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Tall gladiator sandals worn by Teresa on Real Housewives of New Jersey
June 6th, 2012

In the last episode of The Real Houswives of New Jersey (June 3, 2012), Teresa Giudice wore knee-high gladiator sandals throughout the episode in at least two different styles, as seen in pics from the show above.  It’s a look she clearly embraces and, to me, it makes sense – these are the kind of shoes that give off a bold, warrior vibe, which just might be ideal for braving all the intense family drama going on this season.  I received a request to help find these shoes and although Teresa could very well be wearing a high-end designer version of this type of sandal, I found out on Twitter that she got them at Victoria’s Secret, which bodes well for those of us who can’t spend hundreds or thousands to try out a similar pair.  Victoria’s Secret does have quite a few tall gladiator sandals available now and I don’t know if any of these are the exact style Teresa wore on the show, but they definitely provide the same type of look.  Here are the options:

Colin Stuart Studded Convertible Gladiator Sandal in rose gold or black on sale for $69 (originally $98).  These can be worn with or without the leg straps.

Colin Stuart Gladiator T-Strap Sandal in 2 colors on sale for $79 (originally $98).

Rhinestone Gladiator Sandal on sale for $99 (originally $128).

Fringe Gladiator Sandal in 2 colors on sale for $79 (originally $98).

If you spend over $100 at Victoria’s Secret, coupon code SHIPVS12 will give free shipping through 7/5/12.

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Inexpensive shoes with flame detail inspired by Prada
June 1st, 2012

The Prada flame design shoes have been some of the most highly talked about designer shoe styles of the season, so it’s no surprise to see some lower-priced “inspired-by” versions starting to crop up.  Case in point: The Colorblock Flame Wedges that recently landed over at GoJane.  Of course, these shoes aren’t what you would call knockoffs – there are definitely major differences going on between them and any of the Prada flame shoes, but really you can’t directly compare high end designer styles considered by many to be pieces of art to another style that is so vastly different in price.  That being said, for $30, the GoJane pair is a pretty cool little shoe – and one that most definitely won’t break the bank.  It comes in black and neutral (pictured above), plus blue and red/pink versions.  Let’s check out a few different angles:

The bow also has a flame-like shape and definitely adds a unique touch.

Get the Colorblock Flame Wedge for $30 at GoJane.

Update: Another option with even more dramatic flames is the Sole Boutique Posh Calcifer for $66 from Karmaloop.

Have a great weekend!

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A little something funny….
May 30th, 2012

I’ve been sick the past few days and, admittedly, being under-the-weather has also left me feeling a little uninspired as far as blogging goes.  I know it’s temporary – cute shoes will always bring me back around eventually –  but I did get a unexpected boost when I saw this face staring up at me while browsing around at Solestruck:

I saw it and I’m thinking, Is that really a pair of shoesWith a plush gorilla on top?  And, yes, it actually is:

And this little guy totally put a smile on my face today.  It’s like he’s saying, “Hey, it’s all gonna be a-ok.”  And, you know what?  I think I believe him.  I haven’t ever featured a men’s shoe on this site before, but I figured some of you out there would get a kick out of them too.

You can find the Adidas Originals x Jeremy Scott Gorilla at Solestruck for $199.95.

Happy Hump Day!

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Shoes with a Cherry on Top: Miu Miu & Anna Sui for Hush Puppies sandals
May 23rd, 2012

The moment I first saw the Miu Miu Cherry Flat (above), I completely lamented the fact that I don’t have $595 to spend on flat sandals with glitter cherries.  But, since I don’t – and they are sold out at this point anyway – I figured I would keep my eyes out for more affordable shoe options with a little cherry action going on.

Luckily I didn’t have to wait long thanks to the collaboration of designer Anna Sui and Hush Puppies.  While I’m not drawing any direct comparison between the Miu Miu pair and the Anna Sui x Hush Puppies Cherry Toe Post Sandal – one is clearly more luxe and extravagant while the other has a more casual, laid-back vibe – I do find the cherry detail on the Hush Puppies pair really fresh and fun.  Plus, at a whopping $500 less, these are cherry shoes I can get excited about the possiblity of actually owning, rather than just pining over a unattainable fantasy style (no matter how fabulous they may be).  You can find the Anna Sui x Hush Puppies Cherry Toe Post Sandal in black at Karmaloop for $95.  They also come in red:

Also very notable is this similarly cherrylicious style from the collection:

This is the Anna Sui x Hush Puppies Cherry Toe Loop and it’s available at hushpuppies.com in blue or white for $95.  Sizes are getting a bit limited, so be sure and check them out – that is, if you’re finding yourself in the mood for a little cherry picking too.

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A Woman’s Right to Something Blue Shoes…for less
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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Shoe review of b.o.c Acacia sandals
May 15th, 2012

I did a little shopping over the weekend and decided that I wanted to find myself a cute maxi skirt for the summer months.  So, after picking one out in navy, I naturally came to the conclusion that I needed some new shoes to go with it.  Ok, I wanted some new shoes, but I totally justified it by reminding myself that I need way more flat sandal options in my closet right now.  Pink ones, with big flowers on them.  Thus, I now have my new b.o.c. Acacia shoes and figured I would share my impression of them so far.

I was looking for something to add some bright color and something I could slip on for more casual activities that require a decent amount of walking (like more shopping, perhaps?) and still keep my feet happy.  I’ve always liked the leather flower detail often found on Born and b.o.c shoes, but for whatever reason, I hadn’t ever bought a pair for myself.  Also, while a lot of flat sandals tend to be, well, flat (i.e. basically like walking on a stiff piece of material) and quite narrow, these have a nice amount of cushioning on the insole and the base of the shoe is fairly wide – not super-wide, but should accomodate most feet.  Here’s a little closeup of the insole:

I like the floral pattern and matching pink stitching going on here.  Little extra details like this are always a plus.

So, all in all, I’m definitely enjoying my cute and comfy new sandals and I’m sure they’ll get plenty of use over the summer – primarily for casual days out, but they could just as easily be dressed up a bit for things like going out to dinner, which is where I wore them the first time with my new skirt.  If you’d like to check them out online, DSW has the b.o.c Acacia for $49.95 and, in addition to pink (which is a brighter pink in person than in their picture), there are options for black, white, champagne, and green.

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DV by Dolce Vita Bunny hot pink heels with mini bow
May 11th, 2012

I have to gush over this shoe a bit today because I’m finding it pretty adorable.  Of course, the first thing you notice is the really bold pink color, which I love, but I’m also quite taken with the miniature metallic bow on the top.  Let’s take a closer look:

Too cute!  I like that the bow is demure and not overly distracting, but it still manages to add a little extra, extra to an otherwise ordinary platform pump.  But, if you’d rather take a more neutral approach, the shoe comes in blush and black as well:

I think I’ll take one of each, actually.  The nice thing is these are relatively affordable at $99, which doesn’t mean I could afford all three colors, unfortunately, but it isn’t too terribly expensive for adding a classically styled pump with a bit of fun and flirty detail to your shoe wardrobe.  You can find the DV by Dolce Vita Bunny at Zappos with free shipping.

Happy Friday!

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