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Your Non-leather “Leather” Guide to the Best Fall Fashion

Your Non-leather “Leather” Guide to the Best Fall Fashion

Image: Sylth Virago Facebook
Fall always conjures thoughts of leather—leather jackets, boots, and skirts. But with the rise of vegan fashion, now you can look just as good in non-leather “leather” pieces. This fall, if you are looking for an alternative to leather, then let this be your guide. We have selected our absolute favorite, envy inducing items. While we are only touching the surface of incredible vegan fashion, Vegan Fashion Week offers plenty more.
Image: Hilary MacMillan website

Shawl Collar Blazer and Pant

The Shawl Collar Blazer and matching trouser, by Hilary MacMillan, is a versatile piece for fall. Whether you are looking for a sharp day in the office or elevated casual style, this vegan leather set offers both.
Image: Bohema website

Cyber Boots

Streetwear gets its wings every fall. And this season, Poland’s Bohema is taking flight with its Cyber Boot. Futuristic in design, these white, cactus leather boots pack a lot of originality and comfort.
Image: Bohema website

Goldie Chic Heel

The Goldie Chic heel, also by Bohemia, amplifies the feel of laidback stylishness. The eye-popping gold is a nod to the crispness of fall and the ruffled plant-based leather reflects the crinkles of leaves, well at least to us. And perhaps that is why this dazzling shoe has us spellbound and found its way to our fall “leather” guide.
Image: Cihuah website

Pleated Vegan Skirt

Cihuah’s Pleated Vegan Skirt, is a distinguishing piece for the fall due to its boldly, uneven lines. Fitting for cooler and warmer days, the non-leather skirt has all of the appeal and excitement as leather yet is eco-friendly.
Image: María Rufina website

Signature Folding Handbag

Neoprene has never look so good! The Signature Folding Bag by Maria Rufina has an origami-like aesthetic made using neoprene and is completely foldable. The brand is one of Mexico’s rising designers. And this bag is our coveted piece of the season.
Image: Hilary MacMillan website

Faux Leather and Fur Trench

This trench also by Hilary MacMillan offers what you need in style, warmth, and consciousness. The shell is made from vegan leather and has faux fur trimmings. Additionally, the brand is size inclusive.
Image: Sylth Virago

Demeter Bootie

Heel lovers, fixate on one of the hottest booties this fall, Demeter by Slyth Virago. This boot proves beauty can be sustainable. It is made using polyurethane faux leather and, for the heel, recyclable rubber. The company, Sylth Virago, is an emerging brand for luxury, animal-free leather shoes.

Should You Go for That Extra Half Inch or Not?

Should You Go for That Extra Half Inch or Not?

All images from Noë website
We confess. “That Extra Half Inch” does pay homage to a book by Victoria Beckham that talks all things grooming — fashion, hair, beauty, etc. However, it is such a cheeky title that perfectly describes a common conundrum women face each morning when we open our closets and ask, “Should I wear the high or low heel?” Of course, there are many details one could consider when answering this question but only three things that matter: thickness, height and toe box. (Shoes are from Belgium brand, Noë.)

1) Is the heel thick?

Heels are a balancing act between the balls of the foot and the heel. Usually, to provide more stability and support, a thicker heel is used. This provides a sturdier foundation for the heel and foot as compared to a thin heel which provides less support and can feel wobbly when walking. So, if you are going for a solid footing, keep the thickness of the heel at the forefront.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

2) How many inches are we talking about?

The next major factor to consider is heel height. A low heel between 1-2.75 inches provides a good balance for distributing weight put upon the foot. A heel between 3-4 inches pushes the foot forward and adds more weight to the ball of the foot. And anything above 4 inches will put an extreme amount of weight on the ball of the foot and add stress on the ankle. So, if you are looking to have an easier gait, pay attention to how high the heel is. Now, there’s another detail to think about, the toe box.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

4) Do you want a work shoe or a shoe to elongate your legs?

Before you race out the door, there is one last thing we must mention, purpose. When choosing a shoe, don’t you think about where you will wear it just as much as how you will wear it? We do. If you are looking for a work shoe, think lower to medium heels, more on that here. Do you want to elongate your legs? (Who doesn’t?) Then go for a higher, slimmer heel. Remember these simple tips and you will be able to answer that extra half inch or not question within seconds. Whatever you decide, always feel confident in the shoes you’re in.

