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October 21, 2010

Leather and Lace

Nicholas Kirkwood Booties


Nicholas Kirkwood Lace Cutout Booties

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File this under sexy.

Forget the notion that you need a place to wear these shoes. Wear them around the house. Wear them to the park. Wear them while you're on the couch reading Anna Karenina. Who cares when your feet look that good? You can also forget about whether these shoes are comfortable because I will bet my demure little Lanvin ballet flats that they are NOT.

These shoes will get you noticed for sure, so if you have the extra grand to spare on a statement piece you can find these Nicholas Kirkwood beauties online at Kirna Zabete. Happy feet indeed!

 
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Wedge Obsessed
May 28, 2010 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

I have been dreaming of stomping around a pair of Ann Demeulemeester wedge boots. While the price tag makes that a smidge out of reach, I can still admire, right?

Wedge Sandals
Ann Demeulemeester Wedge Sandals

This spring's version of her buckled wedge sandals are amazing! I LOVE. You could wear pair this with a sweet summer dress to toughen up your look a bit. Or wear with cropped chinos that are everywhere this spring. Better start saving my pennies. With a price tag of nearly $1,300, buying these requires quite a few of them!

Green is Good
April 22, 2010 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Happy Earth Day!  How about some earth friendly fashion?

Loomstate

Loomstate

Loomstate

TOMS Shoes

I love the idea behind TOMS shoes.  The company uses sustainable materials to make their products, and for every pair they sell, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in a developing country.  TOMS even has suggestions for how to reuse your old shoes so you can keep it out of the trash bin for a little bit longer.  Now that’s a shoe purchase you never have to feel guilty about.

Tickled Pink
February 10, 2010 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Confession time… I’ve always been partial to pink.  Trust me, I feel ambivalent about it but I’m compelled to share my secret admiration.  Maybe with Valentine’s Day rolling around soon, I’m reminded of it.  I wouldn’t feel so secretive about liking pink if there weren’t certain connotations about the color: childishness, overt femininity, Barbie dolls, etc.  Perhaps I am delving too deeply into a color (and a subject for that matter) that shouldn’t be analyzed so much, 
 
Believe me when I say that if I had my choice and unlimited resources, my wardrobe would be filled with Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, Rich Owens and Balenciaga with a sprinkling of Chanel.  Not exactly conjuring up images in shades of blush right?  Okay, so Chanel may do that a little, but I would not buy a pink tweed Chanel jacket or quilted pink bag.

I wear black and gray a lot… a whole lot…. probably too much.  For me, throwing purple into the mix is really lightening up.  While I like pink, I feel like it’s not a color to be taken seriously or to be worn after you graduate from high school.  Well, screw that.  I need bit of frivolity.  I’m not a serious person so why should I care about being taken seriously?   So happy Valentine’s Day, happy spring, happy everything to all you pink lovers.  I count myself as one of them!  And by the way, love these bright pink Tory Burch Wrap Sandals. 

Vanessa Bruno Jacket

Pink Sandals

Tory Burch Wrap Up Sandals

Variety is the spice of life.  The spicier the better! 

Come Out of Your Shell
January 12, 2010 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

When it comes to spring footwear, I am feeling the wedge.  There are several wedge sandals I have my eyes on and these are tops on my list.

Chanel Clogs

Eggshell Wedge at Anthropologie

Love the tassels and the fresh off-white color that says warm weather is here!  Too bad warm weather is not here.  I wonder how these feel on the feet.  I’ve never bought shoes from Anthropologie.  I have a pair of colorful woven wedges that feel like I’ve got two bricks attached at the ankles by tiny (but pretty) gold metallic straps.  I definitely don’t want a repeat purchase of uncomfortable shoes.  For now I think I’ll just admire these cuties.

Step Up
January 4, 2010 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

It’s a new day, a new year and a new decade of fashion to look forward to.  While it may be fun to take a look back at what was, I’m going look ahead to what will be.

So here’s my first confession of 2010.  I have been scouring ebay in search of clogs.  Yes, clogs.  Ever since I saw pictures of the Chanel S/S 2010 show, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair. 

