4 Reasons You Need Metallic Shoes in Your Work Wardrobe This Winter

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MEL is the founder of Polished Professionals – a blog for the modern, working woman to conquer the workday with style and poise.  When not blogging, MEL is an attorney and small business owner in Houston, Texas. 

Have you seen the metallic trends all over fashion magazines this winter season? They are lighting up everything from runways to subways. And lucky for us, metallic shoes are a trend that easily translates to everyone! Here are four reasons why you should – and how you can – add metallic shoes to your work wardrobe this winter.

Metallics are hot. As a working professional, I cannot always wear the trendiest pieces gracing the runways in the workplace. Fortunately, metallics are not just a trend to see on the runway and admire from afar. This is a trend that working professionals, like me, can wear in their everyday lives yet is still work appropriate. A metallic shoe adds the perfect, luxurious touch to any outfit, especially during the winter season. One of my favorites is Rockport’s Total Motion Violina Luxe Pump, available in two metallic tones – bronze or pewter. Coupling these tones with your work suit or dress will surely add a modern touch to your office wardrobe without being over-the-top. Everyone will admire how stylish you are in your new heels!

Metallics are neutral. Metallic shoes can pretty much go with any color combination in your wardrobe. This is why they are often my Monday morning shoe choice. When my eyes are still half closed and I am trying to put my work outfit together before my first cup of coffee, I know that metallic shoes will always be a good choice to match whichever look I pull out of my closet.

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Metallics are versatile. Metallic heels like the Total Motion Violina Luxe Pump are perfect for any work look. They can be worn with a sweater and slacks for a business casual environment or with a skirt suit for a more formal workplace. Plus, metallic heels will easily take you from a day of work to a dinner out with friends. Don’t just limit a metallic heel to your work outfits – you can wear a metallic heel with a little black dress for the perfect date night look, or even with denim for a chic addition to your brunch attire.

Metallics are season-less. Unlike some shoes that are meant for one season, metallic heels are season-less. They can be worn with your winter wardrobe now and will easily transition into your spring looks. Wear them with tights and your favorite dress during cooler months, then nix the tights as the temperatures rise and you will be ready to wear them into spring and summer.

DresSports: Life’s a Marathon. Plan Accordingly.

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Stephen Rathbun, native New Yorker, avid runner and Key Account Representative here at Rockport, will be running the Boston Marathon this coming April in our DresSports shoes, one of the first dress shoes to be infused with sport technology. Since the creation of DresSports, Rockport has twice put the shoes to the test with runners completing marathons wearing the shoes, and now Stephen  (along with other Rockport employees and fans around the world) will mark the franchise’s 35th anniversary by running races in limited edition DresSports, proving once again that DresSports are so comfortable, you can actually run a marathon in them. Over the next few months, Stephen will keep us updated on his progress here as he trains for the marathon in his current residence of Hoboken, New Jersey. 

This April, I am incredibly excited to be running the Boston Marathon in Rockport’s hometown and in Rockport shoes. Though my training focus fluctuates throughout the year, I generally run between 60 and 90 miles per week. I am not a marathon runner, per se, but I have run 4 marathons, including Boston in 2015 with a PR of 2:42. I am comfortable with the idea of the distance; it is palatable for me. I would not say it is easy by any stretch – a marathon never is – and, while I’ve never run in dress shoes before, I have full faith in the support and technology built into the DresSports line. Over the next few months I will be chronicling my journey as I train for the big day.

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Pictured: the limited edition DresSports 2 Fast Marathon shoe, a sleek wingtip-athletic hybrid that continues the DresSports tradition of combining sporty features with boardroom-appropriate benefits. Available at select Rockport retail stores and wholesale accounts around the world, starting Fall 2018.

As we currently stand, I am about 4 weeks into the initial phase of my Boston build up. As anyone who has lived the first few weeks of 2018 in the Northeast can attest, we have not seen the most pleasant weather. I grew up in Syracuse, often referred to as the “Snowiest City in America.” I know cold but when we get below 20 degrees (-6 Celsius for our metric friends) the motivation sags. Thankfully, I am part of a great running group here in New Jersey: the Garden State Track Club. When I have others to log miles and workouts with, I always seem to have a better continuity to my training.

I also travel frequently for work. Within a given 2 to 3 month period, I will travel to Seattle, Boston and Toronto at least once. This may put a cramp on some peoples’ training plans but I look at it with a different scope. I use the Strava running app to help me find new and popular running routes. Running in new cities is a great way to explore and create excitement in the drudgery that running can bring.

Thankfully, Seattle (where I spend quite a bit of time each month) has a more temperate climate and doesn’t see extreme colds.  I was there last week and it was certainly a nice reprieve from the Northeast Winter. I can see why the elite runners train in Flagstaff, AZ or Mammoth Lakes, CA; it is much easier to get out the door when you don’t have to put on 20 different layers of clothing. Good news is, next week I will be in Florida so at least one of my Build Up to Boston weeks can be in shorts weather. More on that in my next post (expect Disney pics!). In the meantime, to follow me on my DresSports pursuit, check out my Strava profile @StephenRathbun.

