It's Spring cleaning time, which usually means going through my closet, getting rid of clothes, shoes, and organizing my things strategically to jump-start my Spring workout routine.
I've already come across a pair of running shoes that are in great condition, and have hardly been worn — problem is, I wore them hiking last year and they are covered in mud! They are in too good of shape to give away just yet, so what's a girl to do? It's time to clean 'em up.
If you have dirty running shoes like mine that need to be shined up, don't throw them in the washing machine! Washing machines can damage or shrink your shoes, and the grit and grime from your shoes may damage the machine as well. Instead, fill your sink with a few inches of lukewarm water and add in a tiny bit of laundry soap. Take out a old scrub brush and scrub the exterior and the soles of the shoes (changing the water when it becomes cloudy). Don't put your shoes directly under any running water (this will prolong the drying time), but keep rinsing the brush and scrubbing the affected areas. Once your shoes look clean, put them on a towel in the sunshine to dry — first facedown with the shoe tongue open to ensure proper drying, and then flip them over the next day so that the exterior will dry.
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Our long wait for the Swedish Hasbeens collection for H&M is over, and now we have our go-to Summer shoe(s) within our reach, starting April 20 when the first deliveries hit stores. To refresh your memory, we've put together a lookbook of the easy Summer styles, and included some lovely shots of our own FabSugar TV host Allison McNamara modeling the '70s chic shoes.
The dress is chosen, the flowers are picked, the perfect earrings found. Now what do you wear on your impeccably pedicured feet? We found 20 shoes that answer every bridal need: the perfect something blue, bedazzled flip-flops for a beach wedding, flats for the comfort-first girl, killer once-in-a-lifetime heels for the shoehound. Click through our slideshow to our picks, and click to shop.
The Investment: $1,075
Why We Covet: As much as we love our sky-high heels, we'll always maintain a soft spot for ladylike kitten heels, and the way Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn wore them. These manage to convey that same kind of chic, but with a renegade twist. With studs, leopard-print, and the strappy details, these lend themselves just as easily to our working wear, as they do to our skinny jeans, miniskirts, and cocktail dresses. They're the kind of footwear that makes the statement, transforms the outfit, and will take our wardrobe to another level wear after wear.
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It doesn't come as a huge surprise to see Khloe Kardashian's wildly indulgent shoe collection, but it's a pleasure to see all the gorgeous color, leopard, and Louboutins. In the Elle story, shot by The Coveteur, Khloe talks about her husband's fashionable obsession, her Dad's first luxury gift to her, and the highlights of her posh digs.Visit Elle for the complete look.
Last week, we brought you bags — this week, we're testing your luxury shoe IQ. You've seen them on celebs and shared in our lust for the covetable labels, but now, we're taking a look at some of the most iconic brands and news-making designs to test your fashion smarts — quiz time!
The designer duo behind eveningwear brand Badgley Mischka just launched shoes under their contemporary Mark and James line. We visited Mark and James (the men) for the launch at Bloomingdale's in New York to get a first peek at the very pretty and chic new shoe line — which retails for under $300 — and get the inside scoop on their inspiration.
FabSugar: Congratulations! What was the inspiration for the collection?
Mark Badgley: With Badgley Mischka collection, we're known for our evening clothes. So we launched our contemporary collection Mark and James for an edgier, younger, more fun customer.
James Mischka: Young Hollywood was calling us for dresses for premieres and parties so we started Mark and James to address those girls. The shoe collection just followed because it was taking the Badgley Mischka aesthetic of glamour and elegance and applying it to a more everyday kind of thing.
FS: You're known for dramatic eveningwear and embellishment. How do you apply that aesthetic to a contemporary collection?
MB+JM: The shoes are very feminine, with a thread of glamour. It could be a wedge, but done in a beautiful blush pink. There are a lot of naturals for Spring — wood, nubucks, leathers — applied to glamorous silhouettes. We're known for embellishment, so took nubuck and cut beautiful flowers. Some fabrics might even be on the crude side but we add feminine things to make it very us.
FS: Where do you see this girl wearing these shoes?
MB: Our girls wear these day to night. It's really a day collection, they're wearing them to the office, but they're fanciful enough to wear out at night.
FS: Why are women so obsessed with shoes?
MB: It's unbelievable, they are obsessed with shoes. Thank God they are! We did an event at a jewelry auction, where every woman was, pun intended, very well-heeled. They're worth billions of dollars. At the luncheon we gave them all shoes as a party gift. You would have thought we gave them the Hope diamond! It was a feeding frenzy. It was just so cute. No matter who they are, they just LOVE shoes.
FS: Do you have plans to do a Mark and James bridal line?
MB+JM: We would love to, although right now we're focused on this collection. But yes, it would be fun to do some quirky, frivolous styles for bridal.
If the shoe fits, wear it! We dreamed about what little Skyler Morrison Berman would wear once he arrived, and now we're getting a first look at the designer goodies. Just as mama Rachel Zoe received an original Alexander McQueen diaper bag, her son will soon be sporting some custom-designed shoes courtesy of Casadei. The celebrity stylist just tweeted, "OMG I can't even handle these custom made Casadei shoes for baby Skyler Morrison! XoRZ." If the color's any indication, we can be expecting a lot of teal shoes for tots in the near future. I've picked out a few that caught my eye already — to shop the look, just start clicking on the images above.
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>> If our sporty-chic Friday left you wanting more, peep our roundup of the best casual kicks for the warmer weather ahead of us. There's something for everyone — Maison Martin Margiela high tops for the ultimate sneaker head, Marc by Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges for those who prefer the extra height, pale pink Converse Jack Purcell canvas kicks . . . More Spring-perfect sporty footwear in the slideshow.