On The Road With Neyla Pekarek

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Neyla Pekarek, cellist and vocalist formerly of The Lumineers, released her debut solo album “Rattlesnake” last month. She kicked off her tour in Nashville at The Grand Ole Opry, then the Sundance Film Festival, and is now touring with fellow-Coloradans, Devotchka. We caught up with Neyla on her must-have tour essentials and why Rockport is her go-to shoe when she’s traveling or performing.

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Becoming a full-time touring musician was an unexpected and delightful surprise to me. I studied to be a music teacher, and shortly after graduation, on a whim, I joined my very first band (off of a Craig’s List ad, no less); this band became The Lumineers, and I was soon traveling the world, playing shows in front of thousands of people, on just about every continent. It was a sharp learning curve, figuring out how to live out of a suitcase, and prioritizing what to take along on the road, and after 8 years of trial and error, packing way too many art supplies in my bag, and not nearly enough socks, I think I’ve got it figured out. I am taking off for my very first solo tour this month, in support of my debut solo record, Rattlesnake, and below are 5 of my tried and true tour essentials I will be taking along.

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Neyla in her Cobb Hill Abbott Panel Boots. (Photo: Nolan Knight)

My 5 Tour Essentials:

1. My Rockport Cobb Hill Aria Boots: Typically, I only get a day (or less) in a city, and the best way to get a quick snapshot of that city is to take a stroll, and comfy shoes are a must. I typically try to find the cutest coffee shop in town with the tastiest cortado, and I lace up my favorite fashionable Aria boots and hit the pavement. I even trekked through a snow storm in NYC recently, on my way to see a new musical, Girl From North Country, and these kept my feet dry, comfortable, and stylish enough for a night out at the theater.

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Neyla in her Cobb Hill Aria Boots. (Photos: Nolan Knight)

2. A Good Notebook & a Good Pen: Journaling is great way for me to decompress in what is often a very fast paced and hectic environment of being on the road. I often write letters to loved ones far away, and have an epic rubber stamp collection (it’s hard to choose which ones to bring!) because who doesn’t love getting fun mail? It’s also a great way to jot down memories that may otherwise be swept away in the chaos.

3. Noise Canceling Headphones: At the risk of ruining the romantic ideas of life on the road as a musician, any seasoned band member will agree it’s a whole lot of waiting—in airports, in green rooms, in vans, in buses, in hotel rooms—and a great way to find some peace and quiet is to pop some noise canceling headphones on and listen to the calming sounds of the latest episode of Fresh Air with Terry Gross, or escape with the original cast recording of Hamilton.

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Neyla in Nashville in her Cobb Hill Vcut Booties. (Photo: Nolan Knight)

4. My Kindle: As much as I treasure a real book in my hands, the smell of the paper, and dog-earring the corners of pages I like, traveling with a kindle or e-reader is so efficient. Any effort to spend less time staring at my phone, and more time reading is appreciated; plus, having all 7 Harry Potter books at my fingertips is just the type of security blanket I need. And I still read bonafide paper books when I’m at home on a break from touring.

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Neyla in her “Rattlesnake Kate” dress replica and metallic Cobb Hill Angelina t-straps. (Photo: Liza Nelson)

5. My Rockport Cobb Hill Angelina T-Straps: My album, Rattlesnake, is a song cycle based around the real life of Colorado pioneer, Kate McHale Slaughterback, who became notorious in the 1920s for a death-defying encounter with a rattlesnake migration, in which she killed 140 snakes to save her life, and that of her 3 year old son. She gathered the snake skins and fashioned herself a flapper-style gown that she wore to parties and fancy events, earning her nickname, Rattlesnake Kate. Finding the perfect shoes for my live show to match the (faux) rattlesnake dress replica, that allow me to feel sturdy when nerves might try to get the best of me, but also make me feel glamorous, was not an easy feat; but I found just that in the metallic Cobb Hill Angelina T-Strap.

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Neyla Pekarek performs at Rockwood Music Hall. 

Head over to Neyla’s site for more info, and be sure to check out more Cobb Hill styles here.

Neyla’s Upcoming Tour Dates:

Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center

Mar 28 – Davenport, IA @ The Raccoon Motel

Mar 29 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

April 1 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

April 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

April 4 – Boston, MA @ The Red Room @ Cafe 939

April 8 – Washington, D.C. @ Union Stage

April 9 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub

April 12  – Buffalo, NY @ Ninth Ward

April 13  – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Music Hall

April 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

April 16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache at The Intersection

April 17 – Evanston, IL @ SPACE

 

Header photo: Liza Nelson

Spotlight On: Men’s Bestsellers

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The people have spoken. From dress shoes to chukka boots, these are some of the men’s styles that are currently winning the popularity contest. CH1235_MAIN

Pictured: Slayter Plain Toe ($120)

The Slayter Plain Toe is a classic dress shoe with modern comfort. Featuring truTECH® technology for lightweight shock absorption, these oxfords will take you straight from work to an evening out with ease.

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Pictured: Slayter Bike Shoe ($120)

If you prefer the ease of a slip-on, go for the Slayter Bike shoe– also a bestseller. Offering the same comfort tech as the lace-up version, these dress shoes can be worn with anything from everyday denim to dress suits.

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Pictured: Total Motion Classic Dress Wingtip ($130)

The Total Motion Sport Dress wingtips offer all the comfort and breathability of your favorite pair of sneakers, wrapped in a modern dress profile. Perfect for the office or a night out, these oxfords feature removable EVA footbeds for lightweight impact absorption and cushioning. Available in an array of colorways, from classic black to bold blue.

