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We love warm temperatures and gladiator sandals but have to admit that we’re definitely ready for the crisp air of autumn and closed toe shoes. It’s finally time to stash away the sandals and get ready to slip on the fall’s number 1 staple, the boot!

Here are our ‘best boots of fall’ featuring booties and boots. From the must-have stretch velvet to the staple lace-up boot and even Gucci’s amazingly exaggerated turquoise boot – plus everything in between:

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Gianvito Rossi Brandy black booties | available at Barneys.
Beautiful glossy patent leather paneled boot with exposed side zip.

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Valentino beige lace-up ballerina boots | available at Ssense.
We also featured these in our recent top shoes post; we love Valentino’s romantic take on the bootie featuring long grosgrain ribbons laces – swoon!

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3.1 Phillip Lim Kyoto royal blue stretch velvet boot; available at Forzieri.
Why we love it: The beautiful vintage-inspired crushed velvet combined with the moden stacked heel and touch of metal.

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Marco De Vincenzo leather & velvet ankle boots; available at FarFetch.
You may have seen Vincenzo’s popular braided velvet sandals and now he’s designed a beautiful bow-embellished boot also available in black leather too.

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Zimmermann lace-up dress booties; available at Shopbop.
We usually go turn to classic black however we would love to style this smooth burgundy leather into our fall wardrobe. 

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Christian Louboutin Hotero lace-up fishnet booties; available at Barneys.
These sheer booties may not keep your feet warm but it’s worth it – we love the sexy shape of the stiletto and long wrap-around laces.

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Loeffler Randall Isla ankle booties; available at Loeffler Randall
A classic choice featuring block-shaped heel and sleek toe; easily one of our top choices from the list.

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Gucci turquoise leather with red buckled straps bootie; available at Gucci.
This is actually a Pre-Spring ’17 bootie but made it on the list since it’s available at the end of this month (November).

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Aquazzura Ulyana mink-trim-bootie; available at Neiman Marcus.
Another classic with a hint whimsy featuring mink poms poms down the front.

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Gedebe Caroline black & white leather ankle boots; available at FarFetch.
Another favorite, these booties are covered with crystal charms of ‘love’ and ‘pow’ complete with pom pom laces.

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Sergio Rossi Changeling lace up boot; available at Stylebop
Featuring a lace-up front, stacked heel and almond toe; also available in leather at Sergio Rossi.

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Alexander Wang Kori studded booties; available at Nordstorm.
Completely covered in flat silver hardware with a spliced heel.

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Miu Miu velvet bow booties; available at Matches.
These are darling in a dark blue velvet, piped patent trim embellished with a grosgrain bow at the heel.

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Laurence Dacade Mila sequined covered booties; available at Neiman Marcus
It’s not a complete ‘boot list’ without a number from Dacade and we’re loving these tonal sequin embellished stunners.

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Stuart Weitzman Clinger mid-calf booties; available at Stuart Weitzman
Another stretch velvet choice, this time from boot maestro Weitzman featuring a column heel.

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Ivy Kirzhner Starlite embellished booties; available at Ivy Kirzhner.
Statementmakers from Kirzhner embellished with rose gold hardware and cutout trimmed star at the ankle.

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Casadei Daytime black suede lace-up booties; available at Casadei.
Another top choice embellished with polished hardware at the front lace-up, also available in bright oak suede.

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Giannico Super Lola embellished bootie; available at Giannico.
A playful take from the always whimsical Giannico featuring nude patent leather details on top of red and navy suede.

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Casadei City Rock lace-up biker boot; available at Casadei.
Casadei’s take on the biker boot featuring a chainlink front, long wrap-around laces and rubber track sole.

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Elie Saab suede over-the-knee boots with tonal embroidery; available at Moda Operandi.

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Le Silla Gossip black suede over the knee thigh-boots; available at Le Silla
The name says it all – Gossip is a statement boot featuring hidden side zips and 120mm stiletto heel.

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Tamara Mellon Helmut stretch grey suede over-the-knee thigh high boots; available at Tamara Mellon
From Mellon’s newly re-launched in distressed grey suede, we equally love the ‘Go West’ version as well. 

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Taylor Swift wore Giuseppe Zanotti Lavinia booties to the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards. These heels feature patent black leather, small peep-toe, side zipper, 38mm platform and 140mm chunky block heel. Lavinia is available in black patent leather at Neiman Marcus and in pink patent leather at 6pm.

Outfit Details: Saint Laurent Fall 2016 sequin halter jumpsuit, Melinda Maria Katrina pave ring, Vhernier Swing diamond ring & Vague ear clips.

Check out more shoes spotted on Taylor.

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For Spring 2016, Christian Louboutin draws inspiration from the iconic woman of the ‘50s. Think less poodle skirts and more of a stylish trend-setter daydreaming about a luxurious life filled with tropical getaways, exotic safaris and of course, red soles.

