Shoe Of The Moment: Lolitta Tiefront Sandal by Alexandre Birman

A very good friend of mine is getting married in a week and several days ago I was in desperate need of a new shoe; a simple, black strappy sandal to be exact. After an exhausted online search of my favourite shoe sites I found nothing that would go with the dress I’m planning to wear for the nuptials that was: a) within my budget and b) looked good – hashtag #FashionProblems.

So what does a shoeaholic do when faced with a dilemma like this with only days to find and break in a new shoe? You hit the mall and head to your favourite shoe stores and pray for a miracle. My first stop was to Hudson’s Bay Queen Street store. I was lucky that my shoe guy Mike was working that day and within seconds he pointed me to this exquisite Lolita sandal by Brazilian shoe designer Alexandre Birman.

The Lolita sandal is made from cashmere suede and designed with two simple tie-front details at the toe and ankle. The minimalist look of this sandal makes it the perfect shoe that would complement any outfit from ripped boyfriend jeans to the red silk dress I’ll be wearing at my friend’s wedding – more on that in a few weeks. Buy online.

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Footwear In The News: Sully Wong x ONEXONE HOPE Sneaker

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Canadian men’s wear brand Sully Wong and non-profit foundation ONEXONE have recently come together to release the ONEXONE HOPE sneaker. This limited edition unisex shoe is a creative and charitable collaboration which aims to raise funds for the ONEXONE Paediatric Wing in Hospital Mirebalis in Haiti, where 50 percent of the sale proceeds from this sneaker will be donated.  Continue reading

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Shoe Of The Moment: Atha Espadrille By Jeffrey Campbell

I have an Instagram addiction and find myself lost in the endless vortex of pictures the app’s 200 million users post every second. While I enjoy using the app it can be a huge time waster; when I should be writing or doing something semi-productive I end up going through my Instagram feed and before I know it an hour has come and gone like a pair of designer shoes on sale.

However, one fateful day, my very stylish friend Aya McMillian posted her latest shoe purchase on Instagram which caused my heart to skip a beat. She managed to get a hold of the black and white, lambskin leather espadrilles from Chanel’s spring 2014 collection – they are to die for!

I have champagne wishes and Chanel dreams, which means said espadrilles from the French fashion house are way out of my budget. However, if your pocket book can handle it, I’ve been told the black and white pair can be bought in store or you can get the tan version from Aveune K online. But if you’re a baller on a budget (like me), then Jeffrey Campbell’s Atha espadrilles come close to replicating dreams of said Chanel shoes. Buy online.

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Shoe Of The Moment: Star Ankle Boot By Freda Salvador

In the middle of July you must think me crazy to start looking for fall and winter shoes to wear, but like any good shoeaholic I’m always on the hunt for shiny and new things to go on my feet, similar to J.Lo’s penchant for hot young men.

While browsing through The September I came across this stunning ankle boot by Freda Salvador, a new brand I’ve never heard of before. Launched in 2012, the company is based in sunny California and is run by Cristina Palomo-Nelson and Megan Papay who create edgy contemporary shoes built for – wait for it - walkability. Can we all say “Amen!”

I’m absolutely in love with the company’s Star Ankle Boot with its metal details and removable chain, and will be putting this on my wish list for the coming fall season. And if this metallic grey number doesn’t spur you to whip out your credit card then you can get it in the ever-popular black leather version. Buy online.

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Footwear In The News: Bata Shoe Museum New Exhibition “Fashion Victims”

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Very often I’ll write that a particular pair of beautiful shoes is to “die for.” Of course, you know I’m using that expression figuratively but in the 19th century people took their fashion very seriously, clothes and shoes were painstakingly made and worn sometimes leading to death; similar to how the great houses of Westeros deal with blood feuds on Game Of Thrones. Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why I Fell In Love With Fashion

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We all have different experiences of when we were seduced by the glamour and luxury of the fashion world. Outrageous clothing, alien-like make-up and hair, and glamorous models strutting down the runway are just some of the reasons we can’t get enough of it.

Recently the folks at Mercedes-Benz asked me when I fell in love with fashion and as I gave it some thought I realized there was never an exact moment, it’s been an accumulation of experiences over a lifetime that has heightened, renewed and deepened my love of this world. From playing with my Barbie dolls to reality TV, read on about my top 10 reasons of what made me fall in love with fashion.  Continue reading

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Shoe Of The Moment: Woven Ankle Boot By Zara

I love a good shoe but I love it even more when it’s on sale for half the price! Right now all the major online shops are cleaning out their shelves and Zara, one of my favourite retailers, has its entire summer stock on sale. Woo hoo!

One shoe I know you would love to have in your closet and on your foot is the woven ankle boot. It has a 10.6 cm heel and is made from polyester and multi-colour polyurethane that’s fashioned into a basket weave design giving it a tribal feeling. What makes this shoe even more attractive is its price tag… down from $99.90 it’s now on sale for $49.99 – you can’t say no to it at that price! Pair with black leather shorts or an asymmetrical skirt in a bright colour and you’ll be a smash at any summer party. Buy online.

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Footwear In The News: DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse Comes To Canada

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Ladies and gents there’s a new shoe shop in town! American retailer DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse is opening two stores in Canada at Heartland Centre in Mississauga and Woodland Hills in Newmarket, Ontario, on August 7th where you’ll be inundated with wall to wall shoe selections that will make your head spin – in a good way.  Continue reading

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Shoe Of The Moment: Riley By Senso

Sometimes the best shoe discoveries can be found not in a shop or online, but on the feet of your überly stylish friends. And here’s a prime example…

I was hanging with blogger bestie Gracie Caroll - who has killer fashion sense – a few weekends ago and as we were leaving her house she slid her feet into a pair of shoes that made my jaw drop to the floor. I said “Where did you get those shoes?!” She told me that were by an Australian brand called Senso and said they were “super comfortable.” I was instantly sold and the moment I got home I proceeded to research the brand and shoe like a mad scientist.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Senso has been in operation since 2009 and pays close attention to producing footwear for women that are stylish and, most importantly, comfortable. The Riley is composed of leather and dyed pony hair; it has a thick 3.7 inch block heel and ties at the ankle.

After I wrote about this shoe debacle last week I committed myself to buying the Riley no matter what. Canadian shop Sauvage has the shoe on sale for $199 which I bought (insert image of me doing a happy dance). However, if you’re located outside of the Great White North then you can buy it online. Happy shoe shopping!

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