Thrifty Thursday: Nine West 60% Off Sale, ‘Jaxson’ Wedges

As a part of Shoe Smitten‘s revamp, I’m working on a new editorial calendar.  Today I’m kicking off the weekly Thrifty Thursday, because I believe we all love a good shoe deal!  Please leave a comment with any feedback about this segment, or any of the blog changes because ultimately I’m here for you! And now…Thrifty Thursday… Nine West ‘Jaxson‘, $79.00 now $31.60 Today I’m spotlighting one of my favorite budget-friendly shoe brands, Nine West and one of my favorite summer espadrilles, the Jaxson!  I wear these comfy, cheery wedges everywhere, and I would recommend you pick up a pair (in brown, (read more)

Fashion Forward Summer Wedges Under $100

Wedges, particularly espadrilles and cork wedges are the best thing about Summer. Check out the video above in which Sears Shoe Fashion Expert Francesca Mills highlights some of the season’s trendiest wedge styles. Below I’ve suggested a few of my own wedge picks that feature a few of my favorite things – bold shapes, neon and texture.  Tell me, which fits your style best? Wood: Two Lips Ditto Slingback Sandal, $62.81 at Endless Cork: Michael Antonio Globe Wedge Sandal, $45 at Endless Espadrille: Rosegold Cali Raffia Wedge Sandals, $97.50 at Shopbop Also check out my recent post about my 5 favorite (read more)

Birthday Wish List: Christian Louboutin Lady Peep Pumps

On July 9 I turn 25, and I am just dying to add my first pair of Christian Louboutin shoes to my collection!  I would take any pair really, but if I could have my way it would be a pair of Lady Peep patent leather platform pumps ($895 at Saks).  They have everything I look for in a high heel – sleek sex appeal, graceful stiletto heel with that trademark red sole, substantial platform…and in nude I could (and probably would) wear them with everything. Which pair of Louboutins would you nab if you could right now?

Unique Small Shoes for a Wedding Big On Style (Guest Post)

Today’s brides are often looking for something special; a wedding that truly reflects their personalities and interests. Distinctive theme weddings and unusual wedding locations are becoming increasingly popular. Here is a look at a few unique wedding options along with the women’s shoes size 2+ that would be most appropriate for the occasion. Medieval or Renaissance Fairytale Wedding There are castle venues throughout the UK and Europe that are the perfect backdrop for a fantasy wedding. Invite your guests to come in costume. As for bridal wear, a colorful silk or velvet dress with flowing bell-shaped sleeves and a dropped waist, (read more)

Fashion Fatale: k2o Ankle Cuffs by Karen Ko

A friend of mine recently introduced me to these fierce spiked ankle cuffs that are designed by NYC jewelry designer Karen Ko.  Add them to any drab pair of heels you have sitting in your closet and you’ll stand out from the crowd like Lady Gaga in an old folks’ home!  I think I need to get my paws on a pair… Get your own Avant Rock ankle cuffs for $100-275 at About Karen Ko Karen grew up surrounded by her parents’ fine jewelry business, but couldn’t quite find the right niche for herself in the fashion world. After studying finance (read more)

One Shoe, Five Ways GIVEAWAY at ideeli

It’s hard to believe that the Shoetopia week at ideeli is nearing an end!  But don’t despair, because ideeli is hosting an exciting giveaway today curated by yours truly, Shoe Smitten!  The winner of this giveaway will take home a $500 ideeli gift card to inspire them to create their own looks around these stylish and endlessly wearable Furrtile heels from Charles by Charles David! Last Thursday, I was invited to the ideeli offices in Soho to curate and model five styled looks around one versatile pair of shoes using a $500 budget. My favorite part of the experience was shopping the ideeli closet (read more)

5 Budget-Friendly Summer Espadrilles Under $50

Espadrilles are summer’s go-to footwear style, and they also happen to be my personal favorite. Espadrilles are available in every shape and height, and the jute rope soles lend a laid-back feel to everything from capris to maxi skirts and sun dresses.  The wonderful thing about jute is that it is one of the most affordable natural fibers, meaning you don’t have to break the bank to buy a good pair.  Need another reason to love espadrilles?  They are extremely lightweight, so they travel well and are easy to walk in.   Here are my top five summer espadrille picks, all (read more)

What Is Your Summer Shoe Budget?

Today is the longest day of the year, which means summer is officially here! If the weather’s been playing tricks on you, too, you barely had time to store away those fur boots before whipping out your flip flops! What ever happened to spring?!  With summer comes my birthday, so perhaps I could wish upon a star for these Sergio Rossi peep-toes. Nothing screams summer quite like red-hot platform pumps! But, we’re all on some sort of a shoe budget, and so I’m doing a little blog research – what is your summer shoe budget?  How much, on average, do you spend (read more)

FN Shoe Star Finale Episode & Twitter Party

Congratulations again to Rachel for becoming the next FN Shoe Star and landing a job with Brown Shoe. Rachel along with the other designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology have shown incredible skill and passion and will no doubt be successful in the industry. And now, a recap of the FN Shoe Star competition… A special thanks to Fairchild Fashion Group and Brown Shoe for inviting me to be a part of the FN Shoe Star blogger panel.  I’m looking forward to next season. JOIN THE TWITTER PARTY & WIN $100 FN Shoe Star is hosting a party Today (June 21) from 7-8PM (read more)

Giveaway: Win a $500 ideeli Gift Card!

**Updated June 21, 2011 – Giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations, Kristen!  Subscribe to Shoe Smitten to stay informed about future giveaways! To kick off “Shoetopia”, ideeli is offering one lucky Shoe Smitten reader a $500 ideeli gift card to spend during this shoe sale-filled week or any other time!  Giveaway begins at 2PM ET today, and ends at 2PM ET tomorrow, so enter now! How To Enter: Simply leave a comment including your email address below telling me why you need the $500 Ideeli gift card. To earn an extra entry, follow @ideeli and @ShoeSmitten on Twitter, then tweet the following message (fill (read more)