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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

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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).

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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”).

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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.

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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.

 

Spring Running Guide

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Spring is a time of rejuvenation. We can shed heavy winter layers and really start moving again, and the promise of warmer weather can help kick start your workout. Read on for our spring running guide for our top picks to get you geared up, wherever you train!

 

For the Treadmill Runner

You live at the gym, and just because you have the warmth of your indoor running space all year round, doesn’t mean you can’t refresh your gear for spring!

For Her: The Asics FuzeX Lyte Running Shoe is lightweight and has amazing cushioning. The full ground contact outsole provides a smooth transition from heel to toe. It’s simply a great option for endless miles on a flat surface.

For Him: The New Balance 775v2 Running Shoe uses CUSH+ material to cradle your feet in comfort as you smoke your neighbors in that treadmill race.  

For the Trail Runner

Dense forests? No problem. Rocks? Easy. There’s no terrain or obstacle that can get in the way of your run. You need shoes that can keep up.

For Her: The Saucony Nomad TR Running Shoe is part of the brand’s Run Anywhere line. The outsole is engineered to adapt to all kinds of terrain and provides 3X more traction than standard rubber. This sneaker is durable and meant to last. With a sock-like fit and extra cushioning, we have a feeling you’ll be able to tackle even more out there.

For Him: Meet our newest athletic brand, Hoka One One! The Speedgoat Trail Running Shoe doesn’t mess around. The shoe’s inspiration was Karl Meltzer and the tough conditions of the Speedgoat 50k. Notable feature: Groundrubber toecap for increased toe protection, so along with cushioning everywhere else, you won’t have to worry about stubbing your toe on uneven ground.

 

For the Road Runner

You prefer fresh air to the gym any day. Now that it’s getting warmer out, you welcome your newly green neighborhood with open arms (and awesome kicks).

For Her: The Hoka One One Vanquish 2 Road Running Shoe is known for its extreme cushioning, perfect for a daily run on the streets. It provides a springy feel with lots of breathability and support.

For Him: New Balance Fresh Foam sneakers are always a fan favorite. The Fresh Foam 1080v6 Running Shoe is equipped with an Ortholite footbed and generous vamp, so that your entire foot is comfortable and can relax — no strain and no scrunched toes as you glide along.  

For the Race Runner

You’re in training mode. You’ve set your goals and aim to beat them. You need shoes that will go the distance.

For Her: The New Balance 1500v2 Running Shoe is built to run with you all the way to the finish line. This is a high-intensity shoe with a streamlined design that promises to deliver ultimate performance.

For Him: The Saucony Type A Running Shoe is constructed for long distance running (5K-half marathon recommended).  With its vibrant red, orange, and yellow, you can’t get a sneaker that looks more like a racing shoe, and acts like one too. The Type A is lightweight and strong to maximize speed and comfort.

 

Apparel

It’s warming up out there, but the mornings and evenings still have a bit of a chill. We recommend thinking in layers so you’re comfortable from the moment you head out the door to your final laps or speed work.

For Her: Start with a pair of good running socks; this is a must but is often overlooked, so choose a pair with strategic padding to prevent blisters and slipping. Ankle or calf-length leggings are a great option for spring’s tricky temperatures. Try a fun printed pair to get you excited about your run (hello palm trees!) or go for a trusty black pair to match any top (workout or otherwise). A good sports bra is important for every run; we like this CW-X option (as seen in The Wall Street Journal) – it’s breathable, adjustable, and ultra-supportive. When it comes to tops, a t-shirt with moisture wicking fabric is perfect for unpredictable weather. Layer a light windbreaker on top in a bright color to help ensure you stand out to cars and other runners. Bonus: This one folds up into the front pocket.

For Him: Socks are key for your run too, so don’t forget to invest in a few good pairs. A pair of warmer running pants will take you through the season’s chillier runs and longer, loose-fitting shorts will transition well into summer. This t-shirt from New Balance has sweat-activated cooling technology to keep you comfortable and dry. Top it off with a bright zip-up, which is sure to come in handy when running through spring showers.

 

Wherever you’re running this season, we can help you gear up for your goals!

