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.