Monthly Archives: January 2010

Fearless Friday: Gianmarco Lorenzi Snake Charmer Swarovski Stiletto Pumps

Have you ever seen a shoe so breathtaking?!  These Gianmarco Lorenzi Swarovski crystal-embellished pumps have held me under their spell for some time now.  I can’t stop staring at the gleaming snake eyes or the amazing high arches, and the rich color…to die for!  Handcrafted in Italy, these pumps are more art than footwear, and they are fit for an Egyptian queen (or goddess).  Who else could be majestic enough to do justice to the glass snake embellishment wrapped around each towering stiletto heel?  I’ve searched all over the internet and can’t find them except in a size 37 on ebay for $950.  I want them just so I can gaze at them in person all day, as they sit safely in a glass case on my dresser.

These seductive Gianmarco Lorenzi pumps have been getting a lot of attention on ShoeHunting!  See what others are saying about them.  More shoe images below the jump…

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Boot Review: Johnston &Murphy Colleen Croc-Cuff Boots… + Coupon!!!

Odd as it might seem, I have never owned a pair of classic, black leather boots.  Trendy OTK boots?  Yes.  Sexy buckled high-heeled boots?  Check.  But no chic, timeless, wear-to-work-and-beyond boots.  Well, thanks to the generous people of Johnston & Murphy, now I do…and aren’t they gorgeous?!  These Johnston & Murphy Colleen boots will never go out of style, and I can tell you after wearing them on the streets of NYC that they are surprisingly comfortable, too.  This is thanks to a leather-covered memory-foam cushioned insole and leather lining.  Feminine stacked 23/4″ heel gives you enough va-va-voom to up your confidence while still remaining walkable.  A full side zipper makes putting them on a breeze, whether you wear them over jeans, leggings or bare legs.

You can buy yourself a pair for $159.99 at JohnstonMurphy.com.  My boots are black, but they are also available in a pretty brown “espresso” color. **COUPON** Take an additional 30% off these boots and all other women’s sale footwear when you enter promo code WOMENS30 at checkout!  Sale ends Jan. 31…so hurry!

What do you think of my new Johnston & Murphy boots?

Interview: Trish Dishes About Her Love of Wedge Heels

Giuseppe Zanotti I96056 (Blue) wedges ($481.14)

Today I’d like to focus on a style I rarely feature: the wedge.  From sky-scraping designer wedges to low, modest cork wedges, there are thousands of styles available!  Many times I find myself at a loss for what to wear with this unique style of shoe.  To be completely honest, wedges aren’t my favorite style; I prefer platform pumps and stiletto heels.  But I do understand their value (hey, comfort and height and better balance), so maybe it’s time to delve deeper into how to choose the perfect pair and how to wear them.  This is where my friend Trish comes in.

Trish is a wedge enthusiast who has written a comprehensive Wedge Shoes Guide, and who originally approached me for a link exchange and just to chat about shoes.  She has some great advice when it comes to picking the right wedges for your lifestyle and tastes.  Read below the break to learn how to do wedges right, plus see a few of her favorite wedges and where you can buy them online!  Readers, I’d like to make this a regular feature on Shoe Smitten – to bring on “experts” or “enthusiasts” who are versed in shoe design or shoe fashion.  If you’d like to be interviewed, email me!

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How To Choose The Right Dyeable Shoes For Your Wedding

When it comes to coordinating shoes for your wedding, dyeable shoes are heaven-sent. They let you add a fun pop of color, or they can perfectly match your dress. While dyeable shoe options used to be fairly basic, many online suppliers now stock styles that follow contemporary fashion trends and are designed to withstand the dyeing process.

