NORDIC-INSPIRED DESIGNS

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This season we are once again delighted to see the wonderful Nordic-inspired patterns on socks, mitten, hats and scarves.  Every fashion catalog seems to be showcasing Nordic designs, whether it is a snowflake, holiday design or fun graphic pattern. This classic design is one of the only reasons I love the winter season, since I am not a fan of cold weather. It’s the fashion of boots, Nordic sweaters and comfy leggings that make winter bearable.  There is something about the design that makes me want to go skiing and/or visit a lodge and sit by a crackling fire with a large cup of hot cocoa. I can dream, can’t I?!

nordic 3I’m sure I am not the only one that loves Nordic- inspired designs.  And now, our favorite Foot Traffic Nordic Leggings are back in stock…and just in time! The cold winter air is already upon us as we enjoy this holiday season. These sweet leggings are the perfect cold weather legwear when worn with boots or booties. They can be layered with legwarmers and easily worn under your favorite black dress, skirt, or long sweater.  The soft texture hugs the legs like a soft cashmere scarf. They are so comfy and warm but not bulky. Whether it’s leggings, sweaters, or accessories, hopefully you can enjoy the Nordic-inspired designs this season.

Stay warm and get your Nordic on! 

WINTER WARMING LEG WARMERS

 At this magical time of year, as a young girl…..

nutcracker balletdancer legwarmers               …I remember going downtown with my mom to see The Nutcracker Ballet, not once but perhaps 4 or 5 times. Being a self-proclaimed ballerina, I was mesmerized by the dancers, the costumes, the music and the magic of the performance.
Just as the dancers wore leg warmers off stage, so did I as a young girl when coming to and from dance class.  Today, dancers young and old wear leg warmers to keep their calf and ankle muscles warm and cramp -free.

But leg warmers aren’t just for dancers. Today, leg warmers can be seen at the gym as CrossFit enthusiasts keep their leg muscles warm during workouts.  They are also a significant fashion staple that offers not only fashion but function—warmth! With so many styles of shoes, booties and boots, the possibilities for adding legwarmers to legwarmers bootsyour look for added color, texture and warmth are endless. Again this winter season, leg warmers continue to be a staple legwear accessory.  Wearing skirts and boots through the winter is as common as jeans, and leg warmers add that extra layer of warmth needed whether running across campus, running our kids to school running errands, or just running!  Layer a pair over skinny jeans and tall boots or tuck them in your favorite pair of cowboy boots.
Whether a dancer, CrossFit enthusiast, or warmth-seeking fashionista, be sure to add leg warmers to your holiday wish list and give them as gifts to all of your awesome friends!

SANTA LOVES SOCKS!

 

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10 reasons why Santa loves NOVELTY SOCKS

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Santa loves FOOT TRAFFIC socks because they are:

1.      Fun! Bright colors and bright designs for both men and women make it easy for Santa to choose gifts for everyone on his list

2.      Functional. They fit and are made of high quality cotton- perfect for holiday parties!

3.      Easy to wrap and send. (They pack easily on Santa’s sleigh)

4.      A great gift presenter. Tuck a gift card inside for an additional surprise

5.      Personal to the recipient. Over 200 designs to find just the right pair for all good “girls and boys”

6.      A fun host and hostess gift. Santa enjoys parties too!

7.      Perfect stocking stuffers that fit neatly in the stocking

8.      Ideal for the holiday SECRET SANTA gift exchange

9.      Great conversation starters- you WILL be noticed

10.    Less than $10/pair! Santa loves a good gift at a good price!

So, like Santa, shop now and enjoy our largest selection ever.  One shopping trip to the FOOT TRAFFIC website and you will have holiday gifts for everyone…and yourself!

HO! HO! HO!

THE BLACK PACK! –A CRAZY GOOD DEAL!

BASIC BLACK 3-PACK™

This weekend only— $20!

($48.00-$49.50 value if bought individually!)

 

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BASIC BLACK 3-PACK™ covers both fashion and function and is a must-have for any wardrobe.

The best gifts are most often practical gifts. Let’s face it, black is by far the #1 best-selling color of tights and leggings.

BASIC BLACK 3-PACK includes:

• BLACK MICROFIBER TIGHTS (or LEGGINGS) – These runway winners are sheer enough to look dressy but comfortable enough to go from day to night with exceptional comfort and fit.

• BLACK COTTON TIGHTS (or LEGGINGS) – Our black combed cotton tights are the perfect accessory to wear with your short skirts, long tunics, or casual dresses. The natural comfy texture and warmth are perfect for fall and winter.

