Five Cities, Five Shoes: Spring Style for the Season’s Hottest Events

As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Then comes April, one of our favorite months and one of the best months to seek out a new city for festivals and fun as the weather starts to mellow. Read on for five of our favorite cities, the events we’ll be checking out this April, and the shoes we’ll be wearing to them.header

Coachella – Coachella Valley, California

Coachella is so much more than a music festival…it’s a festival of the arts. With two weeks to choose from this year (April 14–16 & 21–23), there’s no shortage of things to do, from eating delicious food to enjoying world class art, all while listening to some of the best music out there. And let’s not forget one of our favorite facets of the festival: the people watching. From fashionistas to free spirits, the crowd is a captivating and diverse one.

As for the footwear, it’s all about fun styles that will keep your feet comfortable all day long. For the ladies, the Cobb Hill Hollywood Cuff Sandal evokes a boho vibe with a thick ankle cuff and wood grain finish. An anatomically molded EVA footbed with a slight wedge heel gives a little lift while offering the comfort of a flat. For the guys, the Gryffen Mudguard Slip-On features cool and breathable canvas uppers, plus lightweight shock absorption with the ease of a slip-on shoe. Both will have you festival-ready all weekend long.Coachella

Pictured: Cobb Hill Hollywood Cuff ($100) | Gryffen Mudguard Slip-On ($80)

Boston Marathon – Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Marathon is the marathon of all marathons – and not just because it takes place here in our hometown. It’s the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the most prestigious road racing events.  Every year on Patriots’ Day (the third Monday in April), thousands of avid, world-class runners compete, including Olympic runners from all over the world. Alongside the runners, thousands of folks come out to cheer from the sidelines as they pass by. For spectators both male and female, our shoe of choice are our lace-up truFLEX sneakers. With a molded Ortholite footbed that’s leather-lined and moisture-wicking and an EVA spine with a snap-back and spring-forward energy return system, the truFLEX collection will keep you comfortable from start to finish, even if you choose to go the 26.2 miles yourself.

Speaking of marathons, here’s a fun fact: a former Rockport staff member once completed the New York City Marathon wearing our DresSports men’s dress shoes (they feel that much like sneakers!).Marathon

Pictured: Women’s truFLEX Lace to Toe ($120) | Men’s truFLEX Plain Toe ($130)

Tribeca Film Festival – New York, New York

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival, where creators and community members come together in celebration of film, culture and art, will take place on April 19– 30 this year. The international festival welcomes actors, directors and stories that span a variety of backgrounds and budgets and features everything from traditional film and TV to virtual reality and interactive installations, plus talks with the best storytellers in the world. It’s the ultimate destination for film fans and festival lovers alike. Oh, and as for the shoes, we’re packing versatile styles that will take us from the films to industry fetes without a shoe swap. The Total Motion Adelyn Ghillie is a trend-forward flat with luxe suedes and gold accents, plus a built-in lightweight comfort system that provides shock absorption at the heel and rebound at the forefoot. For the guys, the Jaxson Wingtip is one of our favorite styles of the season. With interesting details and color pops, it can be dressed up or down and worn all day long, thanks to a sublime, padded footbed.

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Pictured: Total Motion Adelyn Ghillie ($120) | Jaxson Wingtip ($150)

 

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The Great American Foodie Fest – Las Vegas, Nevada

Calling all foodies and food truck lovers! The Great American Foodie Fest (April 27-30) in Vegas is a must visit in April. The festival features more than 50 food trucks from all over the country and some of the best specialty food vendors and restaurants out there, many of which you may have seen on the Food Network, Cooking Channel & Travel Channel. Also at the festival: carnival rides, a beer garden, tequila party tent, live entertainment and, naturally, an eating competition. Between all the activities and eating yourself silly, you’re going to want a super comfortable shoe. For the ladies, we love the Raelyn Knit Tie Sneaker. The knit upper is not only cute, but also super soft and breathable. Also breathable and uber comfortable: the Randle Mesh Slip-On with memory foam insoles is a smart slip-on for the guys.Food fest

Pictured: Raelyn Knit Tie Sneaker ($100) | Randle Mesh Slip-On ($85)

Chicago Cubs Opening Day at Wrigley Field – Chicago, Illinois

Last November, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. Needless to say, the defending champion’s home opener on April 10th at Wrigley Field will surely be a big event. After the game, experience everything Chicago has to offer, including world class museums, delicious restaurants and an amazing nightlife scene. For footwear, versatility will be in order. Our “Gabby” gladiator will go with your gamewear and keep you comfortable and stylish for your next destination.  For the guys, the Thurston Plain Toe features lightweight flexibility, moisture-wicking mesh and a memory foam footbed, and is a good looking shoe for a night on the town.  These shoe picks will have you gameday-ready and geared up for whatever else the city has in store.

