A Trek Up to Tilden

Photography by: Lauren Hirsch

Top: Romwe (c/o) // Leggings: Nordstrom // Shoes: Asos (knockoff of these Matisse ones) // Hat: Free People

Have you ever hiked in heels? From my guess, your answer is probably not.  It's not a very common thing- after all, who wants to hike in heels? It's highly impractical.  

Yet, almost every time I find myself going on a hike, I end up in heels. 

I swear I don't plan it this way. 

The other day, Lauren, myself, and some of our friends went on a big group shoot. The plan was to go out to the Berkeley Marina, and hang out there. So, naturally, I wore a pair of my favorite heeled mules (shown above), and figured they'd be fine on the soft grass.  But, as soon as we got to the Marina, we realized a huge problem: it was completely sunny. 

Now if you're not a photographer, then this probably doesn't sound like much of a problem at all. But if you are a photographer, then you know what I'm talking about. Bright sunlight is the absolute worst thing to shoot in- it's gross, it's harsh, and it's no fun. So, we needed a plan b, and quick.  The first thing that came to mind was Tilden Park, right by the UC campus.  It's up a giant, winding mountain, and it's absolutely stunning. You can see the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate from the top, amongst all the trees and boulders.  It's quite amazing and, since this was my first time up there, I was in awe.  Yet, I was also completely ill prepared. Of course, with my luck, I ended up wearing backless heeled mules- and faced hiking up the mountain in them.  This isn't the first time this has happened to me, and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Let's just say that, to spare the shoes, I ended up running through the woods barefoot. Everyone was laughing at me- especially when I got stuck in a tree (unrelated to the shoes, but still funny). But, I was also laughing so hard that I could barely breathe, especially while hiking! While, if I'm being honest, the whole experience was slightly miserable in the moment, it makes for one of my favorite stories to tell, now.  

Oh, and I should probably mention the rest of the outfit (if you've been following this blog for a while then I'm sure you're sick of seeing these shoes). This hat is literally my new favorite thing.  I've been on the hunt for a nice, camel-colored fedora, and this one from Free People is my favorite.  It's got a very western, cowboy vibe to it, but I think that the style gives it a unique flare, and adds a great twist to a modern outfit, like this baggy peplum top I paired it with.  This top was kindly sent to me by Romwe, and if you want to cop your own, it's seriously affordable.  I'm talking "under $10" affordable.  I believe it comes in other colors too, but you guys know I'm faithful to my good ole' black.  Just like I'm faithful to my little star mules, no matter what.  It's true love, guys.  Forever and always.