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Canvas Kicks: Part One

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

After what felt like the longest winter ever, spring is finally here. Now while it still might be a little chilly out that doesn’t mean you should wait till it’s full on summer to start steppin’ your footwear game up. Picking out the perfect warm weather kicks can be a terrifying, unforgivable process. The last thing you want to do is end up with a lame pair that won’t do you, your wardrobe, or feet any justice. Don’t stress out to much though, we’ve got you covered.

In honor of warmer and much more enjoyable days ahead, we here at DNA Footwear have put together a small list of a few brands and their canvas constructed offerings.

To kick things off right, (no pun intended) we have to stick to the classics. Few pairs say summertime fly the way Converse All-Stars and a fresh pair of Purcell’s do. Once considered top of the line “performance” shoes, today both the All-Star and Purcell have stepped off their respective courts and become staple casual footwear pieces. Now, while both builds are without a doubt older than everyone wearing them, that doesn’t mean they’re incapable of turning a few heads this summer. Continuing to improve on aesthetics, while remaining true to the brands classic roots, Converse has made sure the shoes stay relevant making use of not only an impressive and wide selection of colors, but by implementing prints like camo, paisley, pin-stripes and many more.

Brand Crush: Wolverine 1K by Samantha Pleet spring styles

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Back in March one of our favorite fashion bloggers Toshiko Shek, the amazing creative force behind It’s Not Her, It’s Me, published a fabulous review of this spring’s must have stylish Swedish Hasbeens. We’re excited to announce that Toshiko is at it again by perfectly styling the Wolverine 1K Mile by Samantha Pleet spring collection in a new blog post this April.

This spring, Brooklyn based designer Samantha Pleet has partnered with Wolverine 1000 Mile for the fifth season in a row, giving us shoe fanatics yet again another breathless collection. In this newest collaboration spring staples like the Festival Closed Toe Slingback Sandal (featured on Toshiko above), the Picnic Low Heel Closed Toe Sandal and the Ceremony High Heeled Booties are all perfectly designed for these warm spring temperatures.

Thanks to Toshiko’s fabulous eye for styling, it’s easy to imagine adding any (or all) of Samantha Pleet’s newest designs to our closets.

(Photos by Toshiko Shek for It’s Not Her, It’s Me and her Instagram Account.)

PONY, A New York Original

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Don’t call it a comeback.

PONY is making sure summer 2014 belongs to the New York originals. Established on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan in the early 70’s, PONY’s been on a bit of a stateside hiatus, but in the 8 short months PONY’s been back home, the Product of New York line has launched a massive welcome back campaign on their old stomping grounds of NYC.

Taking complete advantage of the recent retro craze, PONY is taking a serious cool kid approach to the brand’s spring/summer 2014 collection, reaching deep into their throwback catalog and putting together some impressive colorways of MUST have retro offerings. Perfect examples of said retros are the leather constructed takes on the Topstar and Topstar high or the canvas built Slamdunk low. Each originally designed for the hard-wood, the street worthy kicks now boast premium constructions with a series of contrasting elements in the form of multiple PONY branding. This summer is for sure looking like a #summerofpony. What silhouettes are you guys feeling? Personally the Slamdunk is pretty much the truth in my opinion; so what PONY kicks are you coppin’ and rockin’ this summer?

(All photos courtesy of the PONY Spring 2014 Lookbook.)

Designer Spotlight: Vanessa Mooney X DV by Dolce Vita

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Coveted globally by taste-makers and celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Megan Fox, Emma Roberts and Lily Allen,  the eclectic, hand-made designs  by acclaimed jewellery designer and Hollywood-rebel, Vanessa Mooney, celebrate the free spirited, unexpected beauty of the boho-chic aesthetic that delights the eyes of passerby and wearers alike.

The LA based designer’s often intricate necklaces, bracelets, rings and pretty things inspire us to let go of tomorrow and soulfully embrace the sensuality and fullness of today with fingers and toes, ankles and wrists, and now thanks to her collaboration with DV by Dolce Vita, you can draw that inspiration up from the soles.

