Styling a Classic: Tevas for Summer

You’re looking for a comfortable sandal to take you through the dog days of summer. But you also want something trendy. With this summer’s fresh styles from Teva, we’re loving this brand for both. With leathers, metallic, fresh stripes and patterns, white soles, wedges and flatforms, rest assured, we’re not talking sport sandals here or what you may have worn to camp decades ago (though we do love a good trek through the urban jungle in ours).

Take a look at some great ways to pair these warm-weather must-haves with a little flair for a summer style that can go from every day to vacation, and that can take you from beach to brunch, to, well, pretty much anywhere you want to go! And don’t just take our word for it, editors from Refinery29 and Shape, fashion bloggers and Instagrammers alike are all rocking Tevas this summer, too.

 

 

 

 

  

 

Check out the entire Teva Collection!  All post photos found here.

How to Spend 4th of July in Style

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Patriotism, BBQs & beach days are some of the things that come to mind when we think of the Fourth of July. With the holiday quickly approaching, you also want to plan the perfect outfit that matches the occasion.  If you want to show your American pride, but don’t want to go overboard, we have a few ideas to help you – with styles you’ll love all summer long!

Classic and casual make for the perfect outfit for a day like the Fourth of July.  From canvas sneakers and slip-ons that are right on trend to a great tote bag to take you from the beach to the BBQ, adding in just a little of the red, white and blue can be a great way to look festive.

 

You may also want to consider a few top summer styles with a twist for the holiday. For guys, the boat shoe is always a win, however this summer, you may want try canvas! For women, a stylish espadrille is a fun choice and will likely be one of your go-tos for the rest of the summer.

  And of course, you may want to show off your colors beyond your shoes. From the perfect V-neck t-shirt to “mix & match” bathing suits or a baseball cap to top off your look, you can really have fun. (Stylist suggestion: Red, white & blue flip-flops are a fun way to add to your beach look!)

 

 

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate, you can up the ante with a pair of kicks that really celebrate the day. We love these and think they’ll look great paired with pretty much anything from white jeans to shorts all summer long – so you’re not limited to wearing them just for one day.

 

Have your fireworks look ready? Show us your patriotic flair on Instagram @shoebuydotcom with #myshoebuy and we’ll pick a few to share.

Blogger Spotlight: AllieWears

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Check out one of our favorite bloggers, AllieWears. Read on to see how Allie goes from casual daytime to nighttime with some of the trendiest sandals of the summer!

 

 

Allie’s styles the Dolce Vita Amina Sandal with classic black skinny jeans and a trendy long maxi tank. She pulls the look together with a cool pair of sunglasses and a tote bag. This outfit is perfect for a lunch date or a stroll with friends thanks to the comfortable block heel.

 

Cute and comfortable, the Lucky Brand Honeyy Toe Loop Sandals are the perfect casual shoe for any summer look; take a style cue from Allie and pair them with an easy summer dress. As she points out in her post, these sandals go with everything!

 

Even Allie agrees that everyone needs a staple black sandal for the summertime. Allie opted for the Dolce Vita Lyndon Cage Sandal paired with a casual LBD (little black dress). Use these to dress up your summer look or swap these in to take your look from day to night.

For more stylish looks from Allie, check out her blog and her Instagram account.

Father’s Day Gifts to Help Dad Relax

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How does your dad like to relax? Is he a “gotta keep moving” kind of guy, or a sit back with a good book sort of man? Whatever helps the dads in your life unplug and recharge, Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show them just how much you appreciate all that they do (and also a good time to gently suggest he replace those raggedy pair of shoes worn for the last decade with a new – yet classic – style bound to be loved just as much).

For the seafaring dude, and even for the guys who would prefer to stay on land, boat shoes are a must-have, especially for the warmer weather. This iconic style from Sperry is a summer staple, and makes for a polished yet casual look when paired with airy linen pants or shorts.  

For the man who’s constantly moving, whether he’s packing up the car for a weekend at the beach or running to the grocery store for a second package of hot dogs, freshen up his go-to look with a crisp Lacoste polo and a new pair of Converse sneakers.

