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Follow your feet

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:19:47 AM America/Chicago

Sometimes you just gotta get away. No matter how much fun it is to work at Shoebacca, you just have to escape from the day to day and as we like to say ‘follow your feet.’

So I decided to escape the heat of a Texas summer by exploring somewhere I’ve never been. I’ve always heard New England was nice, and what better time to experience a place with high’s that are lower than our lows here?

I spent the week in Boston and traveling Massachussets and Rhode Island. Some people ask why, but you can hardly ask why not! Boston is one of those cities that is gorgeous simply because it has held on to its history. Instead of ripping down buildings and replacing them with something ‘functional’ they try to keep the history in a place which is naturally alive with it.

While Boston is home to America’s oldest subway, what good is following your feet if you don’t walk everywhere? The city proper is not only small enough that you can walk across it in a reasonable time, its gorgeous enough its nearly impossible not to want to!

Of course if at the end of your day, your too tired to make it back, the pedicabs will be more than happy to get you home, or anywhere else you might still want to go!

Traveling the Boston harbor and doing everything from visiting Old Ironsides herself to sailing on a old style Schooner at sunset would seem to be enough, but Boston isn’t far enough into the Atlantic for me personally. So I took a trip out to Block Island in Rhode Island. 15 odd miles off the coast, and not as well known as Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, but the sheer Modehegan Bluffs (check spelling) and inviting beaches make for a great trip where you can hike, bike, or moped about the island.

The boss made me come back to the office this week, but not before I made sure Shoebacca left its mark as far east as I can. I wonder if I can get him to let me do the same thing somewhere on the Oregon coastline next year? It can’t get more coast to coast than that!

Posted in Employee Spotlight By Fafnir Crow

Keep Calm And Get Ready For Some Football

Friday, August 15, 2014 10:11:39 AM America/Chicago

I do not know about you guys, but I am super pumped for the start of the NFL season! I am a Dallas Cowboys fan, so I do not have much to look forward to this season, but I love to watch football, so I am still excited for the start of the season.

One of the coolest things about this to me is that Thursday Night Football will now be on CBS for the first 8 weeks of the season!! This means you get to watch more games this season, even if you don't have NFL Network. I’m hoping the rating will be sky high so they will continue to offer Thursday Night Football on CBS, I like the idea.

I’m just ready for football period! I’m ready to talk about football, debate about football, and watch football. I love both college and the NFL, and I sometimes take an interest in local high school games as well.

All this excitement about football season starting came from us discussing our football cleats and turf shoes that we have here at

Well, I wish you and your team a successful season!
Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Shawn Jones

Have You Met Team SHOEBACCA?

Monday, August 4, 2014 3:10:18 PM America/Chicago

Team SHOEBACCA is our ( cycling team based in San Diego, California. Team SHOEBACCA is simply made up of good people using their passion for riding and being active to help others and make a difference in their lives.

Team SHOEBACCA is gearing up to ride in the ‘Bike MS Bay To Bay Tour 2014’ on October 18 & 19, 2014. This will be the team 7th year riding in this event, and they are just as excited as the 1st year we participated. Unfortunately, our team has many riders that are directly affected by this disease and that is “WHY We Ride." We have riders on our team with MS, and we have co-workers, family and friends who are battling MS. For this reason, everyone on Team SHOEBACCA crosses the finish line together; on Sunday you can find us riding two wide and wheel to wheel as we approach the finish line in Honor of All living with MS.

Visit National MS Society to join or donate to Team SHOEBACCA as we ride to Fight MS.

In addition to the MS Rides, Team SHOEBACCA does trail preservation and repair, and participates in other charity fundraisers like the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and the YMCA’s Spin-a-Thon. To learn more about our team or to sign up visit Team SHOEBACCA


Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Shawn Jones

Thinking Back To School!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:38:00 AM America/Chicago

During a break today, I was talking with my coworker, Elda, about our kids and how back to school is already upon us. Of course, working at Shoebacca, we've got miles of shoes from which to choose to make sure our kids feet are complete for that big first day back. (Reminds me of syncing up my sneaker color scheme to whatever Geranimals my mom would let me pick out for the first day back to elementary... but anyway...)

Turns out Elda's kids have already picked out a couple of pairs: the Nike Free 5.0 Grade School running shoe in orange and the Nike Free 5.0. The mesh thing is big with the youth set these days. My girl's headed to a magnet arts school and definitely needed an upgrade for her first day of 7th grade. She's accessorizing her first impressions with the Nike Lunarspeed+ Womens. Pretty sharp call!

Whether it's fashion or school supplies, Elda and I both agreed the excitement level is already high with our kiddos for back to school. If you're out there sharing in the same fun with your kids, let us know! We'd love to hear from you on how you're planning for school supplies, shoes, clothing and all the other needs that go with getting your child ready the back to school action!
Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Matt Thompson

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
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