Après Ski Essentials

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Whether you’ve just retired from a long day of racing your friends down the slopes or choose to hang out on the mountain sans skis and snowboard, ShoeBuy has all the Après Ski must-haves for looking chic and staying warm.

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Outerwear: You really can’t get by without having a good, warm coat. Choose one that has fun details, a flattering cut, and great color. A warm puffy vest is also an option for the days above freezing. Layer it over a thick sweatshirt or sweater to show off some cool sleeves! Cozy Sweaters: A great winter sweater is also a ski staple. A crew neck with a quirky animal is lighthearted and serves as a great talking point. A knit poncho looks stellar with skinny jeans or leggings, and is easy to throw on over any top.

 

Black leggings are always a smart choice, but why not switch it up and sport a pair that has a little more pizazz? Stark White snow pants are perfect to transition from skiing to lounging while multicolored leggings in muted tones provide an elevated look without being too distracting. Layer a skirt over your leggings for a fun look that gives extra warmth and style.

 

Beanies are the perfect snow bunny accessory. Typically at lower price points, you can grab a different hat for all your go-to winter outfits. And remember, it may be cold out but the sun is still glaring throughout the winter, so grab a pair of sunnies to protect your eyes and make any look more fashion-forward. Gloves and arm warmers are great additions that can keep your outfit neutral, or add some pop! More winter accessories here.  

 

Snow boots come in such a variety of styles now, with varying heights, materials, and colors. Mix and match your favorite winter socks with your boots for endless possibilities!

 

For Him

Outerwear: A vintage inspired vest is a perfect, easy layer that screams Après ski a la 1970s. You can’t go wrong with a classic black puffer coat either. Sweaters: Rich textures and soft neutrals make these sweaters ideal for relaxing with friends by the fire.  

Two Toned snow pants are unexpected and modern. Dodge snowballs in style.

Boots: Waterproof duck boots will carry you through all sorts of slush you may encounter. A pair of sturdy snow boots with a heavy duty outsole prepare you for the iciest terrain.

A rugged hat and tartan scarf are classic investment pieces to wear every season. They are both masculine, and practical. Sporty beanies and cold-weather socks come in fun colors and patterns, so grab a bunch for a more youthful look.

 

A waterproof bag will take you far. Choose a bright color so it stands out in the snow! Roll up a blanket and bring it to the lodge to snuggle by the fire. Bringing the baby to the mountain? Try an adorable puffer onesie! A sophisticated print ensures maximum cuteness.

 

 

And for those of you looking for the toughest performance gear for the slopes, we’ve got you covered there too. A pair of compression tights or leggings increase circulation and reduces muscle damage and fatigue. Padded socks provide extra protection, and this pair has high density cushioning, for comfort around the entire foot and lower leg. A warm beanie built for winter sports is perfect for underneath your helmet. A form fitting base layer is essential to retain body heat, but isn’t going to be too stuffy.

Photos from whowhatwear.com (left) and Vogue.co.uk (center & right).

Photos from whowhatwear.com (left) and Vogue.co.uk (center & right).

Just because you have to bundle up doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! What’s your favorite Après ski piece?

 

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!

Looking Back: Top 10 Shoe Styles of 2015 for Him & Her

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2015 was a good year for footwear. While new styles gained fashion ground, older looks reemerged as cool comeback kids. So what better way to ring out the old and usher in the new than to take a walk down shoe memory lane? Here, we’ve compiled the top 10 styles of 2015 for both him and her, as chosen by you, our trendy ShoeBuyers!

Him:

Shoes for guys in 2015 meant business. Oxfords and loafers boasting clean lines and sharp details were all the rage, and easily transitioned from day to night, board to bar room. More men also began to embrace updated boot styles like chukka and Chelsea, while certain tried-and-trues, like Timberland’s PRO series, maintained their rightful top-ranking positions. Athletic shoes, from running sneakers to hiking shoes and hiking boots, were also popular, with brands such as Brooks and Merrell leading the pack.

