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On Point: Spike studded heels by Vince Camuto, Steve Madden & more

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

I’m definitely a fan of spikes on shoes, but even I’ve been surprised by the longevity of the trend, at least when it comes to shoes.  It just seems to keep going and going, for well over two years by my estimations, and there are more options than ever for getting the look, from Louboutin creations to much lower-priced styles.  Perhaps people are drawn to the dangerous, rebellious vibe they convey – it’s like getting the claws out and being a bit naughty.  One option for doing just that is the Vince Camuto Jamma in leopard (pictured above), which can be found at Zappos for $149 with free shipping.  It’s got the exotic cheetah print going on and plenty of sharp spikes along the heel and vamp to add a little wild to your style.  Here are some more spiked heels currently on my radar:

Anne Michelle Sensuous 19 neutral pump with taupe spike detail for $49 at Lulus.com.

Steve Madden Awwsome glitter pumps with spike detail on preorder at Steve Madden for $149.95.  Coupon code SMSUMMER15 takes 15% off $75 and gives free shipping (exp 8/31/12).

Wild Pair Edie spike studded heels for $135 at Bakers.

Vince Camuto Mandie black pump with gold spikes for $197.95 with free shipping at Nordstrom.

Vince Camuto Madelyn spike detail pumps for $198 at Dillards.

Update: Another shoe option with spikes down the heel is the Fergie Nicki in gold or graphite for $99.95 at Nordstrom.

Update 2: The Shoe Republic Spiked Platform Pump in black or turquoise for $48 at Lulus.

I hope everyone is having a great week so far!

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Shoes that Shine: Summer sandals with the mirror effect

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

One trend that I’ve been loving this season is the use of super-shiny, metallic detail on shoes, particularly when the shoe is otherwise neutral, but one part is accented with highly reflective metallic material or metal plate detail.  It’s basically like shoes with a pop of color, only with a pop of shine instead, which certainly adds a nice element of flash.  I also find it particularly appros for summer, when the sun is shining and high-gloss shoes reflect that light, creating a modern, oh-so-bright effect.  If you like reflective mirror detail on shoes too, especially at a moderate price point, I’ve rounded up various options that provide the look.  For instance, the Sam Edelman Yelena (pictured above) for $133 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.  You can also shop at Belk to get them on sale for $70 and shipping is free if your order totals $99 or more.  Here are some more:

Aldo Acal on sale for $41.99 (regularly $80) at Aldo.

Vince Camuto Kipton in gold or silver for $118 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.  Also available in both colors for $118 at Dillards.

Sam Edelman Sophie for $119.95 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.

Nine West Wewantit on sale for $59 (regularly $79) in 3 colors and $79 for the gold version at Nine West.  Shipping is free for a limited time.

Steve Madden Whyknot on pre-order for $109.95 at Steve Madden.  Coupon code SMSUMMER15 takes 15% off and gives free shipping (exp. 8/31/12).

Aldo Skillings on sale for $45.49 (regularly $90) at Aldo.

Nine West Cmon on sale for $49 (regularly $89) in 3 color options at Nine West.  Shipping is free for a limited time.

Happy Wednesday!

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Purple wedding shoes in plum & more shades

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Since wedding season is upon us, we have plenty of brides looking for the ideal shoes to go along with their dress; thus, we have another bridal-themed Find My Shoes post today!  I received two requests recently from brides-to-be that are both looking for purple shoes for their big day.  First, we have Shannon, who is wearing the beautiful Alfred Angelo Belle dress (pictured above, left) and wants to find shoes in the shade of David’s Bridal plum.  She loves the look of the $230 High Society Heel at My Glass Slipper (pictured above, right), but needs something more affordable.  We also have Jessica, who wants to find an elegant, not-too-expensive style in bright purple.  So, I’ve been on the hunt for a plethora of pretty purple pumps that just might work for these ladies, or at least hopefully so.  Here’s what I found:

After looking at available options, I believe the best way to get the look of the High Society heel on a budget is to go with a shoe clip.  The nice thing about going this route is having more flexibility to choose the exact shoe style you want – for instance, Bridalshoes.com has lots of dyeable wedding shoes under $100 in various heel heights and 4 shades of purple to choose from.  A simple, but dressy heel, like the dyeable satin Touch Ups Flash-647 (pictured above, left) could work well and it’s affordably priced at $54 with a $14 dye fee.  You can then pick out a shoe clip and I tend to like the wide selection of options at Etsy.  The floral shoe clip pictured above is $24 in gold or silver and I think it would look really nice contrasted with purple.  When you combine the cost of the shoe and the shoe clip, it totals $92, which is less than half the cost of the High Society style.

