Shoes from the Super Bowl: Christina Aguilera in Louboutin, Fergie’s boots & Kim’s Shape-Ups

Monday, February 7th, 2011

I’m not that into football, generally speaking, but I do find the Super Bowl entertaining.  It’s a great excuse to eat something extra-yummy and one of the only times I ever pay attention to commercials, plus I like to see who performs the national anthem and the half-time show.  The actual game?  Meh.  But, this year, I had to take note of the shoes that took part in the big event (and not just football cleats).  Here’s what was on my radar:

Christina Aguilera has been catching major flack around the web for flubbing the lyrics while performing the national anthem pre-game, but she did score points for her choice of footwear.  She wore the fab Christian Louboutin Calypso pumps, seen here at Coolspotters.  These crystal-encrusted beauties are gorgeous, but appear to be unavailable online.  For something affordable and somewhat similar in look overall, try these:

The Penny Loves Kenny Tetra for $89.99 with free shipping at  It also comes in several other color options (no red), some of which are very limited in size options.

The Paris Hilton Electra in black/black or black/brown on sale for $62.30 (regularly $89) at Macys.  The same style is also available in three color options at for $89.99.

Fergie rocked out with the Black Eyed Peas during half time in these tall lace-up wedge boots, a look that was football inspired, as noted on the Fergie Shoes Facebook page.  Despite some sound issues, which always seem to be prevalent given the acoustics at stadiums, I enjoyed the show.  I’m not sure of the designer of her boots, but here’s another pair that has many of the same elements, minus the white-colored laces:

The Type Z Nora boot in black or brown on sale for $90.30 (MSRP $169) at 6pm.

Of course, you can always look to Fergie’s own shoe line for some rocker inspiration.  The Fergie Battlefield over-the-knee boot is available for $99 (regularly $159) at Fergie Shoes.

Finally, we have Kim Kardashian, who hawked for Skechers Shape-Ups during the Super Bowl commercials in one of her latest product endorsements.  Is it just me, or does it seem like the overtly sexual ad may have spoken more to the male audience rather than the intended female target for the shoes she was wearing?  I’m also not sure that Kim has ever worn these kind of shoes in real life, rather than utilizing a hot personal trainer, but whatevs.  If you want to find her black and pink Shape-Ups from the commercial, you can get a good price at Endless.  The Shape Ups Kinetix Response is on sale for $60 (regularly $100) with free 2-day shipping, but it has pink shoe laces rather than black.  You can also get the Skechers Shape-Ups SRT Kinetix with black laces, as in the ad, for $99.99 at Famous Footwear.

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Skechers Shape-Ups for $39.95 at 6pm + coupon

Monday, December 13th, 2010

If you’re already contemplating the ever-popular New Year’s resolution of getting in better shape, you might get a jump start with Skechers Shape-Ups, the fitness shoes that boast increased muscle strengthening and toning benefits.  Do they really work?  I can’t say for sure, but at $39.95 a pair right now at 6pm, I’d say it’s worth a shot – particularly if you’ve always wanted to try them out, but held back due to their usual price tag of $80-$100+.  There are several styles available to choose from at this price, including the limited-edition pink Skechers Shape-Ups Awareness (pictured above) that was made in support of breast cancer awareness.  To save even more, apply the rare 6pm coupon code 6PMCJDEC132010 at checkout to get another 10% off, which will drop your total to $35.95 with $6.95 for shipping or free shipping on $100 or more.  The coupon expires today 12/13/10 (note that it may expire at any time before the end of the day, but it is working as of the time of this posting) and the sale ends 12/17/10.



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Shoes on sale for Black Friday & Thanksgiving weekend

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I’m sure many of you are already full from all of those Thanksgiving eats and treats, but you might still find yourself with a strong craving for a helping of new shoes with a hefty side of savings.  If so, you’ll want to know where all of the best Thanksgiving and Black Friday shoe sales are.  I’ve been checking it out and I think this list of bargains will satisfy any shoe shopping urge you might have this weekend, but for much less.  Let’s take a look:

Aldo is taking an additional 30% off sale and clearance shoes (discount already applied to product prices) and shipping is free with no minimum.  Expiration is unknown.

Get 40% off your order automatically during checkout at Betsey Johnson and you’ll also get free shipping with no minimum required.  The Betsey Johnson Alison 2 corset bootie is reduced from $175 to $105 shipped after the savings.  The expiration is 11/28/10.

Famous Footwear is having their BOGO sale, which means you’ll get 50% off your second pair of shoes, and you also get an additional 20% off using coupon code GOBBLE20 at checkout.  The expiration is 11/28/10.

