Thank you for coming to Kara Mac Shoes!
I'm Kara Mac, the creator of the world’s first, instantly swappable shoe, from heel to toe. After working in the fashion industry for 25 years, I left my corporate job with a dream to create fashionable and comfortable footwear for women on the go. The result is a revolutionary shoe system that customizes boots, pumps, slippers and sandals and creates a lighter footprint and a positive environmental impact by decreasing the amount of shoes that end up in landfills. Our shoes are unique because the heels are permanently attached to the shoe, but they have swappable heel coverings and straps that can be customized for any outfit. We call this our “Candy”. I hope you’ll join me in disrupting the shoe industry!
I'm a wife, mom of two young men and a dog mom to Bridget and Bernadette (aka Bernie), two beautiful Portuguese Water Dogs. I’m a lifelong New Yorker and went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. While working in the fashion industry, designing apparel, I commuted into the city and changed my shoes at least two, if not three times a day. One for walking and one for the office and sometimes one for an evening event. Can you relate? I also traveled on business trips visiting factories from Hong Kong to Turkey and never wanted to check my bag but the shoes forced me to. I mean, don't we need all need pair to match every outfit for every event?
I set out to design a shoe that I wanted to own. One that is super comfortable, could morph from one look to another and be customized for each outfit. A lucky encounter with one of the Shark Tank investors resulted in them telling me that the idea could be huge. That faith gave me the final encouragement to leave my corporate career and dedicate myself full-time to build the company. I researched patents to see if the idea had ever been done and am excited to tell you that a patent was granted in 4/2017 with an even stronger one to follow a year later. I started promoting our shoes with House Parties, followed quickly by showcasing at Women’s Conferences across the US and introducing KaraMac.com. The collection has grown to include Boots, Pumps, Slippers and Sandals and has been sold at Macy’s, Zulily and specialty shops.
One of my favorite quotes EVER is from Kathryn Hepburn, "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun". I can relate to this because, although I live and breath Classic, I am a sucker for a Twist. A twist in words, fashion, daily grind, mom’s life, family, legacy and everything else I personally answer to on a daily basis. Organic and Classic are two words I live by. Organic in social media and classic in style. Sure, I love trends and plan to always add them to my collection of ever-growing accessories, but I like to keep my shoe styles classic, so they almost never go out of style.
I’m also excited and humbled to align with Dress for Success® as part of our 2020 initiatives. For every shoe purchased, we will supply footwear for women who are getting ready to go back into the workforce. I am so grateful to my network of women and my “gaggle of girlfriends” and want to share the love.
I absolutely LOVE feedback---Good, bad or indifferent. At this point in my life, I am not into sugarcoating. I crave honest and direct feedback and want to hear from you so please reach out to me at KaraMacShoes@gmail.com!