Thursday, May 11, 2006

Fabulous Slingbacks at

What’s spring without a gorgeous pair of slingbacks? Whether you prefer an open-toe variety for a night out on the town, or a heeled pump for the office, slingbacks can be found on pretty much anything. Called “slingbacks” because of the strap (or “sling”) that wraps around the back of your food, slingbacks are a veritable staple in the warm weather wardrobe. They are also one of the most versatile shoes around, pairing equally well with tailored slacks, jeans, cropped pants or skirts. Slingbacks can also be incredibly flattering if worn correctly. Depending on the thickness of your ankles, the length of your legs and the girth of your calves, choose your slingback style appropriately. If you have longer legs with slender calves and ankles, find a slingback with an adjustable strap (so it fits securely). If you like heels on your shoes, kitten heels, stacked heels and wedge heels work for you. For those with shorter, heavy-set legs, slingbacks with either an elastic strap or an adjustable strap will fit. For heels, opt for slingbacks that have a slightly slender heel that drops straight down the back (like the Etienne Aigner Serene and J Renee Fandango below); this creates a uniform line in the back, giving your legs length. Shoebuy carries over 500 styles of slingbacks, ranging from casual slingbacks to dressy slingbacks. Browse them by popularity, brand, size, width, color, price or style name to find the style that fits you the best. Here is a small sampling of the various types of slingbacks that are available at Tommy Bahama Indecent Exposure This fabric peep toe slingback espadrille is a bright way to embrace both the slingback trend and the espadrille trend this season. The features include a padded foot bed on a high, natural jute wedge and an elastic strap. Available in Linen (shown) and Charcoal in sizes 6-10. Via Spiga Shana This playful slingback sandal has the right amount of spring softness and sophisticated style. The upper consists of green, lavender and sky blue straps that cross over the vamp and are held in place by a small flower ornament. The padded, carnation pink foot bed is leather lined for comfort. The sling strap is held in place by side elastic that allows the shoe to fit snugly. Available in sky (shown) in sizes 5.5-10. Carlos by Carlos Santana Mambo II Kick up your heels in these fun stripy dress sandals from Carlos Santana. Thong style straps combine with embossed leather panels for a stripy little number that's comfortable and stylish. Ankle strap features an adjustable metal buckle and elastic fabric panel for a perfect fit. Fully lined interior, with a cushioned matching footbed, wrapped midsole, dress style outsole and a stacked heel. Available in Fudge/Gold Rustic Leather (shown), Ink Rustic Leather, Orange Rustic Leather and Wicker/Gold Rustic Leather in sizes 5-11. Indigo by Clarks Fauna These slingback thong sandals from Indigo by Clarks are versatile enough to be dressed up or down. Rich colors and quality leather make this shoe a must have summer accessory. The sling had an adjustable buckle for the perfect fit, and the shoe has a slight ¼” heel. Available in Coral (my favorite, shown here), Black, Bronze, Earth, Kelp, Raspberry, Water and White Leather in sizes 5-12. Etienne Aigner Serene If the retro slingback pump is the style for you this season, the Serene is perfect. This gorgeous pump features a punch out design all around the leather upper as well as a leather kiltie tassle on the toe box for a little something extra. The 2 ½” heel is stacked for stability, while the sling is elasticized for a snug fit. Available in White Calf (the hot color this season, shown here), Black Calf and Navy Calf in sizes 6-9.5. Blue Dragon Rain Drops Slingback Cute, uber stylish and eye-catching, the Rain Drops slingback by Blue Dragon is definitely one to turn heads. The leather upper features a solid background with contrasting white “raindrops”. A short kitten heel and an elasticized back strap make this a great everyday shoe. The pointy toe looks fantastic with a smart pair of slacks or a trendy pencil skirt. Available in Black (shown) and Poppy in sizes 6-10. J. Renee Fandango For an evening slingback, the Fandango is not only fun to say, it’s fun to wear! Wear it in the eye-popping red (shown here), or for a more toned down look, grab the black, champagne or silver. The upper features soft fabric over a pointed toe pump. The drop down heel measures 2 7/8” and has three straight lines of embedded rhinestones going down towards a tapered bottom. Leather outsole for good traction, especially on slicker surfaces. Available in Red (shown), Black, Champagne and Silver Coin in sizes 5.5-10. Nina Aney No one does understated elegance quite like Nina, as evidence by this sophisticated, pointed-toe slingback pump. The fabric upper is gathered and pleated over the vamp with a dainty bow. The sling is adjustable using the buckle, and heel measures a substantial 3 ¾”. Available in Gold Glimmer (shown), Black Satin and Powder Sand Satin in sizes 5.5-10.



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