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Brian Atwood Spring 2012 Footwear Collection

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

brian atwood

Brian Atwood is a favorite among many and for good reason; the Milan-based designer with American roots, design shoes that are the epitome of style. Since 2001, Brian Atwood has poured his creativity into amazingly chic women’s shoes. His style harnesses both modernism and glamour, combined with a raw sex appeal and impeccable construction.

The spring/resort 2012 collection follows his past collections in absolute fabulosity — you can find towering platforms, color-blocking, metallics, tribal prints, polka dots, cage details, fringe, and exotic skins. Pair some of the towering platforms with flare jeans to make a statement or spice up your little black dress with some of the gorgeous fringe strappy sandals. Brian Atwood’s spring collection will bring that “je ne say quois” to any outfit, as well as bring about that extreme confidence within, which only an amazing pair of shoes can do.

 By: Cindy Batchelor

Sources: The Zoe Report & Brian Atwood
Edited By: Ashley Tschudin

Jimmy Choo 2012 Spring/Summer Footwear Collection

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Jimmy choo

Jimmy Choo was created in 1996 when British Vogue Accessories Editor, Tamara Mellon approached Jimmy Choo, a London shoemaker, with a business venture. The shoe designer’s impeccable craftsmanship and the magazine editor’s fashion-focused eye helped create world wide success.

Jimmy Choo recently announced the arrival of the S/S  ’12 collection and boy are heads turning. This collection features bold, unique shoes with multi-strap details, sequins, rhinestones, flowers, cut-out motifs, and animal prints. With so many beautiful colors and spectacular design,s the collection fits everyone’s style — lovely prints and bright gem stone colors for the brave, neutral and timeless black pumps for the business woman, high tops for the trendsetter, and sandals, flats, and wedges perfect for every girls’ summer style!

The 2012 Spring/Summer Jimmy Choo Collection is incredibly diverse, elegant, and statement-making; a closet must-have for every fashionista!

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 By: Cindy Batchelor

Sources: LuisaViaRoma, Beber Gaul
Edited By: Ashley Tschudin

News: Manolo Blahnik Spring ’12 Collection

Friday, January 13th, 2012

manolo

Manolo Blahnik recently released an outrageous spring 2012 shoe collection — one that is bright, colorful, unique, and full of brilliant designs.

They are not for the faint of heart and are inspiring, creative, and in some ways- very unexpected.  The collection featured color-blocking, transparency, florals, stripes, polka dots, and unusual heels. While most are boldly beautiful, there are a few classics (though they are no less attention-grabbing!).

The styles include heels, ranging from high to low, open-toe heels, high heel sandals, low heel sandals, flat sandals, booties, and even boots! There are so many different styles and designs within the spring collection that every girl owes it to herself to check out.

Oh and if you thought you were going to have to yet again sacrifice comfort for that sexy heel, think again; this collection was designed to be comfortable as much as it was designed to be incredibly stylish. Every shoe has perfect balance, whether it’s a heel or a flat; Blahnik recently mentioned in an interview that the “designs are important, but comfort is paramount.” We couldn’t agree more!

 By: Cindy Batchelor

MORE Photos: Fashions69, Blahnik Facebook
Edited By: Ashley Tschudin

Footwear News: D&G Spring 2012 Footwear

Monday, January 9th, 2012

d&G spring

The D&G Spring 2012 shoe collection is anything but boring! The new styles are bright, bold, stylish, super feminine, and full of fun, funky prints such as floral, sailor prints, polka dots, gold coins, and stripes!

These eye-catching shoes come in an array of different styles including wedges, sandals, flat sandals, and ballet flats. The collection is full of incredibly unique shoes that are must-have for any fashionista’s wardrobe! These sexy, sophisticated, playful shoes are also widely affordable and are no doubt, incredibly statement making! They are flirty and trendy and will certainly grab the right kind of attention! The bright colors will look fabulous this spring paired with fun shorts, mini skirts, maxi skirts/dresses and fun, and of course, spring dresses.

The countdown to spring footwear begins…

Source: StyleBistro

 By: Cindy Batchelor

How To: Winter Boot Care 101

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

allure magazine

In a recent interview with Brian Atwood, a well-known American shoe designer with raw shoe sex appeal, Allure Magazine got Atwood to dish on boot care.

Choose Wisely: To get the best worn-in look, choose boots with a visible grain that are brown, black, or gray.  Soft nubuck and flat, shiny, calf leather boots are so delicate they will end up showing more damage.

Take Precautions: Atwood stated that as soon as you purchase those fabulous new boots, take them home and waterproof them with a leather or suede spray immediately. Waterproofing helps form a barrier by adding a water-resistant film to the outside of the boot, that in turn shields the leather. (Shop Boot Care)

 Dry Out: If your boots do ever get wet, keep the shape of the boot by stuffing the toes as soon as possible (Some suggestions include socks, towels, or newspaper). When the boots have dried completely, buff away salt with a damp towel.

Spare the Sole: Extend the life of your boots by having a shoe shop attach a rubber toe tip and heel tap to your boots. Costly? Think again!

Make Amends: Winter boots do require a bit of maintenance. Polish boots at least once a month and be sure to cover up scratches by using a dab of neutral leather buffing cream and a chamois. On suede boots, use a soft brush to buff away dirt and lift the nap. For lighter color boots, rub away scuffs with a damp cloth.

