shoes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/610/all en-US 15 Quick Clothing and Shoe Repair Fixes You Should Own http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tights_heels_000043595558.jpg" alt="quick clothing and shoe repair fixes you should own" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dress shoes losing heel caps, spills, a run in a pair of pantyhose&hellip; it's a jungle out there. My office desk drawers are a testament to 30+ years of dealing with &quot;work clothes&quot; emergencies. People come to me for repairs. I am the Office Mom of clothing emergencies.</p> <p>Over the years, I have learned how to make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">quick fixes</a> inexpensively. Here are some tried-and-true fixes.</p> <h2>1. Pantyhose/Nylons</h2> <p>My number one solution is to keep a spare pair in my desk. However, sometimes even that back-up pair fails &mdash; and always right before a meeting or a presentation. Naturally! A squirt of hairspray will stop that run. If you don't have hairspray, a little clear nail polish will also do the trick. Unfortunately, both are smelly, so try to fix quickly so they have time to dry.</p> <h2>2. Instant Seamstress</h2> <p>I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has borrowed my <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQR6C3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CQR6C3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4VBRI7RDXWGXEE4F">sewing kit</a>. Aside from the needle and thread, the most often-requested item is the tape measure. This kit also contains some buttons, which are very handy, as well as small scissors.</p> <h2>3. Click, Clack, Busted Heel Cap</h2> <p>Every woman's nightmare: The doggone broken heel cap. They never break at home, do they? Always, every darn time, at work or on your way somewhere. Unless you like limping and clicking around all day (and explaining it a million times), you might want to make a very small investment in these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007V63Y8Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007V63Y8Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TAUJEKDLWWY3E2FL">heel caps</a>.</p> <h2>4. Sole to Sole</h2> <p>Guys, if your <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BIG4H6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BIG4H6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XXVQ777SFGVH67N4">shoe soles</a> are worn out, you may save money by trying the repair yourself &mdash; and the rubber is made by Goodyear! They work on both dress shoes as well as boots.</p> <h2>5. Expensive Leather</h2> <p>It's upsetting to spend a lot of money on leather shoes only to scuff or scratch them. That is why you might try this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XJRYQ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000XJRYQ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IYMJ7NIS2CSBUYEV">leather repair product</a>. You can even mix your own color. It also works on the couch, other furniture, car seats, coats, etc.</p> <h2>6. Sweater Saver</h2> <p>Ever <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWGtvznk11s">snag a favorite sweater</a>, and put a hole in it? Don't worry, you can fix it! What do you need? Just a simple sewing needle for a small hole, or a crochet needle for a larger one.</p> <h2>7. Stuck Zipper</h2> <p>This hint could not be cheaper. Where is that #2 pencil? First try rubbing the pencil on the zipper (the lead may lubricate it enough for it to work). If it is more complicated, check out this video for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GdKGMBIl-o">un-sticking a zipper</a>.</p> <h2>8. Eyeglass Repairs</h2> <p>We even take our eyeglass repair kit with us on vacations &mdash; it is <em>that</em> handy. It can be really miserable to lose a screw in your glasses and be nowhere near an optometrist. This little <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H3Q2FC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000H3Q2FC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CYVDSZR5ZFQCAE7Y">eyeglass repair kit</a> is inexpensive and easy to pack.</p> <h2>9. Deodorant Smudges</h2> <p>I seem to pull this move most of the time when I am wearing black, which is just peachy because then it <em>really</em> stands out. Try dampening a washcloth or towel, wring it out really well, and gently brush off the smudge. Don't use a paper towel, which will just make matters worse.</p> <h2>10. Pilly Sweater</h2> <p>Sometimes I fail to notice that my sweaters have pills. You know what I mean &mdash; the little fuzzy balls under your arms or along side seams. It looks pretty crummy. I love this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034BV6KA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0034BV6KA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BQOXTHGDOVBPO7CV">sweater shaver</a>, which gently removes those furry things and has never caused any harm to my favorite sweaters.</p> <h2>11. Lunch Disaster</h2> <p>I shouldn't be allowed to ever eat mustard, which usually ends up on me, not in me. My husband, who is a laundry wizard, bought me these nifty little <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDW2JC8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EDW2JC8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RQBO5IU4VFWSDD7G">stain wipes</a>. They fit easily into my purse and will tide me over (pun intended) until the clothing can be properly washed.</p> <h2>12. Hem on the Loose</h2> <p>Raid the office supply cabinet. Got packing tape? That will hold that hem until you can get it fixed properly. Don't be tempted to get out your stapler, which will damage the fabric.</p> <h2>13. Lint No More</h2> <p>My dogs have white fur. I like to wear black. See the problem? I buy lint brushes by the three-pack, but for the office, I love these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Brushes-Travel-Compact-Purse-Pocket/dp/B005AJOB56/ref=sr_1_10?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1430191289&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=lint+brushes">mini lint rollers</a> that fit in my desk or tote bag.</p> <h2>14. Sneaker Separation</h2> <p>This hint isn't that quick, since your shoes will need to dry at least overnight, but it's a good one. I wear my sneakers until the bitter end, so I was disappointed when a fairly new pair started &quot;flapping&quot; in the soles. They were otherwise in good shape and I didn't want to part with them just yet. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002L9AL84/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002L9AL84&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3EDZ5PO4QAUIL2EE">Shoe Goo </a>to the rescue! My handy husband squeezed out a layer between the flapping soles and the shoes, let dry overnight, and the shoes were almost as good as new. It is also waterproof and really inexpensive. It also works on broken high heels.</p> <h2>15. The Last Resort</h2> <p>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CCG97WW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CCG97WW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6WOICH2Q2YK45DMD">assorted safety pins</a>. Thank me later.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite, reliable, cheap sartorial save-the-dayers?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-diy-car-repairs-to-save-big">8 Easy DIY Car Repairs to Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies">10 DIY Dog Toys You Can Make for Pennies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-2000-uses-for-a-can-of-wd-40-1">Almost 2000 uses for a can of WD-40</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-surprisingly-valuable-uses-for-a-penny">15 Surprisingly Valuable Uses for a Penny</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY clothes mending repairs shoes Tue, 12 May 2015 21:00:10 +0000 Marla Walters 1414198 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Make Your Shoes Last Longer http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-trying-shoes-stk325173rkn-small.jpg" alt="man trying shoes" title="man trying shoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We spend a lot of our lives in shoes &mdash; and <a href="http://www.glamour.com/fashion/blogs/dressed/2010/06/the-average-woman-spends-almos">about $25 thousand in a lifetime</a> &mdash; so it's in the best interest of our bank accounts to properly care for them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer?ref=seealso">8 Ways to Help Your Clothes Last Longer</a>)</p> <p>With that in mind, take a look at these 10 ways to make your shoes last longer and your clothing budget go farther.</p> <h2>1. Invest in Quality From the Get-go</h2> <p>Like anything else you purchase, focusing on quality when you're buying a new pair of shoes will pay off in the long run. Well-constructed shoes can handle much more wear and tear than a cheap pair, and you won't have to keep replacing them so often. The materials used matter, too. Choose shoes made of natural materials like leather or suede.</p> <h2>2. Protect the Soles</h2> <p>The soles of your shoes are what take the brunt of the daily beating, so it's important to protect them to ensure that your shoes last as long as possible. You can find protectors for all kinds of shoes online, like <a href="http://www.sole-protector.com/">Sole Protectors for sneakers</a> and <a href="http://www.kiixheelprotectors.com/">KiiX for high heels</a>.</p> <h2>3. Don't Use the Washing Machine</h2> <p>For canvas shoes especially, it's easy to toss them in the washer and dryer for a quick cleaning, but that will just wear them out faster. Scrub the shoes by hand instead, and do it immediately so the dirt doesn't start to accumulate to a point of no return.</p> <h2>4. Stuff With Newspaper</h2> <p>There are several benefits to stuffing your shoes with newspaper, like alleviating odor, drying them out if they get wet, preventing dry rot, and preserving their shape.</p> <h2>5. Spray With a Water Repellent</h2> <p>&quot;Always, always, always spray your shoes with water repellent,&quot; pleads Sandra M. Einstein, an<a href="http://emc2organizing.org/"> organizing and coaching consultant</a>. Waterproofing your shoes will protect them from the elements, which is especially important when the winter weather rolls in. In addition, you also want to wash off salt that may get on your shoes to avoid stains.</p> <h2>6. Repair Before You Replace</h2> <p>Think you've broken your shoes? You may just need a restoration. &quot;Is the leather looking dull and you can't find shoe polish in that color?&quot; asks <a href="http://www.venuschronicles.net/">freelance writer and author Carol Gee</a>. &quot;Chances are your local shoe repair person does. I once scraped the toe of my favorite grape-colored pumps while walking up some concrete steps. I took them to shoe repair guy who matched the color, replaced the taps on the heels, and buffed them to look like brand-new.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Store in a Safe Place</h2> <p>Damage to your shoes isn't always done while they're on your feet. Where you're storing them after you take them off can contribute to their deterioration, so it's important to find just the right spot. Women's Health magazine says that <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/style/shoe-care">keeping your shoes in the wrong places</a> could cause fading, scratching, and other damage. Keep your shoes away from sunlight, and don't just throw them in the closet. &quot;Neatly line them up in pairs on your closet's floor or on a shelf with ample breathing room between pairs,&quot; the mag advises.</p> <h2>8. Use a Shoehorn</h2> <p>Your foot isn't likely to slide effortlessly into a shoe with laces. You usually have to do a little work to get them on, which often results in crunching the heel collar with the bottom of your foot while you work your fingers in. You can avoid this entirely and keep the heel collars in good condition by always using a shoehorn, <a href="http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/fashion-style/make-your-shoes-last-longer-85518">says Joe Rocco</a>, owner of Jim's Shoe Repair in New York City.</p> <h2>9. Buff and Shine Your Dress Shoes</h2> <p>Keep your dress shoes sparkling by spot cleaning them after every wear. After they're clean, apply polish to any scuffs or marks that may have occurred. Once the polish is dry, buff them with a rag or an old T-shirt and. If you're consistent in this practice, your shoes could last decades.