Guess is taking 20% off regularly-priced items and 60% off sale items (discount is already applied to product prices).  I’m definitely seeing some extra-low prices in the sale section and shipping is free if you spend $125 or more.  The expiration is 11/26/10.

Nine West is taking an extra 50% off select Doorbusters shoes at checkout and shipping is free.  The expiration is 11/26/10.

Save on Kenneth Cole Reaction and Kenneth Cole New York shoes at Kenneth Cole by applying coupon R2149 at checkout.  This code takes 40% off any qualifying style and shipping is also free if you spend $50 or more.  The expiration is 11/26/10 at 12 pm ET.  Update 11/26/10: Kenneth Cole now takes 30% off select styles, no code required, until 11/28/10 and shipping is free on $50 or more.

Save 25% and get free shipping at Steve Madden when you apply coupon code THANKS25 at checkout (some exclusions apply).  The expiration is 11/29/10.  Update: Get 30% off and free shipping instead with coupon THANKS30 through 11/29/10.

Endless takes 30% off select boots and slippers and more items, with shipping for free.  Amazon has a similar offer for 33% off select boots and slippers if you prefer to shop there.  The expiration for both is 11/27/10.

Get 20% off your order and free shipping at Shoebuy by applying coupon code THANKS2010 at checkout.  The expiration is unknown.  Update: The new Black Friday code for 20% off is FRIDAY and good until 11/26/10.  Or, get 25% off your order with coupon EMLFRIEND10 until 11/29/10.  Shipping is free.

25% off $25 at Shoemall with coupon code FRIDAY25 until 11/26/10.

Get 25% off $60 at Karmaloop and free shipping by applying coupon code BLACKOUT at checkout (expiration unknown).  You’ll also receive a gift code for a future purchase in the amount of $10 – $40 if your order is over $100 (gift code amount depends on purchase amount).  Be sure to check out the new Tick boot, the Libby Tick, for $280 before discount in 2 color options. takes an extra 25% off sale items with coupon code YAMS until 11/26/10.  Or, visit the outlet store, Shoesteal, to get 25% off via code STEAL25 until 11/26/10.

Buy 1 item and get 50% off your 2nd at Bakers until 11 am PST (2 pm ET) 11/26/10 only.

Get 50% off select flats and winter boots at Payless and 40% off select slippers through 11/28/10.  You can also get $10 off select fitness styles.  Take another 20% off your order with coupon code 30534 until 11/30/10.

Lots of sales going on at 6pm.  Most notably, Skechers Shape-Ups for $49.95 or less, Steve Madden shoes for $29.95 or less and Charles by Charles David shoes for $50 or less.

LuLu’s takes an extra 25% off sale items with coupon code TAKE25 through 11/28/10.

I’ll be updating this list over the weekend, so be sure to check back for more shoe savings!

Offers are subject to change.

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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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Skechers Shape-Ups on sale at Kohls + coupon

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Kohl’s just lowered the prices on their selection of Skechers Shape-Ups during their latest sale, which makes their toning footwear more affordable than we’ve seen before.  I’ve watched the prices on Shape-Ups for awhile at Kohl’s mainly because the coupon discounts they offer can be applied to the fitness shoes (unlike many retailers) and most styles are typically on sale for $99.99, which is reduced from their retail price of $109.95.  I’ve seen them get as low as $80 after the 20% coupons they offer from time to time; however, we now have many pairs on sale for $79.99 before any coupon discounts are applied (a few styles are $84.99 instead).  You can get 10% off your purchase with no minimum using code NEW4298 until 7/17/10 or 15% off $100 using code SAVE15AD until 8/6/10.  In addition, you can get free shipping on $75 or more by also applying code GETFREE75 until 7/17/10.

Using the 10% off coupon as an example, the $79.99 pairs – such as the Skechers Shape-Ups Action Packed High Performance Shoes pictured above – will drop to $71.99.   The sale expiration is unknown, but it may end 7/24/10.

Update: If you have a Kohl’s card and use it as payment, get 30% off your order with coupon code SIZZLING30 at checkout, which reduces $79.99 Skechers Shape-Ups to a super-low $55.99.  The code expires 7/21/10.

Update 2: Here’s another low price on Shape-Ups from Piperlime: Get an extra 10% off Shape-Ups with coupon code EXTRA10 at checkout until 8/4/10.  With styles already marked down to $80, you can buy a pair from $72 with free shipping.

Update 3: Use 20% off code SAVEONWEB to reduce $79.99 Shape-Ups to $63.99 until 7/24/10.  You can also add something to your order so it’s over $75 and get free shipping with code GR8SHIP through 8/3/10.

