Above: Elizabeth Suzann Nashville HQ
Though I only discovered Elizabeth Suzann a short 8 months ago, I am saddened by the news yesterday of their downscaling of operations, detailed on Instagram here. From the outpouring of comments, it is clear that Liz and her team have helped inspire a movement of sustainable, conscious style. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to own several of Elizabeth Suzann pieces, both new and pre-loved, and to even visit their HQ and operations in Nashville.
During my initial exploratory slow & sustainable phase last fall, I stumbled upon Nisolo, a Nashville-based ethical shoe producer. According to their website, they pay a living wage to their factory workers in Peru. And on the environmental front, they offset carbon emissions via a partnership with Ecosphere+ and have a unique shoe reclamation program for $30 credit.
I have been looking for a rag & bone boot replacement, and jumped at the chance to purchase a pair of their Dari boots in Wheat during Black Friday sales (more on what I bought here). While I love my rag & bone Harrow booties, I find their heels now slightly too tall for my daily commute. I’ve now worn my Nisolo boots for a few months, and wanted to write a review of how they’ve been so far.
When Rothy’s recently re-released their loafer style, I immediately purchased a pair to try them out. I wanted to compare them to another popular brand – the Birdies slipper, most famously worn by (soon to be princess) Meghan Markle.
Overall, both pairs have the classic loafer silhouette with no frills – though Birdies does offer a cute tassled version. They’re comfortable in very different ways, which I’ll go through in the rest of the post.
I first “heard” about Amour Vert by walking past their Hayes Valley, San Francisco storefront many a afternoon, drawn by their clean neutral palette with splashes of stripes and florals.
To be completely honest, their price points were a bit of a stretch for me when I became familiar with the brand a few years ago. But I’ve now reached a point where I’m comfortably (financially, and personally) spending more on classic, quality items that will last. In this post, I review a few Amour Vert pieces that I’ve added to my wardrobe over the last year or so.
For some time now, I’ve seen Rothys mentioned quite a few times as an equally comfortable alternative to Tieks leather flats. Similar to Tieks, Rothy’s come in a variety of colors and more interestingly are made from recycled plastic bottles. After seeing no less than five girls wearing them on my commute to work one day, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a pair to conduct my own Rothy’s vs Tieks comparison.