Thursday, November 13th 2014

The 5 Boots You Need Right Now

Winter’s on its way, and with it, the issue of winter footwear. Last year, my superb but oh-so-sensible snow boots were worn ad nauseam, so this year, I’m bringing these shearling-lined Frye moto boots into the rotation. Goodbye, boot boredom!

This is the pair you’ll be able to wear with everything this fall. There’s nothing more seasonally appropriate than a classic knee-high boot with skinnies or a skirt and a cozy sweater, like these Tory Burch knee-high boots. So easy.

I love a classic leather ankle boot, like these Rag & Bone booties. Their versatility transcends new seasons and trends. Skirts, slouchy pants, sweater dresses—everything looks smarter with ankle boots. Extra points for slip-on styles! Nothing like slipping them on and leaving the house feeling and looking awesome.

Once the weather gets cool, pointy pumps belong at the back of the closet—nobody should have to wear heels in the cold! That’s why over-the-knee boots, like these from Stuart Weitzman, are a nice investment to make around this time of year. They’re as chic and sexy as a pump—but they’ll keep you toasty on wintry nights out.

Autumn calls for plaids and leather, and normally those grunge elements have me craving combat boots. But this year, it’s all about hiking—or at least, the hiking boot. Unassuming, utilitarian, and kind of badass, a pair of leather hiking boots will add an edgy nonchalance to the most basic autumn look. The laces on these Joie hiker boots don’t hurt, either.


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Tuesday, December 11th 2012

Where My Shoes Have Been: Isla Mujeres, Mexico


Taking a break from the drab winter weather here in the States, Shopbop Merchandiser Holly jetted off to sunny Mexico in search of ocean breezes and some well-deserved relaxation. The most strenuous part? Picking what shoes she would take to stroll the miles and miles of white sand beaches.

These Jerome C. Rousseau sandals were an excellent packing choice for bopping around Isla Mujeres. The bright pink shade complemented the cheery colors throughout the Island. They were perfect for daily beach outings, golf cart excursions around the city, and all the walking we did while exploring and trying out different restaurants. Such a beautiful island, I can’t wait to visit again!


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Thursday, October 25th 2012

Classics Reimagined: 3 Shoe Brands to Know

Clockwise, from top: Marais USA Canvas Oxfords, Zadig & Voltaire Joe Combat BootsMax Kibardin Mallorca Boots.

We all love the Giuseppe Zanottis and Christian Louboutins of the shoe world: they create covetable heels that are never short on wow factor. But there’s something to be said for a label that treads in the waters of footwear classics. Today, meet three brands that do just that, offering modern updates on timeless wardrobe staples.

Founded in Brooklyn in 2008, Marais USA was created with a singular mission: to bring well-designed footwear to every fashionable woman at a price she can afford. The results are ballet flats, booties, and oxfords that marry classic silhouettes with modern details, ensuring Marais USA shoes find an easy place in any wardrobe.

Milanese by adoption and Russian by birth, Max Kibardin merges an architectural background earned in Moscow with fashion studied in Milan to construct sleek shoes in streamlined silhouettes. The collection embodies “timeless luxury” through a smart mix of clean lines and interesting details, and though the designer favors excess and decoration, his shoes never feel over-the-top. Instead, they are a study in measured design, earning them the attention of fashion editors and celebrities alike.

Zadig & Voltaire is where casual and luxury meet. Founded in Paris in 1997 by Thierry Gillier, the brand has stores on nearly every corner of the City of Light, and now, they’ve come to Shopbop with street-meets-chic shoes for the feminine tough girl. Think biker accents and moto elements, softened with luxe leather and suede. They make an equally fitting match for a floral dress or black skinny jeans.


Thursday, October 18th 2012

Where My Shoes Have Been: Milan, Italy

After a few whirlwind weeks of international runway shows, our designer buyer, Justin, is back at Shopbop headquarters with travel stories about food, fun, and, of course, fashion. 

We had a jam-packed schedule in Milan, but one of my favorite shows was Versace—very bohemian, fabulous, over-the-top Coachella-couture! Right after the show, our fashion director Treena and I were walking down the cobblestone streets, just soaking up inspiration, when we looked up and saw a huge, heart-shaped pizza. It was just so fantastic, we had to try it for lunch. After our amusing meal, it was off to more shows. I was happy to have packed my Mr. Hare oxfords. Not only were they the perfect green accent to my navy outfit, but they handled those inspiring, yet uneven, streets like a dream.


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Monday, October 15th 2012

Pointed Perfection: The Tapered Toe Shoe

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After seasons of sky-high sandals and towering platforms, the sleek and wearable heels currently hitting What’s New are a welcome change. Tapered to a stylishly sharp tip, the classic silhouette of pointed-toe pumps fit seamlessly into fall’s feminine fascination. Shopbop Fashion Director Treena explains, “The ladylike trend is definitely in the atmosphere right now, and pointed-toed shoes are a great way to express it. I love them with cropped pants and skirts.”

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Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Shoes in the City: 3 Pairs to Wear in NYC

Shoes from top to bottom: Matt Bernson Jack Flat Sandals, Maison Martin Margiela High Heel Booties, Modern Vintage Roxy Sandals.

