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Double-Take: Valentino Rockstud Flats

I think the Rockstud flats are probably the most successful of the studded Valentino styles. They are easily more versatile than the other designs, and definitely amp up the cool factor of an otherwise normal pair of flats. They come in so many great colors as well (pink, yellow, red, and nude)! There are a couple nice double-takes out there of this style.

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Double-Take: Valentino Rockstud Pumps

Valentino branched out a bit from the t-strap design and also create Rockstud styles that follow more classic shapes, such as peep-toe pumps and flats. I love the neutral palette on the this pump, and it’s also available in red. The shape is very classic, and the studs add just the right amount of edge to an otherwise simple pump. You can find them on FarFetch.

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Double-Take: Valentino Rockstud T-Strap

The most trending style you couldn’t help but notice this spring was studded shoes, and the most popular came from Valentino. The Rockstud (Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom) has been spotted on celebrities and bloggers, which quickly made them very popular. I think it’s because Valentino took an element reserved for hardcore punk styles and pared it down to something that is sophisticated, sleek, sexy, and edgy all at the same time. It’s not surprising that many other brands took inspiration from the original Valentino designs.

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Summer Style: White shoes and how to wear them.

Alexander Wang Antonia Sandal (pretty much sold out)


Black has always been the traditional go-to color for a neutral shoe. When all other options fail, a black pump or flat is guaranteed to work with your outfit. Every woman has at least one pair of black pumps in her closet. But the fashion world is always changing, and a “new neutral” is always popping up each season. Last year, the nude shoe was huge because it works with every color, and has the added bonus of leg-lengthening properties. And this year, the fashion world is inducting white shoes as a wardrobe staple.

White shoes finish off an outfit in a clean, fresh way. No longer a relic of the past, the newest generation of white pumps and shoes look sleek and modern with minimalist single soles and new shapes. They look stunning when worn with an all white ensemble, pair perfectly with black, and add a touch of sophistication and elegance to busier outfits with a lot of color. 

With the official start of summer not too far away, it’s safe to bring out the whites. While I was never one to follow the “no white after Labor Day” rule, I do feel that white shoes, especially strappy styles, are more appropriate for the summer.
 
Sometimes wearing white shoes can be tricky – the words often bring to mind weddings or tacky stilettos – but I’ve put together a list of tips to help steer you in the right direction:

Reserve satin fabrics and gemstone embellishments for formal occasions. 
Details like this are too formal for day wear, particularly in the summer when a relaxed look is favorable.
Wear white shoes in the spring and summer. 
While white pumps and booties can be worn outside of the summer season if styled well, reserve your sandal and wedge styles for the summer.

Don’t overdo your tan.
The contrast between white shoes and your skin will make you look tan, even if you are on the paler end of the spectrum. If you’re very tan, a cream or tan color will look less tacky next to your skin.

White shoes will compliment fabrics featuring white details.
There are no strict rules to pairing white pumps with your clothes, but if you’re nervous about the trend, try pairing white shoes with a dress that features white in the pattern, such as white polka dots or stripes.

Never buy cheap white shoes. 
White is a color that will showcase ever flaw if the shoes are not made of quality material. Avoid patent styles; a soft buttery leather will look more elegant.

Clean your shoes after wearing them. 
White obviously gets dirty very quickly. In order to keep your white shoes in pristine condition, don’t wear them in situations where they might get dirty. And if they do, clean them immediately after wearing them.

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1. Aldo – Essi $100 (Aldo)
2. Nine West – Callen $85 (Nine West, Amazon, Zappos, Nordstrom)
3. Balmain – Metal-Effect Pump $549 (Barneys)
4. ASOS – Hostage $70 (Asos)
5. Topshop – Gwenda $116 (Topshop, Nordstrom)
6. Jeffrey Campbell – Mosaics $152 (NastyGal)
7. ZARA White Wedge $99 (Zara)
8. Casadei – Softymetal $770-1100 (Shoescribe, Casadei)
9. Nine West – Gee $99 (Amazon, Nine West)
10. Truth or Dare by Madonna – Muncy $130 (Macys)

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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