It's the season of wearing crisp white everything, so naturally we had to highlight these gorgeous Alexander Wang Kaia Sandals. Featuring a white and transparent PVC upper with a grosgrain slingback strap, these exquisite white, open toe sandals also boast suede lining, a toe ring strap, and a 3 3/4" stiletto heel with silver-tone accent. These are perfect to elevate your look with its overload of sophistication. For those who can, grab them for $650.00 each on www.shopbop.com.

AS the hot days of summer roll on,the search for hot summer shoes continues. Our search brought us to the very chic Schutz Heliconia Point Toe Mules. The striking mules boasts a crinkled metallic cowhide upper, V-cut topline, crystal trim along the welt, pointed toe, and a 3 1/4" stiletto heel. Whether you wear them for day or night, you're sure to turn heads. Get these darlings for $175.00 on www.shopbop.com.
As humans, we cherish community but love our individuality. Making things "our own" has always been prevalent, especially in fashion. From painting or dyeing, to adding buttons and patches to our clothing, we always want our personality to shine through. That's why companies like Zazzle are a go-to for customization needs. We personally use Zazzle to create our custom Shoeography t-shirts, and we are just one of the thousands of people who use them....and they're expanding their reach and doing great things. You see, Zazzle recently announced a partnership with Ubuntu Life to welcome the Afridrille, the world's first custom espadrille handmade-to-order in Africa.


As part of the commitment to its philanthropic-inspired program, Zazzle Heart, Zazzle has taken the next step to power manufacturing at scale and to have an impact through the partnership with Kenya-based Ubuntu Life, the the largest employer in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. They employ a community of skilled Kenyan artists and Maasai tribes-women who enjoy above-market wages.


You can either purchase one of the adorable one already available or customize your made-to-order Afridrilles by choosing from one of the 11 canvas colors, 16 outer patterns, 12 color options of the outer pattern, and the 24 inner lining patterns. Check out how easy it is to create your own.


The final result, a lovely pair of Zazzle and Ubuntu Life Afridrilles that are customized to my style and personality.The best part, I can created so many different color and print combinations. Imagine the possibilities.


"Our mission at Zazzle is to give people the power to make anything imaginable – and that includes making lives better too," said Jeff Beaver, co-founder, and chief product officer, Zazzle. "We see the Afridrilles and our partnership with Ubuntu Life as a beautiful example of how Zazzle provides sustainable, meaningful jobs for individuals and communities so that they can both follow their dreams and support their families."

The Zazzle and Ubuntu Life Afridrilles can be yours starting at $89.95, and you can get 25% Off with code HAPPYSHOPZAZ. All proceeds from the Afridrille sales, along with sales of other handmade products such as leather journals and canvas totes available for custom order through the Zazzle marketplace, go directly towards these marginalized mothers and the medical care and education for their children with special needs in Kenya. The Afridrilles are available for purchase now at https://www.zazzle.com/heart.

May is long gone, and the only 4th you're probably thinking about was yesterday; but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a little Star Wars joy. Say hello to the women's styles from the limited edition Star Wars x TOMS collection. The Classic canvas Alpargatas feature custom, storyboard-inspired AT-AT prints from the original trilogy film, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The slip-ons also features printed footbeds featuring a scene from the film and still boasts TOMS's signature details included canvas upper, superior traction thank to its EVA rubber outsole, high-rebound OrthoLite® insole, removable, molded footbed for increased cushioning, and elastic gores for easy fit.

Available in the White STAR WARS AT-AT™ Print and Black STAR WARS Darth™ Print shoes, these collector's items are available for $69.95 each and is available on www.toms.com. As always, every purchase enables the TOMS community – and now Star Wars Fans – to bring good to the galaxy.

We love stalking the fabulous Billy Porter on Instagram (lovingly of course), so when he saw his latest footwear game, we swooned (and coveted) the stylish heels. Everyone's favorite "fab-hunista" rocked some amazing heels from NYC-based artist, Orel Brodt, to The Tony Awards.


Our stalking introduced us to the amazing talent of Orel Brodt who created these customized Swarovski encrusted, hand-painted pair of bedazzled heels for the famed celebrity. Thanks to her fine arts background, Orel is able to evoke a fresh perspective onto the most classic footwear styles.

For those of you not yet able to afford her bespoke and artistic footwear, Orel sells t-shirts on her site, www.orelbrodt.com (we hope to take advantage soon). You can go beyond her shirts and shoes and have her custom create a stunning gown for you. She merges fine art/illustration in her fashion design flawlessly.
With summertime finally here, it's time to get outside and enjoy nature. One of the most common summer activities is hiking -- after all, what's better than getting some exercise while taking in all that the Earth has to offer? But whether you're traveling to the Rocky Mountains or hiking at a local park, you need the right gear. And choosing the right hiking shoes is the perfect place to start. So let's take a look at a few important tips that will help you pick out the best shoes for the job.


Consider the Cut

When choosing hiking shoes, one of the first things you should consider is the cut. There are three main different cuts: Low-cut, mid-cut, and high-cut. Low-cut shoes are perfect for simple, well-maintained trails -- they don't offer a lot of ankle support, so while they're nice and light, they don't offer the support needed for rough terrain. Mid-cut boots offer more support and can help you balance on trails will bumps and debris. But if you're going off-trail hiking or on a really tough trail, you need high-cut boots. With there being 31 million injuries that require medical attention each year, the last thing you want is a sprained ankle while you're hiking. So make sure you choose a cut that will provide the support you need.

