Sneakers are the new heels

Sneakers are the New Heels: 2016 Sneakers Trend

We opt for beauty over comfort, but what if comfort has a brand new look? Sneakers are the new heels and this has taken the fashion world by storm this Fall. With celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton alike opting for a pair of sneakers that are more pleasant for the feet, we think it’s time to follow in their footsteps and treat your soles better. Ideal for a casual weekend with the girls or a classy date night, The Shoe Spa has the perfect pair of sneakers that ought to add a little mix to your usual outfit.

Fly London Berg Lace-up
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If you’re looking for something simple to begin your transition from heels to sneakers, these
Fly London Berge Lace-ups are the perfect choice.

Commute everywhere with these leather trainers with a minimalistic design making it easy to match whether you’re dressing for a run or simply a stroll in the park.

Fly London Salo Slip-on
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Sport an active look with these Fly London Salo Slip-ons when paired with your favorite pair yoga pants or jeggings. Switch up your outfit and wear these with your fall dresses to give your attire a bit of edge. This lightweight trainer with a removable footbed and flexible synthetic sole adds in the support that will have you feeling like you’re walking on clouds.

BeautiFeel Cella Lace-up

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Looking for a pair that will go along with your formal attire?  These BeautiFeel Cella Lace-ups with a unique 3D print suede design paired with a patent leather toe and velvet laces, are the ideal pair of sneakers as a more proper outfit choice. Best paired with trousers, you can also mix it up and wear it with your most colorful evening dress.

All of our sneakers are cushioned with a supportive footbed and flexible synthetic sole, guaranteed for maximum comfort no matter the distance you have to go. Let us know in the comments below whether you’ll be switching from heels to sneakers this fall or whether you think sneakers are the new heels.

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What to Wear: Appropriate Shoes for the Office

Most office settings are casual now-a-days. Wearing jeans to the office on weekdays other than Friday is common in most businesses and business-professional attire has become more scarce. However, employees should always strive to look their best while at work to promote a better work mind and work environment. So, what shoes for the office are appropriate?

One of the most difficult decisions – for most women, every morning – is what are the best pair of shoes for the office? You need to coordinate your shoes with your outfit, find a pair that are comfortable enough to leave on throughout the day, and choose a pair that are appropriate for your environment at work.

A Bit of Business Blingshoes for the office

There’s no rule that says you can’t add a little bling and glam to your office look – though be careful it’s not too much. The Joan Oloff Jamie ballet flat in beige is a great way to spice up your look while still promoting an appropriate style for the workplace.

Ballet flats are a great alternative to high heels for a professional look, though you need to be sure you don’t choose a more casual style. These ballet flats come in a gorgeous, neutral color that works with a number of different outfits so you can get a lot of use from them. And don’t worry about the soles wearing out, or the upper material looking less than perfect. The sole is made of a durable leather and the rubber heel provides great traction while the upper is constructed of a beautiful, high-quality soft-suede that will look like-new no matter how often you wear them.

The medallion adornment on the toe is an excellent design element that allows you to stand out without appearing too blingy for the workplace. Additionally, the gold medallion won’t clash with any wardrobe color choices.

A Pop of Professional Print

While these shoes wouldn’t be a good choice for an interview or – possibly – a meeting with a client or partner, the Salpy Yolanda Pump in leopard print is an excellent solution to add some personality to a business look.

shoes for the officeThough this is something to wear with a simpler outfit and less accessories, the Yolanda pump is a great shoe to have access to for work. What women love about this shoe is the low heel with a rubber inset so you can feel comfortable walking in icy or slippery conditions. The low heel gives you the lift and height you want but is practical for being on your feet all day. Additionally, a padded footbed and additional arch support helps to prevent aches and pains in your knees, arches, and heels that women commonly complain about at the end of a long day.

The leopard print is loud, but works with a plant pant and simple blouse, or an all-black outfit with a white or neutral color blazer. Be careful not to add any other “loud” accessories while wearing these shoes at work. Too much flashiness can be off-putting in the workplace.

shoes for the officeThe Go-To Black Heel for Business Deals

Every woman – whether you work in a formal office or a more casual setting – need a go-to pair of “little black heels.” The Sacha London Akim pump in black is a great shoe to wear with any outfit whether you’re pairing it with some jeans and a black t-shirt or a pencil skirt and blazer.

