Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Earth Day at DNA Footwear

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

April is a great month for many reasons. Spring is finally here with warmer temperatures, local Brooklyn restaurants and bars start serving outside, winter boots are put away to make room for sandals and flats, and Earth Day is finally upon us. This year marks Earth Day’s 44 anniversary and lucky for us, there are many ways to celebrate and make a difference. While we can’t plant a tree or set up a recycling program here on the blog, DNA Footwear has pulled together a handful of brands that are doing their part to produce environmentally conscious shoes. Whether using recycled packaging or utilizing sustainable materials, the brands and shoes listed here can help you feel good about your environmental impact.

And as for shopping in stores, remember that by reusing the DNA Footwear tote (pictured above) when making your purchase in person gives you a 10% discount on your purchase.


Birkenstocks are back and are all the craze this spring. The great news is that in addition to being the hottest trend, Birkenstocks are also one of the most environmentally friendly shoe brands you can invest in. The Birkenstock shoe uses cork, a natural substance, as the soles for all of their shoes. Pictured here is the new arrival Gizeh Comfort Flat Thong Sandal featuring a cork sole.

The Vans Surf Slider collection is also constructed with the environment in mind. In the Surf Sliders line, Vans has chosen to use recycled PET (a chemical often used in the production of plastic bottles) as a major material in their shoes. In addition, the company uses hemp uppers, water based glues, as well as EVA and/or bamboo in the foot beds of the shoes. Look cool and eco-friendly by wearing these Mohikan Nordic Moccasin Slip On Shoes.

RENEU shoes are a great option for those looking for style and environmentally conscious footwear. Their shoes are made with the brand’s signature Lycra covered memory foam insoles and eco-friendly upper materials such as hemp, recycled polyester, ultra-suede and other earth friendly, vegan materials. These adorable leather print Tembla Ballet Flat shoe are the perfect treat for this Earth Day.

Another shoe brand that uses recycled PET is the Timberland Earthkeepers collection. Timberland uses recycled PET in their products for everything from linings, laces, uppers and insulation, to faux shearling and even the backing of faux fur. This Savin Hill Chukka Boot is one of the boots from the Earthkeepers line.

Mel, the offshoot brand of Melissa shoes, are another option. You won’t loose your femininity while working to wear more environmentally friendly shoes with this brand. The shoes are all non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, cruelty-free, and vegan. This Honey III Floral Jelly Flat Thong Sandal in pink and red is a great summer find.

Børn shoes are another great option for comfortable, stylish and environmentally conscious shoes. All of the Børn shoes are hand-sewn, therefore using less adhesives, cements, and internal components. In addition, instead of man made dyes, their leathers are tanned using all-natural vegetable dyes and their shoe details are organic rather than synthetic or plastic. The Kates Low Wedge Ankle Strap Sandal, pictured above, is one of the great Earth friendly examples.

Where Wear? Valentine’s Day

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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While Valentine’s Day may not be everyone’s favorite holiday, it doesn’t mean that you can’t dress your best — no matter if you’re single or taken. Join in on this Hallmark holiday in the red and black spirit (because pink is so cliche).

Do your best in February to show old Cupid that you’re not as anti-love as you thought you were. Maybe if you get your feet in the spirit, you won’t be as inclined to make a sour face every time a couple kisses on the street or makes goo-goo eyes at one another. Wearing one statement red or black piece is acceptable but steer clear of being matchy-matchy and looking like a walking candy kiss.



By: Ashley Tschudin

Where Wear? Traveling

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

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The holidays are chaotic enough without agonizing over what to wear while traveling. From the endless security checks to overweight baggage, prioritizing your travel attire is key.

Stay away from sky high heels and excessive buckles and instead opt for flats or booties. Nobody likes to stand in line waiting while the primadona ahead of them takes her precious time unstrapping her boots. Additionally, nobody likes being THAT girl. Make your travels less hectic and let DNA do all the work — all you have to do is pick, click, and tada! they’re yours.



By: Ashley Tschudin

As Seen In… People StyleWatch

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

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A huge thanks to the editors behind People StyleWatch for consistently supporting DNA Footwear and our vast selection of brands. Their December issue is fun-filled with holiday gift ideas from beauty to footwear. One such “Perfect Pair’ featured in their holiday issue is the Paris Hilton “Spelled” satin pump with crystal embellishment.

It’s the season of not only gift-giving but party attending as well, meaning we want to help you (along with StyleWatch‘s assistance) find the holiday high heel to mix and match with your favorite bags. The Paris Hilton “Spelled” pump is available in grey, magenta, turquoise, and black — all with a satin finish. The crystal embellishment on the heel adds a hint of femininity and glitz.

