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World Cup 2014 Quarter Finals

Thursday, July 3, 2014 5:25:23 PM America/Chicago

What country are you picking as your favorite to win World Cup 2014? There are eight remaining countries, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, France, Germany and Netherlands. These remaining eight countries will battle over the 4th of July weekend to advance to the semi-finals and considering the remaining teams, this is a wide open tournament for anyone to win.

World Cup 2014 Quarter-Finals

4th of July will be the first set of Quarter-Finals matches, so far the most anticipated and talked about match will be Brazil vs. Colombia with Brazil being the favorite to win the match as well as the World Cup.
Posted in Employee Spotlight By Shawn Jones

FIFA Round of 16

Friday, June 27, 2014 11:43:50 AM America/Chicago

The Round of 16 is now set and the matches look awesome! First up, Brazil and Chile followed by Colombia and Uruguay. Both of these matches should be awesome to watch. USA faces a tough lineup when they play on July 1 and their route only gets harder from there. Below is a bracket we created that helps up keep up with the action.

I have been keeping up with the World Cup action and watching the USA in the World Cup has been a roller coaster ride; with the win against Ghana, the draw against Portugal, and the loss against Germany, my emotions have run the gamut. The good news: they are now through the Group of Death and on to the Round of 16. The Bad News: their road has not gotten any easier. They will face a tough Belgium team that dominated their group and past that, Argentina or Switzerland. I suspect that they will have to play their best every game to be able to advance past these rounds. I am hoping I get to watch them all the way to the finals. GO USA!!

Posted in Employee Spotlight By Mark Warren

Throwback Thursday: BMX

Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:38:00 AM America/Chicago

When I joined SHOEBACCA over a year ago, one of the first things I did was buy a pair of VANS. I soaked in the memories of my early years when BMX riding was all-consuming. After 7th grade, I spent a summer working at a local gas station making $1.70 an hour to buy my first real frame and fork, a Torker.

Any day becomes a throwback day when I'm watching the X Games and bikes are on. In my day, it was "BMX Freestyle" which was an up and coming challenger to BMX racing. My buddies and I would spend hours riding around our small town in Oklahoma. I was also fortunate enough to have a dad with builder skills that helped me build a quarter pipe ramp in our driveway. Alright, some kids do have it better than others...

I've been having a lot of fun lately going through the interwebs:

Mike Buff and R.L. Osborn were two of the most popular and innovative riders back in the early days of BMX freestyle. Pretty sure that's the first time I saw a pair of VANS, on one of those guys in BMX Action Magazine. Every time I pick up a new pair of VANS, it takes me back to 7th grade. Here's the latest edition:

Which work well with this:

Time to get home and get on the bike.
Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Matt Thompson

How To Find Your Shoes Size For All Brands and Styles

Friday, June 20, 2014 9:06:24 AM America/Chicago

Finding your shoe size can be tricky, especially when buying a particular pair of shoes for the first time, because a given size for one brand doesn’t measure up exactly to another brand’s size. For example, if you wear a size 11 in Nike, it does not mean you will wear a Converse or Adidas size 11.
This is why has teamed up with Shoefitr and their 3D Customer Fit Technology to help our customers quickly and accurately find the size that will fit them in any brand.

Shoefitr is a fantastic option for online shoe shopping. It can be difficult when you are not in the store trying on the shoe. ShoeFitr has developed an online fitting platform that will help you find the right size and fit, making the shopping experience much more enjoyable.

NBC-DFW local news recently featured, discussing our Shoefitr shoe sizing technology. Watch the clip below and see how Shoefitr determines the right size and fit for you:

Shoefitr removes the stress of picking the right size and saves you time, knowing that you’ll have the fit you need shipped to you fast.

Read more about Shoefitr Custom Fit Technology

Posted in New Shoe Technology By Dapper Jones

Father's Day

Friday, June 13, 2014 11:38:00 AM America/Chicago

One of the sure indicators that Summer is here is the arrival of Father's Day. For me, it's not only a special day to reflect on the intangible gifts my father handed down to me as I grew up, but also to pause and express my thanks to the universe for my amazing daughter, Hannah. Being a father is one of those things you just can't comprehend until you become one. It's how landing on the moon looks to the rest of us: you can't truly feel it until you live it.

But, enough from my end. Here's a few words from fellow Shoebaccians about what Father's Day means to them:

Jessica Jones, Customer Service: Breakfast and a day full of corny Dad Jokes :)

Robert Schlachter, President: Father's Day means spending the day with the ones I love most. Exercising, fishing, eating and drinking and just hearing them call me Dad!

