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 >

Top 3 Slide Sandals to Wear Right Now

Top 3 Slide Sandals to Wear Right Now

 

Strappy, bold and oh so comfy. These are three slide sandals you could be wearing right now! A little more polished than your regular Birkenstocks, all three of these slides would look great with your favorite summer clothes. We have paired them here with some looks we like. But to be honest, because all of these sandals are so versatile, you could easily wear any of these slides with any of these outfits, that’s what makes them so great! Plus, all of these styles are now on sale! Happy shopping!

Top 3 Slide Sandals to Wear Right Now:
1. The re-souL “Sabrina” in silver is a classic woven crisscross slide sandal, and she’s ready to take you everywhere this summer! Easily go from running errands to having lunch with friends to a night out at your favorite restaurant. Lightweight molded foam footbed and low profile rubber sole keep your foot cool and comfortable. Made in Italy. (Also available in all white)

2. The re-souL “Jane” is all about clean lines and simplicity. An easy going style with a lightweight EVA sole paired with molded foam footbed is the perfect accompaniment to simple white leather crisscross straps. This slide is the minimalist’s summer dream sandal. Made in Italy.

3. In the summer, less is more. This slip on slide sandal from Giulia Taddeucci is no exception. Molded leather footbed gives some support, while two hunter green patent leather straps let your feet breathe in style. Just slide on and go! Made in Italy. (Also available in Black)

>>> Shop our whole collection of saLe shoes >>>
< men’s shoes > < women’s shoes >

Clothing Image Credits: 1) Ace & Jig 2) A.P.C. 3) Apiece Apart

What do I wear with: the re-souL Lizzie?

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. This week we feature our very own re-souL Lizzie.

 

 

This week’s inspiration for  “What do I wear…” comes from our Lizzie flat. Since it’s such a versatile little flat and comes in six colors, we thought we would show you how to wear them in 3 very different ways. The Lizzie in spearmint is a such a great color! We like it paired up with bold black and white pieces to give the oufits just little punch of color. The metallic Lizzie can be worn for a dressy occassion with a pretty printed gold skirt or casual too with a boatneck t-shirt and shorts. In the neutral color of Amber, wear the Lizzie with your favorite flowy blouse and relaxed jeans or a printed boho dress.

 

 

To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

And the Winner Is……..

 

We are happy and excited to announce the winners of our Pinterest contest! The lucky ladies are Taryn Elledge-Penner and Stephanie Cook. Check your in box ladies! Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest. It was fun to see which pins you liked and to read your comments. We are thrilled that you like our shoes and we look forward to helping you shop for that special pair in the future. Thank you for shopping with us!

xo ~ team re-souL

WIN a pair of re-souL SHOES

UPDATE: This contest ended April 30, 2014

Do you love shoes? Do you like pretty pictures? If yes, then we’ve got a contest for you! We’re excited to use Pinterest to help us get the word out about the launch of our new shoe collection. We also want to see which of the shoes in our collection are your favorites. Please join us and enter to win a free pair of shoes from the re-souL collection, here’s how:

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STEPS TO ENTER:

(1) SIGN UP HERE!

(2) Follow re-souL on Pinterest

(3) Repin your favorites from the ‘re-souL collection’ board on Pinterest and tag #resoulshoes

All three steps must be completed in order to be eligible. CONTEST ENDS AT 11:59PM PST ON Wednesday April 30th, 2014. The winners will be announced on May 1st, 2014.

Thank you for participating! We look forward to seeing your re-souL favorites!!
XO – team re-souL

the re-souL “bret”

Last week we officially launched our new re-souL shoe collection for women. It’s a big step for us to launch our own brand and yet to us, it seems like a natural progression. Over the past 12 years in our shop, we are honored to have met countless customers and friends and we have a pretty good feel for their look and their style. Recently, in our travels to the marketplace and to trade shows, we have these customers in mind and it just felt like their needs are not being met by the usual brands. So it makes sense to us, with our background in shoe design, to take it to the next level and design our own collection.

Our shoes are very much styled after specific people that we know and love. Everyday basics, stylish and comfortable, they are up-to-date and available in colors because that’s what she wants to see. For the next few weeks we will regularly feature a shoe from the new re-souL collection. We’ll portray a personality of someone we know that inspired the design of the shoe.

 

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This shoe was inspired by our dear friend Bret. Bret’s background is interior design but she is a woman of many talents and has style to spare. Bret is all about her family and keeps them close. Her favorite color is white, she has a weakness for chocolate and she is never far from her iPhone. A diligent planner who is always on the go, she is constantly juggling projects, chasing kids, writing letters or baking. No matter the task, she makes it all look easy. She is on it and her style reflects her confidence. She is a gal who always looks put together in her sophisticated neutrals of black, white and taupe, even when she is not trying. Her accessories are modern and reflect her design esthetic, clean and simple. This shoe is for the woman on the go and she knows what she likes, she knows she looks good and her secret is that she feels good too!

 

To see more of our re-souL collection visit resoul.com.