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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

FiveFinger Shoes: Barefoot Running for Better Posture

Classic Vibram FiveFingers shoe, in womens lilac/whiteOur hometown of Portland is obsessed with running. It’s nearly impossible to go anywhere in this city without seeing at least one jogger, even in our drizzle-icious winter months. Given how many Portlanders are passionate about running, it never takes long to see the latest running footwear trend pounding the PDX pavement.  I can’t wait to see some brave Portlander running around in the newest development in running technology:  barefoot running shoes.

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Friday, May 15th, 2009

The Five Shoes Every Woman Should Own

Jessica Joyner, like many women, once dreaded opening her closet to search for that perfect pair of shoes. It didn’t matter if she was going to work, to a social engagement, or just to relax — choosing the right shoe from amidst a plethora of possibilities gave her a headache. That is, until she discovered the secret to shoe selection. If you want the skinny on her top five shoes every woman should own, read on.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

How to Make Aggressive Shoes Comfortable

The Aggressive Shoe trend is sweeping the globe, as we’ve been covering for the past couple of days here at Shoeflyer.  Thanks to our last two posts, you know what an Agro-Shoe looks like and how to select appropriate Aggressive Shoes for work.  Only one question remains:  How can you make those punk-chick shoes comfortable?  According to Miley Cyrus’ stylist Tara Swennen, “Everything is gravitating toward an architectural design. They’re harder on the feet, but the designs are amazing with extravagant details and interesting materials.”  Here are a couple of ways to make your Aggressive Shoes as kind to your feet as they are to your eyes: (more…)

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Mary Janes for the Comfy Fashionista

According to iVillage’s Shoe-Style Personality Quiz, I’m a secret diva.  My results read, “You’re a loafer girl all the way, but that doesn’t mean you don’t know how to have fun… You may look innocent, but there is a fashion diva inside you dying to come out.” And here I thought my diva-nity was obvious.  No matter, I’ll just take results as one more sign that I should buy a new pair of Mary Janes, one of my all-time favorite styles.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Agro-Shoes for the Workplace

Yesterday, we introduced a new player on the worldwide footwear fashion stage: the Aggressive Shoe.  Like many runway styles, the Agro-Shoe looks great on celebrities, models, and paper, but requires a little work to translate into everyday fashion.  If you work in a place that accepts punk-rock shoes with menacing studs, more power to you.  If, however, you must fuse fashion with a professional appearance, you’ll need an Aggressive Shoe that’s slightly less  in-your-face.  You need a subtle way to give it to The Man.  It must be so subtle that The Man might even dole out a compliment or two, completely unaware that what he admires is in fact a sign of secret rebellion.

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Monday, April 27th, 2009

Ahoy, Spring: Tips for Sporting Stripes

Tina by PareAs the UK’s Journal writer Liz Lamb highlights today, spring and summer designs usually include a touch of the nautical.  Stripes, bows, and funny little hats are as refreshing as the sea breezes, and such styles can definitely revive your wardrobe like a spell at the sea revived English sickies in the days of yore.  When incorporating eye-catching stripes in your ensembles, here are a few points to keep in mind: (more…)

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

The Era of Flowery Feet Begins: Shoes With Flowers

The spring is in full bloom here in Portland, and I’m still craving more blossoms.  I’m not alone.  Designers have dubbed this the “Season of the Flowers,” and if you ask me, there are few better places to place petals than at a beautiful woman’s feet–or on her shoes.    Yesterday, Baltimore Examiner writer Carole Langrall posted a great slideshow of flowery shoes on the runway.  Inspired by this lovely collection, I’ve gathered a few Shoefly pairs that feature flowers.  Enjoy, and may this spring mark your full blossoming into style!

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

5 Questions to Ask to Find Eco-Friendly Shoes

Payless celebrated Earth Day yesterday by launching a new line of inexpensive eco-friendly shoes.  Called Zoe&Zac, the new collection features shoes made from organic cotton canvas, linen, hemp, non-PVC foam beds, recycled rubbers, and water-based glues.  Model Summer Rayne Oakes is the spokesperson for the new line, and said, “The most common misconception about sustainable fashion is that it comes in one color and looks one way- neutral, boxy, baggy, shapeless. The best sustainable fashion is invisible and that’s what zoe&zac is all about.” I’m not sure that I want my fashion to be invisible, but I do like the idea that eco-friendly designs are now nearly impossible to distinguish from more traditional options.  As more and more eco-friendly shoes hit the market, it will be increasingly difficult to distinguish real earth-savers from poseurs hoping for a tidy footwear profit.  Here are a few questions to consider when shopping for sustainable shoes.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Gladiator Sandals for the Guys & Dolls Crowd

As lame as it sounds, sometimes I miss high school.  My selective memory has apparently banished all of the painful memories of judgmental cliques, because I just remember geeking out with all the drama nerds.  Never one to fade into the background, I soon found my crew of divas, techies, and dramaturgs.  Thanks to the magic of Facebook, I can still keep in touch with these ebullient thespians.  I think I’ll post A. Marinelli’s Doll gladiator sandal for my long-distance drama buddies. I’ve yet to find a gladiator sandal with more flair.

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Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Thirteen Thursday: 13 Hip Cowboy Boots

Cowboy boots can convey so many different messages.  Available in styles ranging from true Western to punk and bohemian, cowboy boots send a message that you don’t take yourself too seriously.  Here are a few of my favorite boots from across the web.

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