I may not be a fan of shopping for clothes these days, but shoe shopping is second only to buying a new purse. I know, I know. Overconsumerism. I need to stop it. But I will definitely make an exception for a pair of Mohop shoes. Not because I want them so badly (though that is definitely a part of it), but because with one pair, you literally gain infinite styling possibilities.
Mohop creator Annie Mohaupt makes the wooden shoe bases by hand in her Chicago studio. She uses sustainably-harvested wooden cores, topped with select veneers, and the rubber soles are made of recycled tires. All these parts are pressed together on molds that she designs herself. And since I first discovered Mohop late last year, Annie has added a new treat: she now screenprints her own original graphics onto the bed of each of the shoes.
So how do you wind up with infinite styles from a shoe with such simple beginnings? Well, first you select a base: either low-, mid- or high-heel, in one of three colors. You can even select a square, round or pointy toe shape. And each pair of Mohop shoes comes with 5 sets of ribbons. This is where the magic happens. With a little creativity, you can literally make a shoe that looks any way you want in any color you want, just by switching out the ribbons.
Don’t believe me? All the beauties shown above are Mohop shoe bases styled in different ways. And you can see many, many more possibilities in Mohop’s photo gallery. I’m breathless! And I want a pair. Like now.
They are admittedly a bit pricey, though realistically, they only cost a fraction of what traditional (read: not green) designer shoes cost. When you can wear one pair of shoes this many ways, and you know that they are handmade in the U.S. by an environmentally conscious artisan, they are more than worth the price. Given the current 6-8 week waiting list for shipment, I’d say that lots of other women agree with me.
If you don’t want to wait, you can also shop the Mohop Etsy shop for some ready-made styles. And I believe I know where my next $150 will be spent.
Why It’s Green:
- Handmade in Chicago, IL
- Wood is sourced from sustainably-managed forests in the U.S.
- Soles made from recycled rubber