One of my favorite boot shapes is the bootie – many have crossed my path but none quite as inventive as this pair from Malone Souliers. Late this last summer I visited the shoe brand in London where I met Roy Luwolt and Mary Alice Malone – the two co-owners – who graciously walked me through their vision and creative process. Their mission: hand-made, totally bespoke shoes with Nike-esque support. Needless to say, I found their approach to shoe-making very refreshing and (yes!) even enlightening. There were furry mules (don’t get me started on their mules!), lace ups, pumps – all seemingly classic shapes, but upon closer inspection (and wear) were really in a league of their own. Malone Souliers proves that a girl doesn’t have to forfeit comfort for beauty; better yet she can have her cake and eat it too. Merci MS for a beautiful experience and my custom booties!