A Journey of a Thousand Li Begins with a Single Step
While many of my colleagues and friends are keeping it high and tight in fabulous automobiles to get from point A to point B in Los Angeles with fabulous footwear that may or may not pinch their tootsies, here in New York City pinching shoes can be quite the nightmare when having to walk, sometimes run, and face some of the most unkempt terrain from potholes to ancient cobblestone streets (Hello Meatpacking District, I love you, but so hard to walk in heels, especially after a cocktail). If I am ever envious of anything in LA, it is being able to wear the same shoe all day and not have to have a bag with a pair of flats. Yet, I love that I walk everywhere, living in NYC.
You can see the dilemma: Can we find shoes that look fabulous but can function on the streets here in the gritty city? If I told you how many heels I have had to repair, you would not believe it. I have finally found some footwear options that look sexy and have the heel to hold up against the elements, and will not leave you turning on your ankle on Park Avenue, as a pair of mine recently did (which is not only embarrassing, but hurts really badly.)
I was at a lunch with my Mom at Avra Madison Estiatorio, which you may recall reading about here. I call that area the “Madison Avenue Triangle,” because inevitably I get sucked into some kind of shopping situation (my husband may refer to it as “Trouble Triangle”) between a Greek white wine at lunch at Avra and a visit to Molton Brown, Barney’s New York, and my newest obsession Schutz.
Brazil-based Schutz debuted in 1995. You know how I feel about Brazil from my Brazilian Bum Bum situation that I told you about this past Winter. Brazilians just do sexy the right way. I am sorry to generalize, but I have yet to meet anything Brazilian that I have not liked. The hair treatment, the wax, the booty: I love it all.
Schutz prides itself on creating sophisticated footwear with signature detail that include two-strap heels, caged stilettos and gladiator sandals. Not only are the styles fun and the seasonal assortment accommodates casual to super glamorous, but they are surprisingly really comfortable and durable shoes.
My Relationship with Schutz
I started my relationship with Schutz, two Winters ago when I purchased a boot from The Shoe Box. A four inch thick heel with a Utility type style that was reminiscent of a Doc Marten, I found myself wearing the boot with jeans, skirts, dresses. For some reason the boot became a versatile staple in my closet. It still looks like new and I wear this boot regularly.
Last Spring, I found myself at my ‘Madison Avenue Triangle’ with my husband, who usually is the worst person to shop with because he does not think I should buy anything, which defeats the purpose of shopping, but I digress. I found these beige suede sandals with a 2” heel. A take on a classic slide. They quickly became my “go-to” shoe. When I need to pack light for warm climates, this is the shoe I bring, and the only shoe. And they are resilient, and look fabulous. I wear them with shorts and a tee shirt or with a summer dress.
Last week, I found myself back at Schutz with my Mom, who is the Champion of Shopping. Seriously, she would win against anyone I know. Her taste is flawless. I wish I had the eye for fashion that she has. Just to give an example, when I am not with her, I send her photos to help me decide on nail color, shoes, bags, dresses and she knows right away if it is “yes” or “what are you thinking?”
So here we are standing over a pair of flats. Slides with rhinestones covering the top of the shoe…
“Mom, I have been eyeing these…what do you think?”
“What is there to think about? Adorable, buy them.”
Done. The Queren Flat Slide ($119) in Honey Beige has found a new home; its also available in black.
Once I made that decision I turned around and discovered the Edimara Sandal ($125) in Black or True Pink. I loved them both, but let us be practical; I have lots of pink sandals and pumps! But I could maybe use a new black pair. Maybe? The trendy bow. The chunky heel. It happened so fast. They found a new home too.
My Mom purchased the Mirlande Sandal ($165), a low heeled mule, in Lemongrass. A perfect Spring/Summer Shade with a fun retro appeal, modernized with a 2.5” clear heel.
Make a special trip to the Schutz Madison Avenue or Beverly Hills Flagship locations ASAP and get your Spring Shoe Shopping on!
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Writer with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. Her credits include Sales and Marketing for with PRADA USA Corp., followed by a jump in to the world of beauty as an Esthetician followed by Spa Manager at Jurlique, Spa Manager and Client Relationship Manager and Digital Business Development coordinator position at Amore Pacific where celebrity clients were and remain confidential and her column, “Ask Angela,” was featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. She has also been a contributor for Beauty to Shape and Fitness Magazines.
A side job as a Hospital Victim on “As the World Turns,” and a correspondent on the now defunct lifestyle web series “Tangerine Living,” Angela is no stranger to juggling multiple positions and has built quite the resume. A move to The New York Daily News as Training and Employee Relations Manager with a night and weekend gig as make up artist for runway shows, (she studies in Los Angeles with Amy Ward) including Vogue Bambino and multiple commercials, Angela became a Mom, her best and most important credit to date.
Since Motherhood, Angela has been a Brand Ambassador for the skin line Patchology, featured in Saks Fifth Avenue in store and on air with CBS News segment “Patch me Pretty.” She has been a beauty guest for QVC, and the founder of her own social media communications business, helping business owners to share their digital voice. Actively involved with Smart Children with Learning Differences, her most favorite down time hobby is discovering the best in beauty, travel and fashion around the United States.
Angela is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Communications and Writing, where she appeared on the University Union News as an Anchor and on The Beat of Syracuse, Z89 as a DJ. Angela has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Working with Alphaluxe is a unique opportunity, “to share what I am most passionate about. Living your best life. In her spare time, you can find Angela running, practicing yoga, taking her son to one of his sports practices. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, son, and chihuahuas.