Friday, April 21, 2006

Dare to be Different – Edgy Shoe Styles at

Everyone speaks of individuality and being a “unique snowflake”, but how many of us actually take it to heart? While trends come and go, style is forever, so find fashion that reflects who you are as an individual. A great way to start experimenting is with accessories, namely shoes. Many of the styles I’ve picked out here are not for the faint of heart. They’re eye-catching, odd-shaped and all have a bit of wildness about them, but they’re all fantastic if you can pull them off. Enjoy! Bronx Fabia 72831 To be edgy, a shoe has to have attitude, as demonstrated by this retro, t-strap flat. It has a super pointy toe, thin woven straps around the vamp, a t-strap that ends in an adjustable ankle strap, and a subtle stacked kitten heel. Wear this flat in black (shown) to dress up a simple outfit, or choose the white/terra vernice/wind version as a casual shoe, it’s up to you. Available in sizes 6-11. Carlos by Carlos Santana Pretender Why pretend to have fun when you can strap on a pair of these fantastic weave pumps by Carlos Santana and really have a ball? The Pretender screams summer style and it’s hard to see why not. The upper consists of woven leather intricately criss-crossed over each other to create a light and airy texture. The scalloped edges and round toe exude a femininity that makes this pump the shoe to have. This shoe is constructed with an Atanado leather upper, synthetic sole and synthetic lining. Available in Mustard (shown), Caramelo, Green and Brown in sizes 5.5-10. Life Stride Astoria Get wild with these cheetah print strappy slingback sandals from Lifestride. If animal prints are your thing, then this is the summer sandal for you. The Astoria features thin straps that go down the body of the shoe, crossing over at the vamp and bursting into full bloom with a bold flower decoration over an open toe. Smooth lining, a cushioned comfort insole, rounded toe, and a flexible traction outsole ensure you feel good as you vamp it up. Nicole Pixel An uber retro slingback wedge sandal, the Pixel by Nicole is a fun way to take on the summer heat. The upper features woven straps that criss-cross over each other down the sides of the sandal, ending in a peep toe. Your foot stays stable thanks to the adjustable strap in the back. If you want something feminine and funky for this season, this is the sandal for you. The best part…the comfy wedge heel measures only 3”, so you get the height without the pain. Available in sizes 6-10 in Rice Leather (shown), Caju Leather and Orange Leather. Bolo Baza Definitely not for the non-artsy crowd, these funky slide sandals from Bolo feature pump-like side panels with an open toe and huge center flower decoration. I must warn, if these are worn with the wrong outfit you'll end up being the queen of fugliness, and that's something no girl ever wants to be. Instead, opt for a more downplayed outfit that brings attention to the shoes instead of clashing with them. The upper is made of smooth, shrunken lamb leather with stitching accents. Shown here in Sage; also available in Black. Available in sizes 6-11. Coloriffics Madonna This is a unique combination: a traditional metallic dress sandal upper on chunky cork wedge heel. The question is, is it a dress sandal or a casual wedge? Either way, it’s pretty darn cool. I love its glossy footbed and the beautiful four-straps over the arch with little rhinestones embedded in it. The wedge heel measures 3 1/2 inches. Available in sizes 5-11. J. Renee Bobbin This 2-piece sandal takes the word “strappy” to the next level. From its woven metallic cage-like body to its towering 4” heel, the Bobbin is the shoe to be seen in if you want to make heads turn. The front has a little peep toe and your foot is held in place by an adjustable ankle strap. Pair this flashy sandal with a great skirt and you’re set for a rendezvous around town, day or night. Available Bronze Mottled Print Leather (shown), Blue Mottled Print Leather and Gold Mottled Print Leather in sizes 6.5-11. Touch Ups Cleopatra Evening shoes have always had a certain allure about them, especially because they can be so versatile. These fabulous strappy sandals from Touch Ups falls into that category of evening shoes reserved for women who like to take chances. The aptly named Cleopatra features an ankle coil that’s decorated with glittering crystals and is wrapped up the leg. The foot is held in place by the back sling that has an adjustable buckle. The thin strap that goes over the toes is also decorated with a vine of crystals. The tapered heel measures a decent 2 5/8”; available in black and silver (shown) in sizes 5-11. Skechers Cowgirl This funky heeled clog by teen favorite Skechers is anything but delicate. From the chunky wooden platform to the metal studs that line the outside of the footbed, the Cowgirl brings out the punk in any girl. The upper is made of thick woven fabric and it has an adjustable ankle strap to keep you stable. Looks great with denim, especially darker washes. Be a trend setter with Skechers' new Quarter Strap Clog this season. Available in sizes 5-11.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Trendy & Functional Laptop Bags - Clark & Mayfield at

How many of you need to carry your laptop around with you on an everyday basis but hate that the traditional laptop bags have huge bulky shoulder straps that crush your blouse and/or are just plain ugly? There’s good news for you: you can now have style and function, thanks to Clark & Mayfield’s collection of uber stylish laptop bags just for us ladies. Clark & Mayfield was started out of the need for a trendy and stylish replacement to the traditional boring, bulky, boxy laptop case. The goal was to create a fashionable and functional bag that can act as both a laptop case and a handbag. These fantastic laptop totes are essential for any woman – whether college or corporate. They are well-padded to protect a laptop computer, trendy for the fashion oriented, and roomy enough to also hold all your daily essentials—cell phone, PDA, water bottle, wallet and makeup. You can now find this great collection at!


