If you haven't noticed the explosion of knee-high, lace-up gladiator sandals this summer um, hi, what? They're one of summer's biggest trends and springing up on shelves everywhere--from high-end designer versions to the pair we just spotted at Gap.
In 2013, while attending the University of Wisconsin, brothers James and Matt McManus decided to jump into the world of footwear.
By far, the happiest collective group of individuals were the children, many of whom had lost everything in the tragic earthquake just two years prior... even their parents. They had such an infectious sparkle about them, and every kindness given to them was received with humble gratitude.
We pulled on to the dirt lane. You couldn't see the entrance to the school from the sea of little people. The line of children was easily two hundred deep. They were here for shoes.
In Haiti, there is no personal space, and when someone looks at you, it's right in the eye, and they don't break contact. Our group of four, flanked by the ballsiest woman I know and a six-five Haitian policeman with a gun, was being stared at by literally hundreds of people every second.
Although only a few months old, they are scuffed and well-worn. Their white soles already marked from climbing trees and exploring parks, playgrounds and backyards. They are I'm-a-big-kid-now shoes, full of adventure, potential, growth and a future of life and possibility.
It was a world away from the tent city directly across the street... the tent city where we would film our first shots just 12 hours later.
The best thing about spring cleaning? The part when you get to your closet and decide it's time to freshen up your footwear
One of the great advantages of shopping in the greatest retail city in the world is that we can visit each designer or brand's largest statement stores (aka flagships).
Dear High Heels: I'm so sorry but I have to break up with you. It's not you. It's me. I can't walk in your shadow anymore. It was just becoming too painful to be with you.
Attention Shoe Manufacturers: Middle-aged women have the resources and desire to purchase fashionable, comfortable shoes. Why don't you make any?
But for those folks who are over the age of 55, winter can be flat-out dangerous. With ice on sidewalks and roads, falling hazards increase with every step taken outside of the house.
I never cared much for shoes. They are utilitarian and prosaic. I was always a construction boots and running shoes kind of person.
Since feet come in different sizes and shapes finding the perfect shoe for an evening such as the Oscars or any event can be a daunting task. The wrong pair of shoes can make the whole evening a very uncomfortable experience.
Now that I'm freed from the chains of this holiday, I can finally say exactly what I would want, as a parent, dad, whatever, provided that it comes from my significant other.
Roger Hardy never imagined that a website made for less than 3 thousand dollars would take him on a journey that would allow him to sell Coastal Contacts for 370 Million USD.