Jimmy Choo

More or Less: Jimmy Choo Crown lookalike, the Enzo Angiolini Sully

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


I’ve definitely been in holiday shoe overdrive lately, checking out all things shiny and pretty for the feet, and the Jimmy Choo Crown is another example of a pair of shoes that would be a great evening wear option.  The two-tone metallic color of these glitter pumps could certainly work well with a wide variety of looks and they’ll also add a nice dose of shimmer.  You can find the Jimmy Choo Crown at Saks Fifth Avenue for $695, which is actually not a bad price for Jimmy Choo (at least relative to something like the exorbitant $2,495 Jimmy Choo Niagra…whoa), but it’s still out of the realm of possibility, cost-wise, for many of us.  If you want a less expensive pair with a similar look,  here’s another option:

This is the Enzo Angiolini Sully and it’s available at Nordstrom for a fraction of the price at $88.95.  It’s also a plus that this shoe is sold in a wide variety of sizes (4-12) and 3 different width options to help ensure the best fit.  If you prefer a closed toe version, check out the Enzo Angiolini Smiles for $94.95.

Note: If you order at Nordstom and spend over $100, be sure to apply coupon code HOLIDAY10 for free shipping.

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Shoe Trends Fall 2010: Boots with the fur (with the fur!)

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I couldn’t resist the Flo Rida reference in the title but, hey, it works when it comes to one of the big shoe trends for fall.  Betty Wang, senior buyer of designer shoes at Saks Fifth Avenue, told the New York Times that fur boots are the hottest selling shoes at Saks Fifth Avenue right now, both fur-lined boots and boots with fur on the outside of the shoe.  Although she references the pricey Jimmy Choo Yule and the Christian Louboutin Toundra, you can always apply the trend for much, much less.  Fur-lined boots are always comfy-cozy, but today’s post is more about form than function; i.e. fur on the outside.  I like the Sam Edelman Shalin (pictured above) because it uses quite an extensive amount of fur, but still manages to look sleek and stylish.  You can get it at Karmaloop for $200 and apply coupon code SAVE20 for 20% off and free shipping, making them $160.  Here’s some more fur styles, at moderate price points, that I’ve been checking out:

The Nine West Priska, a similar, but lower-priced, alternative for the Christian Louboutin Toundra that was also mentioned in a recent Rachel Zoe Report.  This pair is available for $149 at Nine West.

The Naughty Monkey D Lux for $79 at and $63.20 after applying coupon code VISA (exp. 2/28/11, may require Visa payment).

The Anne Michelle Savior 56 for $53 at LuLu’s.  A more casual option is also available at LuLu’s, the Wanted Tundra for $57.

The Skechers Struts for $79 at Amazon.


The Bearpaw Kaska for $84.99 – $89.95 depending on size/color selection at Amazon.

Dolce Vita Tatum for $240 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Update: Here’s another one I like, the Aldo Vanderau for $110 at Aldo.

Note that all of the boots pictured here are made of faux fur with the exception of the Dolce Vita pair.

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More shoes seen at the 2010 MTV VMAs + similar looks for less

Thursday, September 16th, 2010


Everyone knows that the MTV Video Music Awards are just as much about the fashion as they are about the music – the two literally go hand in hand. After finding one of the shoes Chelsea Handler wore while hosting the show, I’ve continued to check out more shoe styles seen on celebs at the event. Of course, Lady Gaga had to outdo everyone in the most outrageous way possible by wearing a dress and shoes made of real meat:

This is definitely a statement-making choice (to say the least), but one that I doubt anyone will want to emulate for themselves.  If you do want to get the look, see this MTV Style article for details on how they were created and consult with your local butcher (and, please, send pictures!).  In addition to wearing beef, Gaga wore the iconic Alexander McQueen armadillo shoes (pictured, top), the same style featured in her Bad Romance video, which won Video of the Year.

There isn’t anything quite like the McQueen heels, but these Senso Neve shoes in snake are a real-life alternative to get that edgy, Gaga-esque style for less.  They are also a look-alike for the Acne Admire, as I found on Nitrolicious.  Get them on pre-order for $199.95 at Solestruck.

While I do enjoy watching Gaga and her wild fashion choices, there were other stars wearing much more wearable shoes that we could all potentially rock in real life – that is, if we have the cash flow for the pricey designer brands they opt for.  That’s why I’ve also found some similar, but less expensive alternatives for those who love the looks seen at the VMAs, but need something more affordable.  Let’s check it out:



Selena Gomez wore a gorgeous silver dress and kept the metallic theme going head-to-toe with her silver Brian Atwood Kendall shoes.  I can’t find these available for sale online, but here are a couple options for less:


Charles by Charles David Risque (left) for $47.25 at 6pm and the Chinese Laundry Fire It Up (right) for $49.99 at Dillards.




Hayley Williams of Paramore wore the Miu Miu Spectator Pump, available at Bergdorf Goodman for $650.  Save some money and get a similar look with these shoes:

Samanta Amay for $199.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.



