Sarah Jessica Parker Teams Up with Manolo Blahnik

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

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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.

{Footwear Upcycle} Studded Converse

I’m an avid crafter and DIYer. I love to get my hands dirty. I’m not intimidated {sometimes to a fault} of anything. Installing wood floors? Why not. Building a dining room table? Done it! I’m not crazy, mind you. I’d never attempt to handle any electrical or plumbing issues unless they were very, very basic. But, any chance to learn something new and save a bit of money in the process, is right up my alley. Heck, the more I save on projects, the more I can spend on shoes.

Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

Of course, sometimes pretty shoes come in very affordable packages. Case in point: these radical stud-inspired DIY converse sneakers from A Beautiful Mess. Um, yeah, we want to make these. We often hem and haw over “casual” shoes – we’re stiletto snobs – but the older we get the more practical we’ve become about shoes. We even recently acquired a pair of Converse sneakers ourselves {a Christmas gift from the bf} and we’ve embraced them whole-heartedly. And while still very, very small {a whopping 3 pairs} our collection of ballerina flats is slowly growing.

All you need is a pair of white sneakers {they don’t necessarily have to be Converse…or white, for that matter}, your favorite studs {ABM used flat-backed pyramid studs}, and some superhero glue, like E6000 and in about 15 minutes you’ll have a sweet new pair of trendy kicks. Like I said, rad.

Knockoff, Replica or Just a Trend?

Knockoff, Replica or Just a Trend? || The Shoe DishDesigners are no strangers to knockoffs and replicas being made of their most popular styles. The Tory Burch ‘Reva’ Ballet Flat is probably one of the most replicated pieces of footwear of all time. First coming into popularity in 2006, the ‘Reva’ was a simple patent ballet flat with the famous double ‘T’ buckle on the toe. It’s a pricey little ballet flat, but its supporters were true and it quickly became one of the most popular casual flats of a generation.

Knockoffs were aplenty, everyone from Steve Madden to Juicy Couture began to make look-a-like designs and in late 2007 Tory Burch put her patent ballerina flat foot down and sued a handful of companies for patent-infringement. Oh the tumultuous world of high fashion…

Knockoff, Replica or Just a Trend? || The Shoe Dish

Which is why we had to laugh out loud when we stumbled across the ‘Bridgette’ Ballet Flat from Tory Burch - a quilted, capped-toe ballerina flat from the Tory Burch brand. Is it just us or does that shoe look strikingly familiar to Chanel’s capped-toe ballerina flat?

Call us crazy, but if you design in a world where trends are rarely defeated by innovation, you’re probably going to have a couple copycats out there. That’s what a “trend” is, after all. I wonder if Chanel will be suing Tory Burch? Unlikely. Chanel be too classy for that :) Of course, maybe Tory Burch got there first…

*Just to note, Banana Republic, Audrey Brooke, Vince Camuto, Steve Madden, J. Crew and Anne Klein are all currently copying this style.

Hot Pink Shoe Deals!

We hope everyone had a shoetabulous weekend, filled with hearts, flowers, love and…if you were really lucky, like us, maybe a new pair of shoes!

Hot Pink Shoe Deals || The Shoe DishI don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, at least not in the traditional sense of the holiday. I love red and pink and candy and flowers. I decorate my house and send flowers to my mom. This year, I even bought heart-shaped donuts from Dunkin Donuts. Yum! But, as far as gifts for {and from} the boyfriend {whom I cherish}, well that consisted of an early-morning smooch as I ran out the door.

Of course, my sneaky boyfriend did cheat the rules a bit this year with this surprise that came late on Wednesday night {2 days before the holiday of love}. You’ll notice that there are more boxes of candy than flower bouquets {he knows me well}.

Instead of roses, this year, I treated myself to a new pair of shoes! And they are quite fitting of the holiday in bright lipstick pink. Say hello to my new Kate Spade New York ‘Shelly’ Pumps, which will be fondly referred to as my Barbie shoes from here on out. These bad boys were on sale at Saks Off Fifth Avenue. Originally $328, marked down to $206.99 with an additional 65% off this weekend. Yup, I paid just $72 for these classic designer pumps. Ay-o! Click HERE to get them at 6pm.com right now for just #164!! right now for just $164!

Actually, it was quite the shoetabulous weekend indeed. My BFF was visiting from NM for the weekend and she purchased 2 pairs of boots in just 4 days. Woot! This classic, mid-shaft moto-inspired boot from Aldo came in at a wallet-friendly $39 and a surprise 1-day boot sale at Steve Madden saw the Steve Madden ‘Brewzzer’ boot all wrapped up for a sweet little $64! Black and brown boots all in one weekend! Can’t beat that!

Hot Pinks Shoe Deals || The Shoe Dish

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Your Relationship Status? Say it with Heels

No matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day – we’re impartial – there’s no doubt that it’s a great excuse to put on your hottest heels, reddest lipstick and step out in style. Look hot this holiday, no matter your relationship status. Here are a couple of our favorite styles to fit every situation:

Your Relationship Status? Say it with Heels || The Shoe Dish

Nothing says Single & Ready to Mingle, like a pair of hot pink snakeskin embossed sky-high stilettos, like the ‘Sardinia’ from Carlos Santana

Your Relationship Status? Say it with Heels || The Shoe Dish

Because no matter how you are in the bedroom, you’ll always be a lady on the street. These sweet heels from Betsey Johnson say this lady is Spoken For.

Your Relationship Status? Say it with Heels || The Shoe Dish

If ‘It’s Complicated’ you’ll need a heel that’ll keep ‘em guessing, which is where this sexy heel from L.A.M.B. ‘Sandy’ will come in.

Your Relationship Status? Say it with Heels || The Shoe Dish

For the recently divorced…in case you need to kick some tush – the L.A.M.B. – Serena

Your Relationship Status? Say it with Heels || The Shoe Dish

Heart…broken? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Jump up & brighten up with these sassy heels from Priveleged – the ‘Cosmic Crush’

Your Relationship Status? Say it with Heels || The Shoe Dish

Michael Antonio’s ‘Temdy’ is the perfect heel for Heartbreaker! Go get ‘em girl!

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Laser-cut Heart Booties from alice + olivia

Laser-cut Heart Booties from alice + olivia || The Shoe DishTired of Valentine’s Day slapping you in the face with an overkill of red & pink, delicious smells of milk chocolate and overpriced roses on every corner of the streets?

Fight back with a subtlety {or a not-so-subtle, depending on how you see it} pair of laser-cut heart booties from alice + olivia. These booties fit the holiday perfectly, yet they’re peek-a-boo cut-out design keeps them subtly under the radar. And because they’re not shouting Cupid arrows and red roses with a blazing red or pink color scheme, you can almost get away with wearing them without too much fan fare.

These alice + olivia Gerri Heart Cutout Booties are complete with a luxe, croc-embossed golden metallic wash, peep-toe design, scalloped top and come in the season’s trendiest styles. Also available in black. All hail the return of the peek-a-boo cut-out bootie! Available at ShopBop.com for $395.