Birkenstock Uppers… We recommend leather.

Everyone knows by now that Birkenstock sandals are a must have sandal and have been for a few seasons now!  They just seem to compliment any style.  Distressed denim jeans look super cool with a pair of Arizona sandals and the Gizeh sandal pairs well with shorts or knit leggins. So, not only do you get a great look, but Birk sandals are probably the. Most. Comfortable. Sandal. Ever. You will find yourself reaching for them more often than not when heading out the door.

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Arizona Black Suede

Birkenstock offers a wide variety of colors and uppers. When we say uppers, we are referring to the top portion of the sandal that fits over the top of your foot.  These are traditionally made from leather, but are also made of Birko-flor and Birkibuc which are a synthetic material.

Arizona Shiny Snake Orange Birko-Flor

The Birko-flor and Birkibuc sandals are available in a variety of textures and colors that make the them quite fun and fashionable. They are lined with a soft felt backing that requires little to no break in.  And because they are made of a man made material, their price is typically less than that of the leather version of the same style.  While this all sounds great and we receive a great number of requests for the synthetic upper versions, we have made the decision to not stock them in our store. Why would we do this?  Especially since the Birkenstock craze just seems to be demanding new styles and more variety.

Arizona Metallic Anthracite Leather
Arizona Metallic Anthracite Leather

We take pride in the fact that we have built our business by offering high quality comfort footwear with Birkenstock being no exception.  The quality of Birkenstocks made of all natural leather uppers meet our quality standards and we find the wide color variety of  leather, nubuck, suede, or oiled leather satisfies any fashion demands.  The natural leather materials age beautifully and take on a personality that compliments your lifestyle while giving you a great return on your investment.  You just don’t get that with man made materials. While no shoe lasts a lifetime, with proper care and periodic repair, Birkenstock sandals, clogs, and shoes can provide you with years of comfort.

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Arizona Taupe Suede

Saager’s Shoe Shop is an Authorized Birkenstock Repair Retailer and can repair and replace most components of your shoes and sandals.  With one exception!  We cannot perform repair work on Birko-flor and Birkibuc materials and have been receiving a growing number of repair requests that must be turned away.  We have found the synthetic materials to be inferior with a shorter lifespan than can be expected from the styles made of high quality all natural leather.  Why buy a sandal that cannot live up to the quality expectations that the Birkenstock tradition is built upon?

When you shop for a pair of Birkenstocks, don’t skimp. Set yourself apart and treat yourself to the comfort, durability and style that you can expect from Birkenstocks made of all natural leather materials.


KEEN and Earth Trunk Show

Two fantastic brands to be featured this weekend at Saager’s Shoe Shop.  Join us in our store on May 20th and May 21st for our KEEN and Earth Trunk Show.  Manufacturer representatives will be in our store on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm providing information about each of these amazing companies and discussing the benefits of their shoes.  This is the perfect time to take advantage of their expert knowledge and find the perfect shoe or sandal for you! They will also have gifts for you when you make a KEEN or Earth purchase (while supplies last).  Entries for the drawing and special offers will be available all weekend long!

KEEN footwear is a perfect match for the Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla Valley lifestyle.  We just gotta brag a little about our beautiful valley and wonderful town.  We have mountains, rivers, lakes, restaurants and shopping all within minutes to hours of each other.  KEEN’s hybrid outdoor and casual footwear will take you from a day at the river to a visit at a winery allowing you to transition from play to work and beyond.  In our store, you’ll find a large selection of sandals, boots and casual footwear for both men and women.


Be comfortable, look fabulous and stay healthy in Earth Shoes.  A collection of contemporary casual footwear that delivers incredible comfort at an every day value.  The comfort footbed delivers wellness and comfort. Go ahead and look great while spending a day at the office, running errands or enjoying an evening out on the town!

Come join the fun and bring your friends this weekend for our Earth and KEEN Trunk Show! Saturday, May 20th 8 am – 6 pm and Sunday, May 21st 12 pm – 4 pm.

Style & Comfort

We’re excited to be hosting our in store special Style & Comfort event this weekend May 13th & 14th featuring Dansko, Taos and Skola footwear.  These brands offer beautiful styles made of the highest quality materials and artisan leather. Several styles have been nationally recognized as preferred travel footwear and as promoting good health. Stop in and find out why so many men and women love these brands!

New this season and available only in retail stores is the Limited Edition Santos Collection from Dansko.  The beautiful sandals in this collection are handmade in Brazil using wood soles and tanned leather uppers.  They are as comfortable as they are beautiful! Our Dansko manufacturer representative will be here on Saturday, May 13th with some behind the scenes information on this great brand.  Find out more about this limited edition collection and other styles from Dansko.

