Archive for January, 2009

31
Jan
09

Devilish Delights for Post-Winter Revelries

lamb-tamika1Holiday season is long gone, but that doesn’t mean we’ve bid adieu to party season. The winter’s end revival period is the perfect time to stock up on the latest Spring fashions and deck out the closet with some fresh and sassy heels.

Case in point: The L.A.M.B. Tamika criss-cross heels designed with bold and bright red straps.

They’re the devil’s colors, you say; the deep red coupled with black straps and a subtle tan embellishment. Indeed they are, and they’re perfect for turning up the heat as we say goodbye to the frigid days of winter.

Turn up the heat on any basic outfit with these 4 ½” stacked heels that will give your gams a serious workout – and start turning a few heads in no time. The leather insole does provide some relief from the pressures of the heels, so you can head off to the night’s events in comfort. The bunched, criss-cross design adds a little style to that step. Plus, it’s an excuse to hike up that skirt just a little this season.

31
Jan
09

Oscar Party Showdown

It’s that time of the year again, a time to set our gaze on stars and starlets parading down the red carpet. If you’re hosting your own Oscar bash at your assigned Oscar-watching basecamp, make sure your outfit is Hollywood-worthy with the right ensemble.

The shoes are always a good place to start.

This year’s Oscars events call for the more than the little black dress, so don’t be afraid to sport some of the season’s hottest hues; dark purple, deep gold or dark green –

– and pair them up with these magnificent sandals:

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Since it’s the season to show off that strut and really get noticed, enjoy a few moments of enchanting looks in these gorgeous Givenchy Sandals. They’re magical, bewitching and definitely something out of the ordinary; the criss-cross strapped booties are designed with a lace upper and leather lining, and your 3 ½” heel gives you a chance to enjoy a stiletto-like presence.

They’re the party heels of the season, and you can don them with any knee-length or mini-dress for Oscar night or beyond.

30
Jan
09

WTS? (What’s This Shoe)

I see so many cute shoes walking around NYC and as a “shoexpert” I am able to identify most of them, while the rest just remain a painful mystery.  That’s why I’ve decided to post these mysterious cuties for YOU to identify.  C’mon girl, help out this shoe mama!

Mystery orange shoe

Mystery orange shoe

Mystery orange shoe - side view

Mystery orange shoe - side view

30
Jan
09

The end of a favorite.

Owning a favorite pair of shoes is a journey. From the moment you buy them, the inexplicable joy of having found the color, heel, and feel that you wanted. For me, it was during a fabulous trip to Vegas, I found these wedges. Oh my god, simply perfect, with wood heel, and gold upper leather in a T strap design. They are made by Naughty Monkey’s Closet and after a few months of wear and tear, the strap broke. It’s been quite a sad day. These wedges took me from days on South Beach to nights of glamour in Madrid, London and Miami. It was my go to shoe for when I needed a lift, 4 inches to be exact. Everyone always had to comment on my great shoes…I’ve surfed the net endlessly and no luck finding a replacement, but I am starting to feel that there is no hope of a new replacement to my dear friend. I will have to just set out on a new quest to meet my new favorite, whatever color she might be.

27
Jan
09

Designer Profile: Abel Munoz

So I may have mentioned a few times how Boston is not the fashion capital of the U.S.  City of snow, city of black-iced sidewalks, city of the comfortable Ugg-booted commute.  Don’t get me wrong, I moved back here from New York so I could wear a sweatshirt to the grocery store without receiving glares.  But sometimes riding the subway does get a little…demoralizing.

ama-0051The good news is that our neighbors to the north are our cousins in crime.  Badly patterned rubber boots, plastic-y shoes, Lacroix boots dragged through salted snow, Toronto designer Abel Munoz has seen it all.  And he wants to fix us.  Canada’s most fashionable Costa Rican import is ready to hit the U.S. stores any second with his line of tango-inspired modern classics.  Mixing the eclectic with the traditional, his latest collection features graphic platforms, gladiator heels, and booties you’ll think twice about dragging through the sleet.  Oh, and have you ever seen ama-00421shoes like these red ones before?  They were inspired by the female torso, says Munoz.  The designer’s other career as an art director for Canadian fashion mags FQ and Sir ensures his designs stay progressive and unique. 