Monday, April 17, 2006

Big & Beautiful – Stylish Shoes in Large Sizes at

What do Kate Winslet, Paris Hilton, Kate Beckinsale, Teri Hatcher, and Mariah Carey have in common, other than being beautiful and well-known? They all happen to wear large sized shoes (11, 11, 10, 10 and 10, respectively). Fortunately for them, they have the resources and the celeb power to get custom-made designer shoes in the styles they want, but not every girl is that lucky. How many times have you walked into a shoe store and been disappointed to find that they only stock up to a size 9 or 10, and the styles in those larger sizes are limited to flip flops, sneakers or orthopedic shoes? Considering the average woman wears a size 9, there are a lot of women out there who are forced to wear unflattering styles in sizes that may not fit well. Thank goodness for online shopping. All you ladies don’t have to worry about finding shoes that fit you because you can find thousands of styles ranging from sexy heels to basic sandals in your size and width at! Browse styles in sizes 10 to 17, all from top brands such as Naturalizer, Merrell, Born, New Balance, Softwalk, J. Renee, Aerosoles, Via Spiga and dozens more. Not only does Shoebuy offer a huge selection of large shoes, you can sign up on the site to receive notification when new large shoes are added in your size. All you need to do is fill out the “Notify me when new sizes are added” section of the search by size page. Check out some great styles in larger sizes at Shoebuy: Naturalizer Regis This wedge heel sandal is a must have for all your summer fashions. Features a macrame wrapped wedge heel, fabric upper with adjustable ankle strap and a lightly padded footbed for all day comfort. Available up to a size 10. Born Monte Carlo Slide into our handcrafted, gathered leather sandal and step out for an evening of light fare at a favorite bistro. The cork wedge outsole adds a daring touch of drama to flouncy skirts and flared jeans. Opanka hand-sewn construction. Embossed leather sock. Rubber Outsole. Available up to a size 11. Me Too Della This trendy round toe skimmer features interlaced woven detail for the perfect touch. Available up to a size 11. Franco Sarto Nolan Our most popular business shoe for women! This classic slip-on pump/loafer offers both comfort and style for working women everywhere. Crafted with designer touches, legendary workmanship and gorgeous materials that will keep your feet comfortable even after a long day, Franco Sarto’s Nolan is sophisticated enough for any wardrobe. Available up to a size 12. J. Renee Brindle The Brindle takes the pump to new fashion heights. This shoe comes in a gorgeous floral design that adds a feminine touch to your favorite spring outfit, making this the perfect shoe for a day at the office or for a night on the town. Available up to a size 12. Aerosoles Sleek Preview A classy kitten-heel pump with an ankle strap, this versatile style pairs perfectly with pants or skirts. The tapered toe is stylish, yet roomy, and features a decorative buckle strap over the vamp. Leather straps with adjustable gunmetal buckles. Available up to a size 12. Think! Yang Stone Slide Less is more in this flirty slide with its exotic blend of smooth leather and premium craftsmanship. Features a moisture-controlled footbed, flexible strappy design and a flexible non-slip sole. So angelic you'll be walking on clouds from dawn till dusk with the Yang Stone Slide. Available up to size 12.5. Dyeables June Simple, elegant pumps that feature delicate stitching around the rim and an upper made of smooth, dyeable satin. Available up to a size 13. J. Renee Broadway Beautiful t-strap sandals with chain that feature sparkling rhinestone embellishments on the front straps over the arch and the ankle strap. Perfect for any special occasion. Available up to a size 13. Hush Puppies Angel II Our best-selling Hush Puppies pump! This comfortable dress pump is perfect to wear anywhere and a great value, too. SoftFlex™ soles add comfort and flexibility to each step. Antibacterial man-made uppers with microfiber linings keep feet cool and healthy. Available up to size 13 in 9 different colors. Sofft Fiona Inspired beauty and ultimate versatility combined with lasting comfort and timeless European appeal. Hand tooled laser cut design. Unique hand painted outsole with feminine leawood stacked heel. Matching floral outsole pattern. Available up to a size 13.


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