Smartwool socks are the misunderstood wonders of the clothing world. Customers sometimes say, in regard to Smartwool products, one of the following three statements:
1. “I don’t like wool socks they’re too warm.”
2. “Wool socks are too heavy.”
3. “Wool socks are scratchy.”
All three of these statements are easily debunked when it comes to Smartwool socks. They are made with a specific type of wool: merino. Merino wool fibers are breathable and made to manage moisture. Merino “…can absorb and retain up to 30% of its own weight in moisture and still feel dry to the touch” (smartwool.com). What does this mean in the grand scheme of things? Merino wool keeps you dry as your body becomes warmer, but adjusts to keep you warm as your body’s temperature drops and becomes cooler. This “smart” wool uses your body’s heating and cooling system to adjust your core temp to a comfortable degree in any element.
“Thermal body mapping” helps determine which areas of the body get the warmest and coolest at any given temperature. This technology is what helps make Smartwool better than the rest. Manufacturers of the products use more wool in “cold” areas and less wool in areas where the body typically heats up.
Last but not least, Smartwool uses a special knit construction to get the most out of merino wool. This helps in the heating/cooling part of construction, as well as the “itch factor”. Merino wool is made of very fine fibers, meaning they do not itch against the skin. In fact, these particular wool socks feel soft to the touch and flex easily, fitting your unique foot to a T.
Smartwool products are just that: smart. They are wearable in winter, summer and every season in between. To learn even more about these fantastic socks, click 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.
What makes Wolky shoes unique?
Aside from the obvious – bright colors, funky patterns and eye-catching design – Wolky shoes are designed specifically for walking. The word “Wolk” is actually Dutch for “cloud”. Cloud-like softness inspires the careful craftsmanship of each shoe from this bold brand.
Cork and memory foam contoured footbeds are anatomically designed to mold to your unique foot shape. Feet are cradled in cushioning and shock is absorbed with each step. This means less pressure on joints and an added bonus of an overall more comfortable walking experience. Find superior cushioning comfort in each footbed, while the wide-bottom shape allows for your weight to be spread evenly across the shoe. This allows for more correct posture and less strain with movement.
At this point, you might be saying to yourself: “This is all well and good, but what about my orthotics?” Many Wolky styles are crafted with removable footbeds – custom orthotics are no problem! Versatility is a key factor in the creation of each shoe. At Mar-Lou, we love brands that appeal to every type of customer and foot need – exactly why we have such enthusiasm for the Wolky line.
Wolky takes the best of both worlds – fun style and ultimate comfort – and blends them beautifully. You’ll never find yourself bored with the wide range of styles and varieties offered, and you’ll never find yourself uncomfortable. If you’ve been looking for a walking shoe that keeps it fresh and keeps you comfy, look no further than Wolky.
Never tried on a pair? This weekend is the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons! Our Wolky rep will be at Mar-Lou on Saturday to show off the entire line. Whether you’re a Wolky-fanatic or a first-timer, stop in and see what all the fuss is about.
An added bonus: with each Wolky purchase made May 19-29, 2016, you’ll receive a $20 Mar-Lou Shoes gift certificate!
Keep your toes happy this winter in toasty ToeWarmers Boots! These boots are awesome for a lot of reasons: Canadian-made, waterproof, toasty warm & available in a HUGE variety of widths and sizes, all the way up to 14s & quadruple wide! These boots do not discriminate any foot size.
Save $20 On All ToeWarmers Until December 24th at Mar-Lou!
America’s number 1 wool socks make for perfect stocking stuffers!
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It’s that time again- trunk show Saturday! This Saturday, November 7th,Walking Cradles, Mark Lemp & Rose Petals will be joining us from 10 AM to 6 PM. Friendly reminder that you receive $15 off each regularly priced purchase of Walking Cradles, Mark Lemp & Rose Petals shoes. If you love comfort as much as you love style, you’ll definitely want to stop in!
October has been a CRAZY month for us here at Mar-Lou – and we love it! Between trunk shows, fabulous deals and wonderful customers we’ve been keeping EXTRA busy. I know it’s hard to keep up with everything we’ve got going on – but don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for! Here are the end of October events at Mar-Lou:
What are the top reasons shoppers return retail purchases they’ve made? According to a report on whowhatwear.com, sales associates from Bloomingdales, Shopbop and Topshop agree the main factors involved in customer returns are wrong size purchased and discomfort.
We all know it is a pain to be in a shoe that does not fit, but it can be an even bigger pain to return purchases. Unfortunately, returns are inevitable. Customers hate ’em and retailers hate ’em, but they are a part of the business. No one wants to keep an item they’re uncomfortable in, and why should they? Sometimes there are issues with fees or strings attached to a return policy that you weren’t made aware of. The return process can be incredibly frustrating.
What if I told you there was a way to eliminate the hassle associated with retail returns this October? Mar-Lou Shoes is participating in the Johnston & Murphy Walk-Test taking place for the entire month of October. What is a walk-test you ask? Pretty much exactly what it sounds like!
Here’s how the Johnston & Murphy Walk-Test works:
- Select a walk-test “tagged” shoe.
- Purchase shoe.
- Wear the shoe for 10 days (this is the test part)
- Decide you LOVE the shoe and keep your purchase!
- Decide the shoe is not the one for you.
- Return shoe for FULL REFUND. No strings attached.
This easy, no hassle return policy is taking place the entire month of October. This is a wonderful opportunity to try a Johnston & Murphy shoe out for yourself. Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at 440 449 7463.
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