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Early Bird Gift Ideas – Plan Ahead This Holiday Season!

So, you’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice, and if you’re anything like me you’ve had to find (emphasis on find) and then combine the twelve or so lists that you’ve been attempting to keep all year long so that you can oh so wittily surprise someone with something they mentioned they needed back in March. Now that you’ve got your list together, you actually have to move from the planning phase to the execution phase.  And yes, you should get the things on said list prior to the week before Christmas.

I know Hurricane Sandy is really messing with the execution phase of this plan, but never fear, Shoe Metro is here.  We’ve put together some of our most popular items so we can suggest some Early Bird Gift Ideas just for you. Perhaps you’ll find the motivation you need to get a head start on the holiday season. You know what they say…

Early Bird Gift Idea #1 | Slippers

Early Bird Gift Ideas - Slipper Suggestions

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Early Bird Gift Idea #2 | Warm Winter Boots

Early Bird Gift Ideas - Warm Winter Boots

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Early Bird Gift Idea #3 | Hand Picked Classics

Early Bird Gift Ideas - Hand Picked Classics

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Early Bird Gift Idea #4 | On Trend

Early Bird Gift Ideas - Trendy Winter Wardrobes

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Early Bird Gift Idea #5 | Sporty Styles

Early Bird Gift Ideas - Sporty Styles

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Early Bird Gift Idea #6 | Casual & Comfortable

Early Bird Gift Ideas - Casual & Comfortable

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Were these suggestions helpful? Let us know in the comments below, on our Facebook page or via Twitter. You can also check out tips, tricks and videos on our Pinterest page!

Mens Summer Shoes with Style – Forget the Sandals and Flip Flops

Summer’s in full swing guys, so its time to step your summer style up and ditch the sandals and flip flops. Unlike our female counterparts, your feet aren’t that appealing and no one’s going to compliment you on your pedicure. Whether at the beach, park, pool restaurant patio, or on a boat you’re going to want casual shoes that will complete your summer outfit. And with this heat wave to consider, going sockless with shorts is also a priority. So, here are 10 mens shoes to keep you comfy, cool and looking good this scorching summer.

Nautica Hyannis


Nautica Hyannis

Of course we have to start with a classic boat shoe. This Nautica Hyannis, shown above in sand dollar, is a good color choice for sandy situations. It features leather lacing and moc toe stitching, along with a removable, padded insole for cool comfort. These are leather upper and rubber lower shoes are sure to look good for several summer seasons.

Vans Bali


Vans Bali

Vans are known for their clean cut, casual sneakers and loafers; the Bali model shown here a perfect example. Made out of lightweight canvas, these are also an affordable choice, giving you the option to pick up a few colors to match your outfit without making any sacrifices.

Nautica Carlsbad


Nautica Carlsbad

Nautica’s casual take on the oxford shoe results in a classier sneaker to pair with any summer event. Shown here in an appropriate nautical blue, it features a fabric upper with suede accents and a padded collar. Keep away from denim shorts while you’re wearing these unless, of course, you’re going for the full Canadian tuxedo.

Rockport Greenbrook


Rockport Greenbrook

This loafer combines a casual moc toe with a traditional penny keeper strap. Shown here in supple Vicuna Suede, the inside still keeps you cool and comfy with a leather lining, EVA footbed, adiPRENE cushioning and polyurethane outsole.

Hush Puppies Winns


Hush Puppies Winns

For a more casual, but still sharp looking loafer, the Hush Puppies Winns is a perfect choice. It features a low-cut for the look, but with padded collar and tongue to still keep your ankle supported. Inside is a smooth lining a cushioned insole and a vulcanized rubber sole for the comfort we’ve come to expect from Hush Puppies.

Sperry Top Sider Bahama 2 Eye


Sperry Top Sider Bahama 2 Eye

We have to take a look at least one other boat shoe and seeing as Sperry made Top Siders the go to name, we’ve got to shine some light on them. This is the Bahama 2 Eye, making note of the lace holes. This traditional design comes with leather laces and a canvas upper. Nothing makes you look any fresher in the sun than white boat shoes. Make sure to use some shoe protector to keep it that way and don’t forget the canvas makes it easy to clean.