Our Taos representative will also be in our store on Saturday May 13th from 10 am – 3 pm to give us more information on the comfortable styles in our spring collection.  One of the standouts this season has been the Star sneaker which is one of USA TODAY’s 10 best women’s shoes for traveling the world.  We have it available in several colors and prints.

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Skola is the third brand featured this weekend. A collection of clogs handmade in Sweden. This collection of organic comfort footwear is made of beautiful vegetable tanned leathers and wood soles.  The sandals and clogs with eye catching clean lines will become a wardrobe staple.  Each style is a perfect compliment to a variety of fashion trends found in every corner of the world.

Be sure to ask about our special offers on these brands and enter our drawing for a free pair!  The winner will be contacted on Monday, May 15th.   A limited supply of gifts with purchase will be available during this fun event, grab your friend and join us this weekend!

On-Trend Comfort

Join us this weekend, May 6th & 7th, for our in store special event featuring our favorite must have styles for the season from Birkenstock, Pikolinos, Wanda Panda and Sergio Tomani.  You will find a collection of comfortable shoes made from the best materials.  While you are here sign up to win a free pair and ask about the special offers.

Our must have style for spring is from Birkenstock.  The Arizona sandal is still hotter than ever and we have many styles available in regular and narrow widths in sizes to fit men and women.

Birkenstock Arizona

We also have Pikolinos for Men and Women.  An amazing collection from Spain made from the finest materials.  European shoes and sandals designed with comfort in mind. The perfect travel shoe!

Wanda Panda is another fine brand from Spain.  We just have to smile when we wear these shoes. Their company philosophy “Made with happiness in the Spanish Mediterranean” is translated in their fun bright collection of footwear. The shoes are casual, as well as comfortable and they are designed for a woman who wants a new concept of walking.

Every Sergio Tomani shoe is inspired by the beauty of Colombia.  This South American company’s designs are made of beautiful materials by a team of expert artisans of which 70% are women.  We love the comfortable and timeless styles.  Each shoe adds a bit of character to your outfit while providing all day comfort.

Sergio Tomani

An interview with Jafa CEO, Karen Crivelli

Offering the finest comfort footwear is what has made Saager’s Shoe Shop a successful business for four generations.  One of our best selling brands in our store and on our website is Jafa.  The unique designs, colors and quality materials set this brand apart from others. Karen Crivelli, Jafa CEO, singlehandedly started the Jafa Footwear Company and is the reason it is so successful! Rarely do we get a chance to work directly with the CEO of such an amazing company.

We asked Karen a few questions to get to know a little more about her and Jafa.  You will have a chance to meet her on Saturday, May 21st during our Jafa and Arcopedico Spring Trunk Show.  She will be in our store from 10 am – 3 pm to showcase her spring and summer collection and to give us the behind the scenes scoop on Jafa.

Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Stockton, California and moved to Santa Cruz, California 15 years ago.

What’s your favorite food or place to eat?  Grilled seafood and fresh vegetables!

What do you like to do on the weekend or when you have down time? When I’m in the US, I really don’t have any down time, but when I’m in Israel, I spend most weekends at the beach with family, camping, playing matkot (an Israeli paddle ball game). I also love photography, hiking and going to the opera.

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photo credit Jafa

Why and when did you start a shoe company? I was on vacation in Israel 6 years ago and discovered the amazing shoes of Israel. I bought 17 pairs on that trip, they were the most comfortable, best quality shoes I had ever owned. I always had trouble finding shoes that fit in the US, so I was delighted! I brought them back to the US and gave away all the others shoes in my closet. After a year and a half, I mustered up the courage to contact the factory in Israel and asked if they were interested in exporting. They said yes, so I flew to Israel 2 weeks later and the rest is history!

How did you decide on the name “Jafa” for your company? Yafo (or, Jaffa, in English) has been the shoe manufacturing center of the Middle East for hundreds of years. Yafo is an ancient port city in Israel that dates back to the Bronze Age. Until recent years, Yafo (Jaffa) was full of small shoe factories, as far as they eye could see. The old stone buildings, which date back to the 17th century, still remain, but most are now art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Our factory is only a few blocks away from Old Jaffa and we still use the same processes that have been used for hundreds of years.

Why are your shoes manufactured in Israel? Our factory has been making shoes in Israel for over 40 years. Israel has some of the most talented cobblers in the world, which are a dying breed. Our cobblers are true artisans, many of them 2nd, 3rd and even 4th generation.

Jafa Manufacturing
Photo credit Jafa

How often do you travel to Israel and do you feel safe while there?I spend 5-6 months per year in Israel. I go to Israel after trade show season to oversee manufacturing and work with our design team for the next season. And, yes, I feel very safe in Israel! There is a cohesiveness here among the people that I’ve never experienced before.

