Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wolf of Wall Street and the Shoe Hound

I watch a lot of movies. Husband is a total film buff, and we usually catch a couple a week. Usually from the comfort of our couch via Netflix. Christmas however provided a rare day off with nothing to do (because almost everything is closed) and with family celebrations behind us or still to come, and realizing after the babies arrive we’re not going to a movie again for a while, we seized the opportunity to go to the theater and catch a movie.

We also went to dinner so I could have an excuse to wear my new boots (more on that in another post).
Photo courtesy of Red Granite Pictures


Wolf of Wall Street was the film selection, and I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed because it’s Martin Scorsese (who doesn’t make shitty movies) and Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been consistently amazing since What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. As usual Scorsese had a great attention to detail, not letting anything slip. Including the shoes.

This movie was chock full of shoe porn. Once almost literally as a character pleasures herself while wearing a pair of red Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes. Other times there were shots of mens classic Gucci loafers, Louboutin heels and mens driving loafers that I couldn’t identify, but were made of such a supple leather, they were obviously designer.

Steve Madden shoes are also prominently featured in the film, since Jordan Belfort’s firm Stratton
This really is the ultimate mens dress shoe. 
Oakmont (this is who the movie is about) took the company public. At one point they were even waving around Madden’s chunky heeled shoes that put him on the map in the mid 1990s. They also conducted some rather shady business dealings with Madden and the Steve Madden stock, but what kind of Wall Street movie would it be if there weren’t people doing shady things.

I’m not sure if Scorsese has a thing for shoes, or if he just had a really, really great costume person, but either way, the looks were seamlessly completed by the luxury footwear consistently worn by the characters throughout the film. Or maybe it wasn’t prominently featured and I’m just a total shoe hound

Personally I loved all three hours of the film, and the fact that I got to look at fabulous shoes throughout the film was simply an added bonus.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Alternatives to Holiday Sparkles

Around the holidays everyone defaults to sparkle. And why not. Sparkles are festive, can be worn from head to toe, and even mixed and matched (i.e. shoes and a top) if you can manage to do it well and keep yourself from looking like a human disco ball, or a disaster from the sequin section at JoAnne Fabrics.

Sparkly shoes seem to be the safe bet around the holidays for those who are looking to add a little glam to their look. It’s easy, doesn’t generally take over an outfit, and it’s easy to find silver, gold and black in metallic sheens.

If you’re looking for a little something different though, I suggest you skip over the shiny (dear lord I can’t believe I said that) and look for something a little more lush.

Fabrics such as velvet and satin and brocade prints with jeweled embellishments can still channel the
glamour of the holidays, but offer something a little different than the safe holiday sparkle.

Charlotte Olympia has the Jingle Bell Dolly in her holiday collection, which is an amazing red velvet heel with optional jingle bell ankle strap. The gold island platform offers a little bit of sparkle without making gold the centerpiece of the outfit.

Bombshell
Satin shoes, once thought of as perfect only for weddings (because of thosePinup Girl Clothing has gone retro with their Bombshell heels from the Pinup Couture line, all in amazing satin colors like champagne. There’s also the Betty shoe, which offers a delicious peep toe along with an ankle strap, so they’re wonderful for all seasons.
horrid dyeables) are now all over, and way more chic than the low heeled pump we have somehow all inevitably owned.

Brocade is perhaps the hardest to find, but one of my personal favorites because it’s something no one else would think about wearing because it seems too complicated. Instead, it’s the perfect way to top off a solid colored dress (which you can of course pair with some amazing accessories).

Fluevog does it right. 
My personal favorite is the Fluevog DeVere in black paisley. I’m such a sucker for the fluted heel, and I love the cutouts and the short boot. It’s a fun and unexpected shoe. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional (or with a smaller heel), the Ivanka Trump Laura flat offers a sleek pointed toe and small stacked heel. If you’re looking for something to go with pants, then Nine West has a great brocade smoking flat called Lavalu

No matter what the final look you're going for is, playing with prints and fabrics can change the look and offer festive alternatives to the traditional sparkles people have come to expect around the holidays.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Last Minute Shoes

If you're still looking for a couple last minute gifts for Christmas, there's always the gift of shoes.

Maiden Lane
Men, women, children...they all wear shoes, and a nice pair of shoes gifted for the holidays can cheer anyone up. 

Right now Gilt.com has some last minute gifts you can get in time for the holidays. Order by 3:00 pm on 12/20 and get your gifts in time for Christmas. And of course they have shoes. 

My favorites right now are the Maiden Lane, Candy Little D’Orsay Pointed Toe Flat (Original: $139, GILT: $79). I'm trying to expand my collection of flats, and this p shoe is a great addition for any woman who needs some style without the heel.  Or if you're looking for a heel, Maiden Lane pumps are also available. 

Prince Albert Slipper
If you're buying for the man in your life, then  Del Toro Shoes, Prince Albert Slipper (Original: $295, GILT: $199) is a great choice. It's a little twist on a classic loafer and that blue shade is amazing. And if you know and Elvis fan, how can you possibly resist? They're not suede, but velvet can be just as lush. 

