Spring 2011 Shoe Trends: Going nude with neutral shoes

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I’ve been talking about shoes in bold colors a lot lately, but today I’m sticking with a much more neutral subject – literally.  I’m talking about neutral shoes, styles in shades like taupe, beige and nude, because this is a huge trend we’re seeing for spring.  We’ve actually seen this same trend every year for at least the past couple of years, but it makes perfect sense: For what these shoes lack in color, they totally make up for it in extreme versatility, giving great bang for your fashion buck.  Plus, they’re ideal for pairing with those light and airy spring frocks we love to wear this time of year because they won’t weigh down the look.  Sure, you won’t have the drama that bold color can provide, but going nude with your shoes gives plenty of leeway for playing things up with unique design details.  One example of this is the Calvin Klein Alex (above), a modern, sleek and sexy style with crisscross detail on the upper for added interest.  You can get them for $158 with free overnight shipping at Endless.  Here are some more neutral shoes that have caught my eye:

Sam Edelman Kellan wedge in nude for $224.95 at Nordstrom.  Get free shipping with coupon code SHOES through 4/14/11.

Boutique 9 Illy in light natural for $139.99 with free 2-day shipping from

Report Signature Calyer in almond for $264.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.  Or, get a similar look for less with the BCBGirls Estrella pump in nude for $119.99 with free 2-day shipping at

Sergio Zelcer Maggie t-strap wedge sandal in tan for $129 with free overnight shipping at Endless.

Aldo Krugh for $90 at Coupon code 310687728 takes 10% off (exp 4/1/11).

Chinese Laundry Talk To Me in natural for $109.95 with free shipping at Shoemall.  Coupon code SHOEMALL20 takes 20% off (expiration unknown).

Dolce Vita Scarlett in blush for $99 at Bloomingdales.  Get 20% off with coupon code MARCHFF (exp 4/3/11).

Messeca Cecilia asymmetrical wedge for $169 with free shipping at Piperlime.

Fergie Sanibel in nude for $109.95 at Shoemall.  Coupon code SHOEMALL20 takes 20% off (expiration unknown).

Note that prices and promotions are subject to change at any time.

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Shoe Buzz: Shoes from the closets of Kim, Gretchen & Teresa of The Real Housewives on Bravo

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I’ve definitely developed a serious addiction to The Real Housewives series on Bravo.  It started out innocently enough – I didn’t even watch the first OC season when it originally aired, but started catching up on re-runs and subsequent seasons, then started watching the Atlanta, New York and New Jersey seasons – and now it’s full-blown, can’t miss TV complete with in-between-season withdrawal.  Sure, there are plenty of situations on the show designed for maximum drama – like those frequent get-togethers with the cast, even those that don’t get along, just to see what happens (wig-pulling, table-toppling, that kind of thing) – and the ladies certainly play things up for the camera, but you get the sense that they are being pretty real and they definitely entertain.  Plus, they all love their fashion.  That’s why it was fun to see a recent In Touch article called In Their Closets, which gives a peek into the personal wardrobes of Teresa from New Jersey, Gretchen from Orange County and Kim from Atlanta.  They each have their own unique sense of style, so who do you identify the most with fashion-wise?

I think I’d have to say Gretchen Rossi, whose bubbly, effusive personality has really grown on me this season (lay off already Tamra!).  She describes her look to In Touch as “very girlie-girl, very bedazzled, very glamorous” and she proves her point by wearing a super-sparkly sequined mini dress in magenta, which she calls “fantabulous”.  She wisely pairs it with nude Christian Louboutin heels that are super-sexy, but allow the dress to shine.  They look similar to this pair:

Christian Louboutin Lady Claude in nude for $745 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Here are some lower-priced nude heels: 

Nine West Bonfire pump for $88.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless

BCBGirls Ariel for up to $89.95 depending on size selected at Amazon.

Gretchen also holds two of her shoes in the mag and I definitely recognized one of them right away.  It’s this pretty pair:

The Bebe Bella Lace Sandal, which is $149 at  Buy 1 full-priced item, get 50% off a second item using coupon code GET50OFF until 12/20/09.  Or, get 15% off $100 or more with code 15OFF100 until 12/24/09.

