Ahnu Posted December 16, 2014
Friends and outdoor enthusiasts Jenny Fredericks and Jacqueline Van Dine wanted a shoe that would cover their work hard/play hard lifestyles. They needed a shoe that was made to perform indoor as well as on the trails, but that was sleek, lightweight and aesthetically pleasing. They couldn’t find anything existing in the market that fit the bill, and realized it was up to them to create a new breed of footwear. So the two moms, athletes and shoe-industry veterans joined forces with Jim Van Dine, and in early 2007 Ahnu was born.
Ahnu is the perfect balance between fitness and fashion. They work with top designers, biomechanists and athletes to manufacture shoes, sandals and boots that provide traction, flexibility, cushioning and durability. And mega bonus: they look great, too!
Ahnu’s lightweight design reduces leg fatigue and stress during your longer hikes. Their hikers have an “athletic fit” for better balance and flexibility as well as extra support and heel stability for cushioning the impact on tougher terrain or concrete floors. Numentum, a positioning system developed by Ahnu, guides the foot to an efficient, stable and balanced stride. This ground-breaking performance technology combined with the sleek silhouettes from Ahnu gives you a new, comfortable alternative to both your work and play shoes.
Whether you’re hiking the great outdoors or pounding your way through the concrete jungle, Ahnu has a shoe that will get you there in comfort and style!
Come see for yourself the wide selection of styles Ahnu offers at one of our three Vancouver, Washington When The Shoe Fits stores, or our newest location in Beaverton, Oregon. Or you can check us out online at whentheshoefits.com. We look forward to seeing you!
SmartWool Posted December 14, 2014
You probably don’t reach for a pair of socks and wonder, “are these socks smart enough?”, but if you’re not wearing SmartWool socks, it’s a question worth considering.
Founded in 1994 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado by ski fanatics Peter and Patty Duke, SmartWool socks are just like the Merino sheep their wool comes from; amazingly durable and extremely adaptable.
The Merino sheep’s ability to adjust to its climate makes their wool a perfect fit for SmartWool. Because of the wild range of weather conditions they’re exposed to, Merino sheep are able to deal with blazing hot summers as well as chilly, harsh winters. The Merino’s unique wool works like their own built-in HVAC system, regulating their body temperatures to reflect their environment. Wearing their wool allows our feet to do the same thing. Your feet stay warm when it’s cold out, and stay cool when the mercury rises.
But SmartWool knows there’s more to creating the best socks in the world than just using the best wool, so they took this sock-making business several steps further.
SmartWool socks maximize the amount of wool that touches your skin to provide optimal comfort, and their 4 degree fit system gives a secure, comfortable fit around the arch, heel and instep. SmartWool is also itch-free, machine washable and dryable, moisture wicking, odor-reducing, and anti-microbial. Now THAT’S a smart sock!
And what’s better than a smart sock? A smart sock that looks great, of course. SmartWool’s innovative design, technology and construction make their socks not just comfy and long-lasting but they’re cute, too! Check out the fun patterns and colors from SmartWool at our website, whentheshoefits.com or in one of When The Shoe Fits’ four locations in Vancouver, WA and Beaverton, OR.
But be warned, these socks are addictive. Once you try SmartWool you’ll never go back to your less-intelligent socks again.
And for all us animal lovers, here’s an interesting fact: the Merino sheep’s wool never stops growing, and if it gets too long it can cause all sorts of problems for the sheep, including blindness. So buy some SmartWool today and help save a sheep’s eyesight.
Haflinger Posted December 12, 2014
Haflinger wool slippers and clogs have been around for more than fifty years, and the reason is simple; like the Austrian workhorse they’re named for, Haflinger footwear is attractive, durable, reliable and made to go the long-haul.
Still the largest maker of boiled wool in Germany, Gerda Hoehm began importing Haflinger to the US nearly 25 years ago. Since then sales have sky-rocketed and the variety of styles they offer has grown almost as fast. While the classic Grizzly and Scuff slippers are still as popular as ever, Haflinger’s designs have evolved to bring fun, colorful patterns to their slippers and clogs, making their footwear not only super comfy but cute and stylish, too.
The boiled and felted wools are breathable, durable and warm, and offer an amazing amount of arch support for your feet. As a matter of fact, When The Shoe Fits carries several Haflinger styles year-round for those of you needing good support for wearing around the house. The arch in Haflinger slippers is ideal to help combat and prevent foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, bunions, neuromas and more.
We hope you’ll stop in one of our four When The Shoe Fits locations in Vancouver, Washington and Beaverton, Oregon, or visit us online at whentheshoefits.com and check out the fun and fabulous slippers and clogs from Haflinger today.
