Friday Favorites: Fancy Footwear Finds…

 

Valentino Rockstud Flats || The Shoe Dish

As we plan our first-ever Capsule Wardrobe for Spring 2015, it’s things like these that seriously capture our attention. This sweet Valentino Rockstud Flats {we featured the 70s-inspired version of it HERE} makes getting dressed up or down as easy as pie.

Take a closer look at Lily James custom cinderella shoes from Jimmy Choo. Wish we had those for our wedding…

Jessica Hart NY Fashion Week Street Style || The Shoe Dish

Check out some of the best ‘streetwear style’ from New York Fashion Week…

Happy weekend!

 

 

The Classic Black Pump

On Monday, I presented the 8 Shoes That Every Women Should Own, so today let’s break these styles down a bit, starting with the classic black pump. If you ask me, this is the creme de la creme of all shoe styles. It goes with everything…literally EVERYTHING. No lie. You can pair a classic black pump with jeans, pants, a mini skirt, a pencil skirt, a suit, heck you can even wear them with shorts. Yup, they’re versatile little buggers.

Pick a style that works for you. If you can walk in sky-high stilettos, go for it, but if not, then you can pick a kitten heel or midi heel style. Anything goes, but keep it sleek, chic and simple.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Christian Louboutin ‘Iriza’ – this is a doozy of a heel. If you’re a regular heel-wearer this might be the black pump for you.

Manolo Blahnik BB Pump – a mini-heel that anyone can walk in

J Crew Black Suede Pump – a great day to night black pump

Salvatore Ferragamo Peep-toe Mare Jane – a sweet and sassy pump for work and play

L.A.M.B. Warner High Heels- A classic with a little twist

The ‘Bean Boot’, Lumbersexuals and the Anatomy of a Trend

L.L. Bean Boot || The Shoe Dish

A recent surge in popularity has the iconic “bean boot” from L.L. Bean pushing to fill a backlog of orders. The company recently adding a 3rd manufacturing shift and hired 100 new employees to deal with the demand and fill backorders.

So what’s up with the high demand? The boots have long-been popular with New Englanders and outdoorsmen…and hunters and loggers and farmers, but recently they’ve gained favor in the fashion industry as well.

L.L. Bean Boot || The Shoe Dish

Along with the emergence of the ‘lumbersexual’, the boots seem to be catching on across college campuses {at a recent trip to the movies, I saw a group of 9 teenagers ALL wearing the bean boot…and I live in South Carolina} and on the streets of the countries most fashion-fabulous cities like New York and LA.

L.L. Bean Boot || The Shoe Dish

The “bean boot” is still hand-made in Maine and with L.L. Bean’s life-time warranty, there’s a lot to smile about with quality, handmade, American goods? The company expects to sell 450,000 pairs of boots this year. Will you be one of those pairs?

8 Shoes Every Women Should Own

One question I get a lot on this blog is in regards to shoe closet staples. “What should every women have in their closet?” It doesn’t matter if you’re a shoe minimalist or a shoe hoarder {like me}, there are a handful of shoe silhouettes that every women should own. If you have these 8 shoes in your closet, you’re set for every season and every occasion.

Every women should own:

  1. Classic Black Pump
  2. Chic Ballerina Flat
  3. Casual Flat Boot
  4. Fashion Sneaker
  5. Sleek Ankle Boot
  6. Strappy Dress Sandal
  7. All-weather Boot
  8. Flat Sandal

Shop These Looks:

Black Pump {similar} | Ballerina Flat {similar} | Anytime Boot {similar} | Fashion Sneaker

Sleek Ankle Boot {similar} | Strappy Sandal | All-weather Boot | Flat Sandal

When it comes to shoe staples, this is where I like to splurge a bit. It’s the same rule I apply to my clothes, really. Classic clothing items that will last are worth spending a little extra on. We’ll dive in on all these items in a separate post, but for now check out that shoe closet of yours. Do you have all the staples?

J. Crew Stella Pump for Spring

It’s freezing! And yet, we can’t help but think about spring shoes. Call it wishful thinking…

Whether you’re just emerging from your bunker post Snowpocalypse 2015 or scraping your windshield for the first time in your life, let thoughts of these pretty pumps from J. Crew keep you warm.

The Stella pump is a classic chunky-heeled pump with a not-so-classic colorway, complete with a spring fresh fabric-covered upper. This heel is sassy, chic, sexy and totally walkable.

Ugg Australia Fashion Boots

We used to talk quite a bit of trash about Ugg Australia, but not because they were a lousy brand. We had no issues with the brand and quality. For an everyday, outdoor, cold-weather boot, Ugg was a #1 contender. The problem was that they’d attracted the “basic bitch” fashionista. Girls who would wear these boots with mini skirts in the middle of summer. Um, you realize you’re wearing a shearling-lined winter boot, right?

But, the last few years, Ugg Australia has stepped up their game launching a line of fashion-friendly boots complete with the quality their brand was started on. Here are just a few of our favorite fashion-friendly boots from the line:

UGG Thames Women’s Dress Pull-on Boots

UGG Volta Women’s Dress Zip Boots

UGG Charlotte (Pearl Nubuck) Women’s Boots

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday SneakersAs a general rule, I never wear tennis shoes outside of the gym. But, with all fashion rules, there are exceptions. These days sneakers have moved into the forefront of fashion. In fact, they’re not just “sneakers” anymore. They’re “fashion sneakers” and they have their own special following of sneakerhead trendsetters.

I don’t own a lot of sneakers. I have some Converse sneakers and I love my sneaker wedges from Ash, but on a casual day I’ll still grab a pair of ballerina flats over sneakers 90% of the time. Still, there’s something to be said for a great pair of fashion sneakers to dress down an otherwise fancy outfit.

On a separate note, I’m selling these Nike for J.Crew Internationalist Sneakers on eBay! I’m selling them for a friend {long story} but they’re brand new, never worn, and still in the box sneakers. If anyone is interested!

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Kaanas San Jacinto Skate Shoes – Multi/White

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Giuseppe Zanotti Mirrored Low Top Sneakers – Argento

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Opening Ceremony Oc Sneakers – Black Multi

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Ash Detox Wedge Sneakers – Black/Fluoro Yellow/Roccia

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Mm6 Maison Martin Margiela High Top Velcro Sneakers – White/Azure/Navy/Grey