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Birkenstock shoes have become more and more popular in recent years. Numerous celebs from Heidi Klum, Cara Delevingne, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been spotted sporting their Birks. We all know that Birkenstocks look and feel fashionably magnificent with a pair of knee highs, roasting marshmallows at a bonfire this fall (omg). With proper care, Birkenstock shoes can retain their comfort and good looks all year long.
If your Birks get muddy, you shouldn't attempt to wipe them until the mud has dried. Doing so might cause the leather to stain. If your shoes have really taken a beating, dipping the soft cloth in leather conditioner (Leather Honey is a great brand) will help renew the shoes while taking away scuffs and marks. Always allow your Birkenstocks to air dry away from sunlight or heat.
Using the soft-bristled brush, you can wipe away most surface dust on the shoe. Doing this can also restore the nap and have your kicks looking much newer. A suede brush works especially well on the upper material and keeps it looking fresh.
When it comes to the cork foot-beds, they can get pretty unpleasant. By using baby shampoo or gentle hand soap and warm water, you can clean them up tremendously. To keep the cork from drying out, you can apply cork sealant. Birkenstock makes their own cork sealant, but you can also find other brands online or in your area's department store.
Whenever your Birkenstock sandals feel like they've attained a more lackluster complexion, once you've cleaned the shoes thoroughly, using spray-on suede protector can keep them shining brighter and lasting longer between cleanings.
So go out there and get moving in your Birkenstocks this fall. These shoes were made for walkin'.
Fashion week certainly had us all feeling like we need to step up our fall wardrobe. Around this time of year, the struggle continues to be: What on Earth do I wear to stay warm and stylish? Luckily, this week, Islanders Coastal Outfitter is on the case!
Ladies, Dylan has some of the most luxurious and comfortable fleece on the market and we're super excited to tell you about it. The Frosty Tipped Pile Vest is such an adorable and cozy vest. It's a simple and stylish way to layer up this fall. Pair it with a flannel or long sleeve tee and scarf for the ultimate fall favorite!
If vests aren't your go-to, Dylan also makes the fleece in a pullover! It's made to keep you warm without sacrificing your style.
Gents, True Grit has some amazing, perfectly cozy fleeces for you as well! The Frosty Tipped Pile 1/4 Zip is perfect for for the fall season (not to be confused with Justin Timberlake's frosted tips). You'll be living in it after you feel the warmth of True Grit!
Fleece- the ultimate wearable hug!
With fall just around the corner, everyone has begun gearing up for this year's football season. Whether you're a College Connoisseur or an NFL Nut, a big issue every year is trying to keep up with the latest fashion trends and staying comfortable while still sporting your team's colors. It seems that when it comes to Tailgating these days, a team Tee simply will not do. Luckily, ICO is on the case at helping you rediscover your comfortable game-day style!
Even in the Southeast, night games can get pretty chilly. Get warm with Patagonia's Sweaters for men, women and children! What about the die-hard fans that stay until the final whistle, rain or shine? We've teamed up with Patagonia to answer that one too! Their raincoats are incredibly comfortable, warm, and most importantly, dry!
So we've already discussed that staying fashionable is important, right? But how? Everyone is familiar with those nervous sweats when it comes to that all-too-famous fourth-quarter clincher, but it's what we do- We're human. Keep it cool and stylish with Rainbow sandals! They have all sorts of colors and styles for men and women. Whether you want to go black, brown white, gray, or even leather or hemp!
When the sun has you beat, (unlike your team, right?) Ray-Ban is where it's at. Ray-Ban, the inventor of Aviators and Wayfarers, has incredible technology to keep your eyes protected during those 12:30 p.m games. Infra-red rays, which ophthalmologists stress are rays that deteriorate the eyes, are filtered out. Not to mention, the different styles and colors are totally awesome!
When mid-season really hits, and the temperatures begin to drop, its an absolute must to keep your feet warm. UGG shoes are the pièce de résistance to your all-time comfortably warm game-day style. Since 1978, UGG has been implementing the finest standards of craftsmanship in the world! They use premium materials from grade-A sheepskin to UGGpure™ wool. UGG even offers water-resistant suede, so feel free to jump for joy after that touchdown without a worry in the world where your drink might end up.
