Whether you've got a shoe fanatic on your shopping list, or you're looking for a few ideas for your own wish list, you're going to love this year's Gift Guide for Shoe Lovers.
There's something for everyone, so be sure to check it out!
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And if those reasons weren't enough to make you want to attend, want to attend, how about this one? All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Arms Around The Child.
Arms Around the Child supports local organizations that provide safety, security and resources for vulnerable children living in extreme adversity, including kids around the world who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
In addition to the fabulous leather bears, other items and experiences will be auctioned, including:
- Personalized voice mail message recordings from Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, and Mick Jagger;
- a Topshop Topman shopping for two in London;
- a round-trip flight to Los Angeles to meet Usher at The Voice;
- a one-on-one chat with Bruno Mars, along with a guitar signed by him;
- and a piece of art by Nissim Ben Aderet, which will be created live at the ball.
Oh yeah, and there is one other item that will be auctioned off as well: a pair of bespoke Christian Louboutins.
That got your attention, didn't it?
The Other Ball will be held at the Highline Ballroom in New York City this coming Tuesday, and is being hosted by artist and producer Mark Ronson.
With a dress code that's been billed as "more black leather than black tie," the ball promises to be a fun-filled event, with musical performances from The Black Keys, Mikky Ekko, Lykke Li, Miguel, Nate Reuss, and A$AP Rocky.
At $2,000 a pop, tickets aren't cheap -- but, again, all proceeds from the auction will be donated to Arms Around The Child, and the bulk of the ticket price should be tax-deductible.
Visit the TheOtherBall.org for all the details, or to purchase tickets.
Looking for an affordable, easy to make, DIY gift for your favorite shoe lover? How about an oldie but goodie, like glittered sneakers.
Using some glitter I had on hand, and a brand new pair of sneakers, this project only set me back about $25, and the results are phenomenal! Granted, I've been glittering things for decades now, but I can honestly say that this was by far one of the quickest, easiest, and most rewarding craft projects I've ever completed -- and, believe me, I've done plenty.
So, without further ado, here are the instructions for glittering your own sneakers.
I went into a LOT of detail and included tons of photos, but if you only absorb one thing, make it this: mask off the rubber soles and toe caps!
I didn't do that myself until a few minutes AFTER I'd started glittering, and spent more time cleaning glitter off of white rubber than I did embellishing the pair of shoes.
Image: © Desirée Stimpert
We've waited all year, and it's finally time... here is the massive list of Cyber Monday Shoe Sales for 2013, including all of the necessary coupon, promo and discount codes, as well as links to each retailer.
But, before you start clicking, there are a few key points to keep in mind. First and foremost, any of the details could change or contain errors, so be certain to check all the specifics at each retailer before checking out.
I've also put together a few Cyber Monday tips and guidelines as well.
I've rounded up the best of the best, and put them all on this big list, along with any promo codes you might need.
Remember to verify all the details before checking out.
Also, don't forget that more deals will be coming on Monday. So, you may only want to buy today if you are worried that you'll miss out on something by waiting, since some limited-supply items will definitely sell out this weekend.
Ready? Set. Here's the list.
Now, I know that by now, nearly everyone who is going to has already shopped for shoes online.
But just in case you're new to the game, or on the off-chance that you've had a bad experience in the past, I wanted to share with you some of my top tips for finding a good online retailer. Here they are.
What do a pair of sexy black dress boots; a pair of trendy white sneakers; and a pair of pale pink evening shoes all have in common?
They're all featured in this week's Footwear Finds, along with others. Be sure to have a look.
Pictured: Charles by Charles David 'Raphael' (Buy Direct)
-- (Original Price: $175.00 | Sale Price: $49.99 | Discount: 71%)
I'm always going on about the virtues of knee high boots. I tell you how slimming they are. I preach about their versatility. I also list tall, classic dress boots as one of the most essential types of footwear for women.
If you think this is where I'm going to give myself a good talking to, and vow to stop yammering about the many, many attributes of tall boots, you're wrong. All of those things are true, and I'll likely go to my grave trying to spread the love for tall boots.
I'm really only mentioning it because I absolutely hate when I'm in the middle such a speech, and it get cuts short.
Why do I get interrupted when I'm discussing such an important issue?
Usually, because the person I'm talking to tells me she can't find boots with shafts big enough to fit her calves.
Do you have any idea how frustrating this is?
And, it's fairly common too. Plus sizes, women with muscular calves, even so-called "average size" women have difficulty finding tall boots that fit.
But there is good news. Unlike women who need large, small, narrow or wide shoes, women with wider calves have plenty of options -- and none of them involve waiting for the footwear manufacturers to make boots with wider shafts.
Here are several tips for women who need wide-calf boots, including which styles and materials will work best, and a list of manufacturers that are already making boots with wider shafts.
When I was a kid, I would stand outside every morning and wait for the school bus. This was early enough in the day that, during the winter months, it still dark outside. And it was always cold. Well, let me rephrase that, I was always cold.
I'm not really sure why I didn't just wait inside until the bus came. I guess I was worried that they wouldn't remember to stop for me. But, whatever the case, I just couldn't seem to warm up those mornings.
I blame my footwear.
My coat was plenty warm enough. I always had a hat and mittens. Usually a scarf. And honestly, the temperatures weren't that low. I didn't live in the arctic or anything.
The reason I blame my footwear is because, at that age, I always wanted to be in sneakers. I didn't change my shoes based on weather or season. My footwear choices were based solely on comfort and style.
Fast-forward 20 years or so, and I still wasn't dressing my feet for the weather. Naturally, I was still far colder than I should have been during the winter months.
In fact, it was probably only my obsession with shopping for boots that actually forced me into wearing winter boots. But, now I know the secret to staying warm -- or at least warmer: wear the right boots. I think hats have something to do with it too, but this isn't a story about headwear.
Now, like an addict who is currently 12-stepping it, I like to evangelize to people about winter boots whenever I can.
Consider this your sermon: If you don't already have a pair of warm winter boots, I encourage you to get a pair. Now.
Don't worry that you'll look foolish, or that you won't find a style that's cute enough. 1) There are plenty of stylish options; and 2) If you're cold enough, you kind of forget about fashion anyway... I think that is one of the first signs of hypothermia.
Here are a few of my current favorite winter boot styles for women.
Pictured: Joan of Arctic Wedge (Buy Direct)
A couple of weeks ago, I was lamenting the fact that there just aren't enough occasions to dress up for. Or, at least, that it's just not customary to dress up for most get-togethers.
I was thankful for the comments that let me know I wasn't alone. It was comforting to find that I wasn't the one who missed the custom of dressing up for dinner with friends. And, even though I'm one of the most casual dressers you could ever meet, I'd still love to see a bit of glamour return to our everyday lives.
Fortunately for those of us who'd like a few more excuses to dress to the nines, the holiday season is filled with opportunities to put on the ritz. And naturally, that means glamorous shoes -- my favorite topic.
I've put together a list of shimmery, sparkly, sensational shoes that will have you glistening through all of your holiday gatherings, and well into next year. You can see them all here.
Pictured: Obsession Rules 'Babs' (Buy Direct)