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Casadei Patent Multi Strap Pump

Double-Take: Casadei Multi-Strap Pump

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.

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Shoe of the Day: Straight-Laced

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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!

Tuesday Shoesday: On the Wedge

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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.

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Double-Take: Casadei Cut-Out Wedge

Casadei Cut-Out Wedge in white (The Outnet, different version in Pink

I have a love-hate relationship with these Casadei Cut-Out wedges. They are stunning as a work of art because of the very sculptural shape and fun color combinations (like these with black and neon yellow), but they also look extremely impratical. I don’t even know what I’d wear them with, perhaps a minimalist white shift dress? 

Fun fact: The architectural shoes in Casadei’s S12 collection were dedicated to Lucio Fontana, whose experimental works and intricate structures were the key inspiration for “moving sculptures” for the feet. Since the collection is from last season, most of the shoes are sold out (especially the neon versions), but you can still find them on sale if you know where to look.

The white version above is my favorite from the Spring 2012 collection of cut-out wedges from Casadei. Neiman Marcus still has a red version on sale:

Casadei Cut-Out Wedge in red (Neiman Marcus); also in yellow here and here.

Casadei Cut-Out Wedge in pink (LuisaViaRoma)

And of course, there are plenty of double-takes out there for much less. Some that I’ve seen have taken the minimalist beauty of the original and completely ruined it, but there are some nice versions out there if you’re looking for sculptural shoes like this. I think they’d work well in a fashion shoot. And if you decide to wear them, make sure the details in the rest of your outfit are kept to a minimum to ensure the shoes are the focal point.

Needit Cut-Out Wedge (SpyLoveBuy)

This version is probably the cleanest and most sophisticated of the double-takes I’ve seen. The shape of the wedge is exactly the same, but the straps are very minimal. Also, the color combination is very nice. It also comes in all black.

 Power-1 Wedge (UrbanOG)

Another nice double-take version, which also incorporates the wood-like color for the structure of the wedge.

 Jessica Simpson Thunder Wedge (heels.com, Off Broadway Shoes)

The Thunder sandal from Jessica Simpson is pretty much a direct copy of the Casdei shoe with the same wedge and straps. The only difference is the lining. I spotted these at Off Broadway shoes for $59.99; they seem to be pretty much sold out everywhere online.

 Fahrenheit Olga-03 (Overstock has them in pink and orange)

 Jessica Simpson Tracie (6pm, Amazon, heels.com)
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Double-Take: YSL Opyum 80

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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.

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Double-Take: Giuseppe Zanotti Cap Toe Pump

Giuseppe Zanotti Muffa (The Outnet); 

 Nine Eldori (DSW, Nina Shoes)


Giuseppe Zanotti designs such a wide range of shoes, from classic to fantastical. The Muffa is a classic cap-toe pump with a twist: Swarowski crystals on the toe. If you can get them in your size, they’re on sale on theoutnet.com for $299 (50% off retail). The Nina Eldori is a great alternative if you’re looking for something more budget-friendly. They’re also made of leather, which is a huge plus for the price point!