Not just for sailors:
Nautical Style for Spring 2012

Nautical style has been a part of classic American style for years. Why? Maybe it elicits images of sunbathing on a yacht, sailing into the sunset with your beau, or maybe because the traditional styles are navy blue and white stripes with red and gold accents…doesn’t get much more patriotic than that! No matter why nautical style=classic Americana, it is simply an easy, timeless trend.

Blake Lively exudes nautical style in classic stripes and navy boat shoes.

Starlet and fashionista Blake Lively shows off the traditional nautical styles with a striped shirt, clean white pants, and some classic looking navy boat shoes. Let’s be honest, it’s the boat shoes that really give her look the undeniable nautical style. And the undeniable boat shoe specialist is Sperry Top Sider.

My version of nautical style is just as good as Blake's, right? Say yes 🙂

Today, I’m rocking a similar classic nautical look in my Sperry Top Sider Bluefish 2-Eye shoes in Navy/Deerskin. Paired with a tailored jacket and navy striped tank from H&M, I feel like I should be headed to the dock to board a lavish yacht…even though the reality is that there is still snow on the ground outside.

The classic maritime colors will probably never go out of style, but this spring the seafaring style is getting shaken up with pops of color and combinations of unexpected patterns. The juxtaposition between the classic style and surprising new hues/designs is just what you need to bring a modern twist to your Spring wardrobe.

 

A combination of different classics equals a fun and modern twist on all of them.

For Spring 2012, Sperry Top Sider has come out with cool new looks on one of their most popular shoes, the Angelfish. In one new look, they combine a classic houndstooth pattern with classic black patent leather in a classic boat shoe design, proving that classic + classic + classic = something totally new and modern! Or you can go glam with rich, metallic animal print leathers, like this Angelfish in Gold Snake Print .

Go glam with metallic snake skin leather

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great thing about Sperry Top Sider boat shoes is that they are not only fashionable, they are functional as well. The uppers are all made of stain and water resistant leathers so you don’t have to worry about a little wave ruining your shoes. Speaking of waves, the Wave-Siping™ design on the bottom of all their boat shoe styles makes it easy to grip any wet surface you may come across. The wave-like design opens when you flex your foot, releasing water and providing traction on slick surfaces. Don’t be afraid to get caught in the rain in these shoes!

Wave-Siping™ technology helps you grip wet surfaces with its water-releasing wave like grooves

Whether you’re at a resort or just wish you were, you don’t have to be a sailor to bring the ocean to you in these fresh new nautical styles for Spring 2012! Find them all right here at www.doddsshoe.com.

 

Shoe Show Season

Recently, I returned from FN Platform/Project in Las Vegas, NV where my senses were  overloaded with fantastic new colors, textures, and styles and got me excited about Fall 2012.

Platform

Yes, that may seem odd, but when buying for Dodds Shoe Company, we look 6 months in advance.  So, while the winter snow hasn’t even melted off the streets, we are already thinking about what the next big trends of Fall will be.  It is kind of fun to know in advance what colors are going to be the “hot hues” of the season.  Will boots be just as popular, or will another style of shoe hit the market?  And, what new brand will send us all in a frenzy, desperately trying to get the new “it” shoe on our feet?

Project

 

It’s at shoe shows where we pick up new lines for Dodds Shoe Company. For instance, last year we saw the excitement at the booth for TOMS Shoes and today we received our first shipment, and all of us could not be more excited!  Other recent acquisitions from these shows are Frye Boots and Alegria…both great additions to Dodds Shoe Company.

TOMS

Frye Harness Boot

Alegria Feliz

I’m almost sad to see the shoe show season coming to a close, but we will be happy for it to roll around again in August.  In the meantime, we will continue to provide the most current, fresh, and fun shoe styles for you to wear this spring and summer.  For the future, what lines would you like to see on www.doddsshoe.com?

To Be Minimal Or Not To Be Minimal

One of the great debates we have here at Dodds Shoe Company is the new trend in running shoes…minimal running shoes.  Maybe the first known shoe to dabble in this market was the Nike Free in 2005, allowing runners to increase foot strength by having less on their foot.

Born To Run

The Free sold well, but it was a book called “Born To Run” that really peaked the interest of runners with the introduction to barefoot running.  Vibram Five Fingers, or “those funny toes shoes” became an overnight sensation and had many runners rushing to their favorite running stores to buy a pair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Bikilas

Being that I like to run and am up for anything, I soon bought my first pair of Five Fingers. I definitely got a lot of strange looks and many people stopped to ask me what I was wearing, but I have enjoyed them.  I began running in them.  While difficult at first (the day after my first run, I thought I was going to die), I soon began to experience what the hype was all about.  Becoming more of a midfoot-to-forefoot striker vs. a heel striker has made me a more efficient runner and lighter on my feet.  That is a good thing.

Vibram Five Fingers lists the following as the “5 Reasons To Wear Or Train In VFF’s”

  1. Strengthens muscles in feet and lower legs.
  2. Improves range of motion in ankles, feet, and toes.
  3. Stimulates neural function.  Important to balance and agility.
  4. Eliminates heel lift to align the spine and improve posture.
  5. Allows the foot and body to move more naturally, which just feels good.

Not everyone likes the look of monkey feet, so New Balance and Merrell have teamed with VFF and have created their own barefoot shoes.  The New Balance Minimus and the Merrell Trail Glove/Pace Glove are great alternatives to the VFF.

So, here is where it gets interesting.  Many customers come to our store asking if this is good for you.  The most common question we hear is, “do these shoes have good arch support?”.  The theory behind barefoot running is to run in a more natural state with shorter, quicker strides that gives you better alignment.  The shoes do not have arch support, but will strengthen your foot to support itself.  I’ll let you decide for yourself if these shoes are right for you.  Personally, I like them and prefer to do all of my running and training in a minimal shoe.

Asics Gel Neo33

Asics Gel Neo33

Still not convinced?  Look at the Asics Gel Neo33, the

Brooks PureFlow

Brooks PureFlow

Brooks PureFlow, and the Saucony Kinvara. Here are 3 shoes that still provide some structure and cushioning while following the trend of a “less is more” shoe.

 

Saucony Kinvara

Saucony Kinvara

Be sure to visit https://www.doddsshoe.com/ to check out the latest in minimal running shoes.  In the meantime, get out and enjoy pounding the pavement.

 

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.

Born Nance Sauro Tan

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