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Let’s start off with Lucky Magazine’s Spring Shoe Guide (March 2011) as an intro. They list these shoes to add to your warmer weather wardrobe: wood platforms, jeweled slingbacks, bold loafers (as in bold colors), platform pumps, flat espadrilles, sliver-wedge sandals, pointy-toe slingbacks and cork wedges, followed by 2 strap sandals (on strap around the ankle and one over the toes) as their shoe-of-the-month in the April 2011 issue.

My thoughts: The wood platforms, cork wedges and flat espadrilles are pretty standard, every-spring-they’re-for-sale shoes (although I realize there’s a 70s vibe going around which is making shoe stores a little extra wood heavy). And I’m going to skeptically say I’ll stay on the lookout for someone wearing jeweled slingbacks as daywear in NYC. I also doubt you’ll see many people in bright loafers this spring/summer, especially with wide-leg trousers and maxi skirts trending now (can’t really wear loafers with those). But, I think the pointy-toe slingbacks, sliver-wedge sandals and 2 strap sandals are all spot-on. The sliver-wedge sandals are a nice progression of winter’s version popularized by Loeffler Randall’s sliver-boots. And I think pointy-toes will become more and more plentiful as the year progresses.

But I’ve also spotted a few other (more?) interesting spring shoe trends popping up and they actually all involve espadrilles!

First, I’ve noticed espadrilles with frayed straps. These are definitely more for your casual days but hey, if you already have a pair of strappy canvas wedges, don’t be afraid to dip into D.I.Y and rough them up a bit ;). And if you prefer the new versions, below Steve Madden, Coconuts and others have done the distressing for you.

Second, I’m seeing a lot of espadrille heels that continue up the ankle to form the heel cup; I’m calling them endless espadrilles. These shoes are AMAZING because when they’re on, at first glance you look like you might be wearing impossibly tall heels.  They’re also especially nice because the style could hide a much lower heel like the 2.5 inch (I know!) version by Sam Edelman. And as a side note – yep, that brand in row 5 is Hunter of rainboot fame, apparently making some leather heels now.

Honorable mention goes to espadrilles that do not have covered ankles but instead feature an extra tall side portion or “cut-out” ankle strap that creates a similar illusion. Surprisingly, I found a nice example of these shoes at Old Navy which are a great option if you’re on a budget.

I still have one more trend for you further below, but for now, some picture proof!


Coconuts Avery

Bettye Muller Saffron

Steve Madden Fraid


Matisse Asher


Sam Edelman Leroy

Enzo Angiolini Ramie

Enzo Angiolini Romario

Hunter Anegada


Old Navy Espadrille Wedges

Corso Como Decoy

Boutique 9 Illy

Not Too Coy Lydia

And last I’ve collected some irregular espadrille combos. Brands like Tory Burch and 3.1 Phillip Lim are marrying espadrille soles with a chukka or desert boot upper. This is probably best with a canvas boot and an excellent option when we’ve got those New York days where it’s warm for just a few hours in the afternoon sunshine and then you’ve got to put your jacket back on (like today!).

A few other brands, like Jeffrey Campbell and Prada, decided to add in an espadrille layer to a shoe that normally wouldn’t have it. This might technically shorten the seasonally appropriate lifespan of the shoes, but fashion rules are made to be broken. However, I’m not sure we should even call them espadrilles, and at the same time, I don’t think we can leave that out – it’s pretty distinctive. How about Espamaybelles? (I’ll break that down: espa-maybe-lles…? ok, well, I love it, haha).

Anyway, that’s it for now. Happy shopping all! And if you spot any other crazy espadrille hybrids, let me know.

Tory Burch Desert Bootie Espadrille

3.1 Phillip Lim lace up espadrille

Prada Lace-Up Cutout Wedge

Jeffrey Campbell Mary ESP

Mark & James Magnolia

Chinese Laundry Dragonfly


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My first online destination in the Shoe Store Spotlight is Gotham City Online (thanks to PollDaddy in my previous blog). Not only does Gotham City Online (GCO) have fantastic prices on designer styles (they actually claim the lowest guaranteed) and free shipping, they also raise money for charity (nice!). I dig this store too because you never know what you’re going to find. GCO says they list new items every day and I’ve seen shoes from luxury brands like Chanel, Viktor & Rolf, and Marc Jacobs almost equally as often as shoes from fashion brands like Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole (Reaction, Tribeca, Unlisted), Nine West and Via Spiga.