For the sand castle king, ensure hours of ocean fun with the only two things that he’ll need: swim trunks and a great pair of Reef flip-flop sandals with its signature, hidden church key to open his beverage of choice.  

For the guy who would rather be home, nothing says “thank you” quite like moccasin slippers that he’ll wear for years to come. And for those lazy days when real pants aren’t quite required, a pair of jogger sweatpants provides just enough style without sacrificing any comfort.

For the golfing gent, a snazzy pair of golf shoes might just be what he needs to break par, while a handy golf cooler keep drinks cool or food warm during those long days on the links.  

For the athletic fella, gear for his goals is always a welcome gift. And since equipment like running shoes need to be replaced regularly, it’s a great idea to return to year after year!

 

Browse our full collection of Father’s Day gift inspiration to show dad just how much he means to you – however he kicks back!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hard Working Dad

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Dads work hard. Whether their office is on the sixteenth floor of a city skyscraper or at a construction site, sometimes they are too busy taking care of others to pay attention to their own needs. This Father’s Day, while a little practicality may be in order, boring doesn’t have to be.

A lot of workplaces are embracing more casual attire, so let dad stand out with a relaxed pair of slip-ons that are still sharp. Really up his style game with a trendy yet classic Fjallraven tote that will fit his laptop and other commute must-haves.

When safety is a primary concern on the job, you want to make sure dad is prepared. If he hasn’t replaced his work boots in awhile (cues it’s time for a new pair include wear and tear, a dented toe, separation of part or seals, a worn outside, and leakage) consider making the investment for him. All that heavy lifting is sure to work up an appetite, so send dad off with the ultimate lunch box/cooler that will keep his drinks cool and food warm even during long shifts.

For the dad with several suits on rotation, add some leather luxury to the lineup with a pair of wingtips that are built to last. And with a complimentary briefcase, he’ll be dressed for success.

 

Looking for something to help dad relax once he gets home from work? Check out our favorite picks for a day out of the office.

 

Best Running Shoes for Summer

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In recent years, as many new fitness trends have emerged and gained popularity, running remains the exercise of choice for many men and women – from road races and mud runs to 3-mile jogs. And so, the selection for all things exercise-related, from apparel to equipment and of course, shoes, has also expanded significantly. Running shoes, walking shoes, trail running shoes; the list goes on, with many variations existing within those categories themselves. While more choice and stylish options are both pluses, it can make it difficult to choose the “best” pair for your running needs, so if you’re struggling to find the perfect fit, read on!

One of the most exciting advances in running shoes is the recent transition from mechanical cushioning to foam. As the experts at Runner’s World explain, high energy-return foams help deflect more energy by allowing parts of your foot to sink in, then molding around them to distribute forces across your sole. As the energy of that compression is stored, the foam simultaneously returns to its original shape, providing a responsive feel during push off. This is good news for the competitive sprinter hoping to shave a couple seconds off his or her personal best, and for the more casual runner looking for stability and speed on a morning jog, and is a feature to consider as you weigh your options.

In this “Best of the Best” series, we’re sharing our top 4 picks for training shoes that offer superior cushioning and support. We’re hoping to provide some key points to keep in mind before making your next purchase, which will be unique to your needs, of course.

The team behind HOKA ONE ONE has engineered a shoe that balances super-cushioning with a responsive ride, sure to make you want to tack on an extra mile or two. The Vanquish 2 Road Running Shoe is a dedicated runner’s dream with maximum cushioning material, meta-rocker shaping, superior stability, and stellar rebounding. With up to 1.5x the volume of midsole foam (compared to standard running shoes made with a performance-specific lightweight cushioning material) that provides shock reduction and superior comfort, plus a durable RMAT® suspension outsole that offers phenomenal grip and rebound, many runners hail HOKA ONE ONE as completely transforming their running style and ability. They may look a little different, but if you’re looking for extra cushioning, you may never go back to your old standard pair.

The Fresh Foam Zante v2 Running Shoe by New Balance is for the runner looking for speed without sacrificing comfort. With the unique, data-inspired geometries engineered in the New Balance Sports Research Lab, a refined midsole and revolutionary Fresh Foam technology delivers supportive cushioning. A speed-inspired upper provides a snug, sock-like fit with engineered mesh, and the blown rubber outsole promotes a smooth, efficient stride. The Zante is yet another example of New Balance’s style evolution, while the iconic “N” assures timeless quality.    

