Shoesday Tuesday – Throw Back Thursday

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Back from vacation and finally re-adjusting to the real world on a Thursday – I figured I would kill two birds with one stone: make up for missing Shoesday Tuesday and jump on the #ThrowBackThursday bandwagon the only way I know how – via shoes.

My obsession with clothes and accessories started early. My mom often tells people that I loved to wear bowls on my head as hats – maybe I was trying to get the look for less from the start. I’ve been walking in some form of a heeled shoe pretty much all of my life. And throughout my childhood and adolescence – I can remember three standout pairs of shoes that graced my feet time and time again.

In elementary school, it was the Patent Leather Mary Jane. The heels made noise in the halls as I walked (which I loved) and they were shiny! Bonus. A bit of a teacher’s pet – when I left my 4th grade class to pick up my teacher’s mail – kids running in the halls in front of me would immediately stop – thinking an adult was following them. What a great trick I had learned.

In junior high – I remember a very specific outfit consisting of a red leopard pencil skirt, black short sleeved sweater, and Wooden Heeled Platform Mules. They must have been at least 3 inches in height. I sprinted down hallways with ease, towering over boys, instructing them to put my miniature best lady friends down and “away from that garbage can.”

My high school was anything but small. Comprised of “old” and “new” sections of the building, the third floor sections didn’t even connect! Having 4 minutes between my classes did not hinder me – or change my shoe choice. I suppose it was practice for NYC. One of my favorite pairs of completely impractical shoes were baby blue Patent Leather Peep Toe Sling Back Stilettos – that I scored at a discount store for ten dollars.

So what would these Throwbacks look like if I wore them now? Let’s shop the internet.

Mary Janes.
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Get it (from the top, headed clockwise): Black Rounded Toe Mary Jane – $30 target.com, Teal Buckled Mary Jane – $59 zappos.com, Gray and Yellow Marc Jacobs Mary Jane – $625 net-a-porter.com, Studded Two Tone Mary Jane – $310 theoutnet.com

Wooden Heel Mules.
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Get it (top, right, left): Studded Mule – $162 shoescribe.com, Studded Slingback – $115 yoox.com, Clean Platform Mule – $440 theoutnet.com

Patent Peep Toe Sling Backs.
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Get it (top to bottom, left to right): Red Slingback – $625 profilefashion.com, Black Bow Sling Back – $98 lordandtaylor.com, Striped Multi Color Sling Back T-Strap – $293 net-a-porter.com, Robin’s Egg Blue Sling Back – $404 giuseppezanottidesign.com

<33Mal

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Shoesday Tuesday – Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

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I’ve never really had too much of a prejudice against a specific type of shoe – except maybe sneakers – but, I must say that I’ve always been a little luke warm about mules.

Recently, my best friend purchased a pair for her new burlesque venture and I thought to myself – cute, pin up inspired little shoe – am I missing out?

Fast forward a couple weeks to a day of online window shopping when I stumbled upon these beauties – I had to have them.

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(With any luck they’ll be delivered to my office tomorrow.)

So let’s explore, open our minds, and step into a new pair of shoes.

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Pink Suede Open Toe Mule – $540 barneys.com, Patent Leather Black and White Mule Sandal – $75 theiconic.com.au, Faux Reptile Peep Toe Bootie Mule – $41 asos.com, Vivienne Westwood Patent Leather Red Mule – $100 nonnon.co.uk, Classic Mule – $59 victoriassecret.com

Happy Branching Out!

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Step Back in Time

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Nothing says classy lady like a great vintage shoe. Or in the below cases – vintage inspired. I’m a big fan of old school style and I think the best way to pull it off is by mixing  something old with something new. It keeps it modern.
If you’re not sure where to start – go to the classics. And when we’re talking shoes there are a couple good ole’ standbys to choose from.
The T-Strap. Bring the 40’s back in a big way with any of these gems for under fifty bucks.

Get it: (upper left corner, going clockwise) T-Strap Metallic and Red Pump – $39 endless.com, Tan Patent T-Strap Wedge – $50 shopruche.com, Pointed Toe Metallic Kitten Heel – $35 chineselaundry.com, Seychelles Orange and Neutral Curvy T-Strap – $47 amazon.com, Sleek Metallic Two Tone T-Strap – $43 zappos.com, Chunky Blue Seychelles T-Strap – $18 amazon.com, Classy Black T-Strap Sandal – $28 forever21.com, Colorblock Peep Toe T-Strap Pump – $22.99 milanoo.com, Madden Girl Suede T-Strap – $45 dsw.com
Possibly the most classic, simple style of all things vintage inspired – the peep toe. Sling back, patterned, bowed, cut out – they’re all here for under $50.

Get it: (upper left corner heading clockwise) Leopard Bow Pump – $43 asos.com, Guess Neutral Sling Back – $50 endless.com, Gold Cut Out Pump with a Bow Front – $50 dsw.com, Colorblock Ankle Strap Peep Toe – $20 bakersshoes.com, Quintessential T-Strap Peep Toe – $50 dsw.com, Black and Printed Ankle Strap – $50 dsw.com, Polka Dot Sling Back – $35 wallisfashion.com, Simple Red Patent Pump – $50 dsw.com, White and Black Trimmed Button Up Pump – $40 kohls.com

And for today’s IRL shoe – you want a pin up look, what better place to find it than at a pin up shoot. These lovely vintage beauties are attached to the feet of model Martina Markota during a pin up photoshoot I modeled in this weekend. Pop of color with a colored tight – you’re ready for fall girl.

Til next time. Keepin’ it classy from the feet up.
<33Mal