My parents were big on making us earn our allowance. If I wanted to bike into town for a bag of gummy watermelon (fave), those dollars were coming from chores. And no, this wasn’t cruel and unusual punishment (although I may have thought that at the time). They cared about us being responsible with our money–learning the process of earn, save, spend. One of the tasks I always chose was shining my dad’s shoes. Between the smell of polish and the rewarding ‘before and after’ look, I learned to love good craftsmanship. My dad would show me intricate stitching and how to tell the quality of a shoe.
So here I am, opening up another week on the blog, sharing the beauty of handsewn soles. Sebago mastered this art all the way back in 1946 and hasn’t stopped since. These cap toe loafers are the best option for fall footwear. The combination of leather and suede with sleek wooden heels works perfectly for dressy and casual. But what leaves me so impressed with their brand (similar to Campos + alexis mera) is that their heritage began in the United States. And yet they could rival any Italian shoe designer. Every time a company like theirs comes across my path, I feel so encouraged by the course of fashion as an industry. There’s a growing sense of responsibility to the process and not just the end result. So, while at this point it may not be my whole wardrobe that’s aligning with the ‘conscious closet’ pursuit, it’s one more step in that direction.