It’s only February 1st, and the staff at Mar-Lou is already thinking about spring/summer footwear. We have new arrivals already from two lines – Naot and SAS. Both brands feature incredible comfort and support. Naot is a bit more style-based, while SAS creates tried-and-true classics with tons of adjustability.
This spring, SAS set the sandal-bar with the introduction of a new style: Mystic. If you’ve been wearing SAS for years, you may recognize this sandal from your own closet. Mystic is an update to the SAS Trio sandal, featuring even MORE adjustability than the original.
Mystic is crafted with four adjustable straps – three across the instep and one around the ankle.
Four adjustable straps make it easy to customize the fit of the shoe from day to day. Feet often change and swell the longer the day goes on. Your feet will feel comfortable no matter what time it is in this savvy new sandal.
Along with fit capabilities, Mystic features a soft, resilient footbed covered in suede. Find arch support and a soft landing for your heel, as well as a durable outsole. Ranging in widths from narrow to double wide, and available in a range of colors, from staple black to unique turquoise, Mystic is the perfect sandal for any foot this spring and summer.
Cleveland is known for harsh winters – defined by cold temps, icy conditions and fair amounts of snow.
The experienced buyers at Mar-Lou Shoes are always looking for ways to improve, update and bring new winter product into the store.
This year, we brought in a high-quality, Canadian brand called Pajar. Pajar styles are waterproof, temperature rated down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, and include fashion elements to keep you looking sharp, as well as feeling protected. Pajar is a family-owned company (we can relate) based out of Montreal, Canada. Attention to quality and detail is of the utmost importance during production of Pajar footwear.
The standout boot from the Pajar collection at Mar-Lou is the Kelly Grip Boot. Kelly is crafted with all the features listed above, as well as an extra we believe all Clevelanders benefit greatly from. Kelly’s stand-out feature is the retractable ice-gripper outsole – red tracks can be flipped out to reveal ice-gripping metal pegs, helping ensure you stay safe in icy conditions.
Watch the video below to see the Kelly Grip Boot in action! Visit the rest of the Mar-Lou YouTube channel here.
Trotters is stepping their game up this fall. With a slew of new styles and colors, the brand takes classic fashion and updates it beautifully.
Vintage is back, and many brands are pumping out fun, classy designs. We’ve seen loafer styles slowly weaving back into the mix, as well as low-heeled pumps. Trotters takes some of their most classic pumps this season and brings them back better than ever. Here are three of our favorites this season:
- Lola is a brand new style for our store, and it’s a sophisticated pump that’s a far cry from low heels of the past. With a bold heel and even bolder pattern, Lola elegantly stands out from a sea of plain black pumps. Cushioned footbed ensures Lola feels as gorgeous as it looks. Available in three colors, this pump is an all-around winner.
- Candela is an elegant, classic heel Trotters kicked up 10 notches this season. Flawless design is made fun and even a little funky with the addition of new materials. Black lizard patterned leather shines and contrasts beautifully against the glossy black heel. It’s like the extroverted, fraternal twin of plain, black leather Candela.
- Mary Janes are made new again in the Candice. With a 2 ¼” heel, Candice is the sexier version of a typical mary jane. Black leather creates a smooth, polished look. Candice is also available in suede, offering a fun, unconventional take on this classic silhouette. Glove soft lining and cushioned footbed make this mary jane a no brainer.
Find shoes to “walk your world” at the Earth shoes trunk show this Friday and Saturday. Earth makes it easy to find styles to enjoy every day in. Earth has been making footwear with an impact since the brand’s humble beginnings in 1970. Originally known for the creation of a “negative heel” found in Kalso Earth styles, the brand has expanded to include more contemporary footwear.
Earth styles at Mar-Lou offer footbeds layered with four levels of comfort: padded heel, arch support, plush cushioning and firm cushioning to create all-over foot-happiness.
Aside from making feet incredibly happy, Earth footwear packs an environmental punch. Every time you purchase a pair of Earth shoes, you have the option to go to the brand’s website and register your purchase. Earth plants a tree for every purchase registered. Click here to register your own Earth purchase!
This Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th, save $10 on each pair of regular price, in-stock Earth footwear. You’ll even get the chance to see styles available to order that we don’t carry in store. If you’ve ever been curious about all Earth has to offer, now’s the time to visit! You also have the option to check out our collection of Earth shoes online at marloushoes.com.
Stay on-trend in cute & comfy espadrille-style wedges by Clarks! Petrina Selma and Petrina Lulu add a laid-back, beachy vibe to any look. These women’s wedges are crafted with smooth leather, soft lining and OrthoLite® footbeds. Whether you’re walking around town or out for the evening, the Petrina Selma and Petrina Lulu keep your look fresh and fun.
PETRINA SELMA & PETRINA LULU by Clarks
“It’s a Matter of Fit” with Walking Cradles
I’ll let you in on a secret – one of the best parts of my job is writing descriptions about the shoes we get in at the store as I upload them to our website. I make it a point to try on almost every shoe new shoe we get in…basically, I get to test out a lot of very pretty, very comfortable shoes.
You may have seen on our Facebook recently a post about a new heel, Sophia, we received from Walking Cradles. Sophia is fantastic from heel to toe. This heel features classic design – I call it “the little black dress” of heels – pointed toe, reasonable heel height of approximately 2 inches and is crafted with smooth leather. Every woman should own a pair of pumps she can rely on when she’s just not sure what shoes to throw on. I believe Sophia could, and will, be that shoe for many of you for one reason alone: unmatched comfort paired with beautiful design.
