Ankle Straps

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.

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: 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.

Tuesday Shoesday: Hello Spring

Michael Kors Jenna Strappy Sandal

I like to welcome spring with a bang. After months of wearing boots and closed shoes, slipping my feet into a fantastic pair of strappy sandals feels so great. This particular pair by Michael Kors is one of my favorites. I plucked them off the shelves at TJ Maxx some time ago, and didn’t even debate putting them in my cart after trying them on. The color is probably my favorite thing about them, but I also love how comfortable they are. Needless to say, they get many complements. I even won a couple contests by sharing these!

Shoe of the Day: Strap Happy

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I am head over heels in love with this strappy creation by Giuseppe Zanotti. Gold paired with black or white is one of my favorite color combinations. It just looks so refined and classic, even if the overall design is a bit elaborate. Zanotti has an excellent talent for adding just the right touch of class to his edgier designs, and the sandals above are no exception. The delicate straps balance out the busy structure, making the shoes less overwhelming and more wearable. And the dainty golden buckles and gold-tipped straps add a touch of ladylike grace. I’m not happy about the price tag though…does anyone want to get these for me on my birthday?

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Double-Take: Alexander Wang Aminata

I love seeing shoes in a bold, striking hue. Combine this with a sleek design and you’ve got a winner. The Aminata heel from Alexander Wang has a rather simple silhouette, but the crocodile texture really makes the red color pop. You can get these at Farfetch and Barney’s Warehouse.

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Shoe of the Day: Lovely Leaves

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These stunning heels by Giuseppe Zanotti from the S/S14 collection scream sexy goddess. I can’t help but think that they should be worn with flowing white dresses, rich gold jewelry, and followed by entourage of hypnotized men. Paints quite a picture doesn’t it? I think they look extremely elegant in white, but they’re also available in black. Unfortunately, they go for a whopping $1875, so you probably won’t be seeing me wearing them anytime soon. I just hope an equally beautiful double-take comes into existence because they sure make a statement. If the price doesn’t make you feel faint, you can find them on Neiman Marcus, Zappos, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Shoe of the Day: Ravishing in Red

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Spring is just around the corner, and I’m glad to see that lady-like heels are still around. Sandals with ankle straps are fantastic shoes because they are both sexy and comfortable, if you find the right pair for you. An ankle strap helps keep the shoe stable on your feet, and the open structure reveals the feminine arches and painted toes. I especially love the Oljera by Vince Camuto because the color is so bright and the texture makes the shoe interesting. The little buckles on the side are the cherries on top of a fantastic pair of shoes. And if bright red isn’t your thing, they’re also available in black. I haven’t had the pleasure of trying them on in person, but I bet they’re very comfortable; I own several Vince Camuto shoes (both flat and heeled) and have never been disappointed. You can find these on Revolve, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.

Serious Sale: Brian Atwood Bargains

I love clearance and final reductions, this means you can find fantastic shoes for the lowest of the low prices. But you’ve got to make decisions quickly because stuff sells in a snap! This morning I got a mouth-watering email: Brian Atwood Reductions. It pointed to some seriously reduced lust-worthy footwear, with prices so tempting that I wanted to load up my cart with fabulous footwear that I probably wouldn’t even have an occasion to wear.

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Seriously sexy strappy sandals! The Alyssa is definitely a statement-making shoe. I’d love to adopt a pair of these, if only the fee was a little bit lower.

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