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.

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.

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.

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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3 Sandals Every Guy Needs

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Summer is right around the corner and we can’t help but get excited for the longer days, warmer nights, and sunny adventures that make every weekend feel like a mini vacation. And since nothing says, “it’s time to relax” quite like slipping on a pair of sandals, we’ve rounded up the three pairs every guy needs this season. Whether he’s out grabbing the morning paper, off on an afternoon adventure in the great outdoors, or sipping cocktails as the sun goes down, these great styles will make him forget the office even exists.

Easy Like Sunday Morning

A casual slide is the most comfortable (yet appropriate!) alternative to staying in his slippers all day. Our pick: The Superstar 4G from Adidas – it’s a modern update to a classic favorite.

 

Dog Days

We know, when it’s summertime, the thought of wearing actual shoes isn’t one you want to entertain, but you still want to look like you put in a little effort. Up your flip flop game with the perfect pair of sandals that can go from an afternoon with friends at the beach to a casual dinner out in linen pants – just be sure to brush off the sand. Our pick: the classic Ohana Flip Flop.

Gone Fishing

An adventure shoe for getting out and about is a must-have for the summer. You need something that can support your every move – whether that’s on a shaded mountain pathway or trekking around the city streets. Our pick: The Keen UNEEK – designed to keep feet cool and dry. Plus, its signature two cord, one sole construction allows for a totally custom fit and provides the right balance of flexibility and support.

Be sure to check out our huge collection of designer, active, comfort sandals and more to find the summer shoes that fit your style.

Top Shoe Styles for Spring and Summer 2016 (and beyond!)

Blog-Header-SpringDMYou want to look great and stylish, but you also want to be able to walk freely and stride in confidence. We get it. In fact, we can completely relate – especially when it comes to shoes. So we’ve rounded up our stylists’ top picks for the season that hit on all of the hot trends and that you’ll love to wear all day long. Get ready to browse some of our favorite shoes for Spring & Summer 2016!

Whether you’re looking for a new pair of comfortable sandals that you can dress up or down, a pair of always-on-trend flats, wedge sandals or block heels that you can really strut your stuff in, we’ve got you covered. Not sure what color to go with? Try metallics or neutrals to keep you right in style, no matter which silhouette you choose. And of course, when it comes to sneakers, we’ve got a great lineup of fresh kicks to up your workout game, and if you don’t already have a pair of casual sneakers, now is the perfect time to outfit your feet for the carefree days of summer. Take a look – if you’re anything like us, you might have a hard time choosing just one pair to add to your shoe closet.

Share your spring style with us @shoebuydotcom on Instagram with #myshoebuy.

Get the Look for Less

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Drooling over designer shoes but can’t drop your whole paycheck (or more) on a pair for the season? We’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the web for some of this season’s trendiest high-end styles and found some awesome pairs on our site that will help you get the looks for less.

 

Fun Fringe The Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals have been worn by street style stars and bloggers alike. They may have a massive cult following, but $785 is hard to swallow. This Steve Madden pair has the suede, the color, the tassels, and is less than 1/4th of the cost at $129.95.    

White Hot

With the athleisure trend as popular as ever – and spring finally here – minimalism reigns supreme. Many designers this year have created their own version of the white slip-on sneaker. Junya Watanabe’s take on the closet staple is crocodile-embossed and clocks in at almost $300. The Keds Champion Slip On in leather conveys elevated style without breaking the bank at $49.95.

Flat Footed Flatforms are major this season. They give you a little height without teetering on skinny heels. The Givenchy Rachel Slingback combines this trend with a classic spring favorite: the espadrille. While this spring sandal will cost you $850, the Naturalizer Praline is $59.99 and has rave reviews about comfort and fit.  

Slip on Style

Flatform + espadrille + slip-on = the perfect everyday spring shoe. If you like the slip-on sneaker look but don’t want to commit to something quite so athletic, this is the shoe for you. The Jimmy Choo Dawn Espadrille comes to $450. This Steve Madden style is $78.95, and will take you all the way through summer.

Gladiators A pair of great gladiator sandals will take you from music festival to dinner downtown. They bring a fun, laid-back vibe to any outfit. The Stuart Weitzman Romanflat Ghillie Sandal is fantastic, but comes in with a price tag of $445. The Gibson Gladiator Sandal from Circus by Sam Edelman is only $89.95, and has a zipper closure at the heel — easy to throw on and go!  

