Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stephen Bonanno Sandals Review...

Tomorrow is officially the first day of Summer!  It has already been incredibly hot and I couldn't be more excited about that.  I love summer clothes, I love bright jewelry and especially a great pair of sandals.  

That's why I am so excited to introduce you all to Stephen Bonanno Sandals.

               Let me first tell you the story behind these sandals which date back to the early 1960's --   Stephen Bonnano's were originally designed and hand-made for Jacqueline Kennedy by shoe designer Luigi Pucillo who teamed up with Stephen's parents Benny and Eva Bonanno of W.Palm Beach Florida.  They created the Palm Beach style sandal for her a.k.a. the Navajo.

Both deaf as young children, their handicap never held them back. Benny, a cobbler and shoemaker by trade and Eva, an expert with color, displayed their hand-crafted sandals on the counter for custom ordering (see photo above). Eva loved to pick bright colored leather hides to display her craft. She hand-cut the patterns, punched all the holes, then hand-cut long strips of leather for whip-stitching, while Benny lasted, sewed and sanded to perfection one pair at a time in their little downtown WPB cobbler shop, while their son Stephen worked side by side with them learning the craft. Jackie Kennedy made an appearance with her Mother in-law several times and ordered Black/White, White Multi, Baby Blue/White and Bright Yellow/White to name a few. The sandals were all the rage with the Palm Beach crowd.

Today the tradition continues with Stephen taking over the family business-- each pair is still an authentic hand-crafted work of art.  Stephen said “We never lose sight of my parents vision to keep it all hand-crafted of 100% leather and completely made from beginning to end in the USA!" 

How awesome is that!  I absolutely love that this business has been around for almost 50 years and they are still hand-crafting each pair!

(Stephen's sister also plays a big part in the business -- she has designed the website and manages it as well!) 


I was so excited to be able to pick a pair out for review.  With so many pairs of beautiful sandals to choose from it was definitely a hard choice.  I finally decided on a custom pair...

I chose the Emma Monogram sandals with my initials.  I wanted something that I could wear with anything so I picked a Platinum Base with Silver Whipstitching.  I wear a size 7 shoe but have a very narrow foot so I had them customize the top to a 6 1/2. 

I love that you are able customize them to your liking.  Whether you need a custom size, want a specific heel height, want them monogrammed or a logo added, they can do that for you!  There are so many colors of leather to choose from that I am sure you will be able to find the perfect pair.  Have them made to match your favorite ball team, customize them for the sorority you are in or have several made for your bridesmaids, whatever your needs are the kind people at Stephen Bonanno will help you out!

I couldn't wait to open the box when they arrived to see just what they looked like and how they fit....

Here they are, they are absolutely gorgeous.  Better than I expected.  I have been wearing them for a few weeks and they are just perfect.  I love the colors I chose, I can wear them with almost any outfit! The shoe is so well made and the fit couldn't be any better!  

They already feel like I have had them for years.  The leather is so soft and you can tell by looking at them that they are all custom, hand-made to perfection.  

I am already trying to pick out my next pair.  With so many colors and styles to choose from it definitely won't be an easy decision!

My Bonanno's were on the 16th floor rooftop terrace last weekend at our Hilton Hotel in Cincinnati, OH  :-) 

For my next pair maybe I will choose a bright colored Palm Beach "Core"...

or an adorable pair of Jamie's

or maybe I will just order another pair of the Emma Monogram's because I am loving mine so much!

Stephen Bonanno not only sells Women's Sandals, but they also offer Mens and Childrens Footwear as well as Handbags.

To learn more about Stephen Bonanno Sandals and to find the pair that is perfect for you please visit:


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Disclaimer: Stephen Bonanno provided me with a product sample to conduct this product review.  However, my opinions of the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company/product in anyway!

1 comment:

  1. Those are ADORABLE sandals!!!!!!!

    I also wanted to tell you to get over to our boy giveaway this week...http://www.thechirpingmoms.com/2012/06/giveaway-for-boys-and-their-dads.html to get some awesome swimsuits for the boys in your life!!!!