Chanel Clogs

Chanel Jewel Clogs

Clogs from Chanel S/S 2010 Ready-to-Wear

I had an awesome pair of clogs years ago that were black leather, with silver staples on the chunky wooded heel.  I wore them everywhere they and were so damn comfortable.  Probably too comfortable because lets face it, they were clogs and no one needs to be wearing those things all the time like I did.  Besides, I see clogs all winter here in Portland and most are not what you’d call flattering or fashionable.  I’m hoping the latest versions (the knock-offs will be stomping into stores soon I’m sure) will offer the same attention to detail and leg-lengthening sexiness of the Chanel versions… with all the comfort, of course.  

Red Hot Leopard
December 2 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

One word for these shoes: dope.

Surface2Air Wedge
Jerome C. Rousseau Leopard Print Pumps

These and those Surface to Air wedges I just wrote about make me believe I am seriously neglecting my shoe wardrobe.  I need to turn up the heat.

Stepping Tall
December 1, 2009 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

I have been obsessed with these shoes for quite some time now and I thought I’d share the love.

Surface2Air Wedge
Surface to Air Suede Wedge Sandals

Of course they are hard to come by and they aren’t practical for my lifestyle - hanging with my toddler doesn’t exactly allow me to wear sexy as a mofo shoes most of the time - but maybe I’m limiting myself?

Glam Classic
November 25 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

These are so fun.

Sequin Chuck Taylor
Converse Chuck Taylor in sequins

I actually prefer the all black sequin version but you can see the sequins better in the multicolored version.  I have a pair of off-white Chuck Taylors that are seriously about 15 years old.  I will shed a tear when it’s time to throw them away, but I’ll keep them until they are hanging by a thin piece of rubber and random threads.  So maybe in another 15 years.

Get Over It
November 9, 2009 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Whether you love over-the-knee boots or you think they are a bit over the top, there’s no escaping them this fall.  I happen to like them although I don’t have many occasions to wear them, unfortunately.  But here are a pair of riding boots that have the right price to dive into the OTK look, or at least stick a toe in.

3.1 Dress
Aldo Vele Boots

The color, toe shape and wedge heel all remind me of the much pricier Loeffler Randall boots.  At $200, the Aldo boots are much more doable.   The sleek profile is also a bit less “pirate” than some other OTK looks which can look a bit costume-y in my book.

The Poly and the Glory
October 6, 2009 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Never in my life have I heard the words polyester and shoes used together.  There’s always a first for everything.

Tory Burch
Christopher Kane for Topshop Mesh Sandals

Here’s the kicker: I’m really digging these.  The mesh offers a light touch to the aggressive shoe craze.  And they are fun.  What good are shoes if you can’t have a little fun?

Walk on the Mild Side
September 18, 2009 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Isn’t it frustrating when your tastes are above and beyond your budget?  I find myself coveting things I have no business wanting.  I suppose that’s the nature of having a fashion vice.  I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect boots for fall.  It’s been hard because I often fall for very pricey versions – I’m talking to you Ann Demeulemeester – and the less expensive ones don’t look as nice or exciting.  Well, I need to get over it and start looking harder at some lower priced boots that actually look quite nice.

Take these for example…

Nine West Fiddle Boots
Nine West Fiddle Boots

They also come in black, which is what I really need.  Truthfully, I haven’t bought Nine West shoes since I got my first real job out of college, but I’m going to give this line another look.  Some of the boots in their Vintage America collection look especially interesting.  So even though I may have to look a little harder to find looks I love, there are good budget items out there.

Spring Fling
September 15, 2009 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

While many of us are dusting off our fall shoes from last year or shopping for new ones, there are enticing offerings on the runway for spring footwear that makes you long for the sweet days of spring.  At least it does for me a little bit.  Speaking of sweet, these definitely fit the description.

Steven Alan Dora Pants
Loeffler Randall June Lace Up Bootie

These remind of booties I owned in junior high school that were pink perforated leather and had a smidge of a wedge heel.  Damn I loved those shoes.   These take me back, but definitely do not feel like tired retro retreads.  Loeffler Randall shoes were featured in the gorgeous 2010 spring Costello Tagliapietra runway show and everything looked just right, head to pretty toe.

Buckle Up
August 13 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

It’s going to be a fast ride when it comes to fall footwear.  Hardwear like studs and buckles reign and I am definitely on board this aesthetic.  And if anyone can rock it right, it’s Balmain.  These are tough, glam and all out gorgeous.

