Influencers Sea of Shoes TEXT KATE GENEVIEVE IMAGES COURTESY OF JANE ALDRIDGE "My readers are the type of people who march to the beat of their own drum, so I want “Sea of Shoes” to always be a place to celebrate originality for them." Welcome to the whimsical world of the vibrantly talented fashionista and style blogger, Jane Aldridge, and her epic blog, “Sea of Shoes.” Jane embodies a unique, edgy, and timeless class, seamlessly combining nearly all fashion styles with personality and spunk. She is a storm of intrigue, forging her own trends, with a firm pulse on what’s en vogue, and making monumental waves. Deemed one of the earliest pioneers in the blogging world, Jane launched her inclusive style blog in 2007, at the tender age of fifteen. Residing in Dallas, TX, and now twenty-five years old, “Sea of Shoes” is sailing at racing speeds. Jane has already partnered with notable top brands such as Barneys, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Veuve Clicquot, Tory Burch, and Stuart Weitzman, to name a few. Her blog encompasses style, beauty, travel, interior design, food and drink, and so much more. She also collaborates with the stunning interior design blog, “Atlantis Home,” run by her mom, Judy. “Thyme & Temp,” a food blog, is another joint effort with her husband, Jeff. There is no shortage of demands to keep Jane busy, and still so many uncharted waters to explore. How and why did you first embark upon blogging? What inspired you? Blogging wasn’t really a thing when I started out. There were a few, like Bryanboy and Susie Bubble, and I loved following them. I had 38 taken a few outfit photos, so I thought I could start on my own, but I didn’t really think I would have lasting interest in it. I was fifteen and busy with school. I developed friendships with the very few readers I had, and I kept at it. I was always immersed in fashion growing up. My mom was a model and had a fashion line in the mid-to-late eighties, and was a life-long vintage collector. I started collecting vintage clothing when I was about ten or eleven; the love was always there for me. Where did the name “Sea of Shoes” derive from? My mom’s old clothing label was called “Atlantis Home” and I wanted to continue the nautical legacy somehow. I wanted to use an octopus as my logo because that was her old tag design, too. So, I drew an octopus holding a shoe with each tentacle, and there it was – Sea of Shoes! The drawing of the octopus came before the name. Then, I scanned that drawing and had it as my logo for about five years. Describe your blogging style. It’s very natural and never forced. I try to photograph what I’m really wearing in real life and write about what I’m inspired by in the moment.