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    Footwear for the Year

    Written by Intern Kevin Luu 

    Are you looking for comfortable footwear to wear all year round? Then ISlides are the product for you. There is no denying that slides are in and sandals are out if you’re going for both style and comfort. Nowadays, there are more varieties and styles when it comes to slides, and ISlide provides you with all of that and more. From customizations to pattern matching, ISlide will allow you to express yourself through your footwear while being comfortable at the same time. 

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    Slides are not just a summer thing anymore. ISlide has slides fit for colder weather with its Nubuck Fur slides, while offering a comfortable and “furry” foot bed that won’t disappoint. Add in some socks and you’ll be ready to take on the winter season. Traditional sandals are outdated and lack personal creativity. Slides give you freedom to be more outgoing and unique, especially with a pair of ISlides. 

    If you’re not looking for furry slides, the ISlide Mantra model is perfect to walk around in. These slides are designed to massage your feet while you walk, relieving the stress from your feet. There are many options out there in the slide market from Nike to Adidas to Gucci. However, if you want something different, unique, and comfortable, the best option is to get some ISlides and brag about them to your friends.

    Nubuck Furs

    Here is how to rock slides every season:
    Spring: Wear a pair of Mantra ISlides for a walk outside or just relaxing. It is the perfect way to impress the people around you and doing so in comfort.
    Summer: Take your slides to the beach or a pool party and enjoy yourself. Take in the sun and put on some slides. This makes for a perfect day in the summer.
    Fall: Rock some socks and slides on a nice fall day if you want to switch up your style. Sneakers can get boring so don’t hesitate to slip on some slides on your way out.
    Winter: Are your feet cold during the winter? Don’t worry. The Nubuck Furs will be able to keep your feet warm around the house. Warm. Comfortable. Lightweight. That’s all you could ever ask for during the cold winters.

     

    Summer Road Trip Essentials

    Written by Intern Addisyn Lanza 
    Watermelon Slides

    Summer time! This is the prime time to take your vacation days off at work.. Or sick days (shh, I won’t tell) and adventure out on a road trip! Road trips might be one of my favorite things to do during the summer. Sticking your head out of the window like a dog, feeling your hair flow in the wind, and spending quality time with your best friends or significant other on the road is like nothing else! Except, if you don’t have the road trip essentials there is a possibility your trip could take a turn down the wrong road. Here are some of the essentials you shouldn’t forget!

    • A car (duh)
    • Aux cord/ bluetooth 
    • Bumpin tunes/great playlist 
    • Great friends/family 
    • A destination 
    • Shorts 
    • Tank top 
    • ISlides 
    • Hat 
    • Waze
    • Sunglasses 
    • Bug spray 
    • Drinks/ snacks 

    Honestly, road trips create unforgettable experiences with the people you love to be around the most. You don’t have to go far in-order to go on a road trip...it could be to the other side of town, and so long as you’re having a fun time and land somewhere other than where you started- a road trip it is! So go out, find somewhere to drive to, gather your essentials and hit the road!!!

    10 Small Ways You Can Live More Sustainably

    Written by Intern Cassie Lane 
    Dr. Seuss

    You might already be familiar with this quote by Dr. Seuss, but it remains one of my favorites. Not only does it hold so much truth and importance, but it’s pertinent now more than ever. In the wake of rising temperatures, increasing natural disasters, and depleting wildlife populations, this call to action isn’t just urgent—it’s necessary.

    Here at ISlide, we stand in what we stand for, and one thing that I stand for is protecting our one and only home: Earth. In this time of urgency, it is of utmost importance that we all do whatever we can to help save our planet. It may seem hard to believe, but every single small action really does make a difference.

    One of the biggest problems I find is that people tend to think things like, “well it’s not going to make any difference if I do/don’t do this, because I’m just one person.” There’s no denying that there needs to be a larger, systemic change in the way that we do things, but this “kicking the can down the road” mentality where we don’t do anything on an individual level makes NO change at all.  

    Can you imagine where we’d be if every single person made the small decision to start using reusable water bottles instead of buying single-use plastic ones?

    So, in light of this quote by Dr. Seuss and my own personal mission to do what I can to protect our planet, I’ve made a list of 10 small things you can do to live more sustainably and start making a positive change for our earth.

