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Fri 04.11
Givenchy Python Sandals

Givenchy Python Sandals: Identity Crisis

I’m sorry, but this must be a case of mistaken identity. Is this really you, Givenchy? People ask me all the time, “What is the current ‘it’ bag?” Though seeing that every editor has Givenchy in their hands makes it an easy question to answer, this python sandal has me taking back my words.

Thu 03.20
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Top 5 Spring Pumps: The Higher the Heel, the Closer to God

The higher the heel, the closer to god? Absolutely! Just don’t tell your chiropractor I said that (tip: Pilates and yoga strengthen your core and back, making heels easier to maneuver). I’ve been wearing them since I was 17. When I graduated from high school, I tossed my flats and never looked back. Pumps were a part of my daily uniform at USC and continue to be today.

Mon 03.17
Ankle-Strap Sandals

Top Ankle-Strap Sandals: The Strap Has It!

Ankle straps were once thought to be unflattering, especially for those with thicker ankles. Not to mention the fact that they’re assumed to shorten the appearance of the leg, but I have actually found the opposite to be true.

Wed 02.19
Helmut Lang Stingray & Leather Point-Toe Pumps

Helmut Lang Stingray & Leather Point-Toe Pumps: Sting Operation

The mix of minimalism and edge we’ve come to love from Helmut Lang couldn’t be executed more perfectly than on these pointed-toe stingray pumps. They manage to look out there without going too far out thanks to the incredibly sexy and rocker-chic cutouts (ever so slightly reminiscent of Steven Tyler – in a good way!).

Tue 02.18
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Paul Andrew Fall 2014 Collection: A Heeling Touch

Many like to reference Paul Andrew, my number-one shoe designer to watch, as the “new Manolo,” but I see him in a class all his own. With an eye both timeless and refined, he projects a genuinely modern brand of elegance. After taking in his Fall 2014 collection, I can’t get enough

Tue 01.28
Jimmy Choo Mystic Patent-Leather and Elaphe Pumps

Jimmy Choo Mystic Patent-Leather and Elaphe Pumps: Into the Mystic

I love white heels, but the complete lack of color always feels stark. It needs to be broken up. With a few little additions, Jimmy Choo’s Mystic pump perfects the style to one with substance. The pointed toe and thin ankle strap offer desired sophistication, while color blocking and cutouts remind everyone that you’re a sophisticate with edge.

Wed 01.08
Alexandre Birman Python Slides

Alexandre Birman Python Slides: Snake, Rattle, and Roll

As I wrote last summer, mules are back! If you haven’t embraced the revival yet, what better time to start than at the beginning of a new year? It’s the perfect excuse to clean out your closet and refill it with everything you’ll need for spring (then you’ll have a spring cleaning – another excuse to go shopping!).

Wed 12.18
Resort Flat Sandals

Resort Flat Sandals: Shoes Well

When’s your next tropical getaway? With any luck, it’s coming up soon because I’ve picked out the top Resort sandals, flats so wonderful that you’ll go book a trip right now just to find occasion to wear them!

Wed 10.16
Saint Laurent Paris Two-Tone Python Ankle Boots

Saint Laurent Paris Two-Tone Python Ankle Boots: Black and White and Rock ‘n’ Roll All Over

Here we see Hedi Slimane take on the black and white trend with his signature rock and roll aesthetic. Saint Laurent has rolled out a few different hues for the Paris boot, but it’s not color that sets this pair apart – it’s the scaly texture of python. I’m not going to be able to sleep until I have these! They’re the best all-around shoes for the season.