3 Reasons Why You Need Water Shoes

Ahhh, yes! The dog days of summer are finally here, and I for one couldn’t be more excited. It’s that sun scorching yet beautiful time of July when the fam and I load up the wood paneled station wagon (or midsize SUV, same diff.) and traverse deep into the wilderness for a weeklong excursion of camping, hiking and swimming.

Like any seasoned vacationer, top-of-mind items that I tend to pack first include the tent and all its accessories, an extra-large cooler, trekking poles, hydration packs and, of course, water shoes.

Water shoes, aka amphibious shoes, are often forgotten in the mix of necessary outdoor gear. Sure, you probably own cheap rubber sandals, and that’s great! They may do the trick when you’re taking out the trash, but not in the thick of the great outdoors. 

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  1. Keen Clearwater CNX
  2. Columbia Megavent™
  3. adidas Outdoor CLIMACOOL® Jawpaw Slip-On
  4. Keen Uneek


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  1. Keen Clearwater CNX
  2. Chaco ZX/3® Yampa
  3. Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve
  4. Keen Rose Slide


Here’s a quick breakdown as to why you need to invest in a pair of water shoes for your next adventure: 

1) Variety
Are you particular in the way you dress, even miles away from civilization and cell phone reception? Well, you’re in luck. Athletic brands, such as Nike and adidas, are now inundating the marketplace alongside Keen, Columbia and Chaco, so your high-fashion footwear can remain on point. As a direct result, there are a plethora of bright colors and traditional styles for your viewing and wearing pleasure.

2) Safety
With specially designed outsoles, one can easily transition from wooded trails to sandy shorelines, and even atop pebbly riverbanks or damp rock formations, all without the fear of risking injury. For example, Merrell’s M Select GRIP™ technology delivers durable, slip-resistant traction that releases dirt and debris with its specialized lugs. Brands like Keen, SOLE and Teva have similarly patented protection that works just as great.

3) Comfort
Thinking twice about that “must-see” eight-mile hike upstream? Don’t! Most water shoes integrate compression-molded EVA midsoles for all-day comfort and support. Furthermore, depending on the style, most designs incorporate open or vented uppers that allow feet to breathe and dry off quicker.

There you have it, folks. Three sound reasons as to why water shoes should be your next purchase. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to finish packing.

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New Fitness Gear for a New You

One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight, but I think it is time to change the way we look at numbers.  Ladies, I want to challenge you NOT to make a resolution focused on a number on a scale when it comes to your health. Instead, I challenge each of your to set a goal with a number that is more to you than something that can change throughout the day.  Instead, I challenge you to set a very important number as a goal: One. 

Walk or run ONE 5K. Climb ONE mountain.  Learn ONE new yoga pose. Dance ONE night with your friends, no matter what. Complete ONE biathlon or triathlon. Take ONE new class. Read ONE great book. Make ONE amazing memory with your kids. It takes 28 days to break a bad habit or form a new one- enlist ONE amazing friend to help you achieve your ONE goal.

To achieve all these singular and lofty goals, you’re going to need a few basics. First thing's first: the most important thing you need is one AMAZING bra; Moving Comfort’s Maia bra changed my life to the point I’ve become quite the advocate for them. 

I am always sharing their amazing products with every woman I see at 5Ks or walks that is obviously in need of Moving Comfort's excellent support. In addition to their incredible bras, I’ve also included additional items to help you on your road to that ONE goal you set for yourself this year. Grab a great pair of supportive sneakers, a bag for all your gear, a water bottle to keep you organized and hydrated--and ONE great friend to join and support you on your road to achieving ONE.  Have a great time celebrating tonight- the work starts tomorrow!

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1. Columbia Plus Size Heather Hills Full Zip

2. Moving Comfort Fiona Bra

3. Moving Comfort Maia Bra

4. Moving Comfort Plus Size Foxie Full Zip

5. Spanx Active Plus Size On-the-Go Pant

6. Nike Filament Capri

7. Manduka Go Free Yoga Mat Backpack

8. ASICS GEL-Craze TR2

9. Brooks Addiction™ 11

10. Nathan Quick Draw Plus Water Bottle

11. Merrell Azura Hiking Shoes


Rocking some amazing looks you’ve seen here on the blog? Tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WellRoundedWednesday- we would LOVE to see your style!  

To keep the folks in our legal department happy: Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Have fun and be safe out there!

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The Running List: Trail Running Shoes

Welcome back everyone! I'd like to start by congratulating all my fellow Rock n’ Roll San Diego Marathon finishers. And for the person who thought it was a good idea to put a massive hill from miles 21-23, screw you too! ;)

Now on to the good stuff. With temperatures holding steady at 100+ degrees here in Las Vegas, there are few options when it comes to running outside. Option one is to wake up at roughly 3:30 AM in the hopes of getting your run in while the overnight low is below 85 degrees (while this is what I often find myself doing to avoid the heat, the delirium that sets in around lunch time is enough to make me want to move to The People's Republic of Congo or somewhere where temperatures are relatively steady throughout the year). Option two is to run on a treadmill (though I would much rather cut my left arm off and slap myself across the face with it because that is how much I hate treadmills). Option three is to take to cooler climates, often times off the beaten path, and hit the trails (winner winner Tinder dinner)!!

Now, I have to admit that it took me a few (10) times to really appreciate trail running for what it is. The first few times I found myself hating every moment of it, carefully watching my steps so as not to trip, fall, and rupture a vital organ or two.  I couldn't seem to ever fully release the tension in my shoulders and found trail running to be more stressful than gratifying. That is, until one day when everything I thought about trail running changed.

