The ShoeBuy Ultimate Running Guide for Fall

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It’s time, ladies and gentlemen; to recommit, to focus, to take it up a notch. Because no matter if you’re a fitness guru or just starting out, finding the perfect workout apparel can mean the difference between sticking to it and falling off the treadmill.

Cooler weather doesn’t mean your sneakers have to hibernate until spring. In fact, with the right gear, chilly temperatures are no match against your determination, and not to mention, style. Check out a few of our running expert’s top picks for comfort and performance.

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Running Shoes
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For the beginner: The ASICS Gel-Exalt 2 offers good stability at a great price, so you’re not making a huge investment while you get started as a runner, without sacrificing performance.

For the neutral runner: If you haven’t had past knee or shin injuries and don’t overpronate, the Saucony Ride 7 is the perfect lightweight running shoe for those needing mild to moderate support.

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For the overpronator: The New Balance W1260V5 Performance Shoe is just the right bright pick to get you out the door and going the distance with their luxe conditioning and enhanced stability.

 

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Support never looked so sweet until you met this candy-colored number: CW-X Xtra Support Bra III. It looks good, offers maximum support with its patented 5-Point Support Web™, and comes in sizes ranging from 34B/C to 38DD.

Tops

From short morning runs to your long weekend training runs, the Icebreaker Comet Long Sleeve Crewe TeeBlog-Running-Thm-W-Icebreaker-Comet-Longsleeve-Crew-Tee is a must-have staple for every exercise regimen. Breathable, temperature-regulating merino is essential for cooler weather workouts. Bonuses: Reflective taping for visibility and thumbholes for added wind protection.

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As it gets cooler, choose a smart layer top that will keep you warm without slowing you down, like the CW-X Insulator Web Top, which features targeted support, flat seam construction for comfort, and a zip collar with wind flap and locking zip.

 

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These Dashing Stripe Pants from lucy are so cute, you might just forget your workout plan. Made with super soft, moisture-wicking fabric, they are the perfect addition to any closet, keeping you warm on the run or comfy on the couch.

 

Socks

Don’t forgeBlog-Running-Thm-W-Darn-Tough-Vermont-Farmers-Market-Show-Lightt about your toes, the cold sure won’t. These Darn Tough no-show socks are made of a wool-nylon-Lycra® blend, meaning they’ll stay put while keeping your feet comfortable and dry.

 

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Depending on the weather outside, you may need a little extra protection from your top layer, so be sure to have something water-resistant in your arsenal. The Patagonia Houdini Pullover can be worn with a base or midlayer, will shed light rain and snow, and the lightweight design ensures comfort and mobility.

Gym/Yoga Bag

This time, oneBlog-Running-Thm-W-Sherpani-Split-Horizontal-Yoga-Gym-Bag size really does fit all. For days when you’re off to the gym, stuff this Sherpani Spirit Horizontal Yoga Gym Bag with all the essentials or zip up an entire yoga mat inside (yes, we said entire) and you’ll never have to suffer the pain of an odd-sized gym bag again!

 

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For the beginner: If you’re just starting out, be sure to choose a sneaker like this ASICS GT-1000 3 Running Shoe that provides excellent foot protection and cushioning so you’ll be ready to bring your training to the next level

Blog-Running-Thm-M-New-Balance-Vazee-Pace-Running-ShoeFor the neutral runner (i.e., you haven’t had past knee or shin injuries and don’t overpronate): Already an award-winner (“Best Debut” in September 2015 Runner’s World Fall Shoe Guide), the New Balance Vazee Pace running shoe will support you with spring in your step as you set your new PRs.

For the overpronator: The 12th edition of this favorite, the Brooks Addiction 12 Running Shoe, brings trusted stability and enhanced, updBlog-Running-Thm-M-Brooks-Addiction-12ated features that those who overpronate on a moderate to severe level will love – from adaptive cushioning to a heel segmented crash pad for smooth landings.

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Start with the essentials like this short sleeve top, the Terramar Helix T-Shirt,a shirt that is specially engineeredBlog-Running-Thm-M-Patagonia-Thermal-Speedwork-Zip-Neck to create air pockets for improved insulation and moisture transport.