‘The Day Dreamer’ fantasy takes us on a tour through a dramatic range of jet setting destinations from the striking Hawaiian tropics, adventurous urban treks and even an ancient Mexican tribal journey. Similarly to the alluring range of themes, the color palette is equally intriguing featuring elegant pastels, earthy neutrals and several bright neons.

A Louboutin collection is never complete without a little glitz n’ glamour. Crystals, studs and spikes adorn many of the statement styles including the Circus City, Jeremina and GirlsBestFriend.

There are also a few new staple silhouettes including the Cross Blake and Rivierina – which we just spotted Kristen Wiig debut on the red carpet this week.

This collection offers a shoe for every woman. Our top three? The Bouvines pump, Discodeporte sandal and Mrs Early t-strap.

Shop it at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin.

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Baila Spike d’Orsay pump in black leather with a silver studded front; available at Barneys and in a variety of colors at Christian Louboutin.

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Bouvines mesh fishnet pump in black & nude leather with studded straps and 120mm heel

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Circus City cutout peep-toe pump with studded arches and gold spike studded embellishment; available in gold glitter at Neiman Marcus, pale pink leather at Saks Fifth Avenue, black suede at Barneys and Christian Louboutin

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Cross Blake with slender cross-straps and cut-away vamp with a 120mm heel; available in black, blue & magenta patent leather at Barneys & Saks Fifth Avenue, or Hawaiian print at Christian Louboutin

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Discodeporte ankle-strap d’Orsay sandal in orange python, iridescent snakeskin, black velvet, white leather and raspberry suede

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Dorissima in sensational black suede embellished with multicolored ‘clair de lune’ themed crystals; available in a variety of styles at Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-A-Porter.

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Electropop peep-toe pump in black suede embellished with a gold-spiked shocking pink patent cockscomb accessory; available at Christian Louboutin Germany.

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Girlsbestfriend sandal in mirrored silver leather embellished with hand-placed baguette crystals plus a chain and crystal brooch accessory; available at Christian Louboutin EU.

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Gradipump in black suede covered with gold embroidery throughout and 120mm heel.

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Ha Why Luna ankle-strap sandal featuring a crystal and pearl embellished laser-cut leather floral appliqué and electric roccia python heel; available at Christian Louboutin.

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Houla Hot cutout lattice ankle-strap peep-toe pump; at Christian Louboutin EU and in white leather at Neiman Marcus.

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Jeremina strappy fishnet pointed-toe pump with mesh underlay and 6 criss-cross button straps.

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La Aichinger muted floral faille t-strap pump with round toe, nude fishnet details and mirrored gold trim; available in black suede at Christian Louboutin.

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Miss Taos Mexican beautifully beaded pointed-toe pump with sleek toe and 120mm heel.

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Mosaika Strass peep-toe pump in cobalt leather with an embellished “shield” detail, papaya leather heel and mirrored leather toe.

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Mrs Early t-stap pump in hot pink & lemon patent leather and pink raffia, available in black at Neiman Marcus and beige floral faille at Net-A-Porter.

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Pigalle Follies pump in multicolor tissu sao, black patent leather trim and leather 120mm heel.

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Pigalle Follies marble-effect pointed-toe pump with mirrored pale gold stiletto heel.

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Soustelissimo strappy pump with low-cut vamp; available in black patent leather at Neiman Marcus or pink at Christian Louboutin.

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So Baker tribal fishnet pump in leopard pony with python toe, fishnet upper with raffia tassel fringe.

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So Kate in black & white striped patent leather and bright yellow covered 120mm heel.

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So Kate painted cork pointed-toe pump with sleek toe and 120mm heel; available at Neiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman and Christian Louboutin.

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So Kate pump in python raye laminato sun electric vert and mirrored leather covered stiletto.

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So Kate pointed-toe pump in python roccia electric vert and 120mm heel; available at Neiman Marcus.

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Tipika sandal with multicolor hand embroidery, colorblock patent leather straps.

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Trepi City dark red suede platform sandal with a stacked dark wood heel and nude suede trim.

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Trezotro rainbow python, mirrored gold leather and black suede buckled sandal; available at Barneys and Christian Louboutin.

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Tuctivista peep-toe platform pump in magenta patent leather with a marbled platform and striped leather covered heel.

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Amazoula knee-high gladiator sandal; available in leopard at Christian Louboutin and black at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Barneys.

Tabitha-Simmons-butterfly-printed-shoeIt’s hard to sum up Tabitha Simmons in a nutshell. In her youth, she was a stellar fashion model that successfully transformed her career into a must-have stylist, styling runway shows, lookbooks, and editorials for massive names such as American Vogue, Rag & Bone, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana. Her pleasant demeanor and behind-the-fashion-scene acumen sent her career on a sky-high trajectory but Tabitha didn’t stop there. Her voracious appetite to try new things and artistic eye led her to pick up another avenue in the fashion industry: shoe design. Naturally, she and her brand have flourished. With that in mind, if we were to accurately describe her in three words, it’d probably be: Fashion’s Wonder Woman.