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Pictured: Northfield ($110)

If you’re looking for something more casual, check out the Northfield oxford. This rugged lace-up features Hydro-Shield® waterproof construction, and Polyeurethane Kinetic Air Circulator for underfoot cushioning and active air circulation. You can find more waterproof shoes like this here.

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Pictured: Marshall Rugged Moc Toe ($145)

If boots are more your bag, go for the Marshall Rugged Moc Toe chukkas. With rugged good-looks and EVA outsoles for flexible lightweight impact absorption, these boots are built for all-day comfort.

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Pictured: Colle Tie ($110)

Up your athleisure game with the Colle Tie shoes, featuring embossed textures, distressed leathers, and removable Ortholite® footbeds for lightweight breathability and durability. Bonus: an anti-microbial lining allows for easy, sock-free wear.

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Pictured: Cold Springs Plus Low Tie Boot ($115)

Hit the trails in the Cold Springs Plus Low Tie boots. Made to maintain confident footing on varied terrain, these trail boots are built with Hydro-Shield® waterproof construction, moisture-wicking linings, and rubber outsoles.

For more top styles, head over to our Bestsellers page for the complete roundup.

Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. From the jet-setter to the luxe-lover, we’ve got you covered with gift ideas for every lady in your life. Keep scrolling to shop our favorites.

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Pictured: Total Motion® Kaiya Slingback Pump in Black Patent ($110)

Give her the gift of pure comfort with the Total Motion® Kaiya Slingback pump. This sleek, sophisticated slingback offers our signature Total Motion comfort technology and a versatile silhouette to take her from work to weekend in style.

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Capture her heart (literally) with the Apple Watch Series 4. In addition to a million other things, the watch can record your heartbeat and rhythm using the electrical heart sensor.

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Jet-setters will love this travel version of the bestselling Slip Silk pillow (plus bonus sleep mask). It’s dermatologist recommended and promises to help with wrinkles, bedhead, and sleep crease.

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Pictured: Total Motion® Trustride Classic Sneaker in Rose Gold ($79.99)

Sticking with the travel theme, the Total Motion® Trustride Classic Sneaker is built with truTECH® comfort technology and is perfect for the girl on the go. We love them in rose gold, or keep it classic in all white. Gift them with some cozy socks from our Accessories collection.

 

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Pictured: Women’s Casual Insole Cupped Supported ($60)

For extra comfort and support,  these insoles combine a strategically placed arch support to help biomechanically align your body, with plush memory foam cushioning so you feel like you’re walking on pillows. They’re clinically proven to help prevent foot conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Arch Pain, and Metatarsalgia. For more options, head over to our Accessories collection.

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Whether she’s in the air or at the office, she’ll love the Plattan II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones by Urbanears – featuring fun colors and easy, wireless listening.

 

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She’ll stay hydrated in style with the Swell Pink Topaz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle – one of our faves around the office.

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The gorgeous jar from Cire Trudon’s rose-gold Nazareth candle is enough to make us swoon – never mind it’s sweet scent of clove, cinnamon and orange.

 

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This sparkly Initial Pendant Necklace by Nadri is the perfect personalized gift and it’s affordable.

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Also an office favorite, this Lip Sleeping Mask by Laneige will keep her lips smooth and moisturized during the cold, winter months.

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Another lip staple, this Yves Saint Laurent lipstick comes in a limited-edition tube, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

 

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Pictured: Leather Gloves ($19.99)

Wrap her hands in warmth and luxury this winter with these luxe leather gloves.

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These lace undergarments by Hanky Panky are soft and stretchy, and come in a perfect heart-shaped box.

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And we can’t forget the candy. The sweet tooth will love this deliciously adorable Lovestruck 16-Piece Chocolate Set by Maggie Louise Confections.

For more Valentine’s Day ideas, head over to our New Arrivals.

Spotlight On: The Cobb Hill Collection

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Make every day less everyday with the Cobb Hill collection. Featuring eye-catching accents – like laser-cut details and antiqued hardware – plus plenty of foot-friendly comfort (read: cushy footbeds, unparalleled arch support and breathable linings), these distinctive styles are miles from mainstream. Read on for our top picks.

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Pictured: Cobb Hill Rashel Vcut Boot – $155

Whether you’re working or weekending, the Cobb Hill Rashel Vcut boots are here to save the day. These ankle booties boast beautiful leathers with cutout detailing and v-cut vamps for a flattering look. EVA footbeds provide flexible lightweight impact absorption, while roomy toe areas offer a comfortable fit for all-day wear. For a man-tailored look with the same benefits, be sure to check out our oxford version.CG8821_MAIN

Pictured: Cobb Hill Natashya Bootie – $155

Our beloved Natashya booties are more than your average block-heel boots.  Crafted with velvety suede and antiqued leather uppers, these beauties feature hand-stitched details, plaid linings, and side-zips for easy entry.  EVA footbeds provide flexible lightweight impact absorption, while steel shanks offer stability for ’round-the-clock support. Available in 5 shades – from black nubuck to caribou suede.

