Get into the right work boot

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It is important when choosing work boots or shoes that they are appropriate to your occupation and working environment.  Here’s an overview of the most popular work boot styles on the market.

The most iconic Australian elastic sided work boot is the Bobcat range from Redback. Available in steel and non-steel cap toe options, these boot boast an oil and acid resistant sole and are DNV Certified to AS/NZS 2210.2:2000 standards.

Other elastic sided work boots on the market include the 500 series by Blundstone and styles from Rossie Boots and Mongrel Boots.


The favoured footwear on construction sites, these boots offer greater support and are superior at preventing foreign objects getting into the boot.

Most good work boot brands offer a lace and zip sider option. Look at Redback, Caterpillar, Oliver,  Blundstone, Diadora and Mack boots.


Slips and falls account for almost half the workers’ compensation costs in the hospitality industry. So, like in construction, it is important that you have appropriate footwear. Most hospitality employers require their staff to wear a dress like shoe.

Our recommendation is RWBN Waiter by Redback or 780 by Blundstone, both options are slip, water and oil resistant. 780 also offers steel cap toes and is heat resistant up to 140 degrees.


Tips on getting the right fit

  • Always measure both feet, they may not be the same size.
  • Width and depth of your shoe is just as important as the length.
  • Always try on both shoes.
  • Ensure there is enough room at the front of the shoes to allow for the natural movement of your toes when walking – your toes should be able to wiggle.
  • Take time to test new shoes. Walk around in them to ensure maximum comfort.
  • A good fit doesn’t necessarily mean high expense.

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The best shoes for travelling

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Sore, blistered and puffy feet can turn any trip into a nightmare. Here are some of our favourite shoes that are perfect for travelling.


 Ballet flats or loafer

Don’t bother taking your $20 pair of ballet flats, you need something sturdy, comfortable and flattering. A good pair of ballet flats or loafers can be worn during the day, adventuring around town or for an evening out.

Our recommendation; Jayde by Supersoft or Peppa by Steggmen, both flats offer leather upper and cushioned insole for all day comfort. These styles can also be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.


 The Leisure Shoe

The leisure shoe is a must for travelling. If you are doing lots of walking around town and don’t want to take bulky sneakers these are your go to. They also look chicer than your average sneaker and care more versatile.

Our recommendation; Go Step Lite-Origin by Skechers, Around Town by Merrell or Galaxy by Supersoft. All of these options are light weight, making them a dream to travel with. They also offer a cushioned insole for all day comfort.


 Sturdy Sandals

If you are heading somewhere hot, you don’t want to be constricted to wearing in closed shoes everywhere. Sandals can give you a lot of grief,  so make sure they are the right size, fit and have been well worn in before taking them with you.

Our recommendation; Gizeh by Birkenstock or Around Town Slip On by Merrell. Both of these options have a sturdy thick sole with a moulded insole for greater support. Plus, both styles are very on trend at the moment, you can’t go wrong.


 Sneaker or trainer

If you are doing more adventure activities on your travels, a good quality sneaker is a must. Again, make sure they are well worn in before leaving. Choose a shoe that offers superior support, especially if you will be going off road.

Our recommendation; Go Run-400 by Skechers or Agility Peak-Flx by Merrell. Go Run is a great running sneaker offering mesh upper and goga mat insole. Agility is specially made for trail running, meaning it will give you superior grip and support in both wet and dry weather conditions.

Happy Travels!

Keep your feet warm this winter

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The bitterness of winter is here. Like most Aussies (located in ACT or regional NSW), this is the time for hibernation. But… it doesn’t have to be this way, you don’t have to suffer. Here are some tips on how to keep your feet warm and cosy this winter so you can brave the weather and not become a hermit.

Winter mornings are the worst; no one wants to get up when it’s -5 outside. We all have that fleeting thought of staying in bed all day, but alas we must get up. First things first; make sure you have quality UGG boots. You can’t go past Tidal by UGG Australia. These beauties are 100% Australian made from 100% natural Australian merino double-faced sheepskin. You will feel instantly cosy and worm when you slip into a pair.

Once you’ve taken that first step to get out of bed, put the heater on and get dressed, you are now ready to brave the weather. A comfy pair of ankle boots will be your best friend this winter. When choosing a casual boot, go with a simple style that can go with most outfits. Human Premium offers high quality leather shoes and boots that are on trend. CYPRUS and SUMY are two of Human Premiums newest look boots that can be paired with any outfit. Both styles offer fantastic support and comfort with fully lined leather meaning they will keep you warm and dry.

The trick to keeping warm is layers, everyone knows this. The secret weapon to keeping your feet warm while out is wearing Heat Holder socks. Heat Holders are made from a specially developed heavy bulk yarn which has extreme thermal qualities. Wear day or night under your boots and you’ll be one happy chappy.

For a more formal look, swap your flat ankle boots for something with a heel. NELLA by Human Premium and THEO by Lipstik are two of the most popular boots this season. The simple sleek lines give any outfit a touch of sophistication, perfect for an evening out.

It may be cold outside, but you don’t have to be.

Find your perfect winter boot at FSW Shoes.