If you love the shoe, but the blue is a little too much for you, there are other fabulous colors available, including neutrals such as black and brown. 

Look for the gift box icon on Gilt.com and shop away. It's the perfect way to kill a few hours at work on that last slow day before the holiday, and finishes up shopping for everyone on your list. 


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Emotional Shoes

Boss
Jezebel wrote a whiny, shitty post today about artist Sebastian Errazuriz and a new exhibit he has at Art Basel where he showcases shoes dedicated to exes.

Sebastian has a Tumbler called 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers. Each shoe, posted on a different day,
showcases a different ex and has a different story.

The ice queen, the boss, the rock... each one unique and reflecting a piece of the artists life with each woman. I think it's a brilliant collection of art. Jezebel thinks it's silly because he talks about sex and whines.

If that's the case then almost all art is whiny garbage.

Art comes in many forms, and I love the idea of telling stories through shoes. How is that any different than a painting, sculpture or music? The world would have almost no music if we discounted things about exes.  

The accompanying narratives take away the guess work and artistic interpretation, but it goes far to tell a story.

What Jezebel fails to understand (aside from the basic concept of art) is the idea that each shoe is a story. It doesn't necessarily mean it's all true, or that it's not embellished, but it's a wonderful interpretation of each relationship, no matter how dramatic. In fact, often it is the drama that drives the art.

Sebastian captures each relationship in such a way that just by looking at the shoe you can imagine the relationship and the accompanying sex even without reading the stories. If ever you've been in a lousy relationship, chances are you can figure out what kind of relationship it was. Or interpret it
anyway.

These shoes just take the idea of wearing your heart on your sleeve, and instead moves the emotions down a little so you can wear them on your feet.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Buy One in Every Color

Red knee high boots are kind of a staple in my wardrobe. I've had them on and off for years, and wear the hell out of them.

Recently I found my new perfectly red boots courtesy of ShoeDazzle. The burgundy color is perfect, and they have great rivet detail on the eyelets and ribbon laces. Of course there's also a side zipper so it's easy to get them on and off. 

I wore the boots Thanksgiving with the family,which was a long day, and they were comfortable pretty much the whole day. That's a hell of an accomplishment at this point with my growing twin belly. 

Remell by Leila Stone
Honestly the shoes were so amazing, and fit so well, I'm considering purchasing them again. This time in black. 

But is it too weird to have the same shoes in two different colors? Especially something as unique and noticiable as a knee high boot with ribbon lacing? 

Facebook said go for it, and I think I may have to. Finding knee high boots that fit my calfs that I also like is rare enough, but to find ones with a heel that I can walk in for hours on end that are also stylish, well that's almost like finding a unicorn.  

They're the perfect boots to dress up or down and can be worn with anything from dresses to leggings  or jeans. And the rivet lace holes and ribbon laces add a touch of feminity to an otherwise useful and logical boot.

I can't remember the last time I bought something so amazingly wearable. Logic isn't my strong suit when it comes to shoes. By that rationale, I may as well buy them in every color so my logical shoes have some kind of overkill factor. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Caftans and Fabulousness Coming to Zappos

In a turn of events that I didn’t see coming (then again I don't follow the career trajectory of anyone), Andre Leon Talley has been brought on to Zappos as creative director for their high-end Zappos Couture line.
These Kate Spade heels are
available at Zappos. 

Andre will be working with the brand on fashion shoots, choosing and highlighting brands and trends, and generally making everything high-end at Zappos that much more amazing.

Seriously, everything that man touches turns to gold. 

Zappos Couture already has a broad list of designer vendors — such as Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Lanvin, Cartier and Dolce & Gabbana — but many only sell shoes or licensed products like eyewear and fragrances on the site. Its three largest vendors are Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta and Salvatore Ferragamo. Zappos' goal is to expand into a wider range of merchandise, particularly apparel, and of course there will be shoes.

I know Zappos carries just about everything in the damn world at this point (and I love them for it) but I still think of them as a go-to for shoes.

The agreement between Zappos and Andre is set to last for one year, and we’ll just have to wait and see if they continue to work together beyond that. If there’s someone who can launch Zappos Couture into the big time, it’s Andre Leon Talley.

Everyone should attend runway shows in capes.
Plus you have to love a man who wears caftans all the time. I think when I start getting really, really pregnant looking I’m going to try copying his style for a while. He manages to make just about everything look fabulous and chic, then again, he's not a giant pregnant woman. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Posh Donates Piles of Shoes

The donated pile of shoes.
There are quite a few shoe focused charities out there, but none of them earned quite the frenzy that Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice) created when she donated a mountain of shoes to the British Red Cross to raise money for victims of Typhoon Hayian.

In one fell swoop she donated more shoes than some people ever have, all designer of course. Then on top of the pile of shoes, there were 20 boxes of clothes.

Apparently she was quite serious about cleaning her closet.