Know the Materials

All shoes come in a wide variety of materials. And while the material of a sandal or casual shoe may not matter much to you, you need to choose the right material for your hiking shoes. If you're going on an adventurous hike and need an extremely durable shoe, leather may be the way to go. While these boots are heavier and may not breathe as well as other materials, they'll hold up in harsh conditions. But if you're more of a casual hiker and want something simple, you could consider something like polyester or nylon. With 95% of Americans being able to drive less than an hour to get to a navigable body of water from their home, you may find yourself hiking near a lake or even just a stream. In this case, you want something that's waterproof and will dry quickly -- which most nylon and polyester shoes can do. Consider where you'll be hiking to help you choose the best material.

Take a Look Inside

It's not just the outside of the shoe that needs to be durable and hold up well -- the inside of the shoe matters, too. When you take a look inside a hiking shoe, it should have a good amount of padding both on the bottom, on the sides, and even on the tongue. This will be especially important for stiffer boots that may be harder to break in. It's important to remember that the stiffer the shoe is, it needs more padding on the tongue to prevent the top of your feet from becoming sore when going up or down hills. Additionally, the sole of the shoe should be molded to fit a foot, with molded heel cups and plenty of room at the toe. Overall, the boot should have an ergonomic design to ensure your feet stay comfortable on long and difficult hikes.
Many people take vacations and trips over the summer. In fact, in 2017 alone, domestic travel within the U.S. increased 1.9%. So if you're traveling and planning on doing some hiking this summer, then keep these tips in mind to ensure your feet enjoy the hike as much as the rest of you.

We continue celebrating Pride Month and more epic shoes. Today's style is the MICHAEL Michael Kors Trent High-Top Sneakers. This very cool hightop sneaker boasts a rainbow of graphic cutouts that brings star quality to its street-chic style. The crisp white hightop features a Vachetta leather upper, an elongated tongue, giving it a hi-low silhouette; round-toe, slip-on silhouette with wide, velcro closure, 1/2" heel with rubber sole, and graphic cutouts on its upper. Show them your star power for only $199.00 at www.macys.com.

Chic is always in and we must say, these eye-catching slip-on heels are incredibly chic. Say hello to your next shoe purchase, the Dolce Vita Camala Heels. These drool-worthy mules feature a zebra-striped haircalf upper (also available in solid leather), an asymmetrical topline, pointed-toe, lightly-padded, fixed footbed, and a 3 1/2" wrapped heel. Along with the zebra, they are available in black, and white leather options. A steal at only $63.00, get one or all on www.6pm.com.

Castañer X Missoni Pablo Espadrilles

Summer is officially here, mentally since Memorial Day, but astrologically today.  So here comes espadrille season.  Not too heavy, seasonally chic and often a double dose of whimsy and suave in one pair.  Such is the case with these Pablo Espadrilles from the tenured Spanish brand Castañer and the revered Italian house Missoni.  The front upper is a black and white version of the house of Missoni's  classic chevron knit completed with a black canvas back and contract leather branded logo patch on the heel.  The black rubber and suede sole features that classic espadrille blanket stitch and is fully leather lined for smooth comfort.  Summer's just started, get shopping!  Available now at FarFetch.com.

Pride Month is in full effect and of course we had to highlight some footwear styles that are celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Today's Shoeography Shoe of the Day is the Chuck Taylor All Star Pride High-Top Sneakers. The classic Chuck Taylor All Star high-top sneaker gets a colorful update in this Pride edition. This high-top features eye-catching, multicolored embroidery on its black canvas upper,laces bearing the name Converse in colorful letters, round cap toe, cushioned footbed, and a rainbow colored, vulcanized rubber sole.

The All Star Pride high-tops is available in Black/Multicolor Rainbow for $74.99 at www.dsw.com. If you're trying to get away from black, check out the lightening bolt high-tops in white for $64.99, also at DSW.

Off-White Vintage Arrow Runner

The color of the sun or the color of caution gets a nod for Virgil Abloh and his Off-White label with this Vintage Arrow Runner in Orange.  The upper is a sleek running silhouette with orange nylon panels, an orange suede toe panel and an orange leather heel riveted heel guard.  Added details like the pinked edging around the eyelets in black suede, the pops of blue on the tongue & lace lock and the infamous pull-tie branding tag make this a vibrant Summer stunner.  Available now at Oki-Ni.com.


ASICS GEL-Mai Happy Chaos Collection

Inspired by Tokyo childhood games and brought to you by the tenured minds from ASICS is the Happy Chaos Collection from ASICS Tiger.  The happy ushers in with the fun and popping use of bold color from the vamp all the way to the sole.  The chaos fly in with the unusual asymmetrical lacing placement of the GEL-Mai silhouette that runs from the front to across the throat & heel.  When you realize that the two together create a balanced beautiful harmony, only then will you realize the reliability the fuze-GEL technology and the added stability for the forefoot and ankle the lacing system brings to the table to appeal to your sense of comfort, performance as well as style.  Available now in both color ways, Soothing Sea/Electric Blue and Black/Orange at ASICS.com.
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