Dr. Maya Angelou– forever an inspiration

WDr. Maya Angelouhen someone as influential as the teacher, mother, poet, author, and humanitarian Dr. Maya Angelou passes away, everyone that has known her, read her work, or heard her speak feels a sense of loss.  However, her grace, poise, and passion for equality and human dignity will continue to have a profound impact on future generations to come.

Several years ago, I was fortunate to have met Dr. Angelou through a previous job and had the privilege of eating at her table in her home where she entertained a small group eager young professionals.  I not only savored her favorite foods but I savored every word that she spoke. Not a word was wasted in her conversation. She was a woman that commanded great respect without overstating her point. We continued our professional relationship and I was impressed with her ability to remember me each time in spite of all of the people that she dealt with on a daily basis.

When I think of all of the great leaders, men and women, none have impressed me or touched me as much as Dr. Angelou. Her genuine, fun spirit will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life–my work life at Foot Traffic; my family life;  and my everyday exchange with friends and strangers. I think that we never forget those that have taught and inspired us, and as we carry a piece of their spirit, they become the good part of ourselves that we hopefully pass on to others.

Thank you, Dr. Maya Angelou, for being such a dynamic, intelligent, wonderful, fun woman. As she so beautifully said,

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


MOTHER’S DAY—A day to forget or remember?

mother and childOf course we remember Mother’s Day ( Sunday, May 11, 2014) because if we forget, we are in the doghouse. Today, Mother’s Day is one of the most successful holidays, providing big payouts for florists, greeting card and gift companies. But did you know that the woman, Anna M. Jarvis, who’s tireless efforts began this popular holiday, was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace while protesting against what she had spent her life supporting.
Anna M. Jarvis’s intent was to honor the dream of her mother to create a day to celebrate all mothers, but eventually became disgusted with its commercial evolution.
So how did Mother’s Day come to be?
Celebrations honoring motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans and later to the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday” in the UK and parts of Europe. The Christians would return to their “mother church” the 4th Sunday of Lent for a special service.  That evolved to a more secular holiday, where children would present flowers and small gifts to their mothers.
In the United States, the actual first Mother’s Day was based on abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe’s effort in 1870 to bring women together and protest what she saw as the futility of their sons killing the sons of other mothers. In 1873, 18 women’s groups observed Howe’s new “Mother’s Peace Day”, promoting world peace and motherhood. However, due to lack of funding the celebration died out. Inspired by Howe, Anna Reeves Jarvis, led a group of women in West Virginia to begin a celebration of reconciliation to re-unite families and neighbors that had been divided between the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War, the day honored as “Mother’s Friendship Day.”

After the death of Anna Reeves Jarvis in 1905, her daughter, Anna M. Jarvis, continued the cause and enlisted the services of a wealthy retailer, John Wanamaker, who financed a campaign to establish Mother’s Day as an official holiday, honoring the sacrifices made by mothers for their children.  It was first celebrated on May 8, 1910 in Philadelphia in Bethany Temple Presbyterian Church, establishing the second Sunday in May as the official Mother’s Day date. With the financial support of Wanamaker and much persistence, Anna promoted the holiday until 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson declared the day an official national holiday.
In short time, the holiday became so commercialized that Anna regretted having started it. She denounced florists, greeting card companies, confectioners and even charities. She died unmarried and childless.

keep calm Mother’s Day is a wonderful platform to celebrate moms. Moms rarely take time out for themselves and if only one day a year they are honored and pampered, it’s because they deserve it!  If you are a mom, celebrate it and enjoy all of the pampering you hopefully receive, because on Monday, it’s back to the business of being MOM.  And remember to “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.” You are loved each and every day of the year.


IT’S MOTHER’S DAY–Show her you love her from head to TOE!

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Get creative this Mother’s Day! It’s time for some relaxation and pampering for all of the deserving moms out there. If you are a mother or you are looking for a gift for a mother, it’s a win if you focus on comfort, relaxation, and a lot of love thrown in.  Favorite mother’s day gifts are the usual suspects- flowers, jewelry, kitchen items, chocolate, and of course, socks
Sure, why not socks?  Moms are more active than ever. Give mom a pair of fun novelty socks or no-show socks to wear to the gym,  running errands or just hanging out. Socks can be as personal as you want.  Foot Traffic offers over 200 and knee highs with everything from sushi to veggies to sock monkeys.  Moms need a good laugh and fun socks from Foot Traffic will bring a big smile to her Mother’s Day face when she opens a present of socks.

