Posts Tagged ‘SHOES’

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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.


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.


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.


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.


Here’s a few tips to keep you on-trend this spring.


01. Create color
Accent your ensemble with bright and bold hues.


02. Wrap it
Customize your look with versatile lace-up heels.

03. Stay low
Mix comfort and height with sandals featuring a mini block heel.
04. Lighten up
Opt for pastel-colored crossbody bags and satchels.


05. Get crafty
Adorn yourself with handcrafted jewelry.


06. Dress delicately
Fill your spring wardrobe with pretty lace pieces.


Summer may be winding down, but we’re not ready to let go of the stylish trends it brought us. So, we picked out our favorite of-the-moment silhouettes with the most seasonal staying power.

Shop Sequoia Lace Up Heeled Sandal

Lace-ups are a great way to add texture and a feminine twist to your look. For fall, choose suede styles that feature spicy or earthy colors.

Shop Freyaa Lace Up Wedge Sandal

Shop Sequoia Lace Up Heeled Sandal

Shop Rosalie Lace Up Mid Heel

Shop Ferris Block Heel Sandal

We love block heels for their blend of height and stability. Prepare for the cooling weather with covered silhouettes.

Shop Ferris Block Heel Sandal

Shop Delilah Fringe Heeled Sandal

Shop Jagger Block Heel Sandal
Shop Tiia Studded T-Strap Heel

A pointed toe has the power to polish any ensemble. Make your fall outfits standout with flats and heels featuring shimmering details and bold colors.

Shop Tiia Studded T-Strap Heel

Shop Cammila Pointed Toe Smoking Slipper

Shop Jenn d'Orsay Pump
Shop Sahara Platform Wedge Sandal

Wedges are a staple usually reserved for spring and summer, but this year they will pair perfectly with the flared jeans and retro dresses you’ll be wearing all fall.

Shop Colette Platform Wedge Sandal

Shop Landry Wedge Sandal

Shop Sahara Platform Wedge Sandal

Among the ins and outs of countless footwear trends, there is one style that has stood the test of time—pumps—and for good reason. A great pair of pumps can dress up denim or polish a cocktail dress, and they’re fit for any setting from the office to happy hour. Buying a pair isn’t just a purchase, it’s an investment for days when you need a classic silhouette to add height to your look. So, here are our top 5 reasons why your closet should be stocked full of pumps.

A classic pair never fails
Neutral pumps are your best friend for days on the go. They will never go out of style, so you know you’ll always have a staple pair of heels to grab for last-minute events or rushed weekday mornings.

Dress up your casual attire
A pretty pair of pumps with fun details can put a fashion-forward spin on laid-back looks: Denim becomes instantly sophisticated and sundresses transform into evening wear.

Turn up the texture
A boost of texture can bring intrigue to a basic look. Adding bright and bold pumps is quick way to make any simple outfit pop.

Add feminine flair
With the menswear trend in full swing, pumps are a great tool for adding a girly touch to styles like boyfriend jeans and button ups. Try a pair with flirty scallops or sparkling studs.

Wear them year-round
Pumps work no matter the season. Opt for an open construction for spring and summer and transition to a more covered silhouette in the colder months.

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Pining for a vacation? Us too, and our new spring arrivals were inspired by our bucket list destinations. From island hopping in Turks & Caicos to exploring the outdoor markets of Istanbul, we’re 100% bitten by the travel bug. Case in point: Our Meika Espadrille Wedges. The sun-drenched stripes and braided jute wedge reminds us of the cotton candy ocean sunset. Yup, officially a Caribbean paradise in a sandal.





Get The Look: Shop Mara D’Orsay Flats 



We were particularly inspired by the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo when designing the Mara D’Orsay. The lush 12-acre land was the ultimate muse when it came to crafting these comfy two pieces flats covered in blooming hibiscus flowers.






Get The Look: Shop France Pumps 



Old-world glamour with a new-world sensibility is how we’d describe Istanbul. The richly textured print on our France Pumps is reminiscent of something you’d find in the outdoor textile and garment markets. Caution: Daydreaming about reading at a Turkish cafe in this pair and a sundress may occur.



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You’re about to create serious shoe envy with any of these brand new pairs. From studded heels to camo smoking slippers, our latest assortment adds instant personality to ANY ensemble. We’re envisioning them with cutoffs,  sundresses, rompers and so much more.


Clockwise from left: Shop Jenn Mid Heels; Shop Anneke Mid Heels; Shop Harla Loafers; Shop Anastassi Flats.


#MySoleSociety has officially begun! You’ve already started showing off your phenomenal @SoleSociety style and here’s our picks from the month (along with links to shop to styles they’re wearing).


Want to be featured in next month’s roundup? Just mention #MySoleSociety @SoleSociety and we’ll show our favorites.






Loving how @ExtrapPetite styled the Milan reversible tote and Danna wedges.






@NickieBagai teamed her Bettie heels with a striped sundress and straw hat while taking a park stroll.






@StyleCusp balanced out her citrus orange pants with a neutral blazer and the Iris laser cut tote.






@SukiMulberg‘s can’t-go-wrong off duty outfit: Grey skinnies + Pagan sandals = Wardrobe winner.





@TheSteeleMaiden masters city chic with the Korie flat clutch and Mandee lace up heels.