Back in the day, when I was a starving writer living in NY, I wrote a little blog called The Shoe Dish. It was at the start of the diary-blogging trend, before home blogs, food blogs and fashion blogs exploded. As you might gather from the title, it was about shoes. I started it for fun, to write about my passion, and to create a portfolio for my writing. It was the little blog that could. Within 6 months I was monetizing the blog with direct marketing campaigns and receiving free product for reviews. I’d even been invited to meet with Steve Madden.
I spent the next 8 years loyally writing that blog. I received a lot of perks in the form of free shoes and the money I made from sponsors helped me survive in a city where a modest income means next to nothing. After 7 years my inspiration for the blog and its hyper-niche topic started to waver. I’d finished school, was working 60 hours a week, and my style and shoe tastes had changed. I kept at it for another 2 years, but the writing was forced and I and my readers could feel it. So late last year, I let it go. The Shoe Dish is still a blog and it’s still about shoes, but it’s not my blog. It was purchased and flipped to capitalize on the readership I’d amassed.
Lately I’ve been thinking about it more and more. My style and tastes have changed, but I still love shoes. I am a wardrobe minimalist. I have a warm-weather and cold-weather Capsule Wardrobe, but shoes are accessories and I want all the shoes. So, I’ve decided that it might be fun to add a little of my shoe love to this blog. It won’t be excessive, but every once in a while you might see a shoe trend update or what’s in my closet, so I wanted to explain where it comes from. So, now you know.
And with that, I bring you my top 8 lace-up gladiator sandals for Summer 2016: