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NO SHAME IN NAPPING!

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There is absolutely no shame in napping. In fact, you are doing yourself a favor if you learn the benefits of napping. I know, just try explaining to your boss! There is evidence that napping can make you a better employer and more tolerable human being just by stealing a few minutes a day to let your body and mind take a brief break. And, we are biologically wired to do so!

Like animals, cavemen likely slept in multiple phases, polyphasic, to maximize hunting and share the burden of watching out for saber tooth tigers. Today in our fast paced working society we have morphed beyond that but the ideal pattern for human sleep is biphasic, that is, a long stretch at night with a short snooze during the day. A study done with Greeks found that those individuals that took a 30 minute nap at least 3 times a week had 37% less risk of dying of a heart-related condition. Among working men, their risk of death was reduced 64%!

Napping is not about managing your time, it is about managing your energy so you CAN manage your time. A nap has many positive benefits.
RELAXATION- Napping allows your heart rate to slow down, your muscles to relax and your brain to take a break.
INCREASED ALERTNESS and HEIGHTENED SENSORY PERCEPTION – A NASA study found that a 40 minute nap increased alertness by 100% and a 20 minute nap is more effective than 200 mg of caffeine. Napping reduces mistakes and is important for those with jobs that require high risk decisions such as pilots, firefighters, and truck drivers.
IMPROVED MOOD– When we are overworked and stressed we become anxious, irritable and easily distracted. Napping releases more serotonin which reverses those effects and creates a more positive outlook.
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE- When your body is tired, you are not able to stay focused and you are less effective. Naps help you stay energized and focus on your job or tasks.
BETTER MEMORY-Taking a nap allows your brain to stop recording and once you wake up it is like pressing the reset button and you are able to retain new information better than before the nap.
IMPROVED CREATIVITY- If you are too tired and have too much going on you cannot be creative. Most jobs need creative thinking and napping helps clear out too much brain chatter and allow for new ideas to come.

Best environment for napping– The best way to nap is keep it short— 10-3- minutes between 2-3 p.m.   This is the time you may experience post-lunch sleepiness or reduced attention span.You want to avoid going into a deep sleep.  If you sleep too long, you may wake up groggy and disoriented.
Create a restful environment with few distractions, and try to find a place that  is quiet and dark (under your desk, in a bedroom, in your car).
Be consistent – try to nap the same time every day.  This helps your body create a workable sleeping rhythm.

You are not alone if you are a power napper. Here are some famous people that share your daily habit
President John F Kennedy ate lunch in his bed and then settled in for a nap every day.
Albert Einstein napped every day and also got 10 hours of sleep every night.
Eleanor Roosevelt would nap before speaking engagements.

So join the crowd and enjoy a guilt- free nap. If you need to be reminded to do so, wear a fun pair of our Super Power napping socks. They will make your day!

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FALL LEGGINGS ARE HERE!

 

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Autumn is officially here! The equinox was on September 22nd this year, so it’s finally time to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, pie, decorative gourds, cinnamon brooms, apple cider… and of course, leggings!

There are so many reasons to love autumn, from fall leaf colors to fall foods to festivals and long dark nights by the fire. But here at Foot Traffic, we’re biased in favor of those stretchy, cozy leggings that keep our legs warm as the temperatures drop. Some may rhapsodize about summer’s fun, colorful shorts, but we’re bigger fans of leggings of all sorts: cotton leggings, fleece leggings, microfiber leggings, fashion leggings… if it’s stretchy and warm and covers your legs, no muss no fuss, we love it!

Ever since the great “Leggings are Pants” revolution of a few years ago, everyone has at least one pair in their dresser. Many of us have multiple pairs! But the truth is that just like anything else, leggings get worn out, stretched out, stained and thin. Fall is the perfect time to replace them. Why? Well, because the trees are all looking fresh in their fall colors, for one. Even the deciduous trees get a little greener with all those fall rains. Just like spring, fall is a season of new beginnings, even if it is the beginning of winter. Animals grow a thick new fur coat, too, so why shouldn’t you do what’s natural and spiff up your wardrobe a bit?