• BLACK FLEECE LINED TIGHTS (or LEGGINGS) – When the weather turns chilly, these are a “must-have”. These are thicker than the cotton, totally opaque, and are so comfortable you will want to wear them morning, noon and night!

 

Sale runs from BLACK FRIDAY–CYBER MONDAY

Friday, Nov. 29-Monday, Dec. 1 (midnight)

MR.PEPPER TALKS SOCKS

GUYS and SOCKS
There has never been a better time than now to be in the socks and legwear business. As you might suspect, our primary customers are women who have a plethora of accessories to change their wardrobe.  Men don’t have as many choices. However, beyond the basic tie, men have found that socks are a great way to showcase their personality without jeopardizing their jobs in the office.  Now, more than ever, men are gaining confidence and wearing fun socks.
Our guest blogger is Mr. Pepper, the husband and partner of Jessie Artigue, a New York blogger and favorite fashionista. Mr. Pepper, who has his blog, GUY STYLE featured on STYLE & PEPPER, has graciously agreed to help us learn more about this rapidly growing trend.
Gerard fullWe have seen an explosion of interest in men’s socks in fashion. Why now?

I’d say it’s due to a few factors, but the main reason has been the growing popularity of a more fitted pant. We’ve finally ditched our Dad’s “full break” in front of the ankle and so our pant hems are brushing the tops of our shoes instead of draping over them till they hit the floor.  As a result, our pants tend to show off our socks when we walk, and that makes them a much more visible part of the wardrobe.  It seems like men are really embracing the opportunity to give expression to what has normally been dull and boring, and as a result are demanding more from their socks.

Is there a certain kind of guy that wears creative socks?

I think every man can wear creative socks, even if it’s a conservative, monochromatic, herringbone pattern. It might not be super adventurous, but it’s an easy creative sock pattern that anyone can pull off, no matter the context.. From suits to jeans, there is almost always an opportunity to trade your boring socks for a creative pair. 

What do you think about other guys that wear fun fashion socks?

To me, when I see a guy wearing fashion forward socks, I instantly know I’m dealing with someone who has some confidence in himself.  It says, “I know who I am, and I’m not bothered by being different.”

How often do you wear fashion socks vs. conservative, solid socks?

I wear solid socks about twice a week.  It’s usually because my shoes are an stand out color (like my red suede wingtips) or I’ve run out of clean fashion socks, in which case I’ll often go down to no-shows before I don the solids.  

How many pairs of fun fashion socks do you own?

I have about 10 pairs right now, from polka dots to argyle. Once I eventually realized that I was always searching for a creative pair of socks in the morning, I stopped buying solids.

Where do you shop for your fun socks?

While it’s always easy to stop by J.Crew for a good pair of socks that have a unique color to them, I’ve really been loving my set I bought from sock101.com.  Those guys know how to make a quality, affordable sock. And, of course, I love Foot Traffic for their broad selection of fun designs and consistent great quality. These are some of my favorites…

FTmen's socksHow do you suggest men wear fun socks? Do they match your tie, shirt, etc? OR, do they just stand on their own?

It really depends.  If you match your socks TOO well, it comes off a little cheesy, and if they clash, you can end up looking like a clown. I usually like to match them to my tie or to a secondary color in my shirt.  That’s a great way to keep it in the same color family without looking like your mom picked out your outfit in the morning.  

Since most of our blog readers at FOOT TRAFFIC are women, what words of encouragement can you tell them about giving their guys fun socks?  

If your guy is new to wearing fashionable socks, I suggest keeping it more simple when giving them fun socks.  Stick to striped socks that are cooler colors (grey stripes on navy) that aren’t too light or bright.  It takes time to get used to making your ankles a point of attention, so be patient with your guy.  He’ll get there, just give him some time and the occasional new sock that will push him in the right direction.

 

SNIRT ALERT!

A WINTER WHITE NEMESIS…
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After the beautiful flakes of snow gently glisten to the earth and cling softly on the trees, the grass, the sidewalks….snirt seems to appear a day or two later when the snow melts slightly, and slush on the streets get shoved to the curb. It’s the awful inevitable after-effect of snow that lingers around until the temperature finally warms up enough to melt it away.

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WHAT IS SNIRT? Snow + Dirt =SNIRT
The URBAN dictionary defines it as, “The stuff that piles up in parking lots and alongside the road in the midwest during the winter. Not quite snow, not quite dirt.”

