Imelda Marcos would be so disappointed: the average American woman owns 17 pairs of high heels, according to survey of 1,000 women about shoes in ShopSmart magazine. Women bought an average of three pairs each year and while the likes of Imelda and Carrie Bradshaw spend $600 or more on designer heels, the average woman spends $49 on new kicks. Only 31 percent said they spent over $100 on a single pairs of shoes. Keep reading »
As it begins to slowly inch from winter to spring, we’ve begun to reexamine our wardrobes, pulling out some of the light coats and spring dresses that have been shoved in the back for so long. The savviest fashionistas among us have a dedicated plan for switching from winter to spring. One thing I like to do — I do an end-of-season boot/shoe examination. Any shoes with busted soles or worn-down heels get taken to the cobbler ASAP. That’s because there’s nothing worse than waiting until the first cold day of fall to realize all of your boots have busted heels.
So tell us: how do you make the transition? What are your seasonal switch tips? Keep reading »
Women often get a bad rap for being shoe obsessed, but most women I know have nothing on the men of the Mexican town of Matehuala. The men and boys in Matehuala have been busy trying to outdo themselves with more elaborate and outlandish shoes–like the oversized elfish cowboy boots shown above. Styles and trends change rapidly, and the guys struggle to keep up with one another’s shoe habits. They wear the boots to guachero dance contests, but they also hold contests for the longest and most elaborate boots. [Vice] Keep reading »
Spats! Shoe accessories of a bygone era. Or so you thought. These gorgeous art deco-inspired spats will amp up your boring shoe game with style. And because they’re so versatile, they can work with practically any shoe you’ve got in your closet. Why did these things go out of fashion again? [$58, Etsy] Keep reading »
Hello, sexy shoes! Spring is almost here and our shoe drive is through the roof. We’re coveting these Swooping Asymmetry Wedges designed by Matt Bernson. The luscious leather wedge says “sultry,” while the military -nspired canvas upper says, “I mean business.” They are comfortable to pound the pavement in and perfect to pair with skinny jeans, shorts, skirts, or sun dresses. A must-have for the woman who is serious about spring. Speaking of spring, are we there yet?
Last week, the Man Panel deemed wide-legged jeans a flagrant abuse against legs — but how do they feel about a pair of sexy platforms, meant to highlight your gorgeous gams? Ah, my friends, the answers are complicated, rich and deep — and rife with Superman references. Read on for our guy friends’ delicate opinions on the difference between cute shoes and stripper heels. Keep reading »