Spotlight: Fashion Sneakers

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The athleisure trend has been catching steam in recent years, and this spring it’s stronger than ever. One of the biggest (and easiest) parts of this trend to adopt is sneakers. However, there are so many types of fashion sneakers that it can get overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down for you and picked some of our favorite styles.

 

Slip-ons are a great starting point for fashion sneakers, especially if you don’t usually wear running shoes outside of the gym. They don’t have the typical athletic feel: no laces, smooth soles etc., but they have better traction than your standard work flats. These pair well with pants and dresses alike, and add a structured element to any outfit.

 

Classic canvas sneakers are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. In fact, you probably had some growing up. Brands like Vans and Superga are typically the first that come to mind when we think of canvas shoes. Their instantly recognizable styles are the perfect where-with-everything shoe that work for spring and summer. Go for something bolder like this striped Merrell canvas/leather sneaker. You’ll get the same comfort and ease, but with a luxe twist.

 

Fashion bloggers everywhere turn to retro sneaker styles to wear with everything. From jeans to skirts to dress pants and more. Try a crisp white pair for a minimalist look, or take a modern approach to the retro trend with pink and grey. These New Balance WL555s come in a variety of colors that will look cool with an open coat now, and with shorts and a t-shirt later.

 

For the inner sk8r girl in all of us. High-tops give off a slightly edgier vibe, but can still be clean-cut. They are also great for the chillier weather, because they cover just a few more inches of the ankle. For an unexpected look, wear these with more feminine pieces, like a skirt and sweater.

 

 

Come spring, when everything is fresh and new again, clean preppy sneakers just feel right. A bright white pair fits the bill, with minimal details and a simple shape. Look for leather, suede, or even canvas to achieve this look. Neutral or muted colors make this trend polished, and bring sophistication to your wardrobe.

 

White soles are appearing everywhere this year. Dress shoes, sandals, and sneakers have all adopted this striking stripe. Even with more relaxed sneakers, the white sole adds a sportier feel and is perfect for the athleisure trend. The white sole also brightens up the shoe, making an otherwise dark colored shoe feel more appropriate for spring.

 

Every sneaker addict knows that high-tops are essential. With street style becoming ever more popular, every shoe brand now has their own version of this casual option. Try a pair with luxe leather detailing to elevate your go-to jeans and tee ensemble.  This pair of converse is lined with shearling, so it’s perfect for the chilly transitional weather between winter and spring.

 

Throwback sneakers are a huge part of the sneaker trend. Whether you choose a style that actually originated years ago, or a modern shoe that was inspired by the older version,  with today’s clothes they feel fresh. Suede details and muted colors feel very 70’s, while white with primary colors feel 80’s. Pick your decade, and have fun with it!

Whatever your style, we have the stylish sneakers to up your outfit game. This spring, fashion is comfortable.

ShoeBuy’s 12 Days of Boots Deals

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ShoeBuy’s 12 Days of Boots Deals

At ShoeBuy, we love the holiday season. From the high spirits to all of the opportunities to gather with family and friends, and even the cold air (at least here in New England) that makes you want to cozy up — we look forward to it all, all year long.

So this season, we are adding our own festivities to bring some shopping cheer. For the next 12 days – please cue the tune if you haven’t already – we’re featuring great gifts for everyone on your “nice list,” and for you to treat yourself too, through our “12 Days of Boot Deals!” Each day, a highly coveted style from brands such as Cole Haan, Frye, Sorel, Timberland and UGG will be in the line-up. And with savings of 40-50% off,* you won’t want to miss out on the chance for a perfect gift or to score that great pair you’ve been eyeing.

A new style will be revealed each day, so there is sure to be a boot for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Plus, with free shipping, free exchanges and other surprises, shopping with ShoeBuy is a no-brainer.

Cheers to the season and cheers to fantastic boots! Shop ShoeBuy’s 12 Days of Boot Deals now. 