If premium stability and cushioning is your main priority, look no further than the ASICS FuseX Running Shoe. Designed for outdoor runners, it features ASICS’ fuzeGEL™ technology that includes excellent shock-absorbent properties. The AHAR® technology, or ASICS High Abrasion Rubber, is a tough rubber compound used at the heavy-contact, which helps reduce excessive wear. And with ComforDry™ technology, a fresh and healthy inner foot environment is guaranteed even on warm days.

 

Saucony’s brand focus is on running specifically, and the Triumph ISO 2 Running Shoe is a testament to this commitment. Its signature ISOFIT lacing system provides stabilizing support while adapting to the foot, and EVERUN foam technology positioned closer to the foot provides continues midsole cushioning. Recommended for runners with neutral pronation, the XT-900 carbon rubber outsole features TRI-FLEX grooves for enhanced flexibility and is 33% lighter than standard blown rubber, making this running shoe a comfortable choice for those looking to go an extra mile or two.

THE VERDICT

Just as there are vast differences between the types of runners out there, the “best” running shoe is the one that is right for you/your needs/your running needs. And while style is an added bonus, it shouldn’t be the driving factor. When choosing your next pair, make sure you’re getting ample support for your foot needs, an appropriate degree of comfort matched to your running style, and the right features to propel you towards achieving your individual fitness goals.

Running to the Max

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When it comes to running, a great experience starts at your feet, and understanding the difference in the types of running shoes out there is key to unlocking that potential. After several years where minimalist shoes that mimicked barefoot or natural running were all the rage, there has recently been a major shift towards more underfoot cushioning along with the emergence of a category called maximalism.

So, should you go for the max?

Maximalists feature a big, thick mid-sole with lots of cushioning like the original, Hoka One One. These shoes include design features that stem from the minimalist trend; a lower heel to toe drop and often a natural foot shape as well, which really just means they have a wider, more accommodating forefoot that mimics the shape of the foot. Maximalists descended from ultra-running (longer than marathon distance, often over variable terrain) where foot protection is particularly important. Maximalist running shoes are for those looking for more cushioning and protection: likely, high-mileage runners.

For many runners today who are pounding the pavement, minimalist shoes are best for those who are biomechanically efficient and/or running shorter distances. Designed to mimic barefoot running, minimalist shoes are light and flexible, however, they may not be sturdy enough for many runners, as they lack the cushioning and support found in more mainstream shoes.

While extra cushioning may sound dreamy, maximalist shoes may not end up being a fit for every runner. What is right for you will ultimately depend on a range of factors, from what type and distance running you’ll be doing to your gait. For those runners opting for all of this great cushioning technology from our favorite brands, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks below.

Our Trainer’s Maximalist Picks

Cool Running

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When it comes to looking good while working out, there has never been a better time to be a runner. Whether you’re looking for a little inspiration to help you go that extra mile, or your workout gear is how you like to show off your personality at the gym, we love how exercise has become an opportunity to make a fashion statement. And it turns out – among all the options – your kicks are how to really show off some style.

Check out some of our favorites for all of your running and post-run (aka “athleisure”) looks. Have a favorite pair you’re loving these days? Show off your kicks with us on Instagram @shoebuydotcom with #myshoebuy and we’ll pick a few to share.

Getting Technical

These running shoes are designed to help you get through your run, and they’ll also ensure you look great while doing it.

 

Run-Inspired for Real Life

Beyond your run, your preference may be your running shoes, but you know that you should give them (and your feet) a break. Try lacing on or sliding into one of these for a change that will still show off your runner’s style.

Thrill of the Grill: What to Wear to a BBQ Party

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Next week is Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer! One of the best parts about warmer weather is being able to finally spend time outside, and attending (or hosting) a barbecue is a great way to catch up with friends and family and celebrate the season. Not to mention, it’s the perfect opportunity to break out those summer clothes that have been hibernating since last August. Not sure what to wear? Read on for our guide for the ultimate backyard BBQ look.

