Gold high heels

Gold pumps

Gold high heeled shoes are always popular for the party season. Whether it’s gold high heeled sandals with a flowery dress in the height of summer, or gold pumps to add a real “pop” to a little black dress, metallics have always been a wardrobe staple.

We’ve picked out our favorite gold high heels for our readers today. Of course, we’re talking about gold colored high heels were – we’re assuming you don’t have $100,000 to go and spend on a pair of shoes made with real 18 carat white or yellow gold!

gold nine west pumps

The clear winner is Tatiana by Nine West. This shimmering gold pump is extremely popular at Zappos.com where it retails for $79.00 with free shipping.

Tatiana has good reviews for comfort, like all Nine West shoes. Its 4 inch wrapped heel will add the life to any party and will get you noticed in all the best of ways.

Kate Spade gold stilettos

To lux things up, but to take the heel height down an inch, Kate Spade’s peeptoe pumps are a must.

This heel is called Sage and it is a 3 inch, slip-on double d’Orsay delight. To add glamour and sophistication to your outfit, look no further.

Sage in Gold Starlight retails from Zappos Luxury for $298.

Gold platform high heels

And finally, for a solid-gold look on an insanely high platform, try this glitter and sequin peep toe from Milanoo. The price can vary so check their site out here.

Shoe dangling or shoe play

dangling red high heels

The internet has many mentions and videos of shoe dangling, but what is this strange phenomenon?

In reality, shoe dangling is just what it says it is: the simple act of a woman letting her shoe dangle from her toes.

This is often seen as a sexy or teasing act, a way of using a sexy pair of shoes to catch male attention. The eye is drawn from the high heel – as most shoe dangling for this purpose is done in heels – up the wearer’s leg and beyond.

Part of the attraction of shoe dangling can sometimes be that the onlooker is unsure whether the “shoe play” (as it is also known) is absent-minded, merely playful or deliberately provocative. There is also the prospect that the shoe might eventually drop!

With the number of male devotees of high heels out there, a woman who dangles her heels in public is likely to find that at least one set of eyes in the vicinity lock onto her activities. Indeed, the practice even has a large following in the shoe fetish community where models post videos dangling their pretty pumps or slapping their mules against their feet.

So that’s shoe play – certainly harmless, sometimes flirtatious and generally fun for all concerned!

Taxi shoes by Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade taxi shoes

Kate Spade New York has captured the epitome of New York – the New York taxi – in a shoe. But it’s not a taxi shoe, if you know what I mean.

Instead, Kate Spade has turned the brand’s spirited approach to making a manageable 4 inch heel out of the taxi motif that defines the city the never sleeps. Colorful and creative, fun, serious, playful, sophisticated…

The taxi shoe is called Lexie and it has a quality leather upper with sparkling sequins.

More than anything, Lexie reflects Kate Spade’s passion for sharing the colorful parts of the New York vibe that has long shaped the Kate Spade New York brand. Love New York, love these shoes.

Lexie  is available via Zappos for $398.

Taxi shoes

taxi shoes kate spade

8 pretty pink party pumps

Could there be a more fun color pump to party in than a pink one? Whether you want to look like a princess or just stand out with your very own brand, pink is the ideal shade to get the party started.

We’ve collected 8 of the best pretty pink party pumps from our affiliate partners – and here they are.

1 Tatiana by Nine West

Nine West pink party pumps

In dark pink suede with a 3 inch heel, Tatiana has to be the ultimate go-to party pump. This shoe is new to Nine West, a brand which has long been synonymous with comfort and quality at a reasonable price.

With a price tag of just $89.99 from Zappos (with free shipping and returns), it’s easy to see why we rate Tatiana our #1 pretty pink party pump right now.

2 Terri by Aldo

Aldo pink party pumps

A bow-on-the-toe and a slip-on slingback strap are the features of Terri, a fuchsia 4 inch pump by Aldo. This cute leather high heel retails for $100 from our affiliate partner Zappos.

