This post is in partnership with Donald J Pliner. All views and opinions are my own.
When I was in high school I used to go shopping with my grandma, who I now call Glamie, all the time. She considered me her stylist which I held at a high honor. Previously she wore a lot of black and I would say, “grandma how about color?!” Over time she more color diverse sartorial choices and now hardly ever wears black. I remember finding a pair of purple suede loafers one day shopping with Glamie and we both instantly knew she had to have them. Donald J Pliner designed the shoes and I was an instant fan. Glamie had already bought his shoes before, but I was a new customer. When I got home I searched for his website and discovered beaded dress shoes and buckled loafers – I was hooked.
Throughout high school I bought a pair here and there. My mother surprised me with presents when I received honor roll certificates and other academic awards. One time she got me a pair of zebra printed loafers with a croc embossed trim and silver buckle. I wore them to a National Art Honor Society ceremony. WOW, were they a hit!
Over the years I’ve collected a handful of DJP shoes that represent special moments in my life and tell a story of their own. I keep all of the shoes neatly packed in dust bags, boxed and stored in my shoe closet.
This season I’ve teamed up with Donald J Pliner to share some of the new fall 2017 styles while sharing a new moment in my life. I wore the Sansone boots in black brushed suede for a weekend in New York with my friend David. He recently started a new site website called Very Good Light that shines light on men’s beauty. For his website David asked me to appear in the launch video with a handful of empowered men – I was honored to be involved! I wore the boots to the shoot and around that weekend and let me say, they are VERY comfortable. The boots are now a reminder of a special day that I spent with friends as we celebrated a new accomplishment. I can’t wait to buy them in sand brushed suede next.
Just like in high school when my DJP shoes complemented special days, my fall 2017 styles continue to stand with me for those precious memories.