Ever the saavy business woman, Posh tweeted the whole thing, including pictures of the pile of donated shoes and the boxes of clothes that were being donated. That also gave a brief glimpse into the real world of the Beckhams, where Posh wears jeans and gym shoes while cleaning the closets, and weighs enough to not be supported by
Even Posh goes casual sometimes.
a closed box full of clothes.

The items were all put on sale in one of the British Red Cross stores, and hordes of fans and shoppers clamored to get a piece of Posh, for as little as $25. While that doesn't seem like a lot, when you think about the sheer amount of stuff she donated, and the fact that it all sold, I'm sure that a good chunk of change was raised for an amazing cause.


If you want to make a donation to the victims of Typhoon Hayian, you can do so here, through CARE.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stopping at Six Inches

Since finding out I'm pregnant I seem to have lost most of my energy. Once in a while I'll get it back for a day, and then the next day I turn back into a rapidly expanding beast with some kind of 8:30 pm induced narcolepsy.

There's been a lot of things that I've been getting used to, including a limited wardrobe, being hungry every 20 minutes, and an extremely limited wardrobe. 

Of all the challenges, it's the limited wardrobe that's been killing me. 

Of. Purse I've been switching it up with various shoes, and thank god I have lots and lots to choose
These heels and many others are now unwearable.
from. Then the other day it hit another first. I put on a pair of heels, stood up, and immediately sat back down. 

My balance had gone to shit. Apparently five months pregnant with twins and six inch platform stilletos don't mix well. 

I knew this day was coming, but I guess I thought it would be gradual. And maybe it was and I just hadn't been in tall enough shoes lately. Or maybe it was the fact that one day I woke up and suddenly looked pregnant instead of just fat. Maybe that was the day I couldn't balance in six inch heels anymore. 

So now I have a whole section of my shoe closet that is rendered useless. Five and six inches and platforms are pretty much over for me for a while. I imagine four inches will be about a month behind, and then soon I'll be relegated to kitten heels, flats, oxfords and loafers. 

Good thing I've been stocking up on all those. Although there is a great pair of boots I've been looking at with a chunky heel that would look great with the leggings and dresses I'm practically living in. I tank those would be awesome and may take me at least through the holidays. Or whenever I stop seeing my feet. Whichever comes first. 


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Accessory Obsession and Mimosa Envy

Shopping galore.
Since finding out about my impending bundles of joy, and therefore my expanding waistline, I decided that investing in clothes over the next few months is a bad idea. Unless of course it's something that can be worn with leggings or the dreaded maternity clothes (and I'm trying to buy as few of those as possible).

Because of my newfound appreciation of black clothes, I jumped at the chance to go to RM Champagne Salon on Saturday to check out a sale with t+j Designs and Henry & Belle.

Denim and I aren't really getting along these days (which is a shame because those black on black brocade jeans were calling to me), but I made my sister tag along with me for company and just to hang out, and she can appreciate denim. I just need to expand my accessories collection because it helps draw attention away from my expanding midsection, makes the monochrome clothes look a little more exciting, and I'm afraid my feet will grow so I've slowed down the shoe buying.

Obsessed with these.
Never one to arrive late to anything, I got there right at noon (along with a few other eager shoppers) and got the chance to see the first wave of merchandise they put out. From basic chains to large statement necklaces, jewlery fit for formalwear to everyday, it was all there, and was of course fabulous.

I also got the chance to speak with Tiffany and Jen (the T and J behind the name) and got some maternity fashion tips from Jen (blogger of Red Soles and Red Wine), who is also expecting.

Statement necklaces never went anywhere.
We also got the chance to have a few bites from RM Champagne Salon, and while my sister enjoyed a mimosa, I sipped orange juice and looked on in envy.

With so many amazing pieces to choose from, I had to be somewhat logical about it, and picked out a fab necklace that will be able to be worn with tons of stuff. I'd show you, but it's currently being kept by my sister, who decided it would make a great Christmas gift, and I can wait a month for it.

Perfect day to evening pieces
I guess that means I can do more shopping on my own too, and check out some of the great stuff on the t+j website to tide me over until Christmas.



Monday, November 4, 2013

Getting the Boot

Recently I have been getting a lot of questions about boots. Everything from where to find boots for various calf sizes, to what height is best.

The funny thing is all of these things are very personal, and pretty easy to figure out or find.

I recently did a post on boots for women with larger calves. You can read it here. But, there's also women out there who have naturally skinny legs, and sometimes they're as miserable as those of us with man-calves.

Instead of not being able to find anything that zips, they can't find anything to create a snug fit. Instead
Michael Kors
being forced to buy boots that gap at the top or inappropriately slouch, creating a totally different look than the one originally envisioned. 

Really, is there anyone out there that has the perfect sized calves for knee-high boots?

For those of you with naturally slender legs, I suggest buying stiffer boots that have a zipper up the side or the back of the boot. This will keep the boot standing (and not slouching), creating the look you want. A little bit of space between the top of the boot and your leg is fine. It also allows for you to wear jeans and leggings tucked into the boots much easier than many other girls.

