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!

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!

5 Cute Yoga Outfits for Fall

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September is National Yoga Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing our favorite yoga styles and trends of the season! With the fall fashion season just around the corner, we combined our favorite athletic looks that will take you through fall stretches and beyond. Shop our top five yoga outfits below, and then head to your next yoga session in comfort and style!

The Classic Look

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 Prana Julia Pant | Prana Dream Catcher Top | Sperry Top Sider Son-R Flex Sport Strap | OmSutra Chakra Rivet Bag | Prana E.C.O. Yoga Mat

By choosing pants with a relaxed fit, like this elastic-waist style with a gusset for extra comfort, you are sure to stay comfy while on the mat. If you keep your bottoms neutral and stick with grays or blacks, try pairing them with a top in a more bold but still soothing color, like this green style with front empire seem and built-in bra. Complete the look with lightweight shoes (for heading to and from class) and your favorite yoga accessories in complimentary colors!

Athletic and Comfortable

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 lucy Studio Flow Wrap Jacket | lucy Crossback Tank | Patagonia Serenity Pants – Long | Ahnu Good Karma | Sherpani Spirit Horizontal Yoga Gym Bag

An athletic look can easily be made stylish and comfortable. Look for a moisture-wicking tank to top keep you cool while you train, and in a fun color or in a design that pops. Longer pants and a cozy wrap sweater will keep you feeling snug and warm on those chilly fall days, while lightweight and flexible shoes like these yoga-inspired ballet flats will pair nicely with your look outside of class. Finally, complete the outfit with a spacious gym bag to keep you organized and to make sure none of your essentials (including your yoga mat) get left behind! We are loving this deep purple option for Fall.

Relaxed Layers

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 lucy Enlightening Wrap | Ojai Clothing Easy Fit Tank | lucy Hatha Capri Legging | Crescent Moon Yoga Exersock | Manduka eKO Lite 4mm Mat | Haiku Bags Sprint Duffle

If you’re wanting to look and feel a bit more relaxed during your next yoga session and avoid super-tight styles, add some layers to your outfit! This loose-fitting tank with a flattering scoop neck and flowy wrap will be work well at the studio and you’ll also be ready for downward dog or brunch in this look, completed with a pair of cozy leggings. And go to class armed with a pair of socks with grip technology to get you to and from your mat but also keep you warm during shavasana.

Earthly Feeling

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 Crescent Moon Yoga Mykonos Tank Top | Ojai Clothing Chopped Capri | Natural Fitness Eco-Smart Yoga Mat  | Crescent Moon Yoga Premium Carryall | Skechers EZ Flex 2 Quipster

If you next yoga session will be held outdoors, choose soothing earth tones throughout your ensemble to get even more in sync with your surroundings! We love the calming contrast of white and browns, like this comfy tank with nature-inspired detailing paired with an eco-friendly yoga mat. To get this look, search for apparel with earthy designs that make you feel at peace!

Bright and Energized

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Ojai Clothing Yoga Wrap | Prana Tandi Top | Prana Soleil Bra Top | Prana Roxanne Capri | Prana Henna E.C.O. Yoga Mat

If you’re naturally bright and energetic or enjoy a more active yoga experience, let your outfit reflect that! We are huge fans of colorful leggings (there are so many great styles to choose from these days!) and this bright, yet calming top. Gear up with a yoga mat in an equally fun color and then pair the entire look with neutral basics like this white bra top and yoga wrap.

Take the Yoga with you!

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Do you love yoga-inspired fashion and the comfort of yoga apparel, but don’t always have time to participate? Take a look at these footwear styles that will give you that “yoga” feeling with you wherever you go! These shoes will keep you comfortable while on the move, and are made from all natural materials.

Ready to head to your next yoga session? Be sure to shop our full collection of yoga apparel, accessories, and shoes! 

White on White: Labor Day Style

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The dog days of summer are officially here, which means that Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. We don’t know about you, but we always like to bid summer farewell with a white hot outfit! And while wearing white after Labor Day is certainly A-OK with us, Labor Day marks the last weekend where wearing white walks the line of being a fashion faux pas. So weather you’re heading to a nearby beach, getting on a plane for vacation, or just staying right at home for a backyard BBQ, be sure to have your favorite white looks ready this Labor Day.