From the chilliest of mornings to the crispest of evenings, add an extra layer with the Patagonia Thermal Speedwork Zip-Neck, a cozy zip-up with a specially designed fabric for warmth, spandex for moving freely, zippered pockets for your small essentials, and thumb holes to keep your fingers and thumbs warm.

Pants

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Don’t let running tights scare you:  The CW-X Stabilyx Tights are compression tights that provide optimum targeted support to both the lower back/core area and the knee joint and surrounding muscles for greater overall stability and power. Still feeling a little shy? Wear them under your favorite gym shorts and you’ll be good to go.

Socks

Blog-Running-Thm-M-Smartwool-PHD-Run-Ultra-Light-MicroPerformance matters from top to bottom, so choose your socks wisely. The Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light Micro uses two elastics for greater stretch and recovery to keep the sock in place, and additional cushioning in high impact areas provides smart comfort. Once you try a wool sock, you’ll never go back to cotton!

Jacket

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On those days when choosing between getting out and exercising or staying toasty indoors is the hardest decision you’ll have to make, this wind resistant, water repellent, and breathable jacket is the perfect running companion. The Marmot Ether DriClime, with its attached roll-up hood, elastic cuffs, mesh underarm vents, reflective logos, and an elastic draw cord hem, provides the protection you need, and gives you no excuse to skip a run.

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For the modern professional dashing between home, work, and the gym, keep it all together with a classic, durable gym bag, like this Puma Teamsport Formation Duffel.

 

So there you have it – The Shoebuy Ultimate Running Guide for Fall. We want to keep you running through the seasons, and with the right gear, you’ll be equipped to reach your fitness goals while looking cool and staying warm.

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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Styles from left to right: Jenny by ara Pemberley 63301 | Aerosoles Berlin  | Lamo Gabrielle Moc

 

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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Ready to add a little fringe to your fall wardrobe?  Shop now!

Top 10 Wide Calf Boots

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It’s boot season ladies and here at ShoeBuy, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. This year’s styles bring beautiful hues like deep cabernets and indigos together with warm suedes and rich leathers in a range of silhouettes and heel heights that could have you planning every outfit around your boots for months.

But for those of us with shapely calves and great leg muscles, finding the right boot can make boot shopping seem less like fun and more like work. The great news is that more brands than ever before have answered the call for beautiful styles with wide calf options. Whether you’re shopping for waterproof leather boots, classic riding boots, a colorful suede knee high boot or cowboy boots, you’re in luck this season. Take a look at our favorite picks:

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Row 1: Aerosoles With Pride Wide Calf Boot Frye Melissa Button Wide Calf | Franco Sarto Lapis Wide Calf Boot Life Stride Racey Wideshaft

Row 2: Ariat Singsong Cowgirl Wide Calf Boot  | Tommy Hilfiger Dalyn Boot Wide Calf | Trotters Larule Wide Calf | Rockport First Street Waterproof Gore Tall Boot Wide Calf

Row 3: Naturalizer Tanita Wide Calf Boot  | Sperry Top-Sider Cedar Wide Width 

Don’t forget to shop other styles too to find that perfect fit!

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Styles with goring will give a little to fit where you need extra room, and help the boot stay snug where you need a little less. They’re super easy to slip into, but you’re never going to want to take them off! The J. Renee Valik Wedge Tall Boot has all of our favorite features, and a silky black color to make it perfect to dress up or down.

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Lace-up styles allow you to tighten and loosen where you need it. Find a fit that makes you comfortable and ready to move. The cool part about lace-up styles: they look perfect paired with other fashion trends, like fringe! This Minnetonka Knee High Fringe Boot combines some of our favorite trends of the season into one fashionable lace-up!

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And of course, this season, you really can’t go wrong with booties to complement any look: they come in a range of styles, colors and fabrics, and look fantastic paired with everything from casual leggings and sweater to a dress and tights. Try picturing yourself in a pair of Earthies Sintra 2 Ankle Boots to complete your favorite jeans and tunic look!

