It’s time to bust out your springtime shoes, and there’s no better time than now to ditch those clunky winter boots for something much more comfortable and seasonally appropriate that can provide a happy medium between the chill of the winter and the swelter of the summer. The answer? Spring booties, of course! We’re not just talking about your everyday booties either.  We’re going all-in with spring cutout booties trending on the runways this season and beyond.

 

For the more curious shoe connoisseur, you might be asking what separates a traditional bootie from a cutout bootie? Regular booties tend to be designed in a shape that resembles boots, but features a slightly lower cut, most often ending either above, on, or below the ankle. Meanwhile, cutout booties are comprised of almost all the same features previously described, with the exception of distinctive cutouts that give this type of bootie its own style specification.

 

Cutout booties are essentially booties that feature unique cutouts throughout the design. These types of women’s boots can range from simple to complex depending on the creator’s intent. Some booties include strappy, intricate cutouts that expose various parts of the foot, while more conservative styles tend to gravitate toward cutouts around the ankle area. What really separates a cutout bootie from others depends on how it is crafted to properly fit a slightly exposed foot.

 

Below, we have collected a few popular Sole Society selections for 2018 and aim to highlight what makes these favorites so sought after.

 

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While the Nikkie is arguably a cutout bootie that differs from traditionally similar styles, it still fits this definition in spite of its own rebellious nature by offering a triangular low-cut dip around and below the ankle area.

 

NAHIA

 

The Nahia encompasses what cutout booties are all about. Open, split sides from bottom to top with a sophisticated strap around the ankle.

 

AZURE

 

 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Azure bootie. This super cute favorite features soft suede and a crisscross buckle strap. This design sets itself apart with double peek-a-boo cutouts on both sides of the shoe, making it the perfect companion for wherever the weekend takes you.

 

Shoes: A Glossary of Terms

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Crepe, throat, vamp… What does it all mean? Even the most passionate shoe lovers can find footwear lingo challenging at times, so we created this nifty glossary for learning the ins and outs of some lesser-known terms surrounding shoes. If you’re not sure what something means while eyeing those cute shoes in the window or online, we hope this guide provides you with the necessary information to ensure a satisfying purchase each and every time.

Aglet

A cap, usually made out of plastic or metal, that covers the tip of a shoelace.

Almond Toe

A type of shoe tip that features a soft, round shape resembling an almond.

Ankle Wrap

Stylish straps that wrap around the ankle and leg to keep feet connected to the sole of the shoe.

Arch

The upwardly curved area in the bottom-middle of the foot.

Back Seam

Fabric sewn in the back and center of a shoe.

Ball

The area of the foot located between the arch and the big toe.

Block Heel

A large, rectangular-shaped heel, also known as a chunky heel.

Booties

A style of shoe without the upper portion typically found with regular boots.

Breast

The front section of the heel where the arch begins.

Brocade

A silky fabric used to create a unique texture, pattern, and gleam.

Burnished

Leather that has been purposely buffed for a classic appearance.

Canvas

A sturdy, but flexible cloth often found in casual sneakers.

Cap Toe

Decorative leather located at the toe area of a shoe.

Chelsea Boot

An ankle-height boot designed for easily slipping onto the foot.

Clog

A style of shoe with a closed-toe, open back, and platform heel.

Column Heel

A type of high heel that features a thick, cylindrical heel.

Counter

A material used to reinforce the heel of a shoe in order to retain the shape of the upper portion.

Crepe

A strong, yellow type of rubber used in the sole of a shoe.

Cross Trainers

Athletic shoes designed for exercise purposes.

D’orsay

A type of shoe that features openings on one or both sides between the heel and toe areas.

Distressed

An abrasion treatment often used for leather and denim to create a worn appearance.

Espadrille

A shoe style that features straps that wrap around the ankle.

Eyelet

A hole above the tongue of a shoe that holds the shoelace in place.

Faux

An adjective used to define materials that substitute animal products for man-made synthetics.

Feather

The part of a shoe where the sole and upper edge join together.

Finish

A reference to the final processing of the shoe wherein the footwear has been given a particular glossy or polished appearance.

Flats

A shoe style that does not include a raised heel.

Fringe

Vertical strips of fabric typically made from suede.

Full Grain

Authentic leather with little to no marks or blemishes.

Gladiator

Strappy sandals inspired by those worn by gladiators in ancient Rome.

Grommets

The rings around the eyelets where shoelaces are threaded.

