Aldo

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!

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Double-Take: Saint Laurent Ankle Boot

Chelsea boots never completely went away, but now their popularity is increasing again due to updated silhouettes, such as pointed toes and studded details. They also come in various heel heights, like the fantastic pair above by Saint Laurent. This heeled adaptation is just as classic as the original flat version.

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Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Youth Biker Boot

Chilly weather brings out the best in booties. There are fun, fashionable styles with a lot of height an attitude, and then there are down-to-earth, cool and casual styles that are just as great. Moto boots are one of those styles that will always be around; comfortable, edgy, yet classic and even sometimes sophisticated. This particular pair from Jimmy Choo is part of the 24:7 collection, which was launched with an assortment of iconic styles intended to take the woman from day to night with ease.

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Tuesday Shoesday: Electric Blue

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It was impossible to walk by Aldo without noticing these electric blue ankle booties. The color is so eye-catching, and the placement of the zippers gives them some edge. When I first saw these online, I wasn’t blown away; however, they look way cooler in person. I happened to be wearing a pair of dark pencil jeans when I tried them on, and the bright blue really popped. I’ve never had luck with the fit of shoes from Aldo, but these were actually great! Not too narrow, not too short. The only thing they lack is cushioning at the ball of foot, which can easily be added. I’m not ready to spend the money on them right now, but perhaps when they go on sale I’ll reconsider it!

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Boot Bounty: Top options for the fall season.

The first day of fall is only one week away! Is your closet ready for the coming chilly weather? Boot season is my favorite season. But knowing me, when spring season rolls around I’ll probably be saying that sandal season is my favorite. But either way, a shoe closet needs a good supply of each! 

For the fall, your best bet is a black knee-high boot. It goes with everything, from jeans and skirts to dresses and shorts. It can be flat or with a heel, with buckles or without, and in any material that you choose. I prefer leather, but there are many other options out there as well, including fabric, faux leather, and even rubber rain boots! Most of the pairs in my boot bounty list are leather and black (black boots are just so hard to resist), but you can find many more options on my favorite websites for shoe shopping (6pm, Zappos, Yoox, etc.) and at stores in your area. And even if you’re not looking to get boots this year, you can still feast on my list of styles to lust after:

Norma J. Baker (Yoox)
Tangerine (Yoox)

 Geste Proposition (Yoox)

Calvin Klein Avery (Piperlime)
Hooked yet? There are even more great styles to see!

 

Michael Kors Tamara (PiperlimeMacy’s, Net-a-Porter)
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Jeannette (Macy’s, Zappos)

 Schutz Aiyana (6pm)

 Aldo Pofadder

 BCBG Max Azria Nimber (6pm)

 Adrienne Vittadini Birdie (Amazon)

 Franco Sarto Talula (DSW)

 ASOS Kingdom

 Guess Verina (Amazon, Macy’s)

Louise et Cie Zavia (Lord and Taylor)

Sofft Alanna (Macy’s, Lord and Taylor)


Note: DSW does not pay me to write about shoes.

Shoe of the Day: Buckled Up

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I have yet to buy a shoes from Aldo, it’s always tricky finding a pair that fits my feet well. But there’s no denying that they offer great styles, from classic to edgy, in a wide price range. The Elphea stood out because I love classic pumps that have a little extra something. These have a metal buckle heel embellishment, which makes the pumps unique and definitely on trend for this fall.

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Ten Classic pumps under $100.

There’s one style that absolutely every woman, shoe-lover or not, must have in her closet: a classic pump. Since a classic pump is the go-to shoe, sticking to neutrals is your best bet; the most practical color for a classic pump is black. But once you have a pair or two of those, feel free to branch into brights! 
Although it seens classic pumps would be easy to find since they’re always in style, it can get tricky to locate the perfect pair. There’s a lot to consider: material, heel height, brand, vamp and heel shape, color, and price. It took me a long time to find the perfect black pumps, so I created a handy list of some great classic styles all under $100 to help other shoe-lovers out there. I’m a suede-addict so my first instinct was to find those, but I also made sure to include pairs made of other materials.
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1. Aldo – Frited $50-90 (Aldo)

