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.



Double-Take: Saint Laurent Classic Paris

Classic pointed toe pumps will never go away. The shape has changed in subtle ways over time, and I think some of the best silhouettes are from the past couple years. Although a white pump doesn’t seem like a practical choice, it’s definitely edgy, classic, and sure to stand out. I love these pumps by Saint Laurent because there’s something about the silhouette that looks more modern and updated than some of the others out there.



Double-Take: Charles Jourdan Holly

 Charles Jourdan Holly (DSW, Amazon, LastCall)
The Holly Sandal from Charles Jourdan is just plain sexy. I love everything about it: croc embossed leather, an ankle strap with metal detailing, and the supple red lining. Not to mention, the shape of the heel is perfectly stunning! These gorgeous sandals appeared this past spring when the whole ankle-strap trend was happening. However, the stunning and classic styling will definitely be a show-stopper for more than one season! Unfortunately, the black style is pretty much sold out, but there is a pale blue version available for under $100. Check out the links above if you’d like the original pair, or take a look at the double-take below:
Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal Primal
I was very excited when NastyGal announced they’re putting together their first ever footwear collection consisting of unique and edgy shoes for the daring wearer. Of course, as soon as the collection was out, I hopped over to their site to browse the styles. There are several that I’d love to add to my collection (especially these adorable sandals) but the Primal stood out particularly because it looks exactly the same as the Charles Jourdan Holly. On clearance, the Holly is your best bet because it’s made of leather. But if you’re against that, or can’t find your size in black, the Primal sandals are a great alternative!

Double-Take: L.A.M.B Oxley

L.A.M.B. Oxley
L.A.M.B. Oxley at Last Call Neiman Marcus (pretty much sold out);
also in navy and black at DSW

I mentioned Gwen Stefani’s line, L.A.M.B. in a previous post. It consists of many unique and cutting-edge designs, all of which are made of quality materials. Some of the shoes in the line aren’t my style, but every now and then I spot pairs that I think are absolutely delectable. The Oxley pump stood out because of the very classic, sleek, yet edgy design. The thickness and large closures of the double ankle straps give the shoe an edgier feel than thin delicate straps would. The mini platform is also a nice touch with the pointy-toe. What I love the most though is the perfectly straight heel, which gives the shoe a powerful and striking silhouette.

ShoeCult Faye NastyGal
ShoeCult Faye (NastyGal)

The ShoeCult double-take from NastyGal looks almost exactly like the L.A.M.B. Oxley, and is much more affordable. However, it’s not made of leather; the faux leather has more sheen to it, which I think takes a little bit away from the sleekness of the original design. They were also available in other colors, but those have sold out.

Summer Style: White shoes and how to wear them.

Alexander Wang Antonia Sandal (pretty much sold out)

Black has always been the traditional go-to color for a neutral shoe. When all other options fail, a black pump or flat is guaranteed to work with your outfit. Every woman has at least one pair of black pumps in her closet. But the fashion world is always changing, and a “new neutral” is always popping up each season. Last year, the nude shoe was huge because it works with every color, and has the added bonus of leg-lengthening properties. And this year, the fashion world is inducting white shoes as a wardrobe staple.

White shoes finish off an outfit in a clean, fresh way. No longer a relic of the past, the newest generation of white pumps and shoes look sleek and modern with minimalist single soles and new shapes. They look stunning when worn with an all white ensemble, pair perfectly with black, and add a touch of sophistication and elegance to busier outfits with a lot of color. 

With the official start of summer not too far away, it’s safe to bring out the whites. While I was never one to follow the “no white after Labor Day” rule, I do feel that white shoes, especially strappy styles, are more appropriate for the summer.
Sometimes wearing white shoes can be tricky – the words often bring to mind weddings or tacky stilettos – but I’ve put together a list of tips to help steer you in the right direction:

Reserve satin fabrics and gemstone embellishments for formal occasions. 
Details like this are too formal for day wear, particularly in the summer when a relaxed look is favorable.
Wear white shoes in the spring and summer. 
While white pumps and booties can be worn outside of the summer season if styled well, reserve your sandal and wedge styles for the summer.

Don’t overdo your tan.
The contrast between white shoes and your skin will make you look tan, even if you are on the paler end of the spectrum. If you’re very tan, a cream or tan color will look less tacky next to your skin.

White shoes will compliment fabrics featuring white details.
There are no strict rules to pairing white pumps with your clothes, but if you’re nervous about the trend, try pairing white shoes with a dress that features white in the pattern, such as white polka dots or stripes.

Never buy cheap white shoes. 
White is a color that will showcase ever flaw if the shoes are not made of quality material. Avoid patent styles; a soft buttery leather will look more elegant.

Clean your shoes after wearing them. 
White obviously gets dirty very quickly. In order to keep your white shoes in pristine condition, don’t wear them in situations where they might get dirty. And if they do, clean them immediately after wearing them.

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1. Aldo – Essi $100 (Aldo)
2. Nine West – Callen $85 (Nine West, Amazon, Zappos, Nordstrom)
3. Balmain – Metal-Effect Pump $549 (Barneys)
4. ASOS – Hostage $70 (Asos)
5. Topshop – Gwenda $116 (Topshop, Nordstrom)
6. Jeffrey Campbell – Mosaics $152 (NastyGal)
7. ZARA White Wedge $99 (Zara)
8. Casadei – Softymetal $770-1100 (Shoescribe, Casadei)
9. Nine West – Gee $99 (Amazon, Nine West)
10. Truth or Dare by Madonna – Muncy $130 (Macys)

Black & White: 10 pairs of spring shoes under $100.

Calvin Klein Collection Vera (Amazon)

Neons, pastels, and florals are fun for spring, but you can never go wrong with a black and white palette. After several seasons of bold colors and busy patterns, simplifying your outfit to a monochrome palette is like a breath of fresh air. There’s something very reassuring about structured and clean black-and-white designs; they’re modern, simple, and bold all at the same time. This season, the black-and-white trend has been applied to both clothing and accessories in traditional ways as well as graphic interpretations using prints, patterns, and color blocking. 

The above pair by Calvin Klein is a bit of a tease because they’re not under $100, but I just had to put them up because I think they’re stunning. Below, you’ll find my 10 picks (all under $100) that are a great buy for this season:

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1. Julianne Hough for Sole Society – Danette $64.95 (SoleSociety)
2. ShoeMint – Ciella $79.98 (ShoeMint)
3. Kelsi Dagger – Camryn $90.99 (6pm)
4. New Look Striped Court Shoes $33.92 (Asos)
5. Michael Antonio – July $39.99 (6pm, Piperlime)
6. Zara Flat Sandal $89.90 (Zara)
7. Aldo – Eila on sale for $79.98 (Aldo)
8. Shoecult by Nasty Gal – Faye $68.00 (NastyGal)
9. Zara Black and White Heels $79.90 (Zara)
10. Nine West – Goulding $62.99 (Zappos, 6pm, Amazon)