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Giveaway Results: Sorel Hoonah Boots

Hoonah Boots

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Commenter #106 (Kelly) on winning this prize pack. Thanks so much for your entries and happy holidays!

This is one giveaway that I know you will not want to miss! I can think of nothing that should be wrapped under your Christmas tree more than these beautiful Hoonah Boots by Sorel. It is the ultimate indulgence for a busy mom and would keep your feet toasty warm as you are out running all of those holiday errands.

Crafted for the woman who refuses to compromise between fashion and function, the equestrian-inspired Hoonah offers a higher standard of both.

With its tall cut and finely tuned details, the confident style of the Hoonah is equally at home on urban streets and country lanes, inside and outdoors. Complimenting its versatile design is a cold-weather construction that combines waterproof leather, 100g Thinsulate insulation and a soft knit wool lining that keeps you warm from knees to toes. The easy-on/easy-off closures, removable and molded footbed and midsole, and traction outsole all contribute to a finely crafted boot that’s sure to become your go-to winter favorite.

FEATURES:

  • Waterproof full-grain leather uppers
  • Easy on and off medial zip closure
  • 100g Thinsulate™ Insulation
  • Rock Pile fleece lining
  • Removable molded EVA comfort footbed
  • Traction enhancing multi-directional rubber lug outsole
  • Imported

To enter to win, head over to our review and read more about our thoughts on the Hoonah Boots. Then just come back HERE to enter and tell me why you deserve these boots as a special holiday treat. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (11/24) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: Timberland PRO Renova Shoes & Reusable Totes

timberland pro renovaSorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Commenter #65 (Katherine) on winning this prize pack. Thanks so much for your entries and happy holidays!

Over here at MomAdvice, I find it quite gratifying to share everything that we can with our readers, particularly when we get the opportunity to sample something we really and truly love. That is why I am so excited to share with one lucky winner a pair of the Timberland PRO Renova Shoes with a recycled Renova tote bag, made from 100% recycled PET!  Wouldn’t these just be the perfect shoes to accomplish all of those to-do’s on your holiday list this year? As a busy mom, I don’t know if I could give you a better gift than these!

The Timberland PRO Renova Shoes offer the following features to reduce foot fatigue and to help you keep that bounce in your step:

  • Heel-to-toe rocker sole reduces forefoot pressure and controls proper joint motion
  • Timberland PRO® Anti-Fatigue technology offers all-day standing support, foot and leg support and superior shock absorption
  • Anatomically-shaped toebox provides athletic styling with superior comfort
  • SafeGrip™ slip-resistant outsole grips wet and dry surfaces
  • Footbed features Agion® anti-microbial treatment, eliminating odor-causing bacteria
  • Upper treated with a durable synthetic material water protectant to provide contemporary styling and practicality
  • Includes the 30-Day Comfort Guarantee: If during the first thirty (30) days following your purchase you believe our footwear are not more comfortable than other brands you have worn, Timberland will refund the purchase price of the boots to you, no questions asked, provided you still have your dated receipt of purchase. Please contact Timberland customer service at 1-888-802-9947 for more details.

Renova Recycled Tote(2)

To enter to win, head over to our review and read more about the product and check out the style options available on Timberland. Then just come back HERE to enter and tell me which style of shoe you would choose and why your feet need a little extra TLC this year. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (11/24) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: Sorel Hoonah Boots

Hoonah BootsI was not acquainted with the Sorel company before, but received an email that they would love to have us review their footwear for their launch of their new online presence at  Sorel.com. Not only do we get the opportunity to share our thoughts on their products, but we will be offering a giveaway of the same pair of boots to one lucky reader on our website this month!

The Sorel website has great functionality for someone who is in the market for a new pair of shoes. Instead of the traditional drop down screens, you can adjust from smallest price to highest, sizing from smallest to largest, and even adjust to the type of temperature control you want in a boot using a gauge function on their site. It also includes three easy pictures to choose from and pick the shoe style that you are in the market for. I plugged in exactly what I was looking for using these site features and found the perfect boot for me- the Hoonah boot. I will admit though, it was a tough decision with so many cute styles to choose from. I knew though for my Indiana winters that these would be the perfect boots for me.

These boots are amazingly built and are, in fact, the finest pair of footwear that I have ever owned. The stitching on them is beautifully done, the zipper glides up and down without sticking, and they are buttery leather with elegant detailing like buckles and seaming that you just can’t match at a superstore. For keeping my feet toasty warm, they offer a 100 gram Thinsulate shell that gives you the warmth you need without the sweaty foot syndrome that you can get in other furry boot styles. Traction enhancing multi-directional rubber lug outsole make these boots also safe which is a huge bonus for someone who is entirely too klutzy and needs all the help she can get.