A wider boot can also make your legs appear a bit more broad, balancing out your top and bottom, which is a good thing in the winter, especially if bulky sweaters and layering is your thing.  

As for height, that's totally personal, and I think the sky is the limit.

I love boots of all different heights. Ankle boots are great for those days that you just want to throw on
Knee high perfection
a pair of jeans, or you need something that gives a little lift under a pant.

Mid-calf boots can be amazing with dresses and leggings in the fall and winter, and I personally always have at least one pair. I usually wear them so much they wear out every year. This year I opted for a pair of suede boots that can slouch or fold, but I slouch them most of the time just because it's easier.

Knee high boots have become a classic, and you can wear them with anything from dresses and skirts, to jeans and leggings. The only limitation is your calf size, which is something that is becoming less and less of an obstacle as shoe makers figure out that women don't all have a 16 inch calf circumference.

Over the knee or thigh high boots are often the trickiest of them all. If the heel is too high, they can look a little too sexy for everyday wear. You also have to use caution when picking a skirt to pair them with. There can be a thin line between trendy and sexy and street walker.

If you are one of the few people out there blessed with the perfect sized legs, pairing over the knee boots with skinny jeans looks amazing. I saw a girl the other day with a mid-heel, black leather boot on
These are perfect for skirts and dresses
with jeans, a sweater and moto jacket, and she looked like she just stepped out of a magazine. I spent days being jealous of her ability to effortlessly wear that outfit and fit in those boots like they were made for her legs.

If you decide to go over the knee with a lower heel or flat heel, make sure you have long legs. Because boots create additional lines, they can cut you off at all the wrong places, and sometimes make you appear shorter than you are. Still, this is a great look, and there are some really amazing boots out there that carry a more casual feeling, but are still totally on-trend.

Boots have become almost as versatile as pumps, with so many different heights, styles and materials, you can pretty much find anything you're looking for. The biggest trick is making sure it looks right on you and doesn't turn you into a fashion victim.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rock the Pink Pump

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means it's time to rock the pink pump.

You'll notice my profile pic on Facebook has been a pair of pink pumps all month.

This also means that it's time to shop for a cause. Plenty of companies offer some really amazing shoes
Pose pump is fabulous for so many reasons.
that benefit some truly great causes, all to help the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

One of my favorites this year is "Pose" by Milk and Honey Shoes. This black, pony hair mule rocks the pink on the inside, and a chunky 4 inch heel. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds of the sale of the shoe benefit the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation.

The Charles David Virtue pump is still available as well. 20% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. And if you buy it now, you can also get it on sale.

Wear your support boldly. 
If you keep searching you can find all kinds of shoes. Pink sparkly heels with breast cancer ribbons, black heels with pink bottoms, and anything else you can think of.

Ellie Shoes offers two different styles of a nude heel with pink bottoms. Ankle straps or sling back. Your choice, and for a good cause.

There's no better time to shop than when something benefits a good cause, so make sure to stock up and rock some pink pumps (literally or figuratively).

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Weitzman, Gilt and Boots

Stuart Weitzman and Gilt have teamed up for an exclusive pop-up shop online.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot, Gilt.com launched a digital pop-up
The iconic 5050 boot in safari and pave. 
shop which include iconic and limited edition styles. This over the knee riding style boot has made itself a classic boot and a classic Weitzman shoe. 


This 20 piece Anniversary Collection features the classic colors, as well as designs in an array of unique materials including zebra haircalf, sea crystal snake calfskin, black goosebump nappa and prune woodsnake.  

Since I am obsessed with texture and furry boots, you can guess which ones are making me drool, although basic black is probably the most practical way for me to go. 

As part of the shop, Gilt members can also purchase a Swarovski pave version, custom-crafted with 25,000 crystals hand-set in an elaborate leopard pattern. With leopard, Swarovski sparkles and a Stuart Weitzman boot, this may be the most perfect shoe ever made. 

Prices range from $598 - $890 (full price sale); the Swarovski pave boot is $10,000 (please send me pics if you splurge on this one) and there are 10 styles exclusive to Gilt.com.

The digital pop-up shop featuring the 20-piece collection launched TODAY (October 17th at noon EST), and will live for 20 days only on www.5050bootcamp.com. 

Fall calls for boots and this is one amazing, exclusive event you don't want to miss out on. 


Gilt Goes Inside...Stuart Weitzman from Gilt.com on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cat in Flats?

I now own flats.

Two pair to be precise. One pair of fab Dolce Vita loafers with leopard tassels, and a pair of pointy-toe, studded flats. The most amazing part of these purchases? I intend to wear them. Like all day.

Cat in Heels will soon need to transition to Cat in Flats.

No, I have not had some kid of irreparable foot damage, hurt my knee again, or inexplicably decided to shun my heels forever. It's because I am pregnant...with twins.

All my recent shoe purchases. All in black.
I need to get a little color going here. 
You can let that sink in for a moment. I've had 15 weeks to get used to it. That was after the initial shock of it all, which still hasn't fully worn off.

