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It’s Flip-Flop Time!

June 9, 2006 at 11:00 am by Designer Ella

Meredith Viera (so long in just a few!) told a delightful story on David Letterman last night about shoes — what else?

She said that when she was a child, at the end of a school year, her mother would take away her school shoes and hand her flip flops, which would be worn ’til season’s end.

So bring on the thongs!
Sandals at Zappos
A great new pair is the Kenneth Cole “Jewel Thief.” It’s oh-so fashion forward; certainly not your mom or your daughter’s flip flop! Certainly not the shoe once worn by Meredith, who detests dressing up.

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Marc Brings Jellies Back in Style

May 25, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

Marc by Marc Jacobs plum Circle Jelly Shoes
I’m shocked. Marc by Marc Jacobs has put out jelly sandals (and flats) for summer 2006. Yes, this summer. I’m even more shocked that they are kind of cute, especially these purple “Circle” jelly flats. I don’t have to tell you that they’d be great poolside, but they’re even snazzy, with a “faint glitter finish.”

Also check out these gold Gladiator Jelly Sandals. Both and more styles/colours sell at Net-a-Porter for $134.64.


Vera Wang Shoes: Weekly Designer

May 17, 2006 at 9:23 am by Designer Ella

I thought that I’d explore Vera Wang’s slightly more usual design route since the last post on her mattress design—this time shoes (in the future, her gowns). Vera Wang’s shoes are extremely eclectic, more than any I’ve seen, from bridal shoes to sporty sandals. They come in all shapes, heel heights and many trends.

Here are a few examples:

Vera Wang white pumpVera Wang black pumpVera Wang sandal tangerine color

And even that last bright sandal. Hey, if you can pull off tangerine! (It does come in a more “natural” colour.)


Best from the Saturday Sale

May 13, 2006 at 12:35 pm by Designer Ella

Online sales can lead to bargain hunting like those scary basement ones. Often we encounter hideous items of footwear, so I’ve scouted some of the nicest shoes from’s Saturday Sale. Some shoes can be as low as $10 and some can be up to 80% off (even nice designer ones)!

BCBG Max Azria CalypsoThis BCBG Max Azria D’Orsay (79% off)
» Bruno Magli Whimsical Peep-Toe (65% off)
» Nicole Miller Jeweled Slide (65% off)
» Donald J. Pliner Snake Mule (79% off)
» Sam & Libby Rose Kitten Thong ($14.99)
» Seychelles Brooch Sandal ($18.99)
» Naturalizer Rose Flower Sandal ($15.99)
» l.e.i. Embellished Flat ($10.99)
» Anne Klein NY Cute Slingback (70% off)
» Wills Fancy Fanciful Peep-Toe (65% off)

And there are hundreds and hundreds more shoes: More on sale »

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The Comfort of Easy Spirit (Rendir Sandal Review)

April 20, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

Easy Spirit Rendir

So, after walking that Florida outlet mall over 1.5 miles long … in wedge heels. and then walking the next day in unsupportive Dr. Scholl’s, my feet had it. Then I came across an Easy Spirit store. I found the most fabulously comfortable sandals … that were stylish, too! I scooped up the multicolored pair of these Rendir, pictured, and I think I’ll go get the black, as to not wear one pair out too quickly. They are still comfortable, even more so than my cute little slippers for around the house. They are so supportive, it’s amazing. These really do easily earn their 5 stars and beyond!

Plus: it’s getting to be the time where I can wear them in Massachusetts, even! on especially warm occasions.

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Designer of the Week: Giuseppe Zanotti Sandal

April 18, 2006 at 4:00 pm by Designer Ella

Giuseppe Zanotti makes hot, hot sandals with bright stones and bling. They were quite in last year, but this season I’m not feeling them. Just our luck, they’ve changed things a bit, played that whole thing down a notch. Better still, they’ve even made a shoe that is so current, yet some how so the best of Giuseppe Zanotti!

Giuseppe Zanotti Jeweled Metallic WedgeThe wedge heel on this sandal, from this angle, looks to be made of a woven wood (it is rattan, actually). Isn’t that the best of the season, all in one aspect? Then on the adorned strappy vamp is a ring made of … tortoise shell. How beyond.

Alas, one thing could be done to improve the trend aesthetic; a little bit of a platform toebed. Le sigh!


Steve Madden Nadinee Review

March 24, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

Steve Madden - Nadinee (Brown) - Women's

Steve Madden Nadinee is the sexiest shoe I’ve had on my feet in a long time. And it’s practically flat. It has the hot peep toe and wooden wedge. Trendy and chic. Perfect?

Unfortunately, it’s a little rough around the edges. As in hard edges that poke my feet. They’re not the most comfortable.

I have this lovely picture to keep of one shoe on my foot, but unfortunately, these must be returned to Zappos.


Stuart Weitzman - Monday Designer

March 13, 2006 at 6:20 pm by Designer Ella

Stuart Weitzman is known by the insiders and big-shots for making ornate and well-fitted shoes for each year’s Oscars ceremony. For four years running, he has created one sole, special pair to be worn by a specially chosen star. Read about this year, here.

But better news for us is that dear Stu (can I call him that? 0:-)) makes medium-priced versions that are still chic, usually in the $200-$300 range. With his knowledge of fitting the foot, these shoes might be worth it!

I even found one silver strappy evening sandal that I might wear in my cousin’s wedding! It’s below $200 and going fast. If the size combo left doesn’t work, I have some months to stalk the selection. The bride suggested we buy the shoes from Payless? Bah! We have lilac (not my color) dresses, but are told to wear silver shoes. Well, my darlings, silver means I can wear them again! I’m going for nice, but it is a wedding, so I stress comfort.

Stuart Weitzman - Concerto (Black Peau) - Women's

Yes, the reviews of Stuart Weitzman shoes at are all praising. And there are a range from basic to va-fa-fa-fabulous! like these black crystal-encrusted sandals named Concerto. Though these, my dears, of course cost more at nearly $400. Still a deal, comparable to some, I’d say! Look at the babies (above, large)!

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Random Gift with Manolo Blahnik Purchase

February 27, 2006 at 5:49 pm by Designer Ella

Espadrille thongsNeiman Marcus is giving a gift away with a $700 Manolo Blahnik purchase. It’s too bad that the shoes usually cost between $520-$650. And the gift is random, not very Blahnik: espadrille thong sandals and Bobbi Brown Beach fragrance.

So, spend well over $700–probably over $1,000–on Manolo Blahniks to receive cute but cheap-ish shoes (that don’t look particularly comfortable) and a tiny bottle of fragrance. What is the incentive, here? Just focus on the Manolos!

I’m naturally not feeling very excited, today. I usually find a beautiful shoe to display, but I have been wondering if I should move on to Designer Mondays, and mix it up. What do you think?

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Christian Louboutin

February 15, 2006 at 9:30 am by Designer Ella

Christian Louboutin Lace SandalI have never actually worn fabulous, expensive designer shoes, but when I have handfulls of cash, my first pair will be a Louboutin. Quoth the Bag Snob, “Christian Louboutin, the man with the red soles and the master at making sexy stilettos feel like cushiony slippers.” All Louboutin shoes have a signature red bottom; signature! Plus, some comfort?! Although, I’ll still go for around 2 inches.

The designs really range, and are quite trendy. But here is a ladylike, more classic pair, selling now at Bergdorf Goodman: the Strappy Lace Sandal. More lace than sandal, but plenty of strap, this shoe is elegant and luxe. Of course, it has a 4″ heel. Price? $560.

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