10th Annual Comfortable Shoe Tree!

Festival of Trees
For the 10th year in a row the Comfortable Shoe Tree will be raffled off this December as part of the Meals on Wheels Festival of Trees! Raffle tickets are $10 each and benefit Meals on Wheels of Boulder. Buy your raffle tickets here.

The Comfortable Shoe Tree is adorned with over $2500 worth of the World’s Most Comfortable Shoes and accessories. This year’s winner will receive 17 pairs of shoes! The winner of the Comfortable Shoe Tree will get a certificate for each pair of shoes on the tree. The certificates are redeemable for any pair of shoes Pedestrian Shops has in stock from each of the following brands. The winner can keep the shoes for themselves, or share the certificates with friends and family.
The winner will be chosen by random on December 18th and will go home with quite the prize package!!!

1 pair of Acorn

1 pair of Ahnu

1 pair of Cobb Hill

2 pairs of Birkenstock

2 pairs of Chaco

1 pair of Dansko

4 pairs of Teva

1 pair of Ecco

1 pair of Merrell

1 pair of Keen

1 pair of Wolky

1 pair of Topo

1 pair of UGG

Also included:

6 pair Goodhew Socks

6 pair Smartwool Socks

2 pair Peppers Sunglasses

1 Kavu Backpack

1 Kavu Purse

1 Osgoode Marley Leather Purse

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Several other businesses around Boulder have also created wonderful trees to be raffled in support of Meals on Wheels… Make sure to check them out!

Check Out our Newly Expanded Last Pair Sale Rack

Shopping on ComfortableShoes.com is great, but there are a lot of good reasons to shop our brick and mortar stores if you live or are visiting the Boulder area. One of the best reasons to come visit us is to shop our Last Pair Sale Rack.

Rack 1

We just completed a small remodel at our Pearl Street location which included doubling the size of our Last Pair Sale Rack! When some of our styles of shoes start to sell out and we are left with just a few sizes, they are moved to our Last Pair Sale Rack and priced at 40%-50% off their original prices. This has been a favorite feature of our store for years! With this expansion there are now many more styles available for you to browse, and the rack is now very clearly organized to make shopping easier and more fun.

Last Pair Sale Rack - Buy 2 Pairs, get a 3rd for FREE! All Shoes marked 40%-50% OFF!

Last Pair Sale Rack – Buy 2 Pairs, get a 3rd for FREE! All Shoes marked 40%-50% OFF!

But wait! The deal gets even sweeter…. As always, the shoes on the Last Pair Sale Rack are “Buy 2, get the 3rd for FREE.” It is the best deal in town if you’re looking to stock up on comfortable shoes! Remember, you can always shop with a friend or family member to get to three pairs. In honor of our remodel, we also have some socks and flip flops on clearance – they are marked 40% off, and available for “Buy 2, get the 3rd for FREE.” New shoes are added to the Last Pair Sale Rack several times a week, so stop by often.

Sale Socks -- Buy 2 Pairs at 40% OFF and get a 3rd Pair FREE!

Sale Socks — Buy 2 Pairs at 40% OFF and get a 3rd Pair FREE!

In addition to doubling the space devoted to clearance, we have relocated the Columbia Sportswear department to the middle of the store. We have a great selection of casual outdoor apparel, so come in and check it out next time you’re looking for jackets, flannel shirts, sweaters and fleeces.

Remodel 1

You can thank the second generation of the Pedestrian Shops for these improvements to the store. But most importantly, you can thank them for finally putting the word “Shoes” on our store front after being on the Pearl St. Mall for nearly 40 years. Richard has done a lot of things to get the Pedestrian Shops to where it is today, but Lauren and Zoe continue to find more ways to serve Boulder better and hopefully keep your feet fashionable and comfortable! As always, thank you for supporting our family owned and operated business.