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Pictured: Cobb Hill Gabby Bootie ($120) | Thurston Plain Toe ($125)

We’d love to see where your Rockports take you this April. Tag us in your photos on Instagram to share your adventures, using #madeformovers.

Image credits: Massachusetts.Heart.org | TribecaFilm.com | GreatAmericanFoodieFest.com | Chicago.Cubs.MLB.com

The Only Shoes You’ll Need This Wedding Season

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Weddings can be quite the whirlwind. Even if you’re only attending as a guest, it’s typically a day-long affair that includes travel (to the venue, from the venue) and, of course, lots of dancing. What you’re wearing can make or break how the day goes, especially when it comes to your shoes.

Good news: gone are the days of stuffing flats in your bag, swapping your shoes for flip flops or (gasp!) going barefoot on the dance floor. We’ve rounded up our favorite footwear picks (read: chicest and most comfortable) for your next fete, and they won’t leave your feet ill-fated.

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Pumps For Days (And Nights): For most affairs, casual or dressy, comfortable pumps are classy and chic. But not all pumps are created equal. When shopping for heels to wear to a wedding, look for supportive cushioning and a heel height that you’ll be comfortable walking in for several hours. The pumps in our Total Motion Collection bend and move, molding to your feet as you walk (or dance!). They come in a wide range of heel heights and colors, including animal prints, florals and blush tone patents, so they can be the star of your ensemble or take a back seat, depending on your style.

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Pictured: Total Motion 75mm Pump in Multi Floral Leather ($120) | Total Motion Kalila Pump in Dark Warm Taupe Patent ($120) | Total Motion Slingback in Smog Patent ($120)

The Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump, the highest heel in the group at three inches (75mm), comes in more than 15 colors in various materials. The floral pattern above is one of our favorites for spring. We’d pair them with a muted pastel dress or pant suit. If your frock is a little more festive, try one of the blush tones like pale mauve or rose cloud patent. If you like this classic pump style but are looking for a little less lift, opt for our Kalila pump which stands at about two inches (50mm). For a pump that’s more opened up, try the Pointed Toe Sling with a sling-back heel that comes in just under three inches.

A Wingtip Kind Of Wedding: For the guys, we’re still having a major “brogue-mance” with wingtips. We love their tonal texture (a la our Style Purpose Collection), they go with more hues than you might think, and they elevate any suited look. For a style that’s a bit more subdued, try our Style Connected Wingtip. It features subtle detailing and full grain leathers and comes in a medley of colors, ranging from classic black and brown to dark green and navy. From a casual grey suit to a black tie getup, this range will have you covered. Either way, weddings = wingtips in our book.

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Pictured: Style Purpose Wingtip in Dark Bitter Chocolate ($110) | Style Purpose Wingtip in Black ($110) | Style Connected Wingtip in Black ($130)

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Don’t Fear The Flats: Ladies, don’t be afraid to wear comfortable flats (yes, we said flats) to your next wedding. They’re a great choice for any heel-fearing folks and come quite fancy this season. Opt for a standard flat pump or try a pump with a little lift, like our Total Motion Hidden Wedge Tied Ballet. We love the slight golden shimmer in the style pictured below.

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Pictured: Total Motion Adelyn Ballet in Nude AM Lux ($120) | Total Motion Hidden Wedge Perf in Nude ($120) | Total Motion Hidden Wedge Tied Ballet in Ash Snake ($120)

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Covet Thy Cap Toe: Guys, if you’re just not wild about wingtips but want a little more than a plain toe, try a cap toe on for size. The DresSports Modern Cap Toe is a smart looking shoe with shock absorption to help reduce foot fatigue and a moisture-wicking lining to keep your feet cool and comfortable all night long. For a look that’s a little more trendy, try the Jaxson Cap Toe which features soft nubuck leathers, a matte metallic footbed, and a white athletic sole. For rainy day weddings, stick with the Essential Details Waterproof Cap Toe. Its waterproof leather, seam sealed, waterproof insole, and gusseted tongue will help keep feet dry and focused on fun. Cap Toe

Pictured: DresSports Modern Cap Toe in New Brown Leather ($150) | Jaxson Cap Toe in Castlerock Grey ($150) | Essential Details Waterproof Cap Toe in Brown Antique Leather ($100)

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Pop those RSVP cards in the mail and rest easy. With these fresh footwear ideas, you’ll be the first and last on the dance floor this wedding season.

Next time you find yourself dancing the night away in your Rockports, share the love and tag us using @Rockport and #MadeforMovers.