The other pair is a black satin heel with a decorative rhinestone ornament on top.  I’m not sure of the exact pair, but these shoes have a similar look:

Badgley Mischka Elia for $200 with free overnight shipping at

Nine West Fancywork for $89 at  Get $20 off $75 with coupon code NWHOLD9 (exp. unknown) and shipping is free.

This pair looks like the shoe version of Gretchen’s sequin dress:

Betsey Johnson Kanata on sale for $152 (reduced from $200) at Zappos with free shipping.

Update: See the pair that looks like Gretchen’s ALDO boots from Watch What Happens Live.

Let’s move on to Teresa Giudice, who shows off a wide array of shoes in her closet.  Teresa has a sophisticated style, but she likes to keep up with the very latest in fashion.  She tells In Touch, “Lots of people buy classic items, and they keep them forever.  But I’m more trendy, so my stuff sometimes goes out of style.”  She also likes to keep things spicy – we see plenty of zebra, leopard and other animal prints in her wardrobe, along with plenty of bold colors and prints.  Here are a few shoes seen in Teresa’s closet:

Christian Louboutin Lace Bootie for $1,785 at Neiman Marcus.  I couldn’t see the back of the shoe, so it could be the leopard Christian Louboutin Bridget for $1,795 at Barney’s (only 1 size 10 left right now).  This is definitely the “it” shoe of the moment.  Update: Check out the Christian Louboutin Bridget lookalike shoe that I found for much less.

Pelle Moda Vino for $180 with $5 shipping at Jildor. 

Miss Sixty Callista for $75.60 at 6pm. 

Here are some shoes inspired by Teresa’s style:

Sergio Zelcer Covos Peek Toe Pump for $182.95 at Endless

Naughty Monkey Chiller in zebra for $74.90 with free overnight shipping at Endless.

Wet Seal Metallic Pink Heel for $24.50 at Wet Seal.

Two Lips Gypsy Lace Platform Bootie for $69.95 at DSW.  Members use code SNOWMAN at checkout for free shipping on $35.

Last, but certainly not least, is Kim Zolciak, who always goes all out with fashion and prefers a luxe look with plenty of bling and sex appeal.  She tells In Touch that she owns a whopping 1,000 pairs of shoes and that her favorite brand is, not surprisingly, Christian Louboutin.  She says, “They are so uncomfortable, but they’re so hot, so I love them.”  She likes to mix it up with other high-end names too – I spotted the same Louis Vuitton heel that Leighton Meister wore to the Met Ball, another Louis Vuitton tribal-look heel that may be this shoe from Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear, her red and gold feather shoes (I think these are Louboutin, but not sure), the Louboutin glitter heels, and the YSL Tribute Platform Mary Jane, which is not available for sale online, but you can see a pic over at FabSugar.  Clearly, these are amazing shoes, but not readily available at prices most people can afford, so here’s a few “inspired-by” pairs:

Miss Sixty Jessica for $99 with free shipping at Zappos.

Martinez Valero Brit for $148.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.

Stuart Weitzman Avalon silver glitter heel for $355 at Zappos.

Pleaser Dolly for $39 at Amazon.

I’m looking forward to tonight’s episode, are you?

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Message from Princess: Holiday shoes I’m thankful for this season

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

When I think of pretty holiday shoes, I think of sparkle, shine, ruffles, bows, sequins and any other fancy adornments that make your feet look like a perfectly wrapped present.  That’s why I’m loving these particular shoes, which are ideal for holiday occasions that require a little something extra and make each step that much merrier.  These pairs have “celebration” written all over them: 


Charles by Charles David Spicy for $114.95 at Zappos






Betsey Johnson Law for $148.99 with free shipping at






Bebe Larissa Satin Sandal for $129 at Bebe.  Get 15% off $100 with coupon code 15OFF100 until 12/24/09.






Nina Elga for $89.95 at  25% off is taken at checkout and shipping is free until 11/29.





BCBGirls Dante for $112.99 with free shipping at






Carlos by Carlos Santana Prestige for $89 at  Get 20% off with coupon code ENJOY09 until 12/31/09.





Bourne Fern for $244.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.