Sebago Dolphin


Sebago Dolphin

The Sebago Dolphin Dockside blends a boat shoe with a loafer in a more formal package. Shown here in a rich red brown, it features hand sewn full-grain leather, ¾ leather sock lining, rawhide laces, non-corrosive brass eyelets and non-marking rubber soles. It is perfect for those of you who want to go sockless in a pair of loafers without having the same top siders as everybody else.

Sanuk Kyoto


Sanuk Kyoto

Heading to the other end of the spectrum, here’s an example of an extremely casual loafer. The Sanuk brand was invented in California as an sandal alternative, designed to survive plenty of water. It features a frayed fabric upper, with an EVA footbed with anti-microbial treatment to maintain freshness while keeping your feet cushioned. Honestly, you probably wouldn’t have to ever take these off if you didn’t want to. They are that comfortable. That being said, please make sure you take them off on occasion.

Keds Army Twill Jute Wrap


Keds Army Twill Jute Wrap

This version of the Keds Army Twill shoe successfully takes an casual oxford look, but adds a tropical vibe with its jute wrapped sole. Jute is a fantastic little environmentally friendly plant whose fiber is used in India and South Asian countries to create textiles for a huge variety of applications (literally massive). Here we see it for summer style points, toning down the attention-grabbing burgundy fabric upper.

Sperry Top Sider Largo Slip On


Sperry Top Sider Largo Slip On

This urban loafer from Sperry is sure to be popular in this heat with its perforated suede upper. It’s taupe coloring is accented with contrast stitching, a padded collar and soft leather lining for comfort. The contour footbed features a removable Foot Dry lining and Wave-Siping traction to suit it to wet conditions.

While flip flops and sandals are fine for some people, hopefully this has brought you to realize that they’re not the only summer kicks that can keep your feet happy in this ridiculous heat. Many of these casual summer ready shoes are affordably priced or already on sale with summer fully underway. Don’t stop at these ten shoes, though. Be sure to check out our other offerings in your favorite style and pick your perfect summer shoe.

Choose the Best Shoes for Your Workout

Get Your Summer Body On: Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Workout

Best Shoes For Your Workout

The months just before and during summer are the best to be active. Longer days mean more hours of sunlight after you’ve put in your 9-to-5 at work. Barbeques, the beach and summer sun – who doesn’t want to be outside and look good while doing it? Gearing up can be expensive, but not when you can get brand name discount shoes. If you’re not yet at your summertime prime, here’s a list of the best footwear that’ll help get you from flab to fab in no time. If you’re a beginner, big name and big dollar shoes are best left to the experts. Stick with the basics. Comfort, quality and practicality are what you need.

Running
If running is your sport of choice, there are three main categories of shoes to explore.

Motion Control Running Shoes
Look into these if you have a low arch or flat feet. Motion control running shoes are designed to counteract the natural inward rotation (overpronation) that commonly afflicts runners with low arches. These shoes tend to be more rigid and bulky – their structure helps prevent the excessive rotation that often times leads to injuries.

With its firm midsole and rigid structure, the New Balance WR1012 is a great option when it comes to motion control running shoes.

New Balance WR1012

Stability Running Shoes
These shoes are the Goldilocks of running shoes – not too firm and not too cushioned – they’re just right. Designed for runners with a normal instep, that is, not too arched and not too flat, stability running shoes enlist only moderate control features.

Nike Linarlite+ 2 A great shoe for the normal-footed runner, the Nike Lunarlite+ 2 is lighter than its motion control counterpart, but maintains a high level of support and cushioning.

Cushioned Running Shoes
This one might be pretty self explanatory. Look to cushioned running shoes for relief if you have high arches. The increased cushioning in these shoes allows for greater support and shock absorption that aren’t naturally provided by high-arch insteps.

