Resort Wear: A Guide to Packing Light

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Close your eyes and picture yourself on vacation: white sand, crashing waves, the sun on your shoulder. Now imagine yourself packing for this vacation: a little less blissful, wouldn’t you say? Preparing to go away shouldn’t be stressful, but especially when you’re planning for kids, maybe a significant other, and yourself, it’s hard not to freak out a little. What’s more, with so many airlines charging fees for additional baggage, taking only what’s absolutely necessary is key. To take some of the worry out of packing, we’ve compiled the ShoeBuy Guide to Packing Light – so sit back, don’t panic, and soon enough, you’ll be sipping piña coladas poolside.

Shoes can become the bane of any packing existence. Start down the path of “but what if the weather is XYZ” or “but what if I want to wear this top with those pants” and you might as well pull out your credit card now to pay for the overweight luggage charges. In reality, the average adult going on vacation only needs to bring three pairs of shoes, maximum: one for everyday wear (think: slip-on or thong sandals for walking about the resort and to and from the pool/beach), one for slightly fancier occasions (think: boat shoes or wedge sandals for dinner out at a restaurant), and one for activities (think: footbed sandals like Birkenstock for a long walk or city excursion).

Clothing can also be tricky since many vacation destinations – resorts, cruise ships, etc. – enforce dress codes. Opt for pieces you can re-wear over a statement look that you might only put on once. Every woman knows the power of a wrinkle-resistant dress on vacation, so be sure to pack at least one that can easily go from day to night. Beach pants can work double duty when paired with a bold printed one-piece, while an airy caftan will make any lady feel like island royalty. Pack a straw tote as your carry-on with all the essentials so you’ll be prepared both in the sky and by the sea. For guys, breathable materials like linen and cotton are always good choices, as you’ll stay cool even while abiding by the collared shirt rule at dinner. A light t-shirt, hat, and sunglasses will keep you from getting too much sun during the day, and of course, don’t forget your swim trunks

Believe it or not, kids need even less when it comes to footwear on vacation: just one pair of active sandals for day, and slightly dressier (but still practical) shoes for night. And the same rules as mom and dad apply for clothing – breathable, no frill pieces that provide some protection from the sun will put everyone’s minds at ease.

Vacation should be a time of relaxation, so don’t let preparing for it stress you out. A little strategic packing can go a long way, so think about what you and your family ­really need and plan accordingly – and just think, less stuff in your luggage now means more room for souvenirs later!

Sweet 16: Shoes You’ll Want To Wear This Year

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16 is THE number this year. Of course, it’s 2016, but did you know it’s also ShoeBuy’s 16th birthday?! Our friends at The Gloss put together a hilarious article titled, Every Awkward Shoe You Wore in the 2000s, that is sure to get a groan out of every shoe maven, but hey, we’re all for taking fashion risks!

The good news is Sweet (two-thousand and) Sixteen is shaping up to be an awesome year as far as footwear is concerned. We’ve already shared our roundup of trends to keep an eye out for, and now we’re giving you the lowdown on the top 16 styles that you’ll be proud to wear all the way into the next decade – we promise*!

Why it’s hot?

Because booties are arguably the most versatile pair of shoes in your closet right now. And coming soon: pairs with perforation to give your spring wardrobe a fresh kick.

Why it’s hot?

Because while flip-flops may not be office-appropriate during the summer, city sandals go from work to play without missing a step (rooftop cocktails, anyone?).

Why it’s hot?

Because metallic is like the icy senior girl you adored as a freshman back in high school – it’s just so, cool.

Why it’s hot?

Because cage/lace-up sandals are a sassy (and supportive!) choice for summer.

Why it’s hot?

Because we all loved our slides and mules during the fall, and now we can wear them throughout the warmer months, too!

Why it’s hot?

Because espadrilles of both the flat and wedge varieties are the perfect way to add some Spanish flare to any outfit. Can we get an “olé?”

Why it’s hot?

Because footbed sandals aren’t only trendy, they’re actually good for your foot health.

Why it’s hot?

Because torrential days are already huge bummers – might as well look cute in a great pair of rain boots, right?

Why it’s hot?

Because stripes are IN, especially when they’re ON your feet.

Why it’s hot?

Because black and white is a classic combination with endless possibilities.

Why it’s hot?

Because a floral pattern is practically wearable art. And because here in New England, we may not see real flowers until June.  

Why it’s hot?

Because metallic with a preppy twist is even better. 

Why it’s hot?

Because the icy senior girl your mom adored back in the 70s would have worn these. That’s like, 45 years of cool.

Why it’s hot?

Because the only thing better than a bootie, is an open toe bootie you can wear All. Year. Long.

Why it’s hot?

Because snazzy running shoes aren’t just for your marathon-fanatic friend anymore – even the serious athletic brands are upping the fashion-ante, giving you one less excuse to skip out on that jog.

Why it’s hot?

Because canvas sneakers aren’t just for the playground. Listen to your five-year-old self and grab a pair.

*To the best of our predictive abilities, we believe these shoes will still be cool in 2026.

Looking for more footwear inspiration for the coming year? Be sure to check back soon for our list of Fitness Must-Haves to reach your goals!

Looking Forward: Shoe Trends for 2016

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As much fun as it was looking back on all the great shoe styles from 2015, it’s even more exciting to take a peak at upcoming trends for the New Year! 2016 promises to take things up a notch when it comes to footwear, with interesting new designs and materials, bold colors and patterns, and edgier silhouettes coming our way. Here, our style experts weigh in on the hottest trends to keep an eye out for this year, and their top picks for each that are ready for the taking now on shoebuy.com!

Sneakers

We already saw an increase in the popularity of sneakers over the past few months, and this year, expect them to be all the rage. What’s new about the latest styles, however, are their innovative designs and use of materials like leather, suede, and canvas. Some retro, others almost futuristic, these aren’t your standard kicks. White sneakers in particular are positioned to thrive in 2016, so be sure to get your hands on a crisp pair.

Futuristic

And speaking of the future, another new trend to watch out for are ultramodern features and original shapes and colors adorning everything from slip-ons to stilettos. From studs and cutouts to stripes and sliver detailing, the shoe styles for 2016 may reach beyond this galaxy.

Pastels & Floral

If you’re feeling intimidated by these eclectic looks, rest assured, there are softer upcoming trends as well. Pastels are coming in hot and floral patterns are just as sweet, adding the perfect amount of pretty to your spring wardrobe.

Suede

Lush materials like suede always look good in clean, well-structured silhouettes. For boots, slightly understated styles that evoke a western vibe with a bit more simplicity than the classic cowboy boot steal the show, and fringe proves it’s here to stay. For flats, the pointer the toe the better, adding finesse especially when paired with a wooden or cork sole/heel – another hot trend for 2016.

Slides & Mules

Also carryovers from last year, slides and mules aren’t going anywhere soon. Up the ante with a bold print or killer heel, and look for distinguishing features such as studs, zippers, and buckles to really stand out.

Flatforms

While not a fit for every fashion fancy, there’s no denying this new trend is one to behold. Whether in low flatform or tall, a pair will add high fashion glamour to your spring/summer wardrobe – or better yet, try them out first on a winter getaway someplace warm.

Open-Toe Bootie

2016 confirms the bootie as a must-have for every season with the debut of an open toe. Easily dressed up or down, get ready to show off your pedicure all year long.

Which trends are you most excited to wear in 2016? Any from past years you wish would come back or hope to never see again? Share your favorite look or best shoe faux pas story with us in the comments below!