Remember when I gave you an edited list of the spring trends to actually buy into? Well, it’s time to dive a little bit more into the shoe game. This is one of my favorite footwear seasons in some time, primarily because it’s given back to us the deliciously chunky ’70s platform (hallelujah!), but also because it’s ushered in a new era of supremely stylish flats (both demure and aggressively sporty). We’ve also got gladiators — this trend isn’t for the meek! — and a block heel for those who aren’t feeling the whole vertiginous platform thing.
Here, the five best (and most wearable) spring shoe trends, along with my top picks for each — in all price points! How to shop it: Choose one or two styles you love, invest in one and go inexpensive on the other. Then step into your chicest spring ever. Click here for where to buy and how to wear each style.
Photos by Brae Howard.
Tonight is the third installment of our underground shopping series, Shoppist After Hours, and I couldn’t be more excited. The event is at Bus Stop on Fabric Row, and we’ll be feting the boutique’s first shoe collection, a collaboration with All Black that includes 12 modern oxfords ($195).
Date: Thursday, March 12th
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Location: Bus Stop, 727 South 4th Street, Queen Village.
Join us from 6pm to 9pm for drinks (springy Bloom cocktails and Chandon), the best-ever treats from Barlume Apothecary and, of course, your first chance to get your hands on a pair from the limited-edition line (only a few sizes of each style were produced). I’ll be hosting a Q&A with Bus Stop owner — and newly annointed shoe designer! — Elena Brennan at 7pm that you won’t want to miss. See you there!
Images via @toboxshoes.
Two weeks ago, I posted a guide to buying designer bags on the cheap. One of the tips was to buy designer bags in trendy colors because they often go on sale and could be scooped up at cheaper prices. Their suggestion? Have these bags dyed professionally to resemble more classic carryalls. (To wit: A tie-dyed/graffiti Chanel bag might be of-the-moment now, but will look dated next year; a basic black version will never go out of style.) We here at Shoppist HQ thought this was absolutely brilliant.
And then, only days later, local men’s shoe shop ToBox posted a video on Instagram of owner Tung To artfully painting a pair of men’s shoes, sharing photos of the “before” and “after.” (Obviously, this was destiny.) Apparently, though it began as a hobby, the shoe expert offers artisan hand-painting services for leather shoes, bags and accessories to keep your goods looking updated and in tiptop shape. Read more »
Image via Shutterstock
We made it close — nearly an entire winter without soggy, stained shoes. So close. But if you’ve been outside this past week, then you’ve seen the ice piles at nearly every intersection, puddles galore and a liberal dousing of rock salt. Even worse? Meteorologists are predicting rain all day today and sleet/snow tomorrow.
But there’s hope! You can still weatherproof your shoes before tonight’s impending flurries. And if you make the preemptive strike today, your shoes will be prepped and waterproofed before spring’s inevitable showers. Here, three super-easy methods to keep your shoes in tiptop shape after a deluge of ice and rain. It might just be more important than buying non-perishables and water. Read more »
The Legwrap shoe. | Images courtesy of Stuart Weitzman.
Though I love fall/winter for its coats (I have a serious coat addiction), spring/summer wins for its footwear. To get you through the next few days (which — warning! — are going to be brutally, painfully cold), here is a look at some of the most gorgeous warm-weather shoes I’ve seen yet, all from Stuart Weitzman‘s spring 2015 collection, which is hitting stores soon.
Here, some of my favorite looks from the collection, and the ones I’m sure you’ll be seeing on red carpets (in fact, the MySlide mule, shown below, is already a favorite of the red-carpet set).
See the best of spring 2015 shoes here.
Images via Jeantrix.
Maybe the resurgence of ’90s style brought back Doc Martens, or maybe they never really left in the first place, but either way, the grungy boots are here to stay.
For those ready to dip their toes back into the boots (I suggest you do — check out these eighty-somethings rocking them, and any of these street-style photos for inspiration), you’ll want to head to the Dr Martens store at 1710 Walnut Street tonight.
Boots are better with custom paintings on them.
Katy Perry image by Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images.
Yesterday, I got a tweet from a friend: “Important fashion question: How do I find Katy Perry’s gold, sparkly booties?”
Tweeting me this question is the equivalent of sending out a bat signal. The Shoppist team was on the case. Turns out, the pair Katy wore for her Super Bowl halftime show was a custom pair by costume designer Erin Lareau. The booties themselves were a professional performance dance shoe (Taylor Swift also opts for pro footwear) that Landeau encrusted with 12,000 Swarovski crystals. (So they weren’t actually gold!)
So, yeah, you can’t buy the same exact shoes as Perry, but you can get really close to the look. We scouted out four pairs — all at difference price points — that give you the glitzy effect without having a personal costume designer at your disposal.
Full glitter ahead.
Photo by Dom Savini.
The best antidote to the dreary stretch of February? A kaleidoscopic burst of greenery, most spectacularly shown in these heels by London designer Sophia Webster. (Think of her as Manolo Blahnik’s irreverent little sister.) The fantasy—a lotus flower snakes around the ankle; pin-thin heels are covered in tiger-striped satin—is grounded with a classic black-patent pointed-toe silhouette. Because sometimes you need to come back to earth, even if you land in a jungle.
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Remember when we asked male Philly Mag staffers to weigh in on their favorite goods from the Barneys Warehouse Clearance sale? Well, after the post, the men all agreed that the best pick went to design director Michael Wilson, who called out an awesome pair of wingtip lace-up boots.
But, much to the chagrin of some staffers, the boots quickly sold out (c’mon, they were marked down to $119.60 from $660). So this week’s fashion roundup was a no-brainer: 11 pairs of stylish men’s boots that are also on sale. A word to the wise: These steep markdowns will move quickly; get your trigger finger (and credit card) ready.
Psst: If you’re worried about salt stains, consult this tutorial for removing white marks and keeping your boots pristine.
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Like a giant sparkly necklace or a fun printed coat, one accessory or clothing item can make an outfit. That’s why your requisite winter look of sweaters and jeans needs to be introduced to the statement bootie. Comfy and easy to slip on, the bold boot doesn’t need to be bright or gaudy to make a splash. Instead, opt for interesting textures (like tufts of fur!), embellishments or a play on classic neutrals (like tortoiseshell and bronze). Getting dressed doesn’t get much easier than this.
Shopping details ahead.