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.

 

Perforated Details:
A Cut Above

Get out of the cold 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.

Perforated and Cutout Oxfords

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 of styles here.

 

Fun in the Sun (and Water!)

What is the easiest way to cool off on a hot summer day? Play in the water! From running through the sprinklers at your local park, to sailing the seven seas, to whitewater rafting, summer water sports offer an excellent way to cool down on record-setting high temperature days. While enjoying the water, make sure you have an appropriate shoe to stay secure on your foot and provide the protection you need.

For those of us that don’t get TOO adventurous on our days at the water, a quick water shoe, boat shoe, or sandal may be just right.

Water Shoes

With drain-like holes and wet surface gripping siping on the sole, the Columbia Drainmaker is a great water shoe. Did we mention the quick drying mesh uppers?

Columbia has come out with some wonderful water shoes that give you the look of a sneaker. For men, we carry a couple color schemes in the Powerdrain and for women, we carry Powerdrain, in addition to the  Drainmaker and the Drainsock–which offers a slip-on style with no laces. Each of these shoes provides incredible breathability with a mesh upper; add in the drain-like holes and siping on the bottom and your shoes will not only dry in no time but also maintain great traction on wet surfaces!

 

Find out more about the Columbia Drainmaker collection:

Sperry Top Sider boat shoes are an undisputed American summer staple.

Boat Shoes
If sailing the seven seas (or even just the lake closest to your house) is something that you had in mind for your summer days, Sperry Top-Sider is the brand to look to for a shoe that is not only extremely stylish, but also quite functional. If you’ve been reading our blog posts up to this point, you may remember a few of these styles featured back in March with a fashion watch on classic nautical styles coming back in vogue, and not just for sailors! These shoes are available for both men and women and offer “wave-siping” on the sole, (to help to release water with every step), water-resistant leather uppers, and 360-degree boat lacing systems for a secure fit. These classic boat shoes have been around for decades (with a few modern updates), so you can be sure that with a pair of Sperry Top-Siders in your wardrobe, you’ll never have to worry about your shoes becoming out-dated.

Water-Ready Sandals
Although summer may seem like the perfect opportunity to pull out your many pairs of basic flip-flops, if you’re going to be spending any time in water, you may want to consider something with a heel strap to keep your shoes on your feet. The last thing you want to see floating off into the ocean sunset is your favorite pair of flip-flops!

 

Chaco is a brand with several styles of sandals that will stay on your feet even in the strongest of currents. Men, women, and children can rely on these sandals with a secure and customizable fit with the adjustable strap and traction on even wet surfaces with both the Chaco Vibram Yampa and Unaweep outsoles. The Z/1 sandal offers Chaco’s standard criss-cross fit with wide straps while the Z/2 sandal offers the same wide straps with an additional piece to hold onto your big toe! The ZX/1 and ZX/2 sandals offer the same criss-cross patterns, but with two thinner straps along the length of the shoe instead of one thick strap. Any of these Chaco styles will let you feel well prepared when playing in the water, and they will also all get you closer to the undeniable summer staple, the “Chaco Tan Line!”

There is no mistaking the summer classic Chaco Tan Lines!

More Than Your Ordinary Sandal
When you start to get a little more serious with your water activities, like whitewater rafting, you may want a little more protection for your toes than a typical sandal can offer. If this sounds like you, consider the Keen Newport. Again, these shoes are available for men, women and children, but in addition to a strap across the heel, they provide you with Keen.Protect–Keen’s patented rubber toe guard, protecting you from any unseen threats for potentially stubbed toes! Another great thing about the Newport is the elastic cord lacing system which is not only quick and easy, but also guarantees a secure fit. Each version of this shoe provides you with either a waterproof nylon or leather upper giving you a very quick-drying sandal.

If you’re looking for something a little less claustrophobic for your feet, you may want to consider the Keen Venice (available for both men and women) which provides all the same technology with fewer straps.

No matter what your summer water activity, you definitely want to be sure that you are not going to lose your footing–or your shoe! You can find the shoe that suits your summer cool-off needs right here at Dodds Shoe Co.

 

Kids Summer Shoes: Kid and Parent Friendly Styles

Summer is a time for our little ones to get out and enjoy being a kid. With trips to the park and adventures to the zoo, it is important that our kids have the perfect summer shoe. Children’s shoes need to be comfortable, safe, and obviously fun to wear. It seems like the kids styles we are getting in are getting more and more adorable with each summer season.

Finding the perfect summer kids shoe is really pretty easy. First, look for a shoe that will let their feet breath. Kids make the most out of summer, meaning they put 110% into activities—even if it’s 110 degrees outside. To keep them from overheating, breathability is a must. Give those little piggies some air! Straps and a secure fit are also key things to think about, so they don’t run right out of their shoes. Also, make sure to pay attention to the accessibility of the shoe, because kids don’t like to waste time putting on their shoes when they could be enjoying the great outdoors.

The kids Keen Newport H2 is the perfect kids summer shoe: waterproof, sturdy, securely fit, and adorable on their tiny little feet!

One of our favorite shoes that encompass all the above tips is the Newport H2 from Keen. This is a great summer shoe because it has a closed toe to protect your child when they play, but it is still an open sandal allowing for fantastic air flow.  The Newport H2 has both an ankle strap and bungee laces that support the ankle and allow for a custom fit feeling. Kids are a fan of the Newport H2 because of the fun colors it comes in, and parents are a fan because of the fantastic quality Keen provides. Children usually grow out of the shoe before they wear it out…making it a hand-me-down shoe younger siblings can’t wait to have!

