Month July 2013

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Tuesday Shoesday: Custom Shoes!

It’s a particularly special Tuesday Shoesday because I finally get to share the custom shoes I won from Upper Street in May!

Upper Street London is a bespoke shoe designing site where you can get really creative and design the perfect pair of beautiful and unique shoes. I’m guilty of spending countless hours using their shoe designer to create little masterpieces. But my obsession with the site paid off in the end. How? #ShoesDayTuesday…the magical Twitter hashtag.

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Stunning Shoes on Sale: Budget Edition

It’s that time of year again…summer sale season! Clearance stickers are popping up everywhere in stores, and online prices are dropping like crazy. There are a so many stunning styles out there, and it can be hard to sift through them all. I’ve put together a list of my favorite shoes on sale. And the best part? They’re all budget friendly at under $100!

Dolce Vita Bella (Last Call

Ash Chloe Suede Pump (Last Call)

Steve Madden Realdeal (Piperlime, Macy’s)
Want to see more fantastic styles?

Enzo Angiolini Danville (Piperlime)
Levity Diva Wedge Pump (DSW)

Again&Again Metallic Sandals (Yoox)
Audrey Brooke Sabina (DSW)

Asos Twister

Black Snakeskin Sandals (Upper Street)

Cobalt Suede and Snakeskin Sandal (Upper Street)

Asos Tatum

Aldo Matylda

Shoemint Lindsey

Danielle Colorblock Sandals (Yoox)

These are just my picks, you can find many more shoes online and in stores! And don’t forget to check my favorite sites for their fabulous end-of-summer blowout sales: Ideeli, RueLaLa, HauteLook, Gilt, and MyHabit.

Stunning Shoes on Sale: Splurge Edition

It’s that time of year again…summer sale season! Clearance stickers are popping up everywhere in stores, and online prices are dropping like crazy. There are a so many stunning styles out there, and it can be hard to sift through them all. I’ve put together a list of my favorite shoes on sale. And even though I can’t get all the shoes I want, a girl can dream! Here’s a list of my picks of shoes to splurge on:

Tibi Amber (Piperlime)
 
Pura Lopez Studded Sandal (Piperlime)
 
Balmain Rhinestone Sandals (Yoox)

Emilio Pucci Ankle Strap Pump (DSW)

Want to see more fantastic styles? 

Herve Leger Wilet Bootie (DSW)
 
Sigerson Morrison Gillian (Piperlime)
 
Kurt Geiger Black Pumps (Shoescribe
 
Emilio Pucci Strappy Pumps (Yoox)
 
KG Kurt Geiger Studded Slingbacks (Shoescribe)
 
Casadei Studded Pumps (Yoox)
 
Elizabeth and James Ankle Boots (Shoescribe)
 
Alexander Wang Ankle Strap Sandals (Shoescribe)
 
Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Sandal (DSW)
 
Giuseppe Zanotti Metal Heel Sandal (Shoescribe)
 
Gianvito Rossi Sandals (Yoox)

Sergio Rossi Cap Toe Pump (Shoe Box)
Theory Toscana White and Grey Sandal
 Plomo Katerina (ShopBop)
Aquazzura Cheeta Bombe (ShopBop)
These are just my picks, you can find many more shoes online and in stores! And don’t forget to check my favorite sites for their fabulous end-of-summer blowout sales: Ideeli, RueLaLa, HauteLook, Gilt, and MyHabit
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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Love Me

When the whole PVC shoe thing happened, Christian Louboutin utilized it in several designs in a way that created illusions on the foot. The best example of this is the Un Bout pump; it was everywhere on the red carpet and style blogs. There are also many double-takes, though I haven’t come across a really nice version yet. While the idea is great, I think the execution could have been better; I wouldn’t want my feet sweating in plastic all day. Not to mention, everyone would be able to see your squished toes!
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Louboutin continues to play with illusion; there are several shoes in his newer collections constructed with mesh instead of PVC, which I think look more elegant and refined. The Abbessess, A la Peche, and Lagoula all look more sophisticated with the use of mesh. But my favorite is the Love Me pump, which is sold out. I think the floating bow effect adds ladylike glamour in a new and different way.
 Christian Louboutin Love Me (sold out) 
 
