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’m not normally into the rocker inspired shoes, but these definitely caught my eye. I spotted them through the store window at King of Prussia and immediately walked in to try them on. The Bryn boot is definitely a statement-making pair with chunky studs and super high heel. They are undeniably hot! Unfortunately, if you have a higher than normal arch, they can be tricky to get on because there is no zipper. But have patience! I found that a thin sock creates a smoother experience. You can get these babies at your local MK store, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, or on Zappos.
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.
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.
Sneakers are still having their moment in fashion. Everyone from Céline to Steve Madden is making them, and in so many different styles. The slip on sneakers around today have come a long way from their 90’s ancestors, especially those made with materials such us leather or pony hair. But one of my favorites is definitely glitter; it brings a girlish vibe to an otherwise masculine shoe. Wearing glittery shoes is an excellent way to add a little oomph to your casual outfits. I love the Saint Laurent trainers above (FarFetch), but they’re far out of my budget. But that’s okay because glitter is not some super fancy material, and there are plenty of other options!
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!
Red shoes are a must-have in every woman’s closet. Although classic pumps are the obvious choice, straps and edgy details are always more interesting. The Nyambi by Enzo Angiolini is a fantastic alternative to tamer styles. The three chunky straps are balanced by a thinner heel, and the zippers are accented with tiny dagger charms. I absolutely love how they look!
Sorry about the low quality image (my hand was shaking at the awkward ankle). The tone does kind of suit the style of the boots though, doesn’t it? A bit of vintage touch. Anyway, I spotted these gorgeous Stuart Weitzman Spat boots at Nordstrom Rack for the amazing clearance price of $174 (compared to $695 retail). The gold buttons sparkled at me from the shelves and I just had to try them on. They are very comfortable, and extremely easy to walk in despite the height of the heel. There’s a lot of extra cushioning inside, and the thicker heel makes them stable. Although the deal was too good to pass up, I did put them back on the shelves because they were slightly too large on my feet, even with thick socks on. But if you’re lucky enough to snag them, they’re sure to get you many compliments!
I’m a sucker for ankle boots with interesting details…and the fact that these are made by Sergio Rossi (The Outnet) pretty much seals the deal. Those Italians sure know what to do with shoes! I love the asymmetric lacing on the heel, exposing the embossed texture underneath. I almost wish that the color peeking out from beneath the black was more vibrant, like cobalt blue or yellow. Either way, these are a stunning example of what a unique ankle boot should look like!
Human feet aren’t geometric, they’re organic. So I always find it very interesting when a shoe is created with flat planes and geometric shapes. The bootie above by Gianvito Rossi is beautifully intricate, yet still uncomplicated because the pattern is created simply from a repeating grid.