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.

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

Designer Looks at Payless

I know I keep talking about Payless, but have you seen their designer shoe lines?!?!

Take a look at these designer lines for Payless that are available now, and at a price point that will make you smile.

Alexandra Exotic Strappy Sandal

Christian Siriano for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

FAV!

I absolutely LOVE this shoe. The color and construction are great, and the faux leather is beautifully accented by the gold. Love the zipper! Christian Siriano never disappoints!

 

Mena Dress Boot

Christian Siriano for Payless

$59.99

This is a fantastic boot. So modern, complete with faux leather and gold. Great hardware, great accents. Love, love, love.

 

Bow Dress Shoe

Isabel Toledo for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

Cute little peep-toe in a wonderful crinkle metallic. Bow detail is my favorite part!

 

Pom Pom Flat

Isabel Toledo for Payless

$34.99 ON SALE FOR $24.99

Great metallic flat to wear around town, complete with a pom pom to lighten up your outfit.

 

Perlita Bow Quarter Strap Sandal

Lela Rose for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

FAV!

These strappy sandals are gorgeous!!! Nothing says hot date night like these little numbers. I think I need to buy these. Also available in black!

 

Tweed Lafayette Pleated Pump

Lela Rose for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

FAV!

These pumps are to.die.for. The tweed mixed with the satin is a terrific combination. Yet another shoe to add to my wish list.

 

 

Lafayette Pleated Pump

Lela Rose for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

FAV!

A more romantic and feminine version of the above pump. Still adorable. Still in love. Valentine’s Day shoe? I think so.

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

zoe&zac

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?

New Arrivals at NewportNews.com

Just browsing through NewportNews.com’s new arrivals for Spring, and I’m pretty impressed with what I’m seeing. I’m loving the cut-outs and ruffles and buckles!

Buckle Sandal

$29

FAV!

Patent Sandal

$34

Crisscross-front Sandal

$29

Ruffle Pump

$39

FAV!

Cutout Bow Pump

$34

FAV!

Peep-toe Ankle Boot

$39

FAV!

New Shoes at Victoria’s Secret!

It’s that time again…time to get your feet all pretty so you can wear those cute strappy sandals in the back of your closet. But for those of you who, like me, feel you need new ones (or just really really want them), Victoria’s Secret is definitely ready for spring to get here.

Let me just add that, while I do love all of these styles below, some of them are definitely more than what I would spend. Either way, they are still great styles to see for inspiration. You will definitely be seeing similar styles from less expensive brands.

Steven by Steve Madden

Embellished Satin Pump

$129

Carlos Santana

Cross-strap Sandal

$79

Colin Stuart

Studded Platform Sandal

$75

Nine West

Criss-cross Anklestrap Sandal

$89

Miss Sixty

Caged Sandal

$175

Colin Stuart

Raffia Peep-toe Sandal

$65

Colin Stuart

Patent Platform Sandal

$58

Guess

T-strap Sandal

$90

And for something a little different…

Two Lips

Sculpted Wedge Sandal

$89

Keep an eye out for these at Payless

I love how often I am happily surprised now by Payless. These designer collaborations are really bringing their name back, and let’s face it, their new shoes are great. I remember when I was in middle school I had a pair of shoes from Payless, and I was so embarrassed about it that I wouldn’t admit it to anyone. Now I can’t wait to tell people that the stylish shoes I’m rockin’ are from Payless. The looks on their faces are always so great!

I think now more than ever we should all be proud of keeping a budget and choosing to spend less money. It’s responsible, it’s smart, and it’s really a rewarding feeling to know that you were able to put together a super trendy outfit on a super small budget. These notions were the only thing that got me through college, and even my first-job-straight-out-of-college-not-making-nearly-enough-money rough patch.

My theory is, no matter how much or how little money you make, you need to reward yourself. Learning how to do that without going overboard is what makes you a smarter shopper. Sure, you spend a little extra time doing more research and finding those great deals, but you are MUCH less likely to have buyer’s remorse from a $30 pair of shoes as opposed to a $300 pair. And you’ll make all your friends jealous when they find out how LITTLE you spent.

And here’s a few options for your personal reward to yourself…if you so choose 🙂

Lela Rose for Payless

Ashland Mary Jane Wedge

$34.99

Available in solid blue as well

Lela Rose for Payless

Satin Platform Dress Sandal

$34.99

Also available in black

Lela Rose for Payless

Dimmick Large Satchel

$39.99

This goes along with the Lela Rose for Payless pumps I posted a couple weeks ago!

Lower East Side

Denim Lizzy Bow Pump

$22.99

American Eagle

Diana Jewel Flat

$22.99

Also available in black

American Eagle

Kendal Canvas Knot Wedge

$24.99

ON SALE FOR $19.99

Also available in white

And I saved the best for last…

Fioni

Lavish Ruffle Pump

$24.99

Also available in black

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And just think…for the same price as one night’s dinner (for 2) you could be purchasing a pair of shoes to wear all season, if not more! Something to think about…

Do You ShoeDazzle?

So I just found out about ShoeDazzle at work yesterday. Basically, you subscribe through their website and describe your style to them. It costs $40 a month and they send you a pair of shoes each month TO KEEP according to your specifications. If you don’t see any shoes you like, you can skip a month and get two for the following month. I’m just now about to try it out, so I’ll be sure to update when I get my first pair!

Here’s the website:

http://www.shoedazzle.com/

These are some of the shoes you can get. All for $40!

What are your thoughts?