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Stunning Shoes on Sale: Splurge Edition

It’s that time of year again…summer sale season! Clearance stickers are popping up everywhere in stores, and online prices are dropping like crazy. There are a so many stunning styles out there, and it can be hard to sift through them all. I’ve put together a list of my favorite shoes on sale. And even though I can’t get all the shoes I want, a girl can dream! Here’s a list of my picks of shoes to splurge on:

Tibi Amber (Piperlime)
 
Pura Lopez Studded Sandal (Piperlime)
 
Balmain Rhinestone Sandals (Yoox)

Emilio Pucci Ankle Strap Pump (DSW)

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Herve Leger Wilet Bootie (DSW)
 
Sigerson Morrison Gillian (Piperlime)
 
Kurt Geiger Black Pumps (Shoescribe
 
Emilio Pucci Strappy Pumps (Yoox)
 
KG Kurt Geiger Studded Slingbacks (Shoescribe)
 
Casadei Studded Pumps (Yoox)
 
Elizabeth and James Ankle Boots (Shoescribe)
 
Alexander Wang Ankle Strap Sandals (Shoescribe)
 
Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Sandal (DSW)
 
Giuseppe Zanotti Metal Heel Sandal (Shoescribe)
 
Gianvito Rossi Sandals (Yoox)

Sergio Rossi Cap Toe Pump (Shoe Box)
Theory Toscana White and Grey Sandal
 Plomo Katerina (ShopBop)
Aquazzura Cheeta Bombe (ShopBop)
These are just my picks, you can find many more shoes online and in stores! And don’t forget to check my favorite sites for their fabulous end-of-summer blowout sales: Ideeli, RueLaLa, HauteLook, Gilt, and MyHabit
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Double-Take Casadei Blade

I know I’ve said it before (and I’ll probably say it many more times), Casadei has always been on the top of my list of favorite luxe shoe designers. My favorite pair is the Blade, which has become an iconic style seen on many celebrities. The shape simply oozes sex and power, and what woman doesn’t love a shoe which says that? If I ever have $600+ to spare, I might just indulge and purchase a pair of the 4.5″ Blade pumps…but for now, take a look at the double-take options:

Enzo-Angiolini-Infiniti-Pump

The Enzo Angiolini brand always hasa great selection of shoes, and I’ve noticed lately that they also have many shoes that seem to be “inspired by” luxury designer brands. Most Enzo Angiolini shoes are very comfortable, and available in a wide price range. You can get the Infiniti (in black and natural on Heels.com, 6pm, or Nordstrom.

Check out my other double-take finds!

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Italian infatuation: Casadei and Sergio Rossi

When you think of luxury designer shoes, what’s the first name that pops into your head? It’s most likely one of these three: Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, or Jimmy Choo. And although it’s true that the those three designers certainly have stunning collections, Italian designers will always be placed higher on my list.

We all know there’s nothing better than real Italian pasta, and I’m here to tell you there’s also nothing better than an Italian shoe. I have a weak spot for fine Italian shoes. I don’t know why and how it started, but they are always at the top of my ever-changing list of shoes I lust after. Perhaps it’s because Italian shoes are consistently ranked high among most favored luxury footwear. Or maybe because the quality is, in my opinion, unsurpassed. Spending a summer in Florence surrounded by exquisite shoes on almost every street undoubtedly left it’s mark on my preferences as well. Whatever the reason for my partiality is, there’s no denying that Italian shoes are some of the best out there; fashion houses Gucci, Sergio Rossi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Aquazzura, and more all originated in Italy. And if you look for it, you’ll notice that almost all luxury footwear (whether the designer is Italian or not) is stamped with “Made in Italy” on the bottom.

My two favorite Italian designer shoes are Casadei and Sergio Rossi. Both companies have a unique vision, and although I don’t always love every single shoe in the seasonal collections, I can always count on their more classic designs.

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Summer Style: White shoes and how to wear them.

Alexander Wang Antonia Sandal (pretty much sold out)


Black has always been the traditional go-to color for a neutral shoe. When all other options fail, a black pump or flat is guaranteed to work with your outfit. Every woman has at least one pair of black pumps in her closet. But the fashion world is always changing, and a “new neutral” is always popping up each season. Last year, the nude shoe was huge because it works with every color, and has the added bonus of leg-lengthening properties. And this year, the fashion world is inducting white shoes as a wardrobe staple.

