Let an Artist Custom-Paint a Pair of Chucks For You Tonight at Ubiq


Andy Warhol’s works of art. | Converse.

A pair of Chucks will arguably never go out of style, especially when they’re works of art. Kick off your holiday weekend by taking a spin over to Ubiq for its final custom Converse event.

Here’s the deal: From 6pm to 10pm tonight, the sneaker boutique is hosting four local artists — Martha Rich, Thom Lessner, Hawk Krall and Andrew Jeffrey Wright — who will create custom designs for shoppers who purchase a new pair of Chucks. Along with music, food and drinks, there’s also a heat press machine on hand, so you can stamp and sign the tongue of your old pairs of Converse. And while you’re there, enjoy 50 percent off select styles (the sale lasts through Monday).  Read more »

Aldo Shoes Opening Walnut Street Location in July So That Everyone May Buy Cork Wedges


Let the Aldo proliferation begin. (This one’s in Ireland.) | Martin Good / Shutterstock.com

Not all brands are migrating into neighborhoods other than Rittenhouse (see Kit and Ace in Fishtown). In fact, Aldo is doubling its efforts here, opening a second location on 17th and Walnut Street, mere blocks from its spot in Liberty Place.

The store is slated to open in July and, according to a store rep, will carry women’s and men’s shoes, plus accessories like handbags and jewelry. But will a street-front Walnut location harm Liberty Place sales? “We’re not concerned,” says Jessica Pomerantz, an Aldo assistant (who will also — hint, hint — be throwing the grand-opening party, though it will most likely be invite-only). The more the merrier?  Read more »

Mo’ne Davis to Sell, Sign Shoes Tonight to Benefit Nepal Earthquake Victims


Mo’ne Davis in her sneakers.

It’s official — Mo’ne Davis is the new James Brown. In addition to (deep breath) pitching for the Taney Dragons, playing high school basketball, schooling Kevin Hart at the NBA All-Star Game, writing a book and pardoning the Bloomsburg University baseball player who talked trash about her on Twitter, the hardest working 13-year-old on the planet is both a sneaker mogul and a humanitarian. Read more »

The Edit: 13 Funky Flats to Glam Up Your Wardrobe


Believe me, I understand the urge to binge-buy sandals after keeping my toes cooped up in layers of wooly socks and boots. But hear me out: a pair of flats with raffia, glitter or quirky embellishments can be just as spring-worthy — and comfortable — as any pair of strappy sandals. Here, 13 pairs that will transform any airy summer dress or jeans-and-tee combo.  Read more »

Psst: Joan Shepp Is Having a Shoe Sale Today Only


Shepp’s shoes. | Image via Joan Shepp.

Today’s need-to-know sale news involves Joan Shepp and shoes. (Do I have your attention?) Today only, the Rittenhouse stalwart is offering 20 percent off shoes — they carry everyone from whimsical Sophia Webster and Nicholas Kirkwood to aggressively modern Trippen and Marsell. You have until 8pm tonight to shop, and the sale is in-store only. Can you say lunch break? Read more »

Celebrate Opening Day With These Awesome Chiara Ferragni Sneakers


Opening Day kicks. | Image via Shopbop.

It’s officially time for another baseball season, and as we wait for the first pitch (for the Phils, that’s today at 3:05pm at Citizens Bank Park, where they’ll face off against the Red Sox) we might as well do some online shopping. And the best way I’ve found to fete Opening Day is with a pair of these slip-ons, as they are basically glittery odes to the concession stand.  Read more »

Charlotte Olympia’s Latest Shoe Collection Is Totally Customizable!

Image via Net-a-Porter

Image via Net-a-Porter

Smoking loafers are a bit of a favorite here at Shoppist HQ (see here and here). And with good reason: They’re a playful spin on a luxe classic. There are tons of iterations of the style out there, but none with the customizability of Charlotte Olympia‘s (yep, the brains behind the kitty flat) new ABC capsule collection.  Read more »

5 Ultra-Wearable Shoe Styles You Need to Have in Your Closet This Spring


Remember when I gave you an edited list of the spring trends to actually buy into? Well, it’s time to dive a little bit more into the shoe game. This is one of my favorite footwear seasons in some time, primarily because it’s given back to us the deliciously chunky ’70s platform (hallelujah!), but also because it’s ushered in a new era of supremely stylish flats (both demure and aggressively sporty). We’ve also got gladiators — this trend isn’t for the meek! — and a block heel for those who aren’t feeling the whole vertiginous platform thing.

Here, the five best (and most wearable) spring shoe trends, along with my top picks for each — in all price points! How to shop it: Choose one or two styles you love, invest in one and go inexpensive on the other. Then step into your chicest spring ever.  Click here for where to buy and how to wear each style.

Be the First to Shop Bus Stop’s New Shoe Collection Tonight at Shoppist After Hours!


Photos by Brae Howard.

Tonight is the third installment of our underground shopping series, Shoppist After Hours, and I couldn’t be more excited. The event is at Bus Stop on Fabric Row, and we’ll be feting the boutique’s first shoe collection, a collaboration with All Black that includes 12 modern oxfords ($195).

At-a-Glance Details
Date: Thursday, March 12th
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Location: Bus Stop, 727 South 4th Street, Queen Village.

Join us from 6pm to 9pm for drinks (springy Bloom cocktails and Chandon), the best-ever treats from Barlume Apothecary and, of course, your first chance to get your hands on a pair from the limited-edition line (only a few sizes of each style were produced). I’ll be hosting a Q&A with Bus Stop owner — and newly annointed shoe designer! — Elena Brennan at 7pm that you won’t want to miss. See you there!

How to Make Cheap Shoes Look More Expensive (Tip: Get Them Painted!)

Images via @toboxshoes

Images via @toboxshoes.

Two weeks ago, I posted a guide to buying designer bags on the cheap. One of the tips was to buy designer bags in trendy colors because they often go on sale and could be scooped up at cheaper prices. Their suggestion? Have these bags dyed professionally to resemble more classic carryalls. (To wit: A tie-dyed/graffiti Chanel bag might be of-the-moment now, but will look dated next year; a basic black version will never go out of style.) We here at Shoppist HQ thought this was absolutely brilliant.

And then, only days later, local men’s shoe shop ToBox posted a video on Instagram of owner Tung To artfully painting a pair of men’s shoes, sharing photos of the “before” and “after.” (Obviously, this was destiny.) Apparently, though it began as a hobby, the shoe expert offers artisan hand-painting services for leather shoes, bags and accessories to keep your goods looking updated and in tiptop shape. Read more »

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