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Shoes-day Tuesday: Men’s Edition

Travel is a main passion and, as such, my husband and I are continually on the lookout for comfortable shoes to take on trips.  Recently Natty Guy has been searching for a pair that will work with jeans, chinos and possibly even shorts for an upcoming trip to Northern Europe. 

While catching up on my Feedly stream I came across a review for a company called Allbirds whose Wool Runner ($95) was recently dubbed by Time Magazine as “the world’s most comfortable shoe”. Natty Guy checked out the site and ordered a pair.  They came last week and he’s barely taken them off since! 

Made of New Zealand merino wool uppers and castor bean (yes, castor bean!) insoles, the shoes are: 

  • Machine washable
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Moisture wicking
  • Odor minimizing
  • Flexible and movement conforming
  • Cool in the heat and warm in the cold
  • Soft enough to wear sockless
  • Boast a low carbon footprint
  • Have a 30-day no questions asked return policy
Currently the shoe is available in 4 color choices for men and 3 color choices for women.  We particularly like the black sole on the men’s version for it’s metropolitan feel.  Fingers crossed that additional styles will be on the way soon!
Allbirds Men’s Wool Runner with Alternate Colors Below
 
Allbirds Women’s Wool Runner

Caring for Your Investment Footwear

This past winter I decided to treat myself to a long-standing item on my Wardrobe Bucket List, a classic pair of Gucci horse-bit loafers.  When our Northeast Ohio snow finally melted I was eager…perhaps too eager…to start wearing them.  Worn twice, this is what they now look like:

Top View – Fine
Soles – Yikes!

My thoughts turned to proper protection for investment footwear.  Clearly I needed a refresher course.  Luckily it is not to late to get these beauties protected!

  • Waterproofing.  Living in NE Ohio where we get an abundant supply of wet weather, this is the first step I take with any new pair of shoes.  Cover the entire shoe (soles included and with special attention on the seams) twice prior to first wear.  Refresh at the start of each wearing season for as long as you keep the shoe and apply a mid-season coat if it has been particularly wet or slushy.  Periodic application of a leather conditioner is also a good idea.
  • Protection.  A good shoe repair company will be able to add color-matched rubber soles and heel/toe caps that will extend the life of your investment.  Do your homework and find someone reputable.  Yelp often has useful reviews.
  • Wear.  With closed-toe shoes it’s a good idea to wear some sort of ped or footie.  In wet climates, get a nice pair of Hunter wellies and wear them while in transit, slipping on your good shoes once at your event.  When traveling, pack and store them in their dust bag.
  • Storage.  Make sure shoes are completely dry before you store them. Rolled up brown paper inside the shoe while they dry will help retain the shape.  Before storing wipe the exterior with a soft cloth to remove dust.  Keep on top of any scuffs or damaged heels by taking them to your local shoe repair before they get too bad.  Use shoe trees or keep them lightly stuffed while not being worn so they will hold their shape.  Much like furniture or artwork, UV light is not a friend to fine footwear so keep them in your closet where they won’t be exposed to light.  If your shoes came with a dust bag, use it! 

Shoes-day Tuesday: The Chunky Heel

The chunky heel trend of 2016 is a godsend for this clumsy chick!  They’re stable and don’t sink into damp spring grass…what’s not to love?  Below are my three favorites for work, play and party:

VivianVivian

John Fluevog Vivian ($249) 
Also available in sky blue/white.  This cult-classic brand from Canada is known for funky designs and extreme comfort.  They’re shoes that will last a lifetime and always spark a conversation! 

The Pera - M.GemiThe Pera - M.Gemi

M. Gemi – The Pera ($298) 
In luggage, grey and black.  Love the grey for transitioning into spring and the black is simply bitchin’ all year round.

The Castello - M.Gemi

M. Gemi – The Castello ($298) 
In black, natural, raspberry and jade.  Lucite and lace stunners for a spring/summer wedding or charity event!

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