Vionic For Men: Your Ultimate Guide

For as long as I can remember, owning dapper, good-looking shoes has usually meant having to deal with tired, achy feet. Not only is this true for the casual dresser upper but, more importantly, for those working a nine-to-five in a business-professional setting.

During my time in banking, every eight months I was in the market for new shoes. Sure, I could find a stylish pair of leather footwear no problem, but finding a quality, well-cushioned footbed included in the high price was hard to come by. The same was true for the other end of the spectrum in regards to cheap shoes with limited fashion. So this got me thinking: why do shoe designers and manufacturers teeter between providing style over comfort, and vice versa, never really aligning footwear’s two most sought-after and basic principles?

It’s now been years since I’ve left the banking industry; unfortunately, all those ill-designed shoes have left me with flat and overpronating feet. For a quick human biology lesson, the foot, if you didn't know, was designed to walk on soft, natural surfaces like sand and soil. But in today’s world, it’s commonplace for us to stand and walk for hours on cement, tar, or wood surfaces. These unnatural surfaces force the feet to slightly roll inwards and make contact with the ground, simultaneously flattening the arch.    

Not long ago I stumbled upon Vionic with Orthaheel Technology. The brand’s medical products, developed by Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, implements tried and true technology to help restore and enhance the foot’s natural function. With a firm yet flexible midsole, an innovative biomechanical footbed and stability-enhancing heel cup, these shoes helped me twofold by 1) providing soft, stable comfort, and 2) help lift the arches to properly realign the foot, ankle, knee and hip.  

For a more technical explanation on this process, Dr. Vasyli demonstrates how the patented Orthaheel technology works: 

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Vionic’s men’s collection of oxfords and loafers come in several colors and styles, each made with high-quality, durable materials and accented hardware that will never disappoint. The Roth, seen below, has even received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) Seal of Acceptance. How many wingtip shoes do you know has that same credential?

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Moreover, comfortable footwear shouldn't solely be worn at the office. In addition to the brand’s great selection of men’s dress shoes, Vionic also features athletic sneakers and an abundance of sandal styles, including thongs, flip-flops, slides and more. So the next time you’re in the market for new footwear, do yourself a favor and go from work to leisure in style with Vionic with Orthaheel Technology.


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The Trend: Father's Day Edition

For this special Father’s Day edition of The Trend, host Victoria Recaño has an exclusive sit-down with one of the hottest dads around: Johnny Depp.

She also catches up with two other famous, stylish dads, AI’s Randy Jackson and Chef Todd English.

Check out the featured trends from this episode:

Classic Men’s Suit: Bikkembergs Notched Lapel Suit

Designer Shades for Him: Jimmy Choo Elisabetta

Cool Black Swim Trunks: Theory Kosmos Swim Oceanfront

Crystal-embellished Heels: Giuseppe Zanotti Peep-toe Slingbacks

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New Brand: Rockadelic

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In the world of men’s footwear, Rockadelic shakes things up by infusing a healthy dose of rock and roll into timeless shoe designs. Born from creative director Alison Muskat's love for men who can’t get enough of denim, Rockadelic is inspired by the classic man who looks great no matter what he is wearing. She’s bringing the rockstar back to the business world, adding flair and an edgy modern style that will transform the shoe industry.

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New Brand Spotlight: J. C. Rags

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Established in Amsterdam in 1994, J.C. Rags has become known for its on-trend take on wardrobe essentials. Known as the “King of Basics”, the brand’s founders took inspiration from numerous exploratory trips to the capitals of the world, and built the collect from a blueprint of stylish basics to a menswear brand with an international reputation.

Check out J.C. Rag’s collection of denim, shirts and knits for effortless style worth noticing.

For their March deliveries, the J.C. Rags collection was inspired by the wardrobe of bicycle messenger  L. Sanchez. His passion is going extreme and putting himself to the max in the fast-paced concrete jungle that is New York City. A bicycle messenger needs to stand out in the crowd, inspiring J.C. Rags’ summertime color palette. Different laundry techniques give the product that used worn look, while keeping it bright.

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Stylist Spotlight: Catherine S.

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For this week’s Stylist Spotlight, we’re giving the guys a little love once again by featuring a totally on-trend ensemble created by stylist Catherine S.

