The Leather Espadrille

The flat espadrille has undergone a makeover lately, and is now donning luxurious leather as its fabric of choice. This casual and accessible style is one we fully intend to rock all spring and summer long, and thanks to Sam Edelman we can do just that. The Lynn–a classic leather espadrille–provides both comfort and versatility, available in a host of colors. Pictured below, we got the following styles in just last week: gold, silver, black and nude in addition to the coral that has been in store for several weeks. Customers have already started stocking up on their favorite colors, and at just $80 a pair it’s worth getting a couple. What colors would you choose?

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Designer Spotlight: Claudia Ciuti

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Just yesterday, we received the remainder of our Claudia Ciuti spring and summer shipment, and we could not be more in love with her designs. This season we decided to stick to what she does best: evening-appropriate styles with a modern edge. This does not mean, however, that these heels should be limited to dresses. All of them can be worn for anything as casual as a date night when paired with a silk blouse, well-tailored blazer and skinny jeans, as well as any event as formal as a wedding to take a dress from simple to special.

And before you write Claudia Ciuti’s shoes as too high for you, we actually requested that the designer send them to us on a slightly lower heel. At three inches (instead of the pictured four), you get the look of a high stiletto without the pain.

Supergas for Spring

by Christen

As the weather improves, Supergas seem to be top of mind for many of our customers. In fact, my friend Sam came in just this week for her very first pair. She wore her newly purchased white sneakers out of the store with black leggings and a black oversized sweater, looking effortlessly chic.

Supergas have been top of mind for me as well. I recently joked with my husband that to curb my own spending I would only ever buy Supergas and would forever be known as the “cool girl” who wears Supergas with everything. And then this morning, I sat down to an email notifying me that the first shipment of our spring Supergas are on their way. I’m giving this potential new identity some serious thought…

If you read our blog or have shopped with us in recent years, you are not new to the Superga craze. The purpose of this blog post, however, is to encourage you to see the sneaker–Superga or other–as more than just an ideal match for shorts and a t-shirt, or yoga pants and a hoodie. In fact, they serve you best when worn with pieces you’d least expect. I personally find that they are great paired with leather in winter and dresses come summer. They make a blazer look more modern, and a pair of trousers less stuffy. Here’s a little style inspiration for any of the sneakers in your closet, or the new Supergas you should be seeing on our shelves in a couple of weeks.

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Skirting the Issue

Last week, Christen and I attended DC Style Factory‘s workshop on skirts hosted by Betsy Fisher, a popular destination for clothes and accessories in the District. We went both to support our friend Rosana and to up our skirt game since neither of us is a frequent skirt wearer.

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Rosana came prepared with a host of practical tips on tailoring, shoe pairings and hosiery. She reviewed the essentials every woman should own–a tailored black pencil skirt, a black A-line skirt in a ponte knit and a colored pencil skirt, ideally in a plum or wine hue that will function as a neutral. We also discussed the difficulty of deciding whether the hemline of a skirt should hit above or below the knee. Finally, this spring, she recommended that we all try two on-trend styles that will carry into fall easily. First, the statement skirt. And of course, the midi.

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We had plenty of time afterward to shop and admire the remarkable selection at Betsy Fisher while catching up with friends who also attended the event, including Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen. It was a fun way to end our week, and we learned a lot! If you ever are unsure of how to wear a certain skirt or the right shoes for a new favorite, you can of course reach out to DC Style Factory or stop by The Shoe Hive anytime!

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Frye Footwear: More than Boots

Every fall and winter (and often even through the spring) we try to carry a solid selection of Frye boots. They are of the highest quality, the brand always makes classic styles, and they wear in beautifully. Why would we not carry them, right? But this spring we have opted to go in a slightly different direction. We decided, instead of loading up on boots that won’t be worn for months to come, we would bring in a small selection of Frye shoes. They are remarkably comfortable, and for Christen there was no wearing in period at all. The rubber-soled flats are ideal for walking, and all of them have a casual/cool vibe that will work well into any wardrobe.

We showcased these Frye shoes on http://www.AlexandriaStylebook.com not too long ago, and we are already low on sizes. So, we thought it might be helpful to share with you the remaining sizes:

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The Melanie T-Strap is a low profile slip on sneaker made of antiqued leather with a t-strap design. A more feminine take on the slip on, the T strap looks great with dresses and skirts.
Available in sizes 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10.

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Frye’s best selling ballet flat made in their softest antique leather. The casual design of a slip on and the modern look of a sneaker outsole make this is a very versatile shoe that can go with shorts or a cropped pant.
Available in sizes: 6.5, 9, 9.5, 10.

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This casual flat is anything but basic. With the comfort of a slipper and unmatched style, this is your 24/7 go-to shoe.
Available in sizes: 6, 6.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5.

Hunter Boots on Sale – TODAY ONLY!

Hunter Sale

Today only, we are marking down all Hunter products by 30%! A deal that is worth a snowy stroll to The Shoe Hive. This fringe style just came in yesterday. We have a host of colors in the Original Tall Hunter boot, short boots, new rubber Hunter flats, and even a few Hunter bags! For information on our selection, give us a call at 703.548.7105.