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LAMO Garden Party Sheepskin Sandals Review

When Los Angeles-based LAMO Footwear asked me if I would be interested in reviewing a pair of shoes from their collection, I was a little hesitant.  Not because I had never heard of the brand, but because it is pretty warm here in Pittsburgh and summer is fast approaching, and I couldn’t imagine slipping my feet into anything sheepskin.  However, I took a look on their website and discovered they have a whole collection of trendy, laid-back sandals that are perfect for summer.  I chose to give the Garden Party sheepskin sandals a try and share with you my thoughts.

First, let me say these sandals are extremely comfy!  I like how there is an adjustable buckle strap for a perfect fit, and the leather toe post doesn’t rub like most.  What makes these LAMO sandals unique is the soft, breathable sheepskin lining the top of the sandal, which prevents any uncomfortable rubbing.  The sueded microfiber footbed is extremely light and flexible enough yet firm, and there is enough traction on the soles to prevent any slipping around on wet grass or smooth tile floors.  Not to mention these sandals are super cute, featuring a trendy patch of linen and wear-with-everything white leather.

The Garden Party comes in white & chocolate and in sizes 5-11, and retails for $69.  Be sure to follow LAMO footwear on Facebook, and shop the entire collection at www.lamofootwear.com.

Butterfly Twists Foldable Ballerina Flats

I have tried countess roll-up and foldable ballerina flats over the past few years.  Some were pretty good for hanging around the house, but I wouldn’t trust most of them for running around the city.  But I’ve finally found a product that is different.  Butterfly Twists folding ballerinas will stand the test of daily wear.

Butterfly Twists is a London-based company born out of a desire to create versatile footwear that is easy on a girl’s wallet.  While they may appear flimsy, each pair features a moisture-absorbing insole, a lightweight, skid-resistant sole, and a latex heel cushion for comfort and support.

I received a pair of the foldable Valerie lace Butterfly Twists ballerinas for review, and they came in a lovely little box that, when opened, reveals two carefully-packaged flats and a satiny carrying case.  I’ve worn them out shopping and also out to walk the dog, and they held their own.  I don’t think I’d wear them all day to work, but these are the sturdiest “temporary” flats I’ve owned.

Butterfly Twists ballerina flats come in a variety of colors and patterns and retail from $20 to $35 and are sold in many boutiques and online.  The company is also currently selling foldable boots that are really cute!  For more information and to order, visit www.butterflytwists.com.

Charles Jourdan Kiona Platform Pump Review

Charles Jourdan heels are quickly rising to the top of my favorites list, for their striking beauty and surprising comfort.  Each shoe in the Charles Jourdan footwear collection is a stunning work of art.  For example, my latest acquisition is Kiona, a timeless pump updated with the Charles Jourdan sky-high heel and pointed almond toe.

The first thing I notice when taking Kiona out of the box is the chunky wrapped heel, and I hurry to slip them on and stand 5 1/2 inches taller!  I know from my other Charles Jourdan pumps that the substantial (1.5 inch) platform and pillow-soft insole take a lot of the sting out of the high heel.  Yes, they take some time to get used to (practice walking in the mirror), but that’s no different than any other heel.

Next thing that catches my eye is the sultry low-cut vamp and side step.  The seductive cut of the shoe sets it apart from your average black pump!  And Kiona isn’t just a pretty shoe; it is made of the finest materials, including leather lining and sole, and smooth leather upper.

The Charles Jourdan Kiona will be my go-to power pump for when I want to feel particularly fierce and in-charge.  Who could possibly stand in my way when I square off with them wearing these?!

Thanks to Mantimidation Boutique for gifting me these fabulous pumps for review!  You can purchase your own pair of the Charles David Kiona in bronze leather for a discounted price of $123 (retail price = $242).

Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Fall 2011 Collection Unboxing Video

Ladies, you won’t believe what Dr. Scholl’s Shoes has been up to lately!  Dr. Scholl’s is embarking on a new chapter in its history with the introduction of fall styles that even better address the needs of its active consumers. The iconic brand has been reimagined to offer both the proprietary comfort technology Dr. Scholl’s is known for, combined with modern, handcrafted styling.

In this video, I unbox three of the new shoe styles.  Watch the video, and then comment below – which of the three styles I featured is your favorite?

Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Featured in Video:

Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Jamie athletic sneaker, $59.99

Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Ali ankle boot, $98.99

Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Balance wedge bootie, $89.99

On The Road: Teva Mush Frio Ballerina Mesh Shoes

Last month I took a trip to D.C. to join my mom for a mini-vacation, and since I recently bought a new car I decided to make it a road trip.  Of course, this required some great driving shoes.  Lucky for me, Teva had sent me a pair of their new Baton Rouge-colored Mush Frio Ballerinas to review, and they provided all-day comfort, not to mention they perfectly matched my purple suitcase…quite the stylish coincidence!

Teva’s Mush Flyweights Collection offers the comfort of wearing flip flops long after summer is gone.  The Mush Frio Ballerina Mesh brings all of the things I love about flip flops into a stylish package I can wear all year long.  Plus the shoes are collapsible, so when I arrived in D.C. I had no trouble packing them away.  The next morning I decided to pull them out for a full day of sightseeing, and you should know, these Tevas were made for walking!  I highly recommend the Teva Mush Frio Ballerinas for times when you need shoes that are casual, comfortable and super easy to stash away.

