Just a quick update:
It is looking like our last weekend will be this coming weekend. Our hours will be:
Friday 30 September 2016 11-5
Saturday 1 October 2016 11-5
Sunday 2 October 2016 12-5
We still have some pairs left; especially women’s 6, 6.5, 10 & 11 and men’s 8, 8.5, 9 & 13. Come have a look!
Our fixtures are for sale as well: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bfs/5795474869.html
Hope to see you soon!
As you may have heard, Johnny Sole has been planning to move for some time now. After two years of lease negotiations, exploring options, and searching for possible places to relocate, we have ultimately decided that it is time to close the store and pursue other interests.
It’s an announcement we make with a heavy heart. For the last twenty-three years, Johnny Sole has been our second home, and those of you who were kind enough to visit and patronize the shop have brought so much light and laughter in here with you. Some of you have become our close friends, and it has been an honor to outfit you and your families. We are beyond grateful for your support, and Johnny Sole would be nothing without you.
We still have lots of sandals, shoes, boots, wallets, and bags in stock, and our fixtures are also available for purchase. If there is something you’ve been eyeing, stop by the shop.
Gretchen & John
Even though it’s day three of this 90-degree weather, we’re already thinking about autumn: cool nights, fall foliage, and leather boots. Until then, the hot weather has us mildly hallucinating—marking down shoes and sandals and hiding them throughout the store. Well, not hiding them, but merely mixing them in, you know, to keep things interesting. Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story, that perfect pair found during a treasure hunt?
A few of our last lonely pairs are now on sale, as well as a handful of men’s and women’s Frye boots, Hudson, Sonora, Turk & Fillmore, Vintage, women’s Wolverine and Neosens boots, Unity in Diversity sandals, and a few styles from Kork-Ease. Hoping to find good homes (and feet) for them soon.
For the last few years, we’ve carried a selection of Neosens shoes from their Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer lines. It was love at first sight and it’s now an ongoing love affair; the shoes and heels are unlike any we’ve seen, and continue to delight and surprise us season after season.
This video encompasses everything we love about Neosens: the meticulous sketches, the hand-cutting of the leather, the way someone guides material through a sewing machine, and the fact that Neosens relies on machinery and technology but only with the help of skilled hands. Though just over four minutes long, the video gives one the impression that each pair is lovingly made, that each pair takes time.
If it looks like a vintage video, or an outdated method of making shoes, that may be because it is in today’s fast-fashion-obsessed climate. The beauty of Neosens shoes is how they are constructed with timeless, tried-and-true methods that shoemakers have employed for centuries. You feel it when you first wear them: the comfortable insoles, the sturdy outsoles, the tapered heels, the soft leather. You feel, in a word, good.
Neosens’s combination of function and funky stylings make the brand a no-brainer for our store. We’re honored to feature some of their exquisite SS16 styles below, and can’t wait to show you what we have arriving in the fall. Click on the images below for more information.
Whether you need a new pair of shoes for Mom, socks for a beloved aunt, or hand-dyed silk flower pins for grandma, we’ve got you covered this Mother’s Day.
Austin cork wedge sandal in blue (Kork-Ease), Clara clog sandal in rose gold (Unity in Diversity), Artemis leather sandal in nectar (Bed-Stu), and classic Carson ballet flats in black, charcoal, cognac, kelly green, and jean blue (Frye). Also pictured: hand-dyed silk flower pins by Piper Ewan, Hobo leather bags, and Happy Socks.
Hand-dyed silk flower pins and accessories, handmade by Piper Ewan here in Portland, OR and sold exclusively at Johnny Sole.
Austin wedge by Kork-Ease, Unity in Diversity’s Clara sandal, and Bed-Stu’s Artemis sandal.
Don’t get us wrong: we love a good boot. We wear ours year-round, pairing sundresses with Sonora boots and Tabbisocks peeking over the edge. Or, Wolverine 1000 Mile boots with Happy Socks and rolled jeans as we finally get around to that long-anticipated spring clean.
Though we were sad to put away our emiLime knitwear this week, we were so ready to make space for these new shoes and boots.
“Thea” by Manas is the perfect suede ankle boot to take you from spring into summer and back into fall—easy, seasonless style.
And for the guys? A stylish and versatile slip-on suede ankle boot by Hudson.
One of our newest editions has traveled the globe and back to get to you—Pajar is a Canadian company whose sneakers are designed in Italy and manufactured in Portugal. Since they’re so well-traveled, they’ll be great companions on any and all summer jaunts.
