What You Should Know Before Buying Winter Boots

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Are you looking for a new pair of winter boots for your next outing? Whether you’ll be hiking in the backcountry or spending a day on the slopes, your winter boots need to keep you warm, comfortable and protected, without sacrificing your mobility. In order to choose the right pair of winter boots for your activity, you need to understand the basics of their construction. Read on to learn about the anatomy of winter boots, and if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at Shopping Blitz.

The Basics of Winter Boot Construction

Upper

The upper is the soft area above the midsole and is typically made of materials like genuine leather, rubber, suede or synthetics. Synthetic rubber is naturally 100% waterproof, and many genuine leathers are waterproof as well. The upper is built around a mold called a last which shapes the boot’s materials.

Lining

The lining can be made of up one or more fabrics, such as fleece, sheepskin, fur, or synthetic materials, and offers warmth, comfort and support. Many boots from quality brands incorporate heat-seeking technologies into their lining, which are designed to trap and retain warmth, plus keep feet dry. For instance, the Women’s Columbia Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Boots feature Columbia’s famous Omni-Heat reflective lining to retain heat, as well as Omni-Tech to repel water and moisture.

Some boots may offer removable lining, which allows you to customize your degree of warmth. With a removable liner, you can switch out a thermal liner for an all-weather liner to better suit the conditions.

Midsole

An EVA or polyurethane midsole provides support, durability, warmth, and shock absorption. Thicker midsoles provide more warmth because your foot is farther from the ground.

Outsole

The outsole is a critical part of your winter boot and makes the boot suitable for wet, muddy and snowy terrains. Many winter boots have rubber outsoles because rubber is naturally waterproof and slip-resistant. Always refer to the thickness and deepness of the outsole when shopping for winter boots. Many boots, such as the Women’s Pajar Snowcap 2 Boots and Men’s Salomon Snowtrip Ts Waterproof Boot, feature spikes or lugs for extra grip and slip-resistance when hiking technical terrains.

Toe Box

The toe box provides a layer of protection for your toes and is typically covered with a layer of insulation for additional warmth and comfort.

Now that you have a better understanding of the anatomy of winter boots, you can choose a boot that satisfies your activity and the weather conditions. To buy winter shoes and clothes online, shop our unrivaled selection of winter gear at ShoppingBlitz.com!

Style Meets Comfort: Orthopedic Shoes

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Also known as orthotics, orthopedic shoes are specifically engineered to provide pain relief and additional support for people suffering from pain in the legs, feet, ankles or back. Orthopedic shoes are available in a wide range of designs and across a variety of functions, from hiking boots and walking sneakers to sandals, oxfords and Mary Janes. Orthopedic shoes can be worn for all kinds of occasions, whether you’re exercising, working at the office or hanging out with friends and family.

Shopping Blitz is the premier online marketplace to buy shoes and clothing online from the best brands. We offer a large selection of orthopedic shoes from the top orthotics brands around the world. Check out our featured orthopedic shoes for men and women:

Men’s Drew Shoe Lightning II Sneakers

Drew Shoe

Drew’s Lightning II Sneakers feature all of the therapeutic benefits of a Drew in a performance-packed athletic shoe. These sneakers provide all-day comfort and feature a breathable mesh vamp and quarter linings and dual shanks. The two removable insoles provide double the depth and allow space for custom orthotics for extra toe room. Retails for $135.93.

Women’s Mephisto Laser Perf Sneakers

Mephisto

The Mephisto Laser Perf Sneaker is the ultimate women’s walking shoe and contains tons of great features for optimal comfort, support and breathability. This sneaker features Mephisto’s signature Air-Jet circulation system and Soft-Air midsole, as well as a removable cushioned insole. The enhanced shock absorption in the heel protects the spine, vertebrate and joints and reduces the degree of shock in each footfall by 90%.Retails for $199.92.

Men’s Orthofeet Tie-Less Lace Up Oxfords

Orthofeet

The Orthofeet Tie-Less Lace Up Oxfords features Orthofeet’s tie-less lacing system, which integrates laces with hook and loop straps to provide an easy way to fasten and unfasten your shoes without the need for tying laces. The soft, seam-free lining design contains extra foam padding for maximum comfort and protection, while the soft, non-binding leather upper eases pressure on the foot. The shoe’s extra-depth design provides a roomy fit, and the Ergonomic-Stride design of the lightweight cushioning sole softens your step and helps propel the foot forward. Retails for $124.93.

