The American presidential contest

As I have mentioned before, Barack Obama, the Democrat candidate is from Hawaii where shoes are always removed at the door.

The Republican candidate, John McCain has now chosen as his running mate an Alaskan, Sarah Palinn. While removing shoes may not be as universal in Alaska as in Hawaii, I believe it is pretty common there, as with many cold weather places.

OMG you guys!!!

So I got my YSL's and I'm thinking of debuting them this weekend. They are even HOTTER in person (although they are also more stripper-like in person too)!
I think they are like, borderline fetish shoes cause they're so dang high.

I am loving this bright yellow sole thing it's got going on too! I had no idea it was like that. There was also a turquoise bottom, but that was without the ankle strap.

What do you guys think??

Dr Park- An Allergist’s Nightmare: The Micro-Poop Theory

Dr Park- An Allergist’s Nightmare: The Micro-Poop Theory

An excellent post.

"Many people assume walking over lobby carpeting or the door mat
in front of your apartment would have wiped any residual
poop particles off your shoe. But think about this: if you
step in poop and take a towel and wipe it off vigorously,
is it really off? Even if it’s a wet towel, can you be
truly certain that your shoes are truly free of all fecal

This situation doesn’t just apply to dog poop. This also
applies to human phlegm, gum, dog urine, bird poop,
chemicals, car oil, pollutants, bacteria and molds and
whatever else you might find on the sidewalks of New York
City at any time of the day. How many different kinds of
germs or chemicals, organic or non-organic, are still stuck
to the bottom of your shoe when you enter your apartment?"

This post also explains why the Hygeine Hypothesis (the theory that too much cleanliness causes allergies) is not relevant when it comes to dirt on your shoes.

The Nervous Anticipation of Going Back To School For Ballet

You have a lot of things running through your mind. Will the same students be in your class? Do your new pointe shoes look okay? Never mind are they exactly the right fit? Is your ballet wear cool? You know you're going to be really sore after that first class.

New school books have their own smell and feel. New or old ballet shoes and pointe shoes have a smell, leather and satin, as does an old dance bag.

Your favorite cologne, your leotards and tights with fresh fabric softener smell...legwarmers, .....all this brings back the memories from last session, the last exam, the last performance.

And now you are starting all over again.

Take a deep breath and let yourself become aware of the goals you have for this session. Thinking in terms of two categories, your physique, which has things you want to improve, and your technique.

Physique improvements are gradual and ongoing. Flexibility and strength are lifelong goals.

Technical points also are related to physique, but not all of them. The finer details of technical accuracy take reflexes and understanding. Knowing the mechanics, the correct anatomy of technical moves and ballet positions takes the mystique out of them. You can understand whether you need to work on your actual physical limitations (like tight joints) or whether you just need correct repetition.

Correct is the key word. Many ballet DVDs show a student at the barre doing excellent work, for example. And yet I see some finer points that the teacher is not correcting, which would lead to injury.

An example, watching a student's heels slide forward on the floor in a demi plie, before doing a releve onto pointe into a pirouette. That is something that should have been fixed years before doing pirouettes in pointe shoes. The depth of the demi plie is not being used for a strong push up from the heels. Also the heels are sliding forward, which can pull at the knee joints. That kind of technical inaccuracy is worrying to look at.

If you are not in a professional school, and want to learn more about technique, rent DVDs and watch different teachers' presentations. A lot of it is excellent for ballet positions and musicality also.

The professional manuals that discuss anatomy, mechanics, in relation to ballet, can solve any unexplained questions as to which style of ballet is more technically correct. The correct way is the one that does not compromise human anatomy to the degree that joints get damaged.

Fifth position is anatomically challenging even for the superbly turned out. However, if it is gradually reached throughout years of training, and not demanded from day one, knee injuries can be avoided.

Understanding your physique, what can and cannot be changed, is half your work. There is much good information available now that makes it easier.

So enjoy your nervous anticipation as you go back to school for ballet and other dancing. You have a new year to look forward to.

Go here for all the professional information you need.

Sometimes it is really hard to find stuff to post about...

Some drama students in Prague produced an utterly incomprehensible adaptation of HP Lovecraft's horror story, 'The Thing on the Doorstep.' As they are in the Czech Republic (a shoes-off country), they are shoeless for a good deal of their performance:

You Tube: "The Thing on the Doorstep" From HP Lovecraft

You Tube: "The Thing on the Doorstep" From HP Lovecraft Part 2

You Tube: "The Thing on the Doorstep" From HP Lovecraft Part 3

You Tube: "The Thing on the Doorstep" From HP Lovecraft Part 4

The Wellington...

