After a summer full of whites and bright colors, I look forward to the muted tones of fall and winter. These pumps by Schutz are a perfect transition style because they retain the ladylike silhouette of a summer shoe, but are crafted with colors and textures perfect for the fall season. Around here, temperatures stay warm for a while, so this pair is perfect for those sunnier fall days when I don’t want to wear boots just yet. I actually snagged them last year during the final clearance markdowns of summer. I personally think this is the best time to look for transition pieces since the stores clear out their stock to make room for fall and winter goodies.
I know it’s only the beginning of November, but my mind is already jumping ahead to the holiday season. And there’s no better way to accessorize for those seasonal celebrations than with a pair of sparkling ankle boots! This pair by Aldo caught my eye as I passed by the store window at the King of Prussia Mall. They are such a great statement piece. I love pairing shimmering footwear with simpler dresses because they stand out so much more. However, they didn’t come home with me because I had already gotten a sequin dress. One glitzy purchase was enough that day!
I posted about leopard print sneakers last year, but I ended up selling those when I did a closet clean out. Apparently I wasn’t quite ready to let go, because as soon as I came across these at Saks off Fifth, I knew I had to have them. You might recognize the style as a Jimmy Choo double-take from this post. And as much as I love the version in black glitter, I couldn’t resist the leopard. I definitely prefer the Sovann style over the Heydi sneakers I used to have because I love the contrasting black trim. They’re also super comfortable, and have become my go-to pair of sneakers for this fall!
This past Saturday, DSW had their second National Shoe Lover Day extravaganza. My first experience with this wonderful holiday was last year. And since I don’t work there anymore, I couldn’t pass up a chance to win free shoes. The excitement and energy is great, and the temptation to splurge on shoes is even greater than normal. So what did I score? These wonderful ankle boots by Michael Kors! Luckily, they were on clearance so I didn’t actually spend as much as I thought I would. I was thrilled when I spotted them in my size because they’re a great bootie for fall. They look fantastic with jeans and a chunky knit sweater!
If you’re as obsessed with TJ Maxx as I am, you probably already know about their Access Program. I love getting invited to shop at private parties, especially when they get truckloads of new seasonal items. You get first dibs on everything! I went this past weekend, and stumbled upon these magnificent boots. I just had to try them on. They’re chunky, furry, and totally bad-ass. Seriously though, I felt like an invincible woman of power while wearing them, most likely due to the six inch heel and heavy feel. But although they were fantastic, I definitely didn’t need another pair of boots, especially considering I already had two others in my cart! If they’re what you’re looking for though, pop into your local store and see if there’s a pair hanging out on the shelves.
I ventured over to the St. David’s TJ Maxx over the weekend. Let me just say that I was overwhelmed! I’ve never seen such a great selection of fall designer goodies. I pranced around the store throwing various things into my cart before finally narrowing my choices. The shoe department had several gems, including crystal studded Giuseppe’s and classic patent Jimmy Choos. Unfortunately for me, most of the choices were too large. On second thought, that might actually be a good thing, otherwise I would’ve come home with too many! But I did scoop up the stunning Saint Laurent Paris 80 classic suede pumps above. Although they are from the 2013 collection, this particular style will never be “out of season.” I love the deep yellow ochre color, a perfect earthy tone for any season but especially great for fall! This year, you can get them in midnight blue suede, black leather, or cobalt.
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.
Some time ago, I mentioned these shoes briefly in a double-take post, and just recently realized that I have never featured this gorgeous pair! These Yves Saint Laurent Opyum pumps were probably my most fortunate footwear find. I was in the St. David’s TJ Maxx store during the tail end of the winter clearance event last year. There were a fair amount of clothing clearance bargains still left but after perusing the shoes and not finding much in my size, I headed off to the registers. As I was waiting in line, I decided to dig through a large clearance bin nearby…and I came across these. I’m not sure who stuffed them into the container filled with lotions and beauty products, but I’m so very glad that they did!
I love studded shoes, especially when it’s combined with a ladylike silhouette. The contrast between the two elements always gives the shoe an interesting look. I was never originally a fan of the Valentino Rockstud styles, the most popular being the t-strap pump, but it has slowly grown on me. I particularly love the styles that are not overdone, such as the amazing ankle boot above. I spotted these at Nordstrom during their sale and couldn’t stay away! The leather is amazingly soft, and they fit beautifully. They’re available in a couple colors, and my favorite is the dark red.
Normally I don’t like chunky ankle straps because I feel that thinner ones accentuate the leg much better, but this particular pair of heels by Michael Kors captured my heart. The silhouette is very simple, but the bold buckle really makes the shoe speak volumes. The peep toe detail is a nice touch because it balances the heaviness of the ankle strap. These amazing shoes are a bit out of my budget, but I’ll be watching for a sale. I came across these at Macy’s in Center City, but you can also find them at Dillard’s.