If I had to estimate, I would assume I currently own and wear about 40 pairs of shoes, between all the boots, sandals, heels, and flip flops in my closet. You can say I’m a bit of a shoe addict. But after learning how long it takes for soles to compost, I’m re-thinking my love affair. According to Thomas Briel of BIO-D Biodegradable Shoes from Simple Shoes, your average footwear sits in a landfill for about 1,000 years before they decompose. Just think about that for a second. Over the course of a lifetime, I’m sure people accumulate hundreds of shoes. Multiply that by the population of the world, and we’re quickly destroying our lovely Earth just with what we wear on our feet. Because of this, Simple Shoes designed an entire collection of shoes that only take 20 years to compost, instead of the overwhelming 1,000. Now that I know the damage my shoes are doing to the environment, I’ll really think twice about buying a pair I don’t actually need. Will you? [Treehugger] Keep reading »
Iconic bag brand LeSportsac has a new way to carry you through the day—the company’s just branched out into footwear, and is launching a new collection next month. If you’ve been a LeSportsac lover since you were a kid, then you’ll definitely find something you like. There are flirty ballet flats that come in LeSportsac signature prints as well as punchy and metallic colors. Also in the mix are patterned rain boots decked out in floral or gingham motifs (with matching backpacks and purses!).
While most of the offerings stay on the side of cute, we do have to say that we’re all about those black glitter rain booties that are pretty edgy, and dare we say it … Darth-tastic? Check out some more images after the jump! [Nylon] Keep reading »
We’ve been seeing platform pumps all over the red carpet lately. The all-grown-up Dakota Fanning wore a crimson D&G pair to the L.A. premiere of “New Moon” and Kate Hudson put on a super high white pair by Casadei for this weekend’s Golden Globes. Plus, stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe and Style.com’s Candy Pratts Price wrote up Alexander McQueen’s Titanic Ballerina Pumps. And the trend-following Steve Madden already has pairs of platform pumps in stock. Obviously, they’re the hot new shoe, but we can’t decide whether they’re totally weird or an awesome way to add height. What do you think?
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The hype over the “Where The Wild Things Are” movie may have died down, but that didn’t stop us from seeing the cuteness in these slippers modeled after the main character, Max. We can’t think of a more ferocious way to warm up your feet around the house (seriously, is anyone else freezing?), than by shuffling around in these fuzzy, plush slip-ons. Guaranteed to scare the crap out of your boyfriend. [$9.97, WBShop.com] Keep reading »
Season after season, I fall in love with the designs that Christian Siriano sends down the runway. So as soon as I heard that he would team up with Payless to provide his shoe designs to the lower priced store, I was floored and obsessed. After sitting in his runway show, I’d stalk the blogs for any details about the upcoming collection, but his looks were always slightly toned down for mass appeal. (Here’s a past collection.) And yet again for spring 2010, I was fully expecting his towering heels to receive their bland Payless spin, though undoubtedly I would still stalk the store to check them out. Boy, was I wrong. Here’s a peek at the shoes set to appear in stores come mid-March for spring 2010, and they’re anything but calm. At $79.99 each, these are heels which are certainly an investment price for Payless shoes, but as long as this is actually what appears in stores, I’ll be more than pleased — I’ll be a new Siriano shoe owner. [She Finds]
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So, um, Grazia magazine says that moon boots are making a comeback and are the way to stay warm and in fashion: “Think ‘Charlie’s Angels’ meets Christie Brinkley!” OK, at least that style description makes things a little bit more conceivable. Problem is, not everyone is Christie Brinkley, and wearing these contraptions can create that Japanese anime cartoon look where your proportions are all thrown off thanks to huuuuuuge feet.
We remember these boots making a brief appearance among the fashion set in ’06 or so, and maybe they just couldn’t compete with the Ugg at that point. But now that Uggs are officially fugs, what do you think of moon boots? [Grazia] Keep reading »
Gianni Barbato’s boots with skulls at the top of the heels are some serious you-know-what kickers. Definitely a perfect fit for the upscale girl with a penchant for the gothic look, they ain’t cheap — marked down from a whopping $870 to a mere $609 — but they’re sure to score their fair share of attention. I could absolutely see the fashionably daring Rihanna rocking these spooky stilettos. [Haute Macabre] Keep reading »
Twisted ankles in high heels. Stubbed toes in flip-flops. And now infections from your boots. (You just can’t win.) TLC’s show “Emergency Level 1″ recently dealt with a curious fashion affliction—an infection from cowboy boots. The ER doctor explains that, actually, the girl receiving treatment isn’t the only one to show up with the same issue. The hospital sees many a Vanderbilt student, and apparently treats a couple of cases like this during certain times of the year—the college’s girls like to break out the cowboy boots during football season. So how did this happen? The doctor explains that she “wore the wrong socks.” If socks can’t prevent infections, then what are you supposed to do? Vacuum-pack your feet?
Or just not wear cowboy boots. [Gawker] Keep reading »
Sadly, the recession has nabbed another victim. Ever since 2002, Stuart Weitzman dreamed up an elaborate pair of shoes, sometimes diamond encrusted, other times ruby, priced around $1 million for one lucky Academy Award-nominated woman to wear to the big show. But in lieu of the world’s current financial crisis, the shoes are again a no-go. “While the Oscars will certainly still be a glamorous event, we feel this year — like we did last year — that it is still not appropriate to be extravagant,” Weitzman tells StyleList. “As such, we have decided not to create a ‘million dollar shoe’ for someone to wear to the 2010 ceremony.” Over the years, female stars including Laura Harring, Alison Krauss, Anika Noni Rose, Kathleen Bird York, and Regina King were the lucky ones chosen to wear the shoes, while “Juno” writer Diablo Cody notoriously refused, basically calling the whole thing a stupid PR scam. [Hahaha ... But seriously folks, do these shoes look even slightly attractive? -- Editor] [Stylist] Keep reading »
The staff of Dazed Digital got a sneak peek at some of the goods from Louis Vuitton‘s men’s collection. The spring 2010 line apparently includes these very shiny dress shoes covered in silver sequins. As far as sequins in men’s fashion go, they’ve thankfully stayed put in the closets of Chippendale’s dancers. Is this Louis Vuitton’s attempt to make them manly?
In the realm of weird new shoe trends for guys, many of you were actually not that bothered by men’s shoes with a bit of heel. So, what about this flamboyant footwear? We have to say we could totally see Kanye rocking a pair …
So what’s the word, twinkle toes? [Dazed Digital] Keep reading »