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Diabetic Shoes now available at iWantaPair

November 13th, 2011 by iWantaPair

We now have over 40 styles of shoes for diabetics in need of special shoes. iWantaPair provides in depth information on therapeutic shoes which offer extra depth and width to allow for foot swelling, diabetic neuropathy, and to accomodate diabetic orthotics.

Shop for diabetic shoes in our Diabetic Shoe category.

Dansko’s Endless Leather and Finish Options too MUCH? It was for me, so Here’s a break down…

September 12th, 2010 by iWantaPair

Dansko may not be as popular name as Birkenstock. But, their passion for comfort shoes is recognized by Podiatrists and Professionals. Mostly Dansko specializes in shoes for working men and women who easily come in contact with occupational hazards: nurses, doctors, cooks, teachers, or those with orthopedic or foot problems. Anyone who is around dirt, grease, grim, staining liquids (blood, wine, bleach, and paint) could use a pair of Dansko’s. Why?

Their most popular clog, perfectly named the Professional, concentrates on comfort by the shock absorbing and flexible apmapolyurethane (PU) outsole, spacious thermoplastic toe box to protect your toes, leather moisture repelling sock liner, easy wipe and dry leather maintenance, and slip on fully enclosed snug design. Not to forget, it’s also good for those with a high arch. These features permit all day wear with slip resistant safety whether you’re in a restaurant kitchen, kindergartner’s classroom, or surgical room. No wonder the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Since all their clogs are hand-stapled, you must realize each shoe in each size will fit slightly different. Although the Dansko’s might fit odd at first, the rocking heel to toe motion forces the wearer to lift their feet, ensuring proper posture and eliminating foot and leg fatigue (the heel is supposed to fit a bit lose).

Ok, so now you know what Dansko Shoes are about, there’s one more thing you ought to know: All the materials/finishes you can choose from! Below is a summarization of all the materials Dankso shoes, clogs, and sandals are available in.

Leather and Finishes best for Work Environments:

Box Leather

Perfect for work environments with greasy, wet, or staining liquids; Has a smooth, clean finish for easy maintenance

Care Instructions: Shoe polish can touch up everyday scuff marks. Surface dirt or stains can be removed with a damp, soapy cloth/sponge.

Pull-Up Leather

Dansko’s best occupational leather finish allows you to erase scuffs and scratches by redistributing oil or wax with your fingertips!

Care Instructions: Using your fingertips (light pressure) will remove scuffs and scratches; to ensure long lasting finish, buff your Pull-Up leather with Dansko Leather Cream.

Patent Leather

The Patent Leather is a formal, shiny, polycoat finish.

Care Instructions: Simply use a clean damp cloth to remove any surface dirt

Oiled Leather

Great for outdoor or more rugged environments. This finish has been heavily oiled to create a long-lasting and waterproof surface.

Care Instructions: EASY EASY EASY! These will last for years if you apply Dansko Oiled Leather Restorer to maintain the oiled finish and Dankso Beeswax Conditioner to increase water resistance. Rub out light scuffs with finger tips. A damp cloth will easily remove persistent dirt.

Tumbled Leather

The Tumbled Leather is a flexible and water-resistant material with a textured finish. Since it does not brake down in wet or greasy environments, this leather and finish is great for work!

Care Instructions: Simply wipe with a damp cloth. For extra protection, we suggest using the Dansko Leather Cream as a conditioner and restorer for the leather’s appearance.

Full Grain Leather

Great for wet or greasy environments; the full-grain leather is water resistant

Care Instructions: Wipe with a damp cloth, maintain the leather’s smooth finish, just use the Dansko Leather Cream

Dansko Leathers and Finishes Best for Dressy Occasions

Cabrio Leather

This finish is worn for dressy occasions. Since it features a black top coat with a high-gloss shine, I wouldn’t recommend this for occupational or work uses.

Care Instructions: Gently wipe with a soft, dry cloth to remove surface dirt. Remember, this finish is more sensitive than the Black Box.

Nubuck Leather

Being one of Dansko’s softest leathers (silky to the touch), the Nubuck leather is notorious for being used on their sandals or leisurely footwear

Care Instructions: A damp cloth will remove any surface dirt. For extra care to make your shoes last for an extra 10 years, use Dansko Nubuck and Suede Bare and Brush to remove stubborn stains. Also, applying the Dansko Suede and Nubuck Spray after purchase can maximize your water and stain protection.

