An Ethical Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

The holiday season is well underway, which, for the most carefree among us (young children, pets, and perhaps people in Scandinavian countries, for whom universal healthcare and hygge aren’t just pipe dreams but lived realities) means presents, hot cocoa, and general good cheer in the f...

Summer 10x10 Capsule Challenge: Day 4-7

The week has gone by quick, but my 10 pieces haven't gone anywhere. Here's day 4-7 of the Summer 10x10 Capsule Challenge! DAY 4 Jeans: BALDWIN Shirt: Krochet Kids Necklace: Connected Fairtrade Shoes: FOI, Adra DAY 5 Jeans: Levi's via Goodwill Dress: Stela9 Shoes: FOI, Gaby DAY 6 Jeans...

Summer 10x10 Capsule Challenge: Day 1-3

Happy Monday everyone! I thought I'd do a weekend update of the 10x10 summer capsule challenge and show you what I wore the past few days! DAY 1 Started the summer capsule with my brightest item out of the 10, my Guatemalan huipil. I added my favorite grey jeans and our Caramel Gaby. DA...

Summer 10x10 Capsule Challenge

SUMMER 10x10 CAPSULE Hey Hey, I’m Lindsay, an intern here at Fortress of Inca. A few people came into the store to pick items they planned to use in their 10x10 Challenge and it sparked my interested so I thought I’d give it a try! The challenge was created by Caroline of Unfancy and...

Spring 10x10 Capsule Challenge

Hey there, I’m Rachel, and I head up Marketing and Operations at Fortress of Inca. Since I joined the Fortress last year, I’ve been so inspired by capsule collections and those that build them. Mindful fashion wasn’t something I previously considered, as I went about my way letting fast...

We take the Winter 10x10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge!

Over the years, capsule wardrobes have been gaining popularity, especially as the horrors of fast fashion are exposed. The term “capsule wardrobe” was coined by London boutique owner Susie Faux in the 1970s, although it really caught on in America in the 1980s thanks to designer Donna ...

Get Festival Ready with Fortress of Inca

Still scrambling to find the perfect outfit to wear to ACL festival? We're here to help! Our durable, handmade shoes have the comfort and style to be your go-to piece for festival season. Whether you're into wearing booties or sandals, you'll surely find the shoe that's right for you. N...

Fortress of Inca and Trove Giveaway!

We've teamed up with our fair trade friends at Trove for a giveaway! You'll win a $100 gift card from Trove to pick out amazing apparel, and a pair of Fortress of Inca Abby Jane sandals in gold! Trove’s mission is to re-write the story of fast fashion for a more delightful existence. Th...

Flooding in Peru

In March of this year, weeks of rain led to rising rivers and flooding and mudslides, affecting more than half a million people in and around Lima. The people of Peru are near and dear to our hearts, so to help even just a little we will be donating $25 to Fundacion Oli for each pair of...

Feature Friday: Patagonia

We enjoy highlighting one of many unique brands in our "Feature Friday" blog posts. Patagonia is known for being an activist company with a sustainable and environmental mission. In 1953 founder Yvon Chouinard, at that time a 14 year-old member of the Southern California Falconry Club,...

Make the Most of Easter Weekend: Family-Friendly Vacations

A few years ago, Sean left his job as a social worker to spend more time with his kids. Today, he writes for LearnFit in his spare time. Photo via Pixabay by Cuncon Easter weekend can be the perfect time to plan a quick family vacation or extend one if you can get a few more vacation d...

The Top Things to Consider when choosing which Ankle Boots to Purchase

The ankle boot has become ubiquitous. Because of the versatility of the type of shoe, the ankle boot is now all-season and can be worn formally or casually. In the past, ankle boots were described as “the most widely worn style of fashion boots, usually under pants” but this has changed...

Feature Friday: Outdoor Voices

We enjoy highlighting one of many unique brands in our "Feature Friday" blog posts.   Photo c/o ovaustin Instagram Outdoor Voices is all about doing things. With their unique and modern line of fashion-forward activewear, they want customers to sweat it out in as many different ways as ...

Makendy's Story (Part 3)

For the next month, we will have the pleasure of hosting a shoemaker from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti at our offices in Austin. Makendy Smith earned a fellowship through the Young Leaders of America Initiative (YLAI) - a program launched by President Obama - which aims to build linkages betwe...

Makendy's Story (Part 2)

For the next month, we will have the pleasure of hosting a shoemaker from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti at our offices in Austin. Makendy Smith earned a fellowship through the Young Leaders of America Initiative (YLAI) - a program launched by President Obama - which aims to build linkages betwe...

Makendy's Story (Part 1)

For the next month, we will have the pleasure of hosting a shoemaker from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti at our offices in Austin. Makendy Smith earned a fellowship through the Young Leaders of America Initiative (YLAI) - a program launched by President Obama - which aims to build linkages betwe...

