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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yoox is one of my favorite sites for browsing (and shopping of course). They’re the company behind Shoescribe and other fashion sites (Giuseppe Zanotti, Diesel, and Alexander Wang, to name a few, and you can always find a fantastic deal or two. It’s usually the first site I check for sold out or past season styles, which you can find for significantly less than the original retail price. And right now, you can get an extra 20% off all sale items with the code LASTCALL. Shopping their sales takes a little skill, considering things sell out quite quickly because the inventory usually only includes a few items in each size. I’ve picked out a few of my favorites to help you out:
This neutral sandal from Fendi is perfect for summer, and would look great with a white shirt dress.
Even though the winter season is over, the embellished sole makes these Le Silla boots a unique statement piece. And the overall style of these boots is basic enough to make them a classic staple in any shoe lover’s collection.
Spring and summer are right around the corner, and I think this braided sandal by Alexander Birman will pair perfectly with florals.
I’m not a fan of patent leather, but something about these Pierre Hardy high top sneakers calls out to me.
We all know I’m a fan of blue suede, and these super sleek Le Silla ankle boots would fit right into my collection. Pair them with graphic black and white for a mod look, or rock the one-color look with a dress in the same shade.
You can check out the rest of the shoes on sale here, and don’t forget to browse through the clothing as well.
The weather is starting to get a little nippy around here, and I’m definitely impatient to break out my fall footwear. I usually don’t start wearing boots or cozy shoes until about mid October. Even though the first day of fall was September 23rd, it’s still not quite cold enough to bundle up. The Michael Kors Lizzie Sneaker is a great transition shoe. The deep caramel suede is a perfect color for fall, and the shearling lining around the ankle is great for warding off a chilly breeze. I can see these being worn into the winter as well. They’d look super cute with jeans and a chunky knit sweater!
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 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!
I wrote about the gorgeous Giuseppe Zanotti Nirvana back in January when I first set eyes upon it. It’s quite a ravishing shoe, very elegant and edgy at the same time. And the snake-like detail is pretty tempting! It’s such a unique design that I didn’t think there would be many copies out there. Imagine my surprise when I came across an extremely similar pair by Bebe…
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!
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.