You want to know when a neighborhood has been fully gentrified? The coffee shops are just the beginning. Independent boutiques selling locally-made goods I can get down with. And you know I love a good farm-to-table restaurant. But you really know a neighborhood has been gentrified when a J. Crew moves in and you see girls tilting down the street in high heels. Both of those things are completely unecessary and even harmful. That’s the way it’s tipped in the past year down on Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, where the glass-condo residents in sparkly mini skirts and heels bounce from bar to bar, and Hummer limos can be seen idling next to food carts blasting EDM.
One of the things I love about Brooklyn is that it is (was) a place where heels weren’t necessary. Nay, they were frowned upon. I love going out during the day and night and walking into any bar or club wearing sneakers or flat boots, ready to dance all night then take the pleasant, 30-minute walk home to my apartment without wanting to shriek at my date because of shooting pain in my feet. Is that Brooklyn going away? Not if I can help it.
So this outfit may look super casual to some, but I wouldn’t think twice about putting it on for a Friday night out with my friends.
Fortress of Inca shoes are made by fairly-paid artisans in Peru with Peruvian leather, wood, and rubber. They have high-quality insoles, so they are incredibly comfortable. I have another pair that I wore all week at Burning Man with joy.
I wore this hip pack out on Halloween night, and it performed exactly as promised! I fit my cash, credit card, ID, subway card, a tiny hair brush, chapstick, ear plugs and cell phone inside.
Hipsters for Sisters vegan leathers are made from polyurethane – rather than harmful PVC – and are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, meaning they are free from organic solvents, odors and environmental toxins such as formaldehyde, pesticides, phenols, chlorine, heavy metals, carcinogenic and allergy-inducing dyes. Their bags are lined with 100% Certified Organic Cotton Twill and dyed with certified earth-friendly dyes.