Here, at DNA Footwear, we are so pleased to carry two of our favorite styles of shoes from the Vanessa Mooney X DV by Dolce Vita Spring 2014 capsule collection: Avina and Atara. The Avina is a leather thong sandal, with gold belly dancing charms and leather sole; the Atara–a double leather ankle strap gladiator sandal with silver pyramid and smooth spiked studs also, crafted with a leather sole.

The casual versatility of the Avina thong sandal, easily rises to the occasion of dressier style elements. Celebrating that versatility, we orchestrated a truce between the femininity of dreamy florals and punk mysticism by pairing the jade green colored Avina with a sleek, flowery pencil skirt and a tank top emblazoned with a sugar skull. A pale pink bomber jacket keeps the chill away and the cool in play–as pastel hues and bomber jackets are hot trends for Spring 2014.

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(The Avina thong sandal is also available in Black)

 

The rocker-chic-goddess aesthetic of the Atara gladiator sandal has inspired us to pair the tough, edgy sandal with the simple sweetness of a few key accessories and an unassuming cross strap, lace sundress. To brighten up the look with an air of playful sophistication, we paired these basic elements with a funky, mood-boosting, orange floral blazer that complements Atara‘s fierce design; blue accents and statement pieces bring the look effortlessly together.

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Orange you glad you’re feeling blue by L S.Granados for dnafootwear-com
(The Atara ankle strap sandal is also available in Bone & Gold).

Inspire your heart, and sole, with the fiercely feminine bohemian flair that comes with slipping on a pair of Vanessa Mooney shoes from the DV by Dolce Vita capsule collection. Live, Love, Laugh, Be Free!

Happy Shopping, Fashionistas,
–L S.Granados

Valentine’s Day 2014 | A Love Letter From Your New Shoes

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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 If your new favorite shoes were to write your feet a love letter, they’d quote the hopeless romantic Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, and tell you how much they’ve always loved your feet–that they’re so happy you finally found them and slipped your perfectly pedicured toes inside them. The reunion between sole mates is a joyful event!

Thankfully, you needn’t walk upon the wind or the water–or even to the store–to arrange a much anticipated rendezvous between your feet and the perfect pair of sexy sole mates–just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Slip on something a little more sensual, and peruse our fabulous selection of dressy high heels or evening sandals.

Is your Valentine’s Day a bit more intimate and low key? Dress up a beautiful bootie or any of the many casual heels available at DNA Footwear.

If your love sweeps you away to celebrate where the sun shines bright all day and sets real late, pack a flattering pair of ankle strap sandals or flats–after all, the ankle strap flat is a top getaway trend for spring!

Whether you’re excited for the festivities or having trouble getting in the mood, visit us on Pinterest and check out our holiday fashion and accessories mood board.


Happy Valentine’s Day, Glamazons!

xox, L S.Granados

 

 

Set features the pointed toe Laney stiletto high heel ankle strap pump by Joe’s Footwear in Black White Suede & Grey Suede
(also available in Black Suede at DNA Footwear)

Getaway Trends 2014 | Styling Ankle Strap Sandals with Pastels & Metallics Pt. 2

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

At DNA Footwear, we’ve been crazy about ankle strap sandals for a few weeks now.
Can you really blame us? We can hardly help it now that we have a parade of chic, strapped & cuffed new arrivals coming in for Spring. While it’s still too cold in New York City to pound the pavement in summery ankle strap sandals, a lush, tropical island is the perfect setting for sporting this coveted spring trend. Combined with creamy metallics, fresh florals, and magical mint, the only accessory ankle strap sandals truly need are sun kissed skin and a balmy breeze.

As promised in our previous post on styling ankle strap sandals with pastels and metallics, our Secret Garden set draws it’s inspiration from an earthier approach to incorporating pastels into our Spring ensembles.
Reminiscing of a garden by the sea, we brought together powdery turquoise with grounding peach florals and tan.

