After four great years of living in the California sun, my husband and I were ready to make the big move back east to the Boston area, where we’re both originally from. I had always wanted to experience a cross-country drive across America, and this was my chance! While I may have been envisioning the kitschy Americana associated with a classic Route 66 road trip, the fact of the matter was that we were driving a Mini Cooper instead of a road worn Winnebago, and were relying on directions from an iPhone rather than an old glovebox road atlas. So in keeping with these upgrades, I decided it only made sense to try out my new Teva x Grey Ant stilettos upon arrival at the first stop on our journey, one of the country’s most celebrated scenic treasures, the Grand Canyon.
I have been a Teva fan since I was a little girl spending my summers outdoors in Vermont, so the purchase of this high heeled version was spurred mostly by nostalgia. Yet having worked on many collaboration projects with other artists, I also appreciate the unique and unexpected marriage between Teva and Los Angeles based designer Grant Krajecki of Grey Ant. I think Jules Kim of Bijules worded it best when describing the Vans x Nycked project. She said, “I think collaborations are essential for good brand development and growth and also I think really amazing collaborations exist between two brands that come from different walks of life.” While the Teva x Grey Ant collab garnered a lot of negative flack from the blogosphere when the shoes launched late last year, I’m standing firm on loving the results.. well, as firm as I can stand in 4″ heels on the edge of the Grand Canyon! Time to get back on the road!