Go ahead and "tackle" this year's football season head on with these brilliant brands!
In March of this year, Vans celebrated their golden anniversary. Fifty epic years of extraordinary growth and continuous dedication has made the brand one of America's coolest and trendiest.
Vans humble origins can be traced back to a small shoe factory in Anaheim, California. The company was established by Paul Van Doren in March of 1966 as what was known as The Van Doren Rubber Company.
Paul Van Doren grew up in the Boston area. By the time he reached eighth grade, he'd quit school to pursue other passions such as horse races and whatever else fourteen year old boys were into in the 1940s. Paul's mother was so distraught about him quitting school and not working that she dragged him into the very same shoe factory where she worked. There, Paul Van Doren got a job making shoes and sweeping the factory floor. Little did anyone know that this was going to mold and define the young Van Doren's future. In twenty years at the factory, Paul worked his way up and became the Executive Vice President of Randy's, a shoe manufacturer based out of Boston, MA. In the early sixties, while the Boston factory had climbed to being the third largest shoe manufacturing company in the US, Randy's alternative factory in Gardenvale, CA was losing a million dollars every month. Paul Van Doren, his brother, Jim Van Doren, and long time friend, Gordon Lee were given the task of mending the factory's service and reputation. After just eight short months, the trio was able to get the west coast factory to even greater profits than the one in Boston. After three months of nonstop success, Paul Van Doren announced to his five kids that he was quitting his job and starting his very own shoe company.
After making shoes for most of his life, Paul realized that the shoe manufacturers were making just pennies a pair, while the retailers were the one's seizing all the cash. Paul's greatest dream was becoming a shoe manufacturer that also owned its own retail stores. The trio, along with Serge D'Elia, a Belgian friend of Paul who he became acquainted with while in Japan, took one year to create The Van Doren Rubber Company at 704 East Broadway. Since 1900, there were only three other companies that had manufactured vulcanized footwear in the US: Randy's, Keds, and Converse.
When The Van Doren Rubber Company had first opened its doors in March of 1966, they didn't even have names for their shoes ― only numbers. Steve Van Doren, Paul's son, recalls his father saying, "We had a lace up, we had a two-eyelet, we had a slip-on and the styles were called #16, #19, and #20." The original price for the women's shoes was $2.29 while the men's style #44s were $4.49.
After the first or second day, a lady came in complaining about their pink shoe not being bright enough and their yellow shoe being too light. Paul told the woman that if she came back and brought whatever pink fabric she wanted, he would make a pair of shoes for her, thus Vans custom shoes were made. The company made custom shoes for Catholic schools, cheerleaders and drill teams all over southern California.
A major goal of the company was to make the strongest shoe possible so that people would show their friends. They made the molds for the waffle soles twice as thick as PF Flyers. They used a far better canvas along with nylon thread instead of cotton. The goal was to outlast anything.
Vans grew rapidly. They had ten stores in ten weeks! By the first year and a half, they had fifty stores! In the late seventies, Vans created their first kicks with a leather toe and heel because the skaters were wearing out their shoes so quickly. The Skate scene took Vans to a whole new level. In Santa Monica, skaters like Tony Alva and Stacey Peralta wanted customs. Vans added padded backs, and the famous "Off The Wall" label. The Skate Hi shoe also had padded sides so when the board flew off the swimming pool wall, it didn't destroy their ankles.
The success of Vans shoes comes from listening to their customers. If they wanted checkers on their feet, Vans put checkers on the shoe. If they wanted two-tone, crazy colors, high-top, low-top, slip-on, Vans delivered. After fifty years of business, the company is selling $400 million worth of shoes a year. Vans sponsors pro-athletes in various sports including, skating, surfing, BMX, and snowboarding. Vans has been able to remain authentic throughout the years while also becoming a fashion staple. They aren't like NIKE or Adidas; they don't make athletic shoes with overly-obvious shock absorption or breathable pockets. They make an authentic, tough, stylish canvas shoe that people continuously keep coming back for.
When asked what shoe would describe the company best, Steve Van Doren, Paul's son and current owner said, "The Checkerboard Slip-on. People buy them to go do their weddings."
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