Flat Sandal Style

Flat sandals have been around for millennia…and there’s a great reason why: they’re easy to wear and go with practically everything! While wedges and heeled sandals can be perfect for dressy occasions, sometimes it’s just not practical for every day wear. More often, it’s nice to have a cute and simple sandal that can be worn every day and still allow you to look more put together than with a basic flip-flop.

Flat sandals go with everything from maxi skirts and dresses, to shorts and jeans. These styles can be the perfect finish for nearly any outfit, as shown by these celebs who are out and about.

celebs-in-flat-sandalsNot only are they stable and easy to walk in, we love the versatility they provide; simple and chic like Kim’s t-strap-ankle-wrap sandal, or embellished and eye catching like Cate’s beaded beauties.

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The Isola Presta and Marisa are perfect examples of how flat sandals can be dressy as well and functional.

Some of our favorite brands like Isola and Born have new styles that fit the bill. The Marisa and Presta from Isola are offered in a fun and sassy snake print and feature eye-catching metal accents at the toe for a dressier look. The Eryka and Kristine from Born offer a more casual look in a variety of bright, summery colors to complete your everyday looks.

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Born has a variety of flat sandals that are comfy, stylish, and colorful. (Eryka and Kristine pictured)

Minnetonka sandals have details that are fresh and young.

Minnetonka sandals have details that are fresh and young.

For this summer, we have started stocking sandals from some of our favorite boot brands: Timberland and Minnetonka. Minnetonka remains fun, trendy, and young with the braided “Liberty,” the fringe-fest that is the “Maui,” and the beading details on the “Antigua.” Timberland’s sandals involve stylish and classic silhouettes, like the fisherman style of the “Sheafe Fisherman” and the simplicity of the “Harborview Thong Ankle Strap.”

 

The sandals from Timberland for Spring/Summer 2015 are classic silhouettes with a modern feel.
The sandals from Timberland for Spring/Summer 2015 are classic silhouettes with a modern feel.

 

If you find yourself in need of a go-to pair of sandals in place of boring old flip-flops, take a look at some of the sandal styles we have to offer on our website. And remember, if you are having trouble finding just the right style or if you have any questions, give us a call at 1-866-363-7463 and a friendly customer service representative will be happy to help you.

 

Brand Spotlight: Vionic with Orthaheel Technology

Here at Dodds Shoe Co. we love when brands offer not only great support, but good looks, too!  Vionic shoes with Orthaheel Technology are offered in a wide variety of styles and you can view the many styles we carry on our website!

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Vionic has a variety of casual and dressier styles, including (clockwise) the Willa, Joan, Cairns, and Walker.

From the luxury and femininity of the “Joan,” to the security of the back strap on the “Cairns,” to the sleek and stylish look of the “Willa” to the sporty walking shoe “Walker,” Vionic has a shoe to suit any style!

 

We’ve also recently added sandals to our Vionic collection here at Dodds!  Be sure to check out the fun and flirty animal print available on the “Bella II” thong-style sandal or the versatility of the removable decorative strap on the adjustable “Amber” sandal.  You can see all our Vionic sandals here.

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Vionic Bella II and Vionic Amber; two of the styles from Vionic’s Spring 2015 sandal collection

Vionic shoes with Orthaheel Technology can be a great choice for anyone experiencing pain or discomfort from pronation or plantar fasciitis. Pronation is the rotation of your foot inward, which collapses your arch and causes misalignment of your heel and therefore, the rest of your leg.  The vast majority of people pronate at least slightly, and never know it until they start experiencing pain. As an added point about pronation, many issues with back and knee pain can be alleviated by simply re-aligning your feet!

 

  • People with a normal arch tend to be normal pronators.  This means that as you move, your foot rolls inward about 15% to create more contact with the ground to support your body weight.
  • People with flat feet tend to overpronate.  This means that as you move, your foot rolls inward more than the ideal 15% causing instability through the foot and ankle and severely decreasing your body’s natural ability to absorb shock.

 

The plantar fascia is the connective tissue in your foot which supports your arch from the bottom of the foot.  When a person suffers from plantar fasciitis, this tissue has been strained, causing it to become weak, swollen and inflamed, resulting in pain, especially near the heel.

 

 

Why choose Vionic?  

The orthotic technology in each shoe is based on 30 years of podiatric experience and now also boasts years of customer satisfaction.  Every shoe from Vionic features a deep heel cup for stability, a biomechanical footbed for support, and a firm but flexible midsole for relief.

 

Every Vionic with Orthaheel Technology product has earned both a recommendation from world-renowned integrative medicine expert, Andrew Weil, M.D. and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance.  The APMA Seal of Acceptance is only granted to products that have been submitted to a committee of experts that are found to promote good foot health.