Suede Leather

Obviously Suede is not for wet or harsh environments, so no work, just for play

Care Instructions: To ensure long lasting suede, use the Dansko Nubuck and Suede Bar and Brush for surface stains; using the Dansko Suede and Nubuck Spray right after purchase will protect and seal the suede from future abrasions

Veg-Tan Leather

This leather and finish is best for dressy occasions. The leather is soft and smooth with a rich sheen finish. The leather and finish is comparable to a leather glove, it will conform to the shape of your foot easily.

Care Instructions: using a damp cloth will rid the leather of minor scuffs, but to properly maintain it for a long lasting life and shine, use the Dansko Leather Cream with a soft clean cloth.

Waxy Leather

The Waxy Leather is Aniline leather (type of leather made from high quality hides that were treated with aniline as a dye. This produces delicate, soft, giving leather). Extra Smooth!

Care Instructions: Just use your fingertips to rub out light scuffs. To preserve this high quality leather, lightly buff with the Dansko Clog Sponge.

So, which finish works best for you and your lifestyle?

Labor Day Weekend Sale

September 2nd, 2010 by iWantaPair

Labor Day weekend is here, and we’re taking the weekend off! (Normal hours of operation will resume Tuesday morning at 10 am.)

For this weekend only, ALL orders qualify for an additional 10% off! Just enter discount code “laborday” at checkout to receive the discount.

Thanks, and enjoy your weekend everyone!

Birki’s has what we need! A Washable, Comfort Shoe! Whew…

August 27th, 2010 by iWantaPair

Created in Germany, Birki’s mission is to bring healthy foot support back to the customer.  The Sport Clog, Super Birki Clog, and Professional Birki Clog are all TOP RATED for Chefs. But guess what else? They are perfect for gardeners, parents, campers, etc. People who are on their feet all day, need a pair of Birki Clogs. These Clogs are washable, insole replaceable, and a complete Below is a quick informational chart to easily distinguish which one would be perfect for you!

They all look the same, but no fear! You can give a quick glance below to gain all the information you need to become a Birki Clog expert.

Birki Sport Clog

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  1. Upper/Lower Material: EVA (Ethyl vinyl acetate, a non-toxic synthetic compound. In other words, they are a super lightweight flexible footwear with shock absorption. Resists discoloration from exposure to bleach or UV rays. Also waterproof and resistant to acid, oil, and grease. Possible shrinkage in heat over 170º Fahrenheit. ) Seamless, Single Mold Constructionsuperbirkiinsole
  2. Insole: Linen-Lined, Cork/Latex Material. Completely Removable/Replaceable, Repels Moisure
  3. Mold Shape: Slightly Raised Heel
  4. Fit: Birkenstock Narrow (These are perfect for those whose feet are too narrow for Original Birkenstock shoes!)
  5. Extra Features: Rugged tread patterned and non-slip sole, Dishwasher safe, Waterproof, Capable of lasting over 10 years!

Super Birki Clog

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  1. Upper/Lower Material: Polyurethane (A tough, waterproof, biodegradable synthetic. Resistant to heat, acid, oil, and grease. Wash with mild soap and water or in a dishwasher! Bleaching white styles will cause discoloration.) Seamless, Single Mold Construction


  2. Insole: Linen-Lined, Cork/Latex Material. Completely Removable/Replaceable, Repels Moisture
  3. Mold Shape: Slightly Raised Heel
  4. Fit: In regards to how Birkenstock’s fit, it is considered a Birkenstock Medium
  5. Extra Features: Slip Resistant Sole, Dishwasher safe, Water and Weatherproof, Capable of lasting over 10 years!

Birki Professional Clog

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  1. Upper/Lower Material: Polyurethane (A tough, waterproof, biodegradable synthetic. Resistant to heat, acid, oil, and grease. Wash with mild soap and water or in a dishwasher! Bleaching white styles will cause discoloration.) Seamless, Single Mold Construction.
    Professional Birki Insole

    Professional Birki Insole


  2. Insole: Felt-Lined, Polyurethane Material. Completely Removable/Replaceable, comes with the Birkenstock footbed with a raised toe box and deep heel cup promote proper circulation and weight distribution
  3. Mold Shape: Covered/Raised Heel, Feet More Secure, Feet are Completely Enclosed
  4. Fit: Since Birkenstock’s normally fit a wide foot, this fits like a Birkenstock Regular size width (Wide-ish)
  5. Extra Features: Slip Resistant Sole, Dishwasher Safe, Water and Weatherproof, Capable of lasting over 10 years!

(FYI: Best Price on the Web, Period!)

