Ladies, you won’t believe what Dr. Scholl’s Shoes has been up to lately! Dr. Scholl’s is embarking on a new chapter in its history with the introduction of fall styles that even better address the needs of its active consumers. The iconic brand has been reimagined to offer both the proprietary comfort technology Dr. Scholl’s is known for, combined with modern, handcrafted styling.
In this video, I unbox three of the new shoe styles. Watch the video, and then comment below – which of the three styles I featured is your favorite?
Last month I took a trip to D.C. to join my mom for a mini-vacation, and since I recently bought a new car I decided to make it a road trip. Of course, this required some great driving shoes. Lucky for me, Teva had sent me a pair of their new Baton Rouge-colored Mush Frio Ballerinas to review, and they provided all-day comfort, not to mention they perfectly matched my purple suitcase…quite the stylish coincidence!
Teva’s Mush Flyweights Collection offers the comfort of wearing flip flops long after summer is gone. The Mush Frio Ballerina Mesh brings all of the things I love about flip flops into a stylish package I can wear all year long. Plus the shoes are collapsible, so when I arrived in D.C. I had no trouble packing them away. The next morning I decided to pull them out for a full day of sightseeing, and you should know, these Tevas were made for walking! I highly recommend the Teva Mush Frio Ballerinas for times when you need shoes that are casual, comfortable and super easy to stash away.
I love my heels, and I wouldn’t give up wearing them for anything or anyone. Seriously. But every fashion lover has to give her feet a bit of a break from time to time. Enter Kushyfoot, a brand offering a collection of affordable, innovative legwear and footwear featuring a unique foot-massaging sole. Kushyfoot wanted me to share my opinion of a couple of their products, the Kushyfoot Flats To Go and the Kushyfoot Foot Covers. Have you tried any Kushyfoot products? Let me know in the comments below!
The Kushyfoot Flats To Go are adorable in gold, there’s no question there. They are the perfect lightweight flats to grab on your way out the door, just in case you need temporary relief from your heels. But when I wore them for just a few minutes around the house, the elastic back felt scratchy on my feet. And while the foldaway style is convenient space-wise, in my opinion they are little more than slightly reinforced socks. I wouldn’t recommend trekking long distances in them outside, but they’d work for a quick sprint from the party to your car, provided the path is clear of debris. Overall, the Flats To Go are decent for very short trips, but I still prefer my sturdy and comfy Relax Missy Foldable Flats.
The Kushyfoot Foot Covers were made to provide padding that massages the balls of your feet while you walk to relieve tension and fatigue. When you take one in your hand and look at it, the padding looks like the inside padding of a bra cup, sewn into a lace sock. Clever! I tried my nude lace foot covers with one of my less-comfortable pairs of heels, and I have to say I was impressed what a little extra padding can do. I let the lace stick out a bit just for fun, and the covers stayed in place while I shopped in the mall.
When it comes to classic women’s shoes, a mary jane pump is the versatile dress option of choice. So I was excited to receive the Biviel Bv2780 Mary Jane Pump for review. It is a modern twist on the classic, adding a platform and high heel for a bit of va-va-voom. I love the gathered material toward the back of the heel, and the brown suede is buttery-smooth. Pair it with skirts and capris for an on-trend look. $150 at Endless.com
Biviel is the young and more affordable collection of Blas Agulló. The shoes are designed as “feminine relaxed” to be flexible and comfortable but always elegant. So if you’re looking for high Spanish style at a great price, Biviel is your go-to brand!
Happy New Year readers! Sandals are the last thing on my mind with snow on the ground here in New York. But just in case I’m invited on a winter getaway to some tropical island (in my dreams) or a romantic day at the spa for Valentine’s Day, I’m glad I received these Starla sandals for review.
Starla Sandals are made of luxurious leather and encrusted with sparkling crystals. The brand was born of the tropical lifestyle found in Southern Florida. Like jewelry for your feet, the sandals lend a casual elegance to any outfit. I have a feeling I’ll be turning to these many times when I need a break from stilettos this coming summer.
