Summer Shoe Pledge

Hello my Hot Stiletto Sole Sisters! Spring / Summer has finally arrived.  With that said, please raise your big toes and repeat after me:

As a member of the Hot Stiletto Sisterhood, I pledge to follow these rules when I wear sandals and other open-toe shoes.

1. I promise to always wear sandals that fit. My toes will not hang over and touch the ground, nor will my heels spill over the backs. And the sides and tops of my feet will not pudge out between the straps.

2. I will polish my toenails. I vow to keep the polish fresh, intact, and chip-free. I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe.

3. I will sand down any mounds of skin before they turn hard and yellow.

4. I will shave the hairs off my big toe and others if needed.

5. I won’t wear pantyhose with reinforced toes even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker, mother, or sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if tuck it there. (NOTE: Sandalfoot pantyhose are acceptable)

6. If a strap breaks, I won’t duct-tape, pin, glue or tuck it back into place hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it.

7. I will not live in corn denial, rather I will lean on my good friend Dr. Scholl’s if my feet need him.

8. I will resist the urge to buy jelly shoes at Payless for the low, low price of $4.99 even if my feet are small enough to fit into the kids’ sizes. This is out of concern for my safety, and the safety of others. No one can walk properly when standing in a pool of
sweat and I would hate to take someone down with me as I fall and break my ankle.

9. I will take my toe ring off toward the end of the day if my toes swell and begin to look like Vienna sausages.

10. I will be brutally honest with my girlfriend, coworker, mother, or sister when she asks me if her feet are too ugly to wear sandals. Someone has to tell her that her toes are as long as my fingers and no sandal makes creepy feet look good.

This is my summer shoe pledge!!!

(Now go and be fabulous! :o )

Spring Has Sprung! Get A Sneak Peak At Some Of The Top Shoe Designers 2011 Collection!!

Jimmy Choo Spring 11

Jimmy Choo’s Spring collection is sultry, sexy and everything anyone has ever wanted from the designer. There are fashions for every taste and styles for every occasion. The embellished stiletto makes a few cameos in the line which promises to be one of Choo’s most exciting collections yet!

Brian Atwood Spring 11

Brian Atwood has found every shoe lover’s soft spot yet again this season. The designer’s Spring / Summer 2011 collection straddles the perfect balance of eclectic fashion pieces and stand by classics.

 While the Brian Atwood pieces we have to preview today sit more on the conservative side, look out for candy stripped heels and floral plums hitting a store near you soon! It is after all, this balance between traditional and creative that strikes us about Atwood’s collection and promises that there will be something for everyone!

Christian Dior Spring 11

John Galliano’s Spring Collection for Christian Dior is an ode to all things tropical! Get ready for bright colors and exotic materials!

 Dior’s Spring footwear compliments the nautical and floral motifs of the garments which exuded springtime energy!

This collection is like a reward for weathering the winter months! There is no way to escape the bright color and festive warm weather designs!

 

Lanvin Spring 11!

At the end of Lanvin’s Spring runway show, Alber Elbaz, the creative mind behind Lanvin exclaimed, “I’m not a cool designer, and Lanvin is not a cool brand!” We are sorry Alber but we have to disagree! Lanvin’s Spring collection is nothing but cool! 

Just when we thought it could not get any better, Alber Elbaz creates a collection for Lanvin that is totally show stopping!

Lanvin’s Spring ready to wear collection looked at society’s obsession with perfection. Alber found beauty in the wrinkle, (i.e. the skin imperfection) and ran with that idea to create a line full of pleating and bright colors. The footwear beautifully compliments the clothing and ranges from minimalistic flats to extravagant wedges made of plexiglass!

Christian Louboutin Spring 11

Styles from Christian Louboutin’s Spring 11 collection are starting to pop-up for sale online and his store in Los Angeles recently contacted us about new spring arrivals!

It is fair to say that spring shopping has officially begun and what better way to get you in the mood than with the newest styles from the master!

Admittedly, some of Louboutin’s Spring 11 designs are a bit out there, but that is his style! No collection would be complete without a few fantastically artistic designs! Check our Christian Louboutin’s Spring 11 Collection below!

Viktor & Rolf Spring 11

Viktor & Rolf’s Spring ’11 collection is a take on a man’s shirt in a million different ways. The designer’s were inspired by the recent menswear craze and therefore adapted it like only the duo could! 

To compliment their shirts with multiple collars and crazy embroidery, they created a masculine footwear collection in eccentric colors. Bold red, pastel green, white, black and sequined zebra complete an interesting collection whose roots are definitely in men’s design.

Alexander McQueen Spring 11

The design house of Alexander McQueen has continued to bring it even after the untimely passing of the line’s namesake. The suspense leading up to the reveal of McQueen’s line each season leaves fashion lovers waiting with bated breath. 