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Pictured: Cobb Hill Bethany – $118.99 & Cobb Hill Brunswick Lace-up Boot – $170

As the combat boot trend marches on, we have a few styles that answer the call in spades. Our bestselling Bethany boots are designed with antiqued metal eyelets and distressed leathers for a vintage-inspired look. New for this season, our Brunswick Lace-up boots feature trendy embossed leathers and tough accents for an edgy-chic appeal. Both styles offer EVA footbeds, convenient zippers (no need to untie), and TR rubber outsoles for traction control. Looking for a higher heel? Check out our Natashya Lace boots, featuring a stacked heel, embossed uppers and comfort pods for impact absorption and cushioning.CG8111_MAIN

Pictured: Cobb Hill Gratasha Bootie – $140

Yet another bestselling option, our Cobb Hill Gratasha boot is the ultimate all-season shoe. These lightweight booties are designed with burnished leathers, ruching detail, and textural interest that will instantly upgrade any ensemble – from jeans to dresses to skirts. Comfort features include EVA footbeds, breathable microfiber footbed covers, and flannel linings for a soft, warm touch – great for going sockless.

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Pictured: Cobb Hill Willa Bow Slip-On – $130

Amp up your athleisure game with the Cobb Hill Willa Bow slip-ons. Full grain leathers provide natural comfort, durability and breathability, while removable EVA footbeds with comfort pods offer lightweight impact absorption cushioning. Ruched bows add a cute, on-trend finishing touch. Available in 5 colorways, these versatile slip-ons will easily transition from season to season.

For more styles, check out our full Cobb Hill collection.

Spotlight On: Waterproof Shoes

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Get ready to dance in the rain. These men’s and women’s waterproof shoes are built for the wettest of days, and will keep your feet dry (and stylish) from commute to work to weekend.CH3125_MAIN

Pictured: Chelsea Waterproof Boot ($170)

We love a pair of classic Chelsea boots – especially when they’re waterproof. Featuring full interior zippers, twin goring and pull-tabs for easy entry, plus microsuede EVA footbeds for breathable comfort, these waterproof booties are convenient, comfortable and oh-so-cute.CCP02ST_MAIN

Pictured: Christy Waterproof Tall Boot ($230)

The Christy Waterproof Tall Boots are your new fierce-weather friends. These equestrian-inspired boots feature seam-sealed waterproof leathers, ultra-soft microfiber linings and TR outsoles for traction control. A full zip and twin goring down the calf offer easy entry and a comfortable fit. Available in stone (shown) or black , these boots are perfect over leggings or under a midi skirt.CH2796_MAIN

Pictured: XCS Britt Low Boot ($130)

Wet feet? Snow way. The XCS Britt Low Boots feature Hydro-Shield® waterproof construction and Thinsulate® linings for a cozy (and dry) fit. EVA footbeds provide lightweight impact absorption cushioning from the mountains to après-ski. Looking for something taller? Check out the XCS Britt High Boot.CH3424_MAIN

Pictured: Charlee Plain Toe ($120)

Weatherproof your work commute with the Charlee Plain Toe oxfords. The Hydro-Shield waterproofing keeps the elements at bay, while the EVA footbeds and midsoles absorb impact for a comfortable ride. Available in 4 versatile colors, wear them with everything from your work suits to your everyday denim.CH2422_RS

Pictured: Westbrook PT Chukka ($125)

Outsmart the elements with the Westbrook Plain Toe Chukka boots. This rugged leather chukka boasts waterproof construction, the all-day cushion and support of EVA footbeds, and a classic design versatile enough to wear with anything and anywhere. Available in black and cocoa (shown), these waterproof chukkas are a must in any man’s closet.CH2439_MAIN

Pictured: Umbwe II Chukka ($170)

The Umbwe II Chukkas are ready to weather any storm. With rubber outsoles, Hydro-Shield waterproof construction, and tons of comfort features, these tough chukkas will keep you going, no matter the terrain. Do not winter without these.

For more waterproof styles, check out our full women’s waterproof and men’s waterproof collections.

Holiday Gift Guide: Top Picks For Her

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From the luxe-lover to the athleisure lady, our Holiday Gift Guide has you covered with our top picks for gifting (and self-gifting).CH2503_MAINThe Boss Babe. With block heels, buckle hardware and Total Motion® technology, our Total Motion Leah Booties will take her from work to weekend with ease.CH2612_MAINThe Luxe-Lover. Give her the gift of feel-good flats with the Total Motion Adelyn Laser Loafers – featuring soft suedes, metallic accents and TPU outsoles for support and stability.CG8535_MAINThe Athleisure Lady. If laid-back is more her look, she’ll love our Cobb Hill Willa Bow Slip-On. These easy slip-ons offer antiqued leathers in an array of colors and ample arch support – all completed with a bow.CH2796_MAINThe Outdoorsy Girl. Wrap her feet in warmth with the XCS Britt Low Boot – lightweight alpines with Hydro-Shield® Waterproof construction and Thinsulate® linings for a cozy (and dry) fit.

For more gift ideas, head over to our Women’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Still not sure? Let them choose with our instant GiftNow® feature, or a Rockport Gift Card.

Holiday Gift Guide: Top Picks For Him

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In search of that perfect gift for the men in your life? Our Holiday Gift Guide has you covered with our top gift picks for him. CG7227_MAINThe Style Guy. He’ll go straight from work to an evening out with the Total Motion Classic Dress Cap Toe – featuring a sleek, handcrafted design and built-in comfort technology for all-day wear.CH1973_MAINThe Rugged Guy. If boots are more his style, give him the gift of rugged good looks and all-day comfort with the Marshall Rugged Moc Toe – built with truTECH® technology for lightweight shock absorption.CH2888_MAINThe Chill Guy. Give him the latest in footwear technology with the Let’s Walk Men’s Bungee – a shoe that absorbs shock and returns energy to the wearer with each step.BX1590_MAINThe Outdoorsy Guy. Outdoor enthusiasts love the Cold Springs Plus Moc Toe Boot – featuring Hydro-Shield® construction to help keep feet dry and protected, and a lightweight comfort system for all-day cushioning.

