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7 Pairs of Shoes Every Girl Needs

Necessary and shoes are not usually two words that come together in a woman’s vocabulary. Although we may think that having a closet just for shoes is totally worth it, you may not actually need as many pairs of shoes as you thought. There are seven essentials when it comes to a fashionable woman on the go; pumps, wedges, flats, sneakers, sandals, boots, and boat shoes.

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If you choose the right pair of each, there is no stopping how many combinations you can create to make every outfit work in any weather condition while still staying current in the ever changing fashion world. Buying shoes can be expensive, not to mention they take up a lot of space, so follow these tips to a thriftier you and more spacious closet.

Black Pumps with a Red Sole

There are two types of material that are recommended for black pumps, either leather or suede. Both are easy to clean; the dark color will hide most scuffs and won’t clash with any other material you are wearing.

If you are in for the long run, buying the well-known red sole heels, aka Louboutin’s, are going to be not only luxurious but durable. If your budget is a little slimmer, splurge out on an excellent pair from Steve Madden’s collection that will still last at a discount.

Nude Wedges to Match Everything

Some days full on pumps just aren’t an option, so dress it down a little and give your feet a break with a pair of nude wedges. Great for going out to the club, summer wedding, or even a first date matched up with a pair of denim jeans.

Wedges make seem durable but with their wide angled platform and usually flimsy strap material they are susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. This means finding a good leather face or thickly woven rope strap style of wedge is necessary for support and longevity. Try to stay away from cork and string backed platforms as they are most likely to break after a few nights out.

Simple Flats for an Interview

Since we have already advised on getting a good pair of black and nude shoes, a pop of color in your flats can be very stylish. Just remember to match your wardrobe appropriately and stay away from overly flashy prints or embellishments as these should be your go to shoe for business casual.

Again suede and leather are a preferred material especially as cheaper brands make a lot of plastic styles and can rub your feet the wrong way.

Sneakers to Hit the Gym

Not just for the gym, sneakers can be good for any high movement activity, volunteering, gardening, ect. Even if they do get dirty you can conveniently but carefully throw them right in the washer! During these time periods your body is at its most vulnerable, one little slip and your ankle could be in serious trouble.

That means choosing the right kind of sneaker for your activity should be a top priority. Nike is always good for runners but doesn’t rule out the other brands. Adidas, Puma, Lacoste and Reebok form a great variety of products to suit your needs and unique style.

Comfy Sandals with a Touch of Bling

Your feet give off much heat and during the summer keeping them cooped up in closed toe shoes may not be ideal. Sandals are very casual but if you keep it classy and choose a pair with just a touch of bling/metallic they can work for a walk in the park or a nice dinner party.

We recommend earthy tones but light pastels are a summer favorite and match most of the colors you’ll be wearing in the summer and spring.

Fur lined Boots for Chilly Winters

We’ve covered all the bases for warm weather but what about for the colder weather at night or when winter rolls in you may ask? Obviously a boot is necessary, but specifically a fur lined one. The fur will give you the look of big spending without sacrificing your warmth or comfort.

Uggs are very popular and for a reason! If you buy them on sale during the summer, they can be extremely affordable for the quality even though other brands such as Bearpaw will surely do the trick.

Boat Shoes for Long Walks  

If you are not a fan of the classic boat shoes such as Sperry’s, there are a multitude of closed toe options that you can choose from. Sneakers are great for high volume activity but for long periods of walking your feet need support without the workout spandex to match.

Keds and Toms are another alternative and come in over a hundred different materials and prints for every look.

Just remember, shoes take a lot of abuse from our feet, but the repairs are worth it when you invest in a good solid set of seven pairs. So go big or go home on these few and know that your budget and your closet will eventually thank you!

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Men’s Fashion Advice – Father’s Day Gifts for the Sporty Dad

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day, it can be a difficult search. Finding the gift of fashion can be easier if you take your dad’s interests into account. Here are a few suggestions on Father’s Day gifts for the sporty dad.

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For Spring/Summer 2014, Americana is hot in the fashion world. For a great fitting top, take a look at the Esquire 20 Nike Jersey that comes in a bold red, white, and blue striping with the Nike insignia and the US soccer decal. The fabric is lightweight, the theme is patriotic, and the colors will compliment any summer outfit. You can shop for this and shirts like this at www.macys.com and www.nike.com.

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Next, what father doesn’t love a great watch? This is a Michael Kors Dylan sports watch with a navy face, bright white number markers, chronograph styling, and a durable silicone rubber band. It is the kind of watch that can take dad from coaching at the Little League field to the beach. This particular style can be found at www.michaelkors.com and www.nordstroms.com.

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If your dad is the kind of guy who likes simple, pull-on style shorts for his athletic activities or leisure time, then check out the Under Armour Mirage 8 Men’s Sport Shorts that have a reinforced waistband, a mid-thigh length, stretchy fabric for comfort, and comes in a host of basic and bright colors. These shorts can be found for dad at Lord & Taylor and also at www.underarmour.com.

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For the gift of a summer sneaker for your dad, Puma has the Cabana Mesh Sport Retro Sneaker that brings back a little of the vintage sneaker look in its styling. The leather and mesh will keep them breathable and the colors will mix well in any wardrobe. You can find these at www.dsw.com.

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Lastly, if dad has a favorite sports team, why not get him a baseball cap for Father’s Day that will keep his head protected on a hot summer day? At www.lids.com, they have a huge selection of team hats that dad would be proud to wear and you would be happy to give to him.