Kushyfoot Foot Covers and Flats Review

I love my heels, and I wouldn’t give up wearing them for anything or anyone.  Seriously. But every fashion lover has to give her feet a bit of a break from time to time.  Enter Kushyfoot, a brand offering a collection of affordable, innovative legwear and footwear featuring a unique foot-massaging sole. Kushyfoot wanted me to share my opinion of a couple of their products, the Kushyfoot Flats To Go and the Kushyfoot Foot Covers.  Have you tried any Kushyfoot products?  Let me know in the comments below!

The Kushyfoot Flats To Go are adorable in gold, there’s no question there.  They are the perfect lightweight flats to grab on your way out the door, just in case you need temporary relief from your heels.  But when I wore them for just a few minutes around the house, the elastic back felt scratchy on my feet.  And while the foldaway style is convenient space-wise, in my opinion they are little more than slightly reinforced socks.  I wouldn’t recommend trekking long distances in them outside, but they’d work for a quick sprint from the party to your car, provided the path is clear of debris.  Overall, the Flats To Go are decent for very short trips, but I still prefer my sturdy and comfy Relax Missy Foldable Flats.

The Kushyfoot Foot Covers were made to provide padding that massages the balls of your feet while you walk to relieve tension and fatigue.  When you take one in your hand and look at it, the padding looks like the inside padding of a bra cup, sewn into a lace sock.  Clever!  I tried my nude lace foot covers with one of my less-comfortable pairs of heels, and I have to say I was impressed what a little extra padding can do.  I let the lace stick out a bit just for fun, and the covers stayed in place while I shopped in the mall.

Check out more Kushyfoot products at Amazon.com.

Biviel’s Bv2780 Suede Mary Jane Pump is Modern, Classy

When it comes to classic women’s shoes, a mary jane pump is the versatile dress option of choice.  So I was excited to receive the Biviel Bv2780 Mary Jane Pump for review.  It is a modern twist on the classic, adding a platform and high heel for a bit of va-va-voom.  I love the gathered material toward the back of the heel, and the brown suede is buttery-smooth.  Pair it with skirts and capris for an on-trend look. $150 at Endless.com


Biviel is the young and more affordable collection of Blas Agulló.  The shoes are designed as “feminine relaxed” to be flexible and comfortable but always elegant.  So if you’re looking for high Spanish style at a great price, Biviel is your go-to brand!

Starla Sandals For An Elegant Winter Getaway

Happy New Year readers!  Sandals are the last thing on my mind with snow on the ground here in New York.  But just in case I’m invited on a winter getaway to some tropical island (in my dreams) or a romantic day at the spa for Valentine’s Day, I’m glad I received these Starla sandals for review.

Starla Sandals are made of luxurious leather and encrusted with sparkling crystals.  The brand was born of the tropical lifestyle found in Southern Florida.  Like jewelry for your feet, the sandals lend a casual elegance to any outfit.  I have a feeling I’ll be turning to these many times when I need a break from stilettos this coming summer.

For more ideas on how to style your Starla sandals, visit www.starlasandalstyle.com.  Style featured: Starla ‘Gold Brilliance’, $99

VOLATILE Cloak Boots Review

Volatile Cloak

Remember when I reviewed the Miz Mooz Gayle boots? Well my friend David from VOLATILE footwear brought to my attention this similar two-in-one shoe style by Volatile USA – the Cloak.  I wore these out one date night, with my favorite floral fishnet tights, and I got more than a few glances.   The faux leather feels luxurious and folds down so you can have a cuffed boot look, or leave it up for an edgy city look (my favorite).   The Cloak is a shorter and more casual option, and I believe it is a more flattering style for shorter girls, but Miz Mooz’s Gayle is made of real leather and has a taller shaft that cuffs beautifully.  So now that you’ve seen both of these styles, which boots do you like more – Volatile’s Cloak (shown here) or Miz Mooz’s Gayle?

Shop the VOLATILE Women’s Cloak for $68 at VolatileUSA.com.

Tsubo Millay Sneaker Review

I’m really starting to love Tsubo for the brand’s comfortable and eye-catching shoe designs.  At first, I questioned the unique shapes, and after trying out a few of the shoes I was taken by how comfortable they were (see my reviews).  More recently, I received these contemporary sneakers named “Millay” for review.  I’ve worn them multiple times while trekking across the city, and they are my favorite new casual shoe.  This sneaker came at the perfect time, as I was just realizing my shoe wardrobe consists of gym sneakers, cute flats with little support, and heels.  I needed something stylish but also substantially built for comfort to run errands.  There is nothing ordinary about this fast and sporty sneaker, with its combination of suede and patent uppers, mesh lining for air circulation and contoured double-density cushioned footbed for all-day comfort. Durable rubber outsole with contrast bubbles maintains traction.  If you’re looking for a cute city sneaker, this is it.

Shop: $109.95 at Zappos