Posts Tagged ‘SHOES’

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Don’t miss out on the best last-minute Mother’s Day gifts for busy moms! We’ve outlined some of our favorite looks and accessories for work, weekend, travel, and beyond. Find something she’ll love for almost any occasion with these must-have gifts ideas for mom.
Mom on the go

For the mom who likes to hit the town or take a quick trip for weekend adventures, you can’t go wrong with this gorgeous trio of leather platform wedges, lightweight sandy-metallic cocoon wrap, and adorable tote bag featuring intricate stitching and numerous interior pockets.

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Mom’s night out

Even moms need to let loose every once in awhile. Let her paint the town red (or in this case, pastel) with a showstopping look that will make her feel like the belle of the ball. Check out these cute strappy heeled sandals, then pair with a flowy, floral-print dress and a cute pouch bag. Include some gold hoop earrings that make a playful statement and get ready to party.

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Mom at work

This striking ensemble is an ideal look for professional environments during the summer season ahead. Start with a comfortably sophisticated flared heel mule, then pair it with a cute checkered top that features dramatic ruffles. Complete the look with a complementary tote made from pure vegan leather.

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Sole Society would like to wish you and all of your loved ones a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Dog lovers rejoice! We are excited to announce Sole Society recently partnered with Lucy & Co., a shop made just for dogs that sells everything from dog harnesses with fashion-forward prints to home goods like super comfy pet beds and blankets. To celebrate, we’re holding a special sweepstakes that combines two of our favorite things: fashion and puppies!

Prizes include:

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But wait, it gets even better! Sole Society will also match the prize value with a donation to the animal shelter of the winner’s choosing, making it a win-win for both the prizewinner and our beloved doggy friends who need some help!
 
To enter the Girls Best Friend Giveaway, all you need to do is provide your email address here. Easy, right? One winner will be selected at random, but don’t wait too long because the sweepstakes ends on April 30, 2018!
 
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Shoes: A Glossary of Terms

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Crepe, throat, vamp… What does it all mean? Even the most passionate shoe lovers can find footwear lingo challenging at times, so we created this nifty glossary for learning the ins and outs of some lesser-known terms surrounding shoes. If you’re not sure what something means while eyeing those cute shoes in the window or online, we hope this guide provides you with the necessary information to ensure a satisfying purchase each and every time.

Aglet

A cap, usually made out of plastic or metal, that covers the tip of a shoelace.

Almond Toe

A type of shoe tip that features a soft, round shape resembling an almond.

Ankle Wrap

Stylish straps that wrap around the ankle and leg to keep feet connected to the sole of the shoe.

Arch

The upwardly curved area in the bottom-middle of the foot.

Back Seam

Fabric sewn in the back and center of a shoe.

Ball

The area of the foot located between the arch and the big toe.

Block Heel

A large, rectangular-shaped heel, also known as a chunky heel.

Booties

A style of shoe without the upper portion typically found with regular boots.

Breast

The front section of the heel where the arch begins.

Brocade

A silky fabric used to create a unique texture, pattern, and gleam.

Burnished

Leather that has been purposely buffed for a classic appearance.

Canvas

A sturdy, but flexible cloth often found in casual sneakers.

Cap Toe

Decorative leather located at the toe area of a shoe.

Chelsea Boot

An ankle-height boot designed for easily slipping onto the foot.

Clog

A style of shoe with a closed-toe, open back, and platform heel.

Column Heel

A type of high heel that features a thick, cylindrical heel.

Counter

A material used to reinforce the heel of a shoe in order to retain the shape of the upper portion.

Crepe

A strong, yellow type of rubber used in the sole of a shoe.

Cross Trainers

Athletic shoes designed for exercise purposes.

D’orsay

A type of shoe that features openings on one or both sides between the heel and toe areas.

Distressed

An abrasion treatment often used for leather and denim to create a worn appearance.

Espadrille

A shoe style that features straps that wrap around the ankle.

Eyelet

A hole above the tongue of a shoe that holds the shoelace in place.

Faux

An adjective used to define materials that substitute animal products for man-made synthetics.

Feather

The part of a shoe where the sole and upper edge join together.

Finish

A reference to the final processing of the shoe wherein the footwear has been given a particular glossy or polished appearance.

Flats

A shoe style that does not include a raised heel.

Fringe

Vertical strips of fabric typically made from suede.

Full Grain

Authentic leather with little to no marks or blemishes.

Gladiator

Strappy sandals inspired by those worn by gladiators in ancient Rome.

