Labor Day Style: Find the Best Shoes for your Travels

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Best Foot Forward For Your End of Summer Travels

Summer is my favorite season. The long days, the looser schedules, the chance to escape for a long weekend…

Whether you head to the seashore, the city or a country escape, there’s still time to eke out at least one more summer getaway. Here’s what to pack for a Labor Day jaunt to three different destinations.Blog-Summer-Shoes-Post-SandyToes-080415Sandy Toes and Seashells

If you’re headed to the seashore, packing for long walks on the boardwalk and shelling along the water’s edge, look no further than the classics.

Converse low tops are the perfect shoes to slip into for longer walks on sidewalks on decking.  These Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Low shoes are a perfect muted shade of goes-with everything greige that will carry you well into fall, paired with jeans and sweaters when the air gets chillier.

If scanning the coast for summer souvenirs is on your weekend to-do list, then make sure to pack a pair of these Reef Gypsylove flip-flops in your traveling bag. You’ll want to keep them in there for winter getaways as well. Reef flip flops fan the flames of year round wanderlust, offering just the right amount of light arch support paired with easy bohemian surf style.Blog-Summer-Shoes-Post-CountryEscape-080415

Kick up Your Heels Country Escape

Headed for a weekend of farmer’s markets, antique-ing and a picnic by the lake? We’ve got some suggestions for that as well.

A perfect transition shoe, these perforated UGG Darling Seaweed Perf  booties go great with shorts, jeans and skirts and will keep looking great on through the fall. We’d wear them on a hayride or out to the movies. They are perfect gear for a casual country evening.

For brunch with friends or a stroll around town, you can’t beat these versatile Lucky Brand Pepperr Sandals. These simple strappy leather staples are so easy to dress up or down and are a great shoulder season shoe for those times when it’s still warm enough to wear sandals, but summer brights no longer feel right.Blog-Summer-Shoes-Post-CityAdventure-080415

City Adventure

Are you off to do some museum browsing, trendy shopping and sidewalk café people-watching these last few days of summer?

These Steve Madden Nonstp booties are an urban staple – sturdy enough to walk blocks in, sophisticated enough to wear into the evening hours and perfectly poised between summer and fall footwear. They’re very right, right now and add polish to almost any outfit.

If you’re taking the city by storm (on foot), or simply looking for a chance to shine, consider these comfortable Cape Clog Solids in gold. They are orthopedically healthy for your feet, but that doesn’t take away from their funky, bold beauty. The shiny gold of this shoe works perfectly right now with your summer tan. Wear these with bare feet and short or long outfits. These classic clogs will also be great this fall, worn with fun patterned socks or tights as the days grow shorter and cooler.

Wherever you are headed for the last weekend of summer, I hope you’re going in style and comfort.

Slip into these styles and other faves available from ShoeBuy on your next great escape!

 

Back to School 2015: Top Shoe Picks

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Back-to-School time is almost here! This year I have 4 sons heading off to school and my daughter is heading to preschool. That’s right, 5 kids in the Back-to-School shopping craze! In all honesty, I LOVE shopping for the kids during this time of year because I really take stock in what they need and what will get some really great fashion use for the school months ahead. I’m all about finding trendy, chic; yet classic items that are going to work for my children. I’m a total lover of all things fashion, so for me – I love to make sure my children are on fashion-point for Back-to-School.

One thing I always get my children before school kicks off is NEW SHOES!

I remember buying new shoes with my  mother when I was heading Back-to-School, it’s one of my fondest memories. My mom would always “just know” what was fashion-perfect for me and my sister – and she was always right!  She knew what would work best with different looks and styles, and also what we would get the most use out of during the school year. I have absolutely turned into my mother for Back-to-School shoe shopping!

So what are my top picks this year for Back-to-School 2015? I’m excited to share my top picks for boys AND girls!

Let’s start with the girls! Ladies, first – right?

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UGG Classic Short Sparkles

Never be afraid to add some sparkle and glitter into your look! I am obsessed with these gorgeous UGG Classic Sparkles! You could wear these with any kind of style – jeans, skirts, dresses, capris, even shorts! I love how UGG takes their classic boot and amps it up a notch with some pizzazz!! They come in different color options, too – pink, purple and silver! Have some fun and SHINE BRIGHT!

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Low

Good old fashioned Converse Chucks! You will never go out of style with a pair of Chucks. Never. I love how classic they are, but mostly how they just exude a coolness factor. There’s not many shoes out there that you can wear at ANY age and rock them like true superstars, these are THAT kind of shoe!  Fabulous to have and to wear as true showstoppers, always!

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Every girl needs a boot. And every boot needs a girl. I am ALL OVER Cowboy Boots this season. They are the most fabulous type of boot because they just work with ANY style. Jeans? They work. Skirts? They work. Dresses? They work. They are truly a staple boot for the Back-to-School season and I LOVE that! If you’re looking for a fabulous boot to get your girl, look no further!

And now for the BOYS! Since I have 4 of them, I’m pretty up on what they need and what will work best for them!