Hidden Wedge

A wedge heel that is hidden from the exterior design of the shoe.

Huarache

A sandal or tennis shoe featuring a distinct strap in the back of the heel and sometimes around the ankle.

Insole

The padding on top of the sole.

Instep

The top of the foot between the ankle and ball.

Kiltie

An outer tongue made with fringe that sits above the vamp of a shoe.

Kitten Heel

A small, rounded heel usually about 1 inches in length or less.

Lace Up

A type of shoelace threaded through the eyelets and up around the ankle.

Mary Jane

A strap that goes over the instep of a shoe.

Midsole

The middle layer of a sole for added comfort.

Moc Toe

A shoe design featuring a toe that appears similar to moccasins due to its particular construction.

Monk Strap

A buckled strap used for footwear in lieu of shoelaces.

Mule

A closed-toe shoe with a backless heel.

Napa

Soft, full-grain leather.

Nubuck

High-quality leather that has been treated to create a smoother texture.

Outsole

The exterior sole of a shoe.

Over The Knee

Tall boots that extend beyond the knee.

Overlay

Fabrics attached to a shoe’s materials for extra detail.

Patent

An adjective used to describe something, often leather, as being hard and glossy.

Pebbled Grain

A type of leather that has been treated to create a distinct, grainy texture.

Peep Toe

A shoe style that features a small open-toe.

Piping

Lines of trim used to create contrast in a design.

Platforms

Shoes comprised of a thick sole and high heel.

Pointed Toe Pumps

Closed-toe high heels that create a pointed look around the toes.

Puff

The part of a shoe that provides support and shape for the toe area.

Pumps

Traditional high heel shoes.

Quarter

The back and sides of a shoe.

Ruched

Fabric that has been ruffled.

Scalloped

An effect used to create a wavy look along the upper edges of a shoe.

Sculpted Heel

A heel that is oddly shaped when compared with traditional heels.

Seat

The part of the shoe where the heel of the foot is situated.

Shaft

The part of a boot that surrounds the ankle area.

Single Sole

A high heel with a thin sole for greater shoe flexibility.

Sipes

Small cuts made into the bottom of a rubber sole to improve traction.

Slider

A slip-on, open-toe shoe with a band that straps over the foot just above the toes.

Slingback

A type of shoe that features a strap along the back instead of a traditional enclosure.

Slouched

Boots that create a slouchy effect with natural folds or ruffles around the ankle area.

Snip Toe

A tapered-toe shoe with a flat frontside.

Sole

The bottom, exterior part of a shoe.

Spectator

A shoe style that includes contrasting tones and/or perforations.

Stacked Heel

A heel crafted from multiple layers of leather material.

Tap

A strong piece of leather or metal layered on top of the outer sole’s existing material.

Throat

The part of a shoe that opens at the top.

Tongue

Padding located above the foot and beneath the shoelaces.

T-Strap

A T-shaped pair of straps featuring one strap running vertically along the vamp where it meets a horizontal strap at the ankle.

Vamp

The part of a shoe that covers the top of the foot between the toe and throat.

Vegan

Often referred to in shoe terminology as a descriptor for synthetic materials that do not use any animal products.

Waist

The instep and arch section of the foot.

Wedge

A type of shoe that features a thick, wedge heel that spans the entire bottom length of the shoe.

StatementJewelry

Everyone loves a good statement piece, but not everyone knows how to really make them pop. A general rule of thumb for anyone who wants to wear statement jewelry that actually makes a statement is to make sure all other accessories are simple and minimalistic. In doing so, this allows bold pieces to stand out without getting lost in the mishmash of trying too hard. The key to making it work lies in combining one (maybe two) eye-catching accessories with a totally effortless outfit.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the most important “do’s and don’ts” of wearing statement jewelry:

 

DO wear statement necklaces like chokers or gemstones with tops that show off your neck, such as an off-the-shoulder top or a solid plunge-neck dress. In the case of extra-long necklaces like pendant chains or layered pearls, a solid color tee or form-fitting midi dress is all you really need.

 

DON’T combine statement necklaces with busy or flashy patterns. It is also best to avoid anything where a top’s fabric is already accentuating the neck such as halters or embellished collars.

 

DO feel free to layer multiple necklaces together for creating extra dimension.

 

DON’T select too many chunky pieces. Let chunky pieces be the statement while allowing thinner necklaces to be complementary in comparison.

