Living purposefully has completely changed the way that I see clothing. It’s not about putting an end to shopping. It’s all about knowing which brands shop from. For me, that means making the most out of the items that I use. If there’s any brand that know how to do that, it’s Alterre. The brand created interchangeable shoes that can all be mixed and matched to create your perfect style. This might just seem like a quirky way to sell shoes, but it’s much more than that.
Before I start my love letter to this brand, let me explain what I mean by interchangeable shoes. Each style has a base, which is the sole and heel of the shoe, and an accessory to give it a little extra. The shoes that the brand shared with me have an ankle strap to attach and a tassel strap. You hook the accessory underneath the shoe, hook it into place, and wear the shoe as normal. Basically, instead of getting two different pairs of shoes, I have four.
“We’ve created over 500 interchangeable combinations for ambitious women who won’t let anything get in their way. Including their shoes,” the press release says.
Alterre offers interchangeable shoes in tons of different styles. There’s closed-toe heels, flats, and even a brand new spring line filled with the cutest platforms. The brand has just as many shoe accessories too. Each shoe comes with one base and accessory, but you can stock up on as many as you’d like.
I absolutely love the idea of making the most of a shoe. Not only does it save room in my closet, but it also helps the environment. You no longer need ten pairs of black shoes that are “totally not the same.” You can get one black base and as many different straps as your little heart desires. Actually, there’s 57 of them to be exact. You even get a little Alterre bag to put them all in, so you don’t lose them.
Just like all things in my life, these interchangeable shoes are more than just about looks. FoundersHarmony Pilobello and Shilpa Iyengar had the environment and social change in mind when they created the brand.
Alterre is made with Fair Trade labor, reduces the demand for materials, is made with recycled materials, and donates five percent of profits to Restore NYC — a non-profit organization that provides long-term rehabilitation to victims of sex-trafficking in New York.
Trafficking is something that I’ve learned a whole lot about in the recent months. It all started with Dressember and has continued with brands like My Sister and now Alterre. Trafficking is common and it’s a problem right here in our country, state, and even hometown. It’s something that I urge you to get involved in, because it doesn’t get talked about enough.
Now back to the shoes, because that’s what you’re really here for. I was sent the Black Suede Mule with Marilyn in Black Suede and the Mist Grey Sandal with Billie in Malbec. At first, I was extremely skeptical of how these would work. I was worried that they would be hard to assemble or just simply not practical. Boy, was I wrong. As soon as I took these shoes out of the boxes, I was instantly intrigued. It’s fun to mix and match. I love being able to control the look and feel of the shoe. Plus, I love having options.
The shoes work well, because, well, they were made for you. According to the website, Pilobello and Iyengar created this line for women, inspired by women, and to benefit women.
“Our shoes are inspired by strong women and the many roles they lead. We’ve even named our looks after women we admire. Muses include headstrong socialite Elsie de Wolfe and Billie Holiday, who inspiringly overcame a tough childhood and became a jazz icon.”
This shoe is more than just a way to look good. The interchangeable shoes are a way to take control of what you look like, save some room in your closet, helps trafficking survivors, and support female business owners. If that’s not enough, then maybe the look of these shoes will win you over.
No matter what your reason for buying is, I hope that this post inspires you to dig deeper into the brands that you buy from. Anyone can take your money. Not just anyone will make sure that your dollar is going the furthest that it can.