Perforated Details:
A Cut Above

Get out of the gold winter slump with shoes that are made for Spring…shoes with cutout and perforation details. This spring shoe trend is one of my favorites because these details not only add visual interest, but they add built-in ventilation as the days get warmer and warmer.

Oxfords are a year-round look, giving classic style and sophistication to any casual look.

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Actress AnnaLynne McCord puts some prep in her spring step thanks to perforated oxfords, like the Born Dallyce.

If you add some cutout details, you create a whole new warm weather presence. AnnaLynne McCord looks fun and flirty with her flowy dress and bright belt, and adds a bit of prep in her step with these perforated oxfords. Get her look with the Born Dallyce. If you wear them with tights, it gives the cutouts even more of an opportunity to stand out. Adding perforations and cutouts can add fresh new style to the classic oxford.

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Brands like Rieker, Jambu, and Cobb Hill have styled up their oxford looks with cute cutouts and perforations.

Boat shoe maker Sperry Top Sider has jumped on the perforated trend with one of their most popular styles, the Angelfish. The Angelfish Perfs has everything you love about their boat shoes, in a more breathable and eye-catching style.

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Perforation and cutout details also lend a style boost to classic summer wedges and heels. The Born Marlys is already stylish, with the cork wrapped platform wedge and strappy upper.

born-marlysWhen the circular cutouts are added to a few of the straps, it brings the style to a new level. Any high heel, whether it’s a mary-jane, slide sandal sandals or classic pump, can get a fresh, new, jump-start on spring thanks to these details.

 

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Enjoy the breezy breathability spring has to offer with shoes featuring the cutout and perforation trend. Check out our selection on styles here.

 

OTZ Shoes:
B.C. inspiration

otz-motorcycleSome new brands cause quite a stir here at doddsshoe.com, and OTZShoes is definitely one of them. What are they? They’re a casual, zero drop, minimalist shoe that provide tons of comfort, and come with ice-age inspiration. That’s right, the muse for this new brand is “Ötzi,” the iceman. Ötzi is a well-preserved mummy, dating back to about 3300BC. Why would he be inspirational to a California shoe company over 5000 years later? Ötzi was found wearing the oldest known pair of shoes.

 

 

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Very sophisticated for his time, Ötzi the iceman was found with shoes that were waterproof and insulated, ideal for walking across snow.

These shoes were remarkable considering the time period…they were actually waterproof, made of deer hide stitched to a wide bear skin sole, making them ideal for trekking across the snow. Internally, a woven net filled with dried grass and moss provided warmth and comfort, and functioned like modern socks. Ludo, the creative director of OTZ Shoes, heard about this find in 2005 and decided to take inspiration from those shoes, incorporate today’s trends and technologies, and the concept of OTZ shoes was born.

Some of that new technology is the patent pending CORKlite footbed.

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OTZ’s CORKlite footbed is featured in their classic OTZ300GMS style. This lightweight soft cork footbed is made from compression molded EVA, and wrapped in a 1.8mm cork casing. The EVA provides shock absorption and cushion with each step, and the cork provides antimicrobial properties that reduce bacterial build up so you can wear this style with or without socks. The 1.8mm suede lining helps wick away moisture, providing a healthy and dry environment. The CORKlite footbed also helps promote healthy posture and will eventually mold to the shape of your foot for a customized and cushioned ride.

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The OTZ300GMS provides the ultimate in casual comfort with a variety of uppers to match your lifestyle.

The OTZ300GMS style comes with the comfort of CORKlite, and a variety of different uppers.  The colorful Belize version features Belize cotton trim, inspired from Central American designs. All of the linen versions feature Italian made coarse linen that has been stone washed for a unique look and lightweight feel. For something a little bit more weather resistant, the waxed canvas upper is water resistant AND stain resistant thanks to the wax content, yet the canvas still keeps this version breathable. Whatever upper you choose, it is stitched directly to the outsole for increased durability and minimal use of glues.

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Inspired from the past and crafted with today in mind, OTZShoes are a fun new addition to doddsshoe.com.

