Barbara Briones Spring Summer 2011 Collection

Upcoming Chilean shoe designer Barbara Briones has crept onto my shoe radar, and she is definitely one to watch!  I’ve been smitten ever since I laid eyes on her purple tie-dye pump, just one of the beautifully-handcrafted shoes from her Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Barbara is reviving the shoemaking tradition in her home country, employing local artisans and leather artists in Santiago, Chile to produce her shoes.  The way she mixes various materials and moods with an undercurrent of vintage glamour is extremely charming. After studying in London at the Cordwainers school, Barbara worked for Mulberry in London, and for Ferragamo (read more)

Word of the Week: Flatform

I’m sure by now that you’re sick and tired of hearing about flatforms, but I thought I’d define this popular spring shoe style to clarify what makes it so…unique. A flatform is a shoe with a platform equal in height to the heel, resulting in a high but flat or nearly flat walking surface.  Try wearing them with wooly tights and a pair of skinny cords now, and when warmer weather arrives, freshly exfoliated legs and a cute summer dress. Jeffrey Campbell El-Cajon Sandals, $120 Take, for example, this pair of colorfully-striped Jeffrey Campbell sandals, which are more attractive than (read more)

Spring Essential #2: Charles by Charles David Canoodle Sandal Bootie

Say hello to spring essentials number two – the sandal bootie! Charles by Charles David Canoodle Consider this the ultimate trendy way to transition from winter to spring…the Charles by Charles David Canoodle sandal is made for flirting, featuring delicate lace that covers the foot, and wraps all the way up your ankle. The sexy side cutouts and open toe design coupled with the daring 4″ heel ensures you’ll make a statement wherever you go. A back zipper makes these easy to take the shoe on and off.  The beige version is a perfect companion for spring’s bright garments, but (read more)

Spring Essential, #1: Sam Edelman Dawson Sandal

As part of this week’s “Spring Forward” topic , I present to you the first featured spring shoe from my closet… Sam Edelman Dawson Sandal in black Sam Edelman‘s low wedge “Dawson” sandal is the perfect casual style to complement sheaths, knits and denim. The intricate beading and polished stones create a trendy look that is as versatile as it is edgy. The universally flattering strappy design is flirty, and the soft toe post and covered heel ensure a comfortable fit. I’m sure this will be one of my favorite embellished sandals of the season! Buy it now: Sam Edelman (read more)

Spring Forward With The Season’s Hottest Shoes

Today marks the first official day of spring, which means it’s time to bring out those sandals!  During this week I’m going to present to you a few shoes from my own collection that I just can’t wait to wear.  LOOK FOR VIDEO CLIPS! :)  I’ll be showing off embellished flats, thong sandals, sandal booties and more, so stay tuned!  Now here are my thoughts on some of the top shoe trends for spring 2011: Espadrilles My favorite!  This is a popular look every spring, but this year look for flats, wedges and even platform pumps with rope soles.  If (read more)

St. Paddy’s Day Shoes: Tsubo’s Sirona Platform Wedge Sandal Review

Green Tsubo Sandals for St. Patrick’s Day St. Paddy’s Day is around the corner! I suggest you slip on these sporty, stylish, and comfortable “Lucky Green” Sirona spring sandals from Tsubo for the festive occasion.  You’ll have no problem keeping up with the guys as you hop from pub to pub in these comfy sandals. Tsubo Sirona Review As you can see, Tsubo’s Sirona platform sandals are nothing like the spindly, romantic stilettos and trendy platform heels I usually feature on Shoe Smitten, but we can’t wear those kinds of shoes every day, now can we?  Featuring built-in cushioning and (read more)

First Look: Loeffler Randall Spring 2011 Collection

  You can always count on Loeffler Randall to provide chic and incredibly wearable shoes each season. The spring 2011 collection, launching today, features some of the brand’s most drool-worthy styles yet. Seriously, I would wear each and every single pair. Photographer Jamie Isaia has captured the Loeffler Randall campaign imagery in motion. While I await the new bout of snow on its way to New York City, I find myself wishing to be carried away to this enchanting Flower Child paradise. The Loeffler Randall spring collection includes trends such as prints, snakeskin, suedes, lace-ups, mesh detailing, and mixed metallic—pulling together (read more)

What’s On My Spring 2011 Wish List

I was in the shower this morning, and suddenly it hit me that I haven’t talked much about spring ’11 fashions yet, let alone put down a proper wish list.  I have just started a shoe wish list on ShoeHunting, but I’ve been pretty focused on winter fashions.  Blame it on the NYC Snowpocalypse, or going home to Kansas for the holidays.  Regardless, it’s time to look ahead because there are a whole lot of amazing shoes and beautiful pieces to be had.  I’m really feeling  the 70s glamour movement, especially those oversize tinted sunnies and far out prints.  Here’s (read more)

What’s New At Marshalls: Toning Shoes and Chunky Platform Sandals for Spring

Last October I wrote about how you could get the season’s must-have shoes at Marshalls, and it was so popular (and so much fun for me!), that I’ve decided to report on my Marshalls shopping trips on a regular basis!  If you go to the store this week, you’ll find everything from work-appropriate Nine West nude pumps for $34.99 and cozy Born slides for $39.99.  As usual I spotted an assortment of dress shoes and designer heels, wellies and fur boots.  But what’s news…chunky platform shoes, a hot spring trend, and TONS of toning shoes to get in shape in (read more)