Brand Spotlight: Introducing Bed Stu

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Introducing Bed Stu

At Englin's Fine Footwear, we've always got our eyes on the horizon, looking out for the hottest new shoe styles and most innovative brands. We have high standards when it comes to partnering with a new brand: They must be at the cutting edge of the industry, with excellent standards of quality and customer satisfaction. With that in mind, we're excited to welcome Bed Stu (stylized as BED|STÜ or BEDSTU) as the newest member of the Englin's Fine Footwear family of brands. This New York-inspired shoe company lives and works by the motto "Genuine | Unique | Imperfect", and their shoes reflect that commitment to bold individuality. Learn more about Bed Stu and the styles we'll be offering below!

About Bed Stu

Bed Stu Soto in Black

Bed Stu takes its name from the Bedford-Stuyvesant (often called Bedford-Stuy or Bed-Stuy) neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. This neighborhood is known for the deep, resilient roots of its culture and community, and Bed Stu takes inspiration from the creative heritage that Bedford-Stuyvesant represents. From their start in a small warehouse in Los Angeles more than two decades ago, Bed Stu has been committed to the idea that quality craftsmanship is paramount, and that true shoemaking expertise can't be mimicked by machines. By bucking the trend of mass production and focusing on the beauty of a one-of-a-kind, hand-finished product, Bed Stu has made a significant mark on the footwear industry.

Tradition is a key factor in Bed Stu's success. Cobbler pieces are made using time-honored techniques, such as hand cutting, hand weaving, hand stitching, washing, tumbling, and hand finishing. Many Bed Stu shoes feature Goodyear welting, a labor-intensive but highly durable method of shoe construction that makes it easy for the shoe to be resoled in the future. When it comes to materials, Bed Stu uses vegetable-tanned, chrome-free natural leather, free range when possible. Most leathers are treated using formaldehyde and chromium, and while that method is quicker, those two substances are listed as human carcinogens by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which made switching to vegetable tanning a no-brainer for Bed Stu. They are committed to eventually making their process 100% organic, and they currently offer a special Organics Collection as a step in that direction. Because of Bed Stu's hands-on approach to shoemaking, each and every Bed Stu shoe is unique in some way.

While Bed Stu's techniques might hearken back to old-school traditions, their clientele is ultra-modern. Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Jeremy Renner, Emma Roberts, Jensen Ackles, Kelsea Ballerini, and more have been spotted flaunting their Bed Stu style. Yet these trendy, top-quality shoes are surprisingly affordable, so you can copy your favorite celeb looks without breaking the bank.

Bed Stu Styles

We're starting with just a few of our favorite Bed Stu sandals, and we couldn't be more excited to show them to you. These sandals have proven to be some of Bed Stu's most popular designs, and all three are skillfully crafted in Leon, Mexico. Whether you're into straps, cutouts, or woven detailing, Bed Stu has the sandal for you!

Bed Stu Manati

Bed Stu Manati

Bed Stu Manati in Smoke Blue

The gorgeously handmade Bed Stu Manati is as flattering as can be with its trendy crisscross straps. A toe loop and adjustable buckled backstrap help create a secure, custom fit all around. With a vegetable-tanned, chrome-free leather upper in ethereal Smoke Blue and antiqued brass hardware for a touch of refinement, you'll want to show off the Manati wherever you go. The leather of the Manati's sole is twice tanned for maximum flexibility, so you can enjoy the protection of a tough sole and the feeling of walking barefoot all at once.

Pair the Bed Stu Manati with all your favorite casual summer looks. We like it with denim shorts, pastel skirts, or even skinny jeans on cooler days. The Manati looks best with whites, pale hues, and delicate floral prints. Cheeky and feminine, the Bed Stu Manati is perfect for showing off that fresh pedicure!

Bed Stu Soto

Bed Stu Soto

Bed Stu Soto Tan Rustic

Bed Stu Soto in Black Rustic and Tan Rustic.

If you like sandals with extra coverage and a dose of sophistication, the Bed Stu Soto is the style for you. This lovely sandal gives you the looks you want and the comfort you deserve. A full grain leather upper with stylish cutouts takes the Soto sandal from cute to effortlessly chic, and the faux side buttons add charm while the rear zipper makes slipping in and out of the Soto a breeze. Each step is as comfortable as the last with the Soto's padded leather footbed. The hand-stitched leather outsole features a rubber heel for just the right amount of traction.

The Bed Stu Soto is the perfect sandal for going straight from a long day at work to a night out. The instep coverage keeps it classy enough to pair with pencil skirts and buttoned blouses at the office, but once 5 o'clock rolls around, you can swap your business casual wear for something flirty and paint the town! We're offering the Soto in two flattering shades: Black Rustic and Tan Rustic. We like the Soto in Black Rustic with a red cocktail dress or black slacks, while the Soto in Tan Rustic looks great with a flowing sundress, light khakis, or florals. Both pair well with denim of any kind. Add the Bed Stu Soto to your closet today and explore the possibilities!

Bed Stu Capriana

Bed Stu Capriana

Bed Stu Capriana in Cognac.

Strappy is the look this season, and the Bed Stu Capriana captures it perfectly. You'll appreciate the Capriana's expertly crafted beauty the moment you lay eyes on it. Intricate woven detailing and hand-finished leather give this sandal a hint of boho style. Your feet will be cozy all day long with the Capriana's cushy, leather-covered insole. If fit is your concern, the Capriana has two adjustable ankle straps with brass buckles, as well as a rear zipper for easy on and off. The Capriana's finishing touch is a hand-stitched leather outsole with a grippy rubber heel.

With its laidback look, the Bed Stu Capriana will be your go-to all summer long. The Capriana in Cognac complements light denim jeans or shorts, boho maxi skirts, and navy or blue/white gingham tops. It's versatile, stylish, and a lovely addition to any woman's summer wardrobe.

Bed Stu Blaire

Bed Stu Blaire Tan Rustic

Bed Stu Blaire in Tan Rustic.

With sandal season coming to an end, now is the time to start looking ahead to the cooler temperatures of fall. We've got just the style for you: the Bed Stu Blaire in Tan Rustic! This heeled bootie features rear lace-up detailing and an inside zip closure, and it will look equally as good with jeans and a tee-shirt as it will with a cute fall dress!

Are you as excited about Bed Stu as we are? This eco-minded company has some truly beautiful handcrafted shoes to offer. Keep checking the site for amazing new Bed Stu styles!