Since starting her brand in 2009, Tabitha’s footwear has been widely and warmly accepted by the fashion industry. Her Spring 2014 collection is as strong and lush as we’ve come to expect from Tabitha’s aesthetic, which is to say: everything we could ever want and more. Unmistakably feminine, confidently daring, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Tabitha-Simmons-striped-LB-sandalThe silhouettes range from sleek to quirky, strappy to minimalistic – giving plenty of options for any walk of life. We love how she’s not afraid to play around with heavier shapes and despite the season, even adding in a signature calf hair boot. Sugary sweet themes, such as thin baby blue stripes or candy colored glitter, are balanced out by the undoubtedly dramatic – we’re talking snakeskin, perforated eyelet leather, and crystal covered bows.

We particularly gravitate to the Bailey fully crystal embellished sandal and the handful of designs that are printed with colorful butterfly designs on woven silk. They’re the perfect blend of classic and sass which make for the ultimate statement shoe.

Though the heels are high and the impact is bold, Tabitha never designs without comfort in mind. She understands the daily routine of a woman on the go and knows the importance of wearability, no matter the style or height. After all, we find it hard to believe that Tabitha herself is in one place at one time for more than five minutes – why shouldn’t style travel alongside comfort? We can’t ask for a collection of shoes more perfect than hers.

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Alexa slingback pumps with a contrast panel at the toe; available in white leather at Tabitha Simmons and in black & nude leather at Moda Operandi.

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Bailey crystal embellished cut-out sandal; available in nude-pink with crystal embellishment at Neiman MarcusModa Operandinude-pink/black at Tabitha Simmons or leopard-print calf hair at Neiman Marcus

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Bonai perforated black leather peep-toe bootie; available at The CornerLane Crawford and Tabitha Simmons

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Bunny asymmetric strap sandal in flamingo pink mini glitter; available at Tabitha Simmons and Colette

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Bunny assymetric strap sandal in black mini glitter; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Clara strappy wedge sandal with thin straps and knotted bow; available in nude/pink snakeskin at Moda Operandi or colorful Peruvian silk jacquard at FarFetch and Kirna Zabete

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Dela colorful butterfly printed woven satin pointed-toe pump with a 95mm heel; available at Neiman MarcusTabitha Simmons

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Ellie black suede platform sandal with grosgrain straps and crystal-covered t-strap; available at Browns Fashion and Tabitha Simmons

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Gabby pretty pink & purple butterfly printed woven satin slingback pump with a nude leather trim; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Gabby nude patent leather pointed-toe slingback with a front bow detail and nude leather trim; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Hai t-strap pump with slim leather adjutable buckled straps; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Hayden classic glossy leather pointed-toe pump with a contrast leather toe panel; available at Tabitha Simmons and in black & nude leather at Lane Crawford

Tabitha-Simmons-Spring-2014-Hunter-BootHunter leather & calf hair boot with a wrap-around buckled leather strap; available at Moda Operandi

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Idda perforated leather open-toe bootie sandal bootie with a thin ankle strap and block heel; available at Barneys

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Idda perforated tan leather bootie with a thin ankle strap; available at Barneys

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Idora grey and white snakeskin strappy sandal with black leather button straps; available at Barneys & Tabitha Simmons

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Jeanie navy suede pointed-toe pump with a crystal covered bow; available in black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue & Marissa Collections or blue suede/black suede & champagne satin at Tabitha Simmons

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Jen butterfly printed woven satin cross strap sandal with a leather covered heel; available at The Corner or in champagne satin at Tabitha Simmons

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Jennifer cross strap sandal in black silk with a 75mm heel; available in black silk at Tabitha Simmons or pink butterfly print at Marissa Collections

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Jenny platform espadrille wedge in colorful Peruvian silk jacquard; available at The Corner, BarneysLane Crawford and Marissa Collections

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Josephina white leather pointed-toe strappy pump; available at Neiman MarcusTabitha Simmons & Moda Operandi or snakeskin at Net-A-Porter

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Josephina black leather strappy pointed-toe pump; available at Tabitha Simmons or in blue silk satin at The Corner, Browns Fashion & Moda Operandi

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LB light blue, pink & white striped silk-twill cut out sandal; available at The CornerLane Crawford, ShoeScribe, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys.

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Leticia white perforated leather wrap around ankle-strap sandal; available at The Corner, Moda Operandi and Tabitha Simmons

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Leticia toffee perforated leather ankle-strap sandal with a block heel; available at Barneys and Tabitha Simmons

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Leticia black perforated leather ankle-strap sandal with a 65mm heel; available at BarneysLane CrawfordTabitha Simmons & Colette or pink leather at Neiman Marcus

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Lexi leather pointed-toe pump with a contrast front panel and 110mm heel; available in nude leather at Moda Operandi or black leather & black suede at Tabitha Simmons

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Lou pointed-toe d’Orsay ankle strap pump in navy leather ; available at Moda Operandi

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Lou d’Orsay pump in colorful Peruvian silk jacquard and 90mm heel; available at The Corner, Saks Fifth Avenue, FarFetchNet-A-Porter and Avenue K

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Perf perforated white leather pointed-toe pump; available at Marissa Collections and Tabitha Simmons

Written by Shannon Weston, images via Tabitha Simmons & WWD

Jerome-C-Roussea-Jude-embellished-peep-toe-bootieWhen you think of Jerome C. Rousseau’s collections, the mental images you conjure should be as vibrant as they are intriguing and as bizarre as they are gorgeous. Remember his Fall 2013 collection? Studs, color blocking, glitter, floral velvet, and bondage straps (sometimes all working simultaneously!) elevated his ultra-high heels to new, quirky heights. However, with new seasons come new inspirations, and we’re very excited to report that the Spring 2014 line from Monsieur Rousseau is a veritable Technicolor wonderland.

