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These Boots Were Made for Walkin'

Once upon a time, in the magical land of the Buckeyes, there lived a girl with a love of fashion Buckeye football. She loved the myriad of styles that she saw every day walking around campus at THE Ohio State University, especially the trend of soft, fluffy cable-knit sweaters topping off leggings tucked into tall leather riding boots.  But alas! This young girl had spent her youth riding horses, learning sword-craft, and playing volleyball while helping family and neighbors with any and all chores they needed, all of which left her with what some companies refer to as an “athletic calf”.  While the land of the Buckeyes, held a vast array of boots designed for those with petite, delicate calves, for those with a calf larger than the standard size of 14” to 14 and ¾“, there were few choices; thus, she set forth on a quest and lo! She discovered Zappos.com!    

In all seriousness, there is nothing more frustrating than the quest for THE perfect boot, as tall boots have become a seasonal classic for fall and winter, with looks ranging from fierce, thigh-high leather stilettos, to gorgeous, flat, engineer styles.  The search can be further complicated when you have an “athletic” calf, or thick, strong legs that have taken you all over the world and shouldered your burdens- but aren’t quite petite.  I fell in love with Zappos long before I worked here, simply because I could sort by my size and calf measurement while questing for the perfect boot, which kept me from falsely finding the perfect thing, just to learn that it wasn’t made or available in my size. 

So, this week, in celebration of the quest I’ve been helping many women complete, I bring you a selection of some of the amazing boots we carry, in a variety of calf-widths; I hope these help you bring together that perfect fall look.

Wide Calf:  A wide-calf boot is a boot that measures 15 inches up to 17 ¾ inches.  To find your measurement, measure at the widest point of your calf with your foot on a chair. These great boots by Hush Puppies prove that stylish can also be functional, as they’re waterproof, while these UGG Australia boots are beyond comfortable.

 

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Extra-Wide Calf: Calf sizes ranging from 17 inches to 19 inches. There is nothing better than a great boot with an elastic gore to hug your legs and give you a little bit of cheat when your legs change a little bit in thickness through the month; dressed up or casual, these boots will last season after season.

 

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Super Wide Calf: With calf sizes ranging from 19 inches up to 20 ¾ inches, and the foot available up to a double wide width, you can look stylish and amazing no matter what.

 

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If you’re having a fabulous fall in any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW- we’d love to see your style!

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Wear Pink Proudly!

Rock pink to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond! Below are a few of our pink picks to proudly honor brave cancer survivors everywhere along with all the men and women who work tirelessly year round towards the fight against breast cancer.

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1. Life is good “Love Ribbon” Tee

2. Echo Design Fuzzy Pointy Stitch Infinity Scarf in Plum Heather

3. Alex and Ani Pink Bangle Bracelets

4. Life is good “Grateful Ribbon” Tee

5. Columbia “Tested Tough in Pink™” Vest

6. Under Armour “Cozy Pip” Beanie

7. COACH Legacy Sport 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Watch 

8. Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet Flat in Pink Suede

9. Manduka Breast Cancer Awareness rSkidless® by yogitoes®

 

 

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Menswear Monday: Spring Footwear Guide

When it comes to the world of men’s shoes, it really is an exciting time to be a guy. Not that I have experience in it firsthand, but I definitely believe that a well-dressed man isn't complete without the perfect pair of shoes, am I right? There are lots of awesome footwear options this spring for guys to put on heavy rotation—from sandals to sneakers; we’re seeing lots of old favorites making a triumphant comeback in stylish new ways!

Below is our shortlist of top styles to note this spring for men’s footwear—straight from the runways to real life. There’s really something for every guy. There’s the laidback fisherman sandal, which by the way, is one throwback style that’s making a very unexpected but welome return.

There’s also a huge focus on retro-style sneakers from New Balance, Nike and other classic athletic brands. These aren’t just for the gym or running errands, gents. On the contrary, the most stylish guys are wearing them with everything from chinos and a blazer to even mixing things up by rocking them with their corporate business suits! They sure make those morning commutes a lot more comfortable.

If you’re less on-the-go dude and more beach-bum material this spring and summer, you’ll love the leather slides that are popping up all over the place, particularly in leather. Birkenstock sandals, anyone?

For the more preppy gentlemen out there, there’s something for you, too. The moccasin loafer is a great option for a more laidback addition to your chinos and other office staples. Who knew your dad’s favorite shoe would be deemed as one of the season’s most on-trend men’s shoe must haves? Fashion really has a cyclical nature, doesn’t it?

Check out a few of our favorites in men’s spring footwear below:

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The Fisherman Sandal

1. Cole Haan Ginsberg Fisherman

2. H by Hudson Agali

3. Too Boot New York Panama

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The Leather Slide

4. UGG Delroy Slides

5. Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

6. OluKai Punono Slide

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The Retro Trainer:

7. Saucony Originals Bullet

8. Nike Air Pegasus 83

9. New Balance Classics ML565

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The Moccasin Loafer:

10. Hush Puppies Monaco Slip On

11. Geox Uomo Snake Mocassino

12. Cole Haan Grant Canoe Penny

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Zappos on Extra: Hush Puppies

The holiday season is arguably the busiest time of year, so whenever we can squeeze in a major dose of comfort with everyday style, we’re all for it! 

This week on Extra, Cat Cook shares a few amazing footwear picks from the classic comfort line Hush Puppies. From chic knee-high boots to versatile ankle booties, these styles are perfect for all-day comfort—which is just what the busy holiday season calls for!

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Hush Puppies for the Whole Family!

Whether it’s for work, school or quality time on the weekends, comfortable shoes are a family affair with Hush Puppies!

Perfect for all-day wear (we're talking to you, busy parents!), their shoes feature breathable linings, super-comfy insoles and durable soles.

For the kiddos, their ingenious new Dual-Fit System® lets you turn a medium width into a wide by simply removing a special insert inside the footbed! Great for growing feet!

Check out a few of our Hush Puppies favorites for fall:

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Women's: 1. Hush Puppies Filly, 2. Hush Puppies Burlesque, 3. Hush Puppies Madison Chelsea

Men's: 4. Hush Puppies Quatro Slip On, 5. Hush Puppies 1958-Brogue Lug, 6. Hush Puppies Venture

Kids': 7. Hush Puppies Kids Macalaster (Youth), 8. Hush Puppies Kids Oberlin (Toddler), 9. Hush Puppies Kids Salem (Youth)