We have mentioned the return of the Belgian loafer a couple of times, but we chose the Laura by Jacques Levine for today’s Shoe Spotlight because it has been getting a lot of blogger love lately. Below are a few instagrammed photos by bloggers who have fallen in love with the Laura just as much as we have. It may not be the first shoe you pick up upon entering the store, but trust me, it should be the shoe you leave with. The rich navy hue and black piping make it infinitely versatile. It is both wearable (with .5-inch stacked heel) and sophisticated. We don’t always recommend diving head-first into trends, but this is one trend we hope you don’t pass up. Casie of Whipped Style recommends wearing them with casual denim (boyfriend jeans, for example) and a classic white button-up. Another great look would be a black cashmere sweater and skinny jeans à la Elizabeth Todd.
I have lived in Old Town for almost 14 years now and operated The Shoe Hive for 9 years. Throughout the years, folks have asked me advice on everything from where to go to get your hair done to where to go to get your broken heels fixed. The questions have become so common, I figured it was time for me to make a list; I like to call it “shopkeepers’ secrets.”
Once you try these places, I think you will share my belief that there really is no reason to leave Alexandria–or really Old Town for that matter–for all your shopping needs.
Let’s start with what I like to refer to as “upkeep;” the older I get, the more I need.
If you receive our emails, you have already been e-introduced to our new-ish manager, Lyndsay. She is such an asset to The Shoe Hive and to our customers, and her style is completely enviable. She sticks to great classics, flirty prints and clean lines. Once a month, we will bring you Lyndsay’s Looks as a follow-up to the email in which she presents her top three favorite shoes of the month.
Fall day trips with Marc Joseph, that is.
Starting on Friday, we are having a three-day-long Marc Joseph trunk show. The first reason to get excited is the 20% discount on all trunk show items. The second reason is the remarkable wearability of Marc Joseph’s designs. Yep, wearability. (It’s a word. I looked it up.) To demonstrate said wearability, I have combined three of my favorite Marc Joseph styles and three of my favorite fall day trips.
3.1 Phillip Lim Wool Sweater (Sold Out)
Hello, again, from The Shoe Hive. Today, we bring you another post on colors. Consider it a Lesson on Navy: Part Two. Colors often confuse shoppers. I blame this confusion primarily on a host of “vintage” rules that dictate what is and is not acceptable. One of these is that you must match shades of navy. Well, not necessarily.
It helps me to think about it this way: there are colors and there are neutrals. Neutrals can be broken up into three categories, and all of them can be mixed and interchanged amongst themselves and/or with any colors as needed.
- First, you have your true neutrals: black, white, gray and brown.
- Then, you have your metallics: gold, silver, bronze, pewter, brass, etc.
- Finally, the most overlooked category of neutrals is pseudo-neutrals. A pseudo-neutral is a legitimate color (blue, red, yellow and green, for example) in a shade that functions as a neutral.
Navy is a pseudo-neutral. Therefore, not only can it be worn with any of the neutrals (including black) and metallics, but it can also be worn as a neutral itself, with many other colors. Tuesday’s post included several color pairings involving navy: orange and navy, yellow and navy, oxblood and navy. It can also be paired with bright greens and bold reds, perhaps a rich magenta or even other shades of blue. So, when you purchase that navy dress, avoid the navy shoes.
Many of you have mentioned that you miss Elizabeth’s blog. The good news is that she has returned to the blogosphere. The bad news is that owning a store is a lot of work, and she wants to maintain her focus on bringing all of you the best shoes, the best shopping experience and the best staff. Of course, from time to time she will grace us with her online presence, but we are mixing things up a bit. Look to this space for tips on how to wear our shoes, where trends are headed, and news about The Shoe Hive.
Now, down to business. I must thank you–our customers–for giving us the topic of our latest blog post. You would not believe the number of women who walk through our door in search of navy shoes. Apparently, they are hard to find. Not at The Shoe Hive. In developing this post originally, I assumed we would feature every navy shoe in the store–until I found out we carry nearly a dozen! So, here are three of our favorites with three ways to wear them.
P.S. Sorry to those of you who received an html version of this post last night as I was editing it!