Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hester van Eeghen Shoes and Boots - For The Men

Hester is a firm believer that men should be able to express themselves with color just as much as women do.  Her shoe collection for men gives them the opportunity to do so in a confident and stylish way.

My husband has a pair of the multicolored suede boots in two shades of turquoise blue (yes, like Elvis) and they look amazing on him. I want him to get a pair of the black leather boots with the purple elastic insets next, I love those.

What do you think? Would love to hear your opinions!

P.S. Remember, you can get these shoes by going to Hester's new store for men on Hartenstraat in Amsterdam. Sadly, the store does not ship to the U.S., nor are they available in the online boutique.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hester van Eeghen Shoes and Boots - The Sequel

If there is one thing Hester loves as much as handbags, it is shoes. And her enthusiasm goes way beyond your typical female fashionista's weakness for a gorgeous pair of heels.

As a child Hester was entitled to one pair of shoes a year. If she wanted any more she had to buy them herself. So all the extra pocket money she earned was spent on beautiful shoes. "They were like showpieces in my room," Hester shared. "I would postpone putting the shoes on my feet for at least a few days so I could look at them. I even took my new shoes to bed with me the first few nights. I placed a shoe on either side of my pillow so that I could smell the new leather and see the beautiful little works of art no matter which way I turned my head."

I must admit, as a child I spent my money on albums (yes, actual LPs) not shoes like Hester. I didn't develop my footwear passion until I was much older. But I love them now and I personally have four pair of Hester's boots and one pair of shoes. I would have more shoes, but every time I have the luck to be in Amsterdam I always see a new pair of boots I must have, and I am partial to boots.

Hester's shoe and boot designs are in large part influenced by her background. "Dutch women are quite active and prefer flat shoes. We are not used to bicycling in high heels!" Hester said with a smile. "I do design high heels, but I call them 'sit shoes.' Still, I have always liked the combination of grace and comfort and I design with that objective."

Here are more photos of Hester's wonderful designs!*

Next's all about the men!


* Remember, you need to visit Hester's shoe store in Amsterdam to acquire her footwear! They do not ship to the U.S. and they are currently not available in the online boutique.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hester van Eeghen Shoes - Yes, Shoes!

I have to warn you right now, that this is the first in a series of posts that may leave you with pangs of envy. You might spend the next 24 hours plotting a way to re-route your next vacation to Amsterdam. Because unless you have easy access to that most wonderful Dutch city, you will have a hard time acquiring these objects of desire.

That is why I haven't mentioned before that Hester van Eeghen not only designs the most creative and artful handbags in the world (my opinion), she also designs shoes.

In 2001, Hester's passion for shoes was channeled into her very own shoe and boot designs. And ten years after she opened her flagship Amsterdam store for handbags at Hartenstraat 37,  she opened her store dedicated to shoes down the street at Hartenstraat 1.

Hester van Eeghen's master Italian craftsmen produce such small quantities of each shoe that you rarely will see precisely the same leathers in the same design. In fact, chances are that the exact shoes featured in the photos I am posting below may not even exist today--but I guarantee you that a pair equally as magical will be there in her store. And as you might expect from Hester, her shoes are unique, expressive and charismatic.

And now, a little eye-candy!*

More photos of shoes and boots, including styles for men, will be coming soon in my next posts.


* Remember, you need to visit Hester's shoe store in Amsterdam to acquire her footwear! They do not ship to the U.S. and they are currently not available in the online boutique.