Safety Shoes You Need To Own

How many days has it been since your workplace’s last incident? Whatever the number, don’t leave it to chance by wearing ill-protected footwear. Depending on your occupation, you must adapt your footwear appropriately. For example, a career in manufacturing or machinery will require drastically different shoes than, say, a server or a warehouse supervisor. So before you read any further, ask yourself — are your feet properly outfitted? 

If you said no, first things first, and let’s talk about the risks of improper footwear. Typically speaking, there are two major categories of work-related foot damage. The first includes injuries from punctures, lacerations and crushing of the forefoot, again mainly happening in industrial careers. The second group includes slips, trips and falls due to a lack of tread. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, half of all workplace injuries are caused by floor contaminants. The second leading cause, responsible for 24% of injuries, is improper footwear. As a result, personal claim damages in 2006 exceeded a whopping $11 billion!

With those statistics in mind, Skechers Work brings you its line of ultra tough, durable shoes and boots. Designed in Skechers’s popular looks, the Skechers Work safety toe collection offers the latest in style, quality and comfort, and are tested to meet or exceed ASTM F2413-2011, I/75 C/75 standards for impact and compression safety.

Available in boots, sneakers, casuals and slip-ons for men and women, most safety toe styles are enhanced with Relaxed Fit® construction (a Skechers memory foam insole) and a roomier toe for instant, all-day comfort. Steel toe and lightweight options, such as alloy safety toe and non-metallic composite toe, are also available, as well as select styles offering electrical hazard and waterproof protection. 

Furthermore, in an effort to reduce on-the-job injuries everywhere, Skechers Work’s rubberized, slip-resistant outsole provides excellent traction and is OSHA compliant. In fact, many of its stylishly designed products have been sole tested with ASTM F1677-96 Mark II standards to meet or exceed a .45 coefficient, even on wet and oily surfaces.

So by the time your next shift begins, have piece of mind knowing your feet and body are protected with the Skechers Work collection. Check below for some of the latest and greatest styles available on Zappos.com.

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  1. Kenner
  2. Soft Stride Canopy
  3. Foreman Arvin
  4. Workshire Corpus
  5. Cottonwood - Cropper
  6. Cottonwood
  7. Flattery Transpire
  8. Mina
  9. Relaxed Fit - Career - 9 to 5
  10. Blais - Athol
  11. Gibson - Alias
  12. Softie

Get Back to Class!

There is nothing like a brand-new pair of shoes to put a little pep in your step on the way back to school, so I did some investigative work just for you! It’s just about time to introduce transitional fall colors also, so I chose a neutral palette but some saturated hues with warm tones too. 

Fringe seems to be everywhere right now, so whether it’s a high, wrapped heel or low, stacked block heel, having something in fringe is a must. If that’s not your thing, there’s always the stone and stud details or interesting zipper-trim detail. If you’re a knee-high boots type person, choose from quilted faux leather or a sexy cage-design, open-toe boot.

A few of these have the (in my book) almighty back zipper closure. I love this feature, especially on a lace-up shoe because this makes the vamp basically adjustable depending on how full your foot is.

Walk in like a boss.

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  1. Dirty Laundry Twist And Shout
  2. Michael Antonio Jasslyn
  3. Chinese Laundry Santa Fe Fringe Sandal
  4. Seychelles Alibi
  5. G by GUESS Issax
  6. Sbicca Verse
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Cool & Comfy: 12 Looks to Keep You Feelin' Both

It is hot

As we head into late summer in Las Vegas, we are seeing daily highs in the 108°F range. Now, I know most of you are going to say, “But Franki! It’s a DRY heat!” To this I reply that so is your oven, but you don’t want to hang out in it, now do you?

As a fluffy girl, I have always posited that I would rather deal with the cold than with the heat because nature, in her infinite wisdom, provided me with an insulating layer. As confident as I am with my own skin, there is another reason. Adding layers of clothing is, in its own way, a type of armor that helps cover and conceal body issues. Using patterns and layers to disguise those areas I’m not so happy with is ingenious. However, when it’s hot, you take clothing off, or wear things that are cut to expose skin and keep you cool, thus removing the camouflage that fashion provides.

We recently had a company event at a waterpark, and I think one of the most difficult things I’ve done in recent months was taking off my adorable capris and funky shirt to walk around in my bathing suit.