</p> <h2>10. Apply a Moisturizer</h2> <p>Seriously &mdash; moisturizing your shoes is totally a thing. It mostly applies to leather shoes, and <a href="http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/condition-shoes-leather-honey-interview/">it helps prevent potential cracking due to damage from the elements</a>. Just like you bought quality shoes, however, you want to get a quality shoe moisturizer. &quot;A quality shoe cream will absorb into the leather, nourish your shoes, and keep them fresh,&quot; says <a href="http://www.foxinflats.com.au/2012/06/shoe-love-last-longer/">Andrea Mitchell, editor of the blog Fox in Flats</a>. &quot;Avoid shoe creams that sit on top of the leather &mdash; they provide a temporary solution only, and will rub off on the hem of your pants. Not cool.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you have any tips on how to make shoes last longer? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes">Guys: Upgrade Your Style Without Buying New Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-greatest-frugal-fashion-makeover-ever-refresh-your-wardrobe-for-25-or-less">The Greatest Frugal Fashion Makeover Ever: Refresh Your Wardrobe for $25 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-leather-cleaners">The 5 Best Leather Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Style footwear shoe life shoe repair shoes Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1264083 at http://www.wisebread.com On Your Feet for Cheap: The Best Discount Shoe Retailers on the Web http://www.wisebread.com/on-your-feet-for-cheap-the-best-discount-shoe-retailers-on-the-web <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/on-your-feet-for-cheap-the-best-discount-shoe-retailers-on-the-web" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shoes-5342094-small.jpg" alt="woman holding shoes" title="woman holding shoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are so many sites to find shoes, and so many shoes to find! With this easy list, you can safely navigate the best online deals on your favorite brands of shoes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye">Frye: Stylish Shoes That Last for Years</a>)</p> <h2>Famous Footwear</h2> <p><a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=294543.6&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Famous Footwear</a> has nearly 1,100 stores, but their website is easy to use and almost more exciting.&nbsp;Famous Footwear assures that you'll bag the hottest and latest in footwear, especially when it comes to sports performance shoes.</p> <h2>Shiekh Shoes</h2> <p>You'll definitely look <em>chic </em>in any of the many shoes for sale at <a href="http://Shiekh-Shoes.ojrq.net/c/27771/24048/939">Shiekh Shoes</a>.&nbsp;(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-makeover-for-moms">10 Steps to Update Your Look on the Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>6pm</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10705449">6pm</a> is an online outlet for discounts of all kinds, in the form of shoes, clothing, bags, and accessories. Shop your favorite brands, for less.</p> <h2>Shoes.com</h2> <p><a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.299677&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1">Shoes.com</a> is determined to give you an unparalleled shoe-shopping experience, with a knock-your-socks-off (but not literally) selection of the hottest styles from all the big brands.</p> <h2>Your City My City</h2> <p><a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=268629.21&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">YCMC</a> is<strong> </strong>one of the most reliable and trusted fashion retailers around, providing the latest styles in apparel and footwear for men, women, and kids. Like shopping a site with a cool, urban feel &mdash; you got it! Like great deals? They brought it! Get New Balance, Vans, Adidas, Betsey Johnson, Steve Madden, and so much more at YCMC. Use coupon code <strong>YCMC5</strong> to get 5% off your entire order.</p> <h2>DNA Footwear</h2> <p>A Brooklyn-based online shopping experience, <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=292890.11&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">DNA Footwear</a>'s collection includes the latest looks as well as classic favorites to satisfy all genres of shoppers. Their variety is always expanding, and they make sure to stock the latest trends.</p> <h2>Heels.com</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10510569">Heels.com</a> is not your average online shoe retailer. They pride themselves in having the best selection of women's shoes with an emphasis on a personalized shopping experience. Bestselling brands include Badgley Mischka, Guess, Jessica Simpson, and Steve Madden.</p> <h2>Shoe Metro</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10740628">Shoe Metro</a> covers all their bases, giving you a low-price guarantee, easy returns, a huge inventory, and fantastic customer service.</p> <h2>AmeriMark</h2> <p><a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.167215&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1">AmeriMark Direct</a> is a leading direct marketer of women's apparel, shoes, name-brand cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry, watches, accessories, and so much more! With web and television specials highlighted on the site, you'll be able to peruse lots of good deals on the stuff you love.</p> <h2>Journeys</h2> <p>You might know the storefront, but you definitely don't know their online persona! <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11336261">Journeys</a> creates a great, interactive shopping experience online with thousands of shoes and great deals, every day.</p> <h2>Footsmart</h2> <p>The largest direct retailer of foot and lower body healthcare products in the United States, <a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.210603&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1">Footsmart</a> is the online go-to for over 3,000 comfort, health, and pain-relieving products for those precious feet.&nbsp;Popular brands include New Balance, Dr. Scholls, and Hush Puppies.</p> <h2>Ruze Shoes</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-11185376">Ruze Shoes</a> is an expert at bringing in name brand and independent shoe brands to the men's shoe retail market. They provide personalized customer service and free shipping. With brands like Ferrari, Bass, Doc Martens, Clarks, and Adidas, you can't go wrong.</p> <h2>Shoeline</h2> <p>Free shipping, no sales tax, and easy returns make <a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.271408&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1">Shoeline</a> a sure thing for a great deal.&nbsp;Brands include Bass, Sketchers, Minnetonka, Lugz, and Flexus.</p> <h2>Simplyshoes</h2> <p>Your one-stop comfort footwear stop, <a href="http://www.simplyshoesonline.com/">Simply Shoes</a> gets you the comfiest, eco-friendliest kicks on the Internet! Featured brands include Taos, Teva, Uggs and Birkenstocks&hellip;so relax and do some serious browsing!</p> <h2>PlanetShoes</h2> <p><a href="http://www.planetshoes.com/">PlanetShoes</a> likes to help customers make healthy, earth-friendly choices for themselves, the environment, and the community. Their mission is to provide a shopping experience emphasizing sustainable, eco-friendly products for your feet! Popular brands on PlanetShoes include Merrell, Clarks, Keen, Fly London, and Earth Spirit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-comfortable-stylish-clarks-dress-shoes-for-men">A Review of Comfortable, Stylish Clarks Shoes</a>)</p> <h2>Peltz Shoes</h2> <p><a href="http://www.peltzshoes.com/">Peltz</a> loves and strives for complete customer satisfaction! Providing sizes, service, savings and selection to their customers since 1957, Peltz has a warehouse full of whatever footwear you're looking for.</p> <h2>JustFab</h2> <p>Kimora Lee Simmons brings you a personalized shopping experience on her site, <a href="http://www.justfab.com/">JustFab</a>.&nbsp;JustFab gives the shopper access to celebrity stylists and their hottest picks on a budget.&nbsp;Top selling shoes include Roca, Moscow, and Debbon of the JustFab stable of hot shoes!</p> <h2>Shoebuy.com</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shoebuy.com/">Shoebuy</a> is the largest retailer on the Internet focused on all categories of footwear and accessories related to footwear.</p> <h2>ShoeDeals4U</h2> <p>For men's, women's, and kids' shoes, <a href="http://www.shoedeals4u.com/">ShoeDeals4U</a> is one of the best retailers out there! They offer free shipping, free return shipping, and no sales tax, and have a wide selection of hot brands and styles. Their athletic shoe department, in particular, is extensive.</p> <h2>Shoebacca</h2> <p>Like an underground Zappos, <a href="http://www.shoebacca.com/">Shoebacca</a> has an excellent reputation among online shoe retailers. Shoebacca will match any price, and has seriously deep discounts! As a full-scale online retail footwear company, Shoebacca is dedicated to helping customers lead active, healthy lifestyles while also fostering a commitment to give back to the community. When you buy, you help donate to some of Shoebacca's charities, including Soles4Souls, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Salvation Army, National MS Society, and more.</p> <p><em>What's your&nbsp;favorite source for shoes online?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/on-your-feet-for-cheap-the-best-discount-shoe-retailers-on-the-web">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-comfortable-stylish-clarks-dress-shoes-for-men">Stuff We Love: Comfortable, Stylish Clarks Dress Shoes for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye">Want Stylish Shoes That Last for Years? Try Frye</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-toasters">The 5 Best Toasters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals">Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guides online shopping product reviews shoes Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:48:03 +0000 Rebecca Leib 991205 at http://www.wisebread.com Stuff We Love: Comfortable, Stylish Clarks Dress Shoes for Men http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-comfortable-stylish-clarks-dress-shoes-for-men <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stuff-we-love-comfortable-stylish-clarks-dress-shoes-for-men" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shoes-3102666-small.jpg" alt="tying shoes" title="tying shoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For most of my life, I've bought dress shoes based on style and low price much more than comfort. Even when I splurged on an expensive pair of dress shoes for work, I couldn't wait to take them off at the end of the day, even though I worked at a desk for most of the day.</p> <p>That changed when I discovered <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=672124011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1379020190&amp;rh=n%3A672123011%2Cp_4%3AClarks%2Cn%3A!672124011%2Cn%3A679255011&amp;rnid=672124011&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20">Clarks dress shoes</a> for men about a dozen years ago.</p> <h2>Why I Bought My First Pair of Clarks</h2> <p>It happened before I took a fall trip to Europe. I wanted to buy some comfortable but stylish walking shoes that could also double as dress shoes.</p> <p>I didn't want to be the tourist walking around in comfy white tennis shoes. I wanted to be mistaken for a local while walking miles each day in shoes that had the odd combination I was searching for: dress shoes that felt good after a day of walking. I also wanted shoes that were waterproof.</p> <p>I also wanted comfortable shoes because I had recently suffered a <a href="http://www.kingbrand.com/Plantar_Fasciitis_Treatment.php?REF=Z.Plantar.Fasciitis.X">plantar fasciitis</a> injury, a stretching of an area near the heel that isn't supposed to stretch.</p> <p>To make a long story short, I bought some expensive orthotic inserts to put into my shoes to help provide arch support. I also took a class from my medical provider on foot injuries, and Clarks were listed as a good shoe to try out for better arch support.</p> <p>This was back before shopping on the Internet was commonplace, so I had to search around for a shoe store that sold Clarks. A store in Berkeley, about 20 miles from my home, sold them, but they had to be ordered and took a few weeks to arrive. I paid about $100, which at the time seemed like a crazy amount of money to spend on good shoes, and still does.