SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Rochas

There is something utterly girly and adorable about pom-pons and fringe that gets me all nostalgic about my adolescent days of riding around in a colorful bicycle with hot pink, glittery pom-poms on the handlebars.  So, naturally, when I came across these Rochas Fringed Sling-Back Pumps, adorned with gold and pink fringe on the toes, and an gemstone embellished high heel, I immediately fell head over heels (pun always intended…I can’t not.).  If your inner child is also smitten for these pumps, you can feel really good about purchasing these $1,194 heels, as they are marked down from the original $1,190, so you’re technically saving $796.  Well, just look at you, being all economical and such!  

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ROCHAS fringed sling back pumps, was $1,990.00 now $1,194.00

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What do you think of these Rochas fringed heels?  Also, if you love Shoe Porn, be sure to check out the Shoe Porn Thursday archives for more high heel love.

xo

How To Sound Like A Fashionista Even If You Aren’t (or, Shoe Types Decoded)

How To Sound Like A Fashionista Even If You Aren’t (or, Shoe Types Decoded)

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Read on for an elaboration of some of the most dizzying shoe types shown above (and some they neglected to give honorable mention).

Flatforms:  Shoes with a uniform-height platform wedge that run across the entire heel, popularized this season by designers such as Marni, Opening Ceremony, and Stella McCartney.

The Elyse, Britt and Binx Flatform shoes by Stella McCartney are currently part of the Fashion Week uniform

The Elyse, Britt and Binx Flatform shoes by Stella McCartney are the unofficial shoes of Fashion Week street style

Frye Boot: (See: The Buckle).

Lobster Claw: (See also: Armadillo Heels).  Famously popularized at Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 runway show, these heels are 10 inches high, and only 21 pairs have ever been produced.  They are rather impossible to get your hands on, and range from $3,900 to $10,000 depending on skin, style, and embroidery.

“The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today,

“The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today,” Alexander McQueen told the New York Times regarding his “Lobster Claw” heels (above)

Mary Janes: The name is taken from the character Mary Jane in the Buster Brown comic strip.   Characterized by a strap across the top of top the shoe running from ankle to ankle, fastened with a buckle.

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The Original Purveyor of the “Mary Jane” shoe style, Buster Brown

Mules: Heels with open backs to expose the ankle.  Whereas these heels were once reserved solely for “exotic dancers” (see Stripper Heels), they are currently trending in the fashion world.

The Mule.

The Mule Heel: Not Just For Strippers Anymore!

UGG boots: (See also: Teenybopper, Guilty Pleasures, Things That Are So Bad They’re Almost Good, Velour Tracksuits, and Things Hipsters Will Find ‘Cool in an Ironic Sort of Way’ In 2 Years).

What are your favorite shoe types?  Did we miss any?  Share in the comments section below!  Also, be sure to check out the weekly Shoe Porn Thursday for a curated selection of the best, worst, and all-over craziest shoes around town.

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Saint Laurent

Hedi Slimane has been creating some controversy as designer of fashion house Saint Laurent, which instigated The Independent to write this article, which, in turn, caused New York Magazine‘s fashion component, The Cut, to write this refutation.  If you’d rather look at pretty pictures than read all those big words, stay here, and check out Saint Laurent’s ‘babies’ Mid-Calf Boots, Americana-style.  These silver-toned mid-calf boots are certainly appropriate for at least three occasions: Fashion Week, the 4th of July, and Texas (totally joking, ya’ll!).  Pair ’em with some red or blue daisy dukes, or a sleek all-black ensemble.

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What do you think of these Saint Laurent ‘Babies’ boots?  What would you wear them with?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Emilio Pucci

Funky suede boots are seriously trending right now in the fashion world, and these blue suede boots by Emilio Pucci are no exception.  With a gold colored heel, embellished with beads and luxe embroidery, and with a zodiac motif ford decoration, these bad boys are a serious statement boot.  I’d balance out these bold boots with a feminine, short, and flowy navy blue printed dress, or take the look up a few notches with a gold cocktail dress, like this one from Herve Leger.

Emilio Pucci, $5,575

Emilio Pucci, $5,575,  via Luisaviaroma

They do come with a hefty price tag, but…look at the detailing (cue dramatic ooh’s and ahh’s here)!

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See?  Totally worth a few months rent.

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What do you think of these Emilio Pucci blue suede boots?  What would you wear them with?

xo, loves

5 High Heel Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

5 High Heel Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

via WhoWhatWear

via WhoWhatWear

Every woman I know has a love-hate relationship with high heels.  They love the way they look, but hate the way they feel (especially after walking about 100 meters…).  Here are 5 hacks that every woman should know to make walking in high heels a little bit easier.  As you read, feel free to browse Trends & Tribulations top high heel picks that you can finally be excited to wear!

Lucy Choi, $350, via ShoeScribe

Lucy Choi, $350, via ShoeScribe

Fendi, $1,050, via Nordstrom

Fendi, $1,050, via Nordstrom

1.

Tape your 3rd & 4th toes together using clear sticky or nude medical tape (count starting with the big toe out).

This trick helps to take pressure off the ball of the foot.  There is a nerve between these toes, and the tape helps to balance the weight by minimizing strain from shifting the weight forward.

Sophia Webster, $1,095, via Neiman Marcus

Sophia Webster, $1,095, via Neiman Marcus

2.

Apply fabric plasters on your feet.

Wear your new shoes around the house to find out where they rub uncomfortably around your feet.  Then, apply fabric plasters to those parts of your feet.  Soak your feet in water for a minute or two (with fabric plasters on your feet), then walk around the house in the shoes some more.  The wet plaster will expand and help to soften and stretch the shoe in those places.

