Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend, so if you have plans for this Saturday and want to get into the spirit of the holiday by wearing green, why not do it with your shoes? Shoes are the perfect way to have a little fun with the tradition of donning the shade and there are certainly plenty of options for whatever you have planned for the day. Plus, you just might have a little extra luck on your side – at least that’s what they say – and you definitely won’t get pinched. That’s why I always love to check out the footwear available in green every time St. Patty’s Day draws near. One pair I came across, the Mojo Moxy Petals in green (pictured above), is one that I find particularly appros for the day. These are floral, but you have to admit some of the detail looks a lot like clovers – if only they were 4-leaf, right? Still a great option and you can find these for $79.95 with free 2-day shipping at Endless, plus get 20% off $100 select styles with coupon code FRNDSFAM through 3/15/12. There are limited sizes left, but we have plenty additional options. Let’s take a look:
For an elegant approach – Hello, gorgeous:
Badgley Mischka Ginnie for $245 with free shipping at Piperlime.
Menbur Johnson for $146 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.
J.Renee Fame for $72.99 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.
For hittin’ the town – I bet that you’d look good on the dance floor in these:
Senso Agnes in green glitter on sale for $59.95 at Karmaloop.
Farenheit Bar-01 Pump for $63.99 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.
Ellie 420-Jem Pump for $54.99 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.
For something fun & funky – Not everyone will be doing it…and that’s the point:
Jeffrey Campbell Lita Laced in neon green for $194 at Karmaloop (promo codes do not apply).
Irregular Choice Pertrisha for $121.58 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.
Poetic Licence Charm School for $87.99 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.
For Going Out & About – Low heels & flats for a little extra comfy:
Butter Pompom for $286 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.
Samanta Anna in green for $82.47 with free 2-day shipping from Endless.
Wanted Collins green flat for $49.99 with free 2-day shipping from Endless.
Finally, we have one more cute and quirky option to add to the mix:
Marc by Marc Jacobs 625052/2 green rubber mouse flat for $135 with free 2-day shipping from Endless.
Many of the styles listed here from Endless are also available for the 20% off $100 discount I mentioned above. Get the savings with coupon code FRNDSFAM through 3/15/12. The discount will be listed on the product page if the shoe is eligible. Also, since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this Saturday 3/17/12, be sure to check with the retailer about their shipping options to ensure timely delivery if you plan to order online.
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Friday, February 3rd, 2012
So…obviously it’s been awhile since I’ve updated the site. I didn’t intend to stop posting, but the demands of life got pretty intense for me over the holidays: A project at work that required a lot of extra hours and family stuff basically took over. But, it seems things have calmed down a bit and I really want to get back to something I love: shoes! And talking about them on this blog! I plan to get back into the swing of things and I thought answering some shoe questions I recently received would be a good way to start. You may have noticed the gorgeous Enzo Angiolini Thaddea in purple pictured above – it’s a shoe I loved the first time I saw it, but I also posted it for a more specific reason: I had a request from Jasmine on Facebook to help find purple / eggplant wedding shoes, preferably with some bling. These are one of my favorite fancy purple pairs of the moment – I’m loving the feather and gem detail, not to mention the color – and they can be purchased at Lord & Taylor for $129. Apply coupon code FINAL to get 15% off, making them $109.65 with free shipping (expires 2/7). They are also available at Nordstrom for $119.95 with free shipping.
I really like the Enzos, but I also realize that every bride is different in what they envision themselves walking down the aisle in. Thus, we need options, options, and more options, which works out well because I never mind checking out more pretty purple shoes. I think the Poetic License Spectacle in purple is a sweet choice. It has a more classic vibe, but the all-over texture adds extra interest and the bow is bedecked in rhinestones for added bling. Plus, the heel is just over 3 inches, which is quite moderate compared to many shoes available these days and may translate to additional comfort – avoiding foot pain is an obvious plus on the big day. The Poetic Licence Spectacle is available at Endless for $60.23, down from $98. If you spend over $100 on eligible styles, including this pair, you get 20% off through 2/14.