Not sure if you need a wide calf fit or what to look for as you shop? Check out our blog post here for more info or shop our full our collection of wide calf boots with hundreds of styles to choose from!

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.

Top 10 Brown Boots for Fall

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For fall 2015, brown is the new black! Whether it’s beige, tan, sand, or chocolate, we are seeing shades of brown at the top of the list when it comes to the boots shoppers are choosing this season. And to help guide you when it comes to grabbing a new pair of boots for the fall, today we’re sharing our top brown boot choices for men and women, each hand selected based on comfort, durability, and fashion. Take a look at our top picks below, and then shop for a pair of your own. Careful though, you may end up wanting to take the entire list home!

For Women

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 1. Frye Reina Bootie – Cute and comfy, these leather ankle booties are great companions for fun or relaxation! A well-crafted boot and rich color will surely help you stand out.

2. Steve Madden Nobel Bootie – You’ll slip on these stylish bootie-style sandals and never want to take them off!  An open-toe and open-heel help make these an on-trend statement.

3. Clarks Boylan Dawn Sleek and stylish, these booties are voted one of our most comfortable styles. Pair them with denim or complementing colors for a perfect fall look.

4. Bella Vita Esa Italy Tall Riding Boot A pair of tall boots is a must-have for any wardrobe, and these classic riding boots have the smooth style we love! With an adjustable strap, finding your fit will be a breeze.

5. Charles by Charles David Reed – Strut down the street in these over-the-knee suede boots that have a casual look to help you craft a flawless fall look.

6. Minnetonka Dixon Boot – With a distinct and decorative design, these comfy boots don a fashionable suede fabric, making them a great fall style.

7. Jack Rogers Bailee Boot – The rounded toe and short shaft of these ankle booties help make them such a cute choice, and the oak color seals the deal!

8. UGG Darling Seaweed Perf With perforated detail and a distressed stack heel, this boot has all the unique elements to help you stand out as you transition into cooler weather.

9. Fergie Footwear Towson Boot - You’ll find that fall fashion is easy with these western style boots, with a modern round toe and cutout detailing.

10. Lucky Brand Basel – With a little bit of sass and a huge amount of style, these rounded-toe leather ankle booties are great for everyday activities.

 

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1. The North Face Ballard II Chukka Boot Stroll down the city streets or hike up the mountainside in style with the support of these leather boots.

2. Boston Boot Co. Cambridge –  Whether you’re exploring the urban trails or enjoying some time with friends, these ruggedly handsome boots will ensure you’re out and about in style.

3. Clarks Desert Boot – An international classic, this leather and suede boot has timeless style, endless comfort, and the natural support your feet deserve.

4. Timberland Earthkeepers Originals 6″ BootTough and durable but with a soft, comfortable insole, these original boots are outdoor-tested and eco-friendly – made with recycled materials.

5. Sperry Top-Sider Avenue Duck Boot –  Don’t let any wet weather keep you indoors ! These duck boots will keep your feet dry and cozy on those rainy fall days.

6. Steve Madden Hestonn Keep it casual and step into fall with a great new pair of chukka boots. With such a classic look turned modern, they’re easy to dress up for work or down for a night at the neighborhood bar.

7.  Rockport Charson Lace Up – Try a style that can really support you all day long. With sport technology cushioning, lace  them up and your feet will be forever thankful.

8. Eastland SenecaWith classic fall appeal, these hand-sewn boots have some added padding to make sure your feet are extra comfortable.

9. Red Wing Heritage 1907 – Double Welt 6″ Moc Toe Boot – It’s all in the great construction with this boot: wear them for work or just because you love the way they look, your feet will feel fantastic either way!

10. Skechers Revine Hopkin – Outclass and outlast the chilly weather with these durable mid-calf boots. With a casual look and a comfortable insole, you’ll have a great fit for all your fall and winter needs!
Are you ready to reboot your style for the fall? Find more fun and fashionable brown boots here!

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! 

How to Style Cowboy Boots

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Every season, new shoe trends hit the market. Trends come and go, but there’s something oh so chic about classic shoe styles. Pairing such footwear with the latest fashion trends give your wardrobe style that can’t be achieved by being a walking trend. Cowboy boots is one of my favorite classic footwear styles for its American Cowboy heritage as well as its incredible versatility.

