Comparison: Color Block Heels

It may only be February, but I’m ready for warm weather. Since I have no power over the forecast, I will instead take this time to plan all the pretty things I want to wear once it heats back up.

Nothing says palm trees and Mai Tais quite like these color block sandals from BCBG:

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Runway Hex Color-Blocked Sandal from BCBG Maxazria

These sandals are bold and have a futuristic edge about them, which I love. Plus, look at that heel! I love a metallic heel and don’t even get me started on that cutout! Sadly, they’re $325, which is just a bit out of my price range.
Okay, it’s a lot out of my price range.

Since when has that stopped me?

Below, I have compiled a few options for us girls on a budget:

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Samaria Ivory Sandals from Jessica Simpson

$88 (was $98)

These are definitely more retro/disco and not so futuristic, but they have the light base color with bright accent colors, which is what you want in a great warm weather shoe. If a metallic heel is not your thing, then this faux-wood heel is a perfect match. Not only that, but it has a T-strap, which I think can be so sexy AND comfortable!

 

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3-Strap Sueded Heel Bootie from Charlotte Russe

$20 (was $38.50) 
These are selling fast!

This is a two-tone sueded bootie with a peep toe, side zipper, and a few metallic stud accents. When you want a little more coverage but still want some color in your life, these babies are for you.

 

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Mary Jane Platform Pump from Victoria’s Secret

$98 (Additional discounts given for online orders)

These sexy Mary Jane’s have a super high heel and beautiful vibrant colors, as well as an ankle strap and peep toe. The price is a bit on the high side, but Victoria’s Secret always has deals on online orders to bring that number down.

 

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Peep-toe Sling-back Sandal from Victoria’s Secret

$68 (Additional discounts given for online orders)

These sling-backs combine vintage and modern into on great shoe. If the neon yellow scares you a bit, not to worry! They have plenty of other color combinations to choose from.

 

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Eclectic Company Heel from ModCloth

$67.99

This is definitely a quirky shoe, but I love it all the same. ModCloth has some of the greatest and most unusual shoes that almost always have a vintage flair. This has a great criss-cross strap, and the heel detail is fabulous.

 

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Aquarium Fantasy Wedge from ModCloth

$47.99

This last pair is my absolute FAVORITE. It’s to die for. First off, they couldn’t have chosen a better name for this beautifully designed wedge. These shoes are living in a dream world, and I’m on the next flight. These would look so great with super skinny jeans or a cute mini skirt. I know I say that I need to buy shoes a lot, but I really REALLY need this pair. It completely steals the show in this line-up.

Comparison: Giuseppe Zanotti vs. My Rent

I stumbled upon this gorgeous, ridiculously sexy Giuseppe Zanotti sandal:

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It’s so beautiful, I think I might cry.

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Oh, wait, no. I’m crying because I just saw the price tag.

For those of you who like finding even more reasons to be sad on a Monday afternoon, here’s the damage:

Giuseppe Zanotti Platform Sandals – Alien High Heel

$1,095.00

Yowza.

Ok, well, let’s not freak out. As tempting as it may be to skip rent this month just so you can have your very own pair, don’t do it. Slowly back away from the credit card stash. It’s time to be creative!

I decided to spend my lunch break finding brands who made similar styles, and we are in luck! Check ’em out below:


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Phylicia from Shoe Dazzle

$47.95

Now, that’s a lot more manageable. It has the similar laser cut-outs, and you can even get it in red. The heel on this one is slightly adventurous, but come on, we’re already past that.


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Criss-Cross Sandal from Victoria’s Secret

$78

If what you’re really after is a similar heel-height and color, this sandal is perfect. It’s a more simple shape with less cut-outs, but still very sexy. It also comes in a variety of colors.

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Didina from Aldo Shoes

$79.98

This sandal brings back the laser cut-outs, slim heel, and bold color. I’m not sure how I feel about the red/fuchsia combo, but it is the most similar to the Giuseppe Zanotti. Plus, you can also get it in black!



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Caged Velvet Color Block Sandal from Charlotte Russe

$38.50 (plus an extra 20% off for a limited time)

For a much more affordable option, we’ve got this coral and turquoise combo. Although I have to say, for the same price, you can buy this style which I like a whole lot more:

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Strappy Color Block Platform Pump from Charlotte Russe

Our last two options are flats. It’s always good to have a flat option for those casual days.


