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How To Find Stylish And Comfortable Footwear For The Fall (Giveaway)

When I worked in Manhattan in the early 1980’s I remember squeezing my size 8 feet into any pointy-toed 3-inch heels that looked cute with my outfits, purses and briefcase. Young women fresh out of college were vying for positions in corporate America in a highly competitive market.

What was on your resume was as important as how you looked.

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Too many times I came home with painful blisters and cuts on the back of my feet. If I learned one thing in midlife it’s to be kind to your feet. Now I wear only stylish and comfortable shoes. The soles must be flexible, the insoles a heavenly bed of comfort, and in the winter I prefer gripper soles to prevent me from slipping and falling on ice.

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Photo: Earth Brand

You can usually find me in a t-shirt and yoga pants when working from home. If I have to go out to run errands I’ll wear sneakers. But this summer I wore my Earth Brand Bay sandals more than my beloved sneakers. You can read more about them in another post here.

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Earth Brand Bay sandals Photo: Earth Brand

So I was thrilled when Earth Brand asked me to review a pair of shoes from their fall catalogue. I needed a pair of booties to update my fall wardrobe. I have a few professional events to attend and my t-shirts and yoga pants aren’t exactly appropriate!

I had a tough time deciding which pair of Earth Brands to choose. There were so many adorable ones! I finally settled on their black bootie, the Sintra 2 in their Earthies collection.

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Earthies Sintra 2 black bootie Photo: Earth Brand

The temperature was a little cooler the other day so I decided to give my new booties a try. They were easy to slip on with zippers on both sides, and the round toes made the boot completely comfortable. The leather is soft to the touch and the soles were flexible, making them instantly comfortable to walk in.

I paired them with black leggings and an oversized blouse. I loved how they looked and made me feel.

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I was so excited to take these new booties out of the box!

I’ll also pair them with black tights and a skirt or dress for an updated professional look.

I know they’ll look and feel great, giving me an extra boost of confidence when I have to speak in front of a large audience next month.

Crafted in premium leather, these booties have cute metallic studs that peak out of the boot when unzipped. Their exclusive contoured comfort design supported my feet from heel to toe, and the cradled toe area kept pressure off of my toes.

Comfort. Style. You’d think those were enough reasons to purchase a pair of Earth Brand shoes. But here’s another reason why I love this company, and so will you:

For every shoe purchased they plant a tree! You can read more about their initiative here. That’s important news, because according to the website Conserve Energy Future:

  • It is estimated that within 100 years there will be no rainforests.
  • Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation
  • One and a half acres of forest is cut down every second.
  • If the current rate of deforestation continues, it will take less than 100 years to destroy all the rainforests on the earth.
  • The rate of deforestation equals to loss of 20 football fields every minute.
  • There are more than 121 natural remedies in the rain forest that can be used as medicines.
  • According to Rainforest Action Network, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
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“We care about our home, our planet. We believe that following a path to wellness includes making our Earth a healthier place for us all.”

I’m giving away a pair of Sintra 2 booties to one lucky winner! Leave a comment and follow instructions on Rafflecopter below. Contest ends at midnight on October 6. The winner will be notified by email. NOTE: All contestants must reside in the U.S.

Good luck!

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DISCLOSURE: I was given a free pair of Sintra 2 booties as well as compensation for this post. All comments are, as always, my own honest opinion. 

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64 thoughts on “How To Find Stylish And Comfortable Footwear For The Fall (Giveaway)

  1. Jane Gramlich

    Very timely. My poor feet have been suffering since midsummer. I have flat feet, weak ankles with an inward turn, and a wide foot with a very narrow heel. From earliest childhood I have worn the very best shoes that could be bought. My parents diligently insisted on it, even in the summer when everyone else was wearing sneaks and sandles. I followed suit in my earlier adulthood, but gradually have let it go because of style,convenience or cost. I know better. I have recommited to doing better. Yesterday I went shoe shopping. I bought two pairs of the best fitting and feeling shoes that I could find. It’s great to know of another brand that might work out for me.

