Eree Kim has always been obsessed with details—after studying fashion at FIT, she spent years honing the finer points of knitwear at the likes of Calvin Klein and Opening Ceremony. And since she was a teen, the longtime New Yorker has also always prioritized putting her best, most comfortable foot forward. “My whole young-adult years I was always scouring eBay for vintage shoes—I felt like I could pull them off even though they were kind of on the frumpy side,” she says. Which explains why, when she got the itch to start her own line, it didn’t involve her decade-plus experience with sweaters—instead, Eree reached out to Texas-based orthopedic shoe company SAS about collaborating on a more stylin’ but still feel-good collection of oxfords, mules, and booties.
The unlikely partnership kicked off in 2014 when Eree spent almost a month in SAS’s factory in San Antonio, working with their team to make ergonomic flats that her fashion-world friends would covet. With that first collection, she also launched coordinating buttery suede circle bags, made in Queens and also geared toward women with places to be. Speaking of on-the-move: Her function-meets-form designs all sold out within a matter of days.