*Offer valid while supplies last.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Holiday Look

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, chances are you already have a holiday party or two marked on the calendar. From family gatherings and work occasions to concerts and school pageants, this season of celebration can become a whirlwind, and the last place you want to find yourself on a Saturday night is standing in front of your closet thinking, “I have nothing to wear.”  We’ve all been there: tired of last year’s looks or just feeling fashionably uninspired. So as you gear up for all the hoopla, keep these styling tips in mind and make picking your party outfit part of the fun.

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Featured Products: Jessica Elliot Tassel Necklace | Ibex Ferryn Dress | Vince Camuto Leila Clutch | HEET Rock Bracelet Antique Gold Boa Copper | Isola Eleni II Pump | Patagonia Ahnya Wrap | Casual Barn CJE014 | Frye Heidi Fringe Crossbody | Prana Trinity Cord Pant |  Vince Camuto Sabria Ankle Boot

For a fancy night out, you can never go wrong with a black dress. Make your tried-and-true LBD feel new with a show-stopping pair of pumps and glamorous accessories from top to bottom.

For a more casual party look, pair your favorite skinny jeans or cords with a neutral top (black, white, cream), and then give your outfit some holiday cheer with a dazzling pair of earrings and fabulous heeled booties.

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Featured Products: Nau Alined Long Sleeve Shirt | Pendleton Whisperwool Muffler | Cufflinks Inc Stainless Steel Soft Rectangle Infinity Cufflinks | Icebreaker Seeker Pant | Nunn Bush Rawson Chukka | Tommy Bahama New Eversuede Half Zip | Trafalgar Hayden | Ozone Fair Isle Crew Sock | Tommy Bahama Coastal Island Standard | Steve Madden Scripps Slip-On

This season, keep it slick with stripes and tailored slacks. A pair of classic, black leather chukkas always add polish, and elegant details like silver cufflinks and a wool scarf make a tasteful style statement.

Whether gathered around the family dinner table or catching up with old friends while you’re all back in town, show your relaxed sophistication with a pair of dark jeans that can easily be dressed up or down. A seasonal sweater, slip-ons, and the right, subtle accessories like festive socks and a leather belt will take the style factor up a notch, making your go-to outfit a cool, comfortable choice.

‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry! Don’t let finding something to wear bring you down; chances are, there’s something in your closet right now that just needs a little sprucing up.

So now that we’ve got that all covered, it might be time to start thinking about finding the perfect gift for that friend who’s always so tricky to buy for… we can help with that, too.

Winter Boots & Cozy Styles for Kids

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Last week, we shared our favorite bundling picks for both men and women that are sure to keep the cold out and warmth in all season long. Next up: cozy choices for even the tiniest snow bunnies in your life. Wintery conditions don’t have to mean the end to outdoor play, and in fact, with the right gear, kids will be out building forts and making snow angels from the time they hear, “school’s closed” to, “hot chocolate’s ready!” Bonus: These will keep your little one’s warm but our picks are fun enough that they’ll make great holiday gifts too.

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Make sure you’re really ready for those cold days and snow fort weather by getting them their winter boots and gear now, even if you’re thinking about wrapping them up as a gift! That way, when the first flakes fall, those little toes will stay toasty warm all the way from the bus stop to the sledding hill.

Featured Products: The North Face Alpenglow Lace Boot | Stride Rite Made 2 Play Sneaker Boot | Kamik Carver Boot | Jambu Collett 2 Winter Boot | Bogs Sweet Pea | Itasca Snow Stomper | Itasca Snow Stomper | Sorel Youth Tofino II 

CLOTHING TO STAY COZY Insulation is key for winter, and these puffers will do the trick, keeping kids warm and fully protected from wind and wet conditions. And after a big storm hits, snowsuits are sure to bring hours of winter fun. Cool socks have become quite the fashion statement recently, and kids’ feet deserve to look good, too, but these picks mean nothing but business outside during recess.

Featured Products: The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket 2015 | Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoody | Marmot Freerider Pant 73560 | Patagonia Baby Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting | Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle Pants | Icebreaker Snow Mid Over the Calf | MUK LUKS Microfiber Knee High Socks

WOOLY EXTRAS TO KEEP THEM WARM
Even though the theory (which likely dates back to experiments conducted in the 1950s) that you primarily lose body heat through your head has since been debunked, cold ears are nothing to joke about, so don’t forget a winter hat!

