The Betsey T-Strap Volcano Sand
A great pointed-toe alternative to heels for a night out (ICYMI, we make really comfortable shoes), the femininity of the t-strap flat has endured for more than a century. Look forward and back again, in 2017, the ankle strap trend reigns on.
Leather: A full-grain cowhide leather with a biege base and black, glass-like speckled print.
- Leather lining
- Leather sole
Number of employees: 22
Year established: 1996
About the Owner: This factory was founded twenty years ago by Lupita. Poppy Barley co-founders Kendall and Justine Barber serendipitously met Lupita when their shoe broker Laura’s 12-year old daughter came home and reported her best friend’s mom (Lupita) could make custom footwear (did you catch all that?). This was the beginning of the Poppy Barley partnership (and became the original Poppy Barley factory) formed by four women: Kendall, Justine, Lupita and Laura.
About the Factory: Lupita recruited all of her shoemakers from the sample rooms of León’s top manufacturers. (It is in the sample rooms of larger factories where the first prototype of every new shoe style is handcrafted before it is mass-produced by an assembly line.) The artisans have decades of experience in shoemaking, having launched their careers when it was still the norm to make shoes entirely by hand.
Creating a clean and safe environment for Lupita’s team is of utmost importance, and in the 20 years that her factory has been manufacturing shoes they have remained accident-free.
- Available in 5 to 12 in Narrow, Standard and Wide
- Model wearing size 8.5 Standard