The soft suede material of this shoe is what allows the versatility in wear. Its soft look doesn’t look overly formal for casual wear but when worn with professional attire, pulls an outfit together. What we love about the Akim pump is the sling-back strap with the buckle adjustment that keeps your feet snug in your shoe without slipping but is also easily accessed and removed.

These heels are not only easy to walk in with a 3” heel, they’re super comfortable! The leather lining throughout the interior of the shoe prevents rubbing that can leave sore spots on your skin and extra cushioning in the footbed that make walking and standing much more comfortable during meetings and presentations. It’s everything you could want in a heel!

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Comfortable Designer Shoes by Tamaris: Fall Shoes

Fall is on its way! It’s that time of year that women need to begin filling their closets with warmer clothes and accessories, swapping out the sandals for boots, flats, and sneakers! Lucky for you, The Shoe Spa has a great selection of comfortable designer shoes and shoe brands – like Tamaris shoes!

We have great styles of comfortable designer shoes at The Shoe Spa just waiting for you! Check out two of our favorites by Tamaris.

The Tamaris Susan Boot – Dark Brown

What woman doesn’t want to start her fall shopping with a great pair of new fall booties! The Susan boots by Tamaris are a must-have in your fall wardrobe starter-pack and can go with just about anything you have in your closet.

comfortable designer shoesThe straps around the ankle add a little bit of edge to your look and the multiple neutral colors allow you to match with any color shirt – white, brown, tan, it doesn’t matter!  And who says you can’t have fashion and comfort? With the wide, 3” heel and extra support in the footbed, you won’t fear aching feet and ankles at the end of a long day. Not to mention – these fashion booties are insulated with fleece lining so you can stay warm and look good in the coldest of temperatures.

You can have the best of both worlds this Fall fashion season!

The Tamaris Phanie Loafer – Black

When you think of Tamaris – you think of stylish women’s loafers, and we think we just got in their most stylish and comfortable pair yet!

comfortable designer shoesThe Phanie loafer is made of not just one, but three different leathers for ultimate comfort and luxury! The leather at the toe is a beautiful textured leather in a shiny, patent black to appear like reptile skin. Through the mid-upper of the shoe, a beautiful suede material adds a little hint of roughness to the otherwise polished, clean look. And finally, at the top of the upper of the shoe, a supple, velvety leather completes the look that can go with any professional or casual look in your closet this fall.

Trust us, ladies – you won’t want to pass up on this great style!

For more from Tamaris and our other amazing designers, like us on Facebook or visit us at The Shoe Spa!

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Dress Like an Olympian: 6 Comfortable Designer Shoes with Big American Spirit

The Summer Olympics are in full swing in Rio, and all of America is celebrating as our nation’s team leads the world in medals. If you aren’t watching in Rio, odds are you’re watching from home with friends and family. Support your nation’s team no matter where you are with red, white and blue and new comfortable designer shoes from The Shoe Spa.

Fly London Designer Sneakers

Watch your favorite Olympic game then head outside for a walk, go to your spin class, or run your daily errands without switching shoes! The Fly London Teti sneakers in red are a great compliment to your USA inspired outfit and are stylish and comfortable so you can wear them just about anywhere.

designer shoesMade in Portugal, these Fly London sneakers have an extra supportive footbed so you can pace through your living room as the United States competes in the Olympic games, then go out and take a nice long walk in the evening! The athletic chic look is in this summer, so no matter where you sport you USA look you’ll stand out as the most fashionable American in the room. Wear these with a red tennis skirt and a USA tank top during the day, and when it cools down in the evening, throw on a pair of jeans and you won’t have to change shoes!

Pons Quintana Platform Sandals

On a beach vacation while the Rio Olympics are on? You don’t need to break your casual vibe to support your national team!

designer shoesThe Pons Quintana Karen platform sandals in blue have a relaxed, beach feel in a vibrant blue that is sure to scream “USA!” Head out to dinner with the family in a fun, red dress slip on these wedge sandals in a weave pattern with a metallic finish to complete your look. If you have a full day of shopping, sightseeing, and more in mind, you can travel comfortably all day with the padded footbed and excellent support.

L’Amour Des Pieds Designer Shoes

Get the sneaker feel with a luxury red, white and blue look when you buy the L’Amour Des Pieds Trinette sneakers in white!

designer shoesThe soft leather with an airy, light design gives you all of the comfort of a sneaker with a high-end look that allows for great versatility in outfit selection. Not only can these designer shoes compliment your Olympic look, but you can wear them continuously all year long with jeans, tennis skirt, and shorts! Don’t miss out on getting the most comfortable and fashionable shoes you will ever slip your feet into.