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Crocs Duet Sport Clog

Crocs are always a big hit, regardless of your age and I love them. Crocs are perfect for any kind of weather and they are essential when it comes to a comfortable and well-fit shoe. Crocs can be worn with everything boys have in their wardrobes, so you truly can’t go wrong with adding a new pair each season into their shoe-closet! I am obsessed with the classic styles because they are – truly – perfectly classic.

Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original

Every guy needs a Sperry Top-Sider, it’s just a fashion truth and necessity. Top-Siders are great for Back-to-School because it’s a dressy shoe that isn’t over the top, but it’s also not over the top casual. This is the kind of shoe that you keep in your closet and you REALLY use with your sons. A true boy-staple. Find one that fits his style and his taste and never part with it again!

Keen Newport H2 Sandal

Want a shoe that is a great cross between athletic and dressy-casual – you get KEEN. What I love about a KEEN style is that you’re getting a fabulous fit for your son, but it’s also the kind of cool shoe that can be worn with just about anything, too. You can pull off this style with jeans, shorts and khakis. Not to mention, they’re so comfortable – your son will thank you!

Back-to-School shoe shopping is FUN! Take the time to find some styles that will work well for your child(ren), but that also can truly be worn over and over and over (and over) again! After all – their feet are the foundation to everything – show them off!

Summer Harvest Style: Top Looks for Gardening!

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August is finally here, which means it’s time to start harvesting all of those vegetables you have been tending to all summer long! But harvesting doesn’t have to be just about getting down and dirty in your garden. We want to make sure that you make your neighbors envious of your garden style, while also keeping you cool and comfortable while you’re watering, gathering, and kneeling. So grab one of our favorite sun hats and try one of our shoe picks below, and then all you will need is your trusty basket to start collecting all of your delicious tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and more!

Sun Hats
Since August temperatures can be sweltering, some SPF and a sun hat are must-haves when heading out into the garden. If you can, you might want to get out there very early in the morning or in the mid to late afternoon, when the sun is lower and the temperatures are cooler.

 

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Scala LC399 | Betmar Face Framer | Betmar Ramona | Peter Grimm HasselhoffBetmar Classic Roll Up | Betmar GossamerBetmar Classic Sunshade

Garden Shoes
With all of those hours spent on your feet and knees, every green-thumb needs a comfortable and durable pair of garden shoes. Look for styles that slip-on for an easy transition in and out of the house. And most importantly, styles that are rubber and easily washable are key, so you can hose them down after covering them in soil!

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Jollys Picture ClogCrocs Duet Wave Clog | Superior Boot Co. Neoprene Garden ClogBogs Urban Farmer Slide | Bogs Urban FarmerCrocs Bistro | Crocs Off Road

And once the harvesting is over comes the best part…eating! We’re sharing some of our favorite summer harvest recipes for this season below, enjoy!

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Top 10 Shoe Looks for Boating

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Labor Day is just around the corner, and with it sadly often comes the end of one of summer’s most popular pastimes: boating.

Don’t worry! You still have a few more weeks to get out on the water and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Spend a weekend boating with your friends and family, or even just enjoy some quiet alone time at the waterside. Whatever you choose, we want to make sure that you (and your feet!) are fully prepared for the comfort & relaxation while out at sea. So today, we are highlighting some customer-favorite boat shoes for both men and women. Browse through the picks below, and then hit the boat decks in style!

Choosing the Best Boat Shoe:

Your new boat shoe should have a sole that boosts your traction, keeping you grounded on a slippery deck. The sides should be resistant to water and open enough to make your shoes nice and breathable. Don’t forget to look for a padded insole to keep you feeling comfortable even if you’re out on a full day-long adventure!

For Men

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Sperry Top-Sider Leeward 2-EyeFlorsheim Lakeside SlipSebago Docksides | Timberland Earthkeepers Newmarket Boat Oxford | Dunham Captain

 

For Women

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Eastland Solstice | Tommy Bahama Relaxology Castille Slip-On | Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish Boat Shoe | Grasshoppers Windham | Clarks Cliffrose Sail 

Happy boating! When are you next getting out on the water? For our full collection of boat shoes, click here.

Shoes for Every Wedding Related Event

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Wedding season is officially underway! Whether you are a bride, bridesmaid, or just a guest celebrating a loved one’s nuptials, make sure your feet are prepped for any summer wedding event with our top shoe picks.

The Engagement Party
Whether the party is at your local country club or in a friends’ backyard, get dressed up to celebrate the newlyweds in these pretty yet relaxed sandals.

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The Bridal Shower
It’s time to shower the bride-to-be! Even if the bride is opening gifts outdoors in the summer sun, you’ll stay cool and casual in these fashionable wedges.

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The Bachelorette Party
Survive any summer Bachelorette party in these sexy heels! Whether you are the bride or just a friend along for the ride, these stylish stilettos are sure to impress, while also keeping you comfortable and laughing during even the latest nights out!

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The Big Day
Now that details like wedding invitations, rings, and dresses are out of the way, it’s time to focus on the shoes! Here are our top shoe picks for brides and guests alike – that will look elegant while being comfy enough to keep you out on the dance floor all night long.

