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September 11th, 2009

Get Rid of Athlete’s Foot Once and For All

Desiree by Faryl Robin--$39.90 after 30% discount

Desiree by Faryl Robin--$39.90 after 30% discount

We don’t like to talk about it, but most of us get it.  I’m talking about Athlete’s Foot, or tinea pedis as it’s known in the medical world.  Caused by the Tricophyton fungus, it is estimated that as much as 70% of the population experiences Athlete’s Foot at some point in their lives.  Have you ever had itchy, flaking, blistering, or peeling skin in-between your toes or on the bottom of your feet?  Well, then, you’ve probably had it.  But those aren’t the only places this pesky fungus likes to hide.  Any flap of skin that provides a moist environment will feel like home sweet home to the Trichophyton.  If this fungus gets into your foot nooks, you won’t want to wear flirty shoes like the peep-toe pumps shown in this story.   Here are a few tips to help you combat and prevent Athlete’s Foot, so that your skin’s true beauty can shine forth unabated.

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September 9th, 2009

A Short History of Heels: Why Flats are the Footwear of the Proletariat

Louis XIV- Hyacinthe Rigaud 1701 - and shoes

Louis XIV and his royal red heels

It’s true.  Flats are the footwear of the bourgeois and the proletariat.  And I’m not just saying that because they’re far more comfortable to wear at work than heels.  Indeed, I used to think of my favorite flats as a personal fashion bargain.  I would think to myself, “I’m trading a little bit of fashion fierceness for a whole lotta comfort.”  Never one to kill herself for fashion, I saw my flats as a sign of my own laid-back approach to life. My, how my approach to flats has changed since I learned about the history of heels.

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September 8th, 2009

We’ve Got [Affordable] Men’s Designer Shoes!

PAO195A colleague recently pointed me to a New York Times blog post about Italian designer shoes. The shoes, from a third-generation company in Montegranaro, retail starting at $1,000 and up — way up, actually. In an economy that’s still working to get back on its feet, it was a little hard for me to understand how anyone could justify spending so much on a pair of shoes (heck, I would question the decision to spend that much money on shoes in a good economy, too). Thankfully, here at Shoefly, we have the same amount of taste and style for a much more affordable price. In fact, Shoefly.com is having a 30% off sale, so the prices are even better than before! If you’re in the market for a pair of quality designer shoes with a whole lot of class, look no further.

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September 3rd, 2009

5 Fun Ways to Spiff Up Old Shoes

Old shoes on the beachLet’s face it:  these days, everyone’s looking for ways to save money while maintaining their most fabulous individual look.  I’m no different.  I dream of leading Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe-tastic lifestyle, but I’m really more like a fashion MacGyver– I’ll wow the crowd with whatever materials and footwear is available, even if I’ve reinvented a certain pair five times.  One trick to getting more milage out of your footwear is to take good care of it.  But no matter how many protective balms you buy, life happens and shoes eventually show signs of wear.  Or maybe you’re just bored with a certain pair, and you want to update your look without emptying your wallet.  Well, here are five fun ways to get your old shoes back in business.  Enjoy… and once you’ve cleared out your shoe closet, surf on over to Shoefly to take full advantage of our 30% off sale– save an additional 30% off marked prices at check out!

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August 31st, 2009

Faryl Robin’s 3 Questions for Choosing Shoes

Faryl Robin is one of my favorite lines. Why? Because every Faryl Robin shoe seems to have its own story waiting to be told. With unusual lines, unpredictable heels, and sweet shapes in everything from flats to boots, Faryl Robin has a winning formula for chic shoes. I love her stuff so much, that I sometimes wish I could have a mini Faryl Robin sitting on my shoulder as I trudge through miles of shoe aisles, on a mission for the perfect pair.  Well, now I can!  Okay, I can’t actually have a mini Faryl, but I can run through her three essential questions as I shop for shoes:

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August 30th, 2009

Sandals in the Fall?! How about the next best thing…

Mardi Shearling MuleWith September only a day away, it’s time to say “So long!” to sandals and “Welcome back!” to boots. Yet, as I was thinking about making the transition to fall footwear, I started really grieving the ease and convenience of sandals. Needless to say, I’m not looking forward to the added hassle of pulling on a pair of boots or strapping myself into some other winter-approved shoe in order to brave the elements — especially when I’m in a hurry or only headed out for a quick errand. But with a cold and wet fall coming, anything else is just too impractical, and if you’re native to the Pacific Northwest like I am, you know the rain isn’t very friendly to just any shoe. And sleet and snow can be just as ruthless. Thankfully, I just discovered the perfect shoe for fall and winter.

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August 28th, 2009

Get Ready, Get Green

BV2009That’s right, green – and no, we’re not talking environmentally-friendly — just the color. Green is on its way back and already surfacing among some shoe designers, at least, that’s what our friends at The Shoe Dish are saying. While they concede, however, that we won’t see the color’s popularity in full force until next spring, hints of the fashion trend will be appearing throughout the fall and winter. And when spring does get here, Shoefly wants you at the forefront of fashion instead of trying desperately to catch up. Here are a few ways for you to set the trend, not just follow it.

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August 27th, 2009

Fall Fashion Trends: What to Save & What to Snag

What to Snag: Rave by Naughty Monkey.  Biker Chic.

What to Snag: Rave by Naughty Monkey. Biker Chic.

How do you know if something is trendy? Aside from what advertisers tell you (plaid?), it’s hard to know what’s actually turning heads out there on the streets. Since designers showcase their seasonal wares at shows scheduled months ahead of the relevant season, even their best efforts could be way off mark. When you think of it in these terms, following fashion is like following a school of fish that’s constantly shifting shape and switching directions. That’s why it takes focused attention and in-depth analysis to figure out what the average consumer will see as trendy over the next few months–yet the folks over at Forbes report that it is possible.  According to their article on Fall 2009 fashion trends, Lazard Capital Markets’ analysts gathered and combed through ten issues of fall 2009 fashion magazines to discover which trends will be big this fall.  (Tough job they have over there… maybe I should think about becoming an analyst…) Here’s a summary of their findings:

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August 26th, 2009

Why do women own so many pairs of shoes?

This, of course, is one of the age-old questions many men find wandering through their heads. And as a member of the male gender myself, I won’t lie, I’ve let the same question do some wanderin’ in my own noggin — don’t get me wrong, I love my shoes (obviously), but even I try to draw the line somewhere. Today, however, columnist Sheri Goggin came to the defense of women and their abundance of shoes by addressing the question in a local newspaper. Here’s how a man thought her answer measured up.

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August 25th, 2009

Back To School Shoe Shopping Tips for Everyone!

Breaker Hi by Penguin: Save $55 after 30% off!

At first, I was going to steer clear of the Back To School phenomenon, since Shoefly doesn’t currently sell any kids shoes.  And then I remembered that we are in the middle of one of the biggest back-to-school waves this country has seen.  The dismal economy has generations of adults returning to school after years in the workforce.  Not to mention all of the traditional college and grade-school students who will return to the classroom this fall.  And so, I’m bringing you a Back-To-School Shoe Special that students of all ages can use.  Instead of delving into the details for each school-bound demographic, I’ll lay out a few ground rules for all students, accompanied by pictures of great back-to-school shoe deals from Shoeflyer.com.

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