Month August 2013


Zara’s Fall 2013 Shoe Collection.

Every season, Zara is one of the first mass retailers to provide us normal folk with current, on trend clothing and accessories which closely follow designs that were seen on the runways. Now that it’s September and the fall fashion season has officially begun, I decided to narrow down the extensive Zara Fall 2013 shoe collection to a few of my favorite pieces.

The beauty of the Zara brand is that they provide styles in various price ranges, making them available to a variety of customers. Unfortunately, this can sometimes determine the quality of the item. I personally don’t own anything from Zara (not yet anyway) because I’ve never found something that was worth the ticket price. And when things go on sale, they’re snatched up pretty fast. Perhaps I’ll own something from them someday, but for now I’ll just look to them for inspiration.

I love the simplicity of this ankle boot. It’s available in two colors, which both look very sophisticated and clean. It’s a style that will never look out of date.

Suede Flat with Bow $90
These flats are seriously the most adorable flats I’ve ever seen. The front reminds me of a pair of heeled pumps from Louboutin. I’ll definitely be looking for these on sale; $90 for a pair of flats, even if they are mostly leather, is still a bit too much in my opinion.

Lace-Up Ankle Boot $90
These shoes fall into the hybrid category that’s so popular this season. Part boot and part sandal, these can be worn for multiple seasons.

Pump with Ankle Straps $100

Rhinestone Flat $100

Ankle Boot Sandal $129

Flat with Straps $100
I love the unique strap detail on these crystal encrusted flats. They’re perfect for jazzing up you day outfit, or for those evenings when you don’t quite feel like wearing heels.

Leopard Flat $80
Animal prints are back this fall, and these are a cute way to incorporate the trend. Both the black and navy versions are perfect for the office or with jeans for a more casual look.

Court Shoe with Straps $70

Flat with Ankle Strap $40
With their very timeless design, and low price, these flats will probably make their way into many shoe closets. I’m debating whether to make the trip into downtown Philly to try these on at the Zara store. Although I know my size in Zara shoes, these are not leather and therefore might be a smidge tighter than leather, which stretches out.

Double-Take: Givenchy Fold Over Boot

 Givenchy Fold Over Boot
(Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf, Saks, My Theresa)
It’s almost boot season! In honor of that fact, I wanted to pay tribute to these stunning fold over boots with shark tooth buckles from Givenchy. There are plenty of new styles coming out for this fall, but there’s something about the balance between simplicity and grandeur that makes them unforgettable. These boots are almost like a shield for your legs because of the sheer amount of layered leather, yet they look very refined because detailing is minimal. The fold over effect is leg-lengthening because it covers the wedge heel, and basically looks like an extension of your pants or leggings. I think they’d be flattering on pretty much everyone. But the price? Not so flattering.

Schutz Arleana (MyHabit, Oak)
Once again, Schutz provides us with another excellent double-take. Although there are significant differences (such as the buckle style, heel shape, and length of the fold-over), my mind immediately thought of the Givenchy boot as soon as I spotted these. I think they are as much of a statement shoe as the original design, but at a more budget-friendly price. Plus, Schutz shoes are always high quality!

Enzo Angiolini Damus (Macy’s)

These boots by Enzo Angiolini are not a perfect double-take, but if you’re going for the wedge with an over-size cuff look, the Damus is a great choice. Enzo shoes are high quality, and most of them are very comfortable.


Double-Take: Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Wedge

Giuseppe Zanotti (DSW
I love anything with spots, especially shoes with spots. I first saw these Giuseppe Zanotti pumps on Gilt during one of their amazing shoe sales but unfortunately they didn’t have my size. I ended up getting a different pair of pumps on super sale and an email code for an extra 50% off. I had some doubts at first because of the heel height, but they earned a special place in my heart when they helped me win a custom pair! I am now a proud mama of two pairs of Giuseppe Zanotti shoes (total cost for both still under $100!) and completely addicted. 

But of course, I can’t go around buying all the designer shoes I want because I have to pay for things like food. So I found a pretty good double-take of the animal print wedge at DSW one day. They were on the clearance racks and not in my size, so I’m bummed I didn’t spot them earlier, but you might still have a chance at snagging a pair online or in stores if you call the Shoephoria center.

Levity Diva (DSW
The shape of the Diva pump by Levity (a brand exclusive to DSW) is actually quite different from the Zanotti pair, but it actually looks quite stunning on the foot. The curves of the leather highlight the shape of the foot, and the pointed toe is a bit more sophisticated the rounded toe on the pair by Zanotti. They’re also comfortable because the heel isn’t as high.

Shoe of the Day: Pop of Pink


I’ve always craved a great pink pump. I don’t know if it’s because I was obsessed with Barbies when I was younger, but they always grab my attention. I don’t currently have a pair in my closet – I can’t justify the price for the pair I’d love to have…ahem Sergio Rossi. But maybe someday it will happen.

Most people fall back on basic colors for pumps, but I like to think that bright colors make them much more interesting. The best way to wear bright pink shoes is to make them the focus piece; imagine a deep charcoal outfit with a bright pop of pink at the feet. The Galyn by Ivanka Trump (6pm, Amazon) is quite stunning because the patent pink is enhanced by a studded edge, which gives the girly color a little bit of edge.


