Ivanka Trump

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Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Abel

A gold shoe is striking, and doesn’t have to be worn only on special occasions. One of the best ways to make a statement is to wear evening shoes during the day. Luxe materials and details like rhinestones, satin, and velvet can easily pair with simple day dresses and jeans, you just have to be brave and confident with your style.

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Alta Rita

Maybe it’s because a friend of mine is getting married soon that I’ve suddenly become obsessed with elegant, delicate, and feminine formal sandals. I’m not anywhere close to walking down the isle, but if I were, I know I’d probably spend more on my shoes than on the dress or jewelry I’d wear.

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Double-Take: Brian Atwood Hester

 
If you’re looking for whimsical and glamorous shoes with sex appeal, look no further than Brian Atwood. He was the first American ever hired by Versace, and he fine-tuned his skills for 9 years before conceiving his own label. Atwood’s shoes are regularly worn by celebrities on the red carpet, and he also has a slightly (but just barely) more affordable diffusion line, B by Brian Atwood, that us budget shoe-lovers can have access to. It’s usually easier to get your hands on his shoes if they’re on sale, which I’ve seen at Nordstrom Rack, Off Fifth, and Last Call. Or you can keep an eye out for double-takes. The Helice sandal from Ivanka Trump looks very similar to Hester by Brian Atwood. Both pairs have an ankle strap, a straight heel, and crossed straps at the toe. The major difference is the heel shape and the fact that the center straps on the Helice cross while the center straps on the Hester join together. Either way, both are very nice, but one is much more affordable. Plus, Ivanka Trump shoes are high quality and usually quite comfortable, so you’re still getting a great pair of shoes!

 
Ivanka Trump Helice (Amazon, Piperlime, 6pm)

Shoe of the Day: Pop of Pink

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I’ve always craved a great pink pump. I don’t know if it’s because I was obsessed with Barbies when I was younger, but they always grab my attention. I don’t currently have a pair in my closet – I can’t justify the price for the pair I’d love to have…ahem Sergio Rossi. But maybe someday it will happen.

Most people fall back on basic colors for pumps, but I like to think that bright colors make them much more interesting. The best way to wear bright pink shoes is to make them the focus piece; imagine a deep charcoal outfit with a bright pop of pink at the feet. The Galyn by Ivanka Trump (6pm, Amazon) is quite stunning because the patent pink is enhanced by a studded edge, which gives the girly color a little bit of edge.

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Ten Classic pumps under $100.

There’s one style that absolutely every woman, shoe-lover or not, must have in her closet: a classic pump. Since a classic pump is the go-to shoe, sticking to neutrals is your best bet; the most practical color for a classic pump is black. But once you have a pair or two of those, feel free to branch into brights! 
Although it seens classic pumps would be easy to find since they’re always in style, it can get tricky to locate the perfect pair. There’s a lot to consider: material, heel height, brand, vamp and heel shape, color, and price. It took me a long time to find the perfect black pumps, so I created a handy list of some great classic styles all under $100 to help other shoe-lovers out there. I’m a suede-addict so my first instinct was to find those, but I also made sure to include pairs made of other materials.
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1. Aldo – Frited $50-90 (Aldo)

2. Sole Society – Desirae $60 (Sole Society)
3. Nine West – Flax $20-80 (Amazon, 6pm, Macy’s)
4. Boutique 9 – Orson $40 (6pm, Last Call)
5. ShoeMint – Bess $80 (ShoeMint)
6. Ivanka Trump – Kayden $80-100 (ZapposAmazon, 6pm)
7. Loft – Petra $80 (Loft)
8. Enzo Angiolini – Call Me $80 (Piperlime)
9. Carvela by Kurt Geiger – Axel $70 (DSW)
10. Boutique 9 – Justine $67 (LastCall in Red, Blue, Natural

Tuesday Shoesday: Art Deco Elegance

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When I spotted these gorgeous heeled sandals by Ivanka Trump at Marshalls, my mind immediately jumped to 1920s glamour. Anyone who is familiar with art and architecture movements will recognize that these shoes are one-hundred percent inspired by Art Deco style. Even though the popularity of Art Deco faded after WWII, the style still represents luxury and exuberance. The Art Deco movement made sense; symmetry, rectilinear shapes, and machinery imagery spoke about social progression and technological progress. I like when things make sense, mathematically and visually, and this shoe perfectly embodies the idea of modern style with older roots.

If you’re lucky, you still might be able to find these shoes at your local Marshalls. If not, you can find them online at: Macy’s, 6pm, DSW, and Amazon.

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