WTWW: How to Wear Shoe Boots

Hi there! Spring is not even here yet and we can’t help ourselves, we’re dreaming of warmer days, and of lighter layers of clothing. For today’s “what to wear Wednesday”, we are going to style a shoe boot or “shootie”. It’s the perfect transition footwear to go with almost anything in your closet. You’ll see what we mean, keep reading.

What to Wear with Shoe Boots

We love the idea of wearing shoe boots with cropped and tailored trousers. Now that pant silhouettes are starting to widen out a bit, we think a fresh way to accessorize them is with our re-souL “Shelley” shootie. The weight balances out the look and the heels give you just a little bit of height to visually lengthen the leg.

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Feel like wearing these with a dress? Not a problem. These will be fantastic with a loose fitting shirt dress or a midi-length skirt. You can wear these with or without tights. Just think of it as an alternative to the dress pump in your closet.

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But can you dress these down, you say? Yes, you can! They will look super chic with your favorite pair of skinny jeans or leggings. Add a long cardigan or oversized pullover and you are set to go.

So how would you style our Shelley shoe boot? We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by and if you would like to see some other shoe styles for women, visit our shop here. 

Behind The Scenes of Our “Shelley” Shootie

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Original Sketch and Prototype of Our Shootie

Ever wonder how a shoe comes to be? It’s not as simple as it seems. A lot of thought and development go into making a shoe. After all, it’s a 3-dimensional object that needs to fit well as well as look good! Other than designing and developing a shoe into a prototype, actual manufacturing¬†of a shoe is really interesting.

Below are photos that were taken at one of the factories we use to make re-souL shoes. We will try and navigate you through the pictures taken at this factory in Peru. This particular style we¬†named the “Shelley”. It’s not quite a shoe and yet not quite an ankle boot, it’s what we¬†like to call a “shootie”.

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In these photos above, the pattern of this style, the lining, and the upper materials are sewn together for each size and color. The outside welt that goes around the shoe between the upper and the sole is having glue applied before the lasting of the shoe takes place.

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Here we can see the shoes that have been put on the last. The “last” is the form used to give a shoe its shape. You can see the welt and the sole from a side view before the heel block will be attached.

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After the shoes come off the last, and the heels have been attached, they await the final stages before boxing them up for shipment. They are cleaned up, waxed, buffed and stuffed with tissue.

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Lefts and rights are matched up¬†and the final inspection is done. They are boxed up and ready to be sent to us. We can’t wait!

If you’d like to shop the Shelley shootie go to our website.

All photos courtesy of Jessica Gomez.

WINTER SALE!

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It’s SALE time!

Our Fall/Winter sale is going on now! Almost all of our footwear has been marked down to make room for new Spring arrivals. Snatch up that pair you’ve had your eye on! Plus a¬†few accessories are also on sale too, including: See Concept Readers & Sunglasses¬†and Il Bussetto Wallets. Don’t delay, sizes are going fast! Hope to see you soon!

shop our saLe : < men’s shoes > < women’s shoes >

Happy Holidays to YOU!

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BEST WISHES TO YOU!

The Holiday Season is often a time of reflection. At this time of year, there is so much to be grateful for, our health, family, friends and you! We wanted to reach out and give a special thanks to you our customers, supporters and followers. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you. Whether near or far, we want to thank you for being a part of our re-souL community. Happy holidays and best wishes to you and yours for peace, love and prosperity in 2017! See you in the New Year!

Love,
the re-souL team ~ Legh, Maggie, Nova, Margaret and Katie

Gift Guides for Your Favorite People

With the holiday season upon us, we thought we would show you some fun and easy gift giving items for all the favorites on your list. Or, maybe provide some strong hints to those who are shopping for you? Wink. Wink. For a closer look of items listed below, click on the links to be taken to our website or if indicated store only, give us a call, we’d be happy to help you pick the perfect present!

 

Gift Guide : The Colorist

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GIFT GUIDE FOR THE ONE WHO LIKES TO MAKE A STATEMENT

Let’s start with a guide for the ones who are not afraid of color. We dare you not to smile at this picture. Who doesn’t like color, right? We get giddy just looking at all these items.

