Anniversary Countdown: July

Truth be told, I am a bit of an Anglophile. That probably explains my obsession with Emma Hope shoes. I mean, they call their shoes court shoes. I never really knew what it meant but I looked it up today. Here’s what Wikipedia says:

A court shoe (British English), or pump (American English), is a shoe with a low-cut front and usually without a fastening. However, some have an ankle strap. They are usually worn by women, but are still traditional menswear in some formal situations, where the style is sometimes called an opera slipper or patent pump.

How cool is that? One of my first favorites in this series was a pair of Emma Hope boots. As I have mentioned, it is one of the brands that made me want to open a shoe store. I had only found them at The Shoe Box in Richmond and I didn’t want to have to get on I-95 to get my fix.

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These shoes were from the first spring collection we had from Emma. I didn’t get a picture, but the bottom of the shoe is barely worn. Most of my Emmas (I put her in the Cher/Madonna category of needing only a first name) have not been worn. It may be irrational, but I am afraid they will be ruined and not able to be replaced. Most of them are works of art, not shoes.
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I am happy to announce that this fall Emma Hope is returning to The Shoe Hive. Here is a sneak peek at a few of the styles arriving soon.

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Cameron Diaz and The Shoe Hive

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So, what does Cameron Diaz have to do with The Shoe Hive. A lot, apparently. One of our longtime customer favorite lines has been Pour La Victoire and she is now assuming the position of artistic director. Who knows what that really means?

She claims that it is more than an endorsement, that she is going to be involved in the brand and the way it is represented. Is she the next Victoria Beckham or Olsen twin? Possibly.  Because as we have likely already forgotten even SJP’s foray into design was a dud. It’s really hard to make these collaborations work.

“Pour La Victoire gives me the opportunity to create something timeless,” Diaz said, while admitting some trepidation. “There’s a lot I have to learn about the business. I’m interested in learning how collections are created. The word ‘fun,’ I want to say that it’s going to be fun, but it’s deeper than that.”

I guess we’ll see. I am a little excited and intrigued to see how the brand evolves as a result. Always provide us with feedback, and let us know how you think she’s doing!

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More on the celebrity-style collaboration here.

How to Wear It: 5 Sale Must-Haves

Last week, we selected 5 sale must-haves that are both versatile and special. This week, we collaborated with our Alexandria Stylebook partners to pair these must-have styles with clothing that is available at both Zoe Boutique and Kiskadee, with a few must-have beauty products from Bellacara thrown in too. Here’s what we came up with:

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Shoes in the News: July

It’s been a while since we’ve given you the dish on the fascinating world of footwear, so I thought we’d enlighten you this morning. Obviously, the only real news you need to know of is our massive summer sale going on right now, but I have a suspicion that you probably already knew about that. So, let’s move on.

  • Le Chameau is basically the French answer to Hunter Boots, and apparently they are branching out beyond rubber footwear now. Interesting. I’m not convinced yet, but hey, if they can get Kate Middleton to wear it like she did their boots, they’re bound to be a hit, right?Kate_Middleton_s_Woodland_Wardobe-_Zara_Jeans__Burberry_Shirt_and_Le_Chameau_Boots_
  • This is what happens when a male architect tries his hand at shoe-making. We end up spending $2,000 on a torture contraption.
  • We won’t be carrying these at The Shoe Hive anytime soon, but on my upcoming trip to Italy? When in Rome… (Not really.)
  • The next big name in shoe design. Remember, you read it here first.
  • Finally, on the topic of trends, we are sort of loving the silk pants (I refuse to call them pajama) and flat sandals look. If you are inclined to give it a go, here’s how.

So, that’s it. Did we miss anything?

Top 5 Sale Must-Haves

We have a lot of shoes on sale right now. While this is great because, it can also be a little overwhelming. You might want to blow your dough on a gorgeous pair of sky-high heels that you will wear once or twice (which I absolutely believe is necessary from time to time). But you are more likely to spend your money on shoes that can be worn for a long time and work with many pieces in your closet. Here are the top five styles available on sale–and now at 40% off!–we think everyone should own:

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If you buy a single pair of shoes this summer, make it these. I’ve discussed in the past how luggage leather is actually the most versatile of the neutrals, and this fresh take on the studded trend will work this year and next. Persia Thong by Michael Kors.

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For my customers who wear suits regularly, it is important to wear good shoes that will hold up to your commutes and that are more fun than the black pump you see on everyone. Turquoise is a lot of color, but it works with more than you realize. Pair it with an orange (or coral) blouse, navy blue suit or a great white dress. Licorice by Kate Spade.

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If you don’t think you can pull off turquoise, this navy pump is a little easier to wear, but the stacked heel and touch of metallic make it special. Aeesha by Pour la Victoire.

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A Tory ballet flat in luggage. Need I say more? Kaitlin Ballet by Tory Burch.

Photo Jul 09, 10 19 39 AMOur TKees are flying out the door. We are pretty low in sizes in the neutral shades, but don’t bypass the patent coral pair. The color for summer, you can wear this with almost anything. I promise.

 

40 years of…me!

Brad did this for me as part of my 40th birthday gift. A trip down memory lane to say the least! And look at the fashion: chambray, denim shorts, turtlenecks, oversized men’s shirts! Now it’s your turn though: care to share some of your “vintage” looks?

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