Give Your Friends the Gift of Happy Feet!

comfyfeetHow’s your holiday shopping going? It’s getting down to that last week of grabbing gifts, thinking up fun ideas for friends and family, and wrapping those last-minute finds.

Still stuck on what to get your favorite people? Get them the gift of comfortable feet! Whether they are on their feet all day or not, having stylish, gorgeous, happy feet is one of the best presents a person can receive.

And there’s still time to get shoes online! Order with speedy shipping and give the best gift money can buy. Of course, there’s still plenty of time to buy gifts for yourself… and we always encourage that. :)

We’re featuring a couple brands this week that are known for their unmatched comfort and unique styling. Check them out and let us know what you think!

Woolrich
Picture a flannel for your feet…  and you have Woolrich boots. This brand is known for their authentic outdoor lifestyle feel and gorgeous, unique wool products. With high-quality leathers and a reputation for integrity, Woolrich boots are a great addition to any winter closet.

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Vionic
Created by a renowned podiatrist, you know these shoes will be comfortable. Infused with technologies coming from years of research by Dr. Vasyli, Vionic slippers and sneakers fit even the trickiest of feet.

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Earth Origins
Tried, true and classic, Earth Origins makes those awesome, quality boots that simply go with everything in your closet. Our go-to shoe for all-day comfort, these boots and shoes are infused with arch support, padded heels and a breathable sock lining to keep feet happy all week through.

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Otz
These unique slip-ons are perfect for those on-the-go days, running around, shopping for gifts or groceries galore. Made with a cork footbed and leather or canvas uppers, these shoes are inspired by shoes found on a caveman, preserved from years ago. You know if they last that long under the ice, they must be quality!

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What brands are you crushing on this holiday season? We’d love to hear your faves!

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PlanetShoes 2014 in Review

Can you believe 2015 is right around the corner? We sure can’t. It may sound cliché, but it’s really so amazing how fast it feels like the year went by once it’s at its end.

What are you most proud of accomplishing this year? Did you hit your fitness goals? Carry out an exciting initiative at work? Manage your money more efficiently? No matter what your goals were, and how far you came, we’re super proud of each and every one of you. Well done!

inourworld2014 was filled with shoe-focused fun for us here at PlanetShoes, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. This year, we started our In Our World video series… a look into the brands we love the most.

We put these videos into our Footnotes newsletter, a compilation of our best blog content mixed in with lots of shoes, health tips and recipes galore, a newsletter new to Our Planet this year. We’re so happy you all enjoyed it! (Haven’t signed up? Subscribe here.)

20140730-planetshoes-1390Another priority of ours this year was improving our photography, starting with our lookbooks, moving onto Instagram and ending with some great photos on our site. We’d like to think that there’s been great improvement throughout the year… but as always, we would love your feedback. :)

And of course, one of our favorite things we do all year: our community giveback events. Starting with our In Our Community campaign at the West End House Boys & Girls Club, we put on a cooking class for the kids, teaching them how to cook delicious, healthy food. They each were sent home with a bag filled with healthy items and cookbooks galore! The smiles on their faces and the enjoyment they took from the class started the year on a wonderful note.

community11Keeping it with the kiddos, we later partnered with New Balance to give away sneakers to the littles of Big Brother Big Sister at their annual summer family picnic. The bright, sunshine-filled day was one of our favorite days of the year.

Phew… what a year 2014 was. We have some exciting things planned for 2015, many of which will be featuring YOU. Be on the lookout for our fun initiatives as the year goes on. And as always, thank you for being here!

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Healthify Your Holiday Desserts!

hot-chocolate-cookies_thumb_4Watching your health during the holidays can be hard. Our office is currently filled with candies, cookies and treats galore. It’s nearly impossible to avoid! And why would you want to… all these sweets are purely delicious.

We don’t want to avoid the sweet stuff during this cheerful season, and don’t think you should either. That’s why we’ve come up with some awesome, easy ingredient swaps to insert a little health into your yummy desserts. From swapping out sugar for applesauce to inserting some hidden veggies into those concoctions, there are so many ways to healthify your holiday faves.

Be the favorite guest at all of your holiday parties by bringing a delicious dessert, complete with a few of these nutritious swaps. And know your audience… if your party is filled with fitness extraordinaires, they’ll probably be impressed with your substitutes. If not, it’s not a sin to keep your recipes a secret. :)

Quinoa-Gingersnap-Cookies3Add some protein
Subbing flavored protein powder in for some flour ups the nutritional intake of your sweet treats.
Healthier Peanut Butter Cookies
Whole Wheat Biscotti with Cherries and Chocolate
Eggnog Bread with Rum Glaze

Sub for better flours
From quinoa flour to almond flour and whole wheat, it’s easy to sub in a bit of whole-food nutrition for the classic white variety.
White Chocolate Peppermint Drop Cookies
Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies
5-Ingredient Quinoa Fudge

