Well Worn | Classic Fringe Softsole

If a shoe could tell a story, then this pair would share a tale of timeless Americana style. We introduced the Classic Fringe Boot back in 1969 and it’s influenced generations since.

Classic Fringe Softsole Introduced in the 1969 Minnetonka catalog

 

Why change a design that’s so timeless, tried, and true? Supple suede moves with your feet, a soft sole means weightless comfort, and fringe details add an extra element unique to the Minnetonka brand. Slip them on and you’ll be transported to an era when freedom and wanderlust were expressed by what you wore, not what you tweeted.

Pair these boots with a slim cut, garment dyed jean, straight cut cords, or dark rinse denim. Fold your pant with a single or double roll cuff, just above the ankle. They’re a simple way to add character and dimension to whatever you choose to wear.

DIY | Festive Wreath

As a child I’d sit on a boulder by the creek with my dad, push a fat worm onto a hook, and fish for trout for breakfast. I snipped wild chives from the bottom of the back stairs for omelets, I hung from vines until they fell and made wreathes, I painted using crush berries and grass as my ink, and proclaimed myself the wild raspberry queen, battling the birds every late July so I would have enough fruit to make jam. I learned math by knitting.

Since the holidays are upon us, there is never a better time than to do some of that wreath making that I loved growing up, using bits you can easily find in nature.

To gather the key ingredient for this project, hang from the vines in the woods until they drop, or use your clippers and go in search of the thinner kind. Types of vines that are good for wreath making include wisteria, honeysuckle, and grape, but a walk in the woods will no doubt reveal others. This is a free way to decorate your home year-round.

You’ll want vines, about a 10-foot length, depending on the size, but smaller lengths will work too if you wind them together.

Take a single piece of vine and wrap the ends together to form a circle. I recommend using a piece that is at least 4-feet long to start.

Use another piece of vine and wrap it around the frame.

Repeat this with vines until you have a thick frame, tucking in any ends as you go, and building on any areas that are thinner than others.

Then take a walk in nature and see what kinds of decorations you can find. What is available will vary depending on the season, which is great because you can change out the materials and colors using the same vine base.

Dried flowers, berries and willows are easy to find.  Rose hips are some of my favorite.

 

Spruce and pine, and holly all look wonderful.  Tuck them between the vines to decorate the wreath. Bonus if you can find feathers on your nature walk.

Then go ahead and hang it! Or give it as a gift, someone will love it. I know my grandmother did.

 

About Georgia Pellegrini:

Georgia’s taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. Georgia is the author of “Food Heroes,” “Girl Hunter,” and the new book “Modern Pioneering.” She has appeared on Today, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Iron Chef, and much more, and her outdoor Adventure Getaways have been featured everywhere from the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal, to HBO. She lives in Austin, Texas and chronicles her adventures on her wildly popular website GeorgiaPellegrini.com and her Facebook fan page.

Global Lookbook: Gracetw

Grace from Gracetw
Location: Shidin, Taipei

Grace styled the Fringed Moc for our Global Lookbook using the gorgeous back drop of Shidin, Taipei. We asked her to share with us a few of her favorite places to visit and things to do when in Taiwan!

Do. My favorite activity is to take my daughter up to the mountain for sight seeing and an afternoon picnic.

See.  I think Taiwan’s night market is quite unique and interesting plus the street food in the night market is definitely a must-try for anyone visiting Taiwan.

Eat. Sukhothai Thai Restaurant is a great restaurant to try in Taipei!

Go. Definitely visit Fisherman’s Wharf in Tamsui and try its local food.

Shop. Boutiques in Eastern District, Taipei is one of my favorite places to shop!

Featured Product: Fringe Moc

Shop your favorite Minnetonka styles in Taiwan here.

One Style, Two Ways: Bandera Boot

One Style, Two Ways:  Bandera Boot
Grace from Camp Patton and Blythe from The Fike Life

With the seasons starting to change from fall to winter finding the perfect pair of boots to make the transition is key. We asked two busy moms’ Grace and Blythe to take a classic ankle boot and style it two different ways to look cold-weather cool when on the go this season.

Each Minnetonka style can be worn a million different ways. Share your #MyMinnetonka style on Instagram!

Global Lookbook: Le Petit Monde de Julie

Julie from Le Petit Monde de Julie
Location: Montpellier, quartier Antigone

Minnetonka’s iconic footwear has been seen around the world since 1946. Last month we launched our latest lookbook featuring the #MyMinnetonka style of 10 bloggers. Today we spotlight the Minnetonka style of Julie from Le Petit Monde de Julie!

See. The historical center of Montpellier, for its beautiful architecture.

Eat. Sicilia Beach is a Sicilian restaurant that makes the best pizzas in the world!

Go. The Jean Jaures Place in the middle of Montpellier is a great place to meet with friends.

Shop. The open-air shopping mall Odysseum, is a fun place to shop with so many of my favorite stores.

Shop your favorite Minnetonka styles in France here.

Featured Product: Double Fringe Tramper Boot