Shoe Buzz: Halle Berry in movie about shoes, Dolce Vita for Target, Worishofer, more
I’ve noticed plenty of shoes in the news lately, so I thought I’d gather up some of the latest, most interesting things I’ve seen, mix ’em up real good and have a little Shoe Buzz roundup. We’ve got a new Hollywood flick about shoe addicts, “granny” footwear having a fashion moment, a Dolce Vita budget line and more. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s dig in:
As a shoe lover, I get giddy when I hear about a new movie that’s all about the shoes. Especially when the lead actress is none other than Oscar-winner Halle Berry, who is set to star in the movie Shoe Addicts Anonymous. The film, which will be out in Fall 2011, is a comedy based on the book of the same name by Beth Harbison. Apparently won’t be much of a stretch for Berry, who “loves shoes” according to a producer.
Dolce Vita is the latest company to collaborate with Target on an affordable fashion line, which is fittingly called Dolce Vita for Target. There’s a selection of five different styles available at Target’s website, most of which are very menswear-inspired, and all at much more budget-friendly prices than the usual Dolce Vita fare. The Dolce Vita for Target Buckle Ankle Boots pictured above are $34.99, which is the highest you’ll pay for any of the shoes available right now. They are expected to be in stores by August 22.
My very cool mom, who is always on the lookout for shoe-related info for me (thanks Ma!), let me know that Worishofer shoes were just featured on the CBS Today Show. The German-made line of “granny” shoes (their description, not mine) are well-known for providing a high level of comfort. Ruthie from Styleite.com was on hand to provide tips on how to wear them without looking, well, geriatric. One shoe featured was the Worishofer 583 lace-up sandal (pictured above), which was paired with jeans and looked pretty cute. Apparently, the “sandals so ugly they’re stylish” (again, their words) are a celeb fave and the brand, which has been available in the U.S. since the 1970’s, has been enjoying a nice surge in popularity in the past couple of years. You can find Worishofer at Endless from $42 – $75.
Seen on The Cut: You can combine a love of pretty shoes with a love of smelling pretty with the new fragrance called Beyond from Anna Dello Russo, who is currently Editor at Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan. The almond and vanilla scented perfume will be housed in a golden shoe, which I imagine would be a nice little decorative keepsake once the fragrance runs out. It will be available by the holidays.
Is there a correlation between an economic downturn and an upturn of heel height on shoes? Apparently so, as this New York Times article explains. During a recession, we typically see higher heels, like the over 5-inch heel on the shoe pictured above, which was created by Salvatore Ferragamo during The Great Depression.
There’s a new trend for au naturel, prehistoric-inspired shoes, like the one pictured above which will be available at a store near you this fall. Ok, I’m kidding…this is actually thought to be the world’s oldest known leather shoe that was recently discovered perfectly preserved in a cave in Armenia and estimated to be 5,500 years old. These are considered to be very high quality for the time and were likely very expensive.
Finally, we have a resource for buying and selling shoes online. I received an email from Ellen at If The Shoe Doesn’t Fit, which is an auction site where people can sell, swap or shop for shoes. She let me know that there’s a coupon code SOLES for two free listings and you can also use coupon code SHOES to get five more free listings (expiration unknown). Update: The SOLES coupon is available indefinitely, while the SHOES coupon is good for 12 months.
That’s all for now, but have a happy Wednesday!
Halle Berry image from People.com.
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