Cobb Hill Posted December 11, 2014
How would you like to be able to wear a dressy, attractive, professional looking shoe all day long and not even know you’ve got them on your feet? Well, you can! Say hello to Cobb Hill shoes.
At When The Shoe Fits, we know how hard it can be to find that perfect dress shoe: one you can wear to work all day then head out afterwards for the evening and not have to worry about aching feet. For years the solution didn’t exist and you had few choices. Do you just suffer through the pain, sacrificing comfort for style, counting the hours until you can free your feet from those torture devices disguised as shoes? Or do you wear an unattractive, unfashionable, unflattering old loafer that feels better but looks worse? Or maybe you’re one of us who totes around those not-so-pretty tennis shoes we bought for the gym and change in to them before and after work, only wearing your “real” shoes when you HAVE to?
Well, we’re happy to say, times have changed and you have a better option than any of those above.
Meet Cobb Hill, part of the New Balance family. Cobb Hill is the place where style meets comfort. You’d never know it by looking, but once you try this cute and classic line you’ll see what we mean. Comfortable shoes can be good looking and stylish. Finally.
Cobb Hill understands the frustration women have suffered trying to find a nice looking shoe that provides comfort and support. That’s why in 2012 New Balance created the Cobb Hill line; on-trend, sleek-looking, comfortable shoes and boots for women with the performance technologies of the New Balance athletic shoes we all know and love. From cute slip-ons to heels, boots and Mary Janes, Cobb Hill makes a shoe for you and your lifestyle.
So don’t settle for unattractive shoes, and don’t sacrifice the well-being of your feet for fashion. Come in to one of When The Shoe Fits’ four locations in Vancouver, WA and Beaverton, OR and try a pair of Cobb Hill shoes on for yourself. You’ll love the way they look and feel! And who knows, your feet will be feeling so much better that maybe you’ll be able to use those old tennis shoes for working out again.
Alegria Posted December 11, 2014
Launched in 2008 in Southern California, Alegria footwear is known for its whimsical colors and patterns as well as the comfort, style and durability their shoes provide.
Originally designed with nurses in mind, Alegria began with one very comfortable, happy clog. Today the brand has grown to include boots, sandals, and professional footwear for both men and women. The patented footbed conforms to the contours of your foot to provide you with an excellent fit and long lasting support for those long days on your feet. Combined with a rocker outsole, cork base, and memory foam, Alegria shoes will get you through those grueling work days feeling and looking great!
So whether it’s a ten-hour shift at work or a ten-hour tour of Disneyland, Alegria clogs, sandals and boots have the style and comfort you need to keep you and your feet happy.
Come on in to one of our three Vancouver, WA stores or our Beaverton, OR location and try on a pair of Alegria shoes and discover where happiness meets wellness!
Sole Posted November 20, 2014
Many people live with varying degrees of foot pain every day, and, unfortunately, even the mildest pain can affect our ability to perform everyday activities.
At When The Shoe Fits, we want to help get rid of that pain, and SOLE Custom Footbeds and Footwear are a great solution. A Canadian company founded in 2001, their innovative products provide industry-best cushioning and support, customized for each user. SOLE’s unique shape and custom-molding materials adapt to your body without compromising their amazing support.
Used by professional athletes and weekend warriors alike, SOLE products adapt to the body creating a customized, continuous surface of contact with the sole of the foot. Basketball and football players, world-class cyclists and mountaineers, endurance runners and championship skiers; these are just a small sampling of those who swear by the over-the-counter inserts from SOLE to help them perform to the best of their abilities.
But SOLE isn’t just for athletes. Everyone is susceptible to foot pain and ailments. Whether it’s plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, Achilles tendonitis, or just a need for better arch support, SOLE orthotics can be the difference in making it through your workday or playtime without suffering from the pain associated with these and other foot issues.
So no matter what your activity level or profession is, you’ll benefit from the personalized support and cushioning SOLE offers. When your feet are supported and their function is optimized, foot pain is reduced or even eliminated, allowing you to do all the things you love to do, pain-free. Imagine that!
Simply put, SOLE can help eliminate pain, and when the barrier of pain is removed, you can get back to living well.
We want you out there enjoying the activities you love, so come in to one of our four Vancouver WA and Beaverton OR stores and let us help make that happen!
