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TOP 10: Mardi Gras Shoes Are the New Beads

Mardi Gras shoe by Freda Maletsky/Image Courtesy Freda Maletsky

Mardi Gras Shoes Are the New Beads: Noelle Sciacca–mashable.com–2/10/16–Image Courtesy Freda Maletsky

TOP 10: Fancy Shoes–Seek Good Party

Holiday Shoes--Delpozo patent Leather Sandalsintothegloss.com

Fancy Shoes–Seek Good Party: Claire Knebl–intothegloss.com–12/12/14

TOP 10: 30 Best Christmas Party Shoes in Pictures

Christmas Party Shoes--lautrechose.com

30 Best Christmas Party Shoes in Pictures: Sara Ilyas–theguardian.com–12/11/13–Photo: lautrechose.com

TOP 10: 41 of The Best Shoes from Fall 2013 Fashion Week

Derek Lam's Red Pointy-Toe Flat Boots

41 of The Best Shoes from Fall 2013 Fashion Week: Nikki Ogunnaike–glamour.com–8/27/13

TOP 10: Pearls Go Punk

Pearls Go Punk/NY Times

Pearls Go Punk:  Edward Barsamian–nytimes.com–7/19/13–Photo: Alexander McQueen Shoe

FUN STUFF: TWE Early Summer Shoe And Satchel Survey

Spring Handbags in Nordstroms--Kate Spade

By Pamela Burke/May 17, 2013

Yikes! Summer’s only a month away so we thought that was enough of an excuse to hit the stores and see what’s new and intriguing in fancy shoes and totes.  We took one of our mini-jaunts this week and came up with a few items that caught The Eye and might captivate yours.

The first display that stopped us cold was a table of Kate Spade handbags…brightly colored…so cheerful…but there was one star tote featured above with the perfect message if you’re as curious as we are. 

It will set you back $248. but this blue and green satchel featuring one of Dorothy Parker’s most memorable quotes will not soon be forgotten.

The shoe department was next, of course. Were there any new trends, new colors, new heights we hadn’t seen before?

Dynamic Duomax Basics Running Shoes

We were not disappointed with the latest array of foot coverings.  Fashion statements they were.  Take a look at these crazy sneakers? running shoes? or neon tennis?  Turns out you can bike and run in these Dynamic Duomax sneakers with open mesh that come in just about every neon color of the rainbow.

When it comes to heels, we wondered whether they were escalating or deescalating.  Here’s what we found.

They were still stilty like these Isolá sandals with triple platforms in orchid purple with matching bows.  That’s a 4 3/4 inch heel below. Pretty high and pretty snazzy!!!

Enzo Angiolini purple heels at Nordstrom's

These were just the beginning of the day’s colorful array.  How about these Børn blue wedgies? At $89, the price recommends. 

Blue Born wedgies at Nordstrom's

One of the newest additions to footwear is the zipper as you can see in these Michael Kors espadrilles.  Easy on—easy off and very pleasing to The Eye in a casual kind of way.

Michael Kors espadrilles: shoes with zippers

We leave you with a show-stopping wonder although there was lots more for The Eye to feast on for a future story.  This high-top is certain to be a conversation piece. 

It’s a Be & D canvas sneaker with a stiletto pump silk screen print on the side.  And it comes in a wide selection of shoe images and colors. 

At $98, you might say two for the price of one. 

High top canvas sneaker with stiletto pump silk screen print of shoe

Have fun on your next shopping jaunt! This article is To Be Continued… 

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TOP 10: 25 of the Craziest Shoe Designs

25 Crazy Shoes by Her Campus

25 of the Craziest Shoe Designs: living.msn.com–4/29/13–Photo: Her Campus

FUN STUFF: Patent Leather is Back with a New Attitude!

Gianmarco Lorenzi Sculpted Platform Pump in Patent Leather

By Pamela Burke/March 16, 2013

It’s been awhile since we’ve been inspired to report on a new development in fancy footwear.  Every day there’s a more over-the-top shoe to review. It takes a pretty startling photo to get us excited about the latest design.  Just when we think we’ve seen it all, along comes an incredible creation that causes us to run to the keyboard.

This Gianmarco Lorenzi masterpiece is just that shoe.  It’s taller than tall, features an amazing array of bright colors, and to top it off, is made of patent leather!

This pink and purple pump has a peep toe and features contrasting florescent yellow insole.  The blue stiletto heel is 16 centimetres tall.  After careful calculation, that would be 6 1/2  inches in length.  The wedge alone is 7 or 2 and 3/4 inches.  That seems mighty tall to me.

Oh, and the cost.  If you guessed $816.57, you would be exactly right.  Yes, pricey to say the least…but you have to admit, that’s a lot of shoe. in height anyway.

It got me thinking about patent leather shoes and how popular they once were.  They were shiny, usually black, and thought to be the cause of certain reflections as the famous 70s book by John Powers* suggested.

Take a look at these vintage 60s-70ish 3-strap Mary Janes with clunky heel. The asking price on Ebay–$65!

60s to 70s black patent leather shoes on ebay for $65

Classic Mary Janes were often made in patent leather and were named after the sweetheart of Buster Brown in the famous comic strip that began in 1902. We’ve come a long way in shoe design since then but,  in a roundabout way, we can trace our passion for patent to this little girl character created at the turn of the century.

For those who love shiny shoes, who can resist Gianmarco’s (@GMLorenzi) tall sculpted platforms or the simple glossy foot covers of Mary Jane.  Each is a sight to behold!

Mary Jane and Buster Brown

*”Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?”

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