Custom Strassed Heels by Numa Boutique

Looking for awe-inspiring special occasion shoes? Rather than splurge on a popular pair of designer shoes, why not create something even more spectacular?

Let me introduce you to Numa Boutique, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based shop that offers custom shoe strassing services. Whew, say that 10 times fast!

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Before and after…magic!

I’ve never hidden my obsession with all that glitters. Needless to say, when LaTanya of Numa Boutique offered me a custom pair of strassed (aka crystalized) heels, I was more than excited. What could be more fun than envisioning a pair of crystal-bedazzled shoes and seeing that vision come to life?

The Process

LaTanya was a real joy to work with. She helped me choose the right style and color for the shoes, and laid out the game plan from the beginning. I had a great time designing these shoes with her, and they turned out perfect! Thanks to Numa Boutique, I made a grand entrance on New Year’s Eve.

Usually, you would send a pair of new or gently used shoes you have to Numa Boutique for customization. But for the sake of this review, LaTanya used an on-trend pair provided by her distributor. The style I chose was a coral platform sandal. I had suggested either purple or blue, and we decided to dye them purple.

After dying the shoes, LaTanya began adorning the shoes with rhinestones in an AB pattern. If you take a close look at the photo below, bottom left, you can see the alternating smaller and larger stones. Great attention to detail! Take a closer look:

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The finished results

Within two weeks, the shoes were finished and shipped to me via USPS. Amazing! I’m already planning to work with LaTanya on my wedding shoes (which I’ll be dancing in and showing off all night long).

Design your own custom strassed shoes!

The Raleigh, North Carolina-based boutique custom strasses shoes as well as other items, so let your imagination run wild! Here’s how you can design your own with Numa Boutique:

  1. Fill out Numa Boutique’s online order form. Provide the desired color, material and style of shoe.
  2. Numa Boutique will provide you with a quote based on your chosen embellishments.
  3. Numa Boutique will setup a payment and finance plan if necessary.
  4. You ship a pair of shoes (new or gently used) to Numa Boutique, PO BOX 40752, Raleigh, NC 27629
  5. Upon receipt of your shoes and at least 50% of payment, Numa Boutique will confirm your order details and work will begin.
  6. Numa Boutique will provide photos during production of your custom shoes.
  7. Receive your shoes fully embellished and ready to wear within 2 weeks (Glitter shoes) or eight weeks (Rhinestone and Swarovski shoes)!

If you would like to learn more, visit numasalonboutique.com.

I received a free pair of custom decorated shoes from Numa Salon Boutique for the purpose of this review. My thoughts are my own and are in no way influenced by compensation.

LAMO Brenda Boot Review

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When harsh winter weather saps your style mojo, bounce back with a stylish pair of snow boots! I got my mojo back thanks to the LAMO Brenda boot. Read on for my full review of LAMO Brenda boots.

The Look

I’m not a fan of the classic ugg boot style, no matter how comfy they may be. It’s just too plain and casual-looking for my tastes. But if you add some luxe fur and fun details, that’s a different story. The LAMO Brenda boot has a genuine fur trim and decorative toggle buttons that give it that special something. Also the 12-inch boot shaft seems more fitted to the leg than the usual ugg boot, which creates a more flattering look.

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I received quite a few compliments when wearing these boots, which was enough to cheer me up even in the midst of this frigid, snowy weather we’ve been having. These rich chocolate-colored boots look stylish with a number of bottoms, including skinny jeans, black leggings and colored tights.

If I had to think of one negative thing about how these boots look, it would be that they show dirt easily. But this is by no fault of the company but rather a con to all suede footwear. You can avoid stains and dirt by weatherproofing your boots with Kiwi Suede and Nubuck Protector ($3.12 on Amazon).

The Feel

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The faux fur lining is great at keeping my feet toasty warm. The suede upper is soft and smooth and gives comfortably when I walk or sit. I also found these boots to be extremely comfortable for all-day wear, thanks to a sheepskin cushioning insole and a Comfort Flex rubber outsole. I really have nothing bad to say about how these boots feel. They are like slippers you can wear out and about!

The Verdict

Would I recommend the LAMO Brenda boot? You bet! It’s a great investment when you want to brave the cold in style. You can purchase your own pair of LAMO Brenda boots on Amazon.com, in either black or chocolate. These boots are out of stock on most other sites, so pick up a pair today – you won’t be sorry!

