While working on the northern coast of Peru in Trujillo, Nisolo founder Patrick Woodyard learned that the city is home to 100,000 shoemakers – most of whom lack access to a global marketplace. And it didn’t take long for this soon-to-be entrepreneur to have his aha moment.

His Nashville-based brand is on a mission to put handmade, classic shoes on your feet, while employing 35 Peruvian workers. Meaning? Ethically produced leather essentials that feel and look good. They also do good by offering beyond fair-trade wages, educational opportunities, and skill-building workshops for the team. Get to know Nisolo in five quick stats.

Brand to Know: Nisolo

Shop these handcrafted classics and make your own impact on Peru in our Nisolo Women’s & Men’s Shoes Boutique, which opened Friday, April 17, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 17, 2015

The first day of fall is nearly here. School is officially in session. Just because. Do you really need a reason to pick up a pair of fit-for-every-man-woman-and-child penny loafers? Because I could go on. But instead, I’ll give you a little history lesson – you know, so you can drop some knowledge when someone (inevitably) admires your new shoes.


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September 10, 2013


Finding a place for all of our shoes? So hard.

Below, heaps of shoe-rganization inspiration from this week’s blogger roundup.

lovely #lohas
Apparently magazine files are useful for more than our aggressive Us Weekly collection.

Truth: Colorblocked wedges are the new bookends.

Live Simply by Annie
An ottoman that functions solely as an ottoman? Never.

Song of Style
If all else fails, pile them into the bathtub.

Who are we missing? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala #bloggerswelove. 

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August 1, 2013

It’s no secret that we here at Rue are kind of obsessed with everything style- and fashion-related. So when our semi-annual Shoe La La Boutique rolls around, you can bet we’re indulging in some major shoe lust. Here, a few of Rue’s most shoe-savvy associates reveal what they’re hoping to add to their collections, stat.


Giuseppe Zanotti leather rose peep-toe pumps. For the days I need a little extra edge on my game.”
– Bev C., Product Analyst 

“The Lanvin bow-tie patent leather pump. The bow adds a ladylike touch and the heel is enough to put the perfect stride in my step.”
– Meredith G., Senior Corporate Concierge

“I’m loving Charlotte Olympia‘s quirky designs. I firmly believe your shoes should make you smile. And with the dainty ankle strap, this pair will be in heavy rotation now through fall.”
– Sam D., Senior Copywriter

“Bruno Magli’s ‘Muznio’ canvas loafer. It’s right on trend for summer and I can see myself dressing it up or down with white pants or light-colored denim.”
– Hung L., Associate Creative Director

“The Fratelli Rossetti patent penny loafer. Dark blue is a great addition to your wardrobe, easy to match but unexpected.”
– Tom W., Vice President of User Experience

Shoe La La: Our Semi-Annual Women’s Sale, Shoe la La: Our Semi-Annual Men’s Sale, and Shoe La La: Steals Under $20, $30, & $40 Boutiques open Wednesday, July 31, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 31, 2013

Fashion is a form of self-expression. So, naturally, the pieces we pick often speak to our likes, loves, and personalities in one way or another. There may be nothing more telling, though, than a pair of shoes. Here’s a look at what your go-to kicks may be telling the world about you.


1. Resort-Hopper: Espadrilles are the go-to vacation shoe. When you slip on a pair with your flowing maxi dress, you’re projecting your passion for jet-setting. You’ve always got that next trip on the calendar.

2. On-the-Go: Comfy shoes are a must for multitasking types who never stop moving. You’re ready to break into the chicest of sprints (even while wearing cuffed jeans and a crisp tee) at a moment’s notice. But only if necessary.

3. Boho: You’re a free spirit who’s always aiming to get back to nature in any way possible. Barefoot would be your preferred mode, but flat, strappy sandals make for a more-than-adequate compromise when you’re wearing your peasant top and denim cutoffs.

4. Femme Fatale: You’re aware of your charms and always step out in heightening, stem-lengthening, curve-enhancing heels. Those skinny jeans, pencil skirts, and party dresses just wouldn’t be complete without them. You’re a heartbreaker – and everyone knows it.

Our OMG. So. Many. Shoes. Boutique opens Tuesday, June 11, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 11, 2013