Audrina Patridge opted for the Balmain Metallic Rhinestone Pump, which is available at Barneys for $2,300.  Get something much less pricey with these shoes:

Michael Antonio Reza for $98.95 at Shoebuy.  Coupon code EMLFALLKICKOFF10 takes 20% off for a limited time, making them $79.16 with free shipping.  But, there are a few sizes at Amazon for only $47.98 with free shipping.

JWoww of Jersey Shore sported a more toned-down look than usual, which looks good on her, and I’m definitely loving the shoes.  I think these are Jimmy Choo, although I couldn’t locate the exact pair.  But, here’s a sparkly option for less:

Enzo Angiolini Merryann for $79.95 at Nordstrom.

Update: It looks like she could be wearing the Jimmy Choo Crown, which is $695 at Saks:

Or, possibly, the Enzo Angiolini Sully for $88.95 at Nordstrom:


Here’s another lookalike without a peep toe, the Enzo Angiolini Smiles, which is also sold at Nordstrom:

Twighlight’s Ashley Greene and singer Kei$ha both wore closed-toe black patent pumps to the VMA’s.  I’m not sure of the designer for either of these shoes, but here’s a similar pair for an affordable price:

Aldo Moos for $80 at

Any more shoes from the VMAs you want to know about?  Let me know and I’ll do my best to find them!

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Find My Shoes: Jimmy Choo Quinze lookalike

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 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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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

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

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 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 and OK! Magazine.

Shoe Buzz: Jimmy Choo & Ugg team up, Ivanka Trump shoe line + more

Friday, January 15th, 2010

There’s always something new to talk about when it comes to the world of shoes and I, for one, am definitely not complaining.  I could talk shoes all day.  So, who’s creating shoe buzz this week?  Let’s check it out:





Luxe shoe company Jimmy Choo may have just worked with H&M to create a lower-priced shoe collection late last year, but the unlikely pairings don’t stop there.  WWD reports that they also have plans to do a 5-piece collection with sheepskin boot maker Ugg Australia this fall and sell them under the label Ugg & Jimmy Choo.  The boots will feature Ugg construction combined with Jimmy Choo design elements, but the pricing definitely leans more towards Choo territory at $595-$795.  You may love or hate Uggs, but Jimmy Choo president Tamara Mellon is definitely a fan – according to her, they are the only shoes you’ll find in her wardrobe besides her own brand.  Very interesting indeed.

Nashville-based shoe charity Soles4Souls will donate 250,000 shoes to victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  They originally committed 100,000 pairs, but received many more donations than expected from their partners in the footwear industry and the community.  According to their website, “a pair of new shoes is absolutely necessary in order for the Haitian survivors to be effective in rescue and rebuilding efforts amidst broken glass, twisted metal and raw sewage.”

Already dreaming of hot summer shoes?  Check out WSA Today, who gives a rundown of shoe trends for summer 2010.  Among the trends noted are playful color, exotics, neon and floral texture.

Ivanka Trump just got married in October and now she’s kicking off the new year by announcing a shoe line, which will be licensed through Marc Fisher Footwear.  Marc Fisher says, “We believe Ivanka has something fresh and distinctive to offer in what is otherwise a celebrity-saturated market.”  She does have a classic, sophisticated style and I liked her on The Apprentice, so I’m looking forward to seeing what she has to offer, although I do think it’s quite a challenge to stand out in the sea of celebs who are doing the same.  She also has a high-end jewelry line and may branch out to apparel and more accessories. [from WWD]

Shoe Buzz: Jimmy Choo H&M line launches today + Jimmy Choo speaks

Saturday, November 14th, 2009


It’s the day many have been eagerly waiting for – the Jimmy Choo for H&M line is now available in-store.  I can just imagine the madness, which was reportedly at an all-time high even compared to H&M’s previous designer launches.  Eager shoppers camped outside stores and waited in line, some in wind and rain, to get their hands on the collection.  Here’s a few reports of what’s going on at the stores from, Shiny Style, and UK Press Association.

I don’t have an H&M selling Jimmy Choo in my area and, although I’d certainly love to have a pair of the shoes, I’m not too sorry about missing the mayhem.  But, since it’s the big day for H&M and Jimmy Choo, I thought you might enjoy this recent article about Jimmy Choo.  I’m talking the Jimmy Choo, the actual person who originally founded the company with Tamara Mellon.  He’s no longer involved with the company due to conflicting ideas with Mellon about where the company was heading and a desire to spend more time with his family.  He also got back to his craft, the art of making shoes, and now creates custom shoes for individual clients under his Jimmy Choo Couture label.  For each pair, “every angle and arch of his clients’ feet are meticulously measured”.  It’s a skill his shoe-maker father taught him from a young age and he says the tradition of shoe making is “dying or going abroad to Italy, where there is more manufacturing, or China, where labour is cheap”. 

He also talks about Lady Diana, who he says was pivotal in his success, and how he made her last pair of shoes before she died, a pair of gold pumps.  It’s a good read and I thought you might like it too.

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