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4th of July Shoe Sales: Save big on shoes this weekend

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Oh say, can you see…how much money you can save on shoes this 4th of July weekend?  There are definitely many, many sales going on for Independence Day, so if you plan to squeeze a little shoe shopping in between the fireworks and festivities, you might want to check out my list of shoe bargains for the holiday.  Get your shoes on mega discount at these online stores:

Banana Republic takes an extra 40% off women’s sale items, including sale shoes, when you apply coupon code BRSTARS through 7/4/11.

Macy’s offers an additional 25% off clearance shoes.  The discount is already applied to the product prices, but you also get an extra 10% off at checkout with coupon code FOURTH through 7/4/11.  Shipping is free on $99 or more.

Endless takes an extra 20% off select summer sale shoes, plus you get free shipping.  The discount is applied at checkout through 7/4/11.

Guess has marked their women’s sale shoes down an extra 50%.  The discount is already applied to the product prices and most of the options are under $50.  The expiration is unknown.

80’s Purple takes an extra 30% off sitewide, which includes their selection of women’s shoes, with coupon code REDWHITEBLUE through 7/5/11.

American Eagle offers an extra 20% off and free shipping when coupon code 89427721 is applied at checkout.  Use it to save on their women’s shoes and already-reduced clearance shoes through 7/4/11.

Bebe takes another 25% off sale items, like their sale shoes, with coupon code 4TH25OFF through 7/4/11.

Aldo offers an additional 30% off sale sandals and shipping is free.  The product prices reflect the discount.

Nine West has shoes on sale at up to an extra 60% off their original price, plus they’ll take another $20 off $100 automatically at checkout.  Shipping is free on $75 or more.

Steve Madden offers an additional 20% off sale and clearance shoes through 7/4/11.  The discount is already applied to the product prices and shipping is free on $75 or more with coupon code SMFREESHIP at checkout.

Lord and Taylor will reduce your total on women’s shoes, including regular, sale and clearance styles, by 20% via coupon code JULY4 through 7/4/11.  If you have a Lord and Taylor credit card, use JULY4PLUS instead to get 20% off, plus an additional 10% discount.

Note that all offers are subject to change and exclusions apply.

Have a fabulous 4th of July weekend!

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Lauren Alaina in buckle shoes on American Idol Top 4 + Lady Gaga shoe controversy

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Lady Gaga: Always blending in

It’s really getting down to the wire on American Idol now that only four contestants remain, at least until the results show tonight when it will be whittled down to just three.  It’s really hard to predict who will go home this week since they are all so good in their own ways, but I have to admit that I’m on Team Haley and Team Lauren right now (go ladies!).  The Idol hopefuls definitely have their game face on at this point in the competition, but we also have some shoes sharing the spotlight, like Lauren Alaina’s platform sandals that she wore while singing the Martina McBride song “Do It Anyway”.  I really enjoyed the performance and how she dedicated it to the people affected by the tornadoes that hit the South recently, but it was also great when Steven Tyler called her shoes out while judging her rendition of the song and said he loved her buckles.  Too funny, that guy.  Here’s a pic of Miss Lauren and said buckle shoes:

I had a hunch that these were Bebe, since we’ve seen Lauren in Bebe on the show a few times before, and that was confirmed via StyleList; however, I can’t locate the exact style.  It may be one that was previously available and sold out or one that is soon to be available (or maybe I’m just completely missing it!), but here are a couple of options I found for a similar overall look:

Mark + James Makayla for $225 with free overnight shipping at Endless.  Get 20% off $100 with coupon code MAYEVENT (exp. 5/12/11).

Bebe Austin for $110 at Macy’s.  Get an extra $10 off $50, $20 off $100, $30 off $150 or $50 off $200 in-cart, making these $90 if purchased without other items (exp. 5/12/11).

While Lauren’s towering platform sandals are dramatic enough for many people, this kind of shoe is mere child’s play for Lady Gaga, who mentored the contestants this week.  Gaga’s choice of footwear for the show has sparked some controversy across the net and it’s not because they are extraordinarily high (as you can see above) — it’s because the clear lucite heel of her shoes is in the shape of a certain part of the, ahem, male anatomy.  This is what she wore:

Leave it to Gaga to bring on the shock value with her provacative Void of Course shoes, which are said to cost around $4,500 (note that content/images at the link may be explicit).  Now, I’m not the type to get worked up by such things and you couldn’t see any detail on the shoes while watching the show (producers made sure of that).  But, even so, when you’re making an appearance on a family-centric show like American Idol, it probably isn’t the best time to bust out your best man parts shoes.  Just sayin’.

Photos from American Idol and Void of Course blog.

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Haley wears white flower shoes on American Idol Top 6 results + Lauren’s shoes

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I’ve been out of commission for several days due to a power outage we experienced in my area after major tornadoes came through the south last week.  Not having power for five days wasn’t exactly fun, but it was definitely a minor inconvenience compared to the devastation many others have dealt with, like the loss of homes and lives.  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the storms and I’m very relieved and thankful that my loved ones are all safe.  I’m also happy to be up and running here on this shoe blog today so we can talk shoes!  And today we’re talking about American Idol shoes again!  I received a request on Facebook to help find the white shoes with floral detail that Haley Reinhart wore on the American Idol results show this past week (the 4/28/11 episode).  I didn’t see the show, for obvious reasons, but I did find the pictures above at americanidol.com and I did recognize the brand of these shoes immediately, mainly because of the heel:

Irregular Choice has made several different styles with this very cool translucent heel and I found what appears to be the exact pair Haley wore, Irregular Choice Can’t Touch This, at Irregular Choice, where they are available for $129.  I can’t tell if Haley’s shoes have the same all over pattern – they look solid white from the pics – but the stylists at American Idol are known to customize items for use on the show, so that may be the case here.  You can also find this style in beige, black or off white at Amazon for a sale price of $119 with free shipping (note: sale prices are subject to change) or at Akira for $129.90.