</p> <h2>What's Great About Them</h2> <p>A new pair of shoes usually feel great at the store or the first time you wear them, though once you break the stiffness out of them, they can then feel much less comfortable than they originally did. I don't know how that happens with new dress shoes I buy, but the real test is how good they feel after wearing them all day.</p> <p><img width="605" height="188" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/swl-clarks.png" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Walking in Comfort</strong></p> <p>The first pair of Clarks I bought felt good all day and did exactly what I wanted them to do during my vacation. My feet didn't ache after a few hours, I didn't feel any effects of plantar fasciitis, and I could explore all day in comfortable shoes without having to return to a hotel at night to change into dress shoes to wear out to dinner.</p> <p>I was glad to take them off at the end of the day, as I expect I would with any shoe after a day of sightseeing, but my feet weren't sore throughout the day like they were in other shoes.</p> <p><strong>Easy to Get On and Off</strong></p> <p>Many men's dress shoes are slip-ons, meaning they don't have laces and can be slipped on and off easily. But I've found other brands of slip-on shoes (Land's End, for one) to have a tight tongue.</p> <p>While slip-ons may not be the style for everyone, the Clarks I wore looked good walking around town or at a formal event, and I've danced in them at weddings without my feet hurting.</p> <p><strong>Clarks Offers Free Shipping, Returns, and No Minimum</strong></p> <p>Shoe shopping has changed a lot since I bought my first pair of Clarks &mdash; which I still own &mdash; and I no longer have to drive to another city to buy a pair of shoes that arrived in the mail. There's now a Clarks store near my home, which is dangerous, but I can usually find better prices online at websites such as Zappos.</p> <p>If I can't find the types of Clarks I want at Zappos, I'll go to the Clarks website, which offers <a href="http://www.clarksusa.com/eng/customerService/free-shipping-free-returns.cfm">free</a> ground shipping without a minimum purchase amount. It also offers free returns, either by mail or to a Clarks store.</p> <h2>What Clarks Compare To</h2> <p>After I discovered the comfort of Clarks, the cheapskate in me continued to want to look for inexpensive shoes that were comfortable enough for a day of walking. Since my original purchase of black slip-on dress shoes from Clarks, I've bought the same style in brown, and I have also bought at least three casual walking shoes from Clarks.</p> <p>I've bought other shoes from Rockport, Reebok, Land's End, and a cheap pair from Costco that were so painful I stopped wearing them after a week. Most of those have been tennis shoes or casual shoes that I wouldn't consider dress shoes. I've even bought Hush Puppies penny loafers &mdash; which were expensive and looked great &mdash; but are nowhere near Clarks in their ability to take a beating walking around all day.</p> <p>The key difference I've noticed between Clarks and others is that not only does Clarks offer excellent arch support, but its thick padding and the shoe's ability to move with my foot make it much easier to walk in than any other shoe.</p> <h2>Who Clarks Shoes Are Best For</h2> <p>If you have plantar fasciitis, bad arches or other foot problems, Clarks are worth giving a try. Casual walking shoes may be easy to find in another brand, but Clarks' dress shoes for men are the best I've found for good looking dress shoes that can be worn all day.</p> <p><img width="605" height="344" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/SWL_Clarks_01.JPG" alt="" /></p> <h2>How They Could Be Better</h2> <p>I have no major complaints about the Clarks dress shoes I've bought. The pairs I've bought have held up well for years partly, I think, because I sub them out for other shoes and don't wear the same pair for more than a week.</p> <p>Clarks' casual walking shoes, however, could use some work. I've bought at least three pairs with its <a href="http://www.clarksusa.com/eng/aboutus/clarkswavetechnology.cfm">Wavewalk technology</a>, and while I've found them to be comfortable walking shoes, they're not as comfy over time as the dress shoes I've bought from Clarks.</p> <p>Clarks also seems to change shoe styles often, so sometimes a year or so later when I want to buy the same shoes again, the style has been discontinued, and I have to try something else.</p> <h2>What They Don't Tell You at the Shoe Store</h2> <p>If you're shopping online, you're shopping at your own peril. At the shoe store, I expect expert advice and have often gotten it at a Clarks store with advice on how to polish them correctly and how to take care of them. But one thing that they haven't told me was something I've heard from other shoe salespeople &mdash; switch the shoes out for another pair every few days or every week, so that they have time to breathe.</p> <p>If you have orthotics to insert, be sure to put them in the shoes you're trying on in the shoe store to make sure it's a comfortable fit. You may have to go up half a size and get extra wide shoes to accommodate the orthotics.</p> <h2>Bottom Line Recommendation</h2> <p>The men's dress shoes from Clarks are the most comfortable dress shoes I've ever worn. It's not even a contest. They've helped with my foot problems, and have been comfortable for either a night out or walking all day on cobbled streets. I've even been mistaken for a local and asked for directions while wearing them in another country.</p> <h2>Where to Get Yours</h2> <p>If you can find a Clarks outlet store, that's probably where you'll find the best deals. If you don't mind paying full retail, go to a Clarks store or buy directly from Clarks online.</p> <p>Zappos has great prices. I've found some Clarks shoes there that were half the price of what Clarks had on its website. Zappos has less of a selection than Clarks will have at its stores or website, but if you find the style you like, it's likely to be cheaper there.</p> <p>Amazon, like everything else in our lives, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=672124011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1379020190&amp;rh=n%3A672123011%2Cp_4%3AClarks%2Cn%3A!672124011%2Cn%3A679255011&amp;rnid=672124011&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20">sells Clarks</a> and can have great deals, too.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=672124011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1379020190&amp;rh=n%3A672123011%2Cp_4%3AClarks%2Cn%3A!672124011%2Cn%3A679255011&amp;rnid=672124011&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20"><strong>Get your own pair of Clarks today!</strong></a></p> <p><em>What are your favorite comfortable men's dress shoes?</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-comfortable-stylish-clarks-dress-shoes-for-men">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye">Want Stylish Shoes That Last for Years? Try Frye</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-a-lightweight-electric-lawn-mower">Stuff We Love: A Lightweight Electric Lawn Mower</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals">Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/on-your-feet-for-cheap-the-best-discount-shoe-retailers-on-the-web">On Your Feet for Cheap: The Best Discount Shoe Retailers on the Web</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-the-macbook-pro-a-hassle-free-laptop">Stuff We Love: The MacBook Pro, a Hassle-Free Laptop</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guides mens shoes product reviews shoes stuff we love Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:24:04 +0000 Aaron Crowe 982667 at http://www.wisebread.com Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Wong_Mohops_01.jpg" alt="Max Wong&#039;s Mohops" title="Max Wong&#039;s Mohops" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have terrible feet. Really, I do. Years of soccer and dancing as a child have resulted in seriously ganked up feet as an adult. My right foot is so deformed that I can't wear a lot of closed toe shoes, never mind sandals. So, when I discovered Mohops, it was as if the great shoe goddess had schlepped forward out of the underworld and showered all her dark glory upon my bum pinky toe.</p> <h2>What Are These Magical Shoes?</h2> <p>Designed by Chicago-based architect, Annie Mohaupt, Mohops are wood-soled, eco-friendly, vegan shoes that can be laced with ribbon or fabric to create <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/107578143594312464627/MohopGallery?feat=directlink#slideshow/5653729432261192418">an almost infinite number of sandal styles</a>.</p> <p>Mohops are bespoke footwear A.K.A. custom made from scratch at the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t13Kohjm3yo">Mohop workshop in Chicago</a>. The shoes consist of a wood heel and a patented system of elasticized loops through which the wearer can lace her choice of ribbons, fabric, or trim.</p> <p>In addition to heel height, loop layout, and loop number, Mohop customers can choose from three different wood choices, six different footbed colors, two different loop colors, four different nail head colors, and three different sole colors.</p> <p>The company also offers a more affordable &quot;bridge&quot; line of flats called &quot;Mopeds.&quot; They are less expensive than the bespoke line, as they are produced in standard sizes unlike the custom Mohops. They've also introduced Mokobos, a line of platform sandals. Mokobos are based on Okobo, the traditional, Japanese willow wood sandals worn by <em>maiko</em> (apprentice <em>geisha</em>). These platforms have a very slight rise, but have the foot feel of a flatter shoe. For those who care, their modern profile is currently on trend for fall footwear.</p> <h2>What's Great About Them</h2> <p><img width="605" height="364" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Wong_Mohops_02.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I own two pairs of bespoke Mohops: Low Maple Slides and High Walnut Wedges. These shoes were custom made for me based on an actual tracing of my feet and an email consultation with Annie Mohaupt. I'm saving up for a pair of the Mopeds flats for an upcoming trip overseas.</p> <p><strong>They're Comfortable</strong></p> <p>For most of my life, part of being a lady has meant enduring foot pain for the sake of cute footwear. I know that I'm not alone. I know many women who have Denial Bunions from wearing impractical shoes. I suspect that Annie Mohaupt knows about suffering for shoes too, as Mohops, even the high wedges, are well-balanced, and exquisitely comfortable. Even in my high Mohop wedges I can stand all day without foot pain. I don't think it's a coincidence that Mohop has an all-woman workshop.</p> <p><strong>They're Custom Made</strong></p> <p>Since the ball of my foot is shorter than average, my feet tend to slide towards the front of most heels. This makes most heels hugely uncomfortable, as the arch support doesn't actually hit the arches of my feet. This forward slide also gives me the appearance that I'm playing dress up with my mother's shoes, as I end up with that unsightly extra space at the back of the shoe. Both pairs of Mohops fit like they were made just for me&hellip;because they were. Per my request Annie also added an extra set of loops to the toes of my Low Maple Slides, so I would have additional bum toe-hiding lacing possibilities.</p> <p>Since these shoes are made to order, they are obviously a great option for people with big, tiny, extra-wide, extra-narrow, or odd-sized feet.</p> <p><strong>They're Versatile</strong></p> <p>Even for people with pretty feet, Mohops are superheroes of the shoe rack. Because of the stupidly small closets in Dinky Manor, I am constantly searching for convertible or reversible clothes that allow me to shrink the physical size of my <a href="http://www.myromanapartment.com/convertible-clothes-super-heroes-7-garments-100-outfits/">wardrobe without shrinking my outfit choices</a>.</p> <p>Mohops are also wonderful wedding shoes, as the bride can match her shoes with the colors of her wedding, or even with the trim of her gown. (Not to mention they would be super wearable on the honeymoon and after.)</p> <p>&nbsp;<img width="605" height="411" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Wong_Mohops_03.