It’s here!

It’s here and we couldn’t be more excited.

A few weeks ago we introduced our Alexandria Stylebook readers to the latest clothing line we are bringing to The Shoe Hive. Lyndsay and I discovered it while at market and were completely drawn in by how soft the fabric is. I may have a closet full of beautiful dry-clean-only clothing but I gravitate most toward the effortless pieces that are easy to throw on and still look pulled together. That’s what Sundry is…high quality, no-fuss clothing in relaxed styles.

Below is a sample of the pieces we received. The verdict is among the Hive girls that the sweatpants are the favorite although I’m personally a fan of the hoodie (not pictured, you’ll just have to come in and see it!) We hope you love them as much as we do!

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The Secret to Wearing Heels

by Christen

There was a time when I was never seen in flats. At 5’3, I enjoyed the extra height and it came at little cost because I worked in an office setting and sat most of my day. My lifestyle has changed significantly since then, and now that I find myself on my feet much more especially in Old Town I own (and wear) more flats than I ever dreamed I would.

Still, over the years, I developed a theory on what I think makes a heel wearable. Wearability (a combination of comfort and walkability) does not solely rest on the quality of the shoe. Of course, well made shoes are always preferable but some of my most comfortable heels were relatively inexpensive. Nor does wearability depend on the height of the heel. In my opinion that is a total myth. I have owned 5-inch heels that I could wear longer, were more comfortable and easier to walk in than some of my kitten heels.

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Velmah by Vince Camuto

No, what makes a heel wearable is ankle support. If your ankle is supported, you can wear a six-inch platform just as easily as you could a two-inch kitten. Ankle support keeps you from wobbling around in the shoe. It prevents you from slipping forward, or slipping out. What makes heels difficult to walk is not that the shoe is balancing on the ground, but that you are balancing in the shoe. If you remove the balancing act by stabilizing the shoe on your foot, you can wear anything.

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Patchuli by Melissa

This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t wear pumps. They are classic and likely more flattering than some ankle-supporting styles. But if you steer clear of heels altogether because the height intimidates you, try on a pair of cage heels next time. Or a high-heeled bootie. Or really anything with an ankle strap. Just try it and let me know what you think! You can thank me later.

The Shoe Hive in Southern Living

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I may have grown up in the Midwest, but I spent a good part of my childhood in the South. The furthest north my mom would move from Kentucky was Cincinnati when my parents married. My grandaddy was the county judge and my grandmother, who is 98, was a school teacher. They lived on a 500-acre cattle farm. It was my absolute favorite place to go as a child. I spent my days outside, going to the chicken house, fishing in the pond, and chasing one of their German Shepherds, whose name was always Governor.

When I wasn’t outside, I was inside flipping through Grandma B’s Vogue and Southern Living. So, I am so flattered to be mentioned in this month’s Southern Living. The fashion influence of my grandmother stuck but the cooking part I struggle with! Nonetheless, I love to read the magazine and I can make some pretty mean garlic grits.