Got a techy kid in your life? Etip gloves will keep their hands warm without missing an important post or text. Or, keep it classic with tried-and-true mittens. Throw on an infinity scarf for an easy, extra layer of warmth that won’t get in the way of favorite snow activities.

Featured Products: The North Face Fuzzy Earflap Beanie | Patagonia Beanie Hat 66054 | Icebreaker Flexi Chute 100964 | Terramar Silk Rib Balaclava | MUK LUKS Plaid Bow Mittens | The North Face Etip Glove

Are you ready for winter? Check out our Top 10 Winter Boot’s You’ll Need – this season, ShoeBuy’s got the whole family covered!

Top 10 Winter Boots You’ll Need

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ShoeBuy HQ is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and even if you don’t live in New England, chances are you heard about the slight snow situation we encountered this past winter. (Not sure if you caught the sarcasm in that last sentence.)

The final snow pile here didn’t actually melt until JUNE, which means Bostonians have only enjoyed about 4 completely snow-free months this year and are already thinking about the next Nor’easter. So with that in mind, we’d like to take this opportunity when we can still see the ground to share with you, wherever you are, the top 10 winter boots for women and men that you’ll need this winter. Whether you can’t get enough powder, would rather hibernate until spring, or may only see a few flurries this season, boots can add some fun and personality to your winter wardrobe. Sorel has a great lineup for men and women this year, offering everything from the classic snow boot to fuzzy styles that are sure to stand out, and favorite brands like Merrell and Helly Hansen are coming out with almost sneaker-boot hybrids to combat those in-between days.

This upcoming season, boots are the way to go. For function and fashion this winter, check out our top picks for her and him.

FOR HER: 

Featured Products: Merrell Eventyr Bluff Waterproof | Clarks Muckers Shale Snow Boot | Columbia Minx Shorty Omni-Heat Bootie | Pajar Grip Zip Boot | Bogs Juno Tall Boot | Ugg Pierce Boot | Helly Hansen Maria Boot | The North Face Thermoball Lace 8 | Skechers Highlanders Cottontail | Sorel Joan of Arctic Lace Boot

FOR HIM: 

 


Featured Products: Clarks Darian Heath Boot | Helly Hansen Garibaldi 2 Boot | Lowa Tibet GTX WXL | Keen Anchorage Boot II | ECCO Whistler GORE-TEX High Boot | UGG Hannen TL Boot | Sperry Top-Sider Cold Bay Boot | Pajar Burham | The North Face Chilkat 400 | Sorel Caribou

Brace yourself; word on the street is, it’s gonna be another cold and snowy one, so check out our full collection of winter boots now so you’ll be prepared no matter what the season brings.

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Does the forecast in your area call for more rain than snow? Duck boots are the prefect transitional footwear and especially suited for cool, wet conditions. Plus, they’re cute, making this cold weather trend a real win-win.

How To: Pick a Comfortable Shoe

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When it comes to foot pain, we know the drill: little by little, you begin to trade in the pair of shoes you love to look at for something more comfortable, and we don’t blame you. That being said, here at ShoeBuy, we believe function and flair can go hand-in-hand. Many brands are combining their commitment to comfort with a stroke of style, resulting in comfortable options that you’ll love stepping out in. Check out our top picks for shoes for comfort, no matter the activity, and we think you’ll be seeing “comfort shoes” in a whole new light.

1. Everyday: Comfort-COOP-Blog-THM2Comfort-COOP-Blog-THMRunning errands, commuting to and from work, or out sightseeing? The Skechers GOwalk 3 Slip On was engineered for women on the go, featuring high-rebound cushioning and the line’s signature GOgaPillars sole that provides great shock-absorption and anatomically-correct arch support. For busy guys, Clark’s Allston Free includes a cushy midsole with a removable Ortholite footbed for enhanced support, as well as a durable rubber outsole that keeps you steady. Both styles are available in a wide variety of colors, making your go-to shoe a fashionably comfortable choice.