The Corset Effect – tips and trick to wearing the lace-up shoe

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You can find almost any item of clothing with corset details these days. If you are interested in the look but aren’t ready to dive in, you can dip your toes in the water by investing in accessories and shoes that draw inspiration from the style.

The trick is finding the footwear that compliments your own individual look and of course there are some rules to follow when wearing the corset style so we don’t end up looking a trussed up Christmas turkey.

Rule #1 – Don’t top to toe it. Choose one piece and work with that.

Rule #2 – Don’t tie too tight. The lacing needs to be firm enough to stay in place, but not so tight you start to resemble a roll of deli meat

Rule #3 – With your shoes, try placing the bow at the back. This will show off the shape of your ankle and will also negate the dreaded ‘cankle’ which is the last thing any of us want.

Rule #4 – Pick a style that suits you.

Don’t forget, this is a trend to have fun with. Here are some of our favourite lace up options at FSW Shoes.

The hottest shoe trends for winter 2017

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The White Sneaker

Get the sporty look this winter with a pair of white sneakers. Officially on trend, you can wear them with any outfit. Sneakers offer style and comfort that is second to none.

MONTANA | DRELLA | CRUISEY | LETSROLL | FLASHBACK | DEETWO | LEXI | DUECE

 

Anything Velvet

Velvet clothing has been on trend for the last couple of years and now you can rock this luxurious material on your feet. Pair with velvet accessories for  a super chic look.

AMBROSE | GAEL | SKARLETT |  REGIE

 

The Loafer

Get out of those ballet flats and into a pair of loafers this winter. The loafer offers a modernised sophisticated look to any outfit and provides greater support and comfort.

NORTON | NOBLE | CONNIE | SIENNA | KEELU | EDNA

 

The sock boot

Like a sock and a boot combined. These were big last year and if you still have a pair, it’s time to get them out again. If not, you should get on the band wagon. The sock boot offers great comfort and can be dressed up or down.

DREAMS | PAMONA | RAGE | VOLENTE | SELMA | ZAHLIA | ROAM | HOXTON

 

The almost cowgirl boot

Touches of the western theme are on trend this autumn/winter with a modernised look.  Get this chic casual look when you pair your boots with skinny leg jeans and an over-sized jumper.

EVITA | WILLA | OPRY | MEGZ | SUMY | YAKIM | LOLAN 

 

The over the knee boot

Over the knee (OTK) boots are by far the must have item of the season. Available in various materials and heel heights, the OTK boot can be dressed down with jeans and a cardigan for a casual day look or dressed up with mini skirt or dress for a night out on the town.

SKARLETT | ISLA | RECKLESS | HANOVER | STEVE | DELIGHT | AMBROSE | MAGDA | PRISCILLA | PAULA

 

Credits:

Photographer // Tina Nikolovski (www.tinanikolovski.com)

Model // Angelina at Devojka Models (www.facebook.com/devojkamodels)

 

Photographer // Erin Greenwood

Model // Amy

 

Velvet – The Most Luxurious Trend of 2017

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For those of us at a certain age where the mere thought of velvet having made a return to fashion has the ability to send a shiver of dread down our spines. Images of looking like a back-up dancer in an ABBA video or an extra from an Austin Powers film can’t help but dance through our heads.

 However the sumptuous lushness of the material can add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. The trick to wearing velvet and not looking like a member of the Brady Bunch is…. just keep it simple. What is the easiest way to keep it simple I hear your ask. Just add a splash luxury with your shoes.

 Velvet is such a fabulously luxe material where a little goes a long way. You don’t have to dress from head to toe and you don’t have to go with the bold colours that are sashaying down the catwalk. You can keep it classy and elegant with basic black and greys.

Regie and Gael by Lipstick certainty add a touch of class to any outfit. The block heel makes them extremely comfortable and the ankle tie means you have stability all day long while also being flattering on any foot.

 For those of us who love to be a little more daring, try an over the knee boot (which is another major trend of the season). Skarlett by Lipstik and Ambrose by Therapy will definitely put the luxe factor into an outfit whilst adding a stamp of edginess.

 So for this season velvet is not just for the Kylie Jenners or the Gigi Hadids of the world. Banish the thought of Austin Powers whispering “yeah baby” in your ear and embrace the majestic opulence that is velvet.

Quick tip: caring for velvet. To keep your shoes looking fab you will need to give them a quick spray of Water and Stain Repellent every 4 or 5 wears.

Guide 2016 Winter Shades & Shoes

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Autumn 2016 Colour Chart - Key Pieces


Peacoat


Hat

 


Blouse



Skirt


Trench Coat



Cardigan Vest


Scarf


Flared Pants




Pencil Skirt


Stockings


Turtleneck



Dress

AW16 Sole Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Does your mum love shoes as much as we do? Probably!  Here are different shoe styles for your mum to fit into.

BOHO-CHIC STYLE

Boho-chic is versatile and not just for the young hipsters. This AW16 season, mix your wardrobe with a flowered or tassled shirt, with pair of denim jeans and a brown pair of  Hawley Brown by Therapy, also comes in a camel colour. This season we have different shades of brown boots that will help you mix and match your style.