Women’s Durea Dorris Mary Janes

Durea Dorris

The Durea Dorris Mary Janes seamlessly combine comfort and fashion. This women’s dress shoe features a soft premium nubuck upper accented with beautiful stitching details and flower-like cutouts for ventilation and style. The hook-and-loop closure enables you to adjust the instep strap for a comfortable fit, while the internal leather lining wicks away moisture. The cushioning insole can be replaced with a custom orthotic. Retails for $199.43.

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4 Tips for Breaking In New Shoes Without Breaking Your Feet

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Between buying a new pair of shoes and being able to wear them comfortably for a long duration of time, there’s the inevitable break-in period. Whether you’ve purchased a new pair of heels or running shoes, not taking the time to break them in before wearing them for a decent length of time can lead to blisters and pain. To make the transition from the shoe box to your feet much less painful, follow these tips for breaking in your new shoes from Shopping Blitz, where you can buy shoes online.

1. Wear them around the house

Before you embark on a long distance run with your new running shoes or wear a new pair of heels for a night out on the town, wear them around the house. Wearing your new shoes, walk up and down the stairs and while standing and sitting around. If you’ve purchased a nice pair of shoes that can easily be scuffed or marked up, wearing them around the house will ensure they won’t get ruined before you wear them out.

2. Wear them with socks

While you wear your shoes around the house, wear them with thick socks. The thicker the socks, the better. This will help stretch out the shoe and prevent blisters as you get used to your new shoes. You can do this as you cook, do chores or relax on the couch.

3. Bring them to the office

If you work at an office, wearing a new pair of shoes at work is a great way to break them in. Pack them in your bag and slip them on once you’re at the office.

4. Use a hair dryer

For shoes that are tight in certain spots, applying heat with a hair dryer can help loosen them up. Put your shoes on with some thick socks and blow dry each shoe for a few seconds on low heat. You can repeat the process if needed.

Top Running Shoes of the Season

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With the beautiful, warm weather finally upon us, it’s time to get off the treadmill and enjoy a nice long run outdoors. Whether you enjoy running on backcountry trails or through city streets, protect your feet with one of the season’s top running shoes from Shopping Blitz, where you can buy the best running shoes and clothes online.

Men’s Fila Turbo Fuel Energized Sneakers

Men's Fila Turbo Fuel Energized Sneakers

Fila’s Turbo Fuel Energized Sneakers are great for running on many types of trails. This running sneaker is extremely lightweight, comfortable and flexible, so your feet will be happy and secure during the longest runs. The running shoe features 2-piece midsoles with a full-length energized rubber, flex grooves for flexibility, and lightweight synthetic overlays. The mesh accents on the side and cushioned collar provide additional breathability and support for your feet during your run.

Women’s New Balance 880V3 Running Sneakers

Women's New Balance 880V3 Running Sneakers

This women’s running shoe from New Balance provides excellent performance on both dirt and pavement. The N-durance rubber compound delivers maximum outsole durability, while the ABZORB cushioning in the midfoot provides extreme shock absorption. The shoe also contains a T-beam, which is a lightweight and flexible TPU shank engineered to provide optimum torsional stability and arch support through a unique center beam design. And, that’s not all. The mono-mesh material and blown rubber outsole provide extra breathability and comfort.

Men’s Salomon X-Tour Running Sneakers

Men's Salomon X-Tour Running Sneakers

The Salomon X-Tour Running Sneaker is an agile CityTrail shoe designed to be your first step toward a more exhilarating urban run. This running sneaker has everything you’d expect from a Salomon running shoe and so much more. In addition to the dynamic cushioning, non-marking Contragrip, injected EVA and lightweight muscle, this shoe features Sensifit technology, which works to cradle the foot and provide a precise and secure fit.  The EVA footbed delivers supreme cushioning and anatomically designed support, while the OS Tendon technology provides better rolling and soft rebound.