This is even odder considering that at Zappos, we truly are a loud, boisterous, loving and crazy family, constantly praising and pushing each other to achieve and be the best version of ourselves. However, I’m human, and though I am proud of my curves, of the body I work on in the gym and on runs every day, I was scared being compared to everyone else.

Truthfully, I work with some of the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet (both inside and outside), and deep inside every confident, curvy woman lurks that shy, chubby kid who always wore T-shirts in the pool in the hope of no one making fun of her.  

Do you want to know what happened when I finally decided it was going to be much cooler in the water than walking around fully dressed in 110°F heat, and got into my awesome swimsuit and sheer Steve Madden topper? Nothing. No one screamed or ran away in fear. No one tried to harpoon the white whale (sunscreen is an Irish girl’s best friend, seriously!).

In fact, I heard two things from some friends who were too nervous to swim. They were, “You look so comfortable and cool, I wish I’d brought my suit, but I didn’t want to scare people, ” and “Wow! You look awesome, let’s go ride a waterslide!” It was a great reminder that in the end, I’m still going to be my greatest critic, and I should not be so focused on what I think other people are going to think. What matters most is how I feel, and I feel a lot better when I’m not sweltering to death in layers to cover myself up.

So, in celebration of that, this week I’m bringing you beautiful, soft, comfortable and light pieces designed to help you stay cool through the dog days of summer. And as a reminder, the only opinion that matters about how you look is yours. In fact, how would you react if someone talked to your best friend the way you talk to yourself inside your head? If the answer is you’d kick their butt, perhaps it’s time to kick your own and take the self-negativity down a notch. Be you, be comfortable, be happy and celebrate the amazing person you are, even if you feel like the outside parts are still works in progress.

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  1. Culture Phit Plus Size Ayden Dress
  2. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Sheer Bodice Jumpsuit
  3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Rain Print Maxi Tank Dress
  4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Solid Matte Jersey Logo Maxi
  5. Rachel Pally Plus Plus Size Kathy Dress White Label
  6. Karen Kane Plus Plus Size Contrast Maxi Tank Dress
  7. Calvin Klein Plus Plus Size Sleeveless Print Top w/ Chain
  8. Karen Kane Plus Plus Size Midnight Iris Double Layer Top
  9. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Embroidery Tassel Top
  10. Kiyonna Bohemian Crochet Bellini
  11. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Tie-Dye Wide Leg Pants
  12. Rachel Pally Plus Plus Size Wide Leg Trousers

If you’re staying cool and rocking any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

TOMS: One for One®

In 2006, while traveling to some of the most beautiful regions of Argentina, Blake Mycoskie saw more despair than he ever cared to see … children everywhere were growing up without shoes. Wanting to help, he founded TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes for a child in need. The company and its motto, One for One®, would soon gain notoriety for its support to communities worldwide in need.

What began as a simple idea has evolved into a powerful philanthropic business model. Realizing that One for One® could serve other basic needs, TOMS launched other products, including; TOMS Eyewear in 2011, helping individuals restore eyesight with prescription lenses or medical treatment; TOMS Roasting Co. in 2014, purchasing and supporting clean water systems in deprived countries; TOMS Bags, providing birth kits to reduce the risk of infections for mothers and newborns; and TOMS StandUp Backpack Collection in 2015, assisting crisis counselor training to prevent school bullying. With the support of TOMS and its giving partners, these initiatives have helped reach more than 35 million people across 70+ countries.

Now, it’s your turn to help someone in need. Today, Zappos is proud to announce its launch of TOMS products, carrying a full line of footwear, eyewear and handbags! From signature classic loafers to athletic shoes, booties and beyond, as well as its tasteful collection of backpacks and sunglasses, you’ll surely fall in love with its array of fashion-forward styles, patterns and colors.

Join the cause for One for One® and help a person, community and world in need.

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Fall Guide: Rocket Dog Footwear

Starting a new school year can be hard, especially for teens moving on to new schools and parting ways with old friends. However, change can do a person good — especially in the name of fashion. With new trends bubbling to the surface every season, it can be refreshing to switch up your style yet simultaneously disorienting all in the same breath. That’s where Rocket Dog steps in.

