5.09.2012

New Naot Shoes and a Giveaway for Canadian Readers!

This weekend, me and the huz celebrated our tenth anniversary with a four-day mini-break in Chicago. Just us! Without the kids! It was the longest we had ever gone away without them, and it was really good. We ate at some superb restaurants, looked at some gorgeous buildings, learned about the local history, and walked around historical neighbourhoods. And when I say, we walked, I mean, we walked.

I'm guessing we clocked 25-30 km a day, literally from sunup to way beyond sundown, through neighbourhoods and museums, over bridges and rivers, stopping to check out cute stores, eat or take refuge from the intermittent rain. And I walked it all in brand new, never-before-worn shoes.

I know! It's a gamble, right? Well no, not when your brand new shoes are from Naot.



These are my new Jennifer Flip-Flopsicles(tm) - cute, huh? They were unbelievably comfortable, thanks to Naot's renowned footbed engineering. Featuring cork over a layer of natural sponge latex, these shoes absorb shock, moisture and, as I already said, over 25 km of daily pavement pounding. My foot probably hasn't had time to yet become moulded into the cork (seriously one of the best features of Naot shoes - like a footprint in the sand), but that did not make my little Jennifer's any less comfortable.

Because I am a lucky, lucky girl, Naot also sent me another pair of shoes that were perfect for our  evenings in Chicago. Going through the Naot catalog is an exercise in pure joy for me, but choosing my shoes can be a painful exercise - I want them all! So usually I browse for a few days, constantly changing my mind about which shoes I'll pick, and in the end, it is the shoes that I simply can't get out of my mind that win. This season, I went for these beauties:




Gorgeous, right? These are Naot Prestige sandals (I got them in Brushed Black/Slate). They looked amazing with everything I wore, from skinny jeans to flowy skirts, and, according to my husband, were quite sexy. I was a little bit worried at first, as I am not a very graceful woman and to me, these qualify as high heels, but I had to pick them. I needn't have worried - they're Naots! Of course they are comfortable, and of course I could walk in them. They are dreamy to wear, thanks to a pillow-like footbed, super-soft leather upper and adjustable straps. I love wearing these shoes. They make me feel amazing, and I think women should always feel that way about their shoes.

I want you to feel that way about your shoes as well, so I have a pair to give you! I chose a pair that I absolutely love, and I think are the pretty darn close to the perfect summer shoe.





These are the new Panama sandal, featuring everything I love most about Naots - the cork and latex footbed, real Italian leather upper, adjustable straps for a perfect fit, and adorable styling to ensure that you never mix up your comfortable shoes with your grandma's. These would look cute with pretty much any summer outfit, and I guarantee that they will be comfortable from day one, whether you are chasing a baby or catching a bus.

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me where you'll wear your new Naots this summer! 


Contest details:

- The winner will receive a Naot gift card for the full retail value of the Panama sandals. This gift card must be redeemed at a Naot Footwear Retail Store, with locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. 

Winner must have access to a Naot Footwear Retail Store. 

- One winner will be randomly picked.

- Contest closes Sunday, May 20 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be announced on Monday, May 21, 2012.

Disclosure: This contest is being offered in cooperation with Naot Canada. I am a proud partner of Naot, and receive complimentary product from Naot in exchange for my partnership.

**Winner winner chicken dinner!**

A huge congratulations to Rebecca of Playground Confidential, winner of the Naot Panama sandals! Woot!

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21 comments:

  1. Those are some pretty shoes. Finding comfortable sandals can be a tricky thing.

    I'd wear my Naot's all over Toronto this summer. They'd also go with me to Kincardine, where I'll sun on the beach and get some R&R, as well as Stratford, where the other half and I are taking in a show and having a long weekend together.

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  2. I LOVE Naots. My most comfortable pair of shoes ever are Naots, and I would suggest them for anyone.

    My Naots, because these are going to be mine, will be worn in New York at BlogHer in August, where my feet will be in need of comfort while I hunt down gnocchi on the hot city streets.