A white-on-white look can be achieved by pairing a white dress with your favorite espadrilles (and a fedora would be a fun touch), pulling your comfiest white pants on with a bathing suit and white gladiator sandals, or simply kicking back in white sneakers, white jeans, and a white polo shirt. Whatever you decide, you’ll look summery and stylish as you celebrate the long weekend with friends and family. If you love “all white everything” as much as we do, you won’t be able to get enough of the picks below!
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Hat: Bailey of Hollywood Brooks 22721

Clothing: Lacoste Classic Fit Pique Polo | San Diego Hat Company Caftan w/ Tassels BST1394 | Ojai Clothing Lace Yoke Button Down | UGG Reiley | UGG Adrie | Lavish Pull-On Short

Bags: Lacoste L.12.12 Wristlet | Casual Barn CLBS002 | Vince Camuto Leigh Cross Body 

Shoes: Steve Madden Indyanna | Clarks Lydie Kona | Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Patent | Sperry Top-Sider Valencia | Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Glenda | Circus by Sam Edelman Selma Gladiator Sandal | Franco Sarto Danara | Michael Antonio Gate Sandal | Sperry Top-Sider Seacoast Canvas Sneaker | Jack Rogers Navajo Sandal 

What will you be wearing this Labor Day weekend? Find the perfect outfit here!
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2015 Back to School Trends: Middle School

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It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks, the school year will be starting back up again! We’re here to help your tweens and teens get excited for the year with a series of blog posts showcasing the hottest styles and trends this season. Today, we’re looking at top back to school picks in shoes, backpacks, and clothing that will surely make your little fashionista or trend-setter feel comfortable, fashionable, and prepared. For younger kiddos, take a look at our post highlighting elementary school trends, and check back later this month for the top styles for preschoolers and high school students!

Shoes
From the bus stop to the lunch line, these shoe styles will ensure comfort while offering the perfect compliment to any outfit. For girls, we’re seeing metallics as a huge trend this season, whether it is in flats, lace up sneakers, or simple slip-ons. Neutral colors like grays, whites, navies and browns will be key this season as your middle-schooler begins to develop his or her sense of personal style — sticking with a neutral ensures that the shoes will match, no matter how bold the outfit choice may be!

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For Girls: Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish | Keds Champion CVO Iterations | Skechers BOBS World Sparkle Plush | Hanna Andersson Disa | Steve Madden Troopas

For Boys: Converse Chuck Taylors Crocs Kid Classics | Florsheim Kearny Jr.’s | Timberland Earthkeepers | Skechers Equalizers Persistent

Backpacks
This year, we’re seeing some fun new styles for your student’s most important accessory. Print is definitely in, and there are tons of stylish designs to choose from ranging from geometric patterns to bright florals. With their unique look and multiple pockets for storage, flap-style backpacks are also a great option for students. A simple yet exciting option for younger students is a backpack that has a colorful contrast. If your child prefers the classics, try a solid-colored backpack in their favorite color – you can feel confident that this purchase will never go out of style!

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JWorld New York Oz Backpack | JanSport Superbreak | Sakroots Artist Circle | Stephanie Dawn 10009 Backpack | The North Face Vault | Preferred Nation 5717 Backpack

Apparel
As your kids ease back into the school year, styles that are comfortable and look great too will give them confidence from the very first day. For those early school weeks as we embrace the end of summer, casual t-shirts (stripes and florals are big this season) are a great way to transition. As we move into cooler temperatures, button down flannels and long-sleeve Ts in bright colors will continue to be top picks for school style. And though a heavy jacket (hopefully!) won’t be needed for a little longer, be sure to send them off with a weatherproof jacket that they’ll love wearing as we move in autumn, like either of the durable & cozy styles below.

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O’Neill Palisade Flannel | Patagonia Capilene Long Sleeve | O’Neill Crewzer Crew | Icebreaker Tech Lotus Tee | Patagonia Light Hoodie | Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

As you and your middle schoolers are crossing off all the items on your back to school shopping list, be sure to make back to school center one of your first stops!

How to Wear Your Tevas all Summer Long

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No matter what your opinion about Teva sandals, there is no doubt that they are some of the hottest shoes for summer 2015. The popularity of this “it” shoe speaks to a much larger altheisure shoe trend, where fashion is not only crucial for warm-weather footwear, but comfort is key as well. Plus, at only $40 for a pair of Teva Originals, you can add multiple colors to your summer wardrobe if you wish. So don’t fight it! Our favorite active sandals are trending this summer and will have a place in your closet for many years to come. And if you’ve already jumped on the Teva bandwagon you’re in luck, because today we’re sharing ways to style these sandals for all your favorite summer activities.

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1. At the Beach
Are you an active beach-goer that spends time splashing in the water, playing beach volleyball, or exploring cliffs and sand dunes?  Grab a pair of Tevas to protect your feet even in the hottest sand or on the sharpest rocks.

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2. On the Trails
Let your feet breathe on the hiking trail or bike path this summer in a pair of Tevas. For hiking, pair your Tevas with your favorite cropped pants and airy tank. When taking your bike out for a spin, we love how Tevas look with comfy shorts, a short sundress, or even just your bathing suit!

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3. Strolling the Streets
If your summer involves a lot of walking, there’s no better choice for your feet than Teva. Choose a pair in basic black or white to match with every warm-weather outfit, whether it’s your distressed jean shorts or a summer jacket and t-shirt.
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4. For the Men
Rest assured, we didn’t forget you: Tevas make for a stylish summer go-to for both men & women! So, grab yourself a pair of Tevas for your best city and leisure looks, too.

