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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

It’s natural to want to put your best fashion details forward, so they can be admired when facing a person, but there’s certainly something to be said for leaving a lasting impression while walking away.  That’s why I tend to like shoes with eye-catching details placed on the back of the heel – the kind of styles that just might have you sauntering away from people way more often, but all in the name of a little harmless showing off.  For instance, we have the Sam Edelman Evan, which is an unassuming closed-toe pump in the front:

 

But it goes all-out glam in the back with its metallic and studded corset detail.

In addition to the black and gold version, which is available at Revolve Clothing for $150 or at Bloomingdales for the same price, there is also this metallic gold and silver Zinc option (also pictured at very top):

Heels.com has this one for $169.99. 

I’ve also been seriously admiring this boot lately, even though I’m so not in fall boot mode yet:

Sure, this one has standout detail in the front in the form of a dramatic spikey collar around the ankle, but it’s also got an interesting element in the back via extra-long fringe:

I’ve always admired the compelling swaying effect this type of fringe makes when the wearer is in motion and the Jeffrey Campbell Amanda Spk can be found at Lori’s Shoes in beige or black for $228.95. 

Here’s another one that’s sleek and simple up front:

But there’s a glitter party going on around back (very Miu Miu like, btw). 

You can find the Vince Camuto Hariza for $148.95 at Nordstrom.

Finally, we have the Report Signature Targee, which appears to be a tame little nude platform pump:

But it definitely shows its wild side with this fringy mane that runs along the back of the heel:

Oh yes, the element of surprise tends to leave a lasting impression.

These can be found at Lulus for $189.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

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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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A Woman’s Right to Something Blue Shoes…for less

Friday, May 18th, 2012

It’s hard to look at any royal blue satin heel with sparkly ornamentation at the toe, like the Glint Radiance pictured above, and not think of one thing: Sex and the City.  Of course, I’m talking about this shoe:

The Manolo Blahnik Something Blue, which is available at Bergdorf Goodman for $945, became a shoe icon after being featured prominently in the first Sex and the City movie and it’s inspired many a knockoff.  But, the Glint Radiance Pump (pictured top) is interesting because it has similar features of the Something Blue, but rather than being an exact replica, it’s actually a mish mash of it and another famous shoe style from the series:

The Manolo Blahnik Sedaraby d’orsay pump in silver (it also comes in blue) was one of the stars of the TV series in A Woman’s Right to Shoes.  Of course, this is the episode where Carrie attends a friend’s baby shower and the house rules are to take your shoes off at the door.  Carrie reluctantly does so and ends up having her shoes missing by the end of the party, which her friend offers to replace before finding out their price tag of $485.  This brought on some shoe shame by her friend for spending so much money on the shoes in the first place.  Of course, in the end, Carrie decides she does have a right to $485 shoes – and I quote, “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun” – so after spending so much on her friend’s wedding and baby gifts, she makes a point by registering herself at Manolo Blahnik for the shoes and the friend finally agrees to replace them.  Such a great episode.

The Sedaraby is still available now, but at $755, even die-hard lovers of SATC who would love to obtain Carrie’s shoe style may just find it well out of their reach.  That’s why the Glint Radiance is a great alternative that combines features of both Manolos I’m talking about here, without being an exact copy of either, but at a much more affordable price of $119.95 at Nordstrom.  Not to mention, it’s a beautiful shoe in its own right with a different style of jewel decor that makes it stand out on its own.  In particular, I’m sure many brides will love the gorgeous blue version at the top for a little something blue in their shoes, but there is an ivory version (pictured above) that would also be ideal for walking down the aisle.

Of course, even though the shoes do have a bridal slant to them, you certainly don’t have to be getting married to wear them, as Carrie clearly demonstrated in the show as a single shoe-loving girl.  I really like the silver version for being the kind of shoe you can have on hand for the times you need to get a bit fancy and one that would quite literally go with anything you want to wear it with.  Ok, maybe not everything, but metallic silver is definitely known for its extreme versatility.

Another notable thing about these shoes: They come in a wide range of sizes, from 4-12.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

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Boutique 9 Nosey with geometric rhinestone heel & platform

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

These are the kind of shoes that will definitely put some bling in your step.  I came across the Boutique 9 Nosey recently and although we often see pumps bedazzled with small, circular rhinestones on the heel and platfom, these stood out to me because of the square and rectangular jewel detail, which is something you don’t see quite as often.  The shiny embellishments go all the way down the back of the heel for a nice effect and I also appreciate how they wrap all the way around the platform rather than stopping on the side, as seen here on the bright coral version:

In addition to coral, a fun color that seems to be popping up everywhere lately, there’s this bright blue version, which I think is my favorite:

Then again, it’s always hard to resist the combination of black patent with shiny gems:

This one would certainly be the most versatile of the three.  While I love the wow factor the bright colors provide, I have to admit that a black peep toe pump with an extra dose of shine has more potential for being a go-to style that would work with a wider variety of looks, which is quite tempting.

If you’re loving the Boutique 9 Nosey too, you can find them at Nordstrom for $149.95 with free shipping.

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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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Sam Edelman Pixie pointy toe heels with spikes

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Sam Edelman has done it again!  The brand has a knack for producing highly covetable spike studded shoes, like the Lorissa and several others, and this new style is definitely no exception.  The Sam Edelman Pixie has a pointed toe, cutaway sides, a satin upper, and all-over spike and stud detail, which give it a super-sexy, glam vibe, but in that untamed way that shoes with spikes tend to convey – and I LOVE it.  While the Pixie isn’t what you’d call inexpensive at $174.95, it’s in the realm of possiblity compared to, say, some of the spiked heels we’ve seen from Louboutin and other luxe designers.  You can find this style at Nordstrom and a black version is also available in addition to the Dusty Rose color pictured above.

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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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