Nine West

Shoe of the Day: Wine and Dine

Nine West Cate Ankle Strap Pump

I love collaborations in the fashion world, it’s such a great way to mix things up. The Nine West x InStyle collections have always caught my eye because of the elegant and classic silhouettes. One of my favorites in the most recent collection is the Cate pump. I love the deep wine color (there are others as well!) because it’s perfect for fall and looks quite elegant. This particular ankle strap style is super versatile and works great for the office or a night out. They even look amazing with jeans! I also love the navy version, which is always a great color to have in your shoe collection.


Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Guerilla

After the Punk Fashion exhibit at the MET last spring, there was an upsurge in studded and edgier shoes for women. Although daintier styles had their moment in the spotlight as well, it’s pretty clear studs are here to stay for a while. And I’m not complaining, because it’s nice to throw in that extra detail from time to time.



Double-Take: Stuart Weitzman 5050

These 5050 boots by Stuart Weitzman have everything: comfort, glamour, and even a little sex appeal thrown in. The mixed material makes them easy to wear with anything, from dresses and skirts to jeans and leggings. You can get them on Zappos, Bergdorf Goodman, Piperlime, and Bloomingdale’s.



Double-Take: Casadei Pinup

I’m currently in-lust with these amazing pin-up pumps by Casadei (perhaps a season too late, but that just means they can be found on sale now!). The FW12-13 collection was built around this particular pump and included a rang of silhouettes, including leather netting and ruched leather details. Taking inspiration from pin-up style, the pump was designed to be feminine, romantic, and seductive. I love the dipped front and almond toe; there’s no hint of toe cleavage with these! It’s all about curves of the foot and ankle. I personally prefer the version without the platform (still available on Yoox in black and other colors) as it’s more feminine, but the platform version (in grey here) looks beautiful as well!


Shoe of the Day: Quilted


Thanks to Chanel, there’s nothing more classic than quilted leather on a bag or a pair of shoes. The style is so iconic and statement-making that it’s become quite easy to get the look for less without it being a knock-off. Last month I wrote about a pair of booties on, which looked very much like a pair of Chanel booties, even down to the patent cap toe. And now I’ve come across this amazing pair from Nine West. It’s a little bit more bad-ass and edgy, which I’ve got to admit, I like a lot more. The heel seems a bit high, but I have a pair of boots from Nine West with a very high heel and they’re surprisingly comfortable. These are quite out of my budget for now, so I’ll just keep an eye on them and hopefully the price might drop.

Shoe of the Day: Rustic Roots


I love how popular shooties and booties are this season (there are some seriously cute styles out there right now), but I’ve always preferred short boots that end slightly above the ankle rather than exactly at the ankle. Last year I found an awesome pair of black leather ankle boots with buckles and a 3.5 inch heel. I wear them quite often, and I regret that I didn’t get them in brown as well. But at $100 each, I really couldn’t afford to. Since then, I’ve been searching for a pair of casual short boots in brown. These have exactly everything I’m looking for: suede, short heel, and a cool zipper detail. Unfortunately, they’re out of my price range. But I’ll be keeping an eye on them in case the price drops!

Shoe of the Day: New Heights


I know that lately, shoe heels and platforms have been shrinking to more reasonable and walkable heights, but I couldn’t resist these Plumperfct boots from Nine West. Despite the extremely high heel (a whopping 6 inches!), the sheer simplicity of the boot is what makes them so amazing. This fall season, heavy detail is in, but I can only stand it in small doses. I’m one of those shoe lovers who will usually pick simple over complicated, mostly because a simple style is just more versatile and wearable. However, the extremely high heel of these is a slight turn-off. Although I love being super tall from time to time, I would prefer this style with a 4-inch heel, a more comfortable height for day-wear.


Let’s talk Collaboration: Nine West and InStyle

Nine West x InStyle Stylet
Designer and retail chains have been creating joint collections for a while now, but the idea seems to have gained popularity and momentum over the past couple years, especially since the recession hit. Target and H&M are widely known for their designer collaborations, most notably collections with Karl Lagerfeld, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Lanvin, and Versace. The collaborations have mostly been between high-end designers and fast-fashion retailers, and the collections usually consist of a variety of clothing styles. However, it seems that others are starting to see the benefits. I’ve been waiting for more designer shoe collaborations, and it looks like the idea might be catching on.
Earlier this year, Aldo Rise released an amazing collection with Preen. There were several styles that I loved, but I never got my hands on a pair because my size was always sold out. There was also a lot of hype about a collaboration between J. Crew and Manolo Blahnik, which unfortunately never happened. But it gives me hope that shoe designers will see the benefits of providing amazing styles to people who love luxury but can’t afford it. The good news is that Sarah Jessica Parker will be releasing a collaboration-collection early next year with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik. I’m extremely excited for this, but I’ll definitely have to save up if I want to snatch a pair as soon as they’re available.
In the meantime, another collaboration is generating some talk: shoe powerhouse Nine West collaborated with InStyle magazine to design a limited-edition collection for this fall. The collection includes 26 pairs of shoes, ranging from flats to pumps to ankle boots, in various materials. The best part about this collection is that everything is priced at $150 or less. The collection has actually been available since mid-August, but it’s been getting more attention. I finally got a chance to head to my local Nine West store and check out some of the designs. My favorite is a pair of flats (above), which coincidentally has the same name as my blog. I also really love the edgy yet sophisticated Comete bootie.
Nine West x InStyle Comete
See more of my Nine West picks…
Nine West x InStyle Genial


Nine West x InStyle Onesta
Nine West x InStyle Fantine

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

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