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Tangerine – The 2012 color of the year

Friday, May 25th, 2012

The easiest trend to pull off this season is bold color and the hottest color aka “2012’s color of the year” is Tangerine Tango. This hot hue has been integrated into all fashion segments – clothing, accessories, beauty, and of course shoes. No matter what style of shoe you wear, be it a flat, wedge, platform or stiletto, if your color of choice is tangerine, then you are perfectly on trend.

Not sure how to add this electric color to your look? There is no wrong way, you can select a style with tangerine as an all over color, an accented color, peekaboo, color blocked etc. To fully embrace the full glory of Tangerine, whether you want a high heel or flat, try shoe styles the like Luichiny Van Buren High Heel Platform Sandal, Luichiny Sav Vee High Wedge, Chelsea Crew Sharon Mid Wedge, and Born Yancy Mid Wedge Platform Sandal or Anhu Jackie Flat Slip On. For a more subtle addition of tangerine to your wardrobe, the Chelsea Crew Caymen High Heel Pump, Bronx Sit Still Colorblock High Wedge, Boutique 9 Piraya Flat Sandal or FitFlop Sling Flip Flop are a great way to include this vibrant color without having it overpower your look.

By Dynelle Skinner

 

Wedge Side Story

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Believe it or not, there is a bit of a wedge divide this summer. Some women love their wedges super tall, while others prefer to stay a bit closer to the ground. Do you love the added leg length you get from over 3” wedges or is do you prefer the 2” wedge range?  Or are you the type who loves the silhouette no matter the height? Whatever the outcome, there is a wedge to satisfy all preferences thanks to the abundance of styles and heel heights available this summer. Which side of the wedge divide are you on?

21624 Laura Mid Wedge Sandal - Brown Yellow 21575 Damas Mid Wedge Sandal - Cognac
21619 Sinousa Low Wedge Shoe - Red Suede

For those who prefer to stay on the lower level, Camper has some adorably stylish choices, a few favorites (in order of heel height) are the 1 ½” 21619 Sinousa Low Wedge, the 2 ½” 21575 Damas Mid Wedge, and the 2 ¾” 21624 Laura Mid Wedge. They all pair exquisitely with the new tailored shorts, and knee-length flirty summer dresses and adorable rompers.

Moira Platform Sandal - Dark Natural Caramel Giana Wedge Sandal - Pewter Metal
Becka High Wedge Sandal - Squeezed Lemon Juicy Culture

And for those who prefer a bit more elevation, turn to Juicy Couture for the height you want. Wedges from their spring/summer collection include the new flatform shoe silhouette, the 3” Juicy Couture Moira Platform Sandal, the bold colored classic 3 ½” Becka High Wedge, and the dual trend raffia and metallic 5” Giana Wedge Sandal. Higher heel wedges look superb with maxi dresses and jeans of all lengths.

By Dynelle Skinner

 

The Summer Staple – Flip Flops

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Every summer, no matter what the shoe trends are, one style that remains a classic is the flip flop. Whether you’re wearing them to the beach, the park, pedicure at the salon, grocery run, or hanging out with friends, flip flops are summer staples. They are as everyday as a white shirt or pair of jeans. Of course just because they’re flip flops doesn’t mean they should be ordinary or can‘t be fun. There are quite a few non-traditional styles and special details that make this season’s flip flops stand out from the atypical -  all under $25.00.

One of those special details is also a hot trend this season – bows. These delicate embellishments add a feminine flair to this basic silhouette. Some chic bow accented styles include Dizzy Ring Flip Flop, Femini 7661 Flat Sandal, Dizzy Zulu Bow Jelly Flip Flop, and Oka B. Anita Flat Flip Flop

For those who want an edgier flip flop, you will love the jewel and stone embellished styles. Add sparkle and a dressier look with the Lovely People Jewel Jelly Flip Flop, Michael Stars MS60010 Flip Flop, Havaianas Slim Crystal Heart Casual Flip Flop, or the Blowfish Highness Low Wedge.

Another great flip flop option is the patterned foot bed; basic shapes and styles pop with colorful designs and modern patterns – Havaianas Slim Ethnic Flat Flip Flop, UGG Australia Flare Casual Flip Flop, Vans Lanai Flip Flop, Yellowbox Python Flip Flop and Havaianas Slim Birds Flip FlopAn interesting side note for all you flip flop wearers, did you know June 12th 2012 is National Flip Flop Day? Grab one of these and wear them in celebration of this classic summer shoe.

By Dynelle Skinner

 

Flower Power

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

One of spring 2012’s major trends is floral. Everything from clothing (floral jeans are especially hot) to accessories, handbags, etc are blooming with roses, lilies, daffodils, carnations, daisies, etc…and so are shoes. Want to fulfill your floral fantasies? Now is the time to do it, as it is making more of a diverse statement. For this season, expect to see an abundance of floral prints in unconventional fashion staples. For those of you that are somewhere in between the girly girl and the tough chick but do not want to wear a high floral heel or wedge, Dr. Martens has some great floral options for you.

