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New Brand Spotlight: Altra Zero Drop™ Footwear

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Altra Zero Drop™ footwear is comprised of a group of passionate people committed to improving running technique through biomechanically proper footwear. Having over 30 years of specialty running experience, they felt it was time to bring something to the market besides traditional running footwear.

The brand long believed that a running shoe should not encourage a heel strike, but rather should let the body move naturally. After cutting down a running shoe heel and testing a zero-drop shoe, they saw how it reduced injury and changed several lives for the better, even bringing running back into the lives of a few who never thought it possible. Using a zero-drop platform, foot-shaped lasts and gender-specific designs, Altra Zero Drop brings a blend of barefoot freedom with shod protection.

The brand prides itself on their design of cushioned, foot-shaped minimalist running shoes that do not feature an elevated heel. This innovative platform allows for a more natural foot strike and a more efficient ride. The gender-specific toe box construction follows the natural shape of the foot, providing enhanced comfort, increased balance and stride efficiency.

Altra Zero Drop strives to bring natural running shoes to the masses and believes natural running can make a difference in people’s lives, as well as make running fun. Life is short. Run better!

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home

Who doesn't love a gift that keeps on giving? If you thought Zappos only carried shoes, allow us to introduce you to some of our amazing home brands this holiday season!

Whether it’s for the perpetual hostess, the newlyweds, or the new college student on your gift-giving list, we’ve got you covered with these handy gift ideas.

Check out a few of our top picks below, just in time for holiday gatherings and guests! For even more home gift options, visit our Housewares section on Zappos.com!

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1. Krups XP 1500 Coffee & Espresso Machine, 2. Cuisinart Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Piece Set, 3. Bodum 4-Piece Coffee Gift Set, 4. Breville ikon 4-Slice Toaster, 5. Le Creuset 5.5 qt. Signature Round French Oven, 6. Omega Vert Low Speed Juicing System, 7. Riedel Overture Magnum (Set of 8), 8. Shun 10th Anniversary 8" Chef Knife, 9. All-Clad Stainless Steel 3 qt. Saute Pan, 10. Emeril by All-Clad 8" & 12"  Hard Anodized Fry Pan Set, 11. SHEEX Performance Queen Sheets Set, 12. Aerobed 18" Premier Queen Mattress w/ Headboard

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Tony Keynotes at VERGE @ Greenbuild 2012

Last week in San Francisco, VERGE 2012 brought all sorts of technology and sustainability-focused professionals together to discuss the potential opportunities for technological advancements in energy, buildings and transportation.

Zappos’ very own CEO Tony Hsieh took center stage to deliver a stellar keynote address to hundreds of the professionals that attended the conference. His message was simple but packed full of inspiration: transform downtown Las Vegas into the “most community-focused large city in the world.” Tony highlighted the current efforts to bring technology, education, and small business development together in a way that creates “collisions, community and co-learning.”

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In Tony’s keynote address, there was also underlying messages of urban density, urban connectivity, and urban sustainability. By encouraging people, including Zappos employees, to move downtown, Tony hopes downtown Las Vegas will surpass 100 residents per acre: a population density that creates successful and sustainable cities. In Triumph of the City, a book that inspired Tony’s goal of revitalizing downtown Las Vegas, Edward Glaeser says, “The average suburban household consumes 27% more electricity than the average urban household.” The more residents that move and work downtown, the more our energy and resource consumption will decrease, as well as our carbon emissions from reduced car travel.  (Which the LEAF team couldn’t be more supportive of!)

In the fall of 2013, Zappos will move from the suburbs of Green Valley to the hustle and bustle of downtown Las Vegas. Modeled after NYU’s campus, our new home will blend with the surrounding neighborhoods and become part of the Las Vegas community.  We couldn’t be more excited for this new Zappos chapter!

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Holiday Vacation Gift Ideas for Him

Whether it’s a fancy cruise or a laid-back beach getaway to escape the winter cold, holiday vacations are reason in and of themselves for a celebration! Why not get the guy in your life a gift that he can use during this much-anticipated trip?

Below are just some gift ideas to make that holiday getaway even better!  For even more gift ideas for him, check out our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!