 

DO color-coordinate statement jewelry with outfits that feature prints. Find a balance between the print and jewelry to ensure one piece is never overpowering the other. For example, a predominantly blue geometric dress would look more alluring with solid color jewelry featuring a cool hue that fits into the overall color scheme.

 

DON’T aim for stark contrast when pairing statement jewelry with outfits that include heavy graphics or patterns. Contrast works best with solid or colorblocked neutrals, in which case, colorful jewelry can be an awesome addition for that particular scenario.

 

DO keep in mind jewelry proportions and sizes. Wear big earrings, but only with smaller necklaces. Vice versa, large necklaces usually call for smaller earrings.

 

DON’T combine statement earrings with accessories that distract from their beauty, as other people’s attention will be naturally drawn to the face when socializing. If your earrings are making the statement, it’s important to avoid letting other pieces overshadow them.

 

DO remember to wear your hair in a style that allows for showcasing memorable pieces. After all, what good are diamond earrings if nobody can see them? It’s easy to up the elegance with a cute updo that allows your stones to shine and sparkle.

 

DON’T forget to check the weather. Whether it’s a wildly windy day or perhaps you’re just going for a cruise in the back of a convertible, having twists and tangles of hair stuck in your jewelry is never a good time.

 

DO take a holistic approach to building an outfit around statement jewelry. Always be sure to accessorize carefully in a way that is integrative, so each piece plays off the other, while allowing the primary statement to stand out the brightest.

 

DON’T wear too many crazy things at once. Outlandish fashion is fun, but ultimately works best with subtle pairings. We usually recommend wearing only one crazy thing per outfit.

 

DO take risks from time to time. For formal events, opt for something a little extravagant or even avant-garde. This type of statement jewelry can be a great icebreaker or conversation starter for meeting new people. Just let the piece do the talking and keep everything else simple and sophisticated.

 

DON’T be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes it’s easy to shy away from standing out because it feels more comfortable or familiar just blending in. The purpose of statement jewelry is to be noticed, which can be an excellent opportunity for opening new doors you may have previously never thought possible.

 

Want to show off your beautiful baubles? Share your favorite statement jewelry looks using the hashtag #MySoleSociety on social media!

 

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time once again to start making plans for the most romantic day of the year. Depending on what you’re into, February 14th can be celebrated in many different ways, from dressing to the nines for a scrumptious dinner date to simply snuggling up on the sofa for an all-night Netflix binge. This is the day to do whatever makes you and your partner the happiest!

If you’re still not sure about what to do, we sat down with some of our favorite social media mavens and asked what they really want out of Valentine’s Day, and their answers cover all the bases when it comes to comfort and love. Take a look at what makes these ladies happy and find out if you’re more of a Brittany, Mallory, or Erin when it comes to this special holiday.

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SS: How would you describe the perfect setting and scenario for spending Valentine’s Day this year?

 

Brittany, Loverly Grey: “The perfect Valentine’s Day includes pizza and a romance movie on the couch with my hubby.”

 

Mallory, Style Your Senses: “My ideal Valentine’s Day looks quite a bit different than it used to. What sounds dreamy now is a day date with my husband … a yummy brunch, a fun brewery, live music, and maybe even a little shopping. With two small kids, we are so, so tired at night that it makes it hard to even have an evening date. During the day, we can enjoy each other and reconnect and do things that we normally wouldn’t be able to do with the kids in tow.”

 

Erin, Living in Yellow: “As much as I love a fancy dinner out, on Valentine’s Day I turn to cozy PJ’s, blankets, and takeout. A cozy night in with a glass of wine in-hand and my husband by my side; I’m a happy camper! Add in a game of cards and I’m even happier.”

 

SS: Based on your ideal V-Day date, tell us what your perfect outfit looks like.

 

Brittany: “I still love staying true to a theme, but given we are at home, I like to stick to a cute Valentine’s-themed sweatshirt and my favorite skinny jeans.”

 

Mallory: “I would wear a cute bell sleeve sweater, my favorite pair of skinny jeans, go-to suede booties, a fun cross body bag (since I can ditch the diaper bag for a day), and even a wool floppy hat. Casual and cool and still functional for a day date.”

 

Erin: “Comfy lounge pants, soft tee, and slippers!”

 

SS: In addition to Valentine’s Day, we’re also celebrating self-love this month! Do you plan on giving yourself a gift this month?