For more gift ideas, head over to our Men’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Still not sure? Let them choose with our instant GiftNow® feature, or a Rockport Gift Card.

 

The 4 Shoes You Need For Fall’s Favorite Activities

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From foliage hikes to holiday entertaining, we’ve got you covered with this edit of the 4 shoes you need for Fall’s favorite activities.

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Entertaining. ‘Tis the season for family gatherings, friendsgivings and holiday work parties. Whether you’re a plus one or hosting your own event, dress the part with the perfect shoes for entertaining.

Men’s pick: Total Motion Sport Dress Chukka ($140) | Women’s pick: Total Motion Kaiya Pump ($110)

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Running around. From running errands (for above said activities) to holiday gift shopping, these picks will get you through in comfort and style.

Men’s pick: Marshall Rugged Cap Toe ($145) | Women’s pick: Cobb Hill Vcut Boot ($155)

Tailgating

Tailgating. There’s nothing we love more than cheering on our favorite home teams (go Pats!). From morning tailgates to cheering in the stands, stay comfy in these easygoing styles.

Men’s pick: Let’s Walk Men’s Bungee ($150) | Women’s pick: Ariell Double Gore Slip-On ($90)

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Hiking. Take a breather from the season’s craziness and hit your favorite hiking trail or walking path in shoes packed with comfort technology.

Men’s pick: Umbwe II Chukka ($170) | Women’s pick: Let’s Walk Women’s Bungee ($140)

For more fall styles, check out our latest men’s and women’s collections.

Introducing: The Let’s Walk Collection

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Experience walking like never before with our brand new Let’s Walk® collection, featuring an advanced comfort system designed to deliver superior cushioning, absorb shock and return energy to the wearer with every step. The Let’s Walk collection was conceived with the objective of changing the way people think about walking. To want to take the long way. To explore that detour. To enjoy every step. And we believe we’ve done just that.

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“We’re no strangers to the walking shoe category. In fact, Rockport practically invented it years ago with the introduction of the ProWalker® line, which sparked a walking movement,” said John Daher, SVP of Product Development. “Let’s Walk is strikingly similar in that it’s much more than a collection of casual and athleisure shoes – it’s inspiration to get out and walk and an invitation to enjoy the journey.”

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Constructed with all-day walking in mind, each Let’s Walk lace-up and slip-on is built upon our Integrated Motion Technology – a seven-layer system that incorporates a suite of technologies.

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For more Let’s Walk styles, be sure to check out our full men’s Let’s Walk and women’s Let’s Walk collections.

How To Rock: The DresSports 35th Anniversary Wingtip

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This year, we’re celebrating the 35th anniversary of DresSports®– the first dress silhouettes engineered with athletic technology- with a limited-edition release of the DresSports 2 Fast Marathon shoe. This sleek wingtip-athletic hybrid was designed to keep up with your daily “marathon” lifestyle. It’s packed with comfort features, like EVA footbeds for lightweight impact absorption cushioning, and versatile enough to be dressed up for the office or down for walking around town. See below for how some of our favorite men’s style influencers are rocking their DresSports anniversary wingtips.dp34-office-look

The DresSports 2 Fast can easily be paired with slacks and a button-down for the office. Go untucked like @oxfordandhenley, or tucked-in like @tommydidario, for a more tailored look.

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@darryldzapasi looks dapper in his DresSports with a simple tee and sleek belt.

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@ryan.rosenkilde and @themaleprepster keep things casual in jackets and cuffed denim.

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UK blogger, @dancartertc, goes from street style to marathon style in his DresSports 2 Fast wingtips.

Find more looks from around the world in our limited-edition DresSports here.

Women’s Style Guide: Work on the Left, Weekend on the Right

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From Monday meetings to Sunday brunches, the new Total Motion® Kaiya pump will get you there in comfort and style. This versatile kitten heel offers features like stabilizing TPU plates, breathable interiors, and truTECH® and truTECH+ for shock absorption at the heel and rebound at the forefoot. Available in a wide array of hues, see how these versatile pumps can easily go from work to weekend with some of our favorite pieces of the season.CH3459_RS

Pictured: Total Motion Kaiya Pump in Maroon Suede ($110)

A simple shift like this Ruffle Sleeve Crepe Shift Dress, is a staple piece that will effortlessly take you from a day at the office to an evening out.
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Kick your look up a notch with a statement necklace like this jeweled number from Baublebar.
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Stash all your stuff in a roomy tote like the Finn Pebbled Leather Tote from Nordstrom.

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Keep warm in cooler temps with a textured jacket like this Speckled Tweed Jacket by Rebecca Taylor.

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For a more casual look, pair your pumps with some raw-hem denim, like these skinnies from 7 For All Mankind.

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We can’t get enough of Fall’s flowy floral tops like this one by Nicholas.

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Adorn your ears with statement earrings like this golden scalloped pair from Lilly Pulitzer.

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We’re loving this set of six stackable rings from Treasure and Bond – the options are endless.

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Top off your look with a flat-brimmed hat like Treasure and Bond’s Felt Panama Hat.

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Carry the essentials in a chic bag like the Jean Leather Crossbody Bag by Rebecca Minkoff.

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Keep your iPhone pretty and protected with this sleek case from Recover.

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Keep tabs on the time with a sophisticated timepiece like the Wonderland Bracelet Watch from Olivia Burton.

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Shield your eyes with stylish sunglasses like this cat-eye pair from Le Specs.