And really, leggings are just so versatile that you should have a few pairs of several different kinds.For transitioning into fall, try our microfiber leggings with lace trim at the ankle. And cotton leggings, for example, are great for those fall evenings when the summer heat bleeds away into a crisp chill. Plus, when you get your cotton leggings from Foot Traffic, they come in all the best colors for autumn. Rich plum, deep burgundy, ivory, slate, sage green, peacock blue, and black that’s anything but basic… they’ll coordinate with all your sweatshirt dresses, long-sleeved tunics, slouchy sweaters, and more.

As fall turns to winter, however, you may need a little bit more warmth. And for those chilly mornings when you just wish you could stay snuggled up with your favorite fleece blanket, our fleece-lined leggings will keep you warm! Whether you’re running late to class or need something comfortable for the commute to work, our fleece leggings have got you and your legs covered. Pair them with sneakers or boots, dress them up or down, and you’ll be toasty all day!

Right now, we’re all thinking about Halloween and looking forward to Thanksgiving, but soon enough we’ll be thinking Christmastime thoughts. If you’re ordering a few pairs of leggings to spruce up your wardrobe, why not order a few more as early gifts for friends, too? Our Nordic Leggings will look cute as winter arrives, and they make great gifts, too.

However you wear them, leggings are an essential part of any transitional wardrobe. Why make do with your old pairs that have holes in them? Out with the old, and in with the new, we say—you deserve to look as cute as the trees do. Treat yourself to a fresh look this autumn, and you’ll be ready for rainy days and for winter’s chill.

The Foot Traffic website is the place to be this fall when it comes to ordering cute, fun leggings!

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TEACHERS AND SOCKS

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YIKES!  In cities and towns across the country, school is starting this week.  Where did the summer go? Store aisles are crowded as school supplies and clothes are being carefully selected for that first day back. Moms and Dads are checking the list of everything needed for the new year. It is chaos as  summer comes to an end and a new school year begins.

And it’s not just the students getting ready. It is just as scary and exciting for teachers as it is for the students to begin a new school year. What will the kids be like? What can the teacher do to create the best learning environment? What will the parents be like?  Teachers have been preparing their lesson plans all summer and decorating their rooms as they welcome a fresh classroom of wide-eyed students ready to get back to the books, or at least back to their friends.

At Foot Traffic, we think that one very easy way for the teacher to get the kids attention is by wearing crazy fun socks.  All kids love socks and for you as a teacher, man or woman, socks will make you the classroom focal point.  Fun socks are great conversation starters and create a fun way to talk to kids and they will look forward to see what socks you are wearing. We have so many designs that you will not be disappointed in the selection that will keep your sock drawer full and your imagination going wild.  From pizza to dogs to zombies, we have it all.

For example, how about  meerkats and llamas. Those are fun animals that all kids would love to learn about. And how about dinosaur fossils and woolly mammoth socks?  For the brainiac kids, they will like the famous people with quotes that include Ben Franklin, Einstein, and Abe Lincoln. We also have lunar phases and planet socks that will be great on Aug. 21,  the day of the total eclipse.  If your class is into music we have fun music note socks as well as guitars and our newest strings. Of course, a classic favorite is the pencil knee high.
There are so many fun socks, you and your students will have a blast talking about them as you vary your socks selection according to your teaching plan.
So as the school year begins, order some new socks. Foot Traffic will get you and your students started on the right foot for sure!

 

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BACK TO SCHOOL SOCK SHOPPING

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Can the summer really be almost over? It’s true that for some of us the hottest weeks of the year may still be to come, but August marks the beginning of “back-to-school” season. For some, that’s an exciting time; for others, not so much. But the truth is, no matter if you’re excited about the prospect of going back to school, back-to-school season means back-to-school shopping!

Everybody goes back-to-school shopping, from little kindergartners to college seniors. There’s something almost ritualistic about buying new pencils and clean erasers, empty notebooks and fresh pens and highlighters. They’re physical items that help us envision the potential of a new school year, a “clean start” that is as inviting as an unsullied notebook page or a pencil waiting to be sharpened.

