Archive for March, 2010

Spring shoes on sale NOW

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

As any reader of this blog knows, I love to get a great deal on a pair of shoes.  While I don’t have a “That’s so last season” mentality when it comes to my purchases and I often scour sale and clearance shoes for hidden rock-bottom gems, I do have to admit that there’s something especially gratifying about getting a new arrival at a great price.  Even more so when entering a season like spring, which always comes with a plethora of irresistibly cute and bright sandals to choose from.  So, I had to scope out the current spring shoe sales that cut the price, but not the style.  Here are a few that I found:

Famous Footwear is having their buy 1 pair of shoes, get half off the second sale, which is already quite a deal.  However, you can also apply their 15% off BUNNY15 coupon code until April 3, which takes even more off your total.  One of my current shoe crushes is sold there, the Chinese Laundry Bellevue (pictured above).  It’s a super-sexy, strappy sandal in a nice versatile shade of brown with a cork heel and front straps that extend down to the platform sole.  It’s offered for $59.99, but you can get it for $50.99 after the coupon code. 

Or, add another pretty pair like this pink ruffled Madden Girl Setra for $39.99 to your order:

Then you get half off the Madden Girl pair, making it just $20.  Apply the coupon code and get both pairs for a sweet $67.99.

Another sale on new shoes is offered by Shoemall, which takes $20 off $80 using coupon code TAKE20 until 4/3/10.  I’m all about the tad pricey, but awesome Report Signature Elinor (pictured above) for $224.95.  Get them for $204.95 after the code.  Here are a few more of my picks from Shoemall:

The Chinese Laundry Head Over Heels is somewhat reminiscent of the Betsey Johnson Alison I mentioned yesterday with its black lace and tie detail, but this pair is more affordable.  Get it for $99.95 before coupon and $79.95 after.

Or, get all ruffled up and fabulous in the Fergie Henney in red or black for $94.95 before coupon and $74.95 after. still offers coupon code MSAVE, which takes 20% off your order at checkout.  That cuts the price on the BCBGeneration Belboa, a cute flamingo pink knotted wedge, from $99 to $79.20.

Finally, there’s Payless.  We all know that Payless Shoes offers very low prices to begin with, but they also have a coupon code in the mix.  Get another 20% off your total by applying coupon code 32219 until 4/4/10.  The Stella Gladiator Sandal in black, brown or pewter is reduced from $22.99 to $18.39 after code.

Please note that all coupon codes and sale prices are subject to change at any time.  Happy shoe shopping!

Betsey Johnson Alison lace bootie for $120

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I’m a bit delayed in returning to my shoeblogging after my weekend jaunt, so I definitely had to share a super-hot shoe today to make up for it.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s the Betsey Johnson Alison lace platform stiletto bootie and I am definitely in love.  This shoe is inspired by a corset, complete with boning and lace-up detail.  I have a thing for lace, whether it be in my clothes or my shoes, but we all know that the whole lingerie-as-outerwear thing can be quite a thin line to tread.  Not so with shoes, which is one reason I love them so.  You can reveal as much as you want to with shoes, but without the risk of being in that precarious “overexposed” situation you might get from clothing.  Not to mention, these shoes are perfect for applying the feminine detail trend I talked about in my spring shoe trends post and the ghillie tie shoe trend that Piperlime says is hot for spring.  All in all, that makes this shoe a “do” in my book.

Apparently I’m not the only one because this pair is sold out in several places.  However, you can still get them at either Lord & Taylor or Karmaloop and get a nice discount to boot.  Lord & Taylor has them for $150 and coupon code SHOP takes another 20% off, making them $120 with free shipping.  That code expires 4/3/10 and there aren’t many sizes left.  Karmaloop also offers them in a few sizes for $150 (I’ve literally seen several sizes sell out just in the course of the day today) and coupon code CLINTON takes 20% off.  Shipping is extra and the coupon expiration is unknown.

Update: This shoe appears to be sold out everywhere now, but I found a similar pair from Aldo.

Update 2: Karmaloop has the Alison back in stock for $150 and coupon code CLINTON still works to reduce them to $120.

Update 3: Zappos now has the Betsey Johnson Alison in-stock for $154 with free shipping.  Thanks to Stephanie for the heads up!

Update 4: Amazon and Endless both offer this style for $150.

Message from Princess: Gone for the weekend

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Hey shoe lovers!  Just a quick note to let you know that I am going out of town for the next couple of days and I won’t be able to post, but I’ll be back in action on Monday!  Have a great weekend!

