Dondoks: When Two Paris Showgirls Make Shoes!

I love finding out about new shoe brands. Especially ones that are female-driven & incredibly original, like Dondoks,  designed by two fabulous Parisian show girls with flare!

When shoes are this extraordinary, there’s usually an exciting story behind them. And Dondoks — a Paris-based, Brazillian-made shoe brand — is no exception, as it was born from a deep seeded love and friendship!

Carmen and Charlotte met while working together in wondrous places: as showgirls at the Moulin Rouge, the Lido in Paris and modelling for Jean Paul Gaultier. And of course, they became instant friends!

Both ladies are professionally trained dancers from Mexico and France, respectively. Charlotte, while working, was also studying fashion business at ESMOD in Paris, which helped the duo with creating their brand. And of all places, because she and I are actually fellow alumni!

The ladies’ shared passion for shoes, the Parisian lifestyle & a flair for the exotic is how Dondoks was born. And if anyone is curious as per the name, it comes from a Brazilian expression that means “daddy’s girl”.

The brand’s motto is high quality and high fun & the resulting product is just that!

Colorful & stunningly creative, Dondoks shoes are not your average ho-hum footwear!

The polar opposite of ubiquitous mass production, the Dondoks brand wants to raise awareness of high quality materials & local production and ethical practices. Handmade from stunning leathers & materials in Brazil by artisans, Dondoks’ current Spring/Summer 2018 “Candy Rainbow” collection — composed of 4 shoe designs — embodies fun, glamour & sophistication.

There’s a definite Moulin Rouge feel throughout the collection, which I’m totally here for! I love that their designs are whimsical & girly, yet not unwearable. They have girly pink frou-frou styles, yet you can also achieve the same vibe in more neutral colorways such as black & peach. And as all shoes should, they will add panache to any of your outfits this season!

As per the fit of the shoes, they do work best for a slim to medium sized foot. The black & white Mely sandal fits true to size, while the Frida flat (pictured in this post in blue and emerald), does fit rather small.  I would size up. Each pair of  shoes is shipped in a solid color-blocked shoe box & includes a pink branded satin shoe bag.

Reblogged from shoe-tease.com

Xoxo,

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Vayarta Shoes are the perfect travel shoe

Packable, comfortable, and insanely chic, these unisex loafers are the one pair of shoes you need to take on your next trip.

Nothing has the potential to derail a good packing job like a pair of shoes. There’s only so much stuffing, squeezing, and—for lack of a better word—smushing they can take before you have to either give up and leave them at home, or take everything out of your suitcase and start over again. And while I love a great packing challenge, I love a packing solution more, which is why I was so excited to discover what just might be the perfect travel shoe.

Vayarta loafers are many things: Handmade (in ultra-soft leather by local artisans in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), hand-dyed (in colors that range from soft blush to bright cobalt to basic black), and unisex. They’re also utterly simple, with clean lines and a minimalist design that manages to be eye-catching in its restraint. The shoes are the brainchild of Maryam Nassir Zadeh boutique co-founder Uday Kak and brand partners Sarada Ravindra and Andre Wiesmayr, who were looking to design an elevated version of the everyday loafer. What they’ve also done is create a travel shoe that eliminates the need for pretty much any other footwear.

You can pack them in your suitcase (the soft soles make them infinitely more smushable than your traditional loafers) or wear them on the plane, where their lightweight, slipper-like design will keep you comfortable no matter how long your flight is. And once you land, pair them with wide-leg trousers and a crisp button-down, cropped skinny jeans and a silk top, a floral summer dress, or your beach uniform of cutoffs and a striped tank—in other words, the extra outfits you were able to pack with all that free space.

Shop their latest designs at : https://vayarta.com