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2. Boots: For those days where you need a more durable shoes, whether you out doing some yard work or braving inclement weather, boots are a great go-to. Two styles in particular, the Rockport First Street Waterproof Gore Boot and the Propet Cliff Walker provide the function you’re looking for without sacrificing style, and also offer that additional layer of support
you need – after a long, hard day, your feet will thank you.

  3. Active: One of the most frustrating parts of suffering from pain of any kind is the inhibition to participate in many of your favorite activities. Foot discomfort is surely no exception, and if exercise is an important part of your routine, being held back from that can feel even more excruciating. While rest is a key part of the recovery process, it’s important to gradually resume exercise onComfort-COOP-Blog-THM6Comfort-COOP-Blog-THM5ce you and your doctor agree that you’re ready. Of course, the first thing you’ll want to do when you get the go-ahead is to grab a new pair of shoes, and while there are a lot of factors to keep in mind, the following are two tried-and-true options depending on your activity of choice. Consistently a Runner’s World editor’s top pick for both men and women, Brooks’ Ghost line is great for new and seasoned runners alike, and features a blended foam composite heel. If climbing mountains or biking trails is more your speed, Merrell’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe provides unparalleled protection for your entire foot, as well as substantial arch support and cushioning throughout.

4. Trendy: Unfortunately, one of the leading causes of foot pain and its related ailments is ill-fitting shoes, which coincidentally, are often among the trendiest. High-heels, flats with little to no arch support, and shoes that squeezComfort-COOP-Blog-THM8Comfort-COOP-Blog-THM7e the toes are some of the common culprits and should be left on the shelf as you recover.But that doesn’t mean you have to throw fashion to the wind! Staying on-trend for this fall season, Dansko’s Lucille Chukka Boot embraces the bootie in rich sueded colors and is the perfect pick to complete any day-to-night look. Meanwhile, Mephisto’s Baduard is more than an attractive moccasin; it’s also a well-made, casual loafer that provides instant comfort with its shock-absorbing rubber outsole.

As anyone who has experienced chronic foot discomfort can attest, the real win here is a pair of shoes that provides relief and allows you to live life the way that you want. While foot pain is a real pain in the… well, foot… the good news is that the shoe and treatment options are constantly growing. Plus, with handy inserts readily available, it’s easy to turn your favorite shoes into a slightly more comfortable pair (but remember, there are certain styles you should absolutely stay away from while you recover!).

What do you think are the BEST shoes for comfort? Tweet @shoebuy with your go-to style using #paininmyfoot to get in on the conversation!

For more shoes your feet will love, check out our Comfort collections.

This Week We’re Inspired By

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1. The Good Girl Gone Blog
Alana, a Boston based blogger, is the voice of Good Girl Gone Blog and has made it her mission to write relatable posts on all of our favorite topics like fashion, beauty, food, and home. This blog is a great destination for all you ladies out there who love to sit back and enjoy a good read.

2. Hither and Thither
If you’ve got the travel bug, Ashley’s blog may inspire your next trip! We love following along on her family journeys and all of her tips to make family travel, although at times hectic, very doable. A highlight of her blog is her “5 Things” column, which features city guides from other bloggers. Before traveling, it’s always great to get insight from locals themselves.

3. My Fitness Pal
MyFitnessPal has some great content in general, but their blog, “Hello Healthy”, is also overflowing with great recipes, easy workouts, and endless fitness inspiration. One of our favorite tips for summer with vacation travel on the horizon: “Try to squeeze in some movement, hydrate and think about snacks in advance so you can be in charge of your options, not the rest stop of airport food court.”

4. Design Sponge
Packed with tips and ideas to update your living space, all things interior design can be found on this fantastic blog. With features on home renovations, redecorating, DIY, food & drink, and travel, Design Sponge is one of our favorite destinations for endless home inspiration.

5. Kendi Everyday
If you love a good #OOTD inspired blog post to get you thinking about your next ensemble, look no further than Kendi Everyday. Blogger Kendi always seems to curate the perfect outfit for every occasion. Pulling together a complete outfit that’s both effortless and fashionable can be difficult, but thankfully she offers helpful tips to accomplish all your own style goals.