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Could Blake Lively really be Cinderella?

Blake Lively CinderellaPictured recently on Instagram with her size 9 feet surrounded by footwear, Blake Lively could be mistaken for Cinderella. It’s not that far-fetched: after all, the actress was only 23 when Christian Louboutin named a high heel shoe after her.

Blake has previously compared the feeling she gets from her “magical” Louboutins with the emotions she experienced first watching Walt Disney’s Cinderella (the 1950s animated film, not the live-action version which didn’t come about until 2015).

That happened when Blake attended the 24th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards at MOMA on November 30, 2010 in New York City clad in a pair of Louboutins.

The relationship between the shoes and Cinderella was all that the actress could be drawn into speaking about. “They’re magical,” Blake told the assembled press, saying:

It’s the same feeling you got when you watched Cinderella.You know the feeling you got when you watched Cinderella?

Every time you slip into a pair of his shoes, they make you feel empowered, they make you feel beautiful, they make you feel magical. You can be anybody you want to be.

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Christian Louboutin returned the favor less than a year later, at his book launch in November 2011. Gushing about Blake as his muse, he said:

She has proved that she is really intelligent, and she also has this natural beauty and this natural way of moving, which makes her absolutely a great image.

I hate this part of my job.

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Back in those days, the mutual admiration was understandable: Blake admitted to having an “absurd amount” of Louboutin’s shoes in her closet.

In more recent times Blake has been seen sporting Stuart Weitzman heels, even leading to claims that she was “cheating” on Louboutin!

Not to worry though; Stuart Weitzman understands the Cinderella connection too.

“Why do women love shoes? It starts with Cinderella,” he says. “Then The Wizard of Oz and those ruby red slippers, then ballet shoes . . . the first hero of your life is a shoe.”

Sexy mules from Nine West

heart mules

Strut your style in sexy heart design mules which are on sale from Nine West!

With a leather upper featuring cut-out hearts, Nine West’s new Mariapia mule will be the hit of the summer. I love it in metallic but this 3.75 inch heel is also available in black.

Get Mariapia by Nine West from Zappos today for $79.99 with free shipping and returns.

heart mules from Nine West

 

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.

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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.

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Get the trend: 4 purple lace ups to tie yourself up about in 2016

Steve Madden sandalia

Sometimes shoe trends are obvious, but this isn’t one of them. At least I didn’t think that purple lace up heels would suddenly become a “thing” until they did. Fortunately, the strappy fuchsia look has become a major trend for 2016 and all the shoes catching the wave are fabulous.

Thanks to our affiliate partnership with Zappos, we’re able to present 4 of the best purple lace up high heels that are on-trend for 2016. The links will take you to the Zappos website which offers fast, free shipping and returns (sales are to US customers only).

Steve Madden lace up sandal

Topping the charts of our fantastic fuchsia beauties is Sandalia, by Steve Madden. Sandalia is not just beautiful but it is also practical. The shoe’s structured real-leather side straps provide strong support for the foot, allowing the laces to shine in their own right as a detail but without having to pull them tight to prevent yourself from falling out.

A 4 inch heel, leather upper, padded insole and clever design all mean that this heel is a winner in its category. Comfortable, stylish and just plain fun, Sandalia is available via Zappos for $129.95.

Closed toe purple pump

If you prefer a closed toe look, then Sam Edelman’s Dayna is what we think you should be considering. Once again the lace up straps here are mainly decorative: this 4 inch pump in purple kid suede leather has a pointy toe and over-sized heel-up to fit securely to your foot. With a small, sneaky d’Orsay cut, these purple Sam Edelman stilettos can be shopped via Zappos for $120 with free shipping and returns.
Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita’s impressive entry into the purple sandals list comes courtesy of Hazeley, a bold stiletto sandal with an orchid suede leather upper. With Hazeley the laces do more of the work to hold you securely in the shoe, allowing the sexy open arch to out itself as an equally compelling feature.

The fabulous Hazeley by Dolce Vita in orchid suede is available now for $120. Shipping is free.

purple open-toed high heeled sandals

Ending where we start, we have a second purple high heel from Steve Madden to round out our collection of 4 show-stopping purple stilettos for 2016.

Natila has a fushia upper made of genuine nubuck leather and sits atop a gentler 3.5 inch heel (measured on a size 9). The single strap across the vamp of the shoe is very much on trend, while the slingback strap holds these heels firmly in place.

