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PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

Boots are the perfect symbol for style, sex-appeal and elegance. Coco Chanel said it best when she proclaimed “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.”

But what about comfort? The human foot is made of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Forcing fancy design on this masterpiece of engineering is no easy task. So what’s a girl to do to look on-style without pain?

In steps NOTTEVERA. Our designers have mastered the art of beautifying and comforting the human foot. Our quality Italian artisan-made boots and pumps are carefully crafted taking into account the reality of a wearable shoe that protects and supports the foot.

Take our ultra-feminine Diamante Suede Boot for example. As with all of our shoes, this boot began as a vision from our designer’s imagination that incorporated the signature style of our brand, current trends and other global influences - while taking into account first and foremost wearability. It not only looks insanely good, it also is extremely comfortable.

Here’s why:
  • Although it sports a 4” heel, the heel is wide enough to provide good stability for the ankle.
  • It has a firm heel counter providing adequate ankle support.
  • It isn’t too tight around the ankle.
  • It is just wide enough for your foot to offer a comfortable fit, preventing blisters and corns.
  • Last but not least, it fits perfectly when wearing socks.Shoes | NOTTEVERA

“A woman expresses herself first and foremost inside the shoe, that’s why our shoes are designed to respect the human foot. While aesthetically very pleasing, the true beauty of our boots is in their functionality. They are true wearable objects of style said NOTTEVERA Founder & CEO Sam Hinedi.

But don’t just take our word for it. Get your own pair risk-free at nottevera.com. We offer free shipping and free returns on all orders, because if you don’t look and feel good, we don’t look and feel good.

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THE 5-MINUTE MAKEOVER

Everyone is pressed for time, we get it. We would all love an extra hour a day, but since that can only happen once a year, we have to think of the next best thing: a quick way to get ready and look great from the office to a night out with the girls.

The 5 minute makeover - NOTTEVERA

Start your ensemble with a cocktail dress crafted with a modest neckline. Think cowl or a not-too-scandalous V-neck rather than something strapless or one-shouldered. Now zip up an above-the-knee A-line skirt on top of that dress to turn it into a blouse for the work day. If your dress is printed, make sure it’s something that works with the temporary bottom. Add a leather bootie with personality, but without distracting details, something classy that will make you stand out from the crowd. Take along a posh tote to stow a petite makeup bag with essentials and an evening clutch.

As the day winds down, remove your skirt (remember, your dress is already on underneath), swap stud earrings for dramatic danglers and a crystal necklace, and allow for a quick touch-up – blush and lipstick. You can add some eyeliner to the mix or if you prefer, a bolder lip color. Stuff your tote under your desk and put your keys, cell and any absolutely necessary makeup items in your clutch.

You're ready. Enjoy your night, you look marvelous.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF HEELS

For generations, heels have embodied femininity and glamour but a pair of high heels was once an essential accessory for men.

Although high heeled shoes are depicted in ancient Egyptian murals, the earliest known heel wearers were 9th century Persian horseback riders who wore 1.5 inch heels for functionality as they kept the feet from sliding out of stirrups when riding or standing up to shoot arrows during battle.

In Europe, men started wearing heels following a 1599 visit by Persian diplomats to the continent to rally support for Persia’s war against the Ottoman Empire. A craze for Persian culture developed and wealthy European aristocrats embraced heels enthusiastically to highlight their social status.

One of the first European women to wear heels was Catherine de Medici, an Italian noblewoman from Florence. On her wedding day to the French Duke of Orleans in Marseille on October 28, 1533, the rather shy 14-year old bride astutely compensated for her short stature with an extravagant dress and a pair of 4" heels she had commissioned from a master craftsman in her native Florence, thus starting a trend that would last to this day.

Catherine de Medici would eventually become Queen of France from 1547 until 1559. Following her husband’s death, she assumed extensive, if at times varying, influence ruthlessly ruling France as its regent at times. Often described as “the most powerful woman in 16th century Europe”, she always dressed impeccably. A true style icon of her time, she is credited with importing many of Italy’s luxuries and customs to France, including perfume, underwear, ballet, table manners and, of course, Italian style (although the French may disagree).

Heels would drift in and out of fashion in 18th and 19th century Europe, with men eventually walking away from the trend to differentiate themselves from women. For a while, women too got away from heels as they were not practical to walk in on muddy or cobblestone roads. The advent of photography in the mid-19th century brought back the heel, as photographers would often dress their risque’ models in heels. The paving of roads also contributed to the renaissance of heels. Fast forward to the 1950s, French designer Roger Vivier re-popularized the high heel with the invention of the stiletto. The rest, as they say, is history.

So next time you hit the streets with your NOTTEVERA heels, remember to thank Catherine de Medici. She may have terrorized her people, but she looked damn good doing it.