Valentine’s Day Guide: What to Wear and Share

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Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love: love for a significant other, love for your family, and love for your friends. So no matter whom you’re celebrating with, have a little fun and dress up for the occasion!

For a fun night celebrating with the girls, you can be comfy and cute with a Henley dress paired with low-heel booties. Add a red bag for a festive punch.

 

Celebrate with the guys with a casual outfit that shows you have your own style and are down for a good time.

This cozy Woolrich sweater is the perfect choice for a hiking date. Pair it with skinny jeans, a warm beanie, and boots for a cute and practical look.

Warm red layers show you’re thoughtful and put effort in for V-day (major points). Neutral accessories and jeans make the outfit timelessly trendy and wearable for an outdoor adventure.

 

You just can’t go wrong with a classic LBD. Add this great Nina clutch and strappy heels and you’re sure to feel confident and ready for a romantic evening.

 

This Pendleton button-up has a little more flair than the standard solid colored options. The subtle red hue feels right for the holiday, but not over-the-top. A solid colored scarf and polished Red Wings elevate this look for a date to remember.

So now that you know what you’re wearing, let’s focus on what you’re giving. We’ve got everything you need to make sure your loved ones are taken care of this Valentine’s Day. 

A classic leather wallet is always a great gift for your guy, especially because he’s probably used his old one to death. A belt is also a staple that gives the perfect finishing touch to any look.  Or, keep him warm with a thick pullover or durable slippers. Spring is still a long way off so he’ll be sure to get a lot of wear out of them (and think of you every time).    

Jewelry shows you care because it can be so personalized. Heart shapes clearly say “love,” but does she prefer silver or gold? Jewel encrusted? We’ve got you covered. This frosted pearl bracelet has personality and beautiful detail, so it’s perfect for special occasions all year round. You can’t go wrong with some snuggly layers either. These pullovers work great in and out of the house, so she’ll be warm and toasty wherever she goes.

 

However you decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we know you’ll be well-dressed and well-prepared. And hey, who says you can’t get something for yourself too?

Happy Holidays from ShoeBuy!

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We cannot believe this transformative year is already coming to an end… seasons changed, old styles went and new trends began, and our blog celebrated its very first birthday! We are so appreciative of all of our loyal ShoeBuyers who continuously inspire us to think outside of the box!

From our ShoeBuy family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a healthy New Year! We hope the miles your shoes have gone in 2015 have been full of good memories and laughter with the ones you love. Here’s to YOU, and to a fantastic 2016!

GIFT GUIDE: Stocking Stuffers

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While waking up to a large, wrapped package under the tree is certainly exciting, we think one of the most magical parts of Christmas morning is opening stockings. Hanging peacefully from the mantle, the little surprises inside bring so much glee to kids from one to ninety-two. In addition to the usual suspects – chocolates, an orange, hopefully no coal – it’s always fun to find an unexpected present or two. Spice up the stockings hung by your fireplace with care with one of these trinkets, and you’ll be guaranteed to make your family’s nice list this year.

Hers

Sneak a new accessory into her stocking like a trendy fringe scarf, knit winter hat, pretty bracelet, small purse, or cute knee socks that she’ll love to show off all winter long.

His 

Warm his heart with wooly accessories, or make him shine with a pair of snazzy cufflinks that are sure to get everyone’s attention back in the office.

Theirs

Whether they’re waiting for the bus, playing in the snow, or cozied up at home, make sure their little fingers and toes stay toasty with the coolest winter accessories they won’t want to take off. And for hours of indoor fun, a small toy like a magic set or puzzle is something the whole family can enjoy.

The season of giving is here! Be sure to check out all of our guides – for her, for him, for the traveler, and for the athleisure enthusiast – to get gifting inspiration for everyone on your list.

GIFT GUIDE: For Him

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Are you finalizing your gift list and noticing a few guys for whom you have no idea what to get? Don’t fret; up next in our series of gift guides is a roundup of the top presents for him! From fathers to husbands to boyfriends to brothers and more, our experts are weighing in on what they really want this year.

Go-Getter Gifts

Whether your guy is a golfer, hiker, gym rat, or snow adventurer, accessories tailored to his favorite hobby are always a welcomed addition under the tree – and will keep him moving into the New Year!

Boot Bounty

No matter if they’re for work or play, a great pair of boots will come in handy all year long. Replace his tried-and-trues or add new style to his closet with a trendy pair that he’s sure to rock.

Knit Novelties

Even the toughest guys get a little chilly in the wintertime; help keep him warm and stylish with a new sweater, vest, or jacket to replace last year’s tattered hoody.

Parcels of Leisure

After a long day of work or entertaining friends and family (or for hours spent parked in front of the television watching football), he’s going to want to get comfortable. A new pair of slippers is an easy gift for those guys that are hard to buy for, and a robe is one of those things he may not realize he wants, until he puts it on for the first time – we’re speaking from experience, here.

Leather Luxuries

Bring his style up a notch with a great belt (HINT: also makes for an easy stocking stuffer!). Not sure of his size? Play it safe with a wallet or money clip instead.