Whether you’re into cork-infused pumps, perforated suede, strappy snakeskin, or – yes, you’re reading this right – glittery python, Rousseau has your feet covered and all done with his signature architectural flair.

The crowning jewel of the collection is the embellished bootie – the base of which is his phenomenal Juda model in gorgeous green leather (the color is somewhere between minty mojito and saturated sage) with lemon yellow leather mesh. From the supple leather base, over 7000 beads are carefully hand-applied by Los Angeles artist Emily J. Snyder, including coral, freshwater pearls, and vintage Czech crystal. The booties mirror Emily Snyder’s aesthetic perfectly, with each vibrant clusters of beads combining to create a sole-ful rainbow that will never fail to grab attention.

If you want in on the beaded Juda fun but don’t want to wait 60-75 days for the custom application (or maybe you’re just afraid of a wayward snag hitting your beautiful new booties), the open-toed shoe also comes in a printed silk design complemented by metallic golden leather. Juda is one of Rousseau’s design staples and available in several other stellar designs, like woven leather, animal printed calf hair, and even a leather laser-cut rose motif.

As if the collection couldn’t get better, he has also released a line of clutches and handbags that mirror the themes of his shoes. It’s time to retire your well-worn clutch and invest in one of his statement making minaudières!

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Basel ankle-strap sandals with a chunky tapered heel and thick adjustable buckled ankle-strap in cork, tan leather and white croc-embossed leather

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Flicker pointed cap-toe leather pump with the signature thorn heel; available in nude patent leather with a silver cap-toe at Jerome C. Rousseau

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Floyd strappy sandal with a gold-tone pin heel; available in nude croc-embossed leather at Shopbop & Jerome C. Rousseau, colorblock style at Pink Mascara or white croc-embossed leather at Jerome C. Rousseau 

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Juda open-toe booties; available in jewel-printed silk at Bloomingdale’s, black laser-cut leather at Mona Moore, laser-cut cork at Bloomingdale’s or embellished with over 7000 beads (custom made) at Jerome C. Rousseau.

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Karma pointed-toe pump with a thorn-shaped heel and elastic slingback designed in white patent leather with black polka dots, black leather, glossy aqua blue patent leather, jewel-printed silk, lemon patent leather, pearl pink patent leather with polka dots and natural snakeskin
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Lio ankle-strap sandal with a 3-d fan bow in lizard-embossed pink glitter fabric and thorn-shaped heel
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Lover peep-toe pump with a leather upper, bondage-style leather wrapped heel and leather or snakeskin stiletto heel
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Mills adjustable ankle-strap sandal with a fan-shaped front and 110mm covered heel
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Narms leather zippered sandal; available at Intermix
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Narms stitched leather sandal with a gold-tone zip up front and tapered block-shaped heel
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Sweet half d’Orsay peep-toe pump with a high-rise heel tab and thorn-shaped stiletto heel
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Topanga banded open-toe sandal in leather or snakeskin with a back-zip and gold-tone pin heel
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Vierre pointed-toe Mary Jane cap-toe pump with a buckled halter strap and gold-tone stiletto; available in red leather at Madison Style or black leather Bloomingdale’s

Written by Shannon Weston


Oscar-Tiye-Zoe-rose-gold-sandal-Spring-2014When we covered the amazingly creative new luxury accessories label Oscar Tiye back in November, it was hard to form coherent sentences through our passionate gushing about the brand and their unique Fall 2013 collection. We are happy to report that their Spring 2014 collection meets the quality of the last one and amplifies it, creating a stronger and larger line that is so jam packed with stellar designs, you are going to start apologizing to your credit card now.

We’re seeing a lot of the gorgeous shapes featured in the Fall 2013 collection return in an array of warm weather colors and must-have-it-now variations. D’orsay iterations that put the wow in wow factor, fabulous cut out pumps that can seamlessly transition throughout the year, and an intriguing laser cut keyhole motif that is incorporated into sandals, sky-high pumps, and killer hybrid gladiator boots are all recognizable highlights. Our favorite comeback kid? The scarab beetle wings that echo the emblem of the brand – specifically, if we don’t get a pair of those scarab beetle winged sandals, we’re not sure if Oscar-Tiye-bootwe’re going to make it to their next fall collection.