Acquaint Yourself with This Stylish Footwear Designer Based in Israel

Acquaint Yourself with This Stylish Footwear Designer Based in Israel

Image: Noon website
Shoes are one way to express yourself through style. And with Noon’s distinguishing collection, you will have an easy time doing just that.

About the Brand

Step into NOON world of handcrafted leather shoes made in Tel Aviv, Israel. The brand centers itself around constructing shoes for women who are too busy to be bound by trends and want shoes that can go from day to evening, effortlessly. And it does not stop there; the brand also offers a small selection of bodysuits and accessories for women.

The Collection

NOON appeals to those who want shoes that are out of the ordinary. With snaps that lace up the front to squared-toe pumps that crisscross and tie in the back, designs are ultra-feminine and add distinction to any outfit. Be anything but boring in a pair of NOON heels.

Where to Buy

Visit the NOON website to see the shoe collection and more. *Note, prices may need to be converted from Israeli shekel.

The Secrets of A Good Work Flat: (the Unknown, the Ignored and the Mistake)

The Secrets of A Good Work Flat: (the Unknown, the Ignored and the Mistake)

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What makes a good work flat? There are plenty of flat shoe styles to choose from — oxfords, loafers, ballet — but what details make for a “comfortable, stable enough to run around in all day” flat? Since we have already tackled finding the perfect work heel, we are ready to help you uncover the secrets of a perfect work flat. Let’s delve in.
1) The Most Overlooked Feature:  Arch Support
1) The Most Overlooked Feature
Arch support is the foundation to an all-powerful flat. Without it, your flats are just…flat. Arch support helps align and provides care to your foot, back, and other parts of the body. That is why a feature like a built-in insole or cushion is the core of a good work flat. Buying an insert (removeable insole) is an option. However, it can be more of a hassle than its worth. Inserts can slide around, produce fit issues or make the toe box tight. Take time to identify a flat with built in support; your feet and back will thank you later.
2) The Most Unknown Detail: Toe Box Shape
2) The Most Unknown Detail
From pointy to square to almond to round, there are many shapes from which to choose. But not all shapes are equal when it comes to comfort. Toe box shape directly effects the comfort of the shoe; hence the reason why this detail matters, a lot. Some shapes can be painful causing friction in the toe area, leading to blisters. To steer clear of this pitfall, opt for a round toe. Why? The round toe mimics the natural shape of the foot, making it a more comfortable choice. And it is the most universal silhouette, regardless if your feet are narrow or wide.
3) The Most Common Mistake: Achilles Heels
3) The Most Common Mistake
One the opposite end, flats can rub your Achilles heel causing bleeding and sores. Heel discomfort is destructive to your feet. And mistakenly, people sacrifice comfort for fashion. If a shoe irritates your heel (or any part of your foot), then RETURN IT. Looking for a flat shoe with sufficient padding around the heel collar will prevent against rubbing or irritation of the Achilles tendon. Additionally, finding a shoe that comes up higher or lower than your ankle will help avoid the sensitive area altogether. Live by this principal and you will not be a repeat offender: if the shoe does not fit properly, walk away. The market has too many good options waiting for you.
4) The Most Disregarded Thing: Wearability
4) The Most Disregarded Thing
Now think, how wearable is this flat? Will it slip off when I walk? There are super cute slip-on styles that unintendedly slip off when walking. How secure is it? This probably goes without saying but good work flats need to be secure, especially in the back. Does the flat provide some protection? Offices can be a jungle. Open-toe designs are liberating but a sturdy, closed toe structure may be best for protecting against falling items or the office environment in general.

Jump into the Season with Booties That Pay Ode to Mexico’s Heritage

Jump into the Season with Booties That Pay Ode to Mexico’s Heritage

Image from Caarmela website
Looking for shoes that can take you from spring to summer and well into fall? Carmella’s, especially its Carreño bootie, is a fun way to dress up or down for the office and explore the world of Mexican fashion.

About the Company

Caarmela is a Mexican footwear brand and concept store (Caarmela House) featuring independent designers. The company opened it location in Mexico City in 2016, and since has been a source of womenswear grounded in femininity and strength.

Collection

Caarmela’s shoes are handmade in Mexico and sourced from the city of León, which is known for its quality leather. The footwear ranges from boots influenced by Latin American culture to oxfords infused with contemporary aesthetics. Its collection brings the history of women from the past to the future.

Where to Purchase

Caarmela’s footwear and other local brands can be purchased at Caarmela House’s storefront in Mexico City or on the website. Note, prices are listed in Mexican pesos.