It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Casadei shoes. From season to season, there’s always something new, fantastic, and unexpected in the collections. I especially love the styles that have both lady-like elegance and edgier details. The sleek iconic blade heel really balances out the multiple tiny straps in this pair. I think the design evokes a little bit of bad-ass energy as well as a sophisticated feel. They’re sold out by now (last seen on Selfridges) but I managed to find a great double-take by Schutz instead.
There are so many great shoes from Saint Laurent, it’s hard to choose a favorite! The Tribute pumps and sandals are quite popular, but I actually prefer some of the other styles, like the Paris pumps. Saint Laurent does a great job of merging classic, edgy, sexy, and modern elements all into one design.
It’s the middle of winter here in Philadelphia, and although there aren’t piles of snow around on the sidewalks, the temperatures do dip below the 40s and that makes me want to put on my coziest outfits for outdoor excursions in center city. Icy sidewalks are no place for heels, and black ankle boots are the answer to staying chic in the cold. The best are those tastefully adorned with eye-catching details like buckles, zippers, and studs.
If you’re looking for shoes with an emphasis on form, materials and style rather than decoration and trends, Camilla Skovgaard shoes are for you. Her footwear is gaining recognition for the stellar combination of contrasting elements. Fluidity and severity paired with edginess and sophistication result in unique and interesting shoes with a lot of wow-factor. One of her trademarks is a saw-tooth sole, which adds an interesting twist to a lot of her more classic styles.
Vince Camuto Cynthea (The Shoe Box)
I love this double-take from Vince Camuto because it’s a suede version of the beautiful YSL Clara, and I’m more partial to suede than leather. Vince Camuto also makes their shoes out of high quality leathers, which are usually very soft and comfortable.
Schutz Verniz (Ideeli)
Update August 8: The Verniz pump from Schutz is another great alternative to the YSL Clara. I have three different pairs of Schutz shoes, and they’re all extremely high quality. But hurry, I’m not sure how long the deal on Ideeli will last!
Update August 15: Gilt is having a Schutz sale today with the same pump, except under the name Saulo. It’s also cheaper than on Ideeli.
Who needs flip-flops if this kind of magical creation exists? I love these sandals (also in pink), I think they’re the epitome of cool summer style. You can get the original Valentino design at MyTheresa and Forward by Elyse Walker. Unfortunately, my pockets don’t run this deep. Luckily, I found what is possibly the best double-take version of a Valentino Rockstud style. The structure, color, and studs on the Denise sandal by Schutz mirror the original. The best part, the lining and upper are 100% leather!