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Cosmosis Monaco Mary-Jane Shoes

I received this cute pair of Cosmosis Monaco mary-janes in maroon leather to review.  The Monaco features leather criss cross straps and nickel hardware.  While they aren’t my usual style, I thought I’d give them a try.

The first thing I noticed when I took them out of the box was how supple the leather felt.  I knew at that point that they’d be a dream on my feet!  The Monaco is very comfortable, thanks to the five point reflex system in the insole, which adds cushioning and shock absorption. Don’t be alarmed if the insole slips out – it goes right back in!

The shoes feature air canals to prevent sweaty feet and reflex zone bed insole which cause massage stimulation while you walk. Cosmosis is the only shoe that is built with the reflex zone bed insole. I immediately noticed the massaging insole, which felt amazing while I ran some errands.  I was also pleasantly surprised by how cute they were on my feet, especially with a pair of capris and a t-shirt.  I definitely recommend these shoes for a woman who wants to look cute and walk/stand in comfort all day.

Learn more about these Cosmosis Monaco (Women’s) shoes and purchase your own at Shoebuy.com.  You can also buy them at shoesizes5to14.com.

Sorel “Pakua” Boot Review

I’ve gotta gush about my newest shearling boots : The Sorel “Pakua”.  This is Sorel’s spin on shearling. The comfortable, breathable construction is perfect for strolling the streets of any city.  I loved wearing them to class this past winter, when I was finishing my final Strategic Communications project.  They are warm, comfortable and have great traction – perfect for hiking the snowy/icy hill to reach the library and walking around all day on campus.  You can purchase a pair of your own from NorthWestOutlet for $105.88.

The Sorel “Pakua” features:

• Shearling and waterproof suede upper.
• Removable molded shearling lined EVA comfort footbed.
• Built on a women’s specific last for a great fit.
• Natural rubber outsole.

About Sorel

Originally founded by William H. Kaufman Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Sorel has long been associated with the development and distribution of durable, comfortable, cold-weather footwear since 1908.

In the early 1960s, Sorel was the first to combine leather uppers, rubber bottoms and removable felt liners to make the warmest and driest winter boots available anywhere in the world. This tradition continues with updates to classic products as well as the introduction of many new styles.

Since becoming a division of Columbia Sportswear Company in 2000, Sorel has expanded and now offers an exciting range of comfortable, functional and stylish products. Sorel footwear meets the rigorous demands of today’s active lifestyle…from snowmobiling and hiking to taking the kids sledding or skiing. At Sorel we will continue to earn the trust of consumers by constantly providing quality products that are warm, dry, comfortable, functional and affordable.

Kamik “Bohemia” Rain Boots Review

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Saturday, just as the temperature dropped and the likelihood of rain was on the horizon, I received a pair of rain boots from Kamik in the mail.  Now, when you normally think of rain boots, you may have visions of (ugly) duck boots or unflattering plain-jane rubber boots in your head.  But Kamik’s boots are a far cry from those gag-inducing styles. 

I received Kamik Bohemia rain boots, which have a playful hippie floral design all over them.  And the colors are enough to brighten any rainy day!  Not only are they cute; they are functional in inclimate weather.  The boot is waterproof and lightweight, and is lined with Italian lining.  It has a removable Kamik Comfort Footbed, and the RAIN Outsole maximizes traction.  Bonus: Kamik rain boots are recyclable!  

Take a look at some of the other styles:

 

About Kamik

KAMIK® comes from a place of extremes, where the harshest conditions intersect with some of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see.  They offer a complete line of outdoor footwear built to deliver superior comfort and reliable protection in the most extreme conditions.  In business for more than 100 years, Kamik footwear is singular, strong, and simply dependable. 

For more information, visit www.kamik.com.

What I Bought: Corso Como ‘Posy’ & Marciano ‘Tana’

Well, I finally did it – I bought the two shoe styles I’ve been wanting for some time – silver flats and black peep-toe booties.  I’m going to have to adjust my budget for a while to compensate, but the purchase was totally worth it.

I couldn’t wait to try out the Marciano ‘Tana’ booties, so I wore them to work today.  All I can say is, wow.  They look amazing, and (believe me or not) they are the most comfortable heeled shoe I own!  The 4 1/2″ stiletto heel, coupled with the zipper detail and peep-toe gives this shoe an elegant, rocker-chic look.  You can buy a pair for $286 at Zappos.com.

I haven’t worn the Corso Como ‘Posy’ silver flats yet, but they look beautiful and I love the hardware on the vamp.  (how do you like that?  I’m exercising our Word of the Week!)  I want to wear these with skinny jeans and when I wear a tunic and leggings.  I got them for $159 at Zappos.com.

Bernardo Leopard ‘Biker’ Flats

These shoes may be the first pair of flats I’ve owned and LOVED!  They are produced by Bernardo, a shoe company that has been around for more than 60 years and has adapted its classic styles to the times.  Sophisticated and comfortable, these pretty leopard ‘Biker’ flats are part of Bernardo’s Fall ’08 Collection.  I love how the leopard print, red bows and roses contrast with the little metal studs on the toe.  They are perfect for wearing with a black or brown pencil skirt or capris.  How do they look?