A friend convinced me to run up to the notorious "N" located conveniently on the side of the hill in Reno, NV. As reluctant as I was to venture out, I obliged and made my way up the side of the mountain. Never taking my eyes off of my feet, we were at the "N" before I knew it! I couldn't believe it -- what was supposed to be a 40-minute climb felt like five. And then it hit me: the beauty of the trail run is that you are forced to be in the moment at all times.

When I run on the road, I am constantly looking ahead, always trying to find where I need to be and how long it will take me to get there. Rather than enjoying the moment, I find myself looking for the end point.  In trail running, I have no choice but to be present every step of the way, to take in each stride and enjoy the moment for what it is.

I hope that you too can find this pleasure in the trail...and while you are out there, here are my top picks for the best trail running shoes. May you find the best pair and enjoy every step of the way :)

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1. Salomon Speedcross 3

2.  Brooks Cascadia 10

3. Merrell All Out Peak


1.  Hoka One One Challenger ATR

2. Montrail Mountain Masochist III Outdry®

3. inov-8 X-Talon 200

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

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Runners on Your List

Feel-good endorphins. There are a couple of good ways to get them pumping; you can catch a brisk morning run before work OR you can give great gifts that make the runners on your list very happy.

These gifts should put everyone in a great mood! Now that’s a win-win situation!

Check out some of our top gift picks that’ll put a spring in any runner’s stride:

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Women's: 1. Muzuno Wave® Rider 16, 2. Brooks Utopia Thermal Hoodie II, 3. Newton Running Women's Terra Momentum, 4. inov-8 F-Lite 215 (also ideal for CrossFit!), 5. Nike Skapri  6. adidas Running Thrasher TR W

Men's: 7. Under Armour ColdGear® Fitted Longsleeve Mock, 8. Merrell Bare Access 2, 9. Brooks NightLife Essential Run Jacket II, 10. Tifosi Optics Radius Interchangeable Sunglasses, 11. Mizuno Wave ® Rider 16, 12. Nike + Sportband

For more running shoes, clothes and accessories, visit the Zappos Running Central page!

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Weekly Trend: Music Festival Style

From the star-studded Coachella in the Indio Valley, to Lollapalooza in Chicago, this spring and summer offers a huge variety of music festivals! Whether you’re going to a small local outdoor fest or a massive three-day long event, your outfits are just as important as scoring tickets in time.

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Opt for breathable fabrics, flat shoes or sandals and layering to stay comfy as you dance the day away to some great music. Denim is always a great go-to option for music fests, whether you opt for denim shorts, boyfriend jeans or classic bootcuts.

We particurlarly love boho-inspired looks  for music festivals--think crochet, fringe, maxi dresses, denim vests and cut off shorts.

We also suggest a nice crossbody bag for the ladies to keep both hands free for drinks, food and your camera!

Check out more musical festival outfits for men and women on our Shop By page!

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Style Personality of the Day: Outdoor Woman

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The North Face Microvelour 1/4 Zip Jacket, Smartwool Women's Microweight Tank (underneath), Lole Trek Pant, Merrell Encore Strap mary janes

She loves the great outdoors and spending quality time taking in the scenery. The Outdoor Woman looks for comfort and performance when it comes to her overall style. Her active life demands outfits that can keep up with all of her outdoor adventures.

Our stylists put this ensemble together with the Outdoor Woman’s needs in mind. The cozy fleece pullover, hiking pants and comfy mary janes are ready for a leisurely nature walk.

For even more outdoor style outfits, check out our new and improved Shop by Personality page!

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Father's Day Gift Guide:The Outdoorsy Dad

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Father’s Day is only a few days away, so we thought we’d dedicate a few posts this week to dear ol’ dad.

Today’s handy gift guide is for the outdoorsy dad. You know the type; he’d rather spend the day hiking and fishing than being in the office. If he sounds familiar to you, then we’ve got a few gift ideas that will surely make him smile.

Thank your outdoorsy dad for all the camping and fishing trips he took you on with these giftable outdoor essentials (Clockwise from left):

The North Face Millennial Ribbed Track Jacket: This classic lightweight jacket is perfect for his early morning jogs or errand runs.

Keen Newport H2 sandals: This Keen classic will be his new best friend out on the great outdoors. Its durable, quick-drying materials ensure that he’ll stay comfortable even when the terrain gets wet and slippery.

The North Face Heckler backpack: This durable pack keeps all his hiking and climbing gear organized, and the sleek, fuss-free design is right up his alley.

Columbia Bonehead™ Short Sleeve Shirt: He’ll love those fishing trips with the boys even more with this Omni-Shade® UPF 30 fishing shirt on his back!

Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof: No matter what terrain dad decides to venture out to, this tough and rugged hiking boot will keep him comfortable and revved up for all those summer hikes.

Check out the Zappos Outdoor shop for more outdoor gear for dad!

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Warm-Weather Men's Comfort Shoes

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As Memorial Day weekend grows nearer, we thought there’s no better time to introduce you to some of our best summer-ready men’s comfort shoes and sandals. These shoes all feature the comfort that you’ve come to expect from these household brands, in cool styles you can kick back in this summer!

Merrell Cambrian Strap: When your summer adventures take you to the trails, these comfy and durable sandals will be a welcome companion.

Dunham Captain: These genuine boat shoes give you classic warm-weather style both on and off the deck.

ECCO Passo Slip On: This refined-casual moccasin loafer is a great work-to-weekend option.

Clarks Eskimo Roll: Sit back and relax in your cabana with these superbly comfortable slip-on sandals.