Archive for January, 2011

Find My Shoes: Purple wedding shoes

Monday, January 31st, 2011

When I heard that Heather, a friend of Fairy Shoe Princess on Facebook, was looking for the perfect purple wedding shoes, it didn’t take long for me to start checking out what was available.  To be honest, I’m always down for looking at pretty purple pairs, but particularly so when it comes to a special event like a wedding.  I don’t know too many specifics of what Heather is looking for in terms of exact style or shade, but I set out to find a selection of dressy shoes in various purple color options that I think would work well for the big day.  Here’s what I found:

I mentioned a pair of shoes very similar to these before – the tutu-inspired Steve Madden Fifi in blush or black – but I’m definitely loving this bright purple version.  The SM Lace Platform is available at DSW for $99.95.

You can add some serious sparkle with the Night Moves by Allure Star purple sequin heel, which is sold at for $90 with free shipping.

There’s also plenty of shine on these stunning floral heels, the Betsey Johnson Iris.  You can find these at 6pm for $122.50 with $6.95 for shipping.

The Betsey Johnson Izzy is quite similar to the Iris color-wise, but it has a little something blue mixed in, which is a nice plus.  Get these for $122.50 with $6.95 for shipping at 6pm.

It’s kind of hard to tell when seeing it off the foot, but I think the large rose detail on the Nina Galiza could be really gorgeous, particularly in this shade.  Get these at for $99 with free shipping.  Update: Here’s another Nina shoe with large floral detail in a darker shade of purple, the Nina Critia for $40.50 at 6pm.

These don’t appear to be the most comfortable of options, but I do love the soft shade of lavender and the cluster of petal-like detail on the vamp.  The Miss Me Dazzle-32 sandals in lilac are available at Endless for $45.95 with free 2-day shipping.

The RSVP Rain looks like it offers more comfort with the built-in Foot Petals and the higher platform to help offset the height of the heel.   Plus, they are simply elegant and pretty.  Get these at Zappos for $89 with free shipping.

Finally, we have the gorgeous violet satin Martinez Valero Zoie heels.  These are available at for $141.55 with free shipping.

Note: For any of the regularly-priced styles listed above, get 20% off your order with coupon code VISA at checkout.  It may require payment by Visa and expires 6/30/11.

Hopefully this helps Heather and anyone else who loves purple shoes like I do!

Update: I’m adding a few more shoes for Facebook friend, Melody, who is looking for purple heels with a rhinestone ankle cuff.  These are the closest options I could find:

Bourne Tiffany in lilac for $181.97 at Amazon or $200.16 at Endless.

The sparkle isn’t on the ankle for this one, but it’s a gorgeous shoe and such a steal: the Express Jeweled T-Strap Heel for $39.99 at Express with an extra 40% off at checkout to drop it to $23.99 (limited time offer).

The Mitzy Hachi-190 is also available for a great price: $19.95 at Endless, but almost sold out.  It’s available at ShiekhShoes for $54.97.

I’m loving the disco ball effect on these Martinez Valero Chase sandals in purple, which are available for $156.95 at Amazon.

Update 2:  I’m finding the purple Steve Madden Luvly quite lovely, so I had to add it!  Find it at Steve Madden for $129.95.

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Shoes inspired by the style of Helena Bonham Carter & her mismatched footwear

Friday, January 28th, 2011

If you paid attention to the fashion on display at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, you no doubt took note of Helena Bonham Carter and her unusual getup, which included the same shoe being worn in different colors on each foot.  Carter, who is known for her quirky style, definitely made a statement with her outfit choice, but she also landed on some worst-dressed lists in the process.  At the same time, many people admire her bold approach to fashion and the fact that she stays true to her own sense of style, even if it isn’t conventional.  Helena tells People, “Why not wear mismatching shoes? Who says we can’t? I was just having fun.  For me, fashion is all about fantasy and putting unlikely things together. That’s what I love. I genuinely love dressing up.”  I totally agree and, although I’m not running out to try the mismatched shoe look for myself yet, I do find it an intriguing concept.  Of course, it would require buying two pairs of the same shoes to pull it off, although I’m bringing this up today because I ran across a style that totally reminds me of the half and half aesthetic of Helena’s shoes at the Globes, but in just one pair.  Here’s what I mean:

This is the Poetic Licence Summer Bloom heel.  These brightly-colored heels caught my attention at first glance, but at first I didn’t realize that they are one color on one side and a different color on the other.  This is the other side:

They also have a cool ombre heel and even more contrasting colors on the platform and the flower detail.  It all seems like an unlikely combo, but I’m loving the overall effect.

You can find these bright, spring-ready shoes at Endless for $129 with free overnight shipping.  They are also eligible for the current promotion that takes 20% off select new styles $100 or more, so that drops them to $103.20 (expiration unknown).  There are seven color options to choose from and some even have a solid color on one side and a print on the other, making the difference between the two sides even more distinct.  So, with these, you can take a cue from Helena’s style and have some fun mixing it up.