 

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The only reason I bring this up is that one of the winter season’s hottest trend is the beautiful color of winter white. We have seen it coming for the past few months and it is here and looking good!  Creamy winter white always looks crisp and elegant against the darker colors of winter. Whether it’s a cashmere sweater, leather jacket, wool coat, or jeans, it will look wintery when accessorized correctly. Add a scarf, layers of pearls or contrast it with black.  At FOOT TRAFFIC, we have enjoyed the continued popularity of off white cotton tights and love the way they look with a short denim skirt or layered with winter white leg warmers. WE LOVE winter white! Add it to your winter wardrobe, stay away from snirt, and you will certainly be on-trend!

Will you be wearing winter white?

Large/Tall Cotton Tights Perfect Fit for Fall

monica cottonMy name is Monica and I am a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. I work part time at Foot Traffic and enjoy learning about tights, leggings, and socks. Somehow I’ve made it this far in my life without owning a pair of cotton tights, and today was the first time I have worn a pair.

It was a chilly and overcast morning…

so I figured it was a good time to try out a new pair of Signature Combed Cotton Tights  from Foot Traffic that I had been admiring from  my desk.

I selected the heather graphite in a large/tall and paired them with a purple variegated sweater dress. I was amazed at how comfortable and warm I stayed all day long! Plus, they fit perfectly! They hug my legs, something that is really important to me because I often have trouble finding tights that fit my thighs comfortably,  and the waistband lands in just the right spot for my taste.

These will definitely become a staple part of my fall and winter wardrobe for comfort and warmth so I can wear all the dresses I want, even when it’s snowing or raining outside. And, there are 14 colors to choose from! Which pair will I choose next?!

FAVORITE RED WINES…to wear!

CHEERS to a Season of WINE!

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I love wine-particularly a robust, full-bodied red variety. There are so many choices– Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, hearty Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah,  Burgundy, and on and on.  It is the time of year that enjoying a good glass of wine in front of the fire place on a chilly evening is a little slice of heaven.
I think you know what I am talking about…

wine cotton tights 4Aside from my wine indulgence, I also love the red wine fashion colors and this season, call it Syrah, Burgundy, or Merlot, this color has hit the fashion runway in a bold way.  Rich, deep shades of wine appear on the fashion pages and are showcased as a luxurious color story to wear through the holidays.   The robust wine colors blend well with colors such as chocolate brown, navy blue, orange, fuchsia and black. It is a classic color to include in your wardrobe, whether you are adding it as an accessory, such as a purse, lipstick, a pair of tights, leggings, or a full body burgundy ensemble. However you choose to wear the wine colors, you will show your discriminating good taste!

This season, there is no such thing as too much red wine!

 

 

 

Colorful Fall/Winter Legwear

Color your world this fall/ winter season!

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With the first blast of cold air, we quickly tuck away our summer brights and turn to our favorite dark colors such as grey, black, brown, burgundy and navy. It is a wonderful, welcome change.  But, don’t be so quick to go all dark. Pepper in some colorful tights, leggings, and socks  with your fall and winter wardrobe.
A touch of fresh color will brighten those dark cold days. As seen over and over on the fashion runway this fall, color creates a cheerful and surprising look. These photos are from Accessories Magazine, showcasing Fall/Winter 2013 London:Legwear and feature many looks that include great colorful legwear when combined with the darker colors.

So, don’t be afraid of the dark…just add a touch of color!

LOOK BOOK FALL/HOLIDAY 2013

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FALL FASHION at FOOT TRAFFIC

This fall is all about playful texture combinations, layering, and dressing to make you feel good.  There are so many fashion looks this fall, you can have a new look every day! Key trends include menswear, camouflage, lace, leather, plaid, fur (fake and real), and of course lots of color and texture.  You can mix and match all the above or streamline your choices to whatever the look is that you are trying to achieve. The point is, spend time having fun with your wardrobe, and add new accessories as an easy way to change it up.

Of course, at FOOT TRAFFIC, our favorite accessory for fall is fashion legwear. Thigh high boots, booties, flats and comfort shoes are everywhere, but you need legwear to pull off the looks, especially as the weather changes and you need to keep your legs warm.  Our good friends at J. Hathaway Shoe Boutique and E.J.’s Boutique shared many of their fall shoe and clothing collections to support our Fall/holiday  LOOK BOOK photo shoot.

Our 2013 FALL/HOLIDAY LOOK BOOK  is full of simple ideas to layer different textures, showcase your legs or your shoes and most of all, to be comfortable in your clothes and with your personal style. Whether your choice is tights, leggings, knee high socks or legwear adds a pop of color, pattern, and texture to any fall and winter outfit.

With a little imagination, lots of sass and confidence, enjoy the fashion fun that this season offers.

Let us know what FOOT TRAFFIC legwear you will be wearing this fall!                      

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