So I'm sure you all know that the wellington is going to be HUGE this season, even in places like California where they're as impractical as Uggs in the summer. How often does it rain her? Like 5x a year?

Anyway, It seems like every brand is doing them, so you'll have lots to choose from. There's everyting from the plain and traditional and the young and extreme. You'll see all kinds of wacky prints and colors.

I personally love these plain wellys from Marni. I love the navy color. It's a nice go-with-everything look without being boring black. You can find them at Browns for about £85

An house in Poole

I went to Poole yesterday for a job interview (where my sister lives).

I noticed an house that had an handwritten note on their door requesting people to remove their shoes.

This is actually the first time I have seen a shoes-off sign here in the UK, though I have heard about people doing that in this country.

Cage Heels

Wow! I will definitely be looking around for a pair of these. Strappy, sky-high, and paired with tights - mm! Utter Perfection!




Pointy Toe Ankle Boots

Bold, hot, fab-u-lous! The editors at Lucky point out "Part Shoe, part boot, with some serious heel, these multitaskers feel almost essential this season." Ha! I couldn't have said it better myself. Enjoy!


I am so in love with these booties by Valentino.
Oh that bow detail just sends me over the edge!


Anne Klein New York Belo

Wear these with confidence and draw attention everywhere you go.


There is a lot to love in this Virginia Ankle Boot by Jessica Simpson, from the cuff, to the cone shaped heel, to the pretty little button detail.


As I sit here not feeling too well and drained from work, I am watching the Democratic Convention. I just witnessed history being made. Barack Obama was officially nominated as the First Black Presidential Nominee. I literally got goosebumps when they did the roll call! I wish I wasn't alone here to scream YES WE CAN from my dog doesn't seem to be too phased.

I almost want to change my dog's name to what if his name has been Frankie Beverly for four years. Dogs learn new tricks all the time right?

I am not going to go on and on about this because this is not a political blog but I can't help but be emotional...and quite honestly, everyone and their mama has an opinion.

Random thought, I hate when people have these grandiose opinions about the presidential race and have no intentions on taking their butts to vote on that fateful day....I digress.

I want to scream or jump in my bed or fist bump someone like the Obamas' do because I am alive to witness history in the making...but I won't because then even I will think I am crazy.

Anywho, I'll get back into the swing of things soon...there is alot of "life" happening right now. (For some reason that Fabulous song "Breathe" just popped in my head...maybe because that is all I need to focus on doing these days).

I would like to note that Michelle Obama is the bomb diggity (does anyone say that anymore...or ever?). She is the black Jackie O but I see her trying to sneak a little "sexy" in there every now and then. Chic, classic and Sassy. She loves to show those toned arms!

I won't rant and rave as there is too much going on now but look forward to a post on an "upgrade" or makeover I did on one of my cousins.
I am posting some pics of Michelle Obama in different outfits just as a little "shout out" to her style.
YES WE CAN. I can't wait to vote!!!
Ok....As I began to look for pics of Michelle Obama...I peeped her staple pieces:

1.) Chanel jackets
2.) pearls (I'm not a fan of pearls mainly because of Barbara Bush but it doesn't offend me when Michelle wears them)
3.) sheath dresses
4.) cardigans
5.) a little sexy back action every now and then
6.) She really LOVES that black studded belt by Azzedine Alaïa.
7.) And I love, love that she is comfortable wearing flats with a dress.
8.) And I SUPER DUPER LOVE LOVE that she doesn't wear hosiery! She just shines and shaves those legs and rolls out the door! What exactly is the purpose of hosiery anyway? Don't your own natural skin color compliment ANY outfit you are wearing?? (I'm just saying...what do I know...nothing!)

The fact that she recycles her accessories thrills me to pieces!
I appreciate that she looks like she mixes a Target dress with a Chanel Jacket and rocks it! I love it!

YES WE I try to scrounge up some gas money for the rest of the week....YES WE CAN!

*By the way, I tried to call my dog by his new name and all he did was pass gas on cue:( I'll have to name my firstborn Barack instead.

Ok...I am delusional...Talk to you later:)

Wood-Heeled Boots

Besides suede colored pumps the editors at Lucky are loving wood-heeled boots. See below for a few of my favorite finds.



Dolce Vita Wendy Stove Pipe Pull On Boot

If you click on the link for the above boot you'll notice that they have it in gray. Oh my goodness, I think I found my boot. It has everything I want. It's perfect, no?



