Um, not so much.

I'm not feeling these floppy wedges by Chloe at all. I'm usually a huge fan of Chloe... but this time I think they missed the mark. Big time. I think these are matronly and sloppy looking and I'm not sure which trend they think this supposed to represent.
Hmmm. What do you guys think??

Giuseppe Zanotti Multicolored Pump

The subtle color blocking on this pump by Giuseppe Zanotti has me all a twitter! I love the color combination. The tomato red patent leather and the curved detail of the beige leather with the contrasting black piping at the heel is simply divine. Add to that a classic shape and 4.5 inch heel and I'm done in! Simple. Beautiful. Perfect.

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Showing Less Can be More...

Ok, so I'm not exactly crazy on the color here... it's a little 70's/Chrissy Snow for me, but I do love how high up the vamp is. (vamp= upper, or "front thingy")

I really like this trend of choaked up vamps. Don't get me wrong, I still love a sexy shoe with toe cleavage, but this is a whole different animal. This has a different kind of sex appeal. It's more of a vintage feeling.

Anyway, just wanted to share this with you. Open your mind to something new... I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these high vamp pumps in the near future. You can find these online for $720 at Barneys.

I thought I'd take a break from shoes...

for just a moment. I have lots more favorite shoe finds from Net-A-Porter and eLUXURY but I wanted to take a moment to share this. You see I have recently decided that I want to start buying solid colored leather handbags so that I may add a fresh pop of color to my wardrobe and I am going to start with this one. I just had to share. I am so smitten. I can't wait until it's mine.

*Sigh* Oh the shape, the color, the gorgeous leather, and the price! It's so affordable and so chic. It simply sends my heart aflutter.



Some people are of the opinion that it is very important that guests have the choice of whether to keep their shoes on or not.

However, it is not as simple as that. Some choices may impose on the choices of others.

Some visitors may want to take their shoes off, but may fear that doing so will be considered rude. Being informed that shoes-off is encouraged will be a great welcome for these people.

The shoes-on folks might then argue, "Yes, but you can still let people keep their shoes on without imposing on the people who prefer to go shoeless."

However, this is not the case. Firstly, those people who want to take their shoes off may fear, if there are lots of other guests, particularly at a party, that their feet may get squashed by other peoples' shoes. In a crowded party, it can be hard to avoid having people tread on your toes.

Secondly, people who take their shoes off will prefer to walk on a floor that is cleaner. In fact, there is another issue here, as Angie pointed out in a previous post. Some guests will enjoy sitting on the floor. And sitting on the floor is a much more pleasent experience when it is clean. So allowing guests the choice of wearing shoes imposes on those who like to sit on the floor.

The simple truth is that no host can please everybody. However, there are far more good reasons to insist on shoes coming off at the door than for allowing shoes to stay on. Let guests chose between slippers, socks ot barefeet. That is choice enough.

How Do They Do it!?

Shoes for under $25?? This baffles me. Even if we made shoes out of toilet paper we wouldn't be able to get that kind of price on a shoe from our factories! I'm sure these are super cheap looking in person, even more so than in the picture, and even cheaper feeling; but, I suppose if you want a Chloe knockoff for less than you'd pay for a nice dinner... here's your answer.

They're cute. Like I said, total knockoff, but cute. You guys know I struggle with this copying shoes thing. I'm all for shoes inspired by designer shoes, but when you go ahead an copy a shoe stitch for stitch, it just seems unfair. It ruins the shoe for the people who buy the real deal.

Can you imagine saving up for a shoe that you adore... say it costs $700, and then seeing the same thing for like 95% less! I'd be so bummed. Here's the original. 
You see what I mean? Sure us Shoe Girls can tell tell difference right away- but still. Close enough.


Thanks a lot LiLo! Let me first start out by apologizing to all of you who are loving this trend right now but I'm sorry... I just can't get on board. I just can't bring any love for a shoe that I can buy at the barn shaped souvenir shop at the Lake of the Ozarks. Do you know who I blame for this fashion catasrophe? LiLo! She's the culprit walking around Hollywood in all her fringey glory. Thanks to her even Piperlime is jumping on the bandwagon and Rachel Zoe has designated 3 separate styles as her picks for the season. 3! Seriously?!?!?

