Tonight we’re going to see Sex and the City 2. I am so beyond excited, I can hardly even type! I know it hasn’t gotten great reviews, but I also know I’m going to love it no matter what. I was a dedicated fan of the show and I really liked the first movie (and Aidan is BACK!) so I’m fairly confident I’ll like this one as well. I mean, I don’t think SJP will have to prepare an Oscar speech or anything, but she will continue to inspire us SATC lovers to be our most fashionable, inventive, loveable, passionate selves one well-heeled day after the next.
In honor of the fashion forward SATC divas, I’m giving one lucky ‘craic’ reader a pair of CitySlips! I’m in New York this weekend and am seeing the movie tonight so it only makes sense to feature CitySlips and their fashionable co-founders today.
Katie Shea and Susie Levitt might be small in height (both 5’2″) but they’re big in ideas. As internships, parties, and the daily fabulousness of New York City called, so did sky-high heels and unfortunately aching, callused feet.
Let me break it down for you, heels + bouncing around the city + hopping on and off the subway = PAIN.
Solution? Foldable, portable ballet flats. Carry CitySlips in your handbag while you’re wearing heels. When your dogs are barking, no problem! Switch from said heels to your ‘double-soled’ structured flats for a mix of comfort and fashion.
These self-proclaimed ’sole-sisters,’ developed the idea of CitySlips during their senior year at NYU. And with the help of family, friends, classmates, professors, the fashionistas on the streets of NY, etc. they were able to turn their idea into a reality.
CitySlips fit into most handbags and also come with a carrying case which expands in order to accommodate your heels. They come in black, gold or silver and are a budget-friendly $24.95. Choose from small (sizes 5-6), medium (7-8) or large (9-10.)
Here’s how it works from www.CitySlips.com:
I first saw these at Shecky’s Girls Night Out in March and I remember I was (or should I say am!) SO impressed with these two young women. They came up with an amazing idea and they made it happen. They didn’t just sit around and say what a good idea it was and how they wish they could do it. They actually did it. I’d say this is an acceptable situation to say ‘you go giiiirl(s)!’
I got to ask Katie and Susie a few questions -
CM: How did you two come up with this idea?
KS & SL: CitySlips is the brainchild of serious dorm room collaboration. We were simply at ends with high heels, constantly trekking all over NYC in our power women pumps at the command of internships, parties, and in hopes of elevating our 5’2” statuses. Somewhere in the midst of our mutual complaining over cocktails, a positive sole-ution emerged and our excited young entrepreneurial minds ran with this functional-fashion concept. No more juggling multiple pairs of shoes, committing the white-sneaker-commuter faux pas, or feeling down or dowdy. Once we got talking about the need for portable, compact, backup footwear, the ideas just poured out and CitySlips had unknowingly taken their first steps.
CM: What was it like seeing your idea turn into a reality? (having people actually buy your idea…)
KS & SL: The both of us coming from entrepreneurial backgrounds, we must’ve had a hankering for our own experience. We were determined to have our product manufactured—which we did with the help of Alibaba.com—but we hadn’t expected quite the buzz generated by the concept. We were absolutely thrilled to see people appreciating and relating to our little sole-savers. And we simply loved envisioning the foreseeable future of chic women strutting along in comfortable flats, escaping the crippling effects of the stiletto.
CM: Right now you have black, gold and silver options. Are you looking to incorporate new colors?
KS & SL: We consider the black, gold, and silver to be our CitySlips original sophisticate selections, but of course flashes of different patterns, colors, textures, and designs cross our minds. We’re hoping to sift through these ideas in the near future, perhaps presenting a few fresh looks as we enter our second year in business (It’ll be one year this June!)
CM: Please explain the perfect scenario for using City Slips (what you both envisioned people using these for…)
KS & SL: CitySlips ideally come to the rescue as the clicks of painful stilettos against hard cement mock limping women, already weighed down with laptops, files, binders, yoga mats, and gym bags. With so many things in tow, CitySlips can at least accommodate the aching arches, provide adequate storage for the heels, and even allow for some condensing of carryings—why not throw those folders in your CitySlips bag as well?
The on-the-go gal tends to be our prime CitySlips beneficiary. Whether she’s the career woman, jet-setter, or the young intern, we like to think our flats console women’s feet of all different pursuits, ages, and sizes.
CM: What is your favorite New York City hangout?
KS & SL: NYC Hangout: Well, you might think it’s our Herald Square office, as it seems we’ve pretty much taken up residence here, but in reality we prefer a bit of a more laid back setting. The two of us enjoy kicking back at Susie’s Union Square apartment—right around our old NYU stomping ground—or taking a walk around the block for a homey, American bite at The Smith. Admittedly, we indulge in the lower-key NYC scenes, engaging in the time-old pastimes of people watching and the like. Perhaps our observations—reading the faces of unhappy women on the street while dining—subconsciously fed our CitySlips concept!
CM: Three fashion staples you just couldn’t live without?
KS & SL: FLATS! FLATS! FLATS! :) or…
Flats, a colorful pashmina, and your absolute favorite pair of best fitting jeans.
CM: Fashion icons?
KS & SL: Fashion icons! Our CitySlips wearers are the icons. The women that are doing it all: work, school, the social, and the fashion scenes.
CM: What color do each of you sport?
KS & SL: The Katie Classic is black. So practical, our black pair serves me well, whatever the circumstance. Whether it be in-office, or a night out, the trusty black pair is the safest fall-back.
Meanwhile, the Susie sole-ution tends towards either of the metallics, gold or silver. They just add that bit of playfulness to any outfit; that’s the Susie way!
SO, I’m giving away a pair of CitySlips! WOOPWOOP! You can enter two different ways:
1. Email email@example.com to be included on CitySlips mailing list and then comment on this post to let me know.
2. Follow @thedailycraic and @CitySlips on Twitter then tweet about this giveaway (and don’t forget to include @thedailycraic along with @CitySlips in your tweet!)
Thank you and good luck to my fashionistas!