However wonderful those old themes are (and they truly are unique in the best way), with every new collection comes new themes. Gorgeous color blocking collides with fringes and a stellar black and white geometric motif, twining leather straps on ankle sandals add a hard edge to a classic design, and ornate interlocking leather creates a knot embellishment on sandals. Alongside the scarab wings are shoes that incorporate their scarab insignia in a laser cut leather motif, often acting as the front of a sandal or flashy pump.

The Egyptian symbolism continues with the inimitable elongated neck of the ibis that serves as inspiration for a stunning lace up sandal booty, done in shocking yellow, vibrant blue, and luscious rose gold. Whether you’re a fan of fabulous flats or sky high statement heels, there is a pair of shoes out there just perfect for your shoedrobe.

With us being knee deep in red carpet season and the Academy Awards just around the corner, it’s time to rock your own Oscars.

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This collection hasn’t hit retail yet but you can find Fall ’13 designs at LuisaViaRoma and Antonioli. Spring styles will be stocked at H. Lorenzo, Antonioli, LuisaViaRoma, Avenue 32, The Box, Liska, Santa Eulalia, Passhion, and Alter.

Written by Shannon Weston

Louboutin circleIt’s hard – scratch that, impossible – to think of luxury shoes and not immediately think of Christian Louboutin. He’s a man that put the “high” back into “high heels,” literally elevating sartorially savvy ladies with his designs since his time of apprenticeship with Roger Vivier. With the average height of his shoes standing proudly at 120mm, his professed goal in designing has been to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful. To make her legs look as long as [he] can.” He considers shoes to be a pedestal for the female form, an ideological stance that has allowed him to have fun with his designs, knowing that if a woman feels confident, empowered, and alluring in his soles, he’s done his job.

The fact that Christian Louboutin is the most searched shoe designer on the internet isn’t surprising. That splash of red is part of fashion iconography, cementing Louboutin’s dynasty and legacy within the fast changing, increasingly high-paced world that he entered into over thirty years ago. When Christian Louboutin was founded in 1991, the result was electric; you could almost feel the fashion world changing in that instant. He’s been a mainstay for discerning, chic fashionistas ever since – after all, many a fashionista would call a closet incomplete without at least one (or four) pairs of Louboutins.

This spring, his collection is filled with enviable pieces that are every bit kooky as they are gorgeous. Western-inspired laser cut pumps – seen on the Marchesa runway – add an old-world charm to pumps, sandals shaped by colorful PVC panels, studded cap-toe pumps designed in a timeless nautical stripe fabric and even cheeky door knockers on his “Door Knock” pump. Louboutin was also inspired by several periods of art, using oblong shapes inspired by surrealist artist Leonor Fini and even a multicolor satin bouquet print inspired by impressionist art. The latest staple pump So Kate was reimagined in several ways, including a clownfish striped python that we never knew we needed.  We love his Air Chance variations for the Spring 2014 season as well, and not just because our latest actress crush Jennifer Lawrence was spotted in them during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour.

In this collection, we’re also seeing him play around with different silhouettes – notably, white booties with candy colored spikes, mules with intricate bead embellishments, platform sandals with a patchwork leather design, and the most on-trend kitten heeled pumps you’ve ever seen. The cacophony of inspirations and designs is a lot to take in, but given his impeccable taste and the state-of-the-art craftsmanship that goes into every pair, it goes without saying that we’re going to happily memorize every style.

We can’t all be Danielle Steel and own over 6,000 pairs of Louboutins, but we can still appreciate how special and magnificent we feel when we slip into a pair.

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Air Chance slingback pump in poudre & white leather, neptune patent leather, raspberry PVC and mirrored silver leather, 120mm heel; available with a 100mm heel in white leather, patent nude leather and clear PVC at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Air Chance slingback pump with panels of black leather, suede & patent, plus clear PVC, 120mm heel; available with a 100mm heel in black and white leather at Neiman Marcus.

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Amazona platform sandal in beige & brown leather with a stacked 120mm heel; avaialable at Christian Louboutin UK

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Aqua Ronda 120mm sandal with aquamarine PVC, red patent leather padded straps, white patent leather trim and mirrored silver leather

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Apostrophy Sling pump in white patent leather with a tapered 120mm heel

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Belly Nodo t-strap sandal in white leather with a flat bow and 120mm heel

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Bettina black glossy leather d’Orsay ankle cuff pump with a 100mm heel

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Djalouzi 120mm pump with a Western-inspired wing tip cap-toe, clear PVC and python-faience

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Door Knock pump in white leather with a small silver door knocker, silver studs and 120mm heel

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Door Knock pump in suede cyclamen with gold studs and 120mm heel

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Door Knock pump in white leather, silver details and 45mm kitten heel

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Farfamesh sandal in poudre with gold mini glitter, mirrored gold leather and 120mm heel

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Geo 120mm pump in striped navy & white cotton with a red patent leather studded cap-toe; 100mm style available at Neiman Marcus & Saks Fifth Avenue

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Impera laser-cut black leather pump, as seen on the Marchesa runway, with long corset laces and 120mm heel

