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Tuesday Shoesday: Ladylike

Schutz Cosima T-Strap Pump

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.

Sale at Saks

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:

Tamara-Mellon-Lipstick-Grommet-Sandal

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.

Sergio-Rossi-Asymmetric-Cut-Out-Pump

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.

Manolo-Blahnik-Chaos-Snakeskin-Sandal

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.

Alice-+-Olivia-Jase-Fringe-Pumps

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.

Vince-Gita-Suede-Ankle-Strap-Sandal

I’m a big fan of Vince shoes for the clean lines and modern feel. The silhouette of these sandals is perfectly balanced, and I love the thicker heel.  If Saks is out of your size, check Gilt.

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Shoe of the Day: Wine and Dine

Nine West Cate Ankle Strap Pump

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.

Jimmy Choo Abel Champagne Suede Pumps

Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Abel

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!

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Giuseppe Zanotti Nirvana Snake Sandal

Double-Take: Giuseppe Zanotti Nirvana

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

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Jimmy Choo Tokyo Glitter Sneaker

Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Tokyo

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.

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Saint Laurent Glitter Trainer

Double-Take: Saint Laurent Glitter Trainers

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!

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Tuesday Shoesday: Bold Buckles

Michael Kors Calder Ankle Strap Pump

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.

Tuesday Shoesday: Sharp Soles

Casadei Blade Pump

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!

Tuesday Shoesday: Minimalist

Express Runway Sandal Ankle Strap

These incredibly simple sandals have become my absolute favorite! I ordered these from Express on a whim because they were having a 40% off sale, and I’m so glad that I did! The minimalist silhouette is extremely versatile, and so comfortable that I find myself wanting to wear them almost every day. These sandals go great with everything from jeans to dresses! Just recently, Express released the sandals again in tan leather and red suede; I’m dying to get them in the other colors. I tried on a 7 in stores and they’re way too big, but I’ll cross my fingers and hope Express will make them in half sizes again.

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