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When an ethical fashion brand you love comes out with a shoe with your name, you buy the shoe! The Root Collective came out with these Shelby Loafers this spring and after debating which pair I wanted for a LONG time and then working through my sizing issues. I finally am the proud owner of my namesake loafer flats!
At The Root Collective, they partner with small, independent workshops because they believe that’s where the most impact in communities happen. Their goal is to support existing workshops that are run by local business owners. All of their producers receive beyond fair trade wages.
This model is intentional. Small business has the power to create incredible change in communities through jobs, and TRC wants to support and empower those local leaders to continue to see change through employment. When you buy a pair of TRC shoes or a bag, you are making a direct impact on the lives of artisans in Guatemala.
Initially, I wanted a black pair but the more I thought about my closet’s color palette the more I realized a neutral brown would be a much better addition to my wardrobe. Yes, I do have black in my wardrobe but I have more navy, browns, and other warm tones to coordinate with. The possibilities are endless with these chestnut brown loafers, as you’ll see pairing them with black denim is a breeze too!
I’ve come to the realization that wide-leg-cut pants are the ideal cut of pants for the warmer months. Give me wide leg for all days at 80 or above, otherwise, I’m probably wearing a dress or a skirt. I love how timeless these loafers look with these pants and to top it off with a nice button-down chambray to really drive home the look. Goes from office appropriate to a night out! The point toe loafers look great with a wide leg crop but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing they go with!
Can you wear brown shoes with black denim? Yes. Don’t be afraid to mix and match, these two neutrals really make this look cohesive, modern, and elegant!
This is the perfect fall-ready look, add a cardigan and ta-da! This Fig print of the ByTavi Reverse top is going to go down as my 2021 top, it has the perfect color palette for fall and is ideal with black skinny jeans and a cardigan. This pair of ABLE Skinny jeans are elegant and when paired with the point-toe flats they visually lengthen my legs. At 5’-2” I’ll take all the visual lengthening I can get. When I bought this pair of denim the length was too long for my inseam, so I gave them a step hem or as my husband calls it my mullet jeans. Short in the front & party in the back!
Can I wear loafers with a dress? The answer is YES! Take something casual like a tee shirt dress and pair it with loafers, add a denim jacket and a cup of coffee and you’re ready for a day of meetings or meeting up with friends! This is a great look when you are ready for fall but the weather isn’t quite on board yet. And as you can see I was not bored of pairing my brown shoes with a black dress, seriously you will get a ton of compliments for pairing these neutrals together!
Loafers are a great timeless flat for work or for casual wear. While the style of a loafer may be a bit outside of your comfort zone, this timeless classic will make it back into style again and again. I’m happy to say that even though I only shared 3 looks with you, I’ve found myself wearing these with nearly everything in my closet from tops & bottoms, to dresses, and jumpsuits!
Get a pair of Shelby Loafers for yourself, HERE