Archive for August, 2010

More or Less: Giuseppe Zanotti E00330 knockoff, the Steve Madden Charmmer

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Giuseppe Zanotti is a luxury brand that is highly coveted for it’s modern, sophisticated styles, but anyone with these shoes on their must-have list must get past their price tag first.  Case in point: the Giuseppe Zanotti E00330 pictured above, which retails for a hefty $695.  Luckily, we’re in the midst of end-of-season sales right now and you can get this pair for just $209.32 at Amazon (in size 6 or 9 only, as of this posting) or for $334 at Zappos.  That’s quite a reduction, but there’s a similar option for those who want to spend even less:

This is the Steve Madden Charmmer and it’s clearly a lookalike for the Giuseppe Zanotti pair, although there are a few differences – particularly in the heel – making it more of an “inspired by” version than a true knockoff.  But, there is quite a difference in price: the Steve Madden version is $109.95 at and your total gets even lower when you apply coupon code rmn20f to get 15% off and free shipping.  That adjusts the total to $93.46 shipped and it comes in black or olive.

Brian Atwood RZ Boots with chains from The Rachel Zoe Project

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

In last night’s episode of Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, shoe designer Brian Atwood made an appearance to meet with Rachel – who donned her signature white robe for him – and we learned that he’s always wanted to design a shoe for her.  It’s no wonder, since Rachel has long professed her admiration for Atwood’s shoes, namely in her very first Zoe Report.  Fast forward to one-year later and Rachel has her very own namesake pair to die over, literally, for the anniversary of her website: the over-the-knee RZ Boots she and Brian designed together.  We saw a bit of the creative brainstorming process during last night’s episode and, in the end, Rachel decided on an OTK platform boot with chain detail in the back and, of course, a “tranny” heel.  The boot is available for sale now, so let’s take a closer look:

I’m definitely feeling the chain detail (zoom in to really check it out) and it’s certainly a hot style.  We’ve seen Rachel in a lot of over-the-knee boots this season, so I imagine she wouldn’t have any trouble integrating this one into her fab wardrobe.  If it’s a must-have for you and you have $2,900 to spend, you can get the Brian Atwood Chain-Back Over-The-Knee Boot at Neiman Marcus.  (Update: The links I entered that go directly to the product page don’t want to work correctly for some reason, but I updated the link so it goes to the Brian Atwood page.  Right now, it’s the first shoe listed).  For those of us that don’t have 3K to spend (wowza), here’s a less expensive alternative I found that also offers plenty of dramatic detail along the back.  Like the Atwood pair, this boot is perfect making a statement, especially when walking away:

The Nine West Hobbs doesn’t have chains and it’s more like a corset boot with lacing all the way up the back, but the detailing is similar and it’s over the knee with a high heel and platform.  You can get it at Nine West on pre-order for $209 with free shipping.  It’s expected to ship by 11/23.

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Blowfish Hichi for $50 at DSW + August DSW coupons

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Lately I’ve realized that there’s a serious void in my closet for a pair of comfortable, casual shoes that also offer a bit of oomph – i.e. a heel.  If you haven’t already noticed from visiting this shoe blog, I definitely love my high heels.  Yes, heels do tend to be much more exciting (generally speaking) and I do have my fair share, but obviously we don’t go super-high for the sake of comfort – and, let’s face it, some occasions do not call for a high heel.  That’s why I’ve embraced flats much more than I used to, but there are still plenty of times that I need something in-between.  That’s why I’ve been looking around for a casual shoe with a low wedge heel to solve my shoe dilemma.  Of course, I tend to get distracted while browsing for something a bit more sensible, like I did at DSW with these shoes:

Oooh, sparkly!  And a big bow!  It’s the Moda Spana Chase pump in pewter, gold or black for $54.95.

Bright blue heels!  And triple platform!  The SM Adell pump in blue, black or pink for $89.95.

But, in the end, I think the Blowfish Hichi (pictured at the very top in brown and just above in black) is an option I’ll be considering for my casual shoe quandry and something that looks cool enough that I can still have plenty of fun buying it.  It has a wedge heel with just enough flattering height – 2.5 inches to be exact – and also comes in a heavy linen black version.  It’s priced at $59.95 and DSW offers coupon code FALLSHOP that takes $10 off $49, $25 off $99 or $45 off $149. That drops the price to $49.95, but there’s also code SAVE20 that takes 20% off a purchase of two or more items. Then there’s code SHIPR for free shipping on $35.  The good news?  These codes stack and DSW allows up to three per order, so I could get all three of the shoes in this post for $127.88 with free shipping instead of $204.85.  Alternately, I could remove the Steve Madden pair and buy the other two, which drops my total to $71.92 instead of $114.90.  A free DSW account is required for all of the codes except for SAVE20 and there are plenty of possibilites to choose from, so be sure to check out all of the shoes to save big on your own set of faves.

