• BENDY: most comfortable shoe AND my life's work

    most comfortable shoe for travelmarysue | Indie Shoe Blog for Women BENDY by Ashbury Skies


    Navigating the style - comfort thing is tricky. I happen to know a bit about this as I hail from San Francisco and this is a city where style AND comfort count. We have some pretty famous and spectacular hills to maneuver in our city by the bay.

    Having spent my entire career in the shoe business, I also know a lot about shoes and I care what my shoes look like. As women age, they sometimes  forgo style for comfort.  I was not willing to go there, so I set out to create a modern comfortable shoe for navigating our city streets.

    I did not do this alone , I collaborated with a dear friend and footwear veteran  Caroline de Baere and we created the BENDY. Besides being uber comfortable, our shoe has a lower carbon footprint as it is handcrafted in our home state of California.  Because of this and because our shoe is more simply made than a sneaker, the BENDY has a big emission savings over a China made sneaker.  So the BENDY is good for your feet and gentler on our planet.

    Women often describe wearing our shoe, like walking on clouds. To learn more and see for yourself what my life's work has led to, click here.

    a modern comfortable shoe, made in the USAmarysue | Indie Shoe Blog for Women BENDY by Ashbury Skies


  • BENDY at the Be Invincible Women's Summit

    Caroline and I were so excited to be part of San Francisco Mayor, London Breed’s Be Invincible Women’s Summit yesterday. For those of you that don’t know her, she is our rock star San Francisco Mayor who also happens to be San Francisco’s first female black Mayor. There were so many extraordinary women speaking at the event AND in the crowd.

    We were asked to showcase our product there because the small business arm of the City of San Francisco is pretty darn excited about the BENDY’s impressive launch this year and prospects for the future. Thanks to MEDA for cheering us on and giving us this opportunity to shine on Friday.

    We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback on the BENDY.  We brought some extra BENDY’s and our Square reader and that was a good business decision as women were buying them from the display.

    Many thanks to London Breed and MEDA San Francisco for the recognition and a chance to get in front of the movers and shakers in San Francisco. I hope to see Mayor Breed in her new pair of mustard BENDY’s soon.

    Learn more about BENDY here

    BENDY at Be Invincible Women's Summit 2019

    BENDY at Be Invincible Women's Summit 2019

  • BENDY: travel friendly and comfortable

    The BENDY is a pretty sweet travel companion. Caroline, our co-founder, her wore her BENDY's on are recent trip to Brazil.  The secret sauce of this shoe is the foot bed. Women often describe wearing the BENDY, like walking on clouds. Take a look at our entire collection and new color ways here

    Bendy on the air plane BENDY by Ashbury Skies: a modern comfortable shoe


  • BENDY: Comfy, travel-friendly shoes made for walking

    Navigating the comfort verse style thing is another very real dilemma that fashion conscious women tangle with when traveling. Going for the orthopedic type comfort shoes or bulky sneakers are never really an option for the style conscious.  The BENDY is a comfortable and stylish choice for running through airports AND getting through TSA in a breeze. Discover the BENDY here

    Best shoe for walking through airportsmarysue | Indie Shoe Blog for Women BENDY by Ashbury Skies
  • It’s official: BENDY is Fodor’s Travel top shoe pick

    Fodor's Travel Best Travel shoe BENDY by Ashbury Skies


    Thank you Fodor's Travel for shining a light on the BENDY! Take a look at this awesome coverage of the BENDY, published 6/6/2019

    People nowadays are wearing sneakers with everything. And from TSA checkpoints to Thai temples, lace-up sneakers slow down a traveler on the go. That’s where the slip-on kick comes in the save the day.

    Somewhere along the line, women, in their infinite wisdom, decided it was OK for women to wear sneakers with everything, including dresses. Prior to this serendipitous sartorial switch, ladies of earlier eras used to get to where they were going in sneakers and then change when they got there. As travelers, we are delighted to leave our kicks on instead of having to kick them off, no matter what outfit we’re wearing. That said, the requirements for a travel sneaker are different from those of an everyday life sneaker. They need to be lightweight so as not to weigh down your bag but still stand up to a day of vigorous exploration. The must be easily removable for airport security, Thai temples, and any other place where a quick unshoeing is required. Hence, lacelessness is a key specification of the travel sneaker. You should be able to wear them without socks because socks are just another item to pack and lug around. And because you don’t automatically surrender your fashion sense when you cross a border, they should work with everything, including dresses. Here are some of the best (and cutest) slide on sneakers for travel.

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