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Happy wedding season! How many will you be attending this summer? To browse more wedding styles for every occasion, click here.

Summer Hiking Essentials

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Keen | Ahnu| Merrell | Vasque | Keen | Zamberlan

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Altra | Salomon | Salomon | New Balance | Vasque

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Patagonia | Marmot | Columbia | Icebreaker | Patagonia |  Merrell | Patagonia | Merrell | Icebreaker | Patagonia

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Deuter | The North Face | Patagonia | The North Face | Deuter | Patagonia

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Sunscreen | Sunglasses | Waterbottles | Flashlights

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Where are you headed on your next adventure? Tell us in the comments below!

Shoe Reviews: Little Winners

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If you’re like us, shopping for dress shoes for the little ones warms your heart. Something about mini Mary Janes and Oxfords make a shoe-loving parent want to splurge on the perfect pair for their child. As a parent, you not only look for style, but you want comfort and affordability for those quick growing feet.  We know finding all three can be quite the challenge, so here’s a list of what we look for to help ease the struggle of getting your kiddo all dressed up & looking snazzy.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Quality – This is important when looking for kid’s shoes.  You will want to find a breathable and flexible material so they’re not constantly escaping their shoes.
  • Comfort – Making sure there is adequate cushioning in the soles is a big part of supporting those growing feet. Double check that there is a little extra space in the shoe for those overnight growth spurts, too.
  • Style – Dressing to impress isn’t just for grown-ups. With these classic dress shoe silhouettes, your little looker will be excited to get all dressed up.

Our Picks:
We’ve carefully selected our favorites to help make sure your kiddo is dressed to the nines.

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  1. Classy Oxford
  2. Dressed-up Mary Jane
  3. Timeless Loafer
  4. Detailed Ballet Flat

Shoe Reviews: Top 5 Transition Booties

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Hey Ladies,

Although spring doesn’t appear to be springing into action just yet, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump start on transitioning your closet for the warmer temps. So why not add a pair (or 5) of booties that are perfect for all seasons?
What to Look for:

  • Nothing completes a night on the town better than a statement heel. We love Nine West’s red, strappy bootie.
  • When it comes to casual booties, Lucky Brand and Frye know best.  From leather to suede, you’re sure to find your next go-to shoe.
  • Peep toes are IN. Pair with cute leggings during the cooler months and show off your fabulous pedicure. When the warmer temperatures hit, these will look great with skirts and cropped pants.
  • If comfort is your thing, Rieker-Antistress has you covered with breathable, shock absorption style and material.

Our Picks:

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  1. Nine West Funkfresh
  2. Lucky Brand Basel
  3. Earthies Manza
  4. Rieker-Antistress Sina 78
  5. Frye Reina Bootie

Shoe Reviews: The Chukka Boot

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Hey Gents (and ladies),

We know, when it comes to men’s style, most often, less is more and versatility is a must. Enter, the Chukka Boot. The Chukka has always been a popular style, but with many brands playing with colors, laces and materials, the modern-day Chukka is on track to be the top men’s boot of 2015. So how do you find the perfect Chukka?

What to Look for:

  • Chukkas are a great way to break up the monotony of a formal look or add a little flare to a casual look.
  • If you’re looking to stay on the formal side, opt for a full leather style with a lower ankle height.
  • If your style is more casual, you can spice it up with interesting stitching or laces – colorful accents are a big trend right now.
  • Since these will soon become a go-to, you’ll want to make sure they are made from quality material so they won’t wear quickly and that they have a comfortable foot bed.

Our Picks:

1. Johnston & Murphy Copeland 2. Clarks Desert Boot 3. Boston Boot Co. Commonwealth   4. Florsheim Rockit Chukka
5. Timberland Earthkeepers 6. Clarks Bushacre 2

  1. Johnston & Murphy Copeland Chukka
  2. Clarks Desert Boot
  3. Boston Boot Co. Commonwealth
  4. Florsheim Rockit Chukka
  5. Timberland Earthkeepers Britton Hill Chukka 
  6. Clarks Bushacre 2

Shoe Reviews: Comfortable Heels

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Whether you’re dressing up a pair of jeans, heading to the boardroom, or getting ready for a date night, the right pair of heels can take any outfit from great to amazing. We’ve always loved all heels – from 4 inch stilettos to kitten heels to wedges, but now that “comfortable heels” is no longer an oxymoron, we can’t get enough.

So if you’re a heel fan, you may want to try some of the newer heels that combine fashion with comfort. And if you’ve banished heels in the past after too many adventures in discomfort, there is no better time to take a second look. These days, comfortable heels are more stylish and fun than ever.

What to look for:

  • Start with a quality shoe that truly fits – there’s just no good reason to squeeze into a pair of too-tight or uncomfortable heels. If you don’t think you can wear them for a few hours, you haven’t found the right pair.
  • Look for features like comfort foot beds and flexible soles. More than ever, brands are investing in shoe technology to make your feet feel good. Cushioning, gel and soles will help support your stride.
  • Play with silhouettes. Try wedges and wider heels for extra stability

Our picks: