Archive for October, 2008

Blue state, red state; blue shoe, red shoe??

Although I wouldn’t go so far as to count a presidential nominee’s fashion sense as an important factor, one can’t deny that a candidate’s wardrobe does have some resonance. Al Gore’s sweaters, Hillary’s pantsuits, Sarah Palin’s eyeglasses? Beyond the nominees, however, I’m wondering about voters. Is there a particular style more common among Republicans than Democrats? One could perhaps argue that the former is more “conservative” or “traditional” than the latter — sweater sets v flannel shirts, perhaps –but is that just a worn-out stereotype? (After all, as Colin Powell and Joe Lieberman have shown, maybe sometimes a label is just a label…) And, how does that translate into footwear? For example, I wonder if Republican customers are more drawn to classic brands like Delman and French Sole, while liberals favor local labels like Manimals or Toms. Share your thoughts (if you feel comfortable that is, of course…)!


October 20, 2008 at 8:41 PM 1 comment

“Mawwiage is…”


So, I’ve been to several weddings in the last few months and watched the Princess Bride last night (hence the post title…), and I got to thinking about wedding attire. I confess, I’m not very au courant in terms of bridal footwear.  What do people wear?  White, shoes matched to their dress, flats, high heels?  What about ceremony v reception? We’ve had a few women over the years write in to tell us they were buying Barefoot Tess shoes for their wedding (which we LOVE), but I want to know what you think.  Are there any shoes we have currently that you think would be appropriate?  (Even better, have you worn any for the walk down the aisle?!)  I recently saw this stunning dress on one of my favorite blogs – Brooklyn Bride – and think i can picture it with one of these shoes.  thoughts?

October 8, 2008 at 9:54 AM 3 comments

BFT Ambassadors: Thank You, Merci, Gracias, Danke, Spasibo!!

                      SPREAD THE ‘BFT’ WORD!!

Every now and again, we find that a wonderful Barefoot Tess customer has written in to a fashion blog or website about us. We see we’re getting a lot of referrals from a particular site, and then, when we check it out, there is a post about us! We can’t tell you how much we appreciate this – it really helps our business. As a small company with a niche market, we rely heavily on all of your to help SPREAD THE WORD.  Unfortunately, we usually never know who to thank for this priceless press. Here’s your chance to go from unsung hero to appreciated ambassador.  Send us the link to any blog, website, newsletter, newspaper story about BFT that you helped make happen, and we will send you a thank you gift of 10% off your next purchase.  (If you don’t have one yet, see if you can make it happen!!)

October 6, 2008 at 4:27 PM Leave a comment

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