I know what you’re thinking, Boston students–how can one wear such shoes and pay rent too?  Fear not–while the shoes may carry hefty price tags (prices start at $350 and can go beyond $1,000), Munoz’s creations are meant to be investments.  “I want to develop signature pieces that will last and be relevant for years to come,”  says Munoz.  “New designs with a classic inclination.”  We’re on board with that.  Saks, are you listening?

abel-munoz1Abel Munoz’s designs are available to U.S. shoppers at www.abelmunozaccessories.com.  Canadian shoppers can also find his shoes at Ron White stores (www.ronwhite.ca).

26
Jan
09

Be Not Tall … In the City

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My office used to be based out of New Jersey. We recently moved to the glorious neighborhood of Chelsea (in New York City). Weeks ago, I’d hop in my car, drive to work, and walk into my office in my fabulousness a la super-tall heels. And I felt like the queen of the world.  

Now that I’ll be trekking up and down Manhattan streets and avenues, likely carrying my heavy-ish laptop, I knew a change would have to be made for the sake of my feet. It’s not my first choice to wear flats, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. And when you sacrifice height, something’s gotta give. You have to make for it with sass.

So here was my other dilemma: When you work in the city, there are so many other expenses–better (more expensive) food, metro cards, and well countless happy hours. A girl’s also gotta save.

Luckily, I found ultra-fabulousness in winter wear. Thank you, SmartBargains.com. These Sporto Casey Waterproof Suede Ankle Boots, as cute as they are, only set me back $29.99! They used to be $90. What a steal!

26
Jan
09

Just for Nurses

Many of my nurse friends complain about being on their feet all day. Running around a hospital or standing at a bedside can put pressure on the lower back in addition to sore feet. After trying Nurse Mates shoes, many of them have become believers.nurse-mates-quincy2

One of the versions some of my friends seem to like is a Mary Jane style shoe called Quincy. This shoe is great for having to run from one place to another. It won’t fall off but allows for plenty of airflow to keep feet feeling fresh. They can be worn with socks or even stockings depending on personal preference. The insole is memory foam, so it will feel great even if you have ache support needs. The upper strap is adjustable, making it a better fit for many.

The other shoe that seem to be popular is a clog style called Marci. This shoe is really comfortable and stays in place quite well. The upper leather is stain resistant, a nice feature to find in a white shoe made for nurses. This shoe also has the memory foam insole for extra comfort.nurse-mates-clog2

Of course, these shoes aren’t really just for nurses. These would be perfect for going to and from yoga. They are wonderful for around the house when you don’t want to have to tie your shoe but a sandal just isn’t feasible. I’ve even worn them around the mall when I knew I would need to extra padding for an all day shopping spree. The uses for these shoes doesn’t just stop at nursing, they are useful for many other occupations and activities. Besides, who can resist a shoe with a cute little heart on the side?

26
Jan
09

Marsupial Madness

When I was a kid, I was all about shoes that could multi-task.  I’d head up to 7-11 and buy four nickel candies, carrying nothing more than two shiny dimes slipped into my “penny loafers.”  I loved to slide notes from my mom under my heel and fasten friendship pins to my laces so it was no wonder when KangaROOS became a fad in the mid 1980’s, I was overwhelmed with excitement.

Here was a shoe that could carry my change and style my feet.  In my Roos, I carried change, sometimes a small lip gloss, notes to friends or tiny trinkets I gathered during my grade school wanderings. The pockets were tight, could not hold much, but they were still a concept any kid that spent days knocking on floor boards, hoping to find hidden passages, could get behind.