Grommets

The rings around the eyelets where shoelaces are threaded.

Hidden Wedge

A wedge heel that is hidden from the exterior design of the shoe.

Huarache

A sandal or tennis shoe featuring a distinct strap in the back of the heel and sometimes around the ankle.

Insole

The padding on top of the sole.

Instep

The top of the foot between the ankle and ball.

Kiltie

An outer tongue made with fringe that sits above the vamp of a shoe.

Kitten Heel

A small, rounded heel usually about 1 inches in length or less.

Lace Up

A type of shoelace threaded through the eyelets and up around the ankle.

Mary Jane

A strap that goes over the instep of a shoe.

Midsole

The middle layer of a sole for added comfort.

Moc Toe

A shoe design featuring a toe that appears similar to moccasins due to its particular construction.

Monk Strap

A buckled strap used for footwear in lieu of shoelaces.

Mule

A closed-toe shoe with a backless heel.

Napa

Soft, full-grain leather.

Nubuck

High-quality leather that has been treated to create a smoother texture.

Outsole

The exterior sole of a shoe.

Over The Knee

Tall boots that extend beyond the knee.

Overlay

Fabrics attached to a shoe’s materials for extra detail.

Patent

An adjective used to describe something, often leather, as being hard and glossy.

Pebbled Grain

A type of leather that has been treated to create a distinct, grainy texture.

Peep Toe

A shoe style that features a small open-toe.

Piping

Lines of trim used to create contrast in a design.

Platforms

Shoes comprised of a thick sole and high heel.

Pointed Toe Pumps

Closed-toe high heels that create a pointed look around the toes.

Puff

The part of a shoe that provides support and shape for the toe area.

Pumps

Traditional high heel shoes.

Quarter

The back and sides of a shoe.

Ruched

Fabric that has been ruffled.

Scalloped

An effect used to create a wavy look along the upper edges of a shoe.

Sculpted Heel

A heel that is oddly shaped when compared with traditional heels.

Seat

The part of the shoe where the heel of the foot is situated.

Shaft

The part of a boot that surrounds the ankle area.

Single Sole

A high heel with a thin sole for greater shoe flexibility.

Sipes

Small cuts made into the bottom of a rubber sole to improve traction.

Slider

A slip-on, open-toe shoe with a band that straps over the foot just above the toes.

Slingback

A type of shoe that features a strap along the back instead of a traditional enclosure.

Slouched

Boots that create a slouchy effect with natural folds or ruffles around the ankle area.

Snip Toe

A tapered-toe shoe with a flat frontside.

Sole

The bottom, exterior part of a shoe.

Spectator

A shoe style that includes contrasting tones and/or perforations.

Stacked Heel

A heel crafted from multiple layers of leather material.

Tap

A strong piece of leather or metal layered on top of the outer sole’s existing material.

Throat

The part of a shoe that opens at the top.

Tongue

Padding located above the foot and beneath the shoelaces.

T-Strap

A T-shaped pair of straps featuring one strap running vertically along the vamp where it meets a horizontal strap at the ankle.

Vamp

The part of a shoe that covers the top of the foot between the toe and throat.

Vegan

Often referred to in shoe terminology as a descriptor for synthetic materials that do not use any animal products.

Waist

The instep and arch section of the foot.

Wedge

A type of shoe that features a thick, wedge heel that spans the entire bottom length of the shoe.

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The greatest things in life are meant to be treated with the utmost attention and care, and shoes are no exception. By viewing shoes as a long-term investment instead of just another disposable product, you can purchase a pair of timeless, high-quality shoes without the guilt. All it takes is a little knowledge in the shoe cleaning department to ensure your shoes, heels, and boots really were made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do (with some tender, loving care)!

To get started, proper care ultimately depends on the materials that comprise the whole of the shoe. Take a look below for an informative guide on working with different types of shoes and the best ways to clean them:

Leather Shoes

Leather can often be a tricky one, as there are different types of leather available including patent leather, vegan leather, and of course, leather-leather, just to name a few. Make sure you know what type of leather materials were used to avoid unnecessary damage ahead of time. Patent leather is shiny and glossy, vegan or faux leather is typically made from polyurethane, and leather is an animal skin and rawhide combination textile.

  • Patent Leather: Use a product designed for polishing patent leather-like wax, or take advantage of household items such as Vaseline or Windex (but not at the same time). Just apply a thin layer of patent leather cleaner, followed by a patent leather conditioner for lasting appeal.

