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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

Charlotte Olympia Sweet Dreams set

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

Earth slippers

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

4. ‘Shoelery’ Shoe Accessories

Shoelery shoe jewelry

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

ugg keychain

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

shoe wine glass

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

365 days of shoes 2014 calendar

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

8. Shoe-shaped Wine Bottle Holder

wine bottle holder

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, too.

9. Ballasox Foldable Flats


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 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 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.

Purple Satin Holiday Heels

NATALIA Ladies Satin Diamante Purple Holiday Heels

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to shop for holiday heels! (PS, are you ready for Black Friday?!) Pretty purple satin stilettos are definitely on my list. I’m a fan of pretty much all shades of purple, and these Natalia evening heels are simply stunning. Diamante embellishment and a 4-inch chrome heel add elegance to the shoes. Plus I love the contrasting red sole – so fierce!

Look tall and steal the spotlight at all of your winter festivities in these holiday heels. I’d wear them to a formal evening event with my favorite little black dress and silver drop earrings.

Did I mention that these heels are only $35 (£22)?! Go ahead and treat yourself to a little pre-holiday treat!


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Holiday Party Dressing With Curves

The holiday season is upon us, which calls for flattering party dresses and cute shoes to match.  If you wear a dress size 12 or larger, this task can be daunting.  I’ve found the chicest UK-based online store that makes plus-size dress shopping a cinch and lots of fun!  Marisota has a great selection of dresses for ladies with curves. You can even shop the dresses by “Figure Fixers” to find just the style for you.

What is just as fabulous is their selection of fashionable footwear! Here are a few of my favorite dresses from Marisota, along with some fabulous heels that guarantee you will make a grand entrance at any event.

Best Dress For “Fixing” Arms

Changes By Together Print Dress – The elegant butterfly sleeves help cover any arm flab, while the pretty floral print and deep v-neck draw attention to sexy décolletage and a minimized middle (thanks to the empire waistline and black skirt).

Wear this dress with solid black peep-toe pumps, such as the Ravel Kalista platform pump.

Best Dress For “Fixing” Tummy

Maxi Dress with Pleats – Side pleating at the waist draws the eye to the hip and creates a slim midsection, while the pleating on the right shoulder balances the look and adds interest.

Wear this simple yet elegant red dress with strappy gold or silver-tone metallic heels, such as the Moda in Pelle Raven Ladies Sandals.

Best Dress For “Fixing” Bums

Joanna Hope Angel Sleeve Lace Dress – Got a little more booty than you care to flaunt?  Try wearing a lace dress with a free-flowing skirt with shaping leggings or tights.  When you walk all eyes will be on your great calves and dazzling shoes!

Depending on the hemline length, you can either wear heeled ankle boots for a more edgy look or some closed-toe pumps like the Ravel Halo platform courts to give your bum an extra lift that only high heels can.

My Favorite Evening Gown

Changes by Together Beaded Dress – This figure-skimming strappy dress is dripping with beadwork and sequins, something you can only get away with at this time of year.  The flattering lines and classic sweetheart neckline make it the perfect choice for a glam New Year’s Eve champagne party.

Go all out and pair this dress with equally stunning shoes with metallic accent, such as the Moda in Pelle Jenson Cap toe pumps.

Christmas Party Shoes

Christmas is just around the corner and many of us are beginning to think about updating our wardrobes to make them Christmas party ready. If you are unsure if your Little Black number is festive enough, throwing on some great heels is a great way to make your look ready for the party season. A good pair of heels can transform an outfit, doing all the talking without the need for heavy accessorising. The women’s party shoes shown above are great to wear with any party dress, they are all in neutral tones so will go with your whole party wardrobe. The detailing on all the shoes provide a bit of sparkle and glamour to your look. A great tip is to choose a heel with a platform this will give you that desired height but will me much more comfortable making all that dancing much easier!

Holiday Dressing With An Edge

When it comes to dressing for the holidays, you can either go bold or go home.  This year, I don’t know about you but I’m feeling particularly brave, ready to try new styles and break free of the normal attire.  Forget the tried-and-true formal dresses and black pumps.  Give me peplum!  Give me spikes!  Give me statement necklaces!  After all, it helps to have a conversation piece to get things going at those dinner parties, does it not?

Why Peplum?