Jessica Contreras, Customer Service: Father's day, to me, means celebrating the man who played such a big role in my life and showed me so much unconditional love. My dad showed me the importance of family and hard work as I watched him work so hard to take care of us and give us what we needed. He's my hero :)

To all of the Dads out there, here's wishing you a great Father's Day Weekend from The Big Shoe.

Posted in Employee Spotlight By Matt Thompson

Active Lifestyle: Hiking in Taos, NM

Friday, May 9, 2014 11:38:47 AM America/Chicago

I'm an active runner (and my wife Brittany even more so) charting about 12 miles per week on average. I took up running my freshman year in college both out of curiosity and as a stress management tool. Running can work wonders with your mind and your body and at age 45, I'd say I've logged roughly 25 years of sticking with it.

Staying active every day, in any sort of way, is one of the values I've worked to instill in my daughter Hannah though the years. I've encouraged her in simple ways, like nudging her out the door to ride bikes with friends on weekends or heading up to the nearby middle school to knock the tennis ball around. So, it was a thrill to share another experience with her as my wife and I took her to one of our favorite places to visit: Taos, New Mexico.

My history with Taos is long and storied, with many guys trips and romantic getaways with Brittany making up a ton of great memories there. I've been up Wheeler Peak three times (two summits, one to the saddle that was aborted due to very high winds) and enjoyed the Williams Lake destination each time along the way as well. Hannah has been there several times but having just turned 12, she was excited about taking on a more challenging hike this trip. I bought a pair of Teva Slimkosi hiking shoes for the trip, Brittany upgraded her Wheeler Peak shoes to Adidas AX 1's, but it was surprising what a tough time my daughter had choosing between her Nike Free Run+ 2 EXT's and her Nike LunarGlide+ 4's she wears to school regularly. (The pending excitement of the hike took over a bit it.) In the end, she went with the Free Run+ 2 EXT's.

A nice lady at Taos Mountain Outfitters suggested a good group of trails for us just out of town, so we took a short drive out of Taos towards Angelfire. We picked a turnoff that looked good, parked and headed up a trail that climbed about 560 ft. elevation, providing some striking views of the area around Angelfire. With her newly purchased Camelback, Hannah looked like a true pro in her early years. It was great to see her having so much fun while being active, out of breath and setting up for sore legs in the morning. Moments like that will hopefully help her lean in more often to a healthy, active lifestyle. We're already looking forward to the next adventure.
Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Matt Thompson

Employee Spotlight: Steel Wheels

Sunday, April 27, 2014 6:09:00 PM America/Chicago

Employee Spotlight: Matt, CIO.

I've been doing construction projects for years. From building furniture (in the Stickley style and tradition) to remodeling whatever house in which I'm living. I went for years wearing Red Wings steel toes, which are a great choice if you're a boots-type person. But that was back before I realized all the choices available in construction-related footwear. When you're doing this type of work in a Dallas, TX summer... you need something a notch or two up.

My wife did me a solid this past Xmas: Timberland Pro Steel Toes. Imagine a magical wonderland where cross trainers jam into tune with steel toe protection. Now imagine that the aforementioned magical wonderland exists... and that you may step into it, if you choose to do so. Let me explain.

If you're like me, you may find yourself emerged in a weekend of replacing... say, eight interior doors. My house came with the sweet 70's doors which lack a bit of surface cosmetic character and can feel a bit flimsy. I chose to upgrade to six-panel doors. So, I hooked up the trailer and made a door run to Lowes (no offense, Home Depot, I spend plenty of time with you as well... they had eight, you had six...). I've got a nice inexpensive jig that I used to profile each of the doors I was replacing. In simple terms, I just pulled down the existing door and copied the hinge placement to make it easy to put back into place.

I've taken you down this path for a reason... just one example of where steel toes not only protect, but also come in very handy: when you're putting up something really special like a barn door with hardware from Rustica Hardware:

Door on my Timberlands

Door on my Timberlands

Steel Toes go a long way in protecting your feet as expected, but an added benefit I count on is being able to rest sheets of plywood on them, or... a heavy pine door. With my barn door project complete, I can honestly say Rustica Hardware has some of the coolest door hardware going, doing something different in an area like doors that's got an edge... kind of like what we do here at the Big Shoe, SHOEBACCA.

Rock and roll.

Posted in Employee Spotlight By Matt Thompson

What does your Sole say about you?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:52:07 AM America/Chicago

They say you can't you can't judge a book by its cover, but I believe you can judge a person by their shoes. If you think about it, often times when you walk by someone you don't know, you look down at their shoes and make a judgment about what type of person they may be.
What does your sole say about you?

