My morning’s begin much the same way everyday. I hit snooze several more times than necessary, read a chapter in my book, chug a glass of lemon and cayenne water, and boil water for tea. I do all of this while my best friend, Smitty, patiently watches- sometimes from his back. The upside of Smitty knowing that he’s tiny? He, under no circumstances other than maybe bacon, will jump from my bed until I pick him up and place him safely on the floor. Downside? When we hit the mean streets of Manhattan, he believes he’s badder than any pitbull on the block.
I used to throw caution to the wind when dressing for dog walking, plucking random articles of clothing from the couch, floor, or front of my closet. And then one day I had the startling realization: people can see me- even with my sunglasses on. I often forget that because I don’t lead the normal life of an office dweller, those people have already gotten up, worked out, and probably brushed their teeth in the time that I’ve lackadaisically brewed dandelion tea. So, as I strolled along with dragon’s breath and clothing that probably didn’t hide the fact that it was last seen on the floor, women wearing pressed and dry cleaned cropped trousers and swinging their shiny freshly blown out hair power walked past. Perhaps I needed to step my game up. Maybe Smitty could wait a few more minutes for me to look more polished for the public.
But tiny dogs have tiny bladders, so I’d needed to find something to put on that checked off three important things: comfort, quick, cute. And then these LAMO suede embellished moccasins made their way into my world. Check, check, check. One of the plights most women of Manhattan face on a daily basis boils down to footwear. Many make the commute in more foot friendly shoes, later switching to the modern day torture devices we refer to as heels. The commuter shoe can be a scary thing. I’ve seen white sneakers, flip flops, UGGs, and scary variations of Crocs. Why must we trade fashion for function? Well, I think these cozy moccasins may be exactly what we’ve all been looking for. You’re welcome.
Photos by Michael Stiegler