Please don't. That's all I can say about this boot. PLEASE do not.
It's not cute. It's not funky fresh. It's fugly.

Well... maybe for a clown hooker costume? Halloween is sorta close.

No. Never mind. Just don't.

5 Simple Tips To Keep Your Tile Clean and Fresh

5 Simple Tips To Keep Your Tile Clean and Fresh

Tile may be relatively easy to clean, but it is still a good idea to take your shoes off and ask others to do so.

How to Understand Ballet Stores and the Pointe Shoes They Do Or Do Not Carry

I am so happy to hear from the many would-be ballerinas of the world. Many of the concerns I get asked about have to do with pointe shoes. The local ballet store may not carry many brands, and ballet students may have trouble finding exactly the right fit.

If you asked a world class ballerina if she got exactly the right fit from shoes made just for her, you might be surprised to find that even they do some work on their pointe shoes.

Ballet pointe shoes - a dream come true - or double jeopardy? What if your local ballet store stocked just a few brands? Out of those few brands. Freed, Gamba, Bloch, Capezio, Eva, etc., you have to make a choice.

You have to try and get exactly the right fit, with certain limitations. Well, maybe you can.

Seeing that many stores have no shoe fitter, or one with the same problem as you have - limited stock - it is a good idea to step on a piece of paper and draw your foot outline. Both feet - since most people have a different shape or size from the right foot to the left. This gives you and the fitter an idea to start choosing shoes from.

Of course other factors then come into the picture. High instep or low, will determine how deep a shoe you need. Long toes, short toes, uneven toes, will determine the length, width and shape of the box part of the shoe - the part that will encase your toes.

Flexibility of the ankle joint along with the general mobility of the arch and foot bones will determine how hard a shank you need. Since shanks can be softened, it is better to try a harder one, if you are in doubt.

The fitter or helper will show you how to point your foot in the pointe shoe, with the platform on the floor, without putting weight on the shoe. You can do this sitting or standing. It's always good to try on the pair - remember that feet are not mirrors of each other.

Try whatever toe padding that the store will allow. It's idealistic, but unrealistic to plan on taking pointe class without any padding at all. Ouchpads, Lamb's Wool, toe spacers or levelers if you have a long second toe or long big toe, are not just luxuries. They will protect all your foot bones by distributing your weight among the toes in the best way possible.

Pointe shoes are not meant to fit quite like a glove. Snugly, yes, but you must be able to do a demi plie in fifth and second position without excruciating pressure on the ends of your toes. On pointe, the toes should not be loose in the box (too long or too wide) either, or your feet will not be supported.

Even though this sounds like getting exactly the right fit is a tricky risk, it is not. Even if you have few brands to choose from, you can find a workable fit. Breaking the shoes in properly and good foot care matters too.

More importantly, be sure you are ready to start ballet classes in pointe shoes. Pre-pointe exercises should be done for a few months. If your teacher, parents or your health practitioner have any doubts about you being prepared for pointe work, it is better to wait. Sufficient strength is paramount.

Students who are no longer growing have the extra advantage of ordering on line and trying different brands.

Ballet stores that supply small local schools will not carry every brand available. Understanding how to accommodate having a smaller choice with patience, and knowing how to fit the shoes will get you what you need.

Go to a ballet store to see all the brands you may be able to try.

Oh I can't wait for fall!

I had a great weekend. Didn't really do anything adventurous but just enjoyed the time spent with my husband & his newfound zest for life. Spent the weekend browsing through all of the HUGE September issues of Lucky, Vogue, In Style, and Elle. Put together a little inspiration collage to hang inside the door of my closet. Snipped little details from the pages of color combos, shoe styles, pairings etc... I'm hoping this will help me incorporate all of the key fall trends into my wardrobe.

One of my favorite key guides is "THE LUCKY fall shoe guide." Ugh, it's so fabulous. So many gorgeous shoes at so many different price points. There is truly something for everyone. So I thought throughout the week I would pick my faves, try to find similar styles on-line and bring them to you.

Today I bring you - The Colored Suede Pump.


MAGIC, Pool and Project Trade Shows...

It's that time of year again! I am so thankful that I no longer have to participate in MAGIC. I know a lot of people love it because it's in Las Vegas, and there are super fun parties every night, and all your industry friends are crowded in one place... but that's exactly why I hate to go. You're supposed to be there working but all you can think about is how much fun the parties are going to be- and then you don't want to go 'cause you'll be dead tired the next day but EVERYONE is going.