Brad and Angelina help out the kids they can’t adopt by getting TOMS Shoes for the kids they have–One for One!

For a more casual, everyday shoe, kids are going gaga for lightweight and colorful slip-ons like Toms Shoes and Bobs by Skechers—and we are too. These adorable shoes super summer friendly and easy to wear: pair them with a cute summer dress or shorts and a t-shirt and you and your kids are ready to go. We’ve even got women’s styles to match or compliment the kids TOMS Shoes…how cute is that? In addition, with every pair of TOMS or Bobs sold, a less fortunate child will get a pair of needed footwear.

Finally, Children and parents love the Speed for kids by Vibram Five Fingers. “Those crazy toe shoes” are now for kids. This kid-friendly shoe is perfect for any outdoor adventure. As a child my parents were always mad that I was outside with no shoes on. Now, lucky kids can run around outside feeling barefoot, while having the foot protection parents are looking for.  The Speed specifically has a traditional lacing system making them easy to put on and take off.  And the biggest parent-friendly feature? They are machine washable! Bring on those mud puddles!

Kids Vibram Five Fingers: It’s like being barefoot, only better.

So go on, let your children enjoy being kids this summer. With a vast selection of cool kids shoes from doddsshoe.com, finding the perfect shoe to fit both you and your children’s needs will be easy breezy.

 

 

Father’s Day 2012:
Your shoe gift guide

As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to break out the grills and golf clubs…and what better time to honor our fathers for the great men that they are and for the important roles that they play in our lives.

Father’s Day was first celebrated in June of 1910 when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd (no relation) wanted to recognize her father for the selfless way that he raised his 6 children as a widower. Father’s Day became officially recognized in 1972. Father’s Day 2012 marks 40 years of celebrating just how important dad’s are in our lives.

Important, yes…but if your dad is anything like mine, he may be a little bit hard to shop for. Have no fear: at Dodds Shoe Company we have great gift options for all types of Dads.  

 

 

Maybe your dad loves to run.  Matthew McConaughey is a busy dad that is often seen running on the streets and the beach. Get your Dad out in McConaughey style in shoes like the Nike Air Pegasus or the Asics GT-2170.

 

 

Is your dad a golfer?  Take a cue from fan-favorite, professional Fred Couples, and have your dad head to the course looking like a pro in a pair of Ecco Golf Street Premiers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If fishing, hiking, and just spending time with the kids is what your dad enjoys the most, a pair of sandals that is ready for all sorts of summer fun is just what he needs.  The Keen Newport H2 would be a perfect gift: great in the water, on land, in a boat, on the trail…basically a great all around outdoor shoe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or, maybe your dad likes to enjoy the outdoors by lighting up the grill and doing a little barbecuing.  The New Balance 623 is a great shoe for grilling and walking around town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so happy to be able to celebrate all types of dad’s this year.  The soccer coaches, wood shop mentors, goof-offs; our heroes. To all the great Dad’s out there, thank you for all you do from all of us at Dodds!

 

 

Espadrilles: Roping their way into Spring 2012 fashions

As the sun starts shining more and more, it’s time to get your summer shoes out of the closet. There’s a good chance that one pair of those shoes is some sort of espadrille, be it wedge or be it flat, because espadrilles have been a staple in warm weather wardrobes for centuries. Yes, centuries. From humble beginnings 700 years ago, espadrilles have evolved from peasant footwear in the Pyrenees to essential items for Hollywood Golden Girls, to modern all-around leisure “shoes of the shore.”

Classic Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly brought espadrilles back to the fashion forefront.

Classic screen sirens like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly brought espadrilles back in Hollywood’s Golden Era, bringing an easy elegance to the classic jute/rope wrapped shoe. Part of the appeal of these shoes is their versatility. Wedge styles can easily be paired with some cute shorts, a summer dress, or casual capris.

 

Style icon Jennifer Aniston shows just how versatile a pair of espadrille wedges can be.

Modern movie star and style icon Jennifer Aniston showcases all of these options, paired with an espadrille wedge from Stuart Weitzman. Get her look for (a lot) less with the Indigo by Clarks Sky Pocomo wedge. You’ll get the versatile ankle-wrap espadrille style at about a fraction of the cost, from a brand known for comfort.

the Indigo by Clarks Sky Pocomo wedge gives Jen Aniston's ankle wrap style at a more affordable price.

Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson look summer-ready in casual cool espadrille style.

For a more casual look, get back to the basics. In the 14thcentury, espadrilles were made with a cotton or canvas upper and a flexible sole made of rope. This style is still alive and kicking, as shown in the casual cool looks of Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. You can achieve this casual elegance with the Blowfish Smara or the Fossil Elway Flat.

 

Blowfish Smara and Fossil Elway Flat espadrilles, available at doddsshoe.com

Kate Middleton shows off the elegance of espadrilles.

 

 

From casual to elegant, we look to Kate Middleton who pairs a flowy blue dress and blazer with an espadrille wedge with a patent leather upper. Sofft has a long line of dressier espadrilles for Spring 2012, all worthy of the Duchess of Cambridge.

 

 

 

 

Sofft Spring 2012 Espadrille Styles

Versatility and comfort are the keys to this spring favorite’s longevity. Wedge styles are a more comfortable and laid-back version of the classic pump which goes with just about anything, while the timeless flat style doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. If the style is good enough for the Hollywood elite, English royalty, and historical icons like Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, espadrilles are one style your spring wardrobe cannot be missing! Find the perfect style for you at doddsshoe.com.