When I was in junior high and there was nothing I loved more than playing basketball, I almost always wore high-tops. Then, in high school, I didn't get to choose my shoes: The coach selected which styles we wore and we all had to get the same shoe. And they were always low-cut basketball shoes. But I didn't mind; that's when I learned that low-tops are a lot lighter weight than high-tops.
And I've always assumed that was the case. But Kobe Bryant's new "Kobe 9" Nikes are high-tops that are extremely light, according to a news report today on CNBC. Nike manages to do this by making the upper material out of something called "flyknit," a lightweight material that supposedly enhances the foot's natural movements. (How, I have no idea.)
Kobe claims that the shoe is inspired by the boxing shoes worn by Manny Pacaquio. They will go on sale in February and retail for $225.
What do you think of the pair? I like the bottom but I'm not sure how I feel about the (very) high-top upper. And the price tag seems nothing short of ridiculous.
Well, it's December now. Christmas is three weeks away. Crazy. Did you do any shoe shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Sales results set records across several categories, and shoes were one of them. (Electronics and large-ticket items generally are strong on Black Friday, while clothing, shoes and accesories are stronger on Cyber Monday.)
So you might be looking at your brand-new shoes and already planning at which holiday parties you are going to wear them. But, as an article today on the Huffington Post reminds us, new shoes can cause extreme discomfort for lots of people. The main reason? Genetics. The majority of footwear today is made with very little arch support, so those people born with flat feet will find themselves in a world of discomfort if they wear their new shoes without adding an extra arch support to the shoe. (Though even if you do not have flat feet, you will certainly benefit from using an arch support, particularly with a new pair of shoes.)
Of course, if you find other problems with your new shoes, Zabellos can help you. If you got a great deal on a pair you love but you find them to be too tight, don't worry, you haven't thrown your money away. Drop us an email to tell us about the problem, we can always stretch your shoes to get you at least another half-size, and if they're too tight in the toe box or you would like some extra traction added to the bottoms, that is no problem. And even if there is nothing wrong with your new shoes, you just want to have them weatherproofed for the carroling parties and outdoor excursions you're going on this year, we can do that, too. If you hurry, we can probably get them back to you before all the Christmas parties are over!
We hope you found some great shoe deals and we hope your shoes fit well. But if they don't, we hope we can help!
Whether you like to go out shopping at retail stores on Black Friday or you prefer waiting until Cyber Monday to do your shopping online, there are plenty of shoe deals out there right now. We at Zabellos love shoes so much - not just the ones we repair, but all shoes - that we wanted to take this opportunity to pass along some news for you:
We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and an enjoyable Black Friday/Cyber Monday. And remember, if you're thinking of using Zabellos to repair someone's shoes as a Christmas present, send them to us in the next few days and we will get them back to you in time!
The best pair of shoes I own are unquestionably a light brown pair of Allen Edmonds dress shoes. On every occasion I have ever worn them, they have received at least one compliment, often many. I bought the shoes 11 years ago - when I was in my early 20s and a $350 pair of shoes was an extremely extravagant expense.
Of course, as you older, you gain more common sense and perspective, and so now I realize something I never could have then: Those shoes were a great bargain. 11 years later, with the proper upkeep and repair, they still look almost brand new. And in all respects they are better than new - they fit perfectly and they contain more memories than all of my other pairs of shoes put together.
If those Allen Edmonds hadn't been so expensive, I never would have taken care of them. I would have let them fall apart like all my canvas sneakers and running shoes and eventually they would have been tossed or given to Goodwill. But they were an investment, I took good care of them, and they have paid off.
Why did I think of those shoes this morning? I read this article about how Allen Edmonds reinvented itself in the face of mounting losses - in less than half a decade, they have doubled their sales! Allen Edmonds are a classic American company: Unlike almost all of their competitors, all of Allen Edmonds dress shoes are made in America. There is a definite sense of pride when you're wearing a pair, and I think that contributes to why I want to take such good care of them.
Of course, it doesn't have to be Allen Edmonds that you love - any dress shoes in which you invest should be taken care of. (Especially this time of year when snow, sleet, salt and rain can wreak havoc on your shoes.) If you have a great pair that you think could use some love and care, please give Zabellos a try. We guarantee you will be happy with the results.
I've given shoes to my better half as a Christmas present on two occasions. A couple of years back, I replaced her ratty, years-old Converse Chuck Taylor's with an identical pair. She loved them. A few years before that, after she had mentioned loving a pair of Cynthia Vincent shoes at Target but that they were sold out in her size, I stopped at every Target within a fifty-mile radius until I found them. (I think it was my 8th Target.) And she has never worn them!
So I guess I'm one-for-two in the shoes-for-Christmas department.
What I should have done, though (and might very well do this year) is used Zabellos to repair a pair of her favorite shoes. She has a pair that have been sitting in her closet for at least three years that she needs to have repaired. She just hasn't made the effort. How cool would it be if I sent them in to Zabellos, had them fixed up for her, and presented them to her for a Christmas present?
A Zabellos repair costs far less than a new pair of shoes, and on top of that, I know she will love them - because they're already hers!
What do you think? Christmas is only a little over one month away. If you know someone who is in need of a shoe repair, why not send in their shoes to Zabellos as a suprise? If you do it within the next week, we will definitely get them back to you before Christmas.
For years, whenever anyone from the East Coast learned that I love crab, they would tell me "Oh, you have to try Maryland crabs." It got to the point where I was tired of hearing about it, that I found such comments obnoxious.
But then I tried my first Maryland crabs and realized: Damn, all those people were right. They are awesome.
