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Star Designer: Rachel Rachel Roy shoes

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Rachel Roy is known for the modern, sophisticated and feminine designs found in her high-end Rachel Roy New York line, which has been worn by Michelle Obama, Penelope Cruz, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson and other notable celebs.  Her diffusion line Rachel Rachel Roy, launched in 2009, takes that same fashion aesthetic and makes it much more accessible and affordable.  I’ve been checking out several new fall styles from the Rachel Roy shoe collection and I’m finding that the unique details on the shoes have made them really stand out for me.  For instance, the Rachel Rachel Roy Kimi pictured below could be dismissed as just another glitter pump, but then you have to get a look at the back:








Take a sparkly shoe and add a geometric, pyramid studded heel and you definitely have something much more distinct.  This pair is priced at $99 and ships by 11/19.

Here are some more styles on my radar:








The Rachel Rachel Roy Keena has a girly, retro glam look, thanks to the floral cluster detail on the side of each shoe.  This style is priced at $150.







If you want to apply the current military trend for fall using shoes, the Rachel Rachel Roy Wava in dark green multi leather (top left) is a great way to do it.  I also love how this same boot changes personalities with the other color options available.  The black mesh version has a rocker-biker chick vibe, while the plaid version is more funky and cool.  Each are priced at $159 and will ship by 10/12.








The Rachel Rachel Roy Kaytee is another shoe that will have you making a statement – while walking away – with its lace-up, corset-like back.  It’s $99 in red, dark taupe or black and they appear to be on backorder at the Rachel Roy site until 12/10, but are also available at Macys and Shoe Woo.

I’m a fan of chain detail, which can be found along the edges of the Rachel Rachel Roy Willie ankle boot, adding a nice dose of edge.  It’s available for $179 in black leather and ships 10/4.

For even more Rachel Rachel Roy shoes, see the Rachel Roy website, Shoe Woo and Macys.  Shoe Woo is currently offering free shipping on any order, Rachel Roy has free shipping on $75 or more and Macys has free shipping on $99 with coupon code HOTLIST (exp. 9/27).



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Star Designer: Sam Edelman – Lorissa heels with spikes & more styles

Monday, July 12th, 2010

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I’ve always liked Sam Edelman shoes, but I must say that the recent styles we’ve seen from the brand are particularly drool-worthy and stand out in a major way.  I’m especially loving the brand’s take on the shoes with spikes trend we’ve seen so much of lately, most notably from Christian Louboutin, but the Sam Edelman pair is just as covetable at a much more moderate price point than CL.   This spiked shoe starts out innocently enough, with a sweet white peep toe pump up front:

But, watch out, it gets all-out dangerous around back:

The result?  A shoe that will satisfy both your inner good girl and your wild-child side all at once:

The very daring Sam Edelman Lorissa is available at Karmaloop for $200.  Get another 20% off and reduce them to $160 with coupon code CLINTON, which I believe is for first time purchases and 10% off for subsequent orders, but there’s also code 15FAB takes 15% off.  Or, get the same pair in black suede at Nordstrom for $199.95.  Update: Zappos has the white version for $200.95, Amazon has it for $200 and Endless has it for $200.  Update 2: Jildor has the black version for $199.

Of course, heels with spikes aren’t for everyone, but Sam Edelman offers plenty of more styles that have glam details and a hefty dose of edge:

Sam Edelman Quinly for $199 with free shipping at  Apply coupon code VISA to reduce them to $159.20.

Sam Edelman York in purple for $160 at Karmaloop.  Use the coupon codes mentioned above to discount your purchase from 10-20%.  It’s also available in pink passion for the same price or in turquoise for $200 before discount. offers the same colors and the black suede version for $199 with free shipping and 20% off using VISA at checkout.

Sam Edelman Zachary mule wedge for $225 at Karmaloop or for the same price at, but with free shipping.  Use the above coupon codes to discount your purchase up to 20%.

Sam Edelman Zoyla for $225 with free shipping at with 20% off using the above coupon code.  The code reduces them to $180.

Sam Edelman Kinley for $128 at Karmaloop before coupon.

Sam Edelman Faye in zebra or cheetah for $150 before coupon.