Urbanites tend to flee the concrete jungle in summer, but there are plenty of folks heading inland for their weekend getaways. A friend of mine has a jaunt to NYC on her summer agenda, and just the other day, she asked me what shoes to pack. Here’s what I told her:

In my opinion, a summer weekend in the city should be, above all, relaxing, and it’s tough to decompress when your feet are aching. A pair of flat sandals with a solid sole will make long walks and museum visits infinitely more enjoyable.
Favorites: Matt Bernson sandals, KORS Michael Kors sandals, Sam Edelman sandals.

City streets are, well, dirty, and at some point in the weekend, your feet are going to need a break from the urban elements. Cover them up with an easy bootie. A low heel offers a hint of lift, and booties-plus-dress is a cool summer-in-the-city equation.
Favorites: Maison Martin Margiela booties, Marc by Marc Jacobs booties, Rag & Bone booties.

Now, even with all this talk about comfort, a visit to NYC really can’t be relegated to low ground. Pack a statement heel that’ll let you make it at least a handful of blocks before regretting your footwear choice. Something in a wedge or with a thicker heel will offer stabilized support without sacrificing that sexy city elevation.
Favorites: Modern Vintage sandals, Elizabeth and James shoes, L.A.M.B. wedges.


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Monday, May 28th 2012

Wardrobe Foundations: Shoes

Clockwise, from left: Shakuhachi Animal Booties, B Brian Atwood Labrea Sandals, Vera Wang Lara Snake Flats, Loeffler Randall Tamsin Pumps.

Every great wardrobe is actually made of several mini wardrobes, clusters of essential pieces from the same category that work together to build a strong foundation. In this series, we’re looking at these collections and offering our picks. This week, four essential shoes every woman should have in her closet.

Find a pair with sleek lines and a low heel, and this shoe will be a true wardrobe workhorse. The Loeffler Randall pumps pictured are classic.

One to wear with skinnies or skirts, a ballet flat in a bold or neutral hue is an easy go-to slip-on. Vera Wang flats are updated with snake texture, while Tory Burch flats (the Reva or the Eddie) keep the look pure and simple.

Flat or with a lift, a streamlined bootie works well with all denim silhouettes and toughens up the most ladylike dress. Look to Shakuhachi booties in brown or black for a modern feel.

Weddings, cocktail hour, or fancy work fêtes, a stunning pair of evening sandals ensure you won’t be left shoeless for life’s shinier affairs. B Brian Atwood sandals are eternal faves, but Badgley Mischka and Jean-Michel Cazabat have noteworthy styles as well.

Shop: pumps | ballet flats | booties | evening sandals

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Tuesday, May 1st 2012

Introducing Jerome C. Rousseau

Music and entertainment play a key role in inspiring Quebec-born Jerome C. Rousseau’s eponymous footwear label. The designer started drawing shoes as a teenager after watching a Deee-Lite video, and today, based in LA, the entertainment industry’s influence is palpable: Rousseau’s shoes have become mainstays of the red carpet, and his designs were used as oversized props in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

But this collection is not exclusively about celebrity appeal. Handcrafted in Italy using the finest techniques and leathers, it backs up its starry eyes with a luxurious, sensual aesthetic. “Shoes are real objects of seduction,” says the designer. “Women’s postures change when they wear a specific pair of shoes—their mood, their attitude, the way they present themselves.” Jerome C. Rousseau shoes help this transformation with meticulous construction to support their unique design.


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Tuesday, April 17th 2012

The Rag & Bone Newbury Bootie

“The Newbury Boot was our attempt at making the most perfect boot for the New York girl—easy to walk in, but high enough to feel feminine, and clean enough to be able to wear with everything.”

--Rag & Bone Shoe and Accessory Designer Lauren Bucquet

Check out the Who What Wear/Coveteur peek inside the Rag & Bone design offices.
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Friday, April 13th 2012

Smart Shopping: A Guide to Buying Shoes Online

Ah, shoes. They’re the things fetishes are made of. Platforms, sky-high heels, brilliant colors, gorgeous details—a woman’s closet can never have too many (just ask Imelda Marcos). Here, a few tips to guide you in finding the perfect new addition to your own collection.

At Shopbop, our product editors try on every pair of shoes as they write descriptions (lucky ladies, no?), and out of this effort comes a note on how the shoe runs: true to size, large, or small. You can find these notes on the Size & Fit tab of any style’s detail page (it’s the tab next to the Description). As you look at these notes, keep your own foot’s nuances in mind. Is your foot particularly narrow? A little wide? This will affect how the shoe fits you.

Also keep in mind that European sizes run a little differently from US sizes. A US shoemaker tends toward a slightly wider shoe, while European sizing errs on the narrow side, particularly on the larger end of the scale. (For example: I wear a US size 10, but I always buy a size 41 when shopping for See by Chloé and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.)

Looking at a shoe online, particularly a shoe with a heel, it can be tough to tell what falls into your comfort level. Start with a favorite pair of pumps (preferably a pair without a platform) already in your closet. Set the shoe on a tabletop, and with a tape measure or a ruler, measure the heel height from the table to where the foot would rest at the top of the shoe. Use that measurement as your guide when browsing shoes online.

Remember: a platform can be subtracted from the heel measurement to get the true feel of the heel height. For example, if the shoe you’re shopping has a 4-inch heel and a 1-inch platform, it will feel like you’re walking on a 3-inch heel.

Soles generally come in three iterations: leather, rubber, and synthetic. Leather soles may wear down more quickly than rubber. If you think your new pair will get a lot of wear, have them resoled at a cobbler right away, and they’ll last you for ages.

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