Her:

The real star of 2015 shoe trends for women was the bootie. With its shorter, versatile design, gals of all ages embraced this fashion phenomenon. Sneakers, athletic and those of the slip-on and canvas varieties, were also popular, as athleisure became increasingly prevalent as a look in and of itself. Boots, including duck boots, classic UGG® and Sorel® favorites and riding boots remained cool weather staples, while oldie-but-goodie brands like Birkenstock and Dr. Martens reminded us that quality never goes out of style.

So there you have it: 2015 in shoes. Be sure to check back in the next few days as we take a look at upcoming trends for 2016!

We’d love to hear from you – which trend do you love best? Any from past years you wish would come back or hope to never see again? Share your favorite look or most embarrassing shoe faux pas story in the comments below!

ShoeBuy’s 12 Days of Boots Deals

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ShoeBuy’s 12 Days of Boots Deals

At ShoeBuy, we love the holiday season. From the high spirits to all of the opportunities to gather with family and friends, and even the cold air (at least here in New England) that makes you want to cozy up — we look forward to it all, all year long.

So this season, we are adding our own festivities to bring some shopping cheer. For the next 12 days – please cue the tune if you haven’t already – we’re featuring great gifts for everyone on your “nice list,” and for you to treat yourself too, through our “12 Days of Boot Deals!” Each day, a highly coveted style from brands such as Cole Haan, Frye, Sorel, Timberland and UGG will be in the line-up. And with savings of 40-50% off,* you won’t want to miss out on the chance for a perfect gift or to score that great pair you’ve been eyeing.

A new style will be revealed each day, so there is sure to be a boot for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Plus, with free shipping, free exchanges and other surprises, shopping with ShoeBuy is a no-brainer.

Cheers to the season and cheers to fantastic boots! Shop ShoeBuy’s 12 Days of Boot Deals now. 

*Offer valid while supplies last.

Winter Boots & Cozy Styles for Kids

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Last week, we shared our favorite bundling picks for both men and women that are sure to keep the cold out and warmth in all season long. Next up: cozy choices for even the tiniest snow bunnies in your life. Wintery conditions don’t have to mean the end to outdoor play, and in fact, with the right gear, kids will be out building forts and making snow angels from the time they hear, “school’s closed” to, “hot chocolate’s ready!” Bonus: These will keep your little one’s warm but our picks are fun enough that they’ll make great holiday gifts too.

BOOTS TO KEEP THEIR TOES TOASTY
Make sure you’re really ready for those cold days and snow fort weather by getting them their winter boots and gear now, even if you’re thinking about wrapping them up as a gift! That way, when the first flakes fall, those little toes will stay toasty warm all the way from the bus stop to the sledding hill.

Featured Products: The North Face Alpenglow Lace Boot | Stride Rite Made 2 Play Sneaker Boot | Kamik Carver Boot | Jambu Collett 2 Winter Boot | Bogs Sweet Pea | Itasca Snow Stomper | Itasca Snow Stomper | Sorel Youth Tofino II 

CLOTHING TO STAY COZY Insulation is key for winter, and these puffers will do the trick, keeping kids warm and fully protected from wind and wet conditions. And after a big storm hits, snowsuits are sure to bring hours of winter fun. Cool socks have become quite the fashion statement recently, and kids’ feet deserve to look good, too, but these picks mean nothing but business outside during recess.

Featured Products: The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket 2015 | Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoody | Marmot Freerider Pant 73560 | Patagonia Baby Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting | Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle Pants | Icebreaker Snow Mid Over the Calf | MUK LUKS Microfiber Knee High Socks

WOOLY EXTRAS TO KEEP THEM WARM
Even though the theory (which likely dates back to experiments conducted in the 1950s) that you primarily lose body heat through your head has since been debunked, cold ears are nothing to joke about, so don’t forget a winter hat!

Got a techy kid in your life? Etip gloves will keep their hands warm without missing an important post or text. Or, keep it classic with tried-and-true mittens. Throw on an infinity scarf for an easy, extra layer of warmth that won’t get in the way of favorite snow activities.

