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 – Halloween Eye Candy

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With Hurricane Post Tropical Storm Sandy leaving me stranded at my Brooklyn apartment – I am so very thankful for my electricity that never left me and cable/internet that only flickered for a hot minute. And also for my dog – for keeping me company.

I’m also thankful that tomorrow is Halloween – one of my all time favorite days in this glorious city. And while Sandy has taken down a majority of NYC (including the entire subway system – will I go to work tomorrow? no one knows) she will not keep me from staying in the Halloween spirit. Since staring at various screens of technology is my only available form of entertainment – join me and look at some Halloween themed shoe candy. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for a last minute costume.

Black Cats. Skeletons. Witches. and Morticia Addams.

Get it: (upper left corner headed clockwise) Mesh Ankle Booties – Spring 2011 Viktor + Rolf, $thesebabiesbelongtotheinterwebs, Sequin Skull Loafers – $675 ultstatus.com.au, Black Strappy Matryoshka Heels – $1,565 bergdorfgoodman.com, Tuxedo Peep Toe – $52 amazon.com, Sequin Skull Pumps – $50 bakersshoes.com, Wavy Black and White Booties – $1,225 colette.fr, Marni Gold Winged Shoes – $720 mytheresa.com, Rose Heels – $50 bakersshoes.com, Gold Pilgrim Bow Platforms – $146 modcloth.com, Spiked Heel Ankle Straps – $1,490 alducadaosta.com, All Over Studded Christian Louboutins – $3,895 christianlouboutin.com

Pumpkin Parade.

Get it: (upper left corner headed clockwise) Kenzo Orange and Black Lace Ups – $595 openingceremony.com, Ombre Fur Boots – $1,960 farfetch.com, Jeffrey Campbell Platforms – $110 solestruck.com, Fringe Tiered Boots – $185 heels.com, Fire Pumps – $895 modaoperandi.com, Flamenco Lace Ups – $150 heels.com, Geometric Works of Art – $1,000 solestruck.com, Contract Cut Out Pumps – $932 matchesfashion.com, Floral Platforms – $68 misski.com, Emilio Pucci Feather Strappy Sandals – $935 stylebop.com, Sequin Heeled Boot – $149 nordstrom.com

Frankenstein’s Monster Green.

Get it: (upper left corner, headed clockwise) Green and Gold Wrap Around Booties – Guillaume Hinfray Spring 2012 – $thesebabiesalsobelongtotheinterwebs, Skull Lace Heel Pump – $50 heels.com, Green and Pink ZigZag Boots – Kandee Spring 2012 $alsobelongingtotheinterwebs, Lime Green Lace Up Wedge – $40 solestruck.com, Zombie Mules – $42 heels.com, Green Studded Combat Boots – $90 heels.com, Lime Green and Black Pumps – $56 amazon.com, Green Snake Sandals – $524 theoutnet.com, Studded Lime Heels – $215 flannelsfashion.com, Furry Monster Feet Slippers – $9.60 carters.com

Blood Red. Vampires. Sirens. and Vixens.

Get it: (upper left corner, headed clockwise) Red and White Rose Bootie – $1,525 ssense.com, Gold Zipper Boot – $42 gojane.com, Silver Mirror Heel Red Pump – $1,295 couture.zappos.com, Cut Out Knee High Boots – $100 heels.com, Red and Black Lace Peep Toes – $89.95 aliexpress.com, Satin Fan Heeled Pumps – $995 net-a-porter.com, Cut Out Red Bootie – $980 stylebop.com, Waved Booties – $1,150 guiseppezanotti.com, Classic Black Sling Back Louboutins – $1,075 christianlouboutin.com, Red Stud Pump – $1,195 net-a-porter.com, Suede Scoop Booties – $880 neimanmarcus.com

Since we are pre-Halloween – I’m coming up short for an IRL option. However – I will clue you into my costume for this year’s festivities.

Happy Halloween! <33Mal