Peplum dresses are not only perfectly on-trend; they are flattering on any figure.  The fold of fabric cleverly conceals any extra pudge one might put on eating all those delicious snicker doodles and meringues.  Take for example this Julien Macdonald black peplum dress, with its faceted gem detailing in black, red and grey across the front of the neck.  No need for a necklace here!  Mesh side panelling at the waist shows some office holiday party-appropriate skin while the rest of the dress retains a classy, retro vibe.  I’m digging it!

Holiday Shoes With An Edge

Another of my current obsessions is spiked shoes and boots, and these dazzling courts are the perfect complement to a flirty hourglass-enhancing dress.  The Carvela Kurt Geiger Genny is a mid heel shoe featuring peep toe, cigarette heel and sequin and stud embellishment.  I adore the small spikes and how they lend just a touch of edge to an otherwise classic shoe shape.

How will you push your style envelope this holiday season?  What pieces are you looking forward to flaunting at holiday parties?

3 Tips For Choosing Your Holiday Shoes

Christmas is just 5 days away, and with the upcoming holiday dinners and events it can be a little overwhelming to choose what to wear.  But if you start with your shoes and work your way up, it becomes a breeze – just decide on the mood you’re going for, and go for it!  Here are 3 elements to look for when choosing your Christmas and New Year’s shoes.

1. Red Velvet Is So Delicious

No material conveys Christmas quite like velvet, and when you deck your feet with red velvet pumps, you’ll be the queen of the evening.  Case in point: Giuseppe Zanotti’s Velvet Platform Slingback.  Just add a little black dress and as many jewels as your heart desires!

2. All That Glitters Is Gold

Well, not literally.  Regardless of the color you don, you can’t fail when you step out in sparkling shoes.  And don’t think you have to go high or go home – glittery flats are a comfortable and playful choice.  I like the Converse Winter Glitz sneakers ($59.95) paired with a festive sweater, mini skirt and tights or leggings.

3. Bows and Frills For Feminine Thrills

This is the one time of year (besides maybe your birthday) when it’s generally encouraged to wear ornamented shoes.  Choose a sexy strappy sandal with a sweet bow or a platform pump with ruffle detail for a touch of feminine charm.  Consider Paris Hilton Selene Bow Sandals ($89)and a body-con dress for a sultry New Year’s Eve cocktail look.

Which shoes are you considering for your holiday festivities?

OnlineShoes “12 Days of Giving” Contest Sneak Peek

12 Days of Giving
I am so excited to be one of the bloggers selected to share the scoop about’s 12 Days of Giving Contest!  For the first 12 days of December, OnlineShoes will be giving out an amazing prize to one lucky winner on their blog every weekday.

To enter, use the comment section of that day’s blog post on the OnlineShoes blog to submit a statement answering the Question of the Day.  That’s it – you’re entered!  Remember to check back each day for a fresh chance at winning!  They’re keeping the exact prizes under wraps, but here is your sneak peek at the questions and featured brands for each day:

Daily Prizes for the 12 Days of Giving Contest

Dec. 1 – Tell your first holiday memory!  Up for grabs: Dr. Marten

Dec. 2 – Tell your favorite holiday movie!  Up for grabs: The North Face

Dec. 5 – Tell your best holiday gift! Up for grabs: Soleus

Dec. 6 – Tell your favorite holiday memory!  Up for grabs: Rockport

Dec. 7 – tell your favorite winter activity!  Up for grabs: Tecnica

Dec. 8 – Tell your worst holiday gift!  Up for grabs: Sanita

Dec. 9 – Tell your favorite holiday gift to give!  Up for grabs: Sorel (one of my fave winter boot brands – check out my Sorel reviews!)

Dec. 12 – Tell what always gets you in the holiday spirit!  Up for grabs: Giesswein

Dec. 13 – Tell your favorite holiday treat!  Up for grabs: Jessica Simpson women’s shoe-of-the-day or Sperry Top-Sider men’s shoe-of-the-day.  Separate drawings will be held for 1 winner of the women’s style and 1 winner of the men’s style. Designate a preference for Women’s or Men’s in your comment.

Dec. 14 – Tell your  favorite holiday song!  Up for grabs: Columbia

Dec. 15 – Tell how you decorate for the holidays!  Up for grabs: Tsubo

Dec. 16 – Tell your favorite holiday tradition!  Up for grabs: Sherpani