Lace isn’t a typical material for crafting pumps, but it can create a beautiful effect. When done well, a lace pump in any color can look graceful and refined. You can never go wrong with a classic Manolo Blahnik BB pump.
Okay, I know it’s long past sandal weather (at least up in the northern half of the US) but I couldn’t resist sharing these amazing heels. The spring and summer seasons of 2013 saw a lot of ankle strap sandals, but lace-up designs also had their moment.
There are endless possibilities when designing a shootie, and the Gucci Jane sandal bootie (still available on Yoox) is a perfect example of the ideal balance between sandal and shoe. The front of the shoe covers the foot, while the back leaves it exposed, yet secured with the two ankle straps. I also love the use of both leather and suede. The Jane is, in my opinion, a very stunning and versatile shoe. It can be worn with bare legs, tights, and would probably even look great with textured socks. You can still catch it on some flash sale sites (last spotted on Ideeli for $640) but even then, they’re still pricey.
I’ve always liked Alexander Wang shoes because they’re minimal yet statement-making at the same time. I particularly like how he sticks to black and white (or other solid colors) for the entire shoe for many of his styles; just take peek at the current collection here to see what I mean. While some people love explosive colors and patterns on their shoes, I’m more partial to designs in one or two colors max.
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
Victoria’s Secret Pointed-ToePump
It’s that time of year again…summer sale season! Clearance stickers are popping up everywhere in stores, and online prices are dropping like crazy. There are a so many stunning styles out there, and it can be hard to sift through them all. I’ve put together a list of my favorite shoes on sale. And the best part? They’re all budget friendly at under $100!
Although the Sergio Rossi shoes have been greatly reduced from the original retail price, they’re still a bit expensive. The Sadie pump from ShoeMint is a great alternative and looks extremely similar to the original. I actually prefer the look of Sadie because the heel is more slender, which makes the entire shoe look more elegant and less clunky.
Silver is great as a neutral, and in the form of a basic pump, the color works wonders for dressing up casual and work outfits. This pair of pumps (from ShoeMint during one their super sales), caught my eye not just because of the metallic color, but also because the shape of the shoe is strikingly similar to other classic pumps, such as the Manolo BB or Louboutin Pigalle (though with less toe-cleavage). The only thing I don’t like about these is that they wrinkle easily and, although they are leather, feel quite stiff on the foot.