Here are some more dark purple heels I found, in various styles that range from classic to a bit more over-the-top dramatic (or somewhere in-between):
Steve Madden Bitter for $129.95 at Endless. Get 20% off $100 on this style at checkout through 2/14/12.
RSVP Ramona for $53.40 with free shipping at 6pm.
Badgley Mischka Lissa in purple for $245 with free shipping at Zappos.
RSVP Fleur for $48.30 with free shipping at 6pm.
Bourne Susie for $140.51 with free shipping at Endless.
Paris Hilton Crystal for $99 at Macys. Apply coupon code RED to get 20% off no minimum and free shipping on $99 or more (expires 2/5/12).
Isola Tate for $66.99 with free shipping at 6pm.
After a nice dose of purple bridal shoes, we’re going to switch gears to something completely different. I had an email question from Shadae about the shoes above, which were pictured on Tumblr, and where to find them. I actually recognized them right away because, well, this is the kind of shoe you remember once you lay your eyes on it.
This is one of Jeffrey Campbell’s latest naughty creations, the heel-less, totally spiked out Jeffrey Campbell Shadow. It’s definitely packing some serious edge for the fearless fashion lovers among us and can be found in black leather or patent at Karmaloop for $264 (no promo codes apply at this time) or at Solestruck in black leather for $264.95.
On a related note, Solestruck also offers the Jeffrey Campbell Prickly, a mary jane heel-less style in beige or black, for $219.95. Update: The Jeffrey Campbell Prickly in beige is available for $219.90 at Akira.
Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
As a shoe lover, I’m always checking out the shoes people wear on TV while I’m catching up with some of my fave shows. Of course, most people making an appearance on the small screen are wearing shoes of some kind, but there are definitely those that stand out way more than others. Here are a few designer styles that grabbed my attention in a big way while surfing the tube recently, plus I’ve also tracked down some alternatives that provide a similar look for less:
E!’s Giuliana Rancic stopped by Chelsea Lately with her hubbie Bill (pictured at very top) in some very hot and super-blingy shoes, just to prove that our obsession with sparkle isn’t going to fade anytime soon. She wore the Giuseppe Zanotti E10089 to chat it up with Chelsea and, I must say, being up on that stage seriously lit up the crystals all over this pair. I couldn’t find these for sale online in black, like she’s wearing, but I did find the above picture of them at Zappos. The blush pair on the right is available in a few sizes at Endless for $851.48 (regularly $1,495) and they also have a limited-time promotion that takes 25% off select sandals at checkout. If my calculations are correct, that would drop them to about $638.61 with free shipping, which is a pretty sweet price for this luxe style, but still quite a chunk of change. Here are some less expensive options:
If you like the blush color, this is an obvious choice for a lookalike version, although the studs clearly aren’t as shiny and bright. You can find the Wild Pair Glisten in light tan for $185 at Bakers.
The Jeffrey Campbell Rally is another option with similar qualities. Reflection has them for sale in black for $149.99 with free shipping.
Update: The Steve Madden Stonned is also a good choice for getting this look for less. It comes in black, blush or blue for $149.95.
Speaking of sparkle, Denise Richards showed off her glow in glitter while appearing on Watch What Happens Live. These appear to be Christian Louboutin Lady heels, although it may be the crystal-covered version rather than glitter. They’re totally Andy Cohen-approved (he complimented them on the show) and definitely drool-worthy (seriously, I’m drooling). They’re $895 in glitter, but I did find some less expensive options that still offer plenty of flash:
I’m loving the Badgley Mischka Humbie II, which looks extra sparkly to me. They’re $200 with free shipping at Endless.
There’s also the Lauren Jones Vicki silver glitter pump, which is $98.95 with free shipping at Endless.
Up next? Shoes Seen On TV Part 2! Stay tuned.