Wait no longer because we have pictures of key pieces from McQueen’s Spring 11 footwear collection!

This spring’s line is unmistakably McQueen but totally re-invented for the new season. The line embraces all styles from chunky boots to feminine wedges, all with sky-high heels!

Of course it is gorgeous, of course it is artwork and of course we want every pair!

Only A Diva Can Say F**K You In Stiletto Style!

Your girl Ashanti hit up Fashion Week feeling like she needed to give everyone there the bird! 

The singer says it all with these sky-high stilettos by designer Massimo Dogana.
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Question is…Is she making a fashion statement or are they just plain ugly??

For My Outdoor Sisters…Who Says You Can’t Go Hiking And Still Be A Diva?!

Teva sandals are no longer for granola-crunching outdoors types. Now the fashion-conscious adventurer can go straight from the rugged rocks to the black-tie fundraiser without missing a beat.

The heels, an ungodly creation of Teva and NY-based clothing company Grey Ant, are available in two styles: “Worlds Unite” (aka black and white) and “Natural” (aka tan) and retail for the low-low price of $330.00.

And these sky-high heels aren’t just for hitting the trail and/or the red carpet. Judging by these photos, they are also perfect for an afternoon of some heavy-duty yard work.

 

Christina Aguilera Had Wrong Words, But Right Shoes!!

I know it’s easy to get caught up in Christina’s amazing vocals, however, my eyes went directly to her shoes! Immediately I started to drool. I never knew she screwed up the words to the Super Bowl National Anthem because I was too mesmerized by what was on her feet. Allow me to give you some background info on the fabulous Christian Louboutin “Calypso” she was wearing. They are the sister shoe to the Christian Louboutin “Maggie’s.” She definitely was not the first celebrity to rock’em!!

There’s nothing like a shoe fetish amongst a bunch of celebs, and recently we’ve seen plenty of them putting their best feet forward in Christian Louboutin’s Maggie heels.

Khloe Kardashian was first spotted elevating her style in October, closely followed by Victoria Beckham who stole the limelight at a Laker’s game showing off her new curl ‘do. She wore them again yesterday as she was spotted leaving London’s Heathrow airport.

Tyra Banks caught on saving hers for the glamorous ‘Woman of the Year Awards,’ with Vivica A Fox and Kelly Brook rockin theirs just days ago.

The suede pumps feature a gold-tone lattice toe cap, almond-shaped toe and signature red sole and are available in two melting colour combinations.

We’ve found the lilac/blue ones for you online at Matches – irresistible!

‘Maggie’s’ sparkly sister – the ‘Calypso’ – has also become a fashion favourite.

According to Mr Louboutin, ‘Calypso’ mesmerised Odysseus for 20 years…these shoes were her best kept secret.’

It’s similar in style but the Calypso has a crystal encrusted toe and side panel for the utmost allure.

Michelle Williams, Blake Lively, Estelle and Charlize Theron team theirs with dresses for red carpet looks, whilst Christina Aguilera sharpen a simple black dress-down ensemble.

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Christina Aguilera was spotted celebrating the new years with her now ex-husband, in a pair of red Christian Louboutin Calypso Pumps (about $900-$1,500) from their Fall/Winter 2009 collection. These pumps are the birth child of Christian Louboutin’s collaboration with Phillip Lim of 3.1 Phillip Lim and Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders.

Which is your favorite?

The Maggie or the Calypso?

Striking Resemblance

Over the weekend I was shopping and came across a pair of heels that look just like the Christian Louboutin Ambertina’s that are a pricey $2,395 wayyyy out of my budget, but the Celest at Bakers Shoes isn’t at a staggering $79.95! After I saw those I did a little research and found they have a lot more heel look alikes.  How about the Christian Louboutin Canon 140 for $1,295 (that I got onsale for 40% off retail) has a sister by the name of Haylie available at Bakers Shoes for $79.99!  Bakers Shoes also has a Sianne for $99.95 that looks a lot like the Christian Louboutin Larissa for $1,495…. I guess I could go on forever about which stores have similiar designer shoes for a chunk less of money, my question to you is, would you ever buy them?
Celest available at Bakers Shoes for $79.95 
Ambertina available online at various locations and at Christian Louboutin 

 

Haylie available at Bakers Shoes for $79.99 
Christian Louboutin Canon 140 available at Barneys for $1,295 

 

 

Sianne available at Bakers Shoes for $99.95 
Larissa available at Saks for $1,495 

If Red Is Your Color….Try These!

Patent leather Lipstick court shoes, metal lipstick heel

For all the make-up addicts (and the others) here is the last jewel of the Italian shoemaker Alberto Guardiani, the lipstick court shoe with its sexy cut and its heel in the shape of lipstick.

