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Monday, July 27th, 2009

Espadrilles: A Historical Legacy of Natural Elegance

Deerskin Moccassin with grass lining from Arnold Research CaveDid you know that modern espadrilles are related to shoes Native Americans were wearing over 8,000 years ago?  Espadrilles are shoes with cloth uppers and rope soles.  According to the journal Science, some of the 8,000-year-old shoes from the Arnold Research Cave in Missouri resembled espadrilles, in that they were woven from tough, fibrous plants.  Leather was also used in some specimens, including the one shown here.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

New Product: “Shoe Socks” — Wait, what?

Today, a company called Brilliant Widgets announced its new product — “Shoe Socks” — which they claim are “the world’s first form-fitting stretchable protective shoe covers.” Apparently, the purpose of this innovation is two-fold: while traveling, one) they prevent dirt and germs on your shoes from getting onto the rest of your luggage, and two) they also protect your shoes from all the hazards a suitcase or duffel has to offer (you know — real socks, underwear, and t-shirts).

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

What’s Hot for Summer 2009

With Memorial Day weekend here, the summer season has officially started. And that means it’s time to secure the right pair of sizzling summer soles. Here’s the scoop on the hottest trends and fashions in footwear for the summer of 2009, courtesy Sararh-Jean Ballard.

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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…)

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