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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
I love a shoe that is completely romantic and feminine, which is why this Badgley Mischka Olaf mesh bootie immediately caught my eye while browsing the footwear at Nordstrom. It’s a bit pricey at $200, but I can totally imagine these paired with tights in a contrasting color, which would allow the large floral lace detail in the mesh to really stand out. Plus, it’s topped off with a large satin bow and shiny trim – what more could a girly girl want? In addition to the nude version pictured above, it also comes in black:
You can get either color at Nordstrom for $200 and apply coupon code SHOES for free shipping on your order until 10/25. It’s also available in black at Piperlime for the same price or at Zappos in black or nude for $204. Shipping is free at either store.
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
I received an email from fellow shoe lover Rebecca, who is on the hunt for a lower-priced version of the Jimmy Choo Quinze, which can be found for $1,795 at Nordstrom in nude and for the same price at Jimmy Choo in black. This is an absolutely gorgeous shoe, but it’s definitely a toughie to find anything that compares to it and I had to put my magic shoe wand on full throttle to find anything that even comes close. So, are there inexpensive alternatives for the Quinze? Unfortunately, after doing an extensive search I didn’t see any mesh, crystal-adorned booties for less. That doesn’t mean we won’t see an inspired-by version at some point (I’ll update this post if I see one), but if anyone knows of something similar, please help Rebecca out. In the meantime, I’ve found some shoes that incorporate at least some of the same elements of the Quinze and are viable options, at least for the time being:
There’s no mesh in sight, but the Badgley Mischka Forrester has a string of bling across the vamp that reminds me of the Quinze. Get these for $215 with free overnight shipping at Endless.
Similarly, the Pelle Moda Favilla has beads and crystals running all they way up to the ankle strap. Endless has this pair for $188.95 with free overnight shipping.
The Steve Madden Fanfair comes in black or blush and features plenty of jewels in various sizes along the t-strap. Get it for $99.95 at Stevemadden.com with free shipping using code SMFREESHIP or for $89.96 with free shipping at Zappos.
The Boutique 9 Denya doesn’t have jewel or rhinestone detail, but it is a mesh bootie adorned with pretty flowers. Get it for $129.95 at Shoebuy and 15% off with coupon code FIFTEEN for a limited time.
Get some serious sparkle for much less with the Celest Hana-08 for $28.50 at Urban Originals.
To get an even closer lookalike for the Quinze, you may have to take matters into your own hands…literally. Get a plain mesh bootie, like the Aldo Schade (pictured above) for $44.98 or this super-cute tie-back mesh heel from Americlubwear for $27.99. Add some super glue and loose rhinestones and go to town on the black piping for a creative DIY project. I’m not quite sure how this will turn out, but it might just work for the crafty among us.
Any more suggestions for Rebecca? Let us know in the comments!
Update: Here’s a pretty close lookalike for the black version: the Mojo Moxy Venus Pump for $79.95 at DSW.
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Thursday, January 28th, 2010
Wedding season is coming up and, if you’re a bride-to-be planning the big day, you want everything to be just right – down to the last detail. The pictures here are from my own wedding, which looked and felt just like a fairy tale to me and was certainly one of the best, most memorable days of my life. All of the planning, work and preparation was totally worth it for that one special day.
Of course, the centerpiece of any wedding is THE dress, but brides need the perfect accompaniment to complete their look: a beautiful pair of bridal shoes. It’s always been highly popular to wear head-to-toe white and match the shoes to the gown, but I love that today’s brides are getting increasingly creative with their look – especially when adding a dose of color, like Gwen Stefani did with pink in her Dior gown and singer Pink with black in her Monique Lhuillier. Even if you wear a classic white dress, you can always opt for a nice pop of color in your shoes in lieu of metallic and white options. My own gown was floor-length, so my shoes didn’t really show, but of course I had to find myself a pretty heel to wear anyway:
I really did love these silver flower-adorned ankle-strap heels (sorry for the small pics) and while many of us sacrifice comfort for style from time to time, I have to admit these ended up being quite uncomfortable – even for a nice stroll down the aisle – and I ended up ditching them during the reception for a pair of sequined blue flip flops. There’s no harm in doing something like that if your dream wedding shoe is less than comfy, but here’s a word of advice: Don’t forget (like I did) to walk around in your shoes before the wedding, break them in a bit and bring a back-up if you don’t think you can dance (or walk) the night away in them.
