Author Archive for Elizabeth Riley

09
Oct
09

I Feel Pretty and Practical in Nina

It was a Pretty Woman experience for me Saturday night at the opening of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Although, I was sans one Richard Gere. Sigh). One of the many perks of my new job is being able to attend events that I wouldn’t otherwise go to—red carpet, black tie, beautiful gowns, gorgeous people. Alas, I knew I’d have to wear something amazing. Rather than buy an entire outfit, I decided to jazz up a vintage dress I bought for New Year’s Eve two years ago, but never had the chance to wear. Normally, I would have searched for the funkiest of shoes to counter my solid black dress, but in this situation, I decided a classic shoe was best. The event was traditional, yes, but I needed a shoe that could be worn beyond the weekend. One that would outlive the fall, winter, and possibly spring, trends because of my job. I was looking for longevity. I ended up snagging the Effie by Nina, a 4-inch, black satin shoe with a slight peep toe. Despite my nerves, I felt comfortable in my new purchase. And when opera singer Renee Fleming busted out her rendition of West Side Story‘s “I Feel Pretty,” I can honestly say, I did. Practicality isn’t utilized in the fashion industry often, but in some circumstances it can be quite nice.

Effie by Nina

Effie by Nina

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12
Sep
09

Working Girl

This week was momentous in the life of Elizabeth Riley. I started a new job at Chicago magazine. It has always been my philosophy that every life-changing event should be accompanied by a pair of shoes, and a new job is no exception. Upon leaving work yesterday evening, I decided that a sophisticated pair of shoes were in order, so I set off to find a pair with just the right amount of edginess, class and style. My first (and last) stop was Lori’s Shoes online.

Exploring the selection under “Fall 2009 Trends,” Poseidon by Vaneli caught my eye with its classic peep-toe-meets-oxford design (Lord knows I’m a sucker for a peep toe). But this shoe boasts more than a sexy glimpse of my phalanges. Its 3 1/2-inch heel is a modest size for the office, and its two-tone look (black suede and brown patent leather) is perfect for the approaching fall season. I’m not so sure how the job’s going to go (fingers crossed), but at least I know I’ll look good doing it.

Vaneli Poseidon, Lori's Shoes, $98

Vaneli Poseidon, Lori's Shoes, $98

31
Aug
09

I Hate Reptiles, But I Love Prada.

It’s hard to imagine what an iguana/Trojan warrior might look on one’s foot, but it appears Prada is on to something. Generally, reptiles don’t evoke the warm and fuzzies inside me, yet as I flipped through latest issue of Chicago Fashion, I was far from creeped out—I was in awe. Chunky soles, studs and mohawks, oh my! With such fabulous details, this shoe might have me rethinking my philosophy on cold-blooded creatures.

Prada Fall 2009 Shoe Collection

Prada Fall 2009 Shoe Collection

Iguana by Cy via Flickr Creative Commons License

Photo by Cy (Via Flickr Creative Commons License)

18
Aug
09

Short People Have Legs (and Feelings), Too

When it comes to shoes, short people have a lot more to lose. Us shorties don’t have the luxury of mile-long legs to distract the rest of the world from our poor shoe decisions (not that I ever make any). Our bodies consist of the following: head, chest, torso, er—feet. Seeing as I’m only 5-feet tall (and one eighth), I generally go for a shoe that either a) adds eight inches to my stature, or b) is so stunning everyone forgets that I’m their walking arm rest. Ideally, I want a shoe that does both. Enter Trinette by Guillaume Hinfray. The heel may only be 4 1/2-inches tall, but its gold chain-link T-strap design more than makes up for it. These babies say tall, sexy—and confident—with just one glance. Eat your heart out, Gisele.

Trinette by Guillaume Hinfray, Bluefly.com, $386

Trinette by Guillaume Hinfray, Bluefly.com, $386

14
Aug
09

My Silver Anniversary

At the end of this month I will celebrate my 25th birthday. This year, I’ve decided to treat my quarter-century birthday like a wedding anniversary and invest in something silver. Silver shoes, that is. Below are a few options I’ve been mulling over. Let me know which ones you love/hate, because every shoe gal needs to make an informed decision.

Pelle Moda Carlin Slingback, Nordstrom, $140

Pelle Moda Carlin Slingback, Nordstrom, $140

Chinese Laundry Latte Heel, Heels.com, $70

Chinese Laundry Latte Heel, Heels.com, $70

Martinez Valero Corrine Pump, Heels.com, $135

Martinez Valero Corrine Pump, Heels.com, $135

Promiscuous Splendid Pump, Zappos, $100

Promiscuous Splendid Pump, Zappos, $100

So this one isn’t silver, but I’m not so sure I can wait til my 50th birthday to buy a pair.

Max Studio Boudica Sandal, Heels.com, $185

Max Studio Boudica Sandal, Heels.com, $185

20
Jul
09

I’m Feeling Randi, Baby! Yeah!

I love when a shoe makes you feel romantic, nostalgic even. When I saw the Randi pump by L.A.M.B. I immediately transported myself into some sort of classic movie extravaganza full of wistful characters like Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (Austin Powers didn’t make an appearance, but I just couldn’t help myself with the headline).

This heel’s elegant peep toe and stitched-down ruffles pay tribute to eras past, while the
4 1/2-inch heel keeps things trendy. Sadly, the mysterious, brooding gentleman is sold separately.
Available at Nordstrom.

Randi Pump by L.A.M.B., $345

Randi Pump by L.A.M.B., $345


16
Jul
09

What Stayed in Vegas

I recently got back from my first trip to Vegas, and like many a lady before me, I fell in love (sans the drive-thru wedding chapel). Amid all the designer shops and boutiques I spotted a shoe that almost had me begging for fall, Kirov by Chanel. And if I’d had roughly $1,200, what happened in Vegas certainly wouldn’t have stayed there.

Bellagio Chanel, Kirov Collection

Bellagio Chanel, Kirov Collection

Bellagio Chanel, Kirov Collection

Bellagio Chanel, Kirov Collection




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