A classic cowboy boot has a heel and pointed toes to help feet stay in stirrups more securely, stitching on the outside to reduce chafing, and a taller shaft to protect the shins. These practical details have made cowboy boots the style icon they are today, and add that unique style to any wardrobe. Below are some fashionable ways to style cowboy boots for fall.

A cowboy boot looks great with ‘70s inspired fashion; the contrast keeps it from looking too dated or costume-like, but the silhouette beautifully complements midi skirts, silk bow blouses, and boho-inspired fashions. Take cowboy boots from the ranch to the workplace by pairing with a chiffon pleated midi skirt and cashmere sweater. The Ariat Magnolia in caramel leather pairs beautifully with autumnal colors like teal, navy, berry, mustard, pumpkin and even Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala. Don’t be afraid to mix shades in the same color story for a version of monoblocking and a rich effect. Add the Latico Ryan Bag 7979 in cognac leather to finish the look.

Ariat Magnolia Cowboy Boot for fall for the workplace

 

Once broken in to custom fit your feet, a cowboy boot will become one of the most comfortable shoes you own, making them perfect for travel and sightseeing. This look would be perfect for a day touring historic monuments and art museums, be it Portland or Paris.  The Durango RD4112 11 has a worn-in look from the get-go but will only get better with time (and a few splashes from puddles). For a day about town, pair with skinny jeans, a sweater layered over a knit for fluctuating temps, and a hat to add style, keep you warm, and protect you from the elements. This Kangol Modelaine Beret is shower-proof, keeping your style even if the skies are gray and rainy. Choose a crossbody bag like The SAK Deena Flap Crossbody to keep your valuables close and your arms free for a latte, umbrella, or map.  Such a bag is also a chic way to add a pop of color to your ensemble.
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Cowboy boots look fantastic with loose shift dresses; choose a style right at or above the knee to balance the heft of the boot. For this look I paired the Durango RD594 10 with a shift dress and denim jacket, great for a night out with the girls or the weekend. The contrast of denim and leather with a silk dress and statement necklace is always chic. With a 14.5” shaft width and 10” height, this is a fantastic style for petite women, athletic calves, or just to elongate the leg and have space to tuck in jeans or pair with thick socks.
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A cowboy boot looks amazing with an outfit that has a bit of a rock & roll vibe. I love the slouchy shaft of the Durango Boot RD540 11 which gives a relaxed rocker vibe. Pair with distressed skinny jeans, but to keep it from looking too Hair Band, pair with a Breton tee and boyfriend blazer.  The metallic finish and tough chain strap of the Latico Harlow Crossbody 7816 and a bold silver statement necklace make for the perfect details to complete this ensemble for Date Night or a Bachelorette party.

Durango RD540 11 cowboy boot styled for fall for a night on the town

 

Are you a fan of cowboy boots?  Would you consider adding a pair of cowboy boots for your fall wardrobe?

Summer Harvest Style: Top Looks for Gardening!

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August is finally here, which means it’s time to start harvesting all of those vegetables you have been tending to all summer long! But harvesting doesn’t have to be just about getting down and dirty in your garden. We want to make sure that you make your neighbors envious of your garden style, while also keeping you cool and comfortable while you’re watering, gathering, and kneeling. So grab one of our favorite sun hats and try one of our shoe picks below, and then all you will need is your trusty basket to start collecting all of your delicious tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and more!

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Since August temperatures can be sweltering, some SPF and a sun hat are must-haves when heading out into the garden. If you can, you might want to get out there very early in the morning or in the mid to late afternoon, when the sun is lower and the temperatures are cooler.

 

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Scala LC399 | Betmar Face Framer | Betmar Ramona | Peter Grimm HasselhoffBetmar Classic Roll Up | Betmar GossamerBetmar Classic Sunshade

Garden Shoes
With all of those hours spent on your feet and knees, every green-thumb needs a comfortable and durable pair of garden shoes. Look for styles that slip-on for an easy transition in and out of the house. And most importantly, styles that are rubber and easily washable are key, so you can hose them down after covering them in soil!

