T.U.K. Shoes: Where Girly Meets Goth

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Who says the girly girl and grunge goth can’t merge styles? We certainly don’t! T.U.K. is combining these two seemingly different styles to create its sought-after footwear collections, which are being rocked by famous celebs, including actress Riley Keough, punk rockers Avril Lavinge and Haley Williams, former Dainty Kane singer Dawn Richards, model Ireland Basinger Baldwin, and Internet personality Audrey Kitching, just to name a few.

Infusing black leathers and dark velvets with cute designs, like hearts, polka dots, kittens and flowers, T.U.K. shoes appeal to both the punk rocker and the prom queen. The brand is best known for its signature creepers— those shoes featuring thick crepe-soles with leather or suede uppers— but also creates eclectic flats, heels and combat boots. And, let’s not forget about its wide variety of creepers, sneakers, dress shoes and boots for men!

The San Diego-based company was founded in 1991. Since then, it’s remained the go-to footwear brand for bands, music fanatics, artists, fashionistas and individuals seeking bold and creative styles.

If you want to get your hands on a pair (or several) of T.U.K. shoes, creepers or boots, visit us online at ShoppingBlitz.com. We’ve recently added T.U.K. shoes to our 400+ list of popular brands and are frequently updating our styles.

Check out some of our favorite styles for men and women below!

T.U.K. Kitty Mary Jane Sneakers

T.U.K. Kitty Mary Jane Sneakers

We absolutely love this feline-inspired Mary Jane from T.U.K. Featuring the brand’s signature crepe-sole, this shoe provides the perfect complement to any outfit. Pair it with your favorite skinnies, or a black skirt and tights! Retails for $56.00.

T.U.K. Monk Point Creeper Loafers

T.U.K. Monk Point Creeper Loafers

These burgundy creeper loafers are another one of our favorite styles from T.U.K. Featuring a sleek, old school punk rock look, these loafers are perfect for dressing up or dressing down. Best of all, they’re made of all man-made, vegan materials, so you can feel good about looking stylish. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes. Retails for $85.00.

Shop these great styles and more from T.U.K. here!

Get into the Halloween Spirit with Shopping Blitz

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Shop our fabulous line of costume shoes to complete your favorite Halloween look! Funtasma by Pleaser is one of the premier collections of costume footwear in the market today. Choose your own adventure from period items, to fantasy, gore or just plain fantastical!

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Shopping Blitz Donates Shoes To A Worthy Cause

We all have used and last season shoes and clothing sitting in our closets taking up space. Instead of praying for more room or forcing bags onto unsuspecting friends, we have a better solution. Every few months the employees at Shopping Blitz and their friends, do a much needed closet purge for a good cause. There a plenty of places to donate or even sell your used goods but we endorse Soles4Souls for so many reasons.

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First of all Soles4Souls is a non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty all over the world, through the distribution of used clothing and shoes. They distribute the donations in two ways. Most new items collected from corporations and retailers are given directly to people in need, in the U.S. and around the globe. The second is they offer used goods for sale to micro-enterprises who use the profits to support low-income economies. So whether you are donating new or used goods, people who really need it are benefiting. Sounds a lot better than letting your old favorites collect dust doesn’t it?

 

Trend Watch: Heavy Metals

www.pinterest.comWhat better way to polish off an outfit this season than with trendy metallic accessories? You can start off small – add a bronze purse or some classic boat shoes to compliment your look. You can even snag some oxfords and pair them with dark denim or leggings while you await the warmer weather. A casual lunch date with mom can be done in style in a pair of beautiful rose gold sandals. Mix and match with denim, florals or neutral palettes to get the perfect balance of casual and dressy. For date night pair your favorite LBD (little black dress) with some Franco Sarto heels.  Look out for chrome, copper and your favorite shades of gold to do it big this Spring – and never be outshined.

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1. Franco Sarto Vanna Sandals

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Agenda NYC Post-Show Wrap Up

Agenda-NYCShopping Blitz made its debut appearance at the 2013 Agenda NYC.  Agenda is an LA-based trade show that showcases the best of the best in the streetwear and alternative sports industries. The marriage of these two segments is an exciting group of hybrids brands that often surpass the originators. Located in a chic warehouse in SOHO’s fashion district, the show carried a coolness vibe that didn’t take itself to seriously, a tough feat in an image driven industry.mural-agenda

Agenda was home to a different kind of trade show attendee. Suits and ties were traded in for graphic tees and flat brim hats. Instead of execs with briefcases and laptops, it was veterans of the biz with skateboards and tablets. The kind of company where the owner looks no different than that of their employees. In other words, our kind of place.

Agenda-StanceWe went to support some of our established brands like Sanuk, Stance, Praxis and Marley to see what they had in store and broaden our own horizons. They continued to rock with new stylings and hot innovations. Highlights included Sanuk’s new Instaplay, an alternative to their popular yoga mat flip-flops. The new footbed is meant to energize feet and comes with the added bonus of being waterproof.