Fall Arrivals from Tamaris



We’re thrilled to add a fabulous new brand to our selection this fall. Tamaris is a German shoe brand that has been popular in Europe for several years. New for Fall 2015 they are finally available on our side of the pond – and better yet, at the Pedestrian Shops!

Tamaris Brit in Scarlet and Navy

Tamaris Brit in Scarlet and Navy

These shoes are the perfect combination of comfort and fashion! Nothing is better than a leather bootie that you can walk all over town in! Each of our Tamaris booties are made of genuine buttery leather and offer substantial cushion and support. Because of Tamaris, you no longer have to compromise style for comfort.

Tamaris Campsis and Deeena

Tamaris Campsis and Deeena

Fall is just around the corner, come in to try a pair on before they are gone! As this is a new brand for us, supply is limited. Shop early for the best selection. Not in Boulder? Thats OK — call 1-800-906-4225 to talk to one of our experienced sales associates, and place an order. As always, we offer FREE shipping on all online orders.

Tamaris Jacy

Tamaris Jacy

Tamaris Ocimum

Tamaris Ocimum

Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis

Blog Picture - Plantar

Here at the Pedestrian Shops we help all sorts of customers with different foot problems. We’ve seen it all! Bunions, hammertoes, arthritis, neuromas… the most common foot problem we hear about is plantar fasciitis. We are by no means doctors, but our staff has had the privilege of learning about some of these common foot problems from local podiatrist Dr. Kristina Hoffman from the Boulder Valley Foot and Ankle clinic. We are happy to make some suggestions of footwear that might be beneficial for you, but if you are in a lot of pain or having trouble finding the right shoe, we would definitely recommend visiting your local podiatrist’s office.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning, and might get better as the day goes on. This is particularly common in runners and those who wear shoes with inadequate support.

The first step in trying to recover from plantar fasciitis is finding a comfortable and supportive shoe. Typically what we have found to be best is a very supportive shoe with a stiff mid-foot and arch support. An easy test when you’re trying out shoes is to first see if you can bend the shoe in half. If you can, it’s likely not going to be a helpful shoe.

Good news is, we have plenty of shoes at the Pedestrian Shops that are good for plantar fasciitis! Here are some of our favorite summer sandals!

Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis

Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis

Dansko Joanie $129.95
Mephisto Honoria $184.95
Fit Flop Cha Cha $109.95
Birkenstock Arizona $99.95
Chaco Z/1 Yampa $109.95

If you are experiencing plantar faciitis, come on in and we’ll help you find the right shoe to start your recovery. Not in Boulder? Give us a call and one of our trained staff members will be happy to talk to you about personalized suggestions. 1-800-906-4225

Join Our Team!!

Full and Part Time Sales Positions Available at the Pedestrian Shops

Do you love shoes? Do you love helping people? If so, you might be just who we’re looking for!

We are seeking an experienced, responsible salesperson who enjoys working with people and being part of a team. This position will include assisting customers, ringing up sales, stock work, light cleaning, and merchandising.

We are interested in candidates who:

-Have retail sales experience (shoe sales experience preferred)

-Have flexible availability and can be available for 5 (full time) or 3-4 (part time) eight hour shifts per week.

- Are friendly, hardworking, and courteous

- Want to assist customers and sell comfortable footwear and accessories.

Benefits include:
-Accrued vacation time
-Employee discount
-EcoPass (full time)
-Health Plan (full time)

This is not a temporary or seasonal position.

To apply, please email your resume and brief cover letter to lauren (at) pedestrianshops.com or stop by our Downtown location and fill out an application.

About the Pedestrian Shops
The Pedestrian Shops is a locally owned business and has been selling the World’s Most Comfortable Brands of Shoes for over 45 years. We operate two Boulder stores (Downtown and in the Village) and a website, comfortableshoes.com. We proudly contribute to many community causes, have instituted a variety of green initiatives, and encourage our customers to Enjoy Life, Take a Walk.

