Designer Shoes: Boots

Art is brought to your feet in the latest collection of Yevrah-logoYevrah designers Jason Harvey and Erwin Sweetwine.

A six-year in the making concept that’s finally been brought to life with Elemental; a collection filled with boots, pumps and a very special flat, that takes women back to the basics on a journey of style, class, and art.

Yevrah-shoesWe interviewed the Atlanta-based designers to learn about the influence, inspiration of this up-and-coming brand.

> How was Yevrah born? What was is that made you get into the industry of women’s shoe?

Jason: We always just had that love and respect for one another on campus during college. The genuine relationship was formed when we both ran against one another in a Mr. Freshman pageant. The running joke has Erwin won Mr. Freshman and I became 1st runner up! It was such a great experience.

I’ve been playing around with footwear for about six years now. My wife, a model since 13 now 23, is also an artist who helped guide me in the world of designing. I was persistent and had great ideas but they were not wearable ideas. As time went along, the designs began to mature thus the brand finally came to fruition late 2016.

> I see this collection was heavily influenced by nature. What I like the most about it is that you were able to take this concept and make it unique. As designers, how were you able to achieve this?

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Erwin: Designing is an intricate process. With Jason being such an artistic person, we often have scaled down conceptual designs into wearable fashion. Honestly, that is what makes this experience so rewarding and fun. From choosing the materials to fitting and finalizing the collections, each step of the way required a lot of trial and error but seeing the collection manifest into Elemental was humbling.

Jason: Many cannot understand or explain what is called a gift at times. I’m just blessed with the ability to see things that are born from nothing. As a designer, it can be the most random things at times that will spark your imagination. A shadow can hit a branch in a specific way, and in my mind, I then spot a design and immediately get inspired.

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> The collection is composed of 10 pieces that consist of pumps and boots, but amongst them is one flat, that I can say speaks for itself. It’s this great harmony of minimalistic, casual, elegant and I would dare to say even sporty. How did this particular style come into play? What inspired you in creating this shoe?

Stiletto-Pumps-YevrahErwin: Each design in the Elemental collection is intentional. The line really speaks to the women we hope will experience the brand. Jason constantly mentioned that he really loves the drawstring on shoes, so this incorporated in both the flat and mule gives a sporty yet edgy look. The style is very niche and versatile, and we know that women look for unique pieces to incorporate into their wardrobe.

Jason: Women are powerful and daring…but even the daring beauties at times want to level style out with comfort. That is how the Diver flat was born. I envisioned the woman to be chic and comfortable unlike its sister style which is greater in height.

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> You’re both artists and this is a big part of your brand’s identity, so much so that you participated in the 2016 Art Basel in Miami, one of the biggest art shows in the country. Your website is called Art of Yevrah. What were some of the biggest artistic influences while designing the line?

Erwin: We envisioned the brand being a form of expression just like art. We started with a blank canvas. We literally had no experience in footwear. Partnering with Jason allowed the both of us to leverage our life experiences and to develop a brand that is hopefully here for many more years to come. Our inspiration is everyday people who enjoy being daring and different.

Jason: Life inspires me.. Art is life.. Art is expression, freedom.. with that being said- Power also comes into play with this. You feel indestructible when putting the brush into play. The canvas is empowering and life changing with every piece that you choose to create. It’s exhilarating but most importantly it heals.

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> On your website, you state that your shoes incorporate unconventional materials, what’s the materials that take the biggest role in the confection of your shoes? That material that you believe is what sets you apart?

Erwin: The cork material is the most unconventional, complex materials to use when designing shoes. The material we used is actually imported from Portugal. A lot of people including our manufacturer said it sucks a risk using this material. We said: “Let’s do it! We have to make it work.” And we did! Jason and I are more than excited about the construction and quality of the shoes made of cork in this collection.

Embossed-pumps-YevrahJason: I would say cork… It’s tricky to use this kind of material at times because it is a dry material. It does not always agree with what you want it to do. You just don’t find many brands out here that are willing to risk this type of production.

> For now, your main focus is women’s line. Can we expect a men’s shoe line in the future?

