Yes, I admit… The down payment for my apartment is tied up in my closet!!! I probably have over 60 pairs of shoes and 10 pairs of boots...at about $500 average price, you do the math. I don’t know about you, but I have always felt that a great pair of shoes is quite a nice investment. I mean come on, I didn’t lose a penny in the stock market, the value of my home will never depreciate and I have a thriving designer consignment business, the perfect way to recoup some of the initial cash outlay. It makes perfect sense to me, but of course I have admitted to a shopping addiction, so I can rationalize with the best of them!!!! So yes, today I am going to expose my shoe fetish by sharing my absolute spring must-haves. Remember, I couldn’t care less about trends and rules. I simply buy what I love, as should you, so lets get started…
I am leopard obsessed…it is the new black! Every real fashionista should have at least one versatile pair in her stockpile. My absolute favorites are from Louboutin. They are printed patent leather so will work in the warm or the cold. I love a little toe cleavage, so prefer the peep-toe slings, but the signature round toe pump is also fab. Leopard works with just about anything in your closet and will never go out of style, so have some fun with them.
Always on my list are metallics. Yes, a big trend this Spring so the choices will be numerous, but again to me they are a go-to neutral for any season. If you are still in the “building-your-wardrobe” mode, great silver or gold shoes are a must. Again think versatility and they will carry you from season to season. Some standouts in stores now are of course from Louboutin (yes, I am a major fan). I am coveting the crisscross, ruched, peep toe, platforms in silver, but the gold round toe pumps are an amazing classic option. Pair them now with neutral fishnets and you will have a sexy fall look. For another smart wardrobe-building option, gravitate towards the plethora of nude shades available now. I absolutely love the look of a bare foot and this season’s au naturel styles do not disappoint. I am dying for the pale rose satin Stella McCartney pointed toe, platform pumps…my rocker chic answer to fall. I also don’t know if I will survive without the Miu Miu nude, patent slingbacks with a bamboo heel…to die for!!!
I still have a burning desire for gladiator-inspired or harder-edged styles, again perhaps the downtown girl in me. At the top of my list are the Givenchy cut-out booties, the YSL cut-out suede platforms and the Alexander McQueen flash boots…that hint of neon pink is just beyond. On the softer side, I am loving the pink Louboutin cage platform sandals and the Guiseppe Zanotti two-tone patent creations are unbelievable.
I love a perfect pair of wedges for the warmer months. You can’t survive the Soho House slatted floor roof (the ultimate heel eater) or the Hamptons parties without some flat-bottomed friends. The pairs I covet most happen to come in one of my must-have shoe shades, cherry red. The YSL Lili Wedge is the chicest of the cork-heeled wonders, but Louboutin still has a corner on creating the sexiest, most feminine versions. The cherise colored, patent, ankle-wrap espadrille is an absolute must-have, but the pretty-in-pink, bow, cork wedge from Dior gives Louboutin a run for his money.
These are my absolute favs from the new crop in stores now, but there are a few stunners coming soon that I just need to talk about. Can you say ruffles galore? The ruffled, python Valentinos are truly decadent. Killer metallics…Alexander McQueen’s Silver Python sling-backs are pure fantasy, and the Givenchy gladiators should be on every It Girl’s list. Subtle nudes…how much do I love the Chloe Suzie sandals? Spring booties…the Fendi jute and red suede versions are hardcore perfection. Tribal masterpieces…the Louis Vuitton’s are an artistic feat (no pun intentded).
I know all of these are crazy expensive, but shoes are the one style necessity that I truly feel you get what you pay for. Knockoffs look cheap! One exception…you don’t need to spend a month’s mortgage on ballet flats or flat sandals. I will be sure to give you many “low” options as we get deeper into Spring and yes, debt. In the meantime, let loose and get ready for one truly inspired season of shoes!!!!