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>They're Great for Travel</strong></p> <p>Although I already own two pairs of bespoke Mohops, I'm actually coveting the not-custom Moped flats because I'm prepping for a 100-day job overseas that will take me from rainy London to the arid desert of Spain and the sunny Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Mopeds are the ultimate cute travel shoe. The flats are flat, light, and easy to pack. Also, from furiously e-stalking the Mohop photo gallery, I know that even though socks with sandals is generally a fashion no-no, there are plenty of Chicago girls who are coordinating their woolly stockings and leg warmers with their ribbon collection to winterize their Mohops.</p> <p><strong>They're Vegan and Socially Responsible</strong></p> <p>All of my vegan friends have tremendous trouble finding dressy, cruelty-free footwear. It's especially hard for them to find non-leather brown shoes that don't look cheesy. Unless I lace my shoes with leather, my Mohops are creature-free.</p> <p>Mohop really works hard to be socially conscious, too. They've partnered with Jhoole, a non-profit in India that pays women fair-trade wages to hand make one-of-a-kind Mohop laces out of <em>sarees</em> (or <em>saris</em>). 100% of the purchase price of the Mohop saree laces goes back to the Jhoole training center that currently is working with 500 women and building a computer center.</p> <h2>What Mohops Compare To</h2> <p>Due to the wood heel, the experience of wearing Mohops is very similar to wearing a top quality Swedish clog or Dr. Scholl's famous leg toning sandals. If you've never worn shoes that don't have a flexible sole, the sensation of walking on wood takes some getting used to.</p> <p>Although my Mohops are pricier than my already expensive, sky-high <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008U7MX6O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008U7MX6O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20">Swedish Hasbeens clogs</a> that never go on sale, the Mohops have a more polished appearance, as the clogs have an unfinished wooden sole and visible staples that I would not call decorative. Sooner rather than later I am going to have to take my Hasbeens into my cobbler for alteration, as the leather uppers will stretch to the point my feet will scoot around inside. By comparison, if I need to adjust my Mohops, I simply tighten or loosen the lacing.</p> <p>I also own several pairs of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O0NGKO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003O0NGKO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20">Manolo Blahnik</a> and Ferragamo shoes, which are two handmade shoes that are known for the comfort of their heels. Mohops are just as comfy as these famous designer labels.</p> <h2>How They Could Be Better</h2> <p>At $415 for my bespoke High Walnut Wedges, Mohops rival the prices of other top shoe brands. That said, they are expensive, but frugal. A set of seven ribbons and several pairs of wood and metal rings are included with every pair, along with a card set that show how to lace the shoes in seven different ways. Right out of the box, I have 49 different pairs of shoes.</p> <p>Because these shoes are not mass-produced, I experienced a two week lag between the time that I ordered my shoes and the time they arrived via Priority Mail. Anticipate a delay in receiving your order. That said, the shoes arrive in a neat plastic shoe box, which also contains a silk bag full of ribbons, rings, and other treats, making the shoes giftable straight out of the packing box.</p> <h2>Bottom Line Recommendation</h2> <p>If you have problematic feet, then Mohops are a wardrobe staple. For everyone else, they are a creative way to accessorize and improve the wearability of your wardrobe.</p> <h2>Where to Get Yours</h2> <p><img width="605" height="345" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Wong_Mohops_04.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Mohops can be purchased in person at a very <a href="http://www.mohop.com/retailers.html">limited number of retailers</a>. Everyone else must take the risk of buying shoes online. Annie makes this process much less daunting by helpfully supplying printable shoe charts and providing excellent customer support via email.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/mohop">Mohop Etsy store</a> offers Mopeds and Mokobos, and occasionally, bespoke Mohops that have come back for one reason or another.</p> <p>A limited selection of (very affordable!) sandals are available <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009SXC9SG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009SXC9SG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20">through Amazon</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009SXC9SG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009SXC9SG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20"><strong>Get your pair today!</strong></a></p> <p><em>What are your favorite comfortable, wooden, bespoke, vegan shoes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye">Want Stylish Shoes That Last for Years? Try Frye</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-comfortable-stylish-clarks-dress-shoes-for-men">Stuff We Love: Comfortable, Stylish Clarks Dress Shoes for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-make-delicious-ice-cream-with-the-lello-gelato-junior">Stuff We Love: Make Delicious Ice Cream With the Lello Gelato Junior</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-a-lifefactory-reusable-glass-water-bottle">Stuff We Love: A Lifefactory Reusable Glass Water Bottle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-pulling-dogs-walk-easy-with-the-easy-walk-harness">No Pulling! Dogs Walk Easy With the Easy Walk Harness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guide clothing product reviews shoes stuff we love Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:00:33 +0000 Max Wong 981438 at http://www.wisebread.com Want Stylish Shoes That Last for Years? Try Frye http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/black_frye_flats.jpg" alt="Black Frye Flats" title="Black Frye Flats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I hate how stereotypically girly this sounds, but I really like buying shoes.</p> <p>Well, no &mdash; I don't like <em>buying</em> shoes. I like <em>having</em> shoes. I like having cute shoes. OK, that's not exactly the whole truth either &mdash; I like having cute shoes that are well-made, comfortable enough to spend a full day walking in, and basic enough to last several years.</p> <h2>Why I First Bought Frye Boots</h2> <p>I bought my first pair of <a href="http://www.thefryecompany.com/" target="_blank">Frye boots</a> by accident, sort of. Before a trip to Italy, I was in the market for a pair of boots that:</p> <ul> <li>Could be dressed up or down</li> <li>Would be comfortable on days when I was walking long distances</li> <li>Would go with several outfits</li> <li>Would last a long time</li> </ul> <p>I wear a lot of black and gray, so when I saw the Frye Sunny Wedge Cuff boots in red for around $100 on Overstock.com, I bought them.</p> <p>And I was thrilled with what I received.</p> <h2>What's Great About Them</h2> <p>After five years of heavy wear (and a resoling), my Frye boots are still comfortable, still fashionable (I get compliments regularly), and still in good condition. As you can see in the picture below, the leather is somewhat scuffy &mdash; but I think that a good deal of that is due to user error. I didn't realize until very recently that using shoe polish wasn't just for dads.</p> <p><img width="605" height="399" alt="Red Frye Boots" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/frye_red.jpg" /></p> <p>All told, I have four pairs of Fryes &mdash; two pairs of flats (the regular <a href="http://www.6pm.com/frye-carson-ballet-blue-burnished-antique-leather">Carson ballet flat</a> and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056XM2MK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0056XM2MK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20">Carson ballet flat with a cut-out pattern</a>, pictured in the main image), my red boots, and a pair of short brown lace-up boots. The company manufactures men's and children's shoes as well, although why you'd want to pay premium prices for shoes kids are going to grow out of is beyond me.</p> <p><strong>Sole Options</strong></p> <p>You'll notice that my red boots now have a leather sole, but originally, they came with a rubber sole. Since I was living in Philadelphia at the time, where streets and sidewalks can be treacherous in the winter, I loved having a pair of fashionable boots that also had good traction. My subsequent pairs have had leather soles, which are also of good quality (and ice isn't as much of a concern now that I'm living in sunny Southern California).</p> <p><strong>Frye Offers a Two-Year Warranty and a Repair Center</strong></p> <p>One of the things I like the most about Frye is that, in my experience, the expense comes more from making a quality, long-lasting product than from charging for a designer name. This is evidenced in their focus on shoe care. New pairs come with information on how to care for your shoes, and Frye also offers a two-year warranty on new pairs sold from authorized retailers. Even if you're out of warranty, you can send your shoes in to be repaired, at reasonable cost, by their service center.</p> <p><strong>Core Styles</strong></p> <p>While Frye produces different seasonal options, they also have a core line of shoes, such as the Campus Boot. When I buy something pricey, I always like knowing that I have the option to replace it with the same thing when it wears out.</p> <h2>What Frye Shoes Compare To</h2> <p>Frye is the only upper-tier shoe company that I have tried shoes from, so I can't speak to comfort or durability of their competitors. If you are looking for another company that offers restoration services, though, Cole Haan is an option &mdash; although those services are available at a higher price than from Frye. And of course, you can always bring your shoes to an independent cobbler.</p> <h2>Who Frye Shoes Are Best For</h2> <p>If you want a pair of basic shoes that can last several years, Fryes are a great option. However, if you prefer to keep your shoes in line with current trends, Frye might not be the best company for you. Sure, they offer updated styles each year &mdash; but I wouldn't recommend spending that much money on shoes you're not going to wear in a few months because trends change. (Unless you're going to take impeccable care of them and resell them on eBay.)</p> <p><img width="605" height="429" alt="Paige lace-up boots" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/frye_paige.jpg" /></p> <h2>How They Could Be Better</h2> <p>While both pairs of flats I own are pretty comfortable, I do wish that their arch support was a little bit better. Also, with one of the pairs of flats, the regular Carson ballet flat, the leather became more supple as I've worn them more. This means that the shoes are very comfortable, but also that they've stretched a bit and now occasionally flop off my feet.</p> <h2>Bottom Line Recommendation</h2> <p>If you're looking for a pair of classic shoes or boots that can be resoled and worn for several years, Frye is a great option &mdash; especially if you buy them at a discount. I find that, even for long-lasting, high-quality shoes, some of the boots are too expensive to justify purchasing if they're not on deep discount.</p> <h2>Where to Get Yours</h2> <p>There are several places to get Frye boots and shoes, including brick-and-mortar stores, directly from the company, and on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/?ie=UTF8&amp;bbn=672123011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1374178420&amp;rh=n%3A672123011%2Cp_89%3AFRYE&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20" target="_blank">Amazon</a>. But these are my favorite retailers for discount Fryes:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.overstock.com/search?keywords=frye+boots&amp;TID=RSB1" target="_blank">Overstock</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10949910?sid=980710" target="_blank">6pm.com</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/?ie=UTF8&amp;bbn=672123011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1374178420&amp;rh=n%3A672123011%2Cp_89%3AFRYE&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=stuffwelove-20" target="_blank">Click here to buy a pair today!