Shoesday Tuesday – Rainy Day Wishes

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It’s set to rain all this week here in NYC.

Unfortunately for us – we all have to walk in it. And unfortunately for me – I own no rain shoes. I typically throw on something patent leather (most likely of the 4 inch heel variety) and call it a day. But – someday – I’d like to invest in one of these beauties by Melissa.

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Get it: (Top to Bottom) Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Tan and Pink Pumps – $150 allsole.com, Two Tone Wedge – $110 vanmildert.com, Red Sling Backs – $92 vanmildert.com, Grey Closed Toe Ankle Straps – $65 yoox.com, Leopard Loafers – $61 nonnon.co.uk

Shoesday Tuesday – Wait For It

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So while online window shopping at Forever21 the other day – I saw something familiar..

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Ombre Heels. Interesting. At the beginning of January, I posted about new styles I was seeing pop up – and posted these beauties from nastygal.com (see below.)

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Also interesting that they are almost 4 times the price.

So then I decided to do some research – where did this trend start and when. Let’s watch as the fashion machine boils products down to mass market level.

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Here they are at the end of January for $235 bucks at unifclothing.com.

But they still must have started higher than that.. which leads me to – McQueen.

November 2012. About $1,200.

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And October 2012.

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With this math – the NYFW eye candy I posted last week should be at Forever21 by June. (and for a measly 3% of the original price) I like those odds.

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – New York Fashion Week of Shoes

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Before I get into discussing the shoe beauty of NYFW Fall 2013, I’d like to extend my apology for missing last week’s Shoesday Tuesday due to a killer sore throat and a memory lapse!

Onto the shoes.

NYFW has come and gone (now it’s London’s turn) and having only attended one show (Costello Tagliapietra – who had some pretty fabulous floral pumps stomping the runway) – I turned to the interwebs to educate myself.

Thanks to shoerazzi.com for giving me everything I needed in one place!

I have immediately fallen in love with the following:


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And my personal favorite:

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Also bringing me eye candy was fabsugar.com. Bows and Shoes – my two favorite things:

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And to wrap it up neatly with a designer I showcased in my last entry – fashionpulsedaily.com shone the spot light on Alejandro Ingelmo.

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All of which I will wait patiently for until Forever 21 knocks them off next year and I can buy ’em for $24.80!

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday: A Lesson in Self Control

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With exactly one week until Christmas – I find myself needing to buy all of my gifts for my loved ones but being presented with opportunity after opportunity to buy gifts for myself instead. Whether it’s my coworker telling me about an entire building consisting of sample sales on every floor or my best friend alerting me to a shirt that seems to have been designed solely for me – I’m using all of my strength to resist.

And then while at work I had to do some simple research and headed to TopShop.com. After looking through their belts and sweaters (what I was supposed to be doing) I found myself clicking the link “Shoes” (what I was not supposed to be doing.) And what I found was terrifying. I have never wanted so many items on one page from one retailer. The Amex gift card I received from my bosses this morning is not helping the matter.

In hopes to continue my quest of self control – I will leave my mini TopShop wishlist here for you. And maybe I can wait it out until they go on sale.

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Get it: (upper left corner, moving clockwise) Black Strappy Sandals – $120, Neutral Colorblock Sandals – $110, Crystal Bow Pumps – $110,  Studded Skinny Sandals – $100, Bow Ankle Straps – $100, Metallic Art Deco Pumps – $190, Cheetah Toe Cap Pumps – $100, Crystal Heeled Mary Janes – $116 – all at topshop.com

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – How to Beat the System

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Everything in fashion is a looped chain. Since almost no ideas are brand new ideas – designers look to the past for inspiration. New trends start at the very top – runway, couture, etc. Then season by season, things get repurposed, stream lined, and brought down a level on the money chain.

Everyone steals from everyone. It’s the law of the land. As long as you change 30% – you can’t get sued. That’s an actual rule.

Can’t afford that Zara dress? Wait a season – it’ll be at Urban Outfitters. Don’t want to pay Urban’s prices? Wait a season for Forever 21 to turn out their version. You’re going to lose some quality along the way – but in our country’s high shopping turn over rate it only makes sense to sacrifice quality for quantity.

In this vain – today I bring you some on trend shoe staples sitting comfortably at two notches on the fashion food chain. High end and low end. The designer versions might be a season old while the low end knock offs are most likely hot off the presses. Either way – this is how you beat the system, ladies.

