This entry was posted on May 17, 2017 by Arielle Burnette.
Summer is the time when down-dressed, casual looks magically become stylish again. Chinos, short sleeves, and linen are all coming back into our closets, meaning it's time find the perfect flip-flops and summer sandals to top off your look. For whoever you want to be this summer and whatever adventures you might have on your calendar, we’ve rounded up the best, coolest, freshest, and most exciting sandal trends of the season.
As far as summer footwear goes, the lace-up sandal is no longer a trend—it's a staple for your warm-weather wardrobe. The best way to wear them? Use our wide selection of lace-up sandals to dress up your shorts, a romper or a jumpsuit. Whether you sport lace or stripes, these statement sandals will elongate your frame and take your look to the next level. The lace-up shoe can instantly add a little edge to the feminine trend, and it is a great way to take your favorite summer skirt from day to night. If you choose to go with a wedge sandal, we highly recommend the stunner of the summer, the Fly London ‘Yuke’ platform sandal. Not loving an elongated leg? The Naot Yarrow sandal is a comfortable and colorful choice if you want to try the trend in a more casual way.
Wedge sandals were hot trend again this spring, but we will also see this trend carry us into summertime - and for a good reason! Wedge sandals score high on the comfort and chic-factor, giving all the ladies more height for less hurt. A wedged sandal in a neutral tone are great ways to elongate your legs, yet are chic enough to wear with any other color in your wardrobe, offering versatility without being boring or basic. With the right pair of neutral wedges, you can go from a day at the office to a summer evening barbecue with friends. Simply put, wedged sandals are cool both in the way they look and the way they feel. For our fashion-forward fashionistas, we recommend either the Clark’s Annadel Eirwyn (pictured above in Sand) or the Kork-Ease Austin (pictured above in Rust).
The 70’s are back, baby! A perfect complement to your style with the arrival of warm weather, the coveted clog is back in action. For those days when comfort is all that matters—except you still want to hold onto your style cred— we recommend pulling out a pair of clogs. And with walkable block heels, chic crisscross bodies, and a bright crop of colors, they're so much cooler than the clogs you remember from your childhood. For a Sunday morning step-out, try the Ugg Janie Clog with your favorite pair white jeans and a simple top. For a comfy & très chic shoe out on the town, we recommend the Dansko Thea.
No matter the season, flip flops are a coveted shoe that gives our toes a break from the squeeze of our workday heals. With all day comfort guaranteed, you can easily slip them on to take a walk with your dog or kick them off for a day at the beach. This summer, expect to see the flip-flop trend get slimmer. This summer will feature a wide variety of flip flops with thinner straps than ever before for a fancy and feminine twist. Best of all, you can still expect the same amount of comfort, durability, and style from all the flip flop brands you know and love! From a brunch to a boat, or biking to the beach, an essential women's flip flop we recommend is Olukai Kulapa Kai Leather- the signature thin straps never get loose and the patented design never loses its shape. If you're looking for something more classic, the Rainbows Premier Leather Narrow Strap Sandal offers a feminine twist to the classic Rainbow shoe.
With summer in full swing, now is the time to find yourself a pair of cute and comfortable sandals to go with every sundress and bikini you slip on this season. From clogs to wedges, these sandal options are the perfect way to beat the heat while still looking chic and put together. No matter what you're doing or where you’re going this summer, there's a sandal for everyone for every occasion at Abbadabba’s.
This entry was posted in Atlanta, Clarks, Clogs, Dansko, Naot, Style on May 17, 2017 by Arielle Burnette.
This entry was posted on April 20, 2017 by Arielle Burnette.
April Showers may bring May flowers, but in Atlanta - you never know what the weather will bring. Although we’re excited for the upcoming sandal season, it is always best to prepare against the war on precipitation. Whether you’re looking to tuck your skinny jeans into a pair of Hunter wellies or strap up some Chacos, now is the time to invest in footwear built for the season surrounded by water. Take a peek at our top picks for footwear that will keep you dry and comfortable -- rain or shine!
Before you make any assumptions about a colorful pair of toe gloves, consider the reason that this city is nicknamed “Hotlanta”. Sure, they aren’t your typical rain shoes, but these Vibrams were expertly-designed with gripping soles and breathable mesh. We love recommending them to our customers because these are a water resistant shoe that lacks the bulk of a rain boot. After all, when it's hot and sticky out, the last thing you want to wear is a pair of heavy pair of winter rain boots. In addition, for all of our river rats, these are the best shoes on the market for watersports such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and boating. So whether you’re kayaking the Chattahoochee, cruising along Lake Allatoona, or simply just running errands in the rain, rest assured that Vibram are a summer staple for the Atlanta heat.
