Marmi Shoes: Specialty-Size Designer Footwear

I have several friends and readers who experience frustration when trying to find fashionable shoes that fit. Most stores only sell shoes that fall within a narrow size range, leaving women with smaller or larger feet in the dust. I can’t stand for that. Everyone deserves to be well-shod, am I right?

In an effort to help I’m constantly on the lookout for stores that sell beautiful, quality shoes in hard-to-find sizes. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover Marmi, a boutique that carries a broad range of designer women’s shoes in sizes 4 to 13, narrow to wide. If you have trouble finding stylish and comfortable shoes in your size, you are going to love this store!

Marmi Shoes

Luxurious Shoes For All Sizes

Marmi sells three well-known designer brands: Vaneli, Sesto Meucci and Eric Javits. Vaneli captures each season’s must-have looks rendered in quality leathers and unique fabrications. Sesto Meucci boasts real Italian craftsmanship, extra comfort features and fashion-forward details. Eric Javits selected Marmi as the exclusive footwear licensee, and the shoes feature meticulous styling and remarkable details.

Trend-Conscious

Not only does Marmi offer quality, specialty-sized shoes; the company stays on top of the latest fashion trends. Their Spring 2015 Report breaks down the must-have colors, styles and features of the season in an easy-to-read infographic. You can find all of the hottest spring trends in their shop, from boho-inspired sandals to sporty flats and everything in between.

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Something For Everyone

Marmi carries all sorts of shoes, from fashionably comfortable wedges to work-appropriate flats, and the shoes run about $100-$260. You can find some great deals on Marmi’s Shoe Rack, where limited inventory is discounted. These spicy ERIC JAVITS GRECOTSAND fisherman sandals caught my eye. Priced at just $99.99 (marked down from $200), they would make the perfect Cinco de Mayo party shoe. The multi-color straps and metallic finish will get anyone in the fiesta mood, don’t you think?!

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Excellent Service

The Marmi philosophy is to “Provide women with quality footwear that looks great, feels great and fits great-and put customer satisfaction above all else.” If you find a shoe on their site that you want but it’s not available in your size, they will work to get it for you. Simply click the ‘don’t see your size?’ button to send a message. A sales rep will then be in touch to see if they can find what you need. That’s pretty great customer service.

Shop Marmi Shoes

Marmi operates over 20 specialty stores nationwide. Stop by a location near you, or shop online at shop.marmishoes.com.

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Tanya Heath Convertible Shoes Change From Heels To Flats With The Click Of A Button

We’ve all wished at one time or another that our painful high heels could magically be transformed into comfortable flats with the wave of a wand. Or that we could simply swap out the heels on a favorite pair of pumps to give them new life. Thanks to up-and-coming designer Tanya Heath, now we can!

 

 

Tanya Heath is revolutionizing women’s footwear by allowing customers to switch between high heels (3.5 inches tall) and low heels (1.5 inches tall) with the push of a button.  Now, you can buy a single pair of quality leather shoes and pair them with either a comfortable low heel, a chunky mid-height heel or a tall stiletto, depending on the occasion. I also imagine packing your shoes becomes easier, as you can simply snap off the heels.

Tanya Heath shoes are available in a wide range of styles, from open-toed sandals to knee-high boots. There are hundreds of heels to choose from, so you can customize your favorite shoes however you want.

Not only are Tanya Heath’s shoes innovative and practical; they are luxurious. Made in France, the craftsmanship and materials (and price) of these shoes are on par with those by Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin. Shoes range in price from $600 to $1,000 (not including a heel). Not cheap. But when you consider you can transform one pair by switching out the heels (which start at $45), the price suddenly seems fairly reasonable.

 

 

What’s next for this self-taught, Canadian-born designer? Rumor has it, a handbag as revolutionary as these shoes. Tanya plans to continue creating fashionable products that make women look good but also allow them to live their busy lives.

You can buy Tanya Heath’s interchangeable heels at her boutique at 138 Cumberland Street in Toronto’s Yorkville area, or at www.tanyaheath.com.

Images: Tanya Heath Paris; Instagram (2)

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Win a Year’s Supply of adidas Originals Trainers!

This giveaway’s for the men! Take home a brand new pair of adidas Originals trainers every month for the next 12 months, courtesy of adidas Originals and Mainline Menswear!

To enter to win, simply leave your name, email address and mobile number on the entry form. One lucky person will be picked at random. The giveaway closes March 15, 2015, so head on over and enter now!

Open to residents of any country. No purchase necessary. You must be over the age of 16 years old, or have your parents’ permission to enter. Mainline Menswear only stock men’s trainers in UK sizes from 6 to 12. See all terms & conditions on the entry page.

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Meteorite Heels: One Giant Leap For Fashion

Alexander Grove and Azusa Murkami, Studio Swine - meteorite heels
Image: Studio Swine

When cutting-edge technology and fashion collide, the results can be truly out of this world. Alexander Grove and Azusa Murkami of Studio Swine have proven this with their outlandish meteorite heels.

Inspired by the comet landing of the ESA in November and sponsored by Microsoft for an ad, the design duo set out to turn aluminum foam into meteorite shoes. They visited the Natural History Museum where they used 3D scanners to make 3D files of meteorite shapes. They then combined traditional shoe-making techniques with CNC milling to craft the rock-shaped heels.

meteorite heels by Studio Swine
Image: Studio Swine

The shoe upper is made of lightweight aluminum foam, which creates a lot of volume with very little weight. This airy material, used for sound insulation inside luxury cars and buildings, gives the shoes a sense of large rocks floating in space.

But these meteorite heels are more than just conversation-starting works of art. The designers claim that the rugged-looking heels are actually quite comfortable, as they are nearly weightless (aluminum foam is 90 percent air) and feature soft Italian leather lining.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be curious to see what Studio Swine designs next. The use of 3D printing technology in fashion has me completely intrigued at the moment. I’ll be talking more in-depth about this exciting trend on Shoe Smitten, so stay tuned!

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Alberta Ferretti Medieval-Inspired F/W 2015-16 Collection

Alberta Ferretti limited edition pump
Alberta Ferretti limited edition pump (Photo Credits: Press Office, originally appeared on Forbes.com)

In the midst of winter, we could all use a little whimsical pick-me-up. Lucky for us, Alberta Ferretti, the queen of fairy tale fashion, has created a limited edition collection infused with her signature romance for fall/winter 2015-2016.

According to Forbes, the collection is inspired by Medieval history and features pumps and studded boots crafted from satin, velvet and tulle. The accessories are engraved to resemble the patterns of medieval armor and the sheath of King Arthur’s Excalibur. A muted palette of black, silver and pink is accented with rhinestones and diamonds. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion!

The Alberta Ferretti King Arthur-inspired collection will be released two times this year.

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