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.

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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.

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Shoe Holiday Gift Guides From Around The Blogosphere

I was making my usual morning rounds in the blogosphere, and wouldn’t you know many of my fashion friends have created wonderful gift guides.  It’s not too late to finish up your holiday shopping!  If you have gift guide links to add, please do so below in the comments.

Gifts Under $40 For The Fashionista (FashionGrail)

Shoe Holiday Gifts 2010: Chocolate Shoes (ShoeBlog)

Manolo’s Super Fantastic Gifts For The Ladies (Manolo’s Shoe Blog)

Manolo’s Super Fantastic Gifts FOr The Men (Manolo’s Shoe Blog)

Holiday Gift Ideas (Running With Heels)

Have Yourself a Very Techy Holiday (Fashion Pulse Daily)

Luxurious Giveaway: Robert Verdi’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide Recommendations (Beauty Stat)

Holiday Gift Guide (StyleIT)

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Packing For Holiday Travel

When I woke up this morning, I had to take a second and remind myself that Christmas is a mere two weeks away.  While I’m fully in the Christmas spirit, I have much to prepare before the festivities ensue, including planning my party outfits, what to pack for my visit home, and what shoes to start the New Year off on the right foot.  One week from tomorrow I’m flying home for a few weeks to visit family and friends I haven’t seen in months.  I’m so looking forward to it, but I hadn’t even begun to think about what I’ll need to bring and wear until now.  So, here is my list of things I’m planning on taking with me to Kansas this holiday season.  What do you think are essentials for holiday travel?  Anything I should add?

I’m making sure to bring a pair of combination rain/snow boots to deal with all the messy winter weather.  My new Cougar boots are perfect for the job!  Thanks to the fabric shaft they should fold away nicely in my suitcase. (Cougar ‘Ringo Star’, $180 at

As far as party shoes go, I’m only planning on bringing a pair of beaded black suede Nine West pumps and a pair of festive, sparkling red Jessica Bennett d’orsays.

I’m in love with my new black Kate Spade bag.  She’s all I need for any ladylike holiday look.  Don’t you agree?

Portlano eggplant purple cashmere gloves will keep my hands warm, even while I text!  (Thanks Saks, what a great gift idea!)

Bootights are a must-have for any boot lovers – they give you the comfort of socks and the warmth and style quotient of tights!  I’m bringing two different pairs – one mid-calf and one ankle-sock style.

Two party dresses are coming with me. I’m not going to bring a whole lot in the way of clothes because 1. I have many clothes still at my mom’s house and 2. I plan on receiving and buying new clothing during my visit. I need to conserve suitcase space! :)  But the berry-hued asymmetrical Betsey Johnson dress and gold Laundry by Shelli Segal mini are just too perfect for winter parties!  I have the perfect faux fur throw in mind to go with…

Something light to read while on the plane – A Year in High Heels by Camilla Morton ($11.53 at and my cute shoe-shaped bookmark.

And of course, a sturdy suitcase is a must, and I rely on my purple Samsonite luggage.  Are you traveling this holiday season?  What will you bring with you?

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Stocking Stuffers For Shoe Lovers Under $100

Yep, that’s right.  My Christmas stocking is this cute clog-bottom fur-trim boot (thanks Mom!).  Fill your shoe lover’s stocking with any (or all) of these fun and affordable items this holiday season.


Tights made specifically for wearing with boots!  Bootights now come in fun patterns and colors, so you can show your personality while remaining cozy and comfy.  See my review ($30-32 at


Diva Diamondz keep your shoes smelling as nice as they look.  Diva Diamondz contain a powerful volcanic mineral that draws odor and moisture out of shoes. The mineral is also antimicrobial, which means that is fights bacteria and fungus. Simply place a pouch inside each shoe at the end of the day. Overnight the smell and moisture is absorbed into the pouch.  Diva Diamondz purses contain 2 pouches, one for each shoe.  When the diamond starts to smell like your feet, place it in the sun to recharge. You will have to recharge your Diva Diamondz once or twice a year.  ($18.00 at Diva


This probably goes without saying, but a gift card to any shoe store is always a great choice!  I really like Bergdorf Goodman’s Sole Mates Gift Card.


Keep track of your wishlists and daily to-dos in this shoe fabric-covered notebook (Manolo).