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Amp up your look with a sultry lip – we love this MAC Red Lipstick in Diva.

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Deborah Lippmann’s Venus in Furs hue is one of our faves for fall.

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For more work-to-weekend styles, be sure to check out our latest women’s Total Motion collection.

 

Total Motion: Meet The New Fall Collection

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The new Total Motion® collection for FW18 offers on-trend styles with a high-tech soul. With superior flexibility and stability, our Total Motion shoes absorb shock with each step, while rebounding that energy for a thousand. Featuring a wide variety of silhouettes, in supple leathers and suedes, the new Total Motion collection is the ultimate marriage of fashion and function, and will take you through the season in comfort and style. Ready your wardrobe for fall with a few of our favorites from the line. 1200Wx1200H

Pictured: Total Motion Kaiya Pump ($110)

Available in Fall’s favorite jewel tones, the Total Motion Kaiya pumps will quickly become your go-to dress shoes this season. Featuring truTECH® and truTECH+, stabilizing TPU plates, breathable interiors, and heel-to-toe flexibility, these kitten heels are an unparalleled choice. Dressed up with a flowy frock or down with your everyday denim, the Total Motion Kaiya will get you from commute to office to after-work events with ease.CG7226_MAIN

Pictured: Total Motion Classic Dress Plain Toe ($150)

The Total Motion Classic Dress Plain Toe features rich leathers, a sleek silhouette and serious comfort tech – including EVA footbeds, TPU molded stability plates, and breathable linings. You can easily wear these to work with slacks or to a wedding with a suit. Or, dress them down with jeans for a Casual Friday. Either way, these oxfords are eager to please.CH3508_MAIN

Pictured: Total Motion Hidden Wedge Perf Ballet ($120)

Looking for flats with a little “lift?” Your search is over with the Total Motion Hidden Wedge Perf Ballet. Featuring soft uppers and pretty, perforated patterns, these are the perfect flats for the office and beyond. A TPU outsole provides the support and stability you need, while a lightweight comfort system offers shock absorption at the heel and rebound at the forefoot for all-day comfort. Slip them on with tights and a skirt for work or jeans and a blazer for weekend.CH2510_RS

Pictured: Total Motion Sport Dress Wingtip ($130)

The Total Motion Sport Dress wingtips offer all the comfort and breathability of your favorite pair of sneakers, wrapped in a modern dress profile. Perfect for the office or a night out, these oxfords feature removable EVA footbeds for lightweight impact absorption and cushioning. Wear them with anything from slacks to jeans, and they’ll keep you cool and comfortable all day long.

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Pictured: Kimly Stretch Ankle Booties ($130)

If you’re looking to jump on the stretch bootie trend, look no further than the Kimly Stretch ankle booties. With an easy kitten heel, rubber outsoles, and an EVA midsole for lightweight impact absorption, these boots will keep you comfortable on your feet from a day at the office to a night on the town. We love them with tights and a dress or skinny jeans and a statement blouse.

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Pictured: Total Motion Sport Dress Chukka ($140)

Crafted from rich leathers and suedes, the Total Motion Sport Dress Chukka is a solid choice for the upcoming season. Premium cushioning provides lightweight impact absorption, while NZYM-treated linings control odor and wick away moisture. From work to weekend, dressed up or dressed down, these classic chukkas have you covered.

For more Total Motion styles, be sure to check out our full men’s and women’s collections.

Now Trending: Athleisure

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We’ve been doing “athleisure” for a long time. Since 1971, in fact. We know that style can coexist with comfort and we build shoes with this very notion in mind. Our athleisure collection offers styles that blur the line between athletic and casual. Styles you can just as easily wear with your street clothes as you can with your gym clothes. Read on for some of the athleisure styles we’re rocking this season.

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Our Ariell and Ayva oxfords offer metallic finishes that will instantly upgrade any ensemble. You can wear these with anything from sporty duds to summer dresses, for a look we like to call glam-leisure. See how some of our favorite bloggers are styling theirs in our latest Looks We Love: Athleisure blog post. Both styles boast EVA outsoles to absorb impact and removable Ortholite® footbeds for cushion and durability.

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The Colle collection offers lace-up and slip-on silhouettes that are tailored yet casual, modern yet athletic. Embossed textures, distressed leathers, and sporty accents offer an on-trend look while removable Ortholite® footbeds provide lightweight breathability and durability. Bonus: an anti-microbial lining allows for easy, sock-free wear. Dress them up or dress them down – these shoes will quickly become your everyday pair.

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For a sportier take on the trend, our truFLEX® collection offers of-the-moment men’s and women’s styles that return energy with every step. The men’s truFLEX Mesh Tie Sneaker is designed with a wider toe box and an airy mesh upper for comfort and breathability. Available in a wide array of colors, the women’s truFLEX Lace-to-Toe features perf detail, metallic finishes, and leather liners designed to wick away moisture. Both styles have a high-density, EVA spine that provides flexible, lightweight impact absorption and cradles your foot as you walk, ensuring all day comfort with every step.

For more athleisure styles, be sure to check out our full men’s and women’s collections.

Looks We Love: Athleisure

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Athleisure is not just having a moment – it’s a full-on movement – and we’re not mad at it. It’s the perfect way to stay cute but still comfortable. Fashionable but still functioning. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite blogger looks for your inspiration – and be sure to check out our athleisure collection.