SHOP BOHO-CHIC BOOTS

Boho Chic Mum - Hawley Brown

CASUAL STYLE

The style “casual” is so loosely used these days. For mums who likes to dress casually at work or anywhere without feeling left behind of trendy, a solution is an easy pair of flats or slip on shoes. We chose Jasper Tan by Bare Traps because it’s versatile and it’s a smart slip shoe that’s easy to wear with a small heel and a perforated design which can be worn with a pair of jeans or skirt- it’s the smart casual look.

SHOP CASUAL FLATS

 

 

Casual Mum - Jasper Tan

CLASSIC STYLE – Heel

Nothing beats a pair of black heels- it’s your classic go-to-shoe, every gal should have one. Naomi Black by Bare Traps has a comfortable size heel that provides just the right comfort and the shiny patent on the front and back gives a new overhaul on the classic black. This can be worn as part of your office wear wardrobe or out for a nice dinner date with a dress or skirt.

SHOP CLASSIC HEEL

 

Classic-Modern Mum - Naomi Black

CLASSIC STYLE – Boots

To dress for the winter season, we bring back the classic knee high boot with buckles on the side. It’s a classic style boot that can be worn with a pair of skinny jeans, tights or even a skirt. Stibbie Brown by London Rebel has an elastic panel at the back and a full length side zipper which makes it easier to fit into.

SHOP CLASSIC BOOT

Comfy Mum - Stibbie Brown

ACTIVE WEAR STYLE

Mums who are constantly on the move, in and out of the house- we’ve got the right shoes for you. Go Walk 2-Heathered Grey/ Turquoise slip shoe is the go-to comfy shoe, it can be worn for your daily walk, running errands, or long plane rides and it so light weight. Go Walk shoes are one of the top recommended active-wear slip on shoes by our store managers because of its demand. A great gift for mums!

SHOP GOWALK

 

Sporty Mum - Go Walk 2 Heathered Grey Turq

TRENDY STYLE

We love the contrast and the buckle on this new ankle heel boot. It’s trendy and on point! It’s bold and confident. You could wear so many outfits with these shoes and the size of the heel is just right, not too high and not too low – 7.5 cm. Dazzle Black by Simona Ricci also has a side zipper with an almond shape toe.

SHOP HEEL ANKLE BOOT

 

Trendy Mum - Dazzle Black

HOME COMFORT STYLE

A pair of Shearers Ugg Australia slipper is just what every mum needs to make her feel warm and cozy at home this AW16 season. Lucinda Chestnut by Shearers Ugg Australia is an ankle boot with the folded collar and light weight sole, which makes it easier to slip into.

SHOP SLIPPERS

Lucinda

 

 

Transeasonal Shoes

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Autumn is here and it’s such a great way to start playing with fashion wardrobe and shoes! It’s a perfect time transitioning to clothes for cooler weather without going into a complete full head to-toe dress up. Also a nice way to flirt with the season’s trends from key pieces from your  closest and embracing the new items you recently bought!  So keeping that I mind, these trans-seasonal shoes we carry at FSW Shoes will give you a guide on what pair you could wear with clothes from the past and present – from casual jeans, skirts, dresses and jumpsuits!

This year the importance of trans-seasonal shoes is to be a bit more playful with the wardrobe that you currently have and be flexible with old and new pieces.

Bianca

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Andrea

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Jeans & Overalls

Pakka

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Ezard

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Delirium

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Skirts

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Fleek

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Beacon

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Dresses

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Jumpsuits

Cressida

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Cally

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Milan

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Note: The shoes shown on the blog  can be purchased on the FSW website and in-store. The dress/ outfit used on the blog are styling examples only.

FSW Holiday Party Wear Guide For Him

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Men’s wear for this holiday season will be based on comfort and smart fashion, factoring the summer heat, we intend to keep it simple for occasions to wear for indoor or outdoor for holiday BBQs, beach party, cocktail drinks with office mates, and holiday dinner occasions.

The Laid Back Look
If you’re a laid back chap this is the style for you for attending outdoor parties. A pair of linen shirt with rolled up sleeves,  a nice pair chino shorts and casual canvas sneakers or thongs will do the look.

Laid Back Look Polyvore

Shop Ken + Wrangler here http://ow.ly/VAVdS

The Casual Look
Give your pair of jeans or chinos the outfit that you’re ready to party. Pair a nice button up shirt with a nice straight cut jeans with a belt. Match it with pair of tan lace up dress shoes, boat shoes or sneakers to celebrate the festive season in casual style!

Mens Casual Polyvore

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Mens Casual 2 Polyvore

Shop Mcgregor, Deck + Jones here http://ow.ly/VAW4D

The Smart Casual Look
Wear a sports blazer jacket to match with a pair of chinos, and style it underneath with a loose collared shirt.   Your shoes can be versatile from wearing a pair of navy or tan lace shoes, slip on dress shoes or boat shoes.

Mens Smart Casual Polyvore

Shop Coaster, Florida + Dolby here http://ow.ly/VAWcR