Today I discovered a great new online shopping spot to find seriously hot name brand shoes. Check out VivaLaDiva.com Designer Shoes – the site had me at its tag line, A Woman’s Right To Shoes. Viva La Diva carries some of my favorite labels, including L.A.M.B. and Stuart Weitzman. Right now, Viva La Diva is having a huge 50% off sale on more than 180 styles, so don’t miss out! I have my heart set on these Schuh Prince Bow Bar Court Pumps (£67.00 ) because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and my feet deserve a treat!
When it comes to buying designer shoes, I absolutely refuse to pay full-price. Part of it is the principle of the thing, and the other is that I simply cannot afford the price tags. I don’t see any justification for buying anything full-price when fashions are changing so fast. Why buy those new Manolo Blahnik shoes hot off the shelf when you know that in a few months the price will be cut in half? Does anyone really care if you’re wearing shoes from last summer? If they still look amazing and you know how to work them, I think not. Of course we all like to be on top of the latest trends, and this is when shopping designer deals really gets fun…retailers are now so ahead of the current season that things we need now or in the next month are already going on sale. More and more fashionistas are realizing this, and jumping at the chance to snag those summer sandals at the beginning of July, or finding deals on their favorite brand-name boots for fall in September. In light of this, I’d like to share with you my favorite websites to find authentic designer shoes for less. In addition to these, I would like to remind you to keep an eye on/signup for the e-newsletters at department store websites such as Saks.com
, as they have seasonal sales that you won’t want to miss.
- 6pm.com – My favorite. Not only does the site have the same intuitive navigation of Zappos, but the deals are simply unbeatable! I snagged these of Giuseppe Zanotti platform heels for only $185 (originally $995)
- Gilt.com – This and the next link (#3) are both invitation-only sale sites, but you can get in now by clicking thru my links! Gilt Groupe provides access to Men’s and Women’s coveted fashion and luxury brands at prices up to 70% off retail. Each sale lasts 36 hours and features hand-selected styles from a single designer.
- Ideeli.com – Another invite-only sale site with well-known brands at prices up to 80% off! Each day sales begin at 12PM EST and last for 40 hours, or until items are sold out. I scored this pair of Melissa shoes for just $3 (I had a $75 credit from inviting friends, so I only had to pay shipping)!
- Yoox.com – You can find tons of rare, last-season and current pieces at rock-bottom prices here. For example, get these Giuseppe Zanotti open toe pumps for just $195 if you wear a size 9.5:
- ShoeHunting.com – Of course I have to mention ShoeHunting! It’s a fun community of shoe lovers where you can find the best prices on hard-to-find shoes, and discuss your most recent purchases and shoe lusts. See my ShoeHunting profile here.
Do you have any suggestions to add? Do so in the comments below!
I just found a new store where I can indulge my shoe lust both online and in a beautiful store in Florida! T. Georgiano’s was reborn when Tatyana Sharoubim and partner Joe Seidensticker took over her father Makram’s upscale Raleigh, N.C. based Georgiano’s Shoe Salon when he died in 2005. A few months later they launched a cyber-store (www.tgeorgianos.com) based on Makram’s passion for great shoe design and customer service. Their brick-and-mortar location is a nouveau- Venetian store in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Florida. The elegant T.Georgiano’s Shoe Salon has instantly become a go-to haven of the best of Italy’s most coveted names, a complement to their successful online boutique. T Georgiano’s offers outstanding customer service, quality merchandise, and high style for the fashion conscious buyer worldwide.
T. Georgiano carries shoes by designers such as FiorAngelo, Linea Pelle and Maria Pino, as well as their own private label, T. Georgiano’s. Pictured above (left to right) you’ll see a few of my favorite shoes from their store:
Banana Heel by Napule $250 (originally $500)
Turquoise Strappy by Francesco Sacco $1,085
Black Python Platform by Massimo Dogana-New! $645
Camel Platform Boot by Massimo Dogana $865
Which is your favorite?
Are you as anxious as I am to bid adieu to the cold winter months and say hello to colorful sandals and heels? Well, I refused to say goodbye to my strappy heels and peep toe pumps this winter – I’ve just been wearing them around the house and dreaming of warm beaches and hot summer nights…*sigh*
Well now you can start planning for springtime at SimplySoles.com, because the site is offering a sneak peak of its super-cute spring collections. I adore how the ladies at SimplySoles pair their shoes with hats and handbags. Start your spring shoe shopping with the Jines by Chie Mihara sandal (Exclusive to SimplySoles), $375 and pair them with the Rosella by Billy Bag, $185.00.
View the entire Spring collection on SimplySoles.com, and check back often to see new styles arrive daily!
Well folks, the official Christian Louboutin Web site has been relaunched! Now, before I go any further, let me express that I love Christian Louboutin heels. A few of Christian Louboutin’s styles are on my “When I’m Rich” wish list. But, I’ve got to say that I’m not a fan of the new site.
ShoeBlog raves that the new site “was well worth the wait”, but I strongly disagree. I expected more from Louboutin. While I can appreciate his desire to stir things up and present his collection in an interesting way, I can’t look beyond the lack of useful information and style. The site is garish. I don’t like that the whole site is Flash, because I can’t link to certain pages. Everything just seems thrown together. When I think of Christian Louboutin style, I think of beautiful, sexy and timeless, and the site just doesn’t match. I can’t help but wonder, did he consult his customers before designing the site?
Love the site:
My Fashion Addictions
Loathe the new site:
Take a look at the new site. What do you think, love or loathe?
ShoeHunting is a new social shopping bookmarking platform for shoes aficionados. You install a bookmarklet in your internet browser (like ThisNext, StyleHive or Stylefeeder offer) and save shoes you find directly on ShoeHunting.
Discover new styles and models saved by members. Rate shoes and tell other members what you think about their finds. Shop using their shopping search engine from over 20 online merchants. Save with coupon codes and deals from ShoeHunting online partners. Show off your shoes on the Runway by uploading a photo or send it from your mobile phone or email. Finally, keep up with celebrity shoes fashion news from the ShoeHunting blog.
ShoeHunting was just relaunched after being transformed from a shoe celebrity blog to a social shopping platform for shoe lovers. They are really looking for feedback on the site, and are open to the ideas you might have that could make the site more user-friendly and shoenista-approved. So let them know if you have any suggestions or questions.
When you join, make sure you follow me so I can see what fabulous shoes you’re finding! I’m having fun finding shoes and posting them on ShoeHunting! Here are a few of my recent finds:
Naughty Monkey ‘Forget Me Not” boots
‘Lily’ by Zoe Lee
Bernardo ‘Brad’ Shoe
Last week I received an email asking if I would be interested in writing a piece on the company Barefoot Tess, and I was happy to oblige after learning that the store provides large-footed girls and women with stylish footwear options. What’s not to love and appreciate?! Barefoot Tess has found the perfect niche – too long have women with feet larger than a size 10 been forced to wear flip-flops or even men’s shoes.
Barefoot Tess was founded in 2006 by the mother and daughter team of Karen Williamson and Tess Russell. From boots to couture heels to vegan shoes, Barefoot Tess offers women countless styles in sizes 6 to 14. The company contacts high-end designers and convinces them to create their most popular styles in larger styles exclusively for them. (interview below break)