Back-to-school clothes shopping is another ritual we engage in. After spending a summer at camp, volunteering, or just hanging out with friends away from the eyes of teachers and institutional structure, it can feel like the person we are when going back to school isn’t the same person who left it at the beginning of summer. Often, we represent that with new clothes, or a total new look that includes accessories like jewelry, scarves, bags… and socks.

That’s right, fun socks for men and women can and should be part of your “back-to-school” look. No matter who you are when that yellow bus pulls up at your stop or you walk through the door of your next advanced seminar, socks are a part of your identity.

A trip or two to the mall or your favorite store is a crucial part of putting together fresh new looks for back-to-school time, but the truth is, department stores and mall shops all carry the same brands and items. Sure, you can go “thrifting” or vintage shopping to jazz up a mall outfit with a few unique pieces, but nobody wants to wear someone else’s used socks. So, the best option for incorporating fun, unique, and special socks into your back-to-school wardrobe is to turn to the internet, where you can find the best socks for your new look.

Foot Traffic has all the best socks for everyone! Whether you’re looking for some argyle knee socks to give your new schoolgirl skirt and button-down that geek girl vibe, or socks proclaiming your love of pizza to signal that you’re the new class clown, we’ve got your feet covered! The same applies if you need musical socks to celebrate getting first chair in orchestra, or mermaid socks to remind you of the wild summer you had with your girlfriends at the pool. And remember, the weather may be hot now, but soon enough we’ll be planning our Halloween costumes, crunching autumn leaves, and shivering at the bus stop. As you pick out funky socks for your first few weeks back, why not pick up some knee socks, leggings, and tights for the upcoming seasonal change?

Hunt through the Foot Traffic website for all your back-to-school foot and legwear needs! Whatever look you’re going for in the new school year, Foot Traffic can make it happen.

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PIING PONG? TABLE TENNIS?

 

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Ping Pong? Table Tennis? Whif whaf? Gossamer? Flim flam? Whatever you call the sport, it is a fun game that can be enjoyed by 2-4 players and is a great indoor sport to entertain kids and adults of all ages. It is the third largest participation sport in the world after soccer and cricket.
The sport actually originated during the last quarter of the 19th century, evolving from the ancient game of Lawn Tennis, fashionable among the upper classes in England. Lawn tennis was adapted to be played indoors on the dining table with improvised equipment. Several board games were created and  in 1890’s Parker Brothers made an indoor tennis kit that included a portable net, a small ball, and paddles. The game continued to evolve.

In England, the Table Tennis Association and its rival Ping Pong Association joined together for one set of rules and regulations, which were revised and established in 1922. In 1926, the International Table Tennis Federation was formed. The game became quite popular in Europe and its popularity spread to Asia. In 1988, for the first time, table tennis was featured in the Olympic Games that were held in Seoul, Korea. Since then, China has continued to dominate the game, winning 24 of a possible 28 Gold medals in 7 Olympic Games. However, the undisputed best ping pong player of all time is Jan-Ove Waldner from Sweden. He won 16 World Championship medals in singles and doubles as well as gold and a silver medal at the Olympics.

Today, not to be intimidated, the game is quite fun and many companies include ping pong tables in their break rooms for stress release and team camaraderie. A proven benefit of ping pong is that is has incredible positive effects on the human brain, helping to develop strategic planning and thinking , increased concentration and alertness, and improving long term memory. We believe wearing our ping pong men’s and women’s novelty socks will get you motivated to play.

What’s not to like about ping pong?!  Get a table, paddles,some socks(ping pong!)  and some balls and get the ball rolling…or bouncing that is!

