Thanks to Christian Louboutin’s lawsuit, today we all have the chance to read a very serious court ruling in which a judge makes reference to that ubiquitous and kind of terrible fashion term, “pop of color.” It all started last year when Louboutin claimed that a pair of red-soled heels by Yves Saint Laurent infringed on their trademark design. A lower court judge acknowledged the popularity of the Louboutin red sole and its visibility as a status symbol, but ruled that a single color could not be trademarked. Yesterday in a court of appeals, Judge José A. Cabranes handed down a verdict in favor of Louboutin, arguing that it is “the contrast between the sole and the upper that causes the sole to ‘pop’ and to distinguish its creator.” Not sure how this might affect all those DIYers who have been faking their own Loubs with a coat of red paint, but you might want to choose a different color to “pop,” just in case… [NYT] [Photo via Net-A-Porter]
Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! Tom Smith, the Senate candidate from Pennsylvania who last week compared pregnancy from rape to having a baby out of wedlock, has verbal diarrhea again. Last week, Smith introduced vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan at a campaign event in PA and was filmed working the crowd. As you can see in this video of his greatest sexist hits (it’s the second item), Smith walked up to
Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones two women and asks them, “What are we talking about here? Two girls together talking!” One of the women answers, “We’re talking about the power of petite women.” And then Smith replies, “My guess would have been you were talking about shoes.” You know ladies: always talking about shoes! I guess we should be grateful he didn’t say “nail polish,” though, right? [Huffington Post]
If your efforts to land a rich prince have been unsuccessful thus far, maybe it’s time to switch up your footwear choices. An excellent bet for aspiring princesses? DSW’s new Glass Slipper collection, a collaboration with Disney to celebrate the October 2nd release of “Cinderella” on Blu-Ray. Available in stores and online on October 1st, the limited edition collection will include a variety of heels (none of which are actually made of glass) embellished with fairytale-worthy jewel and lace accents, priced from $59.95 to $89.95. Each shoe will include an embossed carriage logo, but alas, no tracking mechanism for that inevitable moment when it falls off your foot as you rush out of a ball at the stroke of midnight. Guess you’ll still have to rely on a determined prince and Craigslist missed connections to be reunited with your lost slipper. [Racked]
Python print shoes are pretty cool. And studded shoes are totally badass. And neon shoelaces are a cool flourish. And big embroidered text across the toes of your shoes is alright, I guess. But as these Melody Ehsani x Reebok sneakers illustrate, all these things together in one shoe is, well, a bit much. Anyone out there dying for a pair? If so, these crazy kicks come out on September 30th. [Nice Kicks]
I’m five feet tall, okay? Let’s just get it out in the open there. And while I don’t find heels to be terribly uncomfortable, I do find them to be terribly inconvenient, especially given my subway commute and my natural propensity to fall all over myself all the time. My height doesn’t particularly bother me — in fact, I forget how short I am until I’m standing next to someone who I perceive as tall, i.e. normal — but it does make me look a considerable amount younger than I am. Like … let’s say 12? Lately I’ve found myself craving a bit of height without the physical hindrances that come with a sick pair of pumps, so I’ve turned to booties with a small stacked heel to get the job done. They also hold your foot in so you’re not slipping and sliding everywhere, which is always a good thing, especially when you’re me. Whether you’re closer to my height or Iman’s, these 10 pairs will give you a bit of a boost, but are still comfortable enough to see you through the workday in style.
I love the cap toe shoe trend that’s happening right now: white ballet flats with black toes; black stiletto slingbacks with silver toes; pink pumps with yellow toes–I’ll take a pair of each, please! For some reason the idea that you can DIY your own cap toe shoes totally blew my mind, even though it’s one of the simplest projects I’ve ever come across. All you need is tape, spray paint, and a simple pair of shoes ready to get the cap toe treatment. As you can see, neon toes look fabulous on tan pumps, but you could try whatever color combo worked best with your wardrobe. If you give this DIY a try, send me a pic of your finished footwear at firstname.lastname@example.org! [Green Wedding Shoes]
These Christian Louboutin platform heels are embroidered to look like a motherboard–isn’t that clever and quirky and fun?–and they can be yours for a mere $1695, which happens to be the same price as a brand new MacBook Pro. I know, I know, it seems like an astronomical sum, but it’s actually not that bad considering that you can use these Louboutins to watch movies, work remotely from anywhere in the world, complete ambitious graphic design projects, download music, and Skype with your friends. Oh. Wait a second. I just re-read the description and it turns out these shoes can’t do any of that. They look like a computer, and cost as much as a computer, but they’re just shoes. Now I’m confused. And kind of sad. [Racked]
I am the nation’s foremost appreciator of polka dots, so much so that when Julie once wore a polka dot dress to work I yelled at her not to gank my style. I’ll reclaim my rightful place on the throne with these adorable black-and-white flats from Old Navy! The price tag is easy on my budget and they’ll be easy to dress up or down. Now, if I can just keep from stepping in the mud in white shoes … [$24.94, Old Navy]
Frisky reader Jackie was really coveting these Jeffrey Campbell wedges. They’re pretty, and delicate and have a sexy little peep toe. But what she didn’t love: the price. At $114, they were well out of her price range. So we searched high and low, and came up with several cute, inexpensive options. Each option offers something a little different, at a more pleasing price point. Check ‘em out after the jump!
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Check out these awesome sneakers Nike just rolled out as part of its 2012 BE TRUE campaign in support of the LGBT community. The high-tops feature iridescent rainbow soles and the message “Be true” printed on the inside. Three different versions of the shoes, along with a BE TRUE hat and t-shirt, are being sold in New York, San Francisco, and Portland to acknowledge those cities as “progressive leaders of LGBT life.” Props to Nike for creating a pair of eye-catching kicks that draw attention to a really important cause. Supporting equal rights for all: just do it. [Laughing Squid]