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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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Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Designer Spotlight: Gentle Souls

Have you noticed the a pattern lately?  Shoeflyer has been featuring shoes by Gentle Souls, one of Kenneth Cole’s brands.  Gentle Souls shoes are designed for maximum comfort.  Four layers of specially designed materials in each Gentle Souls sole add up to walking-on-air comfort.   The outer layer is deerskin lining, which envelops your foot in breathable, soft comfort.  Below the deerskin is a layer of flaxseed pillows, which act like miniature beanbags to cradle your foot with each step.  Beneath the flaxseed pillows is a layer of memory-foam originally developed by NASA.  Finally, cork acts as the bedrock of Gentle Souls shoes, absorbing the force of walking on hard surfaces.

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