Oh, the beloved Chaco. The classic sport sandal is the summer uniform for many Atlanta residents. The company has loyal followers, lovingly referred to as the #ChacoNation. Their devoted fanbase is no surprise to us, considering the Chaco is a quintessential shoe for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether you’re hiking Stone Mountain, walking your dog around Piedmont Park, or just taking a casual walk along the Chattahoochee River, the Chaco sandal can be worn all-day, everyday. Best of all, the Spring 2017 collection offers a great variety of new colors and styles, so you can find the perfect fit for your feet. We recommend trying the Chaco Women’s Z/2 Classic, with a new print in a color perfect for a Georgia peach.
Let’s explore the Blundstone. It's hard to find classic, rugged work boots that also look great when there's work to be done. This boot is lean, clean and as straightforward as they get. It’s preferred among customers for it’s lightweight exterior. Why does Abbadabba’s love them? The boots simplicity goes with everything - jeans, pants, shorts, whatever the Atlanta weather brings! And while they have evolved in style, design, and technology over the years, their consistent quality is what keeps customers coming back. Blundstone is built to go anywhere, do anything, and look great every step of the way.
The Hunter rain boot has been around forever - and there’s a simple reason why: the waterproof rubber makes for an easy clean up. Best of all, these boots are season-less! Regardless of the ever changing fashion industry trends, these boots are timeless and can be worn throughout every season of the year. So if you like a classic brand, good quality, and a stylish boot, the Hunter Original Short Gloss Rain Boot is perfect for some fashionable puddle stomping.
With the promise of April showers just around the corner, now is the best time to invest in some waterproof boots from Abbadabba’s. These top picks are only a glimpse into our variety of options and will help you strike the right balance between fashion and function.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2017 by Arielle Burnette.
This entry was posted on March 23, 2017 by Arielle Burnette
A new season calls for a new set of wardrobe must-haves! Lucky for you, Abbadabba’s has everything you need to be comfortable in style. With the largest selection of sandals in the metro Atlanta area, we are sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. We’ve compiled some of our must-haves for the season below!
Nothing says classic quite like the ankle strap silhouette. We are beginning to see this trend in both flats and heels, and in pops of color with everyday outfits. Its simple design can be dressed up or kept casual. From Kork-Ease wedges to Chaco sandals, expect to see this ankle strap trend continue throughout the spring and summer.
Shine like a star with spring’s latest metallic trend! Every outfit can use just a little bit of sparkle. No matter the color, you will find just a bit more shine with your sandals this season. From Birkenstocks to wedges, designers are making sure that your comfortable spring favorites have a bit more flare!
Historically lazy in appearance, the flip-flop has often been seen as shoe strictly for beach and poolside lounging. However, the rubber flip-flop has officially ditched its not-so-chic reputation for a fashionable revamp! Now available in cool colors and popping prints, the slide-on summer staple merges effortless wear-ability with a punch of personality.
Spring forward in a classic pair of neutral wedges. We are currently featuring a huge variety of contemporary neutral wedged shoes that combine both style and utility. Neutral wedges offer ultimate versatility and the ability to be paired with any outfit in a unique and chic silhouette that makes them comfortable and easy to wear.
This entry was posted on February 2, 2017 by Arielle Burnette.
If you’ve been experiencing some fashion deja vu lately, don’t panic. No, you’re not trapped in an endless Groundhog Day, you’re just seeing some great fashion throwbacks! 2016 gave some of our favorite past trends a revival, and 2017 sees this revival in full swing. In honor of Groundhog’s Day, we’re showing off the styles that just keep coming back!
We’ve couldn’t be more excited about our favorite shoes making a style comeback! Birkenstocks are incredibly versatile and, when fitted properly, insanely comfortable. We’ve been wearing ours with socks all winter and letting our feet free come the illusive Atlanta winter heat-wave. Find your perfectly fitted Birkenstocks at your local Abbadabba’s today!
This throwback has resurfaced a few times throughout the years, but we’re hoping it sticks around longer! Clogs are perfect for warm or cold weather and feature a variety of styles. Dress them up or down to fit your life. Try Clarks, Dansko, Sanita, and Birkenstock for this retro look!
Flatforms and Platforms:
Sky’s the limit with this trend. Platforms and Flatforms take us back as far back as the 70’s. With their return in the 90’s it’s this funky decade that’s giving this trend new life. From sandals to boots, no matter your personal style, there’s a chunky heel for you! Shop Teva, Kork-Ease, and Fly London to get up on this trend!