Poetic Licence Holiday Delight for $128.95 at Shoebuy.  Get 20% off with coupon code THANKS2009 until 11/26/09.



Feeling a little more naughty than nice?  Here’s the Bronx Thigh High Platform Boot in red for $99 at Victoria’s Secret.







You can check out my sequin shoe posts here and here for even more options. I also think the Naughty Monkey Resurrection is a great holiday shoe choice.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

Reality Show Shoe-cap: Shoes from Erin on The City & The Rachel Zoe Project

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Today, I thought we’d talk about some shoes seen recently on reality TV.  This past week marked the end of The Rachel Zoe Project (tear) and we saw two shoes worn by Rachel and Taylor in the finale (including the pair Rachel dubbed her tranny shoes).  But first, we have more shoes from The City season 2.  We’ve covered the footwear choices of Whitney Port, but now we must talk about Erin.  Erin, who is new to the show, is the Director of PR at Elle (the youngest one ever) and she seems to be quite the power player, ready to whip new accessories editor Olivia into submission and show her who’s boss.  Although Whitney never quite put Olivia in her place during the first season, Erin certainly intends to – especially in these shoes:


When Erin debuts on the show, the first thing we notice is her feet – in these amazing Christian Louboutin Very Prive studded peep toe heels (seen on Polyvore).  Yes, nothing says “She Who Must Be Obeyed” like a heel with little spikes all over it.  I don’t see this pair available for sale anywhere, but the similar Christian Louboutin Pigalle stud pump is at luisaviaroma for $1,097.70 (limited sizes) or at net-a-porter for $995.  For lower-priced alternatives, try these:


Dolce Vita Trinity, a shoe definitely on my love list right now, for $210 at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Get 25% off using coupon code FRIENDS2 until 10/18/09, making them $157.50.  Also available at Bloomingdales for $210. 



Lovely People Aziza stud platform peep toe pump for $69.99 at Smartbargains.  It looks like you get an extra 10% off and free shipping at checkout too.



Rock & Republic Nika for $279 at Zappos.





If you’re digging the pair Erin wears in the MTV promo pic above, it’s the Report Signature Masonic, found at Amazon for $134.95 or $188.99 depending on the size selected.  Also available at Endless for $137.47 in very limited sizes, at Bluefly for $149.99 or at for $224.09.  Update: You can also get this same style at QVC for $125.



Looking to spend less on this look?  Try the ALDO Smeal for $89.98 with free shipping at Amazon.



Or, substitute chains for studs with this drool-worthy Jeffrey Campbell Posh-2 chain platform for $164.95 at Solestruck.



On to The Rachel Zoe Project: In the season finale, Rachel rocks this two-tone Louis Vuitton platform wedge in gold and black from the fall 2008 RTW collection (seen on  She also wore an all-black version earlier in the season.  I love these on her and, although Bebe made this France platform wedge clearly inspired by this shoe, they are now sold out and I couldn’t find anything else that closely resembles this unique pair.  However, an extra-tall and funky platform should fit the bill, capturing a similar look without imitating the exact style.  Try these:


Jeffrey Campbell Tryst for $109.95 with free shipping at Solestruck.



Cool, Casual by Slow and Steady Wins the Race at Urban Outfitters for $88.  Coupon code BIGMOUTH takes an additional 10% off until 10/26/09.




Deena and Ozzy Mary Jane Wedge for $49.99 at Urban Outfitters.  Use coupon code listed above for 10% off.




BCBGirls Ris Wedge for $60.47 with free shipping from Endless.




Marley Crisscross Wedge for $99.95 at Free People.




Update: Here’s another pair called the Sam Edelman Zoe for $350 at Urban Outfitters.  Was it inspired by Rachel herself (hence the name)?  Maybe so!




Finally, there’s Taylor.  On the finale, Taylor proves the squeaky wheel gets the grease a promotion from styling associate to head of product development.  She also wears some suede boots during a trip to QVC headquarters with Rach that looked a lot like this Christian Louboutin ankle boot.  Here are some more affordable suede boots to check out:


Nine West Zenon for $119 at Nine West.  Apply coupon code NWFRND6 to get 30% off until 10/18/09.



Nine West Ignatious for $109 at Macy’s.  Get free shipping on $99 or more using coupon code FAVEFIND at checkout until 10/22/09.