I’ve never been particularly fond of heels. I’m not very graceful when it comes to walking in them – I resemble a baby deer taking its first steps – and I typically feel uncomfortable. Obviously, there are a few exceptions, but overall this has been my experience. I stepped into Sophia expecting the same tipping, shaky sensation that overcomes me when I put on a pair of heels. I was shocked to find out this was not the case as I trotted easily back and forth across carpet and tile flooring.
Sophia is in a league of its own. Insole padding reaches from heel to toe. With each step, you feel a reinforced padding in the heel cup. It makes for a stable, incredibly cushioned experience. The fit is true to size: I wear an 8, and the 8 fit perfectly. If you’re worried about feeling cramped in the pointed-toe style, I recommend ordering a half size up and sliding a heel pad in the back. I tried on the 8.5, and it added some extra space for my toes at the end, but I did experience slipping in the heel… a heel pad would probably take care of that problem. An added bonus with Sophia by Walking Cradles: the range of widths, sizes and colors. Comfort, stability, style, and under $100… what more could you ask for in a high heel?
Sophia makes style an easy choice.
“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances”
How It All Began
When a hose burst at Avner Talmon’s Olive Oil Press in Israel, it’s safe to say his first reaction was not one of excitement. See, the pipe that burst was filled with a substance called olive residue. In the video found on the Olea Essence website, Talmon describes the experience as “frightening” because olive residue is toxic to the environment. Due to the break in the hose, Talmon found himself covered in the harmful residue.
After cleaning himself off, Talmon realized something: his skin felt softer and cleaner than ever before. This accident-turned-inspiration brought about the next endeavor for the olive oil creator; a line of eco-friendly, all-natural, olive-infused skin care.
Talmon’s team discovered a way to purify the olive residue, or blackwater, that is typically thrown away during the olive oil production. Before Talmon there simply wasn’t a safe way to use the residue so it was disposed of, damaging the environment in the process. Olea Essence Skin Care is revolutionary in its use of the entire olive, saving the environment AND our skin all in one fantastic line of products.
Across the world, as Talmon’s business flourished, Dan Ungar, Owner of Mar-Lou Shoes, left on his trip to Israel. He ventured abroad for two weeks and brought back memories, stories and experiences, rich in culture, that will last a lifetime. One of Dan’s treasured stories was of a visit to an olive oil factory . . . It’s funny how two worlds so far apart end up colliding.
A New Adventure
Dan was so impressed by the experience at Avner Talmon’s factory, and the quality of Olea Essence Skin Care, that he brought samples back with him. Naturally, the staff at Mar-Lou was curious about this new product, and we all tried it for ourselves. What we found is that Olea Essence not only softens skin; it smells fresh and natural. No harsh chemicals, nothing to add “scent”. Olea Essence is pure, clean skin care.
After careful consideration, and with the cooperation of Avner Talmon and his wonderful staff at Olea Essence, Dan is putting four Olea Essence products on the shelves at Mar-Lou Shoes. We are the first retailer in the U.S. to carry Olea Essence Skin Care in our stores, and it’s an honor to present this beneficial skin care line to our customers (and let’s face it, this stuff is THAT awesome, to ourselves).
How It Works
For those who may be skeptical, here is my personal testimonial. I scrubbed my hands with the Olea Essence Olive Wash and Exfoliate for Face and Body (yes, you actually can use it on your face, it’s that gentle), and afterwards I rubbed a DROP of Olea Essence Rich Hand Cream on the tops of my hands. The Olive Wash and Exfoliate made my palms soft enough I did not feel the need to put the Hand Cream on them.
FUN FACT: you have pores everywhere on your body EXCEPT the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. For this reason applying lotion to your palms sometimes makes them feel greasy because the lotion doesn’t get absorbed as easily; it simply sits on the surface of your skin.
I exfoliated and applied the hand cream at 11 a.m. My hands stayed considerably softer than usual until 3 p.m. (I washed my hands three times during this time period and did dishes once using Dawn Dish Soap). That’s four hours, three hand washings and one dish session later, and my skin felt fantastic.
In the past I’ve used Body Shop brand Body Butter, and I’m an avid user of Suave Body Lotion, but I’ve found I prefer the long-lasting effects of the Olea Essence Hand Cream. An additional bonus to Olea Essence is the eco-friendly, all-natural makeup of the products. If you’re not prone to buying skin care with heavily perfumed or flowery scents, Olea Essence is perfect for you. The scent is refreshing and light, defying the typical, strong burning-your-nose-hairs-off scent of other lotions.
Still not sure how you feel about Olea Essence? Stop into the store to try it for yourself! We’ve got samples we’re more than happy to share. You’ve even got a chance to win a free Olea Essence product right at Mar-Lou. It’s as easy as taking a photo of you using the product at our store, uploading it to your Instagram account (or letting us upload it to ours) and hashtagging #marloushoes #oleaessence to get entered into our drawing. The contest runs from now until February 22, 2016.
Olea Essence is a brand new venture for us at Mar-Lou Shoes, and we’re thrilled to bring it forward to our customers. Thank goodness for happy accidents.
With a new season comes new brands at Mar Lou! One of our favorites is the new Kara boot by Dromedaris. Comfy and stylish, this boot is the perfect addition to any fall wardrobe! Check out all the other colors it comes in!
Watch Adidas help the environment one shoe at a time with their new line of sneakers. Made from ocean trash and illegal fishing nets taken from poachers, Adidas plans to make these environmentally-savvy shoes available in 2016!