Here’s another cool thing about this online store (and a true story): One day a random girl (ahem) tried on a pair of shoes at a store but decided to be “good” and not get them. After she left the store, she (of course) immediately regretted it and every outfit she wanted to wear to work that week would have been perfect if only she had just gotten those amazing shoes. Finally (after deciding, for justification purposes, to swap Starbucks for cereal at home for a while), she decided to go back to the store that weekend (realizing death to be the most likely outcome if she didn’t get them into her closet soon) but they were SOLD OUT!! And they were sold out in every other store she frantically checked. Now, she might have been be able to stave off her panic attack if she had know about this website a little earlier because… (happy ending alert) she found the shoes about a month later at!

Gotham City Online gets those last pairs of shoes from stores in NYC when they are making room for new merchandise, so hard-to-find styles are always popping up there even after brick & mortar stores (yes, real term. yuck.) have stopped carrying them (and when summer sandals are being sold in stores in Decemeber, that’s kind of great). Plus GCO still gives you the sale price!!

This website doesn’t give out coupons super often, but I am trying to finagle a coupon code out of them for you & all my readers so I’ll post it here (SUCCESS! New Customers Can Use Coupon Code: SPYTEN for an Extra 10% Off Any Order!!) as soon as I’m successful.

There’s your online shoe store lesson for the week, class will be in session again soon!


Interesting news from the shoe world to fill your 4th of July weekend. Be safe with your fireworks (if they’re legal in your state), be safe with your skin (meaning sunscreen!) and be safe with your shoes (securely fastened to your feet if you’re going on a roller-coaster or that they don’t mind water if you’ll be at the beach).

Chinese Laundry Vegas With offices stationed in Southern California for more than 30 years, Chinese Laundry recently announced that its first boutique ever will stay in the area. The store will sell Chinese Laundry footwear, bags, denim, belts, hosiery and sunglasses. With the brand having been around for so long, at first I couldn’t believe they’d never had a store. Chinese Laundry has long been a solution to the no cash but need a pair of heels right now rut I come upon fairly often. I actually had to trace sidewalk paths in my mind around the cities I’d lived in before I could really convince myself I’d never seen a store of their own! Give the brand some love!

Marc Jacobs Fab Glitter flats The Louis Vuitton Group (LVMH) recently won a huge lawsuit against eBay. A court in France found eBay fully responsible for letting people sell counterfeit Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior goods on as well for allowing the sale of 4 specific perfume brands (Kenzo, Guerlain, Givenchy and Christain Dior) which can be sold only by authorized distributors.

The actual terms of guilt from the ruling were “gross misconduct and detrimental breach.” And the court completely threw out eBay’s claim that their website users are themselves responsible for engaging in illegal activities such as (obviously) buying or selling counterfeit goods. Ebay has been told they must pay about $63 million in damages but do plan to appeal – partially because such a ruling is “anti-competitive” (per an eBay press release) and would hurt small businesses everywhere.

What if, like the perfumes in this case, other luxury items (shoes!!, handbags, sunglasses) begin to be restricted as well and brands start to withhold the sale of those items from everyone but a very select few authorized people? Can you imagine a world where you can only buy your Marc Jacobs shoes straight from the Marc Jacobs store? Good-bye super sale prices. I don’t support knock-offs, but I hope eBay wins their appeal at least partially. It seems too broad a ruling to be of any good to consumers.

My Calvin Klein HeelsLast but not least, I got married about 2 weeks ago (honeymoon last week and time off for planning/organizing before that – sorry for going missing for a while!). Anyway, these are the Calvin Klein heels I finally decided on and wore (thanks to Justin Tinapay for his excellent photos!):
My Calvin Klein Heels
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