Phew! Even talking about it makes me tired.

Anyway, my husband is there- pimping himself out with his new business cards in tow. He's hoping to get some graphic design freelance work. Check him out! He's BEYOND talented. I am biased of course, but I knew how talented he was before I was in love with him. ;)

Presenting: Harajuku Lovers Fragrance!

Have you guys seen/smelled the new Harajuku Lovers fragrances?? They are SO cute and smell yumm yummy!

There are 5 different fragrances to represent each of Gwen's Harajuku girls, (Love, Lil' Angel, Music, and Baby) and one to represent Gwen herself. (called "G", Gwen's sent is a coconutty smell and is my favorite)

They're all as sweet smelling as they look and come in 2 sizes- both with the dolls as lids. I saw them at Nordstrom yesterday, ir you can find them at, here.

Parenting Project: Shoes off or on inside the house?

Parenting Project: Shoes off or on inside the house?

It is always nice to inspire a post on somebody's blog.

Team Hansen: We're One of THOSE households

Team Hansen: We're One of THOSE households


For those of you who don't read the comments- I thought this may be of interest.

Anonymous said...

If you design the shoes, what exactly does she do beside have her name attached? Does she give you ideas and then you go with it to create shoes?

My answer is this...

Well, to be clear- I don't design LAMB, I do Harajuku Lovers.
The way it works is that Gwen gives us design direction and inspiration and is really specific about what she wants to see. Then we go off and design the lines and bring her samples and she corrects, changes and approves the designs. 

She is really involved, because she wants to be. Yes, she isn't TECHNICALLY designing the shoes, but I think it's in the same way that Marc Jacobs works. He doesn't design his shoe line either you know... but he is involved. You may or may not be surprised to find that many designers don't do the brunt of the design work. Once they hit it big they hire us to do it for them. ;)

Gwen's Really Rockin These Shoes...

So at Titan Industries we get updated on all our editorial credits for each line in various magazines...
Well I can't help but notice that we've gotten like a dozen of Gwen in this sandal in all the different colors.

It may be obvious to you guys... like- well duh! Of course she wears her own shoes.
Well, yea guys. It should be that obvious, but most of the time it's not. Look at Jennifer Lopez for instance. Or Jessica Simpson. Do you ever see them rocking their own shoes? No.

So I just want to say that I think its SO cool that Gwen really backs her own brand and product. It makes me proud to be a part of her whole deal. It shows that she really has an interest in it and that she's not just slapping her name on things to make a buck.

I heart Gwen Stefani. ;)

House churches

I am personally of the opinion that Christian churches ought to meet in homes rather than special buildings. That is how the earliest Christians met.

There is an article here:

How to have a participatory house church meeting (PDF)

This talks about some of the issues in hosting house churches. It points out that those hosting a house church meeting should lay down some house rules, which can include a rule about removing shoes.

Another article on house churches makes the same point; that it is fine for the host family to ask those attending to remove their shoes.

A family that are gracious enough to allow church meetings in their home should not have to suffer their carpets to be ruined or to have to do twice as much cleaning as everybody else. Those attending should show the respect of removing their shoes.

Belize City Shoe Distribution and Race

belize shoes 069, originally uploaded by One World Running.

One World Running has sent shoes to Belize in the past, and on May 22 Ana Weir helped put on a new 4-mile race in the capitol, for Special Olympic students. Shoes were handed out be teachers the day before the race, which was well-attended and publicized on national TV and radio.


Ok, so this is my newest obsession. Her name is Kukula and she is SO stinkin' talented. I'm a huge fan of her paintings and the way she paints these adorable soft feminine girls. 

In my opinion, she's the best thing to come around since Fafi, and I hope to own one of her pieces soon.

I love  her attention to detail. I can tell she's a shoe lover because she always paints the cutest shoes on the girls. It's usually the first thing I notice when I see her stuff.

Anyway, here is her website link. Check her out- I know you'll love her!

Anchors Away!

How cute is this!? I couldn't help but get one for my dog. So adorable!! Trixie + Peanut has some seriously cute things for dogs, you should check it out for sure.

I can't wait for my sailor inspired Harajuku Lovers shoes to match Banksy's new harness!! Can you imagine? Ugh- I wanna barf already! We'll be so cute together. haha

You Wanna be a Stylist?

I LOVE crappy reality shows. The cheesier the better. I love the drama, the competition, and the crazy characters that make fools of themselves.

