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The Classic Converse Alternative: PF Flyers

For me, there’s never be a debate over what a classic style sneaker should look like despite the differing opinions you may receive if you pose that question. A classic styled sneaker is not likely going to have much comfort or support, classic shoes didn’t have air bubbles or pockets after all, but these sneakers weren’t designed for hiking, instead they were made for making a style statement. It’s about coordinating your overall outfit while being as functional as possible. Over the years, I’ve been seeing more and more weddings that even leverage the classic style sneaker as their footwear of choice. I don’t necessarily understand, or agree, with the style statement, but I do agree that you can’t always roll around with dress shoes on your feet. I’ve owned several different brands and styles over the years, but there’s one in particular that embodies the classic sneaker look more than any other brand in my opinion. Maybe it’s just the region I’ve grown up in, but in the debate between Converse or PF Flyers I choose to go with what I perceive to be the alternative: PF Flyers.


Best of the Best

Over the course of the past month, I’ve been examining different companies that can help you look smarteat smart and spend smart with the goal of also helping you save time. It’s my belief that we’ve just hit the tip of the ice berg with the companies, features and products that can help you achieve one or several of these goals. As new discoveries occur, I’ll be adding these companies to my partners page for easy shopping access. On a more granular level, I’ll be scouring the web for some of the best deals on high quality products to help you look smarteat smart while you spend smart. Hopefully my research will help you save time so you don’t have to spend your down time searching for products. If you have anything specific you’re thinking about purchasing or are on the look out for, feel free to drop me a line on our contact page or leave a comment and I’ll add it to my list of daily product searches. For the purpose of today, I’ll be showcasing what I believe are some of the best companies to buy specific products from and why they’re better than the competition.


The Mother of All Races: The Spartan Race

Since 2010, athletes have been pushing themselves through some of the world’s toughest obstacle courses. Considered by most, a ‘true’ adventure race with a sprint (3+ miles), super (8+ miles) or beast (12+ miles) length to test anyone physically and mentally. With mud, water and other obstacles you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a great task by the finish line. There’s even events for kids that allow the entire family to get involved. So who is considered the world’s best obstacle race? The Spartan Race. You’ll learn a little bit more about why this race is considered the world’s best and I’ll share a special 20% off code good until March 13th.

Discovering the Undiscovered with Etsy

If I was paid a dollar for every time that I heard, “They don’t make ‘x’ like they used to,” I’d be able to purchase a lot more handmade and vintage products. Sadly, with the outsourcing of manufacturing to overseas, to help cut costs and increase profits, larger corporations have almost completely lost their handmade appeal. Vintage products on the other hand, tend to go on cycles in terms of what style or era is most popular at the time. The easiest industry to see these trends are with clothing, but we’ve noticed it with all types of products (see the PT Cruiser). As eCommerce based businesses continue to grow, it’s allowing more and more businesses, and individuals, to grab a piece of the global economy. Businesses that were once relegated to the Famer’s Markets are now able to sell their products online. Since 2005, Etsy has been one of the global leaders in buying and selling unique handmade and vintage goods. With over 1.4 million unique sellers and upwards of 29 million products listed, you can literally find anything while supporting local or small shop individuals that are either selling for a hobby or to test their concepts out to the masses.

7 Million Home Goods To Choose From at Wayfair

Since 2002, Wayfair has been the internet’s destination for everything home with more than seven million products from 7,000 different vendors available. The variety is overwhelming, but their customer centric social discovery and planning tools allows you to plot out exactly what you’re looking for in every room in the house. One of my favorite things to do when figuring out the design and layout of my home interior is to create a modern picture book with Pinterest. When I bought my house, I was trying to decide what kind of home furnishings and style I wanted to have. As a result, I scoured the internet and hoped the products I found were ‘pinnable’ so that I could come back and reference the products at another time. If only I discovered the home goods eCommerce super store two years ago, I might have saved myself a ton of time and hassle scouring the internet for household goods. See how you can leverage the Wayfair way to navigate the world’s largest online selections of furniture, home furnishings, décor and goods.