About Bernardo Footwear: Bernardo is a maker of better grade women’s footwear and handbags. Founded in 1947 by Bernard Rudofsky, Bernardo has a rich heritage that lives on to this very day.  After living and working in Florence, Italy for nearly 20 years, Bernardo designers Dennis and Lynne Comeau relocated to Santa Fe New Mexico in August of 2006.  All Bernardo products are conceptually designed, and are crafted by hand with great attention to detail, in order to insure quality, comfort, fit, and value.  Bernardo is most famous for it’s classic and timeless “Miami” sandal (U.S. Patent No. D 487,183 Trademark ®). Dating back to the company’s beginning, the “Miami” sandal was a favorite of the jet set, and Lilly Pulitzer crowd during the 60’s and 70’s. Yet still today, the “Miami” sandal is as new and fresh as ever before.

Learn more about Bernardo Footwear at www.bernardofootwear.com, and while you’re visiting, make sure to check out their extensive collection of vintage photos from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Vogue May 1st 1960, product placement page 174

You can also take a look at Bernardo’s Spring ’09 preview:

Style Woo, $159

Style Magnolia, $139

Style Rhinestone, $157

Review of Bonnie Marcus’ “Day at the Beach” Flip-flops

I received a pair of these “Day at the Beach” flip-flops from Joanna at Bonnie Marcus, and I must say that I was instantly taken by how cute they are!  In addition to the sandals, I also received a beautiful media kit in a hot pink and animal print folder.  Needless to say, I was impressed.  Since I got them, I’ve worn them to and from my pedicure appointments, to the grocery store, and for a nice stroll around the block.  They never once hurt my feet in any way, and I even got a compliment from my pedicurist!

Visit The Bonnie Marcus Collection online at www.bonniemarcus.com

Would you like to see these flip-flops on Shoe Smitten Boutique?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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A bit about Bonnie Marcus:

Bonnie Marcus launched her fashionable stationery company in 2002, while preparing for her first baby.  She was a wedding planner in New York City and the Special Events Coordinator at the prestigious 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, so she had an idea of what was missing in the invitation market.  The Bonnie Marcus Collection can be found in over 1,000 retail stores worldwide, and it has grown from a few bridal shower invitations to over 500 chic designs.  It was just this year that Bonnie released her first collection of flip-flops for brides and moms-to-be.  Tote bags and other projects are in the works.  Bonnie was recently named the new spokesperson for Bank of America’s small business division.

I love the fact that the Bonnie Marcus Collection donates a portion of their proceeds to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other organizations that support breast cancer awareness.  Another reason to love the company is that in 2008, it announced that it was Going Green, and now all of the designs are printed on recycled paper with at least 30% post consumer waste fiber.

Donald J. Pliner ‘Gisa’ Review

I got these stunning Donald J Pliner – Gisa heels from Solestruck.com, and I couldn’t have been more blown away!  I love the contrasting reptile embossed leather upper and suede-covered heel.

When I first tried the shoes on, I found them a bit snug for an 8.5, so if you buy these I would recommend going a half-size up.  Nonetheless, once I got my feet strapped into place, I was amazed at how comfortable they were to wear.  The 4 1/2″ covered heel would make you think that they would kill your feet, but the small platform, cushioned insole, and textured rubber outsole provide comfort and balance.  In fact, I wore them all night last night, even during the two hours my friends and I had to wait to get into a dance club, without any major pain!

The ‘Gisa’ would be the perfect shoe to wear with a sleek wrap dress or fitted dress capris.

What do you think of Donald J. Pliner’s ‘Gisa’ platform heels?

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Donald J Pliner – Gisa (Expresso Kogi/Expresso Suede) – Footwear

Donald J Pliner - Gisa (Expresso Kogi/Expresso Suede) - Footwear


Donald J Pliner – Gisa (Mushroom Tejus/Sand Cork) – Footwear

Donald J Pliner - Gisa (Mushroom Tejus/Sand Cork) - Footwear

A Belated Birthday Gift…From White Mountain Footwear!

This is what I first saw when I opened the door after hearing the doorbell ring this afternoon. I had no idea what it was. I opened the box…

…and low and behold, there were FIVE boxes of shoes from White Mountain Footwear!!! How, you might ask, did I inherit five free pairs of shoes this afternoon?!

Well, I spoke with David of White Mountain Footwear a few weeks ago, and he had asked to discuss some of the company’s interpretations of high-end designer fashions that retail for $30-50. Being the poor but fashion-hungry college student that I am, I was instantly intrigued. He insisted that before I blogged about the company, that I sample their shoes. I had no idea that I would be getting so many to try!

Here are pictures of me trying on the five pairs of White Mountain Footwear:

I haven’t gotten a chance to walk around in them much yet, but I can tell that they are super-comfortable and oh so cute! The shoes are made from natural leather. My favorite pair of the bunch is the tan gladiator sandal (2nd picture from the top), although I absolutely adore them all! I am wearing the silver ones this weekend with a teal or white dress to celebrate my birthday. More pictures to come!

Thanks, David and White Mountain Footwear! I’m officially a fan. :)

*NEW* Product Reviews!

I look forward to trying out and promoting great new shoes and accessories. If you want to submit a product for review, just contact me. I will feature your product on my blog under the category “Reviews”, and recommend it to others when I’ve fallen in love with it! I’d also love to interview shoe and accessory designers, it’s always great to make new friends!
Once my store is up and running (this summer), I will consider selling the products that I’ve tried out. I will only sell shoes that I personally would recommend to my friends! :)