By Cicely Galm
In honor of our upcoming holiday party featuring a create-your-own-shoe-bar from our Japanese rock star brand, U-Dot, Laurel lets us in on what makes them such a special part of Two Sole Sisters.
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CG: How did you start working with U-Dot?
Laurel Tate: We found out about U-Dot via our dear friends at Lines of Denmark who represent the brand in North America. The first thing that caught my eye was the unique packaging; the cylindrical tube really branded itself as a unique product before I even interacted with the footwear. Then, when I saw the shoes and felt the leather, I swooned. I'll never forget when I first saw them in L.A.
CG: As an owner and buyer, why do you choose U-Dot for your store?
LT: I love the artisan feel and the quality of the construction. I also adore the owner, T.J. He's one of my favorite people to meet up with in New York or Las Vegas. He loves dogs as much as we do! And, believe it or not, he and Lindsey both have dogs named Tula!
CG: What kind of shoe would you like to design with U-Dot?
LT: I just designed a shoe for our store! It is my dream shoe and it will be available for everyone in the spring of 2020. It is a slide made in cherry-red cowhide with a black and white, zebra-print leather band across the foot. I love it for its pop of color in a really classic wardrobe. It's going to be my go-to shoe with denim or black pants in the spring!
CG: What makes this Thursday's create-your-own-shoe event so special?
LT: I am excited to watch customers design their own dream shoe. They have the ability to express themselves fully while inventing something that no one else has. My customers are always teaching me and this is yet another experience where I get to watch their creativity unfold and learn what they love. And who doesn't want their own pair of customized shoes?
CG: What would you tell people who have never heard of this brand?
LT: U-Dot is all-day style. The recycled cork and rubber soles are supremely comfortable. They are unique in design, yet easy to wear. And, in supporting U-Dot, you are truly supporting an artisan shoemaker.
CG: Sooooo where can we wear our new U-Dot creations?
LT: I love my U-Dot collection because I can wear my gold slides with black silk pants to a holiday party or I can wear my tassel loafers with jeans to my kid's school events. They're extremely versatile and easy to pack. They're my absolute favorite for travel!
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Still have questions you would like answered? Come talk to Laurel, Lindsey, and U-Dot brand representative, Candy, in person about creating your own dream shoe on Thursday, December 12th!