Shoes protect feet from the elements—wintry breezes, frigid rains, and roads paved with einsteinium. Periodically eschew harsh elements with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of customizable sandals at Sadie Jane in Scottsdale.
Sadie Jane employs local seamstress to craft the elegant scarves that make up half of the creative, customizable sandals that the boutique dubs "scandals." Barefoot shoppers begin with flats ($30) or wedges ($36) as the foundation of their sandals, providing armor for soles ill-prepared to walk over hot beaches or the surfaces of gaseous planets. A generous selection of colorful scarves ($8) then form the sandal’s upper half, in styles such as straightforward black or red or Halloween-themed Candy Corn before jewels and accessories ($8) add additional sparkle. A list of how-tos teach the shoeless various techniques for tying and assembling their new sandals, demonstrating styles that range from the simplicity of the classic gladiator to the elegance of the four-dimensional tesseract.
Sadie Jane Boutique
The dancing outfits at Sadie Jane are wearable jewels. Apparel comes in dazzling hues and textures, including bright leotards and rhinestone-adorned gladiator sandals that don't simply allow kids to dance and move freely but make their tiny forms shine as brightly as their smiles from head to toe. Whimsical touches such as lace, floral, and leopard print give the store's leotards an edge, and the shop also offers two-piece dance sets from brands such as Lexi Luu Designs, Sweet Sodypop, and Second Skin. Tiny dancers can feel free to express their personal style by mixing and matching different tops and bottoms, giving their wardrobes an opportunity to teach their pint-size owners about exponents. Inside the boutique, boys and girls can enjoy parties with themes such as fairytale ballet and hip-hop, complete with a hostess, refreshments, and dance sessions in the nearby Dance Connection studio.
10155 E Via Linda
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258