Label: Milk & Honey Middle East
If the prospect of customizing your shoes from scratch- much like building your Subway sandwich excites you, if you’re a closet shoes designer, if you frequently indulge in shoe porn and occasionally display a starry eyed glaze when someone mentions designer shoes, then you MUST head over to Milkandhoneyshoes.com
Milk what?! You ask. Founders (and sisters) Ilissa and Dorian Howard explain the mystery behind the brand and its concept.
“The land of milk & honey is a utopian place, a place of ideal perfection. We figured if you could actually create your own shoes, and have everything the way you wanted it, it would be an ideal place – Paradise! It is a way of empowering women to have what they desire and therefore to fulfill their potential.”
So what exactly does Milk And Honey Shoes Offer?
“We have a very simple belief that women want a say in the fashion they buy. That they want to have some control over the choice they have. From that simple idea, Milk & Honey Shoes was born. We provide the templates for women to create their perfect shoes.”
Founded in 2010, milkandhoneyshoes.com is a website dedicated to bringing custom-designed
shoes to women everywhere. The focal point of this new site is a revolutionary shoebuilder that allows women to create and design their own shoes. In addition to this, the new milk & honey site offers an entire “ready-to-wear” section with pre-made shoes where customers can modify color and heel height. There’s also an “inspiration gallery” where women can see examples of shoes that can be made using the shoebuilder.
“The Milk & Honey Shoes client is a forward thinking, fashion forward woman. She knows what colors she likes, what styles look best on her legs and what heel heights she enjoys. She doesn’t follow trends, but rather prefers to create trends herself. She can be conservative or wild. She can add her own twist to classic style. And we ship worldwide so are excited to be able to allow women everywhere access to our unique services.”
How did the brand come about?
The Howard sisters always dreamed of two things – an apartment in New York City to share
and a closet full of glamorous, gorgeous shoes… not to share. After graduating from Colgate University, Ilissa moved to the city and, while Dori was still at NYU, the two moved to the West Village to begin their journey.
While Dori launched her career in the entertainment industry working for companies such as Miramax, New Line and Paramount, Ilissa, always a dreamer, was captivated by the toy industry and fulfilled her passions in marketing and product development at companies such as Mattel and Disney. Film eventually sent Dori to Los Angeles while the world of toys sent Ilissa on trips around the world.
Always the fashion forward and adventurous sister, Ilissa continued her extensive traveling and, along the way, discovered little shops with skilled artisans who could create custom made pieces to her exact specifications. Most importantly, she was able to find cobblers to make shoes exactly the way she had envisioned. This discovery brought them back to their early dreams.
What will the shoes look like?
“Our best presentation tool is our website – www.milkandhoneyshoes.com. From there women can chose from our signature collection and customize color and heel height or use our shoebuilder to create their perfect shoe. They first start by choosing pumps, sandals, wedges, flats or boots. From there they have the choice of toe options, back and straps, embellishments, heel height and size.”
Shoes are offered in a vast array of styles – from ballet flats to studded stilettos in luxurious materials including lambskin leather, sleek patents, lush velvets, sophisticated snakeskin and fun glitters. They also offer an assortment of animalfriendly products such as faux leather, ultrasuede and snakeskin lookalikes. Milk & honey also offers an entire line of bridal shoes for the discerning bride who knows exactly what she wants. Bridesmaids’ shoes are also available and provide uniformity without conformity.
Milk and Honey Shoes is based in California but has now set up shop in the Middle East as well!
“Middle Eastern women are among the most fashionable women out there. They care both about couture and quality. We are excited that our shoes are finally starting to connect in the Middle East!”
How much will it cost and how long will it take?
The price of the shoes depends on the options you choose but start at US$190 (AED 695) and go up from there. From the submission of the design to the actual delivery it takes 4 – 6 weeks.
How To order:
The shoes can be designed and order from www.milkandhoneyshoes.com
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