Alexandre Birman Hits The Shoe Hive

I rarely order any sandals from a true “summer” delivery. Traditionally, we order sandals for resort or spring seasons and ride that inventory all summer. I know this can be frustrating for shoppers. You go in a store in the summer, and you can’t find any actual summer shoes – or they are picked over, and nothing is left in your size. Well, I decided to go against my usual tendencies this time. Seeing things seem to be different when it comes to retail and shopping in a post-Covid phase, I actually ordered summer sandals to be delivered in the summer. It’s a groundbreaking moment.

I called my Alexandre Birman representative and said, “it is time to bring you all back to The Shoe Hive.” We got our first and last shipment of this line in February of 2020, and to be honest, we didn’t really have a chance to see how the brand would perform, given what went down 30 days after their inventory last hit our shelves.

For this summer, I got the Clarita – with their signature bow detail. I decided to try it on a sport sandal and slide and, of course, their fan favorite, the block heel. But the style that really won me over was their jelly shoes. I know, I usually shy away because I don’t think they look sleek or sophisticated. But these were different. They are part jelly and part leather, and they have three options for ties. You can decide if you want a tubular leather strap for something more basic, a silky rope for something a little more luxe, or a printed silk scarf to dress things up. Three shoes in one! What a great summer option.

If you are already out of town for the summer, don’t worry, we can ship them to you!




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I spent the first part of my career as a copy-writer who helped elected officials brag about their support for entrepreneurs. Then I decided to get off the printed page and do it myself. The Shoe Hive made a splash on the fashion scene in Washington, and was named the region’s best shoe store in its first year. Fourteen years later, I have tripled the store’s size and also opened a sister store, The Hive. At The Hive, we offer clothing lines that are sophisticated and approachable like Rag & Bone, Tibi, Raquel Allegra, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. We have tried to fill our racks with clothing you will want to wear all the time, elevated basics that are worth the investment.

Heard the buzz? The Shoe Hive & The Hive are a pair of luxury boutiques in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring both big name designers like Rag & Bone and Stuart Weitzman and smaller brands like AGL and L'Agence, our unique selection and impeccable service are what set us apart.

The Shoe Hive                         The Hive
127 S. Fairfax Street               301 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
              Alexandria, VA 22314

703.548.7105                          703.548.7110

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