Also of note, it looks like Lauren Alaina wore the same Bebe shoes she wore to another results show.  It’s the Bebe Leah cork wedge sandal and it has a removable flower accent, so it appears she decided to go sans bloom this time around.  You can find these shoes in white, black or pink at Bebe for $129.

Images from Americanidol.com

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Shoes worn by Lauren Alaina on American Idol results show

Friday, April 1st, 2011

American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina wowed the audience this week with her rendition of the Elton John song “Candle In The Wind”, securing her a spot in next week’s Top 9.  Besides having an amazing voice, Lauren also has a really fun sense of style on the show and, if you watched her singing a duet with fellow Idol hopeful Scotty McCreery during the Top 11 Part 2 results episode, you may have taken note of her cute shoes (pictured above from 3/31/11).  She wore a platform wedge with a cutout along the bottom of the heel and a flower embellishment along the side of the ankle strap.  I recognized them as this pair:

This is the Bebe Leah cork wedge sandal in black and you can find them at Bebe.com for $129 with $4.95 for shipping.  They also come in pink or white options.

On a related note, Lauren wore the Chinese Laundry Money Maker during the Elton John performance, as noted on the Chinese Laundry Shoes blog.

Photo from American Idol

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Fun Shoes for Friday: Bebe Dita Gilded Slingback heels

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Back at Bebe.com are the Bebe Dita Gilded Slingback heels, which sold out lightning-quick the first time they were offered back in October, as I noted on Facebook, and are now back in stock in black or beige.  The ornate gold gilding detail on these extravagant heels are tailor-made for the modern-day Greek goddess who must be seen – there’s no way these won’t stand out everywhere they go.  History must be repeating itself because the black pair is almost sold out already, but there are still several sizes available in the beige pair, which is my personal fave.  Get them at Bebe for $198 and, for a limited time, shipping is discounted to $2.14.  You can even receive them in time to wear for Valentine’s Day with standard shipping if you order by 2/7/11 at 12 pm PST.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Update: Bebe just restocked more of the Bebe Dita in white, ice princess, black or beige.

Ladies who Louboutin: Shoes worn by Lisa & Camille on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I’m a self-proclaimed addict of the Real Housewives franchise on Bravo, so naturally I’m tuning in to the latest addition to the series: the Beverly Hills cast!  I’m pretty convinced that Bravo isn’t going to stop until we know just how every well-to-do woman lives, spends her money and catfights across every major city in the country (or the world, for that matter), but so far I’m along for the ride.  Of course, I could get all analytical and talk about how the show highlights the fact that money doesn’t necessarily bring happiness and security – these ladies all have their share of problems, let’s face it – but I’m much more interested in talking about the shoes.  Like previous housewives, the latest crop of ladies love their Louboutins – and who can blame them?  In the last episode, “The Art of War”, I spotted two housewives wearing the brand on the show and I had to find the shoes, along with some lower-priced lookalikes.  Let’s check it out:

Lisa VanderPump is an early fave of mine when it comes to the Beverly Hills cast.  She’s the posh, but likeable, housewife whose dog, named Giggy the Pom, blogs on Bravotv.com and has his own Twitter page – you know, just your average pooch.  While searching for what to wear to the premiere of Kelsey Grammer’s play La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway, we see Lisa wearing this shoe while trying clothes for the event:

This is the Christian Louboutin Poseidon and it was once available for $1,195 at Saks Fifth Avenue, but now appears to be sold out everywhere online.  For a similar look for less, try these shoes:

The Miss Me Jocelyn-22 for $59.95 sold by flyJane via Amazon or the Miss Me Nitron for the same price directly from flyJane.

The Carlos by Carlos Santana Pleasure in pewter for $54.45 with free 2-day shipping from Endless.

The Stuart Weitzman Avalon in natural python for $199 (regularly $398) at Jildor or in Buff Mica Python for $200 at 6pm.

Then there’s Camille Grammer, who is primarily known for being the wife of Kelsey Grammer (and we all know how that turns out), but is already making a name for herself on the show because she’s perfect for stirring up a little drama.  She vamps it up for Kelsey’s premiere in these hot pink satin Louboutins, which add a nice splash of color to her LBD (emphasis on the “L”):

 

 

This appears to be the pink version of the Christian Louboutin Greissimo, which I could only find on the UK site Cricket Liverpool.  But, here are some shoes that are very Camille and much less expensive:

This is the Bebe Lola in pink, available at Bebe.com for $149.

There’s also this feisty pink pump, the Martinez Valero Carolina for $81.75 with free shipping at Zappos.

By the way, if you found yourself seriously tempted by the chocolate Louboutins Lisa bought in an earlier episode, check out the chocolate shoes (sans red sole) over at Gayle’s Chocolates for $40 – $45 a piece.  It’s definitely a nice gift option for any shoe lover friends you might have.  Or, you know, for yourself.

Real Housewives photos from Bravotv.com.  Camille Grammer photo from Zimbio.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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