I always think it is a good sign when a designer repeats a style. It usually means that whatever they are doing is working in the market. Last year we discovered bootie perfection when we unpacked the Walker by Rag & Bone. We knew they had already created cult favorites like the Newberry and the Harrow. Both those styles personified cool-girl style for the last few years, but we all couldn’t get enough of the Walker.
It is made of Italian leather or suede so soft it didn’t have to be worn in. The two-inch stacked heel also provided the perfect amount of support and height. It hit the perfect spot for us because finally we could wear a heel that wouldn’t get stuck in the bricks of Old Town and allowed us to step up ladders without worrying about falling and nobody finding us, and they were comfortable to boot. It was like shoe magic.
Penelope and I first snatched up the bootie and from the day we made it a part of our personal shoe collections, we couldn’t stop wearing it. Then of course, we had to add it in gray, because I mean that is so different than black suede, with so many different applications!
Rag & Bone has since updated it with studs and a half-inch higher heel, named the Willow, and once again, they have hit the sweet spot.
When I went to New York last year for the fall buy I was so excited to see Rag & Bone was offering the Walker once again. The only problem I had was, how could I decide on a limited, sensible, number of colors for our inventory? We finally decided on black leather, camel suede, and the perfect luggage leather that goes with absolutely everything.
We also couldn’t pass up the Drea in navy corduroy; it provides the same comfort just with a slightly higher heel and shaft.
If we don’t have your size in stock, we’ll be glad to do special orders on these must-have styles of the must-have look for this fall.
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