As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Then comes April, one of our favorite months and one of the best months to seek out a new city for festivals and fun as the weather starts to mellow. Read on for five of our favorite cities, the events we’ll be checking out this April, and the shoes we’ll be wearing to them.
Coachella – Coachella Valley, California
Coachella is so much more than a music festival…it’s a festival of the arts. With two weeks to choose from this year (April 14–16 & 21–23), there’s no shortage of things to do, from eating delicious food to enjoying world class art, all while listening to some of the best music out there. And let’s not forget one of our favorite facets of the festival: the people watching. From fashionistas to free spirits, the crowd is a captivating and diverse one.
As for the footwear, it’s all about fun styles that will keep your feet comfortable all day long. For the ladies, the Cobb Hill Hollywood Cuff Sandal evokes a boho vibe with a thick ankle cuff and wood grain finish. An anatomically molded EVA footbed with a slight wedge heel gives a little lift while offering the comfort of a flat. For the guys, the Gryffen Mudguard Slip-On features cool and breathable canvas uppers, plus lightweight shock absorption with the ease of a slip-on shoe. Both will have you festival-ready all weekend long.
Boston Marathon – Boston, Massachusetts
The Boston Marathon is the marathon of all marathons – and not just because it takes place here in our hometown. It’s the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the most prestigious road racing events. Every year on Patriots’ Day (the third Monday in April), thousands of avid, world-class runners compete, including Olympic runners from all over the world. Alongside the runners, thousands of folks come out to cheer from the sidelines as they pass by. For spectators both male and female, our shoe of choice are our lace-up truFLEX sneakers. With a molded Ortholite footbed that’s leather-lined and moisture-wicking and an EVA spine with a snap-back and spring-forward energy return system, the truFLEX collection will keep you comfortable from start to finish, even if you choose to go the 26.2 miles yourself.
Speaking of marathons, here’s a fun fact: a former Rockport staff member once completed the New York City Marathon wearing our DresSports men’s dress shoes (they feel that much like sneakers!).
Tribeca Film Festival – New York, New York
The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival, where creators and community members come together in celebration of film, culture and art, will take place on April 19– 30 this year. The international festival welcomes actors, directors and stories that span a variety of backgrounds and budgets and features everything from traditional film and TV to virtual reality and interactive installations, plus talks with the best storytellers in the world. It’s the ultimate destination for film fans and festival lovers alike. Oh, and as for the shoes, we’re packing versatile styles that will take us from the films to industry fetes without a shoe swap. The Total Motion Adelyn Ghillie is a trend-forward flat with luxe suedes and gold accents, plus a built-in lightweight comfort system that provides shock absorption at the heel and rebound at the forefoot. For the guys, the Jaxson Wingtip is one of our favorite styles of the season. With interesting details and color pops, it can be dressed up or down and worn all day long, thanks to a sublime, padded footbed.
The Great American Foodie Fest – Las Vegas, Nevada
Calling all foodies and food truck lovers! The Great American Foodie Fest (April 27-30) in Vegas is a must visit in April. The festival features more than 50 food trucks from all over the country and some of the best specialty food vendors and restaurants out there, many of which you may have seen on the Food Network, Cooking Channel & Travel Channel. Also at the festival: carnival rides, a beer garden, tequila party tent, live entertainment and, naturally, an eating competition. Between all the activities and eating yourself silly, you’re going to want a super comfortable shoe. For the ladies, we love the Raelyn Knit Tie Sneaker. The knit upper is not only cute, but also super soft and breathable. Also breathable and uber comfortable: the Randle Mesh Slip-On with memory foam insoles is a smart slip-on for the guys.
Chicago Cubs Opening Day at Wrigley Field – Chicago, Illinois
Last November, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. Needless to say, the defending champion’s home opener on April 10th at Wrigley Field will surely be a big event. After the game, experience everything Chicago has to offer, including world class museums, delicious restaurants and an amazing nightlife scene. For footwear, versatility will be in order. Our “Gabby” gladiator will go with your gamewear and keep you comfortable and stylish for your next destination. For the guys, the Thurston Plain Toe features lightweight flexibility, moisture-wicking mesh and a memory foam footbed, and is a good looking shoe for a night on the town. These shoe picks will have you gameday-ready and geared up for whatever else the city has in store.
We’d love to see where your Rockports take you this April. Tag us in your photos on Instagram to share your adventures, using #madeformovers.