Driven to Greatness
Last weekend we attended Kicks on the Street, a "pop-up with a purpose" curated by Nissan, its agency partner, Fluent 360, and BET. Held at Fat Joe's sneaker boutique, UP NYC, the event invited a specially selected group of New Yorkers to enjoy the musical delights of DJ Envy and culinary delicacies from Kimchi Grill while shopping limited-edition sneakers, accessories and sportswear. Out front, we had an opportunity to check out new Nissan Kicks, a highly customizable crossover vehicle that merges affordability with advanced technology. There were also three raffles, where the winners received a Nissan-branded backpack full of goodies and a pair of Nike Just Don Legacy 312 sneakers. Sadly, we were not among those winners.
The main focus of the evening, however, was the opportunity for all attendees to participate in a charitable endeavor. Invitees were asked to bring school supplies and used sneakers for donation. Those donated sneakers will be recycled by Angel Bins, which will then donate the money from the recycled goods to the National Society of Black Engineers. (That means less old sneakers in landfills, more post-consumer materials for the construction of playgrounds and funding for an organization that helps drive innovation forward.)
"The Nissan KICKS on the Street event was designed to be a pop up with a purpose. It was important to give back to the community, while hosting an event to celebrate the launch of the all-new Nissan KICKS. Our corporate vision is to enrich people’s lives and one way to do that is to support non-profit organizations, like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Representation matters in all areas, and the NSBE organization is playing a vital role in increasing diversity in the engineering field. Engineering is the foundation for what is possible in design…from the hottest sneakers, to the next innovation in vehicles. What is unique about the shoe donations we collected at the event was that the old ones will be recycled by Angel Bins and the money raised from the recycle goods will be donated to NSBE. We are using technology, being green and giving back at the same time!" - Lanae Jackson, Multicultural Marketing Manager, Nissan North America.
We had a great time at the event, and we love the luxurious ambiance at UP NYC, from the gilded frames on the mirrors to the illuminated sneaker wall in the center of the store.
Of course, we had to do a bit of attendee shoespotting. Here are a few of our favorites:
Hey Chicago, you're up next! There will be a Kicks on the Street event in your city tomorrow.
Lovin' this Club
We all know that keeping up with shoe trends can be an expensive feat (aural pun intended), and storing a shoe collection presents quite a challenge for those of us without Kardashian-sized closets. That's why consignment shops and online resale networks come in handy, right? But those come with their own sets of challenges, like long waits for payments, lack of convenience and general shipping hassles. Luxury Shoe Club, (www.luxuryshoeclub.com) the recently launched trading club for pre-owned designer shoes aims to solve all of these problems via its membership model, ios app and next-generation shoe trading platform.
After intensive research, Luxury Shoe Club's Chief Shoe Evangelist and co-founder, Scott Van Valkenburgh, said he realized that the key to simplifying the shoe reselling process was to create a way for women who wear the same size to trade shoes.
But how does that work?
Luxur Shoe Club actually works on a points system instead of actual cash, with each point equaling $1. When a user lists a pair of shoes, LSC's proprietary algorithm determines its fair market resale value and instantly pays up to 50% of that value to the listing member. The remaining amount is paid once the shoes are bought. The club offers members personalized shopping, express shipping, free shipping boxes, at-home pickup and a 7-day return policy.
Does it cost to join?
Yes. Well, it will soon. Right now (and for a limited time), in celebration of its launch, Luxury Shoe Club is waving its annual membership fee for members who list shoes within 7 days of joining. For those who miss that deadline there are three membership levels from which to choose: Intrigued ($49/ year), Passionate ($99/ year) and Obsessed ($149/ year). Membership level will dictate access to special services, including bonus Club Points, savings on purchases, discounts on shoe repair & polishing, free shipping boxes and free shipping for purchases.
One more thing...
This sole club also has a heart. According to Luxury Shoe Club, it's a sustainable fashion company focused on driving social impact, and as such, it donates a percentage of its membership profits "to help women in need get back on their feet."
Now, if you're feeling ready to join a mighty band of designer sole sisters, Scott has one warning for you, "be careful, the LSC app is incredibly addictive!"
We love white boots, and we love snake print. Apparently television personality, Kristin Cavallari is also a fan. She recently posted the above picture on her Instagram feed wearing this sick pair of pointed-toe ankle boots. Clad in an easy outfit of a white tee, cutoffs and mirrored shades, she ponders the value of coffee over tea, saying "Day 3 no coffee. Blah. Do you guys really like tea? I mean I love matcha- but this tea just kinda tastes like sh*t 😂." Fans chimed in with their opinions. Meanwhile we were just there for the shoes. (Though maybe we should inform Kristin a little Slow & Low Rock & Rye will wake that tea right up.) Sofia Richie was also spotted sporting this style earlier this month. So who made these must-have white and black python print booties? If you guessed that they're from Kristin's eponymous collection by Chinese Laundry, you're incorrect.
The shoe in question is actually the "Ahara" Snake Boot by Australian footwear brand, Alias Mae. Part of the brand's Fall '18 collection, this block-heel beauty is available for preorder here. If you need a similar style sooner, here are a few suggestions:
Because Bubbles and Berries Belong Together
Picture it: you're at home getting ready for a GDO (girls' day out), and you want something light and bubbly for pre-gaming while primping. What do you reach for? A homemade vodka and soda? Your fave sparkling rosé? How about something that feels and tastes like a little of both? Smirnoff's new Raspberry Rosé Spiked Sparkling Seltzer was created to do just that.
Light, crisp and effervescent, Smirnoff Raspberry Rosé Spiked Sparkling Seltzer has 90 calories, no sugar and a 4.7 ABV. It also contains no artificial flavors. (Oh, hello, summer bawdy!) Fresh berries would make a tasty addition to your glass, or you could use it to add some bubble to your favorite fruity cocktail. How would you drink it? We're over here thinking up tons of ideas.
Oh, we don't need to tell YOU this, but we do need to say it... Please only indulge legally and responsibly.
Petals for your Mettle
Anyone else feel like spring's just not that into us this year, and winter has decided we'll be together forever? Granted, we've had some beautiful days, but they've often been followed by rain, low temperatures and in some places hail or snow. Meanwhile, we're all tired pretty tired of our winter boots. What's a gal to do when Mother Nature can't seem to decide on a season? Opt for fun, versatile floral footwear, of course.
We know, floral motifs for spring aren't exactly a sartorial revolution. Nonetheless, flowers are still a refreshing sight at this point, and this year they're bold, exaggerated and often layered over other prints, like snake and stripes. Here are a few pairs we suggest to take you through the rest of the wacky-weather season.
We love the versatility of a good loafer, and this "Loraine" flat by Sam Edelman features this year's must-have horse-bit accent. (inspired by Gucci? We think so.) Add a snake-print upper covered in cartoonish florals, and you've got a work-to-weekend shoe that looks as great with a pencil skirt as it does with cut-offs and a cool tee. Available at Shopbop.
These misty days of spring can make shoe selection tough- there's not enough moisture for a rain boot, but you also don't want your leather or canvas shoes to get damp. That's why we love this Melissa "Ultragirl 3db" flat. A simple style in lightweight PVC, it's perfect for the office, errands or even for wearing to an event and then slipping on your heels before making your grand entrance. It's basically the polished, grown-up version of the jelly shoes we wore as children. Available (along with a huge selection of other plastic shoes we love) at shopmelissa.com.
Call it a carryover habit from childhood, but we tend to refresh our sneaker collection in spring. This pair from Keds X Rifle Paper Co. gives us all the feels a a pretty bouquet with none of the allergy symptoms. Tie these on, and it'll be tough not to skip down the street, even on cloudy days. Available here.
Not every flower girl's job is limited to dropping petals at weddings. Some of us are adults who have to actually work in an office. While you may not want a full bouquet on your desk, you can wear one on your feet and still look sophisticated. This JADE pump from Betsey Johnson works for both the office AND after-work drinks. That checks just about all the boxes, no? Get it here.