Josef Seibel Posted November 19, 2014
Looking for a shoe that offers style, comfort and quality craftsmanship? Planning a trip and want a shoe that is dressy enough for dining out but can carry you down winding cobblestones or across miles of concrete sidewalks? Look no further! Josef Seibel has been handcrafting shoes since 1886 and is regarded as one of Europe’s first and finest shoemakers. Now in the hands of the fourth generation, Josef Seibel offers the highest quality, comfort and styles of shoes, sandals, boots and clogs, literally covering all of your footwear needs. Josef Seibel’s patented Airped® foot bed and dress/casual designs make this brand a go-to choice for travelers, and is one you’ll see frequently recommended on travel websites with high praise from longtime believers in their products. There’s no better testimonial than that of someone who has literally “walked in their shoes”! A great example of a Josef Seibel shoe that crosses over from a long day of walking to a nice evening out is the “Kylie 05″. Dressy and stylish, this sassy number will make you look and feel good all day and all night.
Come on in to one of When The Shoe Fits’ four locations in Vancouver WA and Beaverton OR and see for yourself how easy it is to marry comfort and style, and let us help you get ready for your next great adventure!
Pikolinos Posted November 19, 2014
Ordinarily we don’t associate ducks with footwear but Pikolinos shoes are anything but ordinary. This amazingly comfortable, high-fashion, quality brand chose a duck for its logo and it has nothing to do with Disneyland (or the University of Oregon’s outstanding football team!).
Ducks are comfortable in any environment; air, land or sea, and that is the spirit of Pikolinos shoes. Their objective is to create footwear to accompany you every day, every where you go, in all facets of your life.
Pikolinos was founded in Spain in 1984 by Juan Peran, a self-made entrepreneur who began cutting leather when he was only twelve years old. Since their beginning, Pikolinos has had their hands in all stages of their shoe making, from tanning the leathers, to designing, producing and selling their creations locally in their own stores as well as around the globe.
And to ensure they are staying on top of the latest trends and fashion must-haves, Pikolinos employs team members from more than 10 nations to keep a diverse and exciting edge to their designs. Some of our customer’s favorites are the Le Mans and Verona boots. These stylish little numbers will make you look and feel good from the minute you put them on, and the compliments you’ll get will make you feel even better!
The leather is the star of Pikolinos shoes and they go to great lengths to find the best quality materials to ensure every pair is comfortable, resistant, unique and “Naturally Good”. They use chromium-free leathers, all-natural vegetable dyes and water-based glues that contain no toxic components. Their commitment to a well-made shoe is matched only by their commitment to protecting the environment and giving back to society.
Almost sounds too good to be true, but Pikolinos really are THAT amazing. If you haven’t already tried one of their shoes or boots yet, you owe it to yourself to come in to one of our three Vancouver WA stores or our newest location in Beaverton OR and see what all the fuss is about!
Teva Posted November 19, 2014
Founded in 1984 by a Grand Canyon river guide, the story is true; the model for the Teva Original really did come from an old Velcro watch band strapped to a flip flop. And while Tevas are built so we can “go anywhere, do anything, and live for the unscripted moments that make the best memories”, the brand has evolved over the last thirty years into one known for style, comfort and function.
But not every customer coming in our doors wants to jump of cliffs, brave the rapids or scale a mountain. So while Teva began as an adventurous, outdoor shoe maker, today they do a little bit of everything, always keeping comfort and durability at the forefront of their design.
Many styles are waterproof, like the dressier Teva Capistrano and De La Vina boots, to keep you warm and dry while still looking great, or the Teva Skylake and Riva Event for covering heartier terrain. Each of these offers the fantastic feel and quality craftsmanship Teva is known for but gives you a variety of options for different occasions.
So whether you’re headed to the mountains, the river or the office, come on in to one of our three Vancouver, WA locations or our newest store in Beaverton, OR and check out which Teva is right for you!
Dansko Posted November 11, 2014
Dansko all started back when the husband and wife team, Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup discovered their perfect barn shoe in a tiny shop in Denmark, they decided they had to share the shoes with their friends. When they had their friends try them on, they told more friends. Just like that, a shoe company was born.
Today, Dansko is much more than just the original clogs. They are now heels, boots, sandals, wedges and flats. Every style made by Dansko is made with special attention to materials and construction so they may promote good foot, leg and back health.
Dansko has long been a great resource for us in our stores because of the comfort and support they offer to feet while still paying attention to style and fashion. When a customer comes in looking for a shoe they can where for all day comfort, we often end up suggesting a new pair of Dansko clogs, shoes, or boots. In hospitals and medical offices the “Professional Clog” has long been a shoe of choice because the long hours working on the hard floors of a hospital require a shoe that can support the foot in a manner that might prevent excessive stresses to the muscles and tendons in the feet causing foot pain. Chefs and restaurant workers have also long known the clogs to be excellent shoes to wear for their demanding needs.
If you haven’t ever treated your feet to the comfort a Dansko shoe can offer, you really deserve to see what it’s all about. Come on into any of our three Vancouver, WA stores or our Beaverton OR location and see for yourself why these might just be one of the best all round shoes you’ve ever put on your feet.