For years, I wondered about those Roos.  Why were they so popular?  Had they gone the way of the Jello Pudding Pop?  But it was not until recently, I decided to find my answer.

Turns out?  They are still around, some even now sporting ankle pouches that can hold cargo as big as a wallet.  Kind of genius, really.  I hate when I am running, thirsty and sans change.

Another new development?  The old school foot pouches are big enough to hold grade school ramblings as well as something much more adult.  Yes, grown-ups use their Roos for discrete condom pouches. I am not sure I would be thrilled if my only means of birth control was pulled from a tiny zippered pouch on the side of my boyfriend’s shoe, but hey, at least Roos are promoting safe sex.

Here are the old-school wonders in all their glory:

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They are just like I remember: oh-so-girly, sporting a 1970’s era sole that begs the wearer to don sweatbands and hot pant jogging shorts.

In a world complicated by recessions, wars and general adulthood, it is great to know that some fads never die.  Now if only I knew what happened to those damn pudding pops.

24
Jan
09

Michelle Obama’s shoes: a big change and new hope for Washington?!

michelleobamaI’ve been looking for green, patent leather shoes for months now, and I finally found them: on Michelle Obama’s feet!

Whether you loved them, hated them, or just weren’t quite sure if they went with the rest of the outfit; Michelle Obama’s Inaugural shoes were certainly a change for Washington. Personally, I’m not sure how I felt about the ensemble as a whole, but I definitely LOVED the shoes. I’ve read numerous comments about how patent leather is too flashy, and how she should have worn a neutral color shoe. Statements like that make me think that there isn’t hope for Washington, regardless as to who is in the White House. The shoes were a classic style, functional, and gorgeous, so I don’t understand the problem. Shouldn’t a woman have the right to Choos?

Between Sarah Palin’s red pumps and Michelle Obama’s green Choos, I’m optimistic that things are looking bright on the horizon—at least when it comes to footwear. What’s next? Pelosi in pink? Clinton in cobalt? Perhaps it’s time to write our Congresswomen with some suggestions.

So there’s only one problem with finding your perfect green Choos on the first lady’s feet. Green, Jimmy Choo “Glacier” pumps are now impossible to find!

22
Jan
09

Protests, Clogs & Sabotage

Unlike my students, Taylor and Alex, I was not in Washington on January 20, 2009. Instead Jason and I joined several friends from Actors’ Shakespeare Project at Upstairs on the Square to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Who knew these shoes had such a political past?

Who knew these shoes had such a political past?

Listening to all the political commentary reminded me yet again that I should have selected a more rigorous US History class in high school. Singing all the hits from the musical, 1776, in History through Fiction somehow hasn’t paid off in the long run.

While surfing around for Presidential trivia later that evening, I stumbled upon several stories about an unorthodox bunch of protesters this week. Inspired by the rebellious Iraqi reporter who interrupted a recent press conference, this group hurled high heels, crocs, and a host of other shoes on the White House lawn and at an inflatable effigy of George W. Bush on Monday.

Although this is an unprecedented expression of outrage at a President, “shoeing” is not new. In fact, two girls at my suburban high school were often observed smacking each other in the head with clogs.

Speaking of which, the Walk This Way exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts explained that clogs, referred to as ‘sabots’ in French, inspired the word ‘sabotage.’ The Museum claimed that sabotage was derived from an event where Luddites had lobbed sabots into power looms. According to the story, the machines were decimating jobs for hand weavers and incensed workers flung their footwear in protest.

Other sources, though, claim that the word developed after angry peasants intentionally ruined aristocrats’ farmland with their clogs or when a railway workers’ strike broke the wooden shoes holding train tracks in place. Still other scholars contend that sabotage originally meant ‘to play an instrument badly’ and referred to the clomping noise produced by walking in these shoes.

No one seems to have enough evidence to support any of these specific etymological theories. It is clear, however, that clogs have been inciting crowds and stirring up controversy for centuries. Hmmm. I wonder how many pairs were wandering around Washington this week.




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