    1. Stop using single-use plastics

    This is SO important and so easy to do. Plastics can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills, if they even make it there in the first place. Most plastics end up in our oceans and kill wildlife like fish and sea turtles who mistake it for food or get caught in it. We are surrounded by so much plastic that it probably seems hard to get away from it, but there are so many great alternatives. Purchase a reusable water bottle instead of buying single-use plastic ones. Not only does this reduce plastic waste, but it also saves you money in the long-run!

    1. Bring your own bag

    Bring reusable cloth tote bags with you whenever you go grocery shopping or clothes shopping to avoid using the stores’ plastic and paper bags. Yes, even paper bags add to the massive amounts of waste in our landfills if they aren’t recycled properly, and when they’re incinerated, they emit harmful toxins into the atmosphere.

    1. Switch up your toothbrush

    Plastic toothbrushes are another horrible culprit of waste—approximately one billion toothbrushes end up in US landfills each year and they take over 400 years to decompose. Opt for bamboo toothbrushes instead, as they are high quality, last just as long as plastic ones, and most importantly, they’re 100% compostable.

    1. Get yourself a zero-waste kit (or make your own!)

    Zero-waste kits are the perfect way to help you reduce your single-use plastic waste. Did you know that plastic utensils can’t be recycled at all? Zero-waste kits usually include a set of reusable bamboo utensils, a metal or bamboo straw, and a reusable cloth napkin. The great thing about these kits is that you can take them with you wherever you go! I’ve been able to use mine for when I’m out and about getting ice cream, buying lunch to go, or getting a coffee, which sets me up perfectly for my next tip…

    1. Bring your own coffee cup/thermos

    Think about all of the people who buy coffee at least once a week or once a day… All of those single-use cups are producing a HUGE amount of waste. And what’s worse is that half of these plastic cups are ending up in the trash rather than the recycling bin and the styrofoam cups can’t even be recycled in the first place. Just like buying your own reusable water bottle, it is just as easy to buy your own reusable coffee cup or thermos to bring with you when you get coffee on the go. Some places even give you a discount for bringing your own cup! Just think about all of the waste you’ll be eliminating from your daily or weekly routine.

     

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    1. Recycle

    This is a given. It’s crazy how much paper I see sitting in the trash bin when the recycling bin is sitting right next to it. Recycling is important because it helps reduce the waste that ends up in landfills, and by extension, reduces pollution caused by that waste releasing harmful chemicals. Recycling also decreases the need for raw materials and helps preserve our forests and rainforests. If you’re unsure of what can/can’t be recycled, do your research and educate yourself so that you can make sure you’re recycling the right way.

    1. Resell/donate items

    Before heading straight to the trash, think about reselling or donating an item that you no longer need or use. From clothes and shoes to furniture and books, there are always people, charities, and consignment stores looking for donations.

    1. Use your car as little as possible

    It’s well known by now that the fossil fuels emitted by all the cars and trucks we drive are a big contributor to air pollution. When first buying a car, try to opt for a more fuel-efficient vehicle. Carpool as much as possible or choose to walk or bike if your destination is close by. You can also look into public transit options in your area like buses or commuter rails to reduce your amount of individual driving.

    1. Cut back on meat 

    This doesn’t mean that you have to commit to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, but simply cutting back on the amount of meat you eat can drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock production requires a lot of energy and resources, not to mention the fact that cows produce significant amounts of methane through their gas… Cutting back on the hamburgers and steak is not only healthier for the planet, but it’s also healthier for you!

    1. Buy and eat local

    Choose to purchase your food from local farms and farmers’ markets as much as possible. It takes a large amount of fossil fuels to transport all the global products we see on our supermarket shelves, so buying food that’s produced near you helps cut back on carbon emissions. Plus, buying locally helps support our farmers and provides us with fresh, delicious produce!

    Our action and care for our planet is needed now more than ever and making these kinds of small changes to your lifestyle can have a monumental impact. Show your support for protecting our planet by standing in what you stand for.