So now that he’s covered, let us help you find the perfect gift for all the special ladies in your life!

6 Splurge-Worthy Gift Ideas for Him & Her

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We all have that special someone on our holiday shopping list – whether it’s a significant other, best friend, or a close family member. And for this person, giving an awesome present is even more exciting than getting one. So if you’re looking to splurge a little this season, check out these ideas that are sure to get a gasp on Christmas morning. And remember, we’ve put together gift guides for every budget that are full of ideas that they’re bound to love!

1. BOOTS

You just can’t go wrong with a pair of well-made boots. In fact, they’re scientifically proven to never go out of style (okay, we may be using the term “scientifically” loosely here, but we believe it!). Whether for fashion or function, leather boots are a must-have in every closet, so spruce up theirs with a luxurious pair that promises to last.

2. WINTER JACKET

 Understandably, a lot of us find ourselves skipping out on that amazing parka that may last a lifetime and opting for a less expensive coat that needs replacing every season, so this year, consider giving them the gift of a warm investment. Look for classic silhouettes in neutral tones that they’ll never get bored of – a great winter jacket is the gift that keeps on giving year after year.

3. BLING

Show them just how special they are to you with a little extra something that sparkles. As the saying goes, good things come in small packages, and they won’t be able to contain their excitement as they tear this one open.

4. FRESH KICKS

We’re not playing around here; a cool pair of sneakers may just be the most coveted present under the tree. So run, don’t walk, to get some for the flyest on your list. This year, materials like suede and leather are all the rage, quite possibly making their feet the most fashionable part of an ensemble.

5. BAG

Whether for work or play, a nice bag makes travel or an everyday commute easier, not to mention, more fashionable. For the trendsetter, spring for a hot style – like canvas or fringe – or keep it classic with an essential leather tote or duffel.

6. House Warmers

Don’t see something that quite fits? A thoughtful gift for the home will help to make memories for holidays and years to come, and is a great option for the couples on your list.

Keep an eye out for more great gift ideas throughout the month of December!

GIFT GUIDE: For Her

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Whether you’re shopping for your sister, mom, girlfriend, wife, or another special lady in your life, the holidays are the perfect excuse to give her a little token of your affection. While some women can be tricky to buy for, there are a few foolproof gifts that she’s sure to appreciate. From athletic apparel and shoes to boots, jewelry and accessories, our ShoeBuy Gift Guide for Her is sure to spark an idea for every gal on your list this year.

Active Mama:

A girl can never have enough active wear, no matter if she’s an avid athlete or just likes to look the part. A pair of walking or running shoes will be put to good use in the New Year, and with fun apparel and extras, she’ll be ready to go in style!

Featured Products: Sherpani Spree Yoga Mat Holder | Prana Roxanne Capri | lucy Sexy Sweat Half Zip | Skechers GOwalk 3 Slip-on | New Balance WRC 1400v3 Running Shoe

Boot Maven:

Knee high boots, ankle boots, wide calf boots, duck boots, Chelsea boots… the list goes on. Find the style that fits her personality best, or help keep her favorites looking like new with a boot care kit or supports.

Featured Products: Blondo Vassa Wide Calf | UGG Classic Short Boot | Steve Madden Troopa 2 | Tommy Hilfiger Dita Bootie | Tamaris Tora Studded Ankle Boot | Blundstone Dress Series Boot | Sperry Top-Sider White Water Boot | Dr. Martens 1460 8-Eye Boot | Shape It! JY2219 Extra Large | UGG Sheepskin Care Kit

Lazy Susan:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, anyone? After all the hullabaloo of the holidays, she’ll be ready to sit back and relax. Bonus gift idea: pair a massage or pedicure from her favorite nearby salon with new slippers or a robe so she can decompress in style.

Featured Products: Toad&Co Swifty Hoodie | Acorn Novella Scuff | UGG Dakota | Tempur-Pedic Conduction | Minnetonka Sheepskin Ankle Boot | UGG Lindley Robe

Bag Lady: 

Whether she’s like type who likes to throw it all in or keep things succinct, to be fashionably organized is truly a gift; a new bag, clutch or wallet will keep her thankful all year long.

Featured Products: Frye Melissa Wallet | baggallini KEN869 Gold Kensington Mini Crossbody | Lodis Audrey Lily Phone Wallet | Frye Melissa Hobo | Vince Camuto Julie Clutch | Lacoste Izzie Medium Carry All Bag

Festive Fixins': 

Add a little glitz to her holiday party outfit lineup. It can be something she’s coveted but won’t splurge on for herself, or maybe it’s the gift she never knew she needed – until now!

Featured Products: Bertha Charlotte BR3105 | San Diego Hat Company Plaid Paneled Infinity Scarf BSS1419 | HEET Smooth Bracelet Molten Silver Shadow | Daniel Green Meg | Lodis Audrey Skinny Bow High Waist Belt

Winter Warmers:

Show your love with the gift of warmth! It’s the next best thing to a hug. Whether you’re looking for something to fill her stocking with or that main “wow” item for under the tree, our team pulled together the perfect gift ideas.