 

Brittany: “I am all about the ‘treat yourself’ mentality. I think new accessories are the way to go, whether it’s a new pair of earrings or new shoes.”

 

Mallory: “I’m gifting myself some time for Valentine’s Day. Taking time away from my family is always hard to do without the ‘mom guilt’ creeping in, but this year I am being intentional about taking time away for myself to regroup. Whether it be getting a manicure or massage, going for a run, or just sitting in Starbucks catching up on emails, I’m mindful about refilling my own cup and recharging with some time away.”

 

Erin: “Chocolate covered strawberries from Edible Arrangements. I recently discovered them and am sold. So good! Other than that, a new pair of booties for spring is a treat I can never turn down!”

 

A big thank you to these extra-lovely ladies for participating in our 2018 Valentine’s Day Q&A. We hope this is the best V-Day for you yet!

 

We’d also love to hear from the rest of you about what gift you plan to give yourself this month too. Join the conversation on Instagram using the hashtag #BeYours and don’t forget to tag us @SoleSociety. We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

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Wine. Make Up. Shoes. Need we say more?⠀

We’re kicking off our #Valentinescelebration by hosting a giveaway with Winc & Julep Beauty! ⠀

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See official rules here!
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You may have heard of ‘faux leather’, a material that mimics the look of leather without harming any animals. However, the up and coming phrase these days seems to be “vegan” leather. While these leathers may sound different, the reality is faux leather and vegan leather are actually the same thing.

What is vegan leather exactly? Going beyond the understanding that vegan leather is a substitute for animal leather, more often than not, vegan leather is created with polymers like polyurethane (PU) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These synthetic leathers can be found in a wide variety of fashions from shoes to handbags to jackets and almost everything in between. When shopping for vegan leather, try to buy fashions made from PU instead of PVC, as PU is a bit friendlier toward the environment because it’s more biodegradable.

 

The benefits of vegan leather are a big-win for animal rights activists. Authentic leather is produced using animal rawhides and skins. According to PETA (The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), billions of animals are killed specifically for textile manufacturing purposes every single year.1 While counter-arguments sometimes state that vegan leathers can be environmentally harsh, real leather is not fully biodegradable either. Just ask an archaeologist, and they will tell you they still find animal leathers that are thousands of years old.

 

Even if animal rights don’t particularly suit the causes you typically support, vegan leather also has the benefit of versatility. It can be created to suit many styles ranging from matte to shiny finishes. It’s also easy to care for; simply soften with a dab of vinyl conditioner and a dry cloth then you’re done! Leading designers around the globe have built entire collections around vegan leather because it’s incredibly fashion-forward. At Sole Society, some of our favorite clutches and handbags are built using beautiful vegan leather, too.

 

And yes, we are aware that there is some controversy surrounding vegan leather, but we also believe that having multiple selections allows for greater sustainability. An excess of one thing (such as only leather or only vegan leather) can have a much larger impact on our precious environment, so having different styles to choose from is always a good thing in our book!

 

Are you resort ready for the year ahead? Check out these breathtaking looks currently dominating this season’s resort wear, perfectly suited for a variety of exciting occasions.

Nautical by Nature

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Whether you’re planning to lounge poolside or at the beach, these outfits are all about fun in the sun. Get this year’s hottest nautical looks by combining relaxing blue hues with waves of stripes. Keep it fun and flirty at brunch by wearing open-toed shoes, cropped wide-leg pants, and a snazzy top; or look effortless with a wrap dress featuring unique details such as geometric patterns and voluminous sleeves. Complete the outfit with a cream clutch or satchel.

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When it’s time to hit the town for a little retail therapy, keep it simple by pairing your favorite flats with a knee-length dress and crossbody purse. Booties and cropped jeans with a striped tee and oversize shopper bag are also fabulous outfit essentials. Throw in some complementary pink and rose hues to contrast your blues and you’re good to go!

Neutral Parties

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This season, it’s easy to look and feel your best by pairing monochrome touches together with blushing neutrals. For lunch meetings and friendly get-togethers, treat your feet to a lovely pair of slip-ons and wear them with a quarter-length dress or coat that make a sophisticated statement.

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Dress things up a bit with a head-turning outfit that accentuates your body. Put on your favorite heeled sandals and dark denim, then show off some shoulder with a striking top that is rich in both texture and style. Alternatively, add a strong pop of romantic red to your shoes and accessories by wearing them with a sensuous black midi dress.

