Month September 2013

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Double-Take: Ralph Lauren Collection Cosima

 Ralph Lauren Collection Cosima (DSW
I firmly believe that one pair of black boots is not enough. Maybe it seems silly to some people, but to me, they’re all different. A girl needs a pair of classic leather boots, and she also needs a pair with buckles and straps and zippers, a pair with high heels, and pair with low heels, a pair with different materials, the list goes on. I personally own only 3 pairs of black boots. Some would say that’s too many, but I think I’m one pair short: a pair of dressier knee-high boots. And if I could get them, I’d definitely buy the Cosima by Ralph Lauren. Since they’re sold out (and out of my budget anyway), I looked around for a double-take. I found the Osaka boot by Cordani, which is still out of my budget but a very nice alternative to the Cosima. The beautiful ankle detail looks very similar, the only noticeable difference is the thickness of the heel. Unless these drop to $100 or less, I won’t be getting them, so my search for a dressy leather knee-high boot continues.


Cordani Osaka (6pm)

Shoe of the Day: Rustic Roots

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I love how popular shooties and booties are this season (there are some seriously cute styles out there right now), but I’ve always preferred short boots that end slightly above the ankle rather than exactly at the ankle. Last year I found an awesome pair of black leather ankle boots with buckles and a 3.5 inch heel. I wear them quite often, and I regret that I didn’t get them in brown as well. But at $100 each, I really couldn’t afford to. Since then, I’ve been searching for a pair of casual short boots in brown. These have exactly everything I’m looking for: suede, short heel, and a cool zipper detail. Unfortunately, they’re out of my price range. But I’ll be keeping an eye on them in case the price drops!

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Double-Take: B Brian Atwood Linscott

B Brian Atwood Linscott (6pm
If done nicely, a shoe designed with mesh can look really cool. The Linscott pump by B Brian Atwood is a great example of a beautiful design using leather and mesh to create an illusion of floating elements. I love the perfectly straight heel, the delicate ankle strap, and the leaf-like details. I’m not sure how strong the mesh is, but this particular style looks like it’ll hold your foot securely. The price has been steadily dropping on 6pm (they originally retail for $450), which is actually good for those who’d prefer the real deal, but in case you’d like a more budget-friendly version, check out these from Anne Michelle:
 
Anne Michell Rapture-33 (Lulus, UrbanOG)


Tuesday Shoesday: Electric Blue

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It was impossible to walk by Aldo without noticing these electric blue ankle booties. The color is so eye-catching, and the placement of the zippers gives them some edge. When I first saw these online, I wasn’t blown away; however, they look way cooler in person. I happened to be wearing a pair of dark pencil jeans when I tried them on, and the bright blue really popped. I’ve never had luck with the fit of shoes from Aldo, but these were actually great! Not too narrow, not too short. The only thing they lack is cushioning at the ball of foot, which can easily be added. I’m not ready to spend the money on them right now, but perhaps when they go on sale I’ll reconsider it!

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Double-Take: Givenchy Buckled Sandal

Givenchy Buckled Sandal (Net-a-Porter, Barney’s)
There’s something very appealing about ankle-boot-sandal hybrids. They give off a very cool vibe. I think what I like most about them is that they can work across all four seasons; I’d love to pair these with some textured knit socks,tights, and a skirt on a chilly fall day. I also love the thick heel. Most people don’t find them chunky heels very flattering, but on my legs they really help balance out my small feet with my runner’s legs. And they’re much easier to walk in than pencil-thin heels! The designer price tag is quite hefty though, so I found some double-takes that are more wallet friendly:
 
Kelsi Dagger Gina (Amazon, LuLu’s, DSW, Heels.com)
Zara Ankle Boot Sandal


Shoe of the Day: Cool Croc

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This gorgeous ankle boot is selling quite quickly, and it’s easy to see why! The detail and styling is classic and sophisticated, yet so very cool; every aspect of the design works well together, making it the perfect little bootie for fall. The design of Piper reflects everything about the Tibi brand: luxury with ease, simple but utterly modern. I’m not at all surprised that I recognized the styling as soon as a caught sight of the shoe because Tibi shoes have such a specific look to them. I’ve only featured a pair once so far, but you will definitely be seeing more in the future!