#WeWalkFar featuring Sarah Lindner

This week's #WeWalkFar feature is Sarah Lindner from The House of Sequins. A self-proclaimed online personal shopper and hoarder for herself, Sarah showcases three of our favorite things on her website: Fashion, Travel, and Food. We're excited to have her participate in this week's #WeW...

#WeWalkFar featuring Sarabeth McElhaney

Each Friday we share a story from one of the ladies of Fortress with #WeWalkFar. Use this hashtag to share your experiences, get involved, and make a difference! Influencer: Sarabeth McElhaney Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 1) Tell me about what inspires you to to kick ass ev...

Wanderlust: Places To Travel To

  There are so many incredible places all around the world. Whether you love the great waters or are simply looking for your next great adventure, you're sure to fall in love with these breath-taking locations. Keep reading to check out some of our favorite destinations you must see fo...

#WeWalkFar featuring Vanessa Kaufman

Each Friday we share a story from one of the ladies of Fortress with #WeWalkFar. Use this hashtag to share your experiences, get involved, and make a difference! Influencer: Vanessa Kaufman Founder of We The Classy, Venessa Kaufman, is passionate about curating the latest in fashion &...

Fortress Of Inca Presents: #WeWalkFar featuring Ashley Hargrove

Those familiar with Fortress of Inca may recognize "One Walks Far." Starting today we are reaching out to the ladies of Fortress with #WeWalkFar to tell their story. Use this hashtag to share your experiences, get involved, and make a difference. Influencer: Ashley Hargrove   Website | ...

10 ATX Restaurants We're Dying to Try

Austin does lots of things big; on thing we can all agree on, is that when it comes to picking a place to eat, the options are far and wide. Think of the most bizarre food option you can, and Austin probably has three variations of it. Here are a few that we have been dying to try. Clic...

Shoes to Blog About

At Fortress of Inca we care about the people that make our shoes, and the people that wear them. We want you to love the look of your Fortress booties or sandals as much as you love the feel of them. So we were especially excited when we saw Los Angeles based mom and podiatrist, "Dr. Sh...

Summer To Do List: Austin, TX

Austin, Texas is a place that we love to call home. And by no surprise, so do hundreds of thousands of other Austinites. The city is both lively and quaint, and offers more than enough ways to stay busy if you find yourself with a little free time on your hands. Here we have compiled a ...

Products With Purpose

In March, South By Southwest took Austin by storm as it does every year, and this year was nothing less (and actually more) than we expected it would be. Downtown becomes the best place to find fashion inspiration and fun parties as festival goers from across the country attend panels, ...

What To Wear Wednesday: Bohemian Babes

At Fortress of Inca we are busy prepping for summer with an incredible new footwear line filled with options for any style. Whether you are looking for your next go-to summer wedge, a comfy and casual flat to wear to work and to happy hour, or looking to stay on trend with a platform es...

What To Wear Wednesday: For The Jet-Setter

With Summer coming up right around the corner, we are all dreaming about what adventures the warm months will hold. As excited as we are about where we are going, we are pumped to wear our latest and greatest in those beautiful destinations! See below for inspiration on how to pair some...

What To Wear Wednesday: Back to the 90's

90's grunge fashion has taken the fashion world by storm. Back by popular demand, everyone is reaching for Calvin Klein's, bare midriffs, and denim of all kinds. Click below to see how we styled Fortress of Inca footwear with inspiration from our favorite decade, and follow this link to...

5 Ways To Cure a Bad Case of The Monday's

Monday's hit everyone where it hurts. Regardless of what events your weekend held, rolling out of your bed at 7:00 am on Monday morning is never anyones favorite activity. Here are a few ways to beat a bad case of the Monday's 1. Find an early morning pick-me-up It is always a little ...

What To Wear Wednesday: Inspired by Peru

Fortress of Inca is a company that is focused not only on delivering fashionable, quality footwear, but also ensuring that the people that make our shoes can enjoy a good quality of life with livable wages, good working conditions, among other benefits. Click below to see a few styles ...

What To Wear Wednesday: Spring Has Sprung

After a week of downpour, Austin, Texas is in full bloom. The sunny weather, blue skies, and colorful flowers have inspired us to put our dark winter styles, and break out our springtime florals, short shorts, and fun ShOeS!! Fortress of Inca is right on trend with the latest Spring s...

What To Wear Wednesday: Work To Play

Hump day has us all feeling the inevitable- so close yet so far away from the weekend. Instead of dreaming about your free time after the work week, imagine what you could do with your weeknights! Happy hour with friends, a last minute dinner date, small concert with a local band, the p...

