Spring Has Sprung

Finding lemon clover is like Spring knocking on my front door, saying “I’m here!” It’s technically a weed, but I actually find it pretty when it grows into a thick green shaggy carpet with little pops of yellow. 

Plenty by Tracy Reese “Vesper" Sandal

A few weeks ago, my sister asked me “So what do you want for your birthday?  Shoes?”  I actually told her no.  Shocking, huh?  (Her present was tickets to the SF Ballet’s production of Cinderella.  It was wonderful, and the sets were amazing!  If you happen to be in NYC in late October, it will be on tour there.)

Just because I didn’t ask for shoes doesn’t mean I haven’t been trolling for new ones.  And, what exactly have I been looking for?  Spring colored shoes!  I love how these heels (Miss Albright “Domino”) have crisscrossing straps of pastel colors, looking like a rainbow.  Warning… if you have wide feet, you might have to opt for a larger size.  The toe felt quite narrow on these shoes.  Since the straps are fabric, there is no “give” like you might find with leather.

Farylrobin “Torre" T-Strap Heels

Les Fleurs (Michelle Abrams) print.

OK, Just One More!

I know I talked about mixed media shoes already, but I wanted to highlight this pump.  The contrast between black/white snakeskin print and cobalt blue suede and the low-ish* heel make it perfect for work.  (It’s trendy but not overly so.  I wear some pretty interesting shoes to work, but even I realize there’s a line between the workplace and a party.)
Aldo “Charlo" with blue suede. 
*p.s. The heel is 3 inches, which might not be considered by some people as “low-ish”.  

All Mixed Up

I love mixed media shoes.  By mixed media, I don’t only mean different materials (e.g., leather + raffia) but also different prints (e.g., stripes + floral print or snakeskin + polka dots).  However, it seems like the majority of mixed media shoes are designer and therefore expensive, like this awesome pair of Marc Jacobs pumps and this pair of Manolo Blahnik d’orsay pumps.

So, I was happy when I found these mixed media Rockport “Presia” sandals at one of Rue La La’s recent sample sales.  The checked straw upper with snakeskin heel and trim make for one interesting shoe.  And, at the reduced price, it was a definite buy for me.

Spring Trend 2014 (?!?): Let's Mule About It →

My introduction to mules happened during freshman year of college.  In the form of my humanities professor.  As he talked about Plato and Heidegger, my focus would gradually shift from his lecture to his mules.  (FYI, I was a very good student.  It’s just that you don’t often see a guy sporting mules.)

It’s probably obvious, but mules don’t rank very high in my fashion estimation.  The clunky, open-back form just doesn’t appeal to me.  Mules are technically a fancier version of clogs… and clogs (no matter how much someone bedazzles or amps it up) are not my style.

My prejudices aside, I’ll admit that some designers have reinvented the shoe this year in some stylish ways.  A couple of my favorites (3.1 Phillip Lim ankle strap mule and Costume National point-toe mule) are pictured below. So, while I may not buy into this year’s mule-ish trend, I’ll still admire (just from afar).

If mules are your style, check out more at Elle Magazine or Harper’s Bazaar.


Hello, I’m saucy.  Who are you?  (Iron Fist Black “Meshed Up” Heels.)

February has sort of become a month of romance and flirtation with Valentine’s Day.  Hence, my sexy shoe photo shoot.  With the flirty red bow and the black mesh, how can you not feel a bit “cha cha” in these heels?

Unfortunately, these heels are an older style and sold out.  But, if you want some equally cha cha heels, check out this (Luichiny “Date Night”), this (Shoe Cult Veiled Mesh Pump) and this (Nina “Francine”)!

Butter gray suede wedges and Miss Albright floral clutch.

(1) BCBGMAXARIA “Paycer”; (2) Jessica Simpson “Jennisin”; (3) BCBGMAXARIA “Mave”; (4) Ancient Greek Sandals “Ikaria”; (5) Bruno Premi Sandals; (6) Emporio Armani Sandals; (7) Cafe’noir Wedges; (8) Ivanka Trump Delmar3; (9) Seychelles “Mum

Sky blue and grass green

It’s January, and I should be focused on cold weather shoes like boots.  But (1) I’ve always been more addicted to pumps and sandals, and (2) California is currently experiencing unseasonably warm weather.

The shoe colors reminded me of bright green grass and a clear blue sky, so I thought I’d photograph it just that way.  .

Rachel Roy “Helene” mid heel pump in menthol blue/yellow (found on Rue La La).

Basket case

My awesome sister surprised me with these VC Signature shoes (“Pamela”) after seeing them in one of my earlier post about metallic heels.  It’s available in pewter (shown) or bronze.  

Though I earlier singled out this shoe for its metallic color, the standout feature for me is the woven leather.  I like interesting shoes, and the basket-like texture keeps this shoe from being boring.

Use Glitter Polish On Scuffed Heels? →

OK, this seems damn brilliant.  The style/fashion wizards at POPSUGAR show how you can convert an old, tore up pair of heels into something worthy of a New Year’s Eve party.  Time to get out my nail polish and do some bedazzling!