Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In These Shoes: Sigerson Morrison

My love affair with designer shoes began in the summer of 2000, when I walked into the Sigerson Morrison store in Nolita. I walked out with a pair of purple metallic stilettos (which I still own) and a new favorite shoe brand. I've been a loyal Sigerson Morrison customer ever since; I'd say I average a pair a season of shoes from either their namesake line, or from Belle, their lower-priced line. What I love about their shoes is that they're minimal and chic but interesting, and--key when you live in NYC--you can always walk in them. They're not the sexiest in my closet, but they're the ones I find myself turning to again and again, and as noted earlier, they last forever, a quality amplified by the fact that they're not too overtly trendy. But, alas, all good things must come to an end. Sigerson Morrison the brand will live on, but founders Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison are leaving the company [subscription required]. The duo actually sold the company to Marc Fisher Footwear five years ago but has since stayed on as creative directors; according to the above article, they were shown the door on Monday. And according to this article [subscription required], Marc Fisher is looking to revamp the brand, bring in a new creative team, and likely lower price points. I'm going to try to keep an open mind about all of this, but considering how much love I have for Sigerson Morrison, Marc Fisher has some, ahem, big shoes to fill.

The founders' last collection for Sigerson Morrision will be the fall 2011 line, so I'm taking that as an excuse to snap up as many pairs of shoes by them as I can. I'm going to start with these bone white sandals, which you have likely already seen in umpteen fashion magazines this spring. I love the chunky, sturdy heel and the overall mod look--they're the perfect summer sandal, especially if you want something more sophisticated. I promise to love, honor, cherish, and resole them to make them last forever. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope the design team can continue on a smaller scale somewhere else!