Spring

Tuesday Shoesday: White Delight

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I fell in love with these white pointy-toe ankle-strap pumps. The Callen pump is extremely comfortable because the heel isn’t very high, and the ankle strap is very secure. The fit is a bit narrow, and that’s saying something because I have fairly narrow feet. I don’t think the style would be comfortable for wider feet, but there’s no harm in trying them on! They’re available in many different colors, but I think the white looks extremely elegant, classy, and perfect for summer! You can find them at Macy’s, Zappos, and Amazon.

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Tuesday Shoesday: Michael Kors Molly

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I spotted these gorgeous MICHAEL by Michael Kors Molly sandals at TJ Maxx yesterday. They’re absolutely stunning in person, delicate and statement-making at the same time. The tan patent leather works really well against tanned skin because it lengthens the leg and creates a barely-there look while still holding the foot securely. All the extra straps make the shoe very easy to walk in and extremely comfortable! Unfortunately, as tempting as they were, they didn’t follow me home because they aren’t in my budget for this month. Perhaps if the shoerendipity gods are on my side, I’ll catch them on clearance in a month or so. If you love them, check your local TJ Maxx! Or if you’re a size 8.5, they’re still available in black on Amazon, and if you’re a 9.5 you can get them in tan on 6pm.

Tuesday Shoesday: A Slice of Orange

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A lot of my shoes have a story, and these are no different. Last summer, I bought this pair of gorgeous sandals by Elizabeth and James even though they were far out of my budget. When my boyfriend saw them, he convinced me to return them. I thought “Okay, maybe I’m not meant to have them at this time” and with my boyfriend by my side, I returned them to the store. But I came back the next day after work to see if they were still there (and hoping they miraculously went on sale.) Unfortunately they were not there, and it seemed to be a case of non-shoerendipity.

Fast-forward a month to my birthday. My boyfriend had moved for work, but he called and told me to look in a specific box in my storage closet to find my present. To my surprise, I found the very pair he made me return! During the whole month that I thought of them as “the shoes that got away,” they were sitting in my apartment patiently waiting for me to discover them. Turns out my boyfriend snuck out the morning after I returned the shoes and bought them again. It was an amazing surprise and one of the best birthday presents.

 

Tuesday Shoesday: Nine West Ambre

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I’m really happy about the black and white trend for this spring. Patterned or color-blocked shoes in black and white are extremely versatile because they’re neutrals that go with any outfit. I saw these shoes at DSW for $69.95, and I’m mad at myself for not getting them the moment I saw them because they’re now sold out in my size thanks to recent DSW adds which featured this shoe.

The Ambre has super cushioning in the ball-of-foot area, and the straps keep your ankle stable. If you’re lucky, you can still snag them on the clearance racks for even less. They also come in gold. Funnily enough, the shoe is still available online at DSW under Bandolino Alelia for $69.95, however, it’s made of different materials. In stores, the Ambre is labeled as having a leather upper, while the Alelia is labeled as faux leather online. So what’s this phenomenon all about? I did a little research.

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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:

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Jimmy Choo Lang

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Manolo Blahnik BB

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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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