Jason: For sure! It gets stressful sometimes not being able to wear all of this beautiful work! Yevrah is so full time at the moment I just cannot commit to creating the men’s line yet but, very soon. The gentleman will not be disappointed.

Erwin: Most definitely! We can’t wait to expand into the world of men’s footwear. As of right now, we don’t have an estimated time for when that will release but we have heavily considered it and know that is the direction we would like to move in.

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Shop the latest Yevrah collection on their website. Make sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook for more shoe candy, photos and updates!

Guest post and interview written by the lovely Natalia Rodriguez from Veneci Swimwear.

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Without a doubt one of the best sales of the year, Net-A-Porter’s designer end-of-season sale is not to be missed and IT’S HERE! Shop must-have designer goodies up to 50% off for a limited time.

Also enjoy an additional 20% off at checkout with code SALE20 on select items labeled “Sale Must- Have”.

Here’s our pick of the shoes you want to snag before they’re gone:

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Sophia Webster Yasmina Pom Pom embellished sandals; 30% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi red silk sandal fringe ankle cuff sandals; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Sophia Webster Mila studded leather sandals; 30% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Jimmy Choo Mitsu fringed paneled satin ankle boots; 30% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Laurence Dacade Pete embroidered velvet ankle boots; 30% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi Regalia embroidered satin sandals; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi 85mm leopard-print calf hair pumps; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Aquazzura + Poppy Delevingne Midnight metallic leather sandals; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Aquazzura Pina Colada appliquéd suede sandals; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Aquazzura Rasputine embellished suede over-the-knee boots; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

Yes, I promise – It’s actually possible. Looking for a deal? Or maybe you’re hunting for an amazing style you’re craving from several seasons ago? Look not further, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of retailers carrying Christian Louboutin shoes on sale!

1. Amuze

You have to make an account to access the sales. Amuze feature’s discounted Christian Louboutin shoes all the time. You’ll be put in their daily email list and receive notices whenever the red soles are stocked (side note – they have awesome Valentino Rockstud sales too :))

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2. Ebay

Good ol’ eBay, the marketplace for anything and everything. Due to the selling of inauthentic shoes, I strongly urge you to look a the users reviews and selling history, closely look at the product photos, and filter to shop only from North America. It goes without saying but be street-smart – if the price is “too good to be true”…….it probably is. With that being said, I’ve seen fantastic Christian Louboutin shoe prices well below retail price.

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3. Bluefly

Bluefly’s been around forever and I was little surprised when I looked at their latest selection for this post. They carry more recent styles but note that the discounts aren’t “heavy” – averaging around 20% off retail price.

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4. Gilt 

Another classic, Gilt! Gilt’s sales aren’t as regular as some of the other membership type sites meaning you have to join the site and receive the email alerts to be notified of an upcoming Christian Louboutin sale. Another tip, shop fast! The Louboutin styles sell out in a flash.

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5. Matches Fashion

This sale section from Matches is new and welcomed. For every shoe designer really including Louboutin, this is a fashion trouve featuring 40-50% off, happy hunting!

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6. The Outnet

Discount sister to Net-A-Porter, some of the hottest shoes you missed at retail will pop up on The Outnet. Remember when they did the $1 sale forever ago? Again, these styles sell fast so be fast.

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7. The Real Real

This is an online consignment boutique featuring over 6,000 styles of Christian Louboutin shoes. They also promise that every item is 100% the real thing. Bonus! Use Code EXTRA20 for an extra 20% off‎.

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8. Bag Borrow or Steal

Not just for bags anymore, the premiere designer borrowing site has expanded into other consignment areas (for buying) including designer shoes. I suggest following them on Facebook as they regularly hold sales including ‘extra 30% off deals’.

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9. Tradesy

I haven’t personally used this site but it’s very popular and they current have 27,000 Christian Louboutin shoes to shop! It’s a great site to snag the classics including the original Pigalle pump or the staple So Kate.

