Concrete Catwalk // Strappy Ssekos

April 27, 2011

comparing today’s outfit photos with the last ones, i’m realizing that i was feeling a mite uninspired last week.  sometimes when i’m in a little rut, i notice that i reach for lots of neutrals and fall back on tried and true classics – narrow black cropped denim is such a great go-to piece for me, and i have it in multiple variations (as you can see).  by starting with the basics, it is easier to punch up the look with fun prints and accessories that can make it a little more exciting and i also feel like it tides you over until the inspiration strikes again.

wanna know another thing i do that helps make my wardrobe feel re-energized? add a new pair of shoes!  lucky for me, i had a few new sassy sseko sandal straps delivered to my doorstep, and i couldn’t wait to try them out and share them with you!

these are the wild thing metallic sandals, and i thought they were perfect for my safari-esque look! i already own a cute stripey pair of straps that are perfect for preppy or nautical-inspired looks (past outfits here & here), but when the metallic options came out last week, i KNEW i had to give them a try.

there are soooo many things i love about these sandals:

– they are crafted by some of the most amazing young women in kampala, uganda who are working toward saving enough money to attend university (read more about their story here)

– the ENDless amount of ways that you can tie your ssekos make it like a whole bunch of strappy sandals rolled into one… on top of that, the straps are interchangeable, so grab a couple of your favorites and you’ll never be able to use the excuse that they don’t match what you’re wearing!

– the husband and wife team who run the company are some of my favorite people in the whole wide world, and i SO admire the hardwork and dedication that they put into this labor of love

pretty awesome, huh?
what are your favorite strappy sandals for summer?
top – urban outfitters
vest – vintage, thrfited
belt – vintage, was mom’s
necklace – gift from mom
black denim – levi’s from urban outfitters
sandals – c/o sseko designs

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  • Reply hattitude April 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

    ooo i love the way you tied the sandals OVER the pants! why hide the fabulous colours~!! love it

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

  • Reply Pretty, Polished, Perfect. April 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I am totally geeking out over those sandals! You are so stylish and creative…..would you mind terribly if I wore my jeans under the ankle straps of my shoes? :)

  • Reply jessie @ the concrete catwalk April 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    thanks, gals!

    you’re exactly right about hiding the straps, hattie! i wanted to show them off and make them pop!

    erin, you are MORE than welcome to borrow my ideas anytime. :) thanks for your kind words! XOXO

  • Reply the classy turtle ♥ April 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I love those sandals!! so cute to wrap them over your jeans…great idea that I never would have thought of!

  • Reply Bre April 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    You look cute and I love your sandals! I am agree with you heavily about adding new shoes to a wardrobe when we don’t feel very inspired. I’m in a rut as well so thanks for idea.

  • Reply Tabby April 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Wow they are so cute! I read through the website what a great cause. Do you mind letting us know about sizing? I would love to get a pair but I’m weird about buying shoes before I can try them on.


  • Reply Kassandra April 28, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Got a pair of these beauties at Christmas and have only worn them the “traditional” so thanks for the idea. LOVE the couple…met with them to carry Sseko at F:S and they are as genuine in person as on the site. Thanks for telling me about the new straps!!

  • Reply Ashlee April 28, 2011 at 1:21 am

    My favorite strappy sandals? Chacos! Completely unfashionable in normal areas, but a summer staple where I’m from. :)

  • Reply CC April 28, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Love this look!
    My favorite strappy sandals? All of them! I have silver and hot pink and teal and green and tan and rose gold and …. ! I can’t pick one fave they’re all fabulous.

  • Reply Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries April 28, 2011 at 7:00 am

    They are very fun and cute! My favorite strappy sandals are a golden leather number I scored in London! :)

  • Reply Katie Baba Nielson April 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    i have been eyeing this exact pair! love this company and what they are doing!

  • Reply kelsey April 30, 2011 at 12:41 am

    i have never seen anything like those shoes! very cool!

  • Reply jessie @ the concrete catwalk April 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    hey tabby! just wanted to respond to your question about the sizing… i wear a true 9 in most all brands, and that goes as well for ssekos. i think the first closeup photo of my feet above looks like the shoe doesn’t fit very well, but that’s because my right foot is an entire size smaller than my left and i always have to buy to fit the bigger foot. (TMI, perhaps, but just thought i should clarify!) they also carry ssekos in several boutiques around the country, so depending on where you are, you may be able to try them on in person!

  • Reply Between Laundry Days May 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Those are pretty rad. I love how you’ve tied ’em over your skinnies! :)

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