Lumiani Regine for $145 with free shipping at Zappos.




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Find My Shoes: Ivory shoes for wedding rehearsal dinner

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Here’s an email from a bride-to-be who needs a bit of help finding some shoes:

I am getting married in August and am looking for ivory colored shoes for the rehearsal dinner. I have a really cute dress for dinner and am having a hard time finding the right shoes. I love the shoes from “The City”, but again having a hard time finding something in ivory. Please keep me in your thoughts if you come across something that might work for me. Thank you and I love your website!

First, let me say congratulations on the upcoming wedding!  Anyone who has been a bride knows that it’s your time to shine and be Super-Princess – for the big day and all the events surrounding it, like the rehearsal dinner.  Of course, the right shoes are totally a necessity for gorgeous bridal style and I’m honored to help out!  I don’t have too much detail to go on – other than you like The City shoes and you need the color to be ivory – so I’ve found a variety of styles at different price points for you to check out.  So, let’s take a look!

Looking for a style inspired by The City on MTV?  Try these:

Left to right: Calvin Klein Nixee for $119.95 with free shipping at Zappos, Martinez Valero Courtney for $148.95 with an extra $25 off at checkout and free overnight shipping at Endless, Matisse Ashland Pump for $124.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless, Jessica Bennett Halona for $64.34 with free shipping at Endless or in additional sizes for $72.54 with $6.95 shipping at 6pm, Sam Edelman Melanie in limited sizes at Amazon for $41.77

Update: Here’s one more from Nine West.

Going for classic bridal elegance?  Check these out:

Left to right: Nina Vasek for $89 with free shipping at Zappos, Martinez Valero Brena for $149.95 with an extra $25 off and free overnight shipping at Endless, Martinez Valero Comma for $154.95 with $25 off and free overnight shipping at Endless, Charles by Charles David Soiree for $50 with free shipping at Endless, Nina Vitoria for $71.95 at Shoebuy with free shipping and 20% off with coupon code SPRING until 3/14/09 or 15% off with coupon code ENTERTAINBAG06 until 3/18/09

Want an ultra-feminine pair?  Take a look at these:

Left to right: Nina Electra for $79.95 at Shoebuy with free shipping and 20% off with coupon code SPRING until 3/14/09 or 15% off with coupon code ENTERTAINBAG06 until 3/18/09, Martinez Valero Pinkie for $154.95 at Endless with free overnight shipping and an extra $25 off at checkout, L.A.M.B. Fabienne for $355.95 at Endless with free overnight shipping, Jessica Bennett Henley at Amazon for $37.76 or $96.95 with free shipping depending on size or at Endless in limited sizes for $65.97 with free shipping, Chinese Laundry Baldwin in limited sizes at Amazon for $48.99 with free shipping or at Zappos for $68.95 with free shipping

Other pretty pairs:

Left to right: Rampage Neptune for $14.98 at Amazon, Vince Camuto Fiona for $41.27 with free shipping at Amazon, Pelle Moda Enjoy for $142.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless, Anne Klein Happy for $84.95 with free shipping at Shoebuy (see coupon codes above), BCBGirls Wish for $57.95 with free shipping at Shoebuy (see coupon codes above)

I hope this helps the bride-to-be and anyone else looking for ivory shoes.  Do you have a shoe quandry you need help with?  Contact Fairy Shoe Princess and your question might be featured in the next Find My Shoes.

BCBGirls Karma Pump for $33 at Macy’s

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

During Macy’s current shoe sale, the BCBgirls Karma Pump in black is marked down to $33, which is $77 off retail.  The shoe has an extra-high 4.5 inch recessed heel and alternating areas of leather and faux-croc.  Shipping adds $9.95 and most sizes 6-10 are available.

BCBGirls Scent Oxford Slingback for $29.39 at Amazon

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

This is a really great price at for this BCBGirls Scent Oxford Slingback, which is listed for $50-$100 anywhere else.  I see this style as being both classic enough for work (worn with tailored slacks or a slim skirt) and fun enough for play (paired with jeans or a flirty dress).  Besides this cream/camel version, there are three other color options to choose from.  Shipping is free.

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