The Chelsea Boot

*This post was sponsored by Zappos

Never underestimate the power of footwear, especially great boots. I just can’t live without them. Here’s why: Strong statement shoes add the finishing touch to your outfit, and trust me, that doesn’t go unnoticed. Boots add an elevated and seasonal feel to your outfit that, when done right, can pull your entire look together. They’re so multi-functional that you can wear them with denim, chinos or even full suits. You can tuck the pants in for a more rugged look or keep the pants over the boots for a dressier feel. Depending on the vibe of the outfit, there are so many ways to play with styling boots during the fall and winter months. You can get so many looks out of them!

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I've been wearing Steve Madden boots for years. Their lace-up combat boots (in both black and brown) are staples in my wardrobe because they are comfortable and versatile enough to wear with everything. Now I have a new Steve Madden style to add to my collection: the Chelsea boot. I ordered the boots from Zappos, which is always such an easy experience. Shipping is free and fast. Plus, if you are as indecisive as me, they have a 365-day return policy, which takes the pressure off of having to make decisions too quickly. The Chelsea boot is one of my favorite styles because it’s both casual and formal. They don’t have laces, and the sides are elastic, creating a sleek and modern silhouette. That’s why they pair perfectly with a slim style of pants. Remember: the fit matters. They shouldn’t be loose.

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When it comes to shoe brands that deliver solid quality at an affordable price point, Steve Madden is one I often refer to my fellas. They have a variety of fashion-forward fall styles that you can filter through on Zappos, based on your own personal style. They come in a variety of different fabrics (leathers, suedes, etc.), textures, and colors. Most importantly, they feel so comfortable when I'm running through New York City every day. I rarely sacrifice comfort for style, so it’s refreshing to see that a brand I've been wearing for years doesn’t change the impressive quality of their footwear. Take advantage of the cozy seasons and get those boots ready for months of styling!

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Outdoor Training 

*This post was sponsored by my friends over at Zappos

Hot summer days are slowly coming to an end as slight hints of fall are in the air. With the transition of seasons comes the most comfortable weather to train outdoors. I crave fresh air, so what better way to enjoy the outdoors than by breaking a sweat? Living a healthy and balanced lifestyle is important to me so I try to make time to workout five to six times per week, even if its a busy day and has to be short and sweet. If you don’t have time to get to a gym, city streets or nature can be the perfect replacements. With a little creativity, you can use things in the environment surrounding you to get in a fantastic work out. 

Running on a treadmill is one of the most painful things for me. I get easily bored, distracted, and find myself looking at the time, second by second as I wait for it to hit zero. When I want to get in a run, there is no better place to do so then outside. Put on your favorite playlist, blast your music and let your adrenaline fuel a run through the crisp air. When running on pavement, what you wear on your feet is especially important for the performance of your workout. Non-supportive shoes can produce blisters and cause excruciating pain in your ankles, which hinders how hard you can push yourself. To prevent this, I suggest wearing a pair of flat-knit runners like these sneakers from Brooks to make sure you're set up for success. What I love about these sneakers is that they are made so that the underfoot of each shoe adapts to the runner and your levels of impact. They provide flexible cushioning and extra security to ensure proper form while pounding the pavement.

Exercises like leg lunges, squats, burpees and drop kicks can be done anywhere outside as long as you have a flat surface. I suggest that after you run, create a lower body routine that incorporates some of your favorite leg exercises. Your shoes shouldn’t be the only thing providing maximum comfort when working your muscles. High performance athletic gear like this tank top and shorts from Brooks are made with DriLayer® fabric that is cooling and extra comfortable. The shorts are designed to draw perspiration off of your skin and push it out to the exterior of the fabric, keeping pockets of sweat from overheating your body. Its so hard to find comfortable clothes to workout in, but everything I am wearing can be found over at Zappos - and they offer free shipping and returns which is something I always look for when shopping because you can try out many different styles until you find the one you love.

One last outdoor workout tip for you is that you can even work your arms and upper body without bringing weights outside. Find a bench, stairwell, or anything you can safely prop yourself up on to do a range of exercises like pull ups, dips and push-ups. Don’t forget to finish off your workout with stretching to help prevent injuries and keep your muscles loose and limber. With some outdoor training and comfortable clothing to maximize your fitness sessions, you are on your way to being in fighting shape this fall!