I am black patent crazy. Over the past year I've purchased 4 pairs of black patent boots to add to my collection bringing my total to 5. Why you ask? Black patent is one of the most versatile shoe materials ever. It adds a bit of shine to any daytime outfit and glamor to any evening or special occasion attire. It works well in all weather needing just a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and mild soap if necessary. Scuffs and scratches can be removed with special purpose cleaners on the market. Over time, it may loose the high shine, but it will maintain an interesting rubbery look. This black patent go go, Cynira at ShoeDazzle is on point at about $39 for VIPs. True patent leather starts with a fine grain leather that is coated to create a glossy finish. Imitations are poromeric imitation leathers like Dupont's Corfam. Whether you choose real or imitation you can't go wrong with this addition to your wardrobe. Here is an excellent choice for Men: As my friend Phil Silverstone says, "Just bought these amazing Converse high top black patent sneaks for an upcoming tux event and then to wear with my white Levi's in the summer..." And some for Women:
In keeping with the Inuit tradition of using all of an animal, Nicole Camphaug, an Iqaluit designer, uses sealskin to create shoes with lots of panache and style. Considering a pair of her own worn out boots that she was going to sell, she suddenly got the idea to dress them up with scraps of sealskin. 5 hours later a trend was born. Family and friends asked for their own pair and pretty soon Camphaug was buying pelts. Made by Inuit in Nunavut these babies are popular. Offering Women's and Men's styles, Camphaug has had to recruit her husband to help and has even added in some jewelry with Inuit designs. Even so, at 5 hours of labor per pair, she is still looking for a business model that will lead her to a profitable fashion career. Listen, I'll help her out. These beauties are to die for. So Anne!
RIP David Bowie, my favorite performer and a major influence on my life. David Bowie gave me the courage to be different and the confidence to continually transform on my terms throughout my life. He was brilliant till the very end and oh yeah, the shoes! Guess I got some of my fashion & shoe aesthetic from him too. These babies are dead on trend right now. Wish I could get a pair and wear them in memoriam.
I love gifting, especially self-gifting and of course I buy myself shoes. I took a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to browse my two favorite local shoe shops for a little holiday retail therapy. First stop, Benjamin Lovell shoes , home of comfort brands and the best kept secret sale in the back of their South Street store. This is my favorite place for a great brand at a fantastic price. Pickin's were slim, probably because they were coming off a 20% off sale. So on I went to my fave fashion shoe shop, Bus Stop Boutique. London born owner Elena Brennan curates the BEST brands with just the right amount of interest and edge, John Fluevog, Miista, United Nude, Coclico, just to name a few. I tired on several pairs including Jeffery Campbell's Ibiza last. I like this shoe - bit of a flatform, patent leather, bootie style and this fabulous extended heel and tongue detail. The overall shape reminds me a bit of an elf boot so just right for the season. Unfortunately, the Ibiza last is not for me. It's just too thin through the toe box. Boo hiss for me. Don't feel badly for me though. I did indulge and took advantage of their construction sale. A sexy new, comfy Melina beauty from Coclico AND an edgy new Micky combat boot by United Nude came home with me. Check out my Instagram to get a peek. Shoes of Salvation posted every Thursday.
Thursday is Thanksgiving in the USA and I certainly will give thanks for shoes. Here are 4 options complete with outfit suggestions for a stylish and comfortable day. My fave holiday look - a stylish ankle boot and dress combo (choose a knit shift for optimal comfort). Add a pair of leggings, not as constricting as tights, and you will be golden. The dress is a nod to festive and the ankle boot will add lots of style. I'm going glitter/glam this year with these navy beauties, perfect for my restaurant dinner. I'm completing my look with a blue-on-blue jacquard fit and flare dress, black leggings and leather jacket, with some hardware to wear jewlery, but hey that's me. My second choice for event style is a cropped pant, tunic top and kick-ass pumps. Keep it festive with color, texture and detail. Keep it comfortable with a kitten heel. I love the outfit in shades of grey with this bright pink lady-like accent. For a bit more casual approach spiff up your riding boots (or not-sometimes weathered is just the thing). These are dead versatile and every woman should have at least 2-3 pairs. Couple them with a long tailored shirt over some skinny jeans and you will exude polished, sophisticated cool. I love the grey/brown color and military details on these "Battle" by Matisse. (Yep, I own them.) If a family gathering is on your agenda, choose a comfy sweater, cuffed straight legs or skinnies and a comfy ankle boot. A wedge is a nice option if you need to chase little ones or pets. Add a neck scarf for an uptown twist. I like the nod to desert boots here - very of the moment. I'd wear them in leopard;) Whichever combination you choose go a little wild with your shoes. Be safe, be stylish, be comfortable and enjoy those special to you.