Today the news broke that chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Aaron Sanchez, and Chris Cosentino are adding shoe designer to their résumés. The trio have teamed up with Mozo shoes, a brand that makes slip-resistant shoes, to launch a special footwear collection, called Sharkz. Each shoe will represent the personality and background of the chefs, and they'll retail for $60-$70. While chefs designing products is nothing new — it seems as if every celebrity chef has a personal line of pots, pans, or knifes — I'm wondering who purchases these products. Do you buy cookware or clothes that are designed by chefs?
>> Sandals might be the last thing on your mind right now, but there's nothing wrong with a little online window shopping. For Marais USA's Spring 2011 line — available in April — designers Catherine Chen and Haley Boyd stayed true to their effortless aesthetic, creating pieces like canvas wedge peep-toe sandals, ballerina-inspired ankle-wrap flats, and loafers. Simplicity at its best, and we love their color choices: bright blue, burnt sienna, olive green . . . and more to peruse in the lookbook.
Nothing beats a breathable shoe for tiny feet! From the sandbox to the schoolyard, kids put miles on the soles of their sneakers and at the end of the day, a child's socks can pack a punch. Though sandals are easily flung off, they can be a pain for tots to strap back on. That's why so many parents shelled out for the PCCR Crocs and made the kicks a family staple. From mud puddles to the bathtub, the slip on shoes can be rinsed clean. This year, Native Shoes ($30) look to be the hottest washable and kid-friendly footwear on the market. Produced "from lightweight, foam-injection molded EVA," the shoes are available in hot colors from torch red to lemonade yellow in three (Jefferson, Miller, and Corrado) styles.
>> “[My new line] is strong and confident with kind of a bohemian statement,” said Brian Atwood, when describing his new lower-priced B by Brian Atwood line, set to be unveiled tomorrow evening. “[The customer is] a bit worldly and loves shoes with a playful attitude but that are always feminine and sexy.” He continues: “I would definitely say there’s three kinds of aesthetics melted together: Upper East Side poshness, mixed with downtown cool, along with a Parisian sophistication."
The complete collection will feature 35 to 45 styles, ranging from $100 for sandals to $650 for boots, and will be available beginning in mid-August. Atwood also hinted at the possibility of adding jewelry and handbags to the line for Spring 2012. “We’ve spoken about jewelry, handbags, ready-to-wear, but we won’t do that until we do it with the main line,” said Atwood. “We started in shoes and it’s been a great experience so far.” Peep the slideshow to see select pieces from the collection, including a gorgeous pair of forest green fringed booties, along with closeup shots.
>> We can't slip into a pair of breezy sandals or peep-toe booties for another (tortuous) couple of months, but there's no harm in checking out what's available so when the weather's ready, we're ready, too. Our favorite pairs — ranging from Alaia stitched sandals to Miu Miu striped ballet flats — are sure to take you from a freezing 24 degrees to the high 70s in no time at all (we hope). The Groundhog did predict an early Spring, after all.
This isn't any old Tuesday. A slew of very cool, brand-spanking-new Spring shoes debuted today on the Loeffler Randall site, bringing exotic prints, sophisticated heels, and sexy sandals to the very top of our priority shopping list. It helps that the images from the Spring campaign are so lush and dreamy. Click through our slideshow to see lots of pretty flowers and shoes. Who doesn't love flowers and shoes?
From top left: Yellow and red Gnomes Unisex Booties ($30), Tan felt Cute Doggies booties ($24), Distressed denim Skull Mocs ($26), Felt Mustard and Hot Pink Wool soft shoes ($28), Felted Cupcake Baby Booties ($18).
Proenza does a brilliant job of injecting sophisticated, urban chic styles with a hugely refreshing dose of bohemian craftiness. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez showed a Pre-Fall collection filled with ikat prints, multicolored woven textures, and warm stripes, all in styles we can wear around the city. We love the ready-to-wear, but what really got us going were the fantastic accessories (which include the PS1 in new colors). Brightly woven shoes? Yes, please! Click our slideshow to check out the best of Proenza's Pre-Fall accessories collection.
Peep the Latest Pre-Fall 2011 Shoes, Bags, and Accessories From Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Givenchy, Celine, and More!
>> The unveiling of Pre-Fall collections is still going strong, and we have the latest batch of shoes, bags, and accessories for you to check out — up close and personal. From a leather and plaid Celine bag, left, to a pair of over-the-knee lace-up boots from Givenchy, peruse the slideshow to see more of our favorite shoes, bags, and accessories from the likes of Lanvin, Rochas, Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel, and Nina Ricci.
Even though some are saying platforms are out for 2011, we love them for those precious few extra inches. OnSugar blogger Dressing Up in Daisies gives us a rundown on the platform and highlights some amazing platforms we need to watch out for this Spring.
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