The real fun comes with the tie-up ankle lace which you can arrange to suit your own style. While it is a head-turner in its own right, the ankle lace is purely decorative: it can be removed for a more classical look when the occasion demands.

Natlia retails from Zappos for $89.95 with free shipping and returns.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day

Happy Valentine’s Day wherever you may be in the world and whoever you’re sharing it with.

Valentine’s Day says sexy stilettos so I’ve published this classic picture of some double strap sandals from Ellie. The shoe is called the Maggie-510 and it has been a popular seller for years.

The heel is 5 inches high and the straps are manmade.

It seems that the shoe has changed little since its inception but it does look like the red inner sole may be replaced by black on later versions. You can find the shoe for sale at Amazon.com from as low as $27 depending on the retailer.

Ellie black sandals

2016’s best black work pumps

There’s a true art to finding the perfect pair of black work pumps: they must be super comfortable, they need to be reasonably priced and they’ve got to be hard-wearing and versatile.

The heel height should be no higher than 4 inches, and it is essential that the uppers are made of leather not a synthetic material. The perfect pumps have to look great too.

BCBGeneration high heels

We’ve reviewed the best black work pumps that fit this criteria for 2016, and there’s one clear winner in the sub-$100 category.

The shoe is called Treasure by BCBGeneration. It has a perfect 5/5 rating on Zappos.com, with reviewers labelling it “super comfortable,” “very comfortable” and “comfy, sexy, classy.”

Treasure is available in 3 different shades of black, including black patent pictured above. This classy leather work pump retails online for only $70 via Zappos with free shipping and returns.

If Treasure is not your style, or you want to compare this shoe with others on offer, you can check out the full range of black, four inch pumps stocked by Zappos here (currently over 120 pairs).

Please be aware that our links are affiliate links to our partner Zappos. This means if you click through and buy we’ll get a small percentage (you do not pay any extra).

Kylie Minogue: my adult life as a high-heeled stunt woman!

It is amazing to believe that its been nearly 29 years since Kylie Minogue’s debut single The Locomotion was released in July 1987. Perhaps equally hard to believe, the music video for the track did not feature Kylie dancing around in her trade mark high heels.

Although many of Kylie’s fans were not even born when Kylie first cracked the big time, if they had been alive the music video (which you can see below) might have surprised them. They would have seen a 19 year old Kylie doing the Locomotion with a giant blonde perm and wearing cute red flats!

These girls have been working hard!

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In the nearly 30 years that’s passed since, Kylie has definitely graduated from the flats towards high heels. In fact she loves posting pictures of her shoes to her Instagram account – like these hard-working Dolce & Gabbanna gold stiletto sandals posted in August 2015.

Kylie has confirmed that flats are now well and truly out when she is on stage performing: “I wear flats sometimes but not when I’m working – you’d never see me,” the singer told the April 2012 edition of Marie Claire magazine.

In the same interview, Kylie also confirmed that her shoe choices these days were either dead flat or sky-high: “I used to wear medium heels but now it seems to be either really high or flat.”

The high heels have paid some dividends: last year, Kylie claimed that she thought of her famous butt as an entity in its own right – and attributed the success of it to her love of heels. In an interview with the Daily Mail Kylie referred to her award-winning bottom and explained:

“I think of it as something entirely separate to me. Probably the reason for it is the fact I’ve spent most of my adult life dancing around in very high heels.

“If I’m ever honestly asked to explain my job I’d say I was a high-heel stunt woman.”

Kylie confessed to the Mail that there was a downside to her heels though: “High heels are very bad for the back but they are great for the thighs and the butt. And then the other secret is great lighting.”

Check out Kylie Minogue’s original 1987 Locomotion music video below. This retro gem was filmed in Melbourne Australia at Essendon Airport and at the ABC’s television studios.

 

Smart new slingback sandals from Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein stilettosOne of the most recognised brands in the world in Calvin Klein has just dropped a great new slingback sandal at Zappos. The patent leather heel is called Mirian and it is available in 4 different shades each on a 3.5 inch heel.

The four parallel straps create a striking look on what these perfect evening sandal. They also secure your foot firmly for wherever the night may take you.

Mirian is pictured above in sandstorm and is new to Zappos for $119 with free shipping and returns and 24/7 customer service.

This smart slingback sandal from Calvin Klein is also available in lipstick red, deep coral and black (all pictured below).

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