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Shoes on American Idol: Gold glitter heels from San Francisco auditions

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Jennifer Lopez apparently doesn’t compliment people on their shoes very often – something she admitted herself on American Idol last night during the San Francsco auditions – but the shoes worn by Idol hopeful Julie Zorrilla, whose family came to the U.S. from Colombia, drew praise from the super-stylish star.  Jennifer loved her gold glitter heels and her singing voice, all of which translated to a golden ticket to Hollywood for Julie.  We’ve seen a lot of stand-out sparkly shoes on TV lately, like Adrienne’s pair on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so the ongoing “glitter/rhinestone/crystal/anything shiny” trend on shoes still seems to be reigning supreme.  To find your own pair of gold platform pumps, much like the JLo-approved pair worn by Julie, try these styles:

The Aldo Gones gold glitter heel with ankle strap appears to be the exact shoe worn on the show.  You can get these at Aldo for $80.  Coupon code 298416447 takes 10% off your order (expiration unknown).  Here are a few more options without the ankle strap:

Steve Madden Caryssa in gold glitter for $129.95 at Steve Madden.  Coupon code rmn15f takes 15% off and gives free shipping, making them $110.46 (expiration unknown).  Get a better price at Piperlime, where they are $89.99 with free shipping, but few sizes are left.

Victoria G for $85 with free shipping at Bakers.

Mossimo Viviana for $29.99 at Target.

Image from USAToday

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Shoe Buzz: Halle Berry in movie about shoes, Dolce Vita for Target, Worishofer, more

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

I’ve noticed plenty of shoes in the news lately, so I thought I’d gather up some of the latest, most interesting things I’ve seen, mix ’em up real good and have a little Shoe Buzz roundup.  We’ve got a new Hollywood flick about shoe addicts, “granny” footwear having a fashion moment, a Dolce Vita budget line and more.  So, what are we waiting for?  Let’s dig in:

As a shoe lover, I get giddy when I hear about a new movie that’s all about the shoes.  Especially when the lead actress is none other than Oscar-winner Halle Berry, who is set to star in the movie Shoe Addicts Anonymous.  The film, which will be out in Fall 2011, is a comedy based on the book of the same name by Beth Harbison.  Apparently won’t be much of a stretch for Berry, who “loves shoes” according to a producer.

Dolce Vita is the latest company to collaborate with Target on an affordable fashion line, which is fittingly called Dolce Vita for Target.  There’s a selection of five different styles available at Target’s website, most of which are very menswear-inspired, and all at much more budget-friendly prices than the usual Dolce Vita fare.  The Dolce Vita for Target Buckle Ankle Boots pictured above are $34.99, which is the highest you’ll pay for any of the shoes available right now.  They are expected to be in stores by August 22.

My very cool mom, who is always on the lookout for shoe-related info for me (thanks Ma!), let me know that Worishofer shoes were just featured on the CBS Today Show.  The German-made line of “granny” shoes (their description, not mine) are well-known for providing a high level of comfort.  Ruthie from Styleite.com was on hand to provide tips on how to wear them without looking, well, geriatric.  One shoe featured was the Worishofer 583 lace-up sandal (pictured above), which was paired with jeans and looked pretty cute.  Apparently, the “sandals so ugly they’re stylish” (again, their words) are a celeb fave and the brand, which has been available in the U.S. since the 1970’s, has been enjoying a nice surge in popularity in the past couple of years. You can find Worishofer at Endless from $42 – $75.

Seen on The Cut: You can combine a love of pretty shoes with a love of smelling pretty with the new fragrance called Beyond from Anna Dello Russo, who is currently Editor at Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan.  The almond and vanilla scented perfume will be housed in a golden shoe, which I imagine would be a nice little decorative keepsake once the fragrance runs out.  It will be available by the holidays.

Is there a correlation between an economic downturn and an upturn of heel height on shoes?  Apparently so, as this New York Times article explains.  During a recession, we typically see higher heels, like the over 5-inch heel on the shoe pictured above, which was created by Salvatore Ferragamo during The Great Depression.

There’s a new trend for au naturel, prehistoric-inspired shoes, like the one pictured above which will be available at a store near you this fall.  Ok, I’m kidding…this is actually thought to be the world’s oldest known leather shoe that was recently discovered perfectly preserved in a cave in Armenia and estimated to be 5,500 years old.  These are considered to be very high quality for the time and were likely very expensive.