 

Steal the Show this Prom

It’s that time again…the magical time of year that the young and fresh get to pick out beautiful dresses, get giddy about who-asks-whom, and limo services get a lot of business. It’s Prom season!
Once the perfect outfit (not necessarily a dress these days!) is picked out, make sure it is complete from head to toe with the perfect shoe. As Cinderella would say after the biggest dance of her life, you never know the difference one shoe can make. From girly glam to punk-rock chic, we’ve got your prom covered.

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Stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Aniston love the simple elegance of a single strap, ankle wrap high heel. This look would be great for prom!

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Get the red carpet look for less with the Madden Girl Darrlin.

One of the biggest trends in dress shoes right now is simple elegance. Stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Aniston opt to show off their pedicures with a simple, one-strap d’orsay sandal. A look like this helps to accent and not distract from the real “pièce de résistance,” the dress! The stiletto heel helps elongate your leg, and the flat midsole doesn’t weigh down your look like a platform might. The simple ankle strap helps keep the shoes in place, and the thin strap across the toe perfectly highlights those dolled up toes. Get this celeb look for less with the Madden Girl Darrlin, and you’ll feel like you’re on the red carpet!

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Stay comfy and cute for prom in Converse sneakers. Look how happy Hailee Steinfeld looks at the Oscars in her Chuck Taylors!

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Dance the night away in the TOMS Glitter Classics.

If you’re more of the cute tomboy type, prom doesn’t mean you have to throw away your personal style to rock a prom look. If heels just aren’t your thing, stay true to who you are by wearing sneakers or other flats. Hailee Steinfeld wore matching Converse Chuck Taylors to the Oscars, proving that with the right attitude, sneakers have a place at dressed-up events. Or you can find a happy medium by finding a shoe with some bling but still flat enough to dance the night away in, like the TOMS Glitter Classic.

For prom, our best advice is to stay true to who you are because the most attractive thing you can be is confident! Here’s to a night to remember!

Spring Break Ready

Spring Break and the long weekends that come for Easter and Memorial Day are all coming up fast!  So, whether you’re planning a stay-cation close to home, or travelling to some far-off, exotic destination (and if that’s the case, please take me with you!), if you’re like me, you’ll use any excuse to buy a new pair of shoes – and the right pair of shoes can make a world of difference for any trip.

When I think of shoes to take along for travel, I want something easy to get on and off and something that isn’t going to weigh down my bags (because who wants to pay any more than you have to, if you’re flying somewhere?)…  We’ve compiled a list here of some of our favorite brands to take with us this time of year to help narrow your search for the perfect travel shoes.

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Keen sandals are waterproof and ready for any terrain, from slick surfaces to rocky terrain….even iguana-y terrain.

Is it sandal season where you are? If you’re more of an adventurer, maybe you want to consider something from Chaco or Keen. Both brands make water-ready sport sandals, equipping you for the great outdoors.

Is your final destination still experiencing a transitional springtime climate?  Maybe you still need something closed-toe but it’s just warm enough to abandon your winter shoes. OluKai is traditionally known for their ultra-comfortable and supportive flip-flops, but the company also has several slip-on shoes that not only offer great support with a removable insole, but you can fold down the back to slide in with ease. If you’re looking for something with a little less support, but still super comfortable, my Sanuk shoes are one of my favorites; they don’t take up much space, they’re super lightweight, and they’re super cushioned.

If you have a very versatile and on-the-go Spring Break schedule, Keen has the perfect new shoe for you. The Cortona Bow ballerina flats are not only SUPER cute, but they are super flexible and can easily be folded up to shove in your purse or other bag if you need an easy transition pair of shoes.

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The new Keen Cortona Bow flats are not only adorable, but they easily fold up to put in your purse or day bag so you can either switch from heels to a more comfy flat, or from dirty hikers to this more casual and everyday style.

Now that we’ve got your feet covered, don’t forget to grab the perfect bag to carry all your essentials for the trip!  The Keen bags are some of my favorite because I can fit a lot of stuff in my little Emerson bag, and it’s still small enough to fit in another bag for longer trips. Our other favorites are Sherpani and Dakine, which come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate any occasion.