Featured Products: Patagonia Better Sweater Vest 25886 | Smartwool Rocking Rhombus Mid Calf Sock | UGG Classic Shearling Wired Earmuff | The North Face Caroluna Jacket 2015 | Manzella Tahoe Ultra Touchtip | UGG Grand Meadow Novelty Beanie w/ Fur Pom

Still can’t decide? A gift certificate to her favorite store (ShoeBuy, perhaps?) gets her the perfect present, every time.

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.

GIFT GUIDE: For the Traveler

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When it comes to the holidays, luggage may not always be on the top of your checklist. But with the coming weeks being among the heaviest for travel – from grandma’s or the in-laws to a family getaway someplace warmer – maybe it should be. Luggage is also a great gift idea: for the college student who may be getting ready to graduate, for the business traveler in your life, for the trendsetting teen who needs a go-to weekend bag, and even for the kiddos. We’ve rounded up some of our team’s favorite picks to help inspire a great gift for someone on your gift list or to help you pack up in style for your next getaway.

For the Light Packer

We all know (and likely envy) this traveler. They can fit what they’ll need for days in their carryon and not think twice about waiting at the baggage carousel. For this person, or for the person you want to give a great, smaller bag to so they are more organized on their next adventure, daytrip or cross country, a backpack or lightweight rolling bag will fit their travel style. Look for bags with enough compartments so they can easily access a few key essentials, like a water bottle or sunglasses. And be sure to look at bag measurements: you want to pick a bag that can indeed fly as a carry-on.

For the Busy Traveler

Whether on the go for work or play, this person needs function and durability. If you or the traveler on your gift list is more work-centric, a bag that is designed to carry a suit or business clothes will help keep their business clothes in the best shape so they may actually have a few minutes to enjoy the view, rather than having to iron on their next trip. If your busy wayfarer is on the go for leisure, look for features like expandability (so they have room to pick up a souvenir or two) and portability – a lightweight, easily-wheelable bag is key.

For Weekend Getaways

You’ve booked that perfect weekend trip or your plan to and you just can’t wait to go. Armed with a great bag, packing doesn’t have to be a chore. Pick a bag that helps show your personality and is big enough for what you really need – you don’t want to have to lug around a giant suitcase if you’re off on a quick trip. And since everyone could use a great bag like this for quick trips, it really works for so many people on your list – and with tons of options in style and color to choose from, you can really make this a personal present.

For Teens, Tweens, and Little Ones

Every traveler needs a bag of their own, no matter how old they are (even if just to go to Grandma’s once in a while), to make their trip feel special. Teens and tweens are notoriously tricky to pick out gifts for, but a great bag is something they can likely use – for slumber parties at a friend’s house to a family vacation, and even for those gearing up for college tours. Fun patterns and fresh styles will make packing much smoother if they have a bag they actually want to be seen in public with. For the little ones, know they’ll get excited to pack their stuff into a bag that shows off one of their favorite movies or characters.

For the Trendsetting Teen or Tween:

Accessorize Your Travel Style

Travel is easier when you’re prepared, so don’t forget to think about the little things – which by the way, make for great (easily wrapped) gifts and stocking stuffers. From cosmetic bags and pouches to keep what’s inside your bag in order, to colorful luggage that will make their suitcase recognizable, we’ve pulled a few of our favorites together to make your holiday travel and gifting a little easier.

 

Gifts We Love to Give

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With so many great gift options out there, we were curious what some of our style experts were planning to gift (or hoping to receive!) this year. Check out a few of the favorites from our own buyers’ lists.

  • Toasty Toes: Our buyers told us they planned to treat family and friends to luxurious slippers from UGG or the classic boiled wool styles from Haflinger. They shared that the reason they love giving slippers since is since they’re not always something people would splurge on for themselves, plus they are so cozy they couldn’t resist.

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  • A Little Sparkle: One of these bracelets from Heet may be the only gift you’ll need to give a special someone this year, but it can be an especially fun surprise for a stocking gift – she’ll never expect it. In fact, Any of these bracelets will be a hit!

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  •  Cozy Layers: Get them excited for the chill in the air! Whether it’s a lightweight down jacket, a Better Sweater or simply the perfect pair of mittens, there are lots of options for layering up.

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Check out some of the other gifts our style experts love to give: Expert Picks

Gift Guide: Gifts for Teens

If the idea of shopping for the teens and tweens on your list is giving you angst – consider your search over with these must-haves. Now, you can skip the gift cards and be done with just a few clicks, and your younger counterparts will love you for it.
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1. You can’t miss with the quintessential teenager jacket
2. A style you’ll love, that’s also a style he’ll love to wear – a win-win!
3. Really wow her with cozy boots!
4. No teen’s wardrobe is complete without a pair of Timberland boots.
5. Perfect for lounging around the house, but they’ll likely be a favorite to wear out and about for guys and girls.
6. She’ll wear the Steve Madden Troopa boots with pretty much everything in her wardrobe.