Shoesday Tuesday – Need a Little Motivation, Inspiration

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I’ve been feeling like I’m stuck in a bit of a rut lately and am in need of something new to inspire me. Cue shoes. (Or any fashion/art really, but let’s stick to the theme.)

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Neon Ombre Pump – $710 cricket-fashion.com, Yellow and White Chunky Sandal – $62 randawebsite.com, Black and White Striped Oxford – $95 americanapparel.com, White and Black Double Strap Peep Toe – $50 solesociety.com, CheckerBoard Bootie – $990 barnes.com, Purple Wave Cut Out Sandal – $975 couture.zappos.com, Blue Ankle Strap Peep Toe Bootie – $475 youngbritishdesigners.com, Lucite Platform Pink Patent Sandal – $609 luisaviaroma.com, Blue and Metallic Ankle Strap Sandal – $109 shopbop.com

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Walk in My Shoes

As I’ve stated too many times to count – I wear heels often. Not always, but often.

I also live in NYC. Some people see this as a disconnect – I do not. While I may have on flats today, yesterday I wore 4 inch heels from 8 am to 2 am. And last week a coworker asked me if I changed into heels when I got to work – astonished to find that I do not.

Wearing heels can be practical. You just have to wear the right heels. So let me help you out, sister. Here are some tips.

Choose a chunky heel. Not only does this make walking over subway grates easier – but it helps you balance. See some options below:

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Navy and Yellow Chunky Pump – $60 solesociety.com, Metallic and Lucite Chunkly Heel – $120 nastygal.com, Two Tone Toe Cap Pump – $200 jcrew.com, Cross Strap Two Tone Sandal – $80 clubcouture.cc, Metallic Pink Sandal – $81 asos.com, Floral Platform Sandal – $65 zappos.com

Choose quality brands. And by quality I don’t mean thousand dollar Louboutins. I mean affordable, well made shoes. See the below options all for under $100 by some of my favorite, comfortable brands.

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Navy Patent Slingback by Nine West – $70 lordandtaylor.com, Black Pointed Ankle Strap by Nine West – $85 piperlime.gap.com, Patent Leather Coral Wedge by Naturalizer – $60 dillards.com, Neutral and Blue Sandal by Naturalizer – $63 shopruche.com, Yellow Ankle Strap Pump by Rocket Dog – $50 macys.com, Striped Peep Toe by Rocket Dog – $64 zalando.co.uk, Black Ankle Strap Wedge by Seychelles – $95 farfetch.com, Brown T-Strap Heeled Sandal by Seychelles – $70 dsw.com

Keep your feet locked in with lace up heels. The more the shoe surrounds your foot – the more stability and control you will have. Trust me. See the beauties below.

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Get it: (top to bottom, right to left)  Two Tone Oxfords – $272 simplysoles.com, Cut Out Lace Up Ankle Bootie – $136 asos.com, Black Lace Up Sandal – $129 zara.com, Ankle Laced Stiletto – $88 express.com, Two Tone Suede Oxford Cut Outs – $60 solesociety.com

And finally, throw on a platform. Putting a platform at the front of your shoe lessens the actual height your heel is off the ground, keeping your instep less severe. They also happen to be “in” at the moment so you’ll have no trouble finding them.

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Take it from me though – give your feet a break from time to time. All too often do I wear shoes a bit past my limit and definitely pay for it – in my knees. If you are wearing heels to work and then out at night – try switching pairs. It’ll give your feet (and knees and back) a break.

Enjoy!

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Spring Trends, a How To

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Fashion is run by trends – we all know that. However, it’s what you do with said trends that creates personal style. There’s nothing wrong with embracing a new trend – but some can be tricky. Here are some tips:

  • Pick one trend and stick with that.
  • If the trend you are going for is bright, busy, or flashy – tone down the rest of your ensemble to compliment it and let it pull the focus.
  • If it doesn’t flatter your body type – don’t take it personally. Always place blame on the clothes – not on your body.
  • Take risks.

With that out of the way – let’s check out four shoe trends for Spring 13 (which weather-wise is rapidly approaching – finally) and put them into real life action!

Transparency.

Screen shot 2013-03-05 at 12.04.52 PMGet it: (right to left, top to bottom) Neon Peep Toe Ankle Bootie – $995 christianlouboutin.com, Two Toned Transparent Pump – $280 boutique1.com, Double Ankle Strap Toe Cap Pump – $10 wholesale-dress.net, Neon Ankle Strap Pump – $29 aliexpress.com, Transparent Cut Out Brogues – $110 urbanoutfitters.com, Red Patent Flats – $90 johnlewis.com, Studded Pointed Pump – $42 asos.com, Color Blocked Metallic Transparent Pump – $1,095 bergdorfgoodman.com

70’s Inspired.

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Gold and Orange Platform Wedge Sandal – $810 marni.com, Wooden Studded Black Cut Out Wedge – $110 aldoshoes.com, Cork Cut Out Platform Sling Back – $130 stevemadden.com, Zig Zag Printed Platform Sandal – $100 heels.com, Silver and Rust Ankle Strap Mule – $525 modaoperandi.com, Floral Printed Cross Over Sandal – $114 asos.com

Color Blocking.

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Get it: (upper left, heading clockwise) Metallic Strappy Platform Sandal – $750 shopsavannahs.com, Tri Color Ankle Strap Platform Pump – $850 – ssense.com, Thick Strap Tri Color Pump – $765 saksfifthavenue.com, Tan and Pink Ankle Strap Wedge – $490 lagarconne.com, Pink and Wine Pointed Cut Away Pump – $225 shoplesnouvelles.com, Patent Leather Neon Ankle Strap Sandal – $79 macys.com, Tri Color Pointed Flat – $25 2bstores.com, Bright Penny Loafers – $530 stylebop.com

Hologram.

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Get it: (from the top, heading clockwise) Strappy Sandal – $350 bergdorfgoodman.com, Peep Toe Ankle Strap Flat – $17 forever21.com, Solid Pointed Flat – $17 forever21.com, Metallic Brogue – $190 solestruck.com, Snakeskin Metallic Sandal – $336 mytheresa.com, Ankle Strap Sandal Pump – $695 lagarconne.com

And for this week’s IRL shoe – check out my newest score. Hologram Pointed Toe Mary Janes from Christian Siriano’s Payless Collection. These shoes were made to be on my feet.

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Happy Shopping! <33Mal