Now that you know that they are built beautifully, let’s talk about if they feel good. The answer is… absolutely! I have never had a more comfortable boot in my life. The two things that I love about these are that these boots actually offer a lot of foot support built into the boot. The boots are made with a removable molded EVA comfort foot bed so the support is built right in the boot, if you need it.

The second thing that I love about them is that they are easy to pull on and off and this is a big one for me as a busy mom. I just don’t have time to wrestle with trying to get my shoes on and off. How refreshing to not be blocking doorways at my friends house, sweating to remove a pair of boots just because I want to look good. Now I can look my very best and not have to engage in a tug-of-war battle in  our doorway each day.

The boots also said that they were waterproof, but I wanted to double check since my shoes will be sloshing in a lot of mud and snow this winter. The day I received them, I called the customer service line and was answered by a real person (I know, I know!) who answered on the first ring (I know, I know) and reassured me that my boots were perfectly ready to brave those Indiana winter. They were polite, helpful, and real people- I LOVE THAT!

As for cons, the only thing that I can say that would shy me away from the company would be the price on these boots. They are definitely an investment, but an investment that would last you many, many years. You know that they are intended to last a long time if they offer replacement boot liners for sale which speaks a lot to the quality of product that they are putting out. I know many of our readers would not be able to afford these and that is why I am thrilled that the company is generously offering a pair to our readers!

One thing to be aware of, at least with this particular style of shoe, the sizing runs more generously. If you are on the fence if you should go up a size or go down a size on your boot, I would err on the smaller sizing.

If you are thinking of placing an order, be sure to look at the tab on the left-hand side of the screen that says, “More From Sorel.” Currently, if you sign up for their email newsletter, they are offering free shipping on their boots for a limited time.

Suggested Retail Price: $180 (for the Hoonah Boot)

Website for More Details: Sorel

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Fashion Forward Birkenstocks? Believe It!

spring-birkenstocksI won’t lie, I haven’t been a big fan of Birkenstock shoes in the past just because they weren’t my style. I wouldn’t say I am fashion-forward necessarily, but I do like to wear trendy shoes and shoes in fun colors. I have been a Payless girl for many years now, even if the shoes sometimes aren’t the best support of my feet, but I like to stay with the latest shoe trends. Basically, I like to look cute on a tight budget.

When an email came to me about the new spring look for Birkenstock, I almost didn’t open it. For some reason, I decided to take a peek though and was surprised by their new look and colors. Instead of their traditional style, the cuts were more modern and had a shiny patent on them in fun spring colors like plum purple, red, and chocolate. Even with all the updates to the style, they remained true to their green efforts and the functionality of a good shoe. I was definitely intrigued and decided to give the shoes a try.

I took their cute new Madrid and Gizeh shoes for a test run!

I love the Madrid because it is easy to slip on, like my favorite flip flops, but it offers a huggable support for my foot. I have back pain and am on my feet all day and these shoes offered a lot of arch support to my foot, but looked really cute. They remind me a lot of the Dr. Scholl’s shoe that my mom had in ever color of the rainbow and are now the style I gravitate towards as an adult. I can imagine wearing these shoes a lot to the park with my children or even as house shoes to give my foot support while I am working on the house all day. These will definitely be my new favorite sandals and would be a great investment for a mom on-the-go.

birkenstock-gizeh-sandalThe Gizeh is a thong style shoe that comes in the same great spring colors like a striking purple, peridot green, and even a bright white. I love that this shoe stays on and offers the same great support in the arch. It would be a great shoe to wear with a fun t-shirt and some jean shorts. With all the fun colors they offer, you will still look trendy, but have the maximum foot support that you need when running after your toddler all day.

Best of all, Birkenstock was green before it was trendy to be green. Here are some examples of some green efforts that the company is involved with in the production of these shoes:

  • The spring lineup maintains the proud Birkenstock tradition of craftsmanship using premium quality, natural, renewable, recyclable and naturally insulating material.
  • Birkenstocks are made from durable cork, no trees are cut or destroyed – the bark is simply peeled away and then allowed to re-grow.
  • All Birkenstock footwear is completely repairable and renewable, increasing the life of your shoes and decreasing the amount of waste entering our landfills.

For more on their green steps please visit their website.

Birkenstock, you have come a long way and I am so excited to share that you can be fashionable and comfortable this summer!

Suggested Retail Price: Madrid ($49.95) and the Gizeh ($79.95)

Website For More Details: Birkenstock