Shoe of the Day: New Heights

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I know that lately, shoe heels and platforms have been shrinking to more reasonable and walkable heights, but I couldn’t resist these Plumperfct boots from Nine West. Despite the extremely high heel (a whopping 6 inches!), the sheer simplicity of the boot is what makes them so amazing. This fall season, heavy detail is in, but I can only stand it in small doses. I’m one of those shoe lovers who will usually pick simple over complicated, mostly because a simple style is just more versatile and wearable. However, the extremely high heel of these is a slight turn-off. Although I love being super tall from time to time, I would prefer this style with a 4-inch heel, a more comfortable height for day-wear.

Tuesday Shoesday: Sublime Snake

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There are certain shoe designers that I can recognize on sight. Sergio Rossi is one of them. The iconic pin heel is quite beautifully sculpted, and I absolutely love how it looks on a shoe. I spotted these Chi Chi pumps at Intermix in Philadelphia (1718 Walnut Street) and was captivated by the amazing blue snakeskin. They’re also available in orange on Zappos, and if I could, I’d get both! As it is, I’ll just have to satisfy myself by adoring them from afar.

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Double-Take: Giuseppe Zanotti Gold Flat Sandal

Giuseppe Zanotti Sandal (DSW)

I just had to squeeze in this double-take post about sandals before the official end of summer. This simple yet stunning pair by Giuseppe Zanotti is absolutely perfect; the elastic panels make them easy to get on and off, and the style goes with just about everything. They’re also incredibly comfortable because the leather straps are soft and conform to your foot. They originally retailed for $550 and are still available in gold and silver on DSW, but grab them quick because the price just dropped to $150! 


BCBG Paris Richmand (DSW

Although the sale price for the Giuseppe Zanotti sandals is certainly more reasonable the the original retail price, why pay that much when you can get this incredible double-take from BCBG Paris for less than half the cost? I actually spotted these in black in the clearance racks of a DSW store and thought they were the real deal. I was really surprised when I found out they were by BCBG Paris! Unfortunately for me, the black pair was a half-size too big, which was quite obvious because there was a big gap between my toes and the end of the sandal. I honestly prefer the black over the gold, so I’ll just have to keep looking! 

Note: DSW does not pay me to write about shoes.

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Boot Bounty: Top options for the fall season.

The first day of fall is only one week away! Is your closet ready for the coming chilly weather? Boot season is my favorite season. But knowing me, when spring season rolls around I’ll probably be saying that sandal season is my favorite. But either way, a shoe closet needs a good supply of each! 

For the fall, your best bet is a black knee-high boot. It goes with everything, from jeans and skirts to dresses and shorts. It can be flat or with a heel, with buckles or without, and in any material that you choose. I prefer leather, but there are many other options out there as well, including fabric, faux leather, and even rubber rain boots! Most of the pairs in my boot bounty list are leather and black (black boots are just so hard to resist), but you can find many more options on my favorite websites for shoe shopping (6pm, Zappos, Yoox, etc.) and at stores in your area. And even if you’re not looking to get boots this year, you can still feast on my list of styles to lust after:

Norma J. Baker (Yoox)
Tangerine (Yoox)

 Geste Proposition (Yoox)

Calvin Klein Avery (Piperlime)
Hooked yet? There are even more great styles to see!

 

Michael Kors Tamara (PiperlimeMacy’s, Net-a-Porter)
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Jeannette (Macy’s, Zappos)

 Schutz Aiyana (6pm)

 Aldo Pofadder

 BCBG Max Azria Nimber (6pm)

 Adrienne Vittadini Birdie (Amazon)

 Franco Sarto Talula (DSW)

 ASOS Kingdom

 Guess Verina (Amazon, Macy’s)

Louise et Cie Zavia (Lord and Taylor)

Sofft Alanna (Macy’s, Lord and Taylor)


Note: DSW does not pay me to write about shoes.

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