Being pregnant is also the reason I haven't been posting as much. I'm usually a night owl and do most of my writing and posting at night. Instead I've been eating dinner and falling asleep on the couch, leaving my husband sitting and wondering what the hell to do with his evening since he can't talk to his wife.

Seriously, these babies have been sucking the life out of me.

Finally I'm getting a little energy back, which is good because I now no longer fit into my normal clothes, and so there's been quite a bit of shopping as I find things that go with leggings, expand my sweater dress collection and try to find a bra that fits my now porno-sized breasts. While I realize I will soon be the size of a house and will eventually need maternity clothes, I'm not there quite yet.

Yeah, there's totally two of them.
Chasing twins is stilettos will be hard. 
So in my recent shopping sprees I decided that I should probably just accept my inevitable fate, and bought some flats. I went for cute, stylish, and slip on. I think slip on will probably be a good thing considering I will probably lose sight of my feet around month six. Plus my mom has been telling me I need to wear flats so I don't fall over. I promised her I would. Eventually. Now I can say I am prepared for the day that eventuality appears.

I promise to keep posting about shoes and heels in the coming months, and no babies will not take over my life. This will not become a mommy blog, and I will not post all about flats.  But, since this is my blog and pretty much all about me, my life and stuff I like and don't, there will be pregnancy updates, Twitter rants, prayers that my ankles don't swell up like balloons, and everyone needs to keep their fingers crossed that my feet don't change size.

Let's just perish that thought right now. Seriously, that would be awful.

I also would love advice from any moms out there. This is my first (and last) pregnancy, and I apparently got the bonus package, which pretty much means I'm flying blind here. Luckily I'm doing it in some amazing shoes.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween Heels

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it's a great excuse to wear some amazing clothes, and I don't mean costumes.

While Halloween used to be all about costumes, now it's graduated to other things. There are those lame t-shirts that flip up and show everyone your belly and a picture of a werewolf face. There's the shirts or dresses that have a skeleton on them...and then there's the shoes. Which are the clothes made for Halloween that don't suck.

I would wear these all the time. 
Charlotte Olympia has released an entire Halloween collection (because she has a collection for every holiday), and it's awesome. She has added fangs to her classic kitty loafers, put bats all over the Dolly island platform to create the Midnight Dolly, has a pair of pumpkin loafers, a pumpkin purse, bat clutch, and the absolutely amazing purple Nocturnal sandal with an island platform, ankle strap and a bat on the toe.

More shoes should have bats. I would seriously wear these all year round.

Iron Fist, which has spooky shoes year-round, has just released two new platforms to go with the Zombie Stompers, Nightmare heels, and wolf-shoes (all of which I own).
Soul Stealer

The devil in literally in the details and on the shoe on the Soul Stealer, which comes  complete with horns and a bow. Because nothing goes better with the devil's teeth and horns than a delightful, flouncy bow.

There's also the amazing and must have (seriously, I'm ordering these) Misfits peep toe platform. The shoe is actually OK'd by the band, and features the iconic Crimson Ghost, and of course a bow. This time in neon yellow.

Every Misfits fan needs these.
Because again, the Misfits and bows make nothing but sense.

This Halloween mix it up a little and make Halloween about a little more than zombie makeup or dressing like a slut, and spend the weeks before wearing some kick ass shoes that celebrate the holiday. The best part is when Halloween is over you can still rock the Misfits heels or the fang kitty loafers and rock the spooky look all year long.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Plus Size Calves?

It's fall and fall means it's time for boots. Specifically tall boots. That amazing shoe that goes with just about anything and juts screams fall fashion.

If you're me it's also the shoe that causes the most aggravation because apparently having developed calf muscles (ie: not supermodel legs) means you have a hell of a time finding boots.

I've discussed my man calves quite a few times on this blog, so unless you're a new reader, you know
I love these. They're $300...
all about this.

Today Refinery29 posted a list of boots for people with wide calves, which means I'm probably not the only person in the world that has this problem. They probably have a frustrated writer or editor somewhere who runs too much or has a giant Germanic build like I do.

The crazy thing about the list is that half of the shoes were from plus size stores like Lane Bryant and Torrid (and appallingly heel-less), and the other half are apparently tucked away on websites off in the ethers of the internet, and don't actually say anywhere that they're for wide calves.

Maybe they're sites for plus sized girls again. I honestly didn't bother to look. I was kind of depressed over my apparently plus size calves.

Not that there's anything wrong with plus size stores. Thanks to them I may be able to find a pair of boots that finally fit. It's just frustrating that I have to go out of my way to find them. Why can't DSW have a section of boots for people with "wide calves" or why can't designers just make the calves a little bigger?

I can't be the only person with this problem.

Or maybe I am. I guess I'll just take my overdeveloped, plus size calves and sulk off into the world of online shopping.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Keysocks Bring Fashion and Function

Wearing tights isn't always practical, and sometimes it's not the look you want.

Thanks to Keysocks for the awesome package. 
I love heels with pants, including jeans and dress pants, but depending on the weather, or the fit of the shoe, nylons, knee highs or trouser socks can ruin the look.