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Dakine makes a variety of duffle bags (like the EQ bag pictured here) and other travel bags to make your Spring Break packing a breeze.

Now, get out there and have a great time with all your new stuff from doddsshoe.com.  Then, be sure to stop back by here or our Facebook page to tell us about your travels and how you made use of your new stuff! Safe Travels!

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

The holiday season is upon us, and as much as I love shopping, gift buying can be overwhelming! Thank goodness I work in retail, right? I was able to find gifts for so many of my loved ones right here at doddsshoe.com.

First, my mom. She is a teacher and is on her feet chasing around kids all day, so I knew she’d appreciate something to slip into at the end of the day that would put a smile on her face and relieve some of the stress that builds up on her tired soles. Haflinger slippers were my immediate first instinct…but there are so many great options! The Charisma is so pretty and delicate with the flower appliques across the top, the Calypso is so fun and colorful (just like her!), but the Classic AS Slipper is always a good go-to.

But then I remembered her collection of giraffe figurines in our curio cabinet while growing up, and it hit me…the Jimmy! Who can resist that long neck and those adorable eyes? Perfect gift for Mom: check!

haflinger-jimmy-for-momNow for Dad…he’s tough sometimes. All I can remember him asking for are socks or a new tie. He never wants to ask for anything new, and will use everything he has until it is worn out completely. Like his snow boots for instance…he has owned the Sorel Caribou for as long as I can remember, and although they held up during the entirety of my education I think this will be the year to replace them. Luckily the Caribou has only made minor improvements in the last few DECADES, so I know he will still like these winter classics for years to come.

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My sisters were easy. My youngest one is stylish, trendy, and youthful…the perfect candidate for an awesome pair of Madden Girl boots. The colored back zippers are one of the hottest trends out there right now, and the Madden Girl Cactuss has the cool red zipper along with studs lining the sides for even more style.cactuss-for-sister

My other sister is bubbly and has a sparkling personality, and loves to stay comfortable and warm (when we were kids she would surround the floor heat vent with a blanket and just sit there and soak in the heat). I think the UGG Australia Classic Short Sparkles may have been made just for her…warm shearling lining and colorful sequins on the outside? Just right!sparkles-for-sister

And with that, my family is taken care of! Except for stocking stuffers of course.  I think my family almost looks forward to my Smartwool Stocking Stuffers more than my shortbread cookies…almost.

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Find gifts for everyone on your list using our Holiday Gift Guide, and let doddsshoe.com make holiday shopping easy!

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Sneaker Wedges:
The Ultimate “Cool-Girl Kicks”

sneaker-wedge-hilightIt’s a wedge! It’s a sneaker! It’s the ultimate casual shoe, the sneaker-wedge! Thanks to this new trend, your fashionista instincts can follow you from casual Friday to weekend hang-outs. Hi-top sneakers have always had a cool retro vibe, but they’ve also been a bit of a sacrifice since you lose those leg-lengthening inches that come from wearing heels. Let’s face it, being boosted up on a pair of heels is basically the equivalent to instantly losing 5 pounds. Especially for those of us who weren’t blessed in the height department, forgoing our heels can be tough. Luckily, now you can have them both!

 

 

 

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Miranda Kerr and Beyonce showing off their stylish mommy style and Dakota Fanning with a youthful take, all in trendy high-top sneaker wedges.

Celebs have eaten up this trend. Miranda Kerr and Beyonce both throw on a pair for some street-chic mommy style, while Dakota Fanning shows how youthful and versatile the shoes can be. Beyonce’s Isabel Marant pair can run upwards of $800…if that’s a little bit out of your price range, the Steve Madden Hilight ($95.95) and the Madden Girl  Hickorry ($54.95) are budget friendly (but just as fashionable!) alternatives.

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The Madden Girl Hickorry and the Steve Madden Hilight are more budget friendly ways to rock this cool trend.

sneaker-wedge-skirtsThose celebs paired their wedges with skinny pants and loose uppers which is great for fall. Another way to wear them is with a flirty a-line dress (like I did back in the warmer months) or a cute mini. I wore my Steve Madden Olympiaa sneaker wedges for a look that had a bit of a girly-punk vibe.