K Swiss Tubes Run 100 are perfect for the job. Enhanced flexibility is achieved by the anatomically correct flex-grooves. The cushioned midsole is complimented and enhanced by the feature that gives this shoe its name – the tubes. K Swiss Tubes Run 100

Hiking
If you enjoy taking your exercise with a dose of fresh air and a side of nature, then hiking is probably where your next adventure lies. For the light to moderate hiker who enjoys day hikes, or weekend backpacking trips where you may be carrying light loads, a hiking boot with a mid or high cut is ideal. These kinds of boots can be moderately flexible, and are perfect for ankles that are prone to rolling.

Hi Tec Total Terrain Mid WP

Take a look at the Hi Tec Total Terrain Mid WP for durable waterproof construction and comfort.

CrossFit
If you’re gnarly enough to tackle CrossFit, you deserve a shoe that can keep up. You want to look for a shoe that’s lightweight (think lots of mesh), durable (let’s face it, these shoes are going to be put through the ultimate test of quality) and has a neutral (or close to) drop from the heel to the toe. This neutral drop increases ankle and knee stability and decreases your chances of getting hurt.

Start with a shoe that was named one of the best CrossFit shoes of 2012, the New Balance WX20. New Balance WX20

So go on, get out there and tackle your Summer get-fit routine. No matter what your workout obsession, you’ve got a good idea of where to start when choosing the footwear that will keep you comfortable and coming back for more.

Let us know how you get fit for summer in the comments below, on our Facebook page or via Twitter. You can also check out tips, tricks and videos on our Pinterest page!

Runners Rejoice! Re-Introducing The New Balance 990 Series

Employing ABZORB and ENCAP technology, the New Balance 990 has proven itself as the most popular New Balance series nationwide. While it doesn’t score major points in the fashion category, the New Balance 990 has won over the hearts and feet of runners everywhere. Boasting comfort, durability and a new attitude, the 2012 New Balance 990 is said to be an excellent choice for the larger runner, or runners who have a heavy heel strike. Runners rejoice over the minimal-to-non-existent break-in time, and the fact that the design and ammenities of the shoe change very little with each new version released.

What’s that you say? Still not convinced? Here’s another tick mark for the plus category. New Balance athletic shoes are American made! Take a peek into one of the New Balance factories located in Norridgewock, Maine.

 

An ideal choice for both the marathon-a-month runner and the casually active body alike, the 2012 New Balance 990 may very well be the ugly duckling of running shoes. Not the best looking of the bunch, but definitely has the most heart. Give it a chance and you’ll see how beautiful it is on the inside. Advanced runners, beginners and the like won’t find a better option. Outfitted to make your run (and the hours after) more comfortable than any other running shoe you’ve worn before, the 2012 New Balance 990 series is your key to comfort, quality and dependability.

New Balance 990 Series

2012 New Balance 990

2012 New Balance 990

New Balance 990 Series

2012 New Balance 990

New Balance 990 Series

Let’s hear it! We’d love to know what you think about the New Balance 990 series, or about shoes in general. Post comments and // or questions below, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

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Fall In Love | Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2012

Don’t hold back – fall in love this Fall! I know you’ll probably still be hung up on Spring and Summer, but I’ll keep you one step ahead of the trends so you can start fresh with Fall long before it’s here. Spring and Summer might be a little jealous, but it’ll totally be worth it.

Rachel Roy, a Pantone designer, says this Fall’s color palette is inspired by Nature’s landscape. “The color palette contrasts between dark tones of Granite, Slate and Soil with pops of Bright Pinks and Purples; prominent colors of warm and cool shades of Green and Berry with brushed Coppers are combined in beautiful silhouettes.”

Click on the Pantone color bubble below that tickles your fancy to see our similarly hued shoe suggestion.

Pantone

Naya Lark Chinese Laundry Cupcakes Rocket Dog Cutie Chinese Laundry Moving On Nine West Rocha Nine West Colourcode Jessica Simpson Waleo Joan & David Honoria Paris Hilton Corine Pour La Victoire Portia

Check out the full Pantone Fashion Color Report for more details and hue cues!

Don’t be shy! Post your questions and suggestions here. PLUS post a pic of the craziest color shoes you have and it just might end up on our Pinterest page.

