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12 Gifts of Christmas: Day 9


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

Day 9 is for super comfy, quality women’s dress shoes that will remind her how much you care all year long.   Some  of our favorites come from the brands below.




Keep her looking good and feeling happy with Rockport shoes.  Dress shoes from Rockport are comfortable and conservative enough for the office, but stylish enough for the street. A perfect gift for the woman who is always on the go.




Cole Haan

Our Cole Haan dress shoes are fashionable and versatile.  Cole Haan offers both great looking heels and comfortable driving loafers. Their boots are super sleek and stylish, and are a fabulous cold-season gift for the woman that loves fashion and luxury.





Dansko shoes are perfect for keeping her comfortable all day long, especially through a long work day.  Go with a classic professional pattern, or give something a little more stylish, like super-comfy ankle boots or mary janes. Dansko shoes offer relieving comfort to the hard working woman on your list.





Our ECCO shoes are polished, but laid back–perfect to wear with a wide range of outfits. Even dressier slip-ons and oxfords have a low-key appearance perfect for casual days at the office and informal events. Perfect for the effortlessly stylish woman in your life.


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.


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.


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).


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!

Comfortable Heels from Cole Haan — Narrow Widths Available!

Cole Haan Shoes

Great-looking, comfortable heels are not always easy to find.  Cole Haan makes it easy by offering shoes in various widths.  Cole Haan ended its relationship with Nike in 2012, but shoes with the word “Air” in their name still contain Nike Air comfort technology.  Zoom air bags are inserted beneath the lining to offer athletic shoe-grade comfort in your heels.  

Cole Haan Women's Juliana Pump 45, Select Sizes Available in C Widths
Cole Haan Women’s Juliana Pump 45, Select Sizes Available in C Widths

The National Shoe Retailers Association reported that up to 33% of women have narrow feet. Wearing shoes that are too wide can cause your feet to shift back and forth in the shoe, making wearing heels very uncomfortable.  For this reason, we offer over 150 Womens styles in narrow widths.

Cole Haan Women's Air Tali Open-Toe Wedge 40, Available in Select Sizes in C Widths
Air Tali Open-Toe Wedge 40 with Nike Air Technology, Available in Select Sizes in C Widths

It can be very hard to find shoes in narrow widths, particularly in combination with larger length sizes.  Many department stores tend to cater to women with B widths and with wide feet, assuming that those with narrow feet will just buy inserts to make the shoes fit better. In addition to using inserts, women with narrow feet also have the option to choose styles with straps, higher vamps, and lower heels to avoid discomfort. Women with wide feet, however, cannot even get their feet into shoes that are too narrow, so retailers are more likely to accommodate them.  We offer shoes for Women in Wide and Extra Wide widths.

Cole Haan Women's Air Tali Open Toe Wedge 40 in Black, Size 11 2A, on sale for 50% Off
Cole Haan Women’s Air Tali Open Toe Wedge 40 in Black, Size 11 2A, on sale for 50% Off

Right now, select styles and sizes of Cole Haan shoes are on sale for 25-50% off.  This is a great deal on Cole Haan shoes, making some almost $200 styles available for less than $100! Many of our on sale styles are available in narrow widths (2A or AA) as well! Here are a few of our favorites: 

Sale Styles available in 2A :


Cole Haan Women’s Air Cynthia Det Sandal Beige Nubuck
(50% off – was $177.95)
SALE $88.97
Sizes:  7.5 2A



Cole Haan Women’s Micaela Pump Black
(50% off – was $274.95)
SALE $137.48
Sizes:  7.5 2A



Cole Haan Women’s Carma Open Toe Air Pump Black
(50% off – was $277.95)
SALE $138.98
Sizes:  7.5 2A, 9 2A



Cole Haan Women’s Stephanie Air Open Toe Sling Beige
(50% off – was $297.95)
SALE $148.98
Sizes:  7.5 2A (Black: 9 2A, 6.5 B)




Cole Haan Women’s Violet Air Pump 60 Black Patent
(50% off – was $247.95)
SALE $123.97
Sizes:  8.5 2A, 8.5 B, 9 B



Cole Haan Women’s Chelsea Low Pump Black Patent
(33% off – was $297.95)
SALE $199.95
Sizes:  10 2A


You can also find Narrow Styles for Women on sale from SoftSpots, Clarks, and New Balance.

I Can See It In Your Eyes – Blucher vs. Bal

If you browse the men’s shoes on our site, you’ll see terms like “Blucher”, “Oxford”, “Derby”, and “Balmoral”.  What do these terms mean?


Alden Men's Plain Toe Blucher

  •  Referred to as a “Derby” in the UK
  •  Open lacing system, in which eyelets sit on flaps stitched directly to the outside of the shoe, unrestrained.
  • Seen as less formal than Balmorals. There is some debate as to whether or not Bluchers are appropriate with a suit, but many Americans will agree that a Blucher is formal enough for business attire


Alden Men's Cap Toe Bal Oxford Shell Cordovan

  • Referred to as an  “Oxford” in the UK
  • Closed Lacing system, Eyelet flaps are stitched over and across the vamp.
  • Because of its sleeker silhouette, Balmorals are seen as dressier shoes and are generally appropriate for various formal occasions.


Many retailers and even shoe manufacturers use the terms lightly or interchangeably.  It is not common to find a blucher shoe labeled “oxford” or to find more than one term in the shoe description.  This is why it is important to be able to distinguish between the two yourself.  It may be confusing at first, but after a while you’ll be able to spot the difference without thinking about it.

Here’s how to tell the difference: look for the attachment of the eyelet flaps. If they are anchored into the shoe with stitching, you’re looking at a Balmoral. If they are detached at the bottom or an upside-down V shape is formed at the bottom of the lacing system, you’ve got a pair of Bluchers on your hands.


Above is a close-up of the lacing on a Balmoral shoe. Note the distinct “V” shape of the lacing and how the lacing system is flush with the rest of the shoe upper.


Above is a close up of the lacing on a Blucher shoe.  Note that the flaps at the bottom of the lacing are detached from the shoe upper.