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DOUGHNUTS, NODUTS, AND SOCKS

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And as luck would have it, we were right next door to Clothz Minded, an upscale resale clothing  boutique where the owner, Nicole, agreed to let the models change in her shop and use some of her incredible clothes for the shoot. We all ended up buying stuff as her selection was amazing.  We had a blast all day and were able to shoot so many new socks in and around the historic district of Westport.  You will see our new socks in the spring/summer catalog as well as on the website and Look Book as we sprinkle in the new designs throughout the summer.  Just to name a few, we have The Thinker, new doughnut socks, ping pong, and lots more.  You will just have to check us out!
The fun part was pairing our socks with casual shoes. Athletic shoes are everywhere and comfort rules. From work out shoes to white sneakers, we kept the look casual and comfortable. Novelty socks are the perfect companion for this hot fashion trend. The crazier the better!  Birkenstocks are also trending everywhere so of course we were thrilled to see how great our novelty socks look with Birkenstock sandals.
This  summer, stay comfortable, wear crazy socks and  have fun. Isn’t that what this season is all about?!?

Oh, and eat doughnuts….lots and lots of doughnuts!

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Breakfast in BED for DAD

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Sunday, June 18, is Father’s Day and is the perfect time to remind Dad just how special he is. Of course, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so what better way to celebrate Dad than by making him breakfast in bed WITH a pair of fun novelty breakfast socks from FOOT TRAFFIC discreetly presented on a tray with the breakfast . Who would have thought of that?!

Here are some breakfast suggestions we have for you:

If he loves bacon and eggs, just make a simple breakfast of the classics and as a fun gift, give him a pair of bacon and egg novelty socks with the utensils slid into them. That’s a fun surprise!
If he loves the non-traditional chicken and waffles fare, we have socks for that too. Make the crazy combination work (you can cheat and buy fried chicken at your grocery deli) and make the waffles at home. It works.  Use the chicken and waffle novelty socks as a carrier for the utensils as well.

If he is not a big breakfast fan, how about bringing him the newspaper, a cup of coffee and our novelty coffee socks with a spoon and packet of sweetener tucked  in the top of the socks ?! That works too!

Whatever you do for you dad, he will appreciate it and be so happy that you made him breakfast in bed with a pair of socks to start the day on the right foot!

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WE LOVE DOUGHNUTS !

 

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Just because I am addicted to doughnuts, there are worse things.
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These sweet confections are a part of the American culture and although not the healthiest of breakfast options, they are favorite choice for many.  They have been around for many years and although the origin of the doughnut is disputed, one theory suggests that they were invented in North American in the 19th century.  They were called olkienkoek, a Dutch word that literally means “Oil cake, a sweetened cake friend in fat.”

The first cookbook to mention doughnuts was an English 1803 volume that included doughnuts as part of the American recipes. And, one of the first known recorded usage of the term was in 1809 in Washington Irving’s  HISTORY OF NEW YORK , were he described “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and call doughnuts or “olykoeks.”

The acceptable abbreviation of doughnut is  donut. It has been used interchangeably since 1900, first seen in Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa by George W. Peck. Since then, it has become more popularized by Dunkin’ Donuts, so-named in 1950.
Since doughnuts are a favorite staple in the American diet, it is no wonder that it is now taking its turn in being glamorized in new gourmet doughnut shops across the country. Doughnut shops are including every type of topping imaginable and even serving them with fun cocktails in places such as The Doughnut Lounge, in Kansas City, where we were decided to do our fun photo shoot for  our 2017 Spring/Summer catalog.  Seeing the trend in doughnuts, we wanted to feature our newest doughnut socks on the cover. We had a great time sampling the unusual and delicious assortment of doughnuts as we worked and ate our way through the shoot.

Doughnuts will only continue to rise in popularity with the recent launch of David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS that premiered this week on Showtime. The show, popular in the 1990’s, included doughnuts as an iconic feature throughout the story. Doughnuts are part of the sheriff department’s culture. They represent the sweetness of small town America, but contrast sharply with the corrupt underbelly of the Twin Peaks dark plot.

