Exclusive: Julia Engel Talks Essential Shoe Styles and Her First Footwear Collaboration
"We wanted to equip our customers with Fall closet staples for effortless, everyday dressing," Julia Engel told us of her forthcoming Gal Meets Glam Collection shoe collaboration with direct-to-consumer brand Margaux. Indeed, this lineup consists of four key shoe silhouettes designed to live in — and because Margaux's shoes are crafted with an emphasis on comfort and fit, you won't want to take them off.
At the core of this collection is also the preppy-meets-girlie aesthetic that Julia's blog — and now, her brand — has become known for. She's reimagined four of Margaux's essential silhouettes, including an everyday boot, two ballet flat styles, and a chic loafer, all finished with Julia's eye for detail — bows, tweedy trim, and a splash of pink. The selection ranges from $145 for the demi ballet flats to $345 for the suede boots, and if that sounds like a little more than you were hoping to spend, consider this: each of the styles is available in three widths and extended sizes, ranging from a European 34 to 44, and handcrafted with luxury materials at a family-owned factory in Spain. Add to that that after a day in these shoes, I can vouch that the quality and fit is worth the hype (and not just because of all the compliments I got on them).
Ahead of the launch, we chatted with Julia about all things shoes. From her favorite styles in the new collection to the modern way to style a classic ballet flat, she breaks it all down in our interview ahead — including where she stands on the heels vs. flats debate.