When Charlize Theron donned a neutral suede bootie with cropped cargos, we decided maybe it's time to stop wearing black shoes all the time. It looked fresh and light, just in time for Spring's warm weather, sheer, gauzy fabrics, and softer palette. These booties will go with everything, but they'll look killer with the season's short, flowy dresses. Check out our editor picks for five perfect neutral booties.
Barefoot running seems to be more than a passing trend; it seems everywhere I look, runners are wearing the Vibram 5 Finger
gloves for your feet shoes. Many popular fitness shoe brands, following Nike's lead with it's line of Free running shoes, are responding to this craze by creating lightweight minimalist sneakers. These running shoes protect your feet without over cushioning them. Here are five sneakers that bridge the gap between heavily fortified running shoes and no shoes at all.
Ladies, make those pedicure appointments. We've handpicked 20 pairs of heels — from the sexy, strappy kind to the chunky, platform type — all ready to shop and wear. Need an outfit to go with them? Check out our Spring Need Now series, where we highlight the best in dresses, skirts, jackets, and jewels so you can look gorgeous in warmer weather.
The Piece: Charlotte Olympia Miranda Wedges
The Investment: $902
Why We Covet: You know that if you wear these, at least ten women, and probably a few men, are going to stop you on the street and ask you where you got these fabulous shoes. They're meant to be checked out. They're meant to get attention. They're meant to make you six feet tall because they have whopping 6-inch wedge heels, but you won't die of discomfort because of the 2.5-inch platform. Beyond that, we love that the leopard is trimmed in bright, sunny yellow and the little knot across the toes.
Check out other items from our Covet List!
Clockwise from top left: Gold — Gap Girls Gem Ballet Flats ($15); Sigerson Morrison Women's Metallic Woven Flats ($450). Floral — Marc by Marc Jacobs Miss Marc Women's Flower Ballet Flats ($186); Sonoma Life + Style Lil' Clara Ballet Flats for Girls ($30). Pink — J. Crew Girl's Fleur de Jour Ballet Flats ($118); J. Crew Women's Pom Pom Ballet Flats ($198). Leopard — Tory Burch Kids Leopard Reva Ballet Flat ($125); Tory Burch Leopard Patent Reva Ballet Flat ($235). Black — Steve Madden Kids' Cathiey Ballet Flat ($50); Pour La Victoire Women's Ballet Flats ($42).
Julian Louie's Tribal Spring 2011 Aldo Wedges Hit Stores and Online Today! Plus, Details on the Fall 2011 Collaboration
>> Julian Louie's much-buzzed-about Spring 2011 Aldo shoes start hitting New York flagship stores and online today. (So far, there's one style online, the rest of the collection will be online and in nationwide stores starting April 18). And it's all thanks largely to a Fashion Week tweet from Joe Zee. "His excitement got Aldo very excited about it," Louie said last night at the collaboration launch, "And that's when we started talking about the possibility of launching at retail. That's how it all started." The shoes — the Deanna and the Sobeslava — each come in two variations; all retail for $125. And, according to Louie, they'll be in "stores in America, Canada, and the UK, Europe . . . It's big, it's huge."
The mishmash of textiles on the shoes was inspired by Pieter Hugo's photography book The Hyena & Other Men, the designer explains: "The photographs [are] of a group of men in Nigeria who were street entertainers, and they trained hyenas. They had these crazy outfits that were half American sportswear that they found and half really traditional tribal pieces with a lot of interesting textiles and tassels. So the whole collection was about the mix of those two ideas."
As for all the excitement at the launch last night — many a girl took away a pair — Louie says: "I never expected this response, truly. I am so excited. I keep seeing girls buying them, and I'm like, I hope I see you tomorrow! Hailing a cab, on the train, or something." And he already had celebration plans in the works, post-launch, at his favorite spot, Indochine.
Louie worked with Aldo again for Fall 2011 — "We did about 8 styles of shoes" — so can we expect those in stores, as well? "We still are discussing the details of production for Fall," he says. "I don't know exactly, but hopefully, fingers crossed this [Spring 2011 collection] gets a really great response at retail and they want to do it again. I hope it's the beginning of something that's ongoing." He added that he's already started work on the Spring 2012 collaboration in the meantime, and that Aldo has been "very supportive": "They gave me — it's like total freedom. I can't stress it enough how amazing it is. I keep thinking I wish every other aspect of my business was as easy as this relationship. I feel very, very lucky."
>> If you're looking for a little shoe inspiration, check out Jean-Michel Cazabat's Fall 2011 collection. The French cobbler concocted a collection for every occasion, ranging from sculptural, stacked-heel loafers for the chic office getup to embellished croc-print wedge booties for artier outings. Whichever forum currently calls, there's sure to be something to answer your needs. Check out the complete lookbook to see what we mean.
Put away the big boots and give those stilettos a rest. We're having a flat moment — an ultra-chic flat moment at that. What's better with our cropped skinnies and little dresses than a pair of irresistible flats? Maybe the season's new flatform silhouette? Here, we've found 20 amazing pairs you'll want to add to your closet right. this. minute.
>> Spring is right around the corner — and we have ten pairs of wedge sandals to get geared up for the warm weather ahead. From Loeffler Randall and Suno's bright printed pair to Diane von Furstenberg's slick black-and-white nautical-inspired creations, we surely have something for everyone. Check out the slideshow for our top ten, plus why we love them!
After seeing Sandra Bullock step out in bright green running shoes, we were inspired. Since it's Spring, there has never been a better time to add some flashy footwear to your gym ensemble. Add some colorful running shorts, a cute hoodie, and a bright duffel to the mix, and you will be the belle of the season.
Clockwise from left to right:
New Balance Classics WA460 ($55), Puma Complete Ventis II ($100), Nike Dual Fusion ($60), Asics Gel-DS Sky Speed ($105), Karhu Fast2 Fulcrum-Ride ($130), Nike Free Run+ ($85), Mizuno Wave Elixir 6 ($110), Brooks Cascadia 6 Trail Runners ($110), Adidas Marathon Runners ($80)