Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Outdoor Retailer/SLC-NYC

Growing up in fashion forward urban environments (NYC/PARIS), out footwear world was pretty distinctly categorized...single sole, name dropping designer spikers (acquired at sample sales, mostly) we wore all the time -back in the day when our cells musta replicated at a faster rate as we were on our feet all the time...

And then...for hiking, hiking boots, for snowboarding, snowboarding boots, and for running/gym---multi-tasking Nikes.

Now of course, we have six different kinds of running/workout shoes (AT LEAST), depending on the activity.

And we divide our other footwear into time worn categories. As in how long we will be on our feet, how many subway stairs to scale up/down, how much walking we anticipate, assuming the cross-town buses are an abstract concept when we need them!

And weekend kicks...for hiking-different weights/materials depending on terrain and hauling pack weight, hanging out shoes, water shoes etc...a whole separate closet.

For example-these gorgeous Casare Paciotti heels are rated < 1 hour-as in -in total- we can survive less than 60 minutes standing on these-even if spread out over several hours. These pumps are qualified for -like-taxi to sit down dinner outings.
Kitten heels-are a good alternative for women-as they can bridge the work to after hours standing at a cocktail party/bar etc- still appropriate category of footwear.

Though in NYC-there still is the possibility-very real-that the heels get trashed cause of all the gratings in the sidewalk. And not too stable for mad dashes to catch departing subways. Still... our rating: < 4 hours.

 And then there are the kicks that have springy enough insoles/midsoles...that give us a bit of height, that allow for deftly dodging texters on the crowded sidewalks (who really need to engage service dogs now- to guide them cuz they don't even look up/where they're going -from their smartphones)...that are stylish enough to wear to fashion media events without trepidation-that do not contribute AT ALL-to the inevitable head to toe scanners of our fashionista colleagues -to shudder in disdain, barely concealed...NOPE...the footwear we are talking about, passes the test, AND are rated > 5 hours.

nice details...wide enough opening to tuck in skinny jeans/leggings, booties acceptable for wearing with flirty skirts/dresses too

inner zip for ez on/off, soft breathable microfiber lining good for 3 seasons

moisture wicking footbed
 Yes, it is possible-and our moto-inspired leather TÄOS Happening boot (in Graphite $215) was like a big wow when we put them on.
rubbery pods that give the Taos Graphite shock absorption, great cushioning+ energy returning lift-off for wearers
 Obvi we wear them all the time...already in need of  a bit of polishing...there are also two higher cut takes on the moto theme-the Luxe and the Mojo---available now also-with side buckle details.

Our first experience wearing Täos footwear---a brand we saw at OR (Fall 2013 review)

For Spring 2014...this brand fused its New Mexico inspiration with three other themes...

The Deco MO- came to life in metal embellishments...with cushioning cork footbeds, plush Euro leather uppers, and pretty color waves-camel, luggage, navy, purple, stone and port...all good as basic shades to wear with a lot of wardrobe tonal options.


Holiday-all new wedge 

mixed materials-summery raffia +leather-a Taos signature texture-with springy, durable crepe sole.

Holiday-graphite, navy, port, stone, camel

ballet flats actually have absorption/cushioning and durable outsoles..yet still fold up for easy packing.
The Taos Undressed refs the "mysteries of natural warmth, beauty and freedom in this collection from the heart of Spain..." as in travel friendly selections with all day comfort via the Taos Curves&Pods® removable footbeds.

Highlight for Spring-these leather flower petal embellished Untopia pretty!
Untopia-flower embellishments, contrast stitched , scrunched easy give enclosure at heel for on/off ease, great shoe for many occasions. In Sand, berry, burnt orange.
Some signature styles we thought amazing...many easy match, available tonal options in soft hues-like burnt orange, camel, light gold, magenta, mint, mushroom pewter, pink, sand and teal...the sunset colors of the Southwest.

The Privilege-western style embroidered boots-we predict Nashville tv show is going to resurrect the whole cowboy boots trend-from coast to coast. Part of the  Fall selections available NOW (Price range $90-$240). 

Lowfer- metal grommets-on a work-to play slip-on

Low Down=menswear lace-ups for women...

patterned outsole...

two adjustments-for leather/raffia criss-cross sandals...

Trulie=breathable footbed on cushioning cork on the acclaimed Täos footbed... 

Unstep-Undressed collection
The Chopped collection...features perforations/cut-outs for increased air-flow...that doubles as eye-catching patterns. With wedges and block heel options-there was a vintage flavor to some silhouettes-in basic colors-black, beige and camel--plus chocolate, cognac, dusty rose, graphite, honey, light grey and off white.

Lindo-cute block heel..double strap...

S/S 2014 selections retail from $90-$175 ...hand crafted qualities, solid hardware, and supple leathers that mold to feet=all present...and no doubt, these shoes will garner high ratings too.