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I don’t know which part of the country you are in but here in the Northwest, Old Man Winter is starting to pick up the pace and drop the temperatures. It may be a balmy 65-70 degrees during the afternoons, but once the sun goes down, it’s freezing time.
That makes me start eye-balling my boots and wondering if I have the right pair(s) to get the job done.
So, since it’s really feeling like winter and there’s a fall sale going on at Famous Footwear, I’m passing the sale love on to you.
Well, are you as excited about winter boots as I am? Here are some sale options to ponder:
Of course, if you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to summer and spring styles, there are plenty of reasonably-priced pumps and sandals to choose from as well. Here are a few that I can’t resist showing to you.
Just remember, it’s always nice when you can dress up for Fall without breaking your budget.
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This look is being referred to loosely in fashion magazines as the ‘Hardware Trend’; it’s main indicator is an obvious and sometimes excessive use of metallic visual embellishments such as Buckles, Studs, Grommets, or in this case, Zippers. When it is used in Fall boots, it has also been referred to as ‘Biker Chic’ or ‘Moto Style’. The common thread to these looks is that the hardware is up-front. While the zippers or buckles may occasionally be functional, in most cases the primary use of these items is decorative in nature. This type of Metallic adornment is not at all unusual on Motorcycle Boots, as well as at retailers such as Hot Topic who specialize in the Alternative Rock, Punk, Industrial or Goth musical scenes.
Interestingly enough, I first encountered zippers as trim on the following very exuberant shoes: The Marc by Marc Jacobs Zipped and Studded Pump in blue denim or black calfskin ($197.80 6pm.com; also available in a slingback Flat for $163.30)) and the Metallic Naughty Monkey ‘Gudahame’ ($40.25 6pm.com). These are rather aggressive shoes that have quite a lot going on.
However, the current popularity of the trend can likely be laid at the feet of Christian Louboutin’s Caracolo (previously blogged about here) out around Christmastime last year. Recently available at Bluefly ($616 in Red, Black, and Dusty Pink),the Caracolo has not lost it’s delightful edge; it was also striking enough that Steve Madden apparently created a very faithful (Sans Red Sole) replica that sold out in very little time indeed).
Similar in spirit to the above Louboutin, I also love this cute Punk/Industrial-styled ’Zipper Point Flat’ by well-know alternative shoe brand T.U.K. Shoes (Zappos.com $45).It has that same look of the zipper ‘swallowing’ the foot as the Caracolo that I find really appealing and fun while retaining a practical and walkable cut for everyday use.
Similar but not identical to the Rhodita is the slightly more budget-conscious LAMB ‘Shauna’ in Black or Gunmetal ($279.95 Endless.com /269.99 Heels.com / Shopbop.com);This is a chunkier YSL-esque platform for the girl who really loves that extra oomph! a few added inches can give her.
Yet another similar sandal, Carlos by Carlos Santana’s ‘Cougar’ in Silver, Bronze, or Black (Endless.com $98.95 / Zappos.com $100); this one also has zippered straps and its price range is much more in line for all the bargain fashionistas out there.
Coming back to LAMB, we have two styles that play up zippers on the vamp area. First, the ‘Selene’ pump with zip-trimmed tuxedo-shirt flaps in Black or Gunmetal ($239.00 Endless.com /$252.95 Zappos.com /$299.99 Heels.com). Second, the slingback ‘Sidney’ with Zipper Rosette on the vamp ($319 Zappos.com / $315 Shoes.com / $239.90 Endless.com/ $220.50 on sale at Shopbop.com). Both of these styles are riding the zipper trend to keep Gwen’s L.A.M.B. brand fun and funky.
Are these early adopters all we can expect from the Zipper trend? Most assuredly not. A quick search as I am writing this has come up with dozens of late contenders for moving into Fall. Among these styles:
Betsey Johnson’s ‘Tayla’ in Black, Grey or Camel ($235 Zappos.com / $234.99 Heels.com / $234.95 Endless.com / Sale priced $119.99 at Smartbargains.com). As this is Betsey Johnson; it should come as little surprise that the zipper pull is in the shape of a lightning bolt. If there is an opportunity for Glam, Betsey usually takes it.
Sergio Rossie ‘Patent Leather Platform Sandal’ ($850 Nordstrom’s Pre-order). This is a fairly conservative interpretation on the zipper theme.
Taryn Rose’s ‘Bridger’ Ballet Flat with Zipper Rose detail ($495 Neimanmarcus.com). I sure hope that’s one cozy Flat.
And yes, Helle Comfort has made a Zipped and Studded Clog ($174 Zappos.com). Oh My!
Other Honorable Mentions go to the following:
Sergio Rossi ‘Farisa‘ Zip-toe Pump $373 clearance.
Chinese Laundry ‘Betsey‘ Zipper Platform in Denim or Black $79.95
Chinese Laundry ‘Arcane‘ Zipper Pump $89.95.
Harley Davidson ‘Fortune‘ High Heel Sandal $64.00.
Fly London ‘Mall‘ Peep-toe Heel $96.23.
Fly London ‘Mex‘ Peep-toe Heel $82.49.
Not Rated ‘Zip It’ Flat $44.95.
Michael Kors ‘Berkeley‘ Flat $99.00.
I love that women’s oxfords have been in fashion for the last few seasons. Something about the laces and stitched leather that combine to make a nearly irresistible package that I just can’t wait to try on.
So, when I drove the three hours to the nearest Nordstrom in May during the Half-yearly sale, this shoe, of course, was not included in the sale, became my new obsession:
I was specifically attracted to the spectator color styling; my favorite being the ‘Icy Foam’ grey and black combination. This is a lovely alternative to the more traditional black and white spectators and is a great summer alternative to similar closed-toe styles. Unfortunately, this particular color combination is only available in Nordstrom stores and is not available at the Nordstrom online shopping site. This is a real obstacle when it is three hours and one gas tank to the nearest brick and mortar location.
So, my online hunt was on.
I actually found a similar shoe by Guess:
With two mass-retailed brands bringing out such similar styles, should I have been suspicious?
Does it live up to the reputation of Uber-sexy classic styling? Christian Louboutin’s ‘Sometimes’ starting at $860. Already sold out at Net-a-porter, it may still be available in-store at Saks, Louboutin boutiques, and other high-end retailers..
The new metallics replacing golds and silvers are pewters and coppers. I simply adore this BCBG Max Azria Elicia metallic flat ($200 at Piperlime), with its imaginative shiny rosettes on the vamp. Now, that’s a delightful bunch! Great for office parties or just to spice up your day.
I’ve noticed it enough times to call it almost a trend (see the post on Tod’s skimmers ): the mix of soft, luxurious suedes or velvets with glossy patents. Two sides of femininity in two materials: one for that warm, fuzzy, brownie-loving purring cat in you, the other for the ice-queen, perfectionist, smooth and perfect and polished fashion queen.
Luckily, this BCBG Max Azria ‘Cora’ flat, will satisfy both sides:
I love the domino effect created by the mix of black suede and ivory patent, with minimalist stitching and a coquettish bow. Tres chic, tres feminine, tres you: B(on) C(hic) B(on) G(enre), indeed!