The Quiet Titan of Retail

We were sad to learn last week that one of our footwear designers, Vince Camuto, died of cancer at age 78.

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Vince Camuto was first known for co-founding the Nine West Group nearly forty years ago. He worked there until 1999, when he sold the company and decided to go to work on a namesake footwear line, which we have carried for years. His brand expanded to include clothing, accessories and fragrances by the time of his death.

The New York Times called him the “quiet titan of retail,” an accurate statement if there ever were one. His work is often behind many other brand names with which you are familiar. “In recent years he was a business partner of both Tory Burch, the billionaire designer, and Jessica Simpson, the pop star who found a lucrative second career in the apparel business. He also collaborated with Banana Republic and BCBG, among many other companies.” (Source.)

What makes Vince Camuto interesting, beyond his business acumen, was not his personal aesthetic. Instead, it was his ability to tune into what his (and others’) customers wanted. Sometimes even before they knew what they wanted.

To see what Vince Camuto styles we have coming for Spring and Summer, pay us a visit and ask to see our Spring/Summer 2015 Look Book.

New to the Hive: Reina by Frye

While the majority of our Frye selection is currently 40% off, we are most excited about the newest Frye style to join us at The Shoe Hive: the Reina. A favorite among celebrities and bloggers, we understand why. The heel is stacked and low, but enough to lengthen your legs. And the cut of the shaft of the boot is flattering on all shapes and sizes.

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We were excited to see it (in a different color) on Anne Hathaway recently. If it’s good enough for Anne’s “off duty” style, it’s good enough for ours!

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We also discovered that popular style blogger Meagan of Meagan’s Moda has styled the boots several times for Lucky Magazine’s website, and we love how she’s worn them.

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Shoes on Sale!

If you don’t follow us on Facebook, you’ve been missing out. Since over 75% of our store is currently marked down at least 40%, we decided to create a way for you to shop the sale shoes virtually. We spent a lot of time last week compiling organized Facebook albums of all of our sale heels, flats, sneakers, boots, and booties by style. The photos include the available sizes in each shoe as well as the original and sale prices. Find styles you need, shoes you love, check and be sure we have your size, then give the store a call so we can hold it for you: 703.548.7105.

We have 40 pairs of heels on sale ranging from kitten to stiletto, professional to party. See the complete selection here.

Heels

Our favorite category for both the style’s practicality and the quantity we have available is the album on flats, sneakers and demi-wedges. See the complete selection here.

Flats

If buying a pair of full-priced winter boots makes you cringe, now’s the time to snatch them up at a fraction of the cost! We have more than 25 pairs of boots on sale, all at 40% off including for the very first time all of our Frye boots! See the complete selection here.

Boots

The bootie has been the star of the season, with many of our customers opting for this shorter style over the traditional knee-high boot. We still have an impressive number of booties on sale–over 35 styles! See the complete selection here.

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Kat’s Shoe Hive Faves

Kat (left) has worked at The Shoe Hive for a while now. She goes to college on the West Coast, but always pitches in when she’s in town. It was thanks largely to Kat that Christen and I were able to spend extra time with our families this holiday season. So, we asked Kat to give us the details on her current Shoe Hive favorites before heading back to school in a few days.

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The Franklin by Sam Edelman is my new prized possession. Aside from being super comfortable, I always get compliments on them. I look for excuses to wear these out. Normally I wear them with pants or jeans tucked in and I love the way they look on.

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(Purchase online here.)

My favorite shoes to throw on and kick around in are definitely my Cotu slip ons by Superga. I have them in black, and wish I had every color they’re made in. Worn casually with pants or shorts, these are my go-tos. Although Supergas tend to run a little big, the slip ons are pretty true to size.

Superga Slip On

Sam Edelman must know they way to my heart. The “Colleen” is a nude pointed toe flat that I’m crazy about. Although I haven’t made these beauties mine yet, I have tried them on and they’re super comfortable, not to mention adorable. And don’t forget they come in black and a nude with a little gold flake look to it!

Colleen

In a few months it’ll be my favorite time of the year, country concert season. The Billy Pull On by Frye is the original cowboy boot that I am a huge fan of. If you’re looking for cowboy boots, these are definitely your answer. Brown leather with traditional stitching, these are a “must have” for my inner cowgirl.

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The Majorca by Tory Burch is another personal favorite. Break out the warm clothes and sundresses, this ivory espadrille is the perfect shoe to complete your cute Spring and Summer outfits!

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