I first ventured into the world of smoking slippers back in December with an embellished pair from DSW. And although my style is more feminine with a bit of edge, I’ve found the menswear-inspired flats to be one of my favorites. They’re very laid back, extremely comfortable, and are a perfect finishing touch to my more casual sweater-and-legging outfits. It’s now the end of February and I’ve just gotten my third pair of smoking slippers. I found these by Vince Camuto at the bottom of the clearance rack at TJ Maxx for a steal at $20. I love them because of the quilted look, subtle snakeskin texture, and tiny studs across the entire shoe. They look a bit more refined than my other embellished pair, which makes them perfect for casual Fridays at the office!
As much as I love high tops and wedge sneakers, there’s really nothing I like more than a classic low-top sneaker with a slim profile. Out of my entire collection, my Converse sneakers get the most wear and are replaced the most often. As I was searching for my next pair at DSW, I came across these fantastic sneakers from Michael Kors. They stood out not only because of the studded toes (a detail I absolutely love!) but also the hint of metallic shine in the leather. I actually mentioned the high top version of these sneakers in an earlier post, and I’m so glad I came across these. Despite the uniqueness, they are a wear-anywhere shoe because of the neutral color and classic profile. I hope they don’t wear out too quickly!
In my opinion, Valentino shoes were leaders when the studded shoe trend rose up last year. The collection included several tastefully embellished styles, including pumps, flats, and boots, that were easily recognizable and spotted on many celebrities and bloggers. These booties sold out fairly quickly!
I currently own three pairs of Vince Camuto shoes, and they’re all extremely comfortable, even the really high heels. So there’s no doubt in my mind that the Follie sneakers (available on ShoeBox and Dillard’s) would probably be one of the best wedge sneakers out there. Even without holding them in my hand, I can tell that the modest 2.75″ heel paired with lacing and padded suede upper adds to the comfort of these shoes. The quilting and teeny studs are such a great detail and add to the uniqueness of these sneakers. If I get a chance to try on a pair, I’ll report back! In the meantime, grab yourself a pair (they’re on sale!) and let me know what you think.
Studded shoes seem to be growing on me because I keep coming across styles that I really want. I especially love combinations of unexpected elements, such as feminine colors and shapes with edgier details. The Michael Kors Larissa is a perfect example. And although it looks fantastic in black (Zappos, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom), I absolutely love it in white (Macy’s) because an amazing balance of two different looks is achieved by combining the dainty white straps with hardcore studs. Without the metal accents, the shoes would look like any other evening sandal, but the studs add that extra element to make the shoes stand out among the rest.
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.
As I wrote yesterday, my taste in smoking slippers ranges from simple to embellished. I recently found a more feminine pair on HauteLook (still waiting for them to arrive!), but studded and embellished styles are my favorite. I got these at DSW a little while ago, and I’ve fallen in love with them. They’re great for jazzing up a casual outfit and sparkle amazingly at night!
I don’t normally purchase this brand because their shoes are usually made from uncomfortable materials, but this pair is made entirely of cloth so they’re super soft and flexible. The only uncomfortable feature is the extremely thin sole, but I fixed that easily with a sheepskin insole (these are my favorite) that’s thin enough to fit in flats but also add great cushioning!
Whenever I shop, especially for shoes, I make sure to browse each isle twice in case I missed something the first time. I was doing my last rounds at DSW one night when out of the corner of my eye I spotted these stunners. It’s quite clear why they caught my interest: the unique studded pattern across the shoe, especially because it’s gold on black, is quite striking. Even though they’re not quite my style, I think they’d be quite the statement piece in any wardrobe! Available in burgundy or black, you can also find them on Zappos, Amazon, Piperlime, Lord & Taylor, and Nordstrom.