Ellen Miller

Can you believe it? Birkenstocks are back!

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I’m shocked, mystified—and maybe just a little bit excited. Sales of Birkenstocks have spiked, and once again, the German orthopedic sandals have stepped into the sartorial zeitgeist. Since spring, the two-strap version called the Arizona has been popping up on fashion blogs and city streets, and now the style is frequently selling out at retailers like J.Crew, Zappos, and ASOS. Introduced by the company in 1973, you may also recall that the shoe cycled back into closets in the 90s. I saved up my babysitting money and—cringe—proudly wore mine with flannel shirts, baggy jeans, and baby T’s. Full disclosure: These fashion flashbacks have kept me from actually opening my wallet the second time around, though I’m close to caving. Here’s my justification: While I’m still not sold on the way the super-chunky Arizonas look with dresses, they feel fresh with distressed jeans and a white T-shirt. And, unlike strappy sandals, ballet flats, or flip flops—this summer shoe is actually good for your feet. What do you think? Is this comfy trend worth trying?


Jen Jones

organize this: shoes!

Shoe storage seems to be something we all need to think about, whether we are blessed with a large mudroom or lack an entry all together.  Then, throw a few kids into the mix, and shoes could be multiplying by the second.

Of course, the first step to organizing shoes, is to constantly assess the situation and only keep the shoes that are worn frequently, fit and are in good condition.  One pair in, one pair out should be the shoe motto as that will ensure that once proper storage is in place, it should be able to stick around for the long haul.

Here are few shoe storage ideas that I personally adore.

You can never go wrong with storage designed specifically for shoes.  Simple and inexpensive pieces can be purchased and paired together to create the ultimate mix of function based on individual needs.


Bookcases have to be one of my most favorite solutions for shoes.  They are slim enough to fit in the smallest of spaces, yet offer vertical storage so a single shelf could be given to each member of the family.  And most bookcases offer the ability to adjust the shelf height which makes this option quite versatile.  Smaller units can house bins and buckets to corral a few pairs in an itty bitty space.


We personally opted to go for a slim shoe cabinet, made especially for keeping shoes neat and tidy.  We lack space in our entry, so this was the perfect solution for gaining oodles of concealed storage while also having it blend in seamlessly with the entry and adjoining living area.


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If you have a closet with a door near the entryway, in a mudroom or in a bedroom, over the door solutions really allow you to maximize the closet storage and keep the shoe eye clutter at bay.


Benches that double as shoe storage are always a really great solution since they are so multifunctional.  Not only do they provide seating and give you a place to put on your footwear, they also typically provide ample storage and come in a variety of store bought and DIY options.  Bonus points for popping on some casters and a soft upholstered cushion.


Rattan baskets work really well for shoes, especially flip-flops, since they are easy to clean and blend with almost any decor.  Baskets can be placed on shelves, in cubbies, on the floor or even hung on the wall.


Storage boxes are a really great solution for taking care of your shoe investments.  By keeping shoes in individual boxes, the life of the shoe is extended and the shoes are protected.  It also allows for easy stacking if shelving space is limited.


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