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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 Heels.com.

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 Heels.com.

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

Aldo Krugh for $90 at Aldo.com. 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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Find Shania Twain’s Calvin Klein wedding shoes at 6pm

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Country star Shania Twain just got married on New Year’s Day of this year and, as always, she looks radiant and beautiful, but even more so pictured here on her wedding day (love that black sash!).  I’m glad to see that she’s moved on and found happiness after that “Mutt” guy she was previously married to cheated on her with her best friend.  What a dog.  Anyway, she married Frederic Thiebaud (the former husband of the ex-best friend), who is seen here carrying her white strappy Calvin Klein wedding shoes as they walk down the beach.  I recognized this pair as the Calvin Klein Dylan, a style that I’ve featured here before:

If you’re a bride-to-be and want to wear the same shoes Shania wore for your own big day, you’re in luck: the Calvin Klein Dylan is available in both white re-color satin and ivory satin at 6pm for 50% off retail at $59.50.  Of course, you don’t have to be a bride to wear these in white, but if you’re looking for the same style in different colors, 6pm also offers black, a metallic gold color called platino and a black/cream multi version with prices ranging from $56.38 – $65.45.  Note that all prices are subject to change.

Wedding photo from People.com

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Shoes Snooki wore on the Jersey Shore reunion: Bebe cutout boots

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Any shoe lover who watched the Jersey Shore reunion on MTV probably took note of the statement-making cutout boots Nicole Polizzi, a.k.a. Snooki, wore to the show.  If you didn’t see the special, here’s another look:

After seeing them, I had to give Snooks a big thumbs up (or fist pump, rather) for her choice of hot shoes and then I became rather determined to find them.  After waving my magic shoe wand, checking around a bit, and recalling that Bebe is one of her favorite places to shop, I found these:

This is the Bebe Camila and, unfortunately, it is now sold out.  And, if it looks like something high-end designer to you, that’s because it’s inspired by, or a close knockoff of, the Gucci Helena:

This style is almost sold out completely too, but Bluefly has one size left right now for $1,240.  It’ll probably go quick – just take a look at Angelina Jolie in these shoes.

Since both of these are unavailable, I found some more cutout boots that show a bit of skin for a similar effect:

The Calvin Klein Brielle for $99 – $219.45 depending on size selection at Amazon (limited sizes). Also available in limited sizes at Shoes.com for $196.35. Get 20% off with coupon code VISA (may require Visa payment), making them $157.08.

Asos Baltimore for $275.84 at Asos.

Update:  Another similar option from Bebe, the Bebe Jimmy Lasercut Boot in black or brown for $298.

Jersey Shore reunion photos from MTV.com.

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Sale Spotlight: 25% off shoes at Lord & Taylor for Friends & Family sale

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I love a good Friends and Family sale and I also love the shoes at Lord & Taylor, which works out quite well considering L&T is having such a sale and taking 25% off both regular and sale items via coupon code FRIENDS.  Of course, that includes their wide selection of drool-worthy women’s shoes and I’m seeing way too many styles I want right now at great prices.  For instance, L.A.M.B. shoes are known to be quite pricey, but the L.A.M.B. Glamorous bootie pictured above is on sale for $209.99 and is further reduced to $157.49 after the coupon.  That’s quite a markdown from the retail price of $295 and lower than what other stores are offering at the moment.  Here are some more of my faves:

 

Plenty by Tracy Reese Piper for $149 before discount and $111.75 after.  Also available in black.  Update: Piperlime has a better price for this pair – $99.99 in black or brown and free shipping.  The sale price may end 10/24/10.

Dolce Vita Holt in black or grey on sale for $99.59 (retail $159) and $74.69 after coupon.

Steven by Steve Madden Maiya on sale for $129.99 (retail $189) and $97.49 after coupon.  Also available in black.

Calvin Klein Rayven on sale for $129.99 (retail $159) and $97.49 after coupon.

Poetic Licence Encoure on sale for $100.08 (retail $139) and $75.06 after coupon.  Also available in black.

Shipping is free on $150 or more and the sale ends 10/24/10.  Some exclusions apply.