Boho Lounger

Whether you’re hosting the party or just came for a good time, easy bohemian-inspired pieces are perfect for relaxing outdoors. Navigate the crowd with cool summer elegance in a flowy dress and wide-brimmed hat. Comfy footbed sandals are a good choice if you’re on your feet all night and are totally on-trend.

Backyard Sports

From Cornhole to touch football, you’re looking to take home the annual BBQ trophy. Your outfit shouldn’t hold you back, so take a cue from the athleisure trend and grab your favorite t-shirt and everyday sneakers. Throw on a baseball hat and some comfy shorts  and you’re ready to go.

Pretty and Preppy

You want that polished yet fun vibe, so look no further than canvas sneakers. This pair from Sperry perfectly captures the preppy spirit. A classic button-down in a pastel hue adds sophistication, and a cotton skirt with pockets is clean and cute.

Grill Master

You may be in charge of the cooking, but underneath that apron, your outfit is fresh for summer. Muted colors and stripes feel relaxed and right now, while canvas sneakers let you run around without sacrificing style.

Active Classic

Your team is the reigning champ at whiffle ball, but you don’t want to sweat too much before dinner. A classic look that gives you movement and style is key. Look cool with sneakers from Lacoste, and add a touch of polish with a leather watch.

Crowd Pleaser

You dress to impress. Schmoozing friends and family, you already know everyone’s drink order. Boat shoes are your summer staple, and an off-white pair is perfect for transitioning from sand to soiree. A zip-up sweatshirt is great to throw on over a button down once it gets cooler at night.

 

Whether you’re backyard BBQ hopping or just looking to freshen up your summer wardrobe, kick off summer in style!

The 7 Most Coveted Sandals For Summer

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Sandals are pretty much the greatest thing to happen to your feet. Don’t get us wrong, we love our boots, heels, flats, sneakers…and well, pretty much all of our shoes, but when you debut your first pair of sandals for the season, you’re committing to more carefree weekend adventuring, more dining al fresco, more time outside just because, and of course, all the great warm weather looks you can finally show off. Essentially, you’re kicking off summer!

So get excited and then clear a little room in your shoe closet – we’ve got all of the must-have styles for summer.

 

You Know the Espadrille

Espadrilles have made a come-back and for good reason. From flats to lace-ups, leather and suede to canvas, and pops of color to metallic, we’re not talking about your mother’s go-to slip-ons anymore.

 

Block Party

If you want to look fabulously stylish, but also want to be able to strut your stuff from 9 to 5 (and then some!), city sandals are for you. With block heels to keep you supported, these shoes are the perfect summer staple to take you from work to rooftop drinks.

 

Slide into Summer

It’s time to upgrade your casual sandal pick from flip flops to a grown-up pool slide. This versatile style is great for everyday and is easy to toss in your bag to go from poolside to lunch or just for a quick stroll to check out the local scene.

 

 Feel-Good Footbeds

Sandals should feel good and you should love how they look too. While “footbed sandals” may not sound sexy and they’re designed to make your feet feel fabulous, you’ll see them in almost every fashion magazine and on every celebrity out there – plus, you won’t be at a loss for great styles to choose from. And when these become your favorites, you can thank us later.

 

Wow-worthy Wedges

Whether you grab a casual pair for a backyard barbecue or a more refined style for a day at the office, a wedge is always a good choice. They pair well with pretty much any summer outfit, elongate the leg, and are a great choice for those of us that don’t love pumps but still want a heel.  

 

All Tied Up

Adding a little sass to your summer looks, we are loving lace-ups this season. Pair with cropped pants or a pencil skirt for work, or with a shorter hemline or cutoffs for the weekends, these gladiator-inspired looks are perfect for summer outfits.

 

Get Strappy

Neutral, strappy sandals have been a wardrobe must-have for some time now, but we’re loving some of the new styles that touch on hot trends for the season – like suede, metallic and block heels.

 

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Photo credit left to right: Isola Shoes, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Franco Sarto 

Are you ready for the season? Share your sandal style with us @shoebuydotcom on Instagram with #myshoebuy.

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