 

 

If your style is a bit more sporty/tomboy-chic, the Puma Sky Wedge might be just what you’re looking for. Puma describes the reason before this style as their “duty to engineer a high-collared heel with all the comfort and kick-a**-tastic looks to make smooth moves.” They did just that, and added extra-bold colors and the signature Puma form stripe down the side for a look that is about as street-chic as you can get.

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We love the way Puma advertised their Sky Wedge sneakers…”Carefully designed to combat tall people who stand at the front.” So true!

If you’re still not convinced, maybe you’ll take the advice from fashion police queen Joan Rivers, who called them what all the “cool girls” were wearing. During a recent episode of “Fashion Police,” this trend was discussed on the segment “Gotta Have It/Make It Stop.” Joan, Guiliana, and Kelly all said “Gotta Have It,” and George only said no because he thought they would become TOO popular. But if worn right and with confidence, we here at doddsshoe.com say sneaker wedges are the ULTIMATE cool-girl kicks, and we’ve GOTTA HAVE THEM!

Unforgettable Prom, Unforgettable Shoes

Prom is one of the most magical and exciting events of a young person’s life. Finding the perfect dress can be tough but after finding an awesome dress comes an even more daunting task–finding the right accessories. The right accessories can add style to your dress…not distract from it.

For a classic and pulled together look, add a nude colored pump to your sparkly dress. Pictured: Steve Madden Unityy and Sofft Madeline.

 

Many of the hot prom dresses are adorned with subtle sparkle.  Whether you have a full shimmery dress or maybe just a rhinestone belt, you can play up the shine in a couple ways.  Opting for a neutral shoe such as the Steve Madden Unityy or the Sofft Madeline brings the focus back to your dress. By picking a classic, neutral pump, you can be sure you will get use out of these shoes even after the magic of prom is over.

You can also play up the shine in a dress by pairing it with a shoe that has a little sparkle of its own.  By choosing a metallic shoe, you will shine even brighter. The Sofft Filia has a light sparkle and features a multi sized jewels. Pair it with a gold sparkle dress and a chunky necklace with a similar detail and you’ll be glam to the max.

Add shoes with bling of their own to pull together an eye-catching ensemble. Pictured: Sofft Filia, Sofft Paharita, Madden Girl Getta.

Spice up your LBD for prom with colorful accessories like the Steve Madden BVistaa Bag or Remmedy pumps.

 

 

Pops of color are another great prom trend. If you’ve chosen a more basic dress, you don’t have to worry about getting lost in the crowd. Add style with colorful accessories. For example, if you’ve smartly chosen a versatile little black dress, add a pop of color with a bag or shoes…or both! A glam prom accessory is the Steve Madden BVistaa clutch in bright orange or pink. This is one awesome accessory, as it can hold plenty of lip gloss, bobby pins, and other prom touch up necessities. Pair this with a colorful platform pump, like the Steve Madden Remmedy in Violet, and your LBD will look anything but basic.

 

If your priority for the night is feeling comfortable and being able to shake it on the dance floor while still looking cute, pick a pair of TOMS to complete your prom look. They are stylish yet comfortable which will ensure that you can dance ALL night. They will give you the ability to dance all night long without making you feel like a baby giraffe.

Toms at Prom…so cute!

Perhaps the most unique prom trend is one that is a little…edgy.  Unleash your inner rock goddess and opt for accessories that make a statement.  Studs are so in! You can be the most fashion forward belle at the ball with the Grannite by Steve Madden.  These shoes are smoking hot with a combo of studs and bling.  Paired with a short dress and one of the BVistaa bags and you’ve got it going on! Studs aren’t your thing? Feeling more…wild? Try the Sofft Broadway in metallic snake print. Animal print has never looked classier and you’ll look fierce.

Add some edge to your prom look with studded shoes like the Steve Madden Graanite or shiny animal print like the Sofft Broadway in gold snake print.

Everyone has their own unique style that can shine through to create a beautiful and one-of-a-kind prom look. Let doddsshoe.com help you find the best accessories to make your prom–or any special occasion–unforgettable.

