Each of our ten inventory buyers is devoted to learning trends, colors, and silhouettes in their own area of expertise, so they can buy a well-rounded selection of the latest styles. And each of our staff is highly-trained and experienced at finding - and fitting - the perfect shoes for each customer. The result? We know shoes, better than almost anyone!
Have a question about your shoes? Here are the answers to some of the most popular questions our customers ask:
Yes we do! Tops for Shoes stocks shoes in specialty widths and seeks out the vendors who make them. Our staff will inform you which shoes are made in your size, help you make the right selection and ensure a proper fit.
Wear your new shoes around the house for a couple days to ensure the right fit. Once you hit the streets, don’t wear your new shoes everyday. Wear your shoes in gradually.
It’s a common misconception that your feet stop changing once you reach adolescence and mature. The truth is, your feet never stop changing. Over time your feet go through various transformations based on your health, lifestyle, pregnancies, injury and age. It’s a good idea to have your feet measured every time you go to buy a new pair of shoes. Tops for Shoes staff will gladly measure your feet to ensure a proper fit.
Not only do all shoe brands fit differently, shoes within each brand fit differently! The best way to determine the right fit is to try on the shoes. Shoes are built on different shoe lasts - the 360° models of the foot used to create each shoe - and shoe lasts can be narrow, slim, wide, deep or shallow. Tops for Shoes staff will ensure we find the right brand and shoe last for you.
Shoe trees DO extend the life span of your shoes! Shoe trees not only uphold the structural integrity and shape of your shoes, the cedar used to construct them keeps your shoes smelling and looking good by extracting moisture.
1) Use shoe trees to keep your shoes smelling and looking good.
2) Polish your shoes at least once a month.
3) Apply a water and stain repellent to your shoes before wearing them.
4) Re-sole your leather bottom shoes as needed. But don’t wait too long; too much wear can be irreparable!
5) Nubuck and suede leathers should be cleaned with a proper Nubuck and suede cleaning kit, which consists of a cleaning bar and brush. Do not apply shoe polish to Nubuck or suede, or you will ruin your shoes!
6) Clean oiled leathers with Saddle Soap or Oiled Leather Restorers.
LOOKING FORWARD TO FALL 2016
Fall puts us in the mind of snuggly materials. 2016 fashion trend buzzwords include velvet, touches of fur, fringe, and brocade. Here’s what we’ve found in our research…
Fringe will show up on everything from ballet flats to ankle-high strappy heels to boots to gladiator-inspired sandals. “Shake it off!”
Classic moccasins will continue to please.
Booties and shoe-boots are the hot ticket for Fall 2016. They’re interpreted through every look you could imagine from western to 80’s inspired work/hiking boots.
Designers are gilding their creations with metallics. They’ll range from touches to the full metal treatment.
Look for the shimmering effects for more subdued treatments as well.
From brogues to chelsea boots you’ll see styles that were borrowed from big brother’s closet. Look for chunky, platformed bottom treatments.
Look for sturdy oiled leathers and styles that are tweaked interpretations of work shoes of days gone by.
RUST AND MUSTARD: infused with the colors of Autumn.
DRIED VEGETATION. Think the colors that line an Autumn lane. Desert sage, oak buff, and dried herb are the Pantone color names that stand out here.
MORE WARM TONES: Again, the Pantone reference names evoke the mood. Marsala, a winey red-brown, Cadmium orange, borrowed from the 60’s and 70’s provide a bit of pop. Cashmere rose softens the Autumn palette and adds a touch of luxury.
COOL COLORS: Biscay Bay is a blue-green tone that adds a softer side of pop colors. Reflecting pond is a deep, rich, almost navy that is crisp and delightful. Amethyst Orchid is unique, bold, and exciting.
This uppity trend continues for fall 2016. You’ll see the full range from “flatforms” to sky-high wedges on an elevated base.
Take a bootie shape, convert it to a strappy sandal, and lace it up. Alternatively, add laces to your favorite flat or pump. Now you’ve got one of the strongest fall looks. From flats to high wedges, ghillie lacing will be a hallmark styling queue. We like the versatility of fit! These new looks work well if your foot shape is just a little out of the median.
MEN’S KEY THEMES GOING FORWARD TO FALL 2016
Below you’ll the the key elements of men’s footwear. These features will move into fall and you’ll see influences folded in from the major trends in women’s fashion. See our women’s forecast for the minutiae.
Color - Autumn colors are invoked with all things rust. Look for more navy as well.
Classics 2.0 - The staples of masculine dressing are re-imagined…distressed wingtips with no laces replace sneakers and driving shoes are taken to new fashion levels.
Distressed - Antiqued and destroyed finishes give an old world look to contemporary silhouettes.
80’s - The 80’s embraced hiking/work boots. We’ve included retro-inspired lace-up boots from several companies.
Americana - shoes reflecting the American work ethic; gutsy, streetwise, straightforward.
Boots - Two words; chukka and chelsea. These ankle-high boots run the gamut from dressy to sneaker-bottomed.
Vulcanized Footwear - Think skateboarding, sneakers rule the casual looks moving into Fall. This look has moved to the foreground this year. See curated selection of white-bottomed footwear from numerous brands!