New Line Alert: Native Shoes

Over the years, my children’s ages and needs have navigated my buying choices at The Shoe Hive at times. The reason we have Superga is because they were the only shoes I could find that met the needs of the Old Town Montessori School uniform code and that I thought were cute.

Well, I would like to introduce the second shoe line that I have loved for years and bought for my children and finally decided maybe it was time to bring them to The Shoe Hive. I am thrilled to introduce Native. Founded in 2009 their goal is to Live Lightly. Below is their company’s philosophy:


Live Lightly™, our purpose in both footwear and philosophy, is a sentiment passed along from soul to sole since 2009. Through our simple formula of innovation, sustainability, originality, and the key ingredient, lightness, we strive to simplify our day, beautify our environment and lighten our carbon footprint on the world.

Every summer I tend to buy my children a few pair of Natives. It started with the original style which looks similar to a Converse but slips on and has holes so it is breathable. If you have younger kids they are the greatest shoes ever. Completely waterproof, easy to slip on, they don’t smell after they wear them without socks and well, if you get something on them you just wipe it off. Or hose them off, if need be. Did I mention they are also super cute?

Not long after the success of this style they started to expand the kids collection and I simultaneously expanded my kids’ collection. Then something even better happened: they introduced styles for adults, which is perfect because my 12 year old daughter now wears my size, so she needed some options.



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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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