Moschino, $650, via Shoescribe

Moschino, $650, via Shoescribe

3.

Use shoe cushions (or petals).

Shop foot petals here in all shapes and sizes to help provide a cushioning wherever your need it.

Charlotte Olympia, $850, via Shoescribe

Charlotte Olympia, $850, via Shoescribe

4.

Spray your feet with an aerosol deodorant.

Feet can often slip around in your high heels after wearing them for a bit, so spritzing them with aerosol deodorant before wearing can provide traction and ensure your feet stay in place.

Jeffrey Campbell, $130, via Urban Outfitters

Jeffrey Campbell, $130, via Urban Outfitters

5.

Choose a heel that crosses around the front of your foot.

 This will provide more support over your foot and around the heel and ankle.  Think of it as a “seatbelt” for your feet (awe!), if you will- it takes pressure off your feet, as they do not have to work so hard to hold the heel in place.  The Jeffrey Campbell ones (above) and Steve Madden pair (below) are chic options.

Steve Madden Raela, $109, via Steve Madden

Steve Madden Raela, $109, via Steve Madden

What do you think of these tips?  Will you try any of them?  Do you have any tips that you swear by?  Share in the comments section below!

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Gianvito Rossi

There’s nothing better than an elegantly crafted, classically chic heel with just a simple twist to make it truly stand out from others.  Meet the flavor of this week, the one & only Gianvito Rossi Bow-Tie Ankle-Strap Bunny Sandal.   With a neutral color combination of rose & black & a 4″ stiletto heel, this shoe is all class (and just a hint tongue-in-cheek), reminding us not to take fashion (or life) too seriously.  Preach.

Gianvito Rossi Bow-Tie Ankle-Strap Bunny Sandal, Black/Rosie

Gianvito Rossi Bow-Tie Ankle-Strap Bunny Sandal, $980, via Neiman Marcus

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What do you think of these patent leather sandals?  Would you wear them?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo makes some of my favorite men’s shoes, but I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of their women’s shoes. However, these latest sandals, titled “Lenny” are certainly unique, and are vaguely reminiscent of my favorite fashion icon, Elvis Presley.  The back metal heel is eye-catching, along with the gold and silver metallic leather bands.  Pair ’em with a contrasting blue or light pink ensemble for an ultra-chic look.

Salvatore Ferragamo, $1,862, via Luisaviaroma

Salvatore Ferragamo, $1,862, via Luisaviaroma

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

What do you think of these sandals?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Leo

Guys, I want to introduce you to one of my new favorite designers: Leo.

Meet Leo, Shoe & Handbag Genius.

Meet Leo, Shoe & Handbag Genius.

He’s been on the scene since 2014, when he launched his shoe and handbag line with an experimental, totally unique, and daring style.  He developed his craftsmanship in Milan while collaborating with a master shoemaker, and has stayed true to his roots, creating high quality pieces Made in Italy.  Beyond that, he’s basically a ghost on the internet, but you can shop his shoes & handbags at FarFetch & Luisaviaroma.

While all of his shoe designs are colorful and whimsical, my top pick is this pair of Circus Leather Pumps.  I love the artsy, mixed media -inspired details.  Style with a pair of cropped white skinnies, or with a bright purple ensemble for a chic look that is guaranteed to make heads turn.

Leo Circus Leather Pumps, $182

Leo Circus Leather Pumps, $182

Leo Circus Leather Pumps, $182

What do you think of these eclectic pumps?  How would you style them?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Dolce & Gabbana

A while back, Trends & Tribulations did this post on high-end shoe designers who created their own sketches of the Cinderella shoes for the movie that came out in March.  As mentioned, those designers designed and created the actual shoes, which were then displayed at an exhibit at the Berlin Film Festival, and at Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York City.  Five of those designers chose to sell the shoes via special order at Saks, but only Dolce & Gabbana‘s are currently being sold to the public via Luisaviaroma.

Dolce & Gabbana, $1,795

Dolce & Gabbana Cinderella Swarovski Pumps, $1,795, via Luisaviaroma

Adorned in Swarovski crystals, and created with Plexiglas, these transparent 105mm heels are gorgeous enough to make anyone feel like a modern-day Cinderella.  Finally, a shoe solution for all of your #formaldressproblems.

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What do you think of these Cinderella pumps?  How would you wear them?

xxo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: DSquared2

Due to the ridiculous rather high number of LBD’s & LBH’s (Little Black Heels) in my closet(s), I started to get picky when adding any more of them to my wardrobe.  They have to really tickle my fancy, per se, or, sadly, they’ll just be taking up more coveted closet space.

(Side Note: Since I moved into a new apartment earlier this summer, I had to go from two walk-in closets to a tiny little one.  Needless to say, it’s been tough, but a learning experience in minimalism…  I’ve also taken to decorating my apartment with shoes as art to make up for storage (i.e. shoes intertwined with my books, in my living room, laundry room, etc.)…)

Take, for example, these beauties from DSquared2’s Fall-Winter 2015-16 collection.  They have just enough glitz and glam to make them stand out, and simply exude sex appeal.  I love how the fringe, metal zippers, and chains give them a rock’n’roll vibe, while the all-black color keeps the sandals from looking overdone.

Wear ’em with cuffed blue denim, or with a structured leather skirt and chiffon blouse for a sexy, edgy look.

DSquared2 Sandals, $1,500, via Shoescribe

DSquared2 Sandals, $1,500, via Shoescribe

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What do you think of these little black sandals?  Would you wear them?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo, Sophie

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