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Note that most department stores and luxury online retailers will have select styles on discount for end-of-season sales but this usually only happens twice a year (Nordstrom has an anniversary sale too). So look out for end -of-season sales at Net-A-Porter, Nordstorm, Neiman Marcus & Saks Fifth Avenue.

Also, I’ll be sending a sale guide for the upcoming holidays and Black Friday, so sign up!

Please feel free to message me with any questions you have.

xxAshley

There are more talented designers and high quality crafted shoes than ever before. Retailers are stocking as much as the can; exclusive designs, premiere collections, pre-orders….and as much as I love how accessible fashion has become, it’s also seems quite cluttered.

Since we started this blog (6 years ago!) we continue to enjoy curating and searching through the masses to bring you the best, the standouts.

Here we have it, our must-have shoes right now (good to bookmark too for the fast-approaching end-of-season sales!):

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Jimmy Choo Trick strappy buckle sandals; available at FarFetch.

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Gucci Mary Jane black patent leather and snakeskin bow embellished pumps; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi Regalia embroidered red satin strappy sandals; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Aquazzura black suede Wild Thing fringed lace-up pumps; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi red silk fringed satin ankle cuff sandals; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Valentino ballerina-inspired nude leather booties; available at MyTheresa.

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Alaia black suede lace-up eyelet-embellished ankle booties; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Inga Amy black snake cutout sandals; available at Montaigne Market.

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Dsquared2 embellished black ruffle lace sandals; available at LuisaViaRoma.

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Prada black suede lace up front peep-toe booties with sneaker laces; available at Neiman Marcus.

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Jimmy Choo Romy crystal-embellished grey flannel pointed-toe pumps; available at Neiman Marcus.

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Rene Caovilla crystal-embellished beige suede lace-up gladiator sandals; available at Neiman Marcus.

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Aquazzura midnight blue velvet thigh-high over the knee boots; available at Spring.

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Oscar Tiye Antoinette ruffle ankle-cuff sandals in black and nude leather; available at LuisaViaRoma.

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Gianvito Rossi slouchy nude leather pointed-toe boots; available at LuisaViaRoma.

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Dolce & Gabbana Kate stretch floral lace thigh-high pointed-toe boots; available at LuisaViaRoma.

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Alaia rose suede lace-up sandals with a laser-cut design and metallic gold underlay; available at Savannahs.

And for the finale, something to look forward too from Resort 2017 on pre-order:

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Gucci light blue leather brogue strappy pumps; available at Neiman Marcus.

Which are you favorite?

There are a few brands we turn to for those wear every day, all day shoes and we love these styles on sale at Coach right now. Our favorite shoes featured below are designed in beautiful suede and leather with just the right amount of height – the perfect match of wearable and walkable. We’ve also listed the ones on sale (currently 40% off right now).

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Lena suede lace-up bootie in black and burgundy; available (on sale!) at Coach.

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Westyn suede fringe boots with a stacked wood heel in black & saddle brown; available at Coach.

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Shae Tea Rose cut-out leather pump with long wrap-around laces in black leather and racing green available (on sale!) at Coach.

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Bond stretch black leather mid-calf boot and Jackson leather Chelsea bootie with wrap-around strap (on sale!) at Coach.

Which are your favorite? We’d wear the Westyn and Lena every day.

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We’re currently receiving some form of disciplinary action. It involves complete submission to a squad of ready-for-fashion-battle shoes –and you’ll be answering the call of duty soon too, once you get your eyes on them. Together, let’s salute the Gianvito Rossi Fall/Winter 2016 collection –our new shoe heroes.

Rossi’s latest line of footwear is an homage to French and British military uniforms (along with its signature Italian craftsmanship, of course). Adorned with rich hues and regal embellishments, ankle boots and sandals are strikingly commanding –but with a feminine flair that screams elegance –perfect for the lady bosses and the style savants who are ready to conquer the world this fall.

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August regal velvet ankle-cuff sandal; available at Barneys and Neiman Marcus.

The collection is sharp and striking –reminiscent of the richly decorated uniforms of the Navy. The Augusta is a velvet gem. Blue, gold and garnet embroideries decorate the sexy stiletto sandal, while the midnight blue Miral bootie brims with fit-for-royalty details such as shiny gold buttons and satin red piping.

