Casual holiday party outfit & a new shoe brand

Most of our holiday gatherings are casual, so I rely on accessories to create “festive, not fussy” looks. Here, a casual holiday party outfit gets kicked up a notch with patent leather boots and sparkly gold necklaces…

A casual holiday party outfit with sweater & jeans

I’m all about keeping it simple and comfortable for the holidays. A sweater and jeans is my “not fussy” starting point; adding bright color, sparkle and shine provide the “festive.” (Sweater shown previously here, jeans here & here.)

Susan B. wears a red cashmere sweater, and short & long French Kande gold necklaces.

The long necklace can be worn two ways, either with the crystal facing out, or the gold “Dunkerque” medallion on the back side (as in top photo).

I have been on the hunt for literally YEARS for a pair of patent leather boots that are comfortable, chic, and not black. Why patent leather? They can dress up and add refinement to a simple outfit.

And the universe has finally rewarded my patience. One of the attendees of our Color Event a few weeks ago is a shoe designer! And she showed up wearing the cutest patent leather boots, her own design, of course.

Cute & comfortable shoes & boots, made in small batches locally

Keli Daniels, founder of gini & albert comfort shoes.
Keli in her studio

Meet Keli Daniels, founder of gini & albert los angeles. She designs beautiful & comfortable boots and shoes, which are produced in small batches here in Los Angeles. The company is named after her grandparents; her grandfather was a shoe maker who believed that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for style.

I was able to visit her studio on Monday to try on a few styles, and was so impressed! They are beautifully made, comfortable, and have a vintage-inspired but timeless look.

Choices, choices...trying on shoes & boots at gini & albert.

Keli makes all of her shoes with a generous cushion of memory foam under the ball of the foot and the heel. As I type this, I’ve been wearing these boots for several hours, and on my feet for most of it. And my feet are still happy! I found most of the styles I tried run true-to-size, though there is some variation between leathers, and some styles run a little larger or smaller.

You can see all of the current styles at her website, HERE. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can visit her studio by appointment. You can also follow on Instagram @giniandalbert

Did I have trouble deciding which pair to get? Oh, heck yes! I may have come home with more than one…😉

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    1. I haven’t so far. I understand these aren’t in everyone’s budget, but occasionally I like to feature something unique and special, that’s made here by a small woman-owned business rather than a corporation.

  1. It is a good thing, I don’t live near the shops where you buy your things, otherwise I would probably have copied you. Again.
    Those boots are so goooood. And so is the heel. Love your red sweater too.

    1. Thanks very much, Greetje! I was thinking of you during our visit to the studio, and how much you’d love her shoes.

  2. Your IG Story about your visit to Keli’s studio was delightful (including the cat massage) and those boots are SO GOOD. Decades ago I owned a pair of red boots that made me terribly happy, and yours remind me of those (tho yours are more fabulous in their patent glory). May they bear you through the holidays and beyond in comfort and style.

  3. These are beautiful! I have bought La Canadienne boots in the past and they have a similar beautiful well made style. Really lovely! The red pair is so cute!!

  4. What beautiful shoes! There’s a pair of dark green patent leather loafer pumps on her site I now covet. Love!!

    PS. I can admire a Porsche without feeling compelled to liquidate my savings to purchase one. Please keep right on featuring more expensive, high quality, design-led items. We don’t have to buy everything you show us in order to appreciate how gorgeous they are. As far as these boots, specifically, I find them incredibly well-priced for such quality.

  5. The boots are absolutely gorgeous! The black ones may be calling my name. I have never been into fast fashion and definitely prefer saving up to buy one pair of quality shoes over many pairs that will not last. And at 66, my feet and I are picky. Love the whole outfit, Susan.

  6. beautiful foot wear. Well priced for the craftsmanship and being quinique. and a woman owned business. if I lived close I would be wearing a pair. thanks for the introduction. Your outfit is stunning.

  7. Love patent leather. If there were a lighter green for a summer, I would be sooo tempted. As it is, there is a loafer in deep navy that looks fabulous! Maybe there will be a 20% off sale some day! Meanwhile, I am with others to vote on keep showing us small businesses with quality offerings. Such fun! Thanks!

  8. Oh these boot!!! I’m seriously considering them in navy. you said they fit TTS, the website suggested adding 31 to our size, which would make me a 37. I’m a US 6, Italian 36. Can I assume the sizing is EU? Thanks. Totally understand if you don’t know

    1. Hi Karen, yes, I think the sizing is EU. I’m usually a size 7 to 7.5 and took a 38 in the boots. If you’re still unsure, you could always try contacting Keli from the Contact page on the website, or send her a DM on Instagram.

  9. The boots look exactly like the Everlane Day boot. I wear Everlane for hours and hours over cobblestones and everything else. I have gold and black. I have the Aquatalia black patent boot. I agree with the commenter above about the price. If the boot was a unique style then maybe…but I will keep looking at her offerings!

    1. I do think these are better quality than the Day Boot, though. There is more seaming and shaping (check around the heel), and the leather is softer. I found them more padded and comfortable. The heel is also just a little lower than the Day.

  10. So gorgeous! And I think you do a service by featuring product for a bigger budget that don’t try to earn that high price with branding and marketing and logos etc, but instead focus on quality materials and small-business makers. Thank you!

  11. I just ordered a pair of the siracha!! I am so excited. I too, have been looking for a pair of comfortable boots in a fun color. Can’t wait to get them!!

  12. I love the martini boot! The price point is perfectly acceptable for the quality of the workmanship of the product. Thank you for bringing us the goods!