Bring the Mixers

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Make every party memorable with bold patterns and flowy textures. In the daytime, wear solid shoes with a contrasting dress and bag comprised of playful patterns, or simply go with the flow by mixing and matching looks that add movement like flared pants and ruffled blouses.

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Once the evening falls, take advantage of lively shoe designs like criss-crossed mules or embellished flats. Mix them up with pieces that add just a touch of urban modernity.

Find your favorite spring looks from Sole Society and show off your personal style using the hashtag #MySoleSociety !

 

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The greatest things in life are meant to be treated with the utmost attention and care, and shoes are no exception. By viewing shoes as a long-term investment instead of just another disposable product, you can purchase a pair of timeless, high-quality shoes without the guilt. All it takes is a little knowledge in the shoe cleaning department to ensure your shoes, heels, and boots really were made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do (with some tender, loving care)!

To get started, proper care ultimately depends on the materials that comprise the whole of the shoe. Take a look below for an informative guide on working with different types of shoes and the best ways to clean them:

Leather Shoes

Leather can often be a tricky one, as there are different types of leather available including patent leather, vegan leather, and of course, leather-leather, just to name a few. Make sure you know what type of leather materials were used to avoid unnecessary damage ahead of time. Patent leather is shiny and glossy, vegan or faux leather is typically made from polyurethane, and leather is an animal skin and rawhide combination textile.

  • Patent Leather: Use a product designed for polishing patent leather-like wax, or take advantage of household items such as Vaseline or Windex (but not at the same time). Just apply a thin layer of patent leather cleaner, followed by a patent leather conditioner for lasting appeal.

  • Vegan Leather: Wipe these down with warm water using a sponge or washcloth, soap the sponge/cloth with something eco-friendly void of harsh chemicals, and give it a light scrub. Then, wipe off the soap and water with a dry cloth. Finish with vinyl conditioner.

  • Full-Grain Leather: Wipe softly with warm water, clean the rag, and wipe again with warm water. Afterwards, give them some gloss with a good cream polish. If your full-grain shoes (such as nubuck) don’t have any dirt or grime, a simple shoe brush will do the trick. Remember that water and liquids can wear down leather faster, so always resort to brushing them before going the washcloth route.

Suede

Who doesn’t love suede? It’s one of the most beloved materials for shoes because it is comfortable, warm, and soft to the touch. Suede shoes can sometimes take a little extra care than other types of material, which could be a reason why Elvis – the king of rock ‘n roll himself – warned the masses in 1956, “You can do anything, but lay off my blue suede shoes!”

To clean, use a brush specifically designed for suede. If there are any spots or stains, opt for a light sandpaper or the soft side of a nail file after brushing. Always remember to avoid water completely when cleaning suede. Water is the fastest way to destroy it, so stay away from liquids at all costs.

Reptilian

Lovers of the exotic can’t help but flock toward materials made from the skins of snakes, lizards, and crocodiles. It’s a fun, sophisticated look that pops when paired with solid outfits that display minimal designs or no patterns at all. For snakeskins, dampen a soft washcloth and wipe gently. With lizard skins, avoid water and just wipe down with a soft cloth. And lastly, you can take care of crocodile skins with a damp cloth just like snakeskins, but follow up with a soft paint brush afterward. Then, apply a conditioner made for these specific reptile skins to preserve them for years to come.

Fabric

Although fabric shoes such as canvas sneakers and mesh/nylon runners tend to break down faster due to harder usage, they are still super easy to look after. Just give them a nice brushing, then wet a warm washcloth with a small dab of eco-friendly laundry detergent for a gentle scrubbing. Wipe away the soap and it’s as simple as that!

Drying Shoes

The most recommended way to dry shoes is to simply let them dry naturally. However, if placed under the sun, be sure to take them out of the light when close to completely dry to avoid potential pitfalls like color fading. Keep in mind that most shoe materials are sensitive to sunlight, so it’s best to allow shoes to dry inside on their own. If you’re in a hurry, you can dry fabric shoes at a cool temperature in a drying machine, but keep all other shoes away from the dryer.

When looking at today’s fashions, it seems as if the latter half of the 20th century is always making a comeback in a contemporary way. Which means that even if you’re the type of woman to buy shoes like there’s no tomorrow, taking care of older shoes could definitely be of benefit when a particular style surfaces on the runways once again. When someone asks where to purchase a pair of your well-worn, well-polished shoes, you can smile with the knowledge that no one is stealing your look today.