Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Acting on Impulse

Every so often I impulse buy a pair of shoes.

Or like once a month. Or every other week. I will not admit to impulse buying any more than that. Except for the last few weeks. Something has really been wrong the last couple weeks and I’ve been a little more impulsive than normal. So much so that I ended up with a backlog of unworn shoes.

I don’t manage to wear all my shoes equally anyway. There are some that never see the light of day, and others that are in a heavy rotation. I’ve been working on this and trying to mix up shoes with different outfits and such, but that’s not always the most successful thing.

This recently backlog of unworn shoes though has gotten really bad. So bad that I was making up outfits to go with them simply so I can wear them.

I’m not sure when I will simply think I don’t need another new pair of shoes.

First up in the new shoes to wear are my aqua Nine West Boutique Nine heels that I picked up on sale during a business trip to Washington D.C. They were blue, and on sale, and I was pretty sure I didn’t have blue shoes. (I was totally wrong about this, but we’ll discuss that later). Plus they’re pointy toe, which I don’t have a lot of (dear god I am delusional), and the heel is a totally reasonable height (this is actually true).

Next up were my bronze/gold Sam Edelman heels (again with the pointy toe) that I impulse bought during my lunch hour with a co-worker at the Nordstrom sale. I was really convinced during that time that bronze/gold shoes were something my wardrobe was totally lacking. And I used to have a pair but something happened to them. I think I wore them out. And they were amazing and now they’re gone, and the Sam Edelmans were such an amazing deal…

They’ve been sitting in my closet ever since.
All new, and all unworn

Also still sitting in my closet are a pair of black Vince Camuto motorcycle boots with silver studs on them. I decided one day after kickboxing that I needed them and made my sister (who told me about them) meet me at TJ Maxx (where I also got a pair of Cole Haan sunglasses).

I chalk up their lack of being worn to the fact that it’s still like a billion degrees in Chicago. And I don’t do boots and shorts. The sunglasses I wear all the time.

Finally we have my birthday present to me, which was a total impulse thanks to Corals and Congacs, who had to go on Facebook and let me know the neon green and black Ann Taylor heels she has (that I was totally jealous of) were like 80% off. Seriously, it was like they were giving them away. It hardly even matters if I wear them or not because they’re like $200-and-something shoes that I got for $30-something. Practically free.

So there I am with a closet of barely worn shoes that I keep adding to. And somehow I keep finding shoes that are totally not like anything I own (did anyone see the houndstooth heels I posted on FB yesterday?). Or at least I think they’re not like anything I own. But sometimes they are, and I still love them, and I find a way to wear them. Even if it is only once.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Peep Toe Boots- So good and so bad

Good boots gone bad because of short toes
I love peep toes. They're such an amazing cut that looks good with just about anything, and brings to mind visions of old Hollywood glamor.
Recently though I think this whole peep toe trend has gone a bit too far. First it was peep toe flats, which was not something I am a fan of. Now it's moved onto boots, which is sometimes good and sometimes a total disaster.

I own a couple pairs of peep toe boots, and have been wearing them for years, but just like anything else, as it starts to get more popular it starts to go to hell.

What should be a peep toe suddenly just turns into cutting the front off the boot so it looks like some kind of hideous, bastard sandal. Now you're walking around with leather wrapping your heel and ankle, and all your toes hanging out, making it look as if you had some kind of lawnmower accident with your boots.

My eyes! Dear god this is awful.
The other option is just a teeny, tiny cutout over the top of the toe, showing just a touch of toe, and looking like you dropped a pair of scissors and accidentally stabbed a hole into your boot.

Ultimately there's a right and wrong, good and bad, and it take s a little bit of looking, and a lot of trying on to find a pair that looks good. Once you find them you can pair them with anything from skinny jeans or leggings to dresses, skirts and shorts. But whatever you do, don't wear them with socks, nylons or tights. Disaster will ensue. And we'll all make fun of you, but whatever.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ballerinas and Birthday Shoes

Today was my birthday and with it came an overwhelming flood of well wishes and the hopes that I get all the shoes of my dreams.

Was this the start of it all?
This morning I was talking to my father and he was comparing my dreams of when I was three years old to the dreams of my three-year-old niece, who had just sent me the most amazing happy birthday song via text message.

Apparently when I was three I was going to grow up to be a ballerina. My father said that was probably the start of my obsession with shoes.

I started dancing when I was three, and thought my ballet slippers and tap shoes were the most magical things ever. This continued throughout my childhood, and well into high school until knee injuries and the reality that I was not good enough to be pro derailed my childhood hopes and I switched to a career path that was a little more realistic.

Not my birthday shoes, but they're new!
Perhaps that's also when my obsession with shoes and my collection of heels really started getting out of hand. once I no longer had to replace point shoes and jazz shoes every couple of months I could focus on things I could wear outside and that were a totally different kind of fabulous.

My shoes have now expanded beyond pink and black and into boots, wedges, sandals, and various other types of fabulous. I also managed to not get any shoes on my birthday. But I did buy these amazing Vince Camuto Donato Moto boots last week.

I don't think I'll call those my birthday shoes though. My birthday seems like the perfect excuse to buy another new pair of heels.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cap Toe is a Fall Must-Have

A few months ago I blogged about cap toe shoes, saying they're going to be the hot new thing, and they're amazing and here's why. Then I didn't hear anything about them for a while, and I thought maybe I was the only one in love with them.