Audrey Brooke Millie (DSW)
Unfortunately, it’ll be a while until I can afford Louboutins, so I always like to search for alternate options. I can across these pumps by Audrey Brooke at DSW. Although the mesh is black and not nude, which takes away from the illusion a bit, I think the pump is very ladylike and would be a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe.
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Double-Take: YSL Clara

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Clara Pump
YSL Clara (Barneys – sold out) $695

Even though the Clara pump is considered “past season,” the design is timeless. This beautiful pump from YSL is classic with an unexpected twist: a subtle metal detail on the heel. Clara is part of a collection from before YSL was re-branded to Saint Laurent. 

I’m glad that a double-take exists, especially because it’s done almost as beautifully as the original. The Amy pump from Guess by Marciano is pretty much an exact copy of Clara. The only standout difference is that the leather is not as shiny and the interior is tan instead of black. They’re also pretty affordable, especially if you’re looking to “invest” in a good-quality black pump. But if you still want the original, Gilt is having a YSL sale today, which includes the Clara pump in platinum and red. You can also find the 3″ version on Yoox.


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Guess by Marciano Amy

 Vince Camuto Cynthea (The Shoe Box

I love this double-take from Vince Camuto because it’s a suede version of the beautiful YSL Clara, and I’m more partial to suede than leather. Vince Camuto also makes their shoes out of high quality leathers, which are usually very soft and comfortable.

Schutz Verniz (Ideeli)

Update August 8: The Verniz pump from Schutz is another great alternative to the YSL Clara. I have three different pairs of Schutz shoes, and they’re all extremely high quality. But hurry, I’m not sure how long the deal on Ideeli will last!

Update August 15: Gilt is having a Schutz sale today with the same pump, except under the name Saulo. It’s also cheaper than on Ideeli.

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Double-Take: Giuseppe Zanotti Crystal Slingback

Giuseppe Zanotti Crystallized Slingback
Giuseppe Zanotti Crystal Embellished Slingback
(Zappos Couture: orange, nude, bronze)
Something about these shoes is really appealing…I’m not sure if it’s all the sparkle, or the unexpected yet striking color combination. Either way, I think this crystal embellished pump from Giuseppe Zanotti is quite a statement piece, and would look fabulous paired with dark grey or black dress. Unfortunately, this color combination is no longer available, and even if it was, it’s way expensive. Luckily there’s an equally stunning double-take:

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Sole Obsession Berne (DSW: black, silver, purple
The most strikingly different detail is that the sole of this pair is not black. Other than that, the colors and embellishments are extremely similar to the original pair by Guiseppe Zanotti. The heel is slightly thicker and the peep-toe also appears to be a bit larger, but who’s going to notice that? This pair from Sole Obsession comes in a few different color combinations if the bright look isn’t for you.

Tuesday Shoesday: Simply Black

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Finding the perfect black pumps that go with everything is probably the hardest thing to do. For a while, I thought I was being too specific with what I wanted: straight heel, black suede, pointy toe with a hint of toe cleavage, and a walkable heel height. Ideally, I’d love a pair of Manolo Blahnik BB pumps. But alas, they don’t fit in my budget, so I had to look for something else. It took me quite some time (probably about a year!) to find a pair that had everything I was looking for and wouldn’t break the bank. I finally found this pair online. I debated purchasing them for a couple weeks. When I got an email with a 25% off discount code, I took the plunge and bought them. I’m so glad I did, because they ended up being exactly what I was looking for!

The Kain pump from Vince Camuto has a beautiful shape with a perfectly straight 4″ heel and a pointed toe that doesn’t squeeze. I did have to insert ball-of-foot cushions because the single sole is pretty thin, but after I did that, they’re extremely comfortable for a day at the office. The quality is great, and if I could, I’d get the style in many other colors as well!

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