So it brought a smile to my face today to read on Bleecher Report that Kevin Durant - the Maryland native who is generally considered the second-best player in the NBA - has come out with some beautiful new blue Nikes bearing the name "Maryland Blue Crab."
According to Durant: "In the summertime, we would have at least four or five crab feasts. In the culture from where I come from, crab is a big deal."
Personally, I like them. So many NBA players come out with truly ugly shoes in attempt to be "outrageous" that I love the simple colors and laid-back style. (Does a crab really have anything to do with basketball shoes? Perhaps not, but you have to admit, it's certainly an original name.)
What do you think of the shoes?
In the wake of the terrible typhoon in the Phiippines, many people instinctively want to help. It's a natural reaction for a decent human being: What can I do to help? Unfortunately, a phenomenon shows up in every circumstance, be it this typhoon, or the earthquake in Haiti, or tsunami in Indonesia, or hurricane in New Orleans: people give away their possessions. It's a classic example of the wrong execution of the right idea.
As detailed in an article on Slate.com titled "Please Don't Send Your Old Shoes to the Philippines," the author explain that in almost all of these circumstances, sending shoes (or other goods) wastes valuable assets in the location of the disaster. When the items get to the area, one of two things happens: they sit on the side of the road and rot away, or valuable resources - people who should be focusing their efforts on life or death situations - have to unload and sort through all of the goods.
(To put it in persepective, imagine this scenario: A plane full of medical supplies, or relief workers, or money, has to be postponed or redirected because it is competing for airport space with a plane full of... used shoes and clothing. Which seems more necessary?)
In disasters, the absolute best thing you can donate is money.
On the other hand, if you have old shoes that you don't want to throw away, we can certainly understand. Zabellos loves shoes and we never simply throw any of ours away. Fortunately, there are plenty of places where your shoes will be welcome:
We all - well, most of us - want to do good. Just make sure you're actually doing good and not causing more of a problem. There are plenty of organizations where you can be sure you are doing more good than harm.
"Comfort shoes" - that is to say, shoes that eschew style or price in an effort to be first and foremost comfortable - sound great in theory, particularly for those who spend most of the workday on their feet. (I have a friend who is a professional chef who wears a truly ugly pair of pinkish-purple sandals that he swears are the most comfortable shoes he has ever worn.) But it turns out that comfort may come at a price: they may not be very good for your body.
That's the conclusion in an article yesterday in the Washington Post. Those specific comfort shoes may be great for certain kinds of people, but for the rest, they will cause problems. For instance, people with osteoarthritis of the knee will find that walking in clogs or stability shoes will actually alter their gait and end up being even harder on their lower body than walking in flip-flops or barefoot.
The simple truth of the matter is that there is only one "best" kind of shoe to wear: Whatever feels best to you. It might not work for everyone, but if it works for you, then stick with it.
This is why we are always stressing the importance of shoe repair to people. First, if Zabellos can do anything to alter your shoes so that they are more comfortable for you, then you will be happier and save a lot of money over buying a new pair. But secondly, and perhaps most importantly, when you find a pair of shoes you love, you don't want to ever get rid of them! With Zabellos professional upkeep, your comfortable shoes can last forever.
How many times have we at Zabellos stressed to you the importance of taking care of your feet? Your feet are the base for everything you do throughout the day. If they are in bad shape, your body is going to be in bad shape. Even a little thing is going to cause a chain reaction: a foot that is hurting only a tiny amount will cause you to walk differently, which will throw off your back, will will cause your whole body to hurt.
Shoe repair can be a big part of taking care of your feet. Consider an article posted today about shoe selection and your health. Some of the highlights of the article and our own editorial:
Be selective with shoes. Avoid high heels, flip-flops, open-backed and unsupportive shoes. Zabellos take: Definitely be selective, but by the same token, if you find a pair of shoes you love that fit you comfortably, don't you want to keep them forever? If you get rid of them you may again never find a pair that fits you as well. Keep them going as long as possible with Zabellos master repairs.
Wear orthotics if necessary. A high arch will definitely cause you discomfort over time. Zabellos take: Did you know that we sell accesories on our website, not only for cleaning and maintaining purposes, but to prolong the life of your shoes? For example, our shoe trees and boot shapers will ensure that your shoes retain their original shape as long as possible.
Protect your toes. If you have to use toe alignment splints, it might help your toes avoid discomfort. Zabellos take: Toes are often overlooked when discussing shoe comfort. If you have a pair of shoes that you like for the most part but feel cramped in the toes, send them to us. We can stretch out the toe box, get you some extra room, and provide more comfort.
We always want you to consider using Zabellos, but even if you don't, be sure to take care of your feet! It's hard to get around without them.
Well, it's Novemeber now. I know they say time keeps going by faster and faster, and this year has been no exception. It seems like perhaps one month ago that it was winter and I was sitting at home watching the Super Bow. And now winter is on the brink of returning - just yesterday was the first cold rain of the year where I live. Soon the whole country will have precipitation, whether it be rain or snow or sleet.
While I love that kind of weather - it looks so beautful - it will wreak havoc on your shoes. Have you ever heard the maxim "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? It certainly applies here. For only $13, you can pick up a can of Zabellos Shield for your shoes, right on our website. This high quality protector will shield your shoes from water, snow, road salts, and any other stains.
If your leather shoes get ruined, don't panic: Zabellos can almost certainly repair them for you. But if your shoes don't otherwise need repair at the moment, why not pick up a can of Shield and save some money? A couple of sprays from this bottle can save your leather shoes from the next big storm and help them last much longer.