Barking Dog Shoes Holiday Gift Guide : Cozy Picks for Finicky Feet

Need help with holiday gift ideas?   We happily present this year’s foot-friendly holiday gift guide.  No matter who you’re shopping for, remember – everyone likes it when their feet feel good!  From fun socks to warm, supportive insoles, there’s sure to be something everyone on your list will love. You can get your giving list checked off in no time, then put your own feet up and relax. Happy shopping!

Acorn Forest Mule Slipper. Photo Credit: Coldwater Creek

Owls, squirrels and racoons, oh my! Bring the woods indoors with a pair of Acorn’s “Forest” mule slippers. Perfect for the nature-lover on your list, this Acorn slipper features a boiled wool upper, soft berber fleece lining and a memory foam-cushioned insole. Runs small, order accordingly. Available for $54.95 from Zappos, $55 from Acorn, $55 from, $34-62 from Amazon,

Abeo Georgina Slippers

Abeo Georgina Slippers. Photo: The Walking Company

Give the gift of arch support in slipper form. The Abeo Georgina’s  orthotic footbed with enhanced arch and metatarsal support relieve discomfort from plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia and fallen arches. The cozy shearling and collar keep feet toasty warm. The Georgina is available in two footbed choices, neutral and metatarsal. A neutral footbed provides enhanced arch support and is designed to match most foot types, providing all-day comfort, support, and stability. Metatarsal support provides enhanced arch support, with added ball-of-foot metatarsal support. Ideal for high arches, metatarsal support redistributes weight from the ball-of-foot and relieves forefoot pain and pressure. The Georgina is available in whole sizes 6-11 for $139.95 from The Walking Company.  See the Abeo Halifax slipper for the same footbed in a moccasin style and eight color options, and the Abeo Hampton with a festive shimmer suede upper.

Birkenstock Socks

Birkenstock Cotton Structure Socks

Birkenstock socks

Birkenstock socks. Photo: Birkenstock USA Facebook

Birkenstock socks! Grab a pair for yourself because they’re amazingly comfortable, and add three more to your basket to give to your teenage daughters, granddaughters and nieces! They’re all wearing Birkenstocks and socks to school. I recently subbed at my son’s high school and witnessed this look firsthand on 80% of the female population. We’re thrilled to see young people taking care of their feet. Birkenstock Cotton Structure socks feature a rustic woven look with contrasting band and button detail.  Available in sizes to fit 5-11.5 for $18 from Zappos, and

Icebug Ivalo 2 BUGrip® Boots. Photo:

Icebug boots

Icebug Ivalo 2. Photo: Icebug USA Facebook

Icebug boots are winter’s nemesis and a dog-walkers dream (see featured photo at top of article). Stay upright on slick surfaces, even when pooch tries to pull. Sixteen tenacious steel studs grip into ice and snow like nobody’s business (read more about BUGrip® technology here). We love the Icebug Ivalo 2 not only for its BUGrip® system, but also for its easy-on, easy-0ff zipper front, water-repellent rip-stop nylon upper and warm fleece lining. I own a pair of Ivalos and swear by them for walking unruly dogs in the wintertime (see my review). The Icebug Ivalo 2 best fits a medium to wide-width foot (plenty of room in the toe box) and is available in sizes 6-10.5 for $149-199.95 from, and For a shorter ankle-height bootie, check out the Icebug Metro 2.

Powerstep Journey Wool Insoles

Journey Powerstep Wool Insoles

Perfect for the runner, hiker or loved one with perennially cold feet. Journey insoles by Powerstep feature an insulating wool fabric atop a semi-rigid arch support with deep heel cup. Available for $22-45 from Amazon, and $42 from Zappos.

Another great wool insole with enhanced arch support and deep heel cup is the Vionic Unisex shearling orthotic for $45-60 from Amazon.

Dog Lover socks by Notes To Self

For one final “top-it-off” gift for your dog-loving friend and fam, how about a pair of USA-made Notes to Self brand socks? All Notes to Self socks are woven with positive messages of daily affirmation and we’re particularly fond of the “My dog loves me–dog lover” low-cut socks. These high-quality athletic socks feature arch support and breathable mesh. Made of 72% cotton, 20% nylon, 6% polyester, 2% spandex. Available in sizes youth small to adult XL for $12.99 from and Amazon.

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