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Chinese Laundry’s teaser sandals – the official shoe of the 2015 Miss Universe Swimsuit Competition

Chinese Laundry teaser sandals

Strappy, sexy, big, bold and brassy: Chinese Laundry’s Teaser sandals are the official shoe of the 2015 Miss Universe Swimsuit Competition.

These heels have a cushioned footbed for models who have spent all night on their feet in the barest of swimwear, and a two inch platform to make those tall girls even taller. What’s not to love about them?

With overlapping criss-cross straps and an adjustable ankle strap, Chinese Laundry’s killer 5.5 inch Teaser sandals are just $79.99 from Zappos with free shipping.


Chinese Laundry teaser sandal

Mules are backless – and they’re back

high heel mulesMules are back on trend in a big way this season with designers catering both for the modern stiletto mule, and more 70s inspired block heels too. Indeed they’re so popular at the moment that sites like net-a-porter are selling out of designer mules faster than they can get stock in.

UPDATE, March 2018: Both these mules from 2014 are no longer available for sale (ie they have sold out, as we predicted they would way back then!). If this changes, we will update this page with links. 

We’ve just two to share with you today, starting with the Lucky mule in black suede by Kirsten Cavallari. This 4.5 inch stiletto mule retailed with free shipping from heels for $124.99. Some sizes have already sold out.

Jeffrey Campbell mulesOur second and final mule find is Jeffrey Campbell’s Curie in wine pony hair. With a 4.5 inch stacked heel, these mules retailed from Nasty Gal for $113. That’s 30% off.

Mad Kristin Cavallari’s new shoe designs for Chinese Laundry

Kristin Cavallari high heels Actress and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari has revealed via her Instagram page an exclusive first look at some styles from her fall shoe collection. The sneak peek picture is a “regram” from @peoplestylewatchmag and shows a double d’Orsay pump and a cut-out peep toe bootie. Both heels are in the same black and white painted animal print which Kristin predicts “is going to be huge for fall.”

Unfortunately Kristin has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons lately. She and her husband have decided not to vaccinate their children, seemingly because of a perceived link between vaccination and autism (“I’ve read too many books about autism,” Kristin said when probed on the question earlier this week, as if reading a few books could somehow displace the weight of accepted scientific and medical opinion.)

Personally I think she should stick to designing shoes and leave the science to the scientists: there is no tangible evidence of a casual link between ingredients in vaccinations and autism, as this immunologist has pointed out. The scientist also points out that not vaccinating your kids is a terrific way to give them a chance of dying of completely preventable diseases. Anyhow, this act of insanity aside, it’s back to the shoes.

Kristin Cavallari Chinese LaundryKristin Cavallari has been designing for young-women orientated label Chinese Laundry for a while now, and she certainly has produced some lovely and popular pieces. We’ve featured two fabulous new shoes in this article. The high heels above are called Kalea. This open-sided, ankle strap shoe has a polished leather upper and a 4.5 inch heel. It’s available at Zappos for $149.95.

shoes designed by Kristin Cavallari

Chunky, four strap high heeled sandals are second new treat dished up recently by the Kristin Cavallari Collection for Chinese Laundry. The all leather upper of this shoe sits atop a 5.25 inch heel with a 0.5 inch platform. Called Lark, these shoes are now available from Zappos for $189.95.

Suit up with legendary strappy metallic evening sandals for only $59.95


gold strappy sandalsBarney Stinson would approve of these legendary metallic sandals from Chinese Laundry, which are actually called – wait for it – Legendary. A gold strappy sandal is close to a wardrobe staple and at only $59.95 from Zappos there’s little excuse for not suiting up in a pair immediately.

Legendary has an awesome 4 inch heel and is shown here in light metallic gold. The shoe has a synthetic upper and lining, and has multiple skinny crisscrossing straps across the toe area. It fastens with a thin ankle strap and buckle.

The shoe is also available in a silver upper from Zappos, also for $59.95. True story.

silver strappy high heels


After over 30 years in business, Chinese Laundry continue to make some very reasonably priced and pretty high heels. Should you have a pair of these legendary shoes in your collection? Why not? Challenge accepted.

Get the look for less: leopard print pumps

Leopard print high heels by Kate SpadeNothing beats a pair of leopard print pumps to add some cat-like tread to an outfit. Dressed down or dressed up, a pair should just about be a wardrobe staple and these classic Karolina pumps from Kate Spade are pretty hard to pass up. Elegantly detailed and designed with a leather upper and 3 1/2 inch heel they’re comfortable enough for the office – or for a full night out and about.

Leopard print high heels by Chinese LaundryOn the other hand, if you’re looking for the round-toe, leopard print look for less then it is hard to go past Chinese Laundry’s New Love pumps. They’ve got a patent leather upper, and a heel that’s only a little bit shorter than the Kate Spade shoes at 3 inches tall.

Both these great leopard print pumps are available from Zappos. The Kate Spade pumps are $298 or you can get the look for less with the Chinese Laundry pumps for $69.95.