Ballmain Buckle Boots
Balmain Buckle Embellished Boots

Alexander Wang does a nostalgic version (unless you were born in the 80’s) of the buckled boots in a creepers version.

Alex Wang Creepers
Alexander Wang Jaime Croc Embossed Creeper Boots

This bootie by Loeffler Randall is just plain sexy.   The nearly $600 price tag is definitely not recession friendly, but it’s fun to look.

Eugenia Kim Beret
Loeffler Randall Rihanna Buckle Bootie

And for those of you who can’t get enough of buckles and studs, there’s this bootie by Jeffrey Campbell for just under $200, not a bad price.

Eugenia Kim Beret
Jeffrey Campbell Northern Lights Booties

Moccasins Revisited
July 7 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

I recently dug out my beaded suede Minnetonka moccasins and realized how awesome these shoes still are. 

Minnetonka Moccasins
Minnetonka Thunderbird Suede Crepe Sole Moccasins

I got these few years back.  But I kind of got over them, put ‘em away and forgot they ever happened.   I recently went through old clothes and shoes and boy, am I glad I rediscovered these.  I’ve been wearing them almost everyday with denim shorts or my favorite pair of well-worn jeans.  These are also a great alternative to the same old comfy sneakers or ballet flats on trips.  I’ve never been that good about “shopping in my own closet” but in this case it worked out.

Found: The Perfect Oxfords
June 23 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

My detective work paid off!  I found these shoes online and when they arrived, they were exactly what I wanted.

Anthropologie
Sam Edelman Simona Oxford

Mine are actually black (I got lazy and didn’t take my own picture but the picture of the brown ones is from Urban Outfitters).  I do have to say that these run a bit big so they aren’t exactly perfect, but I don’t care because I found them on sale at Bluefly and they were the only ones left.  Apparently these have sold fast.  The leather is surprisingly soft and I like the slightly pointed heel.  There’s something about a round heel oxford that brings to mind comfort shoes.  I’m still debating whether to add laces, but I suppose I’ll first wear these out as they are to figure that part out.

This is the first time I’ve bought Sam Edelman shoes.  I’m definitely going to pay attention to this brand because these oxfords are very nice for the price.  I think I paid around 84 bucks plus shipping.  Not bad.

Going for the Gold
April 29 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Last week when the weather was close to 80 degrees I heard the call of summer and bought a pair of white Earnest Sewn jeans – the Harlan style to be exact.  And wouldn’t you know it?  The temperature dropped 20 degrees the next day.  Son of a bitch.  Oh well.  Good weather will be back and I will wear my new jeans dammit.  These would go nicely with them.

J Crew Pietra
J. Crew Pietra Sandals

There’s a black version but I like the gold ones better.  I am definitely feeling the love for sparkly shoes.

Stay Gold
April 8 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

The weather has been absolutely perfect the past three days here in Portland and sadly, it will end since those pesky clouds are forecast for the next few days.  I will try my hardest not to let it rain on my parade, but setting my feet free just made me eager for more.   I’m not the only one since I saw lots of flip flops around town.  I can never have too many flip flops, but I do prefer mine to go beyond the usual rubber thong version.  Hey, anything to look a bit more put together is fine by me.  These are absolutely fabulous.

Minkoff Pouch
Amrita Singh Gold Thong Sandals

I love a flash of metal on the feet.  These can put a real spring in your step.  Now if only they would make the clouds go away.

There’s A Party Over Here
April 1 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Consider for a moment these Ann Demeulemeester boots. 

Shoes
Ann Demeulemeester lace up boots

I think of them as the mullet of the shoe universe, except the party is in the front, business in the back.  And while I definitely don’t advocate mullets, I do give high marks to these dope boots.  Love the chunky heel and sexy lace-up look.  If these were readily available and I had an extra thousand bucks to spare, I’d be all over these.

Spring Collection
A look from Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009 collection

Step Lively
March 19 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

It pains me when the weather gets all dreary and wet after a nice little warm up.  I just bought a pretty pair of pinkish Lanvin flats on a recent trip to NYC that I’m dying to wear.

Pink Shoes
My new Lanvin ballet flats that haven’t seen the light of day yet.

While ballet flats are more my speed these days, I saw a pair of fierce… no, make that ferocious… pair of shoes that are worth mentioning.

