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

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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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, 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  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  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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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. 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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Note: Prices and promotions subject to change.  Exclusions apply.

Fun Shoes for Friday: Bakers Maisie multicolor sequin heels

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

If you’re gonna sparkle, you may as well sparkle in many colors, à la this Bakers Maisie pump.  I think the mix of shades — mostly cool colors like blue and green with a bit of gold thrown in — is a nice combination and could work well with many different looks, from the jeans-cute-top ensemble to a cocktail dress.  Really, at this point, you can add sequin shoes to anything (ok, almost anything, let’s be reasonable) just to add a nice dose of shimmer to your look.  And given that Dorothy’s sequin ruby slippers may fetch two million dollars at auction, the price tag on this pair seems downright reasonable.  I know they aren’t red and they aren’t actually featured in The Wizard of Oz, but you can still click your heels three times in them if you really want to.  If so, find them at Bakers for $85 with free shipping.


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Shoes Seen On TV Part 2: Rose Byrne on Chelsea Lately & Jill Zarin on Real Housewives reunion

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

As I mentioned in Part 1 of my Shoes Seen On TV posts, I have even more hot shoes from the small screen to talk about, so let’s just jump right into Part 2, shall we?  Pictured above, we have Rose Byrne, who went on Chelsea Lately wearing some statement-making stunners that Chelsea Handler complimented right away when Rose walked out.  I most definitely recognized the Kirkwood aesthetic going on:

Rose wore the Nicholas Kirkwood Lace-Up Lace Platform Sandal, which can be found at Bergdorf for a whopping $1,195.  These are ah-mazing, but definitely not a viable option for every budget.  To get a style that’s comparable, but much less expensive, check out this pair:

The Sole Boutique Sydney is certainly Kirkwood-inspired with the similar silhouette and crisscross lace detail in the front, but it differs with its trendy cutout platform and even higher heel: 6 inches (wowza) compared to the 5 1/3 inches on the Kirkwoods.  You can find these at Karmaloop for $50 and coupon code 10OFF takes $10 off for a limited time.

Moving right along to The Real Housewives, where my little eye can always spy some fab footwear — the New York reunion show was no exception.  Now, these reunions are all about stirring up a little controversy but, I must say, some of the “mean girl” behavior went a little far this time (I’m looking at you brunettes! Yeah, ok, Ramona too).  However, the ladies always play it nice when it comes to their reunion fashion and I particularly liked Jill Zarin’s look, which included gorgeous lace bow heels.  They appear to be this pair:

The Valentino Bow Trim Lace Pump is $885 at Nordstrom, but here are some similarly lacey options that come in at much less:

The Chinese Laundry Hotline in black, which is $70 at Bakers.

The Paris Hilton Senorita in lace for $94.99 with free shipping at

Now a final question: Have you seen any shoes on TV lately that made you swoon?  Do share!

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Shoes Seen On TV Part 1: Giuliana Rancic & Denise Richards get sparkly

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

As a shoe lover, I’m always checking out the shoes people wear on TV while I’m catching up with some of my fave shows.  Of course, most people making an appearance on the small screen are wearing shoes of some kind, but there are definitely those that stand out way more than others.  Here are a few designer styles that grabbed my attention in a big way while surfing the tube recently, plus I’ve also tracked down some alternatives that provide a similar look for less:

E!’s Giuliana Rancic stopped by Chelsea Lately with her hubbie Bill (pictured at very top) in some very hot and super-blingy shoes, just to prove that our obsession with sparkle isn’t going to fade anytime soon.  She wore the Giuseppe Zanotti E10089 to chat it up with Chelsea and, I must say, being up on that stage seriously lit up the crystals all over this pair.  I couldn’t find these for sale online in black, like she’s wearing, but I did find the above picture of them at Zappos.  The blush pair on the right is available in a few sizes at Endless for $851.48 (regularly $1,495) and they also have a limited-time promotion that takes 25% off select sandals at checkout.  If my calculations are correct, that would drop them to about $638.61 with free shipping, which is a pretty sweet price for this luxe style, but still quite a chunk of change.  Here are some less expensive options:

If you like the blush color, this is an obvious choice for a lookalike version, although the studs clearly aren’t as shiny and bright.  You can find the Wild Pair Glisten in light tan for $185 at Bakers.

The Jeffrey Campbell Rally is another option with similar qualities.  Reflection has them for sale in black for $149.99 with free shipping.

Update: The Steve Madden Stonned is also a good choice for getting this look for less.  It comes in black, blush or blue for $149.95.

Speaking of sparkle, Denise Richards showed off her glow in glitter while appearing on Watch What Happens Live.  These appear to be Christian Louboutin Lady heels, although it may be the crystal-covered version rather than glitter.  They’re totally Andy Cohen-approved (he complimented them on the show) and definitely drool-worthy (seriously, I’m drooling).  They’re $895 in glitter, but I did find some less expensive options that still offer plenty of flash:

I’m loving the Badgley Mischka Humbie II, which looks extra sparkly to me.  They’re $200 with free shipping at Endless.

There’s also the Lauren Jones Vicki silver glitter pump, which is $98.95 with free shipping at Endless. 

Up next? Shoes Seen On TV Part 2!  Stay tuned.

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Memorial Day shoes sales & coupons 2011

Friday, May 27th, 2011

If there’s one thing you can be assured of on Memorial Day weekend, it’s that there WILL be sales…and lots of them.  If your holiday activities include a little shoe shopping, you’ll probably want to know which stores are offering the best discounts so you can get your savings on.  That’s why I’ve rounded up a great big list of sales and coupons that’ll knock a nice chunk of change off your shoe purchase, making both your feet and your wallet happy.  Here’s the rundown of what I’ve seen so far:

Pour La Victoire recently launched their own online store and I received word from a company rep that coupon code LAUNCH will take an additional $50 off any order (expiration unknown).  While not specifically for Memorial Day, it’s still a sweet discount on must-haves like the Irina and their selection of bridal shoes.  Shipping is also free.

Aldo takes an additional 30% off women’s sale sandals (discount reflected in product price), but you can also apply coupon code GLAMOUR to get another 15% off at checkout.

Endless offers an extra 20% off select women’s shoes.  The discount is applied at checkout for all eligible items.

American Eagle takes another 30% off and applies free shipping when you apply coupon code 82934281 at checkout.  Use the code on their regularly-priced footwear or save even more on clearance shoes.

Macy’s reduces the prices on clearance shoes by 25% (prices reflect discount) and you also get another 10% off at checkout.  Items eligible for the extra discount are marked.

Bloomingdales is having a Big Brown Bag Sale that takes 25-40% off select styles and coupon code BIGSALE takes another 20% off these sale items.

Reebok takes another 40% off sale items when you apply coupon code SALE40 at checkout.

Payless has you paying less with 20% off coupon 47010 at checkout.

Famous Footwear offers coupon code FAMOUS20 for an extra 20% off your order. has coupon code SECRET20 that gives an extra 20% off regular or sale items through 5/31/11.

Bakers Shoes offers free shipping with no minimum on any order.

Lord & Taylor takes another 20% off sale and clearance items when coupon HOLIDAY is applied at checkout.

Shoemall reduces regularly-priced items by 20% when MEMORIAL is entered at checkout.

Nine West takes up to 60% off select shoes during their latest sale and shipping is free on $75 or more.

Shoe Steal takes another 20% off orders when coupon code STEAL20 is applied at checkout through 5/31/11.

Unless otherwise noted, these offers expire on 5/30/11 and are subject to change.  Exclusions may apply.

Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!!

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