Black Crane long quilt dress in Forest* | size small, made in LA
Sydney Brown vegan clogs | made in LA
Honestly, I thought I’d just take a few quick pictures of my new birthday shoes (these were a gift from my father for my birthday – we ordered them when I was in Florida recently and Sydney Brown was offering 40% off…), but it turns out that closeups of my feet are NOT pretty. So here you have the whole outfit, although I didn’t intend to photograph “myself.” Viola – reality….on a not very good hair day LOL.
About the shoes: These clogs are faux leather (although, you would NEVER be able to tell), with a cork covered recycled fiber insole, and a sustainably harvested North American alder wood platform with a natural rubber sole. I originally ordered a size 38 which according to their site corresponds to a size 8, but a CS rep contacted me to advise me to size up to a 39, and I did. SO GLAD I did, because the 38 wouldn’t have fit at all. As it is, the 39 is quite snug, and I’m still wearing them around the house to break them in a bit more, but I can tell the size will be fine.
They’re really beautiful, and honestly, you’d never in a million years know they’re not leather; they look better than some leather shoes I’ve seen out there. They took about 3 weeks to arrive, which was hard, because I was antsy waiting for them, but it was sort of awesome (and serendipitous) that they arrived just on my birthday!
I’m very excited about them, and thank my father for his generosity in getting these for me for my birthday, it was a wonderful gift, and perfect in so many ways. I am looking for ways to add more leather-free items to my wardrobe, but shoes have always been such a challenge. No more. Obviously, these are prohibitively expensive for many people, but she does offer frequent, significant discounts if you wait for them. Or, if you stick to less is more, this would be a great pair of shoes to carry you through multiple seasons, assuming you live in a moderate climate…
More about Sydney Brown:
Taking a holistic approach to design, Sydney Brown espouses respect for the environment and the wearer without compromising on style. Handmade by artisans in her Los Angeles atelier, the consciously constructed shoes are free of animal products and use eco-friendly materials such as coconut insoles, recycled and sustainable uppers, and reclaimed wooden soles, aiming to create every pair of shoes with a ‘cradle to cradle’ life cycle.
*I got my Black Crane dress via Garmentory (if you use my link, you’ll get $20 to shop, and so will I), but it’s sold out there. Val got one at Maker’s Making recently, they say the have some in store, although only in “coffee” online. I have a black, size medium available in the shop. Otherwise, this dress seems to be selling out everywhere, as I knew it would. That’s Black Crane for you…
AHHHH! I can’t believe I missed the sale! Thank you for the review…I’ve been waiting on word on these.
I love this whole ensemble on you, Grechen!! Very comfy-chic especially with your hair in a pony tail like that.
Do you love this dress? I have one in my “shopping bag” right now but haven’t hit the purchase button just yet. I love many of the pieces you wear on your blog and I’ve gotten so many wonderful pieces because of you! I just like the simplicity of this dress and I can see myself getting tons of use out of it.
I love this outfit! Those shoes are gorgeous, and I always appreciate a shoe that would make me taller.
Grechen Reiter says
Haha! Yes 🙂 thanks dawn!
Grechen Reiter says
She’s offered a few of those big discounts the last six months…keep your eye out 😉
I agree, Henny! I love Grechen’s ponytail. 🙂
And that dress…Ah….SO great! I got mine yesterday!!! The forest color is perfect with my hair, plus the fit is great, floating over my curves, so I don’t have a BIG oversized look, but more “columnar,” if that makes sense. Plus, the fabric is so different from anything I’ve ever had, and it’s cotton so I won’t schvitz through it (I’m a schvitzer…it’s the age thingy.) Thanks for the recommendation! If anyone has questions about sizing, length, etc, please ask. I’m about a size 12 and I got a Large.
I love this outfit! Curious how you’d compare these clogs with No. 6 New School clogs with regard to comfort? I have a narrow foot and the New School works well for me, but I like the clean look of these.
Grechen Reiter says
No6 is much more comfortable sorry to say 🙁 these are also much higher and difficult to walk in. They felt always sort of unstable…I sold them a year or so ago
Thank you! No. 6 it is ?