 

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Blogger behind Somewear Southwest, Courtney Lopez, couldn’t be cuter in our Ayva oxfords. The silver hue adds pop to a simple, striped dress and jean jacket – perfect for work or a weekend outing. We love how she tops off her sportier ensemble with a long knit for a look that could easily take her from errands to the gym. Wherever these lace-ups take her, the removable Ortholite® footbeds will provide lightweight breathability and durability to keep her comfortable right through next season.

 

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Happily Ever Style took our Ayva shoes in blush on the road, styling them in various ways. Her first look includes black leggings, a crop top and jean jacket – perfect for travel or running around the city. Next, she dresses them up with a white frock and floppy hat, for a comfy-chic look she can wear from a day of sightseeing to a dinner al fresco. The oxford’s EVA midsoles offer lightweight flexibility, while the ground contact EVA outsoles will absorb impact throughout her travels. You can check out more of her looks on her blog.

 

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We can’t get enough of how Portuguese blogger, Maria Rita, styles our Total Motion Abelle lace-ups. These man-tailored oxfords, available in an array of colors, instantly upgrade any athleisure ensemble. We love how Maria pairs hers with trendy track pants, and then with simple black leggings and an embroidered jacket, for two effortlessly-chic looks. Whether she’s running around the city or brunching with friends, the shock-absorbing truTech® and energy-rebounding truTech+ will keep her comfortable all day long. (P.S. these also come in a wingtip version.)

 

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A few more of our favorite looks from @ritacvi, @lisamarieprang, @mustheartstyle@catarinatg, and @themodernmere.

For more athleisure styles, be sure to check out our full collection.

Looks We Love: Tassel Slides

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We’re spotting our tassel slides all over the blogger set this season – and we can’t blame them. The gold accents and playful tassels add polish to any ensemble and the luxe leathers and suedes effortlessly transition from season to season. Packed with comfort tech, these cool mules will take you from work to weekend in comfort and style. See how our favorite bloggers are styling theirs.alyssalitbougie

Boston blogger, A With Love, nails “laid-back luxe” with a knit top, distressed denim and our Adelyn Tassel Slides – calling them, “quite possibly the most comfortable pair of flats I’ve ever owned.” Designed with truTECH® and truTECH+® technology, for shock absorption at the heel and rebound at the forefoot, these slides will take her from the office to after-work drinks in comfort.30084669_230748387478644_8377879017075769344_n

Blogger behind Mi Camisa Blanca polishes up a similar look with red lips, chic accessories and our tassel slides in Suntan Suede – the perfect shade to transition to fall.Rockport-Mules-Visions-of-Vogue-5

We love how Visions of Vogue tops off her outfit with a sleek trench and our Zuly Luxe Tassel Slides in Latte Leather.dresscorilynn

Dress Cori Lynn dons a layered look that will effortlessly take her from season to season with a printed blouse, leather jacket and our tassel slides – which she calls “insanely comfortable.”workyourcloset

The blogger behind Work Your Closet opts for an all-black outfit with comfortable basics and our Zuly slides in Black Leather. The gold accents on the tassels and heels luxe up the look, while the lightweight comfort system will keep her comfortable all day long.Mules- charlestonshopcurator

The Charleston Shop Curator pairs a printed tunic and turban with our tassel slides for a boho-chic look.blogger-style-2

A few more of our favorite looks from @emmahonohan, @happilyeverstyle and @tiffanymbattle.

Gift Guide: Father’s Day Finds

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Father’s Day is right around the corner. Show the do-it-all dads in your life you care with special gifts from our Father’s Day Finds roundup.CH1047_MAIN

Pictured: Style Purpose Wingtip Blucher ($125)

Every dad needs a high quality dress shoe like our Style Purpose Wingtip Blucher. Full grain leathers and handcrafted details will keep him looking sharp, while EVA cushioning and a lightweight comfort system will keep him on his feet all day long. Plus, they’ll go with pretty much anything in his wardrobe – from a suit to his favorite jeans._100461401

The ‘Novel’ Duffel Bag by Herschel Supply Co. is the perfect mix of tailored and sporty and will easily take Dad from work to the gym. Bonus: it’s designed with an exterior zip shoe compartment to keep things clean._9706580

A man can never have too many button-down shirts. Try the Traditional Fit Non-Iron Gingham Dress Shirt from Nordstrom for a wide range of colors and sizes.CH0563_MAIN

Pictured: Bennett Lane 4 Tassel Slip-On ($100)

Freshen up his summer shoe game with the Bennett Lane 4 Tassel Slip-On. These lightweight loafers were designed to slip on and go (with or without socks). Silicone-dyed leathers and suedes are fuss-free and ready to stand up to unexpected summer showers._12712426

 

Keep him hydrated in style with the Teakwood Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle by S’well. It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and is an office fave here at Rockport HQ._101387464

 

Get Dad to his destinations on time with a sleek new timepiece like the Trent Leather Strap Watch by Ted Baker London.CH1634_MAIN

Pictured: Genuine Suede Clog Slipper 2 ($68)

Dad can go from hanging in the house to walking the dog in our genuine suede Clog Slippers, conveniently equipped with durable rubber outsoles._100908017

 

If Dad fancies himself some cologne, try a new scent like this Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne by Jo Malone.CH1615_MAIN

Pictured: Men’s 32mm Skinny Belt ($35)

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Pictured: truFLEX Mesh Tie Sneaker ($120)

From the active Dad to the athleisure Dad, he’ll appreciate the truFLEX Mesh Tie Sneaker. An EVA spine will provide flexible, lightweight impact absorption as he walks and mesh uppers will keep him cool as he moves throughout his day.CH7131_MAIN

Pictured: Men’s Shoe Liner ($12)

Summer calls for “no-show” socks like our popular Shoe Liner collection. Or if he likes a longer sock look, we have those too._13101980

If Dad is active (or wants to be more active), the Fitbit Charge will help him track his steps, heart rate, sleep and so much more. It conveniently syncs to your devices and also displays incoming calls, texts and calendar alerts._12902279

The designated “grilling guy” will love this 5-in-1 Grill Tool from Cathy’s Concepts. It comes with a convenient carrying pouch and a single-letter monogram etched in the rosewood handle for a personal touch.