Fall 2012 | Styles Fresh Off The Runway

Yep – just when you think you’ve got your wardrobe squared away, the fashion gurus (always one step ahead…or three) throw something new at you. Before Summer is here, and even before Fall takes hold and the trees burn bright with leaves of red and orange, we’ve got your inside look at the styles you can expect to see in fashion this Fall. Here’s a hint…

Mia Xiomara | $89.99

Mia Xiomara | $89.99

DURANGO RD542 Slouch Top | $124.99

Durango RD542 Slouch Top | $124.99

Durango RD594 Crossroads | $114.99

Durango RD594 Crossroads | $114.99

Word on the streets (aka the runways) is that we’re looking at a Wild West inspired wardrobe. That’s right. Saddle up ‘cuz you’re in for a rustic ride…and we’re not talking about a trip to your local antique mall.

2 Lips Too Grit | $21.99

2 Lips Too Grit | $21.99

Style & Co Izzy | $34.99

Style & Co Izzy | $34.99

Madden Girl Snapshot | $20.99

Madden Girl Snapshot | $20.99

Kelsi Dagger Lola | $54.99

Kelsi Dagger Lola | $54.99

Pour La Victoire Kira | $93.99

Pour La Victoire Kira | $93.99

B. Makowsky Inga | $48.99

B. Makowsky Inga | $48.99

Prairie dresses with a modern twist, country prints, denim and distressed leather are what define this look. If you take care of things from the knees up, we’ll handle the rest…here are some of our fave Western looks that’ll take you from Spring on the prairie to Fall on the range. Well…maybe just from work to happy hour, but you get the point.

Vince Camuto Elixer | $33.99

Vince Camuto Elixer | $33.99

Aerosoles Chlambake | $53.99

Aerosoles Chlambake | $53.99

Jessica Simpson Danson | $39.99

Jessica Simpson Danson | $39.99

Post a pic of your fave Western style boots or outfit and it could end up on our Pinterest page!

Crazy For Color! | Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012

Pantone is the authority for anything and everything color in the fashion world. With colors like Tangerine Tango, Solar Power and Cabaret we can already tell this will be a bright season. Use their Fashion Color Report to stock your closet for Spring 2012 and find the hottest styles in the most decadent colors!

Pantone | Fashion Color Report Spring 2012

Pantone | Fashion Color Report Spring 2012

Check out these awesome colors on kicks from the Shoe Metro collection – Spring, here we come!

Rocket Dog Dana | $49.99

Rocket Dog Dana | $49.99

CASADEI 1521C | $98.99

CASADEI 1521C | $98.99

BCBGirls Clady | $52.99

BCBGirls Clady | $52.99

Madden Girl Toriie | $43.99

Madden Girl Toriie | $43.99

Guess By Marciano Marietta | $62.99

Guess By Marciano Marietta | $62.99

80%20 Flora Ankle Boots | $38.99

80%20 Flora Ankle Boots | $38.99

Moda Spana Shugie Wedges | $34.99

Moda Spana Shugie Wedges | $34.99

Rocket Dog Costa | $39.99

Rocket Dog Costa | $39.99

Kelsi Dagger Linzy | $59.99

Kelsi Dagger Linzy | $59.99

Pour La Victoire Portia | $161.99

Pour La Victoire Portia | $161.99

Post a pic of your fave color shoes and it could end up on our Pinterest page!

After The Oscars | Fashion Feats And Fashion Flops

The stars hit the red carpet on Sunday with uber class, and a little sass. Or maybe, uber sass and a little class. Either way, with bling shining, hair flowing and faces glowing, the stars flaunted their best (and worst) ensembles for the commoners (aka you and me) to oogle over. And yes, we’re judging them. So while you’re crammed in coach, cruisin’ in your sub-compact import, or chillin’ in your postage stamp-sized apartment, take comfort knowing that we can openly turn our noses up at celeb fashion flops.

We’re head over heels for this glittery number! We all know glitter is where it’s at right now, so jump on the bandwagon and shine it up! We’d pair this enviable ensemble with these hot heels.

