Designer Shoes: Embellishment

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Alexander McQueen Obsession ankle-cuff sandals | now on sale at Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus launched their holiday-ready sale with 40% off designer discounts. We spotted these glamorous Obsession sandals by Alexander McQueen featuring black leather, mirrored leather covered platform & heel breast with signature embroidered pearl & crystal charms including an eye, stars and lips.

Half sizes are available and you can also find coordinating bags on sale from the same collection.

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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.

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Sophia Webster Bloomsbury sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Neiman Marcus & Sophia Webster

Bloomsbury is a striking sandal featuring digital floral printed silk satin from the Fall 2016 collection with matching embroidered trim, button snap straps, dark blue silk covered heel and side zip closure. Webster gave us a insider’s look at the making of this design and we’ve also spotted a custom gladiator style worn by celebrity Serayah McNeill.

Half sizes are available and we suggest ordering 1/2 size up as this brand tends to run small.

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You can also find the Bloomsbury d’Orsay pump with the same flower power print available at Neiman Marcus and FarFetch:

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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

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Christian Louboutin Kaleikita spiked sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Bergdorf Goodman.

We always look forward to Christian Louboutin’s spring collections – especially in a market stocked with enough staple pumps. They’re pure eye candy, kooky and continuously fun.

These Kaleikita sandals are no exception. They come with all the bells and whistles featuring heavy embellishment like baubles, spikes and studs. The color combo also hits the mark and we love varying geometric cut straps. Louboutin also added a magenta textured leather covered heel and crackled bronze leather laces.

We equally love the black suede & leather version (pictured below) combining gold & silver hardware.

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Kaleikita embellished sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop black, also at Bergdorf Goodman.

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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?

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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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Sophia Webster Kendra bootie | 4.5″ /110mm heel | available in blue leather at Net-A-Porter & Farfetch and in black leather at Forward by Elyse Walker & Neiman Marcus for $750.00

We are loving these new Sophia Webster Fall 2016 booties! Perfect for enhancing your simple-chic ensembles, Kendra is cut from blue & black suede with leather intricately designed to resemble a vintage brocade pattern. Our favorite part is the chunky 110mm heel that is encrusted with colorful crystals and resin beads. The zipper is located on the side for an easy slip on. Pair these heels with black  skinny jeans, a halter tank and cropped leather jacket.

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Charlotte Olympia Twilight Princess pump | 4.5″ / 110mm heel | available at Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Matches and Charlotte Olympia for $865.00

These gorgeous pumps are from Charlotte Olympia’s Fall 2016 collection. They feature sky blue & deep purple glitter, a fantasy silver glitter Star embellishment plus a skinny teal satin adjustable buckled ankle-strap. We suggest pairing these stellar d’Orsay pumps with a black bralet with black sleek high waisted pants plus a pop of color like this Edie Parker Jean clutch.

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Laurence Dacade Malena sandal | 4.1″ / 105mm heel | available at BrownsFashion and Farfetch for $970.00

Velvet, velvet and more velvet is the fabric we’ve seen on the runways this Fall 2016 season. Designers are giving this old trend a nice little update through colors and embellishments. Laurence Dacade created this beautiful pink velvet Malena sandal decorated with multi-colored insect brooches. This sandal also features a buckle-fastening ankle strap, open toe and covered block heel. Add some knee-length grey socks, a floral mini skirt and comfy sweater for the perfect Fall look.

You can also find more Fall 2016 Laurence Dacade styles at Neiman Marcus.

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