>> 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.
>> “[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.
>> If the cold season has left you a little frigid, our 24 shoe picks are sure to leave you feeling warm and tingly inside. The latest crop for the New Year comes from the likes of Burberry, Ash, Kate Spade, and Camilla Skovgaard are sure to please your footwear fetish, whether you're enjoying a sunny beach vacay, enduring the snow, or just somewhere in between.
>> Pre-Fall 2011 collections have been rolling out, with focus squarely on the clothes. And justifiably so — designers like them because they sell extra-well, and we're game because we always like something new to look at. But lest we forget our favorite finishing touches, may we present the best Pre-Fall 2011 accessory offerings thus far, including Oscar de la Renta's feathered confections, left, and Jason Wu's Elsa Schiaparelli-inspired cigarette heels. Peruse the slideshow for more from the likes of Burberry, Michael Kors, and Rag & Bone.
>> We love dressing up for the holidays and while the perfect dress plays a starring role, finding the perfect pair of shoes is just as essential. We hand-picked a number of holiday shoes — ranging from a majestic pair of velvet stunners from Ralph Lauren to a crackling metallic set from Cynthia Vincent — for you to shimmy and shake your way through every festive celebration.
I've always had a thing for the classic appeal of a tassel-adorned shoe. Now, I'm crushing hard on the sophisticated, menswear vibe you can get with proper tassels. First, it was the love of these Tory Burch ankle booties ($395), but the more I see the tassel look on everything from oxfords to a wedge loafer, the more style-smitten I've become. Wear them with rolled, military-hued chinos, or a mini and tights – polished, playful, and totally seasonal.
It's time to bust out those knee-high boots. Not only will they keep you cozy during the coldest of the nights, our selection of smooth colors and cuts will earn you some major street style cred as well. For the whimsy-driven, a pair of toffee-toned leather cutout boots from Chloe and for the eclectic chic, purple clog boots from Marni.
Left to right: Chloé Cutout Leather boots ($1,295), Stella McCartney Slouch Boots ($398, originally $995), Marni Leather Boots ($474, originally $1,185), Topshop Suede Boots ($250), Sigerson Morrison Cayman Croc-Print Boots ($695)
When it comes to footwear, Sam Edelman knows exactly what women crave. From boots to booties, pumps to sandals, flats to wedges, this man has his craft down. He has, after all, been working with shoes for 30 years! We recently had a Fab chat with the designer and posed this question: What are five styles of shoes every woman should have in her closet? In his own words, his selections " . . . are the must haves, they're the essentials for effortless dressing and getting through the Fall season in style." Step inside to see his picks.
We're falling hard for the pointed-toe silhouette this Fall, as seen on Kate Moss in Vogue Paris's November 2010 issue and in Isabel Marant's Fall 2010 collection. Check out our enticing picks — flat or not-so-flat, whichever way you swing — from Prada, Marc Jacobs, and Stella McCartney now!
Top to bottom, left row: Christian Louboutin Pigalle Leopard Print Flat ($775), Sergio Rossi Metallic Pump ($200), Prada Suede Bow Ballet Flat ($495), Marc Jacobs Ostrich Loafers ($495)
Top to bottow, right row: Stella McCartney Lace Pumps ($645), Sergio Rossi Chi Chi Pump ($495), Valentino Stud Lizard Pumps ($1,195), Vince Camuto Calf Hair Pump ($98)