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Labor Day Shoe Sales

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Labor Day is all about having a nice 3-day weekend to spend with family and friends, but it’s also a great time to get your shoe shopping on for less with all of the holiday sales.  If you’re planning to shop for shoes this weekend, there are plenty of ways to save big.  But, you have to know where to get those savings, so I’ve gathered up some of the best bargains I’ve seen to make it a little easier.  Let’s take a look:

Aldo: Extra 30% off clearance sandals and free shipping through 9/6.  The discount is already applied to the prices shown.

Bakers: Buy a pair of shoes or a bag and get 50% off a clearance item through 9/6.

Bluefly: Extra 25% off select shoes through 9/6.  The discount is already applied to the prices shown.

Calvin Klein: Extra 30% off at checkout through 9/6.  Shoes in the Final Sale section have the biggest savings.

Famous Footwear: Buy one pair of shoes, get 50% off the second and get an additional 20% off with coupon code LABOR20 through 9/11.

Guess: Extra 50% off sale shoes at checkout and free shipping on $150 or more with coupon code LABORDAY150 through 9/6.

Kenneth Cole: Extra 40% off select shoes at checkout through 9/7.  Eligible styles are marked.

Macy’s: Extra 25% off clearance shoes and free shipping on $99 with coupon code LABORDAY through 9/6.  The discount is already applied to the prices shown.

Payless: Buy one pair of shoes, get 50% off the second and get an additional 20% off with coupon 36093 through 9/6.

Shoemall: 20% off regularly-priced shoes with coupon code LABORDAY through 9/6.

Shoes.com: Extra 25% off sale shoes with coupon code 25SALE through 9/7.

Steve Madden: 30% off your purchase, including clearance shoes, with coupon code SCRATCH30 through 9/10.  Some styles are excluded.

That’s all for now, but if anyone knows of another great sale on shoes for Labor Day, let us know in the comments.  Have a fun weekend!

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Shoes Whitney Port wore to Sex & the City 2 premier & MTV Movie Awards

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

On this season of MTV’s The City, we’ve seen Whitney Port hard at work on her Whitney Eve clothing line and she’s definitely had her share of success – like showing her designs at Bryant Park during Fashion Week and scoring deals with companies like Rue La La and Maybelline – but we’ve also seen her endure some criticism from the fashion world and fellow unsupportive castmate Olivia, whose fate at Elle is definitely hanging by a thread at this point (leaving anticipation high for a potential firing).  But, we all know that looking fabulous is the best revenge and Whitney did just that while attending the MTV Movie Awards and the premier of Sex and the City 2.  I love both of these looks on her and, of course, I had to notice the shoes.  At first glance, I thought her SATC 2 shoes (with the black dress) might be the Christian Louboutin Coussin, but a closer look revealed them to be this pair:

This is the Charlie My Love ATM Knotted Woven Bootie and it’s available at Shopbop for $268.80, marked down from $384.  That’s certainly a lot less than the $1,595 Louboutin bootie, but you can save some money and get a similar look with this pair:

Boutique 9 Val for $199 at Shoe Woo.  If you buy 2 pairs, get 20% off automatically at checkout until 6/14/10.

Or, save even more with the N.Y.L.A. Isabel bootie in black, which is $76.98 at Target.

On to the next pair:

Whitney reaffirms her love for the cage at the MTV Movie Awards by pairing her yellow dress with bronze Sergio Rossi Scalloped Booties, which are available at Neiman Marcus for $850.  For less expensive alternatives, try these:

Calvin Klein Dylan for $119 at Shoes.com.  Get 20% off with coupon code VISA for a limited time, which reduces them to $95.20 with free shipping.

Mixx Chloe 01 for $44 at LuLu’s.

Martinez Valero Courtney for $96.22 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.

Update: This Cut-Out High Heel Bootie scallop cage shoe for $40 at GoJane is even more similar.  It comes in purple, grey or black.

Photos from MTV.com

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Shoes from Kristin Cavallari & Audrina Patridge on MTV The Hills Season 6

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The sixth and final season of MTV’s The Hills is currently underway and, of course, we’ve already experienced enough drama and antics in the first couple episodes to last us well through the end of the show (and far beyond for that matter).  It’s a show that’s always straddled the line between fiction and reality, but this season gives us even more reason to ponder what’s real and what’s not: Drug rumors, uber-extreme plastic surgery, people literally losing their sanity, Ryan Cabrera on yet another reality show – yes, we’ve seen it all. 

