Ink Shoes, Shoe Designer Of The Week

Ink shoes by Berncchini, is an Italian handmade footwear brand that was originally created for men in it’s humble beginnings in 1905.


It is now a third generationally owned shoe company, that is internationally sold, but is exclusively handmade by Italian Artisan shoe cobblers.



The brand now creates handmade master pieces for both men and woman alike, not falling short in each seasons’ designs.



The craftsmanship and detail worked into these shoe works of art are both timeless and impeccable……



If you love a good handmade shoe that will last and age with you , like we do…..then try Ink shoes on for size when you look to buy your new shoes!

xoxo Sole Shoe Boutique

Celebrities wearing hijab abaya is quite interesting!


First up is Kim Kardashian during her trip to Dubai, where her and mother both covered up like the natives.


Next up is pop star Janet Jackson, who has married Qatari born millionaire Wissam Al mana. I think both ladies look quite beautiful in the abaya to be honest.

xoxo Sole Shoe Boutique

How do you wear your cowboy boots?


Shirt: Carven
Boots: Old Gringo
Hat: Hat company
Crossbody handbag: Foley & Corinna
Jeans: Gold Sign

Tag us with your cowboy style instagram: @soleshoeboutique Twitter: @soleshoebtq Facebook: Sole Shoe Boutique

xoxo Sole Shoe Boutique

Pleats Please!






Pleats Please, as I understand is a new brand by Issey Miyake , but that’s not the topic of today’s post. I wanted to mention how much I love pleats. I mean don’t get me wrong they look fantastic, chic, brings out the beauty in a garment or curtains, or even furniture upholstery , but why are they so darn hard to perfect when hand sewing them into a “garment master piece to be”!

I’ll have to be honest , when I used to sew back in the days ( late teens, early twenties) not that I’m that old now 😉 , I surely wrecked my share of garments trying to make a pleated master piece. From what I’ve recently learned is that if you’re going to attempt to make a pleated garment by hand , then it has to be perfect step by step, or else if you miss one step then you’ll have to start all over :0 ( now how many normal people have time for that?!).

The other way to perfect pleating is to actually use a pleating machine , which I didn’t even know existed , and if I had known back then, maybe I could have purchased one and saved myself some unnecessary headache!

At any rate I love pleats and I think they are an essential pattern that every woman should own in a garment. Pleats can be worn formally, casually and any way in between.

xoxo Sole Shoe Boutique

Sunglasses a Chinese invention?


So as I understand it sunglasses were originally only worn by the rich, they originated in ancient china and were introduced to the west by the Chinese .
The first sunglasses were actually a crude slab of smoked quartz.
The people back then used to wear them to protect their eyes from the sun as well as hide their feelings (what a clever idea!)
Now there used to protect ones eyes from the sun and ones black eye!

The shades we have grown to love were first worn in the 1920’s and 1930’s by the Hollywood stars sporting them.

 The shades grew in popularity in the 1960’s and 1970’s where sunglasses sales soared
Now thanks to the Chinese for this wonderful fashionable accessory slash nesessity , along with thousands of companies from expensive to inexpensive producing them everyone and their mom can decorate or just simply protect their eyes.


STRIPED suits are fine.


Because we are in the 21st century, they have become a pedestrian sight in the City.

Bankers, lawyers and businessmen sport them.

Pinstripes mean business. Chalk stripes don’t mean Al Capone.

Their vertical stripes are a positive if you are short

It will elongate your silhouette and accentuate your height.

But stripes can also be horizontal.

Now fast backward to the 13th century – the Medieval times.

Prostitutes, prisoners, clowns, hangmen and “the condemmed”  wore the striped garment.


In 1310, stripes were evil and it all started in France.

A cobbler was sent to death because he had been caught in striped clothes.

That man, was believed to be a member of the local clergy.

Michel Pastoureau  recounts the incident in his book –  The Devil’s Cloth.

The French scholar explains that  the first incident happened when two monks from Palestine came to Paris wearing brown and white horizontal striped cloaks.

The Carmelites did not expect to kick up a fuss  by wearing their official  robes.

Quickly, they became to be called  the barred brothers and Pope Boniface VIII banned the striped clothing from all religious orders.

The 12th and 13th century were definitely not a time to sport stripes.


They had a diabolical quality, a demeaning and pejorative  aura.

Even the zebra (which back then was not seen but heard of) was perceived as an evil creature.

So there you have it. The French would not hear of it, they wanted white cloaks.

The beast of Gévaudan was terrorizing the French countryside and it must have been a diabolical creature as it could not be striped!

Pastoureau believes that there must be a reason why people don’t want to wear them and he cites a verse from the Bible.

“You will not wear upon yourself a garment that is made of two.”

He thinks it’s possible that medieval Christians read it and interpreted it (yes, interpreted it).


Now, fast forward to the 18th century and stripes have become chic.

In France, receiving your guests between 1799-1804, meant you had to set up a striped Egyptian tent in your living room.

It was the height of elegance.

Iconic fashion designers such as Coco Chanel pioneered the striped sweater.

But way before that, Queen Victoria dressed her four-year old son – Albert Edward – in a sailor suit to board the Royal Yacht.

The nautical look grew – swimmers took to the style and men’s fashion  picked up on the trend.

In fact in 1858, the Act of France, introduced the uniform for all French seamen, in Brittany.

The breton stripe was born.


By the 1930′s, the navy and white stripes started spreading like wild fire.

Whilst being seen as a mariner attire, the influential Coco Chanel decided to sell the stripes at her shop  in Deauville.

But what triggered the stripe craze was when she was spotted wearing a striped top and palazzo pants.

That was it –  the Nautical stripe flourished.

In the 60s, stripes were seen as being rebellious.

Hipsters and people who question the fashion establishment sported them.


These days, we have seen the resurgence of them.

Designers from Marc Jacobs to Acne and Gucci are re-using the stripe for their new collection.

It’s interesting to know how much the breton stripes have gone through in history, considering how nonchalant we are about them.

Parisian chic, some say. Nautical connotation  to others.

There’s one thing for sure – the breton stripes have sailed tumultuous seas but nowadays, you can rest them on their laurels.

Pin stripes, chalk stripes and bretons stripes still bring images of bankers, Al Capone and French seamen

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