Tuesday Shoesday: Nine West Ambre


I’m really happy about the black and white trend for this spring. Patterned or color-blocked shoes in black and white are extremely versatile because they’re neutrals that go with any outfit. I saw these shoes at DSW for $69.95, and I’m mad at myself for not getting them the moment I saw them because they’re now sold out in my size thanks to recent DSW adds which featured this shoe.

The Ambre has super cushioning in the ball-of-foot area, and the straps keep your ankle stable. If you’re lucky, you can still snag them on the clearance racks for even less. They also come in gold. Funnily enough, the shoe is still available online at DSW under Bandolino Alelia for $69.95, however, it’s made of different materials. In stores, the Ambre is labeled as having a leather upper, while the Alelia is labeled as faux leather online. So what’s this phenomenon all about? I did a little research.



Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Vamp

Jimmy Choo Vamp (Neiman Marcus)

The Jimmy Choo Vamp sandal is super popular…and it’s comfortable! I found a neon orange pair at Nordstrom Rack a few months ago for $112 (gasp!), but alas it was a size 38 (roughly US 7.5), which just didn’t work on my foot. I’m usually a 36.5 or 37 in Jimmy Choos, and I’ve found that they run a bit large. If it’s in your budget to get the real deal, go for it! If not, I’ve found some alternative options:

 Diba Tenith (DSW)

Jimmy Choo Vamp (Saks)
Nina Jacalyn (Zappos)
Express Strappy Sandal
Express Strappy Sandal (Express)
The general platform and heel shape of the Jacalyn, Tenith, and Express shoe differ slightly from the Vamp, but the strap structure is the same, which really holds the foot securely. I like that the pair from Express isn’t a direct copy in terms of coloring, but the other two are extremely similar to the Vamp. I can’t really comment on the comfort of the alternatives since I haven’t tried any of them on, but if you have, let me know! 

Update 5/8:

Came across another pair of double-takes today. These Colin Stuart shoes look similar to the Vamp in structure, but the shape of the platform and heel is slightly different:

Colin Stuart Sandal (Victoria’s Secret)


Double-Take: Giuseppe Zanotti Cap Toe Pump

Giuseppe Zanotti Muffa (The Outnet); 

 Nine Eldori (DSW, Nina Shoes)

Giuseppe Zanotti designs such a wide range of shoes, from classic to fantastical. The Muffa is a classic cap-toe pump with a twist: Swarowski crystals on the toe. If you can get them in your size, they’re on sale on theoutnet.com for $299 (50% off retail). The Nina Eldori is a great alternative if you’re looking for something more budget-friendly. They’re also made of leather, which is a huge plus for the price point!

Tuesday Shoesday: Slouchy Suede


There’s a fabulous story that comes with these gorgeous Sergio Rossi boots, and I’ve pretty much told everyone who asks about them.

I found them at a DSW in Chicago (on clearance for a jaw-dropping price) while shopping with my boyfriend. Because I was traveling at the time, I wouldn’t have been able to fit them in my suitcase. Plus, my boyfriend felt I didn’t need any more shoes. So I flew home and a few days later, I was still thinking about them.


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