Well here's a show that fits the criteria! Glam God on vh1. It's hilarious, and has all the ingredients to make a lovely batch of tacky goodness. 

The show's about aspiring stylists fighting to get the title of Glam God. The stylists have challenges where they dress models to see who is the best at styling for each given situation. There are so many strange and dramatic people on this show, as you can imagine. Get a bunch of eccentric fashion people in one room and who knows what'll happen! Id' say that so far Handry is my favorite contestant. He's some kind of Hispanic and has the best accent ever. Think Birdcage... Very flamboyantly gay. Very dramatic.

And speaking of flamboyantly gay... Vivica Fox hosts and is the closest thing to a gay man without being either gay, or a man.

Anyway, I'd say this show is worth checking out if you like mindless TV. Thursdays on vh1 :)


Wholesale Carpets: Six Carpet Care Tips

Wholesale Carpets: Six Carpet Care Tips

Brooklyn Green: Improve indoor air quality at home: Take off your shoes!

Brooklyn Green: Improve indoor air quality at home: Take off your shoes!

International Law Society: We should do that in America- Lauren Casey

International Law Society: We should do that in America- Lauren Casey

And we should in Britain too.

5 MInutes for going Green: Shoes Off!

5 Minutes for going Green: Shoes Off!

Little extras...

So there are some days where I post multiple posts, and others where nothing is posted. I've decided to broaden my blog a bit to encompass the various things that make me tick... more than just shoes. There's more to me than just shoes, so maybe there should be more to my blog? Plus, I figure it'll give me more to talk about. 

There are lots of things that inspire me and I'd like to touch on those subjects from time to time. Things like music, books, art and clothing. My husband and his projects, my dog and his antics. My friends and my traveling... 

So anyway, I hope you all enjoy reading about more than just shoes... and if you don't- just skip the boring parts. ;)
Not to worry though, there will still be mostly shoe things since I just can't help myself from obsessing all day.

Mission Impossible

Ho hum...

I'm on a mission but I need help. I am looking for the perfect pair of knee length Gray Boots. I have a few criteria so please bear with me. They must be pull on. I was a dancer. I have muscular calves. Zippers will not work for me. They must have a heel between 2-4 inches high. They must be leather or suede. I would prefer that they have a leather sole but if they were absolutely perfect otherwise I would be okay without it. I would also prefer that they cost no more than $300. $350 is my absolute max. Below are my options so far.

Steve Madden Tribune

Boutique 9 Galen

Frye Ava Tall Boot

Ladies, your mission, should you choose to accept it is to infiltrate the inner workings of my mind and help me decide which boot belongs in my wardrobe. Feel free to click on the links to check each one out in more detail. I'm not completely sold on any of these so I really would appreciate your input. If you don't like any of them and know of something better, PLEASE email me the link/picture. The perfect boot is out there. I just know it.

A quick note on the Frye boot. It is out of my price range but I managed to find a coupon code for 15% off which would bring them to $340. Oh and these exact boots are $500 on three other shoe websites. Crazy huh?

Help! Which boot should I choose?
The Steve Madden, they're like buttuh.
The suede Boutique 9, that adjustable buckle is too cute.
The Frye Boot, those bad boys are hot! free polls

2 Shoes for the Price of 1?

How funny is this!? Two shoes in one.

I always love to hear people's ideas about new shoe inventions. They usually include some kind of gimmicky catch, like a retractable heel that can be worn high or low, or a changeable snap-on upper. Seriously, I hear these ideas often and I always smile and nod as though it were the first time I'd heard it. 

This one, whatever your opinion of how it looks is, is pretty clever. I'm still trying to work out why you would need two shoes in one, but still... cute idea.

Would YOU be Embarrassed?

So I was shopping through this morning when I ran across these shoes by "Oh... Deer!", and thought, hmmmm. I dunno.

I know that Mr. Louboutin can't hold the exclusive rights to the red sole, but we all know it's his "thing" right? I feel a little weird about these shoes having a red sole. And there are a few styles they made with red soles, all very Louboutin-esque. I also notice that all the red-soled shoes are sold out. Coinsidance? Doubt it.

Sure, they aren't a total knockoff- they're just sexy shoes... but I can't help wonder- what do you do when you're wearing these and someone goes "OOH!! I love your Christian Louboutins!"
Do you say thanks and let her believe they are the real thing? Do you correct her?

I don't know. You guys probably think I'm being melodramatic but THESE are the things I think about. What do YOU think?? Would YOU be embarrassed to rock a non-Louboutin red sole? Or would you just rock it?

