The Other Super-Easy Summer Shoe

If you had to name a shoe that is synonymous with summer the answer is obvious: the flip-flop. I used to wear them all the time. Then a little thing called plantar fasciitis happened to me and ended the ease of a pair of flip-flops on my feet in the summer time. When I battled this ailment for two years, there were three rules the podiatrist gave me: 1) Don’t step out of bed and onto the bare floor; always step into some type of slipper or shoe. 2) Don’t walk around your house barefoot. 3) Don’t ever wear flip-flops.

I have struggled to completely abide by Rule Number Three. I mean, what else do you wear to the beach or the pool? But I had to come up with another easy summer solution. My answer has been the espadrille. I always have preferred a more covered-up shoe for certain warm weather activities; the thought of wearing an open-toed shoe to an amusement park or ballpark has never really thrilled me. I mean even Vogue said espadrilles are all you need for summer weddings.

Tons of great options have just been unpacked at The Shoe Hive. One of our favorite brands is Soludos, founded in 2010 by Nick Brown, a New Yorker. He was frustrated that he couldn’t find the traditional rope soled espadrilles he had grown up wearing so he started his own line. The great thing about Soludos is all the espadrilles we have in stock are under $75.

If you are not an espadrille traditionalist and prefer a rubber sole, we have great options by Sam Edelman and Bettye Muller that can take you through the warm summer months with ease.

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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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