Travel Essentials: Spring Break

It is starting to feel like spring is here and let me be the first to say that I’ve had cabin fever all winter. I decided to ditch the colder weather and head to Las Vegas to enjoy a spring break. As I began to buy my warm weather wardrobe, I found myself wondering if I could actually fit everything I wanted to bring in my suitcase. I am a severe over-packer (although, what woman isn’t?). I tried to pack light, but eventually had to narrow it down to the essentials.

The first thing I decided I couldn’t live without was my Dakine travel bag. Dakine makes amazingly useful bags that feature the cutest prints. First of all, I love their travel kits. I opted for my Dakine Prima because it was small enough to fit in the suitcase but still allowed me to pack and organize all my toiletries, and let’s face it, Vegas is the one place where I will probably want to use ALL my makeup. I love the removable clear compartment which is TSA-approved, making traveling so much easier…no little plastic baggies everywhere! I easily fit my make-up, shower items, and hair products in this bag. I chose this style but Dakine has many other functional and cute styles such as the Diva and the Alina.

Fitting all my Vegas essentials in the Dakine Prima was easy!

When I got to Vegas, I was shocked to find out how much walking I actually did. I realized that my Sanuk flip flops were life savers. It can be hard to find a flip flop that is comfortable to wear all day but these were amazing. The Sanuk Yoga Mat was my shoe of choice. It is unbelievably squishy and is made with actual yoga mat material. It was the perfect fit for warm weather and lots of walking.

The Sanuk Yoga Mat flip flops are made out of actual yoga mat material. Sooo comfy!

I opted for a small cross body bag in lieu of my huge purse, and I was definitely glad I did.  Not only was it easier on my shoulders, but it seemed as though I had stumbled upon a huge vacation fashion trend. Almost everyone in Vegas seemed to have one! I love that there are so many styles to choose from. I tend to love something a little more fashion forward such as the Minnetonka Fringe Bag  or the Steve Madden BJosie. If you want to go more casual pick the Sherpani Piper or the Dakine Jive. Any of these bags will keep your things close and safe and add an element of style to your outfit.

With spring here and summer fast approaching, I plan on traveling quite a bit. I may be headed up to the mountains to enjoy a some spring skiing, or maybe I’ll head to the beach to have some fun in the sun. If you plan on traveling as well, you can’t go wrong with these travel must-haves! We have what you need to make your vacation planning smooth sailing right here at doddsshoe.com.

 

Compress, Support, and Flatter: Keys to Finding the Best Sports Bra

Sorry guys, this one is for the ladies.

Fit is the new sexy. With swimsuit season just around the corner, we all seem to be finding our way to the gym to tone up our “beach bod”.  I know I have been stocking up on the latest (and cutest) work out gear. What is the most essential item in my workout wardrobe? A well-fitting sports bra.

Sports bras are essential for two reasons: to provide needed support, and to flatter our figure. It doesn’t matter what shape you are, going without a proper fitting sports bra can be painful and quite embarrassing.  A Live Science article shares some scary facts about what happens when you workout without the proper support…just one tidbit; women’s breasts move about EIGHT inches during exercise…ouch!

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Contrary to popular belief, women of every size need a sports bra. Women with smaller cup sizes still need support. When shopping for bras, pay attention to key terms such as low, medium, and high impact. This will let you know the types activities the bra is most appropriate for.

Finding the right bra for your body can be challenging so we’ve done the hard work for you. Check out these recommended bras in your size. Don’t let the lack of a proper bra keep you from a great workout!

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For smaller cup sizes, compression bras tend to work best. These bras compress the chest to reduce up and down movement. Just because the best bras for this size compress, it doesn’t mean they will make you feel flat as a board. Some of our favorites for this size include the Handful Adjustable Bra which allows you to “flatter and not flatten” during your workout. You may also like the Versatile Bra by Brooks. It provides support and compression from one of the best running brands on the market.  A-B Cup ladies can choose to find a bra that fits based on cup size or using the traditional small, medium, large sizing scales.

The Handful Adjustable Bra features adjustable straps and removable pads, and the Brooks Versatile Bra has the right amount of breathability, compression, and encapsulation…both ideal for A-B cup sizes.

