3 Moments in Bold Shoes Feat. Donald J Pliner

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.

Tretorn Dip-n-Dye with Ps & Qs

Scroll on to see the story of the canvas Nylites…

Virgin Nylites

Ready to get in

Adding a little salt

Spraying the Nylites

Dyeing the water GREEEEEEEEEEEN

Bath time!



Dyed and ready for sole tinting

Tinting the soles


This Saturday (7.19) I’m heading over to Ps & Qs for the Dip-n-Dye event with Swedish brand Tretorn. They sent over a pair of virgin Nylites so I could get in on the action early. Since (you may already know) my favorite color is green, I decided to go with a green ombre finish. The terracotta dye worked well to slightly tint the soles with a rusty brown hue. Very subtle. If you’re near Philly on Saturday the event is from 4-8pm. My Nylites will be on display for dyeing inspiration along with dip-n-dye projects from some cool kids (Like Sabir’s). #PsQsNylite

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Not laces.

Shoes: Civic Duty | Not laces: c/o/ HICKIES

But, instead, rubber bands that interlock to turn shoes into slip-ons. VERY convenient.

Photography: Suni Silvan

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Vintage Versace.

Shirt: Versace

Jacket: Kenneth Cole

Pants: Versace

Socks: c/o/ American Trench

Shoes: Giorgio Brutini

Sunnies: Kenneth Cole

Whether talking about home furnishings or showing black leather images.. you may have seen that I love Versace. When Kris and I went to shoot this outfit we found a tub colored with hues complimentary to my Brutini loafers. The shirt and pants are a bit big, but styled well with my fitted leather jacket. It’s always a great day when I dig into my Versace archives. ;)

Photography: Kris McElligott

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Ah, they’re new!

What’s better than wearing uber comfy shoes? Supporting a company that makes uber comfy shoes and gives back to the community. Introducing Ahnu shoes that was founded in 2007. Since Jenny, Jacqueline and Jim started the company they’ve given over $250,000 to charities and community organizations benefiting breast cancer victims, wilderness preservation and more. Ahnu sent these boots my way and I’m excited to blog about them. Typically I like to wear footwear with a little kick (say moon boots or bright orange sneaks), but I really like these simple shoes. They are casual and like I’ve already said… very comfortable. Next time I go on a day trip to NYC or some other city I’ll be sure to wear them for all the walking. Props to Ahnu for supporting charities and community organizations.

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