With a deep history in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, Espadrilles are becoming increasingly popular in North American and Australia recently.
While often though of as a woman’s shoe, espadrilles hail from the Basque populations of Spain and have been hand woven for centuries for men. The top of the shoe was woven from cotton or linen, and the bottom was made from juto rope. The natural fibers allow air circulation all around the foot and prevents moisture from accumulating between the toes in humid climates. Espadrilles are also eco-friendly and can be sourced from ethical labor practices which returns income to populations who are preserving ethnic traditions.
While some men feel that espadrilles are not especially masculine, confident men pull of an incredibly sexy, metropolitan look that is perfect for spring and summer. Given the huge variety of colors and patterns available, espadrilles can be paired with shorts, linen suits, chinos and solid colored slacks. The only look that doesn’t work well is to pair them with jeans, as this look makes the shoe appear too casual.
Because the foot is in direct contact with the material of the shoe, Stomper Joe No-Show men’s cotton socks are perfect for use with espadrilles and will preserve the life of the shoe significantly. Wearing the liner socks will also prevent any staining on the sole of the shoe.
A recent show on National Public Radio finally solves the mystery of how even well-tied shoelaces come undone.
Stomper Joe is very pleased to announce that we have not one, but TWO winners of our recent no-show sock photograph contest!
Participants were asked to submit a photograph of their shoes, featuring their no-show socks. The winner(s) received a 50$ Amazon voucher to spend online. Submissions were based upon creativity,photo quality and originality in displaying the versatility of Stomper Joe No-Show socks.
If you missed out on our last photo competition, worry not – Stomper Joe is announcing a brand new photo contest for April 2017! Just submit an original photo wearing your no-show socks. You will automatically be entered to win a 50$ Amazon voucher to spend on Amazon on anything you like!
Want to see the winning photo? Here are the two sisters exploring the Greek Islands wearing their no-show socks.
During summer months, we’re out and about, wearing cute clothes with even cuter shoes, but the issue of foot odor and sweat becomes more prominent in the heat. As a naturally absorbent wick, bamboo ensures that your feet will not smell, even during the hottest of days.
Our bamboo no-show socks are the perfect transition between autumn and spring seasons:
Discrete – you can carry them in your pocket or handbag.
Efficient – bamboo’s wicking function ensures no smell or moisture
Effective – your feet emerge clean after every activity
During the winter months, bamboo is the perfect conduit between your warm (itchy!) woolies and your tender feet. Use them as a go-between to stop the scratchy feeling from your thick socks, and for an extra, insular layer of absorbent warmth.
Bamboo is a sustainable product requiring no pesticides, artificial water supplies or environmental damage. The longer a bamboo plant grows, the stronger it becomes so it benefits from being pruned, unlike most other textile plants. Bamboo does not proliferate; it simply bears more and more material with each year without encroaching on local resources.
It is for this reason (and for our own families and friends) that Stomper Joe has chosen to utilize bamboo as the primary material for our no-show sock products.
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Don’t pack your no-show socks away with your summer wardrobe just yet. Cooler weather means warmer socks, especially thick merino and wool blends for cold climates. But an active lifestyle can produce sweat and friction between warm socks and thick shoes, meaning your feet are subject to as much wear and tear as they can receive in summer months.
Stomper Joe no-show liner socks are the perfect base layer for warm, dry, soft feet. The absorbent elements of our socks means that they will draw away and absorb the moisture from your skin, a process known as ”wicking.” Layer your favorite wool or blended winter socks on top of the base sock, and stomp away knowing you’ll have no chafing or itching during the winter months!
Bromodosis is the medical word for having smelly feet. While we all can have a slightly rank odor from our feet after a long, hot day, Bromodosis usually refers to an odor which smell in spite of the best hygiene habits.