Peter Kaiser Casual Loafers

Need an Olympic look to wear in the office? Have dinner plans after work and don’t want to change your look? Loafers are a great answer to your problems – but can you find the right pair to complement your USA spirit?

designer shoesThe Peter Kaiser Rif Loafer in navy is a great look for ladies that won’t make your feet sore at the end of a long day. Shine as bright as any medal won by team USA with the Swarovski crystal band across the top of the velvety soft, navy blue suede! Walk around all day without pinching or rubbing thanks to the leather lined interior that makes these comfortable shoes that much more comfortable. Wear these designer shoe sin the evening with a navy blue pants suit or dress, or with a pair of slacks and a red, white and blue shirt!

Arche Ballet Flats

Since no woman can go too long without slipping into a pair of comfortable ballet flats, why not have a pair that shows your love for your nation’s team during the Olympic games?

designer shoesThe Arche Onara ballet flats in red may be one of the most versatile options for the patriotic and fashionable woman enjoying the Rio Olympics. These sassy red ballet flats would look fashionable and trendy in the office, on a date, or shopping with your friends! And they’re a shoe you can wear year round, no matter the weather. The soft, nubuck leather and perforated toe cap make these both a formal and a casual option for women of all ages.

Shopping for a last-minute Olympic look? Or do you just want to score some great deals during our 50% Off sale? Either way, The Shoe Spa has an answer for all of your needs. Shop comfortable designer shoes online or visit us in-store today!


Sacha London Shoes Takes the Designer Shoe Spotlight

Sophisticated. High-class. Fashionable. These are just a few ways to describe Sacha London shoes. Clean, polished designs made of the highest quality material and expert craftsmanship. That’s what our customers at The Shoe Spa say when they see the Sacha London collection in our store and online. But how did this luxury shoe brand get its name and its start in the world of fashion?

About Sacha London Shoes

Sacha London shoes got its start in 1968, inspired by creator David Eveâs’ grandfather, Alexander (Sacha), who immigrated from Russia to London. The first Sacha London store opened its doors for business and was soon followed by numerous boutiques in malls before going international.

As the brand grew larger, the company tightened their focus on the originality and quality workmanship that defined the brand. These reasons are why Sacha London turned to Elda – a Spanish shoe manufacturer. A mere 20 years after opening their first stores, Sacha London partnered with Elda in 1900 and became a 100% Spanish owned shoe manufacturer. Now, Sacha Lonodn has their own factory in Elda as well as office locations in Montreal and New York to satisfy their vast North American market.

The design of Sacha London shoes is inspired by and built for women. These comfortable designer shoes are like a beautiful poem you wear on your feet. Whether you’re attending a business conference, a wedding, or a date, Sacha London shoes look great and add confidence to your look!

The Sacha London Shoes at The Shoe Spa

sacha london shoesSacha London shoes include brightly colored wedge sandals and neutral pumps and heels. Need a great shoe for a wedding or a business conference that remains comfortable on your feet for hours and looks great with a variety of outfits? The Sacha London Akim pump in taupe or black is a great sling-back heel you can wear with just about any outfit! The soft suede material looks great with casual or formal wear and the sling-back strap with a buckle adjustment keeps these shoes secure and snug on your feet to prevent slipping. The extra cushioning in the footbed and leather lined interior provide excellent comfort no matter how long you wear them.

sacha london shoesWant a shoe that’s loud and eye-catching? The Bastian platform wedge sandal in red and orange is sure to stand-out among the crowd. They’re great with a pair of jeans and a plain t-shirt or paired with an equally bright sundress and some big, bold jewelry! These shoes have extra cushioning in the footbed and the synthetic sole provides excellent durability so your shoes look like-new for years to come.

Do you own a pair of Sacha London shoes? If not – get to The Shoe Spa today and get your own pair!

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Eric Michael Shoes: A Shoe for Every Woman

As a woman, it’s hard to find a shoe brand you love that has a diverse collection of styles to pick and choose from! One brand may have casual shoes you love, but lack a good selection of more formal footwear. What do you do? Find a shoe in a different brand you may not prefer, or give up all together? Ladies, fear no more – The Shoe Spa carries Eric Michael shoes!