Like most great inventions, Keysocks were born of necessity when fashion and function were in conflict. Now a family business, the sisters who make Keysocks have managed to combine fashion and function, and actually make it work.

Recently I received a couple pairs of Keysocks. Knee-high height they are cut out across the top of the foot, making them perfect for wearing with heels, flats or loafers when you need a sock but don't want the look.

You can't see them...
I admit to being skeptical about the fit. I was worried they would shift, come off my toes and bunch up under my foot, or some other thing. Instead they were perfect. I wore them for hours and they stayed in place, were comfortable, and stayed out of sight.

In case you're worried abut the color of you no show socks, the Keysocks come in a variety of different colors and patterns. You can also buy them in packs, which is awesome because one pair really isn't enough. Now that it's getting colder, I know I'll be wearing these quite often. Then I can stay warm and cute at the same time.




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall denim and finding things for new shoes

The weather says its now officially fall (at least in Chicago) and that means its time to bust out the sweaters and boots. It also means its time to shop for new fall clothes, which is good because I was getting really, really tired of my summer clothes.

Gilt has teamed up with People StyleWatch to make fall shopping even easier (and more fashionable) and will have a denim shop open until October 16. 

I know it's not shoes, but what better excuse to buy new boots than a fab pair of new jeans? 

The shop will offer more than 50 styles from top designers, as we'll as the sales only Gilt can bring you. 

Shoppers can browse by:

·         Size
·         Color
·         Cut and more

The sale even features Chicago’s very own Henry & Belle, a heritage denim line that won two awards in People StyleWatch’s denim awards including “Most Slimming” (both Curvy and Tall categories) for their Microflare in “Pure Indigo” and “Super Stretch Straight in Onyx.

I'm in on anything that makes me look skinnier. Plus I just bought new shoes this weekend and need to find those perfect pants to wear them with. 

If you're in Chicago and want more Gilt, tickets to the warehouse sale on October 12 are also available today. I love this sale and always get some amazing deals. It's definitely one not to miss. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wellrox -Substance and Comfort

I make fun of stuff all the time. Some say it’s because I’m a cynic, some say it’s because I’m a bitch. I personally think I’m a realist, and I really don’t look at it as making fun of things, so much as simply telling people what I think.

Wellrox
Making fun of something would imply I’m being mean for sport, or being funny, neither of which are really things I do.

A few months ago I wrote a post all about these really awful sandals called Wellrox, which look kind of like Birkenstocks, but they have thong things that go between all your toes. So if Cuthulu and Birkenstock had a sandal baby and put a flower on it, then it would be these sandals.  Of course I overlooked all the important things about how they’re good for your feet, and correct your gait and blah, blah, blah, and I focused on the aesthetics (or lack thereof).

You can imagine how floored I was when a Wellrox representative reached out to me and said they wanted me to try their sandals, and they were pretty sure it would change my mind.

Always up for a challenge, I accepted, and a few days later I received two pair of Wellrox. One classic pair that was made of leather, had a flower on them, and looked like Birkenstocks, and one Pedi Couture pair, which was leopard print.

I have to admit, getting leopard print anything in the mail is pretty exciting.

I have worn both pair of them a few times now, and have to say, that the little things between each toe are not nearly as bad as I thought they would be. Sure, they’re a little harder to slide on than a traditional flip flop, but they also stay on better. I was also worried about chafing, which is a non-issue due to the material and padding they use. Also, they’re not very big, and the pads form around your toes, so your feet don’t feel all spread apart, which was another fear of mine.

Probably not my best look.
Most often I have worn them to walk the dog, and I have to admit they’re rather comfortable. The first trip out was a bit odd, but as my foot molded into the shoe, they’ve become much more comfortable. I even wore them this weekend while I was gardening. (And by gardening, I mean killing weeds and attempting to keep a couple plants alive).

My mother in law was over and saw the leopard print sandals, and complimented them too. She really liked that they were so soft, though she was weirded out by the multiple toe-thong part. I assured her they’re actually pretty comfortable, and I love that they stay on your feet better than flip flops. Also, when you are actually wearing the shoe, you can’t really see the pieces jammed between each toe, so aesthetically, they look a lot like flip flops.

Wellrox certainly aren’t going to replace my beloved heels any time soon, but they’re pretty perfect for late night dog walks, errands and other nonsense that heels just aren’t practical for. And at least when I wear them I feel like I’m doing something good for my feet, and maybe resetting them back to their natural state after being jammed in heels all the time. It may not fix everything, but I guess it counts for something.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Boots Aren't a Trend

A couple days ago I got into a conversation on Twitter about fall fashion trends, and of course shoes came up.
Classic black ankle boot. 

Apparently the fashion magazines (which I have fallen hopelessly behind on) are saying ankle boots are a big trend for fall. Which is great and all, but I'm pretty sure that ankle boots are a trend every fall. In fact, I'm going to take it a step further and say that in reality, they're not a trend at all, but simply a wardrobe staple. Kind of like pants.

