It's the moment we've all been waiting for: Monique Lhuillier has just released her first-ever shoe collection for Spring, and if you think her gowns are gorgeous, then you're in for sweet surprise. Lhuillier's new footwear line, priced from $595 to $1,195, is pretty pricey, but you get what you pay for. Every pair is made in Italy with styles ranging from chic pumps — dipped in bright pink and bold blue hues — to elegant, wedding-worthy lace sandals. Meanwhile, sexy cutout and reptilian-print sandals add a subversive edge to Lhuillier's shoe mix. Needless to say, her shoes are totally worth the splurge, in our opinion. Lhuillier's new shoe collection is currently available in select stores, but for now, check out the complete Spring 2013 lookbook in all its glory, and tell us: which pair is your favorite?
Your kids will probably go through dozens of pairs of shoes before they ever hit their first day of school, and as most parents quickly find out, little sneakers and sandals don't necessarily mean small price tags. (I swear, these days my daughter's shoe wardrobe is worth almost as much as mine is!) Unfortunately, puddles, mud, water, food spills, and, yes, even potty accidents can turn those kicks into stinky, sticky messes. Want to know how to clean them up? Follow these simple methods.
- Soak them. You can take those kids' Crocs and jellies and hose them down outside, but for sneakers, a good old soak in a bucket of water can remove caked-on mud. Change the water regularly, and after the majority of the dirt is gone, use an old rag or toothbrush (consider a wooden or metal skewer if the shoes have deep, dirty grooves) to remove the rest. Rinse in cold water, and let air-dry.
- Use a cleaning agent. Enlist the help of a kid-friendly stain-fighting tool to remove tougher stains (grass, blood, and other bodily fluids). A paste of baking soda and water also works well. Apply directly to stains, let soak, rinse well, and air-dry in a shady spot (any excess stain fighter could bleach out fabrics in the sun).
- Try the Magic Eraser. That magical eraser you use all over your house also does a pretty great job of cleaning rubber soles. Use one to remove mud and other unknown substances.
- Try toothpaste. Toothpaste, an old toothbrush, and a good scrub can make soles and even canvas look brand spanking new (and smell minty fresh). After a good scrub, rinse the shoes thoroughly and let them air-dry.
- Enlist the help of your washing machine. Most sneakers and canvas shoes (like those oh-so-cute little Toms) are safe to throw directly in the washing machine. Just be sure to avoid the dryer, since it can cause shrinking. Instead, air-dry either outside, inside over a vent, or in front of your refrigerator to soak up that motor heat. If you're afraid of fading, then you want to avoid direct sunlight. Need some additional odor control? A little baking soda in the wash cycle or sprinkled on those wet shoes should help.
With just two years in the making, Soludos espadrilles have taken the Summer fashion scene by storm with its chic, laid-back attitude and affordable price points. With no design background in his past, founder Nick Brown started the brand because he couldn't find a pair of decent espadrilles in NYC without having to spend a lot of money. With a mission in mind, Brown decided to create his own budget-friendly line — prices range from $42 to $65 — of jute-soled espadrilles reminiscent of the pairs he wore as a kid during vacations in Spain. Needless to say, the brand has already garnered a huge following among the fashion set and celebrities, including Kate Bosworth, Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Garner. Additionally, collaborations with brands like J.Crew, Opening Ceremony, and Mara Hoffman have catapulted Soludos's popularity nationwide. We sat down with the founder to hear the latest about the line, upcoming collaborations, and exciting expansion into a whole new category. Click on for the 411, plus see the new Spring 2013 collection here.
The wedge-sneaker phenomenon is clearly making its mark with the fashion set. Celebrities like Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth, Miranda Kerr, and Jessica Alba have all been spotted sporting these raised kicks around town, and we're sure you can see why. After all, who wouldn't like the comfort of a sneaker with a hidden high heel? We've rounded up six of the best wedge sneakers on the market right now that will please any fashion personality. Watch on to see our picks, and make sure to invest in these comfy wedge shoes, stat! On Allison McNamara: Club Monaco top, BCBG Max Azria pants.
There's no doubt that Spring is the season of sneakers, but today, we're digging a little deeper with the fashion set's latest obsession. Specifically, it's all about the printed sneaker, with classic brands like Converse, Keds, and Nike collaborating with designers to create supercool kicks to go with all of your warm-weather outfits. Even if you're not the typical tomboy type, the latest floral, graphic, and cheeky patterned options are sure to complement even the girliest look. Try pairing your printed pair with jeans, a patterned tee, and smart trench coat for an effortless transitional look. Once the temperature warms up, pair your eye-catching kicks with a flirty dress or cropped trousers. Inspired? Shop our editors' picks below.
With just one day until the official start of Spring, Tibi just released an irresistibly cool exclusive sneaker collaboration with Converse and Vans. The seven-piece collection features the classic styles we're used to, but this time doused in Tibi's pretty Spring prints, showcasing colorful flowers and abstract art. Even more, each pair, priced at $125, can be customized with your own initials for an extrapersonal touch. With Spring's sporty trend in high gear, pair these cute kicks with a floral dress or denim for a cool twist on off-duty dressing. See and shop all the looks now.
Think of our ultimate Spring shopping guide as an easy, no-fail cheat sheet to all of the hottest trends and styles for the season. That being said, it's time to embrace bold prints, standout sandals, and bright minibags from top designers like Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, and Reed Krakoff. Dress season is also in full bloom, and we have the prettiest picks and most flattering silhouettes for you to slip into right now. Shop our editor's picks below.
If you haven't noticed, we're pretty obsessed with kids' fashion around here. (Did you check out our Spring trend report? Or the loveliness of these Easter dresses?) But it's not just tiny clothing that gets us unnaturally excited to shop. We're equally enamored of kids' accessories, which style up our tots from head to toe, and this week we're fixated on Spring-y, floral shoes made just for little girls. Whether you're going for Gap's flower-topped jellies, which are a bargain at under $20, or splurging on Gucci's glam gold-and-flower espadrilles, one thing's for sure: your little lady needs to rock daisies (or tulips or pansies) on her toes this Spring!
Don't worry, it's happened to the best of us. You're out for a night with your friends, or headed to work, and tragedy strikes — your high heel breaks! Worry not, we've got the solutions to help you fix it on the spot. Thus, let us introduce to you a few miracle products, including Shoe Goo, E-6000, and Quick Tips! Click "play" to hear how they work — and your heels can thank us later. On Allison McNamara: Zara jacket, Club Monaco blouse.
Shoes, shoes, shoes — a girl can never have too many, right? While that might be debatable, Shoescribe's megasale, featuring a load of irresistible designer options for your Spring wardrobe refresh, just might sway in your closet's favor. Touching on the season's hottest trends — metallics, texture, bold colors, and chic black and white — we can't help but do a little sweep for the best of the best. From Marc Jacobs to this gorgeous pair of Tabitha Simmons sandals, see and shop our top 10 picks from Shoescribe's sale, but hurry, sizes and quantities are limited!