Find the Perfect Shoe with Eric Michael Shoes

Eric Michael has a shoe for every woman and every occasion! Need a great heel for a business dinner or a wedding this summer? What about a casual espadrille for every day wear running errands and getting lunch with friends? Or maybe a dressy sandal for a date night? Eric Michael shoes offer women the most diverse designer shoe collection you’ve ever seen!

eric michael shoesIf you’re heading out on a date night or grabbing dinner with friends, you want a shoe that you’re comfortable in but also adds a little something special to your outfit. The Eric Michael Deb wedge sandal is a beautiful shoe that The Shoe Spa has in three great colors. The gold detailing on the ankle strap and the upper strap provides your outfit with a little bit of flash and bling that immediately elevates even the most casual of outfits. Wear a nicely fitted white t-shirt with a pair of jeans and these designer Eric Michael shoes and you’re guaranteed to look your best!

eric michael shoesNeed a comfortable designer heel for an upcoming summer wedding or a business event? You’ll turn heads without fearing ache-y ankles in the Eric Michael Peru sling back heels in beige or black. These bootie/sandal hybrids are a great option for wedding season! They’re simple enough with neutral colors to go with any dress but with great structure and design to compliment your look for the evening. But what makes these heels a must-have? The support and padding in the footbed won’t leave you with aches and pains at the end of the night!

eric michael shoesMaybe you’re just looking for your next day-to-day, casually fashionable shoe you can slip-on with any outfit and know you look great! These Eric Michael Emily espadrilles in white are about to be your new favorite shoe. The snake-skin pattern on the upper of the shoe gives these sandals minimal design detail that dresses up your look and the black sling-back strap helps create versatility and secures the shoe to your foot to prevent slipping. The natural-looking sole gives you a casually trendy look that will have women everywhere wanting to steel your style!

What more do you need to convince you that this is the designer shoe brand you need? Get down to The Shoe Spa to try on a pair or shop online and see the full range of Eric Michael Shoes available!


The Best Sandals for Summer Vacation

Planning a beach trip with family and friends this summer? If you’re anything like me, the worst part about planning a vacation is planning what goes in your suitcase! Because it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared, you end up packing enough clothes to last you a month, even though your vacation is only planned for a week. Rather than packing an arsenal of shoes for every occasion, check out these staple shoes that The Shoe Spa has dubbed the best sandals for summer vacation!

A Pair of Designer Sandals Great for Walking

You’re going to do a lot of walking down the boardwalk, to the little beach shops, to nights out at all of the different Oceanside venues. You don’t want to wear sneakers that are too hot for the warm weather, but are there any sandals that are both comfortable and stylish?

best sandals for summerThe Gentle Souls Olivia strappy sandals in brown are a great shoe to throw in your suitcase for a beach vacation! Not only does the color go with everything, but the strappy, weaved look on the upper of the sandal can be both a casual and a more dressy look, giving these shoes enough versatility to be worn anywhere at any time. The zipper entry in the back of the shoe make these designer sandals easy to slip-on in the morning, and slip-off once you get to the beach!

But, why exactly are these on The Shoe Spa’s best sandals for summer vacation list? Because of the extra cushioning in the footbed that provides ultimate comfort, and the synthetic material in the sole for supreme durability!

Comfortable Heels for a Date Night

Of course you want to look your best throughout your entire vacation! But what about the one or two nights you and your significant other want to get away for a romantic date night of dinner and dancing? You need comfortable heels that are both beach-y and sexy!

best sandals for summerThe Naot Vogue Heel in grey and silver is a beautiful, flashy heeled sandal that can complement any summer dress you pack in your suitcase! The low heel guarantees you won’t leave the dance club or dinner with aching ankles and sore legs while the ankle strap keeps your shoes held snug on your feet all night. The laser cut design in the upper of the shoe is a beautiful design that isn’t too flashy for casual wear, but can complement a more formal outfit as well!

The Shoe Spa names these comfortable heels one of the best sandals for summer vacation because of the diversity of the colors and design. Wear them with a little black dress, a casual summer dress, or a pair of jeans and a tank top – you’ll look your best no matter what the outfit!

Casual Sandals for the Beach & Boardwalk

Last but not least – you have to have a pair of go-to, casual sandals for all of your beach activities! You would hate to wear something too fancy, or with a material that can easily be ruined, so you definitely need a summer sandal that can take a beating from sand and water.

best sandals for summerThe Salpy Shoes Bellamy thong sandal is the obvious choice for the perfect beach sandal! The neutral colors of beige and white go with just about any outfit and swimsuit and the soft leather is highly durable and won’t easily be damaged by the beach terrain. The smooth, leather lined interior won’t rub and scratch your skin as you walk to find the perfect spot to set-up your towel and lay out!

