Toovia Roundup: Transition to Fall & Find Shoe Deals Online

Last week I was inspired by the coming of fall, and also the need to find shoe deals online. Read on for a summary of what I wrote for Toovia. If you have a topic request or a question you need answered, please let me know by writing a comment below! You can also follow my profile on Toovia so you don’t miss a thing.

My Favorite Summer-To-Fall Shoes

summer-to-fall shoes

Like a kid afraid to go to that first day of kindergarten, I’m holding onto my summer sandals like there’s no tomorrow. If you’re as resistant to the end of summer as I am, you might be happy to see that you can wear summer shoes into the fall. Wear these five summer shoes now with sun dresses or shorts, and later with jeans, leggings and fall knits. Read: 5 Summer Shoes That Will Carry You Through Fall

Where I Find The Best Shoe Deals Online

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past six years blogging about shoes, it’s that designer shoes don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Okay, maybe just an arm, but if you’ve gotta have them like I do, you should shop online. Read: The Best Places To Find Designer Shoe Deals Online

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What’s On My List: Comfy Shoes For Spring

There comes a time every few months when a girl needs to revamp her shoe wardrobe, and my favorite season for this is spring.  As the days get longer and the temperatures climb, it’s time to bring out those sun-loving wedges, strappy heels and flat sandals.  I have a few go-to warm weather shoes, notably my piping-hot pink Fendi strappy heels and my Michael Kors platform wedges.  And while I have countless peep toe pumps and high heels that are great for work and nights out, I’m currently searching to add a few good pairs of everyday comfy shoes to my collection.

And when I say comfy, I’m not talking granny shoes.  I need these shoes to look hot and feel amazing, whether I’m at the office, out on the town or walking the dog.  I’m always on the lookout for shoes that are kind to my feet, especially in the warmer months when I’m more active and need my cute shoes to keep up with me.  There are a few brands I know I can trust for comfort and style, including Naturalizer, Clarks (they have some great wedges), and of course comfortable born shoes.  These Born wedges are really starting to call my name…you can’t beat the combination of natural cork and metallic leather!

In the next few weeks I’ll be highlighting some top shoe picks for the warmer months.  But now I want to hear from you – what are your go-to comfy spring shoes?  Which brands do you trust, and which do you steer clear of?



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Shop Designer Shoe Warehouse Like A Pro

There are few more exhilarating feelings for a shoe shopper than walking into DSW and staring down aisles upon aisles of discounted designer footwear. But I’ll be the first to admit that it can be an overwhelming experience.  Luckily, an ex-DSW employee provided 4 Insider Tips to Shoe Shopping at DSW so you can get even more out of your next DSW trip by finding the best fit for your feet, as well as your budget.

My favorite tip is to “just ask for a discount”!  DSW wants customers to leave happy, and if something is wrong with a shoe, like a stitch or gemstone is missing, you may receive a defect discount.

What experiences have you had shopping at DSW?  What deals have you scored?


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Best Websites To Shop For Designer Shoe Deals

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, and, as they have seasonal sales that you won’t want to miss.
  1. – 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)
  2. Giuseppe Zanotti heels for $185!

  3. – 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.
  4. – 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)!
  5. – 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:
  6. – 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!

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Shoe Shopping Vlog: BCBG Flip Flops, Michael Shannon Platforms, & Guess Heels

Another day of shoe shopping!  I’m going to have to call it quits for a while…lol yeah, right.  So today, many of my Twitterfolk weighed in on my selections as I was at the shoe store.  Here are the shoes I ended up buying.  What do you think of them?

BCBGirls – Sid (Fume) thong sandals
, $38.90 – These are the perfect sandal for girls like me who want a little sparkle everywhere they go.

GUESS – Addee (Black Satin) high heels
, $96.95 – A sexy number for a dress or dark jeans – show off your pedicure!

My apologies! The platform pumps are not Michael Kors – they are Michael Shannon. I’m not familiar with the brand, but I love these pumps.  Nude and bone-colored shoes have the magic ability to make your legs appear to go on for miles.   The upward boost from the hidden platform helps, too!

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Pet Peeves When it Comes to Shoe Shopping

Today I asked my Twitter friends to answer one question:

What is your #1 pet peeve when it comes to shoe shopping?

They were all great answers, and I think any retail store could benefit from taking these pet peeves into consideration.  @JetSetGirls‘s answer stood out to me the most: “I always like to test drive my shoes on carpet & hard wood floors.  Bugs me when stores don’t have both!”  How true.  We need to walk on carpet to make sure the shoes aren’t wobbly or off-center, and walking on hard wood floors reveals whether a pair of shoes offers enough traction.  Take a look at what others had to say, and add your pet peeves below in a comment:


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There’s Still Time To Buy Shoes Before Christmas!

Christmas is just 6 days away, and yet many online shoe retailers understand that many of us busy fashionistas haven’t had the time to buy our holiday shoes yet, and still offer shipping options to get your shoes to you pre-Christmas day.  Shop the sites below, and don’t forget to use the coupon codes for special savings!