Here are some ready-made options I found (Note: I tried to get as close as possible to the requested plum shade, but I am basing this solely on the picture, which may not always be exact):

Allure Bridals Starlight for $79.95 with free shipping at Shoebuy.  Coupon code SPRING15 takes 15% off (expiration unknown).

RSVP Cailyn for $99 with free shipping at Zappos.

Nina Elke for $99 with free shipping from Zappos.

Coloriffics Rave for $99.95 with free shipping at Endless.  Spend $100 or more on eligible styles, including this one, and get 20% off with coupon code FORMAL12 (exp 5/7/12).  The base color of these shoes appears lighter, but the stones are a darker purple.

Poetic Licence Spectacle in purple for $62 with free shipping from Must Have Shoes or $79 with free shipping from Planet Shoes.

Touch Ups by Benjamin Adams Bev for $61.99 with free shipping from Shoes.com.  Coupon code SECRET20 takes 20% off (exp unknown).

Bourne Susie in Aubergine for $136.85 with free shipping from Endless.

Poetic Licence Force of Nature, an option that’s a bit different than the rest, but still has plenty of purple, for $89.40 at Dillards or $109 at Must Have Shoes, both with free shipping.

Now for some bright purple options.  I included more variety as far as the actual shade goes with these shoes since bright purple can mean different things to different people.  Of course, it’s the bride’s call to determine what exact shade will work for her, so here are some possibilities to consider:

Charles by Charles David Glacee in purple for $125.34 with free shipping from Endless.

Dyeables Lacey in purple for $69.99 with free shipping at Shoes.com.  Coupon code SECRET20 takes 20% off (exp unknown).

Coloriffics Miley in purple for $69.95 with free shipping from Endless.  Spend $100 or more on eligible styles, including this one, and get 20% off with coupon code FORMAL12 (exp 5/7/12).

Ivanka Trump Alluvia for $82.11 with free shipping at Endless.

H by Halston Abigail for $59.99 at Bakers (for the platform lovers!).

Steve Madden Hadley-R for $119.95 at Steve Madden and coupon code SMSPRING15 takes 15% off $75 and gives free shipping for a limited time.

Lulu Townsend Blossom wedge for $54.95 at DSW.  Members get free shipping on $35 with coupon code SHIPR through 6/20/12.

Nine West Devika for $49.99 with free shipping at 6pm.

Pour La Victoire Evelia for $74.50 with free shipping at Endless.

J.Renee Rosina in multi for $79.95 with free shipping at Endless.  This option clearly isn’t solid purple, but if you look close at the glitter, there is plenty of purple mixed in, so it could be really pretty.

Congratulations to both brides!

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White sparkly wedding shoes + purple rhinestone bow bridal heels

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I’ve talked about the gorgeous Enzo Angiolini Show You in blush before, but I had to mention the style again when I laid eyes on the white version (above), which I imagine many brides-to-be will fall head over heels in love with.  It’s not that you have to be walking down the aisle to wear them, but they are particularly well-suited for the occasion.  The all-over rhinestone detail gives a look that’s similar to those pricey Swarovski crystal encrusted heels, which tend to be hundreds or even thousands of dollars (Case in point: The Louboutin Sexy Strass for $3,095).  And while we have seen an ongoing trend for wearing bold pops of color in wedding shoes, there will still be plenty of people who prefer to keep their ensemble in traditional head-to-toe white, but perhaps with some serious sparkle added in.  The Enzos provide plenty of that and I really love the way the white upper looks against the irridescent crystals – beautiful!  If you’re enamoured with them too, you can find them at Nordstrom for $159.95.

Update: I also just came across the Enzo Angiolini Show You in Dark Pink, which is available for $150 with free shipping at Zappos.  You can also find these in White, Dark Pink, and Dark Blue at Endless for $150 to $159 with free shipping.