Once a fashion faux pas, the sneaker is making an exciting comeback. With so many options, from active sneakers, like New Balance and On Running, to sneakers purely for statement like Converse and Vans, this trend will give your look a casual, cool face-lift.
We pride ourselves on providing the best customer experience possible, and part of that comes from carrying brands that fit every walk of life. All of our customers have their own unique style and we’re excited to provide freedom of choice and style! As the year comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the brands you loved and what made them so special.
We’ve been a Birkenstock Specialty Store since 1998, so it’s no surprise you share the love of this brand with us! Birkenstocks are a staple for summer and lasted through fall this year thanks to the “Birkensock” trend. Birkenstocks are engineered for optimal comfort and with so many unique styles, there’s a Birk for everyone!
Naot means “oasis” and that is not a coincidence. With a huge selection of styles for both men and women, we love to share this brand with our customers. Naot’s success is rooted in their attention to detail. From the materials and assembly to the variety of style, the care and quality is evident in the comfort they provide.
Atlanta turns into a city of Chaco lovers over the spring and summer months. As the ultimate warm weather adventure shoe, Chaco provides the support and durability necessary for outdoor activity (and lazy days). Our customers love the variety of colors and new style additions. See what the buzz is about and try them out yourself!
Whether you’re working on your feet all day or looking for a quality crafted shoe, Dansko truly provides comfort to all. Clogs made a big comeback this year and Dansko was at the forefront of the trend with their signature wooden heel. If you’re looking for strappy heels, work clogs, booties, or flats, there’s room to express yourself with Dansko.
Say “aloha” to comfort with Olukai. Deriving its name from “comfort” and “ocean,” Olukai provides you with the feeling of walking on a sandy Hawaiian beach without the need to travel. So close your eyes, lean back and slide your feet into one of Olukai’s shoes, sandals, or booties.
This is how running was made to feel. On Running’s CloudTec cushioned sole absorbs shock and springs you into action. Lightweight and supportive, On Running is dedicated to providing you with footwear that improves your health. It’s technology that not only feels good, but looks good.
Off The Beaten Track leads you to the unexpected. Made for day to day wear, they’ve been dubbed “America’s Favorite Wedge.” We can see why! With a footbed designed to support and styles designed to stand out, OTBT is anything but ordinary.
UGG has established themselves as a leader in comfort, versatility, and style. It’s hard to resist the quality craftsmanship evident in their shoes and accessories. Whether you’re staying around the house, out and about, or braving the weather, UGG makes luxury footwear to fit your life.
The ultimate leather boots with a legacy of quality and excellence in style. The Frye Company continues to provide footwear that lasts for generations. With so many options in footwear and accessories, Frye brings luxury to your everyday style.
Socks and sandals. Now, this may not be the most chic pairing you can imagine, but it’s been given a style update as of late! No longer do you need to banish your favorite sandals to the back of your closet for the winter months. Pull them back out and pair them with a cozy winter sock and boom, you’re rocking the latest trend in Fall footwear.
The style otherwise known as “Birkensocks” (Birkenstocks with socks), has taken off this season. Why? Well, here in the South we have less than ideal winter wonderland conditions. In a city where it could be 75 and sunny any given day of the year and 45 and cloudy the next, are you really going to subject your toes to shoe prison? Of course not.
This “Birkensock” trend offers a solution to the crazy weather the South is known for. Plus, Birkenstock offers a wide range of styles! Perhaps you prefer the Boston to the Arizona or Gizeh? Or maybe you’re a fan of the Mayari, no matter which is your favorite, there’s good news for all Birk lovers: They’re good for your feet, easy to clean AND (for all those Vegans) they boast some cruelty free styles. So, how do you style this trend for Fall? Abbadabba’s has you covered!
To keep your toes extra toasty with Boston Suede styled with a Smartwool Cable sock. This versatile combo can be work with jeans, leggings, skirts, tights, etc. Add just about any top and sweater and you’re a part of one of Fall’s biggest trends.
Pair a Gizeh with some fun Injinji toe socks to keep every toe cozy! Style them with Fall staples, black leggings and a comfy sweater, for easy style and comfort throughout the day.
Snag a pair of the ever cool Stance Socks and rock the Silver Mayari with them. Pair with a boyfriend jean and loose Fall sweater for a comfy outfit with a little sparkle!
The Florida Nubuck styled with a funky patterned Sock It To Me sock, joggers or distressed denim and a vintage t-shirt will keep you comfortable and stylish all day.
