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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Coming Soon | Hey Dude Shoes

Created for one purpose only, Hey Dude Shoes says they are attempting to bridge the gap between comfort and style by, “combining the weightlessness of a slipper with the dapper of a dress shoe.”

Well, building a bridge is what they set out to do, and build a bridge they did. Check out this video of a few peoples’ reactions to the shoes.

Shoe Metro should get it’s first shipment of Hey Dude Shoes early in May, so check back with us in a couple weeks to grab a pair for your guy! Here’s a sneak peak at a few of the styles we’ll carry:

Hey Dude Shoes | Vinci

Hey Dude Shoes | Vinci

Hey Dude Shoes | Riva

Hey Dude Shoes | Riva

Hey Dude Shoes | Wally

Hey Dude Shoes | Wally

What do you guys think of these shoes? Stylish?

Don’t be shy, post a comment on Facebook, pin a pic on Pinterest, Tweet us up on Twitter, or comment below – we’d love to hear from you!

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Nike Stores Launch Twitter RSVP

Ever gone in for a pair of fresh new Nikes and come out with a fresh pair of black eyes?

Nike

Nike

Nike

We feel your pain.

Mobs of anxious Nike enthusiasts waiting in line for days to get their feet into the newest release from the athletic shoe gurus aren’t going to play nice when those doors open up and that burst of fresh leather and plastic hits their faces. Oh no, they won’t play nice at all.

In an effort to make the experience of landing your fresh pair of sneaks a more enjoyable one, Nike has made it possible for you to reserve a pair via Twitter. Yes, Twitter.

Nike has set up designated “RSVP Dates” on which they will Tweet a hashtagged term relating to the shoe that is being released. Nike’s followers then have one hour to direct message the store with the hashtag, last four digits of their State/Passport/Military/School ID number, and shoe size. A successful Nike shoe reservation will be confirmed by a direct message from Nike to the follower. All that’s left is to snag your sneaks from the store. Done and done.

Check out more info on Nike’s Twitter RSVP here.

What do you guys think? Good idea, or is Nike just getting sneaky (Ha! Because they sell sneakers…get it?) about building their Twitter following?

Would you use Nike’s Twitter RSVP?

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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.

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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!

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Globe Bantam Boards + Bantam Babes = One Vivacious Vid

Here’s one for all you skate junkies out there (OK – all you non-skate junkies are invited too)! Not only does Globe produce quality skate shoes, they also create quality boards. Go figure. Globe debuted their stiffer, wider, longer lasting Bantam Cruiser Board, and produced this awesome vid to go with.

San Diegans – you can get your hands on a Bantam Board to go with your pair of equally awesome Globe shoes in our retail store.

Anyone already have one of these boards and want to tell us what you think of it? Share your experience with Globe’s board and / or shoes – we’re all ears!

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

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Video | Creative Recreation Spring 2012 Inspiration

Creative Recreation debuted this decadent vid of the inspiration behind their Spring 2012 collection. Check out the seductive, sultry imagery that gives us a peek into the creative minds behind the newest styles Creative Recreation has to offer.

Peruse these Spring 2012 styles exclusively from Creative Recreation:

$64.99 | Creative Recreation Lacava

$64.99 | Creative Recreation Lacava

Also check ‘em out in black.

Like this style, but want to see more colors? Check out the entire collection of Creative Recreation Solano.

$85.99 | Creative Recreation Solano

$85.99 | Creative Recreation Solano

$40.99 | Creative Recreation Cesario Lo

$40.99 | Creative Recreation Cesario Lo

Like these? Love on more colors of the Cesario Lo!

Or, browse Creative Recreation kicks from previous seasons that are always in style.

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

So fresh.

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“Black and Tan” Shoe Leaves Nike Black and Blue?

We’re all painfully aware of the politically correct day and age in which we live (or are we…?). We don’t have mailmen, we have letter carriers. We must use the polite pronunciations of Uranus and harass (it’s Ur-uh-nuss and hare-as, duh) unless we want to raise eyebrows. Unfortunately, Nike might not be so in tune with these social stigmas.

While Nike obviously had their bottom line in mind, their attempt to capitalize on the follies and casual drinking of St. Patrick’s Day may have their revenue reeling. The release of a shoe donned the “Black and Tan” has the Irish community up in arms, as the history of that term is less than flattering.

Nike Black and Tan

Nike Black and Tan

As far as the alchemy of alcohol in the U.S. is concerned, a Black and Tan is simply a dark beer (such as Guinness) poured over pale ale (such as Bass), thus creating a layered effect in your pint glass – black on top, tan on the bottom. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a beverage commonly consumed in Ireland.

In Ireland, Black and Tans won’t have you feeling warm and fuzzy after you have a few. The Black and Tans were a paramilitary group that became infamous for atrocities committed against Irish civilians during the Irish War of Independence. The term “Black and Tan” is still an irreverent term in Ireland, and is not likely to lose its negative connotation any time soon.

Are we pushing the limits of political correctness to the point that we’re making mountains out of mole hills, or is there a real problem here?

What do you think? Should Nike apologize? Possibly rename the shoe?

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Would You Ever….

…buy shoes designed by Kanye West?

He raps, he manages record labels, he steals the spotlight from sweet country bumpkins giving awards speeches, and he…designs shoes?

That’s right, folks. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better. Kanye West teamed up with shoemaker Giuseppe Zanotti to create two pairs of women’s shoes that most of us would have to take out a loan to own.

These stiletto sandals, crafted from calf leather (calling all PETA members!), are embroidered with enough pearls to make an oyster cry. Price tag: $4,968.07 (plus shipping + handling from Paris, of course).

Zanotti-West Collaboration Shoe

Zanotti-West Collaboration Shoe

The more affordable (ha!) option are these strappy stiletto sandals in black. Also made from calf leather, but sans the ocean accoutrements, you can add these kicks to your collection for a mere $792.

Zanotti-West Collaboration Shoe

Zanotti-West Collaboration Shoe

So, let’s say you were just handed a check for $5,000. Which pair would you spring for?

Post a pic of your shoe splurge and it could end up on our Pinterest page!

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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!

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