We’ve hit summer’s halfway mark. That means your feet are (and have been) on constant display to the world and the elements. It’s still prime time for backyard barbecues, tubing trips, stoopside soirees and every other sandal sitch you can imagine. If the thought of open sandals makes your toes curl (in a “hide me now” kind of way), it’s time to crank up the TLC on those sore, tired puppies and give them some much-deserved love. They are, after all, the hardest-working two feet you’ll ever run around town on.
To get the lowdown on best at-home footcare practices, we enlisted the expertise of nail therapist Hoai Le, a five-year veteran at Spa Nordstrom here in Seattle. Although he recommends seeing a professional pedicurist for trickier tasks like cuticle trimmings, a regular at-home regimen should keep your feet clean, smooth and, above all, healthy.
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Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.
Superga ‘Cotu’ Sneaker
“Classic sneaker for the summer! Get them in every color.”
Announcing the arrival of Acne Studios: edgy, iconic shoes that are the footwear equivalent of a designer motorcycle jacket. Throw them on with any outfit for an instant infusion of streetwise cool.
Founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1996, Acne (Ambition to Create Novel Expressions) Studios began as a cult denim brand. The label quickly gained notoriety with the help of inspiring runway collections—Acne shoes have been spotted adorning the feet of It Girls and MODs (Models Off Duty) everywhere. Check out the Acne Studios collection, and let your inner MOD out to play.
An established favorite of the street-style set, the iconic ‘Rockstud’ Pump is a highly coveted shoe. Now, Valentino has upped the ante with six brilliant new hues. From supersonic red to electric violet, these high-energy shades are a gorgeous new take on modern glamour with an edge.
Photos by Mona Lee
It’s almost summer, and we’re already dreaming about the ultimate island vacation in the season to come. Before settling on which sun-splashed locale to book tickets for, we’re sharing an inspirational roundup of the best sandals for every getaway. Whether touching down in Sri Lanka, partying poolside at an all-inclusive resort or enjoying a relaxed shore-side stroll, you can count on any of these beauties to be your true island sole-mates.
Tales of the gods have enchanted the imagination since Hermes flew to Mount Olympus in his famed winged sandals. Now the legend continues, thanks to Ancient Greek Sandals, a collection of handmade leather footwear. Designer Christina Martini and Nikolas Minoglou find creative inspiration in classical mythology and ancient Greek art. Step into their world with our Q & A, where old-world craftsmanship meets contemporary style.
Our global trend reporter, Crystal Nicodemus, reports on her music festival adventures from sunny California.
Hello from Indio! It’s been a wild week of musical mayhem and poolside parties down in the Coachella Valley. I’m totally exhausted and exhilarated all at once. My favorite event was definitely UGG® Australia’s Style Haven. This one-of-a-kind house party was the perfect mix of festival chic and laid-back fun. Between previewing the latest collection from UGG Australia, the putting green, the nail art station, the snow cone machine and the ping-pong table, there were a million things to do!
‘Darling’ Suede Bootie
A culturalist of cool, Keltse Bilbao globe-trots professionally, seeking creative inspiration from the people she meets and the places she explores. This native of Spain lives in New York City and is one half of the duo behind footwear brand Plomo, which literally translates from Spanish to “lead.” Keltse and her partner Galia Katz, who is based in Mexico, are part of a new generation of Spanish shoe designers who are leading the way in contemporary style.
Fresh from a trip to Kenya, Keltse tells The Thread about her adventures in Africa, celebrity fans (which include the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker) and what it takes to craft the uniqueness of Plomo shoes.
Sketched into Reality: Plomo ‘Nuria’ Bootie
THE THREAD: How did you enjoy Kenya? And will we see an African influence for your upcoming spring 2015 line?
KELTSE BILBAO: Kenya was both fun and empowering. I travel a lot with my husband, and for this trip to Nairobi, we did a mix of volunteering and tourism. My husband is a musician/composer, and I’m passionate about the universal rights of women, so we teamed up with the Power Women Group in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa and the third largest in the world, which offers a music program for youth as well as business development aid to artisans who are women and are living with HIV and AIDS.
As an entrepreneur and a woman, I deeply believe in supporting this type of community-building, where people can learn and then in turn teach others how to support themselves. I was so inspired by these women, so you’ll see accents of things we designed together for spring ’15—like a sandal with special stitching, or beading and accessory straps that you can add to the shoe.
“There’s no business like shoe business.”—Charlotte Olympia Dellal
Last week, London-based designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal spun a web of style at our Seattle flagship store as she presented the Purrrfect Collection, which includes an assortment of kitty flats that come in six Nordstrom exclusive colors as well as a ‘Kitty’ clutch and signature heels.
The mother of three happily greeted customers (and their pets too) while signing her name to the coveted collection. As a brand, Charlotte Olympia is known for fusing humor with girlie sophistication. When we asked the designer if she considered herself a cat person, she confirmed that she actually has a dog but added that she loves the “flirty and feminine” mannerisms of felines.
Show off your feline instincts by donning the Charlotte Olympia Purrrfect Collection.
Pop the cork on spring and toast warmer days to come with these naturally neutral Stuart Weitzman ‘Twofer’ Wedges.