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Casual Cravings: 12 Slip-On Sneakers

Vans invented them, and now the fashion world is embracing them: slip on sneakers. The latest trend in footwear makes it possible to be simultaneously comfortable and stylish. But we’re not talking about your average canvas and elastic combination – luxe materials and fun prints have brought this classic style up to a whole new level.

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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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15 Must-Have Sneakers

I’ve been slightly obsessed with sneakers lately. I remember a time when cool, fashionable sneakers for women were harder to find. Nowadays, you can spot them everywhere! The only problem I have with this is that some designs are becoming slightly over the top, such as studded to the point they become weapons, or a ridiculous clash of textures and colors. But for the most part, there are some really amazing and unique styles out there in addition to the timeless classics. One of my favorite pairs is the Marc by Marc Jacobs lace high top above (Lord & Taylor, SSense, Bloomingdale’s, Zappos). I love the touch of femininity the lace adds, and the peek of blue among the black. I started looking for few pairs of fun styles for myself, and I’ve come across so many different options. It was quite hard to narrow the selection, but I’ve picked out my top 15 choices that will add a little pizazz to your casual look.

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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.

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Crosspiga

Christian Louboutin Crosspiga
I absolutely adore this delicious pump from Louboutin because it’s so simple yet so sexy! I have only two pairs of patent leather shoes in my closet (we all know I prefer suede) but I would gladly add these to my collection if I could. Fortunately, for those of us with a budget, there are some stunning double-takes that are equally as beautiful, and much more wallet-friendly. I haven’t indulged in a pair yet, but if the Nine West pair dips below $50, I might just snap them up!
Pour La Victoire Cheyenne (Amazon, Bluefly, 6pm)

Tahari Annabelle (DSW)

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Double-Take: Manolo Blahnik BB

Manolo Blahnik BB (Saks – in many colors; Barneys; Bergdorf Goodman)
  
The Manolo Blahnik BB Pump. Perfection. There’s no other shoe that calls my name more than the BB; it’s simple, classic, and sexy with all the right curves and proportions. Named after French siren Brigitte Bardot, there’s a reason these pumps are seen everywhere on everyone. They just work. You can wear anything with these shoes and still look fabulous. And let’s not forget that most Manolos are extremely comfortable, at least in my opinion. Whenever I tried them on (I’ve yet to own a pair), they felt right at home on my feet as I pranced around in the shoe department. 

In June, Neiman Marcus opened their made-to-order BB boutique, where you can customize your BBs by choosing the heel height, color, and material for your new pumps. After you submit your order, the shoes are made in Italy and shipped to you. The best part? A customized pair doesn’t cost any more than a retail pair!

It’s my dream to someday buy myself my very own pair of Manolo BB pumps. But for now, I’ll just eye them from afar, and perhaps temporarily satisfy myself with a double-take.
 Vince Camuto Harty (teal on Shoebox, other colors on Amazon)
 
I’ve had a lot of success with Vince Camuto lately; they offer trendy shoes in addition to classic styles. And their flats are extremely comfortable! You can’t go wrong with the Harty pump. The shape is beautiful and very similar to the Manolo BB. 

Feast your eyes on other scrumptious styles…

Whistles French 75 (Asos)

Boutique 9 Migs (Zappos, Macy’s)

Manolo Blahnik BB (Neiman Marcus)
Although I’m lusting after a pair in black suede, I really like the BB in metallic grey. The color works wonderfully as a neutral, and the metallic sheen creates a modern, edgy, and sophisticated vibe. Because the color is more matte than silver, the pumps will last long after the metallic trend has faded. 

ShoeMint Gelareh
Some time ago, ShoeMint had the best Manolo Blahnik BB double-take I’ve ever seen. The Gelareh came in three different colors: silver, yellow suede, and wine patent. They sold out extremely fast, and I regret not getting the yellow pair. However, they just released their August collection, which includes a pump named Bess that looks strikingly similar to Gelareh. It’s available in four fantastic colors, and they’re all suede!  Here’s your chance to get what I think is the next best thing to the BB pump if you’re on a budget:
 ShoeMint Bess 

Update August 8: I just came across these pumps from Victoria’s Secret. They look extremely similar to the BB and come in a bunch of gorgeous colors! They are a bit out of my price range for pumps, but they are made of leather and look very classic, so it might be worth the investment if you love 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.
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