Solemates Blog

Sourcing. How to find a manufacturer.
How do you source a product?  Our products are made in the USA.  We were not jingoistic in our strategy, but we knew that it would be easier to manage cash flow if we could place smaller orders closer to when...
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Stumbling in Stilettos
Thanks for reading our blog! Weekly, we strive to answer a FAQ as posed by a customer about how we started our business and advice for others as they consider starting or growing their own.  Question: How did you go...
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Weddings in the Time of COVID
You've spent months, maybe even years planning for your big day. So much energy and emotion has gone into creating this wonderful celebration. But COVID had other plans. So what do you do when you don't want to postone? We've...
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Summer Foot Health 101
Summer is usually the time to relax, let loose, and enjoy outdoor activities. This year, probably more than any other year, we are all in need of fresh air, sunlight, and movement right now - both for our minds and...
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Pandemic Style Advice - Why You Don't Have to (And Shouldn't) Let Yourself Go Completely
For the last 4 months, the days have been strange, scary, and at times monotnous without our old routines in place breaking up the time. Since we have all been more homebound, a lot of us have altered our personal...
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Are Expensive Shoes Worth It?
We've received this question so many times over the years and recently had the opportunity to get feedback from some shoe experts who set the record straight. Are expensive shoes worth the investment?  According to Meghan Blalock  from Who What Wear...
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10 Tips for Buying Shoes Online
Shopping in the time of COVID has shifted significantly online. Now that many retailers are inviting customers back in stores, many shoppers have reservations and are still opting for online purchases or curbside pick-ups to minimize contact with others. For...
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Founder Feature: ALLY Shoes
Next up in our spotlight series is Sam Dong, founder of ALLY Shoes, one of the coolest, most innovative brands of footwear we've ever seen. And, the ALLY Shoes team has been kind enough to share a special discount for Solemates...
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How to be Social While Social Distancing
Many areas are in the re-opening phases now, but how can you be social while practicing social distancing? We have all the tools you need to safely and comfortably socialize with friends and family, and all of these make for...
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Thank You!
While these last few months have presented some of the greatest challenges to us all, we have also witnessed some incredible acts of kindness and love. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and suppliers, we have been able donate...
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Shopping in the New Normal
We are living in a new environment where most of our previous routines and habits have had to adjust significantly. The retail landscape and how we shop have changed extensively due to the pandemic, as highlighted recently by Forbes. We have spoken to business...
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Small Business Spotlight: Blue Suede Shoes
As states begin the reopening process, we are heading to Texas to learn more about a one of a kind boutique with a passion for fashion and shoes! Who are you? Jo Anne Petro, owner of Blue Suede Shoes & Hot Child...
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You Can Still Say 'I Do' - 10 Tips on How to Plan a Virtual Wedding
This pandemic has completely disrupted our way of life. As hard as it has been, having to navigate through wedding planning during this time is unprecedented. If postponing your wedding is not your preference, we have all the tips you...
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How to Host a Virtual Graduation Party. 10 Steps to real-life Success!
The reality has set in and the traditional ceremonies are long cancelled. It is for the greater good, so we have accepted it.  The rite of passage that the graduates have worked so hard to achieve, should not go on...
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Mother's Day Gifts: Gift Ideas directly from some of our most loved moms.
With Mother's Day approaching, we asked some of our favorite mothers, grandmothers and dog mothers to give us their picks for presents that would love to receive on that most special day.  While every mother mostly wishes for her family...
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Get One, Give One. Help us help the frontline healthcare workers.
  Helping the Heroes N95 masks, while crucial, are causing chafing on the faces of the frontline healthcare workers who are wearing them. Our Anti-friction balm is stopping the chafe.  Over the last few weeks, we have received a handful...
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The Art (+ Science) of Relaxation
5 Must-Haves to Optimize your ability to Relax Relaxing does not come naturally to everyone.  The challenge is all the more real today; and the need for it all the more important.   Not only does finding calm feel good, it is actually...
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Small Business Spotlight: Beam & Barre
Next up in our series, we are bringing it close to home. We are proud to feature one of our own local small businesses with whom we work, Beam & Barre. While they are always on point(e), they are definitely...
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How to Postpone Your Wedding
We've received so many notes from brides, graduates, event planners, florists, photographers, and customers expressing their sorrow over having to cancel their wedding/graduation/party.  We're heartbroken over this reality but know it is just a temporary setback for long term happiness. ...
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How to Organize your closet (5 Tools that will change your life)
The challenge of time is knowing how to best spend it.   The challenge of space is knowing how to best to use it. *Spoiler* I am not going to explain the space-time continuum or expand on Einstein's theory.  I am going...
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Why Pandemics are to credit (or blame) for your closet.
How Previous Epidemics Impacted Home Design. Ever wonder how subway tile got so popular?  If you’re doing your part and social distancing from inside your home, you may start to notice small details of your house or apartment you hadn’t thought...
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