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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: Jimmy Choo Caged Boots

I absolute love these amazing boots from Jimmy Choo; the color is fantastic, and the lattice detail is extremely unique, especially because it covers such a large area of the boot. I can just imagine wearing these with contrasting socks or tights underneath. Unfortunately, they retail at $2195 (Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks), which is about two and a half times the amount of my rent. So there’s no way I’ll be getting these anytime soon.

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Shoe of the Day: Meshed Out

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Metallic shoes can sometimes look over-done and too industrial, but these are quite stunning! I think the fine mesh with solid gold piping creates a stunning, delicate effect. The style of this particular pair is also very simple, sleek, and versatile. Although metallic can be tricky to pair with, these could really be worn with anything and still look great! You can find these at Shopbop, Zappos, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and Neiman Marcus.

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Double-Take: Givenchy Fold Over Boot

 Givenchy Fold Over Boot
(Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf, Saks, My Theresa)
It’s almost boot season! In honor of that fact, I wanted to pay tribute to these stunning fold over boots with shark tooth buckles from Givenchy. There are plenty of new styles coming out for this fall, but there’s something about the balance between simplicity and grandeur that makes them unforgettable. These boots are almost like a shield for your legs because of the sheer amount of layered leather, yet they look very refined because detailing is minimal. The fold over effect is leg-lengthening because it covers the wedge heel, and basically looks like an extension of your pants or leggings. I think they’d be flattering on pretty much everyone. But the price? Not so flattering.

Schutz Arleana (MyHabit, Oak)
Once again, Schutz provides us with another excellent double-take. Although there are significant differences (such as the buckle style, heel shape, and length of the fold-over), my mind immediately thought of the Givenchy boot as soon as I spotted these. I think they are as much of a statement shoe as the original design, but at a more budget-friendly price. Plus, Schutz shoes are always high quality!

Enzo Angiolini Damus (Macy’s)

These boots by Enzo Angiolini are not a perfect double-take, but if you’re going for the wedge with an over-size cuff look, the Damus is a great choice. Enzo shoes are high quality, and most of them are very comfortable.

Tuesday Shoesday: Asymmetric

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These asymmetric cut-out pumps from Elizabeth and James are perfect for fall footwear. The style covers enough of the foot to avoid looking like a summer shoe, yet it’s open enough to show some skin or fun tights. They also have extra cushioning in the ball of the foot, so they’re quite comfortable! I found these lovelies at Marshalls with a yellow-sticker, meaning end-of-season-lowest-price-you’ll-get clearance. However, they had to go back. The fit is true to size and the leather is a beautiful matte black, but the ankle strap hit my bone at an awkward place, which started to hurt after about 15 minutes of walking around in my apartment. I was quite sad to return them, but hopefully they’ll find a home with another shoe lover. You can scour your local Marshalls or check the clearance racks at DSW (I saw a few pairs in silver) for these shoes on sale. They’re also available on Amazon, ShopBop, 6pm, or Saks but they cost quite a bit more.

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Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Ivette

You can always count on gorgeous, delicate evening shoes from Jimmy Choo. The Ivette sandal (Nordstrom, Saks) particularly stands out because the straps are thoughtfully placed in a way that accentuates the curves of the foot and ankle; the shoe looks very elegant when worn! It’s available in both gold and silver leather with a 3.5″ heel. If you’re looking for something higher, the Lang sandal has the exact same strap construction except with a higher heel. You can find Lang in silver, pink, nude, and neon yellow.

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Double-Take: Manolo Blahnik BB

Manolo Blahnik BB (Saks – in many colors; Barneys; Bergdorf Goodman)
  
The Manolo Blahnik BB Pump. Perfection. There’s no other shoe that calls my name more than the BB; it’s simple, classic, and sexy with all the right curves and proportions. Named after French siren Brigitte Bardot, there’s a reason these pumps are seen everywhere on everyone. They just work. You can wear anything with these shoes and still look fabulous. And let’s not forget that most Manolos are extremely comfortable, at least in my opinion. Whenever I tried them on (I’ve yet to own a pair), they felt right at home on my feet as I pranced around in the shoe department. 

In June, Neiman Marcus opened their made-to-order BB boutique, where you can customize your BBs by choosing the heel height, color, and material for your new pumps. After you submit your order, the shoes are made in Italy and shipped to you. The best part? A customized pair doesn’t cost any more than a retail pair!

It’s my dream to someday buy myself my very own pair of Manolo BB pumps. But for now, I’ll just eye them from afar, and perhaps temporarily satisfy myself with a double-take.
 Vince Camuto Harty (teal on Shoebox, other colors on Amazon)
 
I’ve had a lot of success with Vince Camuto lately; they offer trendy shoes in addition to classic styles. And their flats are extremely comfortable! You can’t go wrong with the Harty pump. The shape is beautiful and very similar to the Manolo BB. 

Feast your eyes on other scrumptious styles…

Whistles French 75 (Asos)

Boutique 9 Migs (Zappos, Macy’s)

Manolo Blahnik BB (Neiman Marcus)
Although I’m lusting after a pair in black suede, I really like the BB in metallic grey. The color works wonderfully as a neutral, and the metallic sheen creates a modern, edgy, and sophisticated vibe. Because the color is more matte than silver, the pumps will last long after the metallic trend has faded. 

ShoeMint Gelareh
Some time ago, ShoeMint had the best Manolo Blahnik BB double-take I’ve ever seen. The Gelareh came in three different colors: silver, yellow suede, and wine patent. They sold out extremely fast, and I regret not getting the yellow pair. However, they just released their August collection, which includes a pump named Bess that looks strikingly similar to Gelareh. It’s available in four fantastic colors, and they’re all suede!  Here’s your chance to get what I think is the next best thing to the BB pump if you’re on a budget:
 ShoeMint Bess 

Update August 8: I just came across these pumps from Victoria’s Secret. They look extremely similar to the BB and come in a bunch of gorgeous colors! They are a bit out of my price range for pumps, but they are made of leather and look very classic, so it might be worth the investment if you love them!

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