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The Shoe Everyone Is Making A Big Old Fuss About This Fall

Perhaps you recall Mary-Kate Olsen stomping all over town in a pair of extra large Balenciaga platform booties that, despite their hefty price tag, sold out everywhere. That was back in 2006, but flash forward to 2009 and Sam Edelman, shoemaker to Victoria’s Secret catalogues and the Home Shopping Network, is the one enjoying all the glory (and smash sales) now. In ’07, Edelman crafted the best knockoff out there, but since it sold out so quickly, it’s been reissued for a whopping $345 (it was originally $170) and has been dubbed the Zoe boot. Movin’ on up! And ya know what? Not only are fashion bloggers hailing it as the shoe of the season (wait, again?), but it’s already sold out on Zappos! I spotted the shoe with my own two eyes in Soho in NYC this weekend, but I’m not sure if I’m sold on it, even though I’ll def cop to sort of wanting a pair. (Mostly for the height factor, truth be told.) But all of this fawning over the shoe seems a little crazy at this point, right? If you’re interested, they’re taking pre-sale orders (!?) for the shoe here. Is this Frankenstein-looking number really covetable or is this just another case of much ado about nothing? Keep reading »

Feet Too Tired To Wear Heels? Put Them Around Your Neck Instead

High-heeled shoes have gotten pretty artsy lately, with naked goddesses, guns, and even a lack of heel replacing the basic pump. But design duo Azumi and David (A’N'D) have recognized the beauty of the regular ole heel, removed it from its usual companion, the shoe, and hung it on a chain, creating these delightful, tongue-in-cheek necklaces. We don’t know about you, but we have a particular pair of shoes that keep failing us. The next time they do, we might have to rip off the heel and make a necklace out of it as payback for breaking on the way to a job interview and a first date. [Azumi and David] Keep reading »

Finally TOMS Shoes We Would Wear

Honestly, the heartwarming charity angle aside, there was something about TOMS shoes that looked decidedly … un-chic. Hence, while we’ve admired the shoes from afar, we’ve never seen a pair we wanted to sport around town. Until now. Behold: TOMS with laces, formally known as the Cordones. It’s a total departure from the traditional TOMS shoe, and while some might say it takes away all the charm, we disagree. (And we think dudes who had problems walking around in TOMS’ signature espadrilles are with us on this one.) They’re available now for between $69 and $78. Find them wherever TOMS are sold or online. [Racked] Keep reading »

Did Nina Ricci Rip Off Those Heel-Less High Heels From A Fetish Designer?

Remember those eye-popping Nina Ricci heel-less high heels? You can see someone try to walk in them here or get a closer look here. Well, it looks as if Ricci’s Olivier Theyskens may have gotten the idea from a more obscure fetish designer, Kronier. The outrageous Kronier line is decidedly fetishistic and probably best for those who like to encase themselves in rubber before heading off to the rave, and the Kronier boots look a lot like the Riccis. You can watch a video of Kronier’s heel-less boots dating back to 2006 here. In any case, there’s probably no one “inventor” of the heel-less shoe; Antonio Berardi did something similar in 2008. But it begs the question: Why do designers want to see women walk in shoes without heels? Keep reading »

The Sickest Doc Martens We’ve Ever Seen

In these tough economic times, there’s nothing like diversifying projects to maintain income and interest, a trick both Raf Simons and Doc Martens know too well. In addition to running his own label as well as men’s and women’s collections for Jil Sander, Simons has extended his name and talent to a laundry list of collaborations including Asics and Fred Perry. Martens has done the same with recent partnerships with labels like Yohji Yamamoto and Stussy. So it only makes sense–and cents–for Simmons and Martens to collaborate in a venture of their own. The result is Raf Simons for Doc Martens, a collection of boots, loafers and shoes for boys which borrow the Belgium designer’s clean, modern aesthetic. Our favorite out of the line has to be these metallic numbers scheduled to be in stores and online this month. Log on to Doc Martens online to find out where to buy. [For your man. Bah! Wish they had women's. -- Editor] [Fashionisto] Keep reading »

Cobbler Vs. New Shoes: Which Is The Better Value?

Thinking I was being smart with my money, I recently took three pairs of black high heels to my local shoe repair man to get them gussied up. All of them were in pretty sad condition—the heels worn down to the metal screw, soles thin, and scuffs all around. (FYI, these shoes weren’t anything super fancy, just good and basic Banana Republic and Nine West.) Keep reading »

What’s Up With These Crazy (And Expensive!) Shoes?

We love designer Emma Cook, and clearly we’re crazy about Topshop, but we’re having a little trubs drumming up any affection for these new platforms. A product of their latest collaboration, the shoe (far left) costs a whopping $290, while the boots (middle and right) weigh in at $340. The height and chunkiness are totally on trend–we’ll give them that. I could even learn to love those animal prints. But for that amount of money, most ladies would probably rather invest in something more classic, right? I know I would. Thoughts on these shoes anyone? Keep reading »

The Futuristic, Fashionable Version Of Crocs

Architect Zaha Hadid is known for designing notable buildings and structures around the world, but lately she’s had an interest in fashion. Hadid created the container for Chanel Mobile Art, which traveled to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York and involved contemporary artists’ takes on the luxury brand’s classic quilted bag. Now, she’s designing accessories of her own in a partnership with Brazilian shoe company Melissa. The shoe company already produces crazy plastic shoes, and with Hadid’s help, they get even more futuristic. These aren’t cheap rubber Crocs, either, at $300 a pair. We won’t be at all surprised if we see these on Uhura‘s feet in the next Star Trek movie. [Epaulet via Style.com] Keep reading »

How ‘Bout These John Galliano Lace-Up Platforms?

The arctic chill of Russia is what inspired John Galliano’s Fall 2009 collection. From balloon-y peasant blouses to full-skirted wool coats, everything echoed an Eastern European winter. Everything except the shoes, or more to the point: these shoes. Besides the furry pom-poms, nothing about Galliano’s Fall 2009 lace-up boots says winter. But that doesn’t stop us from loving them. They’re available in an array of colors, but our favorites are the red (here) and purple. Loving don’t mean buying though. These pretty pom-poms are sure to set one back a pretty penny: several hundred (over a grand?) dollars worth. [Fab Sugar] Keep reading »

These Shoes Are Off The Chain

Chains are clearly the “it” accoutrement for your lower appendages. We already told you about chain leggings, but these pumps, from Chain Shoes duo Tove Jansson and Per Emanuelsson, up the ante. Their design recently won the 2009 Shoemania design competition; they’re rather unwearable, but what pair of 7-inch platforms really is? After the jump, Chain Shoes’ rusty chain loafers for dudes. They look heavy but a little more foot-friendly. [via Trendhunter] Keep reading »

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