I took the liberty of borrowing this image from Stiletto Pumped over at so you too may see Lindsay sporting this "hot trend".

Oh and if you want to get yourself a pair you can get them here.

Knock yourself out.

What's Up Doc??

I know we've seen a lot of Doc Martins on the runway, but I'm still not totally convinced. I think a certain girl can rock them. She probably wears them with flowy floral skirts and opaque tights... VERY 90's.

There's a girl with a fashion blog that I just adore! She wears them and pulls them off so well. Then again she's gorgeous and about 90 lbs, so... she pulls a lot of things off. Check her out at Fashion Toast

So anyhow, I found these on Brown's of London online for about $600 if you're interested. What do you think??

Dolce & Gabbana Leather Oxford Bootie

Gorgeous! The sumptuous cognac leather & oxford details in THE shape of the season, there isn't much not to love about this bootie. Preppy meets flirty with the lace up details and the contrasting stacked heel. Oh and let's not forget one of my favorite details D&G is including in their shoes this season. I love the leopard print lining. Looking at that little detail while slipping these on would make me feel fierce and feisty!

On a side note - these just got the husband's stamp of approval! Sweet!

Nine West Pre-Order, Shop the Hot Styles Now!

According to this is your chance to "Get ahead of the fashion curve!" Don't miss out on securing your size AND style today! But if you prefer to wait until they hit the stores, take this opportunity to browse the latest styles and plan your wardrobe updates accordingly.

Here are a few of my faves.

Papoose. I love the faux snake print, the mary jane style, the peep toe, and the bow detail here.

Lovenyc. Now I may catch a lot of crap for this but I am oddly drawn to this peep toe bootie. I don't know if it's the metallic purple or the rouching or even the peep toe. I'm not sure I could rock this look but I know there are some ladies out there who could!

Ginga,Boutique 9. My obsession with gray continues... I may have to add these to the list.

Dasolina. You had me at the lace up front and four inch heel...

Understanding Muscle Function and Correct Posture in Ballet

Understanding how one can build strength in ballet class, stretch safely, and get the core muscles correctly applying classical ballet technique, enhances the amazing potential you have to enjoy and effect health and weight loss or gain. Every ballerina has done the same things you can do in ballet, to progress as far as your physique and dedication will allow. Ballet is a full body workout, but some aspects of technique are commonly not presented with clarity as to what the anatomical factors are.

Easy learning is possible if you have a little extra time. Without having to study like a kinesiologist, you can learn what a muscle is and how to get the best use out of it. Correct skeletal placement and flexibility are needed to develop the core muscles that lead to the elegance of a ballerina and the precise professional footwork of a male virtuoso.

Muscles have certain behaviors. They can stretch long, like an elastic. With repetition and patience, the muscle will shrink back a little less. On the subject of stretching, it's good to be warmed up because collagen, in your connective tissues, becomes more fluid when you are warmed up and allows more movement in your body.

Stretching a muscle requires knowing the correct position to stretch it in.

For instance, stretching the hamstrings, the long muscles running from the sits bones to below your knee, requires that you stand correctly with one leg in second on the barre, the kitchen counter, or whatever you've got as a support. Or, you can sit on the floor in your widest comfortable second position, with your pelvis in neutral, as though you were standing.

If standing, your posture must be as correct as possible. Spine neutral and elongated by the lengthening support of the abdominal and spinal muscles, turnout held in the deep rotators, and the gluteals or butt muscles not over-supporting, allowing your hip bone and pelvis of the working side to relax down. This way you will do a side bend towards your working leg, or a demi plie remaining straight in the spine, and if you maintain your placement, the hamstring will begin to stretch like a piece of elastic.

