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The Hottest Spring Shoes Trends

Two-toned purple and pink d'Orsay pumps that represent one of spring 2014's hottest shoe trends.

Wondering which styles and colors we're going to be seeing the most of this spring? Check out this guide for all the delightful details.

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The Best Height for High Heels

Monday April 14, 2014

Ever feel like Goldilocks when you're trying on heels?

Some of them are too low to feel dressy enough, while others are too high to even imagine being able to walk in. That's where mid-height heels come in.

Of course, the definitions of 'high' and 'mid-height' are subjective. They've also changed a bit over the last several years, as recent trends have dictated wearing heels that are higher and higher.

If you're looking for shoes with heels between 2- and 4-inches, I've put together a few tips on where to find them, and how to select the best styles once you do.

 

Shoes That Recently Caught My Eye

Friday April 11, 2014

Usually, when I post a collection of shoes I've admired recently, I like to group them together into a themed post. Sexy high heels. Neutral shoes. Or, even something like 'Shoes with Bows on Them.'

But, this time, there is no theme. Like, at all.

In fact, if you pressed me to name a common thread that all these shoes shared, I don't think I'd be able to. They're all over the place. Price-wise, style-wise, even heel-wise. They simply have nothing to do with each other.

Nevertheless, they did all strike my fancy for one reason or another. As such, I'm going to share them with you. Along with the reasons each pair caught my attention.

 

Chic, flat sandals with light neutral and black straps.First up are these chic slide sandals from Joie.

I love how simple they are, and I'm crazy about the color combination, because the black paired with a light neutral opens up opportunities to pair these stylish flats with a wide variety of colors and prints.

And, at $125 per pair, the price isn't terrible. Granted, they aren't the most affordable sandals ever, but given their classic style and versatility, I could probably justify the purchase.

 

Cute and sexy high heel sandal booties in beige.These shoes, on the other hand, are a total bargain, at just under $30 per pair. And, they're so adorable.

The heels are wearable, at 4-inches tall. Plus, they're chunky, which you know I love.

I also really like bootie-style sandals like these because they're good for several seasons. They make the perfect transition shoes, but you could totally wear them throughout the summer, and even into fall.

Also available in black and brown, these shoes would work with everything from jeans and shorts to more feminine skirts and dresses.

 

Black high top Adidas sneakers with white polka dots.High top sneakers. With polka dots.

I guess I don't really need to say more than that. You either love them, or you don't. Needless to say, I do. A lot.

Oh, and they're from adidas, too. Which, when you get right down to it, has to be my favorite sneaker brand.

And for those who are interested, they also come in white with black polka dots. But, for me, those just don't hit the spot in quite the same way as this pair. But, I'm probably just being picky there.

 

Strappy dress sandals with pale pink uppers and high heels.Even if I was able to, I don't think I'd ever drop nearly $700 on a pair of shoes. I'd always talk myself out of it, thinking that I could put the money towards something else. Maybe if I was like crazy rich, I'd get over that. But, whatever the case, if I could or would, these shoes might just be the kind that would do me in.

They're sexy, but not in a cheap way. They're just so feminine, as well as being timeless. And the nude pink is absolutely stunning.

These lookers also come in a soft yellow that is equally gorgeous, but has a totally different vibe.

 

Thong sandals with yoga mat soles and soft, wrap-around uppers.And finally, we have the super-affordable, insanely popular, and extra-cute 'Yoga Sling 2' from Sanuk.

I can not emphasize enough how much I love Sanuk shoes. They are seriously the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.

I'm totally sold on their 'Sidewalk Surfer' collection, and I also tried (and loved) their original 'Yoga Mat' sandals. I haven't tried this particular style yet, but I can promise you, it's on my hit list.

Like their predecessors, these slingback thongs have soles made from actual yoga mat material. They're uppers are made from a comfy stretch knit material, and they come in a wide array of solids and stripes.

And, if all of that weren't enough, they're also priced really well at just $36 per pair.

Pictured Above:

  1. Joie 'Sable' (Buy Direct) Image: Piperlime.com
  2. 'She's In The Band' Faux Leather Heels (Buy Direct) Image: GoJane.com
  3. adidas 'Polka Dot High-Top Sneakers' (Buy Direct) Image: UrbanOutfitters.com
  4. Burberry 'Delabole' (Buy Direct) Image: Zappos.com
  5. Sanuk 'Yoga Sling 2' (Buy Direct) Image: Zappos.com

Looking for a Deal on Your Favorite Name-Brand Shoes?

Thursday April 10, 2014

Due to popular demand (and the fact that I'm always looking for a deal myself), I write a lot about where to find good -- or even great -- prices on shoes. Cheap Shoes That Look Great, Where to Find Shoes Under $20, Designer Shoes for Less, and so on.

But, those articles focus on shoes that are bargain- or, at least, reasonably-priced to begin with. Except for the piece about designer shoes, which covers the other end of the spectrum.

In my article on where to find discount shoes online, I take a bit of a different approach, linking you instead to the best sites to find deals on all you favorite brands. Naturally, many of these places also carry lower- and higher-priced labels as well, but their bread and butter tends to be the mass-market, mainstream brands we all know and love.

If you're shopping for a bargain, you'll definitely want to give this list a look.

Read More: How to Save Money on Shoes | What to Look for in an Online Shoe Store | Shoe Shopping Online v. Real World Shoe Shopping | Shoe Stores that Offer Free Shipping | Tips for Trying On Shoes

Where to Get Small Shoes for Men and Women

Thursday April 3, 2014

When I was in high school, one of my best friends was extremely petite. Brilliant, gorgeous, lovely personality, and absolutely tiny.

Some people have all the luck, right?

I'm sure that's what most of us all thought.

Of course, we weren't considering how difficult it must have been for her to find clothing and shoes that fit her properly. Styles that she also liked.

She always looked great, so it just didn't seem like much of an issue.

But then, we were also in high school. Shopping in the children's department wasn't that far in the the past for most of us. It was even kind of fun sometimes to revisit our "youth." Fast forward a couple of decades, and I'm sure it has lost its charm for her.

In fact, I hear from women and men all the time who are often referred to the kids' departments when they can't find shoes small enough to fit them in the adult section. From what they've told me, you can trust in this: there's nothing charming about it.

When you have absolutely no other choices, it is good to know that there are a few brands that practically clone items from their adult lines, and make them in children's sizes. But, for the majority of people who wear smaller-than-average shoes, it's even better to know that there are other options.

Below are lists of retailers who carry adult shoes in small sizes. Imagine. Shoes actually that fit your feet as well as your age.

I wish there was more choice and variety. And I wish these lists were a lot longer. But at least, it's a starting point.

Read More: How to Find Your Shoe Size and Width | Women's Shoe Widths | Men's Shoe Widths | Narrow Shoes for Women | Narrow Shoes for Men | Wide Shoes for Women | Wide Shoes for Men

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