You can find more Father’s Day Finds here. Or, if Dad likes to pick his own styles, send him a Rockport gift card or check out our online Gift Now feature.

Looks We Love: The Salima Pump

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Our Salima 2 Piece pumps are the stars of the show this season, featuring covetable rose gold heels that will instantly update any outfit, plus plenty of hidden comfort. From floral frocks to flirty LBDs, see how our favorite bloggers are styling theirs.

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Long floral dresses can be seen all over the blogger set this season and we can’t think of a better shoe to complement them than our Salima pump, as Lyndi in the City proves here. The blush tone is nice and neutral to balance a busy dress, and the 60MM (2 3/8IN) heel is the perfect height to give her little lift while she’s running around the city.

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The blogger behind Air of Simplicity calls our Salima’s her “favorite shoes this spring.” Here, she pairs them with a cold-shoulder LBD, making the shoes (hello, gold heels) the center of attention. A straw bucket bag, which perfectly complements the shoes, finishes off the look. Plus, she can run up and down those stairs all day long with truTECH® and truTECH®+, which provides shock absorption at the heel and rebound at the forefoot.

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Blogger, Where the Heart is, punches up her look with an unexpected color combo of yellow and red. We love how the gold heels of our Salima sandals really complement yellow tones and add polish to any outfit. The shoes also offer special features, like a TPU midsole plate for support and stability, that will keep her comfortable, even at an all-day event.

Looking for a darker hue? The Salima 2 Piece also comes in black!

Gift Guide: Mother’s Day Picks

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite gifts this season.CG9913_MAIN

Pictured: Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump in Floral Leather ($120)

Give her the gift of flowers in shoe-form with our Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump in ‘floral leather.’ Featuring a molded ABS heel for maximum impact resistance and toughness, these beauties will take her from brunch to an evening out in complete comfort.
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This Elisa Pendant Necklace by Kendra Scott is a favorite around the office. It comes in a variety of colors and goes with any outfit, from casual to dress.

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For the mom who always has literally everything you could ever need in her bag, the Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch by Chelsea28 is for her. It features cute tassel accents and a clip-in zip pouch to stash her smaller stuff.

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Pictured: Total Motion Hidden Wedge Tied Ballet in Dove ($110)

If your Mom is more of a flats gal, the Total Motion Hidden Wedge Tied Ballet is a perfect choice. They’re flexible, yet stable, and feature a slight hidden wedge for just a little lift.Jar CandleA sweet-smelling candle is always a good go-to gift, especially when it comes in a chic metallic jar like the Gilded Muse Collection Candle from Capri Blue.WatchFor the busy mom who’s always on the go, we love the Vivomove HR Sport Hybrid Smart Watch from Garmin. A quick swipe and she can check her messages, heart rate, steps taken, stress levels and more.CH0513_MAIN

Pictured: truFLEX Lace-to-Toe in Blush ($120)

That fit mom will love our truFLEX Lace-to-Toe. Leather liners will wick away moisture while truTech™ and truTech™+ will keep her comfortable all day long.Sunnies

The retro glam mom will love the Jeweliis 54mm Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses from Max Mara.  The neutral nude color is super on-trend and crystal-detailed temples add a hint of sparkle.Diffuser

For the mellow mom who wants to jump on the diffuser train, this Supernova Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser by Serene House is one of the chicest we’ve found. It also has a bonus built-in timer and automatic shut-off feature.

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Pictured: Total Motion Trixie Perf Shootie in Alpaca ($130)

For a versatile shoe that can be worn anywhere from work to weekend, gift her the Total Motion Trixie Perf Shootie. These breathable beauties feature truTECH® footpads to absorb shock and steel shanks to keep her stable.

Check out more styles for the dressy, casual or active mom.

Or, shop all of our favorite styles for mom here. Short on time? Check out our online Gift Now feature or grab her a Rockport gift card.

Staff Picks: Spring New Arrivals

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Spring has arrived, and so has a fresh crop of new spring styles. Check out the shoes Rockport staffers are buying and wearing now.

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Pictured: Total Motion Zuly Luxe Tassle Slide ($120)

“I’m really loving our Total Motion Zuly Luxe Tassle Slide for this season. It’s such a practical, versatile shoe. I love it paired with denim and an off-the-shoulder top for date night or a night out or with a maxi dress for an easy, put-together look. I love the gold accent + tassels – they give the shoe a little something extra and make a menswear-inspired silhouette feel more feminine. Plus, the Zuly is part of our Total Motion collection which means extra cushioning to keep you extra comfy – all day long. Mules are so hot and on-trend this season – they’re easy to slide into and go plus they look more fashion-forward than a regular flat.”

 Natasha Iwanow, Social Media Manager

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Pictured: Total Motion Sport Dress Woven Oxford ($130)

“I would say the Total Motion Sport Dress Woven Oxfords are my favorite shoes from the new spring arrivals.  They are comfortable and provide a snug fit like tennis shoes, but look dressy enough to wear out to grab dinner and drinks.  I usually wear these with a pair of dark jeans and a button-down shirt.”

