Wed: Classy Wedding Shoes
I'm a shoe person, there's no denying it. You can wear a thrifted top and bottoms worth $5 and style them with a quality pair of amazing shoes and instantly look like you know what you're doing (honestly, this is how I dress). I feel like most of us know ethical shopping is so important these days and I am not contributing much by adding to the conversation, but I thought I would compile a list of my favorite brands who are small businesses making high quality footwear that are wedding-worthy. This is for you, brides.
I don't only care about quality and the product being ethically made, I care about how they look. Sure, you can buy a pair of TOMS for $70 and feel good about wearing them, BUT they look cheap and silly (sorry, not sorry). If the price of quality footwear turns you off from the concept, consider how often you have to replace cheap shoes that cost roughly $50 a pair and are made in China. In the end, you ultimately end up spending less money on shoes by choosing quality makers and you end up supporting people earning a livable wage. Footwear should be an investment and pieces that last years and years, improving with age. And how exciting is it to think that you could wear your wedding shoes ten years later and still love them.
I would love to know your favorite ethical, well-made shoe brands. Please share your thoughts in the comments.
No6. Store is based in NYC. They make stunning, forward-fashion clogs and sandals (as well as beautiful clothing). Their footwear is handmade in Peru and France with quality materials. They are on the more pricey side because you're paying for the brand name in addition to a well-made product BUT they have a fantastic variety if you're looking for wedding clogs for bridesmaids or as a bride. Pictured above is the Front Seam Slide On Wedge and the Harper Clog. I also love the Eleanor Clog in black and the Leo Sandal.
These are my second favorite shoes I've ever bought. They're made and designed in LA and they're incredibly comfortable. I am not a heels person (although I should be because I'm only 5' 3" and people think I'm 16) and I can wear these all day without walking around awkwardly (like I normally do in heels). Plus, I love how French and effortless they look. Pictures above on the left is the Jardin Heel and on the right, the Jane Mule. If your size is sold out, check Need Supply or Mohawk General Store.
Coclico is the ultimate definition of sustainable, quality, beautiful shoes. They're based in New York and handmade in Spain. The founder is from a line of French shoe makers and they source leather from the very best tanneries. Their shoes go on sale quite often so if you're eyeing a pair, it's worth checking to see when they go on sale. Pictured above are the Apple Wedge and the Aster Wedge. I love the attention to detail and the heel on these beauties.
Every fashion-lover I know has a girl crush on Rachel Comey. Everything she creates is so unique yet minimal and timeless. Her most popular shoe is the Mars Mule (pictured above) or Mars Ankle Bootie. These are so comfortable and I was impressed with the leather. You could wear these all wedding day and your feet will be happy. She makes a vast variety of incredible options for wedding shoes, all ethically made in Peru. Pictured above on the right are the Cleo in olive. I also love Kinzey in Midnight.
Sevilla Smith's The Sandy are the very best shoes I've ever owned and the first pair of shoes I invested in. She makes everything herself! And is one of the kindest people I've ever met. She doesn't use harmful shoe glue, she uses legit brass nails on the sole and the shoes mold to your feett perfectly over time. They literally feel like leather socks. Read her story and process more on her website here. She also does custom orders so if you have a vision in mind for your wedding day, you should collaborate with her and create the perfect shoe for you. Fun fact: She is the maker of the popular Elizabeth Suzann shoes
I had to include one more small business making clogs because I've been watching their work for years and love what they do. NINAZ nyc is based in Brooklyn and when I visited last Summer, I made it a priority to try on a pair and meet the owner. These are some of my favorite clogs because they look handmade. I love how simple and practical they are too. Pictured above are the Ann and the Katarina.
I would love to know of additional brands you enjoy! Please join the conversation and I hope you feel inspired to support small businesses who create amazing art as you plan for your wedding day.