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Secret Garden by L S.Granados for dnafootwear-com

 

To play up the boho-chic vibe we chose DV by Dolce Vitawoven pointy toe Geno ankle strap sandal in Honey Leather. The sleek, color blocked Abby split wedge espadrille in Mint by French Connection plays nice for day or night, pairing perfectly with the floral purse & shorts, just as well as with the mint leather pencil skirt and strapless swimsuit.
Muted metallics bring the look together: a shimmering understated cream camisole glams up the floral short and heightens the appeal of the front slit leather skirt; the coppery, wide brim straw hat adds intrigue, playing up your mystique with glamorous functionality–shading you from the sun as well as prying eyes mesmerized by your entrancing glow.

Check out our Color Block mood board on Pinterest for more pastel inspiration.


Happy Travels, Glamazons!

xox, L S.Granados 

Getaway Trends 2014 | Styling Ankle Strap Sandals with Pastels & Metallics Pt. 1

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Grey winter days got you feeling blue? Pack your pastels, metallics & ankle strap sandals–then get away, at least for a weekend.
Okay, maybe a week…or even two!

 

There’s no need to wait for April to start sporting the Spring 2014 trends you find most appealing.
Get away, instead, and head somewhere sunny where your peach colored chiffon and blush blouses may flutter in the breeze; where rose gold and quiet corals dare to brighten sandy, nude neutrals. Buckle up those ankle strap sandals, and take your soles for a ride, but skip the heavy metal–light metallics do it right.

Escaping on a whim is easy if you pack light and keep your selections easy to mix and match–meaning when it comes to trying getaway trends, three is a magic number. No need to go overboard.
Our Blushing Beauty set is the perfect example of how to do this when styling ankle strap sandals with pastels and metallics: 3 of the top trends for Spring 2014.

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Blushing Beauty by L S.Granados for dnafootwear-com

 

You want to start building your getaway outfits with a flat shoe and a high heel.

A chic flat is essential because you can dress up your casual looks with ease, then pair them with your party dress when your toes can’t handle compromising style nor comfort.
In this set, we opted for the the pointed toe, Encino ankle strap sandal by Chinese Laundry in Soft Blush. (Also available in Black Blue Ink). We especially love Encino for its double ankle strap detail. This textured pointy toe flat features a thick ankle cuff, as well as a delicate ankle strap below that adds an extra touch of intrigue.

Of course, you’ll need a high heel for glamming up your dressier looks for a night on the town, or at the see-and-be-seen poolside brunch.
For this getaway guide to packing light, we went with the Lickety Split high wedge, ankle strap sandal by BC Footwear in Metallic Rose Gold Leather (Also available in Black Suede).

After you’ve picked your getaway sole mates, the rest is easy: pick a soothing pastel color that has your name written all over it and go with it.
Pick a blouse or two in similar shades that can be interchanged with shorts or a skirt that pairs just as well with your swim suit, too. Including one or two statements pieces with pretty prints or fun florals makes it easy to keep your other items basic enough to mix and match.

Caveat: No need to be matchy matchy with colors (check out our previous post on styling pastels)–just keep colors in the same family, and go for the color block technique.

In our next post, we will show you how to style this same trend, with an earthier twist–buckling up another set of ankle strap sandals (a high heel and a flat) while keeping up with the other Spring 2014 trends we’re currently crazy about: pastels and metallics!

Check out our Color Block mood board on Pinterest for more pastel inspiration.

Happy Travels!
xox, L S.Granados

#ActiveDNA #OOTD | Sweat It Out In Style with Asics Onitsuka Tiger Sneakers

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The weekend workout is a challenge to fit in. Not because we don’t have time, but because it’s easy to get lazy after brunch–hehe!
After a week of staying active regularly for the #ActiveDNA challenge, I have found I have more motivation to wake earlier for a pre-brunch sweat sesh on a Saturday or Sunday when I’ve got a chic sporty outfit lined up the day before.
That’s why tomorrow, I will get up early and dress up in my fab sports gear, grab some lemon water and feast on fruits for breakfast, first thing.
That way, I’ll have the inspiration and the energy to take a brisk walk to my pre-brunch yoga class.