Love those Omega-3’s
Chances are you won’t notice some added flaxseed, but your health sure will!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Salted Caramel Apple Scones
Chocolate Gingerbread

Swap butter for greek yogurt
With similar properties as butter, but less fat and more protein, Greek yogurt is one of the tastiest substitutes out there.
Baked Maple Cinnamon Donuts
Peppermint-Drizzled Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Good Morning Crumb Cake

bitesChange your sweeteners
Applesauce, dates, honey or maple syrup add natural sweetness instead of your typical white sugar.
Hot Chocolate Cookies
Four-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups
Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Add some hidden veggies
Black beans in brownies, zucchini in cookies, bananas for texture and sweetness… the list of health foods that you can add goes on and on (and you’ll hardly notice, we promise!).
Chocolate Chip Blondies (with chickpeas!)
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Black Bean Chocolate Chip Fudge Brownies

If all else fails, add antioxidants
In the form of chocolate! Dark chocolate is filled with antioxidants to keep your system healthy.
3-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Clusters
Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

How do you typically keep your desserts semi-healthy? We’d love to hear your ideas! 

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Easy Ways to Release Kindness this Holiday

f5cba57d8ffeac6320899976468c4e27To us, the holidays are all about the warm, fuzzy feelings. Piping hot cocoa, warming comfort foods, surrounding oneself with friends and family… the holidays are a time filled with cheer, giving and merriment.

In our opinion, it’s impossible to ever reach a threshold of “too much” when it comes to this happy season. It’s a wonderful time to let all those you love how you feel about them through meaningful gifts and kind words. Why stop there, though? Why not spread these feelings to anyone and everyone that you can?

There are so many little, inexpensive ways to spread cheer this holiday season. We’ve put together some ideas that take hardly any money, only a little bit of time, and a whole lot of kindness. Making someone’s day (especially a stranger’s) has never been easier!

See how many you can cross off your list this year:
☐ Feed a parking meter
☐ Clean out your closet & donate old clothes to a shelter
☐ Pay for someone’s coffee behind you
☐ Say ‘thank you’ three extra times per day
☐ Let someone go in front of you in line
☐ Donate used books to a library
☐ Hold the door open
☐ Write a letter to someone you cherish
☐ Use less plastic
☐ Shovel snow for a neighbor
☐ Be extra generous with compliments
☐ Tip 50% (or as much as you can) on your next restaurant bill
☐ Bring special treats to work
☐ Shop local
☐ Put away stray grocery carts
☐ Send paper thank you notes
☐ Hide a couple dollars around for strangers to find
☐ Put $20 in a book in the bookstore & treat someone to a good read
☐ Offer to work late for a coworker
☐ Create more smiles :)

Our challenge to you: before going to bed each night during this holiday season, ask yourself: “how many lives did I make brighter today?” Share your stories with us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!  

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Wish List: Flee the Cold

fleethecoldFlying south (or west) for the winter? We couldn’t be more jealous. One of the last things we have on our mind right now is shorts and sandals when we’re getting ready for work in the morning. However, our dreams may be a different story…

We all have a variety of perfect, dream-worthy destinations. From European walking tours to beachside lounging, travel takes on a whole new dimension when you’re stuck in the house, surrounded by cold and snow. Your imagination is allowed to run wild when you’re on the couch, perusing Pinterest and travel sites, checking out all the wonderful photos.

If you’re lucky enough to go ahead and book one of those dream vacations, we’re beyond happy for you! And we know exactly what you need to get there, from shoes to totes and luggage bags. Check out our Pack & Go Shop for the best in travel wear and accessories.

If you’re going somewhere warm, or know someone who is, allow yourselves to be ever-prepared to travel in style with brand new comfort sandals, a functional, pocket-filled bag and your freely adventurous spirit. Check out some of our best sandals and travel bags below:

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What do you love to bring along on your travels? How do you stay ever-prepared?  

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Wish List: Carry Your Gifts in Style

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There’s so much to remember during the holiday season. From that list of people you’ll be shopping for to the gatherings you’d like to attend and the recipes you’d like to cook up, there are so many things to remember and think about during this busy, festive season. Making sure you get everything just right, in an organized fashion, is super important to a stress-free, happy holiday!

Popping between parties, gifts and baked goods in tow, becomes completely hassle-free with the accompaniment of a great bag. Whether it’s an awesome handbag to carry all those small necessities from chapstick to a change of shoes or a duffel to tote along all of your gifts, an amazing bag is exactly what you need to stay organized this year.

We’ve added some gorgeous bags to our site this year, ready to be strung along on all of your holiday adventures! Check out new brands like BUCO, LouenHide and Dakine or explore some of our shoe brands expanding into the bag realm, like Pikolinos, Fly London and Born.

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Which is your favorite? As we say, with a great bag, there’s less time for stress… more time to stay merry!

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