If you only had a pair of someone's most used shoes, I'm sure you could make a pretty good guess about what type of personality they have and some of their characteristics. The color, style, brand, and condition of the shoes a person decides to wear can help you make basic assumptions like age range, gender, general professional field, financial status and other personality traits.

For example if a guy is wearing a pair of CAT Steel Toe you can assume he probably works outdoors or in the construction field. If he's wearing a pair of Giorgio Brutini you can probably assume he works in an office environment.

A woman wearing a pair of these CC Corso Como Palomar could be considered a woman that loves to dress up, likes to be stylish yet simple. If she wearing a pair of these Puma Sky Wedge you could probably assume she's more laid back and probably prefers a pair of jeans over a dress or skirt.

P.S. Fellas remember to pay attention to your shoes, it can get you Brownie points or it can be the deal breaker for that special lady you’ve worked so hard to get a date with. :)
Posted in Employee Spotlight By Dapper Jones

Off the beaten path

Friday, April 18, 2014 1:26:36 PM America/Chicago

Everyone knows getting (and staying) in shape is not an easy to do. It takes hard work, dedication, and a focus of will. But don't take that as discouragement, instead its a challenge to build a better you!
Now thats easy to say, but how to turn thought to action? Let's face it, the gym can be boring, and theres only so many times you can walk around the same path at a carefully sculpted park. So today we are going to look at some activities that are not the norm, but might grab you and inspire you to your own personal greatness.

1. Rock Climbing

Credit: Wikipedia

Nothing quite epitomizes man vs. nature as rock climbing, and nothing feels quite the same after you get the view from the top of something you conquered with your own two hands. Getting out to a mountaintop is not something must people can do before they head back into the office Wednesday morning, so to get started, and to get going, many cities have indoor rock climbing walls. Offering memberships just like regular gyms, they bring you as much rock climbing as you might want, and a full nights sleep in your own bed!

2. Paintball

Credit: DFW Adventure Park

For those more into team sports (and ones that are a bit closer to home) paintball lets you work closely with your best friends, or shoot them, depending on your preferences (or payback for eating the last of the leftovers.) Obstacle course mixed with dodgeball is any easy way to think of it. (that sounds fun too!) Paintball parks offer a variety of fields with everything from mock villages to woods to run through. Games tend to be short, so you can play as many or as few fit your personal preference, with hardcore players have events that run an entire weekend straight.

3. Obstacle runs

Credit: Warrior Dash

People think 5k's can be boring. Not when your 5k's include fire! The new trend is to spice up the 5k for those who think a normal one is too boring, or not extreme enough. Offering obstacles from a swim through the lack, slogging through mud, wall climbs, and yes, literally leaping over fire, obstacle runs have taken off and massive events drawing thousands of people. Usually including live concerts and vendors, you can bring the entire family to watch you get covered in mud. (Assuming you can't convince them to run with you)

4. Kayaking

Credit: Wikipedia

Kayaking, or as I like to say 'the most fun you can have sitting down' Is one of those sports that has an entire range of extremes. Everyone has a nearby lake, and many offer kayak rentals if you want to give a shot to traveling about. Bring a picnic lunch and explore inlets and islands you probably sped right by the last time you were on a speedboat. Of course like everything else, there is always the more extreme version, and if it becomes your passion, you will start searching for the white waters that you can careen down!
Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Shoebacca

Shoes Through the Ages: Lacoste and the Logo

Monday, April 14, 2014 1:00:00 PM America/Chicago

While the Nike swoop might be considered the most recognizable brand logo, there is probably one burned even further in the public consciousness that you don't realize is even a logo. That little Crocodile (not to be confused with an Alligator) you see on shirts everywhere was first put there by Rene Lacoste in the 1930's.

One of the first to put a logo on their clothing (Only a swimsuit company claims that distinction earlier), Lacoste started as many sports clothing lines do, with an athlete. Rene Lacoste was one of The Four Musketeers, tearing up the court in the 1920's and 1930's. Originally focusing on changing sportswear for tennis, it quickly became popular in other sports, and we all now know them as Polo shirts. Lacoste has expanded into many things over the years, from its Challenge fragrance for men (currently faced by Hayden Christensen) through pants, and to our personal favorite, shoes! While Lacoste obviously focuses on tennis shoes (So ubiquitous now, its not a sport type, its just the basic shoe type!) they have a little of everything. From their Lacoste SHERBROOKE 9 with its simple and traditional dress shoe style to casual boots Lacoste brings you 'un peu d'air sur terre' (A litte air on Earth) when nothing but the original will quite do.
Posted in Shoes Through the Ages By Shoebacca
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