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New Brand Spotlight: Cycleur de Luxe

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Since 2011, Cycleur de Luxe® has helped drive the rising trend of cycling footwear.

Founder Patrick Vanneste was drawn to Flandrien culture and the quickly growing sports and fashion communities surrounding the biking world. Whether in Tapei, London, Paris, SoHo, or his own neighborhood in Westkapelle, Belgium, Vanneste consistently encountered fervent fans, ever willing to impart knowledge or share stories that mirrored their love for the open road. Almost instantly, he was taken with their camaraderie, and has since been an avid cyclist and steadfast advocate for the biking community. His passion for which can be seen in the meticulous aesthetic touches throughout the line.

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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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Boardshorts: A Brief History

This is Brah History 101 and if you don’t study up, you’re gonna be left behind kickin’ sand while all the hot doggers carve epic tubes on the reef break! First lesson: did you know that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution originally stated “You have the right to bare-chestedness.”?  It’s true! Most of the original patriots were avid surfsmen and dreamed of a nation where all men were endowed with the unalienable right to “hang ten”. 

Unfortunately, one of the founding fathers that nobody remembers thought it indecent of a man to be in public without cover of a waistcoat and pitched a fit until it was changed to “…the right to bare arms.”. Since just about everybody back then was illiterate, this was misspelled as “bear arms” and its interpretation has been the source of confusion ever since. Bummer.

 From then until the early 20th century, men’s swimwear was pretty lame. Uncomfortable, full-body woolen garments had to be worn to protect innocent eyes from glancing at the burly barrel chests of that time period’s strongmen.  Yes, full-body wool swimwear. Have you ever swum in wool? Of course you haven’t.  You also probably don’t have wooden teeth or attach leeches to your temples to cure headaches. Progress! 

Something had to give, and finally in the 1930s, men of the United States were allowed to let their pectorals breathe. Parades of shirtless bros danced the Lindy Hop down their city’s shorelines and the swim trunk was born!

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1. Rip Curl All Time Boardshorts

2. VISSLA Moku Boardshorts

3. O'Neill Flexin Boardshorts

4. O'Neill Lennox Boardshorts

5. O'Neill Murca Boardshorts

6. Hurley Raglan Destroy Boardshorts

7. Billabong Dominance Boardshorts

8. Quiksilver Manic Camo Boardshorts

9. RVCA Register Trunk

The trunk proceeded to go on an epic run of success that left it unimpeded atop the US men’s swimwear throne for decades. Sure, there were some changes to the inseam length and fabrication content throughout the years as style/technology dictated, but for the most part it wasn’t until the 1990s that a worthy challenger appeared; the boardshort.  Fueled by angsty alt rock and puka shell necklaces, ‘90s youth shifted away their grandpappy’s swim trunks and gravitated toward something with a little more ‘tude. Boardshorts quickly captured the hearts, minds, and lower bodies of dudes everywhere; but why?

Simply put, boardshorts perform better and are stylistically more modern than trunks. Trunks are normally fabricated from non-performance materials such as cotton, while boardshorts are almost always either quick-drying polyester or nylon. This means that after hopping out of the pool, you don’t get mistaken for a soggy bottom boy--and that’s a good thing!

Boardshorts also typically have significantly more stretch and flexibility than trunks so that you can move freely both in and out of the water. You’ll really only find elastane or spandex in the waistband of swim trunks, whereas boardshorts have fitted waists with surf tie front closures to keep them in place. Boardshorts typically have longer inseams (although shorter inseams are becoming more common these days), UV protection, zippered or hook-and-loop pockets, and bolder prints that speak to those looking for something more eye-catching. They also ditch the mesh linings that swim trunks have so take that under consideration if you’re uncomfortable going commando!

Are boardshorts for you? Well, if you’re under 40 years old or are buying for someone under 40, probably. They’re just so dang rad. They’ve been the go to for casual men’s swimwear for nearly 20 years now for a reason. Try some out and see how you like them! Zappos.com carries boardshorts by popular surf lifestyle brands including O’Neill®, Hurley®, Rip Curl™, Billabong®, and Quiksilver®, so get searching and find some boardshorts you dig. Shibby!

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Shades of Summer: Sunglasses You Need as the Weather Heats Up

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One of our most faithful companions as we make our way from spring into summer is a great pair of sunglasses. A trusty pair of shades not only protects your eyes from the sun’s harsh glare, it also tops off your outfit as the final seal of personal style. Zappos Rideshop is brimming with so many great eyewear brands and awesome new styles like the timeless Ray-Ban to the fashion-forward Von Zipper.

A great pair of sunglasses can really take an outfit to a whole different level of cool! Don’t believe us? Just throw on a pair of sleek Native Eyewear polarized sunglasses or Ray-Ban Wayfarers to your t-shirt-and-jeans look and enjoy the steady stream of compliments. 

Below are a few of spring & summer’s most noteworthy styles in the world of active eyewear. So get ready to grab your cool shades and cruise into summer’s adventures while keeping your eyes and your style top of mind!

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Featured styles:

1. Shwood Canby

2. Native Eyewear Flatirons

3. Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Polarized

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Featured styles:

1. VonZipper Cheeks

2. Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized Flash Lenses


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New Brand Spotlight: XCEL Wetsuits

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Recognized globally and trusted locally, XCEL™ is a core wetsuit brand that engineers innovative products for all conditions. Founded in 1982 on Oahu's North Shore, XCEL draws upon their authentic water sports heritage and technical design expertise to deliver superior quality, construction, and fit. XCEL's wetsuit innovations have revolutionized the industry and they continually strive to deliver the ultimate in warmth, stretch, and performance.

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New Brand Spotlight: Cardiff Skate Co.

Cardiff Skate Co., Cardiff roller skates, Cardiff skates, rollerskates, Zappos Rideshop, new brand spotlight, The Cardiff Skate Company was founded in beautiful Cardiff, California, where spending time outdoors is a way of life. They set out to redefine the skating industry. Their innovative, patented design lets you quickly and easily step on, strap in, and skate away.

Cardiff Skate Company offers two models to accommodate a large range of shoe sizes. Because their skates allow you to wear your own shoes, they offer a more comfortable alternative to traditional skates. The spring loaded automatic size adjustment system means that skates can easily be shared among people with different shoe sizes. One pair of skates can accommodate growing children as their shoe sizes increase. Cardiff Skates also offer a stable platform with a breaking system on both feet so they are perfect for all skill levels.

Cardiff Skate Company offers quality products that are fun to use and easy to fit into any lifestyle!

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New Brand Spotlight: Spacecraft

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Supporting a movement, not just a brand. Spacecraft is committed to not only creating great quality accessories like hats and scarves, they are champions of creativity and the spirit of exploration.

Collaborating with artists from all over, Spacecraft strives to make and support art as well as offering quality designs that you can wear proudly!

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The Kaenon Black Label Collection

Polarized performance wrapped in a sleek package of matte black, Kaenon’s Black Label collection takes sun protection to a whole new level of cool.

Perfect for any water sports or snow sports enthusiast, the Black Label collection protects your eyes from the harshest of glares. This line of polarized sunglasses features Kaenon’s darkest lenses with a subtle black mirror finish. Great for all-day protection, or just keeping an incognito look as you run your weekend errands!

Give someone on your holiday gift list or treat yourself to the Kaenon Black Label Collection, available in five of the brand’s most popular frame styles below:

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1. Kaenon Trade

2. Kaenon Burnet

3. Kaenon Ozlo

4. Kaenon Jetty

5. Kaenon Pintail

 

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