Category Archives: Casual

Tieks. Are they as comfortable as they are billed to be?

Have you heard of Tieks? They’re a comfy ballet-like slip on shoe that are marketed as carry-alongs so that you have sensible shoes to grab from your bag when your stilettos become too much. Of course they are being worn by those that just love comfortable flats too.

They fold up compactly and they are guaranteed to hold up well – no creases or wear from repeatedly folding them. They are available in loads of colors and all have their trademark blue rubber pads on the soles. They come with a small carrying bag as well as a tote bag, and thought I don’t have a photo here, the packaging the shoes come in is beautiful and thoughtful. This new company has put a lot of thought into all of their branding materials. I like it.

They are not inexpensive – $135 – $235. If you have tried them, leave a comment to let us know if you think they are worth it.

Tieks. Found here.

Part Sneaker, Part Slipper.

I know. You may think Uggs are named such because of the way you may feel when you see them. Ugh. I’ll admit, the “classic” styles are not the most feminine or stylish looking boots around. But have you ever worn them? They are, in all honesty, seriously comfortable.

I bought a pair of the classic short boots last fall and wore them all winter long. I definitely chose to wear them a little too frequently – even I got sick of seeing them. And here I am, as the weather is getting a little bit fall-like in The Netherlands, thinking of burying my feet in the cozy warmth of sheepskin. So I may pony up for these.

Part sneaker, part slipper. Ugg Rylan, $90

Found Here

Back to School/Fall Fever – Expressed Through Shoes

I’ve got back-to-school fever though I’m not going back to school. It’s that time of year that feels so full of promise – time to set new goals, begin new things, start fresh. I know a lot of people feel this way about The New Year and in the spring, but the start of school always meant renewal to me.

Toward the end of each summer my mom would take us on an epic shopping trip where I felt I could define myself with my new wardrobe. I was able to wear new clothes for weeks without a repeat and I loved the challenge of new combinations to stretch out my new looks even further. I would soon have a new teacher, possibly new friends. In any case, I’d have a fresh outlook and the confidence that came with feeling good about how I looked – very important as a teenager.

I’m heading home to NC this fall after spending the past four months traveling in Europe and working in The Netherlands. It’s been beautiful and expansive and soul-enriching. I am very lucky. As I look toward ending my workcation, I find myself thinking a lot about how I want to redefine my life at home. What can I take with me from my time here?

One, I will spend more time on my bike, making it my primary mode of transportation. Two, I will work in an environment I see as beautiful and inspiring. So I am looking for new work I love that is close enough to home that I can ride my bike there.

What about shoes? I’ll need new shoes as I set out on defining my new life and routine. And I am thinking about these:

By Arche, a German shoe company. Style is Gayal, in Cafe.$150-$300. What a great color combination, nice easy shock-absorbing heel, and a sexy ankle strap.

Camper Mar, $115. Love a leather-wrapped heel. And the color and detailing on these makes me swoon.

Neosens Shogun, about 106 euros. These are cute, practical, super-comfortable, and white. I have a hard time finding white shoes I love.

And yes, I can ride my bike in all of these.

Camper Colibri – Just What I Need

If you like comfortable stylish shoes, you’ve heard of Camper. Camper shoes are gorgeous, well-made, good-looking, and often unique, and some models are even made so each of the pair are different from one another.

This particular pair, Colibri, makes me smile. Maybe because it’s ben raining here lately and they feel sunny. I can imagine that as fall turns gray and moves into winter that I’d reach for these again and again – an easy mood enhancer. Look at the heel! And the sole! Makes me want to walk through puddles just so I can decorate the sidewalk behind me.

Regularly $150, on sale for $119 at Camper’s site. Cheaper than one visit to the therapist.


Green is My New Black

I know.  “_____________ is the new black” has been played out to death, but this summer green really has been my black.

These green roll clogs by Wolky (another Dutch shoe company – though the label says they were made in Mexico) have been my go-to shoes. I wear them with everything and can walk for miles in them easily.

Purchased at Wolky in Amsterdam. I can’t find the color online anywhere. About 85 euros/$135.

love these shoes and now want them in every color.

Obsessing Over Loints

My current obsession. By Loints of Holland. About 150 euros, on sale for 95.

I was recently at a street market in Holland and I saw these shoes on a woman. I followed her. I had to ask her who made them and where she got them. I got (stalkerishly) close to her a few times but hesitated to speak to her because I was formulating how to say “I love your shoes!” in Dutch. I got out my English-Nederland dictionary then looked up with renewed confidence and purpose. And the lady was gone. I hadn’t really gotten a good look at her because I was mostly staring at her feet. (The picture doesn’t really do these shoes justice – they were way cooler looking in person.) I was about to give up hope when I thought I caught a glimpse of them, er, her, again going into a shop. I followed. Sure enough, it was them/her. I strode up to her and told her how much I admired her shoes and asked who made them. “Loints”, she replied. And then she said something I couldn’t decipher. “Sorry?” I asked. My accent told her to try again in English and she said, “They are by Loints of Holland and I bought them in this store.” In fact, she was looking at the Loints shoe section in the store we were in, holding a pair of fall boots in her hands! My excitement could hardly be contained.

Alas, the shoes I was after were sold out. An internet search bore similar results. I was able to find one pair in my size in England and I think the exchange rate may deter me. Sad, yes? But no! I found a new brand of shoes to love and admire. Hooray.