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Just Soon 100mm open-toe pump in striped navy & white cotton with an asymmetric front bow, metallic gold leather band and red patent leather toe; available at Christian Louboutin US

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Leonor Fini sandal in anis suede with soft curved lines, 120mm heel and back-zip

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Martha 100mm t-strap sandal in metallic gold leather with sheer mesh lining and oval-shaped cage design

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Mary June strappy sandal in yummy sherbet shades of leather, mirrored gold platform and multicolor painted perch fish leather

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Miss Rigidaine black patent leather half d’Orsay pump with clear PVC trim and 120mm heel

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Paralili 100mm slingback pump in corazon & neptune patent leather, clear PVC and mirrored gold

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Paulina Strass pump in satin bouquet printed silk, clear PVC panel, crystal trim and 45mm heel

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Pigalace 120mm pump in delicate white dentelle lace and silk satin heel

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Pigalle 120mm python pump in neptune

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Snakilta 120mm pointed-toe boot in white leather with multicolor studs

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So Kate pump in clownfish striped python, 120mm heel; available online at Christian Louboutin USChristian Louboutin UK – also available in a new python-faience at Saks Fifth Avenue

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So Kate patent leather pump in corazon, 120mm heel; available online at Christian Louboutin US

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So Kate metallic silver leather pump, 120mm heel; available online at Christian Louboutin UK

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So Kate nude patent leather pump, 120mm heel; available online at Christian Louboutin UK

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So Kate patent leather pump in aquamarine, 120mm heel; available online at Christian Louboutin US & Christian Louboutin UK

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So Liz 120mm satin bouquet printed silk slingback sandal

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Speleola 100mm cyclamen satin mule with a clear PVC strap and embellished front strap

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Toboggan mirrored pale gold half d’Orsay 100mm sandal with a thin front strap

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Valnina 100mm ankle-tie sandal with laser-cut mirrored rose gold strap and gold mini glitter

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Viveka striped python peep-toe sandal with an asymmetric elastic strap and 120mm heel; 100mm style available in clownfish python and black leather at Saks Fifth Avenue

Written by Shannon Weston

Images from Vogue UK, Glamour UK, Style.com, Christian Louboutin US & WWD/Footwear News


logoGiuseppe Zanotti is one of the pinnacles of Italian shoe fashion, the veritable maestro of luxury footwear. With good reason! He’s quickly approaching his 20th year in the fashion world and every collection seems to outdo the preceding one; somehow – we’re still trying to figure out how it’s possible – he manages to raise the bar for himself every season and then surpasses our expectations.

This season, as if acknowledging how far he has come over the past two decades, he went back to his design roots. Know what that means? He’s reaching into the archives for a little costume jewelry inspiration. His collection contains a bevvy of toothy crocodiles, delicate golden leaves, golden Aztec faces with turquoise gem embellishments, huge safety pins, intricate beading, MC-hammer sized golden chains, massive crystal-cut jewels, and – our favorite, featured on his Nirvana shoe – a serpentine golden ankle cuff in place of a strap. He’s played around with his classic forms and shapes, reworking theGiuseppe-Zanotti-Nirvana designs to have a playful and unusual edge to them. In this collection, he’s even added a vintage paisley and loud leopard print into the mix.

Though he’s associated with high-luxury Italian craftsmanship, it’s amazing to see how he’s able to push the boundaries and combine classic construction with modern ideas. His close friendships with model Anja Rubik and Kanye West might partially be to blame, but whatever it is, we love it. Don’t worry, his gorgeous sandals constructed out of supple strappy leather and decadent snakeskin aren’t going anywhere. If you’re looking for a more classic Zanotti heel, he’s still got you covered. This spring season, he’s also offering d’Orsay pumps, unique flatforms, and a plethora of mules; no matter your preference, he has created a shoe for you.

His gorgeous spring shoes have already been spotted on sartorial stars Katy Perry, Sandra Bullock, and – most recently to the EMA’s – Rita Ora. Due to the exclusivity of the Spring 2014 collection, we wouldn’t be surprised if the amount of celebrities wearing Zanotti sandals skyrockets in the next couple months. In order to stay with the times, pre-order a pair now and be prepared to wow.

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Ankle wrap t-strap leather buckled sandal; available in black leather at Saks Fifth Avenue and brown leather at Neiman Marcus

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Natural python double ankle-strap sandal with padded straps; available at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue

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Safety pin leather d’Orsay ankle-strap sandal; available in white suede & blue suede at Neiman Marcus or white suede & leopard print calf hair at Saks Fifth Avenue

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High back glossy patent leather ankle-strap sandal; available in red with a 4.5″ heel at Neiman Marcus