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Have we convinced you that Tevas are the coolest summer style yet? If so, it’s you’re lucky day, because we are giving away 10 pairs this month! Head HERE to enter.

Memorial Day Outfit Must-Haves

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With Memorial Day just around the corner, we want to take a moment to remember all of the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.  We are so grateful for their service and the freedoms they fought for.

We also hope everyone is planning to enjoy the day off with a little fun in the sun.  In proper Memorial Day fashion, we decided to share our favorite patriotic must-haves.  Whether you’re planning to lay on the beach with a good book, lounge poolside, or fire up the grill for a barbecue, what better way to ring in the official start of summer than with a stylish and festive outfit.

Stars, stripes, and red, white and blue are the clear go-to’s for the long weekend.  We love a patriotic-themed top paired with solid colored shorts as the basis of your holiday outfit.  Once you’ve got those pieces in your closet, add a little extra flare with fun accessories. This holiday is the perfect excuse to show off your patriotism with star-spangled canvas shoes and tote bags for your Memorial Day celebrations.  Shop these must-haves below!

Shoes

Vans | Keds | Converse

Totes

Scully | Lacoste

Shorts

Patagonia | O’Neill

Inside Our Closet: Daniel

Here at ShoeBuy, we are constantly being wowed by everyone’s unique style and personality. Looking for a little inspiration? We’re here to help with an inside look into our closet.  Meet our Integration & Fulfillment Manager, Daniel, who has agreed to share his go-to pieces and love for fun and colorful socks!

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 Shop Daniel’s Closet:  Doc Marten 1460s | Socks| Tees | Converse All-StarsVlado Hits

This Week We’re Inspired By

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1. The Fashionably Broke
Shopping on a budget can be difficult, and sometimes, it can feel like you can’t achieve a look without buying high-end items. Sisters Natalie and Eriko Pinto have been able to prove otherwise. You’ll want to shop with these gals when you scroll through their great street style with looks showing off how to rock a pair of classic Lacoste sneakers to working in statement pieces.

2. Apartment Therapy
This is the perfect blog for the décor obsessed and even those of us who are simply looking to spruce up our own living spaces. Fresh and affordable changes can make all the difference and with doable DIY ideas, fun recipes, and the latest in the world of home keeping, you’ll want to be sure to get your daily dose of Apartment Therapy!

3. Song of Style
Song of Style’s Aimee is a great source of style inspiration — and she makes it looks so effortless. With a focus on taking everyday items and styling them to your own personal look, this blog encourages individuality in fashion, interior design and beauty trends.

4. How Does She
Inspired to support and embrace womanhood, this site sets out to offer helpful tips and to share ideas. From recipes and organizational hacks to how-to videos like this week’s “How to Properly Dry Your Shoes in the Dryer,” there is simply lots of really useful info to dive into here.

5. The Art of Manliness
Geared toward fashionable fellas who love a good look as much as they love sports, this blog offers manly tips and skills, the latest trends in men’s fashion, finance tips and career advice too, along with a section dedicated to relationships and family. Guys, look no further for your daily dose of nearly anything you might need to know.

This Week: We’re Inspired By

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1. The HomeSource 
With spring nearly upon us, not only are fresh fashions on our minds, but also home improvement. Who better to get tools, advice and inspiration from than our friends at HomeAdvisor? From remodeling tips to design ideas, there are lots of great topics to dive into. Added bonus: the how-to videos will make you feel like a pro!

2. i Heart Organizing
Whether you want to spruce up your cube at work or make your laundry room at home more functional, Jen and her team have a bevy of clever organizational ideas to help get you started. Plus, the “Quick Tips” and “Project Gallery” are great places to start and make us feel like we really can get organized one day.

3. Adventure Inspired
Ok, so we know some of you have the luxury of mild weather these days, but since many of us across the country are still seeing snow (and lots of it) outside, it’s fun to check in on how we can make the most of the outdoors, no matter the weather. Katie’s enthusiasm for everything from backpacking in the cold to her trail destinations may have you getting out there before the snow melts this year.

4. Dirtbag Darling
Cabin fever may have us longing for the outdoors even more than usual these days, and we think you’ll like checking out Johnie’s adventures. We love where she takes us but it’s her spirit that really draws us in. So the next time you’re daydreaming of trying something new, check in here first – and you’ll also find some great tips and guides. After all, who says surfing, swimming with sharks or taking on a major mountain climb are just for the experts?

5. Eat Live Run
With the weekend on the horizon, we looked to Jenna’s recipe journal for some ideas on what to cook and got lost in the pasta recipes: YUM. But we also stumbled upon her recent book reviews – after all, she has degrees in English and Creative Writing in addition to her culinary school experience. Might be time to grab a new novel for the next afternoon in!