What do you do at Zappos?

C: I'm an apparel stylist and I specialize in our Juniors/Surf/Skate brands.

Any fun facts about yourself? 

C: Before working at Zappos, I was merchandise managing for a band traveling across the country in a tour bus. 

Describe your personal style:

C: My personal style reflects my mood which varies from day to day. I draw inspiration from everyone and everything while making it my own. I love how there are endless possibilities with fashion. You can mix and match pieces in so many different ways. A piece can look completely different on one person than it did on another. Fashion is very comparable to art. The people are the canvas and the clothing is the medium. It is a wonderful way of expressing yourself.

What was your last Zappos purchase, or what is your dream purchase?:

C: I want a pair of Frye Shirley over-the-knee riding boots so bad!

What are your top 4 favorite brands at

C: See by Chloe, McQ , Free People, & AG Adriano Goldschmeid

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Limited Edition: Rockport in Collaboration with Barbour

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1. Barbour Break Cap Toe Boot, 2. Barbour Buckle Hi Boot, 3. Barbour Wing Tip

One look at the impressive Rockport collaboration with Barbour, and it’s easy to see how the almost 118-year-old British clothing company inspired the very core of the collection’s design.   

There are three very cool styles in the collection: the Buckle Hi Boot, the Breaktrail Cap Toe and the Wing Tip. Rockport infuses their signature comfort into each shoe with adiPRENE® technology.

Another special feature of this collection is the CF Stead suede used. CF Stead is one of the most respected tanners of suede leather in the world, making these styles even more distinctive.

Get yours now before they’re gone!

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Dad

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What would we do without good ol’ dad? He wears many hats: the go-to guy for life advice, the fixer of all things broken, driving teacher, coach, and best bud. Why not spoil him a little this holiday season with a cool gift that he’ll get plenty of use out of. After all, dad is all about being “Mr. Practical”, right?

1. Columbia Lucky Find II Softshell Jacket: This abundantly functional jacket is destined to become his favorite piece to throw on over everything.

2. Vince Oversized Cable Sweater: Made of fine wool, this classic cable knit sweater will be stylish for ages to come.

3. Callaway Hyperlite 3.5 Stand Bag: Give him the gift of a classic golf essential.

4. Knomo Brompton-Kobe Soft Messenger: This handsomely simple messenger bag will hold his laptop and work files without ever skimping on style.

5. Lacoste Chronograph Watch: He will love the sleek, modern design on this sporty timepiece.

6. Sperry Top-Sider Liberty Loafer Penny: For work or weekend, these classic penny loafers are as timeless as they come.

7. All-Clad Stainless Steel Barbque Set in Case: Get the self-proclaimed “Master of the Grill” a gift he’ll proudly use again and again.

8. Bodum Kenya French Press Coffee Maker & Travel Press Set: Whether it’s at home or on to go, this handy set will brew up dad’s favorite cup of joe in a jiffy!

9. Lab Series Deluxe Shave Set: Even dad could use a little pampering now and then! Give him the gift of the best shave ever with this awesome starter kit.

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7 For All Mankind Holiday Gift Guide

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To make gift shopping a little easier this season, we’ve compiled some of our current favorites from 7 For All Mankind for the stylish people on your list…including yourself!

Luxe Lady: She’s all about the finer things in life. Rich velvet, corduroy and suede make for the perfect gifts to suit her impeccable style.

1.“Marty” suede platform heels

2. “Oksana” velvet ankle strap wedges

3. Roxanne Stretch Cord Skinny Jeans in Black

Jean Queen: She loves her basics and lives in denim. Give her the gift of super, classic style.

1.”Edge” riding boots

2. Erin Wide Leg Trouser in Mercer

3. The Skinny in New Hereux

The Guy’s Guy: He’s all about classic comfort. Give him jeans that are destined to be wardrobe staples.

1. Standard Corduroy in Worn Black

2. “A” Pocket Bootcut in Rivington Street

3. Standard Corduroy in Concrete

Style Maven: He’s always fashion-forward and on trend. Give him jeans that will work seamlessly with his stylish wardrobe.

1. Slimmy Slim Straight in New York Dark

2. Standard in Coated Denim

3. Slimmy 2.0 in Arctic Shock