Archive for March, 2007
posted by: jitterbugbaby in Shoe History Corner
In honor of springtime and my fascination with all things yellow and vibrant (and in keeping with this season’s particular focus on the ballet flat), I present these early Regency period English ladies’ shoes. I think they’re adorable, and I’d most certainly wear them if they were manufactured now.
I think the white embroidered satin detail on the toe is just darling.
These are in the footwear collection of the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.
posted by: shoesense in General
…ok, maybe not the toeless ones (what is THAT about?!?) but you get the gist. However, for now it looks like I can only admire them in the Virtual Shoe Museum. Hands down, one of the most fantastic web pages I have come across lately. But I’m biased like that, you know–I LOVE shoes!!!
posted by: Shomore in Shoe Accessories
Ever seen a very simple concept and wondered why you didn’t think of it yourself? I recently experienced this very reaction when approached to test drive Muleos. Muleos is basically a strap or tie which can be used to hold down your mules or backless shoes. According to the Muleos website, founder Michele Hickford formed the idea when her pants were getting caught under her heel. Michele borrowed a pair of men’s shoelaces to hold down the heel and her first Muleos prototype was born.
Are you a visual person like me? Here is a very simplified version of how Muleos looks:
We personally tried out the straps and ties. Our impressions:
Sizing: Out of the bag, none of the holes on Muleos straps matched my fit. Apparently, my ankles are rather cubby (doh!) so I could only get the strap to wrap around once. I used a safety pin (didn’t have a turkey skewer available as mentioned on the Muleos website) to create the holes myself. It would have been nice to have turnkey straps as I am simply not a very handy person and created two rather ugly looking holes for myself.
- Durability: In the process of threading Muleos straps through the custom created holes, I was surprised the leather started to get a little worn out.
- Functionality: Based on my limited test drive, Muleos did live up to the advertisement that my trousers would no longer get caught under my heel. I did find that Muleos slid around a bit and wondered if I worn these out for an extended period of time if I would need to perform adjustments throughout the evening.
- Comfort: No issues; Leather was nice and soft.
- Style: Such a simple concept, but amazingly, I did feel like my shoes received an updated look. Also, for a different look, try wearing Muleos over boots. Jitterbugbaby gave a test drive to the silver straps, and since it was still too chilly in New York to wear mules, she strapped on her Muleos over a pair of basic black leather boots. She says it worked out really well… definitely drew some interested glances from passersby, and added a bit of a change to her boots.
- 1. Ooooh, cute little packaging!!! Why, I believe that’s an organza minipurse!!!
Let’s see what’s inside, shall we?
2. Oh, it’s the same strings they used for the mini-purse tabs:
Oh, and the little Muleo logo thingies attached to the ribbon? Um… I don’t know how to put it delicately, but they fell off the moment I took them out of the bag. There, I said it. And the ends were frayed–some broken, so I couldn’t really reattach them. Huh.
3. The moment of truth:
I attached them according to the instructions in the picture. Well, sure, it’s a simple, brilliant idea! These slides seem fonder of my heels now than ever. But something’s bugging me. Is it be the flimsiness of the ribbon, which allows for a little jiggle in every step? Not sure. Oh, it’s the lopsidedness of the tie. I only have one lonely little dangling metallic tip there. Clearly, that’s disproportionate to the tie and it has to go. Plus it doesn’t really stay attached (especially on cheap, satin-y materials). Plus, it will probably not go with the shoe, the outfit, or the wearer’s tastes. I vote, get rid of them! Or redesign so they’re lighter, more secure, and more color-coordinated to the tie itself.
4. Another last look:
Um, yeah. One last thing. If you are not exactly blessed with the ankles of a gazelle (ahem), this is probably not a good look for you. I’m just saying. Or rather, I’ll let that picture do the talking!!!
Shoesense tried the ties and here’s her saga, in pictures:
If you are looking to add a little variety to your shoe collection but your shoe fund is low, consider Muleos straps. They are reasonably priced from $9.90 – $11.99. Straps can add some bells and whistles to your shoes and prevent the trousers from being annoyingly sandwiched between your heel and shoe. For the more crafty lot, consider visiting a fabric store and seeing if you can make your own version of the ties, perhaps with crystals, lace, or painted?
One final note: Michele personally contacted us and we have nothing but nice things to write about Muleos customer service. She was very gracious in accommodating the bloggers on Shoeblog and for that, we are very appreciative.
The birds are chirping! The crocuses are blooming! Gloves are being put away in drawers! It’s springtime!
I’m a nut about spring fever. Warm weather makes me want to dance and shout and run in circles like an over-excited puppy.
In a desperate attempt to channel some of that energy into something halfway productive (and to keep myself sitting still at my desk), I present a few springtime delicious pairs of shoes in bright, sunny, daffodil yellow!
Two things you need to catch everyone’s eye sitting at outdoor cafe tables: 1. A great pedicure. 2. A great pair of shoes to show it off. Try these wedges from Madison Harding ($220 at Shopbop.com).
To handle those April showers in style, here’s a pair of waterproof Tretorn wedges (only $75 at Shoes.com).
Go gather those flowers in the field, and wear shoes to match. I’ve posted these Marc by Marc Jacobs ankle strap sandals before, I know, but this is just the absolute ultimate springtime shoe, in my book, and now they’re 50% off!
And the winner of the unofficial springtime daffodil shoe contest has got to be these tie-up espadrilles. It’s the stem, leaves, and flower all in one! Nobody makes playful, irreverent, rascally shoes like Camper, and these are no exception, and on sale for just $78.
I love it when designers play with tried-and-true design features and make them their own. Case in point: This patent peep-toe slingback from Michel Perry, the spring/summer 2007 collection:
See the position of the peep-toe? Lopsided!!! Come to think of it, wouldn’t it be more natural for your big toe to show on its respective side? I also love the color and the sexy curves of the shoe. The only problem: when you wear them both, wouldn’t the proximity of the two peep holes create an awkward ‘pigeon-toe’ effect? Just asking. They’re available for about $545 on Luisaviaroma.