</a></p> <p>One thing I'll mention about 6pm. They're one of the best places to find deals on Frye shoes, but they don't allow you to do exchanges. So if you order a pair on sale, and they don't fit right, all you can do is return the shoes and order again &mdash; and often, by the time you've received your order, the sale is over. But 6pm.com does put Fryes on sale regularly &mdash; you might just have to wait a month or two. (And if you don't want to check at 6pm.com regularly to see if Fryes are on sale, we include many 6pm Frye sales in our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">Daily Deals newsletter</a>; subscribe!)</p> <p>I'd also recommend scanning thrift stores and yard sales for used Fryes. I know a few people who have found vintage Frye boots, had them resoled, and worn them happily for several years after.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite boots or shoes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals">Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-comfortable-stylish-clarks-dress-shoes-for-men">Stuff We Love: Comfortable, Stylish Clarks Dress Shoes for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-a-lifefactory-reusable-glass-water-bottle">Stuff We Love: A Lifefactory Reusable Glass Water Bottle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-make-delicious-ice-cream-with-the-lello-gelato-junior">Stuff We Love: Make Delicious Ice Cream With the Lello Gelato Junior</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-pulling-dogs-walk-easy-with-the-easy-walk-harness">No Pulling! Dogs Walk Easy With the Easy Walk Harness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guide product reviews shoes stuff we love Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:36:30 +0000 Meg Favreau 980710 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Shoes http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-shoes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-shoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5076563640_814ace75ed_z-1.jpg" alt="Ways to Save on Shoes" title="Ways to Save on Shoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save on shoes, things not to buy during the holidays, and ways to give gifts that matter.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/12/05/13-ways-to-save-money-on-shoes/">13 Ways to Save on Shoes</a> &mdash; To save on shoes, use coupons and buy classic styles. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/what-not-to-buy-during-the-holidays/1.html">12 Things Not to Buy During the Holidays</a> &mdash; This holiday season, don't buy laptops or bicycles. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=271d0a1f-8a2c-4340-896d-2b41d47a1f91&amp;ref=bfv">13 Ways to Give Gifts That Matter</a> &mdash; Consider giving someone a warehouse club membership or making a payment towards one of their debts. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/5-mutual-funds.html">5 Things You Should Know About Mutual Funds</a> &mdash; When it comes to mutual funds, you can get better performance out of low-cost funds. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Happy-Yourself-26215491">How to Be Happy: 11 Of The Most Effective Tips of 2012</a> &mdash; To be happy, listen to your inner guidance. [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id1389-pick-perfect-commercial-christmas-tree.html">How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree (In 3 Easy Steps)</a> &mdash; Before you go Christmas tree shopping, determine how much tree you can get. [Len Penzo]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/sneaky-tricks-to-save-a-bundle-this-holiday-season/">Sneaky Tricks to Save a Bundle This Holiday Season</a> &mdash; Save money this holiday season by getting discounted gift cards. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/02/08/10-incredible-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about.aspx">10 Incredible Facts You Probably Don't Know About the IRS</a> &mdash; Did you know that the IRS processed over 237 million returns in 2012? [The Motley Fool]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/12/real-estate-101-financing.html">Real Estate 101: Financing</a> &mdash; If you are getting financing for real estate, get as much money as you can. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/talking-to-kids-about-divorce">Talking to Kids About Divorce</a> &mdash; When talking to adolescent kids about divorce, try to avoid talking about the reasons behind the divorce. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-shoes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-leather-cleaners">The 5 Best Leather Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style best money tips shoes Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 959729 at http://www.wisebread.com When to Buy Brand Names: Sometimes, the Splurge Is Worth It http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-buy-brand-names-sometimes-the-splurge-is-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/when-to-buy-brand-names-sometimes-the-splurge-is-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6151997495_5d04073063_z.jpeg" alt="So many headphones" title="So many headphones" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two of the earliest articles I wrote for Wise Bread, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/losing-the-store-brand-stigma">Losing the Store Brand Stigma</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-theres-no-reason-not-to-buy-store-brand-baby-formula">Why There&rsquo;s No Reason Not to Buy Store Brand Baby Formula</a> are ones for which I still receive positive emails and comments. In these tough economic times, it&rsquo;s good to know that there are cheaper options out there that are still just as good as the name-brand products.</p> <p>However, as important as it is to save money when you can, it&rsquo;s also just as important to spend your money wisely. And that means buying products that will do what they claim to do, last a long time, and give you years of trouble-free service. Not only that, but you also want products that are safe and reliable.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why I am writing an article that advises you to spend more money on certain products. That old saying &ldquo;buy cheap, buy twice&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t always true, but sometimes, it&rsquo;s bang on. Not only that, but sometimes buying cheap products with unfamiliar names could actually put you in real danger.</p> <p>Here, then, are the top eight things you should always choose brand names over store brands or inferior brands. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quality-over-price-15-items-to-spend-more-on">Quality Over Price: 15 Items to&nbsp;Spend More On</a>)</p> <p><img width="263" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/table_saw.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>Tools</h2> <p>The kind of tools you buy for home improvements can make a huge difference to the outcome of the project. There&rsquo;s a reason the tradesmen you hire are all working with brand names like Makita, DeWalt, Bosch, and Milwaukee. These brands are made with strict quality controls, use excellent materials, and are built to last. It&rsquo;s the reason you rarely see any of these up for sale on Craigslist &mdash; they&rsquo;re just too reliable.</p> <p>Of course, you can opt for the cheaper brands, like Black &amp; Decker or Ryobi, and you&rsquo;ll still get good results, but the longevity or consistency won&rsquo;t be as good. When you decide to buy cheap, non-brand tools at flea markets and dollar stores, that&rsquo;s when you may be throwing your money away. These <a href="http://www.tradesadvisor.com/diy-advice/1041-dangers-of-buying-cheap-tools">cheap tools</a> are not engineered as well and will not last as long.</p> <p>Do yourself a favor &mdash; when it comes to tools, <a href="http://professional-power-tool-guide.com/power-tool-guides/other-guides/power-tools-cheap-vs-professional/">buy the brand best you can afford.</a> Look at what the tradesmen working around the neighborhood are using, and jot it down. It might be more expensive than you dreamt of paying, but work it out. Over the course of 10-15 years, how much use will you get out of that power tool or lawn mower? And if you can&rsquo;t afford a good brand, look into renting tools for the job you're doing. When it comes to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/like-diy-avoid-these-ten-costly-mistakes">DIY</a>, you really don&rsquo;t want to trust your home and garden to tools of inferior quality.</p> <h2>Kitchen Equipment</h2> <p>Again, tools of the trade need to be tools you can rely on. And in the kitchen, those tools can cost some serious money. Now, no one is suggesting you go out and spend $2,400 on an 11-piece Shun knife set, that&rsquo;s probably way more knife than you&rsquo;ll ever need. Professional chefs use those, but they&rsquo;re cooking 12 hours a day or more.</p> <p>However, it&rsquo;s also not a good idea to go out and buy a <a href="http://knife.ezinemark.com/why-you-shouldn-t-buy-cheap-cooking-knives-18d73e96046.html">cheap $29.99 knife set that features 14+ knives</a>. At just over $2 a knife, you really will be getting garbage. Brands like J.A Henckels and Wüsthoff, that specialize in knives for the industry, also do quality knife sets under for $200.</p> <p>The same principles go for any other kitchen utensils, appliances, and equipment. Get a KitchenAid mixer over something cheap and cheerful. Splurge on a good-quality blender, not one under $20. Always look at the reviews, and bear in mind that old phrase &ldquo;for the price&hellip;&rdquo; It means nothing really. For the price, a newspaper is a great blanket on cold winters nights. Know what I mean?</p> <h2>Beauty Products</h2> <p>Your skin, your hair, your nails, your teeth, your body &mdash; they all deserve better than the cheapest crud money can buy. So, next time you&rsquo;re in the market for soap, shampoo, cosmetics (and brushes), skin creams, oils, balms, or anything else that&rsquo;s going on, or in, your body, look carefully at the brands you&rsquo;re buying. A nasty rash from a cream purchased at the dollar store is not going to make you feel good about the few bucks you saved. And I always thought places like MAC cosmetics were a rip off. But after seeing how long they last, and the results hey garner on my wife, I have to say, MAC is well worth it.</p> <h2>Electronics</h2> <p>I bought a pair of headphones from the dollar store once. The sound quality was appalling, and they crackled if I moved in a certain way (no doubt due to a dry soldering joint). They lasted about two days before I threw them in the trash. In the past, I&rsquo;ve bought cheap cameras, personal stereos, VCRs, and all sorts of other electronic gadgets. And I have learned my lesson. If you&rsquo;re going to buy headphones, spring for a good pair. Even $5 Sony headphones, despite the brand name, will not have great audio. You need to invest in good quality <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2324370,00.asp">headphones</a>, like BOSE, Klipsch, Velodyne, or Sennhesiner. And we're only talking $20 or $30 more for good sound. On Blu-Ray players, avoid those ones under $100. They&rsquo;ll give you problems, or won't have the features you need these days. It doesn't cost a lot more to go up in quality, even those <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20072311-1/what-makes-a-good-blu-ray-player/">priced between $100 and $200</a> offer great features. If you can afford it, opt for the higher-end range of the well-known brands, like LG and Samsung, rather than their bargain-basement models. And less popular brands, like Oppo, offer excellent quality for the slightly higher price.&nbsp; Speaking of electronics&hellip;</p> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/ikea_batteries.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>Batteries</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ll find amazing deals on batteries; even Ikea is getting in on it with AA 10-packs costing just $1.99. I guarantee, you&rsquo;ll be replacing those batteries quite quickly. They will work, but they just don&rsquo;t have the juice of the bigger brands like Duracell Ultra Power or Energizer Ultimate Lithium. Yes, they cost more, but they last way longer and you won&rsquo;t be inconvenienced by having them run out when you need them most. (<a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/01/are-expensive-batteries-worth-the-extra-cost/">See this Wired article for a detailed analysis.