About LAMO Sheepskin Footwear

Established by Joseph Li in 1995, LAMO has become a fashion staple for a continuously growing number of shoppers who appreciate the brand’s craftsmanship and unique quality. I’ve had the opportunity to review a few products from LAMO, and I’ve been impressed each time with how comfortable and stylish they are. View all of my coverage of LAMO footwear on Shoe Smitten.

Disclaimer: The featured product was provided to me at no cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing and review.  Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by compensation or other means.

Winter Style: Purple + Earth Tones

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This has been one of the coldest winters I can remember, so when it warmed up a bit yesterday, I took advantage! The dogs enjoyed the extended time outside (they’re playing in the grass to my left in the photo on the right).

Still, there’s no denying it’s winter and so I called on my cozy Ahnu Himalaya boots for the outing. What I love about these boots, besides how comfy they are, is that you can wear them cuffed or uncuffed. Two boot styles in one! I like showing off the cute  Fair Isle-inspired knit lining.

Valentine’s Day Shoes For Any Relationship Status

I strongly believe that everyone should be able to enjoy Valentine’s Day. After all, it’s a day dedicated to love, not “relationships”. Single? Then celebrate good friends with a girls’ night out. Smitten? Go ahead and spend the evening with that someone special. Whatever you do, be sure to show your feet some love, too!

Valentine’s Day Shoes by Relationship Status

Here are my top Valentine’s Day shoes from a cute little online store called SpyLoveBuy.com. Each of the six shoes represents one of the most common relationship statuses. Which would you wear?

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10+ Last-Minute Gifts for Shoe Lovers

Shopping for last-minute gifts for shoe lovers on your list? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Here are 10 gifts that will be sure to please this holiday season, plus a few other gift guides to help you prepare for Christmas. Happy Shopping!

1. Gift Certificate for Custom Shoes

Shoes of Prey gift certificateLet her design the shoes of her dreams! Both Milk & Honey and Shoes of Prey offer a variety of stylish shoe silhouettes and color and pattern options. Gift cards start at $50.

2. Charlotte Olympia Satin Kitty Slippers & Eye Mask Set

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This one’s on my Christmas wishlist! Charlotte Olympia’s adorable slipper and mask set is perfect for the jet-setting shoe lover in your life. Available at Neiman Marcus in red, pink, and black for $695.

3. Microwavable Slipper Booties

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No gift will be more appreciated than a pair of cozy microwavable booties! $14.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.

4. ‘Shoelery’ Shoe Accessories

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Erica Giuliani creates a variety of accessories to spice up footwear, from boot belts, to heel rings and shoe clips! Prices range from $20 to $40.

5. Mini UGG Australia Boot Keychain

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While I may not be a fan of wearing UGG boots, there’s no denying the adorableness of this sequin keychain! $35 at Lord and Taylor.

6. Shoe-themed Glassware

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Combine two of a girl’s best friends – shoes and wine – and you can’t go wrong! I own a few shoe-themed wine glasses that I just adore. Just Google “handpainted wine glass” and you will see a million possibilities. A good bet is the Bottom’s Up 15-Ounce Queen of Shoes handpainted wine glass ($19.99).

7. 365 Days Of Shoes 2014 Calendar

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This is one of my favorite gifts for shoe lovers! I received the 2013 edition of this page-a-day calendar last Christmas. I love revealing a new shoe every day as I’m gearing up for another day in the office. The 365 Days of Shoes 2014 calendar is available for $12.99 at Workman.com.

8. Shoe-shaped Wine Bottle Holder

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Another gift that the shoe-loving wineo will appreciate! I love this shoe-shaped wine bottle holder in red lace ($21.99). There are a variety of styles available from many different sellers on Amazon.com, too.

9. Ballasox Foldable Flats

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Ballasox flats offer her a break from those painful sky-high heels and pointed toes. They fold up, are super comfy, and they come in a number of different colors and fabrics. Ballasox are available at Corsocomoshoes.com from $60.