For more looks follow Abbadabba’s on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. Shop in-store or online for your favorite Birkenstock styles and socks so you too can rock the “Birkensock” trend.
This entry was posted in Atlanta, Birkenstock and tagged Fall, Abbadabba's, Socks, fall style, fall trends, trends, birkenstock on November 15, 2016 by Arielle Burnette.
This entry was posted on October 25, 2016 by Arielle Burnette.
Fall is one of our favorite seasons here at Abbadabba’s! With new shoe shipments coming in daily, exciting fall trends and a crisp chill in the air, our stores are always busy with customers looking for the newest addition to their wardrobe.
It is no surprise that the fashion world has embraced more comfortable footwear over the past few years and comfort is one of our top priorities! But that doesn’t mean we sacrifice style. There are so many changes to fall styles this season but don’t fret! We’ve curated our top picks for our favorite fall styles this season.
This fall has seen the reemergence of the buckle on ankle boots. Whether it is subtly placed on the strap to tighten up the fit or just there for decoration the sophisticated touch of the buckle is showing up on short and tall boots alike.
Can you really get through fall without ankle boots? Both men and women need something comfortable to cover up their toes as the air just gets a tad bit cooler. We love the suede options we’ve seen to carry you from day to night. And we promise you they are worth the investment.
This one is for the ladies. If you want to add height with a comfortable heel, wedge is the way to go! Elongate your legs and add a bit pizazz to your outfit with a wedged heel this fall.
What styles are you looking to wear this season? Share your stories with us below!
This entry was posted in New Arrivals and tagged booties, fall style, fall trends, trends on October 25, 2016 by Arielle Burnette.
This entry was posted on September 21, 2016 by coolshoesAdmin.
In 2003, we evaluated an opportunity to open an Abbadabba’s in the “far away suburb” of Kennesaw. We felt the area would respond well to our vision for comfort, healthy footwear. But we were not at all sure the level of business would be there to justify a “full blown Abbadabba’s.” So, we undertook an experiment: to create a small Abbadabba’s, showing a subset of our products, and see what kind of response we would get.
Why Kennesaw? This is a very interesting area… associated with urban Atlanta to the far South, but not a suburb in a classical sense. We knew we had a solid base of customers from the area driving all the way to our Buckhead and Roswell stores to get their Abbadabba’s on. We knew we had a lot of customers from the variety of people involved with KSU. And we knew that Atlanta seemed to be steadfast in marching North with its suburban sprawl. So, we undertook our experiment with a small, 2100 square foot operation directly in the shadow of the area’s major mall.
Well, our experiment failed. We quickly discovered that the Kennesaw area responded well to our presence, but they wanted all of what they had come to expect from an Abbadabba’s. We promptly began expanding and by 2011 we were up to a “full size” store for our customers, at 3700 square feet.
During our years here, we’ve found a lot that makes Kennesaw an interesting, fun place to live and work. The area was known for railroad history long before the city itself was founded in 1887. The Great Locomotive Chase of April 12, 1862, was staged right here - the only one of its kind during the Civil War. The event has been romanticized in the movies twice. Buster Keaton’s “The General” in 1926 is now considered one of the greatest movies ever made. Disney’sversion in 1956 starred Fess Parker (aka Davy Crockett) and the real General locomotive, which is still on display at The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History here in Kennesaw.
The beautiful Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park has many hiking trails and park amenities. Their brochure presents the role of Kennesaw in the 1964 Atlanta campaign and a detailed history of Cobb county.
Modern day Kennesaw has earned national accolades, including Family Circle’s “10 best towns for families (2007) and Newsmax’ “Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns” (2009 - we were number 25.) The city also gained national publicity in 1982 when an ordinance passed requiring every head of household in the city limits to maintain a firearm and ammunition, with some exceptions.
We have found our customers in Kennesaw to be fans of Birkenstock and Chaco, similar to our other stores. Toms are also very popular. Ladies in Kennesaw have been very receptive to our Vionic shoes as well.
This entry was posted in About Abbadabba's, Birkenstock, Chaco, TOMS Shoes, Uncategorized on September 21, 2016 by coolshoesAdmin.
This entry was posted on August 31, 2016 by coolshoesAdmin.
In March of 2012, we closed our Northside store located about three miles east of Roswell, and opened a new store about three miles west of Roswell in a section of metro Atlanta that was new to us. Although still close to Roswell, our new location carried a Marietta address. But it didn’t seem like Marietta at all.
In fact, we were in the heart of a very unique part of metropolitan Atlanta that calls itself East Cobb: a large swath of unincorporated residential and business communities reaching from Roswell towards the east, Marietta towards the west, Kennesaw towards the far northwest, and Atlanta, near Vinings, towards the south.