Featured Products: The North Face Fuzzy Earflap Beanie | Patagonia Beanie Hat 66054 | Icebreaker Flexi Chute 100964 | Terramar Silk Rib Balaclava | MUK LUKS Plaid Bow Mittens | The North Face Etip Glove

Are you ready for winter? Check out our Top 10 Winter Boot’s You’ll Need – this season, ShoeBuy’s got the whole family covered!

Bundle in Style: Everything You’ll Need to Stay Warm & Fashionable This Winter

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Baby, it’s getting cold outside. Gone are the days of dashing out the door without thinking to put a jacket on, now is the time to bundle. There’s nothing cute about feeling chilly, but layer in style to beat the shivers and make a cool fashion statement while you’re at it.

While it might seem a little early to be talking winter, you never know when that first snow may fall. Thankfully, ShoeBuy’s got you covered from head-to-toe, so shop our full collections of wool socks, sweaters, scarves, gloves, winter coats and boots today, and you’ll be ready to brace the cold whenever it hits.

Looking for some inspiration? See how our style experts plan to stay warm this winter with bundle essentials to keep fashion senses out of hibernation and toes cozy ‘til spring.

FOR HIM

Featured Products: Columbia Platinum 860 TurboDown Hooded Down Jacket | Ricardo B.H Trooper | Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4-Zip | Screamer Brandon Scarf | Pendleton Texting Glove | Royal Robbins Convoy Corduroy Regular | UGG Merrick Boot | Darn Tough Vermont Boot Sock Cushion 1403

FOR HER

 

Featured Products: The North Face Gotham Parka | Patagonia Pom Beanie | Toad & Co Heartfelt Diamond Cardie | Icebreaker Boreal Scarf | UGG Isla Lurex Tech Bow Glove | Prana Trinity Cord Pants | Sorel Tofino Cate | Women’s Smartwool Sulawesi Stripe

Planning to do some shoveling this winter? Check out our Top 10 Winter Boots You’ll Need now, and thank us later.

Top 10 Winter Boots You’ll Need

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ShoeBuy HQ is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and even if you don’t live in New England, chances are you heard about the slight snow situation we encountered this past winter. (Not sure if you caught the sarcasm in that last sentence.)

The final snow pile here didn’t actually melt until JUNE, which means Bostonians have only enjoyed about 4 completely snow-free months this year and are already thinking about the next Nor’easter. So with that in mind, we’d like to take this opportunity when we can still see the ground to share with you, wherever you are, the top 10 winter boots for women and men that you’ll need this winter. Whether you can’t get enough powder, would rather hibernate until spring, or may only see a few flurries this season, boots can add some fun and personality to your winter wardrobe. Sorel has a great lineup for men and women this year, offering everything from the classic snow boot to fuzzy styles that are sure to stand out, and favorite brands like Merrell and Helly Hansen are coming out with almost sneaker-boot hybrids to combat those in-between days.

This upcoming season, boots are the way to go. For function and fashion this winter, check out our top picks for her and him.

FOR HER: 

Featured Products: Merrell Eventyr Bluff Waterproof | Clarks Muckers Shale Snow Boot | Columbia Minx Shorty Omni-Heat Bootie | Pajar Grip Zip Boot | Bogs Juno Tall Boot | Ugg Pierce Boot | Helly Hansen Maria Boot | The North Face Thermoball Lace 8 | Skechers Highlanders Cottontail | Sorel Joan of Arctic Lace Boot

FOR HIM: 

 


Featured Products: Clarks Darian Heath Boot | Helly Hansen Garibaldi 2 Boot | Lowa Tibet GTX WXL | Keen Anchorage Boot II | ECCO Whistler GORE-TEX High Boot | UGG Hannen TL Boot | Sperry Top-Sider Cold Bay Boot | Pajar Burham | The North Face Chilkat 400 | Sorel Caribou

Brace yourself; word on the street is, it’s gonna be another cold and snowy one, so check out our full collection of winter boots now so you’ll be prepared no matter what the season brings.

