I received for review a pair of the Jen + Kim Betsey pumps, a great summer style that has been retired from the collection. They were featured in a L.A. Fashion Week show. The Betseys have a scrunchy elastic ankle strap, a gray-and-white plaid fabric and white leather upper, and a cushioned footbed. All Jen + Kim shoes are custom creations, and are sold at “custom shoe parties” where people choose the design and materials. I dig the idea of owning a pair of shoes that no one else has, and so I was anxious to see a pair of Jen + Kim shoes up close and personal…
Shoe Review: The first thing I noticed was the generous padding. I did not experience one ounce of foot pain the entire time I wore them! They looked great with my skinny cropped jeans, and I swear I was 5 inches taller. However, the heel and platform are plastic which I’ll admit looks a bit cheap, and I did notice some scratches after only one wear. This is an easy thing to fix if you’re ordering Jen + Kim shoes – simply don’t pick plastic! Also, the shoes felt a bit big when I was walking around town in them – my feet slipped on more than one occasion. But I believe this was due to the larger size (they are 9 and I usually wear 8/8.5), not the shoe’s construction. The elastic strap didn’t seem to hold my foot in place, so I would recommend if you are in-between sizes to order one size down.
So if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind shoe that is well-built and provides amazing comfort, I would recommend Jen + Kim Shoes.
About the Company:
The entire Jen + Kim Shoes collection is made by two cobblers in Los Angeles. The company has a passion for keeping things local. The hand-carved wood, locally molded units, leathers and vintage fabrics are all bought from American suppliers.
Both Jen and Kim are from New York, where they originally decided to create custom shoes. However, after careful research they discovered domestic manufacturing was happening in Los Angeles, so they moved there to start their shoe line. Jen and Kim now bring their current collection (consisting of 15 styles) to custom shoe parties – where guests can choose how they want to build their shoes from a wide range of leathers and fabrics. The Collection page shows almost every pair the duo has ever made. The company is planning a wholesale launch this August in order to gain representation in a few key boutiques. Jen + Kim Shoes start at $450, and it takes from 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Visit www.jenandkimshoes.com for more information.