I'm regularly offered products to blog about but almost always turn them down, but when Alyssa kindly offered me a pair of Aurora Shoes from her family company, I knew I had to say yes. I mean, look at them! Alyssa had been following this blog and a pinterest board for a while, and noticed I had a thing for flat shoes and simple style in general, and would I like to try a pair of Auroras?
Ordering a pair of these shoes is different. Like the best restaurants, there are just a few styles on the 'menu' to choose from. Then you trace both feet onto a piece of card and post them to the shoemakers, in Aurora, New York. The shoes take a while to make, because they are crafted around your tracings and are therefore made just for you. They arrive in a simple brown box, inside a calico bag, with your tracings included and a handwritten note. At first they are a snug fit, but are designed to gradually mould to your feet after a week or so of wearing. Unlike most things you buy these days, they are designed for the long-term.
My shoes arrived yesterday and they are already my favourite pair. I've worn them to the swimming pool, in the garden, to the city and to interview someone for an article. I love their classic shape and style, and they're getting more comfortable with every wear. They really do go with everything. I love them.