Blog by Maddy: Comfortable shoes when traveling are a NECESSITY because of the long hours in the airport, miles of sightseeing and everything in between. When on vacation the last thing you, or anyone wants for that matter is hearing complaints about how much your feet hurt. But, you don’t want to sacrifice style for comfort right? It’s hard to find the balance between super cute and comfortable shoes but Earth shoes provide the perfect balance of both. From first hand experience, they are awesome for any sort of adventure you plan on taking.
My family recently returned from a trip to Italy and my sister, mom and I solely relied on Earth shoes to do all of our walking and traveling. And let me tell you, these shoes were just what we needed.
For the flight, I wore Earth’s Journey Ramble sneakers in white. I wanted a closed-toe shoe because airport floors can be pretty grimy, and going through security barefoot was not on my agenda. I’ve worn these with no-show socks or regular socks and both looked great! These sneakers are so comfortable and were perfect for rushing around the airport to catch our connecting flights. I also changed into a dress once I got to Italy because it was so hot and the sneakers went great with both my leggings and the dress!
On this trip, we traveled to thirteen cities, including Florence, Siena, Vernazza, Portofino, Tuscany and so many more. Every single day my mom, sister and I wore our Earth shoes. We each packed only two or three pairs because they are so versatile and seriously match any outfit! A bonus is that these shoes are lightweight which helped when trying to keep our carry-on’s under eighteen pounds. Earth shoes took us so many places. The first place being the leaning tower of Pisa, where I wore Earth’s Pine Toba sandals in the color sand.
Next I wore the same pair of shoes, Earth’s Pine Toba, but in black. I wore these through the winding, cobblestone streets of Tellaro. These shoes are like all-terrain sandals, and definitely give you some height which I love. I had no trouble walking down the steep streets and I looked good doing it. (Disclaimer: these sandals are my favorite pair of Earth shoes I own, hands down).
My sister wore Earth’s Sand Havana sandals in white. I own these in the color “alpaca 2” and love both colors just the same. These shoes are great to slide on when on the go. I’m all about comfort and have found that in the past, most slip-on sandals I’ve owned never stay on my feet comfortably. With these shoes, I have no problem with that!
The third pair of shoes I wore were Earth’s Grove Fuji in white. I wore these on a cheese tour and to a cooking class in Parma. We also went to Florence, where my sister rocked her colorful Earth shoes.
If it wasn’t obvious, to say my family loves these shoes is an understatement. But how could we not? They’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve owned and they are so cute! Not to mention they are reasonably priced and match any outfit. So if you’re planning a trip and looking for some new kicks, check out Earth. They will not disappoint.
Why reducing plastic waste is the “new” eco-friendly trend you should get on board with. – Madison Bethune
Plastic is like the air we breathe. We have become so dependent on it for even the smallest parts of our everyday lives: From the toothbrush and toothpaste bottle we use when we wake up, to our phones and their chargers, to the sandwich bag we pack our lunches in, and everything in between. Plastic has been blended into our routines to the point where we don’t even notice it anymore. And how stealthily plastic has snuck into our daily tasks is equal to how easily we throw it away without even realizing.
For years, the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) has stressed the importance of reducing our levels of plastic waste due to its serious impact on our environment. But only recently have towns, grocery stores and other businesses started taking action through means of banning plastic bags, switching to paper straws, etc. So why plastic? Why is it really so bad and why should you do your part to reduce our plastic waste? Here’s the answer made simple:
Plastic makes up 10% of human waste production. 10% may not seem like much, but plastic contributes at a much greater amount to the waste buildup along shorelines, in natural habitats, and in our towns due to its longevity. Depending on the product, plastic can take up to 1000 years to decompose. A plastic water bottle takes 450 years, and a plastic bag can take anywhere from 10-1000 years. This buildup is killing animal species around the world due to the amount that ends up in the ocean, forests, and places we as people may not see it. Out of site, out of mind right? Wrong. Although we as people may not confuse plastic for food like ocean animals do, plastic is getting into our bodies through different means.
