A great pair of socks serves a useful purpose: they keep your feet warm, dry, and happy despite the temperature. While we tend to relegate them to a bottom drawer during the summer, our best socks come back in full force in the fall, ready to keep our feet in comfortable condition.Continue Reading
Will you be traveling this holiday season? Last year, around 46 million Americans took a trip exceeding 50 miles during the Thanksgiving holiday – around 15 percent of the country. While many of those travelers choose the road trip route, many others hop on a plane and fly long distances to see family and loved ones.
To us, Thanksgiving should be a happy, restful time – well, as much as it can be. Cooking, traveling, and coordinating plans can be time-consuming and frustrating, even if, in the end, it’s always worth it. While the travel may not be your favorite part of the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s best, as with all things, to make the most of it.
One way to make your travel a bit happier? Investing in a great pair of casual, comfortable travel sneakers. Chances are, whether walking through an airport or lounging in the car, having happy feet will improve your travel experience tremendously. Sneakers – with their unmatched support, fashionable designs, and casual style – fit perfectly into this occurrence.
Better yet, the travel sneakers that you’ll find in our Pack & Go shop are lightweight – perfect for packing in a suitcase or backpack. Bendable and malleable, these shoes will mold to fit into your tightest travel luggage. Yet despite their lightweight nature, they’re still supportive, comfortable, and tough.
These lightweight shoes are guaranteed to make your travel better this Thanksgiving; whether it’s fitting them into an already-overpacked suitcase, keeping you comfortable on long walks through security at the airport, or supporting your feet while you stand in the kitchen whipping up delicious side dishes all day, travel sneakers take away one less point of stress during the Thanksgiving season – allowing you to truly enjoy the day.
How do you stay happy and stress-free during the holidays?
We don’t know about you, but we’re certainly getting in the holiday spirit. With Thanksgiving just a few short days away, we’re ready for warm, comforting food, time spent with family, rest, and relaxation.
With family parties, get-togethers with old friends, and more, it can be difficult to stay active. Keeping up with your workout routine is easy to move down the list of priorities when you’re cooking up a storm and laughing with loved ones. And while we’re strong believers that rest is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s also vital to keep up with a routine to some extent to continue your healthy progress.
So how can you fit it in? We love short, intense workouts that take limited time but have maximum benefits. One way to do this is to focus on high intensity interval training (HIIT) – short bursts of activity alternating with short periods of rest – for up to 30 minutes at a time. Another is to fit in super short strength HIIT workouts (think 15-20 minutes) that target one muscle group at a time.
Thanks to Nicole from Pumps & Iron, we’re sharing a workout just like that this week. At only 15 minutes and 30 seconds, this abdominal workout uses minimal equipment (only one dumbbell – or use bodyweight if you don’t have one, or are a beginner… it’s still super effective!), takes hardly any time, and really targets your core, the center of your body’s strength.
Burn off a few of the Thanksgiving calories and stay engaged in your workout routine by fitting in this quick workout before dinner. You’ll go through each particular move 4 times in the 15 minutes, with one period of rest after the first 2 rounds. Each exercise is held for 30 seconds before moving onto the next one.
New to these exercises? Learn more on Pumps and Iron!
When we transition from summer to fall, those freeing warm-weather sandals are relegated to the closet, and our favorite boots move into the front of our wardrobes. We don’t know about you, but the emergence of fall boots simply makes us smile. It means kicking through colorful leaves, slipping on a pair of wool socks, and sipping on pumpkin lattes and hot cocoa.
As with any transition, however, this one isn’t always perfect. Taking those boots out after a long summer’s nap – or, even more excitingly, taking a brand new pair out of the box – is a wonderful feeling… until, for some reason, they don’t feel as comfortable as you hoped. A little nagging at the heel, a bit of discomfort near the toes; unfortunately, not every shoe fits seamlessly right out of the box. And with how unique each person’s feet are, that’s not all that surprising.
So how can you ensure that your feet are as happy as can be this fall?
- Stretch ‘em out. If you have a pair of high boots that are a little too tight on the calf, stretch them out by warming them with a hairdryer and tugging slightly at the sides. You can also use this opposing trick – fill the boots with tightly sealed bags of water and place them in the freezer. When the water expands as it freezes, so will your boots.
- Sandpaper your soles. With sidewalks covered in wet, colorful leaves and gently falling pine needles, it can be easy to slip around a bit… but not if your soles are a bit rough around the edges. Take some sandpaper to the bottom of your shoes to rough them up and give yourself some added traction.
- Use deodorant. And not just to make your feet smell better. For boots that rub a bit at the heel, place a bit of deodorant in the spots with the most friction. The smooth nature of the deodorant will allow your heel to glide, rather than roughly rub, against the shoes. Ultimate comfort!
- Give yourself a bit of padding. Whether it’s foot-fitting orthotics, pharmacy-purchased insoles, or the always wonderful Foot Petals, giving yourself a little extra cushion can go a long way. Even in shoes that are already super comfortable, some added padding can bring your boots up to slipper status.
- Great socks matter. We truly believe in the power of a good pair of socks. Woolen, foot-hugging styles regulate the temperature of your feet, keeping your toes warm but not sweaty for the ultimate comfort experience. They offer a bit of padding and an anti-friction property to your favorite boots – and look adorable peeking out the top.
How do you stay comfortable in new fall boots? Let us know in the comments below.
The autumn season is the perfect time to surround yourself with hearty produce. Kale, apples, pumpkins, squash, cranberries, and beets make for deliciously filling, healthy, nutrient-filled dinners that get you through the week with ease.