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Textured super strappy leather ankle tie sandal; available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Buckled leather strap sandal; available at Neiman Marcus
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Belted canvas boot; available in military green at Neiman Marcus and beige at LuisaViaRoma
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Platform leather printed buckled sandal; available in black/white at LuisaViaRoma
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Suede t-strap sandal with a gold colored metal mask and enameled stones detail; available at LuisaViaRoma
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Pointed-toe stiletto heel pump; available in pink suede at LuisaViaRoma
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Peep-toe leather biker platform booties with double buckles and exposed zipper detail; available in black at Neiman MarcusSaks Fifth Avenue & LuisaViaRoma and in nude at Forward by Elyse Walker

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Beaded suede cut-out sandal; available at LuisaViaRoma

Written by Shannon Weston


Milan Fashion Week is basically synonymous with stellar, gorgeous, and innovated shoes. Season after season, we can rely on them to amp up the footwear game with unexpected influences and executions. Spring 2014 was no exception, as each show seemed to have shoes that screamed “buy me, buy me!” as they were strut down the catwalk. Without further ado, here is your Milan Fashion Week footwear recap:

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To celebrate his growing rapport with hip hop and R&B icons like Ciara, Rita Ora, and Rihanna, Peter Dundas’ latest Emilio Pucci collection is a heady combination of streetwise sportiness and opulent elegance. Perforated leather and SCUBA-inspired shaping goes head-to-head with ornate Masai embroidery in sporty lace-up booties, resulting in a shoe collection that is equal parts unique and energetic.

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Thin and strappy was the name of the footwear game on Roberto Cavalli’s catwalk. Dazzling sandals were fitted with meticulously braided and knotted leather straps and laces of varying lengths, sitting overtop a sturdy stacked heel. Additionally, the muted and neutral color palette of the shoes make these gorgeous soles perfectly fit for most flouncy and flirty spring outfits.

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When we think of Versace, we usually think of a punk-infused, revealing glamor. Even at their most studded and patent leathered, Versace shoes tend to be edgy and sleek. This season, Donatella did a 180° twist from what we normally expect, presenting us a shoe collection centered on a clunky-soled sandal with silver-tone buckles situated on elastic straps piped with leather. We can’t say whether or we like this direction from their design team, but judging how celebrities are already wearing the designs out and about – Lady Gaga was spotted in a lavender pair – we’re sure this will be a commercial success.

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Anna Molinari’s latest Blumarine collection was all about balancing the desire to be innocent and the urge to be a provocateur. On one hand, the sandals were dainty, polite, and sweet – perfect for picaresque picnics with friends, or a mid-morning brunch with family; the slight platform was as far as the edge went. The other hand? Dramatically strapped snakeskin booties, embellished with near-gaudy gems and with a dramatically pointed toe. The duality of the collection makes it commercially viable, a pair for every personality type.

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This spring collection was all about revisiting the Etro archives, so it isn’t surprising that the shoes spotted on the runway evoke a classic, timeless feel to them. Etro’s signature patterned fabrics, which we have come to know and love, could be spotted the embellished straps of sandals and delicate pumps. Metallic finishes brought them into the modern era, but the line still maintained a ‘70s party allure.

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Like Versace and Emilio Pucci, Gucci’s line was heavily inspired by sports. While it isn’t quite as literal as Pucci, we saw three different styles on the runway – ribbon slashed heels, cut-out pumps, and strappy sandal-booties – with differing variations of python, leather, and suede. The illustrations of Erté and the era of Art Nouveau were the inspirations of the collection and we can see that showing through with the pops of marigold, merlot, mid-tone purple, and forest green. Our only problem with collection is that it felt very autumnal and heavy for a spring collection.

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Season after season, Prada creates shoes that blogging fashionistas fawn over. Miuccia Prada is a designer that revels in the ugly, loves taking risks, and is a regular in the world of art-fashion. The high rubber sporty heels of this collection were typical of what we expect – mashed-up themes, vibrant primary colors, thick straps, oddball color blocking, and massive rhinestones bejeweled onto every available surface. They’re bizarre and they’re statement making, just how we like our Prada lines.

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If Kaiser Karl’s last Fendi line didn’t reignite your love of the architectural aspects of fashion, we’re not sure what to tell you – the shoes presented on the runway were nothing short of stellar. Set upon industrial caged “double heels,” delicate interlocking straps of metallic, patent, and lizard leather were offset by an ingenious use of semi-sheer PVC and gemstones. In his apparel, he layered organza to create unique and stunning motifs; in his shoes, he used thin PVC to replicate the effect, creating an image of varying opacity. When he wasn’t doing that, he was using the vivid colored plastic to mold dramatic angles and pyramidal crevices. There was a whimsical and modern air to Fendi this season, Karl Lagerfeld has reassured us again that he is a visionary.

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On the spring 2014 runways, it was business as usual for iconic Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana. Those who grow tired of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s use of Sicilian culture and Italian iconography in their collections don’t understand that those ties to the Mediterranean are so ingrained within their brand’s DNA that to not include the images would not be Dolce & Gabbana. It’s a gaudy overabundance that we have come to expect, a sort of literal inspiration – like the rhinestone embellished gladiator sandal, the platform pump set upon an ionic column, the wedge studded with Roman coins – that makes us smile. It’s an artisanal workmanship that turns away from the phrase “less is more,” opting for embroidery, embellishment, and vivid colors.