Remember when I reviewed the Miz Mooz Gayle boots? Well my friend David from VOLATILE footwear brought to my attention this similar two-in-one shoe style by Volatile USA – the Cloak. I wore these out one date night, with my favorite floral fishnet tights, and I got more than a few glances. The faux leather feels luxurious and folds down so you can have a cuffed boot look, or leave it up for an edgy city look (my favorite). The Cloak is a shorter and more casual option, and I believe it is a more flattering style for shorter girls, but Miz Mooz’s Gayle is made of real leather and has a taller shaft that cuffs beautifully. So now that you’ve seen both of these styles, which boots do you like more – Volatile’s Cloak (shown here) or Miz Mooz’s Gayle?
I’m really starting to love Tsubo for the brand’s comfortable and eye-catching shoe designs. At first, I questioned the unique shapes, and after trying out a few of the shoes I was taken by how comfortable they were (see my reviews). More recently, I received these contemporary sneakers named “Millay” for review. I’ve worn them multiple times while trekking across the city, and they are my favorite new casual shoe. This sneaker came at the perfect time, as I was just realizing my shoe wardrobe consists of gym sneakers, cute flats with little support, and heels. I needed something stylish but also substantially built for comfort to run errands. There is nothing ordinary about this fast and sporty sneaker, with its combination of suede and patent uppers, mesh lining for air circulation and contoured double-density cushioned footbed for all-day comfort. Durable rubber outsole with contrast bubbles maintains traction. If you’re looking for a cute city sneaker, this is it.
As part of the Matchstick Influencer program, Cougar approached me to test drive two pairs of boots from their revamped brand. I was a little skeptical at first – I had never heard of the brand (based in Canada), and how was I to work outdoorsy models stylishly into Shoe Smitten? But after checking out the selection of cute rain boots and plush snow boots, I was game. After all, my selection of rain boots is, well, limited to say the least. I currently own two pairs – a hot pink ankle boot and a pastel purple floral boot. Not exactly your average everyday street-pounding material! I received the REGAL ($80) rain boots and the RINGO STAR ($180 at DNAFootwear.com) snow boots shown above, along with a thoughtful promotional package including some hot cocoa, a huge mug and an oversized hoodie.
The REGAL boots are cute black mid-calf rain boots that look chic with black leggings or skinny jeans. I wore the REGAL all day while attending a social media conference last week, and I was amazed at how comfortable they were to walk in. I kept reminding myself, these are RAIN boots! The rugged sole feels sturdy and kept me from slipping on wet turf. I have a muscular calf, and still the boot shaft is wide enough for me to tuck in jeans, but not too wide to wear over tights.
Just like the REGAL boots, the RINGO STAR boots are also incredibly comfortable and (here’s my favorite part) have a soft faux-fur trim. I’m obsessed with all faux fur right now, and I’m already looking forward to braving the New York City snow and sludge in them.
All Cougar boots are guaranteed to resist leaks for 6 months after purchase, plus they have perforated insoles to prevent sweaty feet and breathable polar fleece insulation rated to as low as -11 degrees. After trying out the REGAL and RINGO STAR, I would highly recommend Cougar boots to anyone looking for sturdy, stylish boots for cold weather. Just add your favorite wool socks for comfort all winter long!
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*Not to readers: While Matchstick sent me the products on behalf of Cougar, this in no way affected my opinions.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sotiria, designer of Relax Missy foldable flats. Over a delicious banana and Nutella crepe, we talked about blogging, shopping and of course, our love-hate relationship with heels. One minute, you’re on top of the world and the next, your arches are screaming at you to take these heels off!!! At the end of brunch she sent me home with a pair of her flats to try myself. The first thing to come to my attention was the absolutely adorable pink box! When I stopped fawning over the box and opened it, I saw the flats carefully folded and tucked into a small drawstring bag, and under that another larger mini-tote with handles to make carrying around your shoes easier.
I had the chance to take them for a spin last night, and I just love the extra padding and cute embellishment on them. They feel like actual shoes, not glamorized socks that could fall apart at any moment! In fact, you can wear these ballet flats all day and then fold them up for easy storage when you want to switch to heels. Make your commute easier and more fashionable and purchase yourself a pair of Relax Missy foldable flats ($58) at www.relaxmissy.com. They’d make the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas, too!
Perhaps it’s a bit ridiculous for me to say that a few shoe shelves and boxes have changed my life…but they have! About a week ago, a company named Tszuji offered me the chance to review a few of its shoe storage products, and you can see the results above. Read my full review and see more photos at my new blog SpruceMyLivingSpace.com. It’s necessary for shoe lovers to be well-organized, and the products from Tszuji are sturdy, easy to assemble and great investments to make!