– Chula Samaraweera, Financial Analyst

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Pictured: Cobb Hill Hattie Open Lace-up ($120)

“Hands-down my favorite sandal this season is the Cobb Hill Hattie Open Lace-up. I love how this sandal offers a wearable height on a fashionable block heel. I have the sandal in Taupe Bali multi, which offers a subtle color blocked look that goes with everything! It’s also a great style because of how versatile it is. I can wear this sandal daily with skinny jeans and a tee, but it also works when I pair them with any spring dress! Happy Spring everyone!”

– Sally Murphy, Director of Women’s Design

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Pictured: Total Motion Classic Dress Wingtip ($150)

“Among the spring new arrivals, my favorite is the Total Motion Classic Dress Wingtip. I love these shoes because they are perfect for any type of setting and go with formal as well as causal clothing. Not only are they incredibly good looking, they also fit perfectly. I can wear them comfortably all day long.”

– Ashay Bandivadekar, Business Systems Analyst

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Pictured: Total Motion Valerie Luxe Strap Pump ($130)

“I have a narrow foot, so I buy Rockport dress shoes with straps.  I would pick the Total Motion Valerie Luxe Strap Pumps, sleek and functional. But then I also like the Total Motion Alaina Caged Sandals for their clean lines and the Total Motion Adelyn Embroidered Slides for their flat heels and attractive looks. How the heck do you pick just one?”

– Maura Dwyer, Regional Credit Manager

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Pictured: DresSports II Go Plain Toe ($120)

“My favorite new style is the DresSports II Go Plain Toe, and I think the Castlerock grey is the best color. You can wear them for all occasions from the office to happy hour and the color is wardrobe versatile to match with anything.  They are lightweight, breathable and incredibly comfortable.”

– Chad DeRosa, Key Account Manager

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Pictured: Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump ($120)

“I have to say my favorite style is the Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump. A classic pump is perfect for someone who likes to transition outfits from work to evening dress. With Total Motion providing maximum comfort, it’s easy to wear this kind of shoe through the day and exude confidence in your look. These pair well with fitted jeans, a blazer with a bold tank or even a light blouse.”

– Kemisha White, Account Services

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Pictured: Total Motion Sport Dress Woven Oxford ($130)

“This season my favorite style is the Total Motion Sport Dress Woven Oxford. The mesh materials with wingtip design make them unique and stand apart from regular dress shoes. The sportier look can be dressed up with nice pants or worn with jeans. Sometimes you have to remind yourself they are dress shoes and not an athletic shoe.”

– Jon Brunell, Sr. Marketing Activation Manager

Check out more styles from our new spring collection.

Cover photo credit: @dresscorilynn@zappos

DresSports: Life’s a Marathon – Chapter 4

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Despite hurricane-like winds and torrential downpours, Stephen Rathbun, native New Yorker, avid runner and Key Account Representative here at Rockport took on the Boston Marathon this year in our DresSports shoes, one of the first dress shoes to be infused with sport technology. Read on as he reflects on his experience and, in case you missed it, be sure to check out his previous posts chronicling his progress toward the big day here,  here and here.

The Boston Marathon in 2018 changed me. This one race altered the way I think and feel about, and characterize the sport of running. With something being so integral to my life, it is natural as its definition evolves that I evolve with it. The more I run and the more I race, the sport of running perpetually changes its place and meaning in my life.

Okay, I’m about to get very corny here, so prepare yourselves as I share my new feelings about the sport.

The beauty and teachings of running lie in the pursuit of excellence, not in the achievement of it. Finishing the Boston Marathon, I was hypothermic and exhausted, but above all else I was beaten down emotionally. I put countless hours into the pursuit of a legendary race where I would blow the Dress Shoe Marathon World Record out of the park (Fenway to be exact).  I couldn’t comprehend how the race went south so quick, around mile 14.  I was forced to walk frequently the last 6 miles of the race, when just a few months earlier I jogged a 2:48 Marathon. How could I have missed the mark of achieving excellence so poorly?

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When my girlfriend ran up to hug me in a warm embrace, there was a glimmer of something special. Then my parents were soon to follow; the glimmer became stronger. As we made our way to the Rockport after-party, and I was greeted by the Rockport family I have grown to care for so deeply, the room became bright despite the dreary conditions outside. Then my great friends from Garden State Track Club showed up, and the restaurant transformed into a sun-filled room. I stood there and looked around and was overtaken by incredible warmth and joy. Every one of these people had a part in my preparation for this grueling race.  They were just as happy to celebrate the accomplishment of finishing the marathon in dreadful conditions as they were if I had run my goal time of 2:35.

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Rockport staffers cheered Stephen on from different miles along the route.

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Larger-than-life cutouts of Stephen were waiting for him – along with family, friends and his Rockport crew – at the after-party at a local Boston restaurant.

This sport, and maybe it speaks to an overarching life notion, is less about achieving a goal, but how you pursue that same goal.  The tenacity and commitment given to a training cycle is character-defining.  How I prepare for a race is more definitive of who I am than the execution on race day.  Maybe, I feel this way because my race didn’t go to plan.  However, as I sat there in that warm and happy restaurant after the Boston Marathon, I realized these special people were not celebrating a time, they were rejoicing in an achievement of commitment…of determination…of a willingness to push the limits.  Not just for me but for all 40,000+ runners out there who braved the weather this past Monday; for all of those who came before us in Rockport and those who will come after.  All of us, in our own way, are looking to leave an imprint on our community.  The question becomes: how will your character be defined in your pursuit of that imprint?

In comfort,
Stephen
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