     

    ISlide Experience: Yogi Ferrell

    ISlide Experience: Yogi Ferrell

    Current Sacramento Kings guard and Indiana University basketball legend, Yogi Ferrell, stopped by headquarters for an ISlide Experience AND to create some custom slides. 

    SHOP YOGI FERRELL'S COLLECTION HEREhttps://www.islideusa.com/collections/yogi-ferrell

    After graduating from Indiana University as their all-time leader in assists, Yogi went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. With all the determination, work ethic, and attitude that a 6-foot guard would need to make an NBA roster, Yogi did just that eventually making the Brooklyn Nets roster and in the 2017-2018 season, being a reliable contributor for the Dallas Mavericks.

     

     

     

    Yogi's journey is that of an undersized guard who hasn't let stereotypes, naysayers, or the outside noise stop him from reaching his goal and that's exactly what he wanted to use as inspiration while creating his custom pair. 

     

     

    Yogi's second pair includes the iconic #11 that he wore during his time as a Hoosier as well as his signature. He hasn't officially named these ones yet, but we're thinking something along the Yogi 1.5s. 

    Check out the full recap of Yogi's ISlide experience below and check out his collection while it's still available! 

    Top 3 Tips for College Freshmen

    Written by Intern Alex Balerna 
    College Advice

    It’s almost time to go back to school! However, for college freshmen, it’s finally time to move away from home and be on your own for the first time ever (for most of us at least!) Being a college freshman can be really scary since it involves new people, new places, new schedules, and even a new living space. I am going to be a junior at Syracuse University, so my freshmen year was only 2 years ago, but it honestly is still fresh in my mind because of how memorable it was. My overall and most important advice to college freshmen is to not be nervous and put yourself out there! Be confident! Being outgoing and making a good impression on others is super important when trying to form and make new friendships. Even though this advice is very important, below are three tips I believe are essential for surviving freshman year.

    1. Go to Class

    Yeah people say college is all about partying, but in all honesty, you’re going to college to get an education, and that should never be forgotten. Your first semester of freshman year GPA is what shapes and starts your academic future. If you have a low GPA from the start, it is extremely difficult to boost it up as you continue in your academic career. You’re paying to go to college, so why waste all of that money and not go to class? When I go to class, I personally go for the comfortable look, especially if I know I’ll be out all day and won’t be in my room. Part of this look are my pair of ISlides! Syracuse is known for being freezing in winter months, but the months of August - October dreadful. So, with that being said, wearing my ISlides are a perfect addition to my comfortable look for class. ISlide has many different official college licenses, maybe even the one you’ll be or are currently attending. To view our college selection, click here!

    1.   Get Involved

    Getting involved on campus from the beginning is a very good way to meet people and to get to know where you’ll be spending your next four years. Many college campuses have clubs and organizations that can appeal to all people, so finding something you’re interested in isn’t usually a problem. Another way to get involved on campus is joining Greek life! I am in Gamma Phi Beta Alpha Chapter at Syracuse University and I can honestly say it has been my best decision so far in my college career. I have met so many great girls through Gamma Phi and it has really enhanced my college experience. Our philanthropic mission is Building Strong Girls and we are a national sponsor of the nonprofit organization called Girls on the Run, which helps girls build their confidence and ultimately reach the end goal of running a 5K! To learn more about Girls on the Run, click here!

    1.   Take Naps

    This might not sound like a super important tip for incoming freshmen, but taking naps is going to be one of your favorite things to do when you get to college. Whether you get home from class and take a nap or you take a break from studying by napping, naps are a good way to relax and reenergize yourself so you can make the most of your day. When you get to college, you’re going to feel constantly tired and overwhelmed. This feeling is horrible and it sucks when you’re already trying to adjust to college life in general. Fortunately, you’ll get used to it and if you fit naps into your schedule, it will really help you feel less stressed and tired as you’re trying to adjust to your new college lifestyle.

    Overall, being a freshman in college is a scary and new experience, but you always have to remember that you aren’t alone and that college is a new experience for all freshmen. Following these steps are a really great way to benefit your college experience and make it worthwhile, and I hope you take them into consideration for your freshman year. Comment below some tips you followed as a freshman and some advice you might have for incoming freshmen too! I wish you all the best of luck and have a great school year!