super soft, comfy suede cradles your feet while fringe creates movement for a look that is as comfortable as it is stylish.

 

 

Here at TheShoeMart, we carry a wide selection of premium brand boots.  Which is your favorite style boot to wear?

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