As a summer baby, this season will always have a place in my heart. But good lawd is it hot and humid in this city. I cannot do a single thing with my hair. I have literally been in snatchbacks and buns all summer.
And after striking out on my summer romance, I am beyond ready for the new season. Hello Autumn, hey there, you look sooooo good to me right now.
Yes I brought boots. I’m a size 11, by the time October comes along they will be all gone. And of course I got them from Cole Haan. I needed a good brown fall boot. And the leopard booties, well, those are just for fun. Leopard is going to be really big this season.
I’m going to have to stash them in the closet until fall, but it will be worth the wait!
Women wear pants. Women wear ties. And now women are going to be stylish this Spring wearing Oxfords. Right along with the trend of taking masculine styles and warping them into the female wardrobe, the oxford shoe is what hot this season.
Yes, I work at Cole Haan, so I’m slightly bias. Here are my favorites from our store.
In order, the Pet and Gin Mill from Cole Haan, they are both a wopping $295. A little out of your price range right? Me too. That’s why I found a few more that are easier on the pocket book.
Sorry these pictures are so small! Urban Outfitters has some type of Flash something or other that makes the basic right-click and save very difficult! In order, the Dean & Ozzy Wingtip and the BDG Saddle Ox are $58 and $48! Great deals for the same style. Oxfords can be worn with everything from dresses to boyfriend jeans. I picture them with leggins and an oversized button up (belted, of course).
I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything once I started working here. That lasted ohhhh about 2.46 weeks. Four pairs later, I am offically a fan of Cole Haan shoes! The quality is amazing, they are so well made! And they have size 11!!
These are the shoes that have found their way into my closet and my heart lol. I have to put a hault on my spending for now, but there are definately a few more items on my list.
Juno Boot (water proof)
Lizzie Rain Boot (water proof)
As you may or may not know (if you would like to know you should follow me on twitter -naomikeziah) I took a second job selling fancy lady shoes to save money for a move to NYC in the fall.
So now I’m selling the great creations of Donald Pliner and Cole Haan. I get to see all the shoes when they come in (and sometimes hide that size 10.5) and fall in love.
As I was looking thru the summer Pliners, I saw a shoe that inspired this blog.
It’s a shoe/thong, or what I like to call a combination shoe. No longer is a boot a boot, or a sandle a sandle, shoes, like people, can be more than one thing, and it makes for some interesting combinations.
Here are some of my favorite combination shoes…
This shoe is called Pristine and is from Boutique 9 of NineWest. I LOVE this shoe and just ordered it from DSW.com for only $58 including tax with free shipping!! I can’t can’t wait to get this in the mail! I had it sent to the office so I can put them on asap! I’ve seen it range from $58 (at Bloomingdales) to $99 (Zappos.com). It’s shoe combo is a thong plus a flat suede boot topped with a sprinkle of gladiator. Lord & Taylor has them for $69.
This next one we just got in for fall at my job and go figure, not in my size. It’s by Calvin Klein and is called Raine.
It’s a shoe bootie plus a peep-toe sandle. It looks way better in person, I pick this thing up every day when I walk by it. I even tried on the 10, but my toes were edge-jumping, so I sadly put them back in the box.
This one is a gladiator ankle bootie sandle.
It’s from Nine West, I tried it on, but the straps were too loose for my narrow foot. Still cute thou!
Now, something that I’ve noticed about shoes is that things that used to not have a high heel are now getting one. Like slap a 3-inch heel on anything and it’s insta-sexy.
For example, you would think tennis shoes are for running, right? Not according to Michael Kors. He debuted this number for his Spring/Summer 09 collection.
I actually kinda like it, but there will be no running in this shoe. And there will be no snow-playing in the shoe below.
When you throw a heel on any utilitarian shoe, it instantly loses it’s original purpose and becomes strictly fashion. Can you picture a heel on swim flippers? Or ballet shoes? Oh wait…we can for that one thanks to Beyonce.
But I doubt you will be seeing anyone dancing in these.
I think the trend of combination shoes is great. The rest of our wardrobe is merging together (i.e. the sweater dress or the jumpsuit) so why not our shoes?
Just becareful on which one you pick, a sandle boot in the summer is cute but useless in the winter.