New For Spring: Dansko Sandals

We got a shipment of new Dansko sandals last week that are perfect for this sunny, springy weather we’ve been having (just try to ignore the fact that it’s still March…). They’ve got the most amazing wooden base (very 70’s-inspired!) and I especially love the two styles with a cutout heel. The leather straps are smooth and soft, and these neutral shades will pair well with anything you have in your closet – dresses, skirts, cropped pants or wide-leg denim. Plus, they’ve got Dansko’s signature comfort. Gotta love a sandal that’s versatile! Which is your favorite?

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New For Spring: Dansko Sandals

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Birkenstock


1. The cork in Birkenstock footbeds is hand-picked from cork trees! It’s a natural, renewable, biodegradable, recyclable and naturally insulating material, and no trees are cut or destroyed. The bark is simply peeled away and allowed to re-grow! Keep your soles looking their best with Cork Life, which nourishes and protects the cork.

A closeup of the bark of a cork tree – so cool!

2. Birkenstocks first became available in the U.S.A. in 1966. An American named Margot Fraser tried a pair while vacationing in Germany andĀ thanks to the comfort and support of the shoes, her aching feet and back gradually healed. She decided to start importing the shoes and sold her first pair at a health food store in San Fransisco.

3. All Birkenstock buckles are produced exclusively using solar power! The solar energy is converted into electric energy, which is used to heat the water needed for buckle production.

4. Most Birkenstocks are available in two widths – narrow and regular. This can sometimes be confusing, since many of the boxes are actually printed in German (I’ve learned to identify schmal as narrow, after many wrong pairs brought to customers), but they do offer a visual guide. When I fill out special order cards for Birkenstocks, I actually draw a picture of the foot symbol the customer needs in the “width” line. It just makes it easier!

5. Birkenstock is proud to be a sustainable shoe company. Today, 100% of the adhesives they use are solvent-free (the benefit being that the adhesive production process itself has reduced air emissions). Their shoe boxes and the packing material found inside the boxes are made of 90% post consumer waste, and both leather scraps and EVA soles scraps are recycled.

Do you wear Birkenstocks? What’s your favorite pair?

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Birkenstock

Style Show Snapshots

Thanks to everyone who made Friday’s style show such a success! It was a fabulous night of local style – and all for such an amazing cause. If you weren’t able to make it to the event, here are some photos I took throughout the evening. And in case you wanted to know the specifics of The Rare Pair’s outfits, I’ve included descriptions below.

Jeans, plaid shirt, and jacket by Woolrich. Yellow sweater by Fusion. Desert boots by Clarks.

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Desigual maxidress accessorized with a Big Buddha clutch, Indigo heeled sandals, Ayala Bar earrings, and rhinestone ring and bracelets.

Press mohair cardigan layered over a Blue 84 v-neck tee, accessorized with a pink VSA scarf. !iT skinny jeans tucked into Hunter rain boots. White satchel by Melie Bianco. Jewelry by Tomas and watch by Tokyo Bay.

Floral sundress by Aryeh with a Last Tango tank and a Patty G knit bolero. Flats by Kenneth Cole Reaction and bracelet and necklace by Baked Beads.

Woolrich pants with a Fusion button-up shirt and sweater. Sneakers by Converse.

Mystree lace top over a Last Tango tank, with !iT straightleg jeans. Purse by Desigual and wedges are by Indigo. Ring and bracelets by Marlyn Schiff.

Crochet dress and layering tank by M.Rena with Big Buddha purse. Boots are Frye Campus. Jewelry by Olli Pop and Imagine.

Style Show Snapshots

5 Things From The Rare Pair Archives

Downtown Northfield in 1915. Can you spot The Rare Pair’s current location?

Over the past couple of weeks, owner Krin Finger and I have been reorganizing the upstairs loft at The Rare Pair. The upstairs holds all of our mens shoes, Frye boots, and every single pair of UGGs, but also serves as Krin, Jill, and Beret’s office. It also boasts a corner that I like to think of as The Rare Pair Archives. Anyone who knows Krin knows that she has a knack for collecting things, but with the hope of creating more storage space, she enlisted me to help her sift through decades of documents, old ads, handmade sale signs, window display props, and more dust than you can even imagine. Amid the organized chaos, we came across a few historical gems, and I thought I’d share my favorites with you!

1. A thick shard of glass from the original Rare Pair front door. A lost and confused deer crashed through the glass in the mid-1990’s, so I found the shard of glass under a couple of deer figurines – tokens from customers and friends with a great sense of humor.

2. A small box of slides that show how the The Rare Pair has looked over the years. Krin and I held the slides in front of a light bulb to discover how merchandise was displayed before she owned the store, and how the space has evolved.

3. Materials used in the 1980’s and early 1990’s to create advertisements for The Rare Pair. Think tracing paper, think grid paper, think drawings – all done by hand. These days, it’s so easy to design ads with the help of a computer, and I think handcrafted advertisements are truly a lost art.

4. A t-shirt that reads: “Northfield, Minnesota. Canoe the Canyon.” 10 points to anyone who can spot the error.

5. The original Rare Pair sign that used to hang outside the store. It’s round and wooden, and features the old RP logo in green letters. We’d love to work it into a future window display!

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5 Things From The Rare Pair Archives