While we’re on the topic of bridal shoes, I also had a request on Facebook to help find the Steve Madden Luvly in purple (above), another shoe I’ve previously mentioned, for an upcoming wedding.  Like the Enzos, this is a gorgeous option that offers plenty of sparkle, this time with a large rhinestone bow.  It appears to be sold out everywhere, but I do currently see two listings at Ebay for a size 7 or 7.5 and they are new in box from a top-rated seller.  That’s an option if the sizes are right, but a very similar look could be achieved using a shoe clip.  Here’s an example of a shoe and a clip that could create the desired effect:

Pink Margarita White Bridal Shoes dyed in purple for $94 ($80 plus $14 dye charge) at Bridalshoes.com.

Rhinestone Bow Shoe Clips for $36 at Etsy.

Another advantage to this option is the ability to detach the clip to wear on other shoes after the wedding day.

Hopefully this helps out!

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Find My Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bello look-alike + low heel clear crystal shoes

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Happy Friday to everyone!  Today, I’m talking about two requests I received to help find bridal shoes and, since the inquiries were somewhat similar, I’m going to include them both in one Find My Shoes post.  The first request is for a more affordable version of the gorgeous Jimmy Choo Bello wedge you see pictured above (love!) and the other is for a low-heel, crystal-covered shoe, preferably with a clear upper.  So, I set my sights on some similar options and found some potential pairs.  Let’s dive right in, shall we?

First, we have options for the wedge.  I find that the sparkling, textured upper, the slim silhouette, and the wedge heel (3.5 inches, no high platform) are the three features that stand out most on the Jimmy Choo pair, which are priced at $595 at Nordstrom.  While I didn’t see any lower-priced options with these exact features, I did find shoes that incorporate at least two out of three, so they could be possibilities based on which elements matter most to the wearer.  I think the closest look to the Choos overall is the Butter Calm in silver (above), which is $304 at Amazon.  Here are some more:

Nina Fern for $78.95 at Nordstrom.

Nine West Flax in Light Gold on sale for $58.65 with free shipping at 6pm.

Enzo Angiolini Roxas for $99 at Bloomingdales.

Touch Ups Autumn for $89.95 at Onlineshoes.com.  Coupon code 2WINDY10 takes 10% off regularly-priced items through 3/31/12.

J.Renee Arlinda in silver for $52.11 with free 2-day shipping from Endless.

Lulu Townsend Chic for $49.95 at DSW.

Celeste Marisa-03 for $70.99 with free 2-day shipping from Endless.

If none of these quite fit, perhaps a custom shoe is in order.  The “blank slate” wedge you see above is one style that’s available at Milk & Honey Shoes, a site that offers the option to choose from various shoe styles and add the exact options you want,  such as material, heel height, and more for a price of $275.

Now, we have options for the low-heeled clear shoes with crystals – A Cinderella slipper, you might say, and one that is around two inches or less in the heel.  Here’s what I found:

 Lava Melody-3065 for $49.95 or the similar Lava Riviera-3025 for $44.95 at MetallicBridalShoes.com.

Lava Dawn-3095 for $54.95 at MetallicBridalShoes.com.

Cinderella Slippers for $29.95 at Pyramid Collection.

Melissa Ultragirl + J. Maskrey flat for $350 at Endless.

 

Touch Ups Candy for $74.95 with free shipping at Onlineshoes.com.  Coupon code 2WINDY10 takes 10% off regularly-priced items through 3/31/12.

 

Steve Madden I-Dreamy for $49.98 at Stevemadden.com.

Another option might be purchasing a completely clear shoe and adding crystals to it, either through a company or individual that provides this type of service or even DIY it if you feel so inclined.  Here are some shoes that could work for this type of scenario:

Touch Ups Cinderella for $55.95 with free shipping at Shoebuy.  Coupon EMLSPRINGAHEAD12 takes 20% off through 3/11/12.

Vaneli Briseis on sale for $36.60 with free shipping at 6pm.

Update – More options I came across:

Express Glitter Open-Toe Midi-Wedge on sale for $34.93 at Express.  I also found a flat clear sandal with rhinestone detail at Aldo, the Aldo Resteika for $40.

Annie Bobby II for $39.95 at DSW.

Update 2: Another option for the Jimmy Choos with similar detail on the upper and a silver metallic heel:

J. Renee Selah for $104.95 at Nordstrom.

Hopefully this helps and thanks for the requests.

Have a great weekend!