Microplastics are about .2 inches in diameter and can be man-made for products like exfoliators, or made through the decaying of larger plastic products. What we see as an exfoliating face wash that we wash down the drain every morning, a fish sees as food. The chemicals that are used to produce plastic are now in the fish we eat, and are in turn absorbed into our bodies when we eat that fish. Another way plastic is harmful to us is because it’s getting into our water supply. Because plastic takes so long to decompose, it sits at the bottom of landfills and is absorbed into our groundwater, which again we take in through consumption.
So essentially, plastic is bad because it theoretically never goes away. It sits on our Earth and releases chemicals into places where we get our food and water. Not to mention that recent reports have found that plastic waste contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases which are causing global warming and climate change. So basically, plastic is a no-go. Even though you may think you won’t be able to make a difference, reducing the amount of plastic you alone contribute to the Earth will have a serious impact. If one person takes action, and another person, and another, we can significantly decrease the amount of plastic waste we produce, making our home the Earth, a much happier and healthier place to live for all.
One way you can reduce your plastic use is to shop eco friendly brands! Earth Shoes takes pride in the sustainable steps they take to their plastic waste. First, all of Earth’s shoeboxes are made from recycled materials, and are recyclable. The boxes are also made with no glue, staples, or varnishes and are made with soy-based inks. A newer sustainable step Earth has taken is starting with the Fall 2019 line, all molds and shoe bags found inside the shoes are made from biodegradable corn compounds. So starting from the shoes you walk in, start taking steps (literally and figuratively) to reduce your plastic waste, and spread the word!
Blog by Kristy: It’s summertime and just like everyone else, my weekends are spent doing everything I possibly can outdoors! For me, that means by the pool, on the beach, boating, exploring and traveling.
With all that, comes a lot of packing. Most weekends I don’t even know my plans till last minute and I always find them changing. Usually, a weekend away means packing at least 5 pairs of shoes for just 2 days because you never know what you might end up doing! If you’re like me, I would always find myself saying well I need a beach sandal, a comfy shoe for walking the town and if I go out at night, I need something that will be stylish. Oh and of course I need options for all those occasions too! The good news, with Earth shoes I don’t need to think like that anymore.
After trying my first pair of Earth shoes, I was hooked. I now own many pairs and most of the time that’s all you will see me wearing. The comfort is unreal. The styles are all so trendy and unique. I look back now and I’m not even sure how I ever wore anything else. Slipping into Earth shoes you instantly feel the comfort of the footbed with arch support. I also love that the styles are so unique you really won’t see anything else like it.
Blog by Donna: I’ve been a Territory Manager at Earth for 8 years. It’s great to work for a brand that I really believe in.
I’ve had more than my share of problems with my feet and I love that I can wear Earth all day and get the support that I need, be comfortable and look great. Whether I am on my feet at a trade show or traveling to see my accounts I can count on my Earth shoes to fit the bill!! With so many different styles to choose from I am covered no matter what my activity is on any given day. Day into evening, athletic-Earth has me covered.
In this photo I am wearing the Ficus Sagittarius. I was away on a little vacation to Newport, RI. The Ficus was a little dressier for a nice dinner and really comfortable for walking around downtown Newport and taking in the sights and nightlife. I love the styling of this shoe and always get compliments when I wear it. It’s one of my favorites of this season!
Blog by Trisha: I couldn’t be happier with my Khaya Kella Earth Shoes! My first time wearing them was during my weekend away in Napa. They were so comfortable while walking around the vineyards and shopping on the streets in town.
The Velcro straps make it so easy to slip on and the platform height allows you to wear a heel all day without the pain! My new favorite summer shoe!
Blog by Amanda: When I first saw the Earth Shoes Linden Lehi, it was truly love at first sight. From the color to the gladiator style & of course the all-day comfort that Earth provides, I knew that this style needed to be added to my (forever growing) shoe closet.
The forest green is really a great neutral & can be styled so many ways. You can dress this style up or down. Since trying this style it really has been my go to shoe for work days, date nights and adventures on the weekend. I first tried the Linden Lehi on my trip to Vegas and to Zion National Park, and it did not disappoint!