Birkenstock: Comfort is Always in Fashion

Being in business for over 45 years, Pedestrian Shops has seen tons of footwear trends come and go. In fact, our humble beginnings were thanks to the Kalso Earth Shoe craze of the early 70’s. Since then, we have been dedicated to selling healthy, comfortable footwear to the people of Boulder and beyond. Birkenstock is a brand that epitomizes what Pedestrian Shops is all about. We’ve been proudly carrying this comfort brand for over 40 years. We’ve seen these sandals’ popularity rise and fall many times, but they’ve been a staple in our store since the first season we stocked them – because to us, comfort is always in fashion.

We are thrilled though, that the fashion world has embraced Birkenstock. It seems like Birkenstocks are everywhere these days, gracing designers’ runways, on feet from Boston, to Boulder, to Los Angeles, and even on the pages of the New Yorker magazine. We really enjoyed reading Rebecca Mead’s article ‘Sole Cycle’ in the New Yorker.

Here’s the beginning of the piece. If you’d like to continue reading, please click the link below.

Sole Cycle
The homely Birkenstock Gets a Makeover.
By Rebecca Mead

In 1936, Meret Oppenheim, the Swiss Surrealist artist, had tea with Pablo Picasso at the Café de Flore, in Paris. Oppenheim was wearing a bracelet, of her own design, that was clad in ocelot fur. Picasso admired it, noting that one could cover anything with fur. Soon afterward, Oppenheim produced her most famous work: a teacup, saucer, and spoon covered with the creamy-tan fur of a Chinese gazelle. The piece is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, and is celebrated for its suggestive conjunction of the domestic and the erotic. Oppenheim’s teacup came to mind last fall, while I was browsing in a shoe store and noticed that Birkenstock had created a peculiar version of its Arizona sandal—the classic, two-strap style long favored by hippies and German tourists. The sandal had the familiar chunky cork base and thick, buckled straps in dull brown-gray suède, but the insole and the straps were lined with fluffy white shearling. The shoe looked alluringly comfortable, like a Teddy bear that cuddled back. It also looked perplexingly impractical: if it’s cold enough for fur, it’s too cold—and likely too wet—for open-toed shoes. The sandal was witty, provocative, and slightly silly. Like an iPad, or an eight-dollar bottle of cold-pressed juice, it seemed the covetable answer to a need that hadn’t existed before it came along.

In recent years, the homely Birkenstock has become a curiously fashionable object. The company’s classic sandals have been omnipresent in my Brooklyn neighborhood. It seems to be the rare woman who doesn’t own a pair or two of sturdy Birkenstock thongs, called Gizehs, particularly if she spends a lot of time pushing a stroller or doing the elementary-school run. Women like me who, in our twenties and early thirties, blithely shifted between the ease of flip-flops and the constraint of high heels, were relieved to find some kindly support for our increasingly middle-aged feet. Women are so accustomed to the expectation that shoes will be uncomfortable—they will chafe our heels, or squash our toes, or make our insteps ache—that slipping on Birkenstocks felt revelatory.

Some of my peers found Birkenstocks irredeemably ugly, or too vivid a reminder of their shambolic college days; or they disliked the way that Birkenstocks can look alarmingly boatlike on larger feet. But others, like me, loved the fact that they supplied comfort without completely capitulating on style. Recently, the sandals had become available not just in mud brown or mud beige but also in contemporary hues like silver and patent white. Even if Birkenstocks were best kept out of the playground sprinkler, the worst thing about them was that, come colder weather, you had to take them off.

Continue reading at: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/23/sole-cycle-rebecca-mead

Pedestrian Shops proudly stocks Boulder’s best selection of Birkenstocks, carrying over 30 styles and colors. Shop our website or come and see us at one of our Boulder, CO stores.

