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Casadei Zebra Heel Pumps

Double-Take: Casadei Zebra Heel Pumps

It’s fantastic when the heel becomes a focal point on a pair of pumps, and Casadei has a great reputation for that. The iconic Blade pump is instantly recognizable for it’s sleek and modern shape. For the fall 2013 collection, Casadei took a walk on the wild side with animal prints and chunkier heels. This sculpted zebra heel is covered in pony hair and creates a beautiful contrast with the black suede upper. It came in several styles, including pumps, ankle boots, t-strap pumps, and jaw-dropping thigh high boots.

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Sale at Saks

I had one of those “stop everything!” moments when I saw the email from Saks pop into my mailbox announcing a shoe sale. I like to check everything out before it’s all gone, so I headed to the site right away. And I wasn’t disappointed with the selection! Here are some of my picks:

Tamara-Mellon-Lipstick-Grommet-Sandal

Grommets can sometimes look tacky or overdone, but Tamara Mellon strikes a great balance. They give this feminine minimalist sandal a tough-luxe vibe without making it look too heavy. If you’re loving this look, head over to her website to see some more stunners on clearance.

Sergio-Rossi-Asymmetric-Cut-Out-Pump

I have a love-hate relationship with asymmetric shoes; they have to be made just right to actually create a flattering look on the foot. But every now and then, I come across what I consider a real stunner. These pumps by Sergio Rossi are perfectly balanced when it comes to coverage, and the slim strap will make any ankle look dainty. I also love the deep indigo color, which is great for the upcoming fall season.

Manolo-Blahnik-Chaos-Snakeskin-Sandal

The Manolo Blahnik Chaos sandal played a huge role in the minimalist sandal movement. It’s not hard to see why: the shoes are classic, comfortable, and timeless. Black and nude work great with all outfits, but grab a pair in citron or orange for a pop of color with your spring and summer outfits.

Alice-+-Olivia-Jase-Fringe-Pumps

Fringe played a major role this past spring, but I’ve always felt that it’s a texture more suitable to fall. It can add a great boho or rocker vibe. I’m not the biggest fan of heavy amounts of fringe, so I think it’s best to stick to one statement piece in an outfit. Of course I’m going to choose shoes, and these pumps from Alice + Olivia are a great place to start. If they’re out of your size, check out this sandal from Stuart Weitzman.

Vince-Gita-Suede-Ankle-Strap-Sandal

I’m a big fan of Vince shoes for the clean lines and modern feel. The silhouette of these sandals is perfectly balanced, and I love the thicker heel.  If Saks is out of your size, check Gilt.

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Jimmy-Choo-Anouk-Studded-Pump

Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Studded Anouk

Similar to the Manolo BB, the Jimmy Choo Anouk pump is another classic style. Pretty much every celebrity has been seen wearing a pair, and it’s easy to see why; the pump has a timeless shape and comes in various colors that can be worn with anything. But since I like classic with a twist, I’m more drawn to the studded Anouk. I love the little baby studs all over the shoe. It’s not quite punk, but it turns a basic black pump into something a little more unique. You can snag a pair on FarFetch, or check out some of the great double-takes I’ve found.

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Casadei Patent Multi Strap Pump

Double-Take: Casadei Multi-Strap Pump

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Casadei shoes. From season to season, there’s always something new, fantastic, and unexpected in the collections. I especially love the styles that have both lady-like elegance and edgier details. The sleek iconic blade heel really balances out the multiple tiny straps in this pair. I think the design evokes a little bit of bad-ass energy as well as a sophisticated feel. They’re sold out by now (last seen on Selfridges) but I managed to find a great double-take by Schutz instead.

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Jimmy Choo Abel Champagne Suede Pumps

Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Abel

I may not be a huge fan of ombré hair, but I do love ombré printed clothing and shoes. I think the effect can look very cool, especially with pumps. The beautiful Jimmy Choo Abel pump is a clear winner in the ombré footwear category—check out the black and gold Agnes and the black glitter Abel versions. But as much as I love the effect, I can’t justify spending the money. Luckily there’s a more affordable and still beautiful version out there!

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Shoe of the Day: Venetian Beauty

Casadei Venice Baroque Detail Pumps

The much anticipated fall-winter fashion season is sprinting towards us. Now that it’s officially September, I’m scrambling to fall great transition pieces and new winter staples. Earlier today, Casadei unveiled their new collection, an intriguing mix of opposites: classic elegance and eclectic energy. The beautiful Venice pump jumped out at me immediately. I adore the baroque floral detailing along the heel, quite a departure from Casadei’s signature blade style. And the purple suede has just enough depth to offset the gold metal beautifully. I’m officially in love! You can see the rest of the collection here.

Tuesday Shoesday: Decadence

Jimmy Choo Mustique Gold Evening Pump

I’m a sucker for beautiful golden shoes, especially evening pumps and sandals. Apart from the fact that the color looks great with my skin, I feel it also conveys a sense of luxury and aristocracy. It’s not really surprising, since gold has always been associated with wealth and class. Jimmy Choo always has a wonderful selection of delicate sandals and pumps, perfect if you’re looking for formal occasion footwear. Or if you just want to add something pretty to your collection. I love the Mustique pump (Nordstrom) because it’s very lady-like and tastefully finished off with a touch of mesh and golden glitter. It’s easy to make gold look over done and gaudy, but the d’Orsay silhouette and simple detailing nicely balance out the shimmering leather.

Jimmy Choo Tokyo Glitter Sneaker

Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Tokyo

The weather is starting to cool down and I’m getting into the fall mindset. A lot of people bring out the boots as soon as the first chills of fall set in, but I prefer to step out in sneakers.

High end designers are boosting their collections with casual-chic styles, and some of my favorites are from Giuseppe Zanotti and Jimmy Choo. The Tokyo sneaker is probably what I would splurge on if I could. It’s such a versatile high-top with minimal detail and a classic white-walled sole. There are several stylish variations of this sneaker, but my favorite is the one in glitter.

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Tuesday Shoesday: Sharp Soles

Casadei Blade Pump

I love to pair these stunning Casadei pumps with bright colors and sleek accessories. This pair was my first dip into high-end footwear. They came into my possession about two years ago when I won RueLaLa’s super fun ShoeLaLa competition with a photo of my favorite MK sandals. I’ve bought and sold many shoes since then, but these aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! I usually go for shoes with four or five inch heels, but I chose the lower version of the Blade pump because I wanted to wear them comfortably. Definitely one of the more sensible choices I made!

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