Note: The expiration is unknown for the Karmaloop coupons and the coupon ends 10/31/10.



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Star Designer: Naya Shoes – earth friendly, cute & comfy

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

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Since Earth Day 2010 is coming up tomorrow and it’s the 40th anniversary of the special day, I decided to turn the Star Designer spotlight on a brand-new line of eco-friendly footwear called Naya Shoes.  Naya, which is the Hindi word for “renewal” according to WWD, was officially launched on March 4 of this year by Brown Shoe, a company that operates Famous Footwear and and has a brand portfolio that includes Naturalizer, Via Spiga, Franco Sarto, Carlos Santana, Fergie and more. 

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Naya is the first company-owned (i.e. not licensed) brand launched by Brown in about ten years, so it’s definitely a rare venture for the company.  But the line is also unique because they’ve set out to make shoes that are cute, comfortable and environmentally friendly all at once.  It’s a tall order, but I have to say they’ve done a great job.  When I first came across a Naya pair, I definitely noticed the appearance of the shoe initially, which was exactly their intention.  Pat Hogan, general manager of Naya, tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they were “focused first on designing ‘beautiful’ shoes — and then looked for sustainable and biodegradable materials that could be used. The shoes are also created with comfort in mind.” 

According the the Naya Shoes website, they employ the use of the following materials whenever possible:

  • Chrome-free or vegetable-tanned leathers
  • Natural, organic or sustainable fabrics
  • Heels made from sustainable bamboo
  • Biodegradable latex foam cushioning
  • Natural cork and rubber footbeds
  • Outsoles made with recycled materials
  • Nickel free metal buckles
  • Recycled paper boxes
  • Water soluble glues and cements

I’m definitely in support of shoes that can potentially benefit the planet and Naya shows that being fashionable and environmentally-friendly can go hand-in-hand.  I’m especially liking these styles:

Naya Atwood for $120 with free shipping from

Naya Fowler in tan or black for $110 with free shipping at


Naya Alamosa in red, black or taupe for $120 with free shipping at

Naya Salida in brown, black or nickel for $110 with free shipping at

Naya Timpas in yellow, green or brown for $124 with free shipping at Zappos.

Naya Arvada in white, red, brown or black for $124 with free shipping at Zappos.

Naya Arnelli in brown, white or black for $125 with free shipping at

Naya Shoes are available at all of these online shoe stores, but it’s worth noting that if you purchase Naya from during the month of April, they will plant a tree for each pair.  Also, Naya will give away a free pair of their shoes if they reach 1,000 Facebook fans by April 22, and they’re really close to reaching that now, so be sure to become their friend and you just might score a pair for yourself!

Star Designer: LaRare shoes

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Star DesignerSince Paris Fashion Week kicked off yesterday, I thought it would be fun to turn the spotlight on French shoe designer Nathalie Elharrar of LaRare Paris.  LaRare is a new discovery for me – I happened across the $970 LaRare Madison at FarFetch and it piqued my curiosity, leading me to the LaRare website.  Although it’s all in French (an English version is coming soon), the pictures speak for themselves – the shoes are insane (and by that I mean insanely hot).  A 2007 interview with Nathalie on JC Report reveals that she developed the line around the “fetish lifestyle”, but these certainly aren’t your typical, everyday fetish shoes (à la Pleaser at Amazon).  But anyway, enough talk already – let’s indulge in a little shoe fantasy:

A clear standout: the LaRare Electra Montana.  Of note: The LaRare Superlena, a similar style, was worn by Ciara in one of her music videos (seen at The Lipstick Diaries).



LaRare Vega






LaRare Algo






LaRare Cordelia






LaRare Vitaly






LaRare Polly






LaRare Kitty Panther






LaRare Ditta






There are plenty more shoes to fawn over at the LaRare website and, I don’t know about you, but I really look forward to seeing future collections.

We’ll end with a few cool quotes from Nathalie:

And since I create shoes, I meet people for whom shoes are a part of their intimate dreams — they even have shoe dreams they confide to you – Nathalie Elharrar

High-heeled shoes drive you to have an attitude which confronts the question of power, control, and seduction. When you wear a [high] heel, even with platform, you have to be in control of yourself in a very interesting way – Nathalie Elharrar

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