One of the best things about having a sister is sharing clothes. Instantly your wardrobe is doubled. Of course there are certain unspoken rules when you enter a sister-wardrobe-time-share arrangement: Always ask permission to borrow first, and don’t you dare think about returning anything that isn’t in the same immaculate condition it was when it left the coat hanger.
Sisters Lucy Glade-Wright and Jo Harris know a thing or two about sharing. Yes, they’ve spent a lifetime navigating the chapters of the sisterhood wardrobe constitution, but they are also business partners in real life. Together Lucy and Jo run Hunting for George, one of Australia’s most popular online destinations for local and internationally sourced homewares, art, furniture and bed linen.
Known for their ability to curate the very best in interiors, Lucy and Jo also take the matters of curating seriously when it comes to their individual shoe collections. Stylish and down to earth sums up these sole sisters, as long as you don’t forget to put back what you borrowed.
What was the first pair of shoes you remember owning as a kid, and why did you love them?
Lucy: The only thing I remember having on my feet when I was a kid was an old pair of roller skates that belonged to my mum. They were red and white with worn out laces that looped from the toes to the top. They were the coolest thing I’ve ever owned.
Jo: Just to clarify, I was a child of the ‘70s, which will make sense when I say I had a pair of red patent clogs when I was five. I still have them to this day, displayed with pride in my daughter’s room.
What pair of shoes are you still lusting over from childhood?
Lucy: One Christmas Santa upgraded me to a brand new pair of rollerblades. It was the ‘90s and it was glorious.
Jo: Clogs, I loved them but I’ve never owned a pair since. Not sure if I can still pull them off.
What do you think your current shoe collection says about you?
Lucy: That I am incapable of wearing high heels!
Jo: That I am a down-to-earth-flats-kind-of-girl who loves playing dress ups (just not enough as I’d like).
What is your all time favourite pair of shoes?
Lucy: My white Converse Chuck Taylors that eventually turned grey. I was made to throw them out.
Jo: My pair of Habbot rose gold stilettos that I purchased a couple of years ago. They make me smile.
The age-old debate: Heels or flats?
Lucy: Flats, the reason is obvious.
Jo: Flats, they are just so damn comfy.
What has been your biggest splurge on shoes?
Lucy: I’ve only just recently allowed myself to spend money on my clothes and accessories. It took a while for me to find my style but now that I have I think my biggest splurge is soon to come…
Jo: I bought a pair of Bally boots just after I had my first child. They were outrageously expensive and they were a complete knee jerk purchase after feeling fat and horrendous after nine months of pregnancy. Childbirth was still fresh in my husband’s mind, so he didn’t even flinch when I told him how much.
Where’s the best place your shoes have taken you?
Jo: I bought the most beautiful pair of black strappy sandals while on my travels through Spain. I wore them to death until no cobbler in the world could breathe life back into them.
Be honest, do you keep your shoes in or out of the box?
Lucy: Box? Hell no. They’re a mess. Not organised. Not treated well. I am a bad person.
Jo: I start out with good intentions for my ‘good shoes’ and keep them in boxes. This changes when my 7-year-old decides to play dress up in my wardrobe.
What type of shoe would you never been seen in?
Lucy: Those wedged sneakers. I’m sorry but sneakers are for running and wedges are for strutting!
Jo: I'm not one to judge, but I would have to say Crocs. Sorry!
What’s your biggest shoe regret?
Lucy: I’m currently selling some strappy stiletto heels on eBay. Safe to say I was deluded when I bought those. The highest bid is currently sitting at $2.41.
Jo: I bought a pair of sneakers that were a size too small once. I endured the pain of wearing until common sense kicked in and I finally decided to throw them in the bin.
Your verdict on Ugg boots out in public, yes or no?
Lucy: Many moons ago I was dating a guy who believed Ugg boots in public were an acceptable dress code. He is no longer my boyfriend.
Jo: Okay, so I believe there are different degrees of ‘public’. I believe no in general, but there is one exception to the rule – The Milkbar.
Winter has finally departed and what better way to celebrate than putting your best foot forward with a new pair of shoes. What habbot style will you be hitting the pavement with this spring?
Lucy: I’ll be donning habbot’s ‘Glue’ platform brogue. I was really drawn to the contrast of the sole and the fancy pants patent finish. I also think they look super posh, and considering Posh was my favourite Spice Girl, these shoes are a no brainer.
Jo: My kind of shoe is definitely ‘Walnut’ with its mid-heel and suede finish in that soft colour. Also to be honest and hopefully without sounding like a grandma, the heel on this shoe looks so manageable and comfy, this is probably a shoe I could wear all day with the added bonus of some extra height!
Where are you planning on wearing these shoes this spring?
Lucy: These are going to be my all day, everyday shoes! Jeans, cut-offs, skirts, I'll find a way to integrate them into every outfit.
Jo: I think the Spring Racing Carnival might be on the cards!
If you were a pair of shoes what would you look like?
Lucy: Thongs. Down to earth, a little squishy and if you wear them for too long they start to get annoying.
Jo: I would be a comfy pair of silver flats, a bit of personality but also down to earth.
How many pairs of shoes are too many?
Lucy: As many as my cupboard can handle.
Jo: There’s no such thing as too many!
Finish this sentence: Whatever happened to the Old Lady who lived in a shoe…
Lucy: She’s still there isn’t she? Just loving that shoe.
Jo: She had a killer shoe collection to pass on to the next generation.
To find out more about Lucy and Jo visit their website here or follow Hunting for George on Instagram here.
Lucy chooses habbot’s Glue brogue in grey and Jo chooses habbot’s Walnut heel to get them from A to B this spring season.
Words | Lisa Marie Corso
Photography | Amelia Stanwix