5 Of The Best Outdoor Destinations To Visit In Boulder

This month, we’re celebrating the warmer weather and approach of summer by sharing our picks for some gorgeous walking and hiking destinations around Boulder! We’re lucky to be surrounded by beautiful landscape, and can’t wait to get outdoors and hit the trails this year. If you know of any great spots be sure to let us know so we can add them to the list! Here are our favorites, in no particular order:

1. Chautauqua

Chautauqua is a park and national historic landmark that sits at the base of Boulder’s beautiful Flatirons. One of Boulder’s premier destinations, Chautauqua is home to an auditorium, dining hall, park, a multitude of trails, and even rental cottages. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature has blessed us with right in our back yard. Visit for the day, or make a weekend out of it with a cottage rental. Chautauqua is a beautiful place to hike, relax and dine. Get a map here.

2. Flagstaff Trailhead

This trailhead sits up above Boulder and offers a variety of hiking trails with beautiful views of Boulder Valley. Trails are moderate but there are picnic tables around Flagstaff Summit perfect for taking a little nourishment break. Although there was a large wildfire that burned across the summit of Flagstaff Mountain back in 1924, Mother Nature has restored beautifully. While going on a hike in the Flagstaff Trailhead area, you can see some wildlife in its natural environment, including songbirds, mule deer and more!

3. Mt. Sanitas

If you are looking for a challenging hike that is not too long, Mt. Sanitas is the place to go. Bring a friend, your kid(s), and your pet or do it alone. With beautiful views overlooking Boulder and spots to rest along the 3-mile loop, completing this hike is worth your while. Grab your sunscreen, hiking gear, light snacks and water, and spend a few hours enjoying Mt. Sanitas.

4. Boulder Creek Path

The Boulder Creek Path follows along Boulder Creek stretching across the city from
east to west. This 7 mile pathway takes you through the different natural environments the city has to offer from the base of the mountains out into the rural plains. On any given spring day, you’ll find both walkers and bikers enjoying this popular path both for pleasure and commuting. Start your morning off or take a quick break from the hustle and bustle of life, and treat your senses to the gorgeous scenery along this path. If you are looking for a great activity to do Memorial Day Weekend, take a quick stroll on the Boulder Creek Path and enjoy the annual Creek Fest that is held along the downtown portion of the creek. http://www.walkridecolorado.com/boulder-county/boulder

5. Wonderland Lake

In north Boulder, Wonderland Lake offers an easy loop trail around the lake as well as trailheads that allow access to more challenging trails that head into the foothills. This popular neighborhood trail is easy and scenic. In the morning, you can feel fresh dew and morning light. On any clear spring day, you can catch sight of hang gliders in the sky. Another one of the best times of the day to come here is in the evening, where you can see the foothills backlit by a gorgeous setting sun. Visit Wonderland lake and enjoy the presence of Mother Nature.

We hope that you can find some time this summer to visit these beautiful places! If you need a new pair of hiking boots or walking shoes for your next outdoor endeavor, let us help you find the perfect pair for you. Look out for out next list of Boulder’s Best Spots!

Boulder’s Best: Richard’s Favorites

Local Favorites Of Pedestrian Shops Owner, Richard Polk

Last month we had our employees name a few of their favorite places to grab lunch within walking distance of our shops. This month, we’re keeping with our theme of great grub spots but we’ve asked the big enchilada – pun intended – to share some of his dining choices!

All of this month’s picks are within walking distance of the Pearl St. Shop as well as Richard’s home. If you find yourself in the area we encourage you to try them yourself and be sure to stop by and tell us what you think!

In no particular order, here is Richard’s top 5:

1. The Med Mediterranean Restaurant

The Med - Boulder Mediterraniean CuisineThe Med offers a fantastic mix of casual and exotic, Richard enjoys a leisurely dinner inspired by Mediterranean dishes, and prepared with a local twist. His favorite menu items include The Med Sampler Salad and the Chicken Sulla Griglia. http://www.themedboulder.com

2. Jill’s at the St. Julien HotelJill's Restaurant & Bistro

The St. Julien Hotel & Spa is a world class business in many respects, and Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro is a go-to dinner destination for Richard. His favorite items are the Tableside Caesar made by Antoine and their famous Natural Chicken.