  1. Birds of Ply – ¬†For the perfect pet bird you don’t need to feed. (In-store only)
  2. Archetoys – For the adult who has always been a kid at heart.
  3. Pouch – Fun hand screen printed pouches for the design enthusiast.
  4. Jewelry РColorful baubles are always a good idea. We have a great selection in the shop. (In-store only)
  5. Watch – Go old school with a modern timepiece.
  6. Socks – No shortage of fun socks around here! Up their sock game with some color. Click here and here.
  7. Notebooks – We love these Memphis inspired notebooks. We think they will too!
  8. Alice & Wonderland – You won’t need to go down the rabbit hole for this one, just come into re-souL. ¬†(In-store only)

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Weekend Clothing Drive for YouthCare

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A homeless youth is styled for a future interview.

Every year our neighborhood of Ballard does a little something different for Black Friday. Local shops and businesses donate a portion of their Friday sales to a local charity. This will be our second year partnering with YouthCare. In addition to donating 5% of our sales for the day, we will be kicking off a weekend clothing and shoe drive to help collect needed items for homeless youth.

Unfortunately, Seattle is experiencing a rise of homeless people throughout the city. Each night in Seattle, up to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. With over 40 years of experience, YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education and employment training.

Facts about Youth Homelessness

‚ÄĘ 35,000¬†students in WA public schools were homeless in the 2014-2015¬†school year, a 9% increase over 2013-2014

‚ÄĘ 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ); many were kicked out for coming out to their parents or guardians.

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Facts about YouthCare

With multiple sites and a continuum of individualized services, through YouthCare in 2015:

‚ÄĘ Nearly 900 young people accessed basic services during drop-in hours at YouthCare‚Äôs James W. Ray Orion Center.

‚ÄĘ 426¬†young people found safety in YouthCare’s emergency shelters, including 249 in YouthCare’s Young Adult Shelter. 45% of exiting youth entered into¬†improved housing situations.

‚ÄĘ 153 young people were housed in YouthCare’s¬†transitional living programs, with 62% exiting into more stable housing situations.

‚ÄĘ 252 youth accessed employment training and education opportunities, and¬†417 worked towards their goals with case managers.

‚ÄĘ 81% of youth ages 12-17 in crisis through Safe Place were found a safe housing situation for the night.

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Proud to Present: Otter Wax

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We believe in taking care of your leather, and so does Chris Chase of Otter Wax. For¬†years, we avoided selling shoe care products¬†because of the sometimes harmful and toxic ingredients¬†that go into them. When carrying¬†beautiful handcrafted leather shoes made with vegetable tanned leather, you want to be sure that you’re using agreeable leather care products that will benefit the shoe.

When we met Chris at a trade show in 2012, we were so excited! We knew his shoe care line would be the right fit for our shop. Four years later, we are continuing to sell Otter Wax!

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Otter Wax knows that quality must not be rushed. Their all natural products are formulated and handmade in Portland, Oregon, demonstrating a commitment to making items that are pure, honest, and effective.

Don’t worry, no otters were harmed in the making of these Otter Wax products! The name was¬†inspired by the natural protective qualities of an otter’s coat. Chris and his team believe that Mother Nature has given them all the tools to create shoe care products for everyday life. They use all natural plant-based ingredients from sustainable sources that offer the least amount of environmental impact, and do not ever test their products on animals. In addition to having all their products packaged by hand, Otter Wax requires each of its suppliers to be socially responsible and meet the highest quality standards.

We are proud to carry Otter Wax in our re-souL shop and online. We hope you will love this line as much as we do! If you have any questions about the processes behind using Otter Wax products to maintain you leather, check out the video below.

Or, even better, ¬†join us at re-souL this Saturday, November 19th from 4-6pm¬†for a special event with Chris Chase, founder of¬†Otter Wax!¬†Chris will be doing demos to teach proper leather care techniques using Otter Wax products. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an Otter Wax gift basket, featuring a range of their all-natural products, and receive a gift with purchase when you come to the event. We’d love to see you!