That's just one example, you could be in a devant position, or an arabesque position. Once you reach your maximum stretch, before you get to a point of pain, you can hold that stretch for up to 90 seconds. During that time, you'll feel the muscle (and other muscles that are also getting a stretch), let go a little, and a little more, and then relax into the stretch fully. Every dancer has a different point in the stretch time where they will feel it's time to return to the initial position. At some point, the muscle will start pulling back, and that's the time to stop.

Bouncing doesn't help, although after your first stretch is over, you don't have to return to your initial position. You can release out of the stretch and go into it again. It requires some almost meditational attention to sense when you're doing too much, as opposed to pushing to the sharp pain signal that you get from being too demanding of your muscles.

Sore muscles come from tiny tears in the muscle fibers. A hot soak followed by icing, good nutrition and sufficient water intake helps your body recover and maintain a muscle that responds quickly to your brain, and has the strength to do what you want it to do.

Muscle spasms must be attended to with massage or use of a rubber ball, to work them out. Lactic acids remaining in the muscles create chemical damage. Massage and ice stimulate the circulation needed to carry away the lactic acid and other waste products in the muscles tissue.

So - in relation to the correct use and build up of strength in the core muscles, you must have correct placement. If you don't have correct placement, you stretch until you do. Then you are in the ballet positions required to work anatomically correctly. It is a process, longer for late starters in ballet, but still with potential.

Ballet and the people who do it are amazing. Whether you are a ballerina, a late starter, or a pre-professional, understanding something as simple as a muscle, and how to take care of it gets you the most out of your full body ballet workout. For a career builder, to lose weight, gain muscle or "just" to dance, keep being amazing!

Cause we are living in a material world...

Over the next few days I will be featuring a few of my favorite finds from Net-A-Porter and eLUXURY. Enjoy!

Dior Cabaret Platform Pump
Oo La La! I have been eyeballing this Dior pump for a while now. I am really enjoying how designers are playing with heel shapes these days. I love the idea of looking fabulous coming and going, don't you? The mary jane is such a classic shape. This pair is so pretty with all of it's haute little details. The sumptuous suede, the thin leather bands that decorate the heel and vamp, and the cut out detail on the side. I truly love shoes that are both classic and trend worthy at the same time. I would pair these with a pencil skirt and playful top and keep my other accessories to a minimum.

Human Behaviour

Ever notice how when people take their shoes off other people do the same?

At the cineam yesterday, the coupe sitting next to me took their shoes off while watching the film. I took off mine and I think later one of the friends I went with took off hers.

The next day at church I removed my flip flops and left them off during the service. The friend who sat down next to me also took off her sandals.

Us human beings do have a habit of copying each other.

I believe as more people adopt the practice of removing their shoes at the door and asking visitors to take their shoes off, more people will copy them. Quite a number of people in internet discussions have commented that after they adopted a shoes-off policy, their friends did the same.

Being considerate at the cinema

Yesterday, I watched Batman: Dark Knight at the cinema with some friends.

I had not realised how long it would be and ended up needing the toilet half-way through. It was very embarassing walking down the ailse in my noisy flip flops.

After going to the loo, I noticed a girl who also went to the toilet. She had taken off her shoes so as not to disturb anybody. This seemed a really considerate thing to do, so I took off mine when returning to my seat.


I hope you'll indulge me for a moment. I started this blog about 1 month ago because I love shoes. I needed an outlet which would allow me to to express myself and that which I love. I am hopeful that this blog has a little something for everyone. I truly long for the day when I am able to spend $500+ on a pair of shoes and not even blink an eye. I'm not selfish or petty but I realize that last statement may make it seem so. There is something to be said for quality, no? I am passionate about a great number of things that can't be attributed to material goods. I am passionate about animals, the future of this country, and the environment to name a few. I am happy with my life and the choices that I've made and I hope that this blog adds a little brightness to your day. So please enjoy and continue reading. I love to feature shoes that inspire my passion and desire. My heart truly aches and I tingle with excitement when I see a pair of shoes I love. I can only hope they inspire a little of the same in you.