3. Brasserie Ten Ten

Brasserie Ten Ten RestaurantBrasserie Ten Ten offers a classy and sophisticated experience filled with delicious French preparations. Famous for their brunch specials and fantastic bakery, you can’t help but find something on the menu to enjoy. Richard’s recommendation is the Poulet en Brique paired with the rich French Onion Soup and glass of Malbec wine!

4. Boulder ChophouseBoulder Chohouse & Tavern

Grab a seat at the bar at the Boulder Chophouse & Tavern, and you’re in for a treat. Another restaurant putting the perfect local touch on classic favorites, they blend timeless dishes with exciting personal spin. Their Chicken Piccata has a special place in Richard’s heart accompanied by a baked potato and wedge salad.

5. Pasta Jay’s

Pasta Jay'sPasta Jay’s is famous for its atmosphere as much as its food, and Richard enjoys both! A fun and friendly place to enjoy unforgettable Italian style cuisine, this is definitely a place to try. Richard’s favorites include the Antipasto Salad and the Chicken Parmigiana made with gluten-free pasta. Stop by and try some for yourself, we’re willing to bet you’ll go home with a jar of their famous pasta sauce!

Stay Tuned For More of Boulder’s Best by Pedestrian Shops!

Pedestrian Shops is proud to be a Boulder Business, and we want to share some of our favorite fellow local businesses with you! Check back here to see our latest picks, and let us know what local shops and restaurants you’d like to see!


Pedestrian Shops Presents: Boulder’s Best!

Our Employee’s Top 5 Picks For Lunch Cuisine

Here at Pedestrian Shops we love to support our fellow local businesses on or around the Pearl St. Mall! One of the most fun ways we do this is by eating lunch at the restaurants near our shops. We have grown very fond of these restaurants; each of our employees even has a favorite! Check out our top 5 places for lunch and visit them yourself! Here is our line up, in no particular order:

1. Snarf’s Sandwiches

Snarf's Sandwiches LogoYou can find this tasty sandwich shop close by. It is only a five-minute bike ride from our store in the Village. Many of our staff members love grabbing a Snarfs sandwich on their lunch breaks. Gus likes the hot dog sandwich with American cheese and bacon, who doesn’t love bacon!?! Tony likes the vegetarian sandwich containing, provologne, sprouts, and avocado Yum. Hey Snarfs! He even thinks it’s among the best veggie sandwiches in Boulder!



2. Fior di Latte

Fior de Latte LogoThis summer Fior di Latte graced is with their wonderful presence and delicious gelato. It is just two doors down from our Pearl St. store. We are always surprised to see people eating gelato cones at 10am, but that is a typical sight in front of our store. Our staff loves to grab mid afternoon gelato pick me ups on busy days! They always have amazing flavors like strawberries with balsamic, tiramisu and earl grey. In addition to gelato, they also serve espresso drinks and fresh pastries. Fior di Late claims that they have the best chocolate croissant in town, we would have to agree!



3. Illegal Pete’s

Illegal Pete's LogoIf no one is in the store during any of the meal times, I would try finding us at Illegal Petes. This burrito shop is probably the most popular breakfast, lunch and dinner destination for our staff! Many of our employees have Illegal Petes for at least one meal a day, and it’s not uncommon for someone to have a breakfast burrito in the morning and another for lunch. Everything they serve is great! Tony, our general manager loves the vegetarian burrito with veggie green chili. Whitney, one of our long time employees, loves the taquitos. Beware, the servings are huge! If you are looking for a smaller serving, the kid’s size is perfect! This is also a common place for a staff to meet after work for a couple of post work day drinks.



