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Olukai Fall 2012

Although we love them for their super comfy, great quality flip flops and sandals, Olukai makes some pretty amazing boots and loafers, too! They still manage to infuse some Polynesian inspiration into their fall collection, whether it’s through subtle embossing in the leather, or just the style names themselves.

Just because you aren’t at the beach, doesn’t mean you can’t wear a little island style at all times!

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MEN'S: 1. Olukai Akepa Moc, 2. Olukai Mauna Kea, 3. Olukai Kamuela

WOMEN'S: 4. Olukai Kaonoa II, 5. Olukai Wali, 6. Olukai Holo Lio II

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First Steps: Prewalkers and First-walker Shoes

Baby’s first steps are truly special. Make sure he or she has the right shoes for every stage of exploring the world on two feet!

Our very own Erica W. shows you the difference between prewalkers and first-walker baby shoes:

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New Brand Spotlight : House of the Gods

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Founded by the iconic fashion label Buddhist Punk, House of the Gods continues the great tradition of band tees while developing its unique take on iconic music imagery. Their printed tees and dresses embody the carefree aesthetic of rock n’ roll for a new generation. 

Check out House of the Gods on Zappos.com!

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The Trend: British Style

The world has its eyes set on London recently, and The Trend is certainly no exception! Victoria Recaño talks UK style and British designers with fashionable celebs in this latest edition.

Check out this week’s British-inspired trends:

Tartan iPad® Case: Vivienne Westwood Derby 212

Sexy Peep-toe Pumps:  Alexander McQueen Limitless Pump

Clean black button-up shirt: Versace Collection Banded Collar Shirt

Chunky cropped sweater: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Fisherman Sweater

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Fresh Picks: Team (USA) Spirit

The big games officially started over the weekend and we can’t help but feel patriotic for the good ol’ USA. We picked a few items to help get you in the team spirit:

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1. Alternative Apparel USA Big League Ball Tee : Perfect for the ball game or any games for that matter!

2. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer London 50 Medium (available in various colors): This classic American design gets a little UK flair.

3. Alternative Apparel USA Burnout Tank: It’ll be a “party in the USA” with this summertime tank top.

4. Nike Kids JDI USA Tee: Your little one can show his USA pride in this cool tee.

5. Butter London Heavy Medal Collection: Bronze, silver and gold isn’t just for medals! They look even better on your nails.

6. Nike Lunar Montreal in Olympic Story Blue: These patriotic shoes were built for speed and performance—like a well-built athlete.

Campus Development - City Hall Demolition Begins

City Hall Demolition

This week we officially started the hard demolition of 400 Stewart Street (the former Las Vegas City Hall) in our march towards our new downtown Las Vegas HQ Campus.

Our plan is to complete demolition, mostly of the interior of the building, within the next 90 days. During that time we'll continue to work with the awesome Zappos Family to design our new HQ workspace. By October 2013, we'll be calling it home!

And yes, the really are going to drive that Bobcat into the building and destroy walls.

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Coming Soon from Shark Freestyle!

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You know how they say good things are worth waiting for? Well, Shark Freestyle has two new watch collections coming this fall that will surely be worth the wait-- Shark (Slim) Classic Silicone and The Shark Dictator Collection.

Sign up to be notified (via email) for new Shark Freestyle styles to be one of the first to rock these awesome watches for fall!

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Uniform-Friendly Shoes

As the new school year approaches, kids who wear uniforms to school are heading back to their same ol’ dress code routines. Since uniforms don’t give much room for variety, why not give your little student some great footwear options to go with their everyday school attire?

Check out a few of our uniform-friendly shoe picks below. For even more back-to-school essentials, check out our Back-to-School page!

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1. Stride Rite Kyla, 2. Hush Puppies Kids Pep Rally, 3. Jumping Jacks Kids Terrific, 4. Jumping Jacks Kids Vance II, 5. School Issue Varsity, 6. Hush Puppies Kids Lincoln

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New Brand Spotlight: Waechtersbach

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Since 1832, Waechtersbach™ has been producing high-quality ceramic tableware and kitchen accessories manufactured in Germany. Known for its vibrant colors and luminous glaze work, Waechtersbach prides itself on adding color and beauty to the lives of customers worldwide. Red glaze is a particular specialty, and Waechtersbach's bright, saturated red is world renowned.

Check out Waechtersbach ceramics on Zappos.com to liven up your dining experience!

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Move Freely in the Reebok RealFlex Transition 2.0

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Based on the principles of natural motion, the Reebok RealFlex Transition 2.0 is the perfect training/gym shoe to give your feet the ultimate flexibility and protection.

