It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Casadei shoes. From season to season, there’s always something new, fantastic, and unexpected in the collections. I especially love the styles that have both lady-like elegance and edgier details. The sleek iconic blade heel really balances out the multiple tiny straps in this pair. I think the design evokes a little bit of bad-ass energy as well as a sophisticated feel. They’re sold out by now (last seen on Selfridges) but I managed to find a great double-take by Schutz instead.
I’m a sucker for ankle boots with interesting details…and the fact that these are made by Sergio Rossi (The Outnet) pretty much seals the deal. Those Italians sure know what to do with shoes! I love the asymmetric lacing on the heel, exposing the embossed texture underneath. I almost wish that the color peeking out from beneath the black was more vibrant, like cobalt blue or yellow. Either way, these are a stunning example of what a unique ankle boot should look like!
Even though I wasn’t a believer when wedge sneakers were first introduced, I’m most definitely obsessed now. I think I just needed to get used to the idea of a casual shoe with an extra boost of height. The best thing about wedge sneakers is that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort if you find the right pair for you. There are thousands of different wedge sneakers out there, but not all of them are comfortable. I find that styles with a three-inch heel or less are easier to walk in for long periods of time. Ones that lace up also allow for a more customized fit. And don’t forget to factor in flexibility and padding, which is paramount to a good sneaker whether it’s flat or heeled.
I plucked these Ash Cool sneakers off the cluttered shelves of Ross in downtown Philly just before Christmas. Originally, I wanted a pair of Bowie sneakers, but I found them less comfortable and more narrow. I really lucked out with these because I found my size mixed in with larger pairs and they were the last left! But don’t worry if you can’t get to Ross, you can also find these on Shopbop, The Outnet, Zappos, and Amazon.
Yves Saint Laurent is probably one of my favorite designers because there is always something I love in the collection season after season (and I’m not just talking about the shoes!) The Opyum 80 pump from a few seasons ago (sold out on The Outnet and Bluefly) is an absolutely stunning pump in person. There are two versions, one with a 3.5″ heel and one with a 4.25″ heel. The shape of the heel, vamp, and toe-box is absolute perfection, and looks very flattering on the foot. I was lucky enough to find a pair at TJ Maxx, but there is a budget version by Ivanka Trump which comes in a range of colors and prices on Amazon, 6pm, and DSW. The Dinah has a 3″ heel, which is definitely more wearable for those who aren’t used to wearing super high heels. I haven’t had a chance to try on the Dinah, but reviews online are positive; it appears to be true to size and well-made.