What To Wear Wednesday: SXSW Style Inspiration

When SXSW Festival comes to Austin, Texas, so does serious fashion. Downtown Austin transforms as festival goers pour into the city for music, films, and thousands of other (free!) events held throughout the city. Expect to see killer style everywhere you look from artists, musicians, b...

What to Wear Wednesday: Cuffed Jeans and Booties

Ankle boots in all colors and styles have become hyper-stylish in the past year. They are effortlessly cool, and instantly jazz up an outfit as simple as a white t-shirt and jeans. Regardless of how easy they are to throw on, it’s important to style them to match your jean cut and lengt...

Gift Ethically This Holiday

The holiday season is upon us! While we all know that the holidays can be full of joy, they can also be pretty stressful.  You know what we mean... Coordinating family gatherings, prepping holiday meals, and finding the perfect gifts for your closest friends and family. We want to mak...

Factory Tour

Kate McGregor--owner of Kaight in Brooklyn, NY--got a firsthand look behind the scenes at one of our factories in Peru. She wrote this article to further educate her customers about our brand and our ethical production process. We have the honor of sharing her adventure and insight with...

Redefining "Value"

This post is authored by Kelly Allen, creator of The Insatiable Margin. Kelly's point-of-view and experience in the fashion industry delve deeper behind the scenes to shed light on certain practices. The Insatiable Margin provides a place for discussion and collaboration that can ultima...

Makendy's Story (Part 4)

For the last month, we have had the pleasure of hosting a shoemaker from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti at our offices in Austin. Makendy Smith earned a fellowship through the Young Leaders of America Initiative (YLAI) - a program launched by President Obama - which aims to build linkages betwee...

Festival Styles - Austin City Limits

October is here and so is Austin City Limits! This year, we are going to be your best friend and personal shopper to ensure you look your best at ACL. We want your social media feed to be blowing up with comments and likes on your amazing outfits, so mix and match our cool shoes and ac...

The Authoritative Guide on Packing Shoes

When traveling, it's important to pack effectively and efficiently. You want to be prepared for your trip, but you also don't want to be lugging around five suitcases wherever you go. This guide will, hopefully, save you some time and space when you're packing for your next trip.While y...

How to Survive in Heels All Day Long

This blog post is adopted from "The $0 Trick to Walk in Heels Without Pain" by Bobby Schuessler, Senior Editor of Who What Wear. Heels are great for instantly uplifting your outfit, but it doesn't matter what type of heels you wear or how high they are, it always comes at the expense of...

Searching for Sustainability Street

We all know it. Our planet has an expiry date if we keep on living the way we do. Drastic changes on the ecological, social and economic realm are necessary. But how can we do this? Many people don't know where to start …To find an answer to these needs and questions, Belgian Lana Meeus...

Smaller Margins, Bigger Hearts

Recently, lifestyle blog ELAINESIR featured Fortress of Inca, complete with an interview with Creative Director and co-owner Dory Benami. As an insider in the fashion/shoe industry, Benami speaks of his experiences, perspective, and the reason he was drawn to Fortress of Inca. The arti...

In Gaby's Shoes: SXSW

In my communications class, my professor asked our class if we had a good spring break or, rather, a “collapse.” I, personally, might have had a bit of a collapse in the latter half of break, but not before I got to wander around downtown Austin in the heat of South by Southwest (SXSW)....

TRENDING: Spring 2015

We here at Fortress of Inca believe in using quality materials and paying our workers fair wages in order to provide the highest level of comfort for your feet and your soul. However, we don’t think comfort necessarily means sacrificing style. In fact, our newest spring/summer collectio...

In Gaby's Shoes: Hope Outdoor Gallery

Hi, everyone! My name is Gaby and I’m a third-year marketing major and communication studies minor at UT Austin. I’m a lover of humor, pilates, dogs, baking, knitting, and, of course, Fortress of Inca. Since Fortress of Inca is based in the lovely city of Austin, I was blessed with the ...

The Perfect Valentine

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day and our new spring collection just around the corner. We’re all about making your feet and soul comfortable with our handcrafted shoes made with the finest materials by fairly paid Peruvian artisans. But that’s not all we do. If you're wondering w...

Rustic Wonderland: 10 Beautiful DIY Ideas to Try

One of the biggest trends of the moment is the idea of “rustic.” From weddings to home décor to the boom of the Mason jar industry, this is a trend that is definitely having a moment in the culture at large. However, “rustic” doesn’t just mean Mason jars and finished wood. In its essenc...

Why We Make Our Shoes in Peru

I recently drove south on I-95 in Virginia passing historic American sites on the road it made me think about how this country began hundreds of years ago. At that time, most things were made locally. It was incredibly expensive to import items from across the seas and if you wanted a p...

