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.

 

“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.

 

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.

 

4th of July:
Find the perfect BBQ shoes

“No taxation without representation!” That was the battle cry of the American colonies while fighting for independence from England. These days, our 4th of July cries are more like “We’re out of brats, someone go to the store!” America’s independence is a time for celebration, fireworks displays, and good old fashioned BBQ’s. When spending time outside this summer, everyone wants to be comfortable and look good. During the 4th of July, what better way to show your pride in the U.S. of A than by sporting red, white, and blue from head to toe?

REDS:

Red shoes have been a closet staple ever since Dorothy trekked across Oz in those ruby red slippers. Not everyone can pull off a pair of glittery pumps like Dorothy can, but red patent leather heels have a place in every girl’s wardrobe. The Red Patent Sofft Ramona is a closet staple. American Sweetheart Reese Witherspoon shows off an adorable 4th-of-July-ready look in her latest movie “This Means War:” a cute navy sundress paired with some red patent leather heels.

In “This Means War,” Reese Witherspoon sports a navy sundress with red patent heels: a perfectly patriotic and adorable look! Get the look with the Sofft Ramona.

For those of you looking for a more classic BBQ look, try the TOMS University Classic in Red. This shoe has a summery espadrille sole, and a breathable fabric upper, perfect for hanging out on warm days.

 

Another cool, all-American classic summer look is the Converse All Star sneaker. Lauren Conrad sports a red pair with jeans, a white tee, and blue and red jackets. Perfect for patriotic summer travel!

BLUES:

Elvis may have made blue suede shoes a huge trend, but just like blue jeans, blue and navy shoes can complete any outfit with ease. From baby blues to navy blues, complete any outfit with a cool blue pair of shoes.

The Sperry Top Sider Angelfish, Born Sitton, and Dansko Veda show blue is cool in all shades.

WHITES:

4th of July and summer BBQ’s are the perfect times to wear white. After Memorial Day and before Labor Day (although that’s not necessarily a “rule” anymore), whites give a bright and summery vibe.

Be bright in white with the Born Yancy, the Sofft Spezia, and the Wolky Liana.

SURPRISE: Bottle Opener on the bottom of the Reef Fanning.

For the men out there who don’t like to color code to the holidays, we’ve got the perfect BBQ shoe for you too. The Reef Fanning is as comfortable as it is good looking, and any guy who wears it will be a BBQ crowd pleaser: the sole has a built in bottle opener, so the good times can keep flowing until the fireworks start.

Enjoy the BBQ weather in style with a little bit of help from all of us here at www.doddsshoe.com.

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.

 

 

Stay Cool in the Rising Summer Heat!

“Stay Cool” isn’t just an old 70’s term.  With temperatures reaching record highs in the Spring, we can expect this summer to be a scorcher. It’s time to start thinking about ways to stay comfortable and cool in your shoes.  While flip flops and sandals are an obvious choice when it comes to keeping our feet cool and happy, many of us have jobs and hobbies requiring something more. Safety toe boots, dress shoes, hiking boots, and walking shoes are often a necessary part of our daily lives, and the wrong choice of shoes can make the summer heat unbearable. Fortunately, we have some helpful tips to keeping your feet cool and dry:

  1. Alternate shoes.  Switching out the shoes you wear at least every other day is

    Alternating between different pairs of shoes every day helps keep feet cool and comfortable, while eliminating odor.

    the best way to keep your feet cool and dry.  This may sound like a clever sales pitch to sell two pair of shoes, but we’ve got science to back it up! Consider this:  The average pair of feet have 250,000 sweat glands, and these glands can produce up to 8 ounces of water every day! That’s as much as a recommended average glass of water–thirsty? Most of this moisture is absorbed into your shoes, and when you take your shoes off and throw them in the closet, they don’t have time to completely dry out before wearing them again the next morning. Putting your foot in a wet shoe first thing in the morning is a recipe for discomfort. Built up moisture can make shoes deteriorate faster, and the moist environment also contributes to intensified shoe and foot odor. Alternating shoes allows the footwear to dry completely, thus creating a more comfortable (and less smelly) environment. It also helps your footwear last longer, saving you money in the long run! If you can’t alternate your shoes every other day, you can take the insoles out at the end of the day to help the shoes dry faster.

  2. Ventilate.  Many of today’s modern shoes designs allow air to pass through the shoes to keep feet dry. Air movement is key to keeping you cool and dry, so look for

    Mesh panels lend to breathability, helping the Merrell Moab Ventilator live up to its name.

    shoes with key words like “ventilate,” “breathability,” and “air mesh.”  For example, the Merrell Moab Ventilator has lots of mesh in the upper to allow your foot to breathe. Ventilation is great in the summer, but remember that high ventilation usually means that you’ll get wet faster in the rain or dewy grass.  Fortunately, if your ventilated shoes get wet, they will typically dry faster too.

  3. Moisture wicking materials.  For those of you with jobs requiring a more professional look, some companies have developed moisture wicking technology to add to casual or dress styles. There’s a plethora of moisture wicking materials built in to shoes today.  Materials like Cambrelle and Climasphere are specifically designed for temperature and moisture regulation.  This isn’t just built in to work boots, but dress shoes too. Take the men’s Ecco Atlanta for example. Ecco’s  Comfort Fibre system is on the bottom of their removable leather insoles and is designed to pull moisture away from the foot.  This not only helps keep your feet dry, but also helps the shoes dry faster.  Clarks has developed the Unstructured Line of shoes, featuring the company’s Air Circulation System (ACS). Considered “fresh air for your feet,” ACS increases airflow with intake vents built into the sole which bring in fresh air, and exhaust vents throughout the shoe to expel moist, warm air. The result? Better airflow, and a comfortable and dry foot environment!

    The Clarks Unstructured Line features ACS (Air Circulation System), resulting in better airflow for your feet.

  4. Less is better (sometimes).  Many shoe companies tout the fact that their waterproof materials are breathable.  We agree that most of them are, but the more layers you put in a shoe, the more they retain heat. If they are keeping out water, they are more likely to keep in heat. We recommend avoiding waterproof membranes if your goal is to stay cool.  If you must have a waterproof shoe or boot, you should purchase one with a breathable membrane (like Gore-Tex), but try to find a light weight one that has some ventilation like the waterproof version of the Merrell Moab Ventilator.

If you follow these tips, you should find much more comfort in those dog days of summer. So get out and enjoy the heat with the help from all of us at doddsshoe.com!