For my birthday this year, I was determined to splurge and finally purchase the holy grail of footwear: a Christian Louboutin shoe. I’ve lusted after a pair ever since I saw the elongating effects of the hidden platform, that skinny pindrop heel, and wanted to become a member of the red-soled troops of fashionistas that I so frequently saw during New York Fashion Week. So finally on August 6th, I made my way to Saks, and requested to try on my first pair: the 5 inch Patent Pump.
In addition to the obvious aesthetic effects, I’ve heard many things about the fit and comfort of his shoes. “So comfortable I could run in them all day!” I remembered a starlet trilling about in a weekly magazine, “The hidden platform is the secret!” With anticipation, I expectantly slid my foot into the shoe, and stood up, expecting to feel air on my feet, and that magical feeling you get when you are wearing a great shoe–the feeling of nothingness and lightness. Unfortunately, I felt something and it wasn’t very comfortable–the shoe felt stiff and rigid and my feet felt piched and tight. I feel this a lot when I wear heels of a high height, thanks to a wide foot and high arches, but had hoped that Louboutins would be different. (more…)
This winter, I’m making a resolution that I should have long made: I’m putting down the Ugg. I have to admit that I’ve never found the Ugg to be Ugg-ly, but have found them cute since the beginning. I’ve faithfully loved my beloved Uggs through 6 winters now, beginning in College, and have gone through 2 pairs. One Sand, one Chestnut pair, have survived through the various cold weather conditions: the 26.9 inch New York City snow blizzard of 1996, the snow slopes of Vail, Colorado, and the assorted various flurries and gray-slate melty slush puddles that are all over NYC sidewalks in Winter.
My Australian friends were appalled that Americans like me wore their Uggs everywhere, because they wear them specifically for beaches and after surfing, since they wick away moisture and water. I’ve loved them for their pillowy comfiness (is there anything softer than that sheepswool?) Unfortunately, there are 2 big problems with using the Ugg as a winter snow boot. 1. The boots aren’t exactly waterproof, so occasionally, my toes wound up ice cold after accidentally stepping into a snow bank. 2. As they weren’t designed for snow, the sidewalk salt and snow ruin the soft sheepskin.
This winter, I’m determined to find other cute, cold weather boots and I’ve found my top picks below: (more…)
One of Chicago’s best events every year is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, coming up this Sunday on October 11th. Whether you’re running it yourself, or cheering on a friend, it’s a fantastic way to get to know the city a little better. The Marathon route goes through many of Chicago’s distinct neighborhoods, and the new Chicago Marathon Collection from Nike celebrates that. Nike invited me to visit their showroom and see for myself. As a relatively new Chicagoan, I loved seeing how the different pieces in this collection highlighted the diversity and uniqueness of the city. Take the Nike Poster Women’s T-Shirt ($28), above. The front of the shirt features a design of the Chicago flag, and the back? Look closely: (more…)
I live in flats and currently am in desperate need to refresh my collection. Somehow, I’ve worn out many of my flats and they’re coming apart all around the same time. This means I need some new ones, stat! I’ve ordered a basic black pair from J.Crew as their ballet flats have served me well in the past, but I do like to have a couple of more fun pairs in my closet too.
The Frenchie Flat caught my eye when I was browsing over at Kate Spade recently, and I’m thinking it might be a great gold ballet flat to have. The patent gold leather isn’t too flashy, but isn’t too muted as to make the color look washed out. I like the black grosgrain ribbon accent, which adds an understated feminine feel. The rubber sole on the bottom should make walking in them quite comfy, too. What do you think? Are they worthy of placing an order?
Retails for $195. You can check out more details over at Endless.com.
You may only think of Matt Bernson during the summer season for his amazing sandals, but he also has some great shoes year-round. For fall, he’s tapped into the cut out bootie trend and has this new style called Vesper.
I am completely obsessed. Available in gray or black, this bootie has an edgy and effortless motorcycle feel. I love the strap around the ankle, which somehow feels like the perfect finishing touch. You can tuck your skinny jeans into it and pair with a loose top – or wear it with tights and body-skimming dress or skirt! It just feels like the perfect bootie for fall!
Can someone get me a size 6.5? Retails for $262 at mattbernson.com.