Gladiator Sandals
Balmain Nero Gladiator Sandals

Holy cow are these shoes sexy!  While I’m kinda over the gladiator look, these made me reevaluate.  You could really own a room wearing these badass heels.  And deliver a mean kick if you need to defend yourself.  Hopefully the shoes will allow more lighthearted pursuits!       

Cold Weather Comfort
December 8 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

I know that slippers kind of like like socks when you receive them as a holiday gift - a bit boring and impersonal.  But it doesnʼt have to be like that.  There are some very fashionable slippers out there.  I definitely want a pair this year My feet are always cold and the first thing I do when I get of bed is put on socks.  Itʼs about time to move on to a proper pair of slippers, but I don't want anything too pricey since these are slippers we're talking about... and I'd never venture outside in them so they'd just be for around the house.

J Crew Slippers
J Crew shearling slipper mocs

These look cute, cozy and are the right price since theyʼre on sale for $29.99.  Not bad.

Flat Boots are the Thing
Shoes, Glorious Shoes | August 4, 2008

I’ve always hated the print ads for Børn Shoes.  What’s up with the bizarre styling?  And some of the shoes are just plain clunky which is never okay.  Anyway, the ads distracted me from the product so I’ve never really given the shoes a second glance.  Until now.  I am on the lookout for the perfect flat suede boots and I think I found them.

Born Boots

The version I like is in the perfect shade of gray (not too light, not too dark).  I’d put up a picture, but I can’t find one.  I saw these boots at Nordstrom and I like the clean look and light weight.  The perfect boots for walking.  A few years back I bought black suede Prada Sport flat boots that I wear to death during the winter.  It would be nice to update the look this fall and give those boots a break.  Oh, and judging from their website I think the Børn ads are improving for fall.  I guess looks can be deceiving.

My Cup of Tea
May 28 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

If you are flush with extra cash or just in the mood to shop, now is the time to do it because there are sales galore -high end, low end and in between - and some seriously fabulous merch is marked down.  If you canʼt browse Barneys legendary shoe department in person (like me) then you can thank your lucky stars for the internet.   This is my favorite sale item:

Miu Miu Tea

Iʼve seen these shoes in magazines and I think they are like works of art.  I would never wear them because wearing footwear that look like little tea cups is not really my thing... but they would make a fun display.  Maybe calling it art is a way to justify the nearly $500 sale price?  I once read somewhere that wealthy women in the Middle East buy haute couture gowns, display them at home and invite their friends over to check them out because they canʼt be seen in public actually wearing the clothes.  Iʼm glad I have the option to wear whatever I want, but I guess itʼs the same idea.  Okay, on second thought maybe itʼs a total waste.  But Iʼm still strangely drawn to the shoes and I have an out of character craving for Earl Grey.

A Little Lift
April 23 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Between trips, illnesses, house guests and general busy-ness it’s been tough keeping this blog up to date.  However, despite my fatigue I am ready to get back on track.  And you know what would be a serious pick-me-up?  Sky high heels with attention to detail.

Bottega Sandals

Sure, the weather is too crappy to go without socks and I’m long overdue for a pedicure but just looking at these beauties makes me happy… and filled with shoe lust.

Event Planning
March 24 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Coming home from a vacation can be a bit of a letdown – although I’m grateful to sleep in my own bed again – but with the entire household in the grips of a nasty cold, I am feeling the doldrums of being back in the grind in a big way.

I’m just going to slog on with plenty of Emergen-C and as much sleep as I can manage considering I have a sick baby and husband to care for as well.  With the small snatches of free time I have, I should be more productive but instead I choose to waste my time on the internet looking for ways to upgrade my wedding band (anniversary approaching) and sly ways to leave hints. Who am I kidding?  First of all, right now I can’t handle too much thinking beyond looking at pretty pictures of jewelry and secondly, I have no problem being about as subtle as an elbow to the ribs when it comes to telling my husband exactly what I want.  It just sounds better when I say I “hint.”

