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The Dansko "Thea" Clogs

A lot of shoe trends tend to put a premium on style while neglecting to factor in comfort. Well, when it comes to the timeless yet totally on-trend clog, there’s no need to sacrifice comfort for style thanks to the darling “Thea” clog by Dansko.

We love this fresh update on the basic clog with the addition of a moisture-wicking cushioned footbed. That’s right! No more having to pass up wooden clogs.

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The Thea comes in a few great colors to wear all year round. Consider your clog prayers answered.  Thanks, Dansko!

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New Brand Spotlight: Volley Australia

Tennis, Tennis shoes, Volley International, Volley Australia, Volley Australia sneakers, Volley Australia tennis shoes,tennis shoes, tennis footwear, tennis sneakers, Volley Sneakers, In 1939 an Australian footwear institution was born when Aussie tennis legend Adrian Quist won the Davis Cup in a pair of borrowed boat shoes. Inspired, he took the shoes back to his job at the Dunlop Rubber factory and went about emulating the boat shoes’ unique ‘herringbone’ grip in a shoe purpose built for tennis. The Volley was born, and became the tennis shoe of choice for a dynasty of Australian tennis champions.

Roll on to 1976 when Mark Edmonson won the Australian Open wearing a pair of Internationals, and Volley sealed a place in history as the great Australian sports shoe. Not only did this occasion put Volley in the history books, it marked a turning point that would see Volley transcend sporting greatness and enter the Australian psyche as a pop culture icon.

Australians all over the country were starting to discover the benefits of this humble homegrown shoe. What was once a sports shoe became ideal for all types of occasions; sports, street, weekend, leisure, even work. Today, Volleys grace the feet of rock legends, supermodels, hipsters, students, hospitality workers and kids alike. Sported by Australians aged from nine to ninety, never before has there been a shoe with such broad ranging appeal. Volley truly is the quintessential Australian icon.

Volley is the sole of Australia.

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Fresh Picks: Lovely & Ladylike

Who says romance is dead? If this current fashion shift towards the unapologetically feminine is any indication, the “girly-girl” in us has nothing to worry about!

Whether it’s a graceful fit-and-flare dress or lovely pastel hues embellished with sweet little details, we’re all for rekindling the romantic femininity of decades past.

Check out a few of our girliest faves:

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1. Jack by BB Dakota “Zedora” Dress

2. Steven “Viienna” Sandals

3. ALDO “Guhtlarie” Crossbody Clutch

4. Free People “Cha Cha” Solid Dress

5. French Connection “Natalia Ottoman” Dress

6. Jack by BB Dakota “Cobie” Dress

7. Betsey Johnson Floral Watch

8. Jack by BB Dakota “Lorissa” Pant

9. ALDO “Longstreet” Clutch

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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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