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Does the forecast in your area call for more rain than snow? Duck boots are the prefect transitional footwear and especially suited for cool, wet conditions. Plus, they’re cute, making this cold weather trend a real win-win.

Duck Boots: Get Yours Before They’re Gone

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If you’ve coveted those famous Bean Boots in the past but perhaps weren’t able to score a pair last season, now is the perfect time to grab yours for the colder months. With The Farmer’s Almanac predicting another tough winter ahead and the duck boot look now quite fashionable, if you don’t have a pair – or yours are circa early 2000s – it’s time to gear up.

We asked our style experts for their picks for this season’s coolest look. Topping their lists are styles from a great selection of top brands, such as Pajar, Sorel and The North Face, along with Sperry duck boots, too. You’ll find waterproof options to keep you dry, and even a range of insulated boots to help get you through the colder months in style. From the more traditional look to fresh picks inspired by the best features of the originals, there’s sure to be a pair here to suit your fancy.

Our Picks For Women:

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Sperry Top-Sider Saltwater | Sperry Top-Sider White Water Boot | Sorel Slimpack Riding Tall Boot | Crocs AllCast Luxe Duck Boot

Superior Boot Co. Traditional 6-Eye Duck BootThe North Face Shellista II Mid Boot | Pajar Grip Zip Boot | A2 by Aerosoles Barricade Duck Boot

 

Our Picks For Men:

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Sperry Top-Sider Cold Bay Boot | Sorel 1964 Premium T | Sorel Caribou | Sorel Cheyanne Lace

Superior Boot Co. Twin Gore Duck Boot | The North Face Ballard Duck Boot | Pajar Burham

Don’t miss out on getting your pair this season — shop our full collection of  duck boots to get you ready for those wet-weather days!

Be sure to grab yourself a waterproof boot  for some extra benefits! Take a look at all of our styles for men and for women.

 

Shoe Reviews: Kids Winter Boots

Kids Winter Boots: Warm, Waterproof, Comfort

When you’re shopping for the little(r) feet in your life in the winter, there are a few things to keep in mind. As a parent, you want something warm, durable and affordable. But, perhaps the biggest challenge is getting your kids excited about wearing the boots, we can help with that too. Here’s a quick list of features and styles to think about before you make this season’s purchase. After all, if the Farmer’s Almanac is right, you’ll need to keep those little toes toasty.

FUNCTION IS KEY
Here’s what to look for:

  • Waterproofing – whether it’s raining or there are snowbanks outside, you want to keep little feet dry.
  • Insulation – choose what makes sense for your winter weather. If you’re down south, a sturdy rain boot may get your kids through the season, but if you’re used to snowdays – or live in a region where the wind chill is nothing to joke about, insulation and room for warm socks is key.
  • Comfort – padded insoles, traction on the outsoles and lightweight styles will help your kids navigate the winter months without wanting to take their boots off.
  • Quality – this is important because you don’t want leaky soles or cold toes, but you should still be able to find plenty of options across all the price points to fit your budget too.

OUR PICKS
Now, when it comes to style, kids boots have come a long way, so your child can gear up for snowy days now with a range of colors and styles that fit their personality. While, not all boots are designed for romping in the snowbanks, there are lots to choose from that will fit both your wish list and your child’s! Here are our top picks for the season:

  1. Lightweight, water-resistant and easy to get on and off make this warm style a winner in our books. The North Face Alpenglow Boys & The North Face Alpenglow
  2. Every girl crushes on the ultimate cozy winter boots from UGG Australia. A fan favorite: UGG Bailey Bow 
  3. A winter boot to hit the snowbanks in that won’t break the piggy bank is also key. This is the boot for you: Tundra Teddy
  4. The classic rain boot is a must-have for puddle jumpers, and with a range of colors and patterns, there’s a good match for everyone’s little one. For your little trooper: Bogs Camo Classic & your little flower girl: Bogs Classic Flower Stripe
  5. When there’s just a little snow on the ground, this waterproof shoe can go right from the school bus stop to the classroom: Merrell Jungle Frosty

Bring on the snow angels!