  • Vegan Leather: Wipe these down with warm water using a sponge or washcloth, soap the sponge/cloth with something eco-friendly void of harsh chemicals, and give it a light scrub. Then, wipe off the soap and water with a dry cloth. Finish with vinyl conditioner.

  • Full-Grain Leather: Wipe softly with warm water, clean the rag, and wipe again with warm water. Afterwards, give them some gloss with a good cream polish. If your full-grain shoes (such as nubuck) don’t have any dirt or grime, a simple shoe brush will do the trick. Remember that water and liquids can wear down leather faster, so always resort to brushing them before going the washcloth route.

Suede

Who doesn’t love suede? It’s one of the most beloved materials for shoes because it is comfortable, warm, and soft to the touch. Suede shoes can sometimes take a little extra care than other types of material, which could be a reason why Elvis – the king of rock ‘n roll himself – warned the masses in 1956, “You can do anything, but lay off my blue suede shoes!”

To clean, use a brush specifically designed for suede. If there are any spots or stains, opt for a light sandpaper or the soft side of a nail file after brushing. Always remember to avoid water completely when cleaning suede. Water is the fastest way to destroy it, so stay away from liquids at all costs.

Reptilian

Lovers of the exotic can’t help but flock toward materials made from the skins of snakes, lizards, and crocodiles. It’s a fun, sophisticated look that pops when paired with solid outfits that display minimal designs or no patterns at all. For snakeskins, dampen a soft washcloth and wipe gently. With lizard skins, avoid water and just wipe down with a soft cloth. And lastly, you can take care of crocodile skins with a damp cloth just like snakeskins, but follow up with a soft paint brush afterward. Then, apply a conditioner made for these specific reptile skins to preserve them for years to come.

Fabric

Although fabric shoes such as canvas sneakers and mesh/nylon runners tend to break down faster due to harder usage, they are still super easy to look after. Just give them a nice brushing, then wet a warm washcloth with a small dab of eco-friendly laundry detergent for a gentle scrubbing. Wipe away the soap and it’s as simple as that!

Drying Shoes

The most recommended way to dry shoes is to simply let them dry naturally. However, if placed under the sun, be sure to take them out of the light when close to completely dry to avoid potential pitfalls like color fading. Keep in mind that most shoe materials are sensitive to sunlight, so it’s best to allow shoes to dry inside on their own. If you’re in a hurry, you can dry fabric shoes at a cool temperature in a drying machine, but keep all other shoes away from the dryer.

When looking at today’s fashions, it seems as if the latter half of the 20th century is always making a comeback in a contemporary way. Which means that even if you’re the type of woman to buy shoes like there’s no tomorrow, taking care of older shoes could definitely be of benefit when a particular style surfaces on the runways once again. When someone asks where to purchase a pair of your well-worn, well-polished shoes, you can smile with the knowledge that no one is stealing your look today.

 

Short on time, but longing for new fall styles? We’ve rounded up our favorite seasonal picks to help you build the autumn wardrobe of your dreams.

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Luella Criss Cross Mule 

These velvety mules are the transitional footwear of choice for retro enthusiasts and modern minimalists alike. Designed with a rich navy hue, a flirty peep toe, and a chunky heel, these shoes take your style to impressive new heights.

 

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Caspar Pearl Loafer

Traditional menswear and feminine detailing make a pretty team with our pearl-embellished loafer. A low block heel and high-vamp profile give this statement piece a sophisticated vibe. Pair it with a silk blouse and slim trousers for a look that’s as timeless as it is modern.

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Andorra Block Heel Pump

Whether you’re looking for a versatile leopard print or a rich merlot accent, our Andorra pump is perfect for work or play. Made with a comfortable block heel and a pointed toe, this is the shoe you’ll rely on for effortless style year-round. 

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Jess Vegan Ladylike Satchel

Add a little luxury to your everyday rotation with a vegan leather satchel. Crafted with a front slip pocket and polished gold hardware, this structured style lends a professional look and feel to any outfit. Tie a silk scarf on the handle for a preppy finishing touch.

 

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Draya Croc Embossed Crossbody (Cognac Combo)

Exotic crocodile texture meets warm autumn hues in this unique two-tone tote. Our cognac and black crossbody instantly goes from the office to the weekend for fuss-free style on-the-go.

 

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Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Sweater / 1.State 

Sweater weather just got cooler. This ruffled knit from 1.State transforms your go-to jeans-and-sweater combo into a serious style statement. Pair it with ankle boots for a look that’s casual, cool, and ready for anything.

