Monday Obsession: Sophia Webster’s Winged Superhero Shoes

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I buy expensive shoes in entirely the wrong way. Instead of investing in proper, wear-forever classics like black Louboutin pumps or ever-chic Chanel flats, I throw caution to the wind and splurge on shoes with poofs of fur, or hearts all over them, or impossibly high gilded wedge heels. When it comes to buying high-end shoes, for me, the more impractical and fantastical, the better. (I repeat: This is not the smartest way to go about stocking your shoe closet.)

I suppose this is why I’m so drawn to Sophia Webster‘s offbeat collection. The London-based  designer dreams up shoes with crazy color combinations, pom-poms, tassels, dizzying patterns—and, now, wings.

It’s like Roman gladiator gone glam.

The Edit: 7 Gorgeous Shearling Pieces to Wear This Fall

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Shearling is a material usually reserved for the insides of your favorite cold-weather clothes. But this time around, it’s popping up as the focal point of statement pieces (like the killer emerald coat pictured above) and on unexpected pieces like purses and heels. (How great are those gold chain accents?) A more subdued version of all-out fur, the texture can be paired with all your fall closet staples like wools and knits. And the best part? It makes classic pieces unbelievable cozy. You’ll never have an excuse to wear Uggs again. (Seriously, just throw them out.)

Prices and details ahead.

Market Report: How to Care for Your Boots This Fall

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  • Did you know vinegar is great for cleaning boots? That and more boot-saving tips right here. [Style List]
  • Turns out fall’s beauty looks don’t need to cost you hundreds of dollars. This roundup spotlights 58 beauty products under $25 that are actually legit. [Refinery 29]
  • Get your white hats on: the Scandal Collection for The Limited is here on September 23. And get this? It’s extremely chic and true to the Olivia Pope character. We’ll take camel wrap coat, please. [Jezebel]

Keep reading to see the wildest beauty looks from NYFW. You’ve been warned.

The Edit: 7 Supremely Sexy Thigh-High Boots For Fall

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Right now, I can’t get enough of boots. And not ankle-grazers, or even knee-highs. I’m talking boots that stretch over the knee and creep up your thigh. The idea of them sounds overtly sexy—black leather thigh-high boots!—something my mother would deign appropriate only for a “streetwalker.” But it’s precisely their full coverage that makes them so easy to wear. Throw them on with a long tunic and they’ll act almost like leggings; pair with them with a miniskirt to keep your look just sexy enough (in fact, some of our style experts say that boots allow you to wear minis into your forties and fifties!); or wear them with a midi skirt for warmth come winter. Thighs, all eyes on you.

See prices and where to buy here.

The Edit: 11 Fall Flats You Can Wear Now

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Being bombarded with news about just-released fall collections can be a tad annoying when it’s still 80 degrees out. Ease into the new season slowly — I suggest leaving the sweaters for next month and starting to sub in some of these closed-toe picks for your strappy sandals. Here, 11 comfy fall flats that you can snag right now, and wear through winter.

Keep reading for store and price deets.

You Can Now Design Your Dream Shoes at Stuart Weitzman

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We’ll take these, please. | Image via Stuart Weitzman

It’s with alarming frequency (and heavy hearts) that we find a shoe that’s almost-but-not-quite perfect. Whether the color is off, the heel is too high, or the foot bed is suffocatingly narrow, we’ve foregone several shoe purchases in pursuit of The Pair. That’s why we were thrilled when an email landed in our inbox proclaiming a limited edition design-your-own-shoes collaboration with Stuart Weitzman.

You know you’re interested.

Your Fashion Nightmare: Liberty Shoe Service Closes Suddenly; 35 Pairs of Shoes Go Missing

Liberty-ShoesFor several weeks, TAKE SHOES TO BE FIXED has been on my to-do list. So when I walked by my go-to spot, Liberty Shoe Repair on 18th Street, and saw a man taping a sheet of paper onto the metal gate over the door, I was surprised.

“Wait, did this close?” I asked him.

“Two weeks ago,” he said. Then launched into a stream of curse words, all directed at Liberty’s owner, who’d suddenly closed the shop after 21 years. The man pointed to his sign: SHOE-SHINE BY JUNE (“GLASS MAN”) @ BLUE SOLE SHOES 1805 CHESTNUT (NEXT TO CONTINENTAL).

You’d be cursing, too, if you left shoes there.

The Edit: 10 Statement Sandals We Love This Summer

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As I write this, it’s 89 degrees outside, but it feels like 3282359 degrees—in my professional opinion—because it’s 50 percent humidity. When you can basically feel the moisture in the air, the last thing you want to do is pile on the layers in the morning. So, because you can’t wear a bathing suit to work, take the guesswork out of your a.m. outfit prep and start pairing basic with some statement-making sandals. We’ve found ten pairs that look just as good with jeans and a tee as they do with a work-appropriate shift. It’ll be your end-of-summer uniform in no time.

SHOES.

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