Buy Shoes at Orders placed by 1:00 PM PST on 12/23/08 include free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Christmas. Thousands of their latest gifts are available for FREE DELIVERY by 12/24 GUARANTEED! Shoes & Handbags Free overnight shipping means you can order at up until 5:15 PM PST on December 23, and receive your order on December 24.

Last minute purchases can still be made at, but to get them there by December 24, you’ll need to choose one of the following options: Express Shipping by 12pm PT December 21, or Next Day Shipping by 12pm PT December 23.

Free Shipping and Free Returns Orders placed by 3:00 PM EST on 12/19/08 are guaranteed to be delivered by December 24. 15% off your entire order at with code HOLIDAY08 You can get free ground shipping on Christmas orders until 12/19/08 (TODAY). For a few more days you can receive free shipping with orders of $100 or more by using coupon code HOLIDAY08 on the last page of checkout. Noon PST on 12/19/08 was the cut-off time for receiving orders before Christmas via standard shipping, but they have expedited shipping options available that might buy you a few extra days.

Stuart Weitzman Women's Delovely Evening Slingback Sandal

Stuart Weitzman Women’s Delovely Evening Slingback Sandal at

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Schedule of Upcoming TJ Maxx/Marshalls Madness

I learned so much during my trip to Boston for the TJ Maxx/Marshalls Overnight Event, and I know I can’t fit all of the information, pictures and video into one, or even three blog posts!  So here’s what I’ve decided to do:

Tonight, I will post the first of a series of articles about shopping at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

  1. All About Off-Price Retail Shopping: Misconceptions and the Truth
  2. How to shop at TJ Maxx – what I got
  3. How to shop at Marshalls (yes, they are different) – what I got
  4. Splurge or Steal – you guess, and I will draw from the correct answers a winner for a giveaway!

That’s just a preview of what’s to come.  After that, we have holiday shoe gift guides!  I’m going to be one busy blogger…  ;)

Again, look for the first post tonight!


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How Much is Too Much When Shoe Shopping?

When I buy shoes, I don’t look at the price immediately.  I look at the shoe, and if I can’t take my eyes off of it, then I look at the price.  Being a college student and working part-time, I don’t have a ton of extra income to spend on fashion, and I’ve never spent more than $200 on a pair of shoes.  I believe that $300 is too much for a pair of shoes (for me). If I buy a pair of $300 shoes, that’s a chunk out of my paycheck, and I simply can’t rationalize spending that on shoes at this stage in my life.  Eventually, I’d LOVE to own a pair of Jimmy Choos or Christian Diors, but that will have to wait.  ;)

When it comes to shoe shopping, I’ve gotten very picky and I take my time deciding.  If I absolutely love a pair of shoes, then I will take time to rationalize the purchase.  Here I’ve created a flowchart of the steps I tend to go through when deciding whether or not to buy a new pair of shoes.

As you can see, I start off by looking the shoes over for flaws, possible problems and “plainness”.  If they have any of these, I move on.  The next thing I consider is how often and where/when I’ll wear the new shoes.  I usually try to envision me wearing them with what’s in my closet.  If I can’t, then I don’t buy the shoes.

After I’m sure I love everything about the shoes and I would wear them more than a few times, I look at the price.  If it’s over $300, I automatically shut off – I’m not in the right place right now to be buying $300 pairs of shoes! If they are under $300, I then figure out whether I can afford them.  When do I get paid?  What bills are coming up?  And, then I ask myself again, ‘Am I sure that I can afford them’?  If so, then I go ahead and buy them.

That’s the process I usually go through when buying shoes.  Of course, there’s the occasional impulse buy, but usually my impulse buys are off-brand shoes and discounted pairs.

With that, I open it to you, my readers: How much is too much when it comes to shoes? And what kinds of things do you think about when buying a new pair?  Let’s have a discussion!

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Win the Ultimate Shoe Shopping Experience!

How would you like to take a spin around the Big Apple with $2,000 in your pocket to spend on all the shoes of your dreams?  I just learned from Mike of Condé Nast that the company is running a contest called, “Win the Ultimate Shoe Shopping Experience.” 

Check out what you get if you win:

1) an all expenses paid trip for two to New York City, including airfare and hotel,

2) a $2,000 shoe shopping spree guided by a Condé Nast shopping expert who will also serve as personal stylist,

3) a trip to a posh New York City spa for a pedicure, and

4) the winner will be chauffeured around from destination to destination in a custom Chevy Malibu.
Entry is simple. Just go here and fill out the form.
Once you’ve submitted your entry, you should definitely circle back to the homepage ( You’ll find there are lots of deals on shoes, clothes & cosmetics. Just click the “shop” button at the top of the page and you’ll find that most of the items have codes attached that will get you discounts and free items when purchasing.  Happy shopping, and good luck! 


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