About urbansolechico

Urban Sole is an upscale shoe boutique in downtown Chico California that strives to provide premium shoes and service to it's customers. Urban Sole carries an array of designers and brands and is always looking to expand. Some notable brands currently include; Frye, Sam Edelman, UGG, Kelsi Dagger, TOMS, Splendid, Me Too, Seychelles, Not Rated, Naughty Monkey and Miz Mooz.

Jackets, Wraps and Sweater Dresses

The essentials for fall!

It is finally starting to cool down here in Chico, CA! The mornings are crisp and cold yet by the afternoon there is still a hint of summer lingering around. Hot, fresh brewed coffee is a must in the mornings, and layers are much encouraged, especially if your day starts early.

If it’s not the boots that get you excited for fall it has to be the sweaters and jackets! There is something about layering up and getting all cozy in a soft knitted sweater that has us reminiscing of trips to the pumpkin patch and jumping in a fresh pile of leaves (because lets face it, no matter how hard we try to hide it, we will forever be kids at heart).

Some of our favorite pieces right now are sweater dresses, they mix the joy of a sweater with the cuteness of a dress…and they look great with boots! Volcom has come out with a few sweater dresses we just can’t get enough of and mixing and matching tights and boot socks adds a fun twist to a simple style. Cardigans and wraps are another must have! Many can be worn year round, but the ones catching our eyes this season are the fun tribal prints and woven patterned wraps. They are so fun to mix and match and are a great layering item!

This seasons color palette is an inspiring mix of calm earthy tones combined with vivid rich colors as expressed in Pantone‘s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2013.Pantone Fall 2013 colorsDeep Lichen Green, Linden Green, Carafe and Turbulence create the perfect camo this season. With the camo-trend going strong there are now a plethora of ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe. One of our favorite ways this season is the camo jacket. We love how Gentle Fawn mixes camo with olive green accents in their “Archer Jacket” and adds brown vegan leather to the yolk of the jacket, creating a rugged or “tough” edge to the jacket and a draw string around the waist allows for a more flattering, feminine shape.

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TOMS: Desert Wedge

toms-desertwedgeFall isn’t just about boots and one of our fall favorites are the TOMS Desert Wedges! They come in so many fun patterns and rich suede colors it’s hard to chose one. TOMS picked a great height for this wedge, it’s tall enough to add height but not too tall that you won’t want to wear them every day! We love how well these wedges work with dresses and skirts but can still be dressed down with your favorite denim. And how fun is the leopard suede?! Every girl needs a little animal print in her wardrobe 😉

Tips on taking care of suede:

1. Before you wear them outside make sure to spray them with a leather and suede protecting spray. We suggest Meltonian Water and Stain Protector, but as long as your spray isn’t oil based you should be fine.

2. Use a suede brush when cleaning your suede shoes. This will revive the nap and remove any dirt build up. It is suggested you clean your suede shoes after every use for ideal results. Also, make sure you brush in the same direction to make sure your shoes get clean and your not just pushing dirt around.

3. For removing mild stains:

  1. The first and least desirable is to use a small file or emery board. Rubbing very lightly you will remove the stain but also risk damaging the material quite severely.
  2. You can try rubbing both shoes against each other which can gently brush away the stain without hurting the nap.
  3. The third and most efficient method is to invest in a suede cleaning block or suede eraser which will crumble as you rub the stain, hopefully removing even the deeper stains.

All in all, the better care you have for your shoes the longer they will last and the more use you will be able to get out of them!

Fall Fever

Ok, so it still may be 100 degrees out in Chico, CA but we can’t help but think about fall! The cool air, vibrant colors of all the leaves changing from greens to yellows to oranges and reds; hot coffee or tea to start the mornings right and bundling up in our over-sized knitted sweaters! Oh! And of course, BOOTS! 🙂 However the reality remains, it’s still summer here in California :/ but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream!

So with our fall inventory starting to trickle in we felt it was only necessary to post some pre-fall outfits!

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Top left: We love how Volcom has become so much more feminine over the last few years. This Volcom “Rebel” dress in black is a fun twist on a rather preppy style. The sheer top layer with it’s fun motorcycle pattern adds texture and flare to this dress. We paired this dress with a simple pair of Free People Black Opaque Tights and a classic pump, like the Franco Sarto “Landry” heel, creating an effortless dressy casual look.

Top right: The Splendid “Collard Henley Dress” in Deep Teal is chic, comfy and timeless. Whether you’re running to the store in some jeans, or heading to the office with a blazer, or going out for drinks in some flashy heels…this dress will go with you wherever you need to be. We paired this dress with a pair of Me Too “Giavanna” heels, which if you know Me Too you know these heels are amazingly comfortable!

Bottom Left: Sometimes a girl just needs to be comfortable and with this casual fall look you will be comfortable and still feel chic. The top is the Splendid “1×1 Tank Top” in Shadow, the bottoms are  the Paige “Skyline Straight” jeans in Black Ink and the shoes are the Frye “Karla Engineer Short” in Grey.

