Betsey Johnson Holiday Heels

Blue by Betsey Johnson Holiday Heels || The Shoe Dish

Red holiday heels. Um, yeah, I can get behind that. We’re currently crushing on these sassy heels from Blue by Betsey Johnson Mesh High Heels. If anyone knows glamour, it’s Ms. Johnson. These heels are complete with a jeweled mess t-strap. Red satin, stiletto heel, and diamonds! What more could you ask for in a holiday heel?

 

But, even if you’re not a fan of red, you can always grab some silver and gold. Everything that glitters IS gold…er something like that. Grab some glitter, grab some gold, pull out the sequin, metallic and be bold. It’s Christmas time my shoe loves!

Blue by Betsey Johnson Holiday Heels || The Shoe Dish

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The holidays are for giving and receiving. So, don’t forget to grab something sweet for yourself.

How to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots

Pedro garcia Vanne Over-the-Knee Boots || The Shoe DishOver-the-Knee Boots are a fun trend, constantly reusing, repurposing and reemerging with even more silhouettes, styles and designs.

Some shoes can be worn anywhere, by anyone, for any occasion, but OTK boots are simply not one of those universally flattering options and therefore, are not always a good idea.

When it comes to intimidating accessories, over-the-knee boots may well take the cake, but in the fashion world, often times the greatest risks yield the biggest rewards. Go get ‘em girl!

Here are just a few ways to wear OTK boots:

How to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots || The Shoe Dish

Paired with skinny jeans – This is probably the easiest way to wear OTK boots. Pair them with your favorite skinny jeans.

How to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots || The Shoe Dish

With a mini-skirt – Just be sure it’s not a micro-mini and your OTKs should be on the tall shaft side, so that you’re only showing a sliver of leg.

OTK with Leggings

Try some leggings – Normally we’d never promote leggings in public, but with the right OTK and an oversized sweater, this look can look chic and comfy all at the same time.

How to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots || The Shoe Dish

A flowing skirt and tights – Want to show a little more skin, that’s cool, just add tights!

Here are some of our favorite right now OTK boots:

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Try This! DIY Your Shoes

I’m a hopeless DIYer. No matter how big the project, big or small, If it’s possible to make it, I will. I’ve built everything from a dining room table to a built-in bookcase. So, when it comes to a little crafty redesign, I’m all in and adding a little bling to your everyday shoes is waaaaaaay easier than building a table.

Here are just a few of my favorite tutorials on redesigning your trusty old kicks:

Studded Sneakers DIY || The Shoe Dish

Studded Sneakers – Add a few grommets to your favorite Converse All Star Sneakers and voila, your blinging! PS: Any sneaker will do.

Painted Sneakers DIY || The Shoe Dish

Painted Keds – Thanks to Yesterday on Tuesday, this sweet shoe redesign has you hacking some Keds-version sneakers to mimic some adorable designer Kate Spade shoes. Love this!

ModPodge Heels DIY || The Shoe Dish

Print ModPodge – I love this idea, because you could use just about any fabric, paper or print to decoupage your shoes. A little Mod Podge and a photo, novelty fabric, even a page from a book.

metallic sneakers diy || The Shoe Dish

Metallic Sneakers – Loving these gold-painted sneakers from Dream a Little Bigger. Try it using Martha Stewart Acrylic Metallic Paint or any color fabric paint of your choice.

Sequin Heels DIY || The Shoe Dish

Sequined Party Heels – There are a ton of tutorials floating around the interwebs on how to do this. I like this one from Lauryn Galloway Blog, because it mixes the Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish and sequins {we like these super fine craft sequin from Martha Stewart – Martha Stewart Crafts Iridescent Glitter} to make a paint instead of just sprinkling the glitter on top of the glue. This will prevent glitter litter every time you wear them.

So, who is up for some shoe crafting? Share your DIY sneakers with us!

Men’s Guide to Shoes Under $100

Christmas can get kind of crazy in my house. I LOVE it, my mom loves it and I’ll raise my girls to love it. My husband is learning to love it {he wasn’t much for the holidays before we met}. I love everything about this holiday season. The lights, the food, the spirit that fills every nook and cranny. I love traditions on Christmas Eve and breakfast by the tree on Christmas morning. It’s not about the gifts, but I do love giving and receiving.

