While in college, I spent a portion of one summer backpacking through Greece. One of the greatest things I learned about myself through taking that trip is how to pack. Yes, there were also some monumental personal growth experiences, but my sartorial growth is something worth noting. See, I packed for comfort. And regretted it immensely. I only had one or two outfits that made me feel cute and my shoes were, well…they were functional. They weren’t cute. For some reason, I felt that fashion had to take a vacation the moment I took a vacation. Lesson learned. Always pack for cute. Always.
Oh, how I wish I would have had Painted Bird there to help me. Jennifer Samson and Nicole Halpern utilized their combined fashion, design, and pr backgrounds when developing these gorgeously artisan crafted and hand crocheted shoes. These are the kinds of shoes that make you feel like your absolute best self, no matter where you might be walking. The thalia and the broadway are EXACTLY what I needed that summer traipsing through the streets of Greece. Truth be told, they are exactly what I need as my current “Endless Summer” takes me from here to there, and back again. Oh, Painted Bird. You inspire me from my tips to my toes.