Bill McInnis, head of advanced innovation at Reebok, goes through the RealFlex Transition 2.0’s awesome features:  

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Meet Luxy, Born's New Mascot!

Born’s adorably fluffy new mascot is quite the fan of shoes! Luxy, a super-cute Maltese-Poodle mix, is a well-bred fashionista pooch who has a pedigree for style.

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Her owner is a fashionable PR professional who takes Luxy on shopping excursions all over the city to see the latest trends. During their walks, she wears her Born shoes (the owner, not Luxy) to stay comfy while keeping up with this pup’s impeccable fashion sense!

Check out Luxy as she struts along Greenwich Village to do a little shoe shopping!

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Super Awesome Description-June 2012 Winner

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

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We asked Chelsea a few fun questions to get to know her better. Check out her answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

Commonly misused words: their vs. there vs. they’re, loose vs. lose, affect vs. effect, etc.

What is your favorite color?

I love every color in the rainbow.

What inspired you when writing this description?

The style name was quirky and it was later in the day when I wrote it, so exhaustion/goofiness was starting to get the best of me.

What activities/hobbies take up your spare time?

Going to the dog park with my pups, movies, photography, and lots of eating!

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Go fo Gold with Vince Camuto

We’ve got gold in the brain… what with the big games kicking off this weekend and all. Luckily, Vince Camuto has us covered with their fabulous gilded details from amazing gold-studded shoes to gold hardware in the form of statement jewelry. We couldn’t think of a more stylish way to pay homage to the most victorious metal of all!

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1. Vince Camuto Twisted Pave Ring, 2. Vince Camuto Padara Ankle Boots, 3. Vince Camuto Turnlock Bracelet, 4. Vince Camuto Jamma Pumps, 5. Vince Camuto Louise Clutch, 6. Vince Camuto Geometric Hinge Bracelet

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The PUMA Social Truck

PUMA transformed their latest lifestyle campaign into a Social Club on wheels with The PUMA Social Truck.  Playing off the food truck phenomenon, minus the greasy fries and empty calories,  the 28-foot PUMA Social Truck is the latest iteration of the popular PUMA Social Club concept that the brand has brought to life in cities across the US and internationally including NYC, LA, Park City, Berlin, Paris and Abu Dhabi.

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The PUMA Social Truck takes cues from the brand’s lifestyle campaign and celebrates the spirit of competition, social games and good old fashioned play.  The Truck includes social games like ping-pong, foosball, mini air hockey and darts; a DJ Booth; custom tee press; and photobooth along with room for local fun and games activations depending on where the fork in the road takes them.

The Social Truck is making its way across the US, so be on the look out!

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HOPE Home Foundation Helps a First-Time Home Buyer from Zappos

Earlier this year, Zappos launched a new benefit for our team members through a non-profit organization called the Hope Home Foundation. This organization is locally based and helps our employees find their perfect home or apartment by offering financial education, coaching, and even down payment assistance!

This past week, one Zapponian who took advantage of this program just signed the papers and received the keys to his very first home! The Zappos Benefits team along with a few folks from the Hope Home Foundation congratulated Matt T. on this huge milestone.

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We asked Matt a couple of questions about his home shopping experience with the help of HOPE Home Foundation:

When did your journey to home ownership start and what made you decide to purchase a home rather than rent?

M: I started looking for a home in late May and really got serious in early June. I had rented since college and always dreamed of owning a home. The housing market is Vegas was really hit hard in 2008 and it finally became feasible for me to buy a home at the current prices and interest rates. I figured this was as good a time as any to buy a home and decided to see what was out there!

How did you get in touch with the HOPE foundation?

M: Bhawna (from the Zappos Benefits team) and I are friends and I take the yoga class she set up at work. I happened to mention I was looking at buying a home. She said she had this cool program called the Hope Home Foundation and they work with Zappos employees. My interest was really piqued when Bhawna mentioned I may be eligible for down payment assistance.  The rest was history!

How did they make the home buying experience easier for you?

M: I really knew nothing about home buying when entering the program. Dawn, the HOPE foundation director, hooked me up with Tanya, my realtor and Melissa, my loan officer. The framework was all in place before I even came along which was cool. I was concerned about home buying because I didn’t want to get taken advantage of but immediately after meeting everyone over there I knew I was in the right place. They honestly want to help new home owners with finding a new home and improving the Las Vegas community. I’m really still amazed with how much they are dedicated to helping people.

Now that you have the keys in your hands, how does it feel to be a first-time homeowner?

M: Pretty awesome. Instead of throwing my money away every month in rent, I can reinvest into my new home. I have a lot of ideas with how I can really make my house a home and am very excited to experiment!