You have pants and skirts, just like you have boots and sandals. Some of them just happen to be ankle boots, which are most appropriately worn when it's not 100 freaking degrees out. So in fall.

This is all a shocking revelation, I'm sure.

It's pretty safe to say if you have ankle boots from last season, they're still good this year. Just like the ones you buy this year will still be good next year. Even if they have studs or buckles, or even fringe,
Miu Miu burgundy perfection.
year after year it's the same kind of thing. Leather, ankle high, varying color and heel height, it's all available, and it's in fashion year after year.

They're also one of the most versatile shoes, and can be worn with anything from skirts and dresses to pants, and even shorts in the late spring.

They may not be the next big trend, but I'll go for classic over trendy any day.

Shop the trend with some of these great finds I put together just for you. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chunky Shoes. No Pants

Much ado has been made of Miley Cyrus twerking all over Robin Thicke and being all provocative, wearing latex underpants, how her butt is flat, whether she has an eating disorder or not, and all kinds of other crazy nonsense.

I would like to get past her Night at the Roxbury moment to Blurred Lines, ignore her lousy song and
This is all kinds of awkward. 
lack of dancing, that weird furry themed number, and her attempt to shock people, and instead focus on her shoes.

The girl paired creepers with latex.

I have nothing against creepers or latex. They both have their time and place, and can look great if worn appropriately. But not together. In fact, I’m pretty sure the entire latex wearing fetish community all gasped and clutched their pearls when they saw her ill-fitting bikini thing (and that color) and creepers.

Let me tell you what’s not sexy. Dancing around in a pair of big, clunky shoes and no pants.

Creepers are great when paired with jeans. If you’re going Rockabilly, then that is your go-to shoe. Men and women can wear them with ease, and they even have varying levels of platform for those who are looking for a little more lift. Cuff a dark pant for a classic look, or pair them with skinny jeans to update the shoe. But if you’re going to wear latex and dance around trying to be sexy (cause I think that was the point), then for the love of all things holy, put on a pair of heels.

Really, you can't wear big girl shoes?
Maybe it’s a generational thing. Kristen Stewart is known for pairing sneakers with dresses on the red carpet. Apparently all that Twilight money can’t buy class or make her act like an adult or a lady. Lilly Allen is another one who hit the red carpet with sneakers under her couture. Hailee Steinfeld did too, but she’s a child, and it was an after-party, so she gets a pass (and I expect to see her in heels by age 18).

Heels aren’t the only option either.  Some women wear dress flats quite well to red carpet events. And when it comes to dancing, heels aren’t always practical, and there are a variety of dance shoes available that don’t have heels, and don’t look atrocious. Madonna has rocked the hell out of some over the years, and always looks amazing.

Then again, ironically, Madonna usually has on more clothes than Miley did at the VMAs.

Personally I blame her stylist, who really should have either not done that, or steered her in a different direction. Hopefully next time she decides to dance around almost naked with her tongue hanging out she can put on some big girl shoes (it’ll do wonders for her butt) or she can stick with the comfy creepers and just put on some pants.  

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Please Leave the '90s in the Past

The '90s are apparently now vintage and cool and have come back in a way to make me feel old and wonder if I'm vintage too. It also makes me wonder just who the hell thought this was a good idea.

Can we make sure this never
happens again?
Sure, I was awesome in the '90s with my goth attire, knee high combat-style boots (that had a heel), music store job (that paid for shit but was all Empire Records), and all my money went to hanging out with friends and buying new clothes and shoes (and the aforementioned CDs). But let's not forget that while I was awesome, the '90s is also what brought us body glitter, Spice World, that horrid shiny lame fabric in bizarre colors, and the Backstreet Boys. 

If you loved the Backstreet Boys and wore body glitter I'm pretty sure we hung out in very different crowds. 

Pretty sure I actually owned these
but they were black and white.


The '90s also brought us a massive void in good shoes. For some reason the classic pump went off and retired to a beach somewhere for a decade, and we were stuck with chunky heeled dress shoes of the worst variety. Even the classic Mary jane got corrupted at times, creating a fine line between Courtney Love and creepy baby doll. Paired with the shorter skirts of the late '90s they did nothing but make even the skinniest woman look like her legs were about five pounds heavier.

When coupled with the severely square or exaggeratedly round toes that were so in, it created a look of wearing cement blocks on your feet instead of actual footwear. 

Luckily it faded away and everyone forgot about bad shoes and questionable fabrics, and instead focused on the tanking economy, their house being underwater, and classic pumps.  Now the economy is improving, housing is back, pumps are still classic, and there's a renewed obsession with Clueless and the '90s. Including their shoes. 

This is not a good thing.
My sister sent me a picture from DSW the other day that was an in-store sign touting the '90s revival. True to the '90s the shoes in the display were all heavy, chunky heeled shoes that will make anyone look more bottom-heavy than any shoe should. 

We agreed this was a bad idea and she should continue to shop for the perfect nude heels and not get swept up into the horror that they have put on display at stores across the country. 

