How To Wear Leopard Shoes

Chinese Laundry Dazzle Me Leopard Wedge, $79.95

Last week a reader asked me how to wear leopard print without looking “skanky”, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.  In general, I like to keep my leopard print on my accessories, specifically leopard print shoes.  A leopard shoe can go with nearly any outfit as long as you have an open mind and tie everything together with a few key accessories.

Below you’ll find a few outfit ideas I put together using Chinese Laundry’s ‘Dazzle Me’ leopard wedges, which you can snag right now for just $67.96 (15% off) with promo code CL15REG323!

What are your thoughts?  How do you like to wear leopard?

1. Black and Brown

When in doubt, wear one piece of leopard with an all black outfit and black/brown accessories.  You can’t go wrong with this classic look.

2. Casual Khaki

For a casual look, try wearing leopard shoes with khaki capris, a skinny black or brown belt, and a solid-color top.

3. Summery Florals

Have some fun in the sun with a bright floral-patterned blouse, grounded by a leopard belt and brown-hued accessories.

4. Red Hot Leopard

Leopard and red were made for each other!  For an outfit that’s as sophisticated as it is sexy, pair a red sundress or cocktail dress with leopard shoes, a metallic clutch and matching jewelry.

Like this post?  Check out how I styled the shoes in ideeli’s One Shoe, Five Ways giveaway for even more leopard inspiration!

15% Off on Regular Priced Shoe, Use Promo Code CL15REG323.

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Barbara Briones Spring Summer 2011 Collection

Upcoming Chilean shoe designer Barbara Briones has crept onto my shoe radar, and she is definitely one to watch!  I’ve been smitten ever since I laid eyes on her purple tie-dye pump, just one of the beautifully-handcrafted shoes from her Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

Barbara is reviving the shoemaking tradition in her home country, employing local artisans and leather artists in Santiago, Chile to produce her shoes.  The way she mixes various materials and moods with an undercurrent of vintage glamour is extremely charming.

After studying in London at the Cordwainers school, Barbara worked for Mulberry in London, and for Ferragamo in Firenze before launching her line a few seasons ago.  From ankle booties to sandals and flats, the current collection offers something special for every taste.

And, as the designer herself asserts, these shoes are designed for wearing.

Even though what we design should be an object of desire, we cannot forget that it should also be wearable.

To purchase , visit BarbaraBriones.com.  I heard it through the grapevine that soon one of Barbara Briones shoes will be available at Anthropologie!

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Thrifty Thursday: Candela Woven Leather Sandals

There’s just something about this woven leather high heeled sandal by Candela.  Part ankle boot, part open-toe sandal, it features all of the elements of the perfect summer shoe.  The pink and yellow straps add a subtle touch of color to the tan upper, and the braided straps offer a bohemian feel.  Not to mention you can wear it with many different colors, from browns and blacks to pure white and even solid pink or yellow.

It’s still available in most sizes at Saks.com, but I’m sure it will sell out fast!                Shop: Candela Woven Leather Ankle Sandal Boots$381.00  Sale $151.99

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Energizing Coral Shoes For Summer

We’ve hit mid-July and that means sweltering, nap-inducing temperatures.  Yes, there’s nothing better than cooling off with a lazy dip in the pool and an icy tropical beverage.  But why not zap your summer wardrobe with a stylish splash of coral?  Here are a few of the season’s top coral shoes that will take you from the beach to a dinner date and everywhere in between.

Miss Me Kasana Thong Sandal, $19.95
Vince Camuto Kira Open Toe Pump, $78.26
Steve Madden Temppest Wedge, $64.99
Diane von Furstenberg Zia Suede Platform Sandal, $187.00
Stuart Weitzman Exclusive Crochet Strap Wedge Sandal, $244.00

My friend Lollie Shopping is also smitten with coral shoes – check out her coral picks.

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Giles Deacon for Nine West Fall 2011 Collection

Nine West has partnered with British fashion designer Giles Deacon to create a whimsical capsule collection for fall/winter 2011-12.  A fun contrast from Nine West’s super-feminine “Shoelaboration” with Sophie Theallet, this collection includes carry-everywhere canvas and leather tote bags, a chunky suede wedge, a buckled bootie, pointy-toed flats and playful necklaces.

That mischievous little mouse-like creature on several of the pieces?  That’s Eek, the motif used by Giles in many of his signature collections.  So cute!  You will see him on the tote bag, hanging from jewelry, and included on details like zipper pulls.

The Giles Deacon for Nine West collection launches in August but is available for pre-order now. Prices start at $26 for jewelry and $99 for handbags and footwear.  Choose your Eek!

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