Castle Flat Ankle Boot Dr. Martens Pascal Ankle Boot - Sand Botanic
1460 W Victorian Flowers Ankle Boot - Black Mary Casual Low Heel Shoe - Blue Meadow 1460 W Tydee Ankle Boot - Black

Do you wear more vintage pieces? Then the jacquard floral printed Castle Flat Ankle Boot or quirky Mary Casual Low Heel Mary Janes will fit right in with your wardrobe. Do the words “artistic rebel” fit your personality? Shake things up with the Pascal Ankle Boot and for the romantic at heart, you’ll fall in love with the small delicate flowers on the 1460 W Tydee Ankle Boot and the pink rose covered with pink ribbon detail on the 1460 W Victorian Flowers Ankle Boot.

By Dynelle Skinner

 

Hiking & Biking & Running…Oh Merrell

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

There’s a great get-fit trend going on, thanks to the initiatives from the First Lady’s fight to help end obesity and images of celebs, like Scarlett Johansson, rocking barefoot running shoes while training for Avengers last year. We’re seeing more current outdoor activities from celebs, like Orlando Bloom, Jessica Biel and Amanda Seyfried hiking Runyon Canyon Park in LA and Tobey Maguire, Pink and Carey Hart and Naomi Watts biking with their children. It all equates to having a more active lifestyle, and as the temperature increases, you may find yourself ready to move your fitness routine outside. As the desire to participate in more outdoorsy activities like running, camping and hiking increases, you’re naturally going to need the correct shoes.

Barefoot Water River Glove Wonder Glove
Henna Flat Sandal Barefoot Water River Glove

One of the hottest outdoor fitness shoe trends is the barefoot shoe. These shoes enable you to be closer to your terrain (whether it’s land or water), bring out your natural stride and build greater strength and endurance. For those of you who are not quite comfortable with the barefoot shoe, Merrell has great options to help ease you in. Hike a watery trail as your feet stay firmly and flatly on the ground with the Barefoot Water River Glove; stimulate your senses and strengthen your muscles with the Lithe Mary Jane Glove, improve your balance as you walk in the Wonder Glove, and get amazing all-day comfort in the very stylish and shock absorbing Henna Flat Sandal.

By Dynelle Skinner

Sand, Surf and Sandals

Friday, May 11th, 2012

It’s almost time for beach weather, which means getting your checklist of must-haves for those glorious days at the shore – a beach-ready body, fabulous swimsuit, lots of sunblock and of course… cute shoes. One beach fashion rule that should never be broken is “No heels in the sand”. Avoid the awkward and unsteady act of your 5” heels sinking into the sand, a major fashion no-no that even celebrities are crucified for, and get your feet into some fashionable flats.

Sam-Edelman-Ginger-Flat-Sandal
1204 Lilly Flat Sandal - Fuchsia
1254 Betsy Flat Sandal
Go cute and feminine with floral and jewel-accented shoes like Duck Head’s 1204 Lilly Flat or their 1254 Betsy Flat Sandals; if you prefer a style with edgier embellishments, the studded Sam Edelman Ginger Flat Sandal gives the right amount of zeal and fans of cool metallics will love the classic J. Litvack’s Kauai Thong in gold mirror or Sam Edelman’s Gigi Flat T-Strap Sandals in silver boa. Whether you’re rocking a bikini, one-piece or something in between, these sandals will accentuate your beach style.

By Dynelle Skinner

Kick off Spring with Color in Superga’s 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Superga Limelight Superga Paradise Pink
Superga Blue Caribe Superga Island Green

For you retro sneaker lovers, the 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker from iconic Italian footwear brand Superga will add some nostalgic flair to your casual wardrobe. The breathable and durable classic features a cotton canvas upper and a vulcanized natural rubber sole that delivers bounce and grip, and for this spring, it comes in a variety of must-have colors!  Electrify with every step you take while being on the bold color trend in hues like Limelight, Paradise Pink, Island Green, Blue Caribe, or go for more classic colors like Navy, White, Black, or Grey.Pair any style with rolled up or cuffed jeans for a classic cool look or add a bit of tomboy toughness to a soft, feminine look by wearing it with this season’s adorable sundresses.

By Dynelle Skinner

Sail Away with Sperry Top Sider

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

There are specific brands you go to when you want the best in particular products, clothing, shoes, etc. When it comes to nautical footwear the first and only brand that should come to mind is the iconic Sperry Top Sider. When you’re looking for trendy yet comfortable, ultimate traction providing, quality boat shoes, nothing tops the 77-yr old brand’s fashion legacy.

Sperry Top Sider Authentic Original Boat Shoe
Sperry Top Sider Nantucket LoaferSperry Top Sider Southhampton Wedge Slingback

Authentic Original Boat Shoe – Though Sperry has introduced us to many variations of their classic boat shoe, there’s nothing like the original. This classic features genuine handsewn tru-moc construction in “oh-so-perfect for boating” seersucker nautical stripes. The 360° genuine raw hide laces are looped through rust proof eyelets for secure fit and long life. This original boat shoe also features Sperry’s signature traction and the shock absorbing EVA heel cup which provides added comfort for all day walking.