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1. 7 Diamonds Sticks and Stones Shirt, 2. Tommy Bahama Flip Side Pro Half Zip Sweater, 3. Tommy Bahama Board of the Rings Swim Trunks, 4. Shark Freestyle Classic Silicone Watch, 5. Robert Graham Tyrion Limited Edition Shirt, 6. Sanuk Vagabond

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Prana Holiday Gift Picks for the "Gal on the Go"

Everyone has at least one on their list: the woman who’s always on the go, the expert multitasker, always busy, always heading out to the next thing on her agenda. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite giftable items from Prana just for that “gal on the go” in your life this holiday season!

These cozy and stylish pieces fit right into her busy life while reminding her to take time and enjoy life’s daily little luxuries—especially during the hectic holiday season.

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1. Prana Robin Gloves, 2. Prana Circle Scarf, 3. Prana Jaci Satchel, 4. Prana Caitlyn Tunic Sweater, 5. Prana Bella Scarf, 6. Prana Pixie Scarf, 7. Prana Lovely Slippers, 8. Prana Jiva Mittens, 9. Prana Snow Tassel Beanie

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New Couture Brand Spotlight: Stpehen Webster

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As founder and creative director for the London-based jewelry brand, it is Stephen Webster's belief that a piece of jewelry makes a person lively, rather than vainglorious. With a deep understanding that jewelry is expensive for its generally diminutive size, Stephen Webster believes above all else, jewelry should be well-made, combining fine craftsmanship with distinctive creativity.

With fearless creations that push creative boundaries, the bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings that comprise each Stephen Webster jewelry collection are high on innovation, intensely cool and tell a unique story, brought to life by the wearer.

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OluKai Helps in Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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Giving back to the community is something that’s engrained in the DNA of surf footwear brand OluKai. That’s why they’ve partnered with Project Save Our Surf to help with relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. Olukai donated over 700 pairs of close-toed shoes as well as financial support to stores and retail shops they work with that have suffered structural damage.

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Ambassadors from Project Save Our Surf made the drive from Santa Monica to New York where they work with New York Surfrider Foundation to set up several relief outposts for those affected by the storm.

"Everyone at OluKai has been deeply moved by the aftermath of Sandy,” said Cara Hockersmith, OluKai Project Lead for Sandy Relief Efforts. “We are grateful to be able to take local action with our partners Project Save Our Surf and New York Surfrider.”

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New Brand Spotlight: Aigle

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We're all about things that stand the test of time. That's why we're so excited to launch the brand that stakes its claim as being the "original rain boots"--Aigle. Their high quality rubber boots are still handmade in France with superb attention to detail. Over 150 years later, Aigle boots have managed to stay true to this tradition of reliability and performance. Your whole family will love them!

Check out Aigle Kids available now! Aigle for men and women is coming very soon. Stay tuned!

About AIGLE:

Established in France in 1853 by the American Hiram Hutchinson, AIGLE ('EAGLE' in English and pronounced 'Eh-gleu') today stands for uncompromising quality combined with superb design and craftsmanship. Aigle boots has a rich heritage in the French farming population.

Check out the "bear" from their fall/winter campaign making an appearance in an Aigle store in Paris!

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Holiday Party Shoe Picks from Donald J Pliner

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday season is officially upon us. That means holiday parties and festivities are just around the corner!

To get you started on thinking about your holiday outfits, we’ve rounded up some of our party-ready picks from Donald J Pliner.

For the fellas, a pair of suede loafers in one of the season’s hottest colors, wine, is a great way to add some color to an outfit. If you want to go more classic, try a simple ankle boot or a dapper monkstrap shoe with a pair of crisp trousers.

For the ladies, we love combining a little black dress with a pair of sexy knee-high boots! A pair of dressy flats is also a comfy way to add ladylike appeal to any party attire. Try pairing any of these with sheer black tights for an even dressier feel.

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Men's: 1. Donald J Pliner Dacio 2 in Wine, 2. Donald J Pliner Gordon , 3. Donald J Pliner Trey

Women's: 4. Donald J Pliner Nova boot, 5. Donald J Pliner Gracie, 6. Donald J Pliner Norah

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New Brand Spotlight: BULA

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BULA’s motto, “Living the Good Life,” permeates all that they do, and is reflected in a product line that offers a wide variety of styles stressing high quality at a great price.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Zappos Family!

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Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

A few Zapponians share their favorite Thanksgiving dishes in the video below. Is anyone getting hungry???

Here's to good food, great friends, family, and football (or at least a Thanksgiving day parade)!