So where was I going with this?  Oh yes, weddings.  I have an important one coming up this summer and I’m already looking forward to finding a colorful dress and fab new shoes to dance the night away.  I love a good wedding!  And I love a festive shoe.  Since the wedding is outdoors and informal, I like this look:

Glitter Sandals

What can I say, I am a sucker for glitter.  The blush hue is neutral enough to compliment a lot of other shades but still offers a cheerful bit of color. The cone heel is perfect for walking outside – it’s so annoying to have your heels sink into grass - and substantial enough to offer support for a long night of dancing.  I also like that at the end of the day, you’ve got shoes that go beyond the one event and will pair well with shorts, skirts and anything else you own that shows a little leg.

Delicate Flower
February 26 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Remember in Clueless when Cher agrees to go the val party and has her satin shoes ruined when stoner Travis spills beer all over them while she’s trying to keep Tai away from him?  Well, these shoes are definitely not the ones to wear to a party like that.

D&G Watercolor

The sheer look is big for spring and these hand-painted organza heels take it to the next level.  So if you’re willing to drop nearly a thousand bucks on these lovelies, garden parties, play dates, construction sites, Coachella… all bad ideas when wearing them.

Maternal Shoe Instincts
February 6 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

I have just spent way too much time looking at fashion week photos, reviews and gossip columns.  I could be doing at least three things on my “to do” list but this is more fun.  At least that's my excuse, a lame one but an excuse nonetheless.

Anyway, while my mother was visiting recently I realized one thing we definitely share – a voracious appetite for fashion magazines.  Once she went through a huge stack, she came to me with an old Marie Claire I’d been using inside a basket to boost up a plant and asked if it was all I had left.  I had to dig up some fall issues to keep her happy the rest of her visit.

Anyway, in one of the more recent magazines she pointed out a pair of Louboutin heels that caught her fancy.

Louboutin Laceups

Christian Louboutin Sometimes Lace-up sandals

She would never actually wear them, unlike me, who would probably do a gleeful tap dance every ten minutes and attempt to wear them to sleep.   My mom is in her sixties and she's over the whole sexy high heel thing (and I say thank goodness for that).  But I like how she thinks.  And I’m not even disturbed that in a hypothetical shoe closet, my mom and I would have many of the same little gems lined up.  Neatly of course.

Juicy Shoes
December 27 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Curiosity got the better of me and I ventured to a nearby mall to check out the after Christmas sales.  I did buy a few things – nothing I couldn’t live without- but I’m already looking forward to the bright colors of spring and winter clothes just give me the blahs right now.

To be honest, I’ve been a bit phobic of bright colors in the past but I’m going to embrace this trend, especially when it comes to shoes.  I got a pair of bright colored Wellington boots for the rest of winter and once better weather arrives, or my beach vacation in March, I’m going to dress my feet in a rainbow of fruit flavors!  Here’s my list of high-low favorites.

Louboutin Sandals

Christian Louboutin Trescobaldi Gisa sandals
Aurora
Cole Haan Aurora Air slingbacks
Nine West
Nine West Datillio sandals

Spring is definitely not the time to skimp on pedicures.

The Thrill of the Hunt
October 29 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes
When it comes to bargain hunting, I’m not so great at bagging my quarry.  My best friend can always find something fabulous and fabulously priced.  My mom makes friends with sales people who give her the inside scoop on when certain things will go on sale.  I often don’t have the patience or the luck to find great deals.
 
The exception to this rule is when I shop at designer outlets.  In the past I’ve found Prada boots, Louboutin flats, a Marc Jacobs jacket and other things that sent my pulse racing because it was marked down to a fraction of their retail price. So even though I often walk away finding nothing, it’s worth the effort it to find the perfect steal.

But what really constitutes a good bargain?  On a recent designer outlet shopping trip, I found a gorgeous pair of Derek Lam platform sandals.  Never mind that sandal season has long been over for a girl living in Portland. I strutted around the shoe department feeling glamorously tall and marveled at how comfy the shoes were despite the skyscraper heels.  Of course I bonded with the shoes before I took a closer look at the price tag - $445.  The shoes retailed for over $700.

Derek Lam Sandals
The Derek Lam sandals that were sadly not meant to be.
Photo from style.com

Now, I’m not going to lie.  I have paid big bucks for shoes in the past. In a moment of utter weakness I bought a pair of Louboutin platforms for more than I care to admit. It was the only pair in my size and it was going for 20% off. That’s definitely not what anyone would call a bargain. Blinding desire will do that to you. And come on, we’re talking Christian Louboutin.