Nantucket Loafer – who says classic loafers can’t be chic. The Sperry Nantucket Loafer embodies the practical slip-on style but with a pretty and sleek update. Fans of  classic loafer styles will love the traditional moc-styling and buckle detailing across the vamp. Special touches include contrast leather piping around the top, a smidgen of a heel for a touch of height and a luxe leather lining.

Southampton High Wedge Sling back – want the comfort of a wedge with the personality of a modern on-trend show, then these fun and flirty nautical wedges, featuring Sperry’s signature comfort should be at the top of your list. This great wedge gives you the look of a classic, chic sling back with modern and nautical features. You’ll love the cork wrap wedge, skip lace detail, and metallic leather upper, colorblocked with neutral tan.

Sperry Mens Authentic BoatSperry Boat Oxford Saddle Shoe

Men’s Authentic Original Boat Shoe – style and comfort of a Sperry boat shoe in a sharp, stylish silhouette. A perfect match with chinos, the Men’s Authentic Original Boot features a handsewn Tru-Moc construction, and a non-marking rubber outsole. Like the women’s version, the men’s also features a 360° genuine raw hide laces that are looped through rust proof eyelets for secure fit and long life, Sperry’s signature traction and the shock absorbing EVA heel cup which provides added comfort.

Men’s Boat Oxford Saddle Shoe – sophisticated fun at its best with this clean and classic gentleman’s shoe with an urban touch. Featuring relaxed, worn leather and linen, the Sperry Boat Oxford Saddle Shoe brings to mind the sharp dressed men of the past that exuded refined style, professional appeal and a playful personality. Men who wear this shoe cherish style and luxurious comfort and show it with every step.

By Dynelle Skinner

Blonde Ambition

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

For this season, the Blonde Ambition Spring 2012 collection, a must-watch brand by Carol de Leon, features a plethora of styles to fit multiple personalities. Whether your style is more boho, classic, fashion forward or  a combination of all three, the Blonde Ambition collection compliments your wardrobe.

Blonde Ambition Platinum Orange drizzle - black bone
farah - tanflora - chocolate

For the woman who prides herself on being the queen of the jungle, the Drizzle Wedge is your perfect match. This ferocious T-Strap Wedge features a snakeskin print wrapped platform (in Black Bone with black/white snakeskin or Platinum Orange with multi-colored snakeskin), a chic two-tone upper, and a bright neon sole. Electrify a simple look with this bold style or play up an already bold look.

For you  boho beauties, both the Farah Wedge and the Flora Open-toe Wedge make a perfect every day shoe.  The Farah features a cork leveled wedge, raw edge suede upper that crisscrosses at the vamp that play-up the romantic flirty personalities of flowy maxis, structure of wide legged pants and coolness of jeans. The Flora also features a cork leveled wedge but with a cleaner, more sophisticated upper that give your legs added length. A perfect match with the new ankle length jeans silhouette, you’ll wow any crowd.

By Dynelle Skinner

Live the Luxe Life with Michael Kors

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The name Michael Kors is
synonymous with classic, luxe American style; he is one of the most influential
designers of the decade and brings luxury to your everyday life. Everyone
should own at least one or two pieces from his collection in their fashion
arsenal. He is a master at mixing classic silhouettes with the latest trends,
thus allowing his pieces to live beyond the life on a trend. His shoe
collection is no exception, featuring classic styles with the chicest of this
season’s trends, the Michael Kors Collection will always have you stepping out
in style.

This hottest shoes for spring
are wedges and platforms. The Cyndi Wedge features the popular
silhouette with contrasting leather and fabric in complementary tones in this
dress wedge. A strappy vamp with polished hardware details gives it a bit more
edge. The addition of the buckle detail at the toe gives it a little more
flair. The Ivana Platform also offers a bit
of contrast and a trend that’s hot this season – prints. The mocha tiger
printed canvas heel and platform give this chic style an exotic edge which
balances the simple upper beautifully.

If you’re in need of a
sexier, more sensual heel, then the above Michael Kors beauties are just what
you need. The sleek design, thick platform and slim heel give the Colette Knot Platform Sandal
ability to give you the sexy lift you need. Charm in these visually stunning
darling which features quiet details like metal studding at the toe and the
dangling MK branded jewel hanging at the ankle. For a bolder level of jaw
dropping sensuality, the sexy and edgy “get you noticed“, Winsor Ankle Bracelet Sandal will
do just that. With the combination of smooth patent leather and metal, one can’t
help but think of seduction. Have control in every step you take in this
alluring standout.

For those of who believe in
the mantra “heels are fine but flat is where its at” will certainly like what
Michael Kors has to offer. Jellies are really hot right now and the beautiful
rubber Plate Jelly Sandals are chic with
a capital C. Get the comfort of a flip flop with the elegance of a stunning
heel. Walk with ease and style when you rock this glossy thong sandal. On the
other side of the flat spectrum is the ballet slipper, a classic that’s not
going anywhere. The Hanna Ballet Snakeskin Flat
features a straw body with snakeskin trimming along the shoe and at the toe
cap. A classic style in these non-typical fabrications gives this lovely flat a
wilder personality.

By Dynelle Skinner