Shoe Of The Moment: Lola Sandal By Aquazzura

Not to be confused with American designer Joseph Altuzarra who is collaborating with Target; Aquazzura, which means “blue water” in Italian, is a luxury footwear brand based in Florence, Italy, started and founded by Edgardo Osorio in 2011. Osorio’s drool-worthy creations are known for combing European aesthetic with sexy Latin flare, as well as for inserting cushioned insoles into his shoes to give its wearer comfortable ride – bonus!

Aquazzura shoes have graced the feet of stylish celebrities such as Olivia Palermo and Jamie Chung, and when you get a look at the shoe I’m featuring today you’ll understand why. Behold the Lola sandal!

This snake skin and black leather number is the stuff of dreams; the colours of brown and black used in its design make it very versatile. The cut-out details adds immeasurable sex appeal, plus the lace-up front adds a slight hint of bondage. I want this shoe. I want it bad! Don’t you? Buy online.

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Shoe Of The Moment: Camouflage Pump By Valentino

When it comes to wearing camouflage one can either wear it very well by pairing it with simple understated pieces or very bad, and look like you’ve rolled out of a low budget hip-hop music video. For example, this photo taken back in 2012 comparing Rihanna and Selena Gomez side-by-side; both are wearing the print but in different ways. The Umbrella singer looked like she stepped off said music video set while Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend coordinates it to blend with her ensemble.

However, there are the odd times when I’m proven wrong and camouflage should be worn as a statement piece. Italian fashion house Valentino knocked the shoes clear off my feet when I saw its interpretation of the print in this stunning red camouflage pump. If you’re going to hit people’s fashion senses with the print full on then there’s no better than this. Now, if only I have $1,000+ to spare. Hashtag #FashionGirlProblems. Buy online.

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Shoe Of The Moment: Jaiden From InStyle For Nine West Collection

We’re in mid-August and the temperature feels like fall has arrived early; this means it’s time to shop for more shoes! Excuse me while I contain my bubbling excitement.

However, before you max out your credit card to buy those expensive designer heels, InStyle and Nine West have joined forces for a second time to create a capsule collection of footwear with runway and pocket book appeal. The InStyle for Nine West collection offers more than 10 styles of glorious shoes that will put instant pep in your step for fall, ranging in price from $100-$175.

Out of the collection my favourite pair is the Jaiden, a pointy-toe heel with lace and cut-out details, and a 9 cm (3.5 inch) heel that makes it perfect to wear in the office or for a girls night out on the weekend. It’s available in four styles, burgundy, black suede and black calf hair, however, the navy blue is my absolute favourite. Buy online.

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Footwear In The News: Converse Launches Chuck Taylor All Star Missoni Collection For Fall 2014

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September is only a few weeks away, which in the fashion world, means it’s time to unleash your bank account because a whole lot of shopping will be goin’ on when new clothes and shoes hit the stores. For example, the new Converse Chuck Taylor Star Missoni collection will have you whipping out your credit card like it’s on fire and make your feet do a happy when you lay your eyes on this colourful collaboration, which features the Italian fashion house’s iconic zig zag motifs.  Continue reading

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Shoe Of The Moment: Oh Roy! Sandal By Pierre Hardy

Do you feel that all eyes have been on you lately or that someone is watching your every move? No, I’m not referring to high-tech government surveillance or Edward Snowden conspiracies but the Oh Roy! sandal by French footwear designer Pierre Hardy.

When I first saw this creation I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. Wearing a heel with a massive eye ball design doesn’t make me want to whip out my credit card with Superman-like speed, but as I looked at I realized here is a wearable work of art that seeks to make fashion fun and eye catching – pun intended – because, as human beings, we get too caught up in the seriousness of the rat race we call life. Very often we forget to let loose and have fun, and fashion (particularly this shoe) is an expression of how you can let loose and not take yourself too seriously. Plus, if you were to don the Oh Roy! with a sleek fitting black dress or ripped boyfriend jeans all eyes will be on you and your shoes. Buy online.

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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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