Comfortable and casual, these Satorisan slip-ons are super lightweight shoes for summer. Easy on and go kicks that fit nicely in a suitcase. Bonus: extra insoles provided.
Last, but definitely not least, is one of the staff’s favorites: a rose gold cross-strap clog sandal, “Clara,” made in Spain by Unity in Diversity. A sturdy and substantial shoe for romps along the beach, nights out on the town, and the occasional wedding or party. (Also available in cognac.)
A people divided into two camps: lovers or haters of Valentine’s Day. Despite your feelings for the holiday, let’s all just agree on any excuse for candy and chocolate.
Whether you’re looking for something for your sweetheart, something for Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day, or looking to treat yourself, we have shoes and boots for that. We also have socks, wallets, and accessories for men and women. Something for the lovers and the haters alike.
From left to right: 1. Neosens Cyndi and Neosens Clyde 2. Happy Socks 3. Crow Pair Bird No. 28 by Kirsten Moore and Brent Wear 4. Jo Ghost Florence and Hobo Vida 5. Wolverine 1000 Mile 6. Manas Roxy and Tabbi Socks 7. Cards by Jahna Vashti 8. Ashland Johnny the Fox and Hobo Lauren 9. Hudson Cruise and Turk and Fillmore Lazaretto
With the holiday season in full swing, we wanted to say “thank you” for your support this year by sending some major markdowns your way.
First, select styles of Frye boots and shoes for men and women are up to 40% off: including the Melissa Button, Philip Oxford, Carson Chelsea, Carson Oxford, Jackie Button in black, Veronica Slouch, Philip Riding boot, and Smith Engineer. Come on in, try them on, and wear them home!
Second, all boots and shoes in our sale room are now 50% off the original price. Limited sizes are available.
We really appreciate your business this past year, and we hope to see you soon for our holiday sale!
There’s a lot to love about emiLime. For one, the Peru-based company’s hand knit accessories are both cozy and chic—the perfect way to complete any outfit and stay warm on brisk (nearly) winter days. We currently have a selection of hand warmers, hats, cowls and scarves at the store, and as a testament to their products, when we’re not working, we’re still living in our emiLime hand warmers, hats and scarves.
Coziness, practicality, and the marriage of form and function aren’t the only reasons we stock emiLime. Thankfully, and quite possibly most importantly, they seem to be a conscientious company—mindfully sourcing materials and promoting positive economic growth within communities in Peru.
emiLime handcrafted is committed to using the highest quality materials that are sourced from the same region where we do production thereby minimizing our impact on the environment. The majority of our pieces are made with Alpaca wool – a fiber known for its extreme durability, warmth and softness. We work directly with the producers of the materials in order to ensure the highest quality enabling us to collaborate with the entire supply chain.
Their website also explains that emiLime “empowers a network of artisan partners,” and coordinate with artisans “who make each product and use knitting as supplementary income.”
“Our philosophy is to invest in long-term relationships, thereby supporting economic development in vulnerable communities through craft.”
As a small business, locally owned and operated in Portland for over twenty-years, we can get behind that philosophy. And if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for friends and family, we hope you’ll look no further than emiLime’s hand knit goods.
Join us for the opening reception for “Conversations,” mixed media collaborations between Kirsten Moore & Brent Wear, alongside abstract paintings by Brent Wear. In addition to original art and prints to peruse, we have plenty of shoes to try on and refreshments to enjoy.
Thursday, December 3rd from 4-8pm, at 815 SW Alder Street.
Kirsten Moore started in 2013 drawing a bird a day to hone her drawing skills to possibly translate to textile designs for her fashion design business. The project was supposed to last a year. Since then illustration has taken over her life. Kirsten moved to Portland when she was 6 months old, and has lived here ever since. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music from Portland State University in 1995. In her spare time, she sells shoes at Johnny Sole and knits piles of shawls.
Brent Wear was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and has been living in the Portland area for the past 18 years. He studied art and illustration at Parsons School of design in New York and the University of Kansas. While living in Portland, he has had many solo and group shows,and has become known for his brightly coloured paintings of whimsical creatures in odd situations. In the past several years Brent has also been exploring the realm of abstract painting, along with collaborative works with artist Kirsten Moore. In his free time Brent likes to ride bikes, chase trains, and make friends with crows.