Like the olive in a martini or the MSG in Funyuns, accessories are more than a simple garnish on your fashion plate: they're the essential spice that kicks couture into gear and makes even last night's wrinkled dress look stylish today. Whip your toes, wrist, collarbone, and elbow nook into shape with today's Groupon: $25 get you $50 worth of shoes, handbags, and jewelry at ShoeFly, the award-winning house of accessories that area shoppers voted Best Indie Shoe Store and Best Boutique for 2009. Though your Groupon is not valid for online purchases, you can get your hands on sale items and style-savvy finds at any of ShoeFly's convenient locations in DC, Arlington, and Bethesda. Stuff your sartorial stockings with today's Groupon or grab a pair of Fryes to stuff your stockings into.
ShoeFly's carefully cultivated shoes are chosen with your individuality in mind, ensuring that you'll find bold styles to suit your special occasions and daily needs. You'll discover hard-to-find shoes from such labels as Camper, MizMooz, Pink Studio, TOMS, and John Fluevog, and bags from Steve Madden, Tano, Melie Bianco, and more. Take credit for Remarque's remarks with a pair of ultra-light comfy slip on canvas shoes ($46) from Toms, patterned with scrawls of "Make Art, Not War." Grab a retro heel ($55) to wear to all your trendy Mad Men–themed parties, or pull on a pair tawny cowboy boots ($68) to winterize your flirty florals. Don't forget to check out the men's shoes too: vibrant K Swiss sneakers ($55) make your boyfriend's ill-fitting jeans seem more flattering.
The friendly fashionistas at ShoeFly are happy to help you find the funky shoe that fits, and are excellent at answering desperate, last-minute accessorizing queries. A chic yellow Vieta clutch ($38) pops against a white T-shirt and jeans, effortlessly delivering intoxicating doses of style to your Saturday brunch duds. A beaded swallow necklace ($36) will dress your early Madonna-inspired outfit with the finishing touch.
Washington Post's Express Night Out readers named ShoeFly the Best Indie Shoe Store of 2009, and Arlingtonians chose ShoeFly for the 2009 ABBIE Award for Best Boutique. Kudzu users give ShoeFly four stars, and Yelpers and two Citysearchers give it 4.5 stars:
- They have a very knowledgeable and friendly staff that can evaluate the way that you run and advise on which products are right for you. – Jesse G., Kudzu
- You can tell that the owner of this little shop handpicks each pair of shoes like a florist chooses her flowers...Cary Bradshaw would love this place. – Jessica B., Citysearch
- This store is super fun. Lots of unique shoes, purses, bags, jewelry in this Clarendon neighborhood shop. Highly recommend if you're looking for something funky! – Jamie D., Citysearch
The Evolution of Protective Foot Coverings
In the late 18th century, the shoe was strictly a utilitarian item designed to protect the foot from the rigors of the untamed terrain, such as oak trees, pits filled with shattered CDs, and lobster tanks filled with piranhas. Men and women covered the bottoms of their feet in tree bark or hardcover novels about Russian vacations in order to brave these harsh grounds. However, after sustaining foot trauma due to the uncomfortable nature of footwear, America needed a better solution.
In 1798, a young American named Wilton Chamberlain invented what closely resembles the modern shoe, made out of ultra-plush designer leather and fastened with rope made from copper pipe. As Wilt invested more time perfecting the shoe, he began experimenting with designer fabrics and alchemy, eventually creating expensive shoes that could be worn to galas, balls, and outdoor rock concerts.
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