City Sandals

An elevated version of the gladiator with a block heel and lace-up detailing, the Loeffler Randall Luz Lace-up Sandal is almost $400. The Dolce Vita Lyndon Cage Sandal is less than half the price, and just as chic.

Sweet Suede This classic ankle strap sandal gets an update for 2016 with a suede finish and a block heel. A nude color is chic and versatile. The NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sandal from Stuart Weitzman is $398. The Steve Madden Carrson Ankle Strap Sandal is only $89.95, and is equally elegant.  

Modern Mules

Mules are one of the biggest shoe trends this spring with both flat and heeled varieties seen all over the SS16 shows. From Gucci to Balenciaga, these are the “it” shoes and a black leather pair will keep your outfit grounded and sleek. The Givenchy Edgy Line Low Leather Cylinder-Heel Booties hit the trend perfectly, but it will cost you. $895 is the runway price. The Bella Vita Savona Peep Toe Shootie provides the luxe leather look and comfort. At $99.95, you may want to snag more than one color.

Sleek Slides Slide sandals are the new flip flops. A minimal pair will add polish and streamline your look. This striped pair from Ancient Greek Sandals comes to $280. The Franco Sarto Quentin Sandal, where it lacks in stripes, makes up in discount. At $58.95, you can afford to take the risk with clean white sandals.  

Groundbreaking Florals

These athletic-inspired sandals are more than just your average shower shoes. As a result of the ever-popular normcore trend, rubber slides are popping up everywhere. This Gucci pair is $280. If you’re looking for a pair to lounge in, take to the beach, or walk around in all day, expect a lot of wear and tear. This pair from Adidas is $34.95, so you could even buy a backup!

Perforated Leather

If you’re looking for a sporty athleisure feel, while maintaining the elegance of a heel, look no further. A heeled sandal with perforated detail is both innovative and fun. Monique Lhullier’s Peyton Lucite-Wedge Slingback Sandals pack a punch… and a hefty price tag at $795. The Clarks Pastina Malory Quarter Strap Sandal is $73.95. With comfort at its core and a perfect platform, these block heeled beauties will make your feet (and your wallet) happy.

 

These styles will give you the spring refresh you need without emptying your savings account. Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Altuzarra, Junya Watanabe, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman, Loeffler Randall, Stuart Weitzman, Givenchy, Ancient Greek, Gucci, Monique Lhullier

15 Best Shoes to Wear to a Music Festival

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Headed to a music festival this spring or summer? Whether you’ll be chilling at Coachella in April, bopping at Bonnaroo in June, or Lollapalooza-ing in August, the music is just part of the festival experience. As any girl who has attended one in the past can tell you, music festivals are also a fun opportunity to show off your fashion prowess and personality. Who cares if you don’t know all the words to the song as long as your outfit lineup is in tune? From headdresses to feathers, flowers to fringe, anything goes. When it comes to what you’ll put on your feet, however, think fashion AND comfort. You want something that will bring your whole outfit together but you’ll also feel good wearing all day, because nothing says “party’s over” like a killer blister. What’s more, these styles will be hot all summer long, so even if you’re not off to a show, there’s a look for everyone!

Sandals are the go-to footwear at music festivals for good reason: they’ll keep you cool and comfortable even when things heat up, and with such a range of styles available, you can find the perfect pair to complete any look. Embrace the gladiator sandal trend with a lace-up duo to add some interest to a classic cutoff jeans getup, or bring a little height with a low block heel that’s still easy to trek around in all day. It’s not a bad idea to plan on changing your shoes at some point over the course of the day or weekend either – a pair of metallic Birkenstocks will feel like heaven after an afternoon of dancing and are a much safer alternative to bare feet.

Booties aren’t just for country music concertgoers; though if one is on your festival docket, look no further! Also a great choice for potentially inclement weather or dusty mosh pits, these tried-and-trues will keep your toes protected without sacrificing style. Look for a pair with fringe, perforation, or buckles to really stand out.

Though our fingers are crossed for sunshine, prepare for a washout of a weekend with an amazing pair of rain boots you’d be excited to wear – you may just find yourself doing the rain dance and jumping in puddles with 100,000 new friends!

If you’re in it for the long haul, sneakers are the way to go. A pair from Converse is so versatile – the white, All Star high tops add sass while floral print Chuck Taylors is a playful pick. But feel free to mix patterns and colors – when it comes to festival fashion, personal expression is the name of the game!

We want to keep you jumping, bumping, and grooving all night long, so once you’ve got your tickets, be sure to grab one (or two) of these festival-friendly styles and get ready for an experience you’ll never forget.