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4th of July Shoe Sales

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

*Update: This post is from 2010.  Check out 2011 4th of July shoe sales*

It’s 4th of July weekend and time for plenty of fun, but it’s also a great opportunity to save some dough all-American style, especially right now while we’re starting to see big markdowns on summer merchandise.  Independence Day sales are literally everywhere and there are definitely some great shoe sales that have already started, so I thought I would round them up into one big list for anyone who might be shoe shopping this weekend.  I’ll also be updating this list over the next few days anytime I come across more sales and coupons.  So, without further adieu, here’s the rundown of what I’ve seen so far:

American Eagle is having one of their awesome clearance sales right now that also applies to their selection of clearance shoes.  You get an extra 30% off automatically at checkout for a limited time, but then you can also apply coupon code 32944527 to get another 20% off (expiration unknown).  That makes for some super-low prices on their selection of flats, flat sandals and sneakers, like the AE Grommet Sandal (pictured above) that’s on sale for $19.95 and drops to just $11.17 after the code.  Availability can be limited for some styles, so it’s best to shop by size in the top right to narrow it down.  Shipping adds $7, but it’s free if you buy 3 or more items until 7/5/10. is also having a sale on a sale and it takes an additional 50% off already-reduced items.  Browse their women’s sale shoes and, if you see something you like, you’ll see the price slashed in half at checkout.  I like the femininity exuding from the Guess Journ, which features eyelet cutouts and a corset-like lace-up detail on the back.  It’s available for $89.99 in black or white, but the price is reduced to $45 after the discount.  If you spend $100, get free shipping with coupon code FREESHIP100 for a limited time.  The sale expiration is unknown, but it’s likely for the upcoming holiday weekend only.

If you’ve got your mind set on a pair of Chinese Laundry shoes for less, shop and get 30% off any sale shoes when you apply coupon code CL30SALE at checkout.  Make a dramatic statement in the Chinese Laundry Slippery Slope, which has a mix of exotic patterns.  They’re marked down to $69.99 (regularly $119) in black or brown and, after the code, they’ll be yours for $48.99.  The code expires 7/12/10.

80’s Purple offers cutting edge shoe brands like 80%20, Dolce Vita, Industry, Report and more and you can get an additional 25% off your purchase with coupon code fireworks during their Red, White & Purple Sale.  The Dolce Vita Niko wedge in black or brown is priced at $172, but it falls to $129 after the code.  The sale expires 7/5/10.

Shoemall is having a Fourth of July shoe sale and it takes 20% off your purchase via code JULY4.  It applies to regularly-priced items only and shipping is also free.  If you’ve had a gold glitter pump on the brain since Sex and the City 2, you might like the Steve Madden Caryssa platform pump.  It’s $129.95 before the code and $103.96 after.  The coupon expires 7/6/10.

Steve Madden is taking 40% off clearance shoes when you apply coupon code 40CLEARANCE at checkout.  Get a nice price on a clog with plenty of edge, the Steven by Steve Madden Durann, which is so on-trend and marked down from $149.95 to $99.99.  After the coupon, get them for $59.99 in black, brown or red.  The coupon expires 7/11/10.

Koh’s has a new coupon that takes 20% off any purchase, including shoes.  Enter TOPSECRET during checkout to get the discount, which you can even apply to Skechers Shape-Ups (just tested it and it worked).  The Skechers Shape-Ups Action Packed High-Performance Shoes are on sale for $99.99 (originally $109.95), but they are $79.99 after the code, which expires 7/4/10.  Update: This code is now expired, but use code JULYSAVE for 15% off until 7/11/10.

Bloomingdales is having a sale that takes 25% to 40% off select items, including women’s shoes.  On top of that, get another 15% off when you use coupon code SAVE15 in the shopping cart.  I checked it the sale and there’s definitely plenty of low prices going on, but one in particular is the Corso Como Notable studded wedge.  It’s already marked down from $159 to $59.62, but it goes even lower to $50.68 after the coupon, which expires 7/5/10.

More sales & coupons for shoes:

Lord & Taylor: Buy more and save more on select sandals: 30% off one pair, 35% off two and 40% off three.  If the shoes you want don’t qualify for this discount, get 20% off regular, sale and clearance items instead with coupon code JULY4 until 7/5/10.  Some exclusions apply.

Shoebuy: 20% off with coupon code JULY4 and free shipping.

Macy’s: Extra 25% off clearance shoes (prices reflect discount) and free shipping on $99 or more with coupon code FIREWORKS until 7/5/10.