The Linden Lehi provided the all-day comfort that I have found and come to expect for Earth, and as always there was no break in time needed! If you’re looking for a great summer style- look no further!
Blog by Hannah: Music festivals are officially in full swing! If you have tickets to attend one of the many festivals this season, I promise, you’ll definitely want to be wearing a comfortable pair of shoes.
This year, I went to Hangout Music Festival, an annual three-day event held on the public beaches of the Gulf Shores in Alabama, with 4 of my friends. I knew we would be on our feet and walking a lot, but I didn’t realize just how much! Between walking the mile and a half to and from our condo each day, running from one set to another, and exploring all of the activities at the festival, we walked about 30 miles over the weekend. We were on our feet from 11am until at least 11pm every single day, dancing, running, walking and having the time of our lives. I am SO thankful I chose to wear the Mira Azore, an adventure-ready style that is so light, supportive and adjustable! By the end of the first day, every single one of my friends had blisters, twisted ankles, knee aches, etc. and they felt this for all three days, but not me! The arch support, Powerpath footbed and comfortable straps kept my feet feeling good all weekend long.
At this festival in particular, half of the event is held on the sand and half is on the street. It was really nice being able to easily strap my sandals onto my fanny pack whenever I hit the sand and didn’t feel like wearing my shoes.
My first music festival was one of the happiest, most magical experiences of my life, and what made it even better was that I didn’t have to worry about the comfort-ability of my shoes. If you have plans to attend a music festival this summer, I would HIGHLY recommend giving the Mira Azore a try!
ICONIC CAPSULE COLLECTION FROM EARTH KALSO MEETS THE EXTRAORDINARY DEMAND.
Waltham, Mass., December 21, 2018 – It’s been a long time. Too long, many consumers would say. But that’s only stoked the demand. Today Earth, Inc. announced the release of the Iconic Capsule Collection from Earth Kalso—remakes of the original Kalso styles that became an icon for a generation.
“People have been asking us for years to bring back the styles that became synonymous with comfort and wellness in the 1970s,” says Philippe Meynard, president of Earth, Inc. “Some are loyalists from back in the day—but many are Millennials who’ve seen the shoes in vintage photos. We’ve got good news for everybody!”
The Capsule Collection to be released in February 2019 will feature three styles—two for women and one in both men’s and women’s sizes. The look is pure nostalgia, with clean lines and premium leathers, while the technology inside has been updated with modern, environmentally sustainable materials and the company’s signature comfort system.
“The heart is in the same place, but in fifty years footwear has come a long way,” explains Meynard. “The collection features a new and improved Powerpath Footbed Design made with technically advanced materials.”
But does it have the iconic negative heel?
“Of course!” says Meynard. “We’re calling it a Grounded Heel, and it delivers the same feel and even more comfort than the original that was developed by Anne Kalso in Denmark in the late 1950s. This is going to make a lot of people very, very happy.”
One look at the Kalso Facebook page confirms Meynard’s prediction. Countless comments like, “I miss these shoes!”, “Please make a classic line” and “Bring back the old design!!” make it clear that the demand is there.
Just in time for the Iconic Capsule Collection comes a new Kalso website, where consumers can find the three iconic styles—along with a heavy hit of nostalgia from 1970s photos.
“Earth Kalso a nostalgic brand, but also a very modern one,” concludes Meynard. “It’s for everyone who appreciates feeling great.”
Check out the styles coming soon: https://earthshoes.com/earth-kalso-grounded-heel-shoes
EARTH SHOES MAKES THEIR BIG ANNOUNCEMENT
Waltham, Mass., December 15, 2018 – Earth Shoes today announced their biggest evolution since they re-introduced Earth Shoes into the marketplace 20 years ago: a new Earth logo and all-new branding. Starting in Spring 2019, consumers can expect to see the brand’s new logo everywhere—on every product and on their all-new recycled and glueless shoeboxes. The new look speaks to Earth’s loyal consumers, while inviting a whole new consumer into the world of Earth.