Her commute will be so much more stylish and comfortable thanks to Relax Missy foldable flats!  Compact and well-made, these flats are the perfect way to transition perfectly from work to play and they look great as an all-day flat too!  See my review. ($58)


These are treasures she will keep for years to come, and don’t worry, they won’t be stashed away until next Christmas if she’s anything like me!  I have a few shoe ornaments that adorn my desk and lamp.  A few favorites: 2010 Shoe Christmas Ornaments Set from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store (pictured here, $125.00), Fashion Avenue Sassy Black & Silver Peep Toe Shoe($3.99), HBO Sex and the City Pink Glass Ball Ornament ($14.99)


Everything a shoe lover could want, from cute tees to mugs, aprons and tote bags!  Shop


Stiruppz keep your jeans in their place!  Stiruppz are detachable pant stirrups that are designed to keep your jeans in place so you can keep moving!  They are easy to clip on, won’t damage clothing, and are so comfy that you won’t even notice they’re there.  ($19 at

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Design and Create Your Own Milk & Honey Shoes (Gift Idea)

The ultimate treat for any shoe lover would be to get to design a gorgeous pair of shoes, from heel to upper.  Well now that is possible, thanks to  Keep reading for a fun Q&A with co-founders and sisters Ilissa and Dorian Howard, and take a peek at my very own Milk & Honey™ creation.  SHOE SMITTEN EXCLUSIVE!  Get free shipping with promo code “shoesmitten” for one week starting today!

How did you come up with the idea of creating Milk & Honey Shoes?

M&H: We’re girls! And we’re high-maintenance! We got so tired of walking through the department stores and boutiques thinking, “if only this came in a 3” heel,” “if only this had an ankle strap.” “WHY can’t I find the perfect nude shoe?” “WHY don’t designers make any shoes in navy blue?” We turned our frustration into resourcefulness and started getting our shoes made to our exact specifications. It took awhile to perfect it, but once we did we couldn’t keep it a secret.

There are a few different sites out there now that allow women to design their own shoes. What sets your site apart?

M&H: Milk & honey is a company started by two sisters who are tried and true shoe lovers – and I think that comes through with our attention to detail about what women really want. We worked hard to provide practical options (“flats” with a 1” miniwedge) and fabulous options (the perfect snakeskin, peep toe pump). Also – the breadth of options — we really wanted our customers to be able to design their shoe, not just tweak options on an existing shoe. We also take tremendous pride in the quality of the materials we use and the quality of the final product.

What is the most creative shoe (in your opinion) you’ve ever seen created on Milk & Honey?

M&H: Wow – we’ve really seen some amazing designs and outrageous color combinations. We had one customer create a shoe using brightly colored purple glitter and zebra pony. I thought she was nuts – but you know what? It totally worked! I’m always amazed at how confident our customers are and often they are right on with their designs! Especially our brides. We have had brides design everything from strappy, neutral heels to glittery wedges to hot pink flats. We love what our brides come up with!

Tell me a little about the materials available, and other options women have when creating their custom shoes.

M&H: We use materials sourced from around the world – rich leathers, smooth patents, sleek snakeskin, fun patterns, shiny glitter, lustrous pony and soft suede – we offer colors from a bright green to the perfect shade of nude. And if we don’t have it? We can special order something to your exact specifications. We also have an entire selection of “animal friendly” materials – faux leathers, ultrasuede and faux snakesking. We make those shoes with synthetic lining and a compressed rubber bottom to make shopping easy for our vegan clients.

As for shoe design options – we offer 16 different toe options, 13 strap options, 3 different heel shapes in numerous heights, plus embellishments like flowers, studs, knots and other unique options to perfectly customize your shoe.

Once someone orders a pair, what’s the process of bringing them to life?

M&H: We work with very skilled artisans who handcraft each individual shoe. If there are specific requests we send a designer to the markets to specially source the material. Once the shoe is complete, Ilissa reviews each pair of shoes with our cobbler to ensure that they are absolutely perfect. Once they are approved they are wrapped in recycled tissue paper and put in a clear shoebox (for easy storage) and shipped out.

I have to ask…how many shoes do you own?
M&H: If there was such thing as “too many” I’d say that, but instead I’m thinking not enough! I’m no Imelda Marcos but I did recently have to buy more shoe racks!

Who is your favorite designer?

M&H: I am really enjoying Zac Posen, Karen Millen, and Rodarte right now. There is a new designer in LA, Joanna August — I’m obsessed with the jewel-toned colors she uses – at night I dream about her electric blue. I basically love anything with soft material and rich colors.