Spencer: It boggles the mind

I have to admit I’m a bit sad that it’s almost all over, but maybe it’s time.  Clearly, we’ve come a long way from the innocent, wide-eyed early days of the show when Lauren Conrad was just trying to make her way in the world.  And if Spencer and Heidi really are as crazy and out-there as they seem, they probably don’t need a platform to exhibit it to the world any more than they already have.  Of course, we know they have a history of playing things up for the camera, so Spencer’s super-aggressive, controlling, crystal-toting tendencies and Heidi’s blank, passive tolerance of him (breathe, Spencer, breathe) could be just for attention.  If so, it still indicates a bit of craziness on their part, don’t you think?  I mean, who does that?  I must say, however, that Spencer might just have better acting chops than I would have guessed if it’s fake – those bulging neck veins we see displayed during his many angry rampages are pretty convincing.

The good news is that the girls are getting along relatively well, aside from those pesky drug-use accusations Kristin receives in the first episode after not hanging with the ladies one night in Miami.  Kristen and Audrina, who were prone to bursts of yelling and name-calling last season, are now practically BFFs and even go shoe shopping together in one episode.  I guess it goes to show that time – and shoes – heal all wounds.  Justin Bobby being out of the picture doesn’t hurt either.

Audrina and Kristin try on some noticably cute shoes together at Madison in L.A. and I happened to find some of them.  Since these girls tend to love their high-end luxe designers, I also found some similar shoes that cost a lot less for those of us not on a MTV-star budget.  Let’s check it out:

Kristin Cavallari tries on the YSL Criss-Cross Ankle Strap Sandal, available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $795.  For lower-priced alternatives, try these:

Bebe Stacy for $149 in black or brown at Bebe.com.

Steve Madden Averry in cognac, black, olive or orange for $89.95 on preorder at Steve Madden.  Coupon code FF25 takes 25% off and adds free shipping, which makes them $67.46.  The expiration of the code is unknown.

Audrina tries out Givenchy Open-Toe Ankle Boots, which you can get at Saks for $790.  Here are some similar, but less expensive options:

Aldo Goodsite in black or cognac for $59.98 at Aldo.com.

Dolce Vita Lee for $201.25 at 6pm.

BTW, Audrina wears tan Prada knot sandals with her peach dress while on the shoe shopping excursion.  You can find one size available at Shopbop, but I haven’t seen them elsewhere or any close lookalikes.  Her dress is the Amanda Uprichard Joan for $194 at Piperlime.

Kristen also tries on a pair of black platform sandals, which we’ve seen her wear more than once.  For instance, she wore these shoes on the MTV After Show with her black lace one-shoulder dress.  They are the Miu Miu Swirl Platform Sandal, seen here at Polyvore:

It looks like they are sold out online.  Here are some similarly swirly pairs that are available now:

Max Studio Soraia sandal for $118.95 at Nordstrom.

Jessica Simpson Genaviv in black for $46 or in cognac for $36.80 at 6pm.  Additional sizes and colors are available at Amazon for $72.90 – $88.95.

Update: The platform sandals she wears while shopping are the Jimmy Choo Nixon, which are available in limited sizes at Bluefly, My Theresa and the official Jimmy Choo website.

In a promo pic for The Hills, Kristen wears a metallic wedge heel that looks like this Seychelles Kick Up Your Heels wedge:

It can be found at Endless.com for $89.95 with free shipping.  Sizes are limited in pewter.

There’s also the Season 6 promo video for The Hills that features some of the cast hanging from puppet strings, as well as a pair of beige zip-front shoes.  These shoes look really familiar to me, but I couldn’t quite place them (or find them).  Update: These are the Christian Louboutin Zipette, which are sold out online.  But, here are some lookalike pairs:

Calvin Klein Elise for $99 at Lord & Taylor.  Apply coupon code BIG for 15% off at checkout through 5/23/10.

Jessica Simpson Gobow for $89 at Macys.  Get free shipping with coupon code JOURNEY until 5/19/10.

Steve Madden Nanciee for $99.95 at Steve Madden.  Use code FF25 to drop them to $74.96 with free shipping (expiration unknown).

Any other shoes from the cast of The Hills you’d like to know about?  Let me know!

Images from MTV.com and OK! Magazine.
 
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