Category Archives: Shoes

Lust List: Slip-on Sneakers

Perennial cool girls, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen inked a sneaker (I know – sneakers?!) partnership between their brand, The Row and Superga.  And since then, the formidable fashion duo has been sporting (pun semi intended) sneakers about town.

Collection by TDB; MK+A by Garance Dore

Collection by TDB; MK+A by Garance Dore

Mary Kate, and fashionable street stylers, have taken the favorite sneaker of the skater boys I went to middle school with and made them cool again.  

I think they are perfect for a run around town.  With a skinny ankle jean, a slim, deep v tee; when your style that day is more baller than ballerina.  Of course, the trend is easy to pick up and the styles are available in just about every price point.  For my money, I’m going classic with a pair of updated and metallic leather Vans.  I know, I never thought I’d see the days when a pair of Vans would be on my lust list.

Shop here: 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5

Shoe Week: Menswear

Menswear for women isn’t a new phenomenon.  Frankly, it is as old as women’s fashion for men (ahem, Shakespeare)…  But, what I particularly like about this new class of styles for lasses, inspired by lads, is how feminine they are.  Stay with me: slim heels, ankle straps, pointed toes all in tie-inspired silks, nubby tweeds, and rich leather.

Here are a few good men-inspired looks, for girls.

Shop: Tabitha Simmons/J. Crew/Tory Burch/Marc Jacobs

Shoe Week: Building Blocks

Fall is a tough season, and this year fashion (and footwear) is following suit.  This season’s hottest pumps with a thick and square heel are a study in architecture; they toe the line between retro platform and modern sculpture.

They are heel and toe ahead of the competition and won’t get knocked over easily.

Shop: Nicholas Kirkwood/7 for All Mankind/J. Crew/Kate Spade

Shoe Week: Smoking Season

Spring’s sweet ballet flat is replaced by fall’s moody, groovy smoking flat.

It’s daytime and night time ready, and pulls inspiration from all places including the leisure life (a la Hef) to the market bazaar.  These kick around flats are perfect with a mini skirt or a slim pant, and don’t be afraid of color or prints, this season it is the more the merrier.

Shop: Steven by Steve Madden/DV Dolce Vita/Kirra/Cole Haan/Donald J Pliner

Shoe Week: Red, Red, Wine

Burgundy is the color of the fall season, and I’m just about punch-drunk in love with the color as it makes its way into the wardrobe from head to toe.  Over the weekend I envisioned the pump I wanted: sleek, tall, shine, in a bold burgundy.  With very little whining required, I found the wine to pair with my stems – thanks, Ivanka.

I’m loving the idea of a flash of burgundy, a splash of wine, peeking out beneath the perfect hem of a trouser, or as a fashion star with a dress.

Shop: Prada/Ivanka Trump/Pour La Victoire/Stuart Weitzman

Shoe Week: Riding Boots for Fall

With cooler temperatures and the arrival of fall literally nipping at our heels, this week is dedicated to fall’s shoe trends.  First up, a favorite fall must-have of mine, a fierce pair of boots that are as tough as they are refined.

Cool. Chic. Ready for Fall.

Shop: L – R, Top to Bottom: Salvatore Ferragamo/Audrey Brooke/Lucky/Frye/Tory Burch

Ladylike Leopard for Fall

The leopard trend has come a long way from Peg Bundy for this leopard trend.  Beyonce, Anna Wintour, street-style masters wear it with aplomb.  Are you intimidated by this wild streak, and don’t want to show your spots in the urban jungle?
Here are some chic ideas to make it your own.  Copy cats welcomed!

Shop: Sweater, Pant/Dress, Jacket/Jeans, Loafer/Clutch, Dress

August Must Haves: Color, Shine, Sparkle

August is here and it is a tricky style month; you have one flip-flopped foot in summer and the other booted up for fall.

Here are a few of my favorite, ooh and ahh worthy must haves for August!Shop: Sip/Stack 1/2/3/Strut

Trends: T-Strap Pump for Fall

It feels (as in it is 100 degrees today!) too early to think or talk about Fall trends, but one is sneaking up on us today that is too good to not share!

The T-Strap pump was spotted on the runways for Fall 2012 and celebrities, like Emma Stone, are working the trend a little bit early for all of our benefit.  The classic pump becomes even more flattering with the help of a retro revamping from front and center thin strap.

In bold colors and sparkling leathers for now, and deep jewel tones and suede for later – this is a trend to watch.

Shop: Pink/Green/Silver/Red
Images: Emma Stone/Philip Lim runway

Ballet Class this Weekend

Ha – did you think I was putting on a leotard and tights, tying a bun in my hair and going to the barre?  No.  I am going to J. Crew to buy ballet flats, probably with my hair in a top knot and maybe I’ll go to a bar.

After a very thorough spring cleaning it is time to stock up on some new spring essentials.  These are my favorite new flats from J. Crew and some, certainly not all, will make it home with me.

I was not always a flats fan, but a girl can not survive in heels forever.  Somewhere along the way I stumbled onto a J.Crew sale and bought a pair.  My feet and I agree, the ballet flats from J. Crew are en pointe!

Do you wear flats?  Who are your favorites?  Also which color is the winner here?

all images via J.Crew