3 Calie by Jessica Simpson

Pink patent pumps by Jessica Simpson

Nearly 300 reviewers have rated Calie by Jessica Simpson, and they rave about this hot pink, patent leather, 4 inch pump. It’s not hard to see why: Calie is one of the most popular high heels from a leading shoe designer of our times.

Exclusive to Zappos and with a price tag of just $49.99 with free shipping and returns, what’s not to love about Calie?

4 Baletts by Vince Camuto

Vince Camuto pink pumps

A leather upper with embossed reptile pattern and a sideless d’Orsay cut are the features of Vince Camuto’s Baletts pump.

Baletts is available in pink orchid via Zappos for $98.

5 Fawn by SJP

SJP pink pumps

The next pair of hot pink pumps in our collection are not cheap but they’re certainly gorgeous. This is Fawn by Sarah Jessica Parker, a classical 4 inch pump in pink satin.

To add a truely hot pink party piece to your wardrobe, you can visit our affiliate partner Zappos where Fawn by SJP retails for $350.

6 Treasure from BCBGeneration

BCB Generation pink pumps

The polished pink faux-leather (PU) upper on Treasure from BCBGeneration makes it easy to see that this pump will live up to its name.

Treasure is a newbie but it is already getting rave reviews from purchasers: fantastic, classy, comfortable and sexy are just some of the terms which have been used to describe this pump by satisfied customers.

Treasure in the Flash Pink Passion shade from BCBGeneration is available from Zappos for $70.

7 Classique 20 pump by Pleaser

pleaser pink pumps

Down at the bargain basement end of the pink party pump range comes Classique 20 from Pleaser.

The Women’s Pleaser Classique 20 Pump – Hot Pink Patent High Heels is available for just $46.95 from our partners at ShoeBuy.com.

8 Mellina-3 by Shiekh shoes

Shiekh high heels pink

Rounding out our list of pink party pumps is another shoe bargain.

Mellina-3 is a popular synthetic suede shoe from established retailer Shiekh Shoes. In its fun fuchsia shade, this pink party pump is available online from just $14.99.

Kardashian Kollection Shoes closes in Australia

Kardashian Kollection shoes 41Kardashian Kollection Shoes has quietly closed down just two years after starting up.

The shoe line was launched in Australia in November 2013 as the inaugural shoe collection of Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West and Khloé Kardashian.  At the time it was said to encompass “dramatic, sexy heels, show-stopping wedges, stunning flats and chic boots.”

While it lasted, Kardashian Shoes sold product not only through its own website but also through Australian fashion website such as The Iconic and Style Tread.  The Kardashian Shoes were even available via Australian retail giant David Jones.

Yet in early in 2016 the label quietly closed down. The website directed viewers to the site of another Australian shoe label RMK, which says it was responsible for bringing the Kardashian shoe collection to Australia. No shoes from the collection are available on the RMK website.

Kardashian Kollection shoes is closed

Kardashian Shoes is not the only Kardashian fashion project to take a hit recently. In 2015, retailer Sears stopped offering items in the Kardashian Kollection in its stores. The mutual decision ended an exclusive department store collaboration that had begun in 2011.

A Kim Kardashian solo project has also had difficulties. In 2009, Legalzoom.com founders Robert Shapiro and Brian Lee partnered with Kim on the launch of ShoeDazzle.com, an e-commerce network offering a monthly membership for $39 shoes chosen by a stylist.

After the label encountered numerous challenges, Rachael Zoe took over from Kim as “Chief Stylist” at ShoeDazzle in January 2013. ShoeDazzle ultimately merged with one of its biggest competitors JustFab in August 2013, following months of negotiations.

Following these, the closure of Kardashian Kollection Shoes in Australia is perhaps not entirely surprising. The site last posted on its Instagram account well over a year before it closed, and it made only 42 posts in total. No other social media channels were dedicated to the shoe label.

In January this year Kardashian Kollection Shoes was advertising 40% off everything. Now only a handful of the shoes are available online for purchase through third party retailers. It seems the writing was on the wall.

