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The Ryka "Devotion"

As the only athletic performance footwear company in the world dedicated exclusively to women, rykä knows a thing or two about how to keep women’s feet healthy and comfortable even during the most strenuous workouts.

Take the lightweight and responsive rykä “Devotion” for example. This is the perfect hybrid training shoe that works with your body’s movement thanks to its proprietary Re-Zorb® active foam technology. This means a full-body challenge in every step—without all the bulk!

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1. Chrome Silver/Nirvana

2. Black/Bright Violet/Detox Blue

3. Chrome Silver/Lime Blaze/Atomic Pink

So whether it’s power walking, light weights or machine cardio, the rykä “Devotion” will make those workouts feel less like work—for your feet at least.

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Zappos Earns LEED Gold Certification

Hi friends!

The Zappos LEAF team wanted to share with you this very exciting press release that was issued last week! We are so proud to have earned LEED Gold certification for the new Zappos Las Vegas headquarters! A heart felt THANK YOU to all of our consultants, architects, contractors, project managers, and Zappos leaders that made this certification a reality!

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Las Vegas, NV – May 15, 2014 – Zappos.com, Inc., a leading destination in online apparel and footwear sales, is proud to announce that it has been awarded LEED® Gold certification for New Construction and Major Renovation, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is also internationally accepted as the standard for design, construction, and operation of high performance “green” buildings. The LEED system promotes a holistic approach to sustainability by recognizing five areas of human environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Zappos earned LEED Gold for New Construction and Major Renovation by renovating the 300,000 square foot Las Vegas City Hall; a staple of the downtown skyline. The Zappos headquarters relocated from Henderson, Nevada in October 2013 in order to blend Zappos’s unique culture of customer service with that of the urban Las Vegas community, while also considering the environmental impact of Zappos’s presence in the southwest.

The project was awarded points toward LEED Gold certification in the following ways:

  • A 25% reduction in energy use against the baseline consumption
  • Landscape irrigation and domestic water fixture improvements yielding a 57% reduction in water consumption against the baseline consumption
  • More than 20,000 yards of low-emitting, C2C certified Shaw EcoWorx carpeting, which contains 44.4% recycled content
  • A waste management plan during construction that led to over a 75% total waste diversion rate
  • 48 preferred parking spaces for Low Emitting and Fuel Efficient (LEFE) vehicles, as well as four electric car charging stations
  • A lighting power density (LPD) of 0.57 Watts per square foot—nearly half the average office LPD of 1.0 Watt per square foot
  • Allocation of less than 100 square feet per employee, therefore less energy used per square foot per employee (kWh/ ft2/employee)
  • Enhanced Commissioning (Cx) to verify that systems operate according to planned requirements (typically yields 5-16% additional improvements in efficiency)
  • Herman Miller furniture in workspaces and conference rooms comprised of total pre-and post-consumer recycled content ranging between 24 and 67%

In September and October of 2013, Zappos smoothly transitioned 1,500 employees to the newly renovated, 300,000 square foot headquarters over a period of 40 days. Brad Tomm, senior manager of campus operations and sustainability, managed logistics for the move and also spearheaded the campaign for LEED certification with the assistance of The Cadmus Group, a social good consulting firm. “We are excited and humbled to have earned this prestigious certification for our new headquarters. The benefits of building to LEED standards will be enjoyed by our Zappos family, the community, and the environment”, said Tomm.

Check out more awesome news from LEAF on Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: @Zappos_leaf

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Summer Flip Flops

Of all the sandals out there, none is more ubiquitous with summer than the flip flop. Whether you’re into the beach-friendly rubber variety or something fancier with embellishments, stocking up on this summertime classic is always a good idea.

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For Her:

1. Sperry Top-Sider “Calla”

2. Tkees “Lipglosses”

3. Flojos “Celine”

 

For Him:

1. Havaianas Top Mix Flip Flops

2. O’Neill “Groundswell ‘14”

3. Scott Hawaii “Hokulea”


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New Brand Spotlight: Fisher-Price

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Fisher-Price® products have been trusted for generations to help soothe, stimulate, entertain, feed — the list goes on and on, because the list of what baby needs goes on and on.

From baby rockers, bouncers, mobile gyms & toys, Fisher-Price designs with babies, toddlers and their parents' wellbeing in mind.

Perfectly practical, Fisher-Price essentials are designed to help parents be parents, and babies be just that — the amazing babies that they already are!

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Inspired By: Maxi Maven

In the sweltering heat of summer, there’s no better closet staple like a lightweight maxi dress. This throw-on-and-go essential couldn’t make it any easier to stay cool through hot days.

Check out our version of this easy summer look!

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1. ALDO “Guthlarie” Crossbody Bag

2. Chaser Silk Maxi Dress

3. Sam Edelman “Adora” Slide Sandals


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Bold Summer Socks from Stance

Summer is a time to be bold, a time to throw caution to the wind and have some fun with your outfit—right down to your socks. It’s true; your socks say a lot about you. While there’s a time and place for serious (i.e. boring) socks—summer is all about letting your personality shine with some show-stopping Stance socks!

Check out just a handful of our favorites. Wear these badboys loud and proud with heels, sneakers, ankle boots...or just by themselves lounging around the house!

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1. Stance "Isabelle"

2. Stance "Playa de Palm"

3. Stance "To Dye For"

4. Stance "Americana"

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New Brand Spotlight: BUKS by Walk Over

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Classic, time-honored styles with a twist! Buks™¸ from the makers of Walk-Over®¸ designs a full collection of footwear for men. With authentic vintage details, from decorative stitching and broguing to hand-burnished leathers, each one of Buks™ by Walk-Over´s iconic bucks, oxfords, wingtips and chukkas are designed with just a nod to historic style.

Modern elements¸ such as rugged outsoles¸ new colorations and streamlined silhouettes complement these heritage details¸ for timeless styles that are fresh¸ modern and relevant today. With a complete collection of looks for day, dress, work and weekend, Buks™ by Walk-Over® is proud to offer this collection of New American Classics.

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