White shoes finish off an outfit in a clean, fresh way. No longer a relic of the past, the newest generation of white pumps and shoes look sleek and modern with minimalist single soles and new shapes. They look stunning when worn with an all white ensemble, pair perfectly with black, and add a touch of sophistication and elegance to busier outfits with a lot of color. 

With the official start of summer not too far away, it’s safe to bring out the whites. While I was never one to follow the “no white after Labor Day” rule, I do feel that white shoes, especially strappy styles, are more appropriate for the summer.
 
Sometimes wearing white shoes can be tricky – the words often bring to mind weddings or tacky stilettos – but I’ve put together a list of tips to help steer you in the right direction:

Reserve satin fabrics and gemstone embellishments for formal occasions. 
Details like this are too formal for day wear, particularly in the summer when a relaxed look is favorable.
Wear white shoes in the spring and summer. 
While white pumps and booties can be worn outside of the summer season if styled well, reserve your sandal and wedge styles for the summer.

Don’t overdo your tan.
The contrast between white shoes and your skin will make you look tan, even if you are on the paler end of the spectrum. If you’re very tan, a cream or tan color will look less tacky next to your skin.

White shoes will compliment fabrics featuring white details.
There are no strict rules to pairing white pumps with your clothes, but if you’re nervous about the trend, try pairing white shoes with a dress that features white in the pattern, such as white polka dots or stripes.

Never buy cheap white shoes. 
White is a color that will showcase ever flaw if the shoes are not made of quality material. Avoid patent styles; a soft buttery leather will look more elegant.

Clean your shoes after wearing them. 
White obviously gets dirty very quickly. In order to keep your white shoes in pristine condition, don’t wear them in situations where they might get dirty. And if they do, clean them immediately after wearing them.

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1. Aldo – Essi $100 (Aldo)
2. Nine West – Callen $85 (Nine West, Amazon, Zappos, Nordstrom)
3. Balmain – Metal-Effect Pump $549 (Barneys)
4. ASOS – Hostage $70 (Asos)
5. Topshop – Gwenda $116 (Topshop, Nordstrom)
6. Jeffrey Campbell – Mosaics $152 (NastyGal)
7. ZARA White Wedge $99 (Zara)
8. Casadei – Softymetal $770-1100 (Shoescribe, Casadei)
9. Nine West – Gee $99 (Amazon, Nine West)
10. Truth or Dare by Madonna – Muncy $130 (Macys)

The Single Sole Shoe

Put away your platforms, ladylike is making a comeback!

Spring is finally here, and I’m especially excited that single-sole heels are huge this season. There’s only so high you can go with a platform before it becomes too much. Although platforms can give you Amazonian height and make you feel great, it’s much easier to walk in single-sole heel (no clunking noises!). Plus, they just look so much more elegant and refined.

Although there are some nice platform designs out there, the single-sole shoe will always be around. The best shoe designers always have a classic single-sole in their seasonal collections. And some designers stick to what they know works; Manolo Blahnik has never designed a shoe with a platform, he believes single-soled shoes are more comfortable and change the way a woman walks. Those who don’t do the platform thing can be thankful for his consistently classic (and creative!) designs. However, there is a plus side to platform heels: there’s room to sneak in some extra cushioning. Some single-sole shoes are absolutely brutal to the ball of your foot. Look for shoes with hidden platforms if you want the best of both! A pump with a small hidden platform gives you the look of a single sole shoe with the comfort of a platform. Plus, it looks like you’re wearing heels higher than they actually are! Single soled shoes I’m lusting after:

Jimmy-Choo-Lang
Jimmy Choo Lang

Manolo-Blahnik-BB

Manolo Blahnik BB

Casadei-Valentina

Casadei Valentina

In my opinion, there are only a few well-designed platform pumps out there. I’m a big fan of the YSL Tribtoo. With a straight heel and classic upper shape, the Tribtoo has an air of sophistication that you don’t often see in a platform pump. (Irina from Pour La Victoire is a great alternative to the Tribtoo). I have a feeling this platform style will always be around, but I hope higher and more ridiculous designs will be put on the back burner.

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