Shoe of the Moment: Gertrude Flat by Laurence Dacade

As soon as fall or winter rolls around in the calendar year my mind turns to two things: 1) stay indoors at all costs, because Canadian cold weather is not very kind and 2) give me flats, as in flat shoes, because during times like these the need for practical footwear kicks in like a bad habit.

One such shoe that fits the bill is the Gertrude flat by French designer Laurence Dacade. She combines the silhouette of a men’s oxford shoe with women’s pointy flat to make footwear goodness and, not to mention, that elegant faille bow detail on the front will have anyone say “Oh la la” as they hit the add to cart button. Buy online.

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Footwear in the News: ALDO RISE Collaborates with MISHA NONOO

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It may be a tad early to think about what shoes you’re going to wear come spring. Heck, first we have to survive it through the winter! However, one thing remains true for all die-hard shoeaholics and that is it’s never too early to get a jump start on shoe shopping; and with ALDO RISE’s new designer collaboration for spring 2015 to look forward to, getting through snow and ice storms doesn’t seem so bad after all.  Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: Black Leather Bootie by Maison Martin Margiela

I own a lot of shoes that can hurt my feet – surprise surprise. However, out of all the shoes which take up room in my closet, my Margiela silver pumps is the exception. Anytime I take them out for a stroll I get a ton of compliments and, most importantly, my feet don’t feel like they’re going through the biblical 14 Stations of the Cross.

This past week big news in the fashion world broke announcing the comeback of designer John Galliano; he was declared as French fashion house’s Creative Director. The Galliano and Margiela pairing is an interesting one; the British designer is known for his over-the-top designs and flamboyance during his time with Dior, while Margiela has always been synonymous with simplified elegance and subtle minimalism that merges the world of art with fashion design.

For example, the black leather bootie pictured below is classic Margiela and one of the brand’s signature silhouettes; an unadorned ankle bootie that makes a sophisticated and understated statement, whereas Galliano’s past creations is anything but simple. No one’s sure how this union will play out, but we won’t have to wait long to see what comes of it when Galliano debuts his work for Margiela at Paris Couture Week in January. Until then enjoy this beautiful bootie. Buy online.

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Shoe of the Moment: Devon Flat by 3.1 Phillip Lim

The leaves are starting to change colour, the temperature now falls below 10°C and the sunsets at 6:00 p.m. (or earlier); you know what this means! It’s time to abandon our penchant for wearing open-toe shoes and trade them in for the closed toe shoes. However, before you hide your perfectly manicured feet for the next four months in a pair of boring black ballet flats or knee-high boots I have three words for you. They are… 3.1 Phillip Lim.

The Devon is flat out fabulous – pun intended – and amps up the low heeled design with its über cool, lizard-effect iridescent finish which makes for a shiny and new indoor alternative this season. There’s no way you (or I) can say no to this fantastic fall number. Buy online.

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Footwear in the News: Sully Wong & Amanda Lew Kee Collaborate to Design First Women’s Premium Sneaker

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When it comes to fly sneakers that make you want to bust a move, let’s face it, men have all the fun in this department. However, ladies have to wait no longer because we’re getting our own fresh to death kicks thanks to Sully Wong designers George Sully and Henry Wong who have teamed up with women’s wear designer Amanda Lew Kee. The Canadian trio have come together to create their first premium hi-top sneaker that will make you take-off your four inch stilettos and throw them in the air like you just don’t care. Heey!  Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: Roka by Sophia Webster

It’s been a long time since I’ve featured a shoe by British designer Sophia Webster, but that doesn’t mean my love for her whimsical creations have waned in any way, shape or form. Oh no my friends! I’m still obsessed with her shoes but try not to bombard you with my endless rants. However, every now and then, I can’t hold back on my fangirl footwear tendencies and it surfaces in the form of a blog post or a major credit card purchase – eek!

One such design by Webster which ignited by latest “we’re not worthy moment” is the Roka from her fall 2014 collection. Just look at this hot number! The silhouette of a classic pump is reinterpreted to blur the lines between shoe and ankle bootie; the cuff, at the back of the heel, is raised to sit just above ankle and it has a wrap-around strap to keep your foot in place. Shiny rose gold accents in zigzag patterns are offset by rich, matte black suede outer which says, “Wear me now and forever more!” Buy online.

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You’re Invited: #BloggerBazaarTO Fall 2014 Edition

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In the words Beyoncé’s husband and iconic rapper Jay Z “Guess who back?” Yes, that right friends #BloggerBazaarTO is back for its fall 2014 edition and we have more goodies for you. This time around we’ve added a few more highly fashionable people to the event whose closets you will definitely want to pillage like a Viking gone wild.  Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: Pompei Sandal by Sam Edelman

Burgundy is one of my favourite colours to wear in the fall; it’s rich, sensuous and adds instant sophistication to any outfit. Plus when the colour is incorporated into a drool worthy shoe design all common sense to stick within your monthly budget gets thrown out the window and the urge to whip out your credit card takes over.

For example this hot and sexy number by Sam Edelman, dubbed the Pompei, will tempt even the strictest of penny pinchers. The contrast between the brushed suede burgundy trim, mesh cutouts, lace- up detail at the front and exposed back zip is utterly drool-worthy and a must-add piece to your closet. And if that doesn’t make you add this baby to your shopping cart it also comes in black; as those cybernetic aliens called the Borg say on Star Trek, “Resistance is futile!” Buy online.

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In My Closet: Red Silk Dress by Prabal Gurung

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Weddings… what can I say about them? I have a love hate relationship with the occasion as ironic as it sounds. On the positive side it’s lovely to celebrate the union of two people in love, but on the other hand trying to find something to wear can be akin to Carrie Bradshaw’s chances of finding her stolen pair of Manolo Blahnik heels – watch this video for full shoe reference.  Continue reading

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