</a>)</p> <h2>Footwear</h2> <p>There&rsquo;s a time and a place for cheap footwear. It&rsquo;s flip-flops. That&rsquo;s about it. Go ahead &mdash; get yourself a pair for a buck, and they&rsquo;ll do the job. But if you really value your posture and your health, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-expensive-shoes">footwear is not the place to cut corners</a>. If you&rsquo;re going hiking, you need good quality hiking boots, not a $20 pair from Payless. If you&rsquo;re a runner, splash out on some professional-grade running shoes. They&rsquo;ll probably cost over $100, but this is your health we&rsquo;re talking about. If you need work boots, pay more for quality boots with reinforced steel toe caps, support shanks, and electrical hazard protection. When you look at the cost of shoes and boots, you can usually get a very good pair for under $200. And they will last, support you in all the right places, and be beneficial to your health. Now, there are limits of course. At some point, the money you spend is not just paying for quality materials and craftsmanship, and it just goes towards a designer&rsquo;s mansion. If you want to spend $38,000 on a pair of Testonis or Manolo Blahniks, go ahead. That&rsquo;s just nuts if you ask me.</p> <h2>Sporting and Exercise Equipment</h2> <p>You won&rsquo;t get a good game of tennis using a heavy, low-end racquet. You won&rsquo;t feel the benefit of a cheap pair of ice-skates or a budget treadmill. Once again, if you&rsquo;re playing a sport or trying to get fit, the non-name brands or lower-tier brands just won&rsquo;t cut the mustard. You need to spend a little more on good quality brands to make your workout effective or raise your game to a significant level. Ironically, the stars earning millions of dollars get the very best equipment for free, but at the same time, using some $12.99 tennis racquet that weighs a few pounds isn&rsquo;t going to make the game fun for you. Spend the money when and where you can, and you&rsquo;ll get more out of it.</p> <p><a href="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/man_with_tent.jpg"><img width="605" height="403" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/man_with_tent.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>Camping, Hiking, and Other &quot;Extreme&quot; Gear</h2> <p>If you plan on camping in the mountains in winter, you really don&rsquo;t want to rely on that $20 sleeping bag you got from Walmart. It may look the same as the $500 Marmot sleeping bag, but you&rsquo;ll discover the difference when the temperature drops and you&rsquo;re an ice cube shivering with regret. Your tent also needs to be good quality, and if you&rsquo;re hiking, your gear needs to pass muster. If you plan on doing a little rock climbing, you don&rsquo;t want to entrust your life to cheap and shoddy &ldquo;knock off&rdquo; brands. This is not just a bit of fun; it&rsquo;s your life. So, when you&rsquo;re off into the wilderness, take the biggest and best brand names your budget can afford. That advice does not come from me by the way, as I don&rsquo;t camp. It comes from several of my good friends here in Colorado who do it every weekend, and they swear by their expensive brand names. They&rsquo;d rather eat ramen for a week and buy a good one than entrust their lives to cheap trash.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-buy-brand-names-sometimes-the-splurge-is-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye">Want Stylish Shoes That Last for Years? Try Frye</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/go-topless-this-summer-with-strapless-flip-flops">Go topless this summer with strapless flip-flops.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals">Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-comfortable-stylish-clarks-dress-shoes-for-men">Stuff We Love: Comfortable, Stylish Clarks Dress Shoes for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-discounted-designer-shoes-without-using-ebay">5 Ways to Get Discounted Designer Shoes Without Using eBay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping brand name cheap tools pay more for quality shoes Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:00:42 +0000 Paul Michael 952233 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Things That Are Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-that-are-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-things-that-are-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/three_friends.jpg" alt="Three friends" title="Three friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tough times have made us all a bit more cautious about whipping out our wallets on a whim. When it comes to spending with discretion, it's important to have priorities about things you think are worth the money, and those items or services that are not. Here are 11 things that I think are worth it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Worth-Money-3643170">RELATED:&nbsp;11 Things Not Worth the Money</a></p> <h2>1. Insurance</h2> <p>We need insurance to protect us from paying even more money should the unexpected occur. At the very least, car, homeowners (along with certain incidentals like fire and earthquake), and health insurance are well worth their premiums. However, keep in mind that not all insurance policies are worth the money. Check out these <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Insurance-Policies-Arent-Worth-19090574">seven insurance policies you can live without</a>.</p> <h2>2. Culture</h2> <p>Excursions like visiting museums and monuments serve as entertainment and they give you a dose of culture. It's easy to get trapped in your own little world, but observing other people's accomplishments can open your eyes.</p> <h2>3. Going to the Doctor</h2> <p>Your co-pay is nothing compared to the cost of health surprises. Keep your doctor's appointments to avoid future problems and live the healthiest life possible.</p> <p>You can always opt for a Flexible Spending Account where you can use pre-tax dollars to pay for your co-pay for even more savings. Remember, to use up your FSA dollars before the end of the year with <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Spend-FSA-Money-20735714">these ideas</a>!</p> <h2>4. Education</h2> <p>Consider education an investment in yourself and your career. Taking classes that can improve your sense of industry or make you think differently about the path you've chosen are worth your time and money.</p> <p>Even if you're done with your student days, you can always keep on learning. Take a look at our seven suggestions for <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Professional-Development-Budgeting-Classes-11823720">community college courses</a>.</p> <h2>5. A Good Haircut</h2> <p>You don't have to visit the most posh salon in town to get a good haircut, but spending money on a good cut will polish your appearance and you'll save yourself from having to pay even more to get a botched cut fixed.</p> <h2>6. Your Well-Being</h2> <p>You don't necessarily need a gym membership to work out, but if it's the only thing that will get you moving, by all means join a local club. Exercise reduces stress and makes you sharper. And when you're grocery shopping, get your hands on healthy food that will keep your body working the best it can.</p> <p>Here are <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Increase-My-Happiness-20753887">eight more ways to improve your well-being</a>.</p> <h2>7. Home Maintenance/Repair</h2> <p>Ignoring a problem only makes it worse down the road. When something in your home needs fixing/cleaning/maintenance, do your best to take care of it as soon as possible.</p> <h2>8. A Sharp Interview Outfit</h2> <p>As I always say, your ability to earn an income is your biggest asset. You need a quality interview outfit to make the best impression and make you feel more confident &mdash; two big factors in having a successful interview.</p> <h2>9. Well-Made Shoes</h2> <p>Saving up for a quality pair of classic, well made shoes is a smart move in my book. They'll last for years, especially if you take care of them and get them resoled when needed. Get a pair that goes with everything, and you won't need to shoe shop for quite some time.</p> <h2>10. Travel</h2> <p>Living to work is no way to live at all, so get out and see the places that interest you. There's no price you can put on memories and special experiences, but don't go into debt for the sake of worldly education. Spend and save wisely, and you'll have the means to make your dream trips happen.</p> <p>Remember, there are lots of <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Save-Holiday-Travel-19010364">ways to save when planning for your dream trip</a> or you can also take <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Vacation-Ideas-20531368">mini trips that are close to home</a>.</p> <h2>11. Visiting Family and Friends</h2> <p>Buying plane tickets or filling the gas tank to visit family and friends who live far away is a necessary part of life. Those people are a part of you, and maintaining those relationships is something you can't afford to not do.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even when you&#039;re cutting back, making room in your budget for these 11 things will help ensure a happy, healthy life. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Personal-Finance-Rules-5186064">11 Golden&nbsp;Rules to Live By</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Spend-Less-Shopping-2089224">9 Simple Ways to&nbsp;Save and Shop Smart</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Lower-Monthly-Expenses-20441848">13 Things That Are Causing Your Bills to Skyrocket</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-that-are-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-im-spending-my-tax-refund">10 Smart Ways I&#039;m Spending My Tax Refund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-72-brilliant-ways-to-stretch-20">Flashback Friday: 72 Brilliant Ways to Stretch $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-moves-to-make-as-soon-as-you-conquer-debt">7 Money Moves to Make as Soon as You Conquer Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cities-for-going-car-free">5 Best Cities for Going Car-Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting haircut healthcare shoes smart spending worth Wed, 14 Dec 2011 11:24:17 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 825733 at http://www.wisebread.com Guys: Upgrade Your Style Without Buying New Clothes http://www.wisebread.com/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_with_ties.jpg" alt="Man posing in ties" title="Man posing in ties" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="157" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Guys, smarter style doesn&rsquo;t have to mean bigger bucks. If you have a basic wardrobe with good casual and dress options, there are some simple and inexpensive ways to bump up the style of what you already own. Since most guys get lost in the details of dressing well &mdash; not understanding the proper fit, care, or pairing of clothes &mdash; just refining what&rsquo;s already in your closet can make all the difference. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-staples-every-man-should-own">Wardrobe Staples Every&nbsp;Man Should Own</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pant Length</h2> <p>I mention pant length first because it may be the singularly greatest drag on good style today. Who decided men&rsquo;s pants should compete with the Swiffer&trade;? Pant length is not a detail that can be skipped if the waist fits right. Unless you&rsquo;re the star of a reality show on the &ldquo;Shore&rdquo; of the East Coast, don&rsquo;t let your pants drag the floor. Though there&rsquo;s room for some variation for personal preference, pants are usually cut with either a full break or short break:</p> <h4>Full Break</h4> <p>The full break creates a deep horizontal crease along the front the pant and is usually reserved for taller men. With a full break, the bottom hem of the pants should land midway at shoe&rsquo;s heel when you&rsquo;re standing.</p> <h4>Short Break</h4> <p>With no crease in the pant leg, short break pants are best on slimmer guys. Your tailor will achieve this look by altering the bottom hem to land just above the top of the shoe.