Shoe du jour

Chicago had it’s first snowfall yesterday, time to bring out the winter boots…a cute combat styled boot from 2010! The “Carlie” from Michael by Michael Kors, a trendy military designed, fashion-forward ankle boot. Faux fur trim accents put this boot over the top. The rounded toe, suede lace-up bootie is fun and flirty. The laces have gold-tone hardware, adding a little bling to the boot along with an ornamental MK logo.  The heel will definitely elevate your style at 4.25″, with 1.25″ platform. The rubber sole puts a little more bounce in your step and is super comfy. This bootie will definitely command the attention of others.

MK Carlie MK Carlie snapshot

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A solid black suede high heeled boot is essential in every woman’s wardrobe. The Ann Taylor suede boot, circa 2010, took an everyday staple and elevated it to a contemporary, elegant and classy style. I’ve kept them in top condition by weatherproofing them. Some suede might look good having a distressed casual appearance and showing signs of wear; not so with these. The rich, black suede ankle boot has a rounded toe, a wooden 3.5″ stiletto heel, hidden .5″ platform, leather trim and a back zip. Pairs perfectly with slacks, skirts, jeans. It’s the ideal boot. No bling. Minimalist at it’s best.

Ann Taylor boots Ann Taylor snapshot



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From 2008, a stylish and chic black, snake embossed, leather high heeled mule from Nine West.  Trends come and go but classic styles are timeless. This pointy toed mule, named “Do Wonders”, actually does wonders in providing various fashion options – dress it up for an elegant look or wear it with jeans for a casual look. It’s versatile, stylish and comfortable. Sure they sat in my closet for a few years, when pointy toes were not the style. But fashion is cyclical, so if you love it, hold onto it because class never goes out of style, it’s always in Vogue.

Nine West No wonder side shot Ninewest closeup toe no wonder

NW nowonder snapshot


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The Via Spiga “Niki” pump has been in my shoe collection since 2009, and strangers still stare and compliment them. A modern twist to a victorian-esque look –  a graphite grey ankle bootie with contrasting shiny patent cap toes and suede uppers brings your style to a new level. The matching stud buttons are a delicate decorative detail of style, not function, as there is an inner zip. A hidden 1/2″ platform, lofty 3.5″ patent heel and a surprised padded sole … comfortable and stylish to put pep in your step.

Via Spiga Niki

Via spiga niki side snapshot Via Spiga Niki snapshot



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A kittenish heel only better. Elegant, and eye-catching, the retro-inspired “Lawrence Haircalf” pump by Coach makes a statement coming and going. At first glance, you notice the print, in exotic calf hair and that the pointy toe is adorned with an ornamental pale-gold hardware plaque. The 1.75″ heel is a modern day twist to a kitten heel – more structural, geometric and strong, it’s even finished with a glimmer of gold at the inner heel. Normally, I am not a fan of flat shoes, but I was drawn to this low heel. To make sure, I even paraded around the store in the “Sydney” pump, a 3.5″ heeled version of the Lawrence pump. But at the end of the day, the exotic print won me over. And a kitten heel that totally roars!


Coach lawrence angledCoach Lawrence heel

Coach Lawrence snapshot



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This is the shoe where my love for Prada began – a high heeled penny loafer… stunningly simple and elegant. A rich, patent leather pump with a tapered square toe. The raised ivory patent piping on the top vamp is bold and complements the silver penny loafer plaque. The Prada name is engraved in the lower right corner of plaque – a subtle, classy statement.  The 4″ chunky heel is perfect. The shoe may be menswear inspired but this pump is very feminine. I lover starting my day off on the right foot…with chic Prada pumps!

Prada penny loafer Prada penny loafer snapshot


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Does the day after Halloween have you guessing whether folks were actually in costume or couture? Jeffrey Campbell has the same witty sense of humor and his shoe styles keep you guessing. One of his more tame designs, the “Carnaby” is a playful interpretation of a classic, dare I say, saddle shoe. Although, this one is much more modern, stylish and hip. A versatile brogue-oxford with a super chunky, 2″ heel and traction rubber sole. Black cotton laces with punched eyelets finish off the look. This is definitely not costume nor couture, but it’s all Jeffrey Campbell, and stylish as all get out.


Jeffrey Campbell Carnaby

JC Carnaby