Get to Know You: Juley Jenkinson

Name: Juley Jenkinson

How long have you worked at The Rare Pair?
Three and a half years. My first day was Crazy Days… nothing like jumping in feet first!

Favorite brand (of the moment) that we carry?
Desigual is always a favorite for the bright colors and funky design. I also love !iT Jeans for their trendy fit and nice price.

What do you think is the most comfortable shoe at The Rare Pair?
Anyone that knows me well knows that I basically live in high heeled shoes! I’m so happy that we offer a nice selection of stylish but comfortable wedges and heels, like Børn and Indigo by Clarks.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you while working at The Rare Pair?
One Sunday afternoon, the store clock stopped working at 2:40. I kept checking the clock, thinking the day was moving along so slowly, and I didn’t realize what had happened until I looked at the bank clock across the street – it was actually 3:45! Oops!

What do you like most about your job?
I love my coworkers! The Rare Pair has a wonderful group of women working there and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it. Being in the heart of downtown Northfield is always fun and exciting, too!

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Get to Know You: Juley Jenkinson

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Merrell

1. Merrell began in 1981 with a pair of boots made by Randy Merrell. That year, Backpacker Magazine named them “the most comfortable and functional boots in North America.” Quite an accomplishment!

2. Merrell takes sustainability seriously! All shoe boxes and packaging and 100% recyclable, and their tissue paper and shoe stuffers are made with 100% post-consumer content. They also use soy-based inks in their package printing.

3. The Jungle Moc was introduced for the first time in 1998. The slip-on “aftersport” style is a performance/casual crossover and was revolutionary in the shoe industry – the first of its kind!

4. Merrell participates in the Soles4Souls program and has sent more than 4,000 pairs of shoes to Haiti.

5. The Women’s Barefoot Pace Glove was declared the best trail running shoe by Shape Magazine in their 2011 shoe guide. It’s an extremely lightweight yet supportive shoe that’s perfect for all kinds of outdoor activity. The Rare Pair carries two colors – Caribbean Sea and Black.

Images via merrell.com

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Merrell

Just a Reminder: Closed on Easter Sunday

Just want to remind you that we’ll be closed this Sunday, April 8 for Easter, but be sure to stop in today or Saturday for some last-minute Easter basket goodies! Think spring scarves, earrings, brightly patterned Smartwool or a simple beaded bracelet. We also have plenty of colorful dresses, skirts and shoes if you’re still looking for something to wear on Sunday!

Just a Reminder: Closed on Easter Sunday

6 Tops That Make Your Outfit

Here are six new tops that are guaranteed to make your outfit! I love a piece that’s got enough going on that the rest of the outfit doesn’t require a lot of thought. All you need is a great pair of jeans, a cami, and a cardigan or cute jacket to throw over the top. Keep your accessories simple; drop earrings or studs would be perfect, and a fun scarf would look great with these, too. You don’t want to distract too much from these pretty, floaty tops – they deserve to be center stage!

Which would you wear?

6 Tops That Make Your Outfit

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?

Logo via dansko.com

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 and 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