Everyday Adventure: New Darlings

From backyard bonfires to cross-country road trips – this is the summer for adventure! Today we kick off our Everyday Adventure series with Christina and Robert of New Darlings.

Adventurers at heart, Christina and Robert packed a summer picnic and ventured to South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, (in their mocs, of course!) to spend a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding them.

Check out our Q&A with them below to learn more about how they are celebrating #EverydayAdventure this summer!

Everyday Adventure: Summer Picnic with Robert & Christina of New Darlings

Favorite way to spend a summer afternoon.
Summers in Phoenix are hot.  There is no way around that.  We’ve definitely become “morning people”.  We have found that it’s best to head out early, find a trail to hike, and welcome the summer sun.  We’d rather be outside, then cooped up somewhere. Afterwards, we’ll try to find some shade and have an early lunch.  We love getting out and being able to just talk and enjoy the blue skies that never get old here in Arizona.

What makes for a perfect summer picnic?
Picnics are a great way to spend a summer afternoon with the one you love.  When we both have the day off, we love to load up our picnic basket with our favorite blanket, some sandwiches, fruit and a refreshing drink or two. Don’t forget to bring your instrument of choice and your favorite hat & pair of sunnies to keep the sun out of your eyes!

Favorite part of living in the Southwest.
The sunshine and low humidity are some pretty great perks of living in the Southwest! But aside from the weather, we really love how this area isn’t fully established yet.  The local art and music scenes are still evolving and we love that we can be a part of it!

What other adventures are you planning this year?
We’re hoping that within the next few months, we can carve out some time to take a long trip to California and explore a bit.  We have a lot of fun projects coming up this year.  We have been blessed to work with so many amazing companies and talented people, and can’t wait to share everything we have cooked up!

Share your #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram all summer for the chance to win fun outdoor gear (and mocs!) for your next adventure!

Photos by Jaci Marie Smith

Product Featured: Thunderbird II Mocs & Moosehide Double Bottom Softsoles

Store Spotlight: Walker General Store

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Walker General Store 516 Minnesota Ave. West Walker, MN 56484

Walker General Store, located in Walker, Minnesota, is an old-fashioned store the whole family can enjoy.

The town of Walker is located on Leech Lake, the third largest lake in Minnesota boasting over 600 miles of shoreline. The area is now considered one of Minnesota’s top summer vacation destinations and visiting has become a family tradition passed on for generations.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Walker General Store opened 10 years ago in a smaller location, three years ago we decided to move into a different space that allowed us to create a larger store and begin carrying Minnetonka products.

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The Kilty Moc reigns as the most popular style for both our customers and employees.

We carry over 40 Minnetonka styles and try to have everyone’s favorite on hand – for men, women and the kids!

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Our area has so many beautiful destinations! We have some of the best bike trails in the upper Midwest. The one thing that our area is most known for are the headwaters of the Mississippi River.  Plus you can always count on catching a fish or two in one of our 10,000 lakes!

Store Spotlight: General Store of Minnetonka

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: General Store of Minnetonka 14401 Highway 7 Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345

What’s your Minnetonka story?
We opened the General Store of Minnetonka in 1984 as a family owned business.  Since 2005 we have carried a wide selection of Minnetonka mocs, boots and slippers.

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The most popular style in our store are the slippers – everyone loves the slippers!

What is a must see destination near your store?
Our favorite must see destination near our store is Lake Minnetonka, of course!  Some of our claims to fame are having both Minnetonka moccasins and Tonka Toys named after our lake—and of course, having Prince mention Lake Minnetonka in his hit Purple Rain!

General Store of Minnetonka employee Nicole with her favorite Minnetonka style, the Cally slipper!

On Trend: The Canvas Moc

A trend we love? The classic canvas look. As temps warm up and bulky jackets are swapped out for tees and tanks, fashionistas everywhere are embracing canvas.

The canvas moc offers a refreshing twist on the classic suede moc with a fabric lining that offers a lightweight chic summer style.  Plus, these little numbers are quick drying, easy to clean up and comfy, making them perfect for every adventure.

Slip into summer-cool colors like lime, coral and aqua. Or step into basic black or natural. Every lightweight canvas moc is good for the sole. Are you ready to make the summer switch?

DIY Spotlight: Painted Flower Mocs

Looking for the perfect summer moc? You’re in the right spot!  Today Courtney from A Little Craft In Your Day will be teaching you how to paint your White Smooth Leather Mocs with nail polish. These floral guys are the perfect DIY shoe for any occasion from fancy country club events and polo matches to a family barbecue or a casual day in town.

Check out the tutorial below on how to give your smooth leather mocs a makeover with nail polish and be sure to visit A Little Craft In Your Day for more fun DIY inspiration.

Minnetonka White Smooth Leather Mocs 
nail polish in a variety of bright colors
adhesive flower stencils

Step One: Pick a place on the shoe to start the pattern. Place the first stencil there. The rest of the design will stem off of your first flower.

Step Two: Using the nail polish, paint in the stencil. Let it dry before removing. These adhesive stencils are reusable which is very helpful.

Step Three: Going off of your first flower, create a pattern with the different shaped flower stencils. Try to alternate colors to get the best effect on your pattern. I try not to have two of the same color flowers right next to each other, but sometimes it is inevitable. Cover the entire top section.

Now, go enjoy your new floral mocs!