There was a time in my life where I had quite the shoe collection. I LOVED heels. But my life changed dramatically and I was no longer able to work and my need for beautiful, glorious shoes was no more. That did not stop my lusting over all of the beautiful shoes out there – I just had no cause to buy them. But then I started going to blog conferences and every now and then I had an instance where my cowboy boots were not the ideal footwear. I didn’t have the need for a full shoe wardrobe like I did when I was working but I needed a good, basic dress shoe.
This is why I was so thrilled when Alterre sent me their starter kit to review. In the kit they sent me at no charge I received a pair of grey mules and two different straps; a grey Jackie look and an evening sky Marilyn look. I will explain how it all works as I go on.
When I first heard about these shoes I was fascinated. You have a base – the lift – and it’s either the heel that I have or a slightly lower heeled sandal. It’s available in black, blush or grey and a new design was just added – blush heel or grey sandal with a carnaval heel.
You then develop your wardrobe of looks for your lift. These are available in five designs; Jackie, Marilyn, Tilda, Elsie and Billie. They are easy to put on and change. You can see just how easy below – excuse my messy table!
Alterre sent me the mules and two looks and I’ve subsequently bought two more (and order two more that haven’t arrived yet!) I was impressed with this shoe from the moment I put it on. It’s a comfortable height at 2 1/2″ and the shoes wear like a dream. The leather is high quality.
The shoe has a timeless design that will remain a classic for years to come. The shoe dresses up or down with the look as you can see above from left to right; the Tilda gives it a very casual look if you ask me, the ankle wrapping Marilyn is a very sexy look, the Jackie is a classic “Mary Jane” strap and the Elsie is a more modern look.
What you can’t see in the collage and not even really well in this photo is how beautiful the pattern is on my Elsie strap. It’s called Stingray and it has a delightful sparkle to it.
The soft grey of my lift is a perfect neutral to wear with just about anything. The Starter Kit with the mule or sandal and two looks is $180. You are, in effect, getting three pairs of shoes for that price. Additional straps range in price from $45 to $49.50. You can sign up to become a member – it’s free – and you get 15% off of each order. I’ve done this; it was simple and when I ordered my most recent looks – a Jackie in Malbec, which is a pretty red, and an Elsie in carnaval – I received my discount. I think a red shoe would be amazing!
I’m very happy with my shoes and excited that I have so many different looks in one shoe box. I can wear them with jeans, dresses and skirts. I’ll be styling with my footwear for a long time to come. Thank you Alterre for spiffing up my shoe wardrobe.