2. Sole Society – Desirae $60 (Sole Society)
3. Nine West – Flax $20-80 (Amazon, 6pm, Macy’s)
4. Boutique 9 – Orson $40 (6pm, Last Call)
5. ShoeMint – Bess $80 (ShoeMint)
6. Ivanka Trump – Kayden $80-100 (ZapposAmazon, 6pm)
7. Loft – Petra $80 (Loft)
8. Enzo Angiolini – Call Me $80 (Piperlime)
9. Carvela by Kurt Geiger – Axel $70 (DSW)
10. Boutique 9 – Justine $67 (LastCall in Red, Blue, Natural

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Pigalle

(Barneys; in black and blue on Net-a-Porter, Saks)
Although I have never particularly loved the more inventive shoes from Louboutin, there are classics that I think are quite scrumptious and will never go out of style. The Pigalle has, in my opinion, the ideal shape for a pump. The curves are sensual and highlight the shape of the foot, and although some people hate toe cleavage, I think a little bit here and there doesn’t hurt anyone. Pigalles have the ability to make your feet look perfect; they ooze glamour, sexuality and confidence. Unfortunately, they also cost and arm and a leg for most people. I would never buy a fake pair, but double-takes are fair game in my books! I’ve found some pumps that have the same effect, minus the red sole:

Truth or Dare by Madonna Lele (Macys; in white on 6pm)
Currently, these are probably the closest you can get in shape and style to the Pigalle. I tried on a hot pink (!) pair at Nordstrom Rack, and they actually look quite fabulous on. There’s even a slight hint of toe cleavage in these. However, the sole is pretty thin but I think add some foot cushions would work perfectly! I had no need for hot pink pumps though, so they didn’t come home with me. 
There are even more of these great double-takes! 

 

Aldo Frited 
I’ve never really had any luck with Aldo shoes being comfortable on my feet, even though every season there are several styles that I really love. But if they work for you, you’re in luck! The Frited pump has a gorgeous shape and looks very similar to the Pigalle. The most noticeable difference is the thickness of the heel, but who’s going to be looking closely at that?


Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spiked
(Barneys in red, black; Net-a-Porter
The edgy punk spike trend is still having it’s moment because there are so many people that love it, but I’ve had a hard time finding something I absolutely love that looks sophisticated enough without being overdone. Louboutin added spikes to the classic Pigalle and turned it into a shoe that says something completely different. The beauty about this pump is that the spikes are the same color as the rest of the shoe. So although they add a fierce touch, it’s more understated and not an in-your-face-rebellious detail. Of course, it didn’t take long for others to jump on the bandwagon, so there are even more double-take options for this pump than there are for the regular version of the Pigalle.
Truth or Dare by Madonna Panu (6pm
Madonna’s line has a lot of double-takes lately, no? It seems that Louboutin shoes are very inspiring for the brand, although I’m pretty sure she doesn’t actually design them.


Truth or Dare by Madonna Cesis (Macy’s
The Cesis pump is a little more subtle than the Panu. It looks both ladylike and edgy, and it’s even cheaper! I wonder if they’re comfortable…


Bucco Finola (DrJays)



This one is practically sold out, and I’m not surprised. With ShoeDazzle offering stylish shoes at super low prices, and the fact that spikes are a huge trend, these were bound to sell out quickly. The shape is actually quite nice, but I’m not sure about comfort and quality because I’ve never ordered from them.


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Stunning Shoes on Sale: Budget Edition

It’s that time of year again…summer sale season! Clearance stickers are popping up everywhere in stores, and online prices are dropping like crazy. There are a so many stunning styles out there, and it can be hard to sift through them all. I’ve put together a list of my favorite shoes on sale. And the best part? They’re all budget friendly at under $100!

Dolce Vita Bella (Last Call

Ash Chloe Suede Pump (Last Call)

Steve Madden Realdeal (Piperlime, Macy’s)
Want to see more fantastic styles?

Enzo Angiolini Danville (Piperlime)
Levity Diva Wedge Pump (DSW)

Again&Again Metallic Sandals (Yoox)
Audrey Brooke Sabina (DSW)

Asos Twister

Black Snakeskin Sandals (Upper Street)

Cobalt Suede and Snakeskin Sandal (Upper Street)

Asos Tatum

Aldo Matylda

Shoemint Lindsey

Danielle Colorblock Sandals (Yoox)

These are just my picks, you can find many more shoes online and in stores! And don’t forget to check my favorite sites for their fabulous end-of-summer blowout sales: Ideeli, RueLaLa, HauteLook, Gilt, and MyHabit.

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)
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