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  3. I've been looking for a perfect summer sandal and YOU FOUND THEM. Between trips to the beach, Portland, Vancouver (where I will use the gift card I win) and New York this summer, I need good sandals!

    xo

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  4. Those are lovely. I will likely wear them everywhere. They will get most of their mileage to and from work as a new commuter (car/GO/TTC FTW! Sigh.) I will also wear them *at* work where I will show off my toenails that will not be painted by my 3 year old, which is why I'm wearing closed-toe shoes now.

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  5. I will be in Montreal this summer and those shoes sure would be fabulous for all that sight-seeing I'll be doing!!

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  6. Out of the way Schmutzie, those Naots are mine, all mine!

    I'll be wearing mine in Vancouver going to the childrens' festival and walking around the seawall. And when we zoom to Toronto to the cottage for a couple of weeks, they will be there too, marching along through quaint Ontario small towns.

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  7. Those sandals are mine, and I'll wear them all summer hanging out with my kidlets in Toronto :)

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  8. The pool, the park, to bed (cause who's kidding who.....with four kids home for the entire summer, who has time to take shoes off before hitting the sack?)

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  9. Auntie JennoMay 09, 2012

    I will wear those beautiful shoes to my daughter's fourteenth birthday party in Toronto!

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  10. I wore Naots all over Europe a few years ago (pre children) and they were amazing! This year I would wear them to chase my daughters around Niagara, and maybe to a winery or the Shaw festival.

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  11. Oooooh nice shoes. I'd like to wear some Naots out and about in Toronto - to the park or out with friends. And I'd take them to NYC too :)

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  12. Nice shoes! I'd love to wear them to all the summer markets in and around Toronto: farmers' markets, St. Lawrence Market (Sunday mornings!), and -- my favourite -- Aberfoyle Antiques market.

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  13. Where would I wear a pair of Naots? I would wear them while running after my almost two-year old. Then I'd wear them out with my daughter while she learns to bike ride without training wheels, or without crashing, whichever one happens this summer. And I vow to wear them out to at least one date with the hubster. Maybe even TWO! :)

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  14. Where would I NOT wear those? Perfect for pushing three kids around the city all summer and even more perfect for walking around NYC with you!

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  15. NAOTs are pretty much the only shoes I can wear b/c I depend on orthodics and NAOTs can take the orthotics while also remaining very stylish. Where would I wear them? Everywhere. To Boston for a conference. To the local Shakespeare in the park. To Grand Manan Island for a photography workshop. In the park, at the beach, on my bike, along the sidewalk... To the aquarium in Vancouver at summer's end. In short, I would wear the livin' daylights out of them. Not sure how I could get to one of the flagship stores to pick them up, but I know my NAOT size from the 10 or so pair I've owned over the years, so I could definitely work something out.

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  16. I was just coveting a friend's Naots yesterday. I would wear those puppies anywhere. Except to bed.

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  17. I would wear mine to the park, to the store, in my car because NAOTs are the only shoes that don't give me electric shocks which is why I've had the same pair of sandals for six years (and could really use a new pair), on the airplane to Sault Ste Marie and all over for the rest of my life! Well, maybe not the rest of my life. At least another six years.

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  18. I will wear mine to PEI. We are making our fifth trip to the Woods Island area and our second trip with our son. Last time, he was still too little to be much trouble, but this year he is four! I anticipate lots of running, chasing and day trips! Since most of my shoes are Walmart specials, I could really use a great pair for this last trip to the East Coast!

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  19. Oh my gosh - I would wear those shoes everywhere! Mostly to the park though. Let's be honest here. As a mother to a toddler, that's where I spend the majority of my time - LOL.

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  20. I would wear them EVERYWHERE; I get terrible pains in my feet when I don't wear Naot's - they are SO comfy

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  21. Great footbed! Naot shoes are very comfy and stylish as well.

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