“We take great pride in being a company that’s always evolving, striving to be our best and open to change,” explains Philippe Meynard, president of Earth, Inc. “Our new identity reflects our incredible past while pushing ahead as a brand that believes in wellness, promotes vitality and brings joy to those who wear it.”
Spring ‘19 will also mark the official re-introduction of the exclusive Earth Powerpath Footbed Design—inspired by Anne Kalso’s original design created in the 1950s that was an exclusive comfort feature inside the iconic Kalso Earth Shoe.
“Inside each of our shoes and across all of our brands—Earth, Earth Origins and Earth Kalso—consumers will find our exclusive footbed,” explains Meynard. “It’s designed to provide the ultimate in underfoot comfort and energize every step by combing a shock-absorbing heel, stabilizing arch support and high-density cushioning at the ball of the foot. It naturally propels and uplifts each step.”
As a brand focused on sustainability, Earth is expanding on their recycled shoeboxes and long-term partnership with Trees for the Future by introducing more sustainable shoe manufacturing and sourcing practices. Moving forward, the brand will be using biodegradable shoe forms in their manufacturing, and more organic and recycled materials in their shoes.
“This is an exciting time for our brand—sharing a new identity that deeply resonates with consumers and represents what Earth Shoes has become,” concludes Meynard. “Earth Shoes is Modern Wellness Fashion.”
Earth Shoes can be found at premium retailers across the country and online at earthshoes.com/shop-by-brand/earth-shoes
We’ve officially emerged into the depths of fall. Up here in New England, the leaves are peaking through their transition from green to rich gold, orange, and rouge hues. The weather’s getting chillier and each morning greets us with a crisp breeze paired with sunny warmth to wake us up in the best way.
We love taking advantage of this season any way we can: crunching through the leaves that scatter the sidewalk, admiring the freshly carved pumpkins leading up to Halloween, biting into crisp apples covered in gooey caramel, and strolling slowly through city streets on the way to a friendly (pumpkin-spice-pancake filled) brunch admiring the transitions that surround us.
For these adventures, beautiful, trendy, comfortable shoes are key. That’s why we rely on finding a perfect sneaker and a gorgeous boot to wear throughout the season. One to two pairs of each of these makes it easy to get dressed in the morning: a sneaker and a bootie pairs well with everything, whether you’re getting dressed up for that yummy brunch or looking casual for a relaxed day outdoors.
On our average weekend, we spend half the time in comfort. Whether it’s running around the house readying our homes for colder weather or walking between grocery stores to find the perfect Thanksgiving ingredients, we need a go-to foot hugging shoe.
With trend in mind comes the Zane, a “sneaker boot” that spices up any comfort-driven outfit. Slip on a pair of leggings and a flowing sweater, zip up these sneaks, and you’re out the door and on your way to crossing off that to-do list. We love these shoes as an accent to a sweater dress, paired with drop-waist pants, or jeans rolled at the ankle.
The Kepler has a similar function with a more casual vibe. In a variety of colors to match whatever fashion aesthetic you’re rocking, lace up these sneakers for an easy on-the-go look that never goes out of style.
When sneakers aren’t on our feet, it’s nearly a guarantee that our favorite boots are. One of our favorites this season is the Earth Shoes Sparta, a (comfortable!) heeled bootie that doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing a heel. The unbridled suede covering the entirety of the shoe offers class and sophistication to any outfit. Pair the cinnamon shade with higher, colorful socks underneath for a classically layered fall vibe. Feeling feisty for a date night? Layer black or sheer tights under the leopard-print style.
We love pairing the Sparta with a maroon fall dress (they hug the ankle just right to wear with tights) of the sweater or linen variety. Jeans pair perfectly with these perfect booties; roll them up to further accent the shoes.
Whether you’re hitting the town, heading out to a delicious dinner, or kicking through fall leaves on an errand-filled weekend, a great sneaker and a perfect bootie are all you need for your wardrobe to feel complete.
Visit Earth Shoes today to peruse the rest of our newest fall styles. And in the meantime, happy leaf-peeping.