When choosing dyeable shoes, here are a few things you need to consider to ensure your wedding day is picture-perfect:

  • Pick a shoe made of a complementary fabric to your dress, and one that will fit the venue and the theme of your wedding.
  • Choose a style that fits the season and venue. Strappy sandals in summery shades are perfect for warm weather weddings, while pumps in rich tones are better for the winter.
  • Have some fun with coordinating colors! Try mixing and matching accent shades among your bridesmaids for interesting pops of color.
  • Dye colors change in different lights, so be sure to examine your shoes in natural light before the big day.
  • Choose shoes with embellishments or with little fabric to dye in order to keep people from noticing any color mismatches. They will be far less obvious if you wear a strappy sandal with rhinestones, for example.

Holiday 2009 Wrap-Up: Shoe-Related Gifts I Got (and Loved)

While Santa didn’t bring me any shoes, I did receive some darling, shoe-related things, one being this beautiful calendar featuring a shoe for every day!  Take a peek:

I especially love the shoe featured for the month of my birthday, July.

January’s shoe is a gorgeous, irridescent purple pump by Mr. Louboutin:

In the front of the calendar, you’ll find this quote…so true:

Another fun gift I received from my mom: Kleenex with cute shoe illustrations and quirky quotes on them.  I kinda hate using them when I blow my nose!  As for the purple Coach bag…well, let’s just say buying it was my way of stimulating the economy in 2009 ;)

These wall plaques were a thoughtful gift from a friend:

What fun, shoe-related gifts (or shoes) did you receive for Christmas?

Unforgivable Footwear Fashion Failures of ’09

It’s important in the New Year to re-evaluate our sense of style and to learn from mistakes of yesteryear.  And some “fashion statements” really must go.   Pretty and Poor listed on her blog many of the pet peeves I have when it comes to fashion flops (hate drawn-on eyebrows).  For a rundown of what other fashion bloggers are saying about the trends of last year, visit Bailey, Meister, & Co.

Here I’ve outlined what I believe to be the unforgivable footwear flops of 2009.  What are the worst looks you’ve observed (footwear or otherwise) in the past year?  Do I hear harem pants, anyone??

Footwear Flops Countdown

5. Ankle Cuff Sandals – I bought a pair of these trendy sandals from Steve Madden last spring hoping to love them.  Fail.  They are unflattering unless you have mile-long legs, and the cuff is uncomfortable and cuts into the leg.  I especially detest the thong sandal style shown below:

Picture from The Little Things

4.Impractical Heel Shapes -In 2009, technology allowed shoe designers to create light weight shoes and play with unusual heel shapes and extreme platforms.  Some of these creations, I loved.  They are fun to look at…but can you imagine trying to wear them?  The following would fall under “cruel and unusual punishment”:

Lagerfield designed this heel…I’d be afraid it would snap in two!

Alexander McQueen alien shoes (1st photo), worn by Lady GaGa in her music video “Bad Romance”.  All of these Alexander McQueen shoes are out-of-this-world ugly and ankle-breaking scary.

3. Open Toe Boots -Not only do they undermine the purpose of a boot, but they aren’t flattering at all!  They chop the legs and make you look frumpy.  I do own a pair of peep-toe booties, but they have very small openings, so my toes don’t dangle out of them.  And I like to wear mine with colored tights.  Certainly don’t pair ankle boots of any kind with dresses!  Doing this shortens women’s legs.

Photo from The Trendsetter

Photo from Buzz Feed

Velvet Angels Women's Impavida Peep Toe Platform Boot


Velvet Angels Women’s Impavida Peep Toe Platform Boot
, $324.95

2. Baggy Boots – Don’t get me wrong – suede boots with a bit of a slouchy look are a nice cold-weather staple.  But boots that look like they could have been fashioned from a trash bag belong in the dumpster!  These saggy, unflattering boots were popular on the 2009 runways and with some celebs, but I find them absolutely loathsome.

Fergie, wearing Rick Owens thigh high flap wedge boots

1. Crocs - No news here, but I still feel as strongly as I did last year about Crocs.  Yes, I hate every single pair.  And no, I don’t care that they’re comfy.  I have comfy shoes that are cute, too. I have to agree with The Lipstick Diaries that ‘Crocs are basically the worst fashion trend of the century’.

Crocs heels??


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