Finally, we have a resource for buying and selling shoes online.  I received an email from Ellen at If The Shoe Doesn’t Fit, which is an auction site where people can sell, swap or shop for shoes.  She let me know that there’s a coupon code SOLES for two free listings and you can also use coupon code SHOES to get five more free listings (expiration unknown).  Update: The SOLES coupon is available indefinitely, while the SHOES coupon is good for 12 months. 

That’s all for now, but have a happy Wednesday!

Halle Berry image from People.com.

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Shoes Whitney Port wore to Sex & the City 2 premier & MTV Movie Awards

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

On this season of MTV’s The City, we’ve seen Whitney Port hard at work on her Whitney Eve clothing line and she’s definitely had her share of success – like showing her designs at Bryant Park during Fashion Week and scoring deals with companies like Rue La La and Maybelline – but we’ve also seen her endure some criticism from the fashion world and fellow unsupportive castmate Olivia, whose fate at Elle is definitely hanging by a thread at this point (leaving anticipation high for a potential firing).  But, we all know that looking fabulous is the best revenge and Whitney did just that while attending the MTV Movie Awards and the premier of Sex and the City 2.  I love both of these looks on her and, of course, I had to notice the shoes.  At first glance, I thought her SATC 2 shoes (with the black dress) might be the Christian Louboutin Coussin, but a closer look revealed them to be this pair:

This is the Charlie My Love ATM Knotted Woven Bootie and it’s available at Shopbop for $268.80, marked down from $384.  That’s certainly a lot less than the $1,595 Louboutin bootie, but you can save some money and get a similar look with this pair:

Boutique 9 Val for $199 at Shoe Woo.  If you buy 2 pairs, get 20% off automatically at checkout until 6/14/10.

Or, save even more with the N.Y.L.A. Isabel bootie in black, which is $76.98 at Target.

On to the next pair:

Whitney reaffirms her love for the cage at the MTV Movie Awards by pairing her yellow dress with bronze Sergio Rossi Scalloped Booties, which are available at Neiman Marcus for $850.  For less expensive alternatives, try these:

Calvin Klein Dylan for $119 at Shoes.com.  Get 20% off with coupon code VISA for a limited time, which reduces them to $95.20 with free shipping.

Mixx Chloe 01 for $44 at LuLu’s.

Martinez Valero Courtney for $96.22 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.

Update: This Cut-Out High Heel Bootie scallop cage shoe for $40 at GoJane is even more similar.  It comes in purple, grey or black.

Photos from MTV.com

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Message from Princess: Shoe sales this weekend

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Looking for the lowdown on all the shoe sales this weekend?  Well, you’re in the right place.  Here are some of the best sales I’ve seen so far:

6pm is having a Last Chance Clearance Sale with discounts of up to 93% on select shoes.  One standout for me: the Delman Sahara (pictured above) in natural, denim or mocha for $37.75 (MSRP $335).  At 89% off, you can’t go wrong with this pretty pair (the peach version is $173.65 in comparison).  Other 6pm sales: Up to 89% off Marc by Marc Jacobs footwear, up to 75% off Taryn Rose shoes, up to 90% off Charles David or Exchange by Charles David shoes and more. Sales end 3/14/10.

Get an extra 25% off sale shoes at Shoes.com by using coupon code 25SALE at checkout until 3/15/10.  Or, get the same discount on regularly-priced shoes with code MSAVE until 3/31/10.

Get 20% off at Lord & Taylor, including regularly-priced women’s shoes or sale shoes.  Use coupon code SIMPLE at checkout to get the savings until 3/15/10.

Get free shipping on any pair of shoes at Nordstrom with coupon code SHOES until 3/12/10.  I had to jump on the Naughty Monkey Me O My on sale for $45.90 with free shipping.

Get $10 off any regularly-priced pair of shoes $10 or more at DSW using coupon code MARCH10 at checkout until 3/15/10.

Buy one pair of women’s shoes at Target and get 50% off the second pair until 3/20/10. Get free shipping if you spend $50 or more on qualifying items.

Get an additional 20% off shoes at ShoeSteal using coupon code SPRING20 until 3/21/10.

Nine West takes an additional 25% off select spring shoes and shipping is free on any order.  The discount is taken at checkout and the expiration is unknown.