In fact, I think all of you, dear readers, should also promise the same thing. Sure, you can watch Clueless for the 942nd time, be nostalgic and wear some pink or gold lame, even break out the body glitter and have a Romy and Michele moment in your own home (because it's awesome when they dance), but please, please do not give in to the chunky heel. They may work on boots and men's shoes, but for dress shoes, it's a look better left in past decades. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Blurred Lines Bulls*#t

Robin Thicke is so damn hot that when he’s around women’s clothes just fly off.

Or at least that’s what it seems if you watch his extremely NSFW video for the hit song “Blurred
The clear vinyl is kind of cool. 
Lines” (and a woman at work who saw him live said that's pretty true).

There are two versions of the video (as I’m sure everyone now knows), and while one of them has girls prancing around in white outfits, the second one has them stripped down to their thong panties and prancing around.

I would like to call bullshit and have a word with the video’s stylist.

First, clothes or no clothes, the shoes these women are wearing are atrocious. They’re all channeling Baby Spice and the laste ‘90s with chunky platform gym shoes that were a bad idea back then. They’re also a really, really bad idea when you’re naked.

If you’re going to wear shoes with lingerie, please make sure it’s a pair of stilettos. (Seriously, why am I explaining this?) They don’t have to have platforms or be sky high, just enough to lift your butt, elongate your leg and make you sexy. And if you can’t walk in them, it doesn’t even matter most of the
Seriously, where do you find those shoes and who chose them?
time.

What’s not sexy with lingerie? Gym shoes. No one ever put girls in gym shoes and panties on the cover of Playboy or Maxim, and I really wish Robin Thicke hadn’t let someone do it to the women in his video.

Also not sexy, the really, really high waisted, beige thong underpants they’re wearing. They remind me of the panties showgirls wear because it’s the only thing that doesn’t show under their costume. I mean, why not white panties? In the edited video they were wearing white clothes, so why not keep going with that. And have a couple different styles so they flatter each model (boy shorts, thong, brief). Then pair it with some heels.

Now you’ve got a sexy video.

I bet you thought this was going to be all about how he shouldn’t have naked women in his video, or they’re being exploited or something like that. Too bad. I’m not really worried about that. In fact, I think the video is pretty funny. 


Monday, August 5, 2013

Children in Heels

When it comes to kids, especially girls, getting into more adult things like makeup, often people ask
These are for children.
“How young is too young?” Now apparently we find ourselves asking that about heels.

Are heels OK for a child to wear?

As soon as this question comes up, people automatically talk about Suri Cruise and her high heeled shoes. I would like to take a moment and point out that Suri isn’t a normal child, and nothing she does, now or ever, should be considered normal. The child of an arguably insane father and a mother who only recently started looking like an adult (seriously she looked 16 until she was like 30), the kid was born into more money than God and will never be “normal.”

Let’s not use Hollywood’s children as a fashion barometer. That’s a really slippery slope.

I know adults who won't wear wedges
this high. 
Regardless of whether or not heels on a child who only recently stopped crapping their pants seems somewhat strange to me. Aside from the whole Toddlers and Tiaras nonsense, do we really need wedges for our first grader? Or how about a two-inch stiletto heel for little Sally to wear during the school Christmas program?

I’m going to come right out and say it. No, we don’t need this and this whole phenomenon is weird. And I'm not talking about chunky, one-inch heels like on a kids dress shoe. We're talking pumps for your third-grader. 

I get that little girls want high heels. I was no different. I used to jam my feet into my mother’s heels and shuffle around the house in them, wearing costume jewelry and convinced that when I wore them I was the most beautiful person in the world.  My little sister got to go one step further and had “her wuby wed swippers” (and a slight speech impediment) that she wore all over the house. Made of red, glittery plastic with a modest dress up shoe heel she thought they were the most beautiful thing in the world.

Regardless of how we felt about our amazing heels, when it came time to leave the house we could keep on the scarves and costume jewelry, but the shoes had to be changed. Kids in heels simply isn’t practical when you’re going to the grocery store.

Then there’s the whole argument (that no one seems to be having) about what heels on kids are doing
This happens every time my niece
gets around my heels. 
to their feet. I’m not a kid and constantly get people telling me about how heels are ruining my feet, and I’m going to get x, y or z ailment and wait until I’m old. What do heels do to feet that aren’t done growing? Are we built for a lifetime in heels? 

I’m no podiatrist, but I’m going out on a limb here and saying no.

I’m not anti-heel, or anti-dress up. It cracks me up when my niece puts on my shoes and shuffles around in them, or when she tells me that she’s going to get shoes like Glitter Barbie and me one day. (Seriously, I have that on video). And one day I promise I will take her out and buy her the most ridiculous, ankle risking stripper heels that her heart desires. But not until she’s done growing, her mom won’t do call me yelling (so probably never), and she can walk in them. Until then she, and little girls everywhere, should just go on playing dress-up, and leave the heels to the adults.

Heels aren’t very good for playing outside in anyway.

The Today Show discussed this as well. If you want to hear a really boring conversation about kids in heels, you can click here