Leather vs. Faux Leather
Through the years I have worn several pairs of leather pants. I love the feel of leather and the way it looks when worn with a big sweater or long tunic. However, last year my leather pants hung in the closet and I never seemed to reach for them. Instead, I always opted for my jeans or black leggings. Frankly, they were just more comfortable.
This year, faux leather is making fashion headlines and I am excited about the fun look that faux leather offers in tops, pants and legwear. I love it! It has the same appeal as leather but far more comfortable—and more affordable!
Faux leather has the benefit of being thinner in weight and has the added favorite fiber- spandex to offer ultimate stretch and comfort. I look forward to retiring my leather pants to the “Hall of Fashion Fame” and replacing them with a pair of our new black faux leather leggings or perhaps one of the new colors, red, dark grey, blue, or bronze.
Leather vs. Faux Leather
Halloween is just around the corner and there is still time to get your Halloween legwear to add to your fun Halloween costume. A favorite for the season is the sassy thigh high. Add some fun to your wardrobe from our extensive selection of thigh highs. Whether you are a sexy clown, pirate, cat lady, witch, elf, French maid, etc. we have thigh highs for every idea!
At Foot Traffic, our thigh highs have been a staple for the Halloween market so make your Halloween costume special with Foot Traffic thigh highs!
This year, Halloween falls on a Friday so the chances are good that you will need a costume. It’s time now to start getting your ideas together. According to SAVERS, 47% of all adults will be dressing up and 88% of all kids will be donning a costume of some sort. 41% of you will be combining old and new items to get the look you are wanting. Classics such as witches, vampires, skeletons, and ghosts make up around 30% of adult costumes while 31% are inspired by pop culture, looking to movies, TV shows and celebrities, and athletes to trendy, timely get ideas.
AT FOOT TRAFFIC , we have a variety of legwear solutions that will help YOU create the perfect Halloween Costume.
Whether buying all new, shopping the thrift stores, or making the costume from scratch, here are some fun legwear ideas to help complete your costume.
Classic Black Fishnet- flapper, cat, pirate
Red and white stripes tights or thigh highs- Raggedy Ann and Andy, Elf, doll
Camouflage tights and novelty socks - Duck Duck Dynasty, Swamp Lady
White tights or white thigh highs- Nurse, Little Bo Peep
3D Shark socks- Sharknado
Black fleece lined tights- witch; black cat
Faux Leather Leggings- Bad Sandy from Grease ; Cat Lady
FOXY SOCKS for FALL
We are just a little bit crazy about our latest fox socks. We have added two new fox designs to our line and are excited to share them with you. Our first pair is Fox in Socks. How cute is that? We can’t say that we have actually seen fox running around in socks, but we think they should.
Our other new fox socks includes our ever-s0-comfortable Fox Slipper Socks. The cute fox face on the front and the adorable fox tail on the back is sure to cause the dogs to start chasing you but don’t worry…the non-skid grippers on the bottom will let you turn corners without skidding during your get-away!
Fox socks are a must for fall!
It’s back to school month! And in the midst of all the catalog specials and TV commercials of middle school girls jumping around in their new flowered t-shirts and jean jackets, I’d just like to take a moment and give a quick shoutout to leggings and tights for being the perfect summer to fall transition garment.
September in Boston (where I’m unbelievably a senior in college this year) means the weather is constantly fluctuating between sunny and warm, sunny and cold, cloudy and warm, cloudy and cold, and raining. The astute reader will recognize that those are pretty much ALL of the weather options that exist. That’s true. And they happen at unpredictable intervals, sometimes over the course of a single day (thanks for nothing Weather App). But, I no longer have any cause to fear or debate what to wear on any given day – because I have recently discovered magical versatility of wearing leggings or tights with shorts.
Those of you already on board know exactly what I’m talking about – but for you skeptics out there, here are 3 reasons why leg wear under leg wear is the way to brave the unpredictable this fall.
1) The combo is AC and Heat Friendly: Wearing full pants to walk between classes is exhausting and turns every dismissal bell into a potential heat exhaustion alarm. But the decision to wear just shorts means that once in the air conditioned classroom, your legs will be colder than any setting of a Jack London novel. But slap on a pair of tights underneath your shorts and the light fabric does just enough to keep the cold of the library away without trapping in the heat of the day.
2) It adds style to monochromatic summer outfits! One disadvantage to wearing less clothing in the summer is that it offers less of a chance for fun, stylistic choices beyond wearing a cute tank top or maybe a particularly floral skirt. Dress up the most boring white tank and jean shorts combo with some wild pink or patterned leggings to keep the cool in …well… cool.
3) It increases footwear options! Wearing combat boots and shorts is kinda weird… but wearing them with leggings? But you could also wear flip-flops! Or wedges! The options are endless.
If that’s not enough to convince you – you’re silly. But it’ll be pants season soon enough, and I’ll be back to extol the virtues of wearing leggings under PANTS. (It gets pretty cold in Boston)
2014 FALL LOOK BOOK
Once school starts, it is fall. No waiting until Sept. 22 to embrace the season. That’s why we post the LOOK BOOK before fall is officially here. This season we shot our photos in the woods because we love nature and the wonderful feeling we get when we are outside enjoying all of the fun activities that fall has to offer. Whether it is camping out, tailgating, hiking, skateboarding or just enjoying the fresh air on a beautiful fall day, you should be comfortable and confident in whatever you are wearing so you can enjoy every moment.
