Blog: Crossroads Style

February 1st, 2017 by Julius Adorsu Sneaker Maintenance: How to Clean Your Shoes

I wouldn’t consider myself a sneakerhead, but I sure do love shoes. And I’m hard on them—they were designed for outdoor activities, after all. They can pretty unpleasant after wearing them to parties or just the regular day-to-day abuse. I’ve been told that the first thing people look at when they meet you is your shoes. Those bad boys better be sparkling clean!

Treat the items that you value as well as they treat you. Your car gets you around, and after certain mileage you have to do maintenance. Well, the same thing applies to your shoes after some hard miles.

To help me do some sneaker maintenance I picked up the Jason Markk essential kit, but you can use any gentle brush and shoe-cleaning solution.

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The shoes I’m cleaning are not only some of my favorite sneakers on rotation, they’re also #CrossroadsFinds that I picked up for less than $20 a pair!

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The process is very simple and only requires three things: a brush, some cleaning solution, and a bowl of water.

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The Fila before cleaning:

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The Nike before cleaning:

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The part of my shoes I most struggle to keep clean is the back of the sole, so naturally that’s the part I focused on the most.

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With some light scrubbing and very little effort, I was absolutely blown away with the results.

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The Fila after cleaning:

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The Nike after cleaning:

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As a frequent thrifter, I’m always finding sneakers that just need a little maintenance.  I’m very pleased with the results of this cleaning set, especially for the price. I purchased my set at a local Chicago sneaker store for under $18 with tax. You can find it on the Jason Markk website for just $16 + tax and shipping.  If you’re looking to clean your shoes, this kit is great!

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Like new!

 

January 20th, 2017 by Samantha Weaver NEW IN: More Intentionally Blank Shoes for 2017

New year, new shoes! I’ve been buying shoes left and right this month because shoe shopping is the purest form of retail therapy.

Good news: we’re stocking Intentionally Blank shoes at Crossroads stores nationwide, and you won’t want to miss out on these all-leather, Italian-made beauties. No need to thank us because your feet will do it for you!

 

Ankle Boot

The TEMPO will fancy up any look.

 

Mid-Heel Bootie

Somewhere in between a glove shoe and a mule, the HERA is our pick for an all-season heel.

 

 

Slide

The SPLIT is the perfect everyday shoe. Slide into it and get going!

 

 

Loafer

Update your work wear with the TEMPLE in ice.

 

 

Heels

A strappy heel done to perfection in black suede. ‘Nuff said.

Stop into Crossroads for these styles and more at an unbelievable discount!

November 11th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver 10 Wardrobe Essentials to Buy in Your Thirties

Truth: I just turned 32 and I’ve been working for Crossroads since I was 22. Needless to say, my style has change a lot over the last decade. Luckily (thanks to Crossroads), I’ve spent the last decade trading in styles that may not be “me” any longer for new and improved pieces fit for a woman in her thirties.

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a kind of “style uniform” and an appreciation for investment pieces. Of course, your taste will continue to evolve, and experimenting with trends from time to time is always fun, but now’s the time in your life to think of the adage “fewer, better things.”

Here are ten timeless essentials to start collecting—and good news! Crossroads is a great way to find styles like these at a hefty discount.

 

1. A Classic Leather Jacket

 

2. A Lady Like Handbag

3. A Midi Skirt

 

4. A Crisp White Button-Down

 

5. Ankle Boots

 

6. A Slim Trouser

 

7. A Cashmere Sweater

 

8. A Masculine Coat

 

9. A Strappy Sandal

 

10. A Structured Dress

Here’s to finding your top ten go-to pieces at Crossroads! Happy Shopping!

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October 25th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile How to Find the Perfect Fall Boots

Not all boots are created equal. Although they are universally flattering on all types of outfits and bodies, there are certain boot styles that are more flattering for your body frame.

I have always been one to wear whatever I want, however I want it, not basing my fashion choices on my body type. Don’t be daunted into thinking there are boots that you cannot or should not wear. These tips are just to help you look and feel your best in a pair of must-have fall boots.

For Shorter Legs:

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Wear short ankle booties with a heel and choose boots that are a similar color to an element of your outfit to elongate the look.

For Muscular Legs:

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You’ve worked hard to sculpt those beautiful calves, and you deserve to show them off! Find a pair of short ankle booties with a wide opening, and opt for a heel and zippers over bulky buckles.

For Longer Legs

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You can definitely pull off those sleek tall and mid-calf boots. You can also let your natural tallness take center stage and give your feet a rest with a low or flat heel.

When Comfort is Key:

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Choose round or flat toe boots to give your feet a bit more wiggle room. Your feet will be happy and you’ll be able to show off your boots a little longer without ending the day in soreness.

Of course, the best style is the one you love and feel comfortable in! What’s your go-to style of fall boots?

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June 24th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver New Arrivals: Dressing for Long Summer Days

Now that the longest day of the year is behind us, we can look forward to the best part of the summer season: dressing for it! We love the carefree, feel-good spirit of the season and all the fun and easy-breezy clothing that accompanies it.

This week, we’re stocking our stores with fresh accessories, warm colors, cute sandals and light fabrics—perfect for the long summer days ahead. So head to Crossroads this weekend to shop our summer collection!

Beaded Lemon Clutch ($28.50). Freshen up any summer look with this brightly colored bag.

Lace Up Tank ($13.50); Faux Suede Fringe Sandals (16.50).

Sunflower Gauze Dress ($22.50). This sunflower print on light gauzy fabric is a must this summer.

Men’s Sunflower Pocket Tank ($12.50).

The Weekend Tote ($45). Whether you’re headed out to the beach or for a short weekend trip, this bag can carry it all.

Head to your nearest Crossroads to pick up these items!

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