Jeffrey Campbell Tick in zebra or cheetah fur at Solestruck

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

The ferocious animal we know as the Jeffrey Campbell Tick has evolved once again!  We’ve seen the wild (and wildly popular) style in several forms – including black, burlap, white, tribal and even a gladiator boot – but now Solestruck offers the Jeffrey Campbell Tick Fur in brown zebra or cheetah print.  You can get either style for $179.95 with free shipping and there are plenty of sizes available right now.  However, if history teaches us anything, it’s that these bad babies sell out lightning fast.  For example, the Jeffrey Campbell Giggle Tic, which was just released earlier this week at Karmaloop, is virtually sold out already (only 1 size 7 left).  So, if you seriously must have a JC Tick of your own, shake a tail feather!

Like the simplicity of the black leather Tick more?  LuLus has it on preorder for $156 with free shipping.  It is expected to ship May 14.

Update: I noticed Karmaloop now has the Jeffrey Campbell Tick natural burlap in stock for $150.  Apply CLINTON at checkout for 20% off, which drops them to $120.  Also, Solestruck has the Jeffrey Campbell Tick in black on preorder for $169.95 (Singer22 does as well, but for $200) and Lori’s Shoes has a few sizes left of the same pair for $158.

Update 2: The Jeffrey Campbell Tick in black and white zebra is now available at Solestruck for $179.95 (sold out).

SOS: 30% off Reebok sale shoes at Reebok

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The time for wearing body-baring styles like bathing suits and shorts is quickly approaching, so many of us have our minds on working out in order to get ready for it.  If you need a pair of inexpensive workout shoes to help achieve your fitness goals, you’re in luck. is taking a sweet additional 30% off clearance athletic shoes when you use coupon code TAKE30 at checkout.  That makes the Reebok Celeron, which is already marked down from $64.99 to $44.99, just $31.49 after the discount.  The expiration for the code is unknown.

If you have your eye on a regularly-priced pair of Reebok shoes, there’s also the Friends and Family Sale going on right now.  Get 25% off and free shipping by using coupon code FRIENDS25 until 3/28/10.  Some shoes, like EasyTones, are excluded.

Kelsi Dagger Brandi for $124 at Karmaloop + Jeffrey Campbell Giggle Tic boot

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Kelsi Dagger shoes have really been grabbing my attention lately, as you can tell from the two pairs I mentioned in my spring shoes trends post.  The brand was launched just last year by Pour La Victoire designers David Giordano and Jay Adoni as a unique take on a junior’s shoe line.  And different it is – the shoes have definitely managed to stand out in a crowded shoe market for me.  According to the Kelsi Dagger website, the brand name is derived from a fictional English femme fatale and “Kelsi Dagger is confident, independent, slightly dangerous and speaks to the accelerating velocity of how young people live today.”  Case in point: The Kelsi Dagger Brandi, a new arrival over at Karmaloop, which is a perfect mix of rock chick and glam.  I love the wide ankle wrap with circular cutouts and the generous use of sparkly rhinestones on this pair but, even aside from pure looks, Kelsi Dagger shoes are quite moderately priced as well.  Of course, I’m all about getting things on sale, so it works out that Karmaloop always seems to have a coupon that will discount your purchase.  You can currently use 20% off coupon code CLINTON to drop the price on this pair from $155 to $124.  The expiration date on the coupon is unknown and shipping is extra.

Another standout new arrival from Karmaloop is the Jeffrey Campbell Giggle Tic gladiator boot, the latest reincarnation of the Jeffrey Campbell Tick.  I have to admit I like the Tick in wedge bootie form better, but you can’t deny the all-out drama factor of this pair.  There are only 3 sizes left (7, 8, 9), but you can get this style for $160 instead of $200 at Karmaloop if you apply 20% off coupon CLINTON at checkout.

Update 7/8: The Giggle Tic sold out quick the first time at Karmaloop, but it’s back in stock.  For how long, I don’t know.

Shoe Trends Spring 2010: Warm weather, hot shoes

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Did you know that today, March 20, is officially the first day of spring?  To celebrate the end of dreary ol’ winter and usher in a bright new season, I thought it would be appropriate to talk spring shoes trends today.  I’m not one to follow every trend to a T, but I certainly find it fun to keep up with and I take it into consideration when making my own shoe purchases.  I’ve been keeping my eyes out for the latest in shoes this season and, I have to say, there are many different accounts of what’s hot right now.  But, there are a few that stand out as being generally agreed upon and a few that I would consider shoe subtrends – i.e. those smaller, fringe trends that provide plenty of variety and help round things out.  So, without further adieu, here’s a rundown of the spring trends I’ve found and my favorite examples of the shoes that incorporate them:


Neutral shoes were big last year and they are back again this year – and for good reason.  Neutral shoes go with virtually everything – including those little pastel sundresses that so don’t work with our dear friend black.  Even though metallic sandals provide a similar level of versatility, neutral shoes have a nice bare leg effect when you pick a pair that is similar to your own skin tone.  Some even say it has a slimming effect, which certainly doesn’t hurt either.