The FALLSHOP code ends 9/7, the SAVE20 code ends 8/30 and the SHIPR code ends 9/12.  Exclusions apply.

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Shoe Love: Two Lips Epic scallop bootie

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

I’ve got a shoe crush on a new arrival at Endless and, lucky for me, it’s not waayy out of my budget this time (I’ve been drooling over too many high end pairs lately).  The object of my affection right now is the Two Lips Epic platform sandal, which is available at Endless for $99.95 with free overnight shipping.  It actually reminds me a lot of the $850 Sergio Rossi Scalloped Booties I mentioned before, but this pair offers a hefty dose of sparkle with all-over rhinestone studding and another detail we’ve seen a lot lately (and one that I always appreciate): a lace-up, corset-like back.  Let’s take a look at that:

Now, for me, it’s just a question of black or beige, beige or black.  Decisions, decisions…

Also of note: This shoe qualifies for the 25% off $100 discount Endless is currently offering on select styles.  Since it’s a mere 5-cents away from the minimum (grr), at least one more item from this selection of shoes and accessories would need to be added to the order to get the savings.

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Claire Danes in Valentino Studded T-Strap Pumps + shoes with spike studs for less

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

I spotted Claire Danes in head-to-toe Valentino while browsing through the latest US Weekly and I had to take note of how gorgeous she is here.  Claire, who donned this look while in Paris to attend the Valentino show, is wearing a romantic, ultra-feminine ruffled dress and she toughens it up just a smidge with these shoes:

The Valentino Studded T-Strap Pump is a sophisticated pump with a nice dose of edge courtesy of the pyramid studs, which look like small spikes.  This is a great way to apply to current spike trend we’re seeing everywhere, including on shoes, in a much more subtle way for those times when a more elegant look is in order.  You can splurge and get the Valentino pair for $895 at Nordstrom (currently on pre-order), but we also have some similar, less expensive shoes as an alternative:

The Boutique 9 Zola in grey or black for $150 at Nine West.  Shipping is free on $50 or more for a limited time.  Or, get them at Endless for the same price with free overnight shipping.

The Charles David Techie for $138 in champagne or $115 in black (MSRP $230) at 6pm.

The Pour La Victoire Danya in whiskey on sale for $104 (list price $285.95) at Amazon.  This pair doesn’t have spikes, but the t-strap design and raised pyramid studs make it a viable option.  It’s also available in black or red and the price depends on the color/size combination selected.

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Find My Shoes: Bethenny Frankel in YSL on CBS Early Show + shoes for less

Monday, August 16th, 2010



Bethenny Frankel from The Real Housewives of NYC and her spin-off show Bethenny Getting Married? (a question that is now, most certainly, a moot point) made an appearance on The CBS Early Show last month to whip up some summer cocktails.  I received an email from Johnette, who wants to know about the super-fab black patent sandals she’s wearing with her red, strapless dress.  Bethenny, who is now a bonafide hot mama after having her baby girl, is wearing the Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Platform Sandal (pictured above), which is available at Neiman Marcus for $760.  If you’re looking for a similar look, but want to spend much less, try these shoes on for size:

The Steve Madden Haylow in black patent for $79.95 at Steve Madden. It also comes in black satin, blush or platinum and you can get free shipping by applying coupon code SMFREESHIP at checkout.

The Aldo Vadenais on sale for $44.99 (regularly $80) in black or bone at

Hope this helps Johnette!  And, don’t forget, if anyone else needs help with finding a pair of shoes, just let Fairy Shoe Princess know!

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Drew Barrymore in nude suede heels at Nylon party + lookalike shoes for less

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Drew Barrymore has always been a fave of mine.  She’s fun to watch on screen and seems totally cool off-screen too, plus she has a great sense of style.  Case in point: her recent appearance at the Nylon magazine party, where she opted for high-low dressing in her $25 vintage dress from a Texas thrift store and her YSL Tribtoo suede pumps in taupe.  I couldn’t find the exact shoes online, but they are similar to this $795 patent version at Bergdorf Goodman.  These are the kind of go-with-everything shoes that make a closet staple sexy, but those of us who can’t splurge on YSL might take a cue from Drew (and her affordable, fabulous dress) by trying out a less expensive style.  Here’s one that looks very similar:

The Zigi Soho Staple Pump in beige or black is a great alternative and you can get it for $59.95 at DSW.  If you have a free DSW membership, login and apply coupon code SHOECRAZY to get 13% off regularly-priced orders through today 8/13/10 (see, Friday the 13th can be lucky!).  That drops your total to $52.16.  You can also apply coupon SHIPR for free shipping on $35 or more until 9/12/10.  Now, if only I could score a dress like Drew’s for $25 at my local thrift store…

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