What better way to celebrate a fresh start than with new shoes - I've been sent a gorgeous pair of silver leather sandals from Alohas, and they are shiny/pretty, good quality, unique and practical. Pretty much fulfils my requirements for a good shoe, and they have been running a high rotation lately, even if the weather in Melbourne has been a little weird.
The leather is buttery soft, and they are super easy to slip on and off. Plus, they're flat. So no falling over curbs and wobbling my way around haha. My level of coordination is kinda non-existent! Silver leather is also a new obssession - these shoes are fuelling my love with shiny silver things. Check my new watch/bracelet/knit :P I'll let the photos do the talking anyhow.
Alohas leather sandals - Witchery zip knit - American Apparel skirt - Mimco Sportivo watch & bracelet
This is a super simple outfit I wore to the movies with my lovely photo-lady Kayla, lately I've been drawn to simplistic outfits with minimal jewellery and maximum comfort. I'm also being aware of buying things that are ethical and also sustainable. I learnt a little bit about Alohas and was very impressed with what the company has done. Alohas don't have a box packaging to minimise waste, and are also handmade - the soles are made from recycled tyre rubber! I decided to have a Q&A with the founder of Alohas, Ale.
Where did you grow up and how has that influenced who you are today?
I have been born and raised in Barcelona until I was 16. Once I turned 16 I have been traveling the world and living in different places because [of] soccer.
However, the 2 places that have influenced the most has been Barcelona and Hawaii. From Barcelona I take the special vibe of the city and its people. It is a very multi-ethnical city with fashion influences from all over the world. Hawaii has also had a big impact in me because its aloha lifestyle, of living sustainable and living from the Aina, (land), and love each other.
How did you first get into the field of designing shoes?
During one of my trips people were stopping in the streets asking about the shoes I was wearing. After so many people asking me the same question I realized that it was a great opportunity to take this design and make it sustainable friendly.
Where do you find your inspiration from from creating something new?
Each one of the experiences that we have shapes us in a certain way. In all the places that I have lived has changed me and my style and is where i get the inspiration from. I tried to get the best from each places I know and put it together.
Tell me about a pair of shoes you'll never forget. I am summer person, not just because of the warm weather but also for the conformability of the clothing. During my summers I have always worn two traditional spanish shoes, the espadrille, and the sandals where Alohas Sandals come from, the avarcas.
Do you have a "shoe motto"?
Yes! Life is better with Alohas! :) Mahalo, Ale
I love the whole philosophy behind the Alohas brand! If you do too, check them out using the links below :)
Alohas AU Facebook
ALOHAS AU Instagram
Hope everyone had a great Easter. For all my fellow uni peeps, happy mid-sem break, enjoy it while it lasts! xx