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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And, whether you have a romantic evening planned with your honey, or are having a single gal’s ‘stag’ evening – any excuse to ogle red, hot, sexy shoes is okay in my book.
So, let’s start with some sweet floral shoes that look like romantic bouquets:
Moving on to wearing your heart for everyone to see (though on your feet, not on your sleeve):
Well, whatever your Saturday has in store for you, there’s always room for another pair of fabulous red shoes in any gal’s closet:
Oh, and if you are one of those ladies who doesn’t yet own a pair of red heels – What are you waiting for? Red is an absolutely fabulous wardrobe neutral that simply exudes confidence from the ground up.
OK, so my Shoes of Project Runway isn’t nearly as exciting as Twinkletoes’ up-close-and-personal tale.
But nevertheless, there was PR this week, and I aim to find those Bluefly shoes, just like every other week.
So, first up, let’s look at Jerell’s winning outfit. A) Deserved to win. B) Totally perfect for the girl. C) I WANT THAT CARDIGAN!!! And shoe-wise, those feminine patent peep-toes are what would happen if the Stuart Weitzman Expump and the Kate Spade Lara had a secret love-child.
Ironically, the best shoes of the show last night were the ones worn with Joe’s Auf’d outfit (which was really atrocious). Don’t know if the client girls brought their own shoes from home (which I suspect they did, actually… since none of the shoes from last night seem to have shown up on PR before), but that red patent pair of booties (although not on Bluefly that I can tell) is sharp!
My girl Leanne made an outfit that was, yes, perhaps too matronly for her client’s job as an elementary school teacher, but it really did respond to the request that she make something that’ll bestow an appropriate teacher-as-authority-figure aura. The grey shoes are super cute and an excellent professional wardrobe option. They don’t seem to be on Bluefly, but either the Christian Dior CD pumps (if you want to splurge) or the Stuart Weitzman Portal (if you want a more affordable option) would be fairly close.
If you’re after the pointy-toe ankle-strap look that Suede chose for his outfit (and frankly, the shoes are just about the only nice looking thing in that picture… except, of course, for the girl herself, who’s a total charmer), you could… well… Bluefly doesn’t really have anything super close to this to offer. But they have tons of other black pumps to peruse.
If you want a fun pair of maryjanes like Korto’s model (whose jacket I totally covet), the Brighton by Dolce Vita or the are nice-looking options. And for only about $65-70, too!
And last, but not least, is Kenley. *sigh* Kenley, it is time for you to put up or shut up. Actually, how bout putting up (as in, making something that DOESN’T come straight out of a 1950s pattern book) AND shutting up, because I can’t even begin to tell you how ridiculous you sound talking about how you’ve experienced hardships in your life by coming to New York with no money. Honey, that’s not hardship. It’s just poor planning.
The dress was cute. I’ll give her that. And the shoes, likewise. Kudos if you can find em, because Bluefly doesn’t really offer up anything in the ballpark. But the low heel and the little bow on the toes are both adorable touches.
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One of the must-have items of the season is, apparently, the good ol’ penny loafer. I’m all for that: school season is knocking on your neighborhood’s door, and even if you’re not in or around a school at the moment, you must feel the buzz of books and the studious energy in the air. No? It must be me, ahem; still, you are probably seeing a preview of collegiate fashions by now. And if you indulge one of my pet peeves for just a second: I for one would LOVE to see young women sporting an elegant, well-made penny loafer rather than a flip-flop way into November, as I often see, and which is just….wrong.
Penny loafers were named as such because they could be decorated with a penny (or often, a dime). I didn’t realize there was actually an urban legend behind this:
In 1934 John R. Bass (a bootmaker in Wilton, Maine) started making loafers and called them Weejuns (meant to sound like Norwegian). These had a strap across the upper part of the vamp that was shaped like a pair of lips (said to be John’s wife, Alice Bass, kissing each shoe on its way out the door). The mouth opening soon was used to hold an ornament (such as a penny), and thus penny loafers became a style. Penny loafers often held a dime instead of a penny. (From Wikipedia).
Edited: Correction: Allison in comments points out that it was actually George Henry Bass (and not John R.). Thanks, Allison, for pointing out again why Wikipedia can’t be entirely trusted!