Trending towards sustainability and process at Fortress of Inca

Fast fashion is not sustainable. Mass retailers contribute to our collective destruction by encouraging consumption and paying very little mind to the economic, environmental or social impact that the business of making things quickly and cheaply plays.Our belief is that a premium needs...

Little by little...

Little by little, one walks far...  Last week in Peru's capital, the United Nations convened the Lima Climate Change Conference. The new agreement, negotiated by over 190 countries outlines a schedule to address this pressing issued in Paris at the end of 2015 while also outlining rules...

Holiday Gift Guide for The Modern Family

When the show first premiered in 2009, America fell in love with all of the eccentric characters and watching them meddle in each other’s lives. The dynamic between these three diverse families keeps the show fresh, and always keeps us laughing. Each episode is about different every da...

Heels vs. Flats

Fifteen minutes late, as usual, you have reached full on panic mode. You only have half of an outfit on, yet that age-old question has decided now is the perfect time to rear its ugly head again. Do you wear heels or flats? Any woman reading this can already tell you the pros & cons...

Halloween in Peru

The sun is setting as people rise in celebration. Little voices chant “Halloween, Halloween!” on doorsteps. Adults make their way to local restaurants and bars. Sounds familiar…but only few adults are costumed, groups of them are clad in purple, and “Trick or Treat” is nowhere to be hea...

Our Favorites: Metallics

The holiday season will be here before we know it which means lots of glitz and glam. Metallics are essential for any holiday party. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite metallics that we can’t wait to try out this season, and are sure to make you the envy of the season. 1. We love t...

Made in Peru: The Story of your Shoes

It’s always thrilling to find out someone’s story. Where they’ve come from, what they’ve experienced. But have you ever thought about the story of your shoes? Where were they before you? At Fortress of Inca, we think this story is very important. We want you to know where they came fro...

Sustainable Shoes and the Design Process

When Julie Gilhart, fashion director at Barney's New York was questioned about sustainable fashion she said that "consumers respond to good design. Design and desirability must come first."At Fortress of Inca we believe the same thing with regard to sustainability. We think that no matt...

Touch the Difference

We love the fact we can sell shoes to you via an online shop. And of course there's shopbop and zappos and so many other terrific ways to buy shoes these days. But there's a downside to online shoe shopping also.Online you can't touch or feel the shoe and inspect the quality of the lea...

Art is Long, Life is Short

Ars longa, vita brevisis a Latin translation of an Greek aphorism. The Latin quote is often translated in English as "Art is long, life is short." Hippocrates, a physician made this reference in the opening of a medical text. However, the true meaning of the phrase can be interpreted mo...

Keep Austin Dancin': Austin’s 10 Must-See Music Festivals

3 things we happen to love: shoes, music, and Austin, TX (our hometown). So...we wanted to highlight some of the best music festivals in Austin, Texas that take place over the course of each year. We recommend wearing Fortress of Inca shoes to all of them... Listed in no particular orde...

Brianna Love's Guide to Ethical Shoe Shopping

Brianna Love (@Brianna__Loves ) is a high school senior and founder of an eco-friendly blog called the SEA. She adores music, nature, fashion, food, beauty, knowledge and volunteering and she will be a freshman at Yale University this fall. When I go shoe shopping, which has become mor...

Trunk Show and Sale at Headdress in Austin, TX

Join us this Saturday, June 14 for a trunk show at Headdress in Austin, TX. We'll be serving drinks, socializing and selling shoes from 1-4pm. We hope to see you there!Headdress2324 South LamarAustin, Texas 78704RSVP via our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487928138...

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAVELING

This post was written by Dory Benami, co-owner of Fortress of Inca.  “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya An...

What's Your Style? 5 Easy Ways to Tell

This is a guest article written by Samantha Read more from Samantha Let’s be real for a second. What we wear says a lot about who we are. Like right now, I’m still sitting in my pj’s, which says I should probably care more about my appearance. Well, don’t judge, okay? If you’d seen me ...

Top Tips for Buying Women's Shoes

These tips from Dory Benami, co-owner of Fortress on Inca may just save you money and blisters when you are buying your next pair of shoes! 1. Never trust how comfortable shoes are by trying them on in a store!This sounds counter-intuitive but if you have bought a pair of expensive sho...

Le Garage Sale in Austin, Texas

We are excited to be participating in Le Garage Boutique Sale this year for the first time, taking place in Austin, Texas. This is your best chance to get select styles for 50-70% OFF of their normal retail prices. Can't wait to see you all there! For more information on Le Garage Sa...

4 Easy Ways to Give Back

Right about now, all across the country people are snapping out of their holiday junk food fest and realizing that it is going to take a little bit of resolve to repair the bodily damage done over the past few weeks (just me? OK…). The thing about a resolution like this (or any resoluti...