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Shoes from the Oscars 2012: Melissa McCarthy in Brian Atwood & Angelina Jolie in Ferragamo

Monday, February 27th, 2012

I love to watch the fashion at the Oscars, but my one gripe is that you can’t see the shoes!  We know there’s plenty of fabulous footwear strolling around the red carpet for sure, but they’re often lost under a sea of chiffon and silk and taffeta.  But, while watching the E! pre-show special, I did take note of one sweet shoe story: That of actress Melissa McCarthy and shoe designer Brian Atwood.  Melissa, who received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the movie Bridesmaids, told Ryan Seacrest that her clutch and shoes were custom designed by Atwood.  Even better, she went on to say that they’ve been friends since high school and that he signed her shoes “To my best friend Melissa McCarthy”.  After hearing that, I had to see the shoes:

From @Brian_Atwood on Twitter

These are the heels she wore and they’re definitely gorgeous princess shoes, plus even more special that they were custom designed by a good friend, who just happens to be an amazing shoe designer.  Of course, at this blog, we’re all about the budget-friendly alternatives to high-end designer pairs.  If you love the look of this sparkly peep toe pump, but want to find it for less, here are a few options:

Steve Madden Cycile in silver for $89.99 with free shipping at 6pm.

Chinese Laundry Hey There for $65.55 with free shipping from Shoes.com.  Coupon code SECRET20 takes 20% off, making them $52.44 (exp 3/6/12).

Then there’s Angelina Jolie, who definitely showed plenty of leg – right leg, to be specific – at the Oscars.  Angelina is gorgeous and I have to admit I found her Oscar vamping fun, but I do think she missed a bit of an opportunity in regards to her shoes.  She wore a Ferragamo pair that looks much like these black satin peep toe heels, available for $425 at YOOX (limited sizes):

 

 

These are great shoes, make no mistake, but I must say that her high-slit black dress offered the perfect opportunity to showcase an even more dramatic, show-stopping style.  Gucci perhaps?

Gucci Ophelie heels for $1,195 at Saks.

That’s just me, but she still looked amazing.

Any more Oscars shoes that you took note of?  Let us know in the comments or on Facebook!

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President’s Day Shoe Sales + Gianni Binni Spiked Slingback

Monday, February 20th, 2012

You know you really like a shoe when you see it once and you then keep thinking about it and going back to take little peeks at it afterwards.  So, I definitely have a bit of a crush on this cute heel, the Gianni Bini Spikey Slingback.  It’s not only the bow and spike detail, which provide that girly-slash-tough mix many of us tend to favor, but it’s the color.  Yes, this bold aqua color could add quite a punch to a girl’s spring wardrobe.  The Gianni Bini brand is available exclusively at Dillards and this pair is $89.99 in blue, black, pink, or red.  And be sure to check out all Gianni Bini shoes because there plenty of other sweet styles you just might start crushing on yourself.  Update: This pair is also a look-alike for the Christian Louboutin Lady Clou Spike, just a more affordable version.

If you’re more interested in scoring a discount on shoes today, here’s a rundown of some shoe sales for President’s Day:

Macys: Extra 25% off clearance shoes and extra 20% off select 2 Day Specials shoes (prices as marked), plus any shoes marked as eligible for an extra 10% off get the discount when coupon code PRES is applied at checkout (exp 2/20/12).

Nine West: Extra 30% off select power pumps (exp 2/20/12) or up to 70% off sale shoes (prices as marked), plus free shipping.

Shoes.com: Extra 25% off sale shoes with coupon code SALE25 and free shipping (exp 2/21/12).

LuLus: $15 off $100 and free shipping on shoes and more with coupon code PrezDay (exp 2/21/12).

Aldo: Free shipping on all orders for Prez Day, plus an extra 50% off sale and clearance boots (prices as marked).  Get another 10% off with coupon code LUCKYU31511 at checkout (exp 3/15/12).

Endless: Up to 50% off select shoes for President’s Day and free shipping.

Amazon: Up to 60% off select shoes in their President’s Day Event.

Steve Madden: 20% off $100 and free shipping on shoes and more with coupon code PRESIDENT (exp 2/20/12).  You can also get an extra 30% off clearance shoes for a limited time (prices as marked, promo codes do not apply).

Lord & Taylor: 20% off regular and sale shoes and 25% off clearance shoes with coupon code PRES at checkout.  Pay with a Lord & Taylor card and get another 10% off with coupon PRESPLUS (exp 2/21/12).

Bakers: Extra 25% off boots at checkout (exp 2/20/12).

Happy shoe shopping!

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