ShoeBuy’s Converse Squad Goals Sweepstakes:

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

ELIGIBILITY

ShoeBuy’s Converse Squad Goals Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open to persons who are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or D.C., age 18 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Employees of ShoeBuy, Converse, and their affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members (herein, defined as spouse, siblings, children and each of their respective spouses, regardless of residence and any person living in such a person’s household, whether related or not) of each, as well as the employees of any company affiliated siblings, children and each of their respective spouses, regardless of residence and any person living in such a person’s household, whether related or not) of each, as well as the employees of any company affiliated with the Sweepstakes and collectively with the foregoing persons or entities, (the “Sweepstakes Entities”) are not eligible to participate.

ADMINISTRATION

This Sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER, nor is FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER associated with the Sweepstakes in any way. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Sweepstakes must be directed to the Sponsor or Administrator, and not to FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, OR TWITTER.

ENTRY PERIODS

Sweepstakes starts at 8:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on February 26, 2017 and ends at 11:59 PM PT on March 6, 2017 (“Sweepstakes Entry Period”).

HOW TO ENTER

To enter the Sweepstakes, comment on the Converse Squad Goals Sweepstakes Facebook post, Instagram post, or Twitter post. Limit: one (1) Entry per day per entrant during the Sweepstakes Entry Period.

Alternative means of entry: To enter without a purchase, during the Sweepstakes Period, send an email to social@shoebuy.com with your name, address, phone number, email address, and age using the subject line “ShoeBuy’s Converse Sweepstakes.” Entries must be sent during the Sweepstakes Period and received no later than 11:59 PM PT pm on March 6, 2017. Any entries received after March 6, 2017 will not be valid. Limit one (1) prize per individual household. Only one (1) entry per email per day. Incomplete or illegible entries are not eligible.

QUALIFIED ENTRIES

Entries using macro, robotic, script, or other forms of automatic entry will be disqualified. Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. Proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt. If there is a dispute as to the identity of Entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder associated with the winning Entry. If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.

PRIZE AND ITS APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”)

Two (2) Prizes (1 female, 1 male) – Female winner: Five (5) pairs of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Sneakers in color Blue Coast/White (ARV $55) and five (5) Converse backpacks (ARV $40). Male winner: Five (5) pairs of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Syde Street Mid Sneakers in color Thunder/Black/White (ARV $74.95) and five (5) Converse backpacks (ARV $40).

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Prizes pictured in advertising, marketing or promotional materials are for illustrative purposes only. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between statements contained in any such materials and the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control. Any applicable taxes and all other costs/expenses not specifically identified in these Official Rules are the sole responsibility of each Winner.

The Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions, or any act or omission whatsoever with respect to the Prize. Prize is nontransferable and no substitutions or cash redemptions will be made, other than as provided herein. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize of equal or greater monetary value if the Prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason.

RANDOM DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION

Two (2) potential winners (“Potential Winners”) will be selected from the collective entries received during the Sweepstakes Entry period via a random drawing conducted by the Sponsor on or about March 6, 2017. The Potential Winners need not be present to win, and will be contacted by the Sponsor via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or email on or about three (3) business days after the Drawing to obtain additional information needed to verify the eligibility of the Potential Winner and send him/her their prize after he/she is confirmed. The potential winner will have seventy-two (72) hours from the time Sponsor sends notification to accept and complete the official winner notification email requests before receipt of the Prize. If potential winner does not claim prize by responding to notification within seventy-two (72) hours or if potential winner is deemed ineligible, potential winner forfeits prize.

Potential Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and a liability and publicity release (“Affidavit”) at Sponsor discretion before she/he is confirmed as a Winner. Should this be the case, the Potential Winner must return the completed Affidavit within five (5) business days from the date of notification or prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner selected at random. Once the Potential Winner’s eligibility is verified, s/he will be confirmed as a winner (“Winner”).

PRIVACY POLICY/DATA COLLECTION

Except as otherwise contemplated in these Rules, and to the extent Entrants may otherwise elect at the time of Entry, information provided by you for this Sweepstakes is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy located at: www.shoebuy.com/info/privacy.

GENERAL

By entering this Sweepstakes, Entrants agree to by bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes, which are final and binding. The Winner is solely responsible for all local, state and federal taxes on the prize including sales or use taxes, as well as any expenses related to participation in the Sweepstakes or acceptance of his/her Prize. By participating, each Entrant agrees to, releases and holds the Sweepstakes Entities and their respective divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (collectively “Releases”) harmless from any injury, loss, or damage to person, including death, personal injury or loss or damage to property due in-whole or in-part, directly or indirectly to the acceptance or use/misuse of the Prize, participation in any promotion-related activity, or participation in the Sweepstakes. Entrants also accept and agree to be bound by the Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator, which are final and binding. This Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws and is void where prohibited. By accepting the Prize, Winner agrees, where imposing such condition is legal, that Sponsor and their designees shall have the right, but not the obligation, to use of his/her name, city and state of residence and/or likeness for advertising and publicity purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity without further compensation, permission or notification and, upon request, will confirm consent to such use in writing. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the offer or administration of this Sweepstakes, or in the announcement of Winner and Prize. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with this Sweepstakes, or the integrity and/or feasibility of the Sweepstakes as planned is undermined by any event including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, or any federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction (each a “Force Majeur” event or occurrence), Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the sweepstakes and award the Prize from among all eligible Entries received up to that date. In the event of any changes to the Facebook invitation system made by Facebook during the Sweepstakes Entry Period that restrict the awarding of Additional Entries, that portion of the Additional Entries will be discontinued. All disputes, claims and causes of action at law or in equity (individually, “Claim”) arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes, the meaning or interpretation of the rules or the Prize awarded shall be resolved by applying the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to conflict of laws provisions therein, and shall be solely and exclusively brought in the state or federal courts within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All Claims shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action and all Claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event include attorneys’ fees, and under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, special, consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses and waives all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

SPONSOR

ShoeBuy, 101 Arch Street, Floor 16, Boston, MA 02110 (“Sponsor”), whose decisions are final and binding as to all aspects of this sweepstakes.

WINNER’S LIST

For the name of the winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope on or before April 1, 2017 to: ShoeBuy Social Media Team, ShoeBuy, 101 Arch Street, Floor 16, Boston, MA 02110.

OPT-OUT

If you wish to Comment on the Post but do not want to enter the Sweepstakes, please send your name as it appears on your Facebook Account via e-mail to social@shoebuy.com with the subject line “Sweepstakes Entry Opt-out” by March 6, 2017.

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!