What do you think of tomorrow’s #ootd featuring the Ultimate 81 sneakers in Raspberry Blue by Asics Onitsuka Tiger?

Eat, Train, Love and Look Good Doing it!

Sweat it out in style!
xo, L S.Granados

Getaway Trends 2014 | Styling the Pastel Trend

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Winter days got you feeling grey?
Slather on the sunscreen and dig up your swimsuits, sunny days made for stunner shades are a trip to the tropics away!

When packing for your tropical escape, break out the mints, light pinks and powdered blues–nothing soothes the sole quite like stylish shoes in pastel hues.

Inspired by the surreal softness of the pastel color palette, designers like Jason Wu, Burberry & Prabal Gurung lit up their Spring 2014 runways with versatile applications of under-saturated hues, kicking off the pastel trend.

Taking a cue from these fashion gurus, we’ve curated a pastel inspired getaway guide to packing light, so it’s easy to go from day to nightTo recreate what we imagine a pastel breeze could be, we chose minty green to complement peachy corals and pastel pinks.

 

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We picked up a chiffon printed short in a dreamy green and pink floral, then paired them with coral elements and mint green accessories. The Gigi Flat T-Strap Sandal in Light Green by Sam Edelman pulls the casual outfit together and complements the blush party dress, once you’re ready to slip your soles out of the chic & strappy pointy toe Zahara high heel sandal by BCBGeneration. Of course, the sleek Zahara ankle strap stiletto sandal, shown in Warm Sand (also available in Black) pairs phenomenally well with the shorts and crop top, bringing a casual ensemble way up a notch, effortlessly.  

Mixing and matching is the key to easy breezy, on trend styling. For more fashion advice on styling with pastels, check back in to the DNA Footwear blog for the next post in our getaway series about ankle strap flats

In the meantime, peruse our COLOR BLOCK mood board on Pinterest to feast your eyes on colorful worlds of lovely pastel.

 Happy travels, fashionistas!
xo, L S.Granados

New Year’s Resolution 2014: Stay Active Challenge with #DNAFootwear

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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Year after year, perhaps the top New Year’s resolution is getting fit and staying active.

While many of the sweaty, fat burning activities you don’t necessarily enjoy will ensure you the results you want to see, faster, the real challenge is keeping up a healthy lifestyle for the rest of the year–or at least, the end of Summer!
Let DNA Footwear reward you for your efforts by participating in our Stay Active Challenge Giveaway , during the month of January!
Read on to learn our easy breezy philosophy for consistently looking good, feeling great, and staying active.

For many of us, this isn’t the first (or the last) time that fitness takes the cake as a top new years resolution. Though it may be true that “pain is weakness leaving the body,” breaking a sweat, a few times a week, needn’t be so …intense! Instead, make your every day movements count by consciously engaging your muscles while you go about your daily activities. Check out this post, for 15 calorie burning, every day activities you can try.

For example, climbing the stairs? Tighten your glutes and shift your weight, lifting from the butt. Skip elevators and escalators altogether and you’re on your way to being Miss New Booty! Rolling around a heavy basket at the market? Pick it up, and get your biceps burning, strengthening and sculpting your arms every time you shop. As you channel your inner Popeye, remember to pick up some fresh kale, baby spinach or your fave greens for extra strength and good health!

Follow us on Instagram to show us how you stay active and be rewarded!
Post images & videos of you and your friends making every move count–especially if you’re seriously breaking a sweat at yoga, dance class, or the gym, etc–and tag @dnafootwear with #ActiveDNA
Enter as many times as you like for the whole month of January!
The most viral photo/ video  will be awarded the Grand Prize of a pair of Asics Onitsuka Tiger sneakers on February 3, 2014.

Of course, commitment to staying active is also rewarded! A free pair of Stance socks will be awarded to the two members  staying most active during the month of January.

Need a few more ideas and a super dose of motivation? Check out our Fitter & Better Together Pinterest board and be inspired to be a better you, every day!

 

Love,
L S.Granados