What’s on your playlist now?

M&H: I am currently obsessed with the sounds of Mumford and Sons, find myself humming Cee Lo Green’s new song all the time, I’m loving having Frentik’s “Not a Bitch” on my running playlist and, as always, Bon Jovi.

What’s on your Christmas wish list?

M&H: My sister and I always design a pair of shoes for each other for birthdays and holidays – I can’t wait to see what she makes me this year! I also really want new lip gloss from Benefit, a vintage candelabra for my deck, the third season of MAD MEN on DVD, a pair of jeans that fit me perfectly…. and world peace.

Complete the phrase: “Wearing my favorite pair of shoes has the same effect on me as…”

M&H: …growing three inches, seeing an ex right after getting my hair blown-out, and being surrounded by my girlfriends – it gives me confidence, makes me walk a little taller (literally and figuratively) and just puts a smile on my face.

Ready to see my own shoe design?  Here you go!  I think I’ll call her MOLLY:

Inspired by a few of my favorite things this holiday season, MOLLY is a real beauty if I do say so myself!  With her gorgeous aubergine velvet bow, dalmatian print upper and 4.5-inch black leather heel, MOLLY will add some cheer to any bombshell party dress.  Create your own Milk & Honey shoes at!

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Piperlime’s Holiday Gift Guide

Good morning readers!  Thanksgiving is this week, and then comes Black Friday craziness (stay tuned for my guide) and then…CHRISTMAS!  Have you done your shopping yet?  I’m working on my gift guide for shoe lovers, but until then, one of my favorite online retailers, Piperlime, has put together this great gift guide. Here are a few of my favorite things:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier, $398

Hunter Original Wellies, $125

Kate Spade “This Year I Will” Bracelet, $48

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Holiday Gift Idea: Bissinger’s Confectionista Collection of Chocolate-Filled Shoes

There are so many wonderful gifts out there for shoe lovers, but this one tops my list!  A special thanks to Wayne “shuz muse” for sharing this gift idea with me.  To a woman, there’s nothing better than a brand new pair of shoes…especially if they are filled with chocolate!  Bissinger’s Confectionista Collection features an origami shoe box filled with chocolates, and I love that the shoe box is so playful and unique.  I’d keep it long after the chocolates had mysteriously disappeared!  The Red Shoe (8 pieces) and Leopard Shoe (8 pieces) are each $22.00.  Order Now

Now if you want a solid chocolate shoe, you can’t go wrong with this adorable Polka Dot Pump & Purse Set by SweetBliss made with one pound of fine Belgian chocolate and fitted with a ribbon of soft caramel.  It might just be too pretty to eat!  $52 at

Will you be buying something sweet for the shoe lover on your Christmas shopping list?  What other gifts are you contemplating/asking for?

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**11/16 Update: The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Pink Stilettos for winning the giveaway!  I’ll email you and if I don’t hear back within 48 hours I’ll have to choose another winner.  Thanks to everyone for participating!  More giveaways coming soon.

Here is a book all about buying and caring for shoes that you will keep as a source of reference for years to come.  It would make a good gift for the shoe lover on your holiday shopping list.  The owner of co-authored “The Shoe Wearer’s Handbook,” which covers subjects such as how to get a good fit, what to look for in different types of shoes, how to avoid counterfeit designer and athletic shoes, shoe care, do-it-yourself shoe repair, and uses for your old shoes.  While you won’t find much fluff or entertainment in this book, it is full of useful, well-organized information.  The section that interested me the most is how to spot a fake designer shoe.  The book offers checklists of things to look for in some of the most popular designer shoes (Christian Louboutin, Dolce and Gabbana, Manolo Blahnik) so you can double-check before you buy.

Buy The Shoe Wearer’s Handbook at

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Holiday Gift Idea: Bergdorf Goodman’s Sole Mates Gift Card

The holiday season is upon us, and this is just the first of many gift guide features you’ll see appearing on Shoe Smitten.  And what better way to begin than with a gift card that comes loaded with perks specifically designed to reward shoeaholics?!  Seriously, Santa, if you’re reading this, all I want for Christmas is the Sole Mates Gift Card from Bergdorf Goodman!  No matter what value is added to the gift card (starting at $1,500), it includes the following:

Order the Sole Mates gift card now online at or by calling 1-800-967-3788.

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