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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Gilt.com, 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.
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!
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.
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 (Zappos, Amazon, 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