Do we need any other reason to name these designer sandals as The Shoe Spa best sandals for summer vacation? We think not.

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High Heels: A Walk Through History

The high heel shoe – woman’s most prized possession. Fashion enthusiasts have quarreled for centuries about its true origin without ever agreeing on one source. Some say it originated in Venice, where prostitutes strapped chopines – a stilt/platform-like sandal – to their feet in order to attract attention. Others believe the high heel was originally designed for functionality in the Near East, specifically for equestrian riders so they could better grip the stirrup.

Regardless of its origin, the high heel continues to be a coveted fashion item in modern times.

high heelsMen Wore Them First

Though there were aristocratic women who wore high heels in the 1600 and previous, men were notorious for flaunting their legs while towering above their inferiors. Royal and wealthy men wore heels to demonstrate their high-class because only those who had to work for a living would dare wear practical shoes!

In fact, the high heel was heavily adopted by women in the upper class as a way to appear more powerful and masculine rather than to flaunt their femininity. Eventually, as all fashionable things do, the style filtered down to the lower classes where women heavily favored the look while men were less likely to wear them due to their impracticality.

Before There Were Designer Brands

Though there were clearly shoe designers back then, the distinction between rich and poor wasn’t made by who owned an expensive designer’s apparel and who wore the less expensive knock-off version. Instead, the rich steadily increased the height on their heels as the commoners adopted the style.

This goes hand-in-hand with the switch from men’s wear to women’s wear. Once men discovered that the high heel shoe was transitioning into a mark of femininity – and aren’t you all glad it did? – they ditched the heel in order to regain their masculinity.

High Heels Are More Than Just A Fashion Statement

As you begin talking about high heels in public, be prepared for a Segway into feminism and Equal Rights. High heels have become so ingrained with femininity that controversy after controversy has surrounded them throughout modern times.

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Most recently, you may remember the incident at the Cannes Film Festival, where the theme was to be “le femme.” A security guard would not allow a woman entrance to the event simply because she was not wearing heels. The festival was shamed on social media for weeks after the incident, claiming that Hollywood has discriminated against women yet again.

High heels went from a men’s show of power, to encompass all of femininity and it’s unlikely that it will ever be freed from that role.

Women’s Mark Of Power

Though all women can agree that high heels should not grant or deny women access to anything in their professional or social life, we can agree that when we wear heels we feel different as well as appear different.

Most women with high executive or ownership roles wear heels at the office and while presenting in front of investors. High heels bring women more height, making them appear more powerful and more important than their male coworkers and peers. Heels also change a woman’s posture, allowing her to appear more confident and professional. Shoes are, scientifically, one of the first things that we judge about another person. For women, the high heel shoe is seen as a mark of sophistication and power.

Need a new pair of heels? Check out our selection of comfortable designer heels at The Shoe Spa!

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Gabor Shoes: Farzana’s Favorite Comfortable Designer Shoes

This summer is all about being bold. And of course, there is no better summer shoe style than a platform sandal that can go with just about any outfit! Maybe that was Farzana’s thoughts as she chose the Gabor Shoes Anne Sandals as her favorite shoe this week at The Shoe Spa.

About Gabor Shoes

Gabor shoes was created by husband and wife team Charles and Eveline Clinkard who opened their first store in 1924. Since their beginning in Middlesbrough, they’ve opened 32 stores across the UK with their headquarters located in Stockton-on-Tees.

The third generation of Clinkards who are now in charge of these popular, comfortable designer shoes are continuing to grow the Gabor Shoes brand internationally. With a team dedicated to customer service, and a separate team working solely on the website, Gabor is dedicated to creating a great shopping experience for all of their customers.

Gabor Shoes Anne Platform Sandals

The Gabor Anne platform sandal is available at The Shoe Spa in red, black, and rose! They’re great with a pair of jeans and a tank top on a casual day, or you can pair them with a maxi skirt to add a little bit of height.

gabor shoesThe straps are made of a velvety-soft suede with a simple laser cut design on the ankle strap that gives these shoes an edgy appeal. Slip them on and remove them easily with the convenient zipper entry on the inside of the ankle strap. But we really love these shoes for their extra supportive and cushioned footbed and lightweight synthetic sole that gives you extra durability and prevents aches and pains at the end of a long day!

Stop into The Shoe Spa today or browse the full collection of Gabor shoes online and find your new favorite pair of comfortable designer shoes.