ShoeDazzle high heels

So why has the attempts to bring the Kardashian fashion empire to the masses? The trouble is that it is hard to do designer fashion at bargain basement prices.

When the shoe collection launched, publicity lauded the Kardashian sisters as “revered worldwide as trendsetters and fashion leaders, their striking and unique style making them the most searched sisters on the internet.” But they didn’t get that reputation by wearing cheap clothes.

The Kardashian shoe line, for all its celebrity endorsement power, was just a collection of cheap-looking high heels which were not particularly cheap to buy. The shoes were not made of leather – they had manmade uppers – and cost between $99 and $139 per pair.

In the highly competitive field of women’s footwear, it was not difficult to see that better value and style could be found elsewhere. It now seems that shoppers have voted with their feet.

Strap into leather gladiator sandals from Aldo

gladiator sandals by aldoIf you haven’t yet joined the gladiator sandal trend, Aldo has just provided the perfect excuse to do so.

The brand has just introduced Hastina, a 4.5 inch high heeled gladiator sandal with a bone suede upper.

The sexy gladiator has a 15 inch caged shaft and it ties up with laces. Hastina from Aldo can be found on Amazon.com with prices ranging from $38.18 to $92.75. Sizes are becoming limited so be quick!

Check out more pictures of these shoes below.

bone gladiator sandals

Aldo sandals

Hastina Aldo heels

sexy gladiator sandals

 

Be your own brand: finding the you in your shoes

Lady Liberty high heels

To excuse most of my eccentricities I claim that the world would be a pretty dull place if everyone liked the same things. It would look pretty dull if everyone wore the same things too.

There are places where this still happens – places like schools and prisons – and they are rotten places. But most of us are able to wear basically what we want to most of the time.

One way to celebrate this welcome liberty is to ensure that your clothes and shoes are not just unique but are uniquely you. It’s called being your own brand (BYOB), and it’s a great way to demonstrate your own authenticity and values on a daily basis.

Being your own brand is about making your own little dent in the universe. Admire what other people are wearing, check out the latest trends and then go and do it your way.

One of my favorite celebrity shoe-lovers Sarah Jessica Parker understands BYOB and is not afraid to dress her way despite anyone else. In April 2015 SJP explained:

You can’t dress in hopes that people will receive it well. The best way for me to walk out the door is when I feel like myself … Everyone is going to have an opinion and it’s not my business to know it, learn it, hear it, read it or take it in. I think you should look good because you feel good.

Go SJP! Another woman who lives this ideal is Taylor Reeve. Taylor is the designer behind the funky brand Taylor Says which is on a mission to create original, badass shoes for babes everywhere.

It was seeing Taylor’s new NYC taxi-themed shoes with Lady Liberty soles that inspired me to put these thoughts in writing.  UPDATE, March 2018: These heels from 2016 are no longer available for sale (ie they have sold out). If this changes, we will update this page with links. Taylor Says yellow taxi shoes

Floral pumps are 2016’s biggest shoe trend

Flowers and shoes. Could there be a better combination to make a woman happy? Money and diamonds aside, that is.

Fortunately flowers and shoes are hot right now: one of the biggest shoe trends we’ve spotted for 2016 is the floral pump. We’ve included some of the best floral heels we’ve seen this season in this post. The links are to Zappos, our affiliate partner.

Floral shoe trend 2016

A pointed toe, smooth leather upper and d’Orsay cut-away side make this one of our favorite shoes of the season even before getting to the fabulous Fracture Floral pattern. This 3.74 inch heel is called Elvia by French Connection and retails for $125 via Zappos.

Steve Madden Varcityy floral

Steve Madden gets in on the floral action with a flower-covered version of his popular Varcityy pump. This 4 inch heel with suede upper is available for $89.95 from Zappos with free shipping and returns.

Guess floral pump

Finally, Guess is also in on the horticultural act with a light floral hidden-platform pump. Honora is a 4.5 inch, patent leather peep-toe heel with a 1 inch platform. This gorgeous shoe retails for $99 online at Zappos.

 

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