As it turns out, I wore my wedding shoes only once and then my sister wore them for her own wedding a few years later as her “Something Borrowed” item. So far, they seem to have brought us both plenty of luck and happiness!
Now, let’s look at some currently available wedding shoe options in a wide variety of styles and price points for anyone planning their own bridal look (or for brides who may need a little shoe inspiration!). I think these bridal shoes will make the very first step into married life completely gorgeous:
Metallic bridal shoes:
The very princess-esque Pelle Moda Indulge in pewter, bronze or black for $184.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.
The ALDO Vanancio in silver or black for $90 at ALDO. Coupon code 99029324 takes 10% off until 1/30/10.
The glam Pelle Moda Verbena in gold, pewter, silver or black for $184.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.
The Pelle Moda Limbo in pewter, bronze, black or champagne for $154.90 – $154.95 depending on size/color selection at Amazon.
Glitter bridal shoes:
H by Halston Stella silver glitter pumps for $79.95 exclusively at Bakers Shoes. These are also available in gold glitter, multi glitter and brown, white or black leather.
Steve Madden Caryssag for $129.95 with free shipping at Zappos or for $139.95 with free shipping via code SMFREESHIP at Steve Madden.
The Colorifics Gala in silver glitter or gold multi-colored glitter for $56.45 at Shoebuy. Get another 20% off with coupon code BDAY, making them $45.16 with free shipping. Coupon expiration is unknown.
The Stuart Weitzman Avalon for $355 at Jildor.
A style Taylor Swift once wore, the Report Signature Carleton silver glitter heel, which is available in limited sizes at Heels.com for $179.99. Coupon code NEWYEAR takes 15% off $150, making them $152.99 with free shipping, until 2/15/10.
The Miss Me Whitney for $39.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.com.
White and ivory bridal shoes:
Pre-order the Martinez Valero Ophelia with rhinestone bow for $175 at the Martinez Valero website. It comes in white or ivory and is expected to ship in February.
Also at the Martinez Valero website is the Martinez Valero Olivia in white, black or ivory with passementerie trim.
The ruffled RSVP Henny in ivory for $73.83 with free shipping at Zappos.
Here’s a fabulous discount on the Cole Haan Ceci Air Rose Slingback. It’s normally $428, but marked down to $192 at Neiman Marcus. The other stores I’ve seen that carry it still list it at full price right now.
A stand-out in floral, the Nina Critia in ivory, white and nine other color options (hello, bridesmaids!) for $99 at ninashoes.com.
The sophisticated Badgley Mishka Randall in white, silver or black for $200 with free shipping at Piperlime.
Champagne & pink wedding shoes:
Badgley Mischka Randee in pink, gold, black or white for $215 with free shipping at Piperlime.
Paris Hilton Senorita in pink, red or black for $93 with free shipping at Zappos. Also available at Shoes.com in gold, pewter, grey or black for $97 with another 15% off using coupon code SNOW until 1/31/10, making them $82.45.
Luichiny Gim Me in champagne for $68.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless. Also available in teal, black, red, brown and purple.
A statement heel for a statement bride, the Pelle Moda Bryce in champagne or black for $127.16 with free shipping at Zappos.
Now, for any brides who want to fulfill their “Something Blue” requirement with a pair of blue bridal shoes, here are some options to consider:
Blue wedding shoes:
*See more blue bridal shoes in a post added 7/6/10*
Fan of Sex and the City? Get Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding style with a Manolo Blahnik Something Blue knockoff, the Martinez Valero Zenith in blue. It’s offered for a really great price at DSW, where it’s $79.95 (black and silver also available). Update: DSW is sold out in blue, but Zappos has a few sizes left for $164 and Sears has several sizes for $154.99. For another another Manolo Blahnik Something Blue lookalike, try the RSVP Zaza for $99 at Zappos.
Here are more wedding shoes in blue:
Fergie Safra in blue, black or red for $89 with free shipping at Amazon.
MIX NO. 6 Onyx in blue or black for $39.95 at DSW. Update: DSW members get $10 off $49 by logging in to their account and getting the coupon code by 2/3/10, plus get free shipping on $35 using code NEWYR10 until 2/8/10.
