How to Style Booties for Warmer Weather

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Booties have become a go-to style for fall and winter, but you can really rock your favorites all year long. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites and have a few ideas on how to wear booties for spring and summer.

The classic bootie style is a great addition to any wardrobe, and is one you’ll find yourself wearing from the time the first flowers are shooting up until the leaves are crunching beneath your fabulously dressed feet. These styles look great with leggings or tights in the cooler weather, but also bring a little edge to your fashion game in the warmer months when paired with an airy dress, white jeans or denim cutoffs. So if you’ve already got a pair in your closet – don’t pack them away for the summer!

This season, we’re seeing a lot of open toes, texture and fantastic block heels, which means you can personalize your look with the right pair. From softer floral cutouts to perforated details, there’s no shortage of options. Pair with cropped pants or a tailored skirt for the office, or throw on your favorite skinny jeans (cuffed to show a little ankle for the season, of course) and a t-shirt for a go-anywhere weekend look. We also love pairing a crisp denim skirt with this style for a sleek work option.

Take your booties out with you at night – these looks are perfect for a girls’ night out, a date night, or for whenever you want to feel extra fabulous. From rich suedes and lace-up details to stacked wooden heels, you can style these boots just like you would your favorite pair of pumps!

Already rocking your booties this season? Share your spring style with us @shoebuydotcom on Instagram with #myshoebuy.

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How To: Pack For Spring Break Like A Pro (and without checking a bag!)

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The winter season can be long and cold; luckily, there’s a beacon of light that promises sunshine and warmth to get you through: spring break. Whether your idea of a hot getaway involves undisturbed hours lounging seaside or spicy salsa dancing into the wee hours of the morning, there are a few essentials every spring breaker should bring along. Here, we’ve rounded up the must-haves for your next trip, and cover everything you’ll need both in the air and on the shore.

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After picking a destination, perhaps the most important decision you’ll have to make when planning a vacation (assuming you’re flying) is whether or not to check a bag. Word to the wise: don’t! Airlines lose luggage all the time. Do yourself a favor and avoid a potential headache by opting for a carry-on that can hold all the essentials. A cosmetic case will also come in handy not only while traveling, but also once you arrive. Keep things organized in your home away from home with a hanging bag or store small toiletries and accessories like sunblock and sunglasses in a waterproof case while you’re down at the pool or beach. If you do choose to carry-on though, just be sure to remember the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule!

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Another reason you should skip the big suitcase? Everything you really need for a tropical vacation is compact. You’ll practically be living in your bathing suit anyway, and small accessories like sunglasses and hats can either be worn while traveling or packed in a large tote that can double as both your personal item and beach bag!

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Of course some real clothing will be worn occasionally while on vacation, so opt for pieces that can transition from day to night. A romper is the perfect choice for her – breathable and easy to wear, it’s easy to throw on over a bikini or dress up with your favorite jewelry for an evening out. Guys should look for lightweight materials as well and have some fun with island prints and colors!

A lot of prep goes into going away, and the last thing you want to be thinking about at 35,000 feet is if your luggage is going to make it. Whether you choose to carry-on instead or not, don’t procrastinate: make a list of the items you’ll really need – chances are, they’ll all be able to fit in the overhead compartment!

Are you packing for an entire family? Be sure to check out our tips in Resort Wear Must-Haves!

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!

How To: Clean Sheepskin Boots

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A pair of sheepskin boots can be your best friend in the winter; they’re warm and never seem to go out of style. Another great feature is that a well-made pair should give you several seasons of wear, as long as you properly care for them. Whether you’re looking to give an old pair a second life or hoping for a new set under the tree this year, here’s are some tips to take care of your boots so they stay looking as good as they feel.

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Featured Products: UGG Bailey Bow Tall Boot Big Kids | UGG Foerster Boot | UGG Bailey Bow Wool Boot | UGG Classic Toddler

Of course, prior to any kind of treatment, you’ll want to read the manufacturer’s care instructions for your particular pair of boots, as well as the directions for whichever products you’re planning to use.

PROTECT:

      1. Before wearing your boots, prevent staining by first treating them with a sheepskin protector, like the UGG® Stain and Water Repellant.
      1. Be sure your boots are dry and wipe off any residue before applying. Take them outside (or to a well-ventilated area) and spray the protector evenly over sheepskin with until boot is wet, but not soaked.
      1. Let your boots dry out of direct sunlight in in a cool, ventilated space for 24 hours.
      1. Use a suede brush (often included in a sheepskin care kit) and lightly brush the nap in one direction.

 RESTORE:

      1. Lightly dampen your boots with clean water and a sponge. Apply a small amount of conditioner, such as the UGG® Cleaner and Conditioner, to the wet sponge. Gently scrub the surface of your boot. When finished, use a clean, damp sponge to remove excess residue.
      1. To speed up the drying process and help your boots maintain their shape, stuff with paper, then allow them to dry naturally for at least 24 hours in a cool, ventilated space. Avoid direct sunlight or heat.
      1. Now that your boots are nice and clean, this is a great time to protect them from future wear and tear by treating them with a sheepskin protector.

