Store Spotlight: Shoe Fly

ShoeFly of Highland Park, Illinois

Check out their wide selection of Minnetonka mocs, boots and slippers!

A popular style this season? The Chrissy slipper in chocolate!

Bringing style to new heights this season in a pair of Minnetonka Calf Hi Double Fringe Wedge Boots

 

Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  ShoeFly 599 Elm Place Highland Park, IL

Today we are happy to spotlight ShoeFly of Highland Park, Illinois. Owned by Ollie Galam and managed by Mickey Shapiro and Tracey Melcher.  Check out our Q&A with the ShoeFly staff and find out how they are styling their Minnetonka mocs and boots this season!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
We have been in business in Highland Park for 12 years and have always strived to carry brands that are both classic and exciting. Everything from sneakers and slip-ons to heels and boots, we have always worked to find the perfect options for our customers.

Since we’ve opened, Minnetonka has been a staple at our store.  The styles, construction, and value make the shoes a popular choice for our customers.  Luckily for us, Minnetonka has been able to provide us with several great styles throughout the years that our customers have always loved and I’m sure will continue to enjoy.

What are the most popular Minnetonka styles at ShoeFly?
The slip on moccasin in all colors and styles are always popular choices for us.  A lot of our customers like having an easy pair of shoes to throw on that still look nice.  Minnetonka moccasins fit the bill and have been in constant stock for us.

What is your favorite style of Minnetonka mocs to wear?
Our staff all have a few pairs of Minnetonka mocs that they enjoy.  But, our favorite pair has to be the slip-on moccasin.  You just can’t beat the simplicity and comfort!  We give the wedge boot and lined boots contentions for runner up.

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs or boots?
Right now, we like the brown ankle wedge boot with a pair of medium wash skinny jeans and a thick brown belt tied over a simple button down or flannel with a crew neck shirt underneath.  Just a simple and cute look for young women that is easy to pull together.

What are a few ‘must see’ destinations when visiting ShoeFly in Highland Park?
We are right in downtown Highland Park which is home to two very popular Chicagoland restaurants by the name of Lou Malnatti’s Pizzeria and Walker Bros Original Pancake House.  Two of our favorite local spots include Once upon a Bagel, a fantastic deli, and the BBQ Pit which has a wide array of BBQ options and classic Greek dishes.  In terms of entertainment, Highland Park is home to the Ravinia which hosts over a hundred shows from June to September.  They are famous for their open lawn venue and stellar acts which of recent include: Hall & Oates, Yo-Yo Ma, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Train. There is plenty more to see in Highland Park but you will have to come and see for yourself!

Store Spotlight: Winnebago Gift Shop

Winnebago Gift Shop of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

A beautiful display filled with a variety of Minnetonka styles

Fringe-tastic! Winnebago Gift Shop's selection of Minnetonka products including the Hobo Fringe bag and 3-Layer Fringe boots

Ben and Kelli in their favorite Minnetonka styles!

Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  Winnebago Gift Shop 226 Broadway Wisconsin Dells, WI.

The Winnebago Gift Shop in Wisconsin Dells is owned and operated by husband and wife team Ben Borcher and Kelli Trumble.  Ben is a fourth generation retailer in the Dells and he and Kelli also own Alpha Beta Karma boutique (located on the same block as The Winnebago), which carries Minnetonka’s most fashion-forward styles. Check out our Q&A with Ben and Kelli to learn more about Winnebago Gift Shop including their Minnetonka story!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
The Winnebago is a landmark gift store that’s been in operation in Wisconsin Dells since 1949. We’re located in a historic building, circa 1860, in the downtown river shopping district. Generations have made their annual pilgrimage to our store to pick up a new pair of Minnetonka mocs. This started way back when the community was simply a popular Midwest summer vacation destination, but now the Dells are busy year-round thanks to its status as the “waterpark capital of the world.”

We have carried Minnetonka moccasins from the first day we opened.  You might say Minnetonka has helped define us and vice versa.

What are the most popular Minnetonka styles at Winnebago Gift Shop?
We have such a long history with Minnetonka that we can tell you, hands down, the most popular style over the years are the moosehide moccasins.

What is your favorite style of Minnetonka mocs to wear?
For Kelli, it’s whatever is hip and high style – she favors the calf-high double fringe boots with a wedge heel and the new full leopard print moccasin.  For me, I’m a traditionalist – give me a brown suede driving moc any day.

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs or boots?
Again, Kelli and I go our separate ways on this.  She likes to style hers as any true fashion plate would – with a designer dress and lots of accessories for trips to New York and Chicago.  I, on the other hand, wear mine with jeans and a casual shirt.  Kelli and I are the classic high-low pair if ever there was one and it works!

What are a few ‘must see’ destinations when visiting the Wisconsin Dells near Winnebago Gift Shop?
When in Wisconsin Dells, be sure to take a scenic tour of the Wisconsin River – the sandstone bluffs are amazing.  Of course, a visit to a waterpark is mandatory.  For foodies, stroll two doors down from our store to the High Rock Café, where the seasonal menus are the best.

Blogger Spotlight: The Little Style File

Madeline striking a pose in her hot pink 3-layer fringe boots!

Pretty in pink! Elizabeth in her pink Cassie slippers

Dylan looking dapper in his pair of boy's mocs

Mia adorably styled her pair of 3-layer fringe boots with hot pink tights!

Blogger Spotlight:  The Little Style File

We always enjoy visiting The Little Style File, for creative style and gift ideas for the whole family! Created by Moms, Betsy and Kristin, The Little Style File is a fun lifestyle blog providing stylish inspiration and ideas to both moms and their kids. Check out how Betsy and Kristin styled their little ones in a few of their favorite classic Minnetonka products including the 3-layer fringe boot, Cassie slipper and boy’s moc!

And stop by The Little Style File and enter to win a pair of girl’s 3-layer fringe boots! 

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Kristin, mom to Elizabeth and Madeline, received her first pair of Minnetonka mocs in 1982 at the age of 2 while visiting her grandparents in Arizona. Those pink Thunderbirds were her absolute favorite shoes and were replaced yearly throughout her childhood.  When Kristin brought Elizabeth to visit Arizona for the first time at six months old, Kristin couldn’t resist a pair of size 2 pink fringe Minnetonka booties.  The love affair grew another generation!

Now Kristin’s daughters request Minnetonka boots with fringe every season!

Whose style inspires you? Where do you find your inspiration?
Style inspiration is everywhere.  The girls want to dress fun and playful and that attitude can rub off on us.  Betsy and Kristin are known to wear colored jeans, bold jewelry and try out the latest trends.

What are a few of your family’s favorite winter activities to do together?
In the Midwest, we love dressing the kids up warm to play in the cold.  Ice skating, sledding and just playing in the snow are a few of our favorites followed by warming up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa.

Our Minnetonka must-have items are:
Our families’ Minnetonka must-have items are women’s grey Kilty mocs, 3-layer fringe boots for the girls in every color, along with classic mocs and the double bottom fleece slippers with buffalo check for the Dads!

Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Hitch 'N Post!

The winner of the first annual Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest is…Hitch ‘N Post of Aberdeen, South Dakota!  Congratulations Hitch ‘N Post!

And congratulations to Jennifer Kosmach the winner of today’s drawing to receive a pair of Minnetonka mocs or slippers of her choice!

Thank you to every one who voted and to all of the Minnetonka retailers who created beautiful and festive holiday displays reflecting the spirit of their store and Minnetonka!