From summer to fall, produce seems to shift from the light and airy (zucchini, corn, strawberries) to hearty, filling goodies. Fall produce makes for a bigger meal, with high levels of nutrition… each piece is so good, it’s hard to stick to just one.
What meal can we make that combines all these yummy fall flavors? A smoothie, of course! The beauty of smoothies is that they’re easy to pack full of different fruits and veggies, experimenting with favorite flavors, textures, and accents. It’s also easy to choose your personal health priorities and infuse them within your smoothie meal. Prioritizing protein? Add some whey protein powder or Greek yogurt. Adding more vitamin C for a healthy immune system? Fill your smoothie with carrots, sweet potatoes, and citrus.
We’ve found some super unique smoothies combining all the best, in-season fall ingredients that are guaranteed to make you swoon. Try them out this week for a quick morning meal or an on-the-go lunch. The tastes of fall and winter infused with health? You won’t regret it.
- Green Apple Spinach Smoothie
- Iron Woman Gingerbread Smoothie
- Beet Turmeric Mango Smoothie
- Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Smoothie
- Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie
- Beauty Booster Kale Cranberry Smoothie
What are your favorite fall smoothies? What’s your go-to?
With colder temperatures settling in, chances are you’re going to be spending a lot more time in your home in the coming months. Getting outdoors to enjoy the world is a lot less enticing in the winter, when cuddling up with a great cup of hot cocoa on the couch becomes the ultimate pleasure.
If you’re going to be spending more time in your home, it makes sense to de-clutter and reorganize your space. Having an organized space is said to have substantial benefits when it comes to mental health and decreasing stress. But how do you begin?
Let’s start in the bedroom, your ultimate haven of comfort and relaxation. Clear off your nightstand first, leaving only those things you truly need for bed (perhaps a dim light, a book, and a glass of water). Leaving this space fairly empty will leave less distraction at-the-ready for when you’re trying to snooze. From there, get under your bed – it’s easy to feel stressed when laying on top of piles of unnecessary paper, empty shoeboxes, pens, and trinkets galore. Get a large Tupperware to store those things you only need once in a while – summer clothes, for instance, or your eye prescription – and wrap your under-bed area in organization.
Head over to the closet next. Take stock of what you absolutely never wear, or don’t need, and put those items in a donation bag. Next, look for those pieces you always wished fit your body type better… but simply don’t. Toss these in the bag for someone it might look great on. From there, think through your style – what do you want to convey with your fashion sense? Write it down to understand this fully. If a piece doesn’t fit, consider giving it the boot.
Heading over to the bathroom, think through your beauty regimen. Clear out the shower or medicine cabinet of empty bottles, clean them out, and throw them in the recycling bin. Next, clear out all those products that you simply didn’t love, or didn’t work quite right, and take stock of why they weren’t for you. Clearing out your beauty regimen will easily simplify your morning routine.
Now, think through the rest of your home – are there any collections that are outdated, or that you simply won’t use ever again? Collections of CDs, DVDs, video tapes, cassettes, and old books may not be a part of your life anymore with the emergence of iTunes, Netflix, and the Kindle. Donate these to a local shelter or children’s center if they’re able to put them to good use.
In the same vein, clean out your “junk drawer.” So many homes have these – filled with hair ties, old receipts, broken pens – and could use the space for something wonderful (a tea drawer, anyone?). Remove everything you won’t ever use, recycle or dispose, and empty out some serious space.
Lastly, take out the all-purpose cleaner, wipe down and disinfect surfaces, and put some final shine on your newly organized space. And from now on, get in the habit of cleaning as you go. People who spend just five to ten minutes a day cleaning hardly ever need to do a deep clean and organize of their homes – it’s constantly done.
Making sure everything has a purpose keeps your priorities in check and de-clutters your home – and your mind. Purpose doesn’t have to mean function; a beautiful painting has a purpose by filling your home with character and charm. But taking stock of all that you have, and all that you don’t need, can do some serious wonders for your psyche and can seriously bring your home up a notch.
How do you stay clutter-free?
There’s something dazzling and unique about shoes made in Europe. From Spain to Portugal to Germany, European designers value quality over quantity, established craftsmanship and handmade pieces over factory-made en masse.
Because of this reliance on the handcrafted, shoes made in European countries are infused with detail, comfort, and excellence. From the stitching to the buckles, these boots are held up to a higher quality standard. Not only are they exquisite and stunning, they’re guaranteed to last.
Seen above: Fly London Lask
Because of their high quality nature, wearing these shoes is inspiring – and reminiscent of European adventures galore. Imagine your dream trip to Europe – Italy, France, Spain – and the cobblestone streets; small, cultured pubs; rolling mountains and hills; undiscovered art museums; the perfect, flavor-infused meal… the escapades are endless!
And if you’re anything like us, traveling just isn’t as enjoyable without a truly comfortable – yet fashionable – pair of walking shoes. Immerse yourself in European culture with shoes made on the continent. Not only will you look the part, you’ll look classy, revered, and elegant… no one will expect how truly comfortable your feet really are!
No matter your style, we have the perfect European pieces to fit your look. Boots – from riding boots to Chelsea styles, – fashionable flats, adorable sneakers, and precious heels line the shelves here at PlanetShoes. Boots are our favorite for fall travels; grab a short pair of ankle booties and tuck them in your favorite pair of jeans, or grab some knee-high styles to add to your favorite dress. The opportunities are endless when you take on fashion and comfort on exploratory European adventures!