Should one provide slippers for guests?


In some Eastern European and Asian countries, guests change from their shoes into slippers provided by the host.

Some argue that if you intend to have a shoes-off policy in your home, you should keep some slippers for guests to wear. It is argued that this will make them feel more comfortable and prevent embarassments such as foot odour and holes in socks.

I am not so sure about this one. If slippers are provided, then they must either be disposable plastic slippers or else slippers that can go in the washing machine. It would be quite unreasonable to expect guests to wear slippers that have been worn by somebody else that day. I am not sure whether most slippers are machine washable. Some guests might not even trust you that they really have been cleaned and may prefer to stay in bare or stocking feet.

I think the practise of providing guest slippers might be just a bit too weird for British. Many British people will have been to a house where shoes-off was required, but not many people will have been offered guest slippers to wear, unless it was in another country. I think a lot of English guests would prefer to go barefoot, rather than wear slippers that are not their own.

I think it is a good idea to buy slippers for family and regular visitors and keep them at your house. These should be worn only by the person they are provided for. Hopefully, one's family and close friends would be delighted by this consideration.

Providing clean socks is a different matter. I would suggest keeping a supply of clean socks in different sizes by the door for guests who are not comfortable going barefoot.

I think it is very sensible to let visitors know in advance that one has a shoes-off rule in one's home. That way, they can be sure to wear socks without holes or bring their own slippers if they prefer.

Reader Request: A Tribute to Mad Men

So unless you've been living on Mars the AMC show Mad Men has undoubtedly captured your attention. And why shouldn't it? It IS a fabulous show and not just because it has garnered 16 Emmy nominations. The acting, the story lines, the characters, not to mention the fashion is dead on. I mean, Michael Kors says that it was THE inspiration for his Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear collection and his Fall 08 collection is To. Die. For. Argh I am lusting after this dress and I am loving the combination of olive green and purple. Will definitely be pulling that off in some way, shape, or form this season.

What is fashion without inspiration? There are some gorgeous shoes right now that have that vintage 60's vibe. But this menswear trend we've got going on right now. I think we can thank Mad Men for that as well. So see below for my favorite pics for Fall a la 60's and Menswear. Enjoy!

This round toe pump by Belle by Sigerson Morrison is perfectly adorable and would be the perfect addition to any girls wardrobe. The patent leather detail on the toe and stacked heel lends to it's vintage vibe. I could definitely see Betty Draper sporting these.

There is something that hints at a little 60's vibe to me with this stacked heel pump by Diego di Lucca. I love the color combination of neutrals here. You could pair these with a wealth of ensembles. Perfect for Peggy, don't you think?

Mmmm...the snake embossed leather updates this classically shaped pump by Dolce Vita but the gold leather piping and trim amp up it's vintage appeal. So pretty and sure to carry you into this fall and beyond.

This fabric flat by BC Footwear is perfectly adorable. The geometric ornament on the toe and the lime green hue give it that 60's feel. Couldn't you just imagine Betty pairing these with those cute little slim cropped pants she's been sporting lately?

It's the shape that gets me here. The metallic detail at the heel gives these a modern feel. The round toe says classic all the way.
I'm getting a Joan vibe, how about you? Oh Deer! Serena

The suede with the modern twist on the cap toe update this classic shape. Another shoe that would be perfect with some slim cropped pants. Belle by Sigerson Morrison 5611.

Kitten heels got there introduction in the early 60's. I love this pair by Bettye Mueller. They would be perfect for the office and you could wear these with so many things. One half demure cognac suede and one half sassy leopard print. Rowr! I'm definitely getting a Joan vibe with these too.

Now see below for a few of my menswear inspired picks. Mmmm...I am loving this trend right now. I will be picking up a pair of spectators for the fall, will you?

Lace up oxfords with some sex appeal. I love the white and black color combo here. A grown woman's version of the saddle shoe! I am smitten at the hint of the d'orsay style and the contrasting black stacked heel. AK Anne Klein Sandya

Gorgeous chocolate leather oxford inspired pump by Corso Como gets a ladylike twist with a peep toe and 3 inch stiletto heel.

The seam details truly make these shoes stand out from the pack. I love the texture added by the genuine snake skin and that three inch stacked heel give them a little edge. I would totally pair these with something super girly and feminine. Frye Adrienne Oxford.

I love this wing tip pump by Arturo Chiang. I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture but there is a cut out on the vamp that just sends me over the top. Look closer and the gray leather has a distressed look that really gives these a vintage appeal.