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Tuesday Shoesday: Standout

Aldo Nyderrarien Sparkle Ankle Boot

I know it’s only the beginning of November, but my mind is already jumping ahead to the holiday season. And there’s no better way to accessorize for those seasonal celebrations than with a pair of sparkling ankle boots! This pair by Aldo caught my eye as I passed by the store window at the King of Prussia Mall. They are such a great statement piece. I love pairing shimmering footwear with simpler dresses because they stand out so much more. However, they didn’t come home with me because I had already gotten a sequin dress. One glitzy purchase was enough that day!

Tuesday Shoesday: Hear me Roar

Michael Kors Silvy Leopard Ankle Boot

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!

Shoe of the Day: Warm as Toast

Michael Kors LIzzie Wedge Sneaker

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!

Shoe of the Day: Rock ‘n’ Roll

Michale Kors Bryn Studded Ankle Boot

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.

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: 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.

Christian-Louboutin-Bis-Un-Bout-Cap-Toe-Pump

Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Love Me

When the whole PVC shoe thing happened, Christian Louboutin utilized it in several designs in a way that created illusions on the foot. The best example of this is the Un Bout pump; it was everywhere on the red carpet and style blogs. There are also many double-takes, though I haven’t come across a really nice version yet. While the idea is great, I think the execution could have been better; I wouldn’t want my feet sweating in plastic all day. Not to mention, everyone would be able to see your squished toes!
Christian Louboutin Bis un Bout

Louboutin continues to play with illusion; there are several shoes in his newer collections constructed with mesh instead of PVC, which I think look more elegant and refined. The Abbessess, A la Peche, and Lagoula all look more sophisticated with the use of mesh. But my favorite is the Love Me pump, which is sold out. I think the floating bow effect adds ladylike glamour in a new and different way.
 Christian Louboutin Love Me (sold out) 
 
Audrey Brooke Millie (DSW)
Unfortunately, it’ll be a while until I can afford Louboutins, so I always like to search for alternate options. I can across these pumps by Audrey Brooke at DSW. Although the mesh is black and not nude, which takes away from the illusion a bit, I think the pump is very ladylike and would be a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe.
Valentino-Rockstud-Flat-Sandal

Double-Take: Valentino Rockstud Sandals

Who needs flip-flops if this kind of magical creation exists? I love these sandals (also in pink), I think they’re the epitome of cool summer style. You can get the original Valentino design at MyTheresa and Forward by Elyse Walker. Unfortunately, my pockets don’t run this deep. Luckily, I found what is possibly the best double-take version of a Valentino Rockstud style. The structure, color, and studs on the Denise sandal by Schutz mirror the original. The best part, the lining and upper are 100% leather!

Schutz-Denise-Studded-Sandal

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