Go for a classic silhouette you’ll wear again and again with the Nine West Escher taupe peep-toe pump.  Endless has it for $78.95 with free overnight shipping.

Go for a little more drama in the design with the Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike, available at for $80 with free shipping.  Get 20% off with coupon code MSAVE at checkout, making them $64.

Feminine details

This is one trend I’m personally loving.  Shoes that incorporate details like ruffles, flowers, bows and lace bring out your girly side and just make you feel pretty.  You can’t go wrong with that.

Combine the neutral trend with feminine flowers in the Kelsi Dagger Belize, which is available at Piperlime for $135 with free shipping.  Can I say just how much I love this pair?  Yes, this is true shoe love for me.

Go for girly-with-edge in the ruffled Jeffrey Campbell Quarry with the infamous unicorn heel.  These are available at LuLu’s for $139.  I love these with the lace tights.

The ruffled and zippered Dollhouse Kirna is super-lovely and nicely affordable too.  Get the best price at, where they are available in black or fuschia for $50.  They drop to $40 when coupon code MSAVE is applied at checkout.  Endless has them in more color options – green, black, blue, pink and white – for $51.95 with free overnight shipping.


Wedges are always in, but particularly so this spring.  I love wedges because they give you flattering height, but they tend to be more comfortable than skinny heels.  Plus, they work well with many spring looks and can typically be dressed up or down.

Combine the neutral trend and the wedge trend with the Sam Edelman Kyla, which is offered at for $149 with free shipping.  They drop to $119.20 when coupon code MSAVE is applied. If they don’t have your size, try Zappos for $149 with free shipping.

Combine the feminine detail trend with the wedge trend (and get a great deal to boot) with the SM Ven Rosette wedge in six color options for $39.95 at DSW.  Coupon code KCOOK34 takes $5 off, making them $34.95, and code FREESHIP gives free shipping (enter both at checkout).  Expiration for these codes is unknown.


The oxford jazz flat seems to big right now and, to be honest, I’m personally not a big fan of this trend because I don’t find it very flattering.  However, I have seen oxford flats look pretty cute with cuffed jeans, so it can work with certain looks.  If I were to apply this trend, I’d go for an oxford with a twist (and a heel) in this awesome pair:

Get a variation on the traditional oxford style with the addition of lace and a unique heel with the 80%20 Hope Oxford from the Ce Ce Chin Collection (find more available color options here).  You’ll combine the oxford trend and the feminine detail trend with this shoe, which is available at Karmaloop for $175.  Coupon code CLINTON takes 20% off, making them $140.  The coupon expiration is unknown.

White shoes

Piperlime lists white sandals as a hot trend right now.  To me, there’s nothing like an amazing white pair of shoes for spring and summer, but it can be tricky to find the right one.  There’s always a fine line between a hot pair of white shoes and one that comes across as a bit cheesy.  Here are some that I think fall into the hot category:

The Naughty Monkey Parade is one of Piperlime’s white shoe examples and I’m loving it too.  The brown straps and heel provide a nice contrast for the white base color.  Get it for $80 with free shipping at Piperlime.

Combine the white trend and the feminine details trend with the gorgeous Betsey Johnson Amorita.  It’s available at Endless for $185 with free overnight shipping.

I also like the white version of the Dollhouse Kirna mentioned above, which you can get for $51.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.


Get a little wild this season with a tribal-influenced pair of shoes, which always add an exotic flair to your look.  Try out the trend with these pairs:

The Kelsi Dagger Grace has a tribal influence with its use of wooden beads, but it gets all dolled up with the addition of sparkling rhinestones.  Endless has it in 3 color options for $148.95.

Combine the tribal trend with the wedge trend in the Naughty Monkey Liggy, which has a dramatic printed heel.  Get it at for $85 with free shipping.  Coupon code MSAVE drops it to $68.


Clogs are making a big comeback this year.  If you want a clog with a hefty dose of attitude, try this pair:

Steven by Steve Madden Durann for $149 at  Coupon code MSAVE takes 20% off, making them $119.20 with free shipping.


Get sailor chic this season with nautical-inspired shoes, which are clean, classic and fun to wear.

The Nine West Cawley in navy with cork platform and red heel will have you sailing into high style.  You can find this shoe at Endless for $88.95 with free 2-day shipping.

I’ll be covering any additional shoe trends I see in upcoming Hot Trends features, so stay tuned!

Note: The MSAVE coupon code for mentioned in this post expires 3/31/10.  All prices listed are subject to change.

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