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FUN STUFF: Eye-Popping Footwear for the Holidays

Pink Sequin Australian UGGS

UGG Australia ‘Classic Short Sparkle’ Boot

Story and Photos By Pamela Burke/December 20, 2013

It’s been too long since our last holiday shoe survey so we needed to crawl the mall in search of this season’s trends in fancy footwear. Would it be shoes with sparkles? Towering heels? No heels? What about flats? After a few hours perusing the stores, we can confidently say all of the above.

One style did seem to dominate. There were UGGs galore. Just look at this array at Dillards!

Plain, fancy, suede, gold, silver, with and without shimmering sequins…every possible style was on display.

ChristmasShoe2013--Dillards

The UGGs above just holler “try me on.” They all looked soooo cozy and warm for those snowy days. We salivated most for the “Bailey Bow” boots in purple reign as its called, shown below at Nordstrom with matching ribbons in the back. Now that’s stylin’!

Christmas Shoe in Nordstrom 2013

UGG Australia ‘Bailey Bow’ Boot

As we wandered, we were hoping we could find something less boot-like and more partyish. Then we digressed and spied some fancy slippers that looked all soft and snugly.  Seems like you don’t have to go to a party to feel like the bell of the ball. Take a look at these “Quinn” Ballet Slippers from Michael Kors.

Ballet Slipper Michael Kors Nordstrom 2013

Michael Kors ‘Quinn’ Ballet Slippers

For those of you in warmer climates who are looking for a little bling in a flip-flop and for possible party wear, we ogled these “Cha Cha” FitFlop low wedge knockouts in passion fruit, bronze and black.

It’s your standard casual flipflop but all gussied up. 

If you really want to be comfortable and aren’t looking for the towering heel, these might just fit the bill for dressy occasions and not.

FitFlop Cha Cha Sandal Nordstrom 2013 Holiday

Pink FitFLop Cha Cha Sandal 2013

Now if you’re wanting something a bit higher, really higher—a fancy shoe on six-inch stilts—we found one that might delight. For sheer glamour and simple elegance, it’s Shiekh’s rhinestone-encrusted tower with gold-tone sole and wrapped heel.

Shiekh 6 inch holiday heel 2013

Shiekh Six-Inch Stepping Out Shoe

And last but not least we did spot one rather sporty shoe that stood out in the crowd. You might not wear a pair to a fancy soiree (or maybe you would) but they also could be just the ticket for a shopping tour or athletic outing.

Behold this sassy sneaker below by Michael Kors!

It’s a pretty fancy “urban” high-top with side zipper and chain-link laces and definitely eye-popping in the fire engine red.

Michael Kors sneaker at Dillards, 2013 Holiday

Michael Kors Urban High Top

We began our survey with a bold boot and end now with a shiny sneaker…these two took the prize for pizazz and just pure fun! Have you seen any shoes that made you smile, salivate or just plain stare? If so, send us a photo at thewomenseye (at) gmail (dot) com. We’re always looking for showstopping design!

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Fun Stuff: TWE’s Sassy Shoe Survey

Striped red shoes

Michael Kors slim-striped wedge with patent peep-toe pump with 4.5 inch heel, $144.95

By Pamela Burke/December 29, 2012

If you’ve been following our Fun Stuff stories, you’ve noticed the constant coverage we’ve been giving to the latest fancy footwear.

Shoes in all colors and configurations have captured our imagination this year. 

We thought it might be fun to take a quick trip to a local department stores to see what styles might be in vogue and possibly affordable as we welcome in 2013.  We wondered if we’d find any signs of a lowering of the heel or the shrinking of the platform.  The answer is negative on both!

Blue and purple suede heels

Nine West suede peep toe platform sandal with 4.5 inch heel, on sale $69.99

The heels are higher than ever; the endless variety continues to dazzle the eye.

If you’re looking for dressy, we know from previous stories that there is glitter galore.  But Jessica Simpson has added her name to the mix and presents these tall black beauties for those who enjoy animal prints and walking tall.

Mesh and tiger print heels by Jessica Simpson

Jessica’s Sana T Strap Sandal with 4″ heel and zipper, on sale for $89

If you’re in the market for boots, you can find almost anything you could dream of but when we saw these pink rubber galoshes with bows, we were salivating.

What fun it would be to jump a puddle in these?

Pink puddlejumpers with bows

RED Valentino bow trim rain boots in fuschia, $195.

But if you’re looking for something retro and a bit Dorothyesque—slippers she might have worn on her travels to Oz— we came upon these bejeweled ballet slippers…

and the price is right!

Red Slipper with decor

Nine West’s satin slippers with rhinestone emblems on the closed toe, on sale

Happy Shoe Hunting in 2013!  You can’t buy this kind of fun.

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