10. Mark Schwartz Shoe Paintings

Mark Schwartz shoe painting

Why not give her a gift of shoes that will never wear out or hurt her feet? A shoe painting is the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates the beauty and art inherent in shoes. Mark Schwartz’s watercolor paintings are available for sale at Highheeledart.com. Prices vary.

Need More Gift Ideas for Shoe Lovers?

There are so many great gifts for shoe lovers available, they can’t all be covered on Shoe Smitten! I’ve rounded up a few of the best holiday gift guides for shoe lovers on the Web. By browsing these lists, you’re sure to find something that’s just perfect for that special someone.

Holiday Style: White Mountain Booties + FRAAS Metallic Scarf

Confession time. I’ve been wearing cushy sheepskin boots for at least a week. While I love the comfort factor and being able to slip them on and go, today I wanted something more polished…

Something comfortable yet fashionable…

Something that reminds me of living in New York…

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I’m talking about chic black ankle boots, black leggings and a classic black trench coat. Top it all off with some fierce sparkle courtesy of this gorgeous FRAAS metallic scarf, and I’m set!

White Mountain Booties

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Here I am wearing White Mountain’s Buddy booties. Casual but sleek, they are perfect for the office or a day around town. There’s nothing wrong with a little attitude, and these strappy, stacked-heel booties have plenty. The side zipper is both stylish and functional, making it just as easy to pair these booties with jeans or leggings. Made of man-made materials, they are both light and comfortable. I swear they look just as great as any pair of leather boots!

You can buy yourself (or that special someone) these booties at whitemountainshoes.com.

And now, about that scarf…

FRAAS Metallic Scarf

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I’m a sucker for metallics, and for a little animal print, so it’s no wonder I was attracted to this FRAAS scarf. Measuring at 12×80 inches, this scarf works beautifully as both a wrap and neck scarf. I wore it during the day but it would work equally well in the evening and at holiday events. The FRAAS scarf is available in silver (like mine), gold, and black combo.

FRAAS metallic scarves

If you’re looking for a luxe gift to buy that special woman in your life, I think any lady would love a FRAAS Metallic scarf. I know I’m enjoying mine!

You can find FRAAS scarves at www.fraas.com.

*Disclaimer: I received a free FRAAS scarf and a free pair of White Mountain ‘Buddy’ ankle boots for review. I received no monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed are my own.

Gift Idea: Ballasox Flats

Every now and then we all need a little break from sky-high heels and pointed toes. That’s why having a comfy pair of flats on hand is important. I’ve just discovered some that would make a great gift for any shoe lover on your shopping list this Christmas!

Ballasox foldable flats

Ballasox look a lot like any other ballet flats, however these innovative flats feature a soft lining made of spandex that functions as a cushy, built-in sock. Each pair is foldable and comes with an exclusive carry pouch, making Ballasox perfect for driving, traveling, or swapping out high heels after a night out.

I received a pair of Ballasox from the latest (Spring 2014) collection, and took them for a test-drive after girls’ night last Wednesday. These glittering shoes felt so much more fun than my usual plain black backup flats! I ended up loving them so much, I decided to wear them to work the next day. I’m telling you, they are super comfy and cute!

Ballasox come in a variety of colors and patterns, too, so you can find the perfect pair for any taste. I highly recommend Ballasox for anyone who needs a quality pair of comfy, on-the-go flats.

Learn more about Ballasox at www.ballasox.com.

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Ballasox for the purpose of providing an honest review. Compensation in the form of a free product does not effect my opinions in any way.

Winners of the #DSWShoeHookup Giveaway!

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Shoe Smitten x DSW Shoe Hookup giveaway earlier this week! We have our five winners! Drumroll please…

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The  winners are:  Christina Duron (#36), Jessica Wells (#112), Ibitoru Uwaifo (#125), Diana Nunes (#138), and Kayleigh Larkins (#213)! Congratulations!

You will each receive a $50 DSW gift certificate plus a copy of the NY Best Selling Book, Do You Speak Shoes? Keep an eye out for an email from me!

How I picked the winners…

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I drew five random numbers using random.org, and then found the winners by counting all of the comments from newest to oldest.

Wardrobe Essential: Black Riding Boots from DSW

I’ve been on the lookout for chic, wear-anywhere black riding boots. After all, every girl needs a practical-yet-stylish pair of boots to face icy roads and chilly breezes. Riding boots are a must-have staple that my closet was missing. That is, until recently. Christmas came a little early!