Socks also make a fun companion when combined with other gifts such as:

Dare to be different and give your mom socks this Mother’s Day. She will love you and your creativity!


Korean floralmini print Spring is finally here! It seems like winter drug on just a bit too long and we are all anxious to get out and enjoy the sunshine and all that nature has to offer this beautiful time of year. I love seeing the abundance of green grass, tiny buds on the trees, and flowers peeking through the dirt eager to bloom and show off their beautiful colors.

One of the freshest trends this year is the abundance of small floral prints. Borrowed from the 70′s and 80’s, we love the small prints and the retro looking designs inspired from Laura Ashley, Pierre Deux, and other Europeans that influenced  fashion and home interiors at that time. However, small floral prints  have been updated with  modern flair and creatively applied into timely fashion with a whole new look and feel of this timeless yet specific look.

two floralsFeminine florals are re-purposed on every clothing item from scarves to sneakers, purses, leggings, tights and dresses, etc.  Floral prints are everywhere so don’t be afraid to add a fresh mini print floral to your wardrobe, mixing it up with denim, plaids and other prints. You will be a breath of fresh air!


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No need to hit the gym every day to wear fun workout wear.  It seems that sportswear as fashion continues to be a big trend on the streets around the world. As exercise becomes a larger part of our daily lives, we have seen the explosion of workout wear in the marketplace . Comfort rules, so it is no wonder that major athletic shoe companies are expanding their athletic shoe lines to include every imaginable combination of color and design. The old “sport shoe” that used to be white, black or grey is now seen in small floral prints, bright neon colors, sequins, with the addition of shoelaces in every color possible.

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For both men and women, from solid colors to color-blocked patterns, designs abound on the shelves of major department stores and sporting goods stores.
awesome sneakersColorful sport shoes are also making their way into the office. More that ever,  in lieu of flats or heels, women are finding colorful sport shoes  to be not only comfortable but a fun way to energize their office attire.  Just as we have seen men get on board with colorful novelty socks, they are pairing them with colorful shoes as well. What to wear with these fun and comfy shoes?  At Foot Traffic,  suggest that you pair your colorful shoe collection with equally fun no- shows, solid trouser socks , black tights or bright colored leggings.no show multi pack


VICTORY DANCE or AGONY OF D’FEET?        pizza and beer


It is MARCH MADNESS and I don’t know about you, but watching basketball seems to be a lifestyle at the office and at home, emotions running high and low as we prepare ourselves for the heartbreak of defeat or  celebrations of victory, depending on the teams you are supporting. At our house there is tension as we are a house divided. As of today, one team is out and one is still in so the basketball enthusiasm continues.
At FOOT TRAFFIC, putting our team differences aside, we are together on one thing—that is, being comfortable watching our teams play to the finish. We encourage you to get comfy and settle into either the agony of d’FEET or a victory dance as March Madness continues. We suggest that when you are watching your teams play (and you are of course sporting you team t-shirts, hats, etc.), you are also wearing fun socks to add to the festivities.  May we suggest that you team up our pizza and beer socks?
mens beer sockspizza socksEven if you and your partner are rooting for opposing teams, you can at least be a team wearing pizza and beer socks—there is no better impartial “team” than pizza and beer! Settle in, turn on the big screen and have fun supporting whatever team you favor!


St. Patrickwomen's dollar signsgreen tightsGet Your GREEN ON!

At FOOT TRAFFIC, we love to party. We  enjoy every holiday and any opportunity to wear festive socks. St. Patrick’s Day is fun because we get to “get our green on” and enjoy all of the perks of this occasion.

Why do we wear green? Did you know that the original color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue? It changed to green over time because of shamrocks. St. Patrick wore a green shamrock on his robe to explain the holy trinity to pagans instead of preaching to them. Over time, others began to wear the shamrock as a symbol of rebirth and Irish pride which eventually led to wearing green clothing as well as the shamrock. At Foot Traffic, we recommend wearing our bright green tights to brighten up your outfit. It is an easy way to acknowledge and avoid getting pinched. (Tradition is that if you are not wearing green, you just might get pinched!)rainbow

Did you know that leprechauns are not originally affiliated with St. Patrick’s Day?  These fiendish little characters are a Celtic folklore that associates them with protecting their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. With time, all things Irish got lumped together and leprechauns are now a significant part of St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Wear a pair of our green money socks with shiney lurex dollar signs or festive rainbow socks  as you look for your pot of gold!

