Working from home and moving from city to city over the past couple years, I've quickly realized that Internet and Instagram would play a major part in the way I'd meet new friends.
But little did I know that I would find not one but four amazing ethical fashion bloggers in my new hometown!
I've had the chance to collaborate with Ellie last year and was honored to be on a panel with Allison, Andrea and Ellie last spring during the Sustainable Fashion Forum.
This time, we're reunited for a special collaboration with a brand I've had on my radar for a few years now: Nisolo.
Nisolo is an ethically-sourced leather shoe brand that supports craftsmen in Peru. The leather they use is a by-product of the meat industry and the brand follows eco-friendly waste disposal practices.
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The Paloma Mules
For my first pair of Nisolos, I decided to play it safe and chose a tried-and-true style: mules! So that's how I added the Paloma Mules in brandy to my fall closet.
I like to wear mules and clogs with crop pants, or to just roll up the bottom of my jeans and leggings (who else thinks showing one's ankles is sexy?).
I haven't been very adventurous for this first try and opted for a monochromatic outfit to pair them with, but I got more accustomed to them over the next couple days and have been playing around quite a bit with my fall capsule wardrobe (to be continued...).
The brandy color is a classic and pairs really well with blues and browns alike.
I usually have a hard time ordering the right size for shoes so I figured chosing a mule would be a safe bet.
I ordered my actual size (8) and it was the right choice. They fit perfectly!
My feet were pretty sensitive after I came back from a long hiking trip and the Palomas were the first pair of "closed" dress shoes I was wearing after the summer. So I did get a blister on my toes the first time I wore them.
I then decided to wear them at home with a pair of socks for a little while and now they fit like a glove!
If you have sensitive feet like me, you can try this solution or use an anti-chafe balm.
The leather seems prone to scratching. This is not my first pair of leather shoes, so I'm not mad about it. Just like a leather jacket, they will gain more character over time. And I've got my true-and-tested (Portland made) shoe care kit to give them some TLC when the time comes.
I did add a sole protector to the naked leather to protect it from the elements and make sure my Nisolos would last a lifetime.
If you're considering getting a pair for yourself, I honestly highly recommend them. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them!
And, last but not least, make sure you follow me on Instagram because the ladies and I have a special surprise TOMORROW for you and your best friend!
Now head over to the girls' blogs to read about their own experience. From left to right:
- Ellie | Selflessly Styled who chose the Emma Oxfords
- Andrea | Seasons + Salt who, like me, chose the Paloma Mules
- Allison | The Thoughtful Closet who chose the Chelsea boots
This article is part of a collaboration with Nisolo, who gifted me a pair of shoes. This post is NOT sponsored, but when you shop via some of the links I will make a small commission. Thanks for supporting the carefully selected brands that support Conscious by Chloé!
Pictures by Kiara Rose Photo.