ALDO now takes 70% off the original price on select women’s shoes and women’s boots in the clearance section.  The expiration is unknown.

Here’s to finding some great shoe shopping bargains this weekend!

Target Shoe Sale: Buy 1 pair, get 50% off 2nd

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Target is known for having low-cost shoes that are typically pretty cute and on-trend, which is perfect for trying out different styles without blowing the budget or overly committing to what may be a fly-by-night fad.  What makes it even better?  Their current Fall Shoe Stock Up BOGO Sale, which takes 50% off the second pair you buy.  Although clearance shoes are excluded, most of Target’s regularly-priced shoes are less than $50, so you’re pretty much guaranteed not to overspend.  I like this Mossimo Kady boot in cognac for $34.99.  Get free shipping if you spend $50 or more.  Sale ends 9/19/09.

Hot Shoe Trends for Spring 2009: Fresh & Fabulous Flower Shoes

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Nothing says spring like floral shoes and, although flower-adorned pairs have always been around, it seems particularly on-trend this year.  We’re seeing a wide array of blooms showing up in footwear with styles that range from sweet and demure to bold and daring, but one thing is certain – all are decidedly feminine.  After all, we don’t normally see men running around with rose embellished loafers or daisys on their oxfords, right?  So, fully embrace your girly side this spring with these freshly blooming pairs, which I picked out just for you:  

Let’s start with this stand-out style, the Bettye Muler Lola wedge, which has a bright fuschia super-bloom over the toe.  If you live by the mantra of go big or go home, this is the pair for you.  Endless has it for $364.95 with free overnight shipping, which is quite a splurge but perfect for embracing this trend to the max.

 

This is the kind of heel you slip on to feel amazing and the lifelike red patent leather rose is the perfect adornment.  The Via Spiga Monique just might be your go-to sexy shoe for those upcoming hot summer nights and you can get it at Amazon for $197.20 with $20 off using coupon code AMZSHOES at checkout.  It’s also available in black/natural for the same price or green/fuschia for $198.95 .  Shipping is free.

 

You can definitely rock this trend in a totally glam way – even without the heel – in this Daniblack Mimosa satin flat.  Get this super-fresh style at the Daniblack website for $87.50, which is 30% off retail.  It comes in your choice of green/blue, red/purple, black or red.

 

Flaunt your flower power in this Seychelles Reservations For Two satin pump in teal or black.  You have to love the combination of peep toe and flower at the front and the overall style of the shoe, which is versatile enough for work or play.  Get it at Zappos for $94 with free shipping.  Update: The teal pair is sold out, but a taupe version is available for $84.60.

 

Poetic Licence shoes are often adorned in florals and this sandal is a great example.  The Poetic Licence Mint Julep can add that perfect air of femininity to your spring and summer looks, but with a go-anywhere casual style.  Get it at Planet Shoes in pink, yellow, silver or green leopard print for $79 with free shipping.  Save an additional 20% until 3/18/09 with coupon code LUCKY20 (making it $63.20) or, if expired, use coupon code SURVEY20 for 12% off (exp. unknown).  Update: The price has increased to $84.

Here’s another casual floral pair, but this one has a more natural, earthy vibe.  The Penny Loves Kenny Attar sandal is adorned in a variety of pretty blooms that look more like wild blossoms than perfectly sculpted flowers, which is great for a more laid-back look.  Add this style to your shoe collection in brown or metallic for $39.95 from DSW.  Get free shipping with coupon code FSDSW after logging in to your DSW account.

Other floral shoes of note:

 

Left to right: B.O.C. Savina for $49.99 at DSW (free shipping coupon listed above), XOXO Rosebud for $32.80 with free shipping after applying 20% off coupon code ENTSHOES09 at Shoes.com, Guess Arivica for $39.99 at Guess.com, Born Hibiscus for $119 with 10% off with coupon code THANKYOU at Shoeline, Merona Edie for $22.99 at Target

Sigerson Morrison for Target Divya Pumps for $9.24

Friday, January 16th, 2009

This 80’s inspired Sigerson Morrison for Target Divya Pump is just $9.24 right now at Target, a discount of over $27.  The shoe was designed by Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison as part of a limited-time partnership with Target.  It features a black suede upper decorated with purple studs and a peep toe.  Most sizes are still available.  Shipping charges apply or get it free if your order is over $50.

 
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