This year, we’ve put a cap on holiday spending. After buying a new house, having a wedding, and going on a honeymoon, we feel like we’ve had a pretty good year. The girls are too young to truly understand, so we’re buying them an outfit, their first stuffed animal and making a DIY toy. The husband and I are spending $100 on each other, which seems pretty generous until you start looking for a gift.

Luckily my guy loves shoes almost as much as I do and with 16 years of experience searching for shoe deals online, I’ve got a pretty good eye for men’s shoes under $100. So here’s my top list for the holidays:

Steve Madden M-Moffit || The Shoe Dish

Steve Madden M-Mofit Men’s Lace-up Boots

Native Mens Rain Boots

Native Shoes Jimmy Shoes

Mens Brogues ASOS

ASOS Brogues

Vans SK8 Mens Skate Shoes || The Shoe Dish

Vans SK8-Hi Reissue Skate Shoes

John Varvatos Monk Straps

John Varvatos Star Dress Double Monk Men’s Monkstrap Shoes

And for all you ladies with hot, fashionable men in your life, here’s a awesome Guide to Men’s Shoes from GQ. Share it with the men in your life.

Stacked-Heel Booties || Fall/Winter 2014

It’s that time of year again. Time for boots! While the trends may come and go, every fall/winter season we see variations on the same silhouette. There are 5 key boot styles: 1) Over-the-Knee, 2) Moto, 3) Knee-high/Riding Boot, 4) Bootie, and 5) Stacked-heel boot. Almost any style, fashion or hack fits into one of these molds.

Today, I want to focus on my current favorite silhouette, the stacked-heel boot. I love all shoes and especially boots, but for the last few years I find myself falling head-over-heels in love with the stacked-heel boot. I imagine it has something to do with my age and the way my style has progressed over the years, but the truth is fashion doesn’t always have an explanation. We like what we like. Simple as that.

Here are a few of my favorite stacked heel boots for 2014.

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Koolaburra Dame Women’s Pull-on Boots

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J Crew Laine Suede Bootie

Stacked-Heel Booties #theshoedish

Splendid Lakota Women’s Pull-on Boot

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Free People Breton Heeled Boot

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Surface To Air Double Layer Booties

Sarah Jessica Parker Teams Up with Manolo Blahnik

Sarah Jessica Parker Teams Up with Manolo Blahnik || The Shoe Dish

Photo Credit: Washington Post Online

We tease and joke about celebrities and their shoe lines. The truth is that most of these celebrity-turned-designers are really just licensing the rights to their names. They may have a tiny bit of insight into the design process, but they’re certainly not “designing” shoes. From Ivanka Trump and Jessica Simpson to Fergie and Beyonce {I mean even Reba McEntire has her own line of shoes} there’s very few celebrity women who haven’t dipped their toes in the business of celebrity-branded fashion lines.

So, when news hit last month that Sarah Jessica Parker was releasing her own line of shoes for Nordstrom we actually thought, Hmmm…now that actually makes some sense. Here’s a women who put designer slitettos on the map, who made Manolo Blahnik and household name and gave a whole new meaning to the red sole. SJP {or more appropriately, her alter-ego, Carrie Bradshaw} made us believe in the “Urban shoe myth” {does the ‘Diana’ ring any bells} and had us all drooling over $500 peeked-toe mary janes. SJP is shoes.

Parker has been approached by many companies over the years, but she held out for the creme de la creme of all designers, none other than George Malkemus III, chief executive at Manolo Blahnik. Makes sense, no?

The line is simple, sleek and designer chic. It’s all about the single sole. You won’t find any trashy cheap shoes here. We love that these shoes are priced in the mid-range {on the designer pricing scale, of course} from about $195 to $450. Pretty solid collection, indeed.

Dolce Vita ‘Hexen’ Summer Sandal

Dolce Vita 'Hexen' Summer Sandal || The Shoe DishHello there lover! While most areas of the country can’t really see the light at the end of the tunnel, today is officially the first day of spring. Ay OY! And while you might still be stuck living in your winter boots, Uggs, wellies and riding boots, summer sandals are coming…we PROMISE!

Get ready with these deliciously delightful scrumptiously heeled sandals from Dolce Vita. Coral meets animal-print meets open-toed sandal. It doesn’t get much better than this! Complete with a 4-inch heel, this pretty ‘Hexen’ from Dolce Vita is definitely meeting our harem. How about yours?

The Dolce Vita ‘Hexen’ is also available in mint and black.