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6 Super Comfortable Summer Sandals

As we happily spend the long, winding days of summer basking in the heat and sunshine, it quickly becomes evident that the need for sandals that start out comfortable and stay comfortable all day is pretty high on the priority list! Think about it; summer days often consist of zipping around from place to place, taking the kids from one activity to the next, vacations spent wandering and sightseeing…. Who has time to mess around with uncomfortable sandals? We sure don’t.

That’s why our beloved comfort brands like Birkenstock, UGG and Dr. Scholl’s spend so much time perfecting the art of comfortable sandals! Who doesn’t appreciate all-day comfort and versatile style? Besides, you’re far too busy enjoying all those summer activities to settle for anything less.

Below are just a few of our most comfy summer sandals to enjoy:

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1.  Josef Seibel Kira 09

2. Romika Bali N 07

3. Gentle Souls Layton Slides

4. Dr. Scholl’s Flight Original Collection

5. UGG Navie Flip-Flops

6. Birkenstock Gizeh


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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10 Must-Have Shoe Styles for Spring/Summer

As we eagerly await spring’s official arrival, it’s a good time to take a deeper dive into the shoes and sandals that are buzzing on every style enthusiast’s radar for the warm-weather months.

Below is a quick checklist of sorts to get you acquainted with spring & summer’s most noteworthy footwear styles:

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D’Orsay Flats: We love this sleek version of the flat for the office or just adding a dose of refinement to our jeans and t-shirt combos.

Featured above: Nine West Deputy


Summer Booties: Opt for something short, simple and easy to mix and match with practically everything in your closet.

Featured above:  Eric Michael Ireland


Preppy Flats: Add instant polish to your style with simple, classic details like kiltie and moc toe stitching.

Featured above: Gabriella Rocha Kiltie Loafers


Espadrille Loafers: This laidback update to a timeless footwear staple is perfect paired with shorts and summer dresses.

Featured above: Soludos Smoking Slipper


Minimalist Ballerina Flats: For work or weekends, it’s hard to beat the utter versatility and feminine style of the streamlined flat.

Featured above: Nine West Mistyray



Girly Block Heels: Add a little retro vibe with this superbly walkable style.

Featured above: Dune London Mahala


T-Straps: Whether on heels or flat sandals, this simple detail instantly elevates your look.

Featured above: Kenneth Cole Reaction Ava Crave


Wedge Booties: These on-trend alternatives to heels pairs well with just about anything.

Featured above: Blowfish Byte


Sexy Mules: Rethink your heels with this structural version of the timeless mule.

Featured above: Grey City Dwyer


Ankle Straps: Ladylike straps look fabulous with knee-length skirts & dresses.

Featured above: Steve Madden Stecy

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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


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


The Moccasin Loafer:

10. Hush Puppies Monaco Slip On

11. Geox Uomo Snake Mocassino

12. Cole Haan Grant Canoe Penny



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8 Must-Haves in Fashion Footwear for Spring-Summer

If variety really is the spice of life, then this season’s hottest shoe trends are destined to keep your spring and summer months extra spicy! As the weather heats up, our need for cute sandals and shoes definitely moves up on the style priority list. From metallic stacked heel sandals to easy-to-wear strappy flat sandals, the fashion footwear landscape is full of fabulous styles to complement all your warm-weather outfits.

Below are a few of our top shoe trends to wear now and well into late summer!

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Easy style and all-day comfort is the name of the game when it comes to one of the season’s most sought-after sandal styles. This simple design looks great paired with mini dresses, distressed shorts and topped off with a carefree vibe. 

Featured style: Sbicca Admiral


We love pairing our cuffed skinny jeans with sandals featuring a noteworthy ankle strap. This style also looks fantastic with your A-line dresses for all those spring and summer weddings and other special events!

Featured style: GX by Gwen Stefani Adams Sandal



Whether it’s paired with a bikini and cover-up or boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt, the minimal thong sandal is one of those styles that lends itself to easy grab-and-go wear every day!

Featured style: Chinese Laundry Glitterati



Give your casual looks a hint of glam with shiny metallic finishes that read like neutrals, making them super versatile for plenty of outfit pairing options. 

Featured style: Dune London Jordann



Done high on a wedge or low on a slip-on sneaker, the espadrille never fails to make a major splash every summer. This classic detail is quintessential warm-weather style at its finest.

Featured style: Jessica Simpson Bristol



Go bold this season with the addition of an edgy gladiator sandal to your style repertoire. There are many different versions of this look, from low and classic to ones that go all the way up to the knee! Pair them with your favorite maxi dresses or cut-off shorts for a festival-inspired look.

Featured style: MIA Game



It’s no secret that white is one of the season’s must-have hues. A white sandal is an easy way to infuse this trend into your everyday spring looks. Try a wooden wedge with a dash of retro style done in vibrant white leather!

Featured style: Lucky Brand Lyndell



A touch of fringe gives a fun, bohemian-inspired vibe whether you’re at Coachella . Let’s not forget the always-popular ankle boot!  We love pairing ours with mini summer dresses.

Featured style: Steve Madden Ponncho



New Brand Spotlight: Saint & Libertine New York

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Pairing together a tasteful blend of design and aesthetic with high-quality hardware and leathers, Saint & Libertine New York introduces footwear enthusiasts to next-level luxury.

Founded in 2012 by husband-and-wife lifestyle specialists, the brand implements New York's utilitarian and masculine edge with feminine sensibilities that evoke European design. These opposing themes result in directional footwear that is modern and organic, yet current and timeless.

From strappy sandals to chic heels and flats, Saint & Libertine New York is the perfect excuse to splurge on something wonderful.

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Summer Flip Flops

Of all the sandals out there, none is more ubiquitous with summer than the flip flop. Whether you’re into the beach-friendly rubber variety or something fancier with embellishments, stocking up on this summertime classic is always a good idea.

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For Her:

1. Sperry Top-Sider “Calla”

2. Tkees “Lipglosses”

3. Flojos “Celine”


For Him:

1. Havaianas Top Mix Flip Flops

2. O’Neill “Groundswell ‘14”

3. Scott Hawaii “Hokulea”


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Staff Picks: Off-Duty Style

TGIF! The weekend is finally upon us! What better way to kick off our favorite part of the week than with some of our favorite weekend go-tos? We enlisted the help of five Zapponians to get the scoop on their off-duty favorites in footwear and denim. Check them out!

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1. Vans Classic Slip-On Core Classics

2. Jag Jeans "Paley" Pull-On Bootcut Jeans 


3. DV by Dolce Vita "Darva" Sandals

4. 7 For All Mankind Skinny Jeans in Kaleidoscope Floral


5. Marc New York by Andrew Marc "Dorchester" Chukka

6. Levi's Made & Crafted Needle Narrow Jeans in Rigid


7. Frye "James" Chelsea Boots

8. Joe's Jeans Vintage Reserve "The Super Slim" Jeans