Month January 2014

Serious Sale: Brian Atwood Bargains

I love clearance and final reductions, this means you can find fantastic shoes for the lowest of the low prices. But you’ve got to make decisions quickly because stuff sells in a snap! This morning I got a mouth-watering email: Brian Atwood Reductions. It pointed to some seriously reduced lust-worthy footwear, with prices so tempting that I wanted to load up my cart with fabulous footwear that I probably wouldn’t even have an occasion to wear.

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Seriously sexy strappy sandals! The Alyssa is definitely a statement-making shoe. I’d love to adopt a pair of these, if only the fee was a little bit lower.

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Tuesday Shoesday: Metalhead

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As much as I love high tops and wedge sneakers, there’s really nothing I like more than a classic low-top sneaker with a slim profile. Out of my entire collection, my Converse sneakers get the most wear and are replaced the most often. As I was searching for my next pair at DSW, I came across these fantastic sneakers from Michael Kors. They stood out not only because of the studded toes (a detail I absolutely love!) but also the hint of metallic shine in the leather. I actually mentioned the high top version of these sneakers in an earlier post, and I’m so glad I came across these. Despite the uniqueness, they are a wear-anywhere shoe because of the neutral color and classic profile. I hope they don’t wear out too quickly!

Shoe of the Day: Nirvana

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To put it simply, nirvana is a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world. I’m not quite sure why this particular word was chosen as a name for these shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti, but I’m assuming that getting your hands on a pair would evoke a pretty fantastic feeling. The silhouette of this shoe is beautiful; a gently curving heel and the stunning snake-like ankle strap make the shoe sensual, elegant, and very unique. I can’t help by wonder how well they stay on though.

Shoe of the Day: Best Friend Boots

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Everyone has that go-to pair of shoes in their closet, the pair that goes with everything and is super comfortable. And if you don’t, look no further than these boots by Enzo Angiolini (available at DSW or Nordstrom). The Saharia is a perfect blend of casual comfort and effortless cool. The style is so timeless that they’ll quickly become your best friend! I’m hoping to add a pair to my closet, as soon as I can track them down to try them on.

Tuesday Shoesday: On the Wedge

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Even though I wasn’t a believer when wedge sneakers were first introduced, I’m most definitely obsessed now. I think I just needed to get used to the idea of a casual shoe with an extra boost of height. The best thing about wedge sneakers is that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort if you find the right pair for you. There are thousands of different wedge sneakers out there, but not all of them are comfortable. I find that styles with a three-inch heel or less are easier to walk in for long periods of time. Ones that lace up also allow for a more customized fit. And don’t forget to factor in flexibility and padding, which is paramount to a good sneaker whether it’s flat or heeled.

I plucked these Ash Cool sneakers off the cluttered shelves of Ross in downtown Philly just before Christmas. Originally, I wanted a pair of Bowie sneakers, but I found them less comfortable and more narrow. I really lucked out with these because I found my size mixed in with larger pairs and they were the last left! But don’t worry if you can’t get to Ross, you can also find these on Shopbop, The Outnet, Zappos, and Amazon.

Shoe of the Day: Colorblocked

Enzo-Angiolini-Fastir-Black-and-White-Pump

There is one style that I will never grow tired of: black and white color-blocking. As much as I love colors and patterns, a neutral palette is something I always default to when I’m rushed in the morning or when I want to keep my outfits simple. It’s a timeless combination that always manages to look polished and chic. The Fastir pump by Enzo Angiolini is a beautiful, sleek shoe that would feel quite at home with all my other pumps. I’m dying to add it to my collection, but I think I’ll have to wait a bit considering I barely have room for the other recent additions to my closet. You can find this gorgeous pair at DSW, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.

Tuesday Shoesday: The Rumours are True

Christian-Louboutin-Huguetta-at-TJ-Maxx

After TJ Maxx launched The Runway in select stores a few years ago, my chances at finding high-end shoes for less greatly increased. My collection of decadent footwear grew significantly since then, but there was always a nagging thought at the back of my mind: what about Manolos, Jimmy Choos, and Louboutins? Today I finally got my answer.

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Double-Take: Valentino Studded Booties

In my opinion, Valentino shoes were leaders when the studded shoe trend rose up last year. The collection included several tastefully embellished styles, including pumps, flats, and boots, that were easily recognizable and spotted on many celebrities and bloggers. These booties sold out fairly quickly!

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Shoe of the Day: Golden Sprinkles

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I currently own three pairs of Vince Camuto shoes, and they’re all extremely comfortable, even the really high heels. So there’s no doubt in my mind that the Follie sneakers (available on ShoeBox and Dillard’s) would probably be one of the best wedge sneakers out there. Even without holding them in my hand, I can tell that the modest 2.75″ heel paired with lacing and padded suede upper adds to the comfort of these shoes. The quilting and teeny studs are such a great detail and add to the uniqueness of these sneakers. If I get a chance to try on a pair, I’ll report back! In the meantime, grab yourself a pair (they’re on sale!) and let me know what you think.

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