Quick Tips For Birkenstock Lovers

October 6th, 2009 by iWantaPair

If you have stopped by our website, you probably have noticed our large selection of Birkenstock’s. They focus on comfort of your feet, ensuring that you won’t be rubbing your feet in pain by the end of the night. If you care for your Birkenstock’s, then they will last for years and remain looking new. More Bang for Your Buck!

These shoes will require more care then the shoes you pick up at DSW or Target, so I’ve put together quick tips for easy care to protect the shoes that.. PROTECT you!

  1. Seal the cork. The cork soles come sealed however! This seal will wear away over time depending upon how often you wear them. So, look for spots where the sealant is wearing away (without a glossy shine) and apply a few coats of Birkenstock Cork Life seal. This halts all deterioration on the cork.

    Apply this on the exposed Birkenstock Cork

  2. Clean the Uppers, realistically. This means when you decide to trek around at the park after a rainy day, don’t let it sit on there for days! Wipe the debris off with a damp paper towel. Also, there are leather conditioners for scuffs and stubborn spots. Not difficult but adds shelf life to your shoes.
  3. Wipe the footbed with Vinegar. Just for kicks! But seriously, if you are anything like me then you enjoy wearing your Birkenstock’s everyday, even while visiting the Zoo in 100 degree heat. Result:  there will be a “stank”. Wipe the footbed with a vinegar saturated cloth and let sit out for a day. The vinegar acts as an antibacterial agent and destroys the germs that cause the “stank”. Bleach would kill the bacteria but for obvious reasons would only deteriorate the shoe worse.

FYI, Birkenstock shoe parts are easily replaceable! Sure you can buy a new shoe but what if your sole is the only thing wore down? Birkenstock soles can be taken off and a new sole reattached. Way cheaper. Check out your local or online Birkenstock Repair shops.

Birkenstock shoes can be completely replaced! Over time and wear and tear, your Birkenstock's will need a tune up. So, take them over to a local repair shop whenever a sole becomes too thin or a buckle is torn off.

Birkenstock shoes can be completely replaced! Over time and wear and tear, your Birkenstock's will need a tune up. So, take them over to a local repair shop whenever a sole becomes too thin or a buckle is torn off.

For more information on other Birkenstock upper materials or how to ensure your shoes are healthy, check out our Birkenstock Shoe Care Information Page.

The Vibram Effect

September 21st, 2009 by iWantaPair

Now that Snuggies have hit the runways, Vibram’s Five Finger collection is next. Just keeping these shoes in stock has become iWantaPair.com’s greatest challenge of 2009! Why so much hype for a shoe that fits your foot like a glove?


Men and Women can now return to barefoot freedom thanks to Vibram's Five Fingers.

Men and Women can now return to barefoot freedom thanks to Vibram's Five Fingers.

You are walking barefoot.

Daniel Lieberman, a professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, states:

“People don’t run barefoot any more simply because they don’t have to,” he said. “The barefoot running movement is wonderful evidence of how good the human foot is for doing one of the most natural and fundamental of all human activities—endurance running…” He continues, “ …barefoot runners can clearly do as well as shoed runners, but it takes time to develop the strength in the foot to use our natural arch fully.” courtesy of The Barefoot Route

You don’t have to possess a survivalist mentality. Sure, sporting the Vibram Five Fingers lets you climb up volcanoes, hike through caves, and walk over rocks without changing footwear. However, for the regular person, who doesn’t have two weeks of vacation saved to gallivant around the world, these glove-fitting shoes can be worn anywhere. For a weekend camping trip, a hot yoga session, or a simple jog, these shoes offer the protection you will need. All you need is feet and a brain to retrain.

Running Example: Vibram Five Fingers keep your heels elevated while forcing to you to land on the center of your foot allowing proper alignment. If you have a wide or narrow foot, these shoes let your toes spread out and have freedom, unlike a normal running shoe.

Odd looking, yes, but Vibram’s Five Fingers’ structure gives them a universal use. It’s so simple, creating a shoe that imitates walking barefoot, why are these now so hot on the market? My conclusion? Vibram opened a door where other outdoor shoe companies weren’t willing to take a risk. Huh. So people will go against the grain if it’s logical…

iWantaPair Blog… Up and Running!

September 17th, 2009 by iWantaPair

Welcome to the Official iWantaPair.com Blog! Our purpose for this blog is to provide additional information about iWantaPair and the products we carry. For the upcoming weeks, we will be posting things such as new shoe arrivals, finding the perfect size for your feet, the importance of comfortable shoes with helpful articles, etc.