$428.00

Just When You Thought You Were Addicted To Shoes…

Is Over One Thousand Pairs Excessive?

 Celebrity Mariah carey Designer Shoes

 Perhaps one of the most dramatic cases of a celebrity shoe addict is that of singing superstar Mariah Carey. A recent Celebrity Fashion Watch article glimpse into her closet revealed just how much she loves her shoes by showing us her wall to wall collection of various styles and designers. Now before we reveal the amount of shoes Mariah owns, let’s look at just how many of these were purchased out of necessity and how many pairs are just a case of frivolous overspending or addiction. It is perfectly acceptable to want to have various different shoes for different occasions and to compliment specific outfits but if we were to reveal to you that Mariah actually has over 1000 pairs of shoes on display in her massive walk in closet would you still think that is normal? I wonder when that point comes when she just begins buying them out of habit, seeing a pair of shoes and having to buy them rather than just wanting them?!

Paula’s Guilty Pleasures Tagged and Numbered

 Celebrity Paula Abdul Designer Shoes

 American Idol Judge Paula Abdul also has some guilty shoe pleasures and can be seen in the images below in her walk in closet surrounded by shoes. As revealed by In Style Mag, most of her collection is made up from heels; being just over 5 feet means that she definitely needs that extra height boost and heels always make an outfit look more glamorous. Surely this must mean that her feet suffer though? Wearing heels all the time could definitely lead to long term problems, is it really worth it to look taller and add to her ever growing shoe collection?

 What is perhaps even more interesting is that she has all of her shoes and outfits tagged and numbered so that she can quickly and easily pick them out for trips and vacations, sensible for when you travel a lot but this could also be seen as slightly obsessive behaviour, needing to have full control over her shoe addiction and almost justifying how many shoes she owns by labeling them for different occasions and events.

I Lost Count … Somewhere Between Two or Three Thousand Pairs?

 Celebrity Celine Dion Designer Shoes Addiction

 Another famous celebrity shoe addict is of course Celine Dion. As reported by FemaleFirst the singing superstar admitted on the UK TV show This Morning that: “My hobbies are shopping and golfing. I own between two and three thousand pairs of shoes.” Being a mother is clearly her number one role as she goes on to talk about her family, and expresses a wish to have another child in the future. But when you have as much money as Celine has, who can blame her for over indulging every now and again on footwear!

Lindsay Lohan Crowned the Queen of ShoeAholics

 Celebrity Lindsay Lohan Balenciaga Designer Shoes Addiction

  We save the best for last with our profiles of A-list celebrity shoeaholics. Lindsay Lohan, the American actress and pop music singer rose to stardom with leading roles in such films as Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Mean Girls. Well, she could have also played a starring role in a movie titled “Confessions of a Celeb ShoeAholic!” As reported by VipGlamour, the movies actress told British magazine Elle about her record setting shoe collecion which even stacked up against Imelda Marcos She confessed “I own 5,000 pairs of shoes. It’s mad.” By her own admission her collection is ludicrous, but designers such as Stella McCartney keep on supplying her with new items to wear. “I do love fashion. Stella McCartney sends me loads of free stuff.” As shown in our images, she can frequently be seen shoe shopping even between movie shoot breaks.

 In a ChinaDaily article, LiLo admits that shoes make her smile and sexy stilettos stop her from feeling depressed. “If I’m having a bad day, I put on a pair of stilettos, some red lipstick and a great dress and I go shopping!” In a great article found on FantasticToe entitled “Shoe Collections of The Stars”, a very methodical analysis was done which concluded that Lindsay’s shoe collection is worth approximately $1,500,00 and would take 6.85 years to wear each pair only once.

 Celebrity Lindsay Lohan Designer Shoes Addiction

Beyonce Can’t Pass Beyond a Shoe Store

Celebrity Beyonce Balenciaga Designer Shoes Addiction

  One celebrity who isn’t ashamed about her shoe addiction is Beyonce! As Sponkit reported, she embraces her inner shoe addict and was recently quoted by the Daily Express as saying: “I love those super-high shoes that are out at the moment. I’m addicted.” The singing sensation cannot resist buying a pair whenever she goes shopping and always makes sure her wardrobe is full of high heels. The singer admits she can’t resist expensive stilettos every time she passes a footwear store. Free shoes from modeling shoots are another big addiction for Beyonce. With a figure like hers we can hardly blame her for showing her legs off! ConcreteLoop was able to identify the fancy heels Beyonce was showing off at the American Music Awards as Balenciaga Front Cage Sandals from their Fall 07 Collection price tagged at a whopping $4,175!

