Glorious, Glamorous Shoes: If the shoe fits, buy one in every colour
Designer shoes, sexy shoes, sensible shoes (Thank you, Robin Williams) - I love shoes. When I was just a little girl, I read two fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm that had a profound effect on my little-girl, developing psyche. The one "The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf", was a cautionary tale about the cost of the pride. The other, "The Red Shoes", was another cautionary tale about the high cost of pride. They both also involved young girls, girls of just about my age, and beautiful shoes.
The moral conclusion was obvious - lusting after beautiful shoes, and being prideful about owning them would send my poor little soul straight to you-know-where. I didn't find many cautionary tales about grown women and beautiful shoes, so I decided that growing up would mitigate the curse. I also concluded the only truly safe thing to do was actually to buy the shoes. That way I could completely avoid lusting after them, and simply enjoy them. Much better solution!
The Red Shoes
"The Red Shoes" treatise has become synonymous with addictions of all kinds, but having a thing for red shoes doesn't necessarily make one an addict. Does it? Really? I think not.
But, I digress. Red shoes are a wardrobe necessity for any fashion forward female. So are black shoes, green shoes, brown shoes, spectator pumps, peep-toes, sling-backs, and every kind of print you can imagine.
Metallics are still very big, and embellishments range from modest studding to fanciful, jewelry-like decorations.
Gone are the days of a simple, self-fabric bow or toe-buckle, though stylish flats are often decorated with an up-dated version in a contrasting fabric or metallic finish.
Punch-work and leather tooling in intricate, delicate designs on soft suede-like finishes is very popular, as is the wide range of styles available in shiny patent leather.
Both are the perfect compliment to any daytime wardrobe, but move easily into night-time wear.
Nine West's line of daytime semi-formal court pumps are simply great with an up-town power suit, but they work equally well under a classy pant and co-ordinating blazer ensemble.
Jeans have definitely gone upscale and Spring's classy Bonfire peep-toe beautifully lengthens the leg. The early warming trends will be all the more delightful with a comfy yet classic sandal.
The trendy Capri pants of last summer will be back, updated, and super for a casual weekend or an afternoon outing. Take them to town or country with a great pair of espadrilles, or suede flats.
Pair them up with a fab pair of patent boots for a totally glam look, or with knee-high fleece-lined suede for a casual effect.
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Tips for Comfy Tootsies
What's not to love about fabulous pumps? Shoes have come a long way from the pointy-toed foot wreckers of past generations.
Ill-fitting shoes are one a the greatest causes of foot woes today. Gel insoles and a proper fit can go a long way to ensuring your comfort.
Changing shoes part-way through the day can also relieve strain on your Achilles tendon, and ensure it won't be permanently shortened by wearing heels all the time. Keeping a pair of flats handy can also ease your feet after a long day.
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Some designers, though, make such beautiful shoes it's hard not to want to wear them 24/7. Laboutin, Prada, Manolo Blahnik - all well-respected designers of totally yummy shoes.
Their offerings span the spectrum from dainty evening slippers to great boots, classy pumps, and comfy sandals, all in the latest styles and quality materials.
Manolo Blahnik is making a name for himself as a designer of high-style, high fashion heels.
His unique, sometimes whimsical, but always interesting designs can't be mistaken for anyone else's work.
Even his reserved creations are distinctive and stylish, adding that dash of glamor to lift his footwear just a notch above the rest, whether with a unique embellishment or eye-catching combination of colors and textures..
Their names roll of the tongue like honey - names to conjure by - the names of the "shoe gods" who create the lovely shoes we crave. Row upon row, a pair for every outfit, a pair for every whim, and a shoe closet out of a little girl's fantasy.
Some day, I'll have a shoe wardrobe, a pair for every whim, for every outfit, for every season.
Whether you prefer the tried and true classics such as Balenciaga, Prada, Fendi, Chanel, and Gucci, or the more modern Christian Laboutin, and Manolo Blahnik, designer shoes and designer look-alike shoes and accessories can be purchased in a wide range of prices - something to suit any budget.