A leader in young ladies’ and women’s footwear, Rocket Dog is a tried and true fashion-conscious brand. With company roots based in California, Rocket Dog keeps a pulse on the industry’s latest styles, ensuring you stay on trend across seasons and fads. From casual and sporty to dressy and beyond, Rocket Dog keeps your feet modishly covered from roll call to study hall and beyond.

The Rocket Dog girl is independent, young minded, confident and edgy, incorporating her personal style into everything she does. Rather than being defined by fashion, a true Rocket Dog girl creates her own. 

With the fall semester around the corner, Rocket Dog is your premier choice for classic and refined boots, elegantly designed slip-ons and inventive sneakers with a stylish twist. Stay confident and cool on all fronts with long lasting, all-day comfortable styles from Rocket Dog!

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  1. Temecula 
  2. Sayla 
  3. Huxley 
  4. Skive 
  5. Richelle 
  6. Jazzin 
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School Daze: 12 Looks for Back-to-Cool

As much as we all hate to face it, summer is almost at an end, which means the start of a new school year, new classes, new teachers and best of all, updated clothes, shoes and bags! 

I loved and hated going back to school when I was younger. The latter reason was because, at that time, there seemed to be this weird belief in the fashion industry that if you were a curvy girl you wanted to look like a 45-year-old woman who dressed for a very dull office environment. I skillfully dodged cameras most of my middle and high school career unless I was wearing something I had designed and made myself. Thankfully today we have great designers who know that curves come on women of all ages and lifestyles. And with that, they bring us young, fun and funky pieces that hug and flatter those beautiful curves this fall.  

What are some of the hottest trends for back to school this year? Trendy jeans in skinny and boot cuts, tunics in soft fabrics that feel as amazing as they look, and hi-lo hem dresses that can be dressed up or down in a variety of ways. Furthermore, we’ve got updated plaid button-downs (in fabrics other than flannel!), rompers, cardigans and, of course, basic tees in silky-smooth cottons. Mix these with great outerwear in warm fall colors, on-trend boots, and a stylish alternative to the traditional backpack. That’s it — you’re ready for a great school year! 

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  1. DKNY Jeans Batik Print Romper
  2. BB Dakota Gaston
  3. Karen Kane Long Sleeve Hi Lo Dress
  4. Marika Curves Mix Up Tunic
  5. Vince Camuto Serengeti Cinched Waist Rumple Anorak
  6. Columbia Camp Henry™ L/S Shirt
  7. Terramar Short Sleeve Scoop Top W8790W
  8. Jag Jeans Plus Size Erin Cuffed Ankle in Khaki
  9. Levi's® 315™ Shaping Bootcut
  10. Levi's® Mid Rise Skinny
  11. Herschel Supply Co. Market
  12. Steve Madden Exclusive - Damiannn

Heading back to school this fall and rocking any of the looks you’ve seen here? Tag us in your #B2S #selfies with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

Top-Notch Denim That Delivers

Comfortable, simple and durable, denim is undoubtedly society’s go-to wardrobe staple. From skinny, slim and straight to boot cut and flare, there are styles and varying rises suitable for every body and booty.

Each year, an estimated 450 million pairs of jeans are sold in the United States (wowzers!), a flourishing industry that was spawned by blue jean inventor Jacob Davis in 1871 and patented two years later by Levi Strauss. 

Today, upon quick count, there are roughly 109 American denim brands vying for consumer attention at any given moment, all hoping their coveted leather brand tab outlasts the competition. But in an ever-convoluted industry where it’s paramount to stand apart from all others by doing something different, only a few companies are doing so successfully. Queue AG Adriano Goldschmied, upstarted in 2000, one of my favorite contemporary lifestyle brands.

When shopping, I’m oftentimes a stickler when it comes to premium denim, and it takes a lot for a company to catch my attention and money. However, with every new AG purchase, I become more and more infatuated with its line of quality, environmentally friendly denim.

Through the utilization of eco-conscious fibers, ozone technology, and an AG-ed wash process — a method to naturally age denim for a worn-in or destroyed look — AG hits the metaphorical bull’s-eye in regards to ethics and style. Moreover, its soft, power stretch fabrication allows that extra give for days when I need it most. 

Chic, sophisticated and always classic, Adriano Goldschmied appeases to women by offering a wide selection of colored and whiskered denim for a trendy, fashion-forward look. And with fall on the horizon, why not add some freshness to your style with these bestsellers? 

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