In this world of “fast fashion” it’s refreshing to experience a new take on it. Footwear designer Michael Grey is making custom sandals under an hour’s time and I witnessed his whole process in the beginning of sandal season this summer here in Charleston. He set up his sandal making shop in the window display at Shoes on King and fitted women’s feet while they picked out leather and suede straps. For the same price of an off the shelf brand shoe, you could have a custom sandal that fits your foot perfectly and a style that you pretty much get to design yourself.
Hailing from Goose Creek and current dweller in NYC, Michael Grey packed up his sandal factory to come to Charleston for his pop up shop. He usually sets up shop in his sandal truck in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where he bangs out sandals all day long, even in the winter time. Picture a food truck, but instead of serving food on the go, he’s making sandals on the go.
I first met Michael Grey a couple of years ago at Charleston Fashion Week where he was showing as an Emerging Designer. His collection of military inspired women’s clothing was bold and graphic, and celebrated women in a strong and powerful light. He paired the clothing with his custom sky high wooden wedge boots, which might have stole the show.
I’m also wearing another Charleston Fashion Week alum, Heather Rose Johnson who showed this past year. Her runway show was a beautiful mix of vintage details and hand knitted pieces that came together for a modern, eclectic chic collection. These outfits were a perfect match for Michael’s bespoke sandals.
Stay tuned for Michael Grey‘s website and another pop up in Charleston before the end of summer. Getting a custom pair of shoes made is something that everyone should treat themselves to.