First, examine your shoes. Are they made of synthetic material with little room for air circulation? If so, try opting for shoes made of natural fibers and materials over artificial ones. Bear in mind, that leather can be an especially smelly culprit, so always ensure that you have a sock buffer between the foot and the leather sides and insoles.
Wash feet daily with a neutral ph balanced soap, and dry them very carefully, especially between the toes. Bacteria just thrive in moist conditions. Follow up with a medicated foot powder, and whenever possible, use socks again to absorb the normal perspiration that will occur during the course of the day.
Try to never re-wear your socks without washing them. Use a gentle soap that doesn’t cause any chemical reactions with the sensitive skin on the sole of your feet (it is this very sensitivity which is why reflexology is so successful.) When you change environments from school to home, or after a long drive, try and change both socks and shoes whenever possible.
Bamboo is a material with very impressive anti-bacterial qualities. The nature of the fiber content means that the material has very little porosity and excellent absorbency. Because of the smooth lining of the bamboo, bacteria simply do not have an environment in which they can thrive. Stomper Joe’s bamboo low cut socks are one of our top selling products and available in black, white and gray.
If Bromodosis is still a problem, check with a medical professional. Excessively smelly feet can also be due to hyperhidrosis, a condition in which excessive sweating exists all over one’s body.
One reason that Stomper Joe no-show footlet socks are so popular is the large silicone grip that we have on the inside of the heel. The very nature of silicone means that the grip forms just enough cohesion with the skin that the sock does not slide, even with extreme movement and temperature variations.
Silicone is a fascinating material with extremely stable chemical properties. It holds up very well to heat and moisture with no health risks. Silicone is so versatile it is used in many every day house hold items such as cookware, glue, and toys. It is even used in the medical field in many surgical applications from dentistry to even breast implants. The positives are so widely known that aeronautics and engineers use it for aircraft assembly.
By contrast, silicon (without the ”e”) is 14th on the table of elements, a naturally occurring hard metalloid. It is the second most abundant element on the planet earth because of it’s excellent ability to conduct electricity. Silicon Valley would not be what it is today without this incredible metal. Sand, quartz, and even slate are all variations of silicon.
And that is Stomper Joe’s chemistry lesson for the day!
Have you ever wonder what it takes to get those close up sock shots like they do on Amazon, where you can mouse-over and practically see every detail and every thread of the sock?
Getting a good close up photograph can mean the difference between a purchase or a pass decision, and Stomper Joe is very proud of enlisting the best creative photographers for our products.
- The First Requirement Is A Really Good Foot.
We like using real feet instead of mannequins, so our photo foot has to be blemish and callous free and without the ankle hair of a chimpanzee.
- The Second Requirement Is Excellent Lighting And A Neutral Background.
This is what allows the photographer and the camera to catch the microfiber weave details of the socks.
- The Third Requirement Is Patience.
The foot model may sneeze or have a toe cramp; the photographer may prefer a different angle, or the lighting may need to be adjusted for different colors of socks.
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Have you just met the possible love of your life? Getting to know him/her in the giddy stages of love? Sneak a look at their shoes, and we’ll tell you a bit more about them..
Check out her no show socks first!
- Are his or her shoes practical and functional? If so, your partner will most probably be relaxed and easy-going in your relationship.
- Are his or her shoes clean? Scuffy, scratched shoes are fine for a stroll to the beach, but daily use might indicate they are a bit scratchy and scruffy around the house as well.
- Are her shoes Jimmy Choos? If so, make sure your bank account is ready for a lot of spending all around.
- Does he spend more time with shoe polish than with you? You might have a narcissist on your hands.
- Does she insist on panty hose with her pumps? She’ll make a great, old-fashioned mom.
- Does he wear white athletic socks with just about everything? He’s probably not going to enjoy going to weddings, Michelin restaurants or too far from home.
- Does he or she wear Stomper Joe, no-show socks? Grab the perfect fit! It means they are a practical, clean, sensible, value-oriented partner, combing class and style in their approach to life.