East Cobb is upscale and yet laid back. It boasts metro Atlanta’s best in terms of schools, parks, churches, local sports and residential development. From the Chattahoochee River Parks and Country Clubs that border us to the south, to the vast stretches of northern suburban neighborhoods between I-75 and GA 400, we discovered our new neighbors came with a distinct reputation and a trademarkednickname: East Cobb Snobs. While outsiders may view that name in a condescending way, we were welcomed into a vibrant community with open arms, by people who were friendly and interested in our healthful approach to footwear.
We resonated with the shoppers and got great support from the Little Black Dressfolks. We produced a “Fit & Fabulous” evening event with a running group that drew a great crowd. The “official” East Cobb Snobs celebrated our arrival and were very supportive, helping to get the word out quickly that we had arrived. We discovered that the snob name was an acronym: Social Network of Business Services, formed by local businesses owned by residents and serving residents of this delightful community. It was through extensive word-of-mouth that our business grew rapidly. Many of our customers already knew about us through our other locations and were delighted with our arrival.
Becoming part of the East Cobb community has been fun. We have especially enjoyed the East Cobber parade and festival and consuming the yummy faire of Taste of East Cobb. We keep in touch with things through the local Facebook group, Twitter feed, the East Cobb Patch, and the East Cobbermagazine.
Our East Cobb customers like their comfort mixed with fashion. Some of the most popular brands are Vionic, Naot, and OTBT. Styles like Vionic Willow and Larrun incorporate arch support and balancing features. Within Naot, mens Chief and womens Arataki represent the marriage of comfort and style that can be worn all day. The OTBT Bushnell is the epitome of fashion with a comfort footbed.
This entry was posted in About Abbadabba's, Atlanta, Naot, Uncategorized on August 31, 2016 by coolshoesAdmin.
his entry was posted on July 27, 2016 by coolshoesAdmin.
Our original Buckhead store on East Paces Ferry was our first foray out of Little 5 Points, opening in 1990. We wondered if the ritzy, upper-scale and (in some cases) wealthy neighborhood would respond to us bringing the “ugly” comfort shoes and the hippy-punk staff to their neck of the woods.
Leasing the ancient “High Fidelity SSS” standalone storefront, we resolved to be ourselves as boldly as possible, starting with our signature “checkerboard” parking lot and extending to the extensive faux-finished interior walls (hand painted by Abbadabba herself.) We probably could not have picked a worse time; Buckhead Village was on the ropes, vacancies were high; rough and tumble bars and clubs had scared off retail customers and many retail merchants. Coming from Little 5, of course, this didn’t bother us much at all.
Respond they did. Our new neighbors came in for their Birkenstock sandals, Dr. Martens boots, and NaNa shoes. From the Governor’s mansion to the West and from the Chastain-Wieuca to the North, the affluent and curious found comfort and fashion they had not seen before. Having been active in the Little 5 Points Business Association, we helped form the Buckhead Village Merchants Association, which in turn, helped build up the retail store presence in the Village. Over the next few years, Buckhead Village became healthy, strong, and… fully occupied.
Our little building was cramped from the outset, and as we grew, even more so. A temporary shed snuck behind the building helped a little. For a time, we even split the store in half, operating a “Birkenstock Specialty Store” in one half, and with the rest of our stuff crammed into the other. Our customers grew, our L5P store expanded into two floors, but we were stuck in Buckhead with a building that seemed to get smaller and smaller as our brands and stock grew larger and larger.
Fortuity struck in 2007, when our landlord of 17 years sold the building out from under us, for a planned blocks-wide super project (that has never materialized.) Forced to move, we lucked out and found our current location a couple of miles to the North, just off Wieuca road, and still in the heart of our customer’s neighborhoods.
Expanded nearly twice the size, our new Buckhead store was the first (and only) to utilize an outside designer. New Buckhead brought a unique look, but with the same feel of comfortable shoes, and knowledgeable salespeople.
Today our Buckhead store has grown to become our flagship store, outpacing even Little 5 Points for us. We have the room to show a huge selection of the best the market can offer. Our staff continues to be trained and retrained to help meet the diverse needs of the diverse customers who visit us there. And our customers keep coming for the latest Dansko, Naot, Mephisto, Olukai, Rainbow, Toms, Chaco… and dozens of other brands.
This entry was posted in About Abbadabba's, Birkenstock, Dr. Martens, Uncategorized on July 27, 2016 by coolshoesAdmin.
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