When I was 10-years-old, my focus was getting good grades, playing dress up with my friends, and my new role as a big sister. And while I believe that I have embodied my entrepreneurial spirit since a very young age, it never occurred to me to actually launch a scalable business at that age. But that is exactly what 10-year-old Abi Smithson is doing.
It might be a little cliché, but really, what woman doesn't love a pair of heels? They elongate your legs, dress up even your most casual outfit, and add just a touch of sexiness.
In 2007, Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya when he noticed just how many children in the community were either shoeless or wearing shoes that didn't fit their feet.
Fact: We love fancy footwear. Fiction: Cute shoes are worth the pain. (In plain terms, heels that pinch + sweat + walking = ouch.) Here, seven clever ways to pre-treat your feet so you can focus on fashion...not limping.
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.