Need a little extra workout motivation? One thing that always works for me is some cute new workout gear. No one wants to hit the gym in an unflattering old t-shirt and beat up sneakers that give you blisters. Fashionable, functional workout gear can make a huge difference not just in motivation, but also in your performance. So let’s start with the most important part of every outfit: shoes! The Daily Quirk rounded up our favorite fashionable sneakers to help you create a cute, comfortable foundation for your next workout! Continue reading
Forget diamonds! A great pair of shoes should always be a girl’s best friend, and with Kristin Cavallari’s collection for Chinese Laundry it’s not just possible to own a great pair of shoes, but also extremely affordable. The Daily Quirk caught up with Cavallari on the red carpet of the Kristin Cavallari by Chinese Laundry New York Fashion Week STYLE360 Preview Party at Row NYC to chat about her latest collection and we’re bringing you the inside info! Watch the interview to find out why Cavallari loves New York Fashion Week, what inspires her timeless shoe line and how her collaboration with Chinese Laundry got started! Continue reading
I’m going to get serious with you for a moment.
If you go back as little as two years ago, I wouldn’t have known how to answer the question, “What kind of company is TOMS?” It’s sad, but I wouldn’t have known who you were or what you sold. I wouldn’t have understood your mission statement of One for One, or valued One Day Without Shoes. Honestly, I wouldn’t have even thought about trying on a pair, let alone buying a pair of your shoes, simply because I didn’t think they were “my thing.”
Putting all that aside, the root of my problem was skepticism. How was I supposed to know if you were actually giving a pair of shoes to a child in need? It could have been an extremely clever marketing scheme, or only happened once and you made it your slogan.
But I’ll admit I was wrong, and I’ll tell you how I eventually fell in love with TOMS.
During my time at High Point University, I wrote an article about a classmate who was selected to go on one of your Giving Trips and hand deliver the shoes you promised your buyers you’d give to needy children. After doing extensive research on your company and talking with this girl who was so passionate about your mission, I realized I had been missing out on an opportunity to be a part of something more than just shoes.
Now, let’s jump ahead about a year. It was June 14, 2013 and I had wandered into Journeys with no direct purchasing plan in mind…until I saw the TOMS display. I walked over, tried on a pair, and instantly realized this is what I had been missing all my life. These shoes and I were meant to be together, and I spent 21 years of my life missing out on this joy. After sitting on the decision a few hours – look, a girl can never be too careful with her spending money – I decided I had to go back and get them. The rest is history.
It started with one, but it quickly grew to four, then six, and now eight. Of course, I’m confident that number will grow because I have 12 other pairs on my birthday list this year. They also happen to be the only items on my birthday list.
I was so TOMS crazy after my first pair that I even bought a pair of canvas TOMS to hand decorate for my wedding. I wore them for my entire reception and throughout my honeymoon. After a week in Florida, I had a TOMS tan line on my foot, and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon.
Oh, and while I’m at it, your shoes are the only style I can wear without foot pain. I have Achilles tendonitis, and for years I thought the only kind of shoe I could wear was tennis shoes. After I realized I was pain free in your shoes, I started wondering why I didn’t buy them sooner and I’ve been tennis shoe free for casual day wear for almost a year.
So basically, what I’m trying to say is I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the skepticism of your cause and mission. I hate that I would turn my nose up at your shoes, simply because I was too afraid to just try on a pair. In about 10 months, I went from not knowing your brand at all to making it a goal to always compliment people on their TOMS and participating in One Day Without Shoes every single year.
Now, I couldn’t imagine a single day without my TOMS. So please, don’t stop making amazing shoes, because as long as you sell them, I will buy them – I promise.
An Open TOMSaholic
Cover image courtesy of Sarah Laval
I have always loved watching reruns of Sex and the City and like many women coveted Carrie Bradshaw’s vast closet of shoes. Thankfully, we can all slip our feet into some Carrie-inspired footwear now! Sarah Jessica Parker will be debuting her new shoe line—SJP Collection—Feb 28 exclusively at Nordstrom locations and online. Continue reading
Did you know that Keds are 97 years old? That’s right, Keds were created in 1916. The originals were called The Champion. Then in 1926, the Triumph shoes were made for men who played tennis (and for general fun-seekers). In 1938, the Kedettes, the first comfortable high-heeled shoes for women, were created. The Boosters were created in the 1950s as a dapper and casual shoe. The Pointers were created in the 1960s as a slender and sleek shoe for groovy ladies. The original Champion style made a comeback in the 1970s. Keds became the “It” look in the 1980s. In 2007, Nanette Lepore created a fun and flirty line of women’s Keds. Keds broke into the clothing line business in 2011. And most recently, in 2013, Keds and Taylor Swift teamed up together for a new line of shoes.
At Keds.com, you will find the complete collection of Keds canvas shoes, including Taylor Swift’s limited edition RED Keds. They carry the full selection of women’s and men’s Champion Originals, a wide assortment of fashion sneakers and women’s slip-ons, their own Keds.com exclusive sneakers, and even extended widths and sizes for women and men.
I remember wearing Keds as a little girl. As I got older, they weren’t that popular anymore. Within the past few years, they have made a comeback. Thanks to my girl Taylor Swift, Keds are becoming a fashion icon once again. I own the limited edition RED Taylor Swift Keds and the original navy blue Keds. I plan on getting more in the future. They are quite comfortable and very fashionable. You can wear them with just about anything- they go great with dresses, jeans, capris, and shorts.
Fashion trends come and go, but I think Keds are here to stay.
Shoes shoes shoes! Boots, pumps, flats, sandals! A girl can never have too many shoes. So for today’s Item of the Week I am super excited to talk about Tory Burch Reva flats. These flats are a must have and my personal favorite. Stylish, yet simple; they work for both dressy and casual attire! Continue reading