shoe du jour

“Style is the forgetting of all styles”. A quote from Made-in-Italy, footwear brand, Lemarè website. Summer is officially here and the thermostat insists that it’s time to show off some sizzling, stylish sandals. And I happen to have the perfect anthracite metallic, open toed mule. The 3.5″ heel feels more like a 2″ heel and with so much cushion, they feel like you’re wearing slippers. Combining up-to-the-minute style, these handmade Italian shoes combine beauty and comfort to create an effortless style.


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Sneakers! I’m not much of a flats girl, but I do love Vince “Blair” sneakers. The black-plaster coloration adds a graphic edginess highlighting  the perforated leather with its contrasting color-blocking. This is one slip on every woman should have in her shoe closet. As comfy as they are stylish. Scored them on sale too.

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You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, and these shoes prove just that.  Nunc. Named from part of the Latin expression Hic et Nunc, meaning Here and Now, these shoes are just that.  The subtle, yet eclectic mix of details are what drew me to purchase this shoe, designed by Dominika Nowak. Her shoes source materials made in Italy but the shoes are hand-made in Poland.  The blending of European cultures has created a shoe collection that definitely makes a statement. The Lenais all about contrasts. The smooth black leather contrasts with white trim, initially giving the shoe a sporty look.  A front zipper showcases an edge, yet the braided trim gives it a Parisian-couture, polished elegance. A plain stiletto heel….um, no. This is a serious killer heel! But the details don’t stop there, and continue into the interior of the shoe and how its built and finished with mesh lining. This shoe is everything … and then some.

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It’s my birthday this week, so I felt compelled to indulge. Delicious Shoe, a Chicago-based shoe store in a truck, opened a brick and mortar store called Sfizi, which means: the Italian colloquial term for things you desire, when struck by a craving, whim or fancy. There’s a term for my addiction!

I visited the store and of course walked away with not one, but two pairs of kicks. After all, it is my birthday.

I love the uniqueness of these shoes. By IXOS, an Italian brand, I would name these … Bellissima! Off-white perforated and asymmetrical cut leather with black cap toe, separated by a brown leather band. A sling back with a 3.25″, carved wooden, wide-block heel makes these shoes per morire per.

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And the award should go to ….  the “Marmont GG” metallic leather pumps by Gucci. These were first seen at the SS16 runway show and since I couldn’t find them in stores, I had to order online. A few clicks and an online coupon to save a few bucks, and they were on their way to my doorstep. I really just wanted to see the gold-platinum cracked-leather material. I hadn’t planned to fall in love with them. These shoes … make me smile. The 4″ heel looks high but since its a block heel, it’s quite comfortable. They also come in a much lower, 1″ loafer style heel, but with shoes this stunning, give me the height. These stylish pumps have a vintage look with a fringed front panel and square-toed shape. The gold-tone metal GG plaque pairs nicely with the cracked metallic leather. Black leather piping helps ground the look. These beauties really are worth their weight in gold.

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Choo du jour!

My first pair of Jimmy Choo’s!!!! Forget cyber-Monday, I think the best shoe sales are on Black Friday, where you can get 60% off or more on your favorite designer shoes. Not wanting to fight the mobs of people or the protesters, I searched for the one boot I had been obsessing over for months, via the web. My size, style, and color delivered to my door from a guy that drives a big, brown truck. What could be better? Did I mention they were 60% off! And free shipping! The “Dayno” boot by Jimmy Choo. An eye-catching, sleek mid-calf, black leather boot with a sophisticated and slim 3.5″ block heel, round toe and signature engraved snaps. They may seem perfectly plain, yet they are simply elegant. Oh Jimmy Choo, I’m loving you!


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Designed Dots

I was so impressed with my first shoe design from Shoes of Prey that I decided to design another pair. The silk, black and white polka-dot fabric is a limited design, so I opted for that – and who doesn’t love dots? Then to give it a punch of color I chose a bright, chartreuse green leather and a chunky 4″ heel. That’s it. Simple, yet funky. Bold, graphic and fun. They arrived in two weeks and fit like a glove. Try designing your own at

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The sudden drop in temperature means summer is over and fall has arrived. The sandals and flip flops are gone and it’s officially boot season. Feeling a little sporty, I pulled these out of the box today. Sorel‘s iconic “1964 Premium boot” it’s been revamped with a modern edged, utilitarian style. Yep, they are really cool! Full-grain black leather and olive colored coated canvas. It was the color of the boot that stopped me in my tracks. Like all Sorel’s they are water-resistant, which is a plus. The above ankle boot has a wedged chunky lug heel, camo-printed sole and extra-long tow-toned laces. You can size down in these, but since I like to wear thicker socks, I stayed true to size. Casual but cool…wrap your feet in style.

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Shoe du jour – designed by Donna

Two weeks ago I met some friends out in Oakbrook for lunch. I arrived early and decided to check out Nordstrom’s shoe department (shocker, I know)! A wall of beautifully displayed shoes under the marquee “Shoes of Prey” called out to me, luring me in. It’s a design your own shoe company, and Nordstrom in Oakbrook is the exclusive brick and mortar store that has the fabric samples and sample shoes to try on to determine your size along with helpful salespeople to assist you with the design process. Suddenly, I’m a kid in a candy store. This is heaven to a shoe addict! (Yes, I’m a shoeaholic. No, I don’t need help.) You design everything from the style of shoe, heel height, fabric for inside and outside of the shoes and any additional adornments you’d like. I did a quick design, met my friends for lunch and then returned to make some small modifications and purchase my shoes, leaving the store without a bag but an exciting purchase none-the-less. They claim that “crafting of your shoes will take 4 weeks, and delivery usually takes 2 – 4 days to metro areas (and maybe a smidge longer to rural locations).” They estimated my shoes would arrive by October 1st. My shoes arrived in less than two weeks! I received email updates as to the status of my shoes along the production line (confirmation of order, allocation station, where shoes are reviewed; stitch line, quality assessment and shipment). They arrived boxed with a letter from the person that worked to make my design a reality, along with a photo, love and care instructions, toe and heel inserts, heel caps and extra shoe laces. A high heeled custom designed oxford shoe, “designed by Donna”, has black leather 4.5″ chunky heel, upper and toe cap. A white leather with black graphic type adorns the front panel and the laces. The piping is a shiny silver petwer blue. The shoes are extremely comfortable, stylish and truly one of a kind. Shoes of Prey also offers a 365 day return policy or they will remake your shoes if you aren’t happy. Talk about customer service! I’m so impressed with the quality of the shoe that I can’t wait to design my next custom pair. Because there really is no such thing as too many shoes!


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There is just something stylish about a zipper. “Fantasia” by Summit White Mountain takes a bold approach to the zipper and delivers a casual-cool style in this peep toe bootie.

The supple black leather hugs your foot. The crossover zipper provides easy on/off access, so it’s not only functional but also modernly stylish. The stacked, chunky 2.5″ heel is the perfect height.

Seriously, what is there not to love about this shoe? Walk in style!

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