 

The Moving Comfort Divine Mesh has 3 layers of breathable and moisture wicking mesh, as well as hidden seam underwires for separation and support.


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Ladies, if you wear this size you need support and not just compression. This is referred to as encapsulation which describes a bra that has full coverage. Look for cup sizing and not just small-large sizing. I love the Moving Comfort Divine Mesh because of its molded cups and underwire for increased support. It fits a variety of cups sizes, but works especially well for the C Cup.

 

 

Supportive, seam-free, and perfectly encapsulating, it’s no wonder the Moving Comfort Luna was named one of the Best Bras by Prevention Magazine!

 

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These larger sizes are the ones that ladies tend to have trouble with. It can be hard to find a bra that provides substantial support without creating the “uni-boob” shape. The Moving Comfort Luna is an excellent choice for this cup size and was named the “Best Bra for Medium to High Impact for C-D cups” by Prevention Magazine. It has wide straps and and underwire support system to get you through your workout.

 

There can be an overwhelming number of sports bras to choose from. Just live by these guidelines:

  • Opt for a bra that will fit your exact cup size.
  • Ultimately you want a sports bra that reduces movement. Try one on and move around a bit to get a feel for its shape and support.
  • Have a bra fitting every 6-12 months. If you are working hard at the gym, you may experience a change in bra size.
  • Take care of your body. Proper support is so important during a workout.

Don’t be afraid OR ashamed. Love your body and take care of it. With the right sports bra you can be on your way to getting that beach body in no time! Find all your workout needs right here at www.doddsshoe.com.

Travels with KEEN

Taking in the view of Rio at the top of Sugarloaf Mountainwith my handy Keen Montclair Mini Bag. No, that wasn’t our helicopter…they were probably filming an episode of “The Bachelor.”

I was recently fortunate enough to spend a week exploring Brazil, and I believe I’ve found the perfect travel buddy. Sure, my boyfriend was a nice companion, but it was KEEN that really helped me out. I tried to pack light, but two things on my must-have list were my Keen Montclair Mini Bag and my Keen Venice H2 sandals. From every airport to walking along Copacabana Beach, my mini bag was draped across my shoulder. In the airport, I loved the secure zippered pocket underneath the hook-and-loop flap where I could be sure my passport and multiple plane tickets were safe and secure.  I didn’t bring my phone along on the trip, but the phone pocket in the back was perfect for chapstick and mini sunscreen on-the-go. It was just the right size for my camera and even a small water bottle, and I could wear it as a crossbody bag for more security—many other tourists told us about getting pickpocketed or having their purses snatched on the streets of Rio, and that was one problem I never had the entire time!

After spending time in Rio, we jetted to the border of Brazil and Argentina to the breathtaking beauty of Iguazu Falls, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Here, my Keen Venice sandals were a must-have. The falls sprawl over one and a half miles, crossing the borders of both countries. We explored the falls on the Argentina side first, walking about

My Keen sandals chillin’ at the base of Iguazu Falls in Brazil.

half a mile on the a metal walkway to the Devil’s Throat, an up close and personal top view of the highest and deepest of the falls. Needless to say, with the water spray things could get pretty wet and slick, so I was very glad to have my Keens with the razor siping outsole to reduce the risk of falling over the side! It was a loooong way down. The razor siping and security of the sandals came in handy once again on the Brazilian side of the falls, where we hiked down a canyon to a walkway at the base of the falls. It was here where the COMPLETE soaking began.

Getting a little soaked at the base of Iguazu Falls in Brazil. So refreshing!

We were staying inside the park, so were able to hike down when the park was closed to outside tourists. Being at the base of the massive falls and feeling the spray shooting at me from seemingly every direction is a humbling experience, making me feel insignificant and strangely powerful at the same time.

I would recommend adding both Rio and Iguazu Falls to your travel bucket list, and would DEFINITELY recommend bringing a little KEEN along with you. You can find a huge selection of travel ready shoes and accessories at our website, www.doddsshoe.com.

Another amazing view of Rio, with a faint view of the “Cristo Redenor” in the background…and of course, including my must-have carry all, the Keen Montclair mini bag.