2012 Oscars | Ellie Kemper

2012 Oscars | Ellie Kemper

Oscar Worthy | Jessica Simpson Waleo | $64.99

Oscar Worthy | Jessica Simpson Waleo | $64.99

Golly, we love Emma Stone – what’s not to adore? We just can’t help but wonder which mirror told her this would be it – this would be the dress she takes to the Academy Awards. She’s yelling at us through her wardrobe. Whispers, Emma. It’s whispers that get the most attention. Anyway, if the dress doesn’t do it for you, these shoes certainly will! We’d pair this fuchsia number with these classy pumps.

2012 Oscars | Emma Stone

2012 Oscars | Emma Stone

Oscar Worthy | Dereon Sasho | $44.99

Oscar Worthy | Dereon Sasho | $44.99

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this one has a lot to say. But we have questions for you, photograph. 1) Is Anna Faris drunk, or does she have a peg leg and we just didn’t know it? 2) Why did she dip herself in latex before she went to the Oscars? Rhetorical questions, of course, we love this funny front woman when she’s at her best. This just isn’t one of those times.

2012 Oscars | Anna Faris

2012 Oscars | Anna Faris

Oscar Worthy | Paris Hilton Nandi | $61.99

Oscar Worthy | Paris Hilton Nandi | $61.99

Saving the best for last – by far our fave fashion feat of the night! When you’re wearing such a superb gown, who cares what shoes you’re wearing? Just kidding…we care. Try these on for size.

2012 Oscars | Jessica Chastain

2012 Oscars | Jessica Chastain

Oscar Worthy | Kelsi Dagger Linzy In Bronze | $66.99

Oscar Worthy | Kelsi Dagger Linzy In Bronze | $66.99

Who do you think claimed a fashion feat, and who flopped??

As Seen In Footwear News Retail Guide | February 2012

Check her out!  Our very own Danielle Petri, buyer for Shoe Metro, was interviewed by industry standard setting publication Footwear News.  See the article below for a sneak peak at what you can expect to find in our line-up in the upcoming months, and tell us what you’re hoping to see in our footwear arsenal!

Footwear News Retail Guide | February 2012
Footwear News Retail Guide | February 2012
Danielle Petri | Booting Up

Danielle Petri | Booting Up

Color Me Spring! (PLUS A Pre-Sale Alert – Yay!)

Spring is in the air, people. As the seasons change, so must our wardrobes. Time to update your stockpile from browns, blacks and greys to the new it colors of spring. Feet – meet peep toes, sandals, pumps and flats donning coral, turquoise and purple hues. Vibrant colors and edgy designs define this seasons footgear.

Drab winter tones, exit stage left. Enter bold and inspiring spring and summer colors on relaxed styles!

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

We couldn’t have asked for a more versatile pump! Perfect for going from office to happy hour and…what do you know? It’s dressed in a lovely shade of purple that exemplifies the freshest Spring trend.
Relaxing day at the beach? Hangin’ out poolside, perhaps? Yes, please! These puppies are the perfect combination of island attitude and mainland fashion sense (not that the two are mutually exclusive, of course).
Rocket Dog Clover

Rocket Dog Clover

Steve Madden Manngo Platform Wedges

Steve Madden Manngo Platform Wedges

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Coral calling! This color looks great paired with just about any and every other color in the palette, and is the choice of many fashionistas for breaking free of Winter’s icy grip.
As promised – I’m letting you in early on our President’s Day sale – woot! Tomorrow through February 21, 2012, you can take 20 percent off of your entire order. Any price, any style, any shoe! Don’t jet out of here too quickly, though. You do need a code to take advantage of this smokin’ presidential deal. Do your shopping tonight, and head over to ShoeMetro.com first thing in the morning to grab your 20 percent off code.
Nautica Tomales Bay

Nautica Tomales Bay

Sperry Top Sider A/O 2-eye

Sperry Top Sider A/O 2-eye

Nautica Cvo Velcro

Nautica Cvo Velcro

Sperry Top Sider A/O Barrel Lace

Sperry Top Sider A/O Barrel Lace

Diba Car Laa

Diba Car Laa

Madden Girl Naughtyy Platforms

Madden Girl Naughtyy Platforms

Sperry Top Sider A/O Pump

Sperry Top Sider A/O Pump

Madden Girl Mayville

Madden Girl Mayville

We want to know — what color will you dare to wear this spring?

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