How involved are you in the manufacturing process? I am very hands on in all aspects of manufacturing, fit and design. I’ve learned a lot about manufacturing over the past 5 years and stay in Israel during the entire process. As a result, I’m there to see and approve all the components, as well as oversee each step of production.

Jafa Karen Manufacturing
photo credit Jafa

Can you tell us a little about the design process of Jafa footwear? Comfort comes first with JAFA. Our shoes are designed for the woman who needs all day comfort, but also wants footwear that is unique, high quality and fashion forward. Our color palette is inspired from the landscape here in Israel….The Dead Sea, spice markets and open air produce markets. Our design team does a great job blending unparalleled comfort, quality materials and beautiful designs. I collaborate with our design team prior to each season to tailor fit the collection to the American market. Each season, we talk over Face Time and I share some ideas I have for the upcoming season prior to my arrival and they have several renditions ready for me. We then fine tune each style and perfect the fit before each show season begins.

What is your favorite color and/or style of this season’s Jafa collection? How can I pick just one? I love them all…I choose our designs and colors each season, so I love each and every one of them. If I don’t love it, it’s not in our collection. In the hot weather, I tend to go for style 118 if I know I’m going to be walking all day. This season, style 820 is my go-to dressier platform in the warm weather, so easy to dress up or down. Style 884 is a classic and offers great support and just the right amount of coverage. Style 433 is another favorite, it’s a great transition style that can easily be paired with shorts and summer dresses, it’s very versatile!

How many pairs of shoes are in your closet? A lot! Last time I counted, there were over 200 pairs of JAFA in my closet. And, yes, I wear them all!

Can you tell us what we can look forward to for the Fall Jafa collection? Fall 2016 is all about color! Our top boot colors coming in are green, red and yellow. Short booties are trending more now than ever and we have some terrific new styles on both our platform bottoms and our lower profile bottoms.

Jafa Karen, Saagers and Jim
Photo credit Jafa

Picture taken at Northwest Market Show, Portland, OR.  Shown from left to right are  Deidre Nyburg-Saager, Karen Crivelli –Jafa CEO, Ron Saager and Dan Simas – ArcopedicoUSA.

Each buying season, Ron Saager, President of Saager’s Shoe Shop, along with store manager, Deidre Saager-Nyburg, work with Karen at the Northwest Market in Portland to discuss trends and customer needs, and now they want to hear from you! Join us here at Saager’s Shoe Shop to meet Karen as well as Dan Simas of Acropedico on Saturday, from 10 am – 3 pm. Take advantage of our trunk show specials, both Saturday and Sunday, and enter to win a free pair of shoes from Jafa or Arcopedico!


Jafa Trunk Show with CEO, Karen Crivelli

Saager’s Shoe Shop is thrilled to host our good friend, and Jafa CEO, Karen Crivelli on May 21st for the Spring/Summer Jafa Trunk Show! Just six years ago, Karen discovered the amazing shoes and cobblers of Israel while on vacation. She was so taken by the comfort and quality that she purchased 17 pairs and said shalom to all the other shoes in her closet and started Jafa. Jafa takes inspiration from the colors of Israel and still practices the cobbler techniques that have been established in Yafo, Israel for hundreds of years.

Jafa footwear has taken the US by storm and can be found at retailers nationwide, offering quality, comfort, and style for every occasion.  Saager’s Shoe Shop is proud to carry two Jafa styles, #685 and #622, both of which are exclusive to our store and available in a large selection of color options.

Each buying season, Ron Saager, President of Saager’s Shoe Shop, along with store manager, Deidre Saager-Nyburg, work with Karen at the Northwest Market in Portland to discuss trends and customer needs, and now they want to hear from you! Join us here at Saager’s Shoe Shop to meet Karen as well as Dan Simas of Arcopedico on Saturday, from 10 am – 3 pm. Take advantage of our trunk show specials, both Saturday and Sunday, and enter to win a free pair of shoes from Jafa or Arcopedico!

Earth Brands Giveaway!


Earth Brands philosophy is simple: To truly feel your most comfortable, you must also love the way you look. That’s why Earth Brands offers a wide range of footwear brands with two things in common — great style and state-of-the-art comfort.

Join us this weekend, April 30th & May 1st for our Earth Brands trunk show when we will be featuring our collection of Earth, Earthies and Kalso Earth footwear.  Our representative will be here on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm to give us the “behind the scenes” information on these amazing brands.

We are giving away a pair of Earth Brands.  Enter by leaving a comment telling us what type of shoe you are most comfortable in.  Sneaker, loafer, clog, flat sandal, boot, mary jane, pump…   The winner will be announced Monday, May 2nd.