Store Your Boots Properly: When spring comes, replace the heel taps and give the boots a good polish. Stuff the toes with paper and put plastic boot trees in the boots to help keep the leg shape as well as prevent creasing.

Information Source: Allure Magazine, January 2012 issue, pg 46.  Interview by: Brooke Le Poer Treno

 By: Cindy Batchelor

Footwear News: Charlotte Olympia Opens Shop in NYC

Friday, December 16th, 2011
charlotte olympia(photo by Ashley Tschudin)

Charlotte Olympia New York fans rejoice!  Charlotte Olympia is opening her first boutique in NYC! No official date or place has been set but it’s rumored to open late January in Uptown Manhattan.

The London Based designer, Charlotte Dellal, launched her eponymous brand Charlotte Olympia in 2007. The brand focuses on creating exquisite, glamorous shoes with feminine detail in classic shapes. Each shoe is handcrafted in Italy using the finest materials with the trademark of the gold spider web on the sole of the shoe. Coveted by many, including celebrities Sarah Jessica Parker, Blake Lively, Beyonce, Keira Knightley, Katy Perry, and soon to be you!

For those fans who cannot wait until late January to shop Charlotte Olympia, they can also be purchased at Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, Neiman Marcus, and Net-A-Porter.

By: Cindy Batchelor

Footwear News: Bond Girl Turned Shoe Designer

Monday, December 12th, 2011

shoedazzle

ShoeDazzle will now include a special shoe created by Wild Things and James Bond actress, Denise Richards.

ShoeDazzle.com is a shopping site co-created by reality TV Star Kim Kardashian, offering customers a personalized shopping experience where customers pay a small monthly fee ($39.95) and receive a monthly pair of shoes personalized to fit their style. Several celebrity stylists are on hand at ShoeDazzle to help customers pick out shoes, jewelry, and bags suited just for him or her.

Richards is not the first celebrity tapped to design for ShoeDazzle; gossip blogger Perez Hilton was also recruited earlier this season to design two pairs of statement-making shoes (one for men and one for women) with profits going to the gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual charity, Stonewall. (See Blog Feature Here)

Much anticipation will build for fashionistas and Denise Richard Fans everywhere as they wait patiently to see what amazing shoes the actress will come up with! Richards recently tweeted her fans: “I’m so excited I designed a shoe for ShoeDazzle.com. Cant wait ‘til it launches!” (Neither can we!)

By: Cindy Batchelor

(photo by Ashley Tschudin)

 

Would You Pay $10,000 for a Shoe?

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

sergio rossi

Sergio Rossi knows how to make a luxurious shoe –the high-end designer prides itself on craftsmanship, shoe quality, design, creativity, lux materials, and comfort. Each shoe is said to undergo a minimum of 120 steps before being placed in the box, ready to be sold to a very happy customer.

Most of these fabulous shoes will cost you between $700 and $1400, so what makes this peep-toe platform pump so extravagant, priced at $10,000?! For starters, the gorgeous Cachet Crocodile pump is coated in 22 carat cold or silver leaf, which makes up for $9,825 of the price. Suddenly, the insane pricing of this shoe is starting to actually make sense@

This phenomenal heel is available exclusively upon request come December 1st, which is just time for the holidays (in case you are lucky enough to actually have this extravagant shoe on your wishlist).

Information Source: Ocean Drive

By: Cindy Batchelor

Footwear News: Manolo Goes Green

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

manolo

It’s not too often you see a high-end designers make anything eco-friendly, but Manolo Blahnik recently announced a new eco-friendly line that is sure to please!

Manolo Blahnik recently teamed up with award winning, eco-friendly fashion designer, Marcia Patmos to create Earth-conscious sandals for spring, based on Manolo Blahnik classics.

These sandals, styles including heels and flats, are made of raffia and cork, as well as discarded Tilapia skin — all of which are considered sustainable materials. The styles available are the double-strap flat as well as a gorgeous, sophisticated open-toed pump. Both styles come in a combination of fluorescent yellow, ecru, black, and electric blue.

In discussing the collaboration, designer Marcia Patmos said, “I am always researching sustainable materials and developments. I love the idea of tilapia skin because it is a by-product of the food industry that would otherwise be discarded, but it’s actually a beautiful material perfect for small leather goods. I love bringing the idea of sustainability into the luxury market — it doesn’t have to be limited to T-shirts and grocery bags.”

These luxurious, unique sandals will be available in Manolo Blahnik stores in 2012, retailing at $895 a pair.

{Information Sources: Shoed-In & ecouterre}

By: Cindy Batchelor

Puma Launches Collapsible Shoe Collection

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

dna footwear

Puma releases its new collapsible shoe, in several different styles and colors, including the ballet flat and Tekkies sneaker. These collapsible shoes are perfect for stowing away in your bag or car for those times when your feet can’t take those heels one second longer, or you want to squeeze in that quick workout or walk at lunch!

The sneakers are made for both men and women and are made of organic cotton and are padded for extra cushioning, added protection, and all day comfort. With its collapsible upper design, these shoes give you a stylish alternative from your everyday footwear.

Although these shoes are made for easy packing along, they don’t skimp on looks! You can slip these on for foot relief and know that you are not sacrificing style for comfort!

Most of these sneakers will only cost you around $30-$40! A total steal for a shoe you can wear regularly as well as keep in your bag or car for those days you never know when you might need them!

By: Cindy Batchelor