But I’m the same person who will wait to buy a $20 t-shirt at because I know it will eventually go on sale. Or I’ll buy a cashmere sweater at full price because I don’t want the store to run out of my size. What gives?

It must be the mindset. When I go to say, a designer outlet or the Half-Yearly sale at Nordstrom (which is happening soon by the way), I go expecting to save money and when I do, I pat myself on the back for a job well done. When I’m shopping for a birthday gift for my sister-in-law and instead I find something for myself that I fall madly in love with, I’m more inclined to just buy the damn thing already and push the feelings of guilt out of my head by being extra sweet to my husband.

So back to those sandals. I didn’t really love them, I just had a crush on them. We all know what happens to crushes. They make you do irrational things that sometimes make you feel cheap. It would have been nice to have those sandals, but it’s even nicer to have that money in the bank. These days I’m looking for love in all my purchases or else it’s just not worth it, whether the price tag is five dollars or five hundred. There’s nothing cheap about that.

Taking a Shine to You
Shoes, Glorious Shoes | August 7

Nothing gets me more excited about shoes than a bit of flash.  Nothing reminiscent of showgirls, Liberace or glam rock.  Just something eye-catching enough to make a statement without being trashy.  Maybe it was my first glimpse at Dorothy’s ruby slippers.  Back in the day, The Wizard of Oz would play on television every year and it was a major viewing event for little me.  Anyway, whatever influenced my love of sparking shoes, I’m totally into these glam looks.

t straps
Who knew J. Crew could do more than ballet flats and fli-flops?
Miu Miu Crystal
Miu Miu crystal flats – so, so sweet.
tacco
Louboutin patent booties don’t sparkle but they do shine.

This makes me want to troll the shoe sections at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.  Alright, I’m outta here.

Grecian Formula
May 2 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Yep, still on a sandal kick and what I’m really digging is the gladiator sandal.  Nothing too over the top, with straps snaking around the calves, but sandals in unexpected materials or metallic colors can transform a basic outfit into something funkier.  Think mini dress or and slim shorts paired with Greco-Roman inspired sandals, just like some of the looks from Stella McCartney’s Spring 2007 collection.

Stella McCartney Sandals McCartney Sandals

Here are some of my favorite sandals:

Stell Raffia
Stella McCartney raffia flats
Zanotti
Giuseppe Zanotti jeweled sandals
Frye Lola Sandals
Frye gladiator sandals
Sparta Sandals
Birkenstock Sparta sandals

Okay, never in my wildest dreams did I think Birkenstocks would ever make it on this site.  But who can ignore the comfort factor when choosing a stylish shoe?  If they’re good enough for Heidi Klum I certainly don’t need to be too embarrassed about liking them.


Footloose
March 22 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Despite predictions of rain, we’ve had surprisingly sunny weather around here.  At least the whole morning’s worth, which is good enough to raise my spirits for the rest of the day.  Yesterday I looked down at my bare feet and realized, “Damn girl, you need a pedicure!”  That’s what happens when feet are bound in wool socks and close-toed shoes for months at a time.  When I lived in L.A. there’s no way I’d walk around with these neglected winter feet.

So I popped SherryBaby in my DVD player (I really wanted to like this movie, but it was about as depressing as watching a kitten drown) and set to work buffing, filing and painting with a bright red shade.  Another motivating factor to getting my feet pretty is the new pair of sandals I got from J. Crew. 

JCrew sandals
Leather Capri Sandals

I wanted something a little more fashionable than rubber flip-flops but still casual.  I like the delicate metallic straps too.  So with my feet are reformed and new shoes to take out for a spin, I’m currently obsessed with flat sandals.

Miu Miu Sandals
Fresh green patent Miu Miu sandals from net-a-porter
Isabella Fiore
Isabella Fiore gold studded sandals from Neiman Marcus
Weitzman Shoes
Always comfy Stuart Weitzman sandals in embossed snakeskin

APC Shoes
A clean look from A.P.C.

These are all fun to look at but way, way beyond my budget.  So for now I’m perfectly happy with my J. Crew version.  But don’t think I won’t be visiting these other beauties online from time to time.  Window shopping is so much easier from a computer these days.

I Heart Louboutin
February 14 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

It’s safe to say I’m in love with fashion in general and obsessed with shoes in particular.  My mom is a shoe aficionado so I’m sure it rubbed off when I slipped my little feet into her favorite I. Magnin pumps.   