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Miral velvet peep-toe with contrast trim; available at Barneys, MyTheresa and FarFetch.

The sensual shape of the slip-on loafer might just make you give your classic black pumps a long break. The Moret features a high vamp d’Orsay with naked sides, and a thin 105 mm stiletto heel. Your new power shoe, perhaps?

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Moret d’Orsay velvet pump with high-rise front; available at MyTheresa and Lane Crawford.

The Vendome Bootie boasts of a cage design that captures the frogging detail of military jackets. It consists of embroidered loops of black suede with gold stitching, creating a fierce yet ultra-feminine finish.

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Vendome lattice cage sandal in black suede and gold embroidery; available at Barneys and Montaigne Market.

Mink and lamb shearlings also add a fun and flirty touch to the collection. The Moritz is an eye-popping emerald suede bootie with a fur-covered front and a lace-up detail to the ankle –a gorgeous accent no doubt, to an LBD or a white tee and jeans combo.

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Moritz suede & fur boot with wrap-around laces; available at Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue and MyTheresa.

Gianvito Rossi’s Fall ’16 collection is an army of bold and powerful footwear that celebrate femininity and relaxed elegance. The only war we now have to fight is: How can we get our hands on ALL these shoes, stat?!

Shop Gianvito Rossi’s latest collection at Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Mytheresa and Gianvito Rossi.

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About the author: Romina Tobias is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. She thinks her 5’4″ height and her love for long walks make her deserving of all the stilettos, pumps, sandals and ballet flats in the world. If only the cupcakes she expertly bakes can be traded in for a new pair (or two, or hopefully, more). 

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over the knee boot | 4″ / 105mm heel | available in crimson red at MyTheresa, in royal blue at Net-A-Porter & Saks Fifth Avenue and in moss-grey, royal blue & crimson red at Matches for $895.00

Arriving in soft stretch velvet these boots are a statement way to work the season’s key over-the-knee silhouette. Designed to hug the curves of the leg, and shaped with an almond toe and a walkable 105mm block heel. Create the perfect runway look by layering these boots beneath mid-length skirts or dresses, button-down blouses and sharp edge blazers.

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Saint Laurent Lily boot | 4″ / 95mm heel | available in brown suede at Net-A-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, LuisaViaRoma, Nordstrom and Forward by Elyse Walker plus in black suede at MyTheresa for $1595.00

Bring out your bohemian vibes this winter with these new Saint Laurent Lily boots. Designed to hit just below the knee, these boots are made with soft suede and lined with smooth leather. Layers of long fringe tiers cascade diagonally across for a Western-inspired finish. Pair these Lily boots with our favorite Zimmerman embroidered silk georgette midi-dress, a wide-brim hat and some Chan Luu jewels.

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Isabel Marant Nola ankle boot | 3.5″ / 90mm heel | available at Net-A-Porter and MyTheresa for $1,115.00

Standout this fall with these Isabel Marant’s Nola ankle boots. Nola is crafted in Italy from buttery black suede and smooth leather. Subtle drama is created with texture from the suede paneling to smooth leather. These boots are finished with Bohemian-inspired crossover straps and ankle fringed ties. Highlight the Nola boot with midi skirts and cropped pants. Half sizes are available.

Find more Isabel Marant Fall 16′ styles at Matches, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneys and LuisaViaRoma.

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Chloé Harper ankle boot | 3″ / 75mm heel | available at Barneys, Matches, Farfetch and Browns Fashion for $1125.00

The dark yet sassy Gothic Glam trend is coming back this Fall season. On the runways we are seeing lacquered sky-high chunky platforms, chokers, leather jackets paired with fishnets and negligee dresses/skirts. Harper gives us a punk-gothic vibe with smooth black leather, a lace-up ribbon ankle tie, inner side zipper and stacked block heel. If you’re feeling a sassy-yet-gloomy kind of way pair these boots with a signature leather jacket, fishnet tights and velvet choker.

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