Have you ever seen some of the shoe websites where you answer questions to help determine your shoe personality? I don’t think it’s that cut and dry. My shoe wardrobe has a plethora of kicks – classic, designer, fun, funky – multiple personalities. Even Prada’s alter ego is Miu Miu. So whether you stick to one specific style or your shoe personality is diversified, go with what you like. More than a decade old, Colin Stewart‘s satin sandal remains current. The patterned red fabric showcases a flair for the Far East, contrasted nicely with black patent leather and an ornamental flower. The 4″ metal pin heel is bold and stylish. Dare to break the fashion rules and boundaries and create your own unique shoe personality.
Kicking up the color just a notch with Marco Santi’s refreshing chartreuse suede sandal. The criss-cross straps and open toe adds a feminine softness to the towering 5″ stiletto heel with 1″ platform. Purchased in 2011 based on the color alone, it perfectly compliments a grey ensemble. Sometimes just a hint of color is all you need.
Flashback from my childhood….Romper Stompers. The original, bright yellow, sturdy, stilt-like, plastic platforms for shoes made popular by tv’s “Romper Room”. Good for hand-eye coordination and balance, you’d balance on two upside-down cups that had a green rubber tube looped and knotted through, which also served as a handle. They made you about 5″ taller and you’d “clomp” when you’d walk in them.This was probably my first introduction to high heels.
And that is why I absolutely LOVE Alexander Wang‘s high heel mule from 2010. It reminds me of those simple days clomping around and stomping on anything in my runway. These shoes really kick ass with a 4.5″ heel, closed leather toe and ultra-high vamp. Well styled and highly fashionable, these stilts aren’t for everyone … just those that want to always remember the joys of youth. And see things through the eyes of a child…hmmm is it time for recess yet?
It’s a mod, mod world! I just love Marni‘s square toe, loafer-inspired, color-blocked patent leather pump. The runway pump has soft patent leather and a substantial 4.75″ heel with 1″ platform. The apron and band are decorated with metal studs in raw-edged, contrasting-colored calfskin. These stare-worthy pumps are chic, posh and simply fabulous. I’ve gone mad for mod!
Donna Karen New York peep toe bootie, it’s anything but ordinary. Sure at first glance, you’d think … simple shoe. But take a second look and you’ll see the subtle features – the brilliance and sparkle of rich black metallic-grey leather. The 5″ leather wrapped tapered heel has a 1″ hidden platform. There’s no denying this is a high heel, can you handle the height? The extra wide duo elastic bands wrap your ankles to hold you firmly in place while still allowing some skin to show. Even the footbed is lined for comfort. The finishing touch … the sole is finished in gold, a simple pop of color, not bold but understatedly rich. Simply presented, the style is in the details. Go on, take a closer look at your shoes.
Vacationed to Monterey, California to take in the 2013 Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach this year. I thought the event was going to be all about the incredible cars but surprisingly, it turned out to be equally about fashion accessories. Likened to the Kentucky Derby – it’s all about hats … and footwear of course! Anyone who has ever been to an outdoor party knows there are certain shoes you do not wear on the lawn, like stilettos, unless you want to sink into the grass and ruin your kicks. Yet surprisingly, high heels were in full force. The shoes that really stood out for me were the red loafers that Italian specialty auto-maker, Horaco Pagani wore – a true class act.
Someone stopped me on the street today and asked me where I got these shoes. Another day, another Fluevog! These kilted kicks, an open toe crisscross sandal in a soft taupe-grey leather, are adorned and edged with brass metal brads. There’s a push pin closure along the ankle strap and signature on the back heel. Contrasting light wood 3″ cone shaped heel and cork 1″ platform. Unique, playful, comfortable, stylish … and the neutral shade goes with everything. Did you get asked about your shoes today? Maybe it’s time for a new pair!
I’m still on vacation so when shoes are required, the perfect shoe that shouts “summer fun” is Jeffrey Campbell‘s menswear inspired “Twig” loafer from 2007. A whimsical spin on the classic oxford with color blocked bright and bold green leather, contrasted with cognac suede upper and laces. A 2″ heel is my version of a flat. A perfect shoe to add some “pop” to your outfit and make you smile.
Who says red soles are the only one’s that get noticed. One look at this stunning silhouette and you’ll be green with envy. Lisa for Donald J Pliner has signature green soles. The “Dava” is a Vachetta leather stappy sandal, platform pump, with a wrap around slingback that has hidden goring – ensuring a perfect fit. There’s a mini lug sole with enough tread to add to the coolness factor and a cushioned footbed, making these ultra comfortable. You can walk to great lengths in this heel height of 5″, with 1.5″ platform and stand out from the crowd. Hit your stride in style, kick up those heels and show some sole.
Comfy, stylish and edgy – a chic take on the bootie. I wasn’t looking to fall in love with this shoe, it just sort of … happened. The color is smog, yet it’s a rich, dark, beautiful brown color with perhaps an underlying purple note. The open toe bootie by Pedro Garcia is fabulous and will easily transition with the seasons. Soft suede with angular panels and top stitching sit atop a hidden 1″ comfy, cork platform and 4.5″ suede covered heel. There’s an adjustable slingback strap with velcro closure. This open toe bootie style, which runs a half size small, was offered in textured black leather, which would typically be my first choice, however, this suede version is elegant and simply stunning. The quality and craftsmanship is unparalleled. I will definitely be keeping my eye on this quality brand for other future styles.