Arizona Love at The Shoe Hive

I often write about the fashion or lack thereof during the college days. The early 1990s had its fashion highs and lows – but since grunge ruled, I guess we couldn’t have too many highs. In Athens, Ohio, where I went to college, casual was king. Nobody really dressed up much, and our footwear was the worst. It was all sneakers, Birkenstocks, hiking boots, and yes, strappy TEVAs.

A few years ago, people might not remember them but, they have come back and in a big way. The brand started in 1984 in the Grand Canyon when a river guide rigged two velcro watch bands to an old pair of flip flops so they wouldn’t float away. Decades later, they were the elevated “ugly sandals” walking down all the runways. I thought it wouldn’t last, but it has, and I have finally caved and ordered some for the store.

Maybe it is because we are all outdoors more that they’ve crept back. Maybe it is because I got sick of trying to clean my Birkenstocks, and I want a summer option that I could literally hose the mud off and not worry. I decided if I was going to bring in an athletic sandal, it was going to be the cutest one I could find! After my search, I discovered the brand that fits the bill is Arizona Love. Here is the funny thing about the line Arizona Love – it is not Arizonan at all, but French. They are made with fun fabrics; usually, bandanas and the soles are EVA (rubber), and they don’t come in boxes to help minimize their ecological footprint. I never thought I would buy another pair of shoes like these, but I am going to, and I am actually really excited about it.


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I spent the first part of my career as a copy-writer who helped elected officials brag about their support for entrepreneurs. Then I decided to get off the printed page and do it myself. The Shoe Hive made a splash on the fashion scene in Washington, and was named the region’s best shoe store in its first year. Fourteen years later, I have tripled the store’s size and also opened a sister store, The Hive. At The Hive, we offer clothing lines that are sophisticated and approachable like Rag & Bone, Tibi, Raquel Allegra, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. We have tried to fill our racks with clothing you will want to wear all the time, elevated basics that are worth the investment.

Heard the buzz? The Shoe Hive & The Hive are a pair of luxury boutiques in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring both big name designers like Rag & Bone and Stuart Weitzman and smaller brands like AGL and L'Agence, our unique selection and impeccable service are what set us apart.

The Shoe Hive                         The Hive
127 S. Fairfax Street               301 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
              Alexandria, VA 22314

703.548.7105                          703.548.7110

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