Double-Take: Charles Jourdan Holly

 Charles Jourdan Holly (DSW, Amazon, LastCall)
The Holly Sandal from Charles Jourdan is just plain sexy. I love everything about it: croc embossed leather, an ankle strap with metal detailing, and the supple red lining. Not to mention, the shape of the heel is perfectly stunning! These gorgeous sandals appeared this past spring when the whole ankle-strap trend was happening. However, the stunning and classic styling will definitely be a show-stopper for more than one season! Unfortunately, the black style is pretty much sold out, but there is a pale blue version available for under $100. Check out the links above if you’d like the original pair, or take a look at the double-take below:
Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal Primal
I was very excited when NastyGal announced they’re putting together their first ever footwear collection consisting of unique and edgy shoes for the daring wearer. Of course, as soon as the collection was out, I hopped over to their site to browse the styles. There are several that I’d love to add to my collection (especially these adorable sandals) but the Primal stood out particularly because it looks exactly the same as the Charles Jourdan Holly. On clearance, the Holly is your best bet because it’s made of leather. But if you’re against that, or can’t find your size in black, the Primal sandals are a great alternative!

Shoe of the Day: Embroidered


I’m normally not into military-inspired styles, but these booties from Seychelles are just too cute to resist! I really love the detailing on and around the buttons, it adds such a feminine touch to an otherwise plain bootie. Seychelles shoes usually have vintage styling, some of which are not to my taste, but these would be a great addition to my wardrobe! You can get them on DSW, but I think I’ll wait until the price drops.

Tuesday Shoesday: Asymmetric


These asymmetric cut-out pumps from Elizabeth and James are perfect for fall footwear. The style covers enough of the foot to avoid looking like a summer shoe, yet it’s open enough to show some skin or fun tights. They also have extra cushioning in the ball of the foot, so they’re quite comfortable! I found these lovelies at Marshalls with a yellow-sticker, meaning end-of-season-lowest-price-you’ll-get clearance. However, they had to go back. The fit is true to size and the leather is a beautiful matte black, but the ankle strap hit my bone at an awkward place, which started to hurt after about 15 minutes of walking around in my apartment. I was quite sad to return them, but hopefully they’ll find a home with another shoe lover. You can scour your local Marshalls or check the clearance racks at DSW (I saw a few pairs in silver) for these shoes on sale. They’re also available on Amazon, ShopBop, 6pm, or Saks but they cost quite a bit more.


Ten Classic pumps under $100.

There’s one style that absolutely every woman, shoe-lover or not, must have in her closet: a classic pump. Since a classic pump is the go-to shoe, sticking to neutrals is your best bet; the most practical color for a classic pump is black. But once you have a pair or two of those, feel free to branch into brights! 
Although it seens classic pumps would be easy to find since they’re always in style, it can get tricky to locate the perfect pair. There’s a lot to consider: material, heel height, brand, vamp and heel shape, color, and price. It took me a long time to find the perfect black pumps, so I created a handy list of some great classic styles all under $100 to help other shoe-lovers out there. I’m a suede-addict so my first instinct was to find those, but I also made sure to include pairs made of other materials.
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1. Aldo – Frited $50-90 (Aldo)

2. Sole Society – Desirae $60 (Sole Society)
3. Nine West – Flax $20-80 (Amazon, 6pm, Macy’s)
4. Boutique 9 – Orson $40 (6pm, Last Call)
5. ShoeMint – Bess $80 (ShoeMint)
6. Ivanka Trump – Kayden $80-100 (ZapposAmazon, 6pm)
7. Loft – Petra $80 (Loft)
8. Enzo Angiolini – Call Me $80 (Piperlime)
9. Carvela by Kurt Geiger – Axel $70 (DSW)
10. Boutique 9 – Justine $67 (LastCall in Red, Blue, Natural


Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Gail

Jimmy Choo Gail

I’m not sure what it is about lace up heels that I like so much; maybe it’s because the fit can be customized, or because they look edgy and ethnic at the same time, or maybe it’s just because they look different than your everyday pump.

The Jimmy Choo Gail caught my eye some time ago because it’s a shoe and a sandal at the same time. Pretty cool, right? The style also came in printed pony hair, which I loved even more. The Gail sometimes masquerades as the Gladys sandal because they look similar, but the heel heights are different. 

Just recently, I came across a double-take by Victoria’s Secret. I must say, they’ve really been stepping up their game in the shoe department. In the past, the shoes in their catalog and on the website usually consisted of sexy, impractical, and ridiculously high heels. While some of these styles remain (I mean, it wouldn’t be VS without) the majority of the collection this fall is subdued, mature, and elegant. It’s like VS grew up or something. Anyway, I digress. The Jimmy Choo double-take from VS, called simply Lace Up Sandal, comes in ruby wine and black suede. And honestly, I love the shape way more than the Gail, especially the straight heel. They are a bit pricey at $128 (which is still less than Jimmy Choo would cost you) but VS prices do drop considerably at the end of the season, so cross your fingers that they’ll still be available then!

Victoria’s Secret Lace Up Sandal 
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