Monday, December 17, 2012


Brown Shoe Company, Sixth Ave. NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

With a slew of targeted consumer footwear in the trendy fashion, contemporary style, family fitness, and comfortable innovative health categories-tossed in with some knock-out glammy looks...the multi-label, Clayton, Missouri based,  Brown Shoe Company offers a bunch of Spring 2013 shoes and sandals for modern women---with a slew of needs, attire wise-for work, casual occasions, fancier evening kicks...and travel friendly items.


We initially got the invite to preview the NAYA assortment of sophisticated comfortable shoes "that leaves/makes " a softer imprint on the Earth." Meaning environmentally friendlier methodologies and manufacturing practices-footbeds of natural cork, recycled materials, water based cements...etc.
-muted Tuscan tones-cushioned footbeds makes this a good travel sandal-imo

Contemporary and pretty flats, wedges and even a mens's inspired feminine lace-up shoe....all well done.

Loved-the glittery embellishments---on the the crystal t-shaped, double straps uppers...adds some pizazz to a wearable slide.

Belle-embellished slides

Zephyr-nice detail- tiny brass grommets on the upper straps
Leather footbeds-natural vegetal dyes---in animal prints-fun.
Trite-girly ribbons and mixed leather/perforated mesh upper-sweet combo of an oxford style shoe

Maeve-linen wrapped-rough textured edge of an open toe, ankle strap platform sandal

Maeve-washed out leather finish...this is a comfortable way to get height-polshed ease---cute with frocks or jeans

Maiya-view of cork footbed with breathable leather lining
Estra-woven braid wedge in a multi-strap two tone leather strap wedge

Zenobia-muted tones--are rich...outsoles are durable rubber

Very cool -multi-textured leathers---nice tiny braided strap details...and outer stitch details

Brittany-nutty crunchy NOT -comfort sandal gets girly in a relaxed way with thick leather upper straps in earth tones 

FERGIE--yes, the glamorous 8 time Grammy Award winner/fashion icon/rockstar singer/songwriter...has a fashion forward footwear collection---(Fergie and Fergalicious)new to us but we left impressed.

Trend driven---for Spring 2013-tiny gold studs-metal hardwear details galore, and metallic trims, exotic embossed skins, jewel and neon tones- were is the use of big bold colors LOVE.

Naturally, spike heels and platforms ruled---in open toe peep toes and pumps (adore-feminine and fun...and of course sexy).

But there were also great thong flat options- made chic with the use of suede and metal straps.

nice-anjle strap flats in a rainbows worth of color with gold metal pop

gladiator wedge---

open toe-bootie-on a sleek patent spiked heel---

patent leather, multi-strap platform open booty

embossed snake metallic pumps-

platform spike heel, ankle cuff sandal

platform pump in gold shimmery leather-LOVE

studded heel details

back zipped spiked heels-

pointy studs add the grrrll to a ballerina flat. Cool edge, not girly sweet...Benny $99 available now

basket weave upper-sandal with spike heels

python flat sandals---gold accents-well done

Fergie designer (with Fergie, natch....)
Another shoe line we previewed was the humongous Franco Sarto collection of footwear for women.
metal horse bit buckle on a comfy moc driver slip-on
Crafted by the name-sake Italian designer with the MO "...beautiful shoes shoe be one part sophistication and one part wit..." there are easily hundreds of styles of casual, dress, sandals and boots for cooler temps---that would please any modern women.

pointy toe patent with an oversized buckle on a mini wedge heel-love this style

rafia wrapped wedge with oversized bow-fun summer look

espadrilles-in a seersucker like striped-uppers

ready for work-sling backs, pumps and peep toe sandals in patent leather...

we call these sweet ballet woven, and interesting textures, plus---glittery metallics, 

nice colors-in a chunky heel sandal-with rafia wrap platform/heel

cork bed and leather lined footbed-very comfortable ...

easy to wear-slide right on

FYI: Brown Shoe Company makes a lot of addition to the above...

Sam Edelman
Sam & Libby
Via Spiga
Vera Wang
Carlos Santana
Dr. Scholl’s Shoes
Famous Footwear