Then last week I was on Twitter, taking part in the #stylechat with Style Caster, and the topic of conversation turned to shoes, and the cap toe trend, which has suddenly made its way from the designer's stores and into the mainstream, and now everyone wants them. I had quite a few questions about them, including where to find them (which is now almost anywhere).

As promised to the fabulous people on #stylechat, following are a few cap toe heels that are fabulous, available, and at varying price points, so there's no excuse to go into Fall without them.

At $39.95, ShoeDazzle probably has the best deal on a metallic cap toe. The "Ann" heel, which was released just a few days ago, comes in a faux suede in a variety of colors. If you're looking for a flat with the metallic peep toe, then ShoeDazzle has some of those as well. I also have a pair from them that have a hidden platform and are hot pink. You really can't go wrong with that.

$150 at Polyvore
If you want something with real leather, a little more metallic, and love the look of sleek black, Jeffrey Campbell made a cap toe too. And it's awesome (also in white). But really, what else would you expect from Jeffrey Campbell?

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Facebook also knows that I'm wildly obsessed with the red python "Prue Pump" cap toe from Vince Camuto Signature. It also come in a white and gold, but for me it's really the textured red that makes this unique and amazing. Unfortunately, at over $250 it's a little out of my price range right now, but I'm saving.

Dear God these are amazing.
Steve Madden has also jumped on this bandwagon, and offers a great variety of cap toe heels, including a couple different takes on the trend. Pointy or round toe, platform, pumps, and even flats, you can get just about anything. One fabulous choice is a nude platform heel with a black cap toe with quilted detail. He also has metallics available, but I think the ones with studs take the cake. That's right. Spikes comprising the cap toe on the "Boldd". Oh, and did I mention it comes in pony hair leopard?

Yeah, they're pretty much as good as bought.

Once you go beyond the $200 range, you can start getting into some pretty sweet shoes, and some pretty amazing designers. Brian Atwood, Stuart Weitzman, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel have all made cap toe heels too. And if you can afford them that's awesome and they'll last you forever, and we all weep with jealousy.

Stuart Weitzman does them in mint.
If you're like the rest of us then the above selection is a pretty good starting point. And remember, that not all cap toes are metal (or metallic). There are plenty of great looking multi-colored cap toe heels, as well as the metallics, which really seem to be what everyone is drooling over this fall.

Honestly, the best part about this trend is that it's available pretty much anywhere. Zara has some great ones, Nordstrom carries just about every designer ever and has a great variety available, DSW online and in store have everything, and I got a Piperlime email that showed a pair I am thinking about ordering.

Point is, they're everywhere and you have no excuses not to immediately go out and buy some or order a pair online. Either way, you'll be outfitted by the end of the week and looking amazing.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Adding a Little Orange

Earlier this summer I decided I needed a pair of orange heels. Why? Cause I didn’t have any. Duh.

Seriously, they actually match a lot. 
So I did a little online browsing and found a nice, cheap pair of orange canvas peep toe heels from ShoeDazzle. Moderate platform, moderate heel. And no I have no idea what moderate means other than I can walk in them.

When they showed up I was a little perplexed because I realized that in my frenzy to buy orange heels I had nothing to go with them. I don’t wear orange. Hell, I barely even wear color. But a little digging around in my closet and a trip to Banana Republic where I found this fabulous orange silk Trina Turk tank, and I'm suddenly wearing these damn orange heels all the time.

They go great with my navy cigarette pants. And when in doubt just toss on a plain shirt and let the heels be your pop of color. If you actually have color in your wardrobe, add some orange accessories to tie the whole thing together. I’ve also worn them as the pop of color with my white jeans, which was pretty great.

Orange and pink a great combo that shouldn’t be overlooked. Especially when paired with something a ridiculous as my Miami inspired Target Style ruffled skirt with the flamingos on it. (They’re very subtle, I promise).

I should get these Ruthie Davis heels.
My zebra print mini is also pretty fab with these heels, especially when paired with the orange Trina Turk tank.

Within a couple of weeks my trendy impulse purchase turned into a real heel that I should have invested some real money in. Who knew that orange heels could go with so much in my color-void of a closet. These heels have walked miles this summer, have gotten dirty (because they’re canvas) and are complimented as much as any heel I have.

Pretty good trick for a pair of totally affordable, unassuming peep totes that just happen to be amazing because they’re orange.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fall Studs

Just a sampling of my collection of weapons/heels.
Late summer brings all the fall fashions. Suddenly they start hitting the stores and it becomes obvious that a few styles will become prevalent and take over for the next few seasons.

This fall that trend is apparently studs. 

I have always been a fan of studs and spikes on everything from shoes to shirts and jackets, and this fall they're easy to find because they're on everything. Shoes, purses, men's and women's clothing, and in styles from small studs that create intricate designs to full on spikes that make statements. 

I'm seriously obsessed with these boots, available at Lori's Shoes
Once upon a time I had to add them to my own clothing and search far and wide to find things that would make my mom ask, "Where did you find that?" Now it's suddenly everywhere, and considered chic. So how did these pieces of metal fabulousness go from something for rockers and bikers to being so mainstream?

While I don't have an answer for that question, I guess I'm begrudgingly happy that the fashion world finally caught up with my obsession with everything studded. This is especially fabulous on leather in the form of shoes, bags and jackets. I stay away from studded pants and pockets. It's a little too middle school for my taste. 

When it comes to shoes and studs though, in my opinion anything goes. From heels that you can accidentally stab yourself with (because I've totally done that) to something more subdued or artistic, it's all amazing. 

It's also a look that's not necessarily going to last long, so I better start buying the hell out of studded shoes before they disappear again.