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Don’t Mind Atoll Sandal from ModCloth

$39.99

This carries that same cut-out, but as a flat sandal as a more comfortable and casual option.

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Laser Cut Flat Sandal, Colin Stuart, from Victoria’s Secret

$58

Another laser-cut flat sandal. Available in pink and sand.

Hopefully you can find a pair that works for you. Be sure to send me llinks to any other similar styles you might find at michele.shoecloset@gmail.com!

Christian Siriano from the Runway

As most of you probably already know, I love Christian Siriano. Love love love him. I loved him when he was on Project Runway, and I love him even more as a shoe designer for Payless. For us girls on a budget, we don’t have the luxury of dropping hundreds of dollars on a single pair of shoes. But that doesn’t mean we can’t look like we did.

Here are some looks straight from the runway, all the way to Payless for us budget girls to snatch up.

Oh, and let’s not forget one other little piece of information:

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Yep. That’s pretty much the best thing ever. Moving on.

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Women’s Cynthia Sling

$54.99

Seriously, I can’t take it anymore. This slingback is gorgeous.

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Women’s Polina Bow Flat

$42.99

If you’re into the adorable pattern on the Cynthia sling and you wanted flats instead (or if you want both, like me!) they’ve got a super cute flat with some attitude.

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Women’s Camile Bow Flat

$26.99

For something a bit tamer, bit with a nice green pop

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Women’s Hadley T-Strap Pump

$34.99

I know, right? Only 35 bucks. Did I mention they’re all buy one get one half off? Yeah, I’m buying these now.

4 Shoes Under $40 at Nine West

It’s that time again. Time for Nine West’s End of Season Sale!

Now, with any shoe sale, you have to make your way through tons of uglies before you find the good ones. Here are the top 4, in my opinion. And even better, they’re all under $40!

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Heartbeat

$29.99 (was $99.00)

We have to start with this, because I am in love. I need this shoe now. Look at that heel detail! Insane. These beauties are genuine suede with corset-style stitching on the heel (gasp). It also comes in black, purple, and red. I personally think the blue is fantastic.

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Cinnie

$29.99 (was $109.00)

Who doesn’t need a neutral sling-back peep toe? I know I do. This baby is also available in red, purple, and dark grey, but snatch it up quick, because they are running out!

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Feelngood

$39.99 (was $109.00)

Cheetah print (or as they call it Camel Mutli… I have no clue why) scalloped edge peep toe. This is a cute pump, but the actual hair texture does freak me out a bit. So, I guess I’m undecided on this one. It’s a great deal though!

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Sheryl

$39.99 (was $80.00)

Everyone should have a basic Mary Jane in their closet. I actually need a new pair, so I might grab a pair while I still can! They also come in black leather, red patent leather, floral fabric, camel multi (cheetah print, who are you fooling Nine West!?), nude, chateau rose, and gold glitter.

There’s tons more, so check the rest of them out here.

Happy shopping!

And The Sexiest Shoe of 2011 Goes To…

Drum roll please…

This lace-embroidered pump by Valentino!

This contest was run by Saks and Footwear News, with nearly 35,000 online votes!

Want the look but not the price tag? Here’s some similar options you can take home without having to skip out on your rent!

Hondo 3 Platform Pump

Guess

$98.95

Mix No. 6 Allure Pump

DSW

$49.95

Madden Girl Mellony Pump

DSW

$44.95

Red Kiss – Women’s Lace AO

Shiekh Shoes

$59.97

Jennifer Lopez Peep-Toe Platform High Heels

Kohls

ON SALE FOR $34.99

Poppy Lace

Bakers

ON SALE FOR $79.99

Satin and Lace Bow Pump

Newport News

ON SALE FOR $39.00

Satin & Lace Pump

Colin Stuart at Victoria’s Secret

$88.00

And if you like the look but not the heel, try this great little flat:

Lace Ballerina Flats

New York & Company

$29.95

New Boots at Charlotte Russe

Browsing through the Charlotte Russe website and found some interesting boots. Some I like, some, I could live without.

Here’s some of the highlights:

The best thing being their deal for all shoes:

Buy One, Get One for $15.50

Sueded Thigh-High Wedge Boot

$45.50

Super cute faux suede wedge thigh-high boots.

Belted Low-Heel Riding Boot

$45.50

Faux Leather, 16″ Tall.