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Men’s Fashion Advice – Pulling Off a Street Look

The street look is one that never goes out of fashion –and always comes off at looking effortlessly cool (which usually takes a lot of effort!). There are certain necessities that come standard with the street look in order to make it work, and not only do they look great, but many are practical for staying comfortable all year round.

Beanie

Not just great as a practical solution to keeping your ears warm, beanies are also a classic element of the street look. They come in all shapes, colours, sizes and materials so you’re sure to find one that suits your tastes. They’re even making appearances on the runway and atop the heads of the worlds’ most rich and famous. Check out Z-Flex Skateboards – they have a great range of warm, affordable headwear that looks edgy whilst still keeping the heat in! Additionally, snapbacks are quite favoured with the street-elite, and are great for blocking the sun out and keeping your skin burn free! You can get snapbacks with a wide variety of cool branding and logos, or just go for a plain colour that won’t class with the rest of your street-ready outfit!

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Men’s Fashion Advice – How to Find the Best Shoes and Prices Online

Finding the best place to buy shoes and get the best prices is something that every single family and individual should consider when they are planning their wardrobe. Whether they need new shoes for the new season or need new shoes that are going to help them play a sport or run/walk the buyer must be able to purchase in a place that is going to help them to get a good price. Without the best pricing and fit, it is hard for people to enjoy their shoes and enjoy the activities that they partake in in their shoes.

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Sports

Buying shoes for sports is a very big market. Most people who need shoes need them for a sport that they have played their whole life or for a child who is playing for the first time. Without the right shoes, it is hard for kids to feel comfortable and learn the game. Moreover, kids can grow rapidly, and they must have a chance to be in shoes that fit their foot all throughout these season even if they are growing multiple times during the season.

The best way to get the right shoes at the right price for kids is to make sure that those kids are getting shoes that they can grow into. With the help of a wise staff that knows how to help people pick the right shoes, everyone in the family can have shoes that will work for the sports that they enjoy playing. Otherwise, kids will always be uncomfortable in their shoes because they are going to feel like the shoes are just never the right size for what they need.

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Leisure

When choosing leisure shoes for the family, it is very hard for the family to get the right shoe for everyone if they cannot shop in a place that is not filled with all of the sizes and styles that they need. Not only must the family be able to choose from a variety of styles, but the family must be able to choose the shoe that fits their price range as well as fits their feet.

When the family can purchase shoes on a budget and get the right sizes for everyone, they will find that everyone is more comfortable whether they are playing sports or wearing the shoes around the house. In the store with the best selection and prices, the family gets more than value, they get comfort.

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Men’s Fashion Advice – The Wide Range of Sneakers, From Sport to Leisure to Fashion Statement

When it comes to men’s sneakers these days, there are so many men who wear them for more than just athletics. When you thought about sneakers back in the day, the activities came to mind were basketball, tennis, running, or training. Now, sneakers have morphed into a casual, almost ubiquitous shoe for every-day wear and have, as we will see, really become a style accessory. But fear not meatheads, despite this retail apotheosis, there is still room for the “original” providers – Nike, Tony Pryce Sports, Spring Court – to continue to retail sportswear for the active foot.

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CONTEST: Win An ASOS Gift Certificate!!

Ladies and gents, it’s time for a contest! Win a gift certificate worth £50 (approx. $77 USD) to the famous and fabulous online retailer ASOS, courtesy for the fine people at ao.com. Wowee!

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Entering is simple: Leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite brand of sneaker. It’s that easy (btw I’m one for PK Flyers). The contest ends on August 21 at 5pm EST.

Thanks again to ao for their generosity and good luck everyone!

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Men’s Fashion Spotlight – VANS Sneakers For The Summer

Thought of by many as the original skate shoe; Vans Trainers have been a highly successful brand since their beginnings back in 1966. Originally they were a premium quality and affordable trainer that were comfortable, easy to slip on but featured the now iconic ‘Off The Wall’ waffle sole that would prove to be exactly what skaters needed for better grip and flexibility that wouldn’t fall apart after a few hours of flips, tricks and carving up the streets.

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Today Vans is a household name with many sub-brands like Vans Skate, Vans Surf and Vans Snow; the most recent being the Vans OTW collection that merges urban chic with skate performance seamlessly but they also make clothing and accessories ranges too.  The most famous Vans Trainers the Vans Authentics Trainers and the Vans 106 Trainers are still in production today but with more colourways and styles available with each new season.

Despite being favoured by skaters Vans shoes are very versatile and are suited to being worn for most occasions like a night out, to a trip to the shops, relaxing with friends and everything inbetween and with numerous different shoe designs you can choose from the options are endless.  More recent styles like the Vans Era Trainers and Vans LPE Trainers are nearly as well known as the classic designs and like most Vans trainers have canvas uppers though some do have leather ones if you want more durability, some feature double stitching making them more rugged but every pair has incredibly comfortable insoles and always the waffle sole.  Down the years Vans have released styles suited to current and changing trends but the core collections have remained constant throughout, they even have a shoe made specifically for skate performance; the Vans Sk8 Hi Trainer which has added ankle support from a padded collar with triple stitching a die-cut EVA insert for comfort a leather upper and of course the waffle outsole that makes every Vans Trainer.

There’s little question of Vans success despite quite a large amount of competition from specialised skate footwear brands around as if anyone wants a shoe that will keep their feet comfortable after a lot of wear and give the support and grip of a performance shoe; Vans trainers are certainly the choice to make.

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