Archive for May, 2009

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May
09

Cannes We Talk Shoes? (Part Two)

Cannes 2009 has officially wrapped but not before some of our favorite red carpet warriors made their appearances. Angelina Jolie attended the Inglorious Bastards premiere in a beautiful nude chiffon Atelier Versace gown with perfectly corresponding nude satin Versace peep toe pumps. Nude evening shoes with a strong shape have been a popular red carpet theme in the past few months and no one does nude better than Angie. She looked like a goddess as usual. At the Cannes AMFAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Sharon Stone wore gorgeous a Dior Couture creation with a thigh high slit showing off her toned legs and a pair of sexy funky metallic Dior sandals. Star Trek darling Zoe Saldana made a bold statement wearing a very futuristic pair of chunky metallic Sergio Rossi sandals to the same event. Well that was fun while it lasted, see you next year in Cannes!

28
May
09

Soleful Tete-a-Tete with a DC Cabbie: What makes women so nuts over a shoe?

Since I’ve been writing for Shoetube, I’ve found that people have no problem spilling their souls when it comes to, well, soles.

A few weeks ago I was on my way home from the Smithsonian Young Benefactor’s Gala* and somehow my cabbie and I got on the topic of shoes. I was telling him about Shoetube, he was telling me about his wife’s massive shoe collection, and then he asked me the million dollar question:

“What makes women so nuts over a shoe?”

Then he started pelting me with questions harder than the rain falling outside:

Is it because a shoe is expensive? Is it the name? Is it because of a celebrity?  Why does my wife NEED all these shoes?!

The man makes a point. Why is it that certain shoes are just to-die-for and some even worth eating ramen noodles for a month? Is it M. Louboutin’s red sole? Is it because Victoria Beckham wore them? Is it just because they’re $$$? Or is it about getting that must-have shoe that’s impossible to find?

Perfect example: pierre-hardy-for-gapI met a girl earlier that evening in a pair of a-mazing $1,000 Pierre Hardy stilettos. Sure, we chatted about those, but what she was even more excited about were the  Pierre Hardy for GAP sandals that she’d scoured the country to find.  She’s currently on an international mission to find this specific Payless sandal that’s been featured in quite a few magazines, but cannot be found anywhere in the US or Canada. Someone needs to call in INTERPOL stat!60% off at the Outnet.com

Personally I’m guilty of being a red sole addict: these are my latest moral (aka money) dilemma.

To answer the cabbie, I can’t explain it: there’s just something about some soles that make them irresistible.

P.S. As I exited the cab, he informed me that there was no way he was going to tell his wife about Shoetube. However, from what he told me about his wife’s love of shoes, my guess is she’s reading this right now 🙂

*recap on that to follow as soon as I work out some technical difficulties with my camera

28
May
09

The New Eco Footware (VW Bus and Veggie Burrito Not Required)

This month’s issue (May 2009) of Elle Magazine is largely about eco clothing and beauty products. Not that a magazine hasn’t produced a green-themed issue before, but Elle’s take is a bit higher-end and more fashion-forward than the typical organic cotton-and-bamboo fair. Among the pages, an ad for green line Zoe & Zac, available at Payless of all places, jumped out at me. Like Elle, the shoe company is promoting the eco concept with a don’t-you-wish-you-were-as-cute-as-her spokes model: Summer Rayne Oakes.

Tigerlily Espedrille from Zoe & Zac

Tigerlily Espedrille from Zoe & Zac

But Oakes wouldn’t be able to sell many shoes if the footwear looked like a harvest of boiled-wool clogs. Happily, that’s not the case. Pastel wedges and floral-patterned ballet flats anchor the line. The cheery purple Tigerlily Espadrilles feature “an organic cotton upper, an adjustable slingback with a nickel and lead-free buckle and a romantic 3.5-inch espadrille wedge made from natural jute and hemp.”

Simple Shoes is an obvious pick for green footwear, with the the crunchy-ish hemp canvas Mary Janes and the post-consumer recycled packaging. But not everything the company turns out is styled with a Grateful Dead reunion tour in mind. Take the Gazer, a leather sandal in black and burnt orange. The leather is from factories that have been certified environmentally friendly, the outsoles use natural rubber and recycled car tires and even the logo detail is fashioned from recycled metal alloys.