Paris Hilton Regal in blue or grey for $95 at Shoes.com. Get 15% off with coupon code SNOW until 1/31/10, making them $80.75 with free shipping.
Update: I had to add this pair for a soft, pastel blue bridal shoe option. It’s the Martinez Valero Vida for $153 with free shipping at Zappos.
To all brides in 2010, congratulations to you and I hope you’re wedding day is amazing in every way!
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Happy New Year’s! With 2010 mere hours away, it’s that time of year when everyone thinks about the upcoming year and what it holds. Of course, we also like to take a moment to look back at 2009 and all of the crazy, interesting and otherwise memorable events that happened throughout the year. Shoes are no exception. There’s always something new going on in the world of footwear and we definitely had plenty to talk about in the past year. So, before we jump into 2010, let’s take one more look at some of the notable shoe news of 2009. I’m also going to share a few of my own shoe purchases. Each can be classified as a high or a low, as you will see here:
High: The number of survey respondents that reportedly remember their first pair of shoes over their first kiss, reported by Telegraph UK. 92% off 1,000 women say they remember the first shoes they bought with their own money, but less than 2 in 3 (which I guess would be around 67% or less) remembered the name of the person they first smooched. Personally, I’m a bit skeptical. As much as I love shoes, I’m a little vague about the first pair I bought. I had a part-time job at 16 and, back then, I often had the luxury of devoting entire paychecks (albeit small ones) to clothes and shoes. I think it may have been these brown leather MIA platform sandals that I loved and wore and wore until I could wear them no more, but I’m not certain. I definitely remember the name of the person I first kissed though, so I must be in the minority on this one.
Low: The amount Titan Industries Inc. reportedly paid to buy shoe company Penny & Kenny Shoes LLC, who filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. There was a motion filed to sell all company assets for $150,000, including the Penny Loves Kenny trademark. While that’s a lot of money for the average individual, it seems like a bargain for Titan, whose mix of brands include Betsey Johnson, L.A.M.B., Bebe and Badgley Mischka. Penny Loves Kenny will provide a “purely juniors” brand to their lineup, something they lacked before.
High: Despite a struggling economy, people are still buying shoes. There are a few theories on why we’re still seeing strong sales in this area: shoes are generally considered more of a necessity than things like new handbags or dresses, they are often more moderately priced and have a lower cost-per-wear than other purchases and they can instantly spruce up an older outfit. Of course, they also make us feel good and women “get an emotional lift from shoe shopping in a way they do not when trying on jeans and cocktail dresses.” Eileen Lewis of Zappos also notes that many consumers are purchasing shoes in bright colors like red and yellow, which can provide an uplifting boost.
Low: The infamous Barbie cankle comment made by Christian Louboutin, who has partnered with Mattel to “serve as a yearlong godfather to Barbie, not just rethinking her fashion wardrobe and physical attributes, but also art directing her in different lifelike situations”. Actually, I don’t think he ever used the word “cankle”, but a Louboutin spokesperson said “He found her ankles were too fat,” which sparked a frenzy across the net. Many Barbies laughed it off, but unfortunately one Barbie didn’t react so well to the news:
“What? Christian Louboutin said I have fat ankles? You mean THE Christian Louboutin, my godfather, right? He really said that?”
“No he didn’t. Seriously?! I don’t have cankles…do I?”
“OMG, I have cankles, don’t I?!”
Her beau Ken wasn’t too happy either…
“Dude, why? This is all I’ve been hearing about. I told her she’s Barbie, she’s perfect, but she won’t listen. She’s even talking plastic surgery now – and she’s already plastic! I can’t talk her out of it. Thanks, man, thanks.”