In the days of yore, the penny loafer was a low-heeled shoe through and through, with a strong masculine vibe (it makes sense, since it started off as a men’s shoe). These days the penny loafer, just like the oxford, has gone through a high-fashion transformation, and the New York Times’ T Magazine is eager to present these options to us:
Clockwise from top: Christian Louboutin shoe, $1,050 a pair. Go to christianlouboutin.com. Yves Saint Laurent shoe, $770. Go to ysl.com. Tod’s shoe, $545. Go to tods.com. Nine West shoe, $99. Go to ninewest.com. Cole Haan shoe, $275, and Anna Sheffield for Cole Haan coin, $45. Go to colehaan.com.
This style is a classic that’s been around for decades and is bound to stay in style for a long time; in theory at least, you can’t go wrong wearing a pair of well-made penny loafers. I do admit to having misgivings about the 3+ inch height of the models shown in T Magazine; but again, I also have misgivings about models that look so masculine I have no desire to wear them. Therefore, I have also scoured teh interwebs for more pleasant AND easier on the feet loafer-options and found a few. Behold:
From top to bottom:
Marc by Marc Jacobs patent loafers (available in other colors, too), $264 at Zappos.
Marc by Marc Jacobs high-heeled loafers (2 & 3/4″, also available in other colors), $354 at Zappos.
Kate Spade Lindsay loafer (also available in other colors), $199 at Zappos.
Givenchy gold calf loafer, on sale for $204 at Zappos.
Tory Burch Clayton Loafer (also in red), $275 at Nordstrom.
Celine tasseled low-heeled brogue, $460 at Yoox.
MariaCristina low-heeled loafers, $178 at Yoox.
L’Autre Chose tasseled loafer, $68 at Yoox (only one size left!)
So, the challenge was to design an outfit for the female athletes from the USA to wear for the opening ceremonies of the summer Olympics. Cool challenge, right? Olympics start this week. We’ll get to see what Ralph Lauren cooked up for the actual ceremony tomorrow night.
And I have to say (with a few exceptions), thank god those women don’t have to wear what was proposed for them on tv last night!
Seriously, can you imagine hundreds of athletic, muscular, strong women coming out into the international scene in this? I know I’ve loved on Jerell before, but this is just flat out hideous. And misses the challenge by a mile! The Charles by Charles David Skip shoes are pretty adorable, though (and on sale for only $60!)
Or, what about Daniel’s cocktail dress? It’s the Olympics, for chrissake! As Michael Kors said, a woman wearing this would have to be coming from the Republic of Cocktail Land. Though, the Stuart Weitzman Spring Fling platforms are kind of cute, in a basic summery way.
Keith’s outfit wasn’t a total travesty, but has nothing to do with an athlete’s body and isn’t particularly American, apart from the color scheme (which misses the mark, too, in my book). He did use the Gucci Eva oxfords, which I suspect are going to end up as the Patron Shoe of Project Runway 5.
As far as the good, there were really only two that I thought deserved a win. And neither of them won. One was Joe’s skort outfit, which says USA in a cute and athletic way, without relying on one particular era or style other than… well… sporty. Plus, I ADORE his zipper color combining (in case you missed it, he bought red zippers and blue zippers and mixed them so each zip had one red side and one blue). Couldn’t find his exact shoes, but the Stuart Weitzman Linda isn’t too far off.
And finally, much like last week, I thought Leanne deserved much higher kudos for her effort. Because this is sporty and flattering as well as representing a nice, clean vision of USA sportswear. Fashion and athleticism (and patriotism, too) at once. The shoes are adorable, too, and though I couldn’t find these exact ankle strap sandals, this Giuseppe Zanotti red and white slingback would do in a pinch.
One note, though. I know this was a runway show and all, but there are plenty of cute shoes on Bluefly that (if they were available to the designers) would have been much more appropriate sporty footwear choices. To wit, the Kate Spade Hayley ($32!!) in either red canvas or the oh-so-American denim
or the Stuart Weitzman Freshy (what an adorable name).
We’ll see how the real thing stacks up tomorrow night.
For those of you not aware, Nordstrom is starting its Anniversary Sale - Both in stores and online. Begins today, July 18th. Pre-fall sale prices will reset to full retail amounts on August 4th.
Just for fun, the pre-sales flyer is available here.
Footwear that catches my fancy?
Sale price $199.90, down from Fall list price of $320.
I’m really loving the gray flannel. It’s 98 Degrees outside & I’m planning for winter already. Oh Dear!
Or, how about a spectator Maryjane with an animal impact?
Try this Kate Spade “Hana” pump in red patent and leopard-printed haircalf. Meow! :
Sale priced at $299.90 with a Fall list price of $478.00.
So, go ahead, take a look online or after work; there are plenty of other Fall styles on sale to fit a variety of tastes.