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Jane, I would love to be able to wear more stylish shoes. Heels make us look longer and leaner and Lord knows I need that! But we need to take care of our feet. You are brilliant in what you did. I know it costs more to purchase well-constructed shoes, but in the end they’ll last longer and your feet will thank you.

      A few years ago before going to Blog Her ’13 I asked our midlife group what shoes were best for comfort and I got so many answers that the thread was endless. I ended up trying one that wasn’t exorbitant in price but constructed well and looked nice. It was well worth the research!

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Good luck, Katy!

      I can’t tell you how much I love my sandals. I wore them to walk around Manhattan and usually my feet tire pretty easily and I have to sit often. With these sandals I could walk more because they gave me great support and comfort. Loved that.

  2. Kit Minden

    Love that they plant a tree with each pair! Linking the things we do like shopping to making the world a better place is great! Plus, the shoes look sharp! Really different and fun!

  3. pia

    I love all the things this company stands for!
    I always had wide toes, a high arch and narrow heels so shoes were a problem even in my 20’s. Fortunately you can find anything in NY if you look long enough—and you have an obsessive father who just had to help you find them!
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  4. Helene Cohen Bludman

    The booties are so cute! At first I thought their name was ‘Sinatra” and figured that was why you liked them, LOL! I value a comfortable shoe more and more as I get older and harder to fit. I’ve abused my feet for too long.

  5. Haralee

    I love those sandals and the booties are very cute. Booties so I read and see is ‘the’ item for fall. Thank-you Cathy for bringing this brand to my awareness. Comfort in shoes is my number one concern, over style or color and this brand appears to understand we comfort seeking women!
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    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      I am not too “up” on fashion (don’t read many magazines!!) so I’m glad they are “in” this year Haralee. I love this brand for their comfort and style. So glad comfort is your #1 concern. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  6. Janet tancredi

    Cathy, back in the early 80’s I worked in the garment center. You can imagine what I wore on my feet just to be fashionable! I certainly suffer now for it. Your tip is worth it’weight in gold. Thank you. What stores can you find them in? I’m sure I can find them. Don’t mean to be a pain! Thanks again for the tip! JANET

  7. Elaine Ambrose

    Great article. I’m curious about the boots and will read more about them. I gave up heels years ago but still want shoes that look and feel good. And I’ll feel less guilty if I buy some knowing that a tree will be planted!

  8. Gilly Maddison

    Ha Ha – go ahead, tease me with with stylish comfy footwear that I can’t get hold of! (Well I haven’t really checked so maybe we do have that brand in the UK but I doubt it). When I was a kid, I could’t wait to wear stiletto heels. But once I was able to, I didn’t want to. I wore heels in recent years at my sons’ weddings and hated every second. (The shoes not the weddings!) I am a dasher – I love my cuban heeled boots because I can walk, run and bounce in them at 90 miles an hour. I love the sandals shown here – beautiful. And the booties. Sigh. Good to hear about the tree planting scheme.
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  9. Julia

    I love hearing about new shoes because my feet are the bane of my existence! Wide, and one foot is a half size different than the other. I am still paying for wearing some seriously cute but too tight shoes 5 days ago, lol!

  10. Kelly Doherty

    With my MS, my feet are my biggest issue, the most painful. Working fulltime and having to be presentable and professional despite how I am feeling, finding stylish footwear that do not cause me more discomfort than I am already dealing with is a real challenge. I love the concept of the Earthies company, we have to put back more than what we are using up or there will be nothing left for who comes next.

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Good luck to you, Barbara! Oh how I’m DYING to go to Oregon. One of my dearest friends lives in Bend and we’re trying to figure out a time for me to visit. Not easy flight-wise either, eh? But I think I’ll fall in love with where she lives and never return to NJ!

      Good luck!

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