Tag Archives: fall shoes

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

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

Step into Fall

It is in the 70’s, raining and looks colder than it is.  Which means, it is neither boot weather, nor sandal weather, and while warm enough for an espadrille, it would look fairly ridiculous.  It’s enough to drive a girl crazy with a major case of fashion climate confusion.

The first step in converting your wardrobe for fall begins with your feet, and the shoes you adorn them with.

I am young(ish) professional, and so my budget is limited.  I am not going to show you on-trend shoes that I cannot afford, I’m talking about you Manolo

Every shoe in the slideshow is less than $250 – and you know, if the shoe fits…

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Colorblocking: this trend has been a mainstay for two seasons.  For fall look and a more playful look stick with deeply saturated bold colors, for a more sophisticated look block in neutrals.  If colorblocking at your feet, stay simple up above, pair with a tonal or complimentary solid dress for a sophisticated look.
Shop: Cathi, T-Strap, Smiles, Patent
Snakeskin:  In our $250 price range it is all about faux, and good faux at that.  When shopping look for subtle texture and colors that exist in nature, so you know, no pink snakeskin.  Depending on the style of the shoe, snakeskin can be perfect for the office or a night out, but be sure to err on the understated for 9-5.
Shop: Garnet, Manic, Peep Toe, Palmerr


Glitter: Fall begins the holiday and party season and there are so many fun ways to amp up a little black dress, or simple skirt/suit with a glittering, shimmering pair of shoes.  I also love the idea of sparkle with a simple outfit of skinny jeans and a slim sweater.
Shop: Kriss, I-Dreemy, Pinki, Pansy


Loafer: Clearly inspired by menswear, the loafer style comes in so many varieties that there is an opportunity for any woman to put her personal style stamp on it.  Velvet smoking loafer, check, western platform, check, tasseled brogues, check.  Pair with slim jean, (or flair for the platforms) and an otherwise feminine silhouette.
Shop: Unmixed, Melter, Hathaway, Marcel


Kitten: This look is all about femininity: a short heel, a slim silhouette, and ladylike refinement.  Go for the slimmest heel that is comfortable for you, and because it’s a delicate shoe feel free to play with pattern and texture.  Pair with this season’s very popular midi length skirts and dresses.
Shop: Dynamite, Ixora, Patent, Perfect


Will you try any of these trends?  Which would be your favorite?

Inspiration via France

A few weeks ago The Sartorialist featured what he called the “Shoe of the Season”; the Valentino Studded Kitten Heel.  He wasn’t kidding.  

Photo via The Sartorialist
They are ladylike with an edge.  The studded detail elevates the feminine kitten heel and pointed toe without going over board.  I love the idea of wearing them with trousers for day, and then when the day turns to night, it’s surprise.

Not surprisingly this pair is a little out of reach, but there is a lot of more affordable options that is inspired by the Valentinos.  If you set out in search of a similar style you’ll want to focus in on the more feminine shaped shoes with a slim heel and delicate straps.  The look is more lady with an edge, than biker chick or rock and roll roadie.

Happy Shopping, make this fall fabulous!