Monday, August 07, 2006

Transition Footwear at Shoebuy: Summer to Fall

It's still warm outside, but fall is right around the corner and you don't know shoes to buy to stay up to date. The answer lies in a wonderful new genre of footwear called "transition" footwear. Essentially, wear the styles of today made with the materials and colors of tomorrow! Get that cute peep toe pump, but in a darker fabric. Hop into those wedges, but put a loafer-style shoe on top and make it into a fall wedge. It's as simple as that! Luckily, you don't have go around dissecting and reassembling shoes...shoe makers everywhere are recognizing this need and are filling it quite nicely! Here are some of my favorite transition shoes that are available at Shoebuy:

Aerosoles Sleigh Thread Wedges are still big now and will continue to be so through the fall and possibly even the winter. These neutral peep toe wedges by Aerosoles are perfect for the workday and the weekend. They're tailored enough to pair with any office outfit, but casual enough for a weekend out on the town. Features include a rounded toe box with a peep toe, natural contrast stitching, a stacked 3 ¼ wedge heel for comfort, suede lining, a rubber sole and extra cushioning. Available in Dark Tan Leather (shown) or Dark Bronze Leather in sizes 6-10.

Franco Sarto Moda If you love the soft metallic touch in your footwear, these demi-wedge heeled pumps by Franco Sarto have your name written all over them. Keeping in mind that the over-the-top metallic look is so out this year and that subtlety is key, pair these fabulous pumps with anything from that cute new skirt or some tailored cropped pants for the office. Add some accessories and a pair of jeans and you have an evening outfit! Sure to complement just about anything, the Moda has style and grace. From its vintage suede/leather upper accented with metal studs to its modern peep toe and bow accent, the Moda will ensure you're not "out-moded" this season. The wedge heel is functional and the padded insole is comfortable. Available in Mink/Gold Kid Suede/Met Grana (shown), Beige/Platinum Kid Suede/Met Grana or Black/Pewter Kid Suede/Met Grana in sizes 6-10.

Borne Belle This modern Mary Jane by Born is simple, casual and comfortable…a win-win-win shoe! It features refined leathers and Born signature comfort, plus a rubber outsole, leather lining, a delicate strap across the arch and button accents for a unique style. Available in Marrone Full Grain Leather (shown) or Black Full Grain Leather in sizes 8-9. Luichiny Oliva Take the classic sexy stiletto pump and give it a nice Italian touch. What do you get? This beautiful, unique stiletto by Luichiny. Features a gorgeous, rustic leather finish upper accented with a buckle at the toe making it a perfect pump for the fall. Available in Café Croco Print/Natural Leather or Black Print Leather/Bronze Pony (shown) in sizes 6-11.

Carlos by Carlso Santana Dusk Amp up the heat with this gorgeous peep toe pump by Carlos Santana. For any girl who wouldn't be caught dead in a boring shoe, the Dusk is perfect. It flawlessly combines the trendy peep toe, a strappy toe box, a comfy stacked heel and contrast stitching that's anything but bland. The insole is padded for extra comfort. Available in Red Rose Tumbled Leather (shown here), Nude Tumbled Leather or Nude Tumbled Volcano in sizes 7-8.5.

Etienne Aigner Augusta A fall staple, these loafers are a must-have for any working woman. Features contrast stitching details and a sophisticated buckle accent. The padded insole will keep you comfortable during extended wear. Available in Chocolate Kid Suede Calf (shown), Black Calf, Black Glove, Cashmere Kid Suede Calf or Light Brown Calf (textured with Etienne Aigner monogram) in sizes 5.5-10. Franco Sarto Onesto The ballet flat is back again this fall, and it's not going anywhere! I especially love this Franco Sarto style because it offers both comfort and functionality; it's flat, so you can wear them all day and the little buckle accent can be matched with your outfit. Perfect for casual Friday or your favorite pair of jeans. Features a classic leather upper with a modern buckle accent along the toe. Padded insole for superior comfort. Wear them in White Capra Botalato (shown) for the warmer days or in Black Vintage Capra for the later months. Available in sizes 6-10. Rockport Bisbee If the fall is still warm in your part of the country, go for a sandal in a darker, heavier material like this one by Rockport. The full-grain leather is easy to clean and maintain, and looks elegant when paired with a nice fall skirt or slacks. The Rockport-made construction ensures the utmost in comfort. Dynamic Suspension- DMX foam chamber on the bottom of the latex footbed provides dynamic air cushioning and sensation. Leather lining provides moisture absorption and abrasion resistance. Polyurethane midsole provides durable cushioning for long lasting comfort while a rubber outsole provides a durable grip on a variety of surfaces. Available in Black Grained Leather or Deep Chocolate Grained Leather (shown) in sizes 5.5-10.

Skechers Voyagers Another great example of the fall flat, this skimmer by Skechers has the look of a fall shoe (with its heavy, dark fabric upper and intricate embroider), but the comfort level of a summer shoe. With the international fashion scene heavily influencing this fall's fashions, be prepared to see lots of details, heavy fabrics and much much darker colors. Available in Burgandy (shown), Black, Gold or White in sizes 5.5-11. Naturalizer Calandra Another great fall sandal, this one is a bit more dressier than the Rockport Bisbee. Features a comfortable stacked heel, a lightligh padded footbed, a flexible outsole for all-day comfort and a metal-ring-adorned leather upper. Looks fantastic with a lighter fall suit or dress pants. Available in Black Leather (shown) or Saddle Tan Leather in sizes 8-9.

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