Louboutin later clarified, saying “…fat ankles she didn’t have, she just could have had thinner ankles. That’s all.” and Barbie was somewhat consoled. Luckily, all was completely forgiven when she saw the Barbie shoes he designed and the ultra-pink pair he made for real-life dolls, the Christian Louboutin Claudia:
High: Speaking of Louboutin, I’d say the shoe of the year would have to be his Bridget Strass:
It’s been seen on a multitude of celebrities, featured in the upcoming Sex and the City 2 movie, worn by Kandi on The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion and by Jennifer Lopez in the AMA and MTV Music Video Awards performances of her song “Louboutins”. This shoe is definitely hot, for good reason.
Update: Check out the Christian Louboutin Bridget lookalike shoe that I found.
Low: J.Lo’s said new song “Louboutins”, which I’m not really feeling. Theoretically, a song about Louboutins could work, but the execution of this one seems a bit off. All I seem to hear is “part-time lover” mentioned a few times, followed by a repetitive string of “Louboutins” – 45 times to be exact. It’s the type of song with the potential to get hopelessly stuck in your head. Apparently, Christian Louboutin loves the song and was flattered to hear about it, but I have to wonder – was this song simply born out of Lopez’s love for the shoes or was it a brand placement deal struck between her and Louboutin? After all, having a song featuring his brand name would serve to further entrench his shoes into pop culture, thus furthering his quest for world domination:
Yes, I’m totally speculating, but you never know.
High: The buzz generated by Alexander McQueen Spring 2010 shoes, which had to be the most talked about shoes of the year. I’m sure it’s hard for designers to continuously come up with new and different shoes that stand out, but these certainly did. Although they don’t seem very wearable in real life, it’s no surprise that extreme dresser Lady Gaga was one of the first to don them, in her video for “Bad Romance”.
High: The number of celebrities jumping on the shoe design bandwagon. Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Olsenboye for JCPenney and Elizabeth and James), Dinah Lohan, Fergie, Nicole Richie and more celebs either started shoe lines or announced them in 2009. Plus, Britney Spears promoted for Candies and designers like Christian Siriano and Jimmy Choo created lines for budget-friendly Payless and H&M, respectively. Now we have news that Lindsay Lohan will be expanding her 6126 leggings label to include a full-line of apparel, cosmetics, handbags, jewelry and, yes, shoes.
Now, here’s a few shoes I purchased this year that I’d like to share:
Low: The price I paid for this Betsey Johnson Layla heel, which I adore. They originally retailed for $225, but I happened to spot them on clearance at Victoria’s Secret, inconspicuously listed as “floral sandal”. They were listed for $89.99 at the time and they had a 20% off coupon, which I missed, but they were later marked down to $79.99, which was much lower than I ever saw anywhere else. I opted for the black version, figuring it would work with more outfits, but I still kind of covet the pink pair. Unfortunately, it appears they are sold out everywhere online.
High: The amount of shoe love I have for this Naughty Monkey Resurrection heel, which I purchased in champagne. I got a good deal on these as well because Shoemall briefly had a 30% off coupon, which reduced them from $74.99 to $52.47. They are really pretty, particularly the detail on the back, and they are still available (sizes are very limited in champagne and red). Coupon code 15AMAZON takes 15% off.
High: My neon yellow shoes from Wet Seal. Ok, I admit it, I actually got these because I was inspired by an extra wearing a similar pair in the N.E.R.D. video “Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)”. I had a hard time finding anything like them at the time, but spotted this pair on clearance at Wet Seal for a mere $5, so I figured I had nothing much to lose. I didn’t expect the quality to be high or anything, but the main issue is they are so, so uncomfortable, like right when you put them on. I also tried them on with a few things and nothing seemed to look right. Thus, I haven’t worn them at all. So, why am I calling this a high?
There is one little shoe princess who has a penchant for raiding closets and happens to love this pair. It tends to be the one she picks out nearly everytime she feels like dressing up, which I suppose is because they are super-bright and shiny and very yellow, which immediately attracts her eye. Of course, she usually wears them for a very short time and abandons them after they slow her down a little too much. But, I must say, it’s been priceless to watch her clomp around the house in them.
I happened to try them on with some black leggings and it finally worked. Someday, if the right mood and occasion somehow meet, I’ll probably wear them…just as long as I’m not doing any walking.
I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year and here’s to plenty more shoe buzz in 2010!