Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Shop Sole Food!

Have you visited Sole Food's new website yet? Each week, you will find new styles online, fresh out of the box.  You can preview new arrivals from the comforts of your home or favorite coffee spot, make a wish list and get your new favorite shoes delivered to you fast!

We just added new style from Frye onto our website.  Pictured above is the Amelie, a beautiful, strappy sandal with studding and crisscross stitch detailing on top of a mini wedge heel.

Cydwoq amazes us again with their keen eye for style and wonderful leathers.  The Maya, seen above, features textured turquoise and brown leather cut with a scalloped pattern.

Stay Connected with Sole Food!
On our website you'll find different sections that will tell you all about the store.  Browse our Happenings calendar for upcoming promotions and events.  Tell your friends about our blog, where we frequently post all sorts of news about Sole Food and the shoe world.   Read about our excellent customer service policies, like our 45 day return policy on all online orders!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Soles4Souls: A Big Success!

We had a spectacular event this past weekend! Thanks to you we were able to collect over 80 pairs of shoes, and more are still coming in.  That is well over our initial goal of 50 pairs. Good job team!

[We have filled three large shipping boxes full of donated shoes. Whoo!]

All of these shoes will be shipped out for repair and processing to Soles4Souls main distribution center in Alabama.  From there your donated shoes will be shipped all over the world to help those in need.

Soles4Souls has a pretty big goal this year: to collect 11 million pairs in 2011.

 From the Soles4Souls website:
“We have distributed 12 million pairs of shoes in just over 6 years. That gives a little perspective on how audacious our goal of 11 million pairs of shoes in one year really is,” said Elsey. “But with earthquakes like Haiti and Chile, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we really believe that our partners are going to rise to the challenge,” he added.

Way to go Sole Foodies!  And remember, we take donations for Soles4Souls year round.  If you need to clean out your shoe closets, you can always bring your shoes to Sole Food! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One Day Without Shoes

Toms Shoes' 4th annual "One Day Without Shoes" initiative, taking place today, encourages participants to go barefoot everywhere.  

From Audrey Goodson at Footwear Plus:

Last year over 250,000 people went without shoes at more than 1,600 events around the world, the company reports.  Mycoskie hopes this year's increased publicity will encourage a million people to chuck their footwear for the day.  In addition to the revamped message, the company is hosting a new walk in New York, lead by supermodel Anne-V, and also released a One Day Without Shoes mobile app for iPhone and Droid, which enables users to share pictures instantaneously, provides soundtracks for barefoot adventures and includes an array of Toms and One Day Without Shoes merchandise.  

"One Day Without Shoes is important for us to raise awareness of the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child's life," Mycoskie says.  "Millions of children walk barefoot for miles risking injury, infection and exposure to soil-transmitted diseases." 

Thank you to Footwear Plus and 9Threads for the news!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sole Knowledge: FAQ's at Sole Food

Here at Sole Food, we are asked many different questions from all kinds of customers. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions. We hope this helps!

1.       How is Sole Food distinctive from other shoe retailers?

Sole Food stands out from the rest of the shoe world in many ways. Sole Food is locally and privately owned, allowing us to offer personalized service to our customers. Our wide-ranged selection of shoes for men, women, and children makes it easy for everyone to find that perfect shoe.  We also carry many unique brands and styles. Cydwoq (handmade in California) and Gidigio (a small Italian company) are two brands we carry that are not commonly found in the Seattle area.

2.       What is Sole Food’s return policy?
Sole Food makes it easy for customers to try out our product risk free. We offer 30 days for a full refund on any purchase. After the 30 days we are still happy to issue store credit, which never expires. We simply that the shoes be brought back in brand new condition with the original box and sales receipt.  

3.       Did your store get bigger?
Yes, I promise you’re not going crazy! We recently expanded our store’s front room and store room. And you know what that means… more room for more shoes! 

4.       When will you be having a sale?
We currently have a small women’s’ sale section for 30% off select styles. Coming up April 7-11 is our Soles 4 Souls promotion. Receive 20% off one pair of regularly priced shoes when you donate a pair of gently worn shoes to help someone in need.  This year, your donation will help benefit victims of the recent earthquake in Japan.
Also, get ready! Sole Food will be participating in the Village annual sidewalk sale, scheduled for June 16-19. This sale will be big! You won’t want to miss it!

5.       Do you carry shoes for wide or narrow feet?
Yes. We carry multiple brands that work well for wide and narrow feet. Some brands that typically run wide are Keen, Merrell, and Jambu. Certain styles within Cydwoq and El Naturalista may also work well with wide feet. Miz Mooz shoes often have wide toe boxes.  Brands that tend to run more on the narrow side are Camper, Biviel, and Tsubo.  We will work with you to find that perfect fit!

6.       Can you special order a shoe in another size or color?
Maybe. If you would like a specific shoe in a size or color we do not have available, you are welcome to contact our buyer, Annie. She will be happy to contact the shoe company to see if a special order may be possible.  Special orders of styles and colors not carried in the store will be treated as a final sale.  Send your requests to annie@shopsolefood.com. Please include the name and style number of the shoe.

7.       What’s my European shoe size?
Here are the conversion tables for European sizing.  Please remember that sizing varies among different brands and styles.  These conversions should be used as a starting off point when sizing.

Thanks for reading!