These days, shoes are so cheaply made that it’s hard to get excited about them.  Brands that used to be made in Italy are now made cheaply, mostly in China.  Plus, knockoffs are everywhere.  Don’t get me wrong, my shoe budget isn’t on par with a New York socialite, or even a New York waitress for that matter, so I appreciate “inspired by” looks for less.  But in the end, all I want is a really beautifully made shoe that makes my legs look fabulous and has me walking with a little more swing.  Tall order if you aren’t paying a premium these days.Embroidered Pumps

So this Valentine’s Day I’m going declare my devotion to Christian Louboutin, my favorite shoe maker.  This day is all about love, and even though I don’t love shoes like I love- you know, my husband- I get a little weak in the knees when I see those red soles. 

I do own one pair of Louboutin’s.  They were on sale at a Saks Fifth Avenue outlet.  They have a kitten heel, not the skyscraper length that I personally covet, but they are still sexy and definitely well made.  While I dream of owning more of these beauties, I don’t plan on starving for a month or selling a kidney to get them.  Maybe my husband will gift me with a pair of patent Zeppa slingbacks.  In the meantime, like any practical girl with a luxury shoe fetish, I’m just hoping to be at the right place at the right time for another great deal.

Sling Back

*photos from christianlouboutin.fr and net-a-porter*

Hot to Trot
October 26 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Behold the perfect boots:

Paul Joe Boots
Paul & Joe Suede Verona boots available at Shopbop


How hot are these?  They look so lux.  The stacked heels, leather straps and subtle gold-tone buckles make these dressed up and laidback.  If I owned these boots, I would spend half the day rubbing the soft suede.  I have a tactile fetish when it comes to shoes.  Maybe I should save the personal revelations and just focus on the shoes, huh?   

So like I said, gorgeous boots. 

 

Plum Sole
October 19 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

I have a thing for purple right now.  It’s more exciting than black and less prone to looking tarty than red.   One thing I’ve got my eye out for is perfect pair of plum shoes.

Jimmy Choo
Satin Jimmy Choo pumps at Bluefly

What can I say?  The Choos are gorgeous and would seriously pump up the volume on my winter wardrobe. But at $712, I’d have to skip eating for two months.  I get really cranky when I’m hungry.   So here’s an alternative:

Seychelles Brooch Pump
Seychelles brooch pump

They aren’t Jimmy Choo but these are still adorable.  I can think of plenty of ways to wear these, from dresses to jeans.  And at $80 I think my husband should take me out to dinner with all the money I’ve saved.

 

Rainy Days & Mondays
October 16 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

It was raining so hard early this morning that I woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep.  Some people find the sound of rain soothing, but hard driving rain makes me a wee bit nervous.  I grew up in the desert where flash floods can happen without warning, so a deluge is not my idea of a good time, even in the comfort of my warm bed.  But I’m a fan of going outside after it rains and breathing in all the wonderful fresh smells rain brings.  I’m getting a little “one with nature” here but I do have a point.  Splashing through puddles would be much more fun in these:

Tretorn Karin Rubber Platform Shoes
Tretorn Karin rubber platform shoes
Tretorn Plask Shoes
Tretorn Plask rubber platform boots 

Rain shoes never looked so chic.  Love the platform heels on both styles.  I wore classic Tretorn tennis shoes in junior high school but I’d forgotten all about them until recently.  How fabulous that bad weather can be used to justify shoe shopping.  As if I need a reason.

 

Solid Gold
October 3 | Shoes, Glorious Shoes

When I was a kid, I loved Solid Gold.  If you’re too young to remember this little gem of early 80’s TV, I suggest you watch this immediately.  Good times honey.  I would dance like a little demon in my living room, flipping my hair and dreaming of becoming a Solid Gold dancer when I grew up.

Now why am I professing my love for this show?  These shoes made me think of it.

Jean Michel Cazabat Shoes
Jean-Michel Cazabat gold python slingback from Barney’s

I’m sure Solid Gold footwear was probably a lot less luxurious than these.  But just looking at them makes me want to turn it out on the dance floor.  Or wear them around the house while I rock out to my iPod.  In any case, these babies are beautiful.

             
 

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