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Jollys Picture ClogCrocs Duet Wave Clog | Superior Boot Co. Neoprene Garden ClogBogs Urban Farmer Slide | Bogs Urban FarmerCrocs Bistro | Crocs Off Road

And once the harvesting is over comes the best part…eating! We’re sharing some of our favorite summer harvest recipes for this season below, enjoy!

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Top 10 Shoe Looks for Boating

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Labor Day is just around the corner, and with it sadly often comes the end of one of summer’s most popular pastimes: boating.

Don’t worry! You still have a few more weeks to get out on the water and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Spend a weekend boating with your friends and family, or even just enjoy some quiet alone time at the waterside. Whatever you choose, we want to make sure that you (and your feet!) are fully prepared for the comfort & relaxation while out at sea. So today, we are highlighting some customer-favorite boat shoes for both men and women. Browse through the picks below, and then hit the boat decks in style!

Choosing the Best Boat Shoe:

Your new boat shoe should have a sole that boosts your traction, keeping you grounded on a slippery deck. The sides should be resistant to water and open enough to make your shoes nice and breathable. Don’t forget to look for a padded insole to keep you feeling comfortable even if you’re out on a full day-long adventure!

For Men

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Sperry Top-Sider Leeward 2-EyeFlorsheim Lakeside SlipSebago Docksides | Timberland Earthkeepers Newmarket Boat Oxford | Dunham Captain

 

For Women

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Eastland Solstice | Tommy Bahama Relaxology Castille Slip-On | Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish Boat Shoe | Grasshoppers Windham | Clarks Cliffrose Sail 

Happy boating! When are you next getting out on the water? For our full collection of boat shoes, click here.

2015 Back To School Trends: Elementary School

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The back to school season is already right around the corner, and to get little ones ready (and excited!) for the upcoming school year, we’re celebrating with a month of blog posts highlighting the top styles and trends we’re seeing this season. So from shoes to backpacks to apparel, keep reading to browse the picks that will make your elementary-aged kiddos the most stylish and comfortable students in the school hallways this year. And check back later this month as we highlight fashion trends for preschool, middle school and high school!

Shoes
Make getting your kids ready for school a breeze with shoe styles that your kids will love wearing and that you’ll feel good about. Slip-ons are a great option this season for easy wear whether your kids are running around at recess or from class to class. For girls, polka dots, metallics, and neon colors will be popular this year. For boys, suede shoes & boots, boat shoes, and breathable mesh slips-ons are predicted to be top-sellers. And of course, you can’t get growing and active feet ready for the year without a new pair of sneakers.

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Converse All Star | Sperry Top Sider | Clarks Desert Boot | Sketchers Equalizer Persistent | Stride Rite SRT PS Clover | Bumbums & Baubles Spencer Sneaker | Keds Champion CVO Dot Sneaker | Saucony Kotaro | New Balance KV697 Running Shoe

Backpacks
If you have any elementary-aged kids, you know that the backpack is just important as the outfit! We’re seeing cute animals backpacks, bright colors, and rolling bags as top styles that are sure to be “in” this year and for grades to come. And if you don’t trust us, just show these fun picks to your kids watch their huge grins yourself! :)

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Wildkin Sidekick | Deuter Kikki | JWorld New York Sweet Kid’s Rolling BackpackRockland My First Backpack | Wildkin Sidekick

Apparel
A cozy jacket or lightweight layer is a must to take your kids from summer into the cooler school months ahead. And as you know, if your little one finds one they love, they will essentially live in it all year! Make sure they have a rain coat, zip-up hoodie, and jacket to take them through the season, like one of the top styles below.

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Western Chief Ladybug Rain Coat | Western Chief Frog Rain Coat| The North Face Glacier Full Zip Hoodie | Metal Mulisha Tropics Hoodie | Marmot Southridge Jacket | Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T Pull Over

Did any of these picks make it onto your little ones’ back to school wish list? Shop these styles & more in our 2015 back to school center here!