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The convertible shoe Kickstarter you’ve got to check out

The convertible shoe Kickstarter you’ve got to check out

I’ve been keeping my eye on this German start-up for awhile now. I love the concept – shoes with a heel you can switch out from high to low. Much less bulky than bringing an entirely separate pair with you (and what do you do with your other pair even if a pair of flats can roll up small, your other shoes won’t!). Mime et Moi make some incredibly cool convertible sandals, from heels to flats.

Up until recently, you couldn’t get these shipped outside of Europe, but now Mime et Moi have a Kickstarter up and you can get them shipped anywhere! I particularly love the block heel options.

I’ve got my eye on some practical black Nappa leather ones, though my heart is clamouring for the dalmatian spot ones.

Which ones would you pick??

All images courtesy Mime et Moi. 

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Where to get nearly bespoke shoes

Where to get nearly bespoke shoes

My thoughts have been turning to autumn shoes. I know, I can hear you clapping your hands over your ears and shouting at me that it’s not even August. But, just, bear with me.

I find myself looking for a very specific pair of boots or shoes these days. I get this picture in my mind, and it drives me crazy when I can’t find it. I have my summer shoe game down (thank you Worishofer and Salt Water) but winter… not quite.

That’s where custom footwear comes in.

It’s hard not to think of beautiful wooden lasts hanging in a panelled cobbler’s shop, all creaky leather ottomans and men in half spectacles and waistcoats when one thinks of bespoke footwear. And if I could afford it, I would be there, in a heartbeat. There is the slightly less expensive version, which are the custom footwear outfits popping up.

No one has your foot moulded and ready to handcraft a pair of shoes, but in this case, you can specify more elements than just your standard shoe size. Multiple calf width for boots, several foot widths, more colour and fabric or leather choices are all hallmarks of custom shoemakers.

Poppy Barley La Hacienda boot / Photo by Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman

Photo credit: Poppy Barley/Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman

Poppy Barley

A Canadian company that combines fair trade footwear with made-to-measure. They have some truly gorgeous options, and I have been thinking hard over which pair of their boots I’m going to invest in. The beautiful pair above is from their Fall/Winter 2015 line. Poppy Barley

 

DUO Fader biker boot

Photo credit: DUO Boots

Duo

A more affordable option in the made-to-measure game, DUO offers some chunkier options than the sleek Poppy Barley. If you’ve been searching for a biker boot that fits your muscular calves yet narrow feet, this could solve your problem. DUO

 

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Photo credit: Shoes of Prey

Shoes of Prey

I’ve written about Shoes of Prey before here, but I’ll reiterate. More of a custom design shop than made-to-measure, Shoes of Prey has the best selection of heel heights, shoes shapes, and leather choice I’ve seen. That being said, if you have very tiny or very large feet, they can do it: US sizes from 2.5 to 15 are covered. Shoes of Prey

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Things I love: Shoes of Prey

Things I love: Shoes of Prey
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My new soft grey leather oxfords, problem solved!

 

Last spring, I finally realized that the pair of soft grey oxfords I had bought four years ago had fallen apart. Properly, completely fallen apart. I searched everywhere for a replacement, but nothing quite worked for me.

Then, I found Shoes of Prey.

This is one of those make your own shoes online sites. What drew me to this one, besides the truly awesome name, is their reasonable prices and 365 day return or remake.

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Things I love: great selection of heel heights, massive selection of colours, up-to-date shapes.

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I threw together this d’orsay flat in a cool floral snake imprint leather that I’m pretty keen on, $129 Canadian. I have another pair of much-loved gently pointed black flats that has ended its natural life, and I was bemoaning finding another until I remember I could MAKE SOME. This is perfect for those who struggle finding the shoes they love in the heel height they are comfortable in. If you don’t know where to start, browsing the gallery will give you some ideas, and the Style Advice section is a good resource of curated ideas using the newest shapes and materials.

At the end of all that, your shoes arrive in a gorgeous box with a cloth bag, wrapped with a piece of real ribbon. It’s lovely. And I’m off to go design my new black flats right now…

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Things I love: Worishofer sandals

Things I love: Worishofer sandals

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I was walking to pick up my library book, when I glanced into the window of Much & Little, and spotted my perfect sandal.

Perfect? I know. But I’ve been searching for a low-heeled, comfortable sandal for, oh, years. So many years.

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Apparently I’m way behind on this Worischofer thing. I blame living in England for that, as apparently they don’t think these shoes are cool over there, but I find that hard to believe. What could be cooler than a German orthopaedic sandal?

That brought you up short, I’m sure. No really, they are cute. And incredibly comfortable. Upon coming home, I was seriously trying to justify buying another pair already. It’s the low heel height, combined with the adjustable slingback strap and the functional buckle over the top of the foot that makes it for me. Adjustable width and length is amazing.

And all those articles making fun of people buying ugly shoes for the sake of irony… er, well, I don’t think those people walk very far. Otherwise they’d understand.

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