Nisolo: Stylish Travel Shoes You Can Feel Good About
To say I’m a fan of Nisolo is an understatement, and really my love for the brand borders more on obsession. I was first drawn to Nisolo’s minimalist yet timeless style. Instead of indulging in fly-by-night trends Nisolo makes shoes that will look current for years to come. I was intrigued when I learned about Nisolo’s commitment to the craftsman and artisans that make their shoes and accessories by hand. (Handmade shoes, who even does that anymore?). Building close relationships with their craftsmen in Peru, Mexico and Kenya, Nisolo (which means not alone) provides a fair living wage and benefits in communities where this is not the norm. Some shoemakers have experienced a 400% increase in income, greatly benefiting their families and communities. Eschewing fast fashion for quality and community, Nisolo is fashion you can feel good about. Lastly, Nisolo makes a damn good pair of shoes. The quality in each pair I own was evident the moment I put them on, these are shoes that are built to last.
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The very first pair of Nisolos I ordered was their Smoking Shoe, a classic loafer that works for both the office and weekend fun. Aside from the goes-with-anything styling Nisolo’s Smoking Shoe features a cushioned leather interior making them perfect for all day wear. Compliments and comfort? I was hooked.
The Smoking Shoe quickly became a wardrobe staple for me so I was soon on the lookout for my next pair and once I saw the Nisolo Austin Heel I was smitten. This low cut bootie’s modern styling instantly appealed and once I put them on I immediately declared them the best made pair of shoes in my closet. When I wear heels I usually have all the grace of a cow walking through mud but with the Austin Heel I could walk for hours with comfort and sass. This heel looks perfect with everything from jeans to dresses and gets near constant compliments whenever I wear them.
After declaring my love for Nisolo and featuring the Smoking Shoe as a pair of the best flats for travel the team at Nisolo reached out to see if I wanted to try their Elayna sneaker. This casual sneaker is a modern take on the classic canvas sneaker of my childhood; but the Natural Vachetta leather, a buttery vegetable tanned leather that ages beautifully, and rose gold eyelets make this sneaker much more sophisticated. The Vibram soles provide supreme comfort, these shoes kept me going all day during my recent trips to Baltimore and Portugal.
With modern yet classic styles, a focus on comfort and ethical manufacturing practices Nisolo’s shoes will have a place in my closet for years to come. Which Nisolo style calls to you?