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As if to balance the theme of overabundance in Milan this season, Costume National went for soles that were strikingly minimalistic. To match the deconstructed tailoring of the collection, the footwear feels distinctly practical with a unique edge. There is something in the dramatic point of the closed-toe, the exaggerated slope of the foot, and the color finishes – mostly monochromatic, but we can’t get enough of the woodgrain-inspired pattern on some of the shoes – that make this a unique and downright cool shoe collection.

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Jil Sander’s footwear collection was among the more classically inspired from Milan Fashion Week, with focus primarily on breathing new life into the classic oxford. How? Well, with a massively chunky wooden platform heel, of course. The flats on the runway were also not-quite-flat, elevated by an inch or two of platform (flatforms, we like to call them) that drew attention to the added height with the use of dichromatic color blocking. Dove grey, stark white, black, and taupe were the stars of the color palette.

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For their spring collection, Salvatore Ferragamo stayed within a muted and soft color palette. Save for the occasional use of black, this season was about an earthy-toned romanticism based in neutral snake skins and soft beiges. Boxy shapes and square toes were innovated by tiny eyelets and nailhead studs skattered along the snakeskin, internal metal plating, external seaming along the ridges, and unique, double-take worthy flared heels. We even love the exaggeration of the edges with the large buckles, it’s a high fashion pilgrim look that we can’t wait to spot on savvy style stars.

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Written by Shannon Weston

Bionda-Castana-logoFounded by two half-Italian Londoners – Natalia Barbieri and Jennifer Portman – Bionda Castana collections are built upon the fashion principals of class, sophistication, and impeccable craftsmanship. Season after season, their sleek designs are inspired by pinnacles of feminine strength. Whether it’s strong, vibrant, and textural pop art styles, or slinky, seductive, and strappy soles fit for femme fatales, their shoes are perfect for a woman that has excellent taste and a heavy hand of self-confidence. When the quirk of London melds with the panache of Italy, the result is a pair of shoes that women feel proud to slip into. With this in mind, it isn’t surprising that their fall 2013 collection is nothing short of enviable.

“Our autumn/winter 2013 collection took regal inspiration – from the fabrics, to the colours, to the detailing. The couture detailing is further elevated from last season, showcasing the talents of the Italian artisans that produce our collections each season,” Natalia said about the duo’s latest collection to Fashion Gone Rogue.

One look at the designs truly cements the opulent feel, as the pumps, boots, and smoking flats are crafted with ingenious combinations and vision. Lace-overlain leather, sumptuous velvets, and mesh incorporated into geometry soar to new heights with platforms, studs, and ornate fan-inspired shaping. It all harkens back to the Renaissance in its attention to detail and old-fashioned feel, but with a modern twist that makes every design distinctly eye-catching. We love how unafraid they are of integrating old themes – such as brocade fabric and courting shoes – into new age tastes without the end result feeling like the footwear found at a costume party.

They’re a brand that effortlessly exudes class and elegance. Lately, their styles have been seen on the feet of style stars like Eva Mendes, Elizabeth Olsen, Miranda Kerr, and Gemma Arterton. By attracting actresses and fashion icons that radiate an Old Hollywood va-va-voom appeal, they have found their niche in the market that we didn’t even know needed to be filled until they stepped up and showed us that “classic beauty” is not synonymous with “boring.”

These shoes practically beg to be worn this winter season, because these shoes are holiday spirit and warmth incarnate. Order a pair now and feel Christmas come a bit early this year.

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Amelie blue velvet round toe boot with leather trim; available at Avenue32 & Opening Ceremony

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Amelie green satin boot with gold lace overlay; available in black at Avenue 32

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Daphne black suede pump with Elizabethan ruffle collar pump; available at My Wardrobe & Bionda Castana

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Daphne green satin & gold lace pump; available at My WardrobeNordstrom & Bionda Castana

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Daphne blue satin chain print pump with Elizabethan ruffle collar; available at Bionda Castana

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Giovanna black & white leather boots; available at My Wardrobe and Bionda Castana

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Karlie black sheer lace & suede lace-up platform boot; available at Bionda Castana
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Lana red leather and mesh paneled pump; available at Bionda Castana

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Lana black suede and mesh pump; available at My WardrobeAvenue 32Bionda Castana & Opening Ceremony

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Pia black & red suede ankle-cuff pump with gold pinpoint studs; available at Nordstrom and Bionda Castana

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Roisin black suede round toe bootie with leather laces and small gold studs; available at Avenue 32Nordstrom & Bionda Castana

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Roisin grey suede bootie with gold pinpoint studs; available at Bionda Castana

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Roisin bright red suede bootie with front corset-style leather laces; available at Bionda Castana

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Victoria leather pump with a tapered toe, low heel and studded accent; available in black at Nordstrom & Bionda Castana

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Lily over-the-knee boots with a block heel; available in vintage inspired black crushed velvet and dark grey velvet at Bionda Castana

Written by Shannon Weston