Shoesteal: Extra 20% off with coupon code JULY4 until 7/5/10.

6pm: Select Gabriella Rocha shoes for $19.95 or less and more brand sales.

Nine West: 50% off select styles, plus an additional 20% off if you buy any 2 pairs.  Discounts show at checkout.

Kenneth Cole: Select shoes get an additional 40-50% off at checkout.  Eligible items are marked with the discount amount.  The sale expires 7/8 at 3 am ET.

Aldo: Extra 20% off women’s sale pumps, shoes and boots (excludes sandals).  The discount is already applied to the product price.

That’s all for now, but be sure to check back for more shoes sales for the 4th!

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Skechers Tone-Ups review + sale prices from $15

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I recently purchased these Skechers Tone-Ups Ninjafield shoes in silver because I’m trying to up my game, so to speak, in the exercise department.  I’ve been watching the rapidly growing fitness footwear market for quite some time now with plenty of interest, but also a healthy dose of skeptism.  It seems like every shoe company around that has anything to do with athletic or comfort shoes – i.e. Skechers, New Balance, Reebok, Earth and more – now offers lines of footwear that tout bold claims like weight loss, muscle toning and tightning, calorie burning and more just by wearing them regularly.  And though these shoes often receive positive reviews, it never seems all that clear if they actually cause weight loss or if they really change the shape of your legs over time.  But, I do want to believe that a pair of shoes could be my magic bullet (ha), although the price points have kept me at bay until now.  I just don’t want to shell out the big bucks for shoes that would normally cost much less without all of the promises, i.e. $50-$60 for flip flops and $100+ for tennis shoes that might be half as much without the marketing hype.  However, I must admit, it’s not too much to pay if they actually work, so when I found the Skechers Tone-Ups Ninjafield at Famous Footwear marked down to $29.99 (originally $54.99) and they had a coupon for another 20% off that reduced them to $23.99, it was a no-brainer for me to try them out.  At that price, you can’t lose.

So far, I’ve been super-happy with my purchase.  I think they’re cute for a casual shoe and they felt great from the moment I tried them on.  They have a cushy midsole that I can only describe as like walking on a mattress (in a good way).  The marketing booklet I received with my order says that the midsole is made of a double layer of high-tech polymer with varying thickness from heel to toe and the gradual variation causes three distinct areas of compression: a firm toe area for maximum control, a stabilizing middle and a softer heel strike that causes more effort with each step.

I’ve been wearing them regularly around the house and for doing things like running errands for a couple of weeks now.  I can definitely say that these shoes are very comfortable.  I went out for one of those long power-shopping trips recently and I typically feel plenty of tension and fatigue in my feet at the end of the day (more or less depending on my shoes) but I felt absolutely none of that when wearing the Tone-Ups.  I definitely give them a thumbs up for that. 

As far as toning and weight loss goes, it’s hard to say.  Obviously it takes time to see any dramatic differences, but I do feel like I’m standing a bit straighter and a couple of times I felt some muscle activation in my calves that I didn’t notice with other shoes.  All in all, I am feeling stronger, but I’m also doing other types of exercise, so I can’t give full credit to the shoes at this point.  However, I do like them enough that I’m considering buying another pair.  I’ll give it some more time and keep you guys updated if I see additional results.

If you’d like to try out your own pair of Skechers Tone-Ups for less, you can still get the Skechers Tone-Ups Ninjafield in silver for $29.99 at Famous Footwear with $4.50 for shipping.  Apply coupon code DTWB291 until 6/30/10 to get 20% off your order.  Or, get them at 6pm for $20 with $6.95 extra for shipping (Update: Sold out at 6pm).  Here are some more low prices I found:

Skechers Tone-Ups Strength Train in hot pink and white for $20 at 6pm (Update: Now $14.95).

Skechers Tone-Ups Hotness in bronze for $35 at 6pm.

Skechers Tone-Ups Glamgirl in black, red or navy for $49 at  Apply coupon code VISA for 20% off, which reduces them to $39.20 with free shipping.  Or, go to FinishLine to get them in black for $29.98 with about $7.99 for shipping.

Skechers Tone-Ups Candy Bar in silver or bronze for $29.99 at Famous Footwear.  Apply the code mentioned above for 20% off, which makes them $23.99.

**Note: Please excuse my slowdown in posting over the past week or so.  I’ve been having some internet issues, including several bouts of no internet service at all (lovely) that prevented me from updating the site as regularly as I normally do.  Luckily, I had a technician out today and it appears to be fixed (fingers crossed), so I should be good to go.**

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