Brazil by olsen Haus

Brazil by olsen Haus

Designer Chloe Jo Berman (founder of Glamazon Living guide The GirlieGirl Army) recently told EcoRazzi.com, “When we look at lines like olsen Haus and we see our options: stylish, beautiful, elegant, just matches everything, but also are fashion forward — there’s no question as to making the switch.” For eco-minded shoppers, olsen Haus is the next step in sustainable style. The totally-vegan line (no animal products used) manages not to sacrifice style for ideology, either. The dangerously sexy Brazil (with a magenta, citron or eggplant-colored 4-inch stilletto heel) is made of “vegan ultra suede.”

Simple Shoes' Gazer sandal

Simple Shoes' Gazer sandal

Finally, like a sign o’ the times, online retailer Zappos has its own category for “Eco Friendly” footwear. It’s a sea of Earth Shoes and Birkenstocks — but that could change with more urban-minded designers jumping on the eco-train. That May issue of Elle? It listed more than a half-dozen designer flats from the likes of Giorgio Armani, Proenza Schouler and Miu Miu.

27
May
09

Silver Sandals of the Future from Robert Clergerie

robertclergerieThe futuristic trend may have disappeared with last year’s fashion lineup, but there are still remnants of the galaxy to be enjoyed this summer.

While the space-ship inspired outfits are so passé, you can still get away with some metallic, fashion-forward shoes and accessories.

Fresh out of Paris, these Robert Clergerie Pewter sandals are ready to shine and dazzle for any party-going gal this season. These shoes are ready to beam you into the future with their geometric design, oversize jewel trim and glossy pewter finish.

They’re shiny enough to catch your reflection in (okay, almost), and are the perfect match for your all-black or silver ensemble this season. The 4” platforms are an uber-comfortable way to strut your stuff on the dance floor, too.  The 1 ½” platform makes it easy to show off your dance moves without breaking a leg (literally), so you don’t even need to practice with these gorgeous heels.

26
May
09

Tess Tuesday: Zola I Love You

gwynethzolatan0131I have two words for you: Hot Diggity. Describes yesterday’s hot dog at your Memorial Day BBQ (or fancy bacon grilled onion hamburger if you are of the culinary crowd), as well as the new Gwyneth Zola Sandal now available at Barefoot Tess.

Sandals are abundant this time of year, but gorgeous beaded suede sandals are one in a million. Add a cushion for comfort and a style to kill for and we believe we just might have stumbled on the perfect summer shoe. It’s a big claim. Then again, it’s one heck of a sandal.

Check out the new Zola and all sorts of other shoe goodies at Barefoot Tess!

26
May
09

Oh, Jeffrey!

Since my write-up of Lori’s Shoes, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the L.A.-based designer Jeffrey Campbell, whose work is often on display at the aforementioned Chicago boutique. His designs are both fresh and reasonably priced, making them all the more desirable. And word on the street is Campbell’s latest design—the Mel—is not only flippin’ fantastic, but insanely comfortable, too. This rhinestone-studded platform pump puts any BeDazzler to shame, and its sexy 4″ heel will have you dominating the party without any pain. The Mel, which was recently spotted on the soles of recording artist RHEA, can be purchased at SoleStruck.com (2 sizes left) and Jildor.com.

Hot damn! That’s a fine shoe! Did I just use the word “fine?” Any shoe that can provoke the use of 90s slang is an instant keeper in my book.

Mel by Jeffrey Campbell

Mel by Jeffrey Campbell

25
May
09

Wearing Your Heart on Your Heels

Remember that Vanessa Williams song about saving the best for last?

Well, what if you live with that destination in mind, and the best just never comes?

guesspinkheelsA good friend of mine has had feelings for a close guy friend of hers for the better part of a decade.

Like all relationships, theirs have ebbed and flowed – sometimes they are platonic, sometimes they are flirty, sometimes they accidentally end up naked and have follow-up awkward conversations about what they are.

Ultimately, the answer is always the same: She wants what he cannot give, he doesn’t want to lose her, and she can’t help herself from holding out hope things will change.

Some may say my friend is fairly dense, and is refusing to take a hint long-past hit over her with a gavel…but feelings don’t always make logical sense, and she’s been given plenty of reason to second-guess herself.

They’ve been defriended, refriended, and re-entangled over and over, and while she knows their relationship is what some may interpret as dysfunctional, it’s become so important to her that she can’t imagine her life without him in it.

Recently, he invited her out for lunch, saying he wanted to talk, and would treat her to an afternoon to restore her faith that he did care, and her feelings did matter. To their date, she wore these Guess Shower 2 hot pink slides. Her heart was on her sleeve (er, shoe), and she was ready to give this one final attempt of her all.

He’s not in love with her. He’s moving – and while he promises they’ll always be friends, she knows that her happy ending now looks bleaker than ever. Has the best been saved for last? First she needs to figure out that this is what the best actually is.




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