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.
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.
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!
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!
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 love collaborations in the fashion world, it’s such a great way to mix things up. The Nine West x InStyle collections have always caught my eye because of the elegant and classic silhouettes. One of my favorites in the most recent collection is the Cate pump. I love the deep wine color (there are others as well!) because it’s perfect for fall and looks quite elegant. This particular ankle strap style is super versatile and works great for the office or a night out. They even look amazing with jeans! I also love the navy version, which is always a great color to have in your shoe collection.
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.
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.