4. T-ACO

T-ACO logoThis taco restaurant is just a couple blocks away from our Pearl St. store, and is a fun after work treat! We love this place because you order your tacos ala-cart, and get to try a handful of different flavors. Zoe, our operations manager, likes to go to T-Aco on Tuesday for Taco Tuesday! On Tuesday nights they have $2 tacos and great deals on margaritas. Zoe usually gets 1 braised pork belly taco, one grilled cotija cheese taco, and one grilled shrimp taco.



5. The Boulder Café

Photo Of The Boulder Cafe On PearlThis restaurant is just up the mall a couple of blocks from our Pearl St. Store. Our staff loves this restaurant because of the broad menu and the fair prices. From 3pm until closing everyday they have a great happy hour, where all drinks and appetizers are half off. Chicken wings or artichoke spinach dip make for a great work lunch. When the weather is nice, they have an awesome outdoor patio, which is perfect for people watching on the Pearl St. Mall.



Explore Pearl St. In Comfort With Pedestrian Shops!

Please join us in continuing to support these amazing restaurants. Stop by one of the shops and pick up a pair of The World’s Most Comfortable Shoes and stroll the area in luxury! Try them all, we know you won’t regret it… we sure don’t!

And check back soon for our next round of Boulder’s Best! We’ll be periodically bringing you more great local businesses, chosen by our employees, friends, family, and YOU!


Take A Step Towards Better Health

With healthcare costs rising, and a nationwide focus on better health, one of the most frequently overlooked preventative care treatments available is also one of the easiest… Walking! This simple exercise is great for people of all ages and ability levels and offers a number of benefits. If you’re looking to increase strength, lose weight, or increase overall health, walking may be the workout plan you’ve been looking for. Start out right with a brand new pair of the world’s most comfortable walking shoes from Pedestrian Shops!

Benefits Of Walking

According to the American Heart Association walking can not only improve blood pressure, it can also reduce stress and decrease your risk for many kinds of cancer, among other things. Walking, unlike many activities, is generally easy on your body while still providing a surprising impact on your health. And the best part, you ask? It’s FREE!

One of the most important aspects of walking, along with running and other sports, is having a comfortable and properly fitted shoe. Finding the right fit will help protect your feet, and make your daily walks that much more enjoyable. If you live in the Boulder, Colorado area we encourage you to stop by one of our shops for a professional consultation. If your journey has taken you far from our beautiful city, here are some tips to help get the right shoe on the right foot, so to speak.

Finding The Right Shoe

The most important things when choosing a shoe are:

  • Room To Grow – Leave about one half inch between the end of your toes and the end of the shoe. Our experts will help you get this just right!
  • Width – The widest part of your foot should fit snugly but comfortably in the shoe, allowing your toes to move without the shoe shifting. Our team can help you pick a perfect width shoe, as men and women tend to have significantly different foot profiles.
  • Account for Swelling and Socks – Did you know that your foot can actually get slightly larger later in the day? Socks can also affect the fit, so be sure to wear the same socks you intend to use while walking/running.
  • Your best option is to speak with one of our specialists about your activity level, and the feel of the shoe when you try it on. They can help you find the best fit, even before the shoe is fully broken in, giving you the best experience possible!

How Old Are Your Shoes?

Athletic shoes should be replaced when the cushioning begins to wear down, to avoid injury to the foot. Under normal use, this can be after about 6 months or 300 to 400 miles, whichever occurs first. When in doubt, be good to your feet and pick up a new, perfectly fit pair of shoes!

Pedestrian Shops Is Your Source For Comfortable Walking Shoes

Whether you’re a seasoned runner, or just starting a simple walking routine to clear your mind and cool down at the end of a busy day, Pedestrian Shops can help you step into a healthy routine, literally! Our staff is well trained and is happy to help you choose the best shoe for your activity, and ensure a perfect fit. Stop by today or visit our online store and enjoy free shipping right to your front door.