High End On Trend Beauties ($500 and up)

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Get it: (upper left hand corner, heading clockwise) Wedge Boot – $550 karenmillen.com, Double Ankle T-Strap – $725 christianlouboutin.com, Gold Heel Ankle Boot – $689 bergdorfgoodman.com, Studded T-Strap Flat – $670 mulberry.com, Studded Loafer – $990 barneys.com, Ankle Strap Sandal – $735 modaoperandi.com

Low End Bargain Staples ($50 and below)

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Get it: (upper left hand corner, heading clockwise) Double Buckle Wedge Boot – $43 charlotterusse.com, Double Ankle T-Strap – $50 piperlime.gap.com, Glitter Heel Ankle Boot – $50 modcloth.com, Studded T-Strap Flat – $47 shopruche.com, Studded Loafer – $45 bakersshoes.com, Ankle Strap Sandal – $32 debenhams.com

Today’s IRL shoes come from one of my discount victories. $20 shoes are always right up my ally. Studded Oxford trend – check! And these babies are super comfortable – double check!

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<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday: Irrational Shoe Choices

I’d like to start off this Shoesday Tuesday by pointing out that the high temperature for today in NYC is 60 degrees. Thanks Global Warming Climate Change. I take any temperature over 50 degrees as an invitation to bare legs and open toe shoes – but really – in December? That is irrational.

And so began the theme of today’s entry.

Fashion is very often impractical – especially shoe based fashion.

All too often I pop on a pair of shoes despite their lack of comfort or lack of weather practicality. Sometimes it’s just worth it. And while I prescribe myself to being thrifty at all times – many a Carrie Bradshaw inspired woman will throw an irrational amount of cash (or credit) at a shoe and call it a day.

If mother nature is deciding to be frivolous and not follow the rules – let’s jump on that train with her. Check out the following completely irrational shoe choices below.

It’s December. I should not have peep toe shoes on right now and yet.. Here’s a selection of winter sandals just in case you have no fear of frost bite.

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Get it: (upper left corner, heading clockwise) Color Block Peep Toe – $748 mytheresa.com, Gold Platform Ankle Straps – $924 mytheresa.com, Blue Bow Strappy Sandal – $945 barneys.com, Hot Pink Platform Ankle Straps – $266 ssense.com, Gold Wrap Around Sandal – $325 jildorshoes.com, Gray T-Strap Sandal – $175 piperlime.gap.com, Nude Armani Sandal – $88 armaniexchange.com

My most typical form of shoe frivolity – skyscraper shoes. Forget the fact that I’m 5’9 barefoot. I’ll be the tallest girl in the bar – again. Here’s how:

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Get it: (left, right, heading down) Cut Out Colorblock Platform Pump – $72 udobuy.com, Sheet Music Wedge – $944 boutique1.com, Rhinestone Heel-less Wedge – $1,975 couture.zappos.com, Spiked Heel-less Wedge – $2,243 lindelepalais.com, Split Sole Black and Gold Bootie – $1,095 brownsfashion, Platform Louboutins – $1,395 bergdorfgoodman.com, Chunky Platform Animal Sandals – $760 net-a-porter.com, Lattice Platform Sandals – $170 heels.com

Want to drop a grand on a pair of pumps? Right this way.

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Get it: (right, left, heading down) Bright Blue Suede Bootie – $1,150 forzieri.com, Christian Dior Satin Ankle Strap – $notevenonshelvesyet, Pyramid Stud Sandal – $1,450 net-a-porter.com, Patent and Mesh Lace Up – $1,090 modewalk.com, Colorblock Wedge – $1,150 giuseppezanottidesign.com, Metallic Toe Ankle Strap – $1,250 lanvin.com, YSL Art Deco Heel – $1,040

And in real time, here’s our IRL shoe – on my feet right this moment. Wrong season, wrong color palette, wrong functionality for the rain that occurred this morning. Not worried about it.

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Long live impracticality.

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – All I Want (and would never ask) For Christmas

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Now that Thanksgiving is over – it’s that time of the year to be bombarded by Christmas everywhere you go.

My family is big into celebrations and presents. And I am big into asking for shoes. However, I’m a realistic wisher.

If I weren’t – though – this is what I’d start with. A girl can dream, right?

Get it: (Upper Left and Headed Clockwise) YSL Mirrored Pump – $1,030 veryeickhoff.com, Glitter Heeled Mary Janes – $690 miumiu.com, Marni Gold Heeled Ankle Boots – $1,000 ssense.com, Studded T-Straps – $850 mulberry.com, Studded Wrapped Bow Boot – $1,495 forwardforward.com, Pointed Toe Bow Louboutins -$895 christianlouboutin.com, Multi Color Oxford T-Straps – $675 forzieri.com, Copper Cut Out Peep Toes -$795 rupertsanderson.com, Red Lace Strappy Sandal -$895 valentino.com

For our IRL shoes – here’s a sampling of what is actually on my Christmas list.

Glitter Platform Pump – $50 modcloth.com, Studded Oxfords – $11 forever21.com, Taupe Mesh Oxfords -$26 urbanog.com, Leopard Bow Kitten Heel – $33 modcloth.com

All budget conscious options. Go grab them yourself. We can be twins. I won’t be mad about it.

<33Mal