Summer is for sunning, sunshine, sangria, and sandals. The bleak cold months of winter are over, and your toes can rejoice in open toe shoes. This season, there are two brands making the case for new shoes, Carrie Forbes and Brother Vellies.
Straight from her CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund win this past fall, Aurora James (the founder and creative director of Brother Vellies) continues to deliver artistic creations that range from polished to show-stopping. Not only will a pair of her sandals enhance any wardrobe, but they will also add an international flare. James’ designs, which are based on traditional African footwear, are hand produced by artisans in South Africa, Kenya, and Morocco.
Carrie Forbes also has a preference for the handmade. Following a successful career in hand crocheted bags, Forbes transitioned to footwear in 2014 after being inspired by a traditional Moroccan shoe that used raffia palms. The raffia goes through a rigorous treatment of oil and water to obtain dream-like comfort. Now all that’s left is a pedicure.