In fact, the support provided from Vionic shoes can be such a vast improvement over traditional footwear, that the company suggests you wear your new shoes around for just a few hours a day to begin with, so your feet can get used to the increase in support.

 

If you find yourself looking for a supportive shoe or sandal but don’t want to sacrifice style, check out Vionic with Orthaheel Technology at Dodds Shoe Co.!

 

4th of July Fashions

Independence Day is not only a very important day in our nation’s history, but also a great opportunity to CELEBRATE!!!  So whether you need a new pair of hiking shoes to go camping or hiking and enjoy the beautiful country side, or you want to rock some red, white, and blue at a backyard barbeque in the city, we’ve got just what you’re looking for.

Looking to enjoy the holiday in the great American outdoors? You’ll need a great pair of hikers. With everything from Merrell to Keen and a little bit of everything in between, you’re sure to find something to suit your style.  Love the classics? Try something like the Keen Targhee II if water protection is important, or the Merrell Moab Ventilator if you prefer something very breathable and lightweight. Both brands also offer styles perfect for those of you who like to try new things, like the popping colors of the Keen Marshall or the sleek lines of the Merrell Grassbow.

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The Keen Targhee II is a great choice for those outdoor Independence Day adventures.

No hiking or camping trip is complete without some functional accessories, and what is MADE IN USA Rubber Stampmore appropriate on our Independence Day than using products that are Made in America? From Smartwool socks to Nalgene water bottles, you’ll be covered from head to toe in USA made products.

 

 

Even if you’re just going to a neighbors house to grill up some burgers and watch some fireworks, make sure you are sporting patriotic colors down to your toes, with red, white, and blue shoes. But why be subtle when you can be bold in full stars and stripes? Slip into an updated version of a classic look, the Stars and Stripes Santiago from Birki’s by Birkenstock. No 4th of July outfit is complete without a bag, and the Steve Madden Bfringer Heart Flag bag will easily sum up your USA pride.

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Be bold with your love for the stars and stripes with the Birki’s Santiago Stars and Stripes or the Steve Madden BFringer Heart Flag bag.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us here at Dodds Shoe Co., and we hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

 

 

 

“Today Show” Shoe Trends

This morning on the Today Show, Savannah Guthrie tackled this summer’s hottest shoe trends with the help of Gilt’s Chassie Post. We’ve outlined the highlights, and made some suggestions you can find right here on doddsshoe.com!

The first trend was METALLICS. Post said that “Metallics are MAJOR” this season, emphasizing that traditional golds and silvers are a neutral, while colored metallic can add some “umph” to a traditional jeans and t-shirt look. Even though we normally associated metallic with night looks, this season metallics can help you seamlessly go from day to night.

Metallics are a MUST this season.

We offer classic Sperry Top-Sider styles in a variety of metallics for a great casual way to incorporate this trend in your wardrobe. For colored metallics, we love rose gold looks like the Taos Cleopatra and the Sofft Paharita.

Incorporate metallics into your summer wardrobe with the Taos Cleopatra, the Sofft Paharita, or the Sperry Top-Sider A/O or Audrey in Platinum.

Incorporate metallics into your summer wardrobe with the Taos Cleopatra, the Sofft Paharita, or the Sperry Top-Sider A/O or Audrey in Platinum.

The next trend they moved on to was “sassy sandals.” Post started out the segment by suggesting EVERYONE (including men!) get pedicures, because sandals are huge this summer (like most summers, I suppose). The difference this season is that Birkenstocks are BACK in a big way. Here at doddsshoe.com, we can attest to this trend, and we love that comfort is now cool again!

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The classic Birkenstock styles like the Arizona, Gizeh, and Madrid are now available in the color of the season (white), with pop-of-color soles, and can even tie in the previous metallic trend. One of our other favorite brands, Sofft, has developed their own line of Birkenstock-inspired styles, with cushioned comfort soles, fun uppers, and the cork support we all love.

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Comfort sandals are back! Pictured: Birkenstock Arizona, Gizeh, Madrid, and the Sofft Belicia and Brooke.

The last summer shoe trend they highlighted is the platform. We love platforms because they are both comfortable AND stylish. Post said platforms can help “make a 4-inch heel feel more like a sensible 2-inch heel.” One platform must-have is the wedge sneaker. We’ve already written about why WE love wedge-sneakers in a previous post, and we’re glad they’re back again this season. A new twist on a classic is the “flatform,” or flat platforms.

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We have wedge sneakers from both Puma and Madden Girl, and the Born Maldives is the perfect example of the Flatform.

Summer OFFICIALLY starts in just a few days, so get your shoe closet vamped up for the season with the hottest shoe trends, with help from the Today Show and Dodds Shoe Co.!