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You probably know that I’ve partnered with DSW for an huge campaign known as the #DSWShoeHookup. As a participant, I hosted a sweet shoe giveaway (winners to be announced today), and I received a copy of Do You Speak Shoe Lover?, along with a pair of shoes of my choice from DSW. Seeing as I’m lacking a nice pair of black riding boots, I went with the Kelly & Katie ‘Turner’ riding boots.  After three days of wearing them I’m totally smitten!

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Where do I start with these boots? While generally I prefer footwear with some flair, I love the simplicity of these boots. Plus, they are really lightweight and comfy to boot (pun intended). I have no problem wearing them all day long.

The full side zipper and elastic back panel mean I had no trouble fitting the boots over my somewhat muscular calves. A versatile and casual style, these timeless beauties have been treating me very well over the past few days. I’ve worn them with skinny jeans and a tunic sweater, a sweater dress and tights, and today, slipped over black scuba leggings from Express.

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Today I’m also wearing my favorite new royal blue coat by Guess, my purple Coach bag, and a plum-colored wool beret I picked up at TJ Maxx. Despite the dreary weather, I’m feeling pretty chipper this Friday! 

I’d recommend the ‘Turner’ riding boots for anyone who wants a versatile boot that will serve well from fall through spring, for years to come.

About That Giveaway…

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The DSW giveaway I hosted ended last night, and winners will be announced later today on Shoe Smitten. Didn’t have a chance to enter? No worries – there are still 49 other fabulous blogs where you can enter! Each blog is offering 5 pairs of shoes with 5 copies of NY Times Best Selling book, Do You Speak Shoe Lover?  See the dates and links to the other bloggers’ giveaways in my previous giveaway post. Good luck!

Going To The Chapel: Bridal Shoes from Badgley Mischka

I haven’t shared this with you until now, dear readers, but I’m getting married!! The date is set for next July and we’re getting married in Reims, France (my fiancé’s hometown). This means I’m on the hunt for a pair of bridal shoes. Well, maybe two! Let me explain…

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I have a rather short husband-to-be who fully supports my love of high heels. But I don’t want to be bending down to kiss him after our ‘I Do’s. So I’m thinking a shorter heel for the ceremony, and a sexy stiletto for the reception. Hey, I’ll take any excuse to get to wear two different shoes on my big day!

My ideal ceremony shoes are classy, romantic, and unique. I’m trying to choose a pair that blends well with my personality and that I might wear with other outfits. While I want my shoes to turn heads, I don’t want them to outshine my dress.

For this reason, I’ve turned to a designer known for his knowledge of bridal fashion and chic-yet-elegant designs, Badgley Mischka. Bridal shoes from Badgley Mischka are timeless and chic  and complement pretty much any dress. Here are a few pairs I’ve picked as possibilities for the ceremony …which do you like best?

Badgley Mischka Bridal Shoes

1. The Salsa

A d’orsay pump is classic bridal style, but the Salsa kicks it up a notch with Spanish-inspired rhinestone decoration on the toe. I’m also loving the fact that it has a 3 inch heel.

2. The Glynn

The Glynn sparkles and shimmers, being covered in crystal studs. I like that the heel height is a moderate 3 1/4 inches. It’s all-out glamour in one tiny package!

3. The Dariene

The wedding will be in the summer, and so sheer fabric and an open toe make sense.  Darien is very romantic and soft, and would look great with some of the vintage wedding gowns I’ve been eying. Bonus: I can wear the Dariene long after my wedding with skirts and skinny pants!

4. The Cissy

I like it in blue! The Cissy features soft tulle that forms romantic rosettes attached along the front of this strappy evening sandal. It’s quite the dancing shoe!

5. The Ginnie

I’m a sucker for feathered flair, and this head-turning peep-toe pump would add just a touch of whimsy to my look. The heel is a bit high, though, at 4 3/4 inches…but hey, I’m only getting married once! My man can wear LiftKits in his shoes if need be ;)

6. The Vita

The Vita is chic and feminine, and has a manageable 3-inch heel. However what it lacks in heel height, the Vita makes up for in style.  I love the dazzling bow decoration that’s covered in luminous beads.