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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

From Spain, With Love...

Bringing new shoe lines into the store entails more than placing them on a shelf. With each line that is brought in, many questions come up: Where are they made? How do they dye their leathers? Are they handmade? What message does the company want to send out to its customers? These questions are ALWAYS asked, and as associates, it’s our job to be able to answer these questions and to know the ins and outs of a shoe. We recently introduced three new lines from Spain: Wonders, The Art Company, and Neosens. All three lines are very different in style, and after reading up on the companies and their manufacturing processes, I must say that they’re not just in the business of shoes, they’re in the business of improving the quality of life (as cheesy as that sounds…).

Wonders shoes are handmade in Spain. They believe that fashion shouldn’t compromise comfort. Between the soft leather uppers and rubber sole, they’ve made beautiful shoes that you don’t have to second guess before you leave the house in the morning. They’ve adapted their styles to different countries and cultures to make practical shoes for different regions. I visited their website to learn about their company and found a video that shows women in professional attire walking around the city, riding their bike to work, and sitting on a subway on their way home at the end of their day. Their message is clear: their shoes are designed to carry you throughout your day…no need for an emergency pair of shoes in your purse.

Born in 1995, and soon becoming popular in France, Germany, Holland, England, Italy, and Spain, they knew they were doing it right. The Art Company takes design seriously, but not itself. They believe that nothing gets you further in life than humor and it’s obviously reflected in their line. Their shoes are playful in that they are not afraid of bold colors, unusual prints, and unique structure. Keeping an ear out, they learned that their customers loved to be surprised and that the youthful designs have been embraced all over the world.

Neosens originated in a province in northern Spain called La Rioja, which is known for its wine and of course, its footwear. The inspirations for their designs are pulled directly from the town. The rich reds of their wine and the romance of the town reflect in the historical makeup of their shoes. Also inspired by nature, some of their shoes include an intricate floral design on the heel and sole of the shoe, literally making the shoe beautiful at all angles. Utilizing different leather dying techniques to add depth to the colors used, each shoe is unique. The collection appears to have been conjured up in a daydream the designer had while walking down a beautiful path at twilight.

post by Amanda

photo courtesy of wikipedia

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Eric Michael 'Montana' -avail in size 11-$199

I can’t count on my fingers and toes how many times women have come in saying they are just browsing because we don’t have size 11 shoes. After chuckling, I tell them we have a MASSIVE amount of size 11’s, and am half tempted to lead them downstairs to show them the wall that is consumed by shoes their size.

To date, we have 46 pairs of size 11 shoes in stock. If you’re on a hunt for a comfy casual sneaker, we have many different styles of Simple tennis shoes. If you’re looking for a rugged boot, we have the Frye Carson Shortie, Harness 12R, and Carson Pull-On. If you need a practical, everyday dress shoe that can be dressed up or down, we have a gazillion styles of Fidji shoes for you, including my favorite, the E166 style, and my runner-up, the E701. Our Fall of 2011 shipment of Eric Michael included the lovely Esme bootie in two colors.

So, if you wear a US size 11 or a Euro 42, stop by and be surprised by what we DO have in stock for you.

Current brands available in an 11/42:


El Naturalista

Mariana by GOLC



Eric Michael




John Fluevog



Rainbow Sandals

post by Amanda

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Yoga? Really? Do I Have To?: Part II

Alright, so I told you guys that I would report back to let you know what I thought about my very first yoga class experience…

Thursday night I set my alarm to go off at 6:45 am. Friday, I reluctantly got up, turned my alarm off, and checked my phone to see if I had any important messages. There was one message: Yoga has been canceled.

Laughing, I climbed into bed and fell back asleep.

So, I think if anybody asks how yoga went, I think I’m going to tell them it went pretty well…

post by Amanda

photo courtesy of icanhascheezburger.com

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Yoga? Really? Do I Have To?

Twice a week, the girls that I work with move the furniture in the store and have a yoga instructor come to help with their bendiness. The class is at 7:30 am and it’s quite known that I don’t even know my own name at 7:30 in the morning, let alone partake in any activities that involve anything but sleeping. I tried to talk them into a class that involves us lying on yoga mats in the ‘child’s pose’ for about two hours, but none of them seemed to keen on the idea. These people actually enjoy waking up at that hour and doing something good for themselves. I think these people are crazy. That being said, I have my own flavor of crazy going on, so why not join the circus? I shouldn’t knock it until I’ve tried it, so this Friday, I will set the alarm to go off at an ungodly hour, and I will schlep myself to class. I figure worst case scenario, I can put myself into a sitting pose and watch them work out while I snack on a Snickers and sip on an iced coffee.

I will report back on Monday to let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!

photo courtesy of lstock

post by Amanda