Frugal Shoe Snob
Fri 04.11
Frugal Friday

Frugal Friday: Paolo Bentini

An Italian shoe line just launched at Nordstrom, and believe me, this is a name you’re going to want to remember – Paolo Bentini. He’s a fifth generation shoemaker who ensures that every last sandal is handmade by skilled craftsman using the finest soft leathers. Sounds like they must be pretty expensive, right? Surprisingly, no! All of the sandals are under $100.

Tue 03.11
SJP Collection Shoes

SJP Collection Launch at Nordstrom: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Latest Shoe-In

When Carrie met Manolo, it was on-screen magic. When Sarah Jessica met George, it was real-life retail magic. Meet the SJP Collection, currently sold exclusively at Nordstrom. I’ve seen my fair share of celebrity line launches, none as well-received as the response Ms. Parker just enjoyed.

Thu 02.06
The Blonde Salad for Steve Madden

The Blonde Salad for Steve Madden: Dressed to Perfection

My longtime friend the Blonde Salad continues her quest for world domination with a Steve Madden collaboration – 17 pairs in all! The shoes range from faux snakeskin slip-on sneakers ($129.95) to sexy, lace-up heels ($129.95). The wide variety of styles is my favorite aspect of the collection, but then again, this isn’t Chiara’s first rodeo.

Fri 01.24
Rollasole

Rollasole: Dream Machine

You know those tech vending machines that sell iPods and cameras? They just got seriously one-upped because as nice as it is to get those luxuries on the go, comfort is a more of a necessity and Brit shoe brand Rollasole is providing just that by selling their conveniently packable flats in vending machines.

Thu 08.29
Design through the Decades

Design through the Decades: The 2000s

The ‘00s brought us leggings, the revival of skinny jeans, MK & A’s hobo look (and The Row), Stella McCartney’s environmentally-friendly fashions, and oh yeah, a new millennium! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we began wearing shoes that were…comfortable (I couldn’t bring myself to list a certain foam clog that’s since grown so shockingly common, but you know what I’m talking about).

Wed 07.31
Design Through the Decades

Design Through the Decades: The 1980s

When it came to 1980s fashion, bigger was always better. Head banger bands like White Snake and Skid Row fueled this trend with video after video of girls rocking huge hair and writhing on cars in nothing but skimpy bikinis and white stilettos. As a high schooler, I wasn’t allowed to have pumps (I couldn’t even wear my high-tops or jellies except on the weekends).

Tue 06.11

Trend Alert: Art Deco Shoes

The Great Gatsby has been in theaters for a while now, but fashion’s Art Deco revival shows no signs of stopping. Here’s hoping it stays that way – we could all use an extra dose of glam! The black suede and metallic gold leather on these T-straps from Charlotte Olympia (at Bergdorf Goodman for $1,195) […]

Wed 05.29

Summer Essentials: Shoes for Every Occasion

Whether you’re going on a trip to the tropics this summer or just taking a walk through your neighborhood, you’re going to need a set of comfy shoes for the journey. The key word here is casual. One of the most important styles to have is a travel-friendly flat. Maiyet’s two-tone leather sandals (on NET-A-PORTER […]

Mon 03.04

Best Pastel Shoes: Sugar and Spice

Pastels hues are as sweet as candy, and while that’s nice and all, isn’t fun when they have a little edge? We don’t want a sugar overload after all! To satiate our sweet tooth in dentist-approved doses, choose shoes with chunky heels, exotic skins, and just a little touch of metallic. Take springtime shades from […]