Archive for August, 2010

The Birkenstock Attraction: History

The Birkenstock Attraction: History.

The Birkenstock family has been making shoes for more than two hundred years, however Birkenstock shoes, sandals, and clogs did not gain popularity outside of Germany until 1966, when a woman named Margot Fraser discovered them during vacation in Germany and started to import them into the United States, where they developed a lot of popularity among people who recognize quality in footwear.

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Jane’s Pick – Birkenstock Alabama Black Leather Shoe

OK guys. Would you like to enjoy the comfort of a Birkenstock while you’re at work? Now’s your opportunity to get 25% off one of Birkenstock’s few enclosed shoes. The Alabama features soft leather upper and is fully resoleable. Save $50 this week only.

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Birkenstock Clogs

These are Birkenstock Clogs.

This is a slide show video of the Birkenstock Clog styles for 2010.

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Clogs Rule

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I never thought I’d wear clogs. Now, if I could, I’d wear nothing else.

What changed? Certainly as I’ve gotten older my inclination is towards comfort versus fashion. But more than that perhaps is an awareness of what it means to wear comfortable and (dare I say) orthopedically correct footwear.

I am particularly fond of the Tatami Oklahoma clog. First, the footbed has great support in all three arches (lateral, medial, and metatarsal). I wore the clogs while walking from one end of Savannah to another with my wife and my feet felt great. On days that I don’t run I prefer the Oklahomas to anything else that I own. They help my legs to rest and recover.

The other thing that I like about clogs is their breathability. You don’t realize how comfortable it is to have the airflow until you go back to wearing a closed-in shoe. In a closed shoe my feet are “hot and bothered”. On the other hand in the clogs there is wiggle room and even in the hot Florida summer my feet feel cool.

So, if you’re sitting at your computer with shoes on that make your feet sweat or your toes feel pinched, think about a clog. They may not look as fashionable with your “little black dress” or Brooks Brothers suit, but they sure as heck will feel better.

And isn’t feeling better more important?

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Jane’s Picks – Alpro G500 White Anti-Slip Shoe

Here’s something special for all of you medical and dental professionals – the Alpro G500 leather shoe. It has a certified anti-slip sole, padded heel collar, velcro strap, and the famous cork footbed. It’s safe, durable, and great for folks who are on their feet all day. Saving $41.25 makes it even sweeter.

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Are you off your rocker (sole)?

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Quality and function versus fad and fashion. What are you looking for?

If Joe Montana says a something is good it’s got to be true, right? Perhaps, but before you lay down any cash for a pair of rocker sole shoes do some homework. Just to let you know, Happy Feet Plus sells MBT, Cogent and Finn Comfort rocker sole footwear.

If you just want the cheapest rocker shoe in a color to match your favorite outfit, you probably do not need to read any further. On the other hand, if you’re looking for performance footwear to help work leg and glute muscles, and strengthen your back, then read on.

MBT is recognized as the originator, innovator, and creator of the rocker sole footwear category. Lots of research and development went into the design of their shoes and sandals. You can read more about the research studies by clicking here.

Any high quality shoe is going to be resoleable rather than disposable. When you have your MBT refurbished, the outsole is replaced. The Masai Sensor, which takes most of the impact on the MBT, is also replaced. So too are the shoelaces. Last, but not least, the upper is spiffed up. Can, or will, the other rocker-sole companies do the same?

You might also want to look into the academic research and professional endorsements for each brand. MBT has dozens of studies proving the benefits. Doctors, physiotherapists and trainers from around the world recommend MBT. Hospitals and clinics worldwide have used MBT’s in therapeutic applications. Endorsements from doctors, physiotherapists and trainers? These folks who have used the products to help people to recover from injuries and surgeries. How about the other guys?

Some of the competitors of MBT are spending tons of money to advertise their shoes because the rocker sole category is currently very hot. Before you buy, be sure you do your research. Look to see who’s invested time and money to develop a high quality product.

If you’re looking for something that can improve your health and fitness or help you to strengthen your back or rehabilitate certain injuries, you owe it to yourself to look at MBT. (Beware! There are counterfeit MBT’s in the market. If the price looks too good to be true…)

Happy Feet Plus has nine stores in the Tampa Bay Florida area. Our foot health specialists are well versed in the benefits of MBT footwear and can help you select the best sandals or shoes to meet your needs. Click here for locations and phone numbers.

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Finn Comfort Clogs

These are Finn Comfort Clogs.

Finn Comfort Clogs are available at in a wide variety of styles, colors and fabrics. Finn Comfort provides serious support not just for your feet, but for your entire body. Their no-nonsense orthopedic design reflects the latest medical research.

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Jane’s Picks – Finn Comfort Venice & Belem

I really liked the idea of a his and her’s special so I’m doing it again this week. Get ready for Fall (yep it’s right around the corner) and save $56.25 on the Finn Comfort Belem Nut Vintage for her. Save $53.75 on the Finn Comfort Venice Espresso for him. As usual, one week only.

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The State of Birkenstock

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What’s going on with Birkenstock?

Some of you long-time Birkenstock wearers may be noticing that the sub-brands (Alpro, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami) are going through some changes. Our web site is certainly being affected by what’s going on inside the company.

In an effort, I think, to be more relevant Birkenstock is pulling the strings tighter around the sub-brands. They appear to be looking to better define the sub-brands and eliminate overlap of styles, features, and/or fabrics. This will ultimately be great for customers and retailers, but for right now we’re all seeing styles and colors disappearing on a weekly basis.

A couple of things we know to be pretty certain (understanding that nothing is for sure until it happens). First, the Birkenstock brand itself is stable with good availability, new colors, and some new styles. Next, Papillio will become more of a fashion brand with colors and patterns compatible with the annually-featured Birkenstock colors and patterns. Third, we’ve seen the Birki’s spring catalog and if most of the styles and colors come to fruition, they’ll have lots of new things to show. Finally, Footprints and Tatami still seem to be up-in-the-air. If they know where the brands are headed, they’re not telling.

We keep close track of the inventory availability for all Birkenstock brands and update our site on a weekly basis. As new footwear becomes available, or is no longer available, we’ll make the appropriate updates. When major seasonal changes occur we’ll also send email notifications to existing customers.

In my opinion I think it’ll take another nine months for the changes at Birkenstock to settle down. Until then, if you see a shoe, sandal, or clog from Birkenstock, Alpro, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami that you like – buy it. You never know how long product availability will last.

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Jane’s Picks – Finn Comfort Saloniki & Tropez

Hello friends! It’s His and Her’s week again. This time I selected two Finn Comfort sandals. For Him, save $71.25 on the Tropez fisherman’s sandal. For Her, save $56.25 on the Saloniki with a cute contrasting strap. Both feature the exceptional comfort and support of a “Finn.”

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