So as you try new doughnut flavors and settle in to watch Twin Peaks, don’t forget to wear a comfortable pair of Foot Traffic’s newest doughnut socks and get ready for a comfy, culinary corrupt adventure. And, if you are eager to celebrate National Doughnut day on Friday, June 2, for sure get a pair of our novelty men’s and women’s novelty socks and celebrate this fun day with other doughnut lovers!

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SUMMER TIGHTS! SUMMER BRIGHTS!

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Spring is quickly giving way to summer, and as the temperatures heat up, our wardrobes change. We pack away our sweaters and even all but our lightest hoodies, exchanging them for T-shirts and floaty dresses. Instead of boots, we’re reaching for lighter shoes and even sandals. This time of year, the big question on every fashion maven’s mind is… what about legwear? When changing over their closet for warmer weather, should the fashion-forward dresser include colorful tights in their summer wardrobe or not?

The answer really is, “it depends.” It’s true that many people think the moment you can bear to make it to your place of business bare-legged, you ought to do so. But sometimes it’s nice, when those spring mornings are a bit cool, or a rainy or windy afternoon is in the forecast, to keep your legs toasty with a pair of tights when you’re already putting on your summer skirts and dresses. But what about days when the mercury is climbing?

Here at Foot Traffic, we certainly think tights are a year round staple! We love keeping tights as part of our wardrobe all through the summer. Colorful tights for women are often a great accessory for summer dresses, for any number of reasons. For one, they can increase your confidence when you’re wearing a skirt or dress that has a tendency to “creep up” or is just shorter than you’re comfortable wearing on a windy day or at the office. They can also jazz up a plainer dress when you need to look a bit fashion-forward or funky, like at a summer concert or festival—and they can also, for some of us, prevent the summer-specific problem of thigh chafing when you want to wear a flirty dress all day long but know you’ll be walking a lot. They also play a major fashion role when they add a perfect color to the outfit. Printed tights can add a dash of pattern and fun color when worn with solids and denim.

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Cotton tights for women may make you a bit warmer as you’re making a farmer’s market run or taking a long walk down the boardwalk with your gal pals, but ultimately you might be a bit more comfortable with them on!
Basically, fashion is all about experimentation, comfort, and confidence. What works for you may not be what works for editors of fashion magazines, but if you feel good wearing it, that will shine through. Having a stock of differently colored, patterned, and textured tights can help you expand your wardrobe, or make your old dresses and outfits feel new again. Finding the right look for you is rewarding work, and if that look involves tights even when everyone else is in as few clothes as possible, we say go for it! And really, just about any fashion blogger would agree, especially if you pair those colorful cotton tights with tunic-style dresses, 60s-inspired shifts, or boho-chic frocks. Pick a color reflected in your dress to make your legs look longer, or mix up patterns and textures to get a funky look that screams summer lawn party. Finish your look with pointy-toed flats or ballet shoes, and voila, you’ll be the “It Girl” of your social circle.

Need inspiration? Check out Foot Traffic’s colorful microfiber tights, microfiber printed tights, Signature Combed Cotton Tights and our Fashion Tights! We’re sure you’ll see something that will inspire your fabulous summer look.

Heat up those summer days and nights with tights from the Foot Traffic website!

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MARCH FOR SCIENCE

 

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On April 22, in conjunction with Earth day, scientists and science-supporting citizens gathered worldwide to celebrate the role that science plays in our everyday life and to support science and evidence-based research. Protesters gathered in over 600 hundred cities with an estimated 70,000 participants in Boston and over 150,000 in several California cities, aggravated by President Donald Trump’s threats to cut the budgets of agencies that fund scientific work.  The peaceful marches were to raise awareness of science and promote science over politics and facts over fiction.

The main March for Science rally was at Washington’s National Mall where speakers spoketo the need to continue research in areas that support health and climate change and to promote policy-based legislation regardless of political affiliation.

At a time of so much political unrest and “alternative facts”, science is an anchor to our environment, the world and our well-being. Without proper funding and attention to the significance of continued scientific research, we risk losing site of the environmental changes that are endangering our planet for current and future generations.

In the name of science, we proudly wear our men’s and women’s novelty science socks and encourage you to do the same !

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