Big Boys like Fila, adidas and Reebok were in attendance, as well as industry standards like Skull Candy, Converse, Starter, Vans, RVCA, Stussy, DC Shoes and Burton. All offered up amazing offers as per usual. Spotted were the ever popular high-top sneaker that has moved from athletic to fashion in a relatively short span of time. Neon colors, tech-friendly clothing, active apparel and an overall vibe of NOW reigned supreme.

weeman-AgendaOne of the best aspects of the show were all the smaller upstart companies that are still young enough to think outside the box and create exciting originals. Personal standouts included Ames Bros., whose t-shirts and award-winning designs have landed them clients such as Pearl Jam, Jack Black, John Mayer, Keith Urban and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. HoodieBuddie, sweatshirts that include a 3.5mm headphone jack inside theirpockets for use with phones, mp3 players, etc.  As well as, brands like Kidrobot, makers of killer limited edition art toys, signature apparel and pop culture accessories and Grenade who have begun to expand beyond their glove offerings.

Shopping Blitz is excited to move into the world of streetwear and look forward as always to bring our Blitzers the latest and greatest. Stay Tuned.

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Our foray into the festival world …

photo (18)This year we are entering the world of vending for music festivals. A lot of us at Shopping Blitz are die-hard music fans, long time associated with the festival scene. So we are very excited to break our cherries at the 9th annual Mountain Jam June 6-9. Our concept is the idea of a funky general store. A place to go if in the excitement you have forgotten or need to replace some key essentials, like your tent (we have all been there), sleeping bag, footwear and especially the all-important toothbrush!Hugh (17)

I say funky because well for one it’s us. And if you have ever met us in person, and we hope you do this weekend, you would know that we are nothing if not funkified! I also say funky because a lot of the products we are bringing were made to have fun in. From novelty hats, wigs and accessories we have you covered for an all out rager! Suffice it to say we are excited and nervous and ready to get up to Hunter Mountain! If you are coming we hope to see you there. If you are on fence or are hearing about the festival for the first time check out the lineup and let the music sway you!

Brands we are featuring include Life is Good, Sanuk, Havaianas, SmartWool, Violight, Oofos, Lole, Bula, Salomon, Global Vision Eyewear & more!

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Celebrating Mom’s Individual Style

Moms with StyleFor over a year I have been working alongside two working moms. The experience has taught me that there is no one mom style. Moms come in so many different packages and each with their own fashion preferences. Some still rock the stilettos, not letting anything get in the way of them and high-fashion. Others prefer flats and clothes that can be thrown on and off; in the case of spit, throw up and any other gems their kids might throw at them. Still otDown With Mom Jeanshers are into a sporty and athletic style, for a quick trip to the gym in between pick-ups and drop-offs.
One of the few commonalities is that Moms want to look good just like everyone else.

At Shopping Blitz we have a saying around the office, ‘Down with Mom Jeans.’ We hate them that much. Non-flattering and with zero creativity, mom jeans are an ongoing joke and an insult to women everywhere. Mom’s are first and foremost women. In-touch styles, figure flattering cuts and silhouettes and the wow-factor still matter to them, maybe even more so than the single girl. Because they know what they want and have little patience for anything else. In that light, we SB style gurus dedicate this collection to fashionable Mom’s everywhere!

Featuring: Lole, Soft Style, Glam Glow, Fusion Beauty, Carve, Gianna Rose Atelier, Kenneth Cole Reaction

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Comfort & Style for the Holidays

The Halloween costumes are put away and Thanksgiving dinner has been served. It’s official – The Holidays are here! No matter what event you will be observing this year, I’m pretty sure that a bit of shopping – and the ever so lovely waiting in line – will be involved. If you’re23503229274913751_lejfPUQL_c like me, all that standing and walking around can become quite painful. You start off with the stamina of a five-year old but after a few hours all you’re looking for is the closest bench.

Comfort is the name of the game around this time, especially when it comes to your choice of footwear.  I always assumed that any added height to my shoes would elevate the pain along with my stature.  That is not always the case.  In a mere two months at ShoppingBlitz, I’ve learned that a well-made shoe can not only up the ante on comfort, but achieve it without compromising on style or quality.

For staSBPKL_801-8004rters, I present to you the latest addition to my ‘happy feet’  family, the ever-so-chic Pikolinos Bruja Buckle Boots , shown here in chocolate. With a low 4-cm heel, they add just a touch of height, but oh are they comfy!  The secret is in the gel and foam padded midsole for which Pikolinos is known for. Get yourself a pair of these and your feet will thank you. Then you can thank me later.

Or how about these Sofft Colorado boots?  Belt buckles over SBSFS_1416240smooth, buttery leather are indisputably in for the season. Though they pack a higher 3-inch heel, don’t despair.  These boots are kind to your soles, with extra padding added to the arch, foot and heel. You will come to appreciate the perforated foot bed, allowing airflow, so you won’t be bringing home stinky, tired feet along with your presents.

SBPKL_865-9270For those not-so-chilly fall days, you can trade up the boots for some oxfords by Pikolinos or even these adorable flats by Henry Ferrera.  Padded with gel and foam on the midsole for added comfort, the oxfords are just fun to dress up and you won’t even feel the slight 4cm heel. The Henry Ferrera flats will get yoSBHF_WILD-BLUGLDu through a day of shuffling bags and kids in and out of the car.  The contrast between the wintry blue and the eternally in season cheetah print will bring a lot of attention to your feet. I can’t say enough how much I love these shoes!

Let’s not forget to take care of ourselves in the midst of taking care of others. Be kind to your feet this season, and every other season, and they will take you happily wherever you need to go. And remember, if you can’t make it to the stores, or if you truly are too sore, grab a cup of hot cocoa, curl up on the couch and shop for your loved ones while barefoot and in your pajamas – online!

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