Tuesday Shoesday: The Rumours are True


After TJ Maxx launched The Runway in select stores a few years ago, my chances at finding high-end shoes for less greatly increased. My collection of decadent footwear grew significantly since then, but there was always a nagging thought at the back of my mind: what about Manolos, Jimmy Choos, and Louboutins? Today I finally got my answer.



Double-Take: Gucci Jane Sandal Bootie

There are endless possibilities when designing a shootie, and the Gucci Jane sandal bootie (still available on Yoox) is a perfect example of the ideal balance between sandal and shoe. The front of the shoe covers the foot, while the back leaves it exposed, yet secured with the two ankle straps. I also love the use of both leather and suede. The Jane is, in my opinion, a very stunning and versatile shoe. It can be worn with bare legs, tights, and would probably even look great with textured socks. You can still catch it on some flash sale sites (last spotted on Ideeli for $640) but even then, they’re still pricey.



15 Designer Picks for Fall 2013

My favorite styles off the runways.

Even though it seems as though summer flew by in a flurry of summer dresses and sandals, I’m excited to start wearing fall shoes again, especially boots! Before each season starts, I browse the Accessories Index on for upcoming trends and to pick out my favorite styles. Since I can’t have them all, I’ll be keeping an eye out for similar styles or double-takes!

1. DSquared2
2. Giuseppe Zanotti
3. Giorgio Armani
4. Cole Haan
5. Barbara Bui
1. Alejandro Ingelmo
2. Casadei
3. Diego Dolcini
4. Paul Andrew
5. Diane Von Furstenberg
1. Jerome C. Rousseau
2. Brian Atwood
3. Gucci
4. Jimmy Choo
5. Donna Karan

Ankle strap mania.

How to pull off one of the biggest trends of spring 2013.

Gucci Ursula Purple Ankle Strap Sandal
Gucci Ursula (lower heel version)

Ankle straps are everywhere this spring! A barely-there strappy sandal is something that will never go out fashion. It may disappear from time to time as other trends take over, but it will always have a comeback, just like the pointy-toe pump. Why? In a nutshell, the look is ladylike, minimalistic, and very versatile. It’s also interpreted in many ways by designers and companies, which allows for a huge array of options. But how do you choose which style is right for you?

Because there are so many options, it can be a bit tricky to find the right pair. Not all ankle strap shoes are made the same, and not every ankle looks the same. Just like clothing can flatter or change the way your body looks, shoes can alter, highlight, or hide the way your feet and legs look. Understanding what works for your leg shape will help you find the right pair.

If you have short legs:
Anything that wraps around the ankle visually breaks the length of the leg. Avoid thick straps and dark colors, they make the leg look shorter. Choose a shoe with a thin strap that rests low on the ankle in a color that is light or close to your skin tone, which will elongate the leg. If you have small feet, a pointed toe will add the illusion of length.

Sam Edelman Abbott Gold Strappy Sandal
Sam Edelman Abbott (Nordstrom, ShopBop)

If you have long legs:
Feel free to experiment! You have more leg to show and you don’t run the risk of making your legs look short. Try wearing shoes with thicker ankle straps, embellishments, and wrap-around styles. Remember to balance out thicker straps and details with more leg exposure by wearing shorter skirts and shorts.

Michael Kors Josephine Flat Sandal
Michael Kors Josephine (Macys)

If you have large calves or legs:
Choose a strappy shoe that has a thicker straight heel to balance out a heavier leg. Avoid very delicate shoes and thin heels because they make the leg look off-balance, but don’t immediately reach for wedges because they can add extra volume. If you want the ankle strap look, choose a looser medium-width strap that sits at the narrowest part of your leg. Thicker ankle straps will look too bulky. More skin means your leg will look leaner!

Plenty by Tracy Reese Destiny
Plenty by Tracy Reese Destiny (DSW, Amazon)

If you have thick ankles:
Too much coverage will make the ankle look heavier, so opt for thinner straps that are loose and rest at the smallest part of your leg. Make sure the strap is not too tight because this will emphasize thickness. A pointy toe will also elongate the leg and create the illusion of a skinnier ankle. 

Calvin Klein Val Patent Black Sandal
Calvin Klein Val (Zappos)

If you have thin ankles:
Avoid chunky and loose ankle straps because they can give the appearance that your shoes are too big. Look for shoes with delicate ankle straps in a light color, or try a shoe with a t-strap design.

Fergie Roxane Ankle Strap Sandal
Fergie Roxane (Zappos, Macys)

If you have small feet:
Pointed toes and an ankle strap that sits higher above the ankle will give the illusion that your foot is longer. Fewer straps across the shoe look better. Minimal strappy sandals in lighter colors that show more skin help your legs look more balanced. A pair of wedges also adds volume to small feet and can add to the overall proportion of your legs.

KORS by Michael Kors Adrielle
KORS by Michael Kors Adrielle (Piperlime)

If you have big feet:
Rounded toes and horizontal straps create the illusion of a shorter foot. A shoe that covers more of the foot will also help shorten the appearance of a big foot. Try a t-strap design, and avoid pointy-toed shoes.

Pour la Victoire Sierra Black Strappy Sandal
Pour la Victoire Sierra (Amazon, Victoria’s Secret, Zappos)

Of course, not everyone’s legs fits into the same mold. Try on many styles before you make a decision, because you might be surprised with a pair that flatters your foot!