I Want That!!

Everyone has a personal style. The problem is achieving that looking within your budget...if you have one like me. I stumbled across pictures of Tracee Ellis Ross from Girlfriends. If I had to channel one particular character or person for whom I love all their clothes, it would definitely be Joan from Girlfriends. The mix of Boho Chic and classic styles are the only reasons I watched the show. Often I would watch the show on mute purely so I can check out the clothes.

Anywho, it got me to thinking about style icons. I feel like I am pretty consistent in what I is either really classic or really bohemian...the mixing of the two is just the coup de grâce!

So for pure amusement and to give you an idea of what I love, I threw a bootleg montage of looks that I love! If I could have the wardrobe of Joan Clayton on Girlfriends and ALL of Lana Turner's clothes in Imitation of Life, you wouldn't be able to tell me nuffin!

...laa la la la...wait til I get my MONEY la la won't be able to tell me nothing right (a little Kanye West for you to get my point point across:)

I slipped in some pics of Lana Turner, Dorothy Dandridge and Beyonce'...I am not a huge fan of Beyonce's personal style because it involves way too much gold and studs but clearly her mama didn't style her this day...because that Purple dress is FIERCE and I worship it! And the Alicia Keys pic is strictly because that dress is SOO me! I love it!

Who is your style icon? Past, present, dead, alive, famous, friend or family?

I wish I could be this excited about writing papers for my grad classes...not to fret though because Oprah is going to call me any day to do a feature on me......she's just busy right now with those kids in Africa...but she's gon' call soon as she gets off the phone with Gayle?!?

Fashionable Footwear Friday

Today's cute shoes from around the "cubes" are brought to you by Julie and Ivana. I want to thank these lovely ladies for putting their best foot forward for today's featured post. See below for details!

Yellow Peep Toe worn by Julie

Multi Strapped Gladiator Inspired Sandal worn by one of our interns, Ivana

I found this version above by Michael Kors but I'm pretty sure I found the exact version here on the Aldo website but I'm having trouble copying the image. I hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned next week for more Fashionable Footwear Friday!

Leave Comments

If you were trying to leave a comment on a blog before and wasn't able was because I am a loser.

I was having technical difficulties but you can leave them now...I hope:)

By the way...I know this blog won't save the world or even save gas for that matter, it's just something to do.

I could be out smoking crack or stealing a husband or switching price tags on shoes because I can't afford them or anything for recreation but I figured I would talk about clothes instead:)

I got options baby! Smile...God loves you:)

P.S...I haven't read The Secret or The Purpose Driven Life but I think I know enough about both. Basically, the goal is to think of a goal, write the goals down and speak it into existence.

So here's my scaled down version of just that....I want to blog so well that people will love it, then somebody will know somebody that knows somebody that will know someone who will approach me about a book. Then the book will spun a career as a stylist and ultimately The Lifetime Movie network will buy the rights to my book which will spun a miniseries called God's Favorite Shoes. Then Oprah will call me and feature me as not only the book of the week but also on a Makeover show...

Basically, I'll be a black version of Candace Bushnell aka Carrie Bradshaw aka Sex in the City aka...PAID!

Ok...Ready, Set, Go!..............Amen!

Gray skies are gonna clear up!

It has been a gloomy day here in the ol' STL. Yet even before the rain and the clouds appeared I had been staring at my gray Nine West pointed toe sling backs and thinking "It's time for new pair of gray shoes." I also had another thought in the back of my mind that I would like to purchase a pair of gray boots this season. Then something happened. I either (a) am being stalked by the web team and buyers for and they are able to read my inner most thoughts and desires or (b) God really wants me to get a new pair of gray shoes(and boots). Now you may be wondering what it is that happened to make me think these crazy thoughts. Well, I got this in my inbox today.

Oh cruel, cruel world! Why must you taunt me so? Why must you tease me, mercilessly?

Why? When you know I am on a major budget right now and the last thing I am able to do is purchase more shoes!!! Grrrr!!!