</p> <p>Shortening pants is a quick and relatively inexpensive endeavor. Toss those floor dusters in a bag and head to a tailor &mdash; a fast fit-and-fix will have you looking more stylish in no time. Just remember two things: First, bring along the shoes you plan on wearing with each pair of pants you&rsquo;re having altered &mdash; it will help the tailor gauge the proper length. Second, if you&rsquo;re having jeans shortened, make sure your tailor will use matching-colored thread on the bottom hem so the alteration will not be obvious.</p> <h2>2. Blazers and Coats</h2> <p>For blazers, coats, and jackets, make sure you&rsquo;ve got a proper fit through the shoulders and in the sleeve length. Though coats can have a bit more room, generally speaking, shoulder seams should hit right at the outer edge of the shoulder and the bottom hem of the sleeve should hit just slightly below the wrist. Again, a trip to the tailor can fix these very common issues. Even the sleeves of leather coats can be adjusted.</p> <h2>3. Tie Length</h2> <p><b><span> </span></b>Ties come in two sizes &mdash; regular and extra long. Regular-sized ties are usually 54-57&rdquo; long. Extra long ties are typically around 62&rdquo;. Unless you&rsquo;re a bigger guy and have trouble getting your necktie to hang long enough to touch the top of your belt buckle, a standard-length should work. Again, the bottom point of a properly tied tie should brush the top of your belt buckle &mdash; and tucking a tie into your waistband is never okay.</p> <h2>4. Socks</h2> <p>Maybe I travel in odd social circles, but I&rsquo;m seeing more and more guys wearing white tube socks with casual and dress pants. But beyond this obvious faux-pas, what are rules for socks?</p> <ol> <li>Dress shoes require dress socks. There&rsquo;s just no getting around it. Those black sport socks aren&rsquo;t fooling anybody either.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Match your socks to your pants, not to your shoes &mdash; it will make your legs look longer when you sit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Novelty socks or holiday socks are great &mdash; at home.</li> </ol> <h2>5. Shoe Polish</h2> <p>What&rsquo;s happened to all the shoe shine kits? Men of just a generation ago had enough cans of colored polish, mink oil, rags, and brushes that they could remake any shoe. Maybe proper shoe care has become a casualty of our disposable culture or our hyper-busy lives. Whatever the reason, let&rsquo;s bring back the humble shoe shine kit. My dad would always add just a bit of water to the rag he used to shine his shoes &mdash; it helped the paste spread and be absorbed more easily. Then, he&rsquo;d rub off the excess and polish vigorously with a soft-bristled horsehair brush. You&rsquo;ll be amazed how a 10 minute shine can turn a bad shoe into a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-expensive-shoes">rad shoe</a>.</p> <h2>6. Bleach</h2> <p>As long as we&rsquo;re talking about details, remember &mdash; good style doesn&rsquo;t stop at the first layer. Guys, grab a bottle of bleach (it&rsquo;s cheap) and learn how to use it. Bleaching can revitalize underclothes and sports attire and keep your whites crisp and clean. Bleach should always be diluted with water (use hot water for best results) and never poured directly on clothes. A good rule of thumb is one cup bleach for every quart of water.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s it &mdash; GQ style without all the G&rsquo;s. What are some other ways you optimize what&rsquo;s already in your closet? What are the simple secrets to good style you&rsquo;ve learned over the years and would like to pass along to others?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer">10 Ways to Make Your Shoes Last Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-update-a-wardrobe-you-hate">8 Cheap Ways to Update a Wardrobe You Hate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-update-your-winter-wardrobe-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Update Your Winter Wardrobe on the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring">Frugal Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-greatest-frugal-fashion-makeover-ever-refresh-your-wardrobe-for-25-or-less">The Greatest Frugal Fashion Makeover Ever: Refresh Your Wardrobe for $25 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Style men's style shoes update wardrobe Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:24:24 +0000 Kentin Waits 707141 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Get Discounted Designer Shoes Without Using eBay http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-discounted-designer-shoes-without-using-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-get-discounted-designer-shoes-without-using-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Danielle shoe photo.jpg" alt="shoes" title="shoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Which do you love more? Sliding your feet into a pair of new Manolos or saving money? Designer shoe prices can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the brand and the particular shoe. Typically, if you love designer shoes and you don't want to pay retail prices, you would head to <a href="http://www.ebay.com/">eBay</a>, but lately the selection and prices can be hit or miss. Here are my five secrets to finding designer shoes at a discount, without going to eBay.</p> <h3>1. Online Designer Sales</h3> <p>Sample sales are gold mines for getting discounted designer goods. These sales may feature excess merchandise from the current season or goods that didn't sell from last season. In ancient times, you had to find where sample sales were being held and travel by foot and compete with other shoppers; those days are no more. Now, there are several websites that host sample sales on a regular basis. <a href="http://www.gilt.com/">Gilt</a>, <a href="http://www.ruelala.com/">Rue La La</a>, <a href="http://www.ideeli.com/">Ideeli</a>, <a href="http://www.beyondtherack.com/">Beyond the Rack</a>, and <a href="http://www.hautelook.com/">Haute Look</a> are just a few.</p> <p>Once you become a site member, you will receive emails on a daily basis about which sales are coming. Look for the shoe designers. Try to visit the site as soon as possible when the sale starts because the inventory may run out quickly. The discounts are deep.</p> <h3>2. Shoe Clubs</h3> <p>The best way to learn about shoe sales is from other shoe lovers. Other than your inner shoe circle, where can you find other shoe lovers? A shoe club. Check out <a href="http://www.hellostiletto.com/">Hello Stiletto</a>. Since 2004, the club started with a handful of friends in Boston and has grown to over 10,000 members across the country. If Hello Stiletto doesn't have a chapter in your area, contact the club president, Melissa O'Shea, to learn about starting a chapter.</p> <p>Hello Stiletto offers many social events, but there are also occasional retail events offered at boutiques and different retailers. In Las Vegas, we had a great retail event held at a designer outlet and there was an additional discount. This was a special treat for Hello Stiletto members and an unusual way to get a really good bargain.</p> <h3>3. Consignment Shops</h3> <p>Consignment shops are often full of designer treasures. In many big cities, certain shops deal only in designer goods, but do not be afraid! The prices are still reasonable. You may be able to pick up a pair of perfect designer bejeweled strappy sandals that have only been worn once for $100.</p> <h3>4. Thrift Stores</h3> <p>A thrift store maven taught me some important lessons about how to shop in thrift stores properly. First, excess inventory from local warehouse stores often goes to thrift stores, so you can purchase unworn brand names. I've often seen stray pairs of designer shoes in clearance, so it is likely that these may also end up at the thrift stores, all alone, waiting for you. The best approach is to befriend the staff and find out when the new shoe inventories arrive. Hit the store on that day and see if there are any designer treasures to find! Also, various thrift stores will have specials on different days of the week. Find out when those specials are and make use of those days to get additional discounts. For example, you might be able to get an extra 20% off on Wednesdays.</p> <h3>5. Retail Store Specials</h3> <p>Living in Las Vegas has a lot of special perks. There are designer shoes in retail stores all over the strip. However, we've got one of two Manolo Blahnik stores in North America in the Wynn Esplanade.</p> <p>Twice a year, in May and November, there is a 50% off sale at the store. You simply need to call (702) 770-3477, talk to a sales person, provide your email address and be put on the mailing list. You'll be emailed images and prices. A similar sale happens at the New York store in January and July. The discounts, like the shoes, are incredible.</p> <p><em>Do you have any other tips or secrets for getting great discounts on designer shoes?</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Danielle Liss. Danielle is a lawyer and shoe lover who lives in Las Vegas. Danielle is <a href="http://www.thefrugallawyer.com/">The Frugal Lawyer</a> and one half of <a href="http://www.danielleandrobin.com/">Danielle &amp; Robin</a>. Read more by Danielle:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.thefrugallawyer.com/2010/02/thoughts-on-impulse-buying.html">Thoughts on Impulse Buying</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thefrugallawyer.com/2010/01/debt-a-karate-chop-to-the-throat-and-a-kick-to-the-business.html">Debt: A karate chop to the throat and a kick to the business</a></li> <li><a href="http://kittenagogo.com/2010/01/facebook-bra-colors-and-breast-cancer-awareness.html">Facebook, Bra Colors, and Breast Cancer Awareness</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/danielle-liss">Danielle Liss</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-discounted-designer-shoes-without-using-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye">Want Stylish Shoes That Last for Years? Try Frye</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/go-topless-this-summer-with-strapless-flip-flops">Go topless this summer with strapless flip-flops.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals">Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-comfortable-stylish-clarks-dress-shoes-for-men">Stuff We Love: Comfortable, Stylish Clarks Dress Shoes for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/on-your-feet-for-cheap-the-best-discount-shoe-retailers-on-the-web">On Your Feet for Cheap: The Best Discount Shoe Retailers on the Web</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping cheap shoes designer shoes shoes Mon, 29 Mar 2010 17:00:02 +0000 Danielle Liss 6096 at http://www.wisebread.com Simple Ways to Give Dirty Shoes the Boot http://www.wisebread.com/simple-ways-to-give-dirty-shoes-the-boot <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/simple-ways-to-give-dirty-shoes-the-boot" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shoes on washer.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="122" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I have only owned my new sneakers for a month.<span> </span>But they look like I’ve had them since high school.<span> </span>I’m not sure if it is because I wear them 19 hours a day / 7 days a week, or if it is because I live in a rural area with lots of mud and dirt.<span> </span>Either way, they are gross, and I need them looking good again.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I remember the expression on a friend’s face when she saw me pull my sneaks from the washing machine.<span> </span>“You wash your tennis shoes?”<span> </span>Why not?<span> </span>They get clean, don’t they?<span> </span>And you too can clean your shoes the same way you clean any other washable garment.<span> </span>Just follow these simple rules for best results:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Know your materials</strong> – Most tennis shoes can be washed in a washing machine.<span> </span>(Shoes that contain suede leather or cheaper versions of pleather should probably avoid the washer.)<span> </span>For an idea of how they will hold up in the wash, wet an inconspicuous area with a wet wash rag and some liquid dish soap.<span> </span>If it dries looking funky, they weren’t meant to get wet.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Know your machine</strong> – Shoes are best washed on the shortest cycle with cold water and a regular amount of laundry soap.<span> </span>Some people swear by adding a little BIZ or some stain-lifting additives, but it’s not really necessary.