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Jelly Monsters

When I was little I had a pair of jelly shoes, and they were the most beautiful things in the world. They were purple peep toes with lace lining so the lace showed through the purple tinted plastic.


In my child’s mind these were the best shoes I would ever own, second only to the black patent leather shoes with bows on them that I got at Christmas. Then I got a little older, jelly shoes went out of style, plastic shoes stopped being a thing, and the world progressed.
Now apparently we have regressed, because everywhere I go I find plastic shoes peeping out from shelves in almost every store. And while these aren’t the jellies of childhood, they’re not much better, although the price would like you to think otherwise.
Sometimes referred to as vegan these new adult jelly shoes are riding the trends all the way into your closet, and taking up some valuable real estate. While they are technically vegan, so are plenty of other shoes that don’t revel in looking like cheap plastic crap. Th…

Overdressed in Horseshoes

Summer is great because there's never a lack of things to do. Memorial Day weekend usually kicks off the summer season, and Sailor Jerry Rum did it right this weekend.

Sailor Jerry set up shop at Deuces and the Diamond with a poolside pig roast (complete with whole pig) and complimentary Sailor Jerry Rum drinks.

Since it was about 1,000 degrees out this weekend figuring out what to wear was an issue. A black halter sundress won out, and than came the shoe challenge.


As I was getting ready my thought was that I'd just wear my black wedge sandals that I got in Vegas a couple years ago. They're comfortable, easy to walk in and cute. Then my dear husband reminded me that I was attending the event as "Cat in Heels" and representing the blog. That meant every shoe I own had to come out and get tried on as an option.

Finally, I decided to channel the Sailor Jerry vibe and with my black, red and white TUK peep-toe heels with the horseshoe on them.

The thing I didn't …

Spring to Summer Trends and Travel

Manhattan called again, and here I am. Too bad I never get any time to do anything fun while I'm here. Like shop. I'm in a city known for its boutiques, and I see the inside of a hotel and the airport.

This trip I did manage to steal one hour, which was spent power walking down Lexington Ave. looking for places to shop. My ultimate conclusion: this part of New York has most of the same stores Chicago does. I did find one little shoe store with a couple gems in it, but none in my size. There were also a bunch of jewelry stores (speaking of gems), but I'm not here for purchases of that kind. 
Unfortunately, I'm not here to shop at all. 
What I did realize as I swept through the stores at warp speed, was that some trends that were around last season are here to stay for a little while. So breathe easy, because those color block heels and cap toe shoes are going to slide right through summer and seamlessly into fall. 
Leopard print, pony hair (shoes and bags) and anything …

Too Sexy for Work?

It’s pretty common knowledge that cleavage is generally not suitable for work. At least if you work in an office environment, it’s not suitable. Appreciated, sometimes, but really lacking in professionalism and generally still considered a stuffy taboo of corporate America.
Toe cleavage, on the other hand, can be something that’swholly accepted at the office, even if some consider it a little dirty.
I personally don’t find anything wrong with toe cleavage. It’sjust a different fit to me, like the peep toe, open toe, sandals or strappy gladiators.To other people, it’s apparently the foot version of a nipple slip.
Some people do this look very well. They’re probably also the women with long fingers, that look good decked out in rings, and never have a broken nail or marred polish. They’re slender and sexy, and can pull off the look without thinking about it or even realizing it.
And yes, it is a look to be pulled off, because the wrong move and it can go terribly, terribly wrong. …

Shoes, men and the movie ‘every woman should see’

After the fabulous “God Save My Shoes” event in Chicago, hosted by the Service Club of Chicago of Chicago, the production company, Caid Productions sent me my very own copy of the shoe-centric documentary “God Save My Shoes.” The envelope it came in, all official and yellow, was even stamped with a huge “God Save myShoes” stamp, easily making it the coolest package any of my mail has come in all year.
This weekend I finally got a few minutes to sit down and do something I wanted to do (that wasn’t working), and my husband, being ever obliging, agreed to watch the documentary with me. His reasoning was that he “makes me watch plenty of stupid stuff.”
I love equality.
So we sat down for an hour and a half between cleaning the house and taking Thor to get his nails clipped, and I gave my husband some insight into my obsessions.
Ladies, we should all make our significant other’s watch this film.
First, I’m pretty sure he is now relieved that I only own shoes into the three digits. So…

Traveling in Heels: What to watch for

I travel for work, and it always involves airports. The walking, security lines, finding cabs, calling cars, and running around hotels and offices kind of traveling.

I promise you it is not glamorous and I do not get to see the sights. I get to see airports and hotels and office buildings. Board plane and repeat.

With all the traveling I do I was recently asked what is my minimum heel height for traveling. I'm not sure I have a minimum heel height for traveling, or even a maximum, but I do have certain heels that are better for racing through airports, towing luggage, taking off and putting on in security lines, and the various other nonsense I put my heels through in an average trip.

My go-to heels for a business trip are my Nine West Mary Janes. They have two straps and a pointed heel, so they're cute and go with anything, but they also have a small platforms (totally helps with comfort) and a three to four inch heel.

If I was ever going to run in heels these would be the on…

In the Club

Monthly shoe clubs are all the rage right now. Actually clubs of all kinds are, but let’s focus for a hot second on the million shoe clubs out there.
Just Fabulous, Sole Society, Shoe Privee, ShoeMint,ShoeDazzle…the list can continue on, but really, why bother. That’s a wide enough sample for discussion purposes.
Each one offers something different than the other one. With exclusive designs, celebrity collaborations, company collaborations, and fixed prices on everything you generally know exactly what you’re getting, and you always know how much you’re going to pay.
Yeah for flat pricing!
On the other hand, are the designs really all that exclusive? In the 39.95 range clubs the Iron Fist designs that Just Fabulous carries are available through Iron Fist, Shoe Privee carries mostly Qupid, which are available in various retail outlets and online stores, and ShoeDazzle actually carries their own brand that are some kind of knockoff of various designer shoes (as is everything).  I own…