Okay, I know it’s long past sandal weather (at least up in the northern half of the US) but I couldn’t resist sharing these amazing heels. The spring and summer seasons of 2013 saw a lot of ankle strap sandals, but lace-up designs also had their moment.
I’ve been slightly obsessed with sneakers lately. I remember a time when cool, fashionable sneakers for women were harder to find. Nowadays, you can spot them everywhere! The only problem I have with this is that some designs are becoming slightly over the top, such as studded to the point they become weapons, or a ridiculous clash of textures and colors. But for the most part, there are some really amazing and unique styles out there in addition to the timeless classics. One of my favorite pairs is the Marc by Marc Jacobs lace high top above (Lord & Taylor, SSense, Bloomingdale’s, Zappos). I love the touch of femininity the lace adds, and the peek of blue among the black. I started looking for few pairs of fun styles for myself, and I’ve come across so many different options. It was quite hard to narrow the selection, but I’ve picked out my top 15 choices that will add a little pizazz to your casual look.
Ever since the fashion world deemed sneakers cool enough to wear (I think it all started with the ever-popular Isabel Marant wedge sneaker in 2012), there has been a huge increase in the variety of women’s fashion and casual sneakers on the market. This is definitely a good thing in my opinion, as we fashionistas can’t live in heels and ballet slippers all the time.
Before adding some wedge sneakers to my closet, I had only three pairs of casual shoes: black and white Pumas, black and white Converse, and my gym shoes. Now my collection has increased because there are many “cool” sneakers out there for women. I spotted the these Michael Kors Fulton sneakers (above) at Nordstrom Rack on clearance for $70. They aren’t quite my style, but I felt a strange attraction to them…I think it was the combination of black and gold patent leather. Although I liked them, I didn’t quite love them, so they didn’t come home with me. But I have discovered many other styles that I do love from Michael Kors, so I just need to wait until they find their way into my closet.
I love cut out details on shoes, especially when they turn a simple style into something a little more unique. These bold purple suede Prada heels look quite architectural, yet the style is still very feminine and classic. They’re the perfect work-to-party shoe!
I’m currently in-lust with these amazing pin-up pumps by Casadei (perhaps a season too late, but that just means they can be found on sale now!). The FW12-13 collection was built around this particular pump and included a rang of silhouettes, including leather netting and ruched leather details. Taking inspiration from pin-up style, the pump was designed to be feminine, romantic, and seductive. I love the dipped front and almond toe; there’s no hint of toe cleavage with these! It’s all about curves of the foot and ankle. I personally prefer the version without the platform (still available on Yoox in black and other colors) as it’s more feminine, but the platform version (in grey here) looks beautiful as well!
There are endless possibilities when designing a shootie, and the Gucci Jane sandal bootie (still available on Yoox) is a perfect example of the ideal balance between sandal and shoe. The front of the shoe covers the foot, while the back leaves it exposed, yet secured with the two ankle straps. I also love the use of both leather and suede. The Jane is, in my opinion, a very stunning and versatile shoe. It can be worn with bare legs, tights, and would probably even look great with textured socks. You can still catch it on some flash sale sites (last spotted on Ideeli for $640) but even then, they’re still pricey.
I absolute love these amazing boots from Jimmy Choo; the color is fantastic, and the lattice detail is extremely unique, especially because it covers such a large area of the boot. I can just imagine wearing these with contrasting socks or tights underneath. Unfortunately, they retail at $2195 (Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks), which is about two and a half times the amount of my rent. So there’s no way I’ll be getting these anytime soon.
I’m currently (albeit a bit slowly) working on building a diverse and fun collection of flats. I judge all shoes based on comfort before I purchase them, but flats have to be extra comfortable. So it always takes me a while to find ones that are both fashionable and comfortable to my taste levels. I spotted these on a friend at work and thought they were absolutely fabulous. Leopard print and sparkling studs, could it get any better? This particular pair is from H&M (similar here), so I stopped in one evening to check out their selection. They aren’t ridiculously overpriced (an average of $25 for flats) but for the amount of wear I’d give them, they didn’t seem like they would hold up. So I passed on this pair, but I have my eye on a different pair by Vince Camuto that I spotted at Nordstrom Rack…just waiting for the price to go down.
Ankle boots are a great transitional style and perfect for fall. Deep colors, such as brown, navy, and burgundy, are ideal. Whether they’re flat or heeled, they instantly update your wardrobe for the chillier weather. I absolutely love this pair from Céline. The perfectly straight heel, simple silhouette, and just-above-the-ankle shaft work together extremely well to create a basic style that works with literally everything.
I don’t usually like shoes with overly girlish details; I hate big bows, and I’m not too keen on flowers either. But occasionally I’ll come across a pair that is just plain beautiful, like these two floral styles from Casadei. The detailing is so exquisite that even the blade heels look less industrial and more delicately feminine. I especially love the gold and silver against the black, it gives the shoes a very glamorous and vintage look. I love how the motif was implemented on both the bootie and pump.