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posted by: brianka in Boots, Designer Shoe Déja Vu, Fall 2008 Shoes, Focus on the Shoe Brand, General, High heels, Hot Shoe Deals and Steals, Mary Janes, Nine West, Spot the Shoe on Sale, Spring 2008 shoes
Yet another sale. I can’t keep track of all the sales that have been springing up of late.
While all the sales are possibly another indication of trouble for retailers who are hoping for any cash-flow boost during the current uncertain economic climate; they remain good news for all of us hoping to make our budgets stretch just a little bit further. I certainly hope most of our favorite shoe retailers weather through the current financial troubles without too much difficulty.
So, if you feel like hopping over to the Nine West website, they are having a 20-30% off sale on any footwear on their site.
Some seasonal options?
How about the faux-fur cuffed ‘Accents’ boot for $179.99 $199.99 before the additional 20% discount?
Me, I’m feeling pretty partial to the ‘Cuzza’ ankle boot for $109.00 $149.99pre-additional 20% off. Anything that manages to hit tough, sexy and practical is a winner in my book.
Of course, if you loved last season’s Jimmy Choo Maryjane sandals but missed them or need a lower-priced alternative, you can find a fair and affordable substitute in the Nine West ‘Lex’ for $29.99-34.99 $89.99 before the additional 20% off.
Finally, what fun would it be talking sales if we didn’t find something in the fun and funky category? The ‘Bela’ hair-calf ankle boot in black or brown for $89.99 $119.00 before that additional 20% kicks in. Pretty decent prices, all the way around.
These Pocahontas boots look virtually identical. Yet the Minnetonka boots are almost $300 less expensive than the the Tory Burch’s.
Left: Tory Burch Walker Fringe Lace Up Boot; Available at Shopbop for $375
Right: Minnetonka Moccasin Lace Up Knee Hi; Available at Piperlime for $80
Heck, even when you are a fashion icon like Kate Moss, the price point of the Minnetonkas are too irrestible.
Ok, so some of you may know that I have like a million jobs. Really. Just ask me. At any rate, one of the glitzier ones is that of production assistant for a fashion production company. And by glitzy I mean that average tasks involve being on set during photoshoots and running out to pick up whatever the photographer or stylist might need. Most memorably, I have been sent to fetch body-length human hair and fake boobs (called “chicken cutlets” if ya’ll wanna learn a little industry speak.
But I digress. I recently worked at a photo shoot for a very high end hair and makeup brand. I will not divulge their name because I am really not sure if I am supposed to. But for you clever folk out there it translates to ”Real Gold” from the French. This particular client hires stylists who bring in really incredible stuff. It’s so cutting edge, I get paper cuts (da dum chhhhssss).
To demonstrate my point, a tableau:
Take a breath now:
YSL, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Louboutin, Louboutin, Louboutin, Givenchy, Louboutin, Balenciaga
Light headed yet?
I did a little research in case any of feel like spending your life savings on a piece of fashion gold.
Shoe Beauty #1
These are my absolute favorite. If you want to take the plunge, these would be the ones to do it for. I was trying to figure out how to cram these suckers into my tiny clutch or under my blouse. There was much self-recrimination for not being into the whole peasant blouse, tons-of-excess-fabric thing. Behold the grail.
These are the YSL High Heel Lace Up Sandals with Jeweled Medallion in Black Patent. They are a whopping $895 dollars on ysl.com even now as the wintry winds begin the blow down Broadway. But so what. They. Are. Gorgeous.
Shoe Beauty #2
These Balenciaga Gladiator Sandals are obviously not available. The Sex and the City gladiator rampage of ’08 wiped the Internet clean of these highly coveted critters.
However, because I aim to help the readers who are looking to cash in on the end-of summer sales, here is a stand-in which is significantly cheaper that the 600+ price tag on the original. These Vaneli Gladiator Sandals are much cheaper at the low, low price of only 88.79.
Shoe Beauty #3
Pretty, pretty Balenciaga. How I love how you shine through the dark of the night. You add luster to my evening. Unfortunately, these are also no longer available and I couldn’t find a worthy substitute, but I will give you a close-up for contemplation.
Shoe Beauties #4, #5, #6, and #7
These assorted black pumps are the collective Little Black Dress of the shoe world.
Pictured here is the Christian Louboutin hidden platform pump, $700 courtesy of Neimanmarcus.com. I just think that when you wear these you can’t help but feel beautiful, sophisticated, glamorous, and all those other words that the fashion mags list under the stuff they want to sell you.
Shoe Beauties #8 and #9
Booties are kind of my new thing. The first year that they entered the world of trends I disdained them, looking down on them as underdeveloped boots or overdeveloped heels. However, I have reassessed the situation and realized that they are most excellent.
Shiny, Louboutin booties are an excellent way to get my thinking on track.
And the less shiny Balenciaga version keeps me on the wagon.
Though I couldn’t find either of these. I found this Balenciaga stand-in. They really look very little like either of them, but what’s another shoe to lust after among friends?
They are on sale at overstock.com for 569.99, still pricey, but an excellent discount from the original price of 1195.00.
The weird looks the stylist gave me as I crouched around the shoes shooting photos were totally worth it.
posted by: brianka in Boots, Christian Dior Shoes, Designer Shoe Déja Vu, Endless, Givenchy Shoes, Gucci Shoes, High heels, Hot Shoe Deals and Steals, Marc Jacobs Shoes, Marc Jacobs Shoes, Oxfords, Platforms, Steve Madden Shoes, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Shoes, Zappos
Test your knock-off knowledge here.
See if you can identify the manufacturers of the following shoe styles.
I’ll give you a hint.
They are not: Marc Jacobs, YSL, Dior, Prada/Miu Miu, Gucci or Givenchy.
Check your answers at the bottom of the page.:
I had the luck to be working backstage at the Christian Siriano show at NY Fashion Week. What a madhouse! In addition to the regular melee of cameras, models, makeup/hair folk, and stylists, many of Christian’s friends and family were backstage helping the man himself prepare for the show. Among them were Jack Mackenroth and Sweet Pea (who seems to have picked up a gig reporting for MTV news) from Season 4 of Project Runway.
So let’s talk shoes:
Each of Christian’s models wore a pair of 4-inch stiletto heels in gray, acid green, or neon orange. Several had charming flower-like fabric appliques at the front or the back. These high fashion shoes bore no name, so this girl did a bit of detective work. Want to know how to make high fashion runway footwear?
Step 1: Go to Aldo. Purchase 30 pairs of heels in a light color.
Step 2: Go to an Art Supply store and purchase some heavy duty paint.
Step 3: Whip out the hot glue gun and some bits of leftover fabric.
Step 4: Mix well.
Here are the before pictures in Taupe ($69.98) and Black ($84.98):
And Voila! Here are the the end results:
Pretty cool, no? That right there is a true PR innovation challenge.
Here are some photos of the backstage ruckus just for fun:
Christian makes some adjustments
A Model waits to go on.