FRESHEN:  

      1. Eliminate odor by spraying the inside of each boot with a sheepskin freshener, also often included in a sheepskin care kit.
      1. Let boots dry naturally for at least 24 hours in a cool, ventilated space. Avoid direct sunlight or heat.
      1. Once dry, lightly brush in same direction to ensure your boots look their best.

OTHER CARE TIPS:

• NEVER put your boots in the washing machine or dryer
• DON’T take them to the dry cleaner
• BE SURE to take the same kind of care of other garments and accessories made with sheepskin or shearling, like bags and hats!

Featured Products: UGG HEritage Up Flat Hat w/Pom | Scully Garment Bag Antique Lambskin 603 | Dije California Trooper Hat 

Try to make this cleaning regimen a regular habit, and remember to wipe off daily dirt, especially during the winter months to remove snow that may have been treated with salt. Don’t be daunted; this may sound time-consuming, but taking care of your boots is actually pretty quick to do with the right tools on hand, and so well worth it in the long run.

How To: Wear Fringe

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Fringe. You’ve seen it on the runways for the past few seasons and you’ve seen it pretty much everywhere else now too. From bags and boots to dresses and tops – and even to bangs – it’s clear that this is a trend to embrace and enjoy this season. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorites along with some styling ideas inspire you on how to add a little flair to your fall wardrobe below; take a look and get fringed this season.IG-Post-Fringe-Collage

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It’s In (On) the Bag: Accessories, especially bags, are a fantastic way to dabble in a trend and if you focus on quality, you often gain a great piece that you’ll love for many seasons to come regardless of the trends in play. Our favorites for the season combine beautiful leather and the season’s hottest hues, and we’ve picked a range of silhouettes so you can really find one that meets your style. Once you find that perfect match, the rest of the outfit will come naturally, as these bags can easily be dressed up or down!

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Styles from left to right: Vince Camuto Joni Drawstring | Frye Heidi Fringe Crossbody | Latico Colette 8918 | Jessica Simpson Blair Clutch

Fall for Flats: Flats remain a must have for every gal’s fall wardrobe. So this year, up your game with a pair that is right on trend; fringed flats will look great with a skirt and tights or paired with tailored pants for work, and of course with your favorite jeans. With just a touch of fringe, these styles will have you feeling fabulous without feeling like your look might be too trendy for work or a quick errand run.

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Boots, Booties and More Booties, Oh My! We’re all about the bootie this season, but when it comes to fringe, there are some knee-high styles that catch our eye. To pair with jeans (Style Tip: Try booties paired with cuffed jeans – perfect for the early season look!) and a cozy sweater, or your favorite fall dress, we’re loving each of these styles. Rest assured, you’ll be investing in something that you’ll be able to strut in style through the cooler weather, as spring approaches, and beyond, as we aren’t seeing fringe looks going anywhere anytime soon.

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Styles from left to right: Isola Tavora Fringe Knee High Boot | Ugg Mammoth Boot | Minnetonka 3 Layer Fringe Boot | Lucky Brand Banji Ankle BootBCBGeneration Capricorn Ankle Boot | Dolce Vita Juneau Fringe Ankle Boot

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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.

3 Ways to Wear Your Birkenstocks

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Comfort is cool again. Birkenstocks, which have long been referred to as “those grunge sandals from the 90s” are officially making a comeback and are more hip than ever. And not only are Birks back in the fashion game, but they are available in several new colors and styles to choose from. From daytime to evening looks, here are our favorite ways to kick back this summer in the most comfortable pair of shoes in your closet.

Distressed to Impress

Pair your Birks with your favorite distressed jeans! Whether your denim is black or blue, this look has already been given the fashion seal of approval be the likes of trend-setters like Heidi Klum and Jessica Alba.

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White on White

Of all of Birkenstocks’ color options, white is one of our all-time favorites. And we love how crisp and fresh they look when paired with a white summer outfit.

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All Dressed up

Give your favorite dress a laid-back look with a pair of Birkenstocks, or pair these sandals with a leather skirt and clutch for a killer high-fashion combo. To make even more of a statement, try a metallic pair!

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Are you on board with this must-have summer wardrobe staple? Shop our full Birkenstock collection here.

How To: Style a Scarf

how to wear a scarfWith the colder weather creeping in, we love throwing on a scarf pretty much every time we walk out the door to stay warm and on trend. Here are some great ways to wear the must-have winter accessory in style.

  • Bundle up with a classic cable knit.
  • Try an infinity scarf to stay warm and on trend!
  • A lighter scarf is a great way to add color (and a little warmth) to a winter outfit.
  • Great for a blustery day, but also to keep at work as a wrap.
  • Try an accent scarf that you can pair with your winter staples.

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