Ah but no worries, my fine friends. Two new pairs of gray shoes will be mine this season. Hopefully, my shoe buying hiatus will end soon! Think good thoughts, okay?

See below for a few I'm considering.

Oh Deer! Cupcake Peep Toe Mary Jane

The boots pictured below are NOT from you will find them at Nordstrom and they are on sale right now. Oh these are so gorgeous I can't stand it!

I wrote a Knol!

Shoes off at the door?

I took advantage of Google's new Knol feature.

We are the makers of manners

My fellow blogger Wayne just left a great comment:

The reminds me of what I consider to be a terrible plague in America and that is the thinking that a consensus must be formed before one can act. IMO, good leadership and a good bold world-view on living would be to put up a sign that says no shoes allowed in house.... Go for it Matthew

This reminds me of a passage in Shakespeare's play Henry V. Henry V, the king of England is told after meeting his future bride, a French princess, that it is not the fashion for French maidens to kiss before they are married. He replies:

O Kate, nice customs curtsy to great kings. Dear
Kate, you and I cannot be confined within the weak
list of a country's fashion: we are the makers of
manners, Kate; and the liberty that follows our
places stops the mouth of all find-faults; as I will
do yours, for upholding the nice fashion of your
country in denying me a kiss: therefore, patiently
and yielding.

So what about the so-called 'etiquette experts'? It may not be the custom in Britain and the United States for people to remove their shoes at the door. Yet this should not be an obstacle to us free men and women adopting it.

We are the makers of manners.

It is not Selfish to ask Visitors to Remove their Shoes


Some people claim it is selfish to ask visitors to remove their shoes. They think that it shows excessive concern for one's carpet or flooring.

On the contrary it is not selfish at all.

Firstly, there is an health issue involved. Peoples' shoes pick up dust and animal excrement which is not good for one's health and especially bad for the health of one's children. If one has babies or small children that play on the floor it is extremely sensible to keep one's home shoe-free.

There are many worries today about the health risks posed by pollution, toxins and chemicals. Personally, I think many of these health scares are exagerrated. Many of the supposed health risks have not been scientifically verified. However, it is best to keep as much nasty stuff out of the house as possible.

Secondly, the notion of selfishness here is relative. In a country where shoe-removing is the norm, like Finland or Russia, it would hardly be selfish to insist on shoes-off.

In Britain or the USA, where keeping shoes on is the norm, there are many people who would like to insitute a shoes-off policy, but who are afraid of causing offence or being deemed 'selfish.' If a person is brave enough to insist on shoes-off, she makes it easier for those other people who feel that they would like to make their homes shoe-free. In time, the norms of the UK and the USA may change and shoe-removing may become as normal as it is in Thailand or Sweden.

Cute cute cuuuuute!

So these Gucci booties are SUPER cute, right?

As much as I love warm weather, I am of the belief that fall and winter call for much cuter clothes! I love ankle boots and tights and sweaters and coats!! It's July and I am already excited for Fall. Is that sick or what? Not that we really have too much of a season change over here in California.

Anyway, back to the bootie. This one is super cute cause it's a total classic. The shape is flattering and the height is perfect to wear either with jeans or with tights/leggings. 
They remind me a little of these Christian Louboutins I got last year with spikes on the back. These are a little more tame though. ;)

So GO GUCCI!! Nice job. These are great.

That's Why I Bluefly...

Seriously who knew Christian Siriano had so many fans! I just got the email from Bluefly that his collection for them is on the site and what do you know??? It's almost sold out! Check it out here and see my favorite piece from the collection below and, of course, the shoes I'd pair with it.

I would pair these cool platform pumps by BCBG Max Azria with a pair of dark navy tights to pull the whole look together.

Mmmm...funky meets feminine. Bare legs, hot boots, and this adorable dress.

The shoe style of the season in the color of the season paired with some black tights or leggings. Love it!

I'd like to thank the Academy...

