How to: Make Comfort Cute

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Here at ShoeBuy, we are firm believers that comfort and style can exist in the same shoe. Our friends at Teen Vogue seem to agree. In the March 2016 issue, the story “The New Normal” explores the endless styling possibilities with normcore pieces (specifically shoes) or as they call them, “Refined versions of the everyday staples.” Read on to view the shoot, and click the images to shop your favorites at ShoeBuy!

 

 

As we all know, Birkenstocks are no longer just hippie shoes – with celebrities and fashionistas rocking the look, every shoe wardrobe needs a pair. The comfortable footbed is perfect for any activity, even if it’s just meeting up with some friends for the afternoon or for walking around town. The Boston (left) is a great transitional clog that will be perfect for spring. The Arizona (right center) is the classic sandal to replace your old flip-flops. Upgrade! They look great with everything from distressed jeans to an airy maxi dress.

 

 

Clarks is known for their craftsmanship and their comfortable shoes, but this season, their trendy options are really catching our eye. The Wallabee (left) originated as a men’s shoe, but is now also made for women and kids. Menswear-inspired shoes are huge this spring, so why not buy some that you can actually wear all day? Rock them with long funky socks if you’re daring!

 

 

Crocs are seriously comfortable shoes – you’ll never want to take them off! They are also waterproof, ideal for all sorts of outdoor adventures. Plus, the Classic Clogs come in just about every color you can think of, so you can show off your personal style with a bright pop of color. Take a cue from Teen Vogue and pair them with a cool skirt. The brand carries other styles with the same classic look, so be sure to check out the whole collection!

We think comfy shoes have more staying power than most footwear trends because, well – your feet will thank you. How do you wear normcore?

 

All images courtesy of TeenVogue.com

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!

Tiki Time

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!

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

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

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

Because metallic with a preppy twist is even better. 

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

Why it’s hot?

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

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

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

Looking Forward: Shoe Trends for 2016

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

Sneakers

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

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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!

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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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!

Sun Hats
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.

How to Wear Booties in the Summer

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Think boots are just for fall and winter? Think again! A great pair of ankle booties can take you through the entire year, no matter how scorching the summer temperatures may get. Today, we’re showing you 3 ways to style your favorite pair of booties this summer, and also highlighting some of our top boot picks for the season! All photos found here.

1. Booties + a Fedora
When paired with a fedora or beach hat, ankle boots are instantly given a more summery feel. Still on the hunt for that perfect Fedora? You can shop our favorites here.
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Get the look: Bella Vita Raine // Jessica Simpson Cainn Bootie // Sperry Top-Sider Liberty

2. Booties + a Babydoll Dress
Dark leather boots have an inherent cold-weather feel, but you can take them into summer by pairing them with your favorite breezy dress, ensuring chic street style while also keeping cool on those hot summer days in the city! And these looks will help you transition well into early fall when the weather is still warm, but you want to keep your look light.
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Get the look: Frye Reina Bootie // Lucky Brand Basel // Wild Diva Camila

3. Booties + Denim
Ankle booties will always look great with jeans. So whether it’s your cutoff denim shorts or your favorite pair of skinny jeans, pair them with a loose-fitting shirt and your favorite pair of booties for instant summer style.
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Get the look: BCBG Capricorn Ankle Boot // Kork-Ease Helene //Dromedaris Kelsy Boot

 Can’t get enough of these summer booties? You can shop our full collection here!

Inside Our Closet: Sean

Here at ShoeBuy, our office is brimming with unique styles, outfits and personalities! If you are looking for a little inspiration, especially when it comes to athletic apparel, look no further than this peek inside Sean’s closet. Sean is our Senior Vice President of Merchandising, who has agreed to share his go-to sneakers, sock obsession secrets, and even the top song on his running mix!

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Shop Sean’s Closet: Saucony Hurricane Running Shoes| Running Socks | Compression Socks | Wool Socks | Golf Shoes | Patagonia Swimsuit | Vans Canvas Sneaker | Mountain Hardwear | The North Face Thermal Vest

Summer Camping: What to Pack

Blog-Camping-Featured-5Now that school is out for summer, get your kids out from behind the television and computer screen with an old-fashioned family camping trip. Keep reading to browse our favorite camping picks for the whole family!

For the Parents
Along with your comfortable and durable clothes, think about breathable fabrics when you’re packing. Also, waterproof hiking shoes are a must-have if you’re going to be out in the elements.

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For the Kids
For you’re kids, make sure to pack lightweight layers that can take your little ones from cool mornings through sunny hikes in the afternoon, and sturdy, comfortable shoes made for the outdoors are essential for little feet too.

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For the Gear
In terms of your gear, you’ll want to think about the night-time temps and plan for insulated sleeping bags if needed – what works at home for sleepovers, may not be the right gear for an outdoor adventure. Also, light packs with compartments are a great way to stay organized on the go and keep all of your family members’ must-haves accessible.

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BACKPACKS

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With this packing list, you’re sure to have happy campers all around! Click here to shop more camping and hiking styles.

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