Bottom middle: For the working woman we loved this outfit; Top: Volcom “Rebel Tank” in Black, bottoms: Velvet “Mariel” Skirt in Black, shoes: Franco Sarto “Landry” heel and bag: Frye “Campus Satchel” in Burnt Red. The skirt is flattering as it accentuates all the right curves and the sheer fabric of the top gives this look a more dressy appeal.

Bottom right: We are LOVING the Camo trend! How fantastic are these Joe’s Jeans “Straight Ankle” Jean in Dayna?! With the fit of a boyfriend jean these pants have so much style and spunk. Paired here with a comfy Michael Stars “Short Sleeve Crew Neck Tee” in Oxide and the Frye “Courtney Lace Up” boot in Dark Brown. This look is easy, on trend and comfortable; perfect for fall!

How to Wash TOMS

Working in a shoe store that sells a plethora of TOMS we get asked all the time on how customers should care for their TOMS if they get dirty or stinky. They are a bit tricky in the sense that they are made up of canvas AND leather, but they are washable! Here is the trick:

It is advised against to wash them via washing machine. Some people will shower with them on to get them clean or by washing them by hand. If you wish to wash them in the washing machine here is how to do it:

  • First, place them in the bag that came with the shoes (as pictured below) or any other garment bag you have at home is fine.

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  • Wash them on the DELICATE or KNIT cycle. Putting a few drops of detergent on the shoes before you place them in the washer is a good way to make sure they get nice and soapy allowing for a better cleaning.
  • Air dry your TOMS. DO NOT put them in the sun to dry, they will fade. If your dryer has an “air fluff” setting, meaning no heat is used, you may dry your TOMS this way as well.

For sweaty feet and stinky TOMS we reccomend a foot spray or powder from your local drug store, or you can use baby powder and baking sode. Sprinkle a little bit of baby powder and baking soda in your shoes before you wear them to absorb extra moisture and eliminate odor.

With leather shoes it is suggested that you don’t wear them multiple days in a row as it prevents the lether from completely drying after use. With TOMS we know they are hard not to wear every day with how comfortable they are! But these tips and tricks will help keep your TOMS in the best condition.

Frye Fall Preview

Frye Fall Preview
At Urban Sole we have an obsession with Frye boots, bags and pretty much everything Frye makes out of there delicious leathers! Featured here are just a few of our recent boots and handbags that Frye has sent us.
  1. The Frye Campus boot. This boot is so classic and timeless we have customers who still have their Campus boots from the 60s and 70s!! And they still look gorgeous!
  2. The Frye Campus Crossbody. Some of us here at Urban Sole are pursuing higher education and we can’t help but feel drawn to this bag! It’s perfect for running around campus from class to class and hurrying into work after without needing to sprint home first. Big enough to pack it all but small enough to not feel weighed down. We LOVE!
  3. The Frye Courtney Lace Up. The military boot trend is here and we can’t help but jump on board! What we love best about this gorgeous lace up boot is the small 2 inch heel. It gives the boot a more feminine look while giving your feet extra support.
  4. The Frye Jackie Button. This boot screams Western! The distressing is perfect, the leather is soft and we can’t help but day dream of mixing and matching this boot with our favorite tights, boot socks, leggings and chunky sweaters! Is it fall yet?!
  5. The Frye Campus Crossbody. As said before this bag is so versatile and the fact that we have it in TWO colors makes us want to splurge and get both!
  6. The Frye Paige Tall Riding boot. This is the ULTIMATE riding boot! Soft vegetable tan leather that hits just below the knee with a double layer detail that adds dimension to the boot. We could die happy with this boot!
  7. The Frye Karla Engineer short boot. The distressing and color of this boot are impeccable. The heel is feminine enough to wear with dresses and skirts but masculine enough for jeans and a more rugged look.

Havaianas – The Ultimate Flip Flop

Havaianas - The Ultimate Flip Flop

Havaianas are our favorite rubber flip flops! Not only are they comfortable and durable but they come in hundreds of different colors, designs and styles. What sets Havaianas apart from any other flip flop is their patented rubber that’s durability outlasts its competitors. A huge hit in Brazil and now all over the world, Havaianas has taken over! And we are so thankful! Havaianas allow a girl to be comfortable without sacrificing style. Mix and match colors with your outfits, take a few pairs on your next vacation, either way you will still look and feel fabulous in your Havaianas.

Garden Party

Garden Party
With all the women coming into the shoe store looking for shoes for up-coming weddings I felt it was only fit to post an outfit inspire by a garden wedding. It’s a rule that you should never wear black or white to a wedding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have accents of black or white. Also, you want to be comfortable, as weddings have been know to last for hours and are usually well equipped with food and drinks. So I chose this Velvet maxi dress, it’s comfortable (even after a few drinks and appetizers) and has a floral like print filled with vibrant colors. The Me Too Gelica heel helps pop those bits of color while giving you some extra height. Don’t worry about the wedding celebrations lasting all night, these sexy heels have memory foam foot-beds that will keep your feet happy! To tie in the gold buckles on the heels I chose this fun Juicy Couture snake embossed gold clutch, it’s not a garden without a little snake right?