A good pair of shoes is hard to find. Everyone’s feet are slightly different, sizes vary, quality of material varies. Since I work at home, I probably wear shoes more infrequently than the average person. But, I still need to go out from time to time, and that requires shoes.
Luckily for me, I recently found not a just a good pair of shoes, but a great pair of shoes. Handmade in Peru, the Nisolo Smoking shoe is super comfortable, well-made, and decently priced.
Nisolo Smoking Shoe in Noir
My friend actually told me about the brand (she was raving about it), and gave me a $25 discount referral code (thanks!). I wanted a pair of black flats to replace my well-worn BR flats, but didn’t actually want a ballet flat. The smoking shoe fit the bill. It can go casual with jeans (not that I wear jeans that much) or work well with a business casual look. If you need to go professional and don’t like heels, I think you could pull these off, too.
The shoes are made from leather, leather, leather and there’s a rubber cap on the heel to keep it from wearing out too quickly. The insole has a bit of cushioning and arch support, to make the shoes more comfortable.
I ordered a size 10, the largest size available, and crossed my fingers that they would fit. They did, with a tiny amount of room on the sides, so I hope they don’t stretch out too much as I wear them.
The leather of the shoe isn’t super stiff right out of the box, which is nice, but I do get the sense that they will need a bit of a break-in period before I can walk miles and miles in them (which I can easily do in my BR flats at the moment).
The company’s stated commitment to making the fashion industry more sustainable attracted me to Nisolo. Like Everlane, they share the production process of their products on their site and describe the company’s mission.
The shoe are also great. I can see these lasting for a long time, and when the heels wear out or whatever, they’d be easy to bring to a shoe repair shop for a fix.