 

Wedding Season is Here

It is officially that time again; the time for registries, cake, and dancing to “Shout.” It’s wedding season! We’ve got the essential tips to find the perfect wedding shoe for the unconventional bride, the loyal bridesmaids, and the stylish wedding guest.

The Unconventional Bride: Not every bride wants the 5 inch high satin stiletto that is Bride and Groom in Conversesold in many bridal shops. If you’re the bride, it’s your day, and you should feel like YOU! Do you spend 90% of your time in sneakers? Wear a shiny new pair of Converse! Are you having a beachy wedding? Wear some Sperry Top Siders to fit the theme! Are you a little bit country? Wear your favorite pair of cowboy boots (or use it as an excuse to get that brand new pair of Fryes you’ve had your eye on!) and you’ll feel comfortable all day long.

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The Loyal Bridesmaid: Being a bridesmaid can be tough…keeping an eye on Uncle Larry to make sure he doesn’t have too many custom cocktails, running around making sure the flower girl doesn’t eat all the heart mints, and of course getting things going on the dance floor. Basically, they end up spending a LOT of time on their feet, so a good looking yet functional pair of shoes is a necessity. Luckily, there are brands like Sofft, Born, and Isola that make finding that combination easy. For a wedding without a lot of grass-walking, a sturdy heel and strappy upper will do just fine, like the Sofft Perla. For those outdoor weddings, to avoid the old “heel stuck in the grass” problem, bridesmaids could opt for a wedge or a flat in a matching color with metallic accents to add some glam, like the Isola Evana.

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Bridesmaid shoes should be stylish, yet comfortable and functional since there will be a lot of running around!

The Stylish Guest: As a guest, your job is to have a good time and soak in the love! Looking fabulous doesn’t hurt either. Summer weddings are the perfect time to get out those fun and flirty dresses and look your best while mingling with old and new friends. Really, the only rule for you is not to wear all white, so feel free to have fun with color, textures, and prints. We’ve got the wedding shoes you need to top off the outfit, from a pair of hot-hued heels, block sandals with retro details, or kitten heel pumps.

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Being a stylish wedding guest is easy with help from the Madden Girl Getta, the Isola Lucina, or the Clarks Sage Copper.

There is no denying that wedding season is here, and we want to help you look the best, no matter what your role is! Find the perfect wedding shoe for you, right here at doddsshoe.com.

 

Trend Watch:
Menswear for Women

Taking a break and getting inspiration from my Born shoes

It’s your classic story of “Boy Meets Girl.” Taking the classic styling of menswear and making it sleek, feminine, and cute. Menswear was a huge trend for Fall, and for good reason. The definitive tailoring, the strong lines; there’s something empowering about this trend! With clothes, getting the look right can be tricky. You don’t want to go TOO baggy, TOO slouchy, or TOO boyish. With shoes, however, it’s pretty much a safe bet.

The wing tip shoe has been a staple in men’s closets for years…centuries, actually. Known as “brogue” in the rest of the world, Americans adopted the name “wing-tip” by interpreting the perforated/stitching design on the toe as either a “W” or a bird taking flight. To be honest, women’s wingtips have been around for nearly as long as men’s, but were nearly impossible to tell apart—no fun.

These days, your favorite shoe companies are coming out with more ladylike and comfortable styles that can be worn with everything from light and airy dresses to skinny jeans to cropped pants to dressy shorts…to basically anything in your closet.

Born Arletta in Desert Natural

 

The Born Arletta was a huge hit for the Fall (and for my own personal closet).  For Spring, Born has come out with a lighter, very versatile color in the Desert Burnished leather. The velvet laces give a perfect touch of femininity, while the low profile upper allows delicate exposure for your upper foot and ankle. LOVE this style.

 

Actress Emma Watson pairs pink and black wingtips with a polka dot dress

 

 

While I am sporting this style with rolled skinny cargos today, fashionista Emma Watson shows the perfect example of how a pop of color can help a wingtip oxford pair perfectly with a Spring-ready dress.

 

 

 

 

The Fossil Savanna paired with an airy skirt and socks for a fun and flirty look

If you don’t want to totally delve into the wingtip look, a more subtle version is a cap toe  oxford pump. The Savana Lace Bootie from Fossil would go great with a pair of tall socks or tights as it starts to get warmer but isn’t quite summer weather.

 

 

 

 

 

Born made another hit on the menswear trend with this loafer inspired pump. A perfect example of a modern take on traditional style, the Born Nance has the look of a tassled loafer combined with a stacked heel and rich leather, bringing handsome sophistication to any look.

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Embrace this trend and look entirely chic and sophisticated with styles you can find at the right price on at Dodds Shoe Co.!