Women’s Salomon X-Scream Running Sneakers

Women's Salomon X-Scream Running Sneakers

Similar to the X-Tour Running Shoe, the Salomon’s X-Scream Running Sneaker is an agile CityTrail shoe that injects mountain spirit into running in an urban landscape. This shoe has tons of great features, including dynamic cushioning, non-marking Contagrip, light weight muscle, molded EVA, EVA shaped footbed, and protective TPU toe cap. It also features a tongue cover, which delivers tongue protection from mud and debris getting inside the shoe, as well as a lace pocket that provides easy storage for the Quick Fit lacing system. The Sensifit technology cradles the foot while delivering a precise and secure fit, and the Sensiflex technology supports natural foot expansion and forefoot flex while still maintaining support.

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Best Brands of Comfort Footwear

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When it comes to shopping for shoes, people will often choose style over comfort. Yet, no one enjoys wearing a stiff shoe that causes blisters and takes multiple wears to break in.

You don’t have to compromise style to get a comfortable shoe. Comfort shoes can be stylish while providing you with the cozy interior, ankle support, and flexible sole your feet need to feel secure and comfortable. There are plenty of brands out there that both you and your feet will love. These brands are perfect for any activity, from strolling in the park to shopping to lounging around.

Here are the best brands of comfort footwear:

  • Acorn

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Acorn provides comfort for the whole family. Whether you’re looking to snuggle on the sofa or spend time outdoors, with Acorn footwear you’ll feel like you’re wearing a comfy sweater on your feet. Made from the highest quality materials and using advanced technology, Acorn provides comfortable footwear for all seasons.  Acorn has everything from boots and loafers to flats, sandals and slippers. Why are they so comfortable? The shoes are made from sheepskin and Italian wool and contain a footbed with arch support and a heel cup. These shoes are also water and stain resistant and will leave your feet feeling warm and snug all day long. If that’s not enough, Acorn shoes and socks are made without any animal products, so you can look and feel good. Order the Men’s Acorn moccasins and Women’s Acorn flats online.

 

  • UGG Australia

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UGG Australia’s footwear provides men with the utmost comfort and style. Men’s UGG boots, moccasins, and slippers exemplify the world’s finest standards of craftsmanship. Originally intended for surfers walking on sand, today UGG shoes are worn by feet all over the world during all seasons. Made from grade-A Merino sheepskin, grade-A Twinface sheepskin, UGGpure™ wool, Silkee Suede leather, and other top-notch materials, these shoes are incredibly cozy and warm. UGG footwear has water-resistant, stain-resistant, and perspiration-resistant properties, as well as sole protection and ankle support, so you can wear them during rain or snow.  Find the latest styles of Men’s UGG boots and moccasins online.

 

  • Finn Comfort

 

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With Finn Comfort footwear, you’ll not only get comfort but also sophistication.  From the Women’s Finn comfort boot to the Men’s Finn comfort dress shoe, this brand is notorious for providing the finest walking shoes on earth. These shoes provide unmatched orthopedic support and comfort, so you can wear them for all sorts of activities. The sophisticated style is delivered using traditional European craftsmanship. From the flexible toe cap to air ventilation channels to calfskin lining, Finn Comfort footwear keeps your feet cozy and secure. The shoes also contain orthopedic footbeds with contoured arch and metatarsal support, as well as softly padded toplines and lightweight outsoles. These durable and secure shoes are gentle on joints and eliminate any pressure and rubbing.

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Orthaheel Gets A Makeover

Orthaheel is a company that has long been synonymous with innovative footwear. Podiatrist-designed for ultimate foot health, Orthaheel foot beds are built to naturally reduce over-pronation. Orthaheel’s technology originated from Vasyli Medical, a premier supplier of pre-fabricated orthotics. Long supported by Dr. Andrew Weil, the brand included an entire collection of shoes, sandals and slippers that represents integrative footwear at its best.

All good things must come to and end and sometimes they just get better! On the outside the brand may have morphed into Vionic with Orthaheel technology, however on the inside nothing fundamental has been altered. Foot beds are still made with the same built-in support that has always set them apart. The only difference is the wide array of expanded styles now available, per customer request. Plus for the first time the collection will include wide widths, to offer comfort to all!