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Skip the dryer</strong> – I know that it is possible to dry some shoes on a tumble-dry low heat setting and not ruin them.<span> </span>But why risk it?<span> </span>Since the only types this really works well on are canvas or cotton types, just settle for air drying.<span> </span>Putting some wadded up newspaper into the toes of the shoes and then setting them out for a day is the most carefree method.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Help the drying process, if you must</strong> – What if you don’t have a day to wait?<span> </span>Shoes can be placed next to a dehumidifier with the toes pointing up.<span> </span>If you don’t have a dehumidifier, put the shoes on their side in your refrigerator next to the bottom vent. (The fridge condenser removes water.) </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Some other tips</strong>:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you absolutely are not convinced that washing your shoes in the washer is the way to go, consider using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove grime on the outside of the shoe.<span> </span>(Whitewall tire cleaner also makes a splendid shoe cleaner.) If it’s more an issue of odor that you’re concerned with, just remove the shoe insole and throw those in the wash.<span> </span>(Or replace them completely with new insoles containing odor guard.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Don’t ever place shoes in the dishwasher.<span> </span>Never try drying them in the oven.<span> </span>And if you wear Etonics (yeah, I know… some of us have actually owned a pair) never, ever dry them.<span> </span>You will end up with something like this:</p> <p align="center"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u148/mangled_shoes.jpg" alt="mangled sneaks" title="Mangled Sneaks" width="400" height="219" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&#39;s easy to give your kicks a good washing now and again, and with the proper care, they can look great for years!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-ways-to-give-dirty-shoes-the-boot">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-collectibles-that-almost-always-become-more-valuable">10 Collectibles That Almost Always Become More Valuable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-surprising-uses-for-vinegar">21 Surprising Uses for Vinegar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-wonderful-household-uses-for-essential-oils">13 Wonderful Household Uses for Essential Oils</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks cleaning life hack shoes sneakers Thu, 20 Sep 2007 17:53:46 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1187 at http://www.wisebread.com Crocs bite! Shoes pose danger on escalators. http://www.wisebread.com/crocs-bite-shoes-pose-danger-on-escalators <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/badcroc.jpg" alt="bad croc" title="bad croc" width="359" height="359" /></p> <p>How many of you think Crocs are just the best thing since sliced bread? I&#39;d have to put my hand up, too. But several news stories have broken in the last few days that say Crocs are a hazard on escalators and that several injuries have already led to malls and other public places banning Crocs. </p> <p><a href="http://www.kpho.com/health/13696864/detail.html">News 5, in Pheonix, AZ, </a> has reported that children are having their Crocs shoes ripped off in escalators. This is most likely due to the design of the shoe, which fits loose for comfort and is made of a rubber-like material for support and grip. However, these benefits soon become a hazard on a fast-moving escalator. If the shoe gets too close to the edge, the rubber substance and loose fit provide perfect conditions for a shoe being pulled down into the machinery.</p> <p>Doctors have always warned of escalator dangers, especially with children involved. The machinery is built to endure a lot, and may not stop if a child&#39;s foot is dragged into the mechanism. The Croc shoe could be an ideal way for that horrific eventually to become real.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=45313&amp;sc=89">The Daily News </a> in Canada also reports that signs warning of the dangers have started to appear in malls. Expect to see them in a mall near you soon. The soft sole of a Croc does not stand up well to escalators, like a harder-soled sneaker. If the Croc gets stuck in the side, it could very well pull down a child&#39;s foot in seconds.</p> <p>After doing a little more digging, I discovered that this is not a new danger. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=2530368">ABC </a> reported the story way back in 2005, along with the tale a little girl who&#39;s foot was sucked into the side of a moving escalator.Why am I, and you, only just hearing about this then? </p> <p>A spokesperson for Crocs is standing behind the shoe, saying they are &quot;completely safe&quot; and that escalators have always been a danger. However, although I&#39;ll still be wearing my Crocs I now have serious doubts about letting my toddler daughter wear Crocs, especially near escalators. </p> <p>It&#39;s also worth noting that flip-flops can pose a similar threat, so basically take extra care folks. Let&#39;s try and have a safe summer. </p> <p><em>Main image by me. I thank you. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/crocs-bite-shoes-pose-danger-on-escalators">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-children-hurt-in-crocs-related-accidents">More children hurt in Crocs-related accidents.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-kids-eat-free-restaurants">Best Kids Eat Free Restaurants</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-bad-money-habits-youre-teaching-your-kids">4 Bad Money Habits You&#039;re Teaching Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fun-games-that-teach-your-kids-about-money">6 Fun Games That Teach Your Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-expenses-you-should-never-cut">8 Expenses You Should Never Cut</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs children Crocs danger escalators hazard Health kids shoes warning Wed, 18 Jul 2007 03:48:00 +0000 Paul Michael 857 at http://www.wisebread.com Go topless this summer with strapless flip-flops. http://www.wisebread.com/go-topless-this-summer-with-strapless-flip-flops <!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_start --></p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/flipflopDM_468x527.jpg" alt="topless flip flop" title="topless flip flop" width="267" height="302" /></p> <p>They&#39;ve been around for some time, but I&#39;ve yet to see anyone wearing them. Maybe that’s because they haven’t caught on here, or they feel funky on your feet. But whatever the reason, I can’t wait to see them gain popularity. I’m talking, of course, about topless flip-flops.</p> <p>The idea is sheer simplicity. Take a regular flip-flop, remove all of the straps and place a sticky substance on the sole. In effect, you’re walking around barefoot (which is very cool for folks annoyed by the infamous flip-flop tan lines). Below, a video from one of the many websites now offering &quot;nude&quot; flip-flops explains it all.</p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/fkulAJS9D88" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/fkulAJS9D88" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><p><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">How long do they stay sticky for? </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span"><span style="font-weight: normal" class="Apple-style-span">I did some digging on this. Various sites offering the sandals have various answers. Most say that the sandals stay sticky until they get too dirty, then you simply wash them with some soapy water and the sticky surface is refreshed. And after 1 year, you&#39;ll probably have to replace them. But at $12.99 a pair, no big deal.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">What are the main advantages? </span></p> <p>No tan lines. That&#39;s the biggie (not for me, I&#39;m as white as an albino ghost). Another huge advantage is the rubbing you don&#39;t get between your toes. With regular flip-flops, many people suffer from blisters and irritation from the strap. No more. Also, they don&#39;t fall off! I have this problem with my current flip-flops, but with topless sandals the sole is stuck to your foot. And when you&#39;re done, you peel it off.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">Where do I get a pair?</span></p> <p>Just do a google search for &quot;topless sandals&quot; or &quot;topless flip-flops&quot; and you&#39;ll be taken to a plethora of stores. Personally, I like Amazon.com.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MXMLAM?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000MXMLAM">Topless Sandals (Womens)</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000MXMLAM" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MXJ9XY?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000MXJ9XY">Topless Sandals (Mens)</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000MXJ9XY" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> <p>They&#39;re as trustworthy as online stores get. But if you find them cheaper somewhere else, it&#39;s your call. Now, let&#39;s get naked everyone. Summer isn&#39;t around for much longer. </p> </p> </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><!-- google_ad_section_end --><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/go-topless-this-summer-with-strapless-flip-flops">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-8-everyday-buys-will-be-cheaper-this-summer">These 8 Everyday Buys Will Be Cheaper This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-foot-creams">The 5 Best Foot Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye">Want Stylish Shoes That Last for Years? Try Frye</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals">Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-time-for-summer-shopping-in-europe">Best Time For Summer Shopping In Europe!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping down-unders feet flip-flops nude sandals Sandals shoes summer Fri, 06 Jul 2007 17:17:11 +0000 Paul Michael 805 at http://www.wisebread.com Ugliest shoes in the world - now less than $10. http://www.wisebread.com/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10 <p><img width="389" height="389" title="teva" alt="teva" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/teva.jpg" /></p> <p>When I first saw Crocs, I thought they were bad. But, they grew on me. I own a pair.</p> <p>Now, thanks to Amazon, a coupon code I'm about to give you, and the good folks at Teva, you can get a pair of what I now consider to be the ugliest shoes on this Earth for less than $10, a saving of $75. Aren't you lucky...and brave.</p> <p><strong>Teva Mimmick shoes come with the following description...</strong></p> <p><em>&quot;Using styling from our professional kayaking bootie, the P2, and applying street appeal, the Mimmik is perfect for travel, office or strolling around town. With the use of a Mush insole (trust us, it feels like it sounds), the Mimmik is the ultimate in comfort.&quot;</em></p> <p>Honestly, I have trouble figuring out what the 'street appeal' is, but maybe I'm getting old. And get this. They don't just come in the weird black color shown above. They also come in brown. Woot! Brown rubber, now that's surely stylish.</p> <p><img width="295" height="295" title="mud teva" alt="mud teva" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/mud_teva_0.jpg" /></p> <p>They also make a great gift for, ummm, Klingons. Although even in the distant reaches of outer space, I still suspect these things look just as goofy. Not that I'd ever call a Kilngon goofy...I value my skin, and would prefer not to have it peeled off. I digress.</p> <p>To get your pair of Teva, all you need to do is click this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MFA25Q/ref=nosim/?tag=dealnewscom580-20">link</a> . Once you've picked your style and size, apply the following code <strong>ASEV2794 </strong>to cut the price in half, making then just $9.90 plus around $6 shipping.</p> <p>If you buy a pair, can you send me a picture of yourself wearing them at the office. I've been sick recently and could use a good laugh.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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