 

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Scarf Collared Oversized Coatigan 

 Coat meets cardigan in this oversized grey knit that’s the very definition of comfy-cozy. Wear this layering essential over a simple tunic with leggings, or use it to add eye-catching texture to a basic midi dress.

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Sonya Dress / ASTR 

This opulent floral design offers a moodier take on traditional spring petals with a color palette that’s perfect for fall. With a feminine silhouette, sheer sleeves, and a light, airy design, this little number can be worn multiple ways for maximum styling possibilities.

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Scarf Oversize Faux Fur Wrap 

Give your wardrobe a touch of luxe with our vintage-inspired faux-fur wrap. Whether you’re layering it with classic black separates or an elegant silk dress, this fancy stole is the perfect way to add Old Hollywood glamour to any outfit.

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Camiren Flannel Tote

This roomy bag is casual and sophisticated thanks to its flannel fabric, stud accents, and vegan leather panels. It’s also ideal for keeping all your daily necessities right within reach.

From menswear-inspired silhouettes to romantic florals, these seasonal must-haves are versatile enough to wear with anything and everything. Shop our fall favorites today, and stock your closet accordingly!

 

Here’s a few tips to keep you on-trend this spring.

 

01. Create color
Accent your ensemble with bright and bold hues.
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02. Wrap it
Customize your look with versatile lace-up heels.
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03. Stay low
Mix comfort and height with sandals featuring a mini block heel.
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04. Lighten up
Opt for pastel-colored crossbody bags and satchels.

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05. Get crafty
Adorn yourself with handcrafted jewelry.

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06. Dress delicately
Fill your spring wardrobe with pretty lace pieces.

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Summer may be winding down, but we’re not ready to let go of the stylish trends it brought us. So, we picked out our favorite of-the-moment silhouettes with the most seasonal staying power.

Shop Sequoia Lace Up Heeled Sandal

 
Lace-ups are a great way to add texture and a feminine twist to your look. For fall, choose suede styles that feature spicy or earthy colors.
 

Shop Freyaa Lace Up Wedge Sandal

Shop Sequoia Lace Up Heeled Sandal

Shop Rosalie Lace Up Mid Heel

Shop Ferris Block Heel Sandal

 
We love block heels for their blend of height and stability. Prepare for the cooling weather with covered silhouettes.
 

Shop Ferris Block Heel Sandal

Shop Delilah Fringe Heeled Sandal

Shop Jagger Block Heel Sandal
 
Shop Tiia Studded T-Strap Heel

 
A pointed toe has the power to polish any ensemble. Make your fall outfits standout with flats and heels featuring shimmering details and bold colors.
 

Shop Tiia Studded T-Strap Heel

Shop Cammila Pointed Toe Smoking Slipper

Shop Jenn d'Orsay Pump
 
Shop Sahara Platform Wedge Sandal

 
Wedges are a staple usually reserved for spring and summer, but this year they will pair perfectly with the flared jeans and retro dresses you’ll be wearing all fall.
 

Shop Colette Platform Wedge Sandal

Shop Landry Wedge Sandal

Shop Sahara Platform Wedge Sandal

Among the ins and outs of countless footwear trends, there is one style that has stood the test of time—pumps—and for good reason. A great pair of pumps can dress up denim or polish a cocktail dress, and they’re fit for any setting from the office to happy hour. Buying a pair isn’t just a purchase, it’s an investment for days when you need a classic silhouette to add height to your look. So, here are our top 5 reasons why your closet should be stocked full of pumps.

A classic pair never fails
Neutral pumps are your best friend for days on the go. They will never go out of style, so you know you’ll always have a staple pair of heels to grab for last-minute events or rushed weekday mornings.

Dress up your casual attire
A pretty pair of pumps with fun details can put a fashion-forward spin on laid-back looks: Denim becomes instantly sophisticated and sundresses transform into evening wear.

Turn up the texture
A boost of texture can bring intrigue to a basic look. Adding bright and bold pumps is quick way to make any simple outfit pop.

Add feminine flair
With the menswear trend in full swing, pumps are a great tool for adding a girly touch to styles like boyfriend jeans and button ups. Try a pair with flirty scallops or sparkling studs.

Wear them year-round
Pumps work no matter the season. Opt for an open construction for spring and summer and transition to a more covered silhouette in the colder months.

Shop our favorite pumps on sale now! >