Oh and I would also like to give a HUGE thank you to Leah at Style for the Stay at Home Mom for tagging me with a Premio Award! It is so nice to be recognized especially when you are being recognized for doing something you truly enjoy. I love shoes and I believe we all deserve to look our best no matter what our budget.

Now it is my turn to tag the following blogs and award them with a 2008 Premio.

1. Matt, Liz, and Madeline - A truly heart wrenching and inspiring blog about one guy's life as a single dad.

2. Shoe Smitten - A fabulously written and savvy blog about one of my favorite subjects and you'll find a sweet little boutique attached where you can pick up fun and original finds for the shoe lover in all of us.

3. Cute Overload - Cute Puppies(check), Cute Kitties(check), Cute Overload(double check). This blog always perks me up even on my worst days.

4. Polvore - I may be cheating, I think this is considered a website as opposed to a blog but it didn't take long for me to become addicted to this site. You can mix and match any image from the web to create fabulous outfits or anything else that suits your fancy.

5. My Super Sweet Fashion Diary - Follow the looks and life of this sassy and sweet fashionista as she mixes high with low.(Read Forever 21 mixed with Chanel) and pick up a few tips along the way.

6. The Fashionable Housewife - Tips and tricks on how to look chic on a budget.

These are just a few of my faves! Enjoy!

2008 Premio Award Rules:

1. When received, you may post the premio to your blog.
2. Link to the blogger you received it from.
3. Give it to 7 blogs
4. Link to those 7 blogs
5. Leave those seven bloggers a comment about receiving the brilliant premio.

Another Barker... Bad Miu Miu, BAD!

I doubt I need to say much. You all have eyes.
Seriously guys... who would stick up for a shoe that looks like this? Who would wear a shoe that looks like this??

Wait... is that supposed to be a dragonfly?? Is that what's going on here?? Wow. I don't know what else to say.

Prada Fall 08 - Runway vs. Everyday

The Prada Fall 2008 collections have arrived! Bergdorf Goodman,Saks,and Neimans all have a varying degree of choices for those who are so inclined. I am really digging some of the new styles that came off the runway and also a few pairs that were designed to be a little more "everyday". A couple of my favorites seem almost art deco inspired and one pair is in fact called the "Art Deco" Pump. So please enjoy my picks of the good, the great, and the "What were they thinking?"

The Good

I like these. Some of you may think I'm crazy, but bear with me. The design element is kind of cool and definitely reminiscent of the art deco period. There is visual interest both coming and going. They also have a 1930's/1940's feel to them. However, I am so not loving the ankle strap. Thankfully it is removable so it's really a non-issue.

Hmmm...I'm really torn on this pair. I love the sculpted shape of the heel but I'm not sure how I feel about the slingback that's not really a slingback. This shoe seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis. I'm game with one or the other but both??? I would love to see these on.

I am having a love/hate relationship with this suede sandal. The ruffled "shrug" is a tad off but that's also why I like them. Strange, I know. I don't pretend to understand the inner workings of my mind.

The Great

Mmmmm...Gray Suede Mary Janes... The covered platform, the cone shaped heel - so, so pretty and in the perfect shade of gray.

I know, I know some of you may call me crazy but as far as I'm concerned all you need is your Isaac Mizrahi for Target or Forever 21 LBD and these. Enough said.

This bootie is hot! I love the criss cross detail at the ankle and the cut out detail. A little glam and a little rocker chic.

Mmmm...the color combo is just perfect here. I love the classic shape, I love everything.

Rouching is EVERYWHERE! In my opinion, Prada does it right in this boot. You could seriouly rock these with your favorite pair of skinny jeans.

"What Were They Thinking?", your eyes are not deceiving you. Believe it or not those two pictures belong together. Neiman Marcus seems to be the only department store brave enough to carry them. The two piece lace up bootie. It's a boot. It's a bootie. It's in two pieces. Awesome.

Okay so they aren't horrible. But the detail on the toe, it makes me think of cinnamon sticks and apple pie and coffee. I think I'll pass.