H&M has an affordable Birkenstock alternative for you to try this summer for only $24.95. This slip-on sandal has two imitation leather straps that criss-cross over the foot, what seems to be a cork foot base, and then a rubber sole. If you really want to try the Birkenstock look without the price, this shoe is it. This is the cheapest version I have seen this season. Check it out at H&M.
Steve Madden’s Boundree sandal gives you Birkenstock for less…literally. Every designer has come out with their take on the Birkenstock sandal. Celine’s is the most famous take on the classic sandal to date. I love Birkenstocks. I know a lot of people think they are ugly, but I wore them quite often in high school.
Early last week, after I came back from my trip, I was able to meet with Hannah Davis (founder and president of Bangs Shoes). It was so nice to talk with someone my age who is actively making a difference in the world. I was tickled pink to know that we are from the same hometown and went to school in the same school district. It really is a small world.
During my time with Hannah, she told me about her mission and her company. The name “Bangs” in Bangs Shoes comes from her time in China. If you know anything about the Chinese language, then you know that the Chinese character for “help” is phonetically spelled out as “BANG”. She also talked about how the plain green military shoes that everyone was wearing in her area of China caught her eye. Soon she realized that there was something about these shoes that people liked. Her Bangs Shoes journey started there.
I know everybody, including myself, has jumped on the cool shoe meets charity train, but Bangs Shoes are different. Instead of all the shoes going to one specific cause, each shoe color represents a different cause. The shoes come in either a high top or a low top, and each shoe has a specific symbol on it that represents each charity or cause. Twenty percent of the proceeds from each shoe sale goes to that charity. The high tops are $60 and the low tops are $55.
If you want to buy or try on her shoes in the Midlands, you can go to Good for the Sole in Five Points or Half Moon Outfitters on Devine Street. If you live elsewhere or are just really curious, you can check out her super sweet Bangs Shoes website. Hannah was nice enough to give me a pair of shoes to try. I picked the white high tops that invest in financial empowerment through Kiva.org. Even though I wear a size ten she told me to pick the 9.5. If you have wide feet, I suggest you try a size up. Watch my Instagram for a pic of me wearing my shoes. I am thinking of taking them on my next trip this weekend!
Also don’t forget about the $140 J. Crew gift card giveaway!
The New Balance Classics W574 from Zappos.com are great for working out, running, and walking. What you might not know is that people are wearing brightly colored and retro style sneakers with dresses, skirts, and dress pants now. The look is still chic and sophisticated, but the sneaker adds a bit of pop and fun to the look. Check out these street style stars and their sneakers. The New Balance Classics W574 is the perfect shoe to try this trend. It usually costs $67.95, but now it is on sale at Zappos.com for $54.99. Get you a piece of this shoes. There are a ton of colors to choose from. [SOURCE] [SOURCE]
When I was in New York for fashion week, I attended the Keo fashion show. While there I met Mallory Musante, designer of Mallory Musante shoes. Musante provided the shoes for the fashion show, and they were hot. I was really excited to meet her because I had seen her works of art on Twitter.
Works of art? Huh? Yes…works of art. Mallory Musante sells hand painted genuine leather shoes. The shoes, painted in non-chip acrylic paint, come in bold, bright colors and funky designs. You can have your pick of hand painted kitten heels, platforms, one of a kind limited edition shoes, and bridal shoes. The bridal shoes come in pretty pastel colors, and would be perfect for Easter or the summer. Her sample sale is going on now, so get some one of a kind shoes today. I guarantee nobody will have your shoes. Shop now at Mallory Musante Shoes.