In comfort,

Stephen

Looks We Love: The Willa Shoe

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Are you currently living your best life in athleisure looks? If so, you’ll love our Willa shoes. Featuring slip-on, lace-up and high top styles, the Willa collection offers our own twist on your favorite athleisure looks– plus the added comfort features you’ve come to know and love from Cobb Hill. Scroll below to see how  Insta-influencers are wearing theirs.ptowngirls collageThe Willa Bow Slip-On is our take on this season’s bow trend and will add an instant richness to your athleisure ensemble. Handcrafted in full-grain leathers with ruched bow detailing and enhanced comfort features, these bowed beauties are anything but basic. In red or teal, they’ll add the perfect pop of color to your look, like here on @ptowngirls. They also come in grey or black for something more neutral. The molded EVA footbeds are the stand-out feature on the interior, offering serious non-stop arch support to take you from an uptown brunch to downtown shopping in comfort. Looking for lace ups? Be sure to check out our Willa Lace To Toe, available in black and grey.high top collageAnother standout style from the line: the Willa High Top. Featuring a high-top design in grey and tan leathers, and a bonus zip with lacing system, these are the epitome of urban-chic. Blogger, @workyourcloset, pairs hers with a basic tee, cropped denim and hip accessories. Opt to top off the look with a blazer and polished accessories for a more tailored look, like @tcolorpalette, or go dressier with a feminine frock a la @beedurst. With the same unparalleled arch support, these kicks include leather and textile footbed covers for a soft, breathable touch, and TPR outsoles for traction as you move throughout your day. Ladies of athleisure, rejoice!

Check out more styles from our Willa collection.

Spotlight On: Waterproof Dress Shoes

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If you live anywhere close to our hometown of Boston, you’ve spent the past few weeks sloshing around in cold, wet conditions. This time of year, rugged winter boots are our best friends – but what about when you need to look your best for a winter wedding or morning presentation? We build waterproof dress shoes for days like these – everything from classic oxfords to refined chukkas. Read on for our favorite waterproof dress picks to get you through the season in comfort and style.CG7391_MAIN

Pictured: DresSports Waterproof Cap Toe ($150) 

Head to that important Monday meeting, even on the wettest of days, in the DresSports Waterproof Cap Toe. The modern silhouette, handcrafted in premium leathers, will keep you looking sharp, while the waterproof construction will keep your feet warm and dry. Meanwhile, ETC® linings provide breathability and moisture wicking for maximum comfort – from the cold commute to your warm office. In black and tan, these classics will become your new winter companions.V73842_MAIN

Pictured: Essential Details Waterproof Wingtip  ($110)

From the workplace to your next wedding, the Essential Details Waterproof Wingtip is a winter weather marriage between fashion and function. The Hydro-Shield® construction offers waterproof leather, a seam sealed, waterproof insole, and a gusseted tongue to help keep feet dry wherever the day takes you. An EVA footbed conforms to the shape of your foot for a personalized fit, while the rubber outsole offers traction and reduces foot and leg fatigue. These secret weapon wingtips will surely be at the front of your wardrobe this winter (and beyond).

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Pictured: Essential Details II Bike Toe Slip-On ($110)

If the ease of a slip-on is something you’re after, the Essential Details II Bike Toe Slip-On is for you. Featuring a more tailored fit, these slip-ons offer waterproof leathers and slip-resistant outsoles for wet conditions. The cushioned, EVA footbed and supportive heel cup will keep you comfortable from your morning coffee run to evening dinner plans. Wear these with everything from your everyday suit to your favorite pair of jeans. These slip-ons are sure to be in heavy rotation this season.CG7390_MAIN

Pictured: DresSports Modern Waterproof Chukka ($170)

Give wet weather the boot with our DresSports Modern Waterproof Chukka. These boots mean business with waterproof leathers, a higher vamp for more coverage and a durable VIBRAM outsole for traction in tricky weather. Strobel construction gives forefoot flexibility while truTech® offers lightweight shock absorption to keep you comfortable all day long. A bonus removable Ortholite® footbed with EVA heel cup provides lightweight breathability and durability for long wear cushioning. Wear them with cuffed denim or dress them up with slacks – these versatile, waterproof chukkas will be your winter weather cure-all.

Check out more styles from our waterproof dress collection.

Looks We Love: Winter Bootie Rotation

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What better way to start off the New Year than with a new pair of booties? They’re the stars of the show this season and go with everything in your winter wardrobe – from denim to dresses. Featuring stacked heels, rich leathers and suedes, and the latest in comfort technology, our booties will take you through your day (and night) in style. Read on to see how some of our favorite bloggers are wearing theirs on repeat.

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Jordyn Larkins, blogger behind The Everyday Trend, nails casual cool with a long cardigan, raw-hem denim and our Gail zip bootie. These sturdy block heels feature a memory foam footbed and textile linings for all-day comfort, and a trendy side zip for easy entry. Available in taupe and black suedes, these booties can also look great dressed up with a pencil skirt and tights.

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Chunky sweaters over denim is pretty much our winter uniform and we love how Dress Cori Lynn pulls off the look with the Total Motion Lynix Bootie in black and tan. With smooth waxed leather uppers, shock-absorbing truTech®, and retention-foam footbeds, these stacked, block-heeled booties are perfect for your workday or weekend shopping.

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The Boston Fashionista looks “city-chic” in a black-and-white outfit and our Total Motion Pointed Toe Booties in taupe suede. We love how her long trench vest kicks this sleek look up a notch – perfect for a city stroll or a Friday night out. The boot’s lightweight comfort system and sneaker-like outsoles will keep her supported and stable, wherever the day takes her.

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Samantha Metell from Bonjour Blue gets through her daily New York commute (without having to change her shoes) with the Total Motion Trixie Bootie. Retention-foam footbeds, truTech® comfort technology and TPU outsoles allow her to walk with confidence as she moves throughout her day. We love how her red bag adds a pop of color to this classic camel-colored ensemble.

Check out more from our winter bootie line-up.