Of course, there is no way that you can go to a St. Patrick’s Day parade without wearing green socks, hats, t-shirts, or glasses.  Parades are part of St. Patrick’s Day fun as they are held all over the country from small towns to major cities.  But, did you know that the first parade took place in Boston in 1737?  It was almost 200 years later when Ireland began holding its own parade. The largest parades in the U.S. include New York City, Chicago, Savannah, Philadelphia and Kansas City.

So  “get your green on” and celebrate on MARCH 17 when EVERYONE is Irish!

A Taxing Time of Year…

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Cold weather… snow… ice…warm tights …boots…This winter has been brutal and it is not over yet.  I am trying to do an attitude adjustment and think about spring which is just around the corner. That makes me think green—fresh green grass, green leaves on the trees, fresh green veggies. But I am also thinking about something else green—the green of money. Yes, it is not only the end of winter and the beginning of spring but it is also tax season, and hopefully you will  be  getting some green stuff back.  I always owe money–not sure why–but at least I know it.davebarry
Taxes are a mystery to me and I thought I would share this humorous perspective from Dave Barry, Pulitzer-Prize winning American author and columnist.

“”I’m not the only taxpayer who has no  idea what he’s sending to the IRS. This year, only 28 percent of all Americans will prepare their own tax returns, according to a voice in my head that invents accurate-sounding statistics.  Here’s my proposal, which is based on the TV show Survivor: We put the entire Congress on an island. All the food on this island is locked inside a vault, which can be opened only by an ordinary American taxpayer named Bob. Every day, the congresspersons are given a section of the Tax Code, which they must rewrite so that Bob can understand it. If he can, he lets them eat that day; if he can’t, he doesn’t.”

As  we prepare our own taxes or have them prepared for us, at Foot Traffic we think everyone should wear our fun dollar sign socks with the hopes that either we won’t owe as much as we think or we will get back more that we think! Our women’s dollar sign socks have gold lurex dollar signs for added bling. These can be our good luck money socks through tax season!  It will help us think GREEN!

As a final comment about taxes, here is another  piece of advice from Dave:

”To you taxpayers out there, let me say this: Make sure you file your tax return on time! And remember that, even though income taxes can be a “pain in the neck,” the folks at the IRS are regular people just like you, except that they can destroy your life.”


Return of the Head Scarf

Looking good from head to toe…

scarf photoAt Foot Traffic, we always talk about looking good from head to toe, and being in the socks and fashion legwear business, we focus our business on legs and feet.  However, I was thrilled this month to see the return of the head scarf.  It is an accessory that was popular in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s but seemed to be lurking in the shadows of fashion history. Today we  wear scarves draped around our necks and a look we see going into next year. But, I was giddy with delight to see in ALLURE magazine that the head scarf is making a comeback.  It was perfectly acceptable for Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor so why not me?  Why not you?  I point to several historical photos to make my case.
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I am truly an accessory hoarder so have quite a collection of scarves that are waiting to be worn and a head scarf is the perfect way to add flair to a weekend outfit while covering my perhaps, less than perfect hair. What a solution!
So, when you are looking for a different way to add a bit of fun to your outfit when running errands or leaving the gym, add some dry shampoo to rough up the “do” and add a fun scarf. Voila!  And don’t forget of course that in fun colors or microfiber tights to match the scarf will keep you looking  fresh and pulled together from head to toe!


Add yellow legwear for immediate sunshine! yellow grey sweateryellow cab lightyellow and polka dots








I am over winter.  I am over the snow, the ice, and the snirt.  However, at FOOT TRAFFIC we know that there is still more snow coming and the chill of winter will linger into spring. Therefore, we think it is time to add bright colors to our tired winter-weary wardrobes to perk things up. As we transition from winter into spring, let’s bring some color and humor to our lives. Why be so serious!?! At Foot Traffic we have lots of socks and legwear ideas that should bring a smile to your face on a cold February and March day. taxi-thumb
Add Bright Yellow monkeys
A pair of yellow tights or fun socks as a great place to start. Yellow mixes well with so many winter colors such as grey, black, denim blue, red… Yellow changes any outfit from drab to fun as seen in these awesome photos. We also recommend fun yellow socks to add sunshine to your feet.  Our smiley face socks and the taxi cab socks and/or knee socks would look great over black tights and with a pair of black booties. How about our fun sock monkey face  yellow socks? It doesn’t get any more fun than that!
So, while you are looking out the window at the dark overcast sky, add some sunshine yellow to your feet and you will be happy from head to toe!

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