 Celebrity Beyonce Balenciaga Designer Shoes Addiction

So, the celebrities we featured here are pretty addicted that’s for sure; even to the point of dwarfing the collection of 2,700 shoes owned by the infamous shoe addict Imelda Marcos. You can be sure there will be some future celebrity shoeaholic who will surpass even these collections.

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The Shoe Tub: The Most Comfortable Stiletto You’ll Ever Step Foot In!

The stiletto’s power is undeniable–it can instantly make you taller, sexier, and more confident–but its list of attributes unfortunately has never included “comfortable.” That is, until now…check out the most pampering high heel shoe you’ve ever seen, after the jump.

  Behold, the high heel bathtub. Italian “art factory” SICIS just introduced this collection of mosaic tile bathtubs shaped like stilettos and appropriately named “Audrey” (can’t you just see Miss Hepburn unwinding in one of these, martini in one hand, pink Princess phone in the other??). They made their debut at Milan’s recent Salon del Mobile design fair, and they start at $30,000.

Sure, it’s gimmicky, but how much would you love to slip out of your Louboutins and into a hot bath in this thing after a long day?

Courtesy of Tracey Lomrantz

How To Walk In Heels

I  got a Facebook message the other day — after I posted a picture of my favorite Ferragamo peep-toe d’orsay spectators …

… that went something like this: “LOL. OMG I’m falling over just looking at those they are so high.”

They are not.

They aren’t even close to the highest I own.

And I did not see anything to LOL about. I think it’s sad when a woman is afraid to wear what I and my ilk consider to be the PRETTIEST shoes of all time — high heels.  Even worse: a woman wearing high heels who has no idea how to walk in them.

So, in the interest (again) of sisterhood for those women scared of anything above 3 inches (I’m not messing around with mid-heels here) and because among the many, many shoe-related offenses I simply cannot abide, the worst being a woman who clomps like a big-footed clown in her wedges, platforms or stilettos, I offer my guide to walking in heels. (Actually, these rules apply even if you don’t like wearing heels).

Rule No. 1: Posture. It’s a semi-vicious circle the idea that the imbalance created by wearing heels can force you to stand straighter while also requiring you to, well, stand straighter in order to remain upright. I mean, Pilates-level, dancer-inspired posture. You need your mother’s or your ballet teacher’s voice in your head nagging you to stand up straight, shoulders back, head high and stomach in to be able walk gracefully in heels. Without that balance, you might as well go barefoot because, even in flip-flops, you’ll walk like a clod.

Rule No. 2:  Stride. I personally think there is nothing uglier (nor any bigger waste of a gorgeous shoe) than to see a woman march around knobby knees bent, head thrust forward like a troll taking one uncertain step after another in her heels. (In fact, that’s an unattractive picture even in flats.) Your legs are supposed move forward in a straight, long, purposeful (there is no point to walking anywhere, in any shoe, unless you have a reason for going there) line; hips level and forward, pelvis set to neutral (slightly tucked), your neck long and your head high as if someone were pulling you from above by a string. If you need to practice by walking around your house with a book balanced on your head, then please do.
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Rule No. 2a: Glide. Unless you’re  in the road company of the musical “Stomp” or you run one of those fetish websites in which various things are flattened by women in heels, step lightly. When you walk along your way, don’t ram your foot down like you’re crushing a bug but place your foot quietly one in front of the other.

Rule No. 3: Fit. If your shoes are too tight or too big or too loose or worn to the point where they don’t fit properly, then you won’t be able to walk gracefully in them. That’s all.

Rule No. 4: Don’t wear ‘em if you can’t walk in ‘em. I admit I have been defeated by a pair or two of shoes in my time. Firstly,  no matter how gorgeous they are I simply cannot walk in a pair of delicate, strappy spike heels.
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I’m no amazon but I am ample enough that I simply balance better in a slightly more sturdy shoe (peep-toe pumps for evening or rockin’ hybrid sandal/booties).

Also, I admit I simply do not understand how Audrey Hepburn ran around on those tiny kitten heels …
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For the life of me I can’t do it; I turn my ankle every time I try.

And then there were the Pradas. The gorgeous gray pump with the pointy toe and 4.5 inch heel that I got at an outlet in Florence, Italy. I have rocked a higher heel since then but I simply cannot walk in these …
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My point is, no matter how much you love them, if you cannot walk in them because they are painful or awkward …

… then they are the shoe equivalent of a bad boyfriend and you should ditch them.

Rule No. 5:  Start small. If you want to get used to walking in heels, start with a lower, sturdier heel and work your way skyward. Choose a pair that you love, fit and do not hurt. Then practice, practice, practice … sooner or later you’ll be doing the model “crossover” runway walk …
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Ciao for now … Courtesy of J. Gallego