At Foot Traffic, we love to layer. With a chill in the air and the opportunity to be outdoors, we layer our socks and boot socks over tights and leggings. There are so many fun options; our LOOK BOOK is just a sampling of ideas for you to create your own look that makes you feel good.
We have to give a shout out to the models—Shelby, Haley, Johnnie, and Chad— and our patient and talented photographer, Gary Rohman, who all worked tirelessly all day to bring us these incredible photos. Thanks also to Judy at E.J’s Boutique for lending us some of the beautiful sweaters worn at the shoot.
We hope you enjoy the 2104 FALL LOOK BOOK and use it as a source of “autumn inspiration” to put together creative looks for your fall activities!
I love elephants and have ever since I was a child. I used to collect books about elephants and my grandfather, who also loved elephants, would take me to the St. Louis Zoo to observe the magnitude of these amazing creatures. Elephants have been featured in art, folklore, religion and literature for centuries and are the source of family entertainment in zoos and the circus.
I prefer to think of elephants in their natural habitat, either in Asia or Africa. They share many human emotions such as grieving for the loss of their own, enjoy playful behavior, demonstrate long term memory, and have even been documented crying with joy or sadness. Their love of family endears me to this species as the mothers raise and protect their babies and often hang out in matrilineal family groups, all females helping to raise the babies. Male elephants tend to live alone or with other males and only come around during mating season. Sounds familiar.
While exploring the National Geographic history of the elephant, we were inspired to add a new elephant design to our Foot Traffic novelty sock collection. Beautiful grey elephants on a deep turquoise background with an orange heel, top and toe add a bit of exotic fun to our sock family. We think they look best when combined with bright colors… the more color the better!
Don’t forget to add a pair of elephant socks to your sock collection!
IT’S TAILGATE TIME! Tailgating is definitely a weekend culture as fans gather around the back end of cars to share in the pre-game festivities of good cheer and good food. Tailgating has become a ritual for thousands of game-day fans. Everything from hot dogs to gourmet grilled lobster can be found when experiencing the culinary variety of grilled, shared and devoured foods at tailgate parties across the country.
We like to think that whatever you are eating tastes better depending on what you are wearing to honor your favorite team. Besides the obvious team t-shirts and sweat shirts, to add the celebration, wear a pair of our hot dog socks or our football socks. Either way, you will definitely add to the game day fun.
Designs are available in men’s hot dog and football socks and women’s hot dog and football socks so get several pairs to share with your date or fellow tailgaters!
Here is an easy recipe for your tailgate party. It’s a “weiner!”
BACON WRAPPED HOT DOGS!
Wrap one slice of bacon around each hot dog tucking in ends of the bacon slice to secure.
Grill 8-10 minutes turning to all sides until the bacon is done and the hot dogs are heated through
Drain on paper towel
Add bun and top with chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, ketchup and mustard to complete the decadent offering
HAPPY GAME DAY!
I could not help but share the dog story that recently surfaced on the news. It was about a Great Dane that ate 43.5 socks and had to have surgery to remove the troublesome blockage. (http://gawker.com/surgery-reveals-dumbass-great-dane-ate-43-5-socks-1630456249?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow)
I took note because I too, had a large dog (black lab) that loved to eat socks. Fortunately he was able to organically eliminate the evidence naturally and no surgery was required.
The reason I share this story is that I have written about socks that seem to be mysteriously missing their mates and upon careful investigation of the socks that were eaten by the Great Dane, there were no matching pairs that I could detect. That just raises your suspicions that whether you blame the sock monster in your washing machine or a sock thief for eating your socks and leaving you with mismatched pairs, take a careful look at your canine friend and see if there just might be a thread of evidence in his/her mouth. As a precaution, make sure you keep your socks picked up. They can be a mighty tasty snack.
On a personal note, I see that none of the “recovered socks” are FOOT TRAFFIC. We can only assume that the owner kept the Foot Traffic socks carefully tucked away in a sock drawer for special socks, those that are just too good to eat.
INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY- OOPS!
OMG! I just found out that International Bacon Day is celebrated the Saturday before Labor Day. I missed it! Fortunately, for those of you that missed it as well, it is never too late to celebrate such an occasion and prepare for next year. At Foot Traffic, we have you covered and offer men’s bacon socks and women’s bacon socks to wear year round. We would not want you to miss a minute of bacon fun every day of the year! To keep the (unofficial) holiday going, here is a recipe from Taste of Home for bacon that will send you over the moon—a combination of bacon and chocolate! I know, can it get any better?!?
CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON
12 thick sliced bacon strips
12 wooded skewers ( 12”)
6 oz. white candy coating, chopped
1 cup semisweet chocolate
1 tbsp. shortening
(Optional toppings: chopped dried apple chips, apricots and crystallized ginger, finely chopped pecans and pistachios, toasted coconut, kosher salt, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and coarsely ground black pepper)
• Thread each bacon strip onto a wooden skewer. Place on a rack in a large baking pan. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until crisp. Cool completely.
• In a microwave, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Combine chocolate chips and shortening; melt in a microwave and stir until smooth.
• With pastry brushes, coat bacon on both sides with melted coatings. Top each strip as desired. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 dozen.
Although International Bacon Day is a year away, bacon is in my refrigerator every day!