Cuffed Faux-Suede Heel Boot

$40.00

Very cute ruched boot, especially loving the blue!

Tall Topstitch Riding Boot

$42.50

Cute faux-leather riding boot with buckle accents.

Flat Mid-Calf Slouch Boot

$30.00

A great deal on what’s quickly becoming a staple in everyone’s boot collection.

And, last but not least, the monstrosity of the Charlotte Russe boot collection:

Belt-Wrap Sueded Heel Boot

$40.00

I have to be honest, I wouldn’t wear these if someone gave them to me for free. There’s just so many buckles and accents. Too overdone. Sadly, this is on my WORST list. Sorry Charlotte Russe, I guess you can’t win them all…

Boot Season Begins at Payless

To bring in this wonderful Boot Season, let’s see what else Payless has.

As always, they do not disappoint!

Let’s start with a boot I almost bought today. If I hadn’t found a similar pair at Charlotte Russe just a few weeks earlier, these would have been mine tonight!

Women’s Zippy Riding Boot

Brash

$59.99 ON SALE FOR $39.99

Tried these on today at the store, and boy are the comfy. fit really well, and the defined zipper and buckle make this a killer boot. Definitely a great addition to any girl’s wardrobe.

Women’s Twisty Bootine

Fioni

$49.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

This is a really cute bootie with a nice accent on the side. Also available in black, but I prefer the berry!

Women’s Kacey Platform Shootie

Z London

$59.99 ON SALE FOR $49.99

These are so freaking cute, even down to the name. Love the peep-toe and the cuff. Also available in brown.

Women’s Taylor Tall Slouch Boot

Brash

$49.99

Yet another great slouchy boot, in my favorite cognac color. Also available in black.

Women’s Natalia Dress Bootine

Christian Siriano for Payless

$59.99

As always, Christian Siriano does not disappoint. The criss-cross strap with the gold buckle is Frickin’ Fierce!

Women’s Iris Shootie

Christian Siriano for Payless

$54.99 ON SALE FOR $44.99

These runway-inspires beauties are definitely going to turn some heads. The textured fabric and modern square toe help to make this shoe one of a kind. Definitely thinking this is a FAV.

Women’s Quincy Lazer Cut Boot

Lela Rose for Payless

$69.99 ON SALE FOR $54.99

These cut-out details paired with the chunky heel make such a great combination. These are so adorable.

Women’s Fulton Tassel Shootie

Lela Rose for Payless

$54.99 ON SALE FOR $44.99

LAST CHANCE!

If you think these are a must-have, then you must-get soon! They won’t be available much longer.

Women’s Rosalie Double Buckle Boot

Fioni

$49.99

Very cute and practical ankle boots with great buckle accents. Also available in black.

Women’s Gerlinde Chop-Out Shootie

Lela Rose for Payless

$59.99 ON SALE FOR $49.99

These are so so so cute. I absolutely love these, and think everybody else needs to love these too. Love the peep-toe, love the cut-outs, love the blue. Also available in Berry, Split-Pea, and Black, but I really think Sapphire is the way to go.

FAV!

Payless on the Runway

This is always my favorite part. Shoes on the runway! Time to see the 2011 collections of the designers for Payless…

Starting with Christian Siriano

On to Isabel Toledo…

And finally, Lela Rose

What are your thoughts?

Crazy Clearance at Payless

What’s the best thing about the holidays? The after holiday sales, of course! Here’s some super savings from Payless:

Juniper Peep-Toe Bow Pump

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Originally $29.99, ON SALE FOR $12.00

Available in blue and black

FAV alert!

Jane T-Strap Dress Sandal

Fioni Night

Originally $24.99, ON SALE FOR $8.00!

Quantities are limited

Auburn Patent Pump

Dexter

Originally $22.99, ON SALE FOR $9.00!

Shortie Perforated Bow Boot

American Eagle

Originally $29.99, ON SALE FOR $15.00

Surprising New Looks at Gap

I’m so surprised by what I’m seeing at Gap’s website. They now have Design Editions for shoes, and these are very different from the simple Gap style. Now, these are still out of my price range, but I think they’re worth seeing. Take a look…

Suede Wedge Gladiator

$89.50

Design Editions Peep-toe Wedge Booties

Originally $195, ON SALE FOR $169.99

 

Design Editions Lace-up Boots

Originally $195, ON SALE FOR $169.99

 

Kind of surprising for Gap, huh?