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The Running List: 4 Rules for Finding Your Perfect Running Shoes

I have a distinct memory of my first pair of running shoes, mostly because up until six years ago I am pretty sure running shoes in my size only came in three colors: blue, black and/or white. Having a shoe size of 11 female makes finding any shoes, let alone running shoes, rather challenging. So when I found my very first pair of pink, black and lime green Nike running shoes, I was beside myself.

These were the first pair of running shoes that made me feel like a badass. They were sporty, and super stylish…but unbeknownst to me, they were NOT at all what I needed in a running shoe. During a training run with my old running team in Reno (shout out to NSET!) , one of my teammates spotted my spiffy kicks and told me I really needed new running shoes that supported my overpronation. My heart was broken. I somehow managed to pull myself out of my mild depression and face the cold, hard truth that my adorable running shoes were just not right for me. With that, I had to start from square one and find a new pair of running shoes.

I did, however, find a compromise by wearing my Nikes on weight training days – score!

Finding a good running shoe may seem like a simple task, but with so many options available, it can become quite daunting. Have no fear my dear friends; I have created this simple how-to guide to help you find the best running shoe for you!

Rule #1: Always remember that your feet are like snowflakes – no two are the same. I always welcome recommendations, but just because someone absolutely loves their own shoes, that doesn’t mean it’s a good match for you. This leads me to my next rule…

Rule #2: Before purchasing any shoe, it’s worth your while to have a qualified professional look at your stride. This can easily be conducted at your local running store, OR just watch the video below where one of our running buyers shows you how to determine your stride!:

Rule #3: Do not purchase a shoe based solely on aesthetic features. Sure, the pink and neon yellow, double laced, light-up sneakers with the glitter sole appear to be heaven sent; but beware, just because they look amazing does not mean they are functional or practical for YOUR feet.

Rule #4: Just like cars, go ahead and take your shoes for a test drive. It is important to try on several different shoes and walk around the house with them to see what works best for you. Remember, with Zappos' free and easy returns, you can order as many as you’d like and return the ones that don’t make the cut!

Be sure to stay tuned for my next "The Running List" post, where I will break down the best running shoes for those that need a little support, neutral runners, track athletes and trail blazers.

Until next time, happy trails, roads, and other unchartered terrains!

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New Brand Spotlight: Doucal's

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Founded by the Giannini family over 40 years ago, Doucal’s is a men’s footwear brand rooted in a strong tradition of fine Italian craftsmanship. Now in its second generation, Doucal’s is always embracing a modern perspective while upholding the impeccable standard of quality from which it was born.

Prized by a luxury clientele all over the globe, Doucal’s elevates the standard for men’s loafers and oxfords by crafting each pair with exceptional quality and long-lasting comfort.

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New Brand Spotlight: Cob Hill

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There's no need to sacrifice style when seeking stylish comfort. Cobb Hill™ offers the sleek and sophistication of classic European footwear designed with the needs of all-day comfort and support. From boots to flats, Cobb Hill has every season and occasion designed for you in mind.

With its wide range in sizes and widths, Cobb Hill caters to the modern woman's unique shoe needs.

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Summer Picks from Steve Madden

Steve Madden is known for capturing the most of-the-moment trends in footwear and making them accessible and wearable. This summer is certainly no exception with their impressive collection of men’s and women’s shoes. They truly have something for everyone—from the trendy fashion plate to the more classic and simple.

Check out a couple of our current Steve Madden faves below!

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Women’s:

1. Steve Madden “Saahti” sandals: We love this subdued version of the gladiator sandal.

2. Steve Madden “Xcess” wedge sandals: These sky-high beauties are perfect for adding a dose of sexy to your summer ensembles!

3. Steve Madden “Klingee” fringe sandals: Studs and fringe in one sandal? This one is definitely a show stopper!

Men’s:

4. Steve Madden “Roudie” cap-toe oxfords: These would look rather striking paired with white denim.

5. Steve Madden “Agate” dress loafer: From the office to a dinner date, this one is a real keeper.

6. Steve Madden “Wells” driving moc: Pair these with khaki shorts for a polished summer look.

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Fresh Picks: Summer Whites & Nudes from BCBGeneration

While we love bright, bold colors, there’s something to be said about the ongoing trend of summer whites and nudes. These easy-to-wear shades are a great staple for your warm-weather wardrobe, and for good reason! The pristine simplicity lends itself to lots of wardrobe options.

We particularly love pairing nudes with whites—so simple, yet utterly perfect for hot summer days (and nights). Here are a few of our top picks from BCBGeneration:

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1. Double Tier Bodice Dress, 2. "Liberty" Peep-Toe Pumps, 3. "Charlie" Clutch, 4. "Tandee" Sandals, 5. Geo Block Maxi Dress, 6. Print Surplice Cami Dress, 7. Double Strap Dress, 8. "Julia" Satchel, 9. "Charlie" Shoulder Bag

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New Brand Spotlight: Cece L'amour

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Designed for the true “girly girl”, Cece L’amour shoes are full of romance, vibrant attitude and fun. This new up-and-coming footwear brand is sure to capture the heart of shoe fanatics everywhere.

Check out Cece L’Amour on Zappos.com!

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer with Zappos Kentucky Family

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The Zappos Kentucky Family rocked it out in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk this past Sunday, October 23rd in Louisville, Kentucky. Our Heroes for Hope and a Cure team had an amazing time strolling next to the mighty Ohio River, and we raised a total of $3317.48!

We ranked #8 among all companies in Louisville and had the MOST participation of any registered company with 65 superhero participants! Heather B. was our top fundraiser this year, having brought in $220 for the fight against Breast Cancer.

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Fresh Picks: Floral Details

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Is there anything quite as feminine and utterly pretty as flowers? We’re pretty sure there isn’t, which is why it’s so exciting to see a slew of  floral details popping up in the latest crop of spring accessories. Whether you opt for a bold rosette detail or go for more subtle flower accents, there are tons of fresh ways to infuse a dose of floral into your spring and summer ensembles.

Here are just a few of our favorite accessories with floral details (from left to right):

Badgley Mischka watch: Floral details flanking the face of this watch give an unexpectedly lavish detail.

Kenneth Jay Lane Jeweled Flower Ring: A gorgeous cluster of colorful flowers surround the sparkling crystal, resulting in the most fabulous cocktail ring for a springtime party.

ALDO Eurodore tote bag: The bold rosette appliqués on this lovely bag are complemented by the prettiest nude blush shade that goes with anything.

Nine West Koa peep toe heels: Slightly demure yet abundantly captivating, this pretty dress shoe is versatile enough to wear with dark denim jeans or a fancy party dress.

Floral details on accessories are a great way to infuse some femininity to a simple outfit, and with so many lovely pieces to choose from, it's easy to find just the right one to fit your style.