These Waterproof Shoes Look Cool as Hell

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When rainy weather strikes over the summer months, no one wants to wear clunky rain boots. The good news is now there’s an alternative. A great pair of shoes, with form and function and oh yeah they look cool as hell.

While almost every footwear company out there has jumped on the knit footwear bandwagon, there aren’t many who can say their shoe is 100% waterproof.

What makes the Vessi footwear collection different is that it’s not a waterproof coating, the waterproof technology is integrated within the king itself. The tiny pores of the nano filtering layer yield a shoe that is minimal, waterproof and moisture wicking.

The Cityscape

The Cityscape is the one that started it all for Vessi. All season, lightweight and 100% waterproof the Cityscape delivers maximum support and superior flexibility for all-day comfort. Available on both men’s and women’s sizes.

The Everyday

The Everyday is super lightweight good enough for well —every day. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes, new preorders deliver August 2019.

The Skyline

Don’t like lace-ups? The Skyline delivers the same lightweight, breathable and waterproof shoe without the inconvenience of laces. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes, new preorders deliver August 2019.

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Alien Stomper Reebok shoes look like Ripley’s vacation kicks

Image result for Alien Stomper Reebok shoes look like Ripley's vacation kicksThis year marks the 40th anniversary of Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley battling a xenomorph in the sci-fi classic Alien. Reebok, which designed the super-high tops she wore in the sequel, is once again stepping up to celebrate the franchise with a special-edition pair of Alien Stomper shoes.

They’ll be released Friday — April 26 aka Alien Day aka the annual event started by 20th Century Fox to celebrate all things Alien.

Reebok’s previous versions were inspired by Ripley’s iconic shoes for actress Sigourney Weaver in Aliens and by the yellow and black Power Loader that she used to fight another xenomorph. The 2019 edition of the shoes is meant to look like a prototype that came before the original pair.

The Alien Stomper 40th Anniversary OG mid-top shoes aren’t as dramatic as the super-high tops, but they’re more practical for everyday wear when you’re not fighting for your life on a spaceship. These are an updated version of mids Reebok released in 2015.

“When you buy it, it’s supposed to feel like you just happen to find this prototype of the shoe 40 years later that was on the ship, that’s why it’s aged and yellowed,” said Reebok footwear designer Chris Hill.

Hill combed through original and concept artwork to feed into the details on the kicks. There’s even an early take on the Weylan-Yutani (without the “d”) logo inside the ankle.

The new Alien Stompers come with a Stomping Guide that will hopefully help you survive your next space tug crew assignment.

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How to Clean Velvet Shoes So They Look New

Detail of shoes, Street Style, Day 4, Autum Winter 2017, Paris Fashion Week, France - 03 Mar 2017

With their soft sheen, rich color and elegant flair, velvet shoes add a luxurious touch to any woman’s wardrobe. But with such a fine fabric, special handling is required. The material is particularly vulnerable to inclement weather and spills, which can leave behind unsightly marks and cause the fabric to become crushed and matted — leading to bald spots over time.

Thankfully, it’s actually quite easy to get them looking like new despite water, mud and any other random stains you may encounter. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to avoid wearing velvet shoes in rain or snow, as they’ll be harder to salvage in this case. However, there are ways you can make them more resilient against the elements, such as using a protective spray. Read on to learn our simple tips for cleaning velvet shoes and preventing future wear and tear.

For Dirt and Mud Stains

1. Let your shoes dry out.

If your shoes are caked with mud, it’s important to let the velvet dry completely before trying to clean the stain. Mud is much easier to remove from the surface when it’s dry.

2. Use a brush to remove dirt.

When your shoes are completely dry, use a toothbrush or other soft brush to remove excess dirt or dust. Make sure to brush in the direction of the nap to restore its sheen. Brushing the shoes after every wear is also a great way to keep dirt to a minimum and prevent the nap from getting crushed.

For All Other Marks and Spills

1. Blot excess moisture.

Lightly dab at the wet stain to soak up excess moisture. Do this as soon as possible to prevent the stain from setting.

2. Make a gentle cleaning solution.

For an easy DIY-solution, mix water and dish soap in a small bowl. Alternatively, you can try a combination of lemon juice and two tablespoons of baking soda. Fill the bowl with lemon juice until you get a considerable amount of foam on the top (this is important for the next step).

3. Use a soft cloth to the apply the solution.

Once you get a foamy consistency, skim a soft cloth over the suds or foam — so as not to get the velvet too damp — and gently wipe the affected area. Avoid rubbing the solution into the velvet and stick to long straight movements to keep the nap in place. Let the shoes air dry.

5. Protect against future stains with a protective spray.

While it won’t make your shoes completely waterproof, it’s a great idea to apply a protective spray to your velvet shoes to prevent future stains. Scotchgard’s top-rated Fabric & Upholstery Protector is safe to use on velvet (you can find this out by checking the manufacturer’s instructions on products designed for leather or suede). 

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