Go glam with DNA Footwear, StyleWatch, and Paris Hilton this December!

{Shop Paris Hilton}

By: Ashley Tschudin

Get the Blogger Look: Featuring M Loves M & Blowfish

Monday, December 19th, 2011

blowfishWith thousands of blogs stored in our Google Reader, coming across your favorite blogger in one of your favorite shoe brands is a welcome surprise. Mara of M Loves M effortlessly outfits herself in the Blowfish Wycliffe Mid Heel Bootie styled with a gold sequin skirt (how festive!), grey turtleneck, tights, and tribal knit — the perfect holiday inspired winter look.

You too can bundle up this winter in turtlenecks, chunky knits, and ankle booties, all you need is a little inspiration in the form of M Loves M. The Wycliffe Blowfish Booties  are the perfect lace-ups with just the right amount of heel (not advised for snow), making them ideal for a day gift-shopping or for holiday parties!

{Get the Blogger Look}

By: Ashley Tschudin

Footwear Lover Stocking Stuffer

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

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While we are as tired of holiday gift guides as you are, we can’t forget that empty stocking so nicely hung on your mantle. You bought their favorite sneakers, boots, and pumps but how could you forget the accessories to match?! Every shoe lover deserves at least one (or all) of the items listed in our stocking stuffer guide.

{1} No footwear lover can be without Jason Markk’s shoe cleaning kit, so nearly organized and packed perfectly with every goodie necessary.

{2,4} While they may seem ho-hum to you, the shoe afficianado needs their socks and UGG Australia gloves come winter.

{3,5,6,9} Any girl who has agonized in heels can understand the need for foot petals, LiftKits, FootzyRolls, and OUCH! shoe-lover bandaids.

{7,8} Without the much-needed footwear support & first-aid, the shoe-love in your life will need to turn to a nice glass of STLTO (Always a Perfect Fit) and the highly-coveted Jimmy Choo XV book.

Give the gift of footwear (accessories) this season and keep their stockings stuffed.



By: Ashley Tschudin

Holiday Footwear Gifts Under $50

Friday, December 9th, 2011

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While the holidays are about giving, in this economy it’s important that they are about saving as well. Here at DNA Footwear, we know a thing or two about fashion for less and the importance of a balance between quality and price. It is a common misconception that lower priced items mean lower quality goods and we want to prove you wrong with our ‘Holiday Footwear Gifts Under $50″ guide.

From Sam Edelman to Chelsea Crew, we have slashed our prices just for you (intentional rhyme). Give boots, wedges, clogs, and flats to the lady in your life (for less). The best part? She doesn’t have to know they were under $50!



By: Ashley Tschudin

‘Tis the Season $250 Shopping Spree Sweepstakes

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011


‘Tis the Season to give and DNA Footwear wants to give YOU a $250 shopping spree on us! To qualify ‘LIKE’ our Facebook fan page and enter here with appropriate contact information. Winner will be notified via email on Dec. 21, 2011.

One winner will receive a $250 gift certificate redeemable at DNA Footwear online. Note: Not applicable on UGG Australia purchases.

Holiday Gift Guide: Footwear For Hipsters

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

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If you frequently use the term “post-modern”, carry a “satchel” (men included), & live in Williamsburg, then chances are you’re a hipster. Not that you’d ever admit to being a hipster but if the shoe fits, wear it (LITERALLY).

With our new Williamsburg location it’s only fitting that our ‘Holiday Gift Guide’ features the ever-so cliche hipsters. Leave your tattered Converse & Toms behind because there is a whole new gang of urban chic taking over – driving loafers,  penny loafers, ankle boots, and desert boots.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Do NOT mention the word ‘hipster’ when gift giving to your ‘hipster’ friend…they don’t take well to labels.



By: Ashley Tschudin

Holiday Gift Guide: Footwear for Athletes

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

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I may only run on the treadmill, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know a thing or two about the importance of proper athletic footwear. Way back in the day, before I found solace in sequins and leopard print, I use to play nearly every sport. For those who know me this may be a shocker…keep in mind I never said I was GOOD at these sports. During my “I want to be just like Brandy Chastain’ stage, I cared little about proper footwear and today I pay the price with two fluid-filled knees (GROSS) and my joints’ newly found ability to sense cold weather.

If you don’t want to end up running a block only to have to stop and ice your knees, pay close attention to what you slide your feet into. Those neon kicks may accessorize well with your new sports bra or athletic shorts but are they really improving your health and performance?

Help the athlete in your life look good and feel good with some of the top sporting footwear for both men and women.



By: Ashley Tschudin