Now I’m just trying to figure out which color combo I like best.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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I heart these Valentine’s Day shoes in pink & red

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I, for one, am already feeling the love – the shoe love, that is.  When it comes to what you wear on the day, anything goes, but it’s one of those holidays that tends to bring out our romantic side.  For shoes, that can translate into anything from sweet and girly to fiercely seductive – depending on the desired effect – but with plenty of feminine details.  And if you really want to get into the V-day spirit, you wear the classic team colors of pink and red.  That’s why I’ve gathered up a selection of shoes that I think are perfect for the day.  But, before I get into that, you’re probably wondering about the shoes pictured above, right?  An image of these dramatic platforms popped up in the shopping results while I was doing a search on Google and I had to post the pic because they are just so…heart-tastic.  Then I found out they are sold by a site that specializes in selling shoes for dancers (ok, strippers).  But if you want to know where to get them, they are sold for $199.95 at a site appropriately called Booty Cocktails (lol) and they are actually hand-carved and custom made with each order.  Admittedly, I think they are pretty cool, but obviously very extreme.  If you want to express your Valentine’s Day cheer in a much more subtle way, here are some more options:

The Paris Hilton Senorita in red with rhinestone bow for $89 at Macy’s.  Or, get the red patent version without rhinestones for $95 at  Coupon code VISA takes 20% off to drop the total to $76 with free shipping (exp. 6/30, may require Visa payment).  A soft pink version is for sale at 6pm for $53.37.

The Chinese Laundry Hot Hot glitter heels in a whisper-soft shade of blush for $69.95 with free shipping at Zappos.

Poetic Licence Dance All Night in red for $104.27 with free shipping at Zappos.

Jessica Simpson Ely in powder for $98 with free shipping at Piperlime.

Steve Madden Propperr in red for $99.95 at Steve Madden.  Coupon code rmn15f takes another 15% off and adds free shipping, making them $84.96.

The Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Lady Dragon IV in pink on sale for $126 at 6pm.

Sam Edelman Jewel for $99 with free shipping at  Coupon code VISA drops the price to $79.20 (exp. 6/30, may require Visa payment).

Charles by Charles David Froth for $125.95 with free shipping at Zappos.

For something more casual, there’s the Comme Des Garcons Play Converse with heart, available for $105 at Tobi.

Finally, you have to check these out just for fun: The Minimy Lipstick Bootie features a heart buckle and a heel that looks like a tube of lipstick.  Alberto Guardiani did something similar that retailed for around $400, but these are just $19.98 at Amazon, marked down from $59.99.  Few sizes are left.

Update: Here’s another pretty pair, Qupid Gaze chiffon heels for $36 at LuLu’s.

Here’s to plenty of shoe love for Valentine’s Day!

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Adrienne wears sparkly Disco Ball shoes on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills + similar styles for less

Friday, January 21st, 2011

If you watched the finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last night, you know that the drama and shenanigans reached new heights in this episode, particularly at Taylor’s birthday party.  More accurately, it reached a frenzy (I’m looking at you Kim and Kyle.  Sisters 4-eva, ladies), but just in time for an extra-juicy reunion.  Amidst the chaos, there was Adrienne Maloof, the voice of reason, and her gorgeous shoes.  Everyone at Taylor’s party was complimenting her on her sparkly Gianmarco Lorenzi Disco Ball shoes (pictured above), which they dubbed “Dorothy” shoes.  If you want the exact style for yourself, follow these instructions carefully:  Go to Gregory’s Shoes.  Drop $2,795.  Sqeal with delight.  Game over.

Update: Here’s the silver version available for the same price at Gregory’s.  They also have similar black pair for $2,995.

If you don’t have the funds, you might check out this look-alike version:

I saw this style on  It’s the Fever Tiff and it comes in gold, brown or black for $275.  There are sizes available in the black version now and a couple left in brown with more on the way at the end of the month.  If you like the gold version, it is currently sold out with more coming in February.

Update: Another close lookalike from Fever, the Fever Ramona for $275.

For something less similar, but still hella sparkly, try one of these shoes:

Steve Madden Scandall in gold glitter for $109.95 at Steve Madden.  Apply coupon code rmn15f (expiration unknown) to get 15% off and free shipping, making them $93.46. Also check for your size at 6pm, where they are just $59.97 with $6.95 for shipping, but few sizes are left.

Another Steve Madden pair, the SM Karro for $59.95 at DSW.  Members get free shipping with coupon code SHIPR until 3/21/11.  You can also find the same style in what looks like a different glitter color for $47.97 at 6pm.

The Enzo Angiolini Sully for $88.95 at Nordstrom.

Have a great weekend!

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Spring shoe trends 2011: Orange shoes

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for things to heat up for spring.  Although it’s still plenty cold outside and will be for quite awhile, I find that just looking at something sizzling hot can help conjure up a feeling of warmth, even if only for a brief minute.  That’s why I’m talking about a fiery new color trend for spring today: orange shoes.  I’ve been noticing a lot of orange around lately, most notably on Drew Barrymore in Jil Sander at a recent Cover Girl party and all over the runways, as seen on SheFinds and The Fashion Spot.  I’ve always loved orange because it’s such a warm hue and, in it’s brightest form, made for super-high visibility.  It also sets off a tan very well, which is always a plus (if you have a tan, that is).  But, generally speaking, it’s probably one of the more under-used colors in fashion, especially for footwear.  If you want to apply this trend to your shoes, which is is a nice way to add a pop of color in this shade without running the risk of orange overload, you might try one of these pairs:

Nine West Playtag for $79 at Nine West.

Charles David Primp for $230 at Endless.

Mojo Moxy Bollywood for $89.95 at Endless.

Seychelles Gypsy for $54.90 at Endless.

Two Lips Ignite for $99.95 at Endless.

Anne Klein Marcella for $39.99 at Shoe Woo with an extra 50% off at checkout (limited sizes, all sales are final).

Update: Here’s another cute orange pair, the Fergie Quilla for $89 with free shipping at  Coupon code VISA takes 20% off regularly-priced items, making them $71.20 (exp. 6/30/11, may require Visa payment).

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Jeffrey Campbell Salvatore replicates Ferragamo Rainbow shoes from 1938

Monday, January 17th, 2011

I mentioned in my last post that Jeffrey Campbell tends to draw inspiration from high-end designers for some of their styles, but I never expected to see the Jeffrey Campbell Salvatore (pictured above).  I noticed this shoe at Solestruck over the weekend and it definitely caught me by surprise because this shoe happens to be a near-replica of a shoe from way back in the archives of shoe history and one that I recognized from a post I did before:

If you haven’t seen this shoe, here’s a little history: It’s the ‘Rainbow’ shoe from famous shoe designer, Salvatore Ferragamo, who created this style in 1938 during The Great Depression.  He made these for Judy Garland (note: click 1930-1940 at the link to see the shoe), in an apparent nod to her “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” song from The Wizard of Oz (he also made her ruby slippers!).  They are currently on display at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy and were remade in 2010 as part of Ferragamo’s Creations, a limited-edition line of shoes by Ferragamo (which is still a family-run company) that replicated shoes from early in the company’s archives.  The year 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Salvatore Ferragamo in 1960 and, in addition to reissuing select shoes that he made, Ferragamo also had a special exhibition at the Salvatore Feragamo Museum to commemorate the event.

It’s amazing to me that shoes as modern-looking as the Rainbow were made over 70 years ago, but Ferragamo was definitely a man ahead of his time.  He is credited as being the original creator of many shoe styles that are widely worn and imitated today: wedge heels, platform heels, metal-reinforced stiletto heels (made famous by Marilyn Monroe), cage heels and many more can all be traced back to his work.  He paved the way for making shoes with materials other than leather, like cork, metal wire, raffia and wood and he also made strides in the area of shoe comfort, studying anatomy and finding that arch support was key.  He held over 350 patents for his many inventions and we all enjoy the fruits of his labor and discoveries to this day.  He is a true shoe pioneer and you can see more detail on his history here.

Back to the Jeffrey Campbell Salvatore.  This Ferragamo knockoff, also available in a nude version in addition to the gold pair at the top, was just posted for sale for $184.95 at Solestruck on Saturday and it sold out in a mere two days.  Given the history of this shoe and its uniqueness, it’s not hard to see why.  It was quite a bold move for JC to produce a look-alike version for an iconic shoe like this, but when you think about Salvatore’s many innovations in the area of shoes, you come to the conclusion that almost any shoes available now are inspired by him in one way or another.  For that, we owe a big thanks to Ferragamo and his legacy, which is still going strong today.

Update: Urban Outfitters has a couple sizes in this shoe with a white upper for $199.  It’s now known as the Jeffrey Campbell Groovy (sold out).  Update 5/18/11: Lori’s Shoes has the Jeffrey Campbell Gidget for $152.  It has the same rainbow platform with a nude leather thong style on the upper.

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More or Less: Christian Louboutin Misfit look-alike, the Jeffrey Campbell P-Kitten

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Christian Louboutin is known for doing classic pumps very well, but it’s the more experimental designs from the brand that really conjure up excitement and keep us talking.  Not to mention, the more extreme shoes are probably pretty fun to design and keep fashion-forward Louboutin customers walking on the wild side.  Case in point: the Christian Louboutin Misfit heels (pictured above), which clearly have a lot going on: tassels and grommets and pleated fabric hanging down the front (and that heel – 6 inches!).  They certainly aren’t subtle, but are meant to assert themselves wherever they go.  Originally available at a retail price of $1,425, they now appear to be sold out everywhere online.

Jeffrey Campbell is another shoe brand known for boundary-pushing original styles, but they do take some inspiration from high-end designers from time to time.  In this case, it’s the newly released Jeffrey Campbell P-Kitten, which is a knockoff for the Christian Louboutin Misfit.  It’s not an exact replica, but it does provide the overall look of the Misfit at a much lower cost, which is perfect for fashion rebels who want to make this statement for less.  You can get it in black, as well as a hot blue version:

Rock this style for yourself by heading over to Solestruck, where they are sold for $129.95 with free shipping.

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