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Friday, October 31, 2008

Warm Fuzzy Slippers - Cozy Goodness

I step out of bed and reach for my warm fuzzy slippers to shuffle around the house in. Cozy, soft and easy to get in to, it's something you don't have to think about. It's a void socks just can't fill. That first sip of coffee gets me going. After a long day of work I kick my dress shoes off and reach for... you guessed it, my favorite slippers again! What is it about slipping into pajama bottoms and slippers? It feels like being a kid again. The comforts of home. My dogs curled up on their puffy beds in front of the fire, soft music playing while my husband makes one of his extraordinary dinners and me on the couch reading a good book... in my slippers. I am so thankful for my life. I wish for everyone that sense of peace and cozy goodness. - Post by Stacey

Slip-In and keep your toes warm around the house this winter! Suede leather uppers with luxuriously soft sheepskin lining. Open back for easy on and off. Traction rubber sole is waterproof and durable.

Men's Northwest Moccasin $49 at village-shoes.com
The perfect slipper for an evening by the fire or a quick morning dash for the newspaper! Soft suede leather uppers with warm sheepskin lining. Laces over instep for best fit.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cake anyone?

Hi all my favorite shoe loving fellow Villagers...

I've a confession to make...My name is Jody, and ...and I love shoes.
Whew!! OK..the hard part is over, I've admitted it and we can all move on in our 12 step program together. What? There is no 12 step program, you say?

Well that explains a lot! :-)

I'll be using this soapy platform to wax eloquent about the state of all things shoe related, life related, Village-shoes related and whatever else tickles my fancy. When one of my favorite Village People asked if I'd mind writing a few things here.. I all but jumped at the chance. So don't mind me if I upload funny things, "wow" things, and a few off-the-wall things here..

Hope you like my ramblings...as I really like to talk about shoes. Have for years (ask my mom, she shook her head when at age 4, I asked her to draw high-heels for me to color) Sigh...I think she's still shaking her head.

I've been thinking a lot about cake recently... (don't ask...it's a long story). There've been some great late night TV shows about bakeries making these fabulous cakes. As an artist I love all artforms and these creations are just so amazing they completely are out of my creative realm. A friend sent me a link to a hilarious site called cake wrecks, and after cringing, laughing, crying, and groaning at what was before me, I wondered .."tching, tching" Has anyone ever tried to make a shoe cake?

Behold..."The Uncommon Cake"

I found this beauty by an amazing woman who has an interest close to my heart! Shoes!! Check out her stuff on-line: http://www.theuncommoncake.com/ She has some great flip-flop and pump cookies too! Now that's what I call art!

Now...does it come in 8-1/2??
Oh never mind...just hand me a fork!

Smiles, Jody

Polliwalk's - Slippers For Kid's

Polliwalks was born from the imagination of long time footwear designer and former toy designer, Joel Rusnak. He had the idea that children’s shoes should be fun and offer toy like features that will make wearing shoes a playful experience, while offering support, stability and comfort for little feet. Joel teamed up with his wife, and three of his long time industry colleagues, and together, they created Polliwalks.

Product features include:
- Fun, colorful animal shaped shoes
- Shoe bottom features the footprints of that animal
- Comfortable and superior fit
- Molded Soft Foam Construction
- Easy to clean
- Waterproof closed cell foam material
- No Waste, all excess material created is recycled.
- Environmentally friendly packaging
- Eco Friendly water based adhesives used in construction
- Vegan- no animal products are used

Check out these adorable slippers for kid's by Polliwalk's just in time for the Holidays. Navy blue Puppy for boys or Bubblegum Kitty for girls. Only $24 at village-shoes.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Shoe Lovers Unite!

Hello shoe lovers! With this post I am diving into blogger-world and I'm doing it feet first. I really enjoy working in the shoe business and all it involves-- talking about shoes, reading about them and especially looking at styles and people in their favorites. I found this great flicker page that is dedicated to people's favorite choices. It is called Shoe Lovers Unite just pics of shoes and a featured shoe of the day. Good clean fun and great for people like me who can't get enough of interesting shoes. Kerry

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bastad Clogs - Over 100 Years of Tradition

For over 100 years, the community of Bästad has been known for its hand production of quality wooden clogs. August Johanssen, in 1907, invented a "better" and more comfortable rendition of the old wooden shoe. His new techniques of orthopedic carving of the alder wood and lasting the leather uppers, revolutionized the clog business.
Swedish comfort brings you the latest styles and highest quality footwear from Sweden.

Why make a wood clog?

Wood is the ultimate substrate for contour formation and continuance. Orthopedists create insoles and orthodics out of material that does not compress, twist or lose it’s integrity. Wood has all of these properties and more.

Your foot is made up of many, many different bones, muscles and tendons that are under hundreds of pounds per square inch of pressure and stress. This tremendous pressure creates fatigue that is transmitted through your lower extremities. We believe if we can support your feet properly, this fatigue is minimized.

What feels soft and supportive can be a fleeting sensation that is soon replaced with discomfort and possible injury. Wood has an ultimate memory; it does not move. Your foot goes back to the same position, step after step.

Shop for Bastad Clogs at village-shoes.com

Friday, October 17, 2008

Village Find: Hats By Tomokotahara

I found these adorable hand made Crochet hats by a freelance designer in Canada. Inspired by music, traveling, movies and nature her designs are simply outstanding. Purple Cat pictured above is a pure wool hat with loads of personality. I love all the details. $55 at esty.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Halloween Costume Idea: Bettie Page - 1950's Pin Up Model

1950's Pin Up legend Betty Page became an icon to retro-loving pop culture fans during the 1980's and '90s. Not long after she made her way to New York City an amateur photographer took pictures of Bettie and put together her first pinup portfolio. The images of the shapely brunette reached Irving and Paula Klaw, brother-and-sister entrepreneurs who publish illicit magazines, and so began a career posing for photos in the 1940's as a way to make ends meet while working on an acting career.

"Bettie's numerous contradictions undoubtedly added to her charismatic personality. Nice and naughty, shy and daring, simple and exotic, Bettie shone with a freshness never before seen in the modeling industry. Without elaborate props, costumes, or set-dressings, Bettie produced some of the most beautiful shots to ever grace the covers of hundreds of magazines. Bettie's smoothly tanned skin, deep blue eyes and coal-black hair with her trademark bangs, were enough inspiration to spark the imagination of even the least experienced photographers. Her "girl next door" look and innocent smile only complemented that explosive combination of features.

Bettie's undeniable influence is still present today in fashion, films, and magazines just to name a few. The dark-haired girl from Nashville has become a living legend, a modern icon, a symbol of beauty and femininity that transcends ordinary standards. In the heart of her adoring fans, Bettie will forever remain the queen of pinup."

If you're thinking of that Bettie Page Pin Up Girl look for this Halloween, we have the perfect shoes for you!

Write your own Page, just like Bettie! Vintage-inspired pumps in faux patent with sexy double mary jane straps. Soft, padded footbed and traction sole. 3 1/2" Heel. $59 at village-shoes.com

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fidji Shoes - A Shoe You Have To Have

What do you get when you mix soft Italian leather and top French Designers and have them made in Portugal? Fidji shoes. One of the hottest brands we've ever carried. So comfortable and soft you won't believe it. All you need to do is try them on. They are a must have for anyone looking for fashionable and comfortable shoes you can easily wear from the office to a night on the town.

My favorite style this season is the Bo82. Slender and feminine, the B082 will be the most versatile shoe in your wardrobe! Smooth brown leather uppers with three straps accented by pewter studs. Topmost strap has a velcro closure for adjustable fit over the instep. Low stacked wooden heel keeps you comfortable throughout the day. Inner side zipper for easy on and off. Traction sole.

$189 at village-shoes.com

Friday, October 10, 2008

New Custom Art Shoes Available -Size 8 Only!

Just in time for Halloween! Wear something no one else will have. Pen-and-ink artist Halle Riddlebarger proves that a little ink goes a long way. Beautiful hand drawn custom art shoes done by local Ashland artist. Each pair is unique and one of a kind. If you fall in love with a particular shoe, you'll want to act quickly, they don't stick around for long. Limited Edition! There is only one size of each design.

$259 at village-shoes.com

Thursday, October 09, 2008

New Planet Walkers from Simple!

New Fall styles have arrived from Simple, an eco-friendly shoe company from Santa Barbara, California.

For men, we brought in the Traveler, part of Simple's "Planet Walkers" line. The Traveler features supple, smooth leather uppers that are BLC certified. That means the leathers came from a tannery that made a commitment to improving environmental practices of the tanning industry. The durable, flexible footbed is made from recycled ground car tire and Ortholite™ PU with built-in arch support. The midsole is composed of recycled EVA and natural cork for maximum shock-absorption. Blended latex rubber and recycled car tire composite make up the protective outsole, designed to support your natural walking motion. The Traveler is available in two colors, black and java. $130 at village-shoes.com

Simple is your stereotypical, anti-stereotype brand offering good shoes and a big dose of reality. HOW they make their shoes is just as important as WHY they make them. Finding materials and processes that make their products sustainable is a method they call Green Toe; a compass that, they hope, points to a bright green future. Shop now for new fall styles for both men and women!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

New Maya Moon Handbags Available Now!

New designs by Maya Moon have just arrived. Add the perfect accessory to your fall wardrobe.

The Maya Moon Fling is a deliciously soft leather handbag in rich chocolate brown with orange patent snake piping and gold rivets.

This bag features a convertible strap for two different handle lengths. Zipper closure and two interior pockets. Gold hardware. Matching leather coin purse included.
$346 at village-shoes.com

All Maya Moon handbags are designed & created in Bend, Oregon by Maya herself using genuine high quality leather. Maya combines unique hair-on leather as well as embossed & hand-tooled leathers. All bags are lined with an Asian-inspired cotton print fabric. With a focus on durability and uniqueness, coupled with a passion for funky and adventurous fashion, Maya Moon bags are intended to reflect your personal fashion statement for years forward.