the demi-wedge

As many of you know by now, in a cruel twist of fate I own a shoe boutique but I can barely wear heels. Even though I firmly believe everything looks better with them, I just can’t make it through the day in them. That’s why our best clients know our shelves are filled with what I call the demi-wedge. After years of erroneously thinking the best thing for my sore feet was a flat and following multiple podiatrists, chiropractors, foot injections, physical therapy, molded orthotics, acupuncture, and dry needling, I have learned that the only way for me to stand all day is to wear a demi-wedge. An added bonus is that they perfect for walking the brick streets of Old Town.

My personal go-to shoe is the Jolly by Butter with a hidden demi-wedge. Available in black or cognac, it has the season’s latest shape, the square toe, with a gold tip to make it dressy. Both pairs are in my closet and they can be worn day or night.

Another seasonal favorite of mine is a bootie by French Sole, available in grey or black. Below is a slideshow of just a few of our wide selection of great new demi-wedges. These just happen to all be wrapped, or hidden, demi-wedges!


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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


  1. Avatar Beth Nothstine says:

    I bought the demi-wedge bootie in black a few weeks ago for a trip to LA and I must say, they are the most comfortable and versatile booties I own. They look adorable with dresses, leggings and jeans…definitely my go-to boot for a subtle sassy style!

  2. Avatar alexandra says:

    can i have all three black pairs? 🙂 love!! definitely perfect for ALX sidewalks, as well at the Hill – i’ve even tripped in my flips!

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