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Friday, August 21st, 2009

What do more women want more than ever?

Bild 183-M1129-321Bigger shoes. At least, that’s what this article said last week about Chicago women and their supposed larger-than-average feet. Apparently, a retail department store surveyed local women and discovered an overwhelming call for more double digit-sized shoes in stock. As a result, the store began showing the bigger-sized shoes on the sales floor and noted that women were buying multiple pairs — they’d finally found a shoe their size. And you can, too.

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Friday, August 7th, 2009

Early Fall Shoe Trends: Hardware Details

Gynnie by Charles David: Golden Studs?  That sounds too good to be true.The fashion community prepares for seasons far in advance. The Fall 2009 pieces, for instance, were catwalked last winter.  Although I understand why it’s necessary to show fashion lines so early (so that distributors, ready-to-wear-ers, and marketers can do their thing), it does seem strange that designers should be mum now, when women are actually beginning to think about what they’ll wear this fall and winter. And so, all this week, Shoeflyer has been featuring fall trends, to help you get ready for the chilly days ahead.  At least you have one consolation as the summer fades:  fall and winter mean you can wear more leather!  Today’s trend is all about leather (or imitation leather).  Perhaps due to the tough economy, designers have been pairing leather with plenty of biker/punk flair, including buckles, safety pins, grommets, and hooks.

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Monday, July 27th, 2009

Espadrilles: A Historical Legacy of Natural Elegance

Deerskin Moccassin with grass lining from Arnold Research CaveDid you know that modern espadrilles are related to shoes Native Americans were wearing over 8,000 years ago?  Espadrilles are shoes with cloth uppers and rope soles.  According to the journal Science, some of the 8,000-year-old shoes from the Arnold Research Cave in Missouri resembled espadrilles, in that they were woven from tough, fibrous plants.  Leather was also used in some specimens, including the one shown here.

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Too Many Shoes? Go Miniature!

Photo taken at the Maryhill Museum of Art.Seeing the incredible exhibit of Theatre de la Mode fashions at the Maryhill Museum of Art has me thinking more and more about fashion as art.  Personally, I choose comfort if given the choice between killer fashion and killer pain, but I’m beginning to see why some women strap on incredibly fierce (and incredibly uncomfortable) shoes for a few hours now and then.  (Call me a dork if you will, but I don’t encourage it! Wearing poorly fitting shoes, especially for long stretches, definitely causes foot health problems.) Miniature shoes offer all of the art of fierce heels–without any of the pain. Today, I’m exploring the world of miniature shoes, both from the Theatre de la Mode exhibit and the many websites that offer collectible miniature shoes.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The Power of Shoes: Shoes for Your Next Showdown

Yes, it’s an audacious title, but it’s true. Shoes are incredibly powerful, especially these days. Sexy stilettos convey cat-like confidence (and given today’s towering designs, you’d better be as nimble as a feline). Luxuriously shiny loafers immediately mark a man of power. Where does your first impression begin and end?  At the feet, if you’re like me.  Given the power of shoes, it’s no surprise that people are searching for new ways to wear wield them.  In his last show, designer Eric Tibush turned the fashion world on its head by sending his willowy models out on the catwalk with heels as hair accessories. No, seriously.  He somehow strapped stilettos onto those poor girls heads.  Here’s the strange thing:  the models made it look totally fierce.

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Saturday, July 4th, 2009

How to Emulate Sarah Palin’s Shoe Style

Is Sarah Palin’s resignation a sign that she’ll run for the presidency in 2012, or does she just need a break from the media circus that is the Republican party these days?  There’s no way to know right now, but either way, we’re likely to see less of the Alaskan spitfire for a few months. As a shoe fetishist, I have to say that I’m going to miss her.  Even if her fashion overhaul was funded by her party, I approve of her taste in shoes.  Sarah’s shoe choices mirror her personality– she likes to be polished and powerfully in control.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Fit or Fab — You Choose

Have you heard of these new shoes yet? The ones that supposedly tone your calves and backside as you walk? The shoes are flip-flops called “Fit Flops” and are, apparently, a growing craze this summer. And with a marketing promise to firm your buns on the run, why wouldn’t they be? Though, I came across a telling news report today that uncovers the shoes might not be worth every penny you’re paying for them.

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Monday, March 30th, 2009

Simplicity in the 2009 Tila March Shoe Line for Spring

Journal by Franco Sarto

Journal by Franco Sarto


The name Tila March is most associated with handbag collections but it has recently come onto the scene with a new collection of  Spring shoes that mirror the labels’ belief in simple designs that don’t follow one particular fad.

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Friday, March 27th, 2009

Designer Spotlight: Slava Zeitsev

Just when you thought the Fashion Week frenzy had finally calmed down, Moscow’s designers are ramping up for another week of shows.  Russian Fashion Week (RFW) opens this Sunday with designs from one of eastern Europe’s most beloved designers: Slava Zeitsev.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Shoes for St. Patrick’s Day

How are you faring in the St. Patrick’s Day color contest? Did you remember to incorporate the bit o’ green in your ensemble today? If not, how